Free DIY Green Cleaning Recipes + Weekly Wellness Tips for a Wholly Healthier You!

Nutrient-Dense Quickies Part 1: Veggies

Do you find it tricky to eat well when you're in a busy season with little or no time to cook?  What tends to be the first real food thing to go?  For me, it’s usually the veggies. But I’ve finally landed on a few nutrient-dense quickies that my family will actually eat and that have been saving my bacon (and time!) in the kitchen, and I'm sharing...

Oily Trick for Fresh Cut Flowers

Aren’t daisies the friendliest flower?  I was the happy recipient of this bouquet for Mother's Day last weekend, and it made me look forward even more to the coming season of cut flowers!  Whether you're picking fresh flowers from your garden or bringing home a bouquet from your local florist, I highly recommend this trick for extending the life an...

Easy DIY Ant Spray

Have you had an issue with ants yet this season?  Whether indoors or out, send pesky ants packing the natural, nontoxic way! This easy homemade spray contains ingredients that are both unpleasant and toxic to ants, while being safe and friendly to people, plants, and pollinators. ⁣A win-win! ⁣ Recipe for Easy DIY Ant Spray To a 16-oz spray bottle, ...

Siberian Fir for Puffy Eyes

Do you ever get itchy red bumps, splotches, or puffiness around your eyes this time of year?  That kind of discomfort can be miserable!   I speak from experience and can tell you that I've found Siberian Fir essential oil to be so helpful in soothing those irritations and reducing the discomfort!  At the first sign of this kind of eye discomfort,...

Top 6 Holistic Hacks for Spring Survival

Spring pollen is in the air!  If you tend to get drippy, watery, itchy, or sneezy this time of year (or all of the above!), this one’s for you!    Here are my top 6 holistic health hacks to help you manage your seasonal concerns naturally .  In addition to my springtime protocol remedies (which I talked about in this blog post ), I keep this hand...

Beat Spring Pollen Naturally

Spring is coming!  We've had a glorious burst of warm and sunny weather here in Northern Virginia, and it's inspired me to tackle some clean-up in my gardens, both the raised vegetable bed and our “secret garden” at the back of the house under the deck. Jump to my seasonal remedies! Last Year's Raised Vegetable Bed (June 2020)   Secret Garden (Jun...

Keeping White Sofas Clean--No Bleach!

My husband thought I was crazy.  Nearly nine years ago we'd just moved into a new house with our two active, outdoorsy, art-and-crafts-loving daughters (ages 6 and 4), we had a baby on the way; and I had my sights on replacing our 25-yr old hand-me-down sofas with two lovely, white slipcovered sofas.   I've always loved the clean look and neutral...

Ditch and Switch: Easy DIY Nontoxic Fabric Softener

As a young mom in my twenties, I was in the throes of learning to care for my babies, trying to figure out ongoing concerns of acid reflux,  eczema, and failure-to-thrive in my firstborn, while also navigating an assortment of my own health perplexities including asthma, weird skin issues, mystery tumors, and autoimmune thyroid disease. In an effor...

Nontoxic Swaps for the Laundry Room

A while back I blogged about my experience switching over to nontoxic, homemade household cleaners and the huge difference "going green" made in my respiratory health.  (If you missed it and are curious, you can find that post  here .)  Today I want to talk about ditching toxins specifically in the laundry room .  Because here’s the reality: the a...

Green Mandarin - What You Should Know and How to Use It

Anyone else out there not a fan of the smell of Tea Tree oil?  I’ve gotta tell ya—while I love all of its many awesome benefits for our skin health and immune function and use it frequently for those reasons--it’s just not my favorite aroma!       Tea Tree (aka Melaleuca) is also one of dōTERRA’s essential oils that’s safe to take internally, but a...

Healthy Habits to Boost Your Mood

Just getting started with essential oils for a better mood?  Here are three ideas of simple things you can do every day to brighten your mood and lift your spirits. This is for you if.... 1) One of your wellness goals is to improve your mind and mood in a healthier, more natural way. 2) You're committed to taking one simple action that you can do e...

Cultivating Wellness in 2021

What does it look like for you to cultivate wellness this year?   I've gotta tell ya--I'm not a huge new year’s resolution kinda gal, but I’m big on intentional living, creating routines, cultivating healthy habits, and leaving margin for intervals of rest and reflection.⁣⁣ That period between Christmas Day and New Year's was definitely one of thos...

3 Quick Recipes for Christmas Day

Have you planned your Christmas menu yet?  This post is all about Christmas breakfast and Christmas pie!  I've got three recipes for you that my family loves and requests every year--old favorites made-over to be free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugars.   Gather your family 'round the table with Cranberry Bread and Sausage Balls for breakfast...

Top 10 Ways to Use Frankincense

Frankincense is rightfully dubbed the "King of Oils."  It's an excellent choice for such a wide variety of health concerns that in my oily community we always say, "When in doubt use Frankincense!"    The use of Frankincense (as with many other essential oils) dates back to ancient times, and we know from the account of Jesus' birth and the Epiphan...

Slowing Down and Savoring This Christmas Season

On Sunday evening we heralded the beginning of the Advent season by gathering together as a family for dinner in our dining room, lighting the first candle in our Advent wreath---the “hope” candle---and reading the ancient prophecy from Isaiah, “...the people that walked in darkness have seen a great light…”     In our area this time of year, start...

DIY Hand-Rolled Beeswax Candles

This is one of my favorite, easy-peasy homemade gifts to make and share at Christmas! It's the simplicity, beauty, and warmth of candlelight from natural, nontoxic beeswax.   It may sound intimidating, but making your own hand-rolled beeswax candles is actually simple enough that even my youngest daughter at 5 years old could do it!  In the past fe...

Thanksgiving Favorites Made-Over (Part 2): Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

To me cranberry sauce and cornbread dressing go together like bread and jam!  Last week I shared my Meemaw's Cornbread Dressing recipe , a signature family favorite in my house.  And what would dressing be without a helping of cranberry sauce on the side?? This homemade cranberry sauce is the real deal with just four good-for-you ingredients, and-...

Thanksgiving Favorites Made-over (Part 1): Gluten-Free Cornbread Dressing

Are you game-planning your Thanksgiving menu yet?  One of my biggest challenges when we first embraced a gluten free, real foods lifestyle was figuring out how to make over our favorites, including the traditional Thanksgiving Day recipes we grew up enjoying.   Cornbread dressing ranks high on my list of signature Thanksgiving dishes!  But the vers...

Soothe Throat Discomfort Naturally

Anyone else starting to feel the effects of the change in seasons and the dip into colder temperatures?  When my youngest began to complain of throat discomfort this past week, I knew it was time to break out our cold weather survival stash!   It consists of five natural solutions with essential oils---three that you can easily whip up in less than...