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The top 10 essential oils I always have on hand

Recently, I sent out a question to the wonderful readers on my newsletter list asking what overwhelms them most when it comes to wellness and essential oils. I got some really great questions, but the one that came in time and again was: What are the top essential...

3 steps for finding more time to learn about herbs

You're intrigued by herbalism and the idea of using natural remedies to keep your family healthy - you've always wanted to be the Village Wise Woman, after all. You've just got one problem: time. There are already lots of committments in your life and the thought of...

Becoming the village wise woman

A few years ago, I had an idea. A vision, really. It was a new trajectory for my work, a complete departure from what I had been doing. And in some ways, it wasn't. Over the years, I had been dancing around the idea in my blog topics, not knowing that I was already...

3 ways to use calendula herb for happy skin

You've probably run across Calendula in your herbal research. You may even have some in your herbal apothecary. (If you need help building your apothecary and keeping it simple, be sure to check out this free guide.) But you might not know exactly what to do with it....

How to use essential oils safely with kids

You want to keep your family healthy naturally. You know, based on your research, that plant-based remedies are a good move. They're safe. They're effective. They can save you a lot of money. And you like that essential oils are a super easy way to use herbs in your...

Gluten-free apple pie recipe

Years ago, I discovered a dessert recipe that quickly became a mainstay in our home. Because salted caramel and apples are meant to be together and their union should happen in my stomach. Amen. Soon, we'd tweaked this recipe and turned it into a full pie drizzled...

Easy Peasy DIY Honey Simple Syrup

We've had gorgeous weather this week, which means lots of swinging in the hammock, time in the mud and gallons of sun tea. I love sun tea, especially when mixed with lemonade for an Arnold Palmer. What I don't love is when I mix in some sugar or honey and it sinks to...