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5 easy, holistic ways to reduce stress

Holistic, practical solutions to regain your inner balance

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.

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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 with exact proportions to share, because proportions really don’t matter. You control the amount of salt and sugar, which makes it even more healthy. If you exclude optional soaking and roasting time, this will take you all of 7 minutes.

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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, why handmade soap is great for your skin, and more.

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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 you – how to choose the best herbs for your hair, the best dilution to use, and how to apply.

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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, New York.  I was hooked. When I got home, I recreated it to the best of my memory. This isn’t exactly the Moosewood recipe, but it sure is delicious.

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