Sunday Evening Come Down Foot Soak

My feet ached after three nights of dancing to one of my favorite bands, STS9. Two of those nights were at Red Rocks Amphitheater, which boasts 380 stairs to the top. Needless to say, I needed to soak my feet!

I pulled out my resin foot bowl, filled it hot water, threw in flowers, sea salt, and a couple of drops of essential oil, grabbed a book (Educated by Tara Westover- not the best book when trying to relax, but a must read if you haven’t), a joint, a glass of water, and chilled. It was beautiful.

And not something I do often enough. As I sat there feeling the warmth of the salt water and the aroma of the herbs work their magic, I began to breathe long deep breaths of relief. The intensity of the last couple of months moved through me and freed up tension that entangled my muscles and my mind.

After three eclipses, everything retrograde, and moving into production of my essential oil line, I finally felt like myself again. The effects of a little self-love and recognition for the transformations I have gone through are still marinating, but it feels good. Like I will transcend into loving myself for exactly who I am.

I share my Sunday Evening Come Down Foot Soothing Soak recipe with you, but I encourage you to choose whichever flowers and herbs you need that day.

Sunday Evening Come Down Foot Soothing Soak 

Handful of Sea Salt (can use Epsom salt)

Handful of dried Organic Rose petals

3 sprigs of fresh Tulsi Basil (from my friend Willow’s yard)

3 sprigs of fresh Garden Sage (from my yard)

6 sprigs of fresh Mints (variety from my yard)

2 drops of Lavender essential oil  

Muddle the herbs and add to footbath (bin, or tub big enough to fit both feet), along with the salt. Fill the bath 1/4-1/2 full with water that has been boiled. Add enough cold water to have your feet rest comfortably. Add essential oil and disperse it in the water. Take a moment of gratitude as you immerse your soles in the warm liquid. Soak your feet for as long as you feel like it. Keep adding hot water (it’s awesome if you have someone boiling water and replenishing it for you, but that could be wishful thinking). After you dry your feet, apply coconut oil liberally. Pour the herbal water into your grass or garden. Give thanks for the nourishment they provide.

If you don’t have a bin or tub large enough to fit both feet, or your body wants it, make this a bath soak instead of a foot soak.

Take care of those souls. And remember to keep on dancing.

If you want more herbal recipes, check out my book, Plant Songs: Reflections on Herbal Medicine from Balboa Press.

With love,



when energy flows, wellness grows


The Year of Soul Wisdom & Recipe: Medicine for the Soul

I’ll admit I was a little hesitant to enter into a yang fire year (Year of the Red Monkey). All of my astrological charts show a lack of water element and my move to Colorado has given me a whole new appreciation for humidity, so a fire year just seemed overwhelming knowing that appropriate eating, exercise, and meditation is all I need to sustain myself in a yang year, I am now excited to ride the wave of energy that fire creates in her wake.

The fire element represents communication, creativity, and compassion, yet the nature of fire is intense, erratic and explosive. This can make for an interesting dichotomy of  emotions.  This is an opportune time to present your true self to the world! It’s the time to share your talents. Everyone is more energetic, open-minded and inspired when the mischievous monkey is out to play.  

I am taking the wisdom and enthusiasm of the monkey to inspire all of us to let our inner lights shine. I have the honor to have a husband, family, and friends that are inspiring, courageous and supportive. They are a constant reminder that with courage, hard work, and inspiration, anything is possible.

If you need success stories check out these links on people I know personally that have created the life they want to live:

Jessica Baker          
Cultivate Colorado   
Humboldt Herbals

I’ll leave you with a tea inspired to feel like a big, internal hug. It is delicious, energizing, and nourishes you from head to toe. As always, use organic and sustainably harvested ingredients, or grow your own.

Recipe: Medicine for the Soul

2-3 tsp milky oats
2-3 tsp hawthorn berries
1-2 tsp of sage (your choice — pineapple, white, or clary)
1/4-1/2 tsp of cinnamon or cardamom


  1. Simmer hawthorn berries and cinnamon in 2 to 3 cups water for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Turn heat off and steep Milky Oats for at least 5 minutes.  
  3. Add Sage the last 1 to 2 minutes of the steep.  
  4. Strain herbs and drink 1/2 cup of tea per serving. Feel the herbs move throughout your body and observe any sensations that may arise.

When energy flows, wellness grows…