Monday, April 3, 2017

Olive Essentials Facial Oils No. 1 & No. 2

Hello Everyone . . . As some of you know, I formulate exquisite facial oils for Healthy Harvest (an importer of organic olive oils) - using their raw, unrefined, enzyme-rich, silky-smooth Tuscan olive oil.  I just wrote a "guest blog" for their company and wanted to share it with you.  It discusses why I decided to create facial oils for them, why I fell in love with their Tuscan oil, and the benefits of these facial blends.  Everyone should know the "story" behind their skin care . . . at least I think so!  Enjoy!

Please see Stephanie's guest blog post live…vest-facial-oils/

Friday, March 31, 2017

Raw Tahitian Mango Ginger Soup: Summer In A Bowl

Healthy Greetings Everyone!  I don't know about you, but I'm craving a taste of summer - BIG TIME!  Here in Maine, Old Man Winter just won't release his tight grip and we're all suffering from cabin fever.  Day after day of gray, cold, dreary dankness continues to haunt our supposed Spring.  Ugh!  Consider yourself fortunate if you live in a warmer, sunnier locale. 

Well, as luck would have it, as I was perusing the produce section of my local grocery store yesterday, I discovered a huge pile of super ripe, incredibly fragrant mangoes (that's rare in these parts) AND organic ginger root (both on sale) . . . two of my favorite tropical foods - so fresh and summery!  I stocked up.  Upon arriving home, I had an "Ahh Ha" moment . . . it suddenly occurred to me that I had a recipe that included these two ingredients and it just happened to be in my best-selling raw food book, Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body (Storey Publishing 2009).  I've written so many recipe books that I sometimes forget their contents . . . lol! 

The recipe is called Tahitian Mango Ginger Soup and it's absolutely delish, vibrantly colored, jam-packed with immune-boosting nutrients, and guaranteed to help you shake off winter's funk!  If you already have a copy of my book, the recipe can be found in Chapter 10: Chillin' Fresh, Cold Fruit & Vegetable Soups on pg. 222.  If you love mangoes and unique raw fruit soups . . . give this recipe a try!  It will definitely put "spring in your step" - even if Old Man Winter still wants to linger a bit longer!  Photography by Kevin Kennefick, copyright 2009.

Tahitian Mango Ginger Soup

This thick, brilliant yellow-orange soup trumpets an exquisite combination of tropical fruit flavors mingled with a delicate hint of warming spices.  It's guaranteed to supercharge your vitality and quell your appetite.  This soup is also a superior source of digestive enzymes and a fabulous kidney cleanser and mild diuretic, and it helps clear the skin of acne.  Whew!  Tasty, functional food extraordinaire . . . how awesome!!

- 3 medium ripe mangoes, peeled and pitted (about 3 cups)
- Juice of 1 medium orange, tangerine, or tangelo (about 1/3 cup)
- 1/4 cup purified water
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon ginger root, peeled and minced (add more for a zestier flavor - if you wish)
- 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 mint sprigs (optional, for garnish)

1.  Put the mango, orange juice, water, lime juice, honey, ginger, curry powder, and salt in a blender.  Blend on medium until very smooth and relatively thick, about 30-60 seconds.

2.  For the best flavor, chill the soup for at least 4 hours before serving.  Garnish each bowl of soup with a mint sprig, if desired.  Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

Yield:  3 small servings

A Good Source Of:   antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, natural sugars, and fiber, and lesser amounts of vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium

NOTE: This blog was written by Stephanie Tourles.  Recipe excerpted from her book, Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body (Storey Publishing, 2009).  The author and Storey Publishing disclaim any liability in connection with the use of this information.  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Creating Herbal Aphrodisiacs - Part 2

Aromatic Greetings To Everyone!  Hmmmm . . . . why did I say "aromatic greetings"?  Well, that's because today I'm going to share with you an amazingly fragrant body mist recipe from my latest book, Making Love Potions: 64 All-Natural Recipes for Irresistible Herbal Aphrodisiacs . . . and it's simply going to knock your socks off!  It smells sooooo wonderful, is relatively economical (and quick) to create, and makes a fabulous gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, bridal showers, or anytime you want to gift someone special with a delectable fragrance. You'll love it so much, that you'll definitely want to create one for yourself, too!

As a professional aromatherapist and herbalist, I love "all things fragrant" that are plant-derived and chemical-free.  The recipe I'm going to share with you is one of the most popular in my book and seems to have unisex appeal - it can be found on page 27.  If you don't have a copy of this gorgeously-illustrated book, you'll find it available in most bookstores nationwide as well as through popular book-seller's websites.  

"I Want to Kiss You All Over" Body Mist

Ooh-la-la!  This sumptuous body mist may remind you of fresh-baked doughnuts or perhaps gently spicy snickerdoodle cookies, rich with the aromatics of vanilla bean, sweet orange, ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and allspice.  Both men and women find these "comfort food fragrances" alluring, so if you want to smell delectable, spritz some on everywhere.  This mist doubles as an enticing spray for the boudoir - a few spritzes on your bedding and pillows imparts a deeply intriguing, aphrodisiacal fragrance.

I often wear this as my daily perfume and it ALWAYS turns heads!  When the essential oils and premium vanilla extract base warm to your body temperature, your skin emanates a most interesting delicious, spicy-sweet aroma!  Enjoy!


- 8 drops sweet orange or wild sweet orange essential oil
- 4 drops ginger essential oil
- 3 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 3 drops clove essential oil
- 2 drops allspice essential oil
- 2 drops cardamom essential oil
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, preferably made from Madagascar Bourbon or Tahitian vanilla beans (I really like the vanilla extracts sold by King Arthur Flour - exquisite!  OR, make your own using my DIY: Sumptuous Vanilla Extract recipe on pg 31 of my book.)
- 2 tablespoons water 

To Make:  Combine the sweet orange, ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and cardamom essential oils in a 2-ounce dark glass spritzer bottle.  Pour in the vanilla extract and water, screw on the top, and shake vigorously to blend.  Label, then set aside for 24 hours to allow the essential oils to synergize and the fragrance to develop.  Store at room temperature away from heat and light; use within 1 year.

To Use:  Shake well, then spritz anywhere on your body, up to several times per day.  Common sense precautions: keep out of reach of children and pets; do not spray directly into eyes, nose, or mouth.

Yield: Makes about 1/4 cup or 2 ounces

Here are my favorite, tried-and-true, superior-quality, aromatherapeutic essential oil resources:
1.  Simplers Botanicals
2.  DoTERRA  This company has the absolute, most fragrant, freshest, wild sweet orange essential oil I've ever smelled!  If you adore the scent of orange peel . . . please try a bottle!  I always use it in this recipe.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Creating Herbal Aphrodisiacs - Part 1

Hello All . . . Valentine's Day is fast approaching!  Still need a gift for your sweetie?  Or, better yet, a gift that you can share with your lover?  Ooooh la la . . . indeed!  Well, I've got just the ticket.  My latest book, Making Love Potions: 64 All-Natural Recipes for Irresistible Herbal Aphrodisiacs has many suggestions (ruby-red drinks, tasty nibbles, massage oils, perfumes, aromatic spritzers, linen sprays, edible body butters, and more) for creating a most romantic evening.  And, luckily for you, I've just posted two YouTube videos that will demonstrate a couple of easy-to-make recipes to kindle the passion in your relationship.  The Vanilla Spice Body Powder recipe is pleasingly warm, silky, and aromatic on the skin - appeals to both men and women, and the Herbal Energy Balls recipe is tasty, sweet-tart, and builds vitality in your core. 
Here are the video links . . . watch, learn, and enjoy!

Herbal Energy Balls

Vanilla Spice Body Powder


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Boost Your Immunity With Essential Oils

Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope that 2017 has started off on a healthy note! And, just to make sure it stays that way, I'm going to share with you one of my favorite recipes that I use to naturally boost my immunity!  It's wonderfully aromatic, easy to make, softens the skin, and contains some of my most relied upon essential oils.  These multi-purpose oils should be in everyone's home medicine chest, for sure!

While on the subject of essential oils, if you're looking for an excellent source for pure, therapeutic essential oils that deliver results, try doTERRA.  I've purchased essential oils from several reputable companies over the years, and still do, simply because I formulate skin and body care products for the commercial market and must purchase some of my oils in bulk quantities - which doTERRA doesn't offer.  But if you are a body worker, like me, or simply want to use essential oils to boost the physical and emotional health of yourself and your family, I highly recommend doTERRA. I use them in my reflexology practice and absolutely LOVE them! Their quality is superb, customer service exceptional, wholesale discounts are available, plus the wonderfully philanthropic company itself has high standards with regard to sourcing and production.  Here's my website if you want to look around . . . 

Today's recipe comes from page 165 of my best-selling book, "Hands-On Healing Remedies: 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments & Other Topical Therapies."  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Essential Immunity Balm (Safe for children 6 years of age and older and the elderly)

With daily application to the feet, hands, and chest, this powerful medicinal will envelop your body with an "aromatherapeutic shield" to help protect you from airborne "nasties" and surface contaminants.  The soles of your feet and palms of your hands have an amazing ability to absorb topical remedies due to the plethora of sweat glands contained within their thick skin, so this formula's essential oils will quickly begin to deliver their benefits to your bloodstream.  When applied to the chest area and covered with clothing, the fragrant vapors rise to your nose and mouth, fortifying the sinus and respiratory channels against illness

Note: Please use the specific essential oils called for, as they are the most skin-friendly varieties. 

- 4 tablespoons refined shea butter (unrefined shea butter will work, but its stronger fragrance greatly subdues the aroma - thoiugh not the properties - of the essential oils)
- 5 drops eucalyptus (species radiata) essential oil
- 5 drops spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia or L. spica) or lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops thyme (chemotype linalool) essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 drop cinnamon bark essential oil
- 1 drop clove bud essential oil

Equipment Needed:  Small saucepan or double boiler, stirring utensil, 2-oz PET plastic or glass jar or tin

Prep Time:  15 minutes, plus up to 24 hours to completely thicken

Yield:  Approximately 1/4 cup or 2 ounces

Storage:  Store at room temperature, away from heat and light; use within 1 year

Directions:  Warm the shea butter in a small saucepan (a tiny 1-cup size works great) or small double boiler over low heat, until it has just melted.  Remove from the heat. Add the eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, thyme, peppermint, cinnamon, and clove essential oils directly to the storage container, then slowly pour in the liquefied shea butter.  Gently stir the balm to blend, then cap, label, and set aside to thicken.  Unlike beeswax, shea butter takes a long time to completely thicken, and this formula may need up to 24 hours, depending on the temperature in your kitchen.  When it's ready, it will be very thick, semi-hard, and white (or creamy yellow if you've used unrefined shea butter).

Don't forget to label your container with a listing of ingredients and expiration date. 

Application Instructions:  Massage a small dab into your palms, the soles of your feet, including between the toes, and chest twice per day.  Put on socks or hosiery after application to the feet.

NOTE:  This blog was written by Stephanie Tourles and portions excerpted from her book, "Hands-On Healing Remedies," (c2012 Storey Publishing).  The information is true and complete to the best of Ms. Tourles' knowledge.  All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of Ms. Tourles. She disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information.  It is for educational purposes only.