Lavender + Vanilla Face Scrub

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The holidays are coming up just around the corner and I am getting excited to put my starter kit oils to use for gifts for family + friends! This is one of the simplest DIY's that would be a great gift for your mom, sister, bestie or teacher. It could even be just one element of a 'self care' gift basket. (I'm planning on sharing more DIY's related to this on my instagram @mamabirdlittlewingessentials)

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+ 1 cup fine sugar

+ 1/4 cup almond oil or olive oil

+ 1 tsp vanilla

+ 6 drops quality lavender essential oil

+ glass container

(this pretty jar is from World Market, but you can also use any small canning jar from your local grocery store as well.)

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Mix ingredients together until there is a uniform consistency. Scoop into glass container + clean off any excess scrub from the rim of the jar. Close + tie some pretty twine and a sprig of lavender or other natural element for a finished touch for gifting. 

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I found these simple little gift boxes at World Market as well that came with some twine! 

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If you want to learn more about Young Living's starter kit, please email me at bohemiancollective @ 


Young Living essential oils

I have been in love with essential oils for several years, but recently I have fallen in love with them even deeper. I started a new journey with Young Living oils and the quality is SO good y'all!  I am having so much fun learning all the different ways these plant powerhouses can work within my body + around my home. I thought I would start sharing some things I am loving about them here on the blog.

Essential oils are in everyone's lives, whether you realize it or not.  They are found in so many common household products like shampoo + dish soap, and the list goes on. But when it comes to diffusing them in our homes, rubbing them onto our skin, or even taking internally, quality is so very important. Young Living has an incredible Seed to Seal promise.  They won't even buy land to plant on if there has ever been pesticides used on the soil in the past. They also pay attention to endangered plants and will discontinue or replace an oil in an blend that contains one that is threatened. They also give back in many ways.  I have found them to be a truly upstanding company. Beyond that, there customer service is incredible and their customer perks are beyond wild + abundant!

I started with the oils in their Premium Starter Kit that contains these 11 oils pictured, a diffuser, sample packs + more. They have been such a good starting place b/c each of these oils can be used for so many common things. Below are just a few things you can use them for, but there are so many more!

Young Living Starter Kit essential oil uses

If you are curious about oils or would like to know where to start I'd love to help you. I am part of the most incredible team that has created a space with endless product education. There is also opportunities to create an abundant business with Young Living as well. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Just email me through the contact form here on the site.

Or you can visit my sign up link here to get started today!!!


Young Living starter kit


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Mare Maia is a small family owned company based in Thailand creating healing spagyric tinctures (alchemically enhanced plant extractions).  Spagyric tinctures offer a more energetically complete herb or plant extraction. These concentrated extractions contain the three essentials – that is, the body, soul and spirit – of the herb or plant, purified and recombined in an exalted medicinal form. The spagyric technique is part of the ancient initiatic tradition of alchemy – the Art that lies at the heart of the inner traditions of the West.

In alchemy, the Spirit of a plant is referred to as the ‘Mercury’; the Soul as the ‘Sulphur’, and the Body as the ‘Salt’.

Ordinary herbal tinctures only partially utilize the curative powers of the plants from which they are prepared. Spagyric tinctures are made according to unique processes which ‘open’ the plant or herb and liberate stronger curative powers. The spagyric technique of confecting herbal remedies embodies another – more synergistic – way of considering Nature and its powers.

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Mare Maia offers a range of more than 30 hand-crafted spagyric tinctures, ranging from well known herbs like chamomile, turmeric, garlic, and oregano to more ‘obscure’ plants like jiaogulan, tongkat ali, lion’s mane mush­room, and butterfly pea flower.

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GARLIC has been employed for thousands of years to prevent illness and treat ailments. Garlic has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-septic properties. Garlic boosts the immune system, lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and regulates the cardiovascular system and blood sugar. In addition to preventing the body from ‘aging on the inside’, the anti-oxidant properties of garlic protect the skin and slow skin aging. Garlic can reduce inflammation of the stomach and intestine, including candida yeast. In this context garlic works to preserve and boost the good bacteria of the digestive system while destroying ‘unfriendly’ bacteria. Effective against a wide range of conditions – from colds, sore throat and respiratory infections to cardiovascular disease and diabetes – garlic is considered a ‘superfood’ by many.

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Mare Maia’s Anti-Inflammatory Blend combines spagyric tinctures of turmeric and black pepper to offer enhanced action against muscular aches, bruising, joint inflammation and pain, and arthritis. Black pepper enhances the bioavailability of turmeric. It does this via its key chemical, piperine, which helps make curcumin – the key ingredient of turmeric – more bioavailable. The many other benefits of turmeric and black pepper – including, but not limited to, powerful anti-oxidant effects and benefits to the digestive and respiratory systems – are also available in this high quality spagyric blend.

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A healthy digestive system is one of the cornerstones of well-being. Mare Maia’s DIGESTIVE BLEND offers the traditional Ayurvedic digestive remedy of coriander, cumin and fennel (or CCF) in spagyric tincture form, for the first time. The revitalising but mild blend of coriander, cumin and fennel is known to improve digestion, reduce gas and bloating, and detoxify.

Coriander seeds aid digestion, reduce bloating, and support optimal liver function. Cumin seeds stimulate digestive enzymes (referred to as ‘agni’ or ‘digestive fire’ in Ayurveda) and thus improve nutrient assimilation. Fennel seeds stimulate digestive juices, reduce indigestion, prevent gas, and address constipation. The blend of coriander, cumin and fennel also acts as a diuretic, which helps against water retention and also cleanses the urinary tract.

According to Ayurveda, the blend of coriander, cumin and fennel is ‘tri-doshic’, which means that all three ‘doshas’ – or primary energies which govern our physiology – are in balance. This balancing effect helps to ensure that we experience good health.

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One of the safest and most popular herbs, GERMAN (OR WILD) CHAMOMILE is perhaps best known for its mild calming and soothing effects. Chamomile’s relaxing action on the mind reduces nervous tension and anxiety and eases stress, including stress-related conditions like insomnia. As a natural sleep aid, chamomile is suitable for both adults and children, including teething babies and those with colic. Chamomile also calms the stomach and digestive system, and has proven helpful to those afflicted by stomach cramps, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, or other gastrointestinal complaints. Chamomile may also help to relieve nausea, heartburn, and stress-related flatulence. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile enable it to ease the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. Chamomile can help to heal mouth inflammation and sores, and prevent gum disease. Chamomile has also been observed to relax the muscles of the uterus and thus help reduce menstrual cramps. Chamomile has been used as a treatment for fevers and colds, and to relieve allergies (like an antihistamine).

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These are just a few of the wonderful tinctures Mare Maia offers.  Check out their website to see many more.  You can find them on facebook + instagram as well!

Comfort & Joy: Finding the Inner Warmth of Winter Through Hygge

 Photos by Laura Mazurek.

Photos by Laura Mazurek.

by Hillary Rain

I will always remember the mornings I woke as a child to find ice crystals on the inside of my bedroom window, the sun shining through, cold and beautiful, like light through etched glass. 

Sometimes I scratched my name into it, or a heart, but most often my frozen nose sent me tumbling out of bed, shrieking as feet hit the frigid floor. I headed straight to the living room where I hoped my father had risen before me to load the stove with wood and flame. 

We’d hover above it, my sisters and I, scorching our faces while our backsides grew numb with cold, then turn around for the relief of heat crawling up our backs. And then, bowls of oatmeal and molasses to fill our bellies, socks and mittens and scarves layered on, and outside to break the ice in buckets so our goats and chickens could drink. 

In a vintage farmhouse, built without modern amenities, one grows intimate with nature. The way winter presses herself deep into the bone, or skin grows damp with humidity and rain. The way January breath holds itself before you when you speak. The falling asleep, shivering, after finding the perfect tent for your nose under a blanket where you are warmish, but can still breathe. Or, in summer, lying as naked as can be, slick with sweat, fighting between mosquitoes and one layer of sheet which was even, sometimes, too much. 

Nature is a wild mistress.

In living with the winter elements there is a strange sort of surrender that happens: first, you hate it, because you feel helpless and always, always cold. You might quietly swear that you will never be cold when you’re a grownup and can have the kind of heat which comes through vents like magic. You will have socks without holes and a bedroom where ice doesn’t form on the inside of windows overnight. But then life settles in, the routine of it—day after day like trudging through snow, night after night with sister bodies pressed together for warmth in sleep. You get through it, because that’s what you do. And slowly, without realizing it, a kind of living beauty emerges—distant and bleak at first, but it’s the sort of alchemical beauty that means something because it dwells in unconventional places, just for you. 

And when you find it, it stays with you…

While I no longer experience the winter’s chill of my childhood, it has given me a tender empathy for those who dread the cold seasons, the long dark nights of the year or the soul, the razor winds that bite the cheeks. Those who wander streets without shelter, at the mercy of nature and a neighbor’s good will. Those who struggle to find joy in their days without the serotonin of a friendly sun. Those without full, warm bellies and clean, soft beds. My gratitude for the blessings I enjoy is not without a hunger, lingering and urgent, to bring comfort to those intimate with nature in their own way, who have not yet discovered unconventional beauty, perhaps because I have not done all I can to show them.


As I look for ways to do this, I am inspired by one of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark, and their cultural concept called Hygge. Pronounced “hue-gah,” hygge is the art of comfort, especially in dark winter seasons. It is finding enjoyment through simple living and everyday grace. “It’s a way of life that looks at a long, dark, cold winter and says ‘you are to be savored, not just survived.’”—Alison Dunn, @thesanguineskep It is presence with and presence to—gentleness, intimacy, warmth, coziness, comforting rituals, loved ones. Hygge embodies our most sacred dreams of home.

“It’s a way of life that looks at a long, dark, cold winter and says ‘you are to be savored, not just survived.’”—Alison Dunn

How can hygge help us savor winter? How could I have savored winter as a little girl who etched her name on her bedroom windows in ice? How do you help those exposed to the elements find some kind of hope as their toes freeze and you hear winter in their lungs? How do you savor the dark winter seasons of the heart and a soul’s shadow journey? How do you cross the bridge from dwindling survival to the warm and leaping fires of joy?

Embracing hygge as a way through what could otherwise be a long, dreary season—of the year or of the soul—means just as much to the spirit as to the body, if not more. I believe the secret is found in a willingness to be present to pain just as much as to comfort. If we stay present to what is, opening our hearts and allowing beauty to find us, we will be guided through. Moment by moment. And these sacred moments bear graceful witness and gentle compassion for the ache of winter living. If we learn to embrace it ourselves, both the ache and the way, we can learn how to share it with others. 

Through simple connection, nourishment, and presence, we can help walk each other home.

Here are five simple ways to add hygge to your life.

1. Gather your roots—stock up on root veggies like carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, onions & garlic. Wash, chop, and toss them in a large baking dish with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Roast until tender and darkened, stirring as needed. Roasting roots in the oven will not only fill your home with mouthwatering warmth, they will fill your body with nurturing comfort. You can enjoy them as a side dish, leave them a little crunchy for snacky finger food, or eat them on their own! You can also blend them into soups or stew, add them to your salad, stuff them into enchiladas or a baked potato, or fold them into an omelet.   

2. Nest—create a cozy nook for yourself and your loved ones. Arrange plush pillows on the floor, make indoor “tents” with twinkle-lights and warm-colored sheets draped from the ceiling. Keep soft blankets always within reach, along with a wood-board of nourishing snacks—nuts, apple slices, roasted roots, pumpkin seeds or dried cranberries—for “grazing.” Make popcorn and watch a movie from your nest. Sip herbal tea. Read books, to yourself or your kids, or journal.

3. Light candles—first thing in the morning, even if you don’t have much time before work, light a candle before you begin your day. The element of fire invites warmth to your spirit. And for those not blessed with a fireplace, locate or create a safe surface area in your home and arrange a group of candles for a fireplace effect. Be creative! Vary sizes and heights, or even colors, for a beautiful and warm display. 

4. Make coffee dates—and follow through. Whether you meet your partner or a friend for espresso at your local coffeehouse, or brew your own at home and open up Skype, connect with someone you love at least once a week. Talk—really talk, not just about bills or the kids, business or the weather. Be willing to be vulnerable. Meet heart to heart. Discover something new about each other. Explore another layer of yourself.

5. Stock your car with blankets—for yourself and for others. Wintery weather can make driving and fulfilling simple errands a difficult task. Keeping blankets in your car can help ease the cold, windy, wet or icy shock of running in and out of stores. If you ever get stuck in ice or snow or run out of gas, they will help keep you cozy until help arrives. And in your travels, if you come across a poor shivering soul, having a soft, fresh blanket to hand over can be the warmest gift.

What other ideas do you have? Tag me on Instagram at @LushFolk and let me know! I’d love to see how you bring coziness and comfort to your days.



I hold sacred space for creative and spiritual women through my unique and sometimes unconventional approach to life coaching. My clients feel like friends, and we connect via cozy conversations. Other ongoing projects include photography, meditative vocal work, and more. Stay informed through my weeklyish love-letters and see what I'm up to these days on Instagram.

*This article originally appeared in Issue No. 3 of the Bohemian Collective Magazine. Available now! 



Our friends over at Live By Being have declared June to be 'Bath Month'.  I couldn't get more on board with this if I tried!  Being a Cancer June baby who loves the water and my sacred bath time, I'm a big fan of this idea.  I take a bath almost every night already, but having a whole month devoted to this idea is just fabulous!  Most new + full moons I try to make a point to make my bath extra special by creating a sort of ritual around it, so I thought I would share that here for bath month. 

My personal rituals are usually very simple.  I create serenity and mood by lighting candles, burning incense, sage or palo santo, and sometimes putting on a soothing station on my pandora, other times just being with the silence of the water.  I always like to include something special and nourishing for my skin.  Since this bath month was declared by Live By Being I used some of my favorite bath salts from them.  I also always bring something nourishing to drink, usually water or herbal tea.  As I quiet myself and go within for a bit, I then pull some cards for whatever is on my mind at the time, or for the full or new moon energies in general.  Then I spend some time soaking in the warm salt water while I soak up the knowledge from my spread.  Just a very simple way to go within and connect with myself in a healing, nourishing way with intention. 

In honor of Bath Month, Live By Being is giving away one of their bath salts + milk bath to my followers!  Go enter to win a bottle of the STILL bath salt on our instagram at @bohemiancollective

Also get 20% off any Live By Being orders through the month of June with the code BOHOBATHS


tarot deck by the wild unknown // soy candle by luna's locket // cactus dish by axis moon



I am excited to introduce Healanah with you today!  A line of handcrafted chakra healing sprays, made by a gal named Sarah in sunny California.

First, a little about the sprays...


We offer a line of eight healing sprays made out of love and positive intentions. Each spray was created by combining the art of aromatherapy and the inner power of gemstones. Each spray has a different purpose based on the state of mind you desire to reach.


Each Healanah Healing Spray is represented by a specific color that is attached to a chakra. The human body is composed of seven different chakras, through which energy circulates. Once this energy is perfectly balanced, and passes through each channel, is the body and mind at perfect equilibrium.


Each Healanah Healing Spray is attached with a “mantra” that is meant to be recited three times either out loud or in your mind. The act of repeating the mantra will allow you to lift your vibration levels and release all the positive intentions into the use of the healing spray’s.


Sarah decided on a line of Eight Healing Sprays because she could imagine one without Love. Love is recognized as the underlying currency of the world we live in. Having only Seven Chakras did not make it an issue.



LOVE is a hand-made healing spray created out of harmony and positive intentions. Love, being the underlying currency of the universe, is linked to all the chakras and unites with the universe itself. Rose Otto Essential Oil has the power of removing energy blocks and let loving emotions freely circulate from crown to root chakra.

Love can be used under any circumstances to raise vibrations, transition from uncomfortable situations to a positive atmosphere and bring loving energies into a room, yourself or your loved ones.





ENERGY is a hand-made healing spray created out of harmony and positive intentions. The color attached to ENERGY is red, or the color of the root chakra. The sense generated by this energy is a sense of grounding to our family, tribes, community and Mother Earth itself.

The alliance of Ylang-Ylang and Cinnamon Oil will bring your mind into a peaceful state and enhances the power of the root chakra which will allow grounding.



IMAGINE is a hand-made healing spray created out of love and positive intentions. “Imagine” can be used under any circumstances to raise vibrations and transition from uncomfortable situations to a positive atmosphere and let your imagination and creativity flow.

Frankincense and myrrh are from the same plant family and grow as small shrub-like trees in dry climates; such as India, or Oman. Myrrh and frankincense are used in ceremonial rituals to open the door to creativity by stimulating the orange or sacral chakra.

IMAGINE is stimulating rejuvenating, inspiring, and promotes creative energy.




HAPPY is a hand-made healing spray created out of harmony and positive intentions. The color attached to HAPPY is yellow, or the color of the Solar Plexus Chakra. Our sense of touch is generated by this point of energy as it allows  feeling through the skin and the ability to open ourselves up and be touched by the world emotionally. The blend of essential oil’s Petit-grain and grapefruit drives off dark thoughts and negativity while encouraging harmony between spirit and self.

HAPPY can also be used under any circumstances to raise vibrations and transition from uncomfortable situations to a positive atmosphere and bring joy and happiness into your aura and space.



ABUNDANCE is a hand-made healing spray created out of love and positive intentions. The color attached to Abundance is green, or the color of the heart chakra. Our sense of touch is generated by this point of energy as it allows feeling through the skin and the ability to open ourselves up and be touched by the world emotionally. The more we open our heart to abundance, independently of its form, the more we will be able to receive. The delicious blend of Rosemary, Lime and Geranium will enhance the manifestation of abundance while raising your vibrations.

Abundance can be used under any circumstances to raise vibrations and transition from uncomfortable situations to a positive atmosphere and let the abundance flow smoothly.





PEACE is a hand-made healing spray created out of love and positive intentions. The color attached to Peace is blue, or the color of the throat chakra. Our sense of hearing is generated by this energy, as well as the action of speaking. The combination of Clary Sage and Lavender Essential Oils, allied with the action of the throat chakra enhance our ability to clear our mind, which leads to the path of inner-peace.

Peace can be used under any circumstances to raise vibrations and transition from uncomfortable situations to a positive atmosphere.



HEAL is a hand-made healing spray created out of love and positive intentions. The color attached to HEAL is violet, or the color of the Third-Eye chakra. The senses associated to this energy is extra-sensory perception such as clairvoyance. Once a sixth sense is activated thru the third-eye, the mind has the power to auto-heal the physical body. The blend of lavender and sandalwood will help you activate your third eye.

The combination of oils and gemstones used in HEAL will activate those senses allowing energies to flow and transition from uncomfortable situations to a positive atmosphere and activate your body auto-healing properties.





PURE is a hand-made healing spray created out of love and positive intentions. The color attached to Pure is white, or the color of the crown chakra, located on top of the head. The senses that are related to the crown chakra are unity and empathy for others and self. The blending of Juniper, Tea tree and Peppermint essential oils, allied with the healing properties of silver colloidal is the perfect recipe to clear unwanted energies, and embrace a pure shining light.

Pure can be used under any circumstances toraise vibrations and transition from uncomfortable situations to a positive atmosphere and embrace your inner-self.