How to Do a Facial Steam with Essential Oils

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve enjoyed giving myself the occasional “spa night.” I would pick a night when I didn’t have any lingering chores–or competition for the bathroom–and set the scene for a relaxing, pampering experience. Spa night usually involved a bath with some special bath salts or sugar scrub I’d received as a birthday gift, plus an edible treat, a good book (usually an Agatha Christie mystery), and perhaps toenail painting afterwards. I also liked to […]

20 Holiday Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes That Will Fill Your Home with Cheer

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer This time of year, the sense of home and holiday cheer is SO tied in with the smells of the season. That pumpkin pie baking in the oven… The smell of hot cocoa rising from your mug after a hike through the snow…. That fresh Christmas tree scent of a tree that was just brought in from outdoors…. Now, despite the fact that I recently compiled and published a printable guide on how to use essential oils safely, the one […]

8 Ways to Use Essential Oils Without a Diffuser (plus a way to get 3 free bottles!)

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer Do you love essential oils, but you’re not ready to spend a whole lot of money on them yet? I hear you. When I first started using oils a number of years back, I was really intrigued by the idea of how they worked, but not so keen to fork out $40-$100 on a diffuser to go along with the already somewhat pricey oils. For those who can’t afford to (or don’t want to) buy a diffuser, but still want to experience their […]

The 5 Best Natural Remedies for Beginners

Are you eager to start making the switch over to natural remedies, but unsure of where to start? I know that when you’re first getting started with the world of herbs, essential oils, alternative medicines and so on, it can feel daunting. Walking into a health food or vitamin store is an exercise in overwhelm. And googling what you’re trying to find out can be even worse! Growing up, we took Tylenol for headaches, Nyquil for colds, Neosporin for cuts, and Pepto Bismal for stomach-related […]

What to include in your natural first aid kit this summer

We’re on the road again and we couldn’t be happier. For our family, pursuing adventure together is becoming part of our DNA. The past two weeks we’ve been traveling down the West coast, starting from our home outside Vancouver, Canada and making our way through Washington and Oregon all the way to the Bay area in California. The original impulse for this trip came out as a result of something called Maker Faire, a massive fair in San Mateo, CA, designed to equip, inspire and […]

My Travel Medicine Kit (and How We Stay Healthy on the Road)

Written by Stephanie Langford I’m continually grateful for this kit. Each time I pull it out to treat someone’s sickness or owie or to find something to give our systems a boost, I do so with a huge sense of relief at having something so thorough along for this ride-of-our-lives adventure we find ourselves on each day. Having the peace of mind that comes from carrying a wide array of natural remedies and medicines as we travel is worth its weight in gold. Naturally, the […]

25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

By Rachel, Contributing Writer Today we’re talking about an essential oil that you’ve probably heard of before or have even seen in recipes for homemade cleaners here at Keeper of the Home: tea tree oil. Tea tree has such a diversity of usefulness that’s both practical and convenient that you’ll never want to live without it again! And the good news is that it is very inexpensive in comparison to other essential oils. photo credit What is Tea Tree Oil? Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an […]

Winter Giveaway Week: Natural Skincare Products from Essential Lotions {5 winners!}

Here at Keeper of the Home, we love promoting small businesses that offer quality natural care products at an affordable price to our readers. And Essential Lotions does just that. Going above and beyond in the natural skincare realm, Essential Lotions actually adds therapeutic grade essential oils to their already high quality natural lotions. Each product is formulated to give quick, effective results. Products include: Facial Lotions–including formulas for cleansing, hydrating, fighting blemishes and combating wrinkles! Lotions–with specific formulas to aid in sleep, energy and pain […]