Recipes and DIY

  • Summer Sale: Organic Essential Oils

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Natural Repellent Spray!

We're so happy to announce our first summer sale recipe of 2015! Crafting your own insect repellent spray at home is easy and economical. This mixture is perfect for making your campsites and canoe trips more pleasant this summer. These oils would also make a great gift for your outdoorsy friends who've been searching for a natural alternative!  Ready to make some of your own? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on 1/2 oz bottles of our Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Lemon Essential Oils at 25% off!        

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Aromatherapy: Midsummer Rapture Blend

My favorite summertime activities are not what one would consider fancy: reading and napping in the backyard hammock under the apple trees on a warm, sunny day, sitting up late under a clear sky and chatting around a fire of crackling wood and burning sage, sipping home brew on the front porch at dusk with the neighbors and watching for bats. I’m sure you can see where I’m going here! There are so many wonderful opportunities this time of year and we all have our idea of what little moments make summer heavenly. For many of us, scents are tied to experiences and the right smells drifting on the air can enhance and support the beautiful moments in life. I created this combination of some of my favorite essential oils, as well as a few earthy surprises. This is a blend to evoke some of the slow-moving, nature-loving elements of […]

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The Sunday Steep!

Since this weekend is a big holiday celebration here in the U.S., I thought it might be fun to try my hand at creating an "Independence Day" themed tea recipe! No matter how you observe this day – whether through celebration, activism, or remembrance – it's the perfect holiday for reflecting on what is important to us.  Of course, I wasn't willing to sacrifice taste, so, while this recipe appears simple, it is also gorgeous and delicious… Red, White, & Blue Rooibos Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Red Rooibos Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Cornflowers 1 teaspoon organic Chrysanthemum flowers 1 teaspoon organic Hibiscus flowers Combine herbs in a tea infuser, nest, bag, or strainer. Pour 1 1 /2 to 2 cups boiling water over and allow to steep for 3-4 minutes. You can also multiply this recipe and brew for an iced tea, if you'd rather. This tea is especially […]

  • DIY: After Sun Spray

DIY: Soothing After Sun Spray

Our summer here in the Pacific Northwest is turning out to be an early scorcher. With outdoor parties, festivals, and camping trips on the calendar, and temperatures already nearing 100 degrees, now is a good time to take extra precautions for your skin. Drinking lots of water and mucilaginous teas like this Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea to stay hydrated, slathering on some homemade sunscreen, and using a restorative skin serum to moisturize will help you keep a healthy glow. Of course, hats are helpful too!  However, when the power of the sun stings your skin, you'll want to reach for cooling astringents first. The herbs in this recipe are great at drawing out the heat before using an oil or cream. Since oil acts as a protective barrier on the surface of your skin, it can actually hold in the heat that you want to cool. This is why using tannic astringents is an important first step! This recipe is […]

  • Spring Green Tea

The Sunday Steep!

It is possible to drink something hot (like tea) and feel the effects of cooling herbs. While I love iced tea served cold on a steamy summer day, I still love hot tea too and I just don't want to give it up when the temperatures climb. This recipe has a base of the mild green tea from our Spring Green Tea, so it has a bit of caffeination. The addition of Horsetail to serve as a mild diuretic and cooling herbs like Holy Basil/Tulsi and Peppermint make this a tasty tea choice for a hot summer day! Hot Day Hot Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Spring Green Tea 1 teaspoon organic Horsetail 1 teaspoon organic Holy Basil Rama 1 teaspoon organic Peppermint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon peel Combine all the tea and herbs in an infuser, strainer, nest, or bag. Pour 1 1/2 – 2 cups boiling water over […]

  • Natural Pet Care: Calming Dog Treats

Natural Pet Care: Calming Dog Treats

Last winter I experimented with some herbal dog treats for daily support to give my pal a little extra boost. Now it's summer time and he is a healthy, happy, and energetic pup. However, with the sunny season comes road trips, gatherings, and the loud cracks of July 4th. I love these celebrations, but him, not always so much. So, I thought he might appreciate some calming treats for our summer adventures! As usual when doing pet care research, one of the first places I turn to is Dr. Kidd's Herbal Dog Care book. This is a great resource to have on hand if you practice herbal pet care at home or are just beginning to explore your alternative pet care options. The following powdered herbs can be used to give your dog a calmed spirit. Many of the herbs listed below are also used to help humans deal with the daily stress we all experience from time to time. It is highly recommend to try each herb […]

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The Sunday Steep!

Happy Father's Day! While there are so many different kinds of dads out there, this tea recipe came to me while I was thinking of my own dad and grandfathers. Both my grandfathers, as well as my dad, have all passed on. My childhood, however, was filled with their influence…spending summers in the garden with my grandpa or on the back of my other grandfather's motorcycle while he carefully rode me around the neighborhood. My dad was definitely of the "measure twice, cut once" school and taught me how to change a flat tire before he taught me to drive. These men were the sorts who worked long days, mostly outdoors, and then spent their days away from paid work building, crafting, tending, and creating. Whether they were planting trees, rebuilding engines, milling lumber for a new barn, or tending the garden, they were the kind of people who knew how to keep busy! This […]

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Make Your Own Wild Adventure Shower Spray

While I’ve been known to stay in a full-service campground when pressed, I prefer to camp as far away from civilization as possible. Hiking in and hiding out! This means no showers (although dips in lakes, creeks, and streams are welcome) and, depending on the time of year and the quantity of hikes, a little lovely-scented spritz might be in order. This spray was created to complement the wild experience, not compete with it. If you’re looking for fruity florals, this may not be for you, but you can formulate one easily with different essential oils. If you are hoping to keep some of the bugs at bay and still smell on the fresh side, however, this is your mix! Spray on prior to getting dressed in the morning or after a mountain swim. This shower spray goes quite well with other wonderful camping scents too, like campfire smoke and […]

  • Sun Tea

The Sunday Steep!

It is definitely ice tea season around here! The temperatures have been climbing, the sun is shining, and while I drink hot tea year round, I also love a tall glass of frosty ice tea. My mother used to make sun tea all summer long in a gallon pickle jar–the same jars we used to store the fresh milk from our cows and goats. The sight of a gallon jar of sun tea brewing on a picnic table fills me with nostalgic memories of hot summers that seemed to last forever! This particular recipe goes a bit beyond your ordinary black tea. I've taken our organic Earl Grey and added some delicious, summery, and festive herbs to make a gorgeous and downright tasty ice tea. I like to mix this up in larger batches to have on hand as it is fun to combine all those beautiful flowers and herbs […]

  • Easy Recipe: Spicy Smoked Tea Marinade

Easy Recipe: Spicy Smoked Tea Marinade

Hot days are here and that means grilling season is upon us! Like clockwork, I always start to crave that special hint of smoke from a backyard barbecue this time of year. With sunset dinners and summer parties on the way, now is the time to start exploring new recipes. This zesty, sweet, and spicy marinade is inspired by the flavors of Asia with ginger, garlic, chillies, and tamari in a base of citrus, vinegar, and a very special smoked tea called Lapsang Souchong. The leaves of this bold black tea have been placed over a smoldering bundle of spruce to infuse them with a unique smokiness that lends a subtle, yet rich flavor. It is wonderfully reminiscent of a campfire! Of course, this flavor profile makes it especially nice in a marinade. If you like tofu, which this recipe is great with, the astringency from the tea gives it a meatier texture while imbuing lots […]

  • Time to drink Yerba Mate!

The Sunday Steep!

This morning's recipe is part tea and part cocoa. It has the wake-me-up of caffeine from the Yerba Mate, but some other delicious flavors that encourage decadent sipping. I can tell you from experience that this is the perfect cup of tea to have with a warm piece of coffee cake or a toasted bagel! This recipe also makes a nice base for an after-dinner beverage, if you can handle a little caffeination in the evenings. Add a nip of vodka and oh, what a delicious cocktail! Grown-Up Cocoa Mate 1 Tablespoon organic Yerba Mate 1 teaspoon organic roasted Cacao Powder 1/2 teaspoon organic Orange Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 5 organic Cardamom pods, whole Optional sweetness: 1/4 teaspoon Stevia, honey or sugar Combine all the ingredients in a tea infuser, nest or bag and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep […]

  • How to Make Natural Beard Oil

DIY: Homemade Beard Oil Recipes

While there's nothing wrong with a no-fuss beard regimen, free and wildly natural, there are botanical options for maintaining a wonderfully styled, great smelling, and soft to the touch beard.  If you are looking to begin your adventures in herbal hair care for your facial mane, we’ve got some advice and recipes for you! Let's craft some all natural beard oil! Hair Conditioning: Beard oils will condition your hair and will moisturize the skin underneath. This conditioning element can be any of your favorite cosmetic carrier oils. You'll want to choose any oil that is generally beneficial to hair and skin. A few of my favorites for hair are Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Rosemary Infused Olive Oil. Skin Conditioning: It’s nice to add a second oil to the mixture specifically for your skin. Easy enough, most of the oils that are great for your hair will also be nice for skin too. There are a few oils however, that […]