Oils & Spoils

Essential Oils, Handcrafted and Vintage Jewelry, and Other Spoils

Herb Your Enthusiasm 3: Preservation

It's been 3 months since I planted my first herb garden, which includes Lemongrass, Basil, Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary and Oregano. No one is more surprised than me that the herbs are alive, growing and thriving - disproving my notions that... Continue Reading →


More Peppermint, Please

It was the first day of July and not 1,000 degrees outside as it normally is in Middle Tennessee, but rather windy with storms threatening. However, I felt like it was 1,000 degrees. I had set the thermostat as low... Continue Reading →

YLEO’s New Products Are Grand

Nearly 30,000 members attended last week's Young Living Essential Oils International Grand Convention, during which over 50 new products were launched. In addition to several over-the-counter (OTC) products, makeup and baby care lines made their debut. All products contain ingredients... Continue Reading →

Debunking and Testing: Certifiable 3

How many lemons are in a 15 ml bottle of lemon essential oil? Do essential oils expire? How do you test the purity of essential oils? The answers to these questions are just a few of the things I've learned,... Continue Reading →

Herb Your Enthusiasm 2: Determined

I was so proud of myself for finally getting my herb garden started. The next night, a torrential downpour washed my pride away. I was more than a little peeved, wanting to shake my fist at the sky and questioning... Continue Reading →

4 Bottles of Oils on the Wall

  Welcome to the 22nd and last installment of 99 Bottles of Oils on the Wall! This series began a year ago, with each installment featuring information on 5 or less Young Living Essential Oils singles and blends from my... Continue Reading →

Favorite Things & Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

The last few months have been challenging, and I need some happy. While this post has been brewing for a few weeks, the thought occurred to me yesterday that my happy might double as a list of potential Mother's Day gift ideas.... Continue Reading →

Herb Your Enthusiasm

Today was monumental for me. I started my first herb garden and planted a Knockout Rose bush. Why the big deal? Well, the thoughts of how time-consuming a project like this might be and how I don't have my Mom's... Continue Reading →

Happy 2-Year Oiliversity to Me and You!

Last month marked 2 years since I began my essential oils journey. As I started reflecting on the many ways in which I've incorporated essential oils into my everyday life and the ways in which essential oils have helped me,... Continue Reading →

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