Essential Oils for the Autumnal Equinox and the Fall Season

In the northern hemisphere, the 2019 autumnal equinox – one of two days each year when the length of day and night are roughly equal – fell on September 23rd. Regardless of the weather where you were (it was hot and sunny at my house!), this day represented the end of summer and official start of fall.    In many parts of the U.S., the air is getting colder (some places have snow already!), the days are growing shorter, and the leaves are starting to change color. And we’re smack dab in the middle of harvesting apples, squash, pumpkins, root vegetables, and other fall produce.   As transition is taking place in...

How to Make Beautiful, Non-Toxic Bath Bombs

Are you in on the bath bomb craze???    Bath bombs are an easy way for tired bodies and souls to wind down, relax, and indulge in a bit of pampering at the end of a long day. Depending on the combination of ingredients, they may help detoxify your body, moisturize your skin, soothe sore muscles, or reduce stress.    These colorful, fizzing orbs also make bath time considerably more fun for kids. Mention I have one and my 6-year old will run for the tub without complainin...

Why Soak Your Feet + How to Do it for Maximum Therapeutic Benefit

Feet… we rely on them to move us an untold number of steps in our lifetimes, but we rarely think of them (except when they hurt!) and do precious little to care for them. Seems to me they deserve more thanks than they are getting!  One way I’ve recently started taking better care of my feet, as well as my...

How to Use Essential Oils for Focus & Concentration

There are times when we all need to increased focus to get something done, learn a new concept, or achieve a goal. Or when everything around us seems chaotic or out of control, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, frazzled, and ineffective. Essential oils are a great help to us in these situations, whether it’s to clear our minds, clarify our thoughts, provide grounding, increase retention of information, or offer a boost of energy. Here are some of my favorites to foster an additional measure of focus and concentration. This post may contain affiliate links . These links give me the opportunity to share products I truly use, love, and recommend. Affiliate...

Essential Oils for the Winter Solstice (and the Entire Season)

Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.  Not familiar with this term? It’s the day each year when the sun travels on its lowest arc in the sky. This results in the shortest amount of daylight and longest period of darkness . It’s also the first official day of winter on American calendars. Yes, the sun is at its least today, with darkness prevailing for many more hours than the sun will be visible above the horizon. But rather than feeling bleak or oppressive, as some think of winter, it is instead the beginning of something… a day that shows us a gleam of light at the end of a long tunnel. Why?  Because tomorrow, we begin walking stea...

How to Use Essential Oils to Boost Your Immune System

I DON’T WANT TO GET SICK   (pleads everyone this time of year) !!!   This post (and  it's companion ) will show you the natural remedies you need to stay healthy until Spring! November is here! We are now well into Fall and hurtling quickly toward winter.  With the cooling weather has arrived various forms of seasonal “ick.” You know what I’m talking about… sniffling, sneezing, constantly reaching for tissues, fatigue, chills, body aches, or simply feeling like you’ve been run over by a bus. People in my workplace have been falling like flies over the past couple of weeks!  As far as I can help it, I want to avoid feeling like that! And sick husbands or children are no fun either! We had a good run last year… I...

8 Reasons You Should Drink Golden Milk

New to golden milk, a.k.a. the " turmeric latte "? You're missing out on a most delicious, nourishing treat!  Originating in India, golden milk is a centuries-old Ayurvedic drink that has recently been making inroads in other regions. This comforting beverage is traditionally made by...

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Welcome back to the third and final part of my series on healthy travel! You’ve planned wisely, packed smartly, and journeyed using strategies to best to avoid illness and counteract the stress that travel puts on your body. Now that you’ve reached your destination, how do you best support your health? And how do you keep on track with your wellness goals while making the most of your vacatio...

How to Clean Your Home Without Toxic Chemicals (+ Recipes for Natural Cleaning that Actually Work)

Hi, again!  Welcome back for part 2 of my green cleaning series. As I discussed in  this blog post , many of the cleaning products on store shelves have been linked by peer reviewed studies to both acute and chronic health issues. Definitely not something to mess around with! Is it possible to clean your home (office, car, or any other type of facility) without all the harsh, health-compromising chemicals?  Absolutely! You can easily achieve this goal by making your own! This way, you have complete control over each and every ingredient. They are super simple and quick to make using ingredients that you likely already have in ...

Yoga & Essential Oils: Get Ready For Your Next Best Duo!

Yoga and its health benefits have been studied for generations. In the last 10 years, yoga participation numbers have grown steadily, with over 10 million more people participating in yoga in the spring of 2017 than there were in 2006 . It’s no surprise that today there are 36.7 million yoga participants in the United States alone! Those are staggering numbers! With its focus on breathing and posture, yoga reduces stress hormones and increases physical and emotional...

Essential Oils for Immune Support (and how to use them!)

Winter is upon us and many are already feeling under the weather.  My husband laid low for much of the weekend feeling less than stellar.   In addition, even healthy practices can put us at greater risk of weakened immune systems .  For example, prolonged periods of exercise and heavy training regimens are associated with suppression of  immune system  function, which can increase your risk of picking up opportunistic infections. Check out  this paper  for a deeper dive into this topic.   To reach and maintain peak physical condition, it is important to both minimize exposure to elements that may harm your immune system and to take proactive, consistent measures to enhance your body’s ability to p...

Simple Guidelines for Diluting Essential Oils

I almost always dilute my essential oils before applying them to my skin.  Why? DOWNLOAD FREE DILUTION GUIDE Except in certain cases where applying oils "neat" or directly to your skin without a carrier oil may be appropriate (e.g., to stop active bleeding or immediately after burns, bug bites, or stings), dilution of ...

Simple Homemade Body Butter for Pain and Inflammation

Most of us experience muscle or joint pain or discomfort from time to time. Whether we sustain an injury, overdo exercise or yard work, or have a chronic condition, we are looking for ways to experience relief. There are so many natural methods to consider, from massage to acupuncture to infrared sauna to yoga to heat and electric stimulation (electromyostimulation).  We use all of these practices in our home, depending on the situation. But at the very outset of pain or inflammation, we first reach for essential oils. Sometimes we apply them to the area of discomfort ...

14 Simple Ways to Aromatically Benefit from Essential Oils

We don't often think about the role that the scents we inhale play within our bodies. We may be vaguely or even acutely conscious of certain aromas, which can span the range from fresh, clean, light, flowery, spicy, earthy, or sweet to loamy, stale, musty, repulsive, putrid, nauseating, or just plain rotten. But does their effect go beyond the mere enjoyment or dislike of a particular scent?   Most definitely!  Your sense of sm...

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...

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 min...

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 tan...

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. Wil...