Tejomaya Wellness

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Tutorial: Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

diy     I love coffee, but something changed over the past couple of years that makes it hard for me to drink at times. Depending on the acidity of the brew, I just can’t stomach it. I was discussing it with a friend of mine and she recommended getting a french press because it might cut down on some of the acid. I’d been meaning to invest in one so I could make loose leaf tea in larger quantities, so for Christmas last year, my generous fella bought me one for a gift. It did seem to help some, but I was still having some acid upset, so coffee and I went on a break for almost a year. Cue the sad orchestral music.

Then some time this year, I got brave again and ventured back into the world of coffee via cold brew concentrates after remembering that the coffee at my mom’s house never bothered my stomach and there was no turning back. The taste seemed cleaner, and I was able to put a few tablespoons in a mug of heated water and still have hot coffee. My mom has a nifty system called a Toddy that she uses to make her concentrate, so I began pricing one of my own. During my research, I discovered that several people were making theirs without any special equipment other than their french presses, so I attempted my first batch and was really pleased with the results.

Here’s how I made it:


I measured out one cup of coffee beans, ground them on a coarse setting, and put them in the bottom of my french press. If you don’t have a coffee grinder at home, you can ask your barista or grocery store to do this for you when you select the bean or blend you want to use.


I measured out 3 cups of cold, filtered water and poured it into the press, then put the lid on with the plunger drawn.


Then, I put the whole thing in the fridge and went to bed. Set it and forget it!

In the morning, after about 10-12 hours of chilling, I pushed the plunger down and slowly poured the contents into an empty mason jar. Sometimes there’s a little extra left in the press, so I use it right away and put the lid on the rest and store it in the fridge.

Easy peasy, french press squeezy!

You can play around with the grounds to water ratio or leave the concentrate to sit for a fill 24 hours if you wish, but I’ve always preferred my coffee a little on the weak side and this really works for me. Most of the time I just heat some water in my mug and add around 3-5 tablespoons until the color looks right to my eye, but I’ve also added it to my smoothies and used it with a couple of drops of flavored stevia drops, some coconut or almond milk and plenty of ice cubes for a healthy take on iced coffee. C’est si bon!


I want to hear from you! Have you ever made your own cold brew coffee? Did you try this recipe and use it to make something delicious that you want to share? Leave a comment below!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,


Announcement Time: I’m an All Star Health Affiliate!

img_9787     I got some pretty cool news this week and I’m excited to share it with you! I’ve been getting my multivitamin and other supplements from All Star Health for the past couple of years because they have the best prices on so many of the things I love and use. Hey, gal on a budget here! Gotta save that cash for school and art supplies! So, I did a little exploring while I placed my last order and noticed they had an affiliate program, and after I did a little happy dance, I signed up! I’ve been so pleased with everything I’ve ordered from them, and now I get to pass along exclusive discount codes from time to time and share great deals with you here on my page and on social media! It’s a truly fantastic opportunity for me as well, because any time you use a link or click on one of the nifty banner ads in the sidebar on the right to place an order with All Star Health, I earn a small thank-you commission that allows me to keep the blog going. For something I enjoy passing along to everyone I talk supplements with, it’s a something I’m really grateful for.

They don’t just have supplements for people. I order a pet omega for Harrison from Nordic Naturals that makes breakfast time pretty joyful around here. He hears me take a capsule out of the bottle and comes running into the room to wait while I put them on his food. I swear this dog smiles when he knows he’s getting his fish oil! They also offer sports and exercise equipment like yoga mats and balance balls, healthy snacks and kitchen staples, and natural beauty and body care.  All orders get a flat $5.95 shipping, they will price match online competitors, and have lots of items on special and clearance that are worth taking the time to browse through. Here’s a great example: I found a box of 16 of my favorite flavor of Larabars for $12.40! I can’t get them anywhere in town for under a $1 a pop, and this deal makes them only $0.78 each. That’s the sort of thing a girl tells her friends about.

Check out my affiliate link to explore the site and let me know if I can offer any product recommendations. One of the things I’m most grateful for in the past 5 years is all of the great knowledge I’ve been able to accumulate when it comes to supplements  and cleaning up my beauty routine and I love helping people find a match that will help them accomplish their goals. Happy shopping and even better health!


Wishing You Total Well-Being,



Gratitude Review: September

rainbow-leaves     I love Fall, so I’m not about to pass up an opportunity to feel thankful for the cooler weather and changing leaves, but this month has been challenging. This was the month I lost my grandmother and the anniversary always comes with its share of bittersweetness, but I also learned Tuesday that one of my publishers for the magazine I write for had crossed over, as well. She and her partner and co-publisher gave me such a generous gift. Aside from making me a Contributing Editor of Health and Wellness, a title I wear with joy and with pride, they also gave me the opportunity to have my words read by so many and be a part of a beautiful community of kind, creative, wonderful people whom I get to call my Inner Child Magazine family. In that way, I do have so much to feel thankful for, and even though my heart is sad to have to say goodbye, I think we owe it to the people who show us love in this lifetime to be happy and grateful whenever possible. With that, I give you my September Gratitude Review…

This is not my car, of course, I'm just a little obsessed with old BMW 2002s at the moment.

This is not my car, of course, I’m just a little obsessed with old BMW 2002s at the moment.

For the second time in my driving life, I needed to call AAA. It sounds like a weird thing to be grateful for, but it was a positive experience from the moment I placed the phone call until the service driver left. I admit, when it comes to cars, I’m a little out of my depth, so it was a comfort to have kind, knowledgeable folks come to my assistance without losing a full day’s pay searching for a part in my price range and paying to tow my car to a mechanic.


Things at work changed in a BIG way. The changes have really lightened the mood in the office and the new energy in there has made it so much easier to go home and get back into a productive routine. I’m getting a lot more writing done, I’m working ahead on design projects through the end of the year and I’m working my way through my massive organization undertaking with a little more speed. There’s been another awesome side effect, but I’ll save that for my next little dose of gratitude, because it really deserves a mention of its own.

I bought my first set of watercolors!!!

I bought my first set of watercolors!!!

I started creating again, tenaciously. I’ve had some pretty great bursts of creativity here and there throughout the year, but after a friend reminded me to schedule time for creative pursuits, I’m no longer sitting around waiting for creativity to find me. Now I’m actively looking for inspiration and then doing something about it on a weekly basis. I’ve made jewelry, I’ve broken out the coloring books, and I’m watching watercolor tutorials and am dreaming up my next project. It’s not only changing the frequency with which I create, but it’s making the time I spend between projects so much more joyful and deliberate. Instead or just saving pins to a Pinterest board and muttering the word “someday”, I know what supplies I need to make it happen and what changes I want to make to the project to make it uniquely my own. As I’m doing this, I’m also finding notebooks with designs I’d sketched or notes I’d taken on projects I wanted to start and they are starting to take shape. It’s pretty exciting, considering how long some of them have been sitting there waiting for me. If you’re following Tejomaya Wellness on Instagram, I’ve started using the hashtag #CreativeFriday to keep myself accountable and to ditch the fear of putting my work out there. If we’re not following each other yet, you can find me here: https://www.instagram.com/tejomayawellness

How has September been treating you? Do you have any good news to share or any finished projects you want to show off? Leave a comment below so we can celebrate right along with you!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,



Tutorial: Easy Argan Oil Facial Serum

img_0223     When I ran out of the expensive argan oil facial serum I’d been using, I looked over the ingredients and felt a little foolish. It was literally only organic argan oil and essential oils. Why in the heck wasn’t I just making this myself? Once I’d picked out everything I needed to get started, I realized that not only was it waaaaay more cost effective (I was getting only 1 measly oz for the same price as the 4 oz organic bottle I get from Mountain Rose Herbs), but I was also able to control the essential oil blend that went into it and target it to my skin’s specific needs. Everything was coming up wins, so I made my order and waited as patiently as I could for my big bottle of goodness to get here.

If you’re not using argan oil for your skin or hair yet, allow me to sing its praises. It’s full of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and is also packing some serious Vitamin E. It absorbs easily, is lightweight and non-greasy, and is so moisturizing. 30’s skin, or at least my 30’s skin, can be pretty dang frustrating. I’m both oily and dry, breaking out and starting to see lines.  Argan oil keeps my hormonal acne at bay and since I started using it regularly, I’m seeing a softening of my crow’s feet and the fine lines on my forehead. It’s also helping keep my hair healthy and shiny. Each night, I smooth whatever I have left on my hands after my facial application through the ends of my hair and let it work its nourishing magic while I sleep. Seriously, when I’m consistent, I feel like I shimmer a little. It’s fabulous stuff!

Ready to make your own Easy Argan Oil Facial Serum? Here’s what you need to get started:

Easy Argan Oil Facial Serum

  • 2 oz dark glass bottle with dropper top
  • Funnel
  • 8 TBS argan oil
  • Essential oils of your choice


 I’m kicking myself a little for not doing this sooner. This could not have possibly been easier to make.  I think it took me two minutes total, which was just fantastic. All you need is to measure out your oil and fill the empty bottle with it. I used a funnel just to make sure I didn’t spill any, because argan oil is miracle stuff.  I even put what was left behind in the funnel and measuring spoon on my neck and face so I wouldn’t waste any. I’m not even a little ashamed.


After I got the argan in the bottle, I added my essential oils. Less is always more when it comes to aromatherapy recipes. Essential oils are already super potent, but you can totally ruin a blend or DIY project by being heavy handed, so start with one drop at a time until it smells right to your nose. If you’re going to blend, I’d also check out the potential combo with a dry run on a tissue or cotton ball first. Some oils just don’t play well together and if you’re wearing this on your face, you’ll want it to be pleasant. For my personally targeted serum, I chose patchouli and bergamot and used 4 drops of each. I selected this combination because they are both good for acne and oily skin and I love the scent of both. When I put it on after washing my face later that night, I couldn’t stop smelling my hands. It’s not knock-you-over patchouli, either. Just faintly herbal with a light hint of citrus.


Once that was done, I screwed the top back on, shook my serum and that was that. Easy peasy, serum squeezy. I used it last night after I washed my face and woke up to an absolutely glowing complexion. I’m hooked. I’ll only ever make my own serums from now on!

If you want to try this recipe, but your skin isn’t oily and acne prone like mine, or you just don’t dig the combination of patchouli and bergamot, here are a few suggestions that may work for your skin type:

  • Oily Skin – Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Cypress, Lime, Bergamot
  • Acne Prone Skin – Tea Tree, Patchouli, Geranium, Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemon
  • Dry Skin – Cedarwood, Rose, Geranium, Sandalwood, Myrrh, both varieties of Chamomile
  • Sensitive Skin – both varieties of Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium, Neroli

You’ll see a lot of crossover, where one oil is good for multiple skin types that seem a little contradictory, but in my nearly 20 years of experience with essential oils I’ve learned that plants have a special intelligence and know how to heal and balance when used in the right combination. That’s why one person can have success with Geranium as an acne remedy and another can use it to soothe sensitivity. It’s mostly a matter of letting your nose tell you what you need and using smart safety precautions along the way. Speaking of safety precautions, be especially careful if you are using citrus oils in anything that goes on exposed skin if you are going out into the sun. These oils are photosensitive, and can intensify the sun’s rays. It’s best to stick to an evening only application if you’re going to be using them in your facial serum.

I want to hear from you! If you make your own skincare serums or products, if you have a great blend of essential oils for skin or hair, or if you decide to try my DIY, tell us all about it in the comments below! I hope this tutorial adds value to your skincare routine and makes you feel absolutely gorgeous!


Wishing You Total Well-Being,


P.S. If you want to use the same great products I used to make my serum, here’s my affiliate link to shop the Mountain Rose Herbs website for your ingredients. I do get a small thank you from the company if you use it, but it helps me keep the blog going and order ingredients for the next Tejomaya Wellness tutorial.

Spice Up Your Life: Common Kitchen Staples to Help You Be Healthier

fall     Hey there, Well-Beings!  I wrote an article for this month’s issue of Inner Child Magazine that’s all about how to include delicious fall spices in your meals for better health and wanted to share it with you. As the weather cools off, I hope you can have some fun incorporating them into your recipes and that they find you feeling fantastic!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,



With autumn just around the corner, there are so many great cool weather foods to look forward to. This often means getting to use warming spices that add flavor and depth to our dishes. These spices aren’t just tasty; they may be beneficial to our health, too. Here are three worthy of experimenting with the next time you feel like being creative in the kitchen.


Turmeric – You know that elated feeling you get after a good meal at an Indian restaurant? There’s a pretty cool reason for it, and it’s caused by turmeric. Common in curry recipes, turmeric is rich in curcumin, which has been shown to be helpful for depression. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it excellent for joint pain and arthritis. It’s also helpful for reducing redness and acne when used topically. It’s bright yellow color can cling to fabrics and surfaces though, so make sure you’re not wearing or washing with anything that you can’t bleach. If eating it or applying it to the skin isn’t for you, turmeric is a great addition to fresh juices, and it blends well with other fruits and vegetables so you can mask the flavor, but still reap the benefits.


Ginger – There’s a reason we drink ginger ale when we have the flu. It’s because ginger is a gem for fighting nausea. It does this by causing the muscles in the GI tract to relax. Not feeling queasy? Ginger, like turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Take it for pain and muscle aches and feel better in no time. Ginger is great when brewed like tea. Add slices of lemon for a warming drink to calm indigestion soothe long inflammation or ease menstrual cramps.

cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon – This sweet spice isn’t just a common addition to sweet treats, it packs an antioxidant punch, too. That’s because it’s loaded with polyphenols, which makes it better than garlic and oregano for fighting free radicals. It also may help with weight loss and insulin sensitivity. Studies show that helping to regulate spikes in blood sugar; cinnamon could keep some sugars from being stored as fat. Sprinkle it on sweet potatoes, oatmeal or add it to warm beverages for a boost. Just make sure you’re looking for Ceylon cinnamon, or true cinnamon, for the best benefit.


With anything, it makes good sense to practice precautions when changing your diet. Adding too much of anything to a dish is a surefire way to ruin it, and the same holds true when using spices as supplements. Less is almost always more. It’s also smart to talk to your doctor about possible interaction with anything you may already be taking. Once you’re in the clear, open your kitchen cabinets and get creative. Variety is the spice of life, after all!

To-Do or Not To-Do: Sometimes There is No Question

image     I’ve been beating myself up a little this week because I had no idea what I was going to post about today. I usually plan my topics ahead of time so I can gather my thoughts and let my writing take shape, but for whatever reason I didn’t have a plan and even using my best and always trusty tip for writer’s block, nothing transpired. Nada. Giant question mark. There was a literal sound of crickets chirping last night as I set out to work.

I poured over all of the reasons I just wasn’t feeling it this week. One of my personal heroes since childhood died and my heart is still pretty tender.  My creativity shifted to another project that I’m so into at the moment, that it’s hard to tear myself away from it. The weather is fantastic and I wanted to hike with my boyfriend instead of being inside typing half paragraphs and deleting them all afternoon.  I continued to try to talk myself into writing by passing them off as excuses, but and here’s the lesson, they weren’t excuses. Not a single one. Each reason I gave for not following the plan, for not keeping my schedule, for not maintaining business as usual, were each entirely valid reasons to let myself take a break. Furthermore, the longer I felt guilty for not meeting my own deadline, the more ill conceived my topics became. So, I quit. And then the face-palm, moment of clarity came.

Self-care isn’t always so neatly defined. Taking your vitamins, getting good exercise, or fixing yourself a healthy meal are all acts of TLC you should show yourself often, but purposely skipping a publishing due date so I could have a good cry over Gene Wilder’s passing? Continuing to work on my creative projects even though they feel like I was goofing off? Putting on my shoes and walking away from the computer in favor of better company amongst the trees and wooded wildlife? Yeah, yep and yes. All acts of self-care, too. And guess what? In recognizing that and in relieving myself of the pressure to produce a piece that just wasn’t taking form, I ended up with something to say after all. Funny how that happens, isn’t it?

Will I legitimately procrastinate? Oh, Honey. You bet I will! You will too, but will there also be times when the best thing to do for your heart, soul, and sanity is to spend the day making art, or having picnic feasts, or creating memories instead of checking tasks off of your to-do list. After all, life is for living, isn’t it? Not for to-doing.

Wishing You Total Well-Being,





Gratitude Review: August

bookshelves     It’s August in the Southwest. You know how I know? Because my skin hurts when I go outside. Yikes! It’s not all bad, though. I’ve crossed a few books off of my summer reading list and that makes me pretty dang happy. There were a few more highlights that kept me joyful this month, and I wanted to share them with you.

d shoes

My favorite guy is celebrating a birthday this month. He is a modest fella, so I won’t embarrass him too much, but I’m daily thankful for the presence of this wonderful man in my life. We never stop laughing. He has the best heart, the greatest work ethic  I’ve ever seen in another human and he is smarter and more talented than he will take credit for. I’m a lucky lady.


I’ve been slowly Konmari-ing my apartment and in my straightening, I found a list a mile long of songs I’d intended to add to a playlist, so if you’re still following my High Vibe Playlist, I added several for your listening pleasure. Rediscovering some of these gems has been a real trip. I’m thankful for each memory they brought back.

smoothie graphic

I have been working on my adrenal health for the past couple of months and I think I am really starting to turn a corner with my energy and mood. I’d been so exhausted and down that I was going to bed at 7:30 each night and just didn’t feel like myself anymore, so I knew I needed to do more than I was currently doing with my routine. I had a fantastic Craniosacral treatment earlier this month, and I’m using an endocrine balancing essential oil blend and a wild yam serum that have helped me tremendously. I’m feeling a lot more functional and have had some great bursts of creativity! I’m thankful for my health every day, but especially these days. Sometimes you don’t know just how bad you felt until you don’t feel that way anymore.

So, what’s been happening in your neck of the the woods? Are you celebrating any milestones? Did you just come back from a blissful vacation? Share your latest successes in the comments below so we can join in your joy!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,





Tutorial: Mountain Man Beard Balm

family ingredients     The greatest guy I have ever met has a birthday this month so I wanted to make him something special to keep his wild, manly beard under control. Enter my Mountain Man Bead Balm! I whipped up this easy, 5 ingredient balm yesterday, and had it in his hands just in time to wrap it up with his other gifts. Here’s how you can make it yourself:

Ingredients –

  • 1 ½ tsp.Shea Butter
  • 1 Tbs. Beeswax
  • 1 tsp. Argan Oil
  • 1 tsp. Jojoba Oil
  • Essential Oils of Your Choice

I recommend that you designate an old spoon that you don’t really care about for your DIY recipes, because it’s going to get waxy and you will have to scrub a bit to get it clean. Don’t use your nice flatware! I used a pair of takeout chopsticks to stir mine and it worked great.

****Optional: A double boiler. If you don’t have one, I’m going to teach you how to make this recipe without one.

Using a large glass bowl, I added my solid ingredients. I had to use a cheese grater to get my beeswax off of the large chunk I bought. You might be tempted to just chop it into small chunks, but resist the urge and use the grater until you get the amount you need. It will melt much faster and your other solids won’t burn in the process.


Fill a pot about half full with water and let it boil on the stove. The right size pot is one that you can sit your bowl on top of where it will rest, but not fall in.


Add your liquid oils to your mixture and set your bowl on top of your pot until they are melted.  Once they are all liquidy and melted into each other, add your essential oils.  I used Black Pepper, Cedarwood and Bergamot.  I used 10 drops total, 2 black pepper, 3 bergamot and 5 cedarwood. Stir with a spoon and CAREFULLY remove your bowl from the top of your pot. Use potholders and stand back a little because very hot steam is going to escape from the pot. Then it’s as simple as pouring from your bowl into your cute little metal tin and letting the bad boy cool and solidify.

black pepper

Mine set pretty quickly, but I did give it a full 12 hours before I handed it over to my guy, just to be sure it was nice and solid. It was a big hit! He had one note for me that I’m going to take under consideration for next time, apparently it does get pretty dang solid and it takes some friction to melt it, so I think I can counter it with just a dab of coconut oil next time, as that tends to soften things up a little.

beard balm

I want to hear from you! If you make this recipe, let me know what you think of it and what essential oils you use, too!  Leave your comments below and photos below!


P.S. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and fantastic place to get organic and wildcrafted ingredients for your recipe, I get mine here. This is an affiliate link, but I’d be shouting their name from the rooftops even if it wasn’t!

Mosquitoes Bite: Repel Pests and Calm Skin Naturally

sunny sunflower  Hey There, Well-Beings! 

I wrote another article for this month’s issue of Inner Child Magazine and wanted to share it with you. This one’s all about what to do when bugs are bugging you! I hope you find it helpful and that you have a wonderful week ahead!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,



There’s so much to enjoy about summer: The longer days, dinners out on the patio, and drinks with those little umbrellas. There’s also at least one thing that really bites: Mosquitoes!  Whether you’re outside tending to your garden, taking a dip in the pool, or headed for the hills for a day of hiking, you’re going to encounter these pesky pests. The good news is there are natural solutions for soothing bites and for stopping them before they start.

lavender garden

An Ounce of Prevention: One of the first things you can do to prevent mosquitoes from ruining your summer fun is to plant herbs, flowers and other plants around your home that repel them. Things like lavender, lemon balm, marigolds and peppermint will keep bugs away and make beautiful additions to summer dishes, as they are all edible. You can also plant catnip, though you’ll likely make friends with all the neighborhood cats, if you do. If your thumbs aren’t green, you can use essential oils to create a simple bug spray that will keep you from feeling the sting. You’re not stuck with smelly old citronella, either! Lemon and eucalyptus make great additions to a homemade pest spray due to the naturally found ingredient called cineol. Try mixing 4 drops each of lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint essential oils, a ¼ teaspoon of vegetable glycerine, and clean, filtered water to the top of a 4 oz spray top bottle. Shake and spray directly on the skin for a great smelling way to keep bugs at bay. Another option for saving your skin is neem oil. This Aryuvedic herb can be added to coconut oil to create a skin salve that can keep mosquitoes away for up to 12 hours. Just be careful not to apply neem to skin that is cut or broken.

chamomile teacup

After the Fact: It’s great to prevent pests from feasting on exposed summer skin, but what happens when it’s already too late? The itchy, relentless red welts can be unsightly and very irritating. Calendula and aloe vera are very helpful items to have in your summer medicine cabinet because they’re dual-purpose performers. Not only are they great at soothing stinging insect bites, but they’ll cool sunburns as well. Don’t toss your used chamomile teabag in the trash! Once they cool, they make great compresses for itchy skin that needs calming. Tea tree and lavender essential oils are wonderful for bites that are bugging you. In most cases, they can be applied neat to the skin, but when you have kiddos and elders in your care, it’s best to dilute in a carrier oil or lotion. Consult a certified aromatherapist in your area for dilution ratios that will keep everyone safe. When you’re really in a pinch, search your kitchen for raw, organic honey. It’s antiseptic and antibacterial. Just stay inside when you use it, or you’ll also have ants and flies to worry about!


garden party

There’s no reason to shut yourself inside this summer to keep the bugs from biting. With these skin saving and soothing tips, mosquitoes don’t have to make you miserable.  Goodbye, bugs. Hello, Summer!

Essential Oil Spotlight: Patchouli

PATCHOULI     Oh, Patchouli! Nothing divides folks quite like it’s rich, pungent aroma. Whether you’re firmly on Team Hate It, or you would roll around in the stuff like I would, there’s still plenty that’s worth noting about this resinous, controversial oil.  Before you write it off as stinky, I’ve written some words about this exotic beauty and it’s many benefits.

If you were alive in the 60s and 70s, you probably got more than a nostril full of patchouli in the form of incense or perfume oil. It was around for centuries prior to the hippie movement, though. My favorite historical note about this plant dates back to Ancient Egypt whee King Tut was said to have arranged to be buried with almost 10 gallons of oil infused with patchouli. In the 19th century, Asian countries began using the oil to protect fabrics from moth damage when being exported to other countries. I inherited a beautiful silk robe from my grandmother who purchased it on a business trip to Hong Kong and to this day, I can still catch a faint whiff of of it if I press it to my nose.  That’s pretty impressive, considering she would have brought it home well over 30 years ago!

silk robe

Patchouli essential oil is made by collecting the flowering tops of the plant and steam distilling it. It’s also a bit like a fine wine, in that the scent tends to deepen with time. This is why it may be time to give that bottle you cast aside another go, if you’ve written it off in the past. It may have reached a point in it’s mellowing where you find it agrees with you. I’ve found that the longer I have a bottle, the more resinous and darker the color becomes. This can make it a little hard to get out of the reducer, but oh so worth it it you adore the scent of an aged patchouli.

So, what is it good for? Patchouli can be quite soothing for the emotions and for relaxing frayed nerves. I get that some of you may be reluctant to put it on as perfume, but it can be quite beautiful in a blend that balances some of it’s noted potency. I love placing it in the diffuser or fragrance blend with citrus and florals (bergamot and ylang ylang are favorites) to soften it’s presence. I also love it for acne flare-ups. I’m starting to see wrinkles, but I still have hormonal breakouts from time to time, and I love adding a drop to my skin creams and serums to keep inflammation and bacteria at bay. I also love to use patchouli as a deodorizer. I use it as an underarm spray and in my running shoes to keep things fresh.


Patchouli is one of those oils that is generally regarded as safe for humans. If you’re pregnant or nursing, talk to a doctor just to be on the safe side. If you’re interested in using essential oils on your kids and pets, it’s a good practice to run that past a certified professional, especially since they may not be able to tell you that something doesn’t feel right.

Ready to give patchouli a try, or even a second chance? I get mine at Mountain Rose Herbs, and I’m thrilled with the quality and price. I love it so much I became an affiliate!


I want to hear from you. Do you love patchouli as much as I do? Do you have a blend you use that you just love? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,



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