Brittany’s Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Good for hands, feet, elbows – any rough skin.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 to 3/4 cup sweet almond oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil
1/2 cup finely crushed candy canes (I prefer to crush my own candy canes instead of buying pre-crushed peppermint candy)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well-combined. If too wet, add more sugar; if too dry, ad more oil. Spoon mixture into small mason jars.

Published in: on December 6, 2020 at 6:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Movies to watch

Thanks to Attaboy Clarence!, and The Secret History of Hollywood, two absolutely marvelous podcasts.

Blonde Crazy

The Body Snatcher
SJPL Link+ Recommended!

The Canary Murder Case

Cat People (1942)
SJPL Link+  Recommended, especially after listening to The Secret History of Hollywood: Shadows – The Val Lewton Story  9-7-19

The Devil-Doll (1964)
SJPL Link +  Recommended!  Really quite well done.  9/7/19

Doorway to Hell (1930)

The Ghost Ship
SJPL Link+ Recommended!

I Walked With a Zombie
SPJL Link+ Recommended!

It’s Love I’m After
Recommended!  Quite funny and the always-terrific Eric Blore gets a lot of screen time.  8/2019

The Leopard Man
SPJL Link+ Recommended

The Man with Two Faces
SJPL Link+ Requested 10-11-19

The Murder Man

Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Night Key

The Roaring Twenties (rewatch)
5 Stars.  Cagney & Bogart!  SJPL Link+ 9-2-10

A Slight Case of Murder
SJPL Link+ Requested 10-11-19


Supernatural (1933)




Published in: on August 27, 2019 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

No-Rinse Floor Spot-cleaner


For wood, tile, laminate, vinyl, marble or stone.

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 isopropyl (70%) rubbing alcohol
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid dish soap (without moisturizing, anti-bacterial or oxygenated bleach ingredients.  Do not substitute Castile soap so as not to leave streaks.)
  • 10-15 drops essential oils of your choice (optional)

Put everything in a spray bottle and swish around to mix.

Spray on dirty spots, rub clean with a cloth or sponge.  No need to rinse.

Published in: on August 26, 2019 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  


How to Dry Calendula Flowers

Calendula: 30 Amazing Benefits and Uses

How to Make Calendula Lavender Lip Balm

Calendula Uses: Our 14 Favorite Recipes and Remedies

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Shower Spray

1 cup rubbing alcohol
2 cups distilled water
20 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
1/2 teaspoon dishwasher rinse agent

Pour into a trigger-handle spray bottle.  Right after your shower, squeegee the glass shower door, then spray the shower walls and door.  Don’t wipe off or rinse, just let it air dry.

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Favorite Podcasts

In ranked order

Secret History of Hollywood

Attaboy, Clarence

The Plot Thickens

Strong Songs

This American Life

99% Invisible

The Memory Palace

Terrible, Thanks for Asking



In the Dark



Published in: on February 9, 2019 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Headache Relief Roller

10 drops peppermint
10 drops eucalyptus
10 drops lavender
20 drops rosemary
top off with fractionated coconut oil

Published in: on December 22, 2018 at 3:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Essential Oils

Pet Safety

Note:  I’ve stopped diffusing entirely just to be completely safe for our kitty.   11-17-19

Dr. Lindsey Elmore:  Safety of Essential Oils in Pets

Plant Therapy’s guide to Essential Oils and Pets

Be sure to use high-quality oils.  Make sure animals can move to another area (where no oils are being diffused) if they prefer.

Essential oils to avoid diffusing around dogs & cats

  • Cinnamon : bad for cats & dogs
  • Citrus (bergamot, lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit): bad for cats & dogs
  • Clove : bad for cats
  • Eucalyptus : bad for cats
  • Fir:  bad for cats & dogs
  • Lavender:  use caution with cats
  • Penneyroyal : bad for cats & dogs
  • Peppermint: use caution with cats
  • Pine : use caution with cats & dogs
  • Sweet Birch : bad for cats & dogs
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca) : bad for cats & dogs
  • Wintergreen : bad for cats & dogs
  • Ylang ylang : bad for dogs

Pocket Potions

Anna’s Concentration Blend
10 drops lemon
3 drops basil
1 drop rosemary
1 drop peppermint

Roller Ball Blends

Headache Relief Foot Rub Blend
4 drops chammomile roman
2 drops peppermint
3 drops eucalpytus radiata
1 drop basil linalol
5 drops lavender
Mix together then dilute in 4 teaspoons (20 ml) carrier oil

8 drops sweet orange
6 drops frankincense
6 drops lavender
6 drops grapefruit
6 drops lemon
3 drops juniper
3 drops marjoram

Plant Therapy Dilution Chart

Plant Therapy Dilution Info

Diffuser Blends

Ready Steady (AM)  wintery
3 drops thyme
3 drops black pepper

Spicy Fresh
3 drops frankincense
1 drop geranium
1 drop lavender

Morning Bright
3 drops peppermint
3 drops rosemary (for focus)
2 drops orange
(or try 3 orange, 2 peppermint, 1 rosemary)

Breathe (AM)
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lavender
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop rosemary

For congestion (AM)
3 drops lemon
3 drops pine
3 drops lavender
1 drop peppermint

Concentration (AM)
10 drops lemon
3 drops basil linalol
1 drop rosemary

Winter blend to combat colds (AM)
4 drops cinnamon
3 drops clove
2 drops orange
1-2 drops bergamot
1 drop rosemary

Clear the Air (AM)
3 drops lemon
3 drops grapefruit
2 drops eucalyptus
2 drops rosemary

Scandinavian Spice
3 drops cardamom
1 drop juniper berry

Winter Energy
4 drops orange
1 drop clove
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop peppermint

Winter Wonderland
4 drops peppermint
2 drops fir

Sparkling Citrus Gift
3 drops lemon
2 drops peppermint
2 drops frankincense

O Christmas Tree
3 drops fir
1 drop cinnamon

Restful Evening
3 drops lavender
2 drops clary sage
1 drop marjoram

Lavender Linen Water

Shower Spray

Four Thieves
20 drops clove
18 drops lemon
10 drops cinnamon
8 drops eucalyptus
5 drops rosemary

Mix, store and use a couple of drops in your diffuser

Make a half-recipe in a roller bottle, top off with carrier oil, and apply to sore joints; chest and/or throat for colds, flu, strep; bottoms of feet to help with coughing

Published in: on October 25, 2018 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lavender Linen Water

2 cups of distilled water

2 Tbs witch hazel or vodka

24 drops lavender essential oil

8 drops vetiver

– – – –

1 cup water

1 Tbs vodka

12 drops lavender

4 drops vetiver


1/2 cup water

1.5 tsp vodka

6 drops lavender

2 drops vetiver

Published in: on April 13, 2018 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stove Potpourri


From our neighbor Kirsten Reilly

1 orange, sliced
2 Tablespoons whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 handful of fresh or frozen cranberries
1 or 2 short sprigs of evergreen (your Christmas tree won’t mind if you trim a little)

Put the ingredients in a small saucepan.  Cover with 2 cups water (or more) and set over low heat.  Refill water as needed.  Your home will smell heavenly!

Published in: on December 26, 2017 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment