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Cacao & Vanilla Body Scrub

Adoration for cacao can be traced back to ancient cultures in Mesoamerica. Bitter beverages made from the crushed seeds of this voluptuous fruit were enjoyed with a belief that these pods had magical properties. Mildly stimulating with a pronounced twinkle of euphoria, cacao was reserved for sacred rituals and royalty.

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Winter Blues Spray

You've reached the last part of our series on aroma sprays. Go to part one. 

This spray is like a burst of sunshine on a dreary gray day. For half the year here in Oregon, we live under a blanket of moody clouds and wander through a mist of cool rain. A rare slice of sunlight can weave rainbows into our skies, causing great celebration until the clouds creep back and gobble up the rays yet again.

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How to Make Massage Oil

This blog was originally published in 2014. Because it's so popular, we decided to update it for you. Enjoy! 

One of our favorite ways to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy is to craft our own massage oils. Whether you're enjoying a relaxing evening with your partner, blending for your professional practice, or doing some self-care massage after a long day on your feet, a good massage blend is a must-have! The best part about making your own massage oil is that you get to craft something truly unique and just right for you or your loved ones!

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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

I love cookbooks! Cooking and creating in the kitchen is my bliss. My approach to herbal recipe-making tends to be inspired by decades of kitchen experiments. While a simple elderberry syrup is quite functional and elderberries are delicious on their own, I couldn’t help but fiddle around until I’d crafted my own version of a classic elderberry syrup—full of extra herbal goodness and spicy flavor.

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Craft Your Own Fire Cider!

Mmm...mmm... how we love this hot and sweet, zesty, vinegary recipe!

Fire Cider is a popular herbal folk remedy. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with herbs is an especially pleasant and easy way to boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.

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Guide to Making Tinctures

Navigating the world of herbal remedies can inspire a hungry fascination. Finding wellness through herbs often leads to an experience that's transformative and empowering, but this journey can also bewilder our curious minds! We are lucky to have an incredible wealth of information about plant tonics at our fingertips today, but the beautiful complexity that comes with herbal traditions makes learning the nuances a lifelong endeavor.

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How to Make Herbal Gomasio

This blog was originally published in 2013. Because it's so popular, we decided to update it for you. Enjoy! 

If you love the aroma of toasty sesame seeds and the oceanic saltiness of seaweed, you might soon find this seasoning blend gracing your dinner table nightly. With just a flick of the wrist, this delicious combination of flavors adds a nutritive boost and subtle richness to just about any savory recipe. 

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DIY Moisturizing Skin Serum

Growing up, I was fed the beauty myth that oily skin is bad. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those natural oils actually help moisturize your skin. Washing them away can result in overly dry skin, rather than soft and supple skin. Really what you want is skin-loving oils like the serum recipe below paired with a nice, gentle astringent like Wild Rose Facial Toner or Rose Hydrosol for a balanced regimen.

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Favorite Root Decoction: Tea Blend with Turmeric Root

Decoctions are a wonderful way of making a stronger infusion. It is tea--but with a longer heating and steeping time, this method extracts more of the herbal goodness from the ingredients. It also is a good way to create gentle medicine from roots, tree barks, and dried berries. These are some of my very favorite roots and for those who are wondering how they can consume some of these herbs (such as Turmeric ), here is a perfect way to enjoy and ingest throughout the day... Read More
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2016 Winter Gift Ideas

We love being able to offer an array of goods that empower home herbalists and inspire homemade gifts, but sometimes even the best of us DIY folks are short on time. Here are a few ready-made ideas for you and the people you love. Want these gifts to arrive on your doorstep before December 25? Then make sure to order by next Monday, December 12!
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