Hi, I’m Kristy Sandler, a ‘maven’ for natural living.
My aim on this website is to spread the word (that’s what mavens do!) on how to make natural choices a simple, everyday part of life.
That’s me now, but it wasn’t always this way! Many years ago, I completed a degree in chemistry. Unnatural odors, chemicals that could burn if handled the wrong way and white lab coats were my daily routine.
In fact, I can still remember the ‘smell’ of the chemistry building on campus. A bit like a song can transport you back to a certain time and place, that ‘smell’ brings back a flood of memories.
I had a lot of fun during my study years and while I don’t miss the smells and toxic substances, I must thank chemistry for leading me to essential oils. This was the beginning of my ‘natural’ bent in life.
It started with an experiment in organic chemistry to extract peppermint oil via steam distillation. This meant putting plant matter in one end of a still and getting a few precious drops of oil out the other.