Walks and Aromas!

17523555_359599567769702_2652575274211168011_n

This pic was taken from our favorite bike trail. Spring is bursting with beauty and aromas! I love the smell of the earth this time of year. Many times it reminds me of the smell of vetiver!

According to Pompeii Organics, vetiver has a very earthy scent. It is incredibly thick, taking its time to come out of the bottle. That slowness is an amusing parallel to vetiver’s effects on the body: it is calming and sedating, and has a grounding/soothing effect on emotions.

Vetiver is also pain-relieving, antifungal, and antispasmodic. It stimulates the immune system and its decongestant, expectorant properties make it good for colds.

If you are interested in purchasing a sample of this oil, let us know—we can’t wait to share it with you!

Girls’ Day!

Hello! We hope you’re enjoying your week. Spring has sprung!

1-DSC_0929

We are having a mommy-daughters girls’ day! We’ll be strolling around the Grove City Outlets in the warm spring air.

20150811_121200

We hope you take joy in the new season and in the people in your life! Have a great rest of your week!

Basil, Sweet Basil

Spring means new flavors and fresh ingredients! Here’s something we shared back in May on one of our favorite herbs: Basil!

20150527_085015

Hello Friends!

Today I want to share the healing properties of a plant many of us think of as a cooking herb: basil, specifically sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). Basil doesn’t just smell amazing and taste delicious in pasta dishes. Basil essential oil is helpful for a variety of health needs.

Now, the first thing to know with basil essential oil is that chemical properties can vary from oil to oil. It’s important to know exactly what properties your basil oil possesses for maximum effect. (This is where a certified aromatherapist can help 😉.

Basil is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. It is also a wonderful digestive aid and helps the digestive system to overcome nausea and vomiting. It’s also great for chest colds as it has expectorant properties.

Wonderful physical benefits aside, basil also helps with mental and emotional health (which, as we think holistically, we know to also be a part of the body!). Basil helps to increase confidence and motivation and is great to boost mental clarity and happy emotions.

So remember all this next time you add basil leaves to your favorite dish! No wonder it’s such a favorite!

How do you like to use basil in food and around the house?

What basil benefit are you most interested in?

(All information comes from my wonderful teacher Liz Fulcher and her data sheets on essential oils for the Aromatic Wisdom Institute.)

 

A Different Kind of Shamrock Shake

It’s March, which means it’s almost our favorite time of year: St. Patrick’s Day!

Our Irish selves love this rather cheesy holiday. Green! Cabbage! Shamrocks!

Another mainstay of this season is the Shamrock Shake, one of McDonalds’ most popular items this time of the year. Unfortunately, the truth behind this beloved shake is not for the health-minded faint of heart.

One small Shamrock Shake has 530 Calories, 160 mg of sodium, and a whopping 73 grams of sugar ( almost three times the recommended daily amount for women, equal to about seventeen teaspoons)! (Source)

We’re all for a guilty pleasure now and then, but most people probably don’t even realize just how guilty their pleasures might be!

Luckily, there’s a better, healthier, and still pretty yummy way! I introduce a different kind of Shamrock Shake:

20160301_091611.jpg

This is one of my own creations, a yummy smoothie I like to drink any time of the day. I use creamy coconut milk, fresh cilantro and arugula, sweet raw honey, a little spicy cinnamon and fresh ginger, and vanilla. Peppermint gives it that Shamrock-y taste. And there you have it – a “Shamrock Shake” full of vitamins and real, honest-to-goodness flavor. No artificial colors and flavors here. There’s definitely way less Calories, sugar, and sodium, and more nutritional bang for your buck. All made in the comfort of your own home!

I’m not saying we’ll never have another “real” Shamrock Shake (although that nutritional information was pretty scary!), but it’s good to know there’s another option that you don’t have to feel guilty about!

Would you ever try my recipe? Were you as surprised to find what’s in the Shamrock Shake as much as we were? Enjoy your first week of March folks!