Monday, August 6, 2012

Eucalyptus Essential Oil


I have had lots of people with questions about using eucalyptus essential oil. I think it's because it's been so hot and people are drawn to its cooling nature. This is a great and useful oil
that I make sure to have on hand.
The properties are antiseptic, anti-biotic, anti viral, deodorizing, increases circulation, stimulating and cooling.
~A few drops in a bath will cool the body and help bring down a fever.
~Increases concentration and alertness and helps clear the mind
~Insects don't like the scent so it's useful in a diffuser to keep them away.
~the vapors help clear congestion due to colds and is an air purifier
~the brisk scent helps balance the emotions,and is good when you're feeling sluggish or have emotional overload to deal with

Eucalyptus mixes well with lemon balm, lemon verbena, pine, lavender and peppermint. The energy is yang (active, light, heat or dryness) ♥

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Essential Oil Measurement Conversions


Here are some handy measurement conversions to use when working with essential oils-
~1 teaspoon=5mL
~2 teaspoons=10mL
~1 tablespoon=15mL

~20 drops=1/5 teaspoon essential oil
~40 drops=2/5 teaspoon

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Deer Repellant for Your Garden


Are the deer eating your garden? Mix 2 eggs with one cup of water in a blender. Add 1 cup of milk,3 cloves of crushed garlic and a couple of tablespoons of dish soap (this will help it stick to the plants)
Mix thoroughly. Apply with a sprayer.
The smell of garlic and rotting eggs will help repel the deer, while the scent will be very faint to you.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stress Buster Blend


For stress that results in tiredness, blend 10 drops of clary sage essential oil with 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Use the blend in a diffuser, add to a bath or put a few drops in an unscented candle.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Herbal Disinfecting Spray


Make your own herbal disinfecting spray by gently simmering a handful of a mix of rosemary, lavender, sage and thyme in 1 1/2 cups of water for 30 minutes in a covered pot. Use whatever proportions suit you best scent-wise and leave out an herb if you don't like the scent.
Strain out the herbs and put the liquid in a spray bottle. Use to clean bathroom and kitchen surfaces. Store the excess in the fridge for up to a week.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fennel Eye Soother


Fennel Eye Soother for Tired Eyes and Skin

Add 3 tablespoons of crushed fennel seeds to 1/3 cup of distilled water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the seeds from the infusion. Cool to room temperature.
To use, soak gauze squares in the infusion, squeeze out the excess and place on the eye lids for 15 minutes. the leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and can also be used as a skin rinse. Fennel is rejuvenating and soothing.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Preventing Dampening Off Using Chamomile


Use a chamomile tea to prevent "dampening off" in your seedlings. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over a handful of fresh chamomile or 2 tablespoons of dried. Cover and steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool. Put in a spray bottle for easy use. Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring back to room temp before using.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

All Purpose Green Salve Recipe


All Purpose Salve

This is an old fashioned salve that's good for insect bites, blisters and even for drawing out slivers and such due to the inclusion of plantain. Keep in the refrigerator for the longest shelf life. Plus a cool salve feels so good!

1/2 cup fresh plantain
1/2 cup fresh sage
1/4 cup fresh mullein
1 cup of sunflower or olive oil
3-4 tablespoons grated beeswax (you can substitute 4-5 tablespoons of cocoa butter if you're vegan)
3-4 Vitamin E capsules

Chop your herbs very coarsely.Gently heat the herbs and oil in a double boiler over simmering water for 35-40 minutes. Cool, then strain out the bits of herbs.(A few bits of herbs won't hurt a thing) Put back in the double boiler and add the beeswax (or cocoa butter) and heat until melted. Cool slightly.
Prick the vitamin E capsules with a needle and squeeze into your salve, mix thoroughly then pour into a glass jar with a lid. I wipe the jar out with a little rubbing alcohol first to make sure it's as germ free as possible.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers' Day Mom


My Mom is the bravest person I know. She greeted every day with an attitude of acceptance and understanding without any of the martyrdom that can accompany that outlook.
While she lived her life by her own rules, she always took into consideration how her actions and choices would affect those she loved.
She never had a lot of material wealth, but was always willing to share what she had with anyone in need.
She was always there for a shoulder to cry on.
She was willing to listen without passing judgment or even offering advice unless asked for.
Mom asked for so little and gave so much in return.
Love and miss you, Mom

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lavender Cream Bath


Lavender Cream Bath for Really Dry Skin

This bath couldn't be simpler or more luxurious!A good choice for dry skin.
Mix 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil and 5-6 drops of frankincense essential oil in 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Mix into a comfortably warm bath, sprinkle with a few rose petals, light a candle and relax.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Best Goals


It is because we are different that each of us are special. Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only do what is best for you.
♥Nancye Sims♥

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Beltane Blessing



Bless, O threefold true and bountiful,
Myself, my spouse, my children.
Bless everything within my dwelling and in my possession,
Bless the kine and crops, the flocks and corn,
From Samhain Eve to Beltane Eve,
With goodly progress and gentle blessing,
From sea to sea, and every river mouth,
From wave to wave, and base of waterfall.

Be the Maiden, Mother, and Crone,
Taking possession of all to me belonging.
Be the Horned God, the Wild Spirit of the Forest,
Protecting me in truth and honor.
Satisfy my soul and shield my loved ones,
Blessing every thing and every one,
All my land and my surroundings.
Great gods who create and bring life to all, I ask for your blessings on this day of fire.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

We are all just Visitors


We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home.

~Australian Aboriginal saying♥

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner


Toilet cleaners are among some of the harshest, most chemical laden cleaners out there. There are a couple of totally natural, Earth friendly alternatives.
~Pour one cup of white vinegar into the bowl. Let it set for several hours or overnight then brush as usual.
~Sprinkle 1/4 cup of borax in the bowl, swish around with the brush to dissolve, and again, let it set for several hours, then use the toilet brush to clean.
~I use my Lavender Laundry Detergent in the same way as the borax. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons in the bowl and let soak for a while before brushing. The fresh, lavender scent is an added disinfecting bonus.

While these alternatives take a little more time than conventional cleansers, they are effective and easy on the environment. Either one can be added before you go to work and will work while you're away.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Bloodroot


Beautiful bloodroot (sanguinaria canadensis) was in bloom in my garden very early this year due to the mild winter! It is one of the plants I forget I have until I see its lovely white flower nodding gently above the heart shaped light green foliage.
It's pretty easy to grow and spreads nicely if it likes where it is. Plant yours in a cool, moist spot rich with leaf mold. It can be grown from seed but propagation with root sections in the early Autumn tends to be more successful.
The root produces a red sap that gives it it's name and can be used for dying fabric. While it has several medicinal uses, those applications should be done only by an experienced herbal practitioner and never while you are pregnant.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Natural Laundry Bleach




Brighten your whites without using bleach! Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the final rinse and hang outside in the sun to dry. The fresh scent is an added plus.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bliss


Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while
waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to
meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and
don't be afraid... and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. If you follow
your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
~Joseph Campbell~

Friday, April 20, 2012

Violet Cleansing Milk


One of the fleeting pleasures of Spring is violets. Here is a way to enjoy them that is good for your winter weary skin.

~Violet Cleansing Milk~

Place 3-4 tablespoons of freshly picked violet blossoms in a small non reactive bowl. Add 1 cup of milk and place over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Cover and heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring from time to time. Remove from heat. Let the violet infused milk cool to room temperature with the lid on then strain. Store in a bottle with a lid in the fridge to use within 2-3 days.
To use, saturate a cotton ball with your Violet Milk. Cleanse your face using a circular motion and working from the neck up. Replace with a fresh cotton ball as needed Rinse with cool water and gently pat dry.
If you have any Violet Milk left on day 3, add to a warm bath for an all over body treatment!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

All Purpose Natural Cleaning Soap


Here is a great all purpose soap for your Spring cleaning. The eucalyptus and peppermint are disinfecting and has the added bonus of repelling creepy crawleys and flies!

~5 cups grated castille soap
~1/2 cup baking soda
~1 teaspoon borax
~6 cups of strong, hot peppermint tea
~1teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil

Put the grated soap in a large stainless steel pot and add the mint tea. Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes and remove from heat. Add baking soda and borax and mix thoroughly. When cool stir in the eucalyptus oil. Store in a labeled squirt bottle. To use shake well and add a generous squirt (1/4 cup or so) to a sink or bucket full of water.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

In Honor of Earth Day


Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.

Native American Elder

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Natural Laundry Day



Get great looking laundry without the use of harsh chemicals. Not only are these tips good for the Earth, they are good for your wallet!

~Start with a natural laundry detergent like my Lavender Laundry Detergent. Costs pennies per load, rinses clean and is easy on the environment.

~Looking for an all natural fabric softener for your laundry? Look no further than your kitchen cupboard! Simply add 1/4 cup of of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your wash to remove any leftover soap residue and soften your laundry.


~Brighten your whites without using bleach! Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the final rinse and hang outside in the sun to dry. The fresh scent is an added plus.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Honey and Vinegar Face Mask


~Simple Nourishing Face Mask~

Add one teaspoon of apple cider or red wine vinegar to one tablespoon of honey and mix. Massage into clean skin and leave on 15-20 minutes then rinse off with tepid water. Gently pat your face dry.
Honey is antibacterial, soothing and healing. The vinegar helps balance pH and is softening. You can also add one drop of the following essential oils depending on your skin type-
~oily skin- peppermint, rose, lavender or tea tree
~Mature and/or wrinkled skin- frankincense or neroli
~Normal skin- lavender or ylang ylang
`Dry skin- carrot seed

Sunday, April 1, 2012

We are what we think...


All that we are, arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make our world.

♥Buddha

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Honey Bath Recipe



Treat yourself to a honey bath this weekend! Mix 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil to 3-4 tablespoons of honey. Pour into your bath towards the end of filling the tub. Honey is nourishing and healing for skin and has anti inflammatory properties. Use lavender essential oil to help unwind or use sensual oils like jasmine, ylang-ylang or patchouli for date night with your love.♥♥♥

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ute Prayer


Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

- An Ute Prayer

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scented Drawer Liners


Make your own scented drawer liners using potpourri and your favorite essential oil. You will need new wallpaper that doesn't have a shiny surface and isn't pre pasted. In this case, cheaper wall paper is better!

~ Cut to fit your drawers


~Put
a few drops of essential oil that coordinates with your potpourri on a cotton ball and rub on the underside of the paper.

~Sprinkle the wall paper with the potpourri. Lay one sheet on top of another sprinkling with potpourri as you go. Continue until all your drawer liners are done then roll them up and seal in a plastic bag for 6 weeks.

~Brush all the potpourri away before lining your drawers.

~Use the left over potpourri to make little sachets.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lemon Essential Oil


Lemon essential oil has such a fresh, clean scent, but I think it is often overlooked as it is used so much commercially. However the oil in commercial products has been altered to the point where it no longer has aromatherapy properties.
The essential oil oil is extracted by cold pressing of the skin and is sensitive to light and heat so store yours in a cool, dark place. The refrigerator is perfect.
It mixes well with lavender, cedar, eucalyptus, fennel, juniper and other citrus oils.
It has a "high vibration" which helps lift the spirits. It's beneficial for both mental and physical heaviness and helps increase concentration and memory. The dominant energy is yang (masculine, energy, heat, light or dryness)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Herbal Hair Rinse


Make your own herbal hair rinse for soft shiny hair! It's easy and economical. This rinse removes excess shampoo and styling product residue. Use once or twice a week as needed.
~Start with a clean glass jar with a lid- a mason jar is perfect. Add a small handful of herbs, add enough vinegar to submerge the herbs and put the cover on. Shake once each day for a week then strain. Use chamomile and white vinegar for blond hair, rosemary and apple cider for brunettes and orange mint and wine vinegar for redheads.
~To use, mix two tablespoons with warm water and pour over freshly washed hair.Rinse with water as cold as you can tolerate for extra shine.