Make Your Own Aromatherapy Incense

by Andrea Butje on November 28, 2016

aromatherapy incenseWhen I say “Aromatherapy incense,” what comes to mind?

Do you picture a bowl of chunky resin? Dried herbs and spices? Natural incense sticks or cones made with essential oils?

What about all three?  Read the full article →

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A Holiday Solid Perfume Recipe

by Andrea Butje on November 21, 2016

I have a great idea for you to make holiday gifts this year! It’s a holiday solid perfume recipe.

These make great gifts for people. They’re thoughtful, natural, unique, and people have fun using them.

You can make them in small 1 oz (30 ml) tins or in 1 oz (30 ml) glass jars.  Read the full article →

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Make Baby Powder with White Clay

November 14, 2016

I know a lot of parents who prefer to make baby powder themselves instead of using store-bought versions, which can have some harsh ingredients in them. White clay makes a really beautiful base for a homemade natural baby powder. I made a YouTube video of a baby powder recipe that calls for white clay as […]

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How Diffusing Resin Essential Oils Can Support Us

October 31, 2016

Essential oils distilled from resins have some very special qualities. Resins are produced by certain trees, such as Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and Opopanax (Commiphora guidotti). Wounding the tree stimulates the production of resin to protect and seal the wound We can think of this as the tree drawing on deep inner resources to heal itself. […]

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Balm of Gilead Infused Oil for Massage

October 24, 2016

Balm of Gilead infused oil is made by infusing the buds and twigs of the Balsam Poplar tree (Populus balsamifera) in olive oil . . . three times! The buds and twigs infuse in the oil for a few weeks, then are removed and replaced with fresh buds and twigs two more times. It isn’t […]

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The Lavender Way: Lavender Distillers & Stewards of the Land

October 17, 2016

What if growing Lavender was not just a hobby or a job, but a way of life? My friends Gill and Derek Pearce at The Lavender Way (in Crete) are making it just that! They grow Lavender plants and olive trees, and they are so dedicated to growing organically, with all respect for the plants’ natural […]

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