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How to Make Pinon (Pinyon) Oil and Salve

How to make pinon oil + salve

I just returned from a backpacking trip to one of the most magical places I've EVER been...Fossil Spring, AZ. In the plant world, this area of Arizona is known as the Juniper-Pinon belt. It contains such a unique collection of flora...in fact, most plants living here are known only to this region! And what an honor it was to share space among them. In just a few short days, I was able to harvest numerous plants (under the energy of the full moon as a magical bonus). One of the most notable, was the Pinon. What's so amazing about Pinon? Pinon trees were everywhere along the trail! They provided the respite we so desperately needed to shade ourselves from the intensity of the sun. … Continue reading...

How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks :: And a List of Plants Commonly Used in Smudge Sticks

Make Your Own Smudge Sticks  And a List of Herbs Traditionally Used

According to countless ancient ways of knowing, all plants possess a sacred spirit... ...a spirit that goes well beyond, and vibrates deeper, than its physical constituents. It is this pure and hallowed nature of plants {and our inter-connectedness} that has led to their traditional/medicinal use in :: healing {physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual} cleansing {a space or our bodies} consecration guidance protection community-building altering, or shifting, consciousness religious ceremonies personal exploration Contrary to popular thought, the use of plants for these purposes is not a new idea...nor is it new-age, super hipster mumbo-jumbo. It is … Continue reading...

Holy Basil (Tulsi) for Stress Relief :: And Tips for Daily Use

Herbs to Relieve Stress and Anxiety  Holy Basil (Tulsi) Ocimum sanctum

I am quite confident we all are familiar, at least to some degree, with the symptoms of stress and anxiety :: tension emotional instability phobias loss of focus lack of motivation feelings of impending doom or disaster heart palpitations irregular breathing And, despite the modern wonders of science and industry -- with its intent to "make life easier" -- the pace of our lives has dramatically increased! We are filled to the brink with worry, stress, and anxiety...and as I see it, causes can be linked, but by no means limited to :: the Internet, social media, mobile devices, and the like -- all of which allows many of us to feel as though we are drowning in a … Continue reading...

Herbal Sleep Aid :: How to Make Peaceful Sleep Sachets Using Herbs, Essential Oils, and Crystals

How to make your own peaceful sleep sachets using herbs, essential oils, and crystals

Folklore + ancestral wisdom tells us that the right blend of herbs, essential oils, and crystals can assist the body in experiencing restorative sleep. And one of my favorite ways to incorporate each of these elements into a daily remedy, is to create peaceful sleep sachets... ...sleep sachets have been used for centuries. By creating a synergistic blend of herbs, essential oils, and crystals one is said to be able to :: induce restful sleep experience vivid and meaningful dreams receive relief from nightmares ward off negative energy help us relax + unwind increase positive vibrations in the space they occupy improve mental health If you, or someone you know, has … Continue reading...

Herbal Facial Cleansing Cream Recipe

Herbal Cleansing Cream Recipe by Frugally Sustainable

You know what super sucks?!?! Getting older...that's what!!! It hasn't been until the last year that I've really started to notice a significant change in tautness of the skin on my face. It isn't horrible, yet...but ladies, I know you know what I'm talkin' about! So needless to say, I'm on a mission to hold off the inevitable for as long as possible. And naturally, I will do that with the help of some of my favorite nourishing ingredients, herbal allies, and plant-based oils. Each of the ingredients I have chosen for this recipe are known for their :: fight against dry, damaged, and dehydrated skin ability to minimize appearance of acne scars treatment of wrinkles and … Continue reading...