Pesto

What do think of when you think of pesto? Probably a beautifully thick, green, intensely flavored mixture of basil, garlic, Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, olive oil, salt, and pine nuts. For me, pesto is both a magical foodie ingredient and a fabulous way to preserve herbs and other fine greens. I hope that this post… Continue reading Pesto

Basil

When I first started using essential oils, I heard a story about a woman who had only a bottle of Basil oil and used it for everything for an entire year before she moved on to other oils. At the time, I wondered if that could really be true. This post covers only some of… Continue reading Basil

Baking Soda

Today’s blog post is very long. That’s because I want to give you a fair overview of all the possible uses for the humble bag or box of baking soda that you may have stored in one or more cabinets in your home. I admit that there are many applications listed here that I have… Continue reading Baking Soda

Tea and Essential Oils

Earlier this week, a friend asked me for some advice on using essential oils in tea. The more I thought about how to answer her, the longer the answer got in my head. I realized that I wanted to approach both teas and oils in such a way that a blog post would be the… Continue reading Tea and Essential Oils

Dandelions

Robins and dandelions are among the very first signs of spring here in western Pennsylvania. This past winter, mild temperatures even encouraged them to flower in unusual months. But certainly by March, they are showing up as the first pollen providers for the growing season ahead. They are an amazing plant and definitely not the… Continue reading Dandelions

Rosemary

Spring is in the air in western Pennsylvania! One of the very happy surprises I have experienced this spring is to see my rosemary bush alive and well after the winter season. Although a rosemary bush always thrives during the regular growing season in the spot where I plant it, it usually dies in the… Continue reading Rosemary

Confessions of a Food Addict

This week's guest post is by Raquel Branchik, an independent health coach who is on her own journey to overcoming food addiction, obesity and poor health.  At the time of this writing, she has lost 72 lbs in 7 months and is feeling better than ever. She is paying this gift forward to help as… Continue reading Confessions of a Food Addict

A Day in the Life

Do you wonder what you would use essential oils for in your everyday life? Whether you are a non-user (yet), a new user just trying a few things out, or a veteran oiler always on the lookout for new applications, I invite you to join me on a typical day in my life. Our children… Continue reading A Day in the Life

Gifts from the Heart

Many of you may be familiar with Dr. Gary Chapman’s book, “The Five Love Languages”. In it, he explains that each of us has a different way of feeling loved. He outlines five love language categories and says that these hold true across all ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I have a very special sixth… Continue reading Gifts from the Heart

Yarrow, the Warrior Plant

I first came to know yarrow because I was looking for a pretty plant for my front yard that would act as a natural pest repellent and would attract pollinators. When I started to grow it, I was completely entranced by its aroma, by the beauty of its leaves and flower heads, and by its… Continue reading Yarrow, the Warrior Plant