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Herbal Pulling Oil: How to Make Herb-Infused Oil for Your Oil Pulling Regime

How to make your own herb infused pulling oil for use with your oil pulling practice.

If you haven't yet incorporated oil pulling into your natural hygiene regime... ...chances are, you have at least heard of the practice. Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years, and is attached to some pretty amazing health benefits! This method for oral hygiene, originated in India and is a fairly simple (I say "fairly" as it requires a bit of patience) detoxification process where you place a couple teaspoons of oil in your mouth -- ideally first thing in the morning -- and swish the oil around gently for 10-20 minutes before spitting it out into a trash can. In the beginning of the "oil pulling craze" I was a bit resistant to the practice. Now... ...I'm a … Continue reading...

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...