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Make Your Own Lotion Bars

Butter Bar vs. Lotion Bar? Do you find it ironic how “lotion bars” have nothing to do with lotion? By definition, “lotion” contains an aqueous component. Lotion bars are, rather, more like harder salves that incorporate butters (e.g., cocoa, mango, shea) into wax and liquid oils. Definitions matter, because they help everyone get on theContinue reading “Make Your Own Lotion Bars”

Glossy Vegan Lip Balm

Breaking Through the Coconut Oil Barrier I ran out of my last stash of home-made lip balm the other day, which presented an opportunity to make a new batch to share with friends and clients. I wanted a vegan friendly option with shine that doesn’t rely on castor oil or coconut oil. Why? Those oilsContinue reading “Glossy Vegan Lip Balm”

DIY Aromatherapy Shower Tablets

Shower tablets are an easy and economical way to bring aromatherapy to your shower experience. Making your own aromatherapy shower tablets doesn’t have to be expensive, difficult or contain complicated ingredients. After being baffled about the cost and ingredients of “aromatherapy shower tablets” I nosed (pun intended!) and played around with basic recipes. Here’s what I found that is economical, easy and fun…

DIY Aromatic Deodorant

Complicated Ingredients Not Needed Have you thought about swapping out store-bought deodorant or anti-perspirant for something simpler but are unsure of what to do, especially when DIY formulas call for irritating baking soda and heavier nut butters or coconut oil when your skin cannot hack those ingredients? Read on for information about your fabulous under-arms,Continue reading “DIY Aromatic Deodorant”

Root Chakra Rituals

Have you ever felt “out of sorts,” like you’re “living in your head,” “ungrounded” or tightly clenching to concepts, ideas or possessions? It may be a sign to start tending to the roots of your private garden, your root chakra. Some ways to support the root chakra is connecting with the Earth, which includes workingContinue reading “Root Chakra Rituals”

Aromatherapy For Transformation

Change. There are times it comes with warning. Other times with a sudden breathless strike.
Regardless, how do we cope with the aftermath? Symbols may help us articulate and see.
Tools such as Aromatherapy may help us manage how we cope with change and associated stress.
This article explores these themes and offers aromatherapy blending ideas and
usage applications to help integrate change and possibly see the beauty in the fleeting.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary has been recognized as a powerfully cleansing and regenerative herb for centuries. But Rosemary goes deeper than that by stirring the heart’s soul and more. Spend a few minutes getting to know Rosemary the plant and the essential oil including recipes and an episode of “Plant Talk” where I’m distilling rosemary leaves!

Plant Talk: German Chamomile

German chamomile essential oil is distilled from the flowers of Matricaria recutita and often grown and distilled for its essential oil in Hungary as well as other parts of Eastern Europe, North America and Australia. Native to temperate parts of Eurasia, M. recutita best expresses itself when grown in this type of terroir. As manyContinue reading “Plant Talk: German Chamomile”