I thinkMelissa Sariffodeen has done an incredible job summing this up for me in her recent Your Morning Segment on CTV. Thank you, Melissa (and everyone else working in this space)!
Remember how I was on a mission to make great baby gear? Well, now I’m on a mission to save the planet and make us a healthier home.
On my mission, I’ve fallen in love with essential oils. I’m using them for everything from aromatherapy, to food, to makeup and cleaning products. Since most of my creative time has been spent in the kitchen or at my workbench lately, I’ve decided to start sharing these projects here.
One of my first projects, and perhaps my favourite is when I decided to make my own rose essential oil. I couldn’t afford to purchase high quality fair-trade rose oil so I did some research and made my own. The best part, I made it with the roses I got for my first Mother’s day. (Thank you Charlie!)
While I still have some time to wait before I can put this to use, I am already in the love with the results. Just look at that colour! Ah!
Here’s what I did:
+ Glass Jar
+ Rose Petals (wilted but not dry)
- Remove rose petals from the stem and rip into smaller pieces in order to increase the surface area. You can mortar and pestle this if you have it.
- Place loosely into a glass jar filling to about 3/4 full.
- Cover with extra virgin olive oil being sure to add 1inch more above your rose petals.
- Use can substitute EVOO for Jojoba oil if you want to turn this into a beauty product.
- Secure the lid and shake to coat rose petals.
- Leave your jar in a sunny spot for 1 week to help the rose oil incorporate.
- You can speed this process up by placing your sealed jar in a crockpot of water on low for 4-6 hours.
- Strain rose petals from oil with cheese cloth squeezing the petals to save as much oil as possible.
- Store in a cool, dark place.
I plan to use my oil in my diffuser as an alternative to candles/room spray. I think I’ll also add a few drops to my Rosemary Epsom salts! How do you use essential oils?
This birch painting graces the wall of our dining room, and I just freaking love it. Want to know a secret? I painted it with a credit card.
After every one of our weekend hikes I remind myself that when I need to chill out, I need to get outside. Nature relaxes me every time. Thankfully my troop loves the wilderness as much as I do.
This new mama finally gets it: parenting requires super powers. How else can you get so much accomplished on so little sleep?
This Superman painting is an oldie but a goodie, and my little tribute to parents, especially Dustin. Here’s to super humans making super humans!
Did you know that singing to the Northern Lights makes them dance? The Inuit have been singing at the lights for generations. So when I got to see them in Iqaluit, Nunavut for the first time, I had to try it. And when I say I had to, I mean I really HAD to. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of it all. I was all-in, unedited, and giggling at the top of the world. The more I laughed and sang the more they danced. It was life changing.
Today Charlie Rose is 3 months old. I’m still giggling at the beauty of everything.