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How to Make Vanilla Extract

How to Make Vanilla Extract

Making a fresh batch of vanilla extract can be a wonderful gift for the holidays.   There is so much to love about the orchid Vanilla. In a previous blog I wrote about how to make a vanilla bean jojoba infusion.  Now we turn to an alcohol extract which can be used in...

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Lemon Expression by hand!

Lemon Expression by hand!

For those of us who have a fascination with all things aromatic, I was excited to receive a book entitled "The Volatile Oils" by Eduard Gildemeister. I ordered the book which was published in 1922 for the pictures although there is some interesting information too. ...

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How to Make Bath Fizzies

How to Make Bath Fizzies

These are easy to make and fun gifts to give. Ingredients 2 cups Baking soda 3/4 cup Citric acid 1/4 cup or so of dried herbs (dried roses, lavender, calendula, and/or chamomile buds work well) 20-35 drops Essential oil (depending on essential oils used and desired...

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How to make Vanilla Infused Jojoba Oil

How to make Vanilla Infused Jojoba Oil

Vanilla, the (really) early years It is the ancient Totonaco Indians of Mexico who were the first keepers of the secrets of vanilla. When they were defeated by the Aztecs, they were demanded to relinquish their exotic fruit of the Tlilxochitl vine, vanilla pods. When,...

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Cardamom: Queen of Spices

Cardamom: Queen of Spices

Cardamom: Queen of Spices Walk gently upon the earth Falling in love with Cardamom this Autumn Season! When I smell cardamom I feel transported to a place between heaven and earth where my feet touch the earth gently and my mind feels clear and light. It ignites a...

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