Effective DIY Bug Spray Recipes: The Natural, Non-Toxic Protection You Need This Summer

Mosquitoes are an inevitable downside to summertime. I absolutely hate being bitten, followed by the days of itching and temptation to scratch the welts. Unfortunately for me, I’m a mosquito magnet. Even if no one else is getting bit, my arms and legs are being eaten alive. Couple that with having spent the majority of my career traveling in parts of the world where mosquito-transmi...

Sunburn? This Soothing Spray with Essential Oils Comes to the Rescue!

One day when I was young, my mother brought home two drinking glasses from Pizza Hut. [Remember when, from time to time, fast food restaurants would offer limited edition collectors' glasses for purchase? My family’s “fancy” holiday stemware, which are still used for serving milkshakes on Christmas Eve, likewise came from Arby’s!] These particular glasses had Ch...

Traveling??? Which Essential Oils Should You Take Along?

I recently took an overseas business trip for the first time in over two years. I definitely couldn’t take my entire oil collection with me to Bosnia and so set about trying to narrow down the list to just the “bare essentials.” So many choices!  Which to take? Here’s what I finally chose to pack and why:  Balance  – promotes tranquility, brings harmony to the mind and bo...

Certain Essential Oils Make Skin Prone to UV Damage: Know Before You Go Out!

Summer is quickly drawing near. We’ve had a few hot, sunny days in the DC area already! If you love applying essential oils to your skin (most of us do!), but also love to spend time in the sun (which is important for Vitamin D acquisition), take note: certain essential oils are photosensitizers (phototoxic) when applied to this skin .   What in the world does that mean?!? Put simply, they make your skin more prone to damage from the sun’s UV rays. This means that the parts of the skin to which the phototoxic oil was applied could experience burning, blistering, and discoloration when exposed to sunlight or tanning beds. Which ones?  This applies primarily to citrus oils, but there a...

Increase the Nutrition of Your Food with Little Effort

Late last year, I returned to my previous practice of sprouting, which had fallen by the wayside as life got busier and busier. Why? I was firmly committed to the benefits of eating sprouted foods and was purchasing organic alfalfa sprouts, pea shoots, sunflower sprouts, etc. on a weekly basis. This is far from cheap! I use sprouts every day in salads, wraps, smoothies, and on top of burgers. I decided that I could better conserve money with minimal effort, as sprouts are simple and far less expensive to gro...

The Perfect Pick-Me-Up!

Cold pressed from the peel, Wild Orange essential oil is one of my all-time favorites for its fresh, sweet, and invigorating aroma. It has a variety of uses from aiding the digestive system to energizing the mind and body. Part of its appeal stems from its chemical makeup. Wild Orange is high in monoterpenes, which gives the oil purifying and stimulating qualities that can help enhance immunity when seasonal threats are high. The orange rind, from which the oil is pressed, is also full o...