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Getting Started With Essential Oils

Sarah Stogryn

Tags aromatherapy, essential oils, wise woman tradtion

Especially when first starting, it is wise to seek out high quality information from professionals (not sales people) who have extensive experience in the field as a whole, have education beyond what is provided in-house by an essential oil brand, and who ideally are not financially motivated. 

Emergency Preparedness Basics

Sarah Stogryn

Tags preparedness

A lot of people have a tendency to think of Emergency Preparedness as something that isn't necessary for "us". We live in a comfortable world of public utilities, ready access to food, water, fuel, electricity.... and the comfort of knowing the police and military will keep dangers in check.Until something happens to put a crack in our illusions. It may be a longer than expected power outage, a water main break, or even a terrorist threat. THEN people start thinking about how to provide for themselves and their family in case of an emergency. Whether there is a storm that...


Water - An Emergency Preparedness Essential

Sarah Stogryn

Tags preparedness

This weekend the main waterline into town broke. A state of emergency was declared, the fire department set up port-a-potties and water distribution at the Community Centre, and there was overall a lot of worry about how to cope with the sudden and unexpected water crisis. I already have a post on Emergency Preparedness Basics which you can read here, but today I'd like to talk specifically about how to function when water is scarce.Store 2L of bottled/drinking water per family member per day for 3 days. A family of 4 would need to have 24L of water stored - that's...


Radiance Facial Cleansing Oil

Sarah Stogryn

Tags natural wellness

I’ve been talking about it for months, using it myself for even longer, and it’s finally ready for you - - “Radiance” Organic Facial Cleansing Oil.  Let's start by talking about "why" to oil cleanse.Oil tends to be a 4-letter word when it comes to facial care, especially for those with acne-prone skin.  In actuality, oils (aka lipids or fats) are produced by our bodies and are absolutely crucial for our skin to function optimally.  The problems arise when our bodies over-produce it, under-produce it, or we don’t cleanse our skin well (either not cleansing deeply enough, or over cleansing).  The basic premise...


Make It Yourself Monday: Herbal Infused Oil

Sarah Stogryn

Tags herbs, natural wellness, preparedness, wise woman tradtion

I was preparing goldenrod flowers to infuse this afternoon when my neighbour stopped in.  He asked incredulously "WHAT are you doing with THAT?"  I explained that Goldenrod, although it has an unfair reputation for causing allergies like ragweed, is actually a superherb when it comes to muscle pain.  Just rub a little of the flower-infused oil into sore, cramped, injured, or spasming muscles and the relief is immediate.  He didn't believe me.  Lol.  His reaction isn't unusual actually.  As soon as I mention Goldenrod people turn up their noses and tell me they're allergic.  Which is a sad state of...