Moving Can Be Stressful But The Cleaning Part Doesn’t Have To Be!

Moving seems to be one of the skills that I am BEST at. As a military brat, I practically spent my childhood moving around, and now as an adult who loves apartment life, I have found myself moving around town, almost as much. This year has been no exception. The Boyfriend, Syfy, and I made a move into a new apartment this summer and boy has it been interesting combining two households! Fortunately, I was able to lighten our load with my easy green cleaning methods throughout our new home, and today I am sharing with you my favorite ways to clean using simple non-toxic methods and essential oils!

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Romance is in the Air – 5 Sensual DIY Essential Oil Blends for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I have been racking my brain trying to come up with ways that I can show the boyfriend that I am head over heels in love with him, without buying into the consumerist side of the holiday. We both agreed that we would make each other gifts for our first Valentine's Day together this year, and you know that I excel in the DIY area of gifting, so he's going to get a great Hippy surprise!

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Introducing My New Book: The Complete Book of Essential Oils For Mama & Baby + Sneak Peek Recipe: Kid-Safe Soothing After Sun Spray

Summer has been flying by and I have been trying my best to balance my work and our summertime play.  I haven't been doing a great job working this summer. There's too much fun to be had during the summertime! I don't feel guilty though because I worked my butt off during the Spring to write my newest book; The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama & Baby – Safe and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Children.

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Don’t Worry Be Happy – A Stress & Anxiety Essential Oil Blend

The life of a mother includes a lot of thinking about other people, and only a little bit of thinking about ourselves. All of the work we do to keep our families healthy and happy can really take a toll on our own bodies. I myself have felt these stresses in my life, and totally understand the emotions and feelings that go along with it. While stress is a common thing in everyone's life, some have it worse than others. If you feel like it's too much, please tell someone immediately. Aromatherapy can help with those normal everyday types of stresses and anxiety, but serious cases of depression and anxiety should be dealt with in conjunction with a doctor or naturopath.  Continue reading

The Science of Smell in Aromatherapy – How Smelling Essential Oils Works

There are a lot of people out there that think that Aromatherapy is literally just about good smelling perfumes, massages, and maybe even some kind of magick. While there is some truth to that, it goes much deeper than that. If you are new to aromatherapy, you are likely wondering just how smelling something like lavender essential oil can help calm a cough or help kill an infection of the chest. You might be wondering just how smelling an essential oil can reduce stress or help you sleep better at night. You're not the only one! This is a common question and the answer starts with how essential oils enter your body.  Continue reading

Feel Rugged, Smell Amazing – DIY Natural Men’s Cologne Using Essential Oils

With Father's day nearly upon us, I have been thinking about what to make the Hippy Hubby this year, and then Syfy answered it for me, “what about a dad's perfume…like your perfume?”. Hmmmm…we could make him a cologne and that's a gift he would really love! Andy usually skips the cologne these days, because most of them contain toxic ingredients that we avoid in our cosmetics here in the Hippy household. A homemade natural cologne, using essential oils, would be the perfect natural gift for Syfy and me to make the Hippy Hubby!   Continue reading

Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best

I am most likely going to piss off some people with this post, but the information that I found was too good to keep to myself and keep you guys in the dark. As always, you should do your own research and question everything (even me!!). I ALMOST fell for the ploy. I got really excited because I felt like I was about to embark on a journey into the world of “top quality essential oils”. I thought that the lines I was being fed about these oils being “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” (or “CPTG”), “100% pure therapeutic grade”, and “therapeutic quality” meant that these essential oils HAD TO BE THE BEST. I was about to find out that all of these descriptions meant nothing in the eyes of the FDA and the aromatherapy world; they were just that, descriptions. Continue reading