saturday’s yesterday

saturday's yesterday

yesterday i remarked that the label on this pink spray bottle was the easiest label that i’ve ever removed in my whole life!

today i realized that although the label is gone, the bottle remains exceptionally sticky.


wednesday’s yesterday / do-it-yourself perfume

yesterday i “harvested” a blend of essential oils that i mixed two weeks ago.

  • the mix: 20 drops each of the following essential oils: frankincense, cypress, bergamot and an uplifting blend  (blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus, sandalwood)
  • the harvest: after 48 hours – 2 weeks add fractionated coconut oil to the mix to fill a 10mL roll on bottle
  • the result: a perfume of middle notes: bright and grounding, stimulating and balancing

email  for more information about essential oils

(today i wore the perfume and it attracted some attention…)

culinary adventure- raw banana cassia (cayenne) ice cream. by- theStephALA

raw banana cassia (cayenne) ice cream

i don’t spend much time in the kitchen.  i do enjoy browsing books full of various recipes (i especially enjoy perusing the raw and vegan variety) but i seldom ever follow an actual recipe.  usually it seems like an awful lot of trouble.  this evening, inspired by adventureclubinteractive’s culinary adventure assignment, i decided to make raw banana cassia (cayenne) ice cream by trial and error.

i’ve made raw banana ice cream in the past.  usually i just blend up a few frozen bananas with a touch of honey.  sometimes i’ll add a spoonful of almond butter to make my treat feel more decadent.  tonight i was determined to add an essential oil to my usual routine. after much brainstorming…(cinnamon, lemon, basil, orange….) i decide to use cassia.

cassia essential oil smells and tastes similar to cinnamon because they both come from very similar plants. cassia is the oils of “self assurance” and brings courage to the heart and soul.  in addition to it’s emotional benefits, cassia is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral.  it also tastes sweet and delicious.


1 cup almond milk/coconut milk
2 frozen bananas
1 spoonful of honey
3-5 drops cassia essential oil
a tiny shake of cayenne pepper (optional-but adds a lovely kick!)

after you’ve gathered your ingredients, the next steps are fairly straightforward:

combine almond milk, frozen bananas and spoonful of honey in your blender and mix to your desired consistency and sweetness.  you may need to add a few ice cubes here and there.

add 3-5 drops of cassia essential oil and a dash of cayenne pepper.

mix again. and voila!  raw banana cassia cayenne ice cream!

banana cassia ice cream 5yum.


culinary adventure- wild orange lemonade. by- theStephALA

i’ve been away from home for the past three days, staying at a huge log cabin up in the mountains with about 90 other people-hence the enormous container full of lemonade.  inspired by the adventureclubinteractive culinary adventure assignment, i decided to document “the doctoring of the lemonade”!

don’t let the horrified look on this man’s face fool you, it was actually his idea to put drops of wild orange essential oil in the lemonade, and it was completely and totally delicious!  considering the massive quantity of lemonade, we added about 15-20 drops of essential oil.  for smaller quantities i’m sure around 5 drops would be plenty.

wild orange is a perfect match for our childhood favorite, lemonade, because wild orange helps us to reconnect to our inner child and bring play back into life.  wild orange is a very powerful mood and energy enhancer and also helps with digestion.  it smells like happiness and tastes divine!

try adding some to your lemonade or beverage of choice!  but caution, not all essential oils are created equal and not all are safe to take internally.  make sure your essential oil bottle says that it is safe for internal usage.

culinary adventure assignment.

I.S.3-show me what you're working with-SE

adventureclubinteractive wants to know what’s cooking! 

this memorial day 65% of americans will be barbecuing (second place to the fourth of july when 71% of americans will be barbecuing). if you plan to host or attend a memorial day barbecue next monday, there is an 87% chance that hamburgers, steaks, chicken or hot dogs are on the menu. there is almost a 100% chance that corn will be offered as a side dish and that barbecue sauce will be provided.

food is a requisite on holidays, for celebrations, community gatherings and get-togethers. surely we come to expect the traditional dish in accordance with the tradition…
but do you ever just get bored and tired of the barbecue sauce at the barbecue?

this week, adventureclubinteractive would like you to share recipes, techniques, and tips that wouldn’t typically make the statistics. recipes that are adventurous, ingredients that are exotic, combinations that are unusual, and preparations that are daring…
feel free to document your culinary endeavors in any format (written summary, photos, videos, do-it-yourself instructions, etc.) but please include a recipe for each submission!

culinary adventure assignment ideas:

  • choose a bizarre ingredient to substitute or add to an old favorite recipe.
    maybe incorporate a bizarre ingredient in multiple recipes throughout the week!
  • attempt to prepare food with an appliance or kitchen tool you are not accustomed to using or that you often neglect. or share unique techniques to use common kitchen items in uncommon ways.
  • forget the statistics. be the outlier. maybe you are attending a barbecue. contribute to the potluck with an outrageous side dish that doesn’t have barbecue sauce. observe the reactions.
  • share a recipe for a timely, laborious, expensive, complex, elegant dish.
    share a recipe that a two year old could attempt to make.
    share a secret recipe. if you don’t know the secret, get in the kitchen and figure it out.

please submit completed assignments by sunday may 26th via email:

cat attack!

an evening of fun and celebration turned vicious and hairy and as i became the victim of a

cat attack!

it was a beautiful evening.  the sun had just set and the sky turned midnight with a glow.  calvin, the overweight and foul tempered garfield wanna be, meandered through the garden.

i picked him up, as i often do, in an attempt to smother him with kindness and affection.

imagine a raucous clanging so loud it shatters your bones.  with great repeated enthusiasm, much like a child ringing a school bell to signify the start of summer, the instigator grabbed hold of the roped bell and swung it back and forth no less than ten times.    see exhibit A.


calvin, the perpetrator squealed in my arms, startled-terrified no doubt by the unwarranted disturbance.  he wriggled and meowed and clawed and tried to break free of my grasp.  i, just as startled as he, tried to let go as fast as i could, but i wasn’t fast enough.

this is just one view of many injuries sustained that evening, and i shant go on further with the gorey details.

cat scratches can be dangerous and can get infected quite easily.  in order to prevent the spread of any sort of infection i ran to my essential oil medicine cabinet!

essential oil first aid:

1.  clean the wound.

this particular evening i chose to use melaleuca for it’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.  my husband’s grandmother, a former nurse, actually cleaned my multiple wounds for me.  she put a few drops of melaleuca essential oil on a cotton ball and dabbed at my scratches until the bleeding subsided.

2.  prevent infection.

melaleuca is a great first aid oil but i didn’t want to take any chances with a cat scratch, so after melaleuca, we applied the protecting essential oil blend in the form of a spray (approximately 5  drops of on guard oil per 1 oz of purified water).  there have been numerous laboratory studies about the efficacy of oils fighting all kinds of powerful viruses and bacteria including H1N1, e.coli, mRSA and more.  it is a great immune booster and i felt much more confident in my cat scratch treatment after applying this blend to my wounds.


a few days later i’m happy to report that my cat attack wounds are infection free and almost completely healed.

although calvin didn’t apologize i’ve decided i will still pick him up and carry him around the garden.


oil relief

 “the oil of surrendering pain”

wintergreen + camphor + peppermint + blue tansy + blue chamomile + helichrysum + osmanthus 

as the name suggests, deep blue is in fact, blue in color.  it is the kind of deep blue that you might find in the depths of the ocean, or the in the sky at twilight.  whether you have a broken heart or a pulled muscle, deep blue is the oil to comfort and soothe both your physical and emotional pain.

apply a few drops of deep blue topically to your area of discomfort and gently massage the oil into your skin.  this oil is mild enough that you can apply it directly to your skin “neat”, but you might want to consider diluting it in fractionated coconut oil  in order to cover a wider area of your body such as your entire leg or back.

is this blend for you?  well, do you ever find yourself with a knot in your neck or shoulder area?  have you ever run into a coffee table in the dark and badly bruised your shin?  do you or anyone you know suffer from:  arthritis, muscle tension and pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatism or head aches?  chances are yes.  deep blue assists your body to heal itself by reducing inflammation and actually encouraging your tissue to repair itself!

on an emotional level, this pain relief blend helps individuals accept their pain and allows them to realize that pain is not necessarily a bad thing, it is merely a teacher. deep blue allows us to remain clam and maintain mental clarity in the face of pain.

personal testimonial from theStephALA:

one month before i was supposed to get married, i decided to ski on inappropriately thin skis during one of the biggest powder days of the season.  halfway through the day, the tips of my skis dug into a huge mound of snow and stopped in their tracks while my body continued to twist and launch in the opposite direction.  

my knee hurt.  i’ve had knee injuries before, and visits to the doctor, mris, braces etc…my knee hurt terribly and my heart sank because i knew that this was the type of hurt that would send me to the doctor and put in me in a brace for a few weeks.  i did not want to wear an ugly knee brace to my wedding!  so, as soon as i got home i began applying the pain relief blend  every few hours.  the day of my injury i could barely stand on my one leg and my knee was  incredibly swollen.  by day two the pain and swelling decreased and by day three it was almost as if i had never hurt myself in the first place! 


zen and digestion

 “the oils of digestion”

ginger + peppermint + tarragon + fennel + caraway + coriander + anise

this adaptogenic blend of oils helps rid the body of inflammation and synergistically works to establish equilibrium throughout the entire body. it has a comforting, deep, woody, barky, herbaceous and masculine essence. rub a drop into the bottoms of your feet or apply diluted in fractionated coconut oil to the belly in a mindful, clockwise motion. give this unique blend a chance and wear it as a fragrance near your throat. the smell catches on in a curious and appealing way.

this blend  tastes… well… masculine, herbaceous, barky and woody. it is no slice of lemon in your water but that is not to say that it is displeasing or difficult to ingest. add a drop to almond milk and drink prior to each meal or add a few drops to an empty capsule and ingest daily. taking this blend as a supplement supports overall digestive health. furthermore it has been shown to depress candida in the stomach while discouraging mold circulation and the existence of parasites.

aromatically, this is a powerful blend of oils for balancing the information and sensory overload that is our lives- literally- easing the digestion of the mind and aiding the transitions between thoughts and ideas. consider digestion as a process in direct proportion to cleansing. cleansing the mind is just as important as cleansing the physical body.


the topic of applying topically.

100% pure coconut oil

do you understand that what you put on yourself… goes in your self?

consider for a moment how many things you apply topically to your body each and every day. consider your most recent shower and add it all up: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, exfoliator, shaving cream, in-shower lotion. add up what you had to put on after you rinsed all that off: after shower lotion, deodorant, face serum, face tonic,  moisturizer, sunscreen, hair spray, hair gel, makeup, powder, chap-stick, lipstick, aftershave, perfume, cologne, nail polish…

it is likely that your topical list is that long or longer. there is no shame in owning up to the arsenal of products we purchase and posses to make us look good on the outside. there might be shock though- if you never knew that the ingredients in all topical products (even when rinsed off) are absorbed into your skin and straight into your bloodstream.

all ingredients are ingested into the body. do you know what they are?

if you were cooking a meal, it’s unlikely that you would start adding random ingredients you had never before seen or tasted. perhaps it is worth thinking the same with the products that we treat our skin and hair to, our face and our feet, our teeth and our armpits. shouldn’t we know what those pores get to eat everyday?

if you have any doubts that something applied topically to your skin effects physiological systems, consider the varied use of transdermal patches. these medicated, adhesive patches (a steadily growing $3 billion industry) offer an alternative form of dosage. whether for birth control, Parkinson’s disease or pain relief, the patch is a simple, no-nonsense way to administer drugs through the skin, the bodies largest organ with an endless number of pores as orifices.

transdermal nicotine patchtake for example the nicotine patch. does it work? why does it work for some people and not all people trying to quit? probably there is just too much involved in the addiction to smoking (oral fixation, personality types, other addictive additives and chemicals, etc.) to prove one method as an infallible aid for someone that wants to quit. no myth or statistic however can debunk the fact that when this transdermal patch is used- nicotine is being transferred through the skin and into the blood. even those who found no long term success with the nicotine patch will likely have experienced many days or weeks of success with the aid of the patch (especially compared to not using it). they will likely admit that they “didn’t even want one” when wearing the patch. well that is because they were getting many of them delivered constantly through their skin into their cells, temporarily sustaining those insistent receptors of craving.

adventureclubinteractive has been posting information about essential oils every week. we believe that applying exotic, fruity, flowery, flavorful, therapeutic, relaxing, stimulating, protective, healing, bright, and beautiful fragrances to your skin, your body, the air, or the surfaces of your home can be an adventure. choosing quality products- with pure and pronounceable ingredients- is an adventure. taking a closer look at products- determining their safety and effectiveness- is an adventure.

apply essential oils with fractionated coconut oil

fractionated coconut oil (fractionated means that the fat has been separated and removed leaving only the oil which remains liquid at room temperature). it absorbs easily into the skin and does not stain clothing. adding a drop of essential oil to a few drops of fractionated coconut oil makes for a luxurious lotion or massage oil, perfume or rub. as per the topic of applying topically- there is no better way to get the good stuff into your skin than this carrier oil.


browse adventureclubinteractive for more ideas about coconut oil and essential oils:

make your own shampoo with coconut oil and essential oils

make your own sugar scrub with coconut oil and essential oils

other ways to oregano

“the oil of humility and non-attachement”

“trust me, cheech, this is oregano. the only thing getting baked with that herb is lasagna.”

oregano! the culinary herb, the pizza topping, the household plant… beloved, common, essential and versatile…! adventureclubinteractive invites you to explore another way to apply oregano- natures most powerful antioxidant and essential oil- to your life…

with its tangy, spicy, and lingering warm fragrance- most are unaware that the oregano plant is from the mint family. the essential oil of oregano is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant.  the oil is an extremely effective antibiotic. it is antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, and an immune stimulant.

if you find yourself coming down with an ailment- whether the common cold or a serious lung infection- by loosening phlegm it can can calm coughing spells. immediately begin to apply a few drops of oregano to the bottoms of your feet. repeat every few hours as ailments persist.

oregano essential oil treats athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, warts, skin tags, psoriasis and canker sores. apply topically to the site of the infection. oregano stimulates the stomach and the appetite. it may even cure your hiccups!

take CAUTION because oregano is a hot oil. when applying oregano, dilute with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil.

take oregano essential oil internally (place 2-3 drops in an empty gel capsule) for immune support, to combat candida, intestinal parasites, mRSA, pneumonia, staph infections and more.

energetically, oregano helps to remove blockages and clear negative energy.  oregano allows us to release negative attachments and materialism, and live in non-attachement. oregano is also very relaxing and may help some combat sleeplessness or insomnia.