Here are two good sites for aromatherapy/essential oil info.


SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE THE AMISH WAY – from Pioneer Thinking blog

I remember simpler ways, simply because I am older than most people who read my blogs, and I was a hippie, lived on a farm with no electricity, then moved back to the city and worked at being as simple as I could.  I prepared my food with a knife, and I didn’t cook it (that is something that has stuck with me). Still, there is even simpler, and Pioneer Thinking blog has brought it to us.  This is a blog post that talks about the difference between an Amish life, which Ama Dee Olsen once lived, and the life in “the world” which she now juggles. She discusses the changes that she has gone through, and, also, how to step back and take a deep breath, and be more simple.  If nothing else, it might give you some ideas about how you can simplify your life, or, at least, eliminate some of the stress and clutter.



Know what is in the product you’re using on clothes which will be next to your skin. Easily and inexpensively make your own natural laundry starch, save money and avoid aerosols.

You’ll need:
1 spray bottle
2 t corn starch
1 C room temperature water
1 – 2 drops essential oil (if desired)

  • Mix cornstarch and water until well-combined (the mix will look milky)
  • Add in essential oil (if desired)
  • Put the mixture in a spray bottle.

Refrigerate between uses. Before using, allow the starch mixture to return to room temperature and shake well to re-mix.
This solution will work for ironing any starch-able iron-able fabric.

MAKING YOUR OWN FRAGRANCE PRODUCTS: getting bottles and ingredients

On my way to see a client, I  noticed a store with all sorts of bottles in the window. Since I make up lots of different oil blends, I am always looking for a good source of little bottles.

When I went in, I saw that this store, Gold Star Fragrances, carries all sorts of fragrance oils.  Most of these are of the famous fragrance brand names (you can  get Thierry Mugler Alien, or Philosophie Amazing Grace, for instance), but there are others to use for making up one’s own blends. They do have a few essential oils, but most of their oils seem to be of the synthetic variety.

I had planned to buy two bottles to make a calming blend and a gem elixir for a client.  I thought the price for the bottles was a little steep, but I was stunned to find out, when the clerk plopped two large plastic bags of bottles on the counter, that the quoted price was for a dozen glass bottles!

Armed with so many bottles, I came home and started to think about how to make cologne for me and  mine.

There are recipes on-line, of course!
Pioneer Thinking website has a lot of information as well as recipes.
How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils contains tips on types of fragrances as well as a basic recipe (all of this at the end of the article).
4 Ways to Make Your Own Perfume  is just that – from essential oil-based to how to use herbs and flowers.
How to Make a Natural Perfume has more thoughts.

More later!


Silly me! I mean, I am a nutritionist, but… I just never thought about it. There are nutritional steps you can take if you have shingles.

I got this from National Nutrition

* Avoid coffee, cola, and black tea – caffeine depletes nutrients needed to deal with stress
* Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
* Take  a Vitamin B complex, ase well a Vitamin C, Oregano Oil, and lysine to boost your immune system
* Use capsaicin cream or Four Thieves oil to relieve discomfort


Dear friends:
I have never thought that I would recommend a vaccination, and I am still not to the point that I would say I should have taken the shingles (it’s a crapshoot – you might not get shingles, right?)  Still, I am here to say that you might seriously want to consider it.

Most people only get shingles once. Almost all doctors will tell you that you can only get it once (I was lucky to run into a dermatologist who believes that people can get shingles more than once).  Still, interestingly, all of the doctors will tell you that once you have had shingles, the vaccine won’t work for you (why would you need it if you have already had it, and you can’t get it again, I wonder?)  This is my 19th episode, and my 18th was only about a month ago, on my face.

This time, it is under where I would wear my bra (just can’t do that right now, so major wardrobe restructuring going on).  I was talking to my mom, who has never had shingles but knows lots of old people (big population for shingles). I said it itches. She said shingles doesn’t itch. Okay. I sat around and thought about what I have heard about shingles. It is painful. Yep. But, I seem to be defining that pain/discomfort as the most unreal itch that can’t be assuaged, unless you claw a hole in your skin, and then it probably still wouldn’t feel better.
As a multiple-episode person, I’ll tell you that I ‘finally realize it’s shingles again when I realize that I cannot resist “petting” the place – I mean, I have to fight doing it, because “petting” it seems to reduce the discomfort (itch/pain/discomfort/agony– I’m going to tell you that scratching the heck out of it is really really satisfying, but I do know that I can make a hole in myself and that could make it worse, so I somehow manage not to do that, but “petting” helps – I think, if you have had shingles, you do know what I am talking about.  If you ever do get shingles, I feel certain that you will immediately know what I am talking about, regardless of what you call the discomfort.)

This is probably the most uncomfortable episode I have had, because it is all across my left boob. I carry my handbag on my left shoulder. I had no idea how many times my handbag touches my boob, nor how many times in the day a movement happens to touch a boob.  I sure do know now.  I call those moments “bright” ones  – it is like someone turned on a light bulb in a dark room when you weren’t ready. It is not like bumping a cut place. It is an exquisite agony. Then the place starts remembering that it is there and starts up with that “irritation feeling” (what some call pain, what I call itch – have you ever had surgery, and you can’t get at that place that is healing, and all those sensations you feel, and nothing you can do for it – that is what I am calling itch)

So, right now, I am using the last of my Zovirax twice or three times a day, and I put on some lavendar oil after I rub the Zovirax in. I carry Four Thieves oil with me, and put that on if I get to a point where I cannot deal with the “sensation”.   The Four Thieves gives a burning sensation at first (actually welcome – I can’t feel the other sensation), and then I don’t feel anything for a good while.)

I hope you don’t ever need this information. I really really do.  I have enemies, and people I don’t like, but I cannot imagine wishing this “fun” on any of them (are you hearing this, nasty people?) I would wish the flu on someone before I would wish this on them (if you’ve ever had the flu, you will understand – at least, with the flu, you sleep through most of it, and you imagine dying, and good stuff like that)

So, if you ever do happen to get shingles (because you, like me, don’t believe in vaccinations, or because you just didn’t get the vaccination, or because you had no clue), your name for the “sensation” may be different from mine, but, regardless, you should see your allopath (regular doctor), if you have one, and, if you don’t have insurance, put Four Thieves Oil on first (you’ll feel like howling), and then, later, put on lavender oil on. Four Thieves will make the sensation be quiet, after you stop wanting to scream, and lavender is a good follow-up, a couple of hours later, when you start getting antsy.

My protocol is: Zovirax in the morning, then lavendar oil on top of it. At work, Four Thieves when I start wanting to scratch a hole in myself.  More Zovirax when I come home, followed by lavender oil.

Yes, this is not totally natural,but it is the best I can do. I’ve been at this for about 6 or 7 years. I am tired. I am lazy. I want it just to stop.

I think that sometimes, you have to see what works for you, and combine that with other things that work – I have followed all of the natural cures, but this Zovirax works great for me (okay, it might kill me down the line, especially since I use it only a little less than I use toothpaste, but it sure does help)  Still, especially since I am probably going to have to discontinue my health insurance since I can’t afford it (I mean, I can go to the doctor or pay my rent), I am very into the natural treatments, which do work very well if I don’t have any other option.

CREATIVE HOMEMAKING: if you need to do it, the DIY solution is here

Don’t you just hate those people who know everything?  I mean… NOT!  It is so cool when people have paid attention to their mothers and grandmothers and filled in by reading books and other people’s blogs, and then share all of this with us!

If Creative Homemaking does not have it, you probably don’t need it. (okay, you might want it, but then you know how to find that!)