DIY Essential Oils Gift Guide

Do you or someone you love enjoy making essential oils-based products and DIY gifts? If you don’t already have a box subscription to Young Living essential oils, I recommend you start with a premium starter kit. It is the best value — high quality oils, a diffuser, some Thieves household cleaner, sample Ningxia (think uber antioxidant beverage)….trust me on this, you will not regret getting a starter kit. More on how I started my wellness journey with essential oils here…. Read more »

I still get anxious on Sunday nights, no, actually, it starts Sunday afternoons, because I dread having to wake up for work early Monday morning. But I had to bring home the bacon (and pay the mortgage) somehow and I figured no one else actually liked their job anyways…right? WRONG! I must have complained to my mom one too many times about my stressful Washington, DC commute–she finally told me I should read a NY Times bestselling book by Ruth… Read more »

DIY Clay Mask Recipe for Busy Moms

I don’t know about you, but my least favorite night of the week is Sunday. Yikes! Whoever invented the five day work week must not have enjoyed staying at home with family. So what’s a working mom to do to unwind at the end of a busy weekend? How about mixing a bentonite clay mask with some essential oils? It is so easy you will never want to buy a pre-made mask once you try this! What makes this mask… Read more »

The Art of Relaxation

Are you a recovering Type A personality (like myself) perpetually in search of zen? If so, you might consider aromatherapy. Two years ago, I realized my health was in jeopardy when my family doctor gave me an Rx for what he characterized as ‘anxiety attacks.’ Just the thought of taking prescription drugs to manage my stress was stressing me out!! Taxing Work (Pun Intended) After a taxing day at work (oh, the irony….I worked for Bloomberg BNA’s International Tax unit),… Read more »

relaxation and lavender

One of my favorite memories of childbirth in Japan was a postpartum aromatherapy massage. I had a c-section and in Japan, the hospital clinic insisted that I recuperate for a week. (This could be the subject of another post!) Post-Partum Massage On the morning of my hospital discharge, I had my very first (and to date, best) massage. The lavender essential oil used by the massage therapist helped me relax. Despite not having had a restful night, I felt completely… Read more »