DIY Sleep Aid Extract

I have had a difficult time writing any blog posts. Being a full-time mom to an infant and toddler can be challenging, to say the least. I try to give them my full attention first and by the time they are off to bed I am as well. This week, however, the girls helped me make some extracts and fueled my passion! For those apothecary lovers and DIY lovers here is a sleep aid extract recipe. I used the percolation method, but you may choose which way you prefer! You can even pick these herbs up at a local co-op and make some tea to help you sleep!

I decided to use California Poppy, Hops, Passionflower, and Valerian as my main ingredients split into equal grams of 6. Next, I used Lemon Balm, Skullcap, and Motherwort all at 2 g.sweet-dreams

Studies have shown California poppy helps strengthen the nervous system before bedtime, and the combination of Passionflower, Valerian, California poppy and Hops promote REM and sound sleep.
My husband and I recently put in a reverse osmosis filter that can even filter out estrogen in our water so I use that and some local 150 proof alcohol!

I handed out 6 1 oz droppers to the family for Christmas and so far the results have been great! 2-3 droppers 30 minutes before bedtime and 2-3 right before bedtime! It’s best to alternate using this extract and melatonin for those with insomnia!

If you don’t have time to make any you can always check out my Etsy shop and support small business!Aspens Healing Arts Sweet Dreams Etsy

Thank Mother Nature for her amazing healing herbs! Have a wonderful week!


Healing with Placentophagy

Placenta Encapsulation, also known as human placentophagy, has been used by midwives since the 1970’s and in traditional Chinese medicine since 1500’s. There has been little scientific research or funding to provide evidence of health benefits or risks. Midwives say it helps with postpartum depression, balancing hormones,fatigue, reducing post-natal bleeding, replenishing depleted iron levels, assisting the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state, quicker healing time for the mother, and increasing milk production. Some mothers also save a portion of the capsules in the freezer for the child when sick or for when the mother is in menopause.

There are two types of encapsulation methods – dried capsules and traditional Chinese medicine capsules. I have used both methods after my births to see how they differed for my body and the benefits. With my first,  I used TCM and with my second, I used the dried method. After my first child my postpartum depression was hard and short but my body healed within a week after a frightening birth. On a side note,  postpartum depression does run in my family another were additional stability issues affecting my emotional wellbeing, which in part led to my postpartum depression. After the second child and a much more stable family life, I waited about 1.5 weeks to get my capsules from brilliant birthing.

During that short period of time,  I experienced postpartum depression, kidney infection, and my body was having a hard time healing. Within a few days of taking the capsules (3 a day), my kidney infection was gone.  I once again had energy, my body started to heal, and my depression lessened. I noticed a huge difference using the placenta capsules.

  • Dried capsules: The placenta is dried at 70 C for one hour minimum then 55 C for the remainder.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: The placenta is rinsed, steamed, dehydrated (same temperatures as dried method), powdered, and put into vegetarian capsules.

* The amount of capsules will vary depending upon the size of your placenta, usually from 90-150. Prices vary as well, with my first I paid $150 and the second was $200. I believe it is well worth the price to experience a quick healing time and a healthy body –  physically and mentally!

The Tree of Life: After giving birth with Yoshi, my midwife let me look at the placenta.  She showed me something I had never heard people talk about, she shifted the placenta into a certain position and asked if we could see the tree. It was amazing! I am obsessed with trees and its unbelievable how a woman’s placenta looks like a the tree of life! When Brilliant Birthing encapsulated my placenta, Contessa Briscoe made all three of these prints with no dyes, just use of photoshop. Can you see the tree?


Natural ways to handle Migraines

Did you know 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, and of them, 28 million suffer from migraines? I have suffered from migraines since I was 15. They debilitate you, to where you want to just sit in a dark room and cry.

I have been trying hundreds of natural ways to help prevent and get rid of my migraines once they have arrived. I have wrote a list that works for me including self massage, herbs, diet/exercise,  I hope that something here will work for you! Some things have worked better than others, and I would love to share them with you!

Keep in mind everyone is different, triggers are different, and bodies are all unique to healing facilitators. I am no doctor, but this is information I found in 2 main books and has worked great for me. “Clinical Massage Therapy” Fiona Rattray,  Linda Ludwig. “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” Phyllis A. Balch, “Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain” Donna Finando and Steven Finando”, and “Healing Head to Toe” Spring Forest Qigong by Chunyi Lin



During an attack

  • keep the self massage to 30-45 minutes long
  • Apply cold pack or ice to the head and neck
  • dry brush the face or if you know lymphatic drainage use that on the face. Brush from middle of face out to ears, and from the jaw down to collar bone using a very light touch.
  • Use gentle kneading, circulation motions on your shoulders, back of neck, side of neck, SCM, and work up to the occipital ridge on the back of your head, and ears.
  • Qigong states to massage in a circular motion the two spots on your eyebrows closest to your nose to help stop migraines and your eyebrows, under the eyes.
  • Trigger point work: the red dots are trigger points and the filled in red areas are referral pain spots. Trigger point work has best results when you go to a licensed massage therapist who can do trigger point work on you, helping release and relieve these muscles and points. If you can not see a therapist you can use self massage to ease trigger points.
    • Rub the dots located on the pages that have a referral pattern where your migraine is located, rub with medium to firm pressure for 30-40 seconds, wait  for 30-60 seconds and rub again. Do this 2-4 times. Some people recommend doing this isolated self massage often and some say it may aggravate the trigger point and to keep it simple.


        In between attacks

  • stretching and self massage on neck and shoulder muscles
  • drink plenty of water
  • eat a balanced healthy meal
  • try not to skip meals
  • try to sleep on a thin pillow at night



  • calcium and magnesium- minerals that help regulate muscle tone and to transmit nerve impulses throughout the body and to the brain.
  • Coenzyme Q10- Increases blood flow to the brain and improves circulation (found in capsules, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and organ meats).
  • Primrose oil- an anti-inflammatory agent to keep the blood vessels from constricting.
  • Vitamin B2 & B3- necessary for cell respiration and growth. Niacin (B3) increases blood flow to the brain.
  • Coryceps- a Chinese herb reduces anxiety and promotes sound sleep for those suffering migraines.
  • Feverfew- Helps alleviate the pain (not for nursing, pregnancy, those on blood thinning medications).
  • Ginkgo Biloba extract enhances cerebral circulation (don’t take if you have a bleeding disorder.
  • I am currently fine-tuning a migraine relief extract that will be sold on etsy and, first I want to finish my case studies to make sure I am getting the best results.



  • Try a diet low in simple carbohydrates and high in protein.
  • Eat almonds, watercress, parsley, fennel, cherries( great anti), garlic, and fresh pineapple.
  • avoid salt and acid foods.
  • Try to have daily moderate exercise based on your body and health conditions.


COMMON TRIGGERS: allergies, constipation, stress, liver malfunction, too much or too little sleep, emotional changes, hormonal changes, sun glare, flashing lights, lack of exercise, changes in barometric pressure, poor nutrition, dental issues, low blood sugar, low estrogen levels in women, TMJ, sleeping on a thick pillow, poor posture, and tight neck, trap muscles. 

MIGRAINE STUDIES: Traditional research described migraines as vascular headaches involving excessive dilation or contraction of the brains blood vessels. Current research has given other clues with the use of Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography indicating that the inflammation involved with migraines is most noticeable in the meninges. There are 3 membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord separated by cerebrospinal fluid; the dura, the arachnoid, and the pia. Its not the actual inflammation of the meninges that cause the pain during migraines its the stimulation to the trigeminal nerve, which goes from the brain to the head to the face. This stimulation triggers the release of calcitonin gene-related peptides which induce inflammation and send message to pain receptors in the meninges. – “Prescription for nutritional healing” Phyllis A. Balch



DIY Face Powder

I have tried a few different natural organic face powders that friends have made, I have bought (extremely expensive and still way too many ingredients), and some made. I am a massage therapist and live in Asheville NC with humidity and rain, so I wanted something that stays on, has a nice matt feel and little shine. This can be altered to your skin color and preference.


3 Tbsp Arrowroot powder

2 Tbsp ground oats ( I used my mortar and pestle )

1.5-2 Tbsp Bentonite clay

*optional for sunscreen in powder Zinc Oxide 1-3 tsp

1/2-1 tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp raw cocoa

few drops of essential oil you love ( I used lemongrass)

10 -20 drops sweet almond oil or avocado oil


**Mix all the dry ingredients with a fork, then when adding oils slowly mush together with your fingers because it clots together.



This is still a work in progress but so far the thickness and coverage is my favorite, I feel the bentonite clay and ground oats help with this.


A DIY moisturizer that helps my adult acne

****I currently am moving and am unable to add the pictures of before and after acne, and the process of making this moisturizer. When we get settled in our trailer coming soon I shall update this post! Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Please leave feedback and see if this works for you, it can be made in 1 hour 🙂  *****


I have had terrible acne since I turned 15, I have tried over the counter and prescription medicine. Some of them worked for a short stint, only problem is I would have side affects that were never mentioned to me by the doctor such as hives, mood swings, loss of appetite, and itching. The more I researched womens’ make up, lotions, face wash I realized there is really no requirements for companies to adhere by. Why does each face moisturizer have over 15 different ingredients? I wanted to search and find what helped heal my skin and start making my own. Another reason, cost. I don’t like spending $20 on face wash, $20 on face moisturizer every month. Last year I spent my time reading books on herbs, ayurvedic, and natural healing. This is what I have found:


Ghee: Fatt Acids that help keep skin moisturized.

Lemongrass Oil: anti-microbial and anti-bacterial herb.This means it will help limit bacterial or microbial growth on the skin. It can help ward off skin infections as well as lessen skin issues caused by bacterial infections, such as folliculitis and cellulitis. Lemongrass is also fungicidal, which means it helps cure fungus infections on the skin. The herb also acts as an astringent, which constricts the skin. This helps to minimize pores, limit the secretions of oil and provide a temporary skin-firming treatment

Rosehip Oil: Has essential fatty acids to keep skin hydrated, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A. Several people believe it has helped lessen breakouts and clear up some scars, I have not found direct studies showing if it does or does not work.

Aloe Vera: Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found out that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin. Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker. Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly.

Jojoba Oil: Works in several ways to counteract acne formation. First, it acts as a deep cleanser. Being a liquid, it can penetrate deep into the hair follicle; it can dissolve the sebum deposits and help dislodge the comedone, thus clearing out the blockage. Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties that help control bacterial growth in the hair follicle. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing the irritated skin. When used regularly, Jojoba oil can control acne. The Vitamins A and E in the oil also may have a role in this. Jojoba oil can very well be a safer, all-American alternative to the Australian Tea Tree oil which is known to have some toxic effects at higher concentrations. Jojoba oil acts as moisturizer, relieving itching and dryness. It also forms a protective layer over the skin, forming a barrier to external irritants, which can be an advantage in the case of eczema. The skin inflammation is reduced by the anti-inflammatory property of the oil.

 Vitamin E oil (30,000 IU +, and under 8 fl oz): Helps with dry skin and keeping the skin hydrated.

Coconut Oil


I tried to buy all these organic to support companies that I believe in, I did use my own aloe vera plant as well. As for the Ghee I made my ghee from a local butter company.

I make my Ghee first then add all the other ingredients and it usually makes about 1.5 quarts. I use it as my face and body moisturizer. It has helped control my oily skin, I have not had any acne, and with being pregnant I have not been itchy or had any stretch marks with it. So far I am in love with this mixture. I am going to keep learning and changing my formula, so if you have any feedback please let me know I would love to hear it!



Healing my ovaries with arts and crafts

You are probably confused by the title. I would be too it sounds bizarre.  Being pregnant and having a growing ovarian cyst I would like to use any natural ways of healing and shrinking my cyst. The thought of loosing my baby due to a rupture, infection, or miscarriage absolutely frightens and sadens me to my core. So I have been researching other ways of healing or why women get ovarian cysts. Looking at medical sites got me nowhere so I decided to read a book my friend recommended.  “You can heal your life” by Louise L Hay.9781561706280

She talks about how our emotions , thoughts, and actions can create physical problems but we can heal our self through a journey of self love, forgiveness, and being impeccable with our thoughts /actions /words. I have read several of Miguel Ruiz books where you go through the same process. I have been consciously working on self love and healing for 6 years after I hit rock bottom. It wasn’t until recently I went through a painful dejavu with a family member, I let myself wallow and dig a hole to hide in. I thought I had healed from it again, until I read the possible cause for a cyst. “Running the old painful movie. Nursing hurts. A false start.” Yep I believe my cyst started during the time I was re-living an old painful story. Every thing happened in the same time frame. As for the nursing I believe when we feel the need to nurse others back to health constantly either emotionally or physically. In my case I am physically breastfeeding (16 months strong! ) , but it’s the emotionally nursing someone over and over that hurts. She gives a simple daily affirmation to state daily, I believe you have to work on truly believing it within as well. As for the possible cause of any damage or unhealthy activity in women’s ovaries “Represent point of creation. Creativity” Shock is the first word to come to mind, I have been feeling a lack of creativity for a year now. It feels as if my femininity has been lost when I loose my creative power. Why and how did I lose it? Sometimes being mom I loose track of crafts and the little things I need to do for my self. Aspen is only 16 months and she is still in the stage of putting everything in her mouth, so I try to focus on reading, playing outside, and teaching her at home.

With some self realization I am taking the power back into my own hands again, I will heal with some TLC. Every month I am going to show myself some self love and creativity days. Crafts. Arts. Writing. Starting today my daily affirmations “I am balanced in my creative flow.” “The movies of my mind are beautiful because I choose to make them so. I love me.” Pinterest you will be my new friend for arts and crafts.


Day 1 of creation. A tree on canvas with chakra buttons. No matter how it turns out, its that I am in the feminine creation power.

Natural ways to purify the home, no matter the weather

Coughing. Sneezing. Headaches. These are all some of the things we would have when we got home. Living on the Wasatch Range, we have some of the worst pollution, right behind LA! Living in Utah we get a lot of snow and cold days/nights, so we also were wanting ways to purify that didn’t include increased ventilation and natural air conditioning.We decided to look into simple ways we could naturally purify the home on a budget and see if it made a difference. What we found:

  1. Buying plants is affordable, you can buy several on a budget. We bought 15 varieties of plants and have them dispersed through every room in the house. Majority of these plants are easy to keep alive. ( I can’t seem to keep an orchid alive)
    1. Mother-in-laws tongue
    2. Bamboo Palm
    3. Snake Plant
    4. Peace Lily
    5. Boston Fern
    6. Rubber Tree
    7. Aloe Plant20160118_102433
  2. Beeswax Candles
    1. Emits negative ions as it burns purifying air of toxins, allergens, mold, odors, dust.
    2. Beeswax is renewable, no chemicals, non-toxic, clean burning, ,very efficient, long burn time. 
    3. You can make these on a budget or buy them on etsy. We use up-cycled 22 oz beer bottles with natural cotton wicks and no metal base. Beeswax Candles


  3. Himalayan Salt Lamps pulls toxins from the environment and neutralizes them.0baec35483af45edb00df8d19ead2ed1
  4. Bamboo Charcoal DIY
    1. Activated bamboo charcoal removes bacteria, harmful pollutants and allergens from the air and absorbs moisture, preventing mold and mildew by trapping the impurities inside each pore. Some studies show a reduction in the  amount of formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, and chloroform gases emitted from everyday items such as paint, carpeting, furniture, air fresheners, chemical cleaners, rubber, and plastics.
    2. You can make or buy these. Keep one in the car, kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom. Moso Bamboo Charcoal Bags
    3. If you like DIY you can make these too!  You can make small square bags fill them up with bulk activated charcoal online and add some ribbon so you can hang them up on your doors.
      1. Ribbon
      2. Fabric
      3. Thread
      4. Activated Charcoal, I have seen people used the powder form as well. I have even seen some people use a activated filter cabin for fish tanks. I suggest finding any activated bamboo charcoal. Bamboo has several health benefits and is the most popular for air purifiers.
  5. Palo Santa Wood
    1. Palo Santo is from South America and has been used for hundreds of years
    2. It is an excellent purifier, relaxant, and cleansing of stagnant or excessive energy.


We have been using these natural ways to purify the air in our home and it has worked! Colds, flu, headaches, sneezing, allergies all rarely happen now. When we come home I feel I can breathe and relax, as if a cloud as been lifted above our home.