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Botany and Wildcrafting Course

Another company that I joined the affiliate ranks was Herbal Academy.  Since my first online course, Herbal Materia Medica Course, I was hooked. I learned so much in that course that I felt like I could proudly stand behind Herbal Academy’s products and online courses.
Enroll now in the Materia Medica Course!

I complete The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course and reviewed it here.

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy

I also enjoyed  Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course and reviewed it here.
Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

I am excited as can be for the newest course I’ve enrolled in, the Botany and Wildcrafting Course. Registration begins today!  Class begins May 7.

Learn how to wildcraft and identify plants confidently in the Botany & Wildcrafting Course!

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Name all the parts of a plant, including the parts that make up flowers, leaves, fruits, and stems.
  • Identify new plants anywhere in the world using a dichotomous key.
  • Understand how to decipher plant part differences such as leaves, flowers, and fruits of separate plant species.
  • Decode patterns in nature and gain insight into plant relationships and herbal and edible use by understanding these patterns.
  • Sense of the vast number of relationships that exist between plants and other organisms that are required for pollination, seed dispersal, and survival.
  • Understand how and when to use a plant’s binomial name and discover why a plant might have more than one name.
  • Dry plants in a way that maintains their vitality, aroma, color, and flavor.
  • Create your very own herbarium of pressed plant specimens.
  • Get to know plants on a deeper level through keying, drawing, coloring, and organoleptic identification.

If you are as interested in wildcrafting as I am, this is the course for you!

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Man Flu


The dreaded man-flu has struck the house and it has been interfering with my writing.  My husband has been sick a week, two full days with a fever and the rest full of boogers.

His cronies suggest he head to CAISES for an “inyeccion.”  I’m opposed. First, because he’d have to sit around all day with a bunch of sick people and probably bring another strain of the virus into the house.  Second, because it won’t cure the flu.  

Instead, I put him to bed with chicken bone broth soup, garlic tea and onions in his socks.  He claims to be feeling much better but you know the man-flu.  It tends to linger.

His illness has put a hold on our remodeling projects, but only temporarily.  The carpenter is supposed to come next week for the final project unless he too has come down with the man-flu.

Meanwhile, I’ve locked myself away in The Little House in Sunflower Valley to try and get some work done.


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Review of the Raindrop Essential Oil Diffuser for Aromatherapy by Organic Aromas

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As you may already know, I’m a big proponent of using organic and naturally found herbs as part of a healthy lifestyle.  Recently, I discovered the interesting world of aromatherapy diffusers. I was already familiar with using essential oils in teas and applications, but I wondered specifically about the benefits of inhaling different aromas.  So I did some investigation and found quite a number of scientific studies proving or disproving the use of aromatherapy in different health issues.

Essential oil inhalation, mostly lavender, has been used pre-op, during surgery and post-op and the effects on patients really isn’t that surprising.  Lavender is able to reduce anxiety in patients both before medical procedures and during the actual operations. Essential oils have also been shown to reduce pain or perhaps increase pain management during the recovery stage as well.

Essential oil inhalation has health benefits even if you are not having major surgery.

Lavender, sweet orange and rosa damascene have been shown to improve sleep quality.

Diffusions made from lavender, geranium, osmanthus fragrans and grapefruit, bergamot, lavender and sandalwood, rose water, polianthes tuberosa, hinoki cypress, lemongrass, and rose and orange oil have been shown to reduce anxiety and agitation in everyone from Alzheimer’s patients to college students taking an exam.

Inhalation of orange, lavender, damask rose, bergamot, jasminum officinale and salvia officinale, bitter orange, and geranium oil have proven to reduce reported pain in a variety of situations including laboring mothers, post-operative patients and chronic pain sufferers.

Breathing lavender, Roman chamomile, bergamot and yuzu essential oils can help elevate your mood. Petitgrain essential oil can improve work performance by reducing the stress level and increasing attentiveness.

Ginger, peppermint and lemon scents can reduce nausea.

For women, lavender aromatherapy reduces hot flash occurrences and has been shown to be effective in alleviating dysmenorrhea symptoms.

As you can see, there is ample evidence that aromatherapy works in conjunction with traditional medical practices for a variety of ailments.

Armed with all this knowledge, I decided to try out an aromatherapy diffuser. Diffusers disperse the aroma from essential oils at regular intervals. There are a number of options, but I choose the Raindrop Nebulizing Diffuser by Organic Aromas


As soon as it arrived, I set it up and waited for it to do its magic.  And I waited and waited and waited.  Turned out, I didn’t have it plugged in correctly.  Once I remedied that, it lit up like a Christmas tree, literally. This festive feature can be turned off with the touch of a button. Puffs of aroma ascended and pretty soon the entire house was saturated in scent.  Fortunately, I could dial down the distribution, otherwise it would have been overwhelming. The Little House in Sunflower Valley is tiny, just 60 square meters, so I can safely say that this diffuser would work well in a much larger dwelling.  It’s designed to automatically shut off after 120 minutes, which is really more than enough time.

Instead of using heat or steam to diffuse the essential oil,  Raindrop Nebulizing Diffuser uses Bernoulli’s principle. Not knowing much about this myself, I took my questions to Wiki which explained that it has to do with gas flow and fluid pressure.  There is a really nice graphic on the Organic Aromas site detailing this process here.

The blended scent that came with the diffuser was a bit too complex for me. It contained basil, cinnamon, sweet fennel, clove, melissa, ylang ylang, and Egyptian geranium. However, when I tried simple lavender essential oil, I was in heaven.  

Along with the diffuser, the package contained detailed instructions about setting up and cleaning the device, 2 droppers to aid in the process, a cloth bag to store the base, a power socket and 5 ml of Organic Aromas Celebration essential oil blend.

This particular model comes in a lovely natural wood or dark wood colors. Organic Aromas also offers other models, some handcrafted and some laser engraved with the image of your choice, perfect for gift giving. To start getting those inhaled essential oil health benefits, you can order yours directly from Organic Aromas or through Amazon and Amazon Mexico.  You won’t be disappointed! 




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Back to Basics Bundle

Remember last year, the Basic to Basics Living group hosted a FREE educative online summit?  Well, this year, they are offering an ebook bundle that I’m sure you’ll find useful!

I’m delighted to share the Back to Basics Bundle 2018 today.  The collection includes 53 authors, 59 ebooks, courses or videos and has a retail value of $529.85 available for a limited time at a 92% discount.  Get yours here.  Don’t wait!  This bundle is only available from January 17 to January 23.

Here are some of the fabulous items in the bundle:

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Remember, this bundle is only available until January 23.  To order, click here.



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