Renovating an Overgrown Houseplant

Since drastic pruning stresses a plant, place it in a bright spot out of direct sun for a week or so, then return it to its former home. Since you have reduced the amount of foliage on the plant, it will probably require less water than before pruning, so adjust accordingly. You should see new…

Kitchen of the Week: Creamy White, Warm Walnut and a New Layout

After building and moving into their custom house in Shoreview, Minnesota, these homeowners realized they had made a few errors in the kitchen. For example, the fridge stood on the other side of the island from the range and sink, forcing the couple to walk around the island while cooking. After about 15 years of…

7 Essential Oils for Allergies

Essential oils are among the most popular natural remedies for allergies. These concentrated aromatic liquids are distilled from plants and have been used therapeutically for centuries. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, affecting approximately 50 million people. While there is no cure for allergies, there are several ways that allergy…

Five Effective Essential Oils for Headaches

Essential oils are used as home remedies for a variety of ailments. But is using essential oils an effective way to relieve headaches, and, if so, which essential oils are best? Essential oil is a concentrated liquid extracted from a plant. Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy based on the use of these oils. Aromatherapists believe that…

Sleep Better Massage Blends

BETTER SLEEP MASSAGE BLEND RECIPES THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP Getting adequate and restful sleep is vital for the maintenance of overall health, as it helps to repair the body’s cells and tissues, to relieve the mind of daily stressors, to restore energy levels, to regulate hormones, and to boost the immune system. When the mind…

Leg Cramps are No Big Deal for This Essential Oil

Saro essential oil heard you sometimes have leg cramps. It knows that you said the pain is “no big deal,” and Saro’s response is . . . neither is soothing the cramp! Saro studied Massage in Madagascar, and it learned that easing muscle cramps is no big deal. It knows how to calm spasms, reduce…

Honeysuckle – August Flower of the Month.

The scent of Honeysuckle is perfect for candle making. Lonicera japonica Family: Adoxaceae, syn. Caprifoliaceae This lovely, cascading, woody vine, with its divine scent, is often planted as a landscape attraction. It dazzles the eye with its gorgeous blooms in warm weather and retreats to a pleasant but unremarkable placeholder at other times of the…

DIY Candle Making, Scented Candles

The craft of candle making has its roots in the Middle Ages, back when it was known as “chandlery.” It quickly became a profitable career, as sources of light were vital for homes, travelers at night, businesses, streets, religious ceremonies, and entire villages. These first candles were made from wax consisting of tallow, which is…

Mini Pumpkin and Apple Candles

These mini pumpkins and apple candles make cute autumn decorations that double as essential oil diffusers. You’ll also love the sound of a real fire crackling and snap as the wooden wicks burn! Pumpkin & Apple Candles Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy Ingredients & Supplies: Mini pumpkins, gourds, squash, or apples Wooden candle wicks (these can be…

Orchids…

Orchids are named under the same international system that governs the naming of all other plants. But orchids aren’t exactly like other plants. The orchid family is incredibly large and orchid species interbreed so easily that it is often difficult to tell where one species stops and the next begins. It is the taxonomists’ challenge…