Hands Up: Treat yourself to a DIY hand massage

It is easy to take your hands for granted. These hard-working appendages are constantly on the move … grabbing, lifting, carrying, typing, scratching, writing … you can imagine that the myriad muscles, bones, tendons and nerves that make up the complex mechanisms in your hands get pooped after a day on the job. When you are feeling worn out, give … Read More

Bounce back from summer skin with Naked Base recipe

Between the intense beach sitting, marathon weed-pulling and eating peaches like there’s no tomorrow, you’d probably agree that these last few months of summer should be classified as epic. But now there’s a price to pay … and I’m not talking about all the piles of sand that need to be vacuumed out of your minivan. I’m talking about your … Read More

Creating a Naturally Allergy-Free Living Space

Experiencing unexpected allergies is about as fun as climbing a cactus. Just when you think you’ll get something done in a day … BAM! Your lungs, eyes, skin or mucous membranes decide to spring some histamine reaction to make things a little more complicated. Essential oils can be used as an alternative or complementary treatment for allergy symptoms, but a … Read More

Fighting Fall Allergies with Certified Organic Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know the begrudging resentment of watching the world ease into the calm and cool beauty of autumn – while you and your puffy face are stuck in a mire of damp tissues, itchy tears, and sneezing fits. Seasonal allergies are – quite literally – a headache. They generally peak when outdoor molds release … Read More

Super-Customize Your Exfoliating Scrub

  Nothing can make you feel younger, healthier and more radiant than a good exfoliating scrub. This spa technique removes dull and dead cells from the surface of your skin to make room for the smooth, glowing, and healthy skin underneath. You probably know how easy it is to create a customized sugar-scrub exfoliant for your skin type with your … Read More

Enjoy a Smooth and Healthy Complexion with a DIY Scrub

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to experience a full-body scrub at a high-end spa or salon, you’ll know the (somewhat weird) sensation of wanting to stroke your skin as if you were your own puppy. Everything is so soft after a good exfoliation. If I could, I’d submit myself to the experience weekly. But who has the time (or … Read More

Thawing the Freeze … Overcoming Test Anxiety with Essential Oils

  You’ve pounded out every last assignment and studied like a monk for the past two weeks. You’ve aced the material and feel ready to tackle the test … you think. But when you actually sit down with your sharpened #2 pencil … you go blank, freeze up, zone out, or feel so nervous that you can’t get it together … Read More

Good Morning Sunshine! Getting Teens Out of Bed with Essential Oils

You’ve tried an alarm clock. You’ve blasted Chopin at double speed through their bedroom speakers. You’ve even tried an ice cube down the pajama pants. It isn’t easy getting a teenager out of bed in time to catch the bus every morning. Isn’t it ironic that this is the very same child you spent literally hundreds of hours singing to, … Read More

Reading, Writing and … Run Down? Keeping Kids Healthy at School

When kids head to school in the fall, we expect them to fill their heads with the latest on cell theory and a little quantum physics, but not so much with stomach flu germs. Unfortunately, when you get any quantity of 10-year-olds sitting in the same room for six hours a day, germs happen. Even with a careful teacher and … Read More

Killing hidden germs in kids’ spaces

Children learn about the world through“experimentation” (a.k.a. squishing bugs between their fingers and licking the dog dish). Even when attentive parents invest hundreds of dollars in things like bike helmets, car seats, outlet protectors and safety gates to keep those little bodies safe, the biggest threat to kids may be their own germy habits. What’s a parent to do? You … Read More