How Brightly do You Shine? Reimagine Yourself

This has been one helluva year, hasn’t it? Ups, downs, lockdowns, mental and physical stress, isolation, screen fatigue, the list could keep going. Thankfully, vaccines are rolling out and there’s light at the end of the tunnel. No it’s not going very quickly or smoothly like we’d hoped, but it IS going, and will keep going, until everyone who wants a vaccination has one. I’m still waiting too…but I know my turn will come.

So how are you doing at this point? Have you found your silver lining? Notice I say “your” because that will be different for everyone. Have you been able to find some positives during the pandemic?

What about this – have you reimagined yourself? Maybe you were forced to, by the nature of the pandemic and shutdowns that ensued. If you’ve spent the better part of the last year at home, maybe you’ve taken the time to get to know yourself better and decide what’s actually important to you. Maybe you haven’t been able to, because you’ve been busier than ever during this pandemic.

Whatever your situation, consider taking a few minutes to think about yourself. If you had to reimagine yourself, reimagine a different job, location, social network, etc……what would you look like? I don’t mean physically, although that could be part of it. I’m talking about the whole package – your best self, your highest calling. Maybe it looks just the same, and that’s awesome. Maybe there are a few tweaks, maybe a major shift.

Now how can you progress towards your reimagined self? Life is a journey and this won’t be overnight. Think baby steps. For me, I stepped back from my essential oil and aromatherapy business a bit to give myself time to study more in-depth the clinical/therapeutic side of essential oils. There’s so much more to this field than the olfactory system. I’ve started reimagining myself, listening to my Higher power and paying attention to where I’m called. I still have my day job, but I have a better plan now of how I can phase that out to transition full-time to my passion – and yes, calling – of optimizing “plant medicine” for holistic health in mind, body, and soul.

How about you? Have you already done this? Maybe you have some suggestions for the rest of us. Are you still struggling? We can help each other on this journey. I invite you to share your stories, your struggles, your successes, your “aha” moments.

Let’s lift each other up, encourage each other, be a light for each other. How brightly can we shine? I bet it’s amazing!


What the Heck is an Aromatherapy Consultation, and Why Would I Want One?

I love working with essential oils: The way a fragrance can lift my mood, help me relax or focus more deeply into meditation; the sighs of relief when I rub an essential oil blend I’ve made into my arthritic areas or bruises. I get a kick out of learning new ways to use essential oils and I’m amazed at their multitude of cosmetic, medicinal, cleansing, and metaphysical properties.

These days it’s very easy to find all kinds of essential oils, and products with essential oils in them. But, do you know what you’re buying and how best to use it? Do you know how the oil was made and where it was harvested? Do you know safe protocols for using essential oils and proper dilutions? Of the essential oil products that you have or use, do you know what percentage of that product is an essential oil (EO)? It can really be confusing. And what do you do if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or you’re not sure what would be best for your needs? That’s where an Aromatherapy Consultation comes in.

To some, it may sound silly to spend money talking to someone about essential oils, what to buy, how to use it and how much to use, and when to use it. But think about it this way: How often do you get someone’s undivided attention to explain your health and wellness/home/spiritual/lifestyle/eco-friendly goals to, and when you’re done talking, you get specific information back about a product or products that can help you achieve your goals? AND you can even have something custom made for you. That’s basically an Aromatherapy Consultation. As an Aromatherapist/Essential Oil Specialist, I can meet with you to hear your specific goals, likes/dislikes, etc., and then provide you with recommendations to help you achieve those goals. We can meet once, or on a regular basis to check in and add or adjust as needed.

I think having a specialist to hear me out and then point me in the right direction is well worth a little of my time and money up front, to save me time and money in the long run. I won’t waste time trying this rub or lotion or cleaning solution, or spraying this blend or burning this incense, to see if it works or if I like the way it smells. Then if it’s a bust, starting all over again and trying something else. Or, maybe there’s something I do want to try but I just want a sample first and not a whole bottle?

What are your thoughts? Would you use this type of service? Why or why not? If you were a client, what do you think would be a reasonable amount of time and money to spend on a consult. If you’ve tried something like this before, or maybe you offer this service yourself, what were your experiences or lessons learned? Thanks for your feedback!! 🙂 Stay safe and healthy!


I think I just Feng Shui’d my living room!

Is that even a word – Shui’d?  I have no idea.  I don’t know much about Feng Shui either, except that it has to do with energy and flow.  I don’t know the rules of it but I spent the last several hours upending my living room-turned-workshop: taking stuff out that didn’t belong there, tossing unnecessary items (yay me!), rearranging my workspace and reorganizing my essential oils, herbal remedy ingredients, containers, candles, incense, lamps, table, diffuser, mailing packaging and supplies, you name it.  Okay so my hallway is a little off for a moment, but the energy in my living room is GREAT!  It feels like there is a flow to my space now, so maybe there is something to this Feng Shui after all.  Why not?

My day started off not so great, not feeling well.  Once my sinus headache cleared, I decided to tackle my work space to make it more me-friendly.  It’s amazing how much your ‘space’ can affect your outlook and how you feel – sometimes we just have to step back and take care of ourselves.  THEN we can help others so much more effectively!

I also made a nourishing homemade soup, not exactly like Grandma’s chicken soup recipe, but I did start with a great turkey bone broth I made and froze not long ago.  Chicken broth (or turkey) is so good for you, and really does help when you’re down with a cold or the flu.  Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, immune boosting action.  Add in fresh veggies and herbs like carrots, celery, onion, garlic, ginger, squash, thyme, greens, potatoes (whatever combo you like), and you’re packing some serious nutrition to restore you.  A little meditation, some herbal tea with ginger honey, and I’ll settle down tonight so much better than I began this morning.  I begin and end my days with prayers of thanks and gratitude.  Some days I feel it more than others.  Whether I “feng shui’d” anything today or not, I’m feeling extra thankful, and truly blessed.  Peace out.




How did Grandma get so smart?

I find it interesting, how so many things in seem to come around full circle.  Do any of you have grandmas or maybe great-grandmas who always seemed to know a few home remedies to treat a variety of ailments?  My own grandmother didn’t have a huge store of herbal knowledge, but something she always had me drink when I had an upset stomach was ginger ale.  She’d give me a few saltines to nibble on too.  For many years, I associated ginger ale and saltine crackers with being sick, so I never had it at any other time.  Even through all the years growing up and well into adulthood, when ‘modern medicine’ was the way to go (throw out Grandma’s wisdom, in other words), I still turned to ginger ale and saltine crackers when I was sick, especially if I was nauseous.

Out with the old, in with the new.  Out with grandma’s remedies, in with pills and antibiotics.  I never knew WHY she gave me ginger ale, only that she did and it often helped.  Well, now that we’ve got resistant super bugs from antibiotic resistant bacteria – thanks to overuse – a multitude of side effects from drugs and drug interactions, we’re taking another look at grandma and her home remedies.  Turns out grandma was pretty darn smart.  Scientists are learning more and more about the wonderful healing properties of plants.  For example, ginger is a wonderful her to use to quell motion sickness, most any type of nausea, aid digestion, pretty much help your gut.  Fresh ginger wasn’t readily available when I was a kid, but ginger ale was in every grocery store. So it seems our society is coming back around to re-examining the wisdom of grandma’s home remedies, passed down through the generations.

That’s just one simple example.  Did you have a smart grandma too?  What kinds of home remedies did she use?  Do you use any of them now?  I still drink ginger ale, and gave it to my kids when they were sick.  My husband has been sick this past week and guess what I picked up at the store on my way home from work?  You guessed it – ginger ale.

Luckily, I’ve got access to fresh ginger and have been learning new ways to use it medicinally.  Here’s a super easy recipe for infusing ginger into honey.  It works great and tastes great in herbal tea (any tea actually).


Just take a hunk of fresh ginger (it should be firm and smooth), peel it, then either grate or dice finely, or process in a food processor with a teaspoon or so of water.  Put that into a small saucepan, and just barely cover with raw, organic honey.  Heat on low for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the ginger is soft and the honey has a pungent ginger-ness to it.  You can either strain the mixture through a metal sieve to remove the ginger (by the way you then eat the little bits of ginger for a zingy treat), or you can put it all together in a clean screw top jar and pop into the fridge.  It’ll last for quite a long time, certainly enough to get you through cold and flu season.  Add a spoonful to your tea, by itself, however you normally use honey at your house.  It’s very soothing on an irritated throat.  It’s also good to have when you’re healthy!  Think of it as a good boost for your system, like a vitamin.  Lots of nutrients in ginger, so use it in your cooking, your drinks, in all kinds of ways.  You can even add some to brandy.


March is Tea Tree Month

Melaleuca Image by Linda Pom from Pixabay

At least it is in my shop – 25% of all products with Tea Tree essential oil in it. That includes hand sanitizer, raw honey facial cleanser, green cleaning products, linen spray, and more!

Tea tree oil is a powerhouse when it comes to clean. Tea tree (aka Melaleuca, native to Australia) is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, so it hits all of the major categories of “bad bugs” you want to get rid of. It’s great at helping to prevent and clear up acne and that’s one of the reasons I include it in my raw honey facial cleanser.

Some other treatments that tea tree oil is used for: treating dandruff, lice, athlete’s foot, cuts, and insect bites. One caution: Tea tree oil should NEVER be ingested, as it’s toxic to the body if taken internally. Also remember, like all essential oils it should be diluted with a carrier oil before using it topically. Topically, tea tree oil is GRAS (generally regarded as safe) and most people tolerate it quite well. However, use common sense. If it causes irritation or discomfort after using it, stop using it.

If you’d like to read more about Melaleuca Alternifolia, here are a few places to get you started.

Do you know your Rose?

It’s February and in honor of Valentine’s day, ROSES are featured this month. All across the country florists and retailers are gearing up to sell, prep and deliver a LOT of roses on February 14th. Over 224 million roses, over 2 billion dollars in revenue. Wow!

But have roses, and rose products, always been so popular? Looking back in history, apparently the answer is a resounding YES. According to fossil evidence, the existence of the rose goes back around 35 million years, originating in the northern hemisphere. Ancient Greeks and Romans considered the rose to be divine, and red roses were the favorite flower of the goddess of love, Venus/Aphrodite. As far back as 810 BC the province of Faristan (in Persia) had to give the head of state 30,000 bottles of rose water. Rose petals have been discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, and Cleopatra used rose petals lavishly in her living quarters and during public appearances, reportedly so that she would be remembered as the goddess who smelled like roses.

Here are a few fun facts and legends about the rose and its use and impact throughout history.

  • An old Roman custom of hanging a rose over the dinner table is to indicate that what is spoken there stays there, hence “a rose will keep your secrets.” The originating myth is that Cupid bribed the God of Silence with the gift of a rose to keep him from revealing the amorous habits of Cupid’s mother, Venus.
  • Roses are edible and a great source of vitamin C.
  • In 1986 the rose became the floral emblem of the United States, and it’s also the official state flower in 4 states: Georgia, Iowa, New York, and North Dakota.
  • Hildesheim, Germany is home to a large rose bush that has been growing on the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim for over 1,000 years. It is the oldest known living rose bush.
  • Traditional symbols of roses are also influenced by color:
    • Red: Love
    • Pink: Admiration, grace
    • Yellow: Joyful, cheerful
    • White: Pure, innocent
    • Orange: Energetic, fascination
    • Peach: Modesty
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, roses are the oldest species of plant to be grown as decoration.

There’s so much more, I’ve only scratched the surface! I’ve always loved roses, and learning some of its history, meaning, and uses just makes them that much more interesting. I hope I’ve piqued your interest, too!

New Year, New You

I thought I’d try out a new look with a new theme – and boy am I surprised! Apparently WordPress retired the template I was using so there’s no going back. LOL You know what? That’s okay. It’ll all work out.

The OTHER new thing I’m excited to tell you about are my monthly features. Beginning in February, I’ll be focusing on one essential oil each month, taking you beyond the surface into a plunge of the oil’s history, medicinal, cosmetic, and culinary uses. I’ll hunt up some fun facts and offer a deep discount on my handmade products featuring that essential oil.

In honor of Valentine’s day February’s featured essential oil is ROSE. Check back to find out all about it!

If you’d like to learn more about a specific oil, just let me know!

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