By Melisa P.
One of the challenges for myself is converting to a more holistic and healthy lifestyle. I have been eliminating toxic foods loaded with preservatives, cleaners with harmful chemicals, and pharmaceuticals from my home. Slowly and gradually I am finding Earth’s natural replacements. About a year ago I was suffering from consistent, nagging tension headaches. A friend introduced me to a natural remedy called “Deep Relief”. She said, “Put a drop on each temple away from your eyes, and run it down the back of your neck. I promise you will feel better in minutes.” At that point I was willing to try anything. Let me tell you, it didn’t even take a minute. The reaction was almost immediate. I felt a slight tingle, and all the tension started dissipating. It was magic. From that day forward, I have never used another aspirin, Aleve, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, and I made a vow to find out what other gems this company called Young Living produced. Fast forward two years and you will find I have a medicine cabinet full of essential oils, which I use to make my own cleaners, allergy pills, creams, chapstick, pain remedies, and much, much more. My friend introducing me to Young Living essential oils changed my life in a very positive way.
I am a huge advocate of using any natural ingredient I can get my hands on. This is especially true when cooking. I love the smell, taste, and beauty of fresh herbs. Normally, I would add a drop of rosemary, thyme, and many other essential oils to my favorite recipes. This year I decided to bring part of my herb garden indoors and use the plants in combination with my oils. Part of my challenge is I am constantly planting and transplanting different plants and wanted an easy way to identify them without spending a fortune on supplies (I would much rather spend my extra dollars on oils!!).
An idea came to mind as a vision of a cute bistro, where the owner has written down all the daily specials on a chalkboard in cool funky script, in different colors, and accompanied by pictures popped into my head. I remembered how my attention was captured and looking at the daily specials became a bit more interesting. The first thing I thought was, if the owner is creative enough to design this chalkboard daily, then imagine what his or her food must taste like!
I couldn’t help but think of that cute bistro’s chalkboard, and how I would like to display something similar in my kitchen identifying my beloved herbs. The following is an affordable, efficient, and reusable solution: Chalkboard Herbal Pots. What makes this project so much fun is its simplicity. Anyone can make these, and individual designs make them unique compliments to your home, or as a personal gift. In my case it created a simple herb identifier to make cooking recipes easier.