Lemon Essential Oil: 5 Ways to Clean Your Home Naturally

We love lemon essential oil for its wellness benefits, its bright and sugary citrus aroma, and its uplifting and energizing constituents. It’s a wonderful oil in skin and hair care formulas and for diffusing in homes and offices. We also love that this cost-effective oil makes an excellent cleaning agent and leaves our homes smelling deliciously like freshly cut lemons. It’s the 76% (=)-Lionene in lemon oil that makes it so good at polishing furniture and cutting grease and sticky residues. We’re revisiting five of our favorite lemon oil-based cleaning recipes that are easy to make, safe to use, and leave our homes smelling citrus good.

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Posted by Christine

Guide to Oil Cleansing + The Best Oils for Your Skin Type

I know that washing your face with oil may sound a little odd at first, but trust me—this ancient secret is a great way to cleanse and nourish your skin! The reason oil cleansing works is basic chemistry: like-dissolves-like. Using nourishing organic oils to clean your face helps break up the grime that gets caught in your skin’s natural sebum while not harming the microbiome of the skin. Ready to get started? Let’s go!

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Posted by Jessicka

Minty Lemongrass Oxymel (Without Vinegar) & Summer Mocktail Recipe


When my husband and I got married, we wanted to offer a full mocktail bar for our wedding guests. I love using oxymels for mocktails: the traditional syrup made from an acid and a sweetener (usually vinegar and honey) lends a complex flavor that up-levels any drink. They are also a yummy way to serve herbs to friends and family.

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Elderflower Cordial Made with Fresh or Dried Elderflowers

It’s almost elderflower season! When I excitedly announced this among friends recently, they all gave me a grin-and-eye-roll combination that, if I’m being honest, I receive on a regular basis from this bunch. It’s all done in good fun—it’s no secret that I choose to live my life much slower than the modern-world pace, as closely aligned with the turning of the seasons as possible. My favorite people may tease me about my Luddite ways and seasonal delight over things like elderflowers, but they aren’t fooling anybody. They’re always the first ones to belly up for our refreshing cordials and festive cocktails and, because I let most of my homegrown elderflowers turn into berries, they are also the ones who slyly check in throughout the year to see if I’ve got any cordial made with the dried elderflowers that sustain us when the fresh flowers are long gone. Here’s to elderflower cordial and sharing with friends!

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Posted by Heidi

Spring Pesto Recipes for Health & Vitality

Research compiled by Oregon State University has shown that roughly half of the adult population in the United States doesn’t get enough of the vitamins and minerals that leafy greens supply: 52% don’t get the recommended intake of magnesium, 44% don’t get enough calcium, and 43% don’t get enough vitamin C. Although many of us know that we need two to three cups of leafy greens a day to supply our exquisitely complex bodies with the vitamins and minerals needed to carry out cellular processes and repairs, many of us have trouble eating adequate amounts of those greens.

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Posted by Kami- Guest Writer

Herb-Inspired Salad Dressings from Around the World: 4 Recipes for Summer Salads

There are a lot of reasons to love summer, but a big one here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon is the wealth of fresh garden and farm produce. We’re heading into salad season, always a good opportunity to explore new flavors and ways to enjoy the freshest greens, ripest tomatoes, crispest cucumbers, sweetest corn, and more. We’ve got four standout salad dressing recipes from around the world for you to enjoy this season, along with ideas about how to best use them: horiatiki from Greece, wafu from Japan, esquites from Mexico, and tahini-lemon from the Middle East. Enjoy!

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Posted by Heidi

How to Make Tulsi Sipping Vinegar + Spritzer and Shrub Cocktail Recipes

 

A friend called the other day and before I had a chance to finish with “Hello” she asked, “What was that vinegar drink you made last summer? The zingy one with basil and berries?” It was a shrub: a “zingy” drinking vinegar infused with fruit. Apparently, my friend had a craving because berry season is upon us. It was a good reminder—this is a perfect time to start infusing vinegars with herbs and fruit for both refreshing summer drinks and herbal formulations for later in the year. I love the allure of a jar full of drinking vinegar and the potential it represents for delicious, healthful sipping. Infuse berries and we’re also well on our way to a perfect shrub cocktail/mocktail season.

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Posted by Heidi

Spring Rain Essential Oil Blend + Wax Melt Recipe

I love to live fully within the seasons. I take in all the nuances of the seasonal elements, ebbing and flowing with the twists and turns of the weather and the expansion and contraction of daylight. This mindfulness practice allows me to connect with the “now” and fully appreciate all that the Earth shares with us through her wondrous cycles. 

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Posted by Jessicka

Clearing the Cognitive Cobwebs: Tips For Improved Focus and Memory

Foggy brain and fuzzy focus affect many of us from time to time and during certain phases of our lives. While many herbs do indeed have a long history of use and modern research to support mental clarity, first it’s important to take a deep look at what’s going on in your life that’s draining your brain power to truly enhance your mental prowess and vitality.

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DIY World Spice Blends

All too often it’s easy to use the same spices over and over again. If they work, then why not? I sprinkle Italian seasoning on just about everything. Turmeric powder and smoked salt are two other popular staples in my houshold. But this season I was determined to bring some new flavors into my kitchen. I’m thrilled to say that these blends did just the trick!

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Posted by Ek Ongkar

3 Magic Moon Milk Recipes for Restful Sleep

If drinking warm milk before bed sounds like the kind of advice you might hear from your grandma—well, it turns out grandma knows best again! Drinking heated creamy beverages before bed has been practiced for centuries and has helped people all over the world drift off into a restful sleep. It is also commonly recommended by Ayurvedic practitioners to calm fiery doshas and to help balance the body before bed. Nowadays, these magical cups of comfort are often referred to as moon milks and incorporate herbs and spices to help assist the body in relaxation.

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Posted by Jessicka

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Lemon Essential Oil: 5 Ways to Clean Your Home Naturally

We love these five lemon oil-based cleaning recipes that are easy to make, safe to use, and leave our homes smelling citrusy and fresh!
WRITTEN BY Christine

June 15, 2023

Guide to Oil Cleansing + The Best Oils for Your Skin Type

Nourishing organic oils are a wonderful way to clean your face and break up dirt that gets caught in your skin’s natural sebum. Learn how to make an oil cleanser that’s perfect for your skin type.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

June 12, 2023

Minty Lemongrass Oxymel (Without Vinegar) & Summer Mocktail Recipe

Oxymels are a tasty way to infuse your favorite herbal allies and also make a superb mocktail base. This minty vinegar-less oxymel is refreshing, uplifting, and an enjoyable way to beat the summer heat!
WRITTEN BY Amanda Crooke ~ Guest Herbalist

June 9, 2023

Elderflower Cordial Made with Fresh or Dried Elderflowers

Elderflower season inspires us to make summer cordials. Dried elderflowers are ideal for making the best cordial for summer coolers and brunch cocktails!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

May 25, 2023

Spring Pesto Recipes for Health & Vitality

Research shows that about half of U.S. adults don't get enough vitamins and minerals. Enter Pesto—an herbally delicious way to get more of what we need!
WRITTEN BY Kami- Guest Writer

May 24, 2023

Herb-Inspired Salad Dressings from Around the World: 4 Recipes for Summer Salads

It’s almost the best time of year: fresh salad season. We’ve got 4 salads from around the world to make the most of your garden or farmers market bounty!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

May 17, 2023

How to Make Tulsi Sipping Vinegar + Spritzer and Shrub Cocktail Recipes

Berry season is the perfect time to infuse vinegars with adaptogenic holy basil and healthy fruits for summer shrub cocktails and berry spritzers!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

May 14, 2023

Spring Rain Essential Oil Blend + Wax Melt Recipe

This Spring Rain essential oil blend celebrates the promises and gifts of the season. You can also add this beautiful aroma blend to wax melts for a delightful home fragrance.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

May 8, 2023

Clearing the Cognitive Cobwebs: Tips For Improved Focus and Memory

Our daily actions have the ability to drain our brain power or enhance our mental prowess and vitality. It’s important to take a deep look at the choices we make to bring the changes we wish to see in our lives.

DIY World Spice Blends

Looking for new savory flavors to add to your culinary creations? Check out these globally-inspired DIY spice blends!
WRITTEN BY Ek Ongkar

April 14, 2023

3 Magic Moon Milk Recipes for Restful Sleep

These moon milk recipes combine the old-time remedy of warm milk before bed with healthful herbs and spices for the perfect bedtime beverage!
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

April 11, 2023