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Our Top Recipes of 2018

While looking forward to a fresh new year, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the past. From natural body care formulations to herbal remedies that will keep you well all year long, we had a blast creating a variety of botanically inspired recipes for you. Here are seven recipes from 2018 that really shined:

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Posted by Raychel

DIY Ginger & Citrus Essential Oil Body Spray Recipe


As much as I love the gray, infamous wet skies of an Oregon fall and winter, I do find myself needing the occasional burst of brightness. One of my favorite ways to do this is through
aromatherapy. I long for the scents that I see as “yellow” when I smell them.  These yellow scents are so rare in the winter holiday weeks, which can be so dominated by the deep green scents of evergreen and the brown and red notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and pumpkin spice.

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Posted by Jessica

Our Mood-Changing Aroma Sprays for Body, Home & More!

Since prehistoric times, humanity has sought out scented botanicals to create perfumes for anointing the body and burning as incense. From ancient Egyptians using enfleurage of fragrant flowers to create unguents that would melt in the heat and sweeten the smell of the body, to modern perfume houses and the dizzying array of creations they offer, scented preparations are an essential part of the human experience.

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Posted by Miriam

Holiday-Inspired Orange Body Care Recipes

I love the scents of the holiday season. Nothing compares to the fresh, crisp scent of peppermint, or the warm, inviting, and spicy scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves—nothing, that is, except the sweet scent of oranges mingling with spices and chocolate. That distinctive fragrance always evokes childhood memories of my mom and me handcrafting those lovely orange pomander ornaments, made by sticking cloves directly into an unpeeled orange in creative designs. It’s a beloved holiday tradition that I have carried over to my own family!

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Posted by Christina

Essential Oil Conversions & Dilutions Guide (with Calculators!)

Working with essential oils can be exciting, inspiring, and confusing, all at the same time. There's a good bit of non-intuitive math involved. We purchase in ounces or portions of, blend in percentages and parts, and measure in ounces, drops, or teaspoons. How do you keep track of it all, or know how much oil to use?

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Posted by Christine

Mountain Rose Herbs' DIY Version of Four Thieves® Oil Blend

Many aromatherapists and natural wellness folks are familiar with a certain notorious essential oil blend of ne're-do-wells past, a mysterious potion based on a recipe that originated in the 15th century. According to legend, the concoction was created by a group of four thieves® and grave robbers to protect themselves from contracting the plague while robbing the bodies of the ill and deceased. When apprehended, the thieves admitted to using the formula and disclosed the recipe in order to receive a less severe punishment for their crimes.

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Posted by Irene

Herbal Homemade Gift Guide: 10 Easy DIY Gift Ideas for the Holidays


The holidays are almost upon us, so we’ve curated some of our favorite culinary and natural body care recipes to inspire your homemade gift giving this year. From homemade decor, to natural body care formulas, to kitchen staples, most of these DIY projects can be done in a day, and none takes more than a week. Even if you’ve put off your holiday crafting a little longer than you intended, there’s still time to whip up some botanical bounty to surprise and delight everyone on your list!

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Posted by Jana

How To Make Your Own Candles with Natural Wax

Natural wax candles are delightful accessories and tools for creating radiant spaces, especially as fall and winter bring chilly darkness to our days. These warm, flickering lights add natural ambiance and a calm, cozy feeling to any room. And while they serve a lovely mood-setting purpose in their own right, they can also be used to heat essential oils in a diffuser to fill a room with your favorite grounding fragrance, creating the perfect space for relaxing self care rituals.

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Posted by Jana

How to Use Essential Oils Safely

Essential oils seem to be everywhere these days! Little known in the mainstream just a decade or two ago, these potent oils are now being featured by celebrities, in magazines, and even in big box stores. Essential oils can be a wonderful way to support health and well-being. However, there is quite a bit of conflicting information out there about how to use them. As highly concentrated plant-based aromatics, it is important to use essential oils safely.

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Posted by Miriam

Essential Oil Storage: Tips for Extending Oil Life

Let's face it, essential oils are not cheap! They require a lot of plant material to produce a small amount of oil, so it's important to get the most out of your little bottles of aromatic goodness.

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Posted by Christine