Finding my Roots & For the Love of Life Spritzer (Recipe)

For the last couple of days, I have been incredibly energized and deeply motivated by my path of sharing the wisdom of the plants. Teaching at the Dandelion Herbal Center last weekend really got me in touch with my herbal roots and reminded me of how grateful I am for everything herbalism has done for me.

When I moved to Humboldt in 1997, I felt my life was totally out of control and I knew I was on the brink of some breakthrough but I was frustrated, scared and unable to handle all the transition that was happening in my life. My parents were getting divorced, I was partying a bit too hard, school was unfulfilling and I hated the south. A move was in order I just didn’t know where to go. Thankfully my boyfriend (now husband) wanted to move too and suggested Northern California. After searching between Humboldt County and Monterey, we decided on Humboldt out of how everything seemed to fall into place when we started actively looking for a place to live.

That’s when you know the universe/intuition is steering you in the right direction. I was being led to this magical place where herbalism is a normal conversation and so is the acceptance of fairies and nature beings in our ancient forests. When you are being led toward a person, a place, a conversation, acknowledge the urge and act on it. Life is too short to ignore all of the signs that are reminding you of why you are here.

Maybe it’s the coming of spring that has me all inspired and invigorated. I’m trying to reign it in a little and enjoy the yin energy of the last couple weeks of winter. It’s a little hard with the Women’s Entrepreneurial Summit is this weekend in Pacific Grove. I’ll tell you about it next week.

I’ll leave you with a forest-inspired spritzer inspired by my love of the Redwood Coast.

For the Love of Life Spritzer

3-6 drops redwood, fir or any conifer essential oil
1-3 drops rose (or rose geranium)
1-2 drops vetiver
1-ounce spring water (I’m using water from the creek on my property)
1 ounce rose hydrosol


  1. Put water and hydrosol in a 2-ounce glass bottle with a spritzer top.  
  2. Add essential oils (you can add the Vetiver or conifer first). I prefer to add the base note first but others add the top note first).  
  3. Shake and let sit for a few minutes before you check if you need to add more oils.  

Spritz yourself as needed for motivation, inspiration or love.

Photo: Silvia Maggi

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