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5-Seed Irish Soda Bread (with Vegan Variation!)

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that delights the comfort-foodie in me. Within my circle of friends, it’s been known to inspire Jameson-fueled quests to perfect the finer points of Irish soda bread. Although people often think of soda bread as being a product of Ireland, it’s actually an American invention that shows up in many cuisines around the world because of its simplicity, and the results are SO good! It’s a quick, one-bowl process and, because it relies on a chemical reaction between baking soda and a moist acid like buttermilk, the bread requires no resting or rising. In truth, soda bread is more or less a big biscuit. This five-seed, Himalayan-salted version retains the super-easy nature of traditional soda bread while seriously upping the nutritional content and flavor by adding whole wheat pastry flour and aromatic seeds. Whether youre aiming for a perfect St. Patricks Day loaf, or you just want to try your hand at one of the worlds simplest bread-baking methods, this seeded soda bread may be just the answer!

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Posted by Heidi

Aromatherapy with Tea Tree Essential Oils + Diffuser Blend

For refreshing, pungent, and herbaceous aromas, the Myrtaceae family is an excellent place to start! These woody evergreen botanicals include allspice, manuka, clove, eucalyptus, and a true aromatherapy staple: tea tree. We offer three varieties of oils from this fragrant family of herbs, spices, and bushy shrubs, and putting these energizing essences to work in your scent stylings is an excellent way to brighten your day!

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Posted by Kendle

Organic Spinach Powder Uses + Nourishing Recipes

Gloriously green and endlessly versatile, you can look to spinach for a variety of healthful antioxidants (carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and a veritable alphabet soup of other nutrients, from vitamin A to zinc with plenty in between (vitamins C, E, K, B2, B3, B6, and B9, plus magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium, to name a few!). Unsurprisingly, studies also show that this popular green has loads of health benefits, making it a staple salad base for health enthusiasts worldwide. However, if you aren't always inspired by a bowl of raw greens, or if you happen to have a health condition that is irritated by the oxalates found in uncooked spinach, then dried spinach powder might be your perfect worry-free way to enjoy all that green goodness!

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Posted by Kendle

How to Prepare Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea

Matcha tea is trending everywhere, from tantalizing treats such as cheesecake, lattés, and buttery shortbread, to skin nourishing facial masks and scrubs. What once started as a traditional cup of ceremonial tea has now become a cross-cultural phenomenon. Matcha is made from finely powdered, high-quality green tea leaves, and its healthful benefits, paired with its rich, earthy flavor, make it an intriguing addition to almost any kind of recipe.

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Posted by Kendle

Essential Oils for Love + Massage Oil & Aroma Spray Recipes

Powerful and intoxicating, essential oils can arouse feelings of love, passion, and attraction. They can enhance your self-appreciation, strengthen bonds with others, and create memorable moments through scent. To help you spread the love, we're sharing six of our favorite passion-kindling plant essences, which can be used on their own or combined into customized blends to create heart-warming perfumes, massage oils, and so much more.

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Posted by Christine

How to Make Four Thieves Vinegar for Natural Cleaning & Cuisine

Over the years, weve received questions about taking our DIY Four Thieves Oil Blend internally. The answer, in case youre wondering, is no—we never recommend ingesting essential oils because they are highly concentrated. Those questions got us thinking though, and were excited to share a DIY Four Thieves vinegar formula that can be taken by the spoonful, added to water, or used in place of regular vinegars in a variety of recipes, including vinaigrettes, marinades, sauces, etc. Also, because it is a vinegar base, this delicious, versatile edible makes a very effective, fantastically-scented spray cleaner.

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Posted by Heidi

Miso Ginger Soup with Vegan Dashi Recipe

Miso soup is an absolute must for me during the winter months. I’ll often make a large batch of it and warm some up for breakfast, cracking an egg into the umami-packed broth. It’s a common staple served at Japanese and Korean restaurants, often simply garnished with bits of tofu and chopped green onions. The two main components to miso soup are dashi and miso paste. Dashi is typically made with preserved fish and kombu, a flavorful and nutrient-rich seaweed. I decided to try making a vegan dashi stock using dried shiitakes along with my seaweed, and was pleasantly surprised.

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Posted by Tim

Love-Inspired DIY Body Care Gifts for Your Home Spa

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love—love for a partner, for friends, or for family, yes, but it's also the perfect excuse for some self-love too. Simple to create, our plant-based recipes are perfect for pampering those whom we cherish. These sumptuous preparations are formulated to relax the body and mind, uplift the spirit, and incite feelings of closeness and love.

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Posted by Irene

Understanding Fragrance Notes

Scents surround us everyday, everywhere, but we often find ourselves lacking the language to adequately describe them. Those who craft fragrances for aromatherapy or simple enjoyment often borrow from the lexicon of music to characterize different scents, and familiarizing yourself with the concept of these "fragrance notes" can help you create harmony and balance in your own essential oil blends

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Posted by Christine

3 Recipes with Smokey Lapsang Souchong Tea

Using tea for cooking is an ancient practice used often in China and Japan for adding depth to a variety of dishes. From steamed rice, tea eggs, soups, or desserts, there are endless recipes to experiment with by adding tea.

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Posted by Tiana

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