Author Archives: Amanda

3 simple ways to feel better this spring

3 simple ways to feel better this spring

“What changes do you make to get ready for spring?” That’s the question I asked yesterday at the start of my spring natural beauty workshop.  Just asking the question seemed to puzzle people.  Aside from switching our wardrobe, most of us don’t think about how the change of seasons might impact how we feel.  ButContinue readingContinue reading

Dandelion & Rooibos Well-Rooted Chai

Dandelion & Rooibos Well-Rooted Chai

Do you ever have those days when thoughts are swirling in your head?  You feel a bit spacey and scattered – too much to do, not enough time.   In that state of mind, I’m never very productive.  Instead of focusing on work, I seem to just get stressed and add more items to myContinue readingContinue reading

Soothing oatmeal bath for irritated skin

Soothing oatmeal bath for irritated skin

I’ve been studying herbal medicine for almost 5 years now. About 2 years into my studying, I thought “wow, I know a lot!” … and now I’ve hit a point 5 years in, where I feel like I don’t know anything at all. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? In the beginning of learning anything,Continue readingContinue reading

Readers’ winter skincare secrets

Readers’ winter skincare secrets

One of my favorite aspects of running this community is the connection with other natural health & beauty fanatics around the world. The comments sections on many posts have turned into lively discussions about making body creams, using honey in your beauty routine, eating excessive kale, traditional cough and cold remedies and the oil cleansing method!Continue readingContinue reading

Warming Herbal Teas

Warming Herbal Teas

We’re in the depths of winter.  And it’s cold. (Not nearly as cold here in London as it is in the States this year!  But still.  I feel the cold!) Who doesn’t like a cup of tea to warm them up on a cold morning?  And with a little insight into traditional herbal remedies, youContinue readingContinue reading

Finding balance in an always changing life.

Finding balance in an always changing life.

Have you ever tried standing a balance board? If you hold you position exactly, you’ll fall off.  You constantly need to make little adjustments, nudges here and there, to keep upright. Balance isn’t a permanently fixed state, especially in a busy, ever-changing life. (And life is always changing, isn’t it?  Try as we might toContinue readingContinue reading

Spaciousness.

Spaciousness.

My word for 2014 is Spaciousness. Every year I choose a word that acts as a theme for my year (thanks to Susannah Conway’s Workbook.) In 2013, my word was Creativity.  As my corporate job was winding down, I felt this intense urge to stretch all my creative muscles that I’d held back for years.Continue readingContinue reading

Top 10 natural health & beauty projects of 2013

Top 10 natural health & beauty projects of 2013

Blogging is a balance of writing new, interesting articles and recipes … and trying to get more people to see the stuff you’ve already written! After all, just because I created my DIY Deodorant recipe months ago, doesn’t mean it’s any less effective, or useful, to a new reader today. So as we approach theContinue readingContinue reading

My 9 favorite natural health & beauty books

My 9 favorite natural health & beauty books

I love the internet.  Especially Pinterest (you too?  Follow me here.) The internet is amazing for ideas, inspiration and learning.  And in the early days, when I didn’t know anyone else in this natural beauty world, it helped me feel connected to a community. But there are two main problems with learning from the internet:Continue readingContinue reading

A DIY hair rinse that darkens your hair – naturally!

I’m going gray. Ok, maybe that’s not worthy of a headline.  It happens to all of us at some point (if you’re lucky enough to keep your hair!) Although only in my early 30s, I’ve been coloring my hair to hide these ‘natural highlights’ since my mid-20s.  And just recently I stopped. I can’t sayContinue readingContinue reading