Category Archives: Plant materials

Yuzu Bath for the Winter Solstice

This Friday the 21st is the Winter Solstice, and I just discovered that in Japan they traditionally take a hot bath with Yuzu fruits on the Solstice (called TO-JI in Japan).  Yuzu is a cold hardy Japanese citrus fruit, and … Continue reading

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Treating Overworked Muscles with Essential Oils

Summer seems to be prime time for sore muscles.  There’s just a lot more running biking, hiking, camping, weeding, mowing, swimming, walking, digging, building, hoisting — you name it — going on than normal.  Finishing off the day with a … Continue reading

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The disappearing bees – organic connection

The disappearance of bees has gained widespread media attention over the past few years, and there have been a lot of theories as to the mysterious cause of their collapse. In the beginning, there was speculation that it was caused … Continue reading

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Nootka Rose – Beautiful AND edible!

Last weekend, I took a class on foraging in the Pacific Northwest. There were a bunch of various roots, mushrooms, and leaves that we picked and tasted as we wandered through the woods. And we made them all into a … Continue reading

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Lavender: Swiss Army Knife of essential oils

If I had to pick one oil and only one oil to take with me to a desert island, it would be lavender. Continue reading

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