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Quick Reference Guide for Thistle Farms Natural Essential Oils
Thistle Farms all natural Essential Oils can help keep your day on track, or bring it back when it's gone off the rails. Only the highest quality oils go into our blends, so you can be assured that no fillers or chemicals...
Compassion Fatigue, Do You Have It?
Compassion fatigue has been described as "the cost" of caring about the emotional difficulties of others. With it's global pandemic and social unrest, 2020 has already been an emotionally challenging year. It's easy to assume that many of us might be suffering from...
Lavender, the Queen of Essential Oils
Looking for an essential oil with multiple proven uses? One to carry in your purse or take on vacation, as well as use at home and work? Look no further than multi-purpose lavender!
Taking a Knee, by Becca Stevens
Taking a knee is a powerful way to stand up. In religious traditions, to kneel is to humble oneself and show reverence. Taking a knee is the opposite of kneeing someone. Using the sharp edge of a knee to hurt...
5 Free Ways to Find Peace When Overwhelmed
We’re all there. With the pandemic, long-simmering social unrest, working from home, bored kids, and all of the other stressors that we navigate individually, 2020 has already been a time of high stress. So our staff put their heads together...
Introducing Valerie, 2020 Thistle Farms Residential Graduate
I spent 45 years in addiction. My parents divorced when I was a teenager and that loss of my family just broke something inside of me. My parents and my brothers and sisters scattered and I soon found myself on my own....
Trouble Sleeping? 5 Reasons Why You Need Our Lavender Linen Spray
Lavender is the cornerstone of aromatherapy, with good reason! This essential oil has been used for centuries to support relaxation and calmness when stress is high. Our Lavender Linen Spray is the perfect compliment to your bedtime routine on nights when sleep is...
Introducing Christy, 2020 Thistle Farms Residential Graduate
I lived in a refrigerator box under a bridge. I traded myself for drugs, and I spent many years in jail, treatment, and hospitals due to my drug use. That’s who I was. As a child, I found out that...
Sobriety During Isolation - Time to Get Creative
Social distancing has been challenging for those who are in recovery. While social systems such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other meeting-based staples of recovery have largely gone online, the obvious lack of face-to-face interaction has left many to find new and creative ways...
DIY Facial Serum for All Skin Types with Thistle Farms Essential Oil
If you've been to a department store skin care section recently you're probably familiar with serums. Those tiny glass dropper bottles of oils seem so magically prescriptive and helpful, but the price tag can can be overwhelming. Enter do-it-yourself serums made with a...
Meet Debbie, 2020 Thistle Farms Residential Graduate
Like all of the women of Thistle Farms before and after me, I love that no one here has ever asked me what I did to get to my lowest point. The question we ask is “what happened to you?” ...
12 Fashionably Upcycled Uses for Empty Candle Containers
Hello upcyclers! Can't bring yourself to throw away those empty candle jars? We get it! Chances are you've got a cupboard with a few right now that you just can't part with. Those jars are just waiting for a new...
Introducing Stephanie, 2020 Thistle Farms Residential Graduate
"Today I know that my story is not just for me. It’s for every small town girl out there who might need to hear it. My story honestly doesn’t mean that much if it isn’t helpful to someone else. I want be in the lives of the girls who need to hear that they are important and that they deserve the best."
The Best DIY Hand Sanitizer with Thistle Farms Essential Oils (& a New Product!)
Commercial hand sanitizer has been hard to find in recent days, so we've been working hard to develop the very best hand sanitizer on the market. We are still a few weeks from an official launch of Thistle Farms Hand Sanitizer, so we've also developed a simple DIY recipe that you can use in the meantime.
Introducing Kristina, 2020 Thistle Farms Residential Graduate
When we last checked in with Kristina it was a 2019 late summer morning at Thistle Farms. She spoke of her job as a floater in the manufacturing department and her love of the Thistle Farms community. Kristina's good nature and...
Micellar Water Recipe with Thistle Farms Lavender Essential Oil
Are you interested in micellar water, but not really sure what it is? You’re not alone, skincare lover! In simple terms, micelles are tiny droplets of cleansing oil molecules suspended in water. These micelles are attracted to dirt, oil, and...
A Crafting Revolution
The Corona virus has had most of us grounded for a several weeks now. Throughout this experience, we have looked to our loving and artistic community for signs of hope. Thistle Farms was started many years ago by volunteers in a church...
Here's Angela, 2020 Thistle Farms Residential Graduate
It’s mid-April and it seems like the flowers haven’t been notified that social distancing is a thing. Throughout Nashville all of the flowers are blooming. From the finely manicured lawns of country music stars to the thistles that grow along...
Working From Home, What Works & What Doesn't
Hello from Thistle Farms' temporary home-based Social Media & Blog HQ!  At Thistle Farms, some of us have the option of working remotely some of the time. Those days are often when we power through a stack of work, hyperfocused...
Motherhood, by Leigh. Candidate for Graduation 2021
My baby girl came into the world dramatically. She weighed two pounds when she was born. I had relapsed during my pregnancy. I bled out and woke up to the news that I had premature baby whose needs would be...
Presenting DaShawn, 2020 Thistle Farms Residential Graduate
“I was paralyzed. For several long minutes, I couldn’t move anything except my eyes. The people I was with at the time didn’t even notice. That one hit had something in it that almost killed me, but it still took a few more days for me to recognize that this was my breaking point.”