The (Mis)Adventures of a Budding Apothecary

by Stefani on 12-February-2013

Hey there, friends!

I really wish that in this modern age you could SMELL a blog.

Well… come to think of it, maybe not. I DO live in a house full of men and well… you know.

(This little hand drawn illustration can be purchased in my Etsy shop  here)

At the moment though, it smells goooooooood up in here! Lavender and Jasmine, Mint and Rosemary and Thyme, Lemon and Sweet Orange and and and… It sure beats the heck out of the scent of dirty socks and wet dog!

Thanks to the little window into the worlds of some amazing, nurturing, creative women that Instagram has become, I have rediscovered a fascination with essential oils.

(You can find me on Instagram under “blueyondergirl”. If you are interested in natural wellness check out the sweet ladies at “herbanhomestead”, “cantrellcabin” and “”five_chicks_and_farmer”)

If you’ve been here for a while, you might recall that I have very specific ideals and very high standards for my future grand-mothering self. If I’m ever going to live up to those standards and be a proper “Sugar”, I’ve got much to learn!

AND if you’ve been here a while you also know that SOMETIMES I learn by falling backwards into trouble. Like that one time, when I learned QUITE by accident, that if you live in Texas and wear sleeveless things a good bit of the time, you should NOT put citrus oils in your homemade deodorant.

Not unless you think that brown stained pits will catch on and become this summer’s hot new thing.

It could happen I suppose.

I mean, you didn’t think walking around with your drawers hanging down below your cheeks would come into fashion, but it did now didn’t it?


Anyhow, thanks to that little lesson, I am proceeding with MUCH caution. With a couple of good books and the help of Mandi and Alice, we have made some successful inroads into home health and wellness.

Case in point? This lovely homemade body lotion. With the addition of a little lavender oil, it not only soothes dry skin, but it also helps a certain sometimes restless Blue Yonder boy to relax and get to sleep at night. (recipe here)

homemade body lotion


The golden liquid on the left is just after melting all the ingredients. On the right, you can see the buttery, silky smoothness of the finished product.

And last week, when my middle man came down with a nasty upper respiratory funk? I whipped up a little chest rub of eucalyptus and lavender and I had him sit over a bowl of steaming water, dried Thyme and tea tree oil. Both of these things really did seem to help him and he loved the extra nurturing. He declared that I would have “totally gotten and A in potions class.”  From a 10 year old boy, that’s some kinda compliment!

Thyme and Tea Tree Oil

I will confess though. With all that success, I did get a little cocky, as I’m apt to do, and decide to take a drop of lavender internally. If you decide to try this, please y’all, only use the kind that’s MEANT for internal use, and even then, well… read on…

I should have read up a bit on how to do this right. I didn’t and I still haven’t, because I’m not entirely sure that I can bring myself to ever try it again.

Like, ever.

I plopped it on a spoon of raw local honey and downed it. Straight up. Guns a blazing. Yeehaw, I’m a tough Texas mama.

Ummm. Not the way to go. This tough Texas mama…




In seconds flat.

Let me just say to any Hollywood types hanging around these parts (and I’m sure there are ever so many), that if you ever need to work up a good gasping, wretching, throat clenching, eye-watering death scene, just do what I did. You’ll get an Oscar. Fo. Real.


Soon, I’ll tell you about our soap-making adventures and the healing garden that we’re planting.

Until then, and now that we’re getting reacquainted here on the old blog, you might be interested in knowing the handful of other places to find me on the inter webs. My Pinterest Boards are chock full of good things that I’ll get around to someday, and my Illustration Site and Facebook Page are great examples of how I spend my time when I ought to be washing those dirty socks and chasing down that wet dog.

Be well, friends! It’s awfully good to be in your company again!

Alice February 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

You totally crack me up!
So, are you liking The Essential Oils Handbook? I have had my eye on that book for a while, but have not ordered it yet. I can’t wait until my Apothecary print comes in!

Stefani February 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

So far I’m enjoying the book very much! It’s tiny, about 5X4 inches, but thick. It’s just the right size for carrying along and has been very helpful and informative.
I’m so thrilled that my little apothecary will hang next to yours! Thank you so much for that kindness!

Heather February 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

That is a fantastic compliment. I made some salves and lip balm this winter for our family. Huge hit here. I have begun expanding our home apothecary too. Such fun (well, except when you ingest lavender oil apparently!)

Stefani February 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

Oh lip balm and a couple of salves are next on my list! What sort did you make?

mandi@herbanhomestead February 16, 2013 at 6:37 am

Oh you!!!
I love that you want to be a “sugar”. That makes me so happy! I truly hope you guys can find your way down our road in the spring. We have much to talk about!

Stefani February 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

We really are coming! I can’t wait to meet you and Lynsey in real life! I know that I’m going to wind up wishing there weren’t so many miles between here and there 🙂

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