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Which works better: inhaling essential oils or applying them to my skin?

Aromatherapy can promote healthy functioning of all mind-body systems. Choosing inhalation or skin application depends on what we want to support: respiratory and immune health, relaxation and restful sleep, tight…

Should I apply essential oils to the soles of my feet?

You may have heard that you should apply essential oils to the soles of your feet for certain health issues, because the large pores absorb essential oils so well. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true.…

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5 easy, holistic ways to reduce stress

Stress knows no season, but it can really pile up during the winter holidays. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try these simple tips to take control of your own well-being.

How to choose a Reiki practitioner

Since Reiki is a very subjective experience, everyone is going to look for something different in a Reiki practitioner. Here are some guidelines.

DIY real food: homemade nut butter

It’s super easy and a bit cheaper to make your own nut butter (and your kitchen will smell amazing). So easy, in fact, that I don’t even have a real recipe…

Should I drink essential oils?

In a word:  NO.  In this post, I explain why and what to do instead.

Fatty acids and lye… oh my!

For a decade, I was the Creative Director of an aromatherapy soap company. Soapmaking is an art form largely unchanged over hundreds of years. Read on to learn how soap is made,…

DIY hair care: herbal vinegar hair rinse

When I operated an aromatherapy soap company, some of my customers used soap as shampoo, and I got questions about making and using vinegar hair rinse.  Here’s a very comprehensive tutorial for…

Recipe: Ginger-Orange Tea

Warming, comforting, spicy-sweet…  It’s holiday season!  Time for warm, cozy beverages by the fire.  Here’s one of my favorites.  I first had this at the amazing Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca,…

Holiday survival guide: 5 steps to doing it differently

Here’s a tool to help you center your priorities, reground yourself, and reconnect with the joy and meaning of the season. Winter is a wonderful time to hibernate, go within, and…