Why should I use essential oils in a diffuser instead of room deodorizing sprays?

Those popular room deodorizing sprays work well at masking unwanted household odors. However, did you ever look at the ingredient list on the back of those cans? Why not try a simpler, more natural approach by using a diffuser and some essential oils?  Diffusing essential oils make your house smell great, and give you the added health benefits that come with using essential oils. All you have to do is add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to the water in your diffuser, and turn it on.  Here is a list of some popular essential oils along with their benefits:

  • Peppermint - helps increase energy and mental alertness.
  • Eucalyptus - helps combat respiratory diseases, and enhances concentration.
  • Lavender - helps relieve stress, and combat colds, flu, and migraines.
  • Tea Tree Oil - boosts immune system to help fight infection.
  • Rosemary - has antidepressant properties, also a mental stimulant ideal for enhanced memory, focus and overall brain performance.
  • Patchouli - helps to relieve anxiety, depression, fatigue, and curb addiction.

(If you are pregnant, take caution using essential oils, and always check to make sure it is safe to use while pregnant.)

Annual Marketplace Easter Egg Hunt

In addition to our regular Marketplace Event, we will be hosting our annual Marketplace Egg Hunt! Bring the kids!  This year our egg hunt will take place in the fields behind Simpson Spring, which can be a little muddy. We recommend waterproof shoes or boots!

Also this Saturday...

  • The Easter Bunny is here - bring your cameras!
  • Kids can enjoy playing with the Wild Wood Creations puppet theater .
  • Meet and greet with the local creators of some of your favorite Marketplace products including FitNuts, Sacred Cow Granola and To Die for Dips!

Plus we are stocked with Simpson Spring Water, Old Fashioned Soda, Craft Seltzers and your favorite organic and sustainable sourced meats, Sophia's Greek Yogurt, artisan baked goods, healthful snack items and so much more!

St. Patrick's Day Inspired Concoctions

When March comes around our Lemon-Lime Flavored Old Fashioned Soda becomes very popular. So here are a few cocktail and mocktail ideas that will make your "Irish" eyes smile.

Green Party Punch

Juice of 3 limes
3 Bottles of Lemon Lime Soda
3 Cups of Pineapple Juice

Mix all ingredients together. Add ice. Serve. 

Simpson Spring Mojitos

1/2 lime
10-12 mint leaves
1 1/2 cups Lemon Lime Soda
2oz. Your favorite Rum

Add mint leaves and juice of a lime to a glass and mash them to together for a minute or so
Fill the glass with ice and pour rum and soda on top
Garnish with mint and more lime.
Serve immediately.

Simpson Green O'Shandy

Our classic take on a classic.



St. Patrick's Day Marketplace 3/11/17


Pregame for St. Patrick's Day at our Saturday Marketplace Event featuring:

  • Irish Music and Sing-Along with Matt Browne
  • Leprechaun Hunt and Kids Crafts starting at 11:30
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Reubens, Shepard's Pie and Smoked Brisket, and Colcannon available for purchase from tasteful Adventures
  • We will also have Simpson Spring Irish Floats and Irish Soda Bread

Tour Simpson Spring's Historic Museum

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While the Simpson Spring we know today is a thriving bottler of the highest quality pure spring water, and old-fashioned craft soda, and the incubator of local food producers and entrepreneurs across New England, the building itself has been in operation since 1878. Travel back in time in the oldest bottling plant in the country! See remnants and artifacts from the factory's salad days in the 1930's and 40's when they were distributors of the beloved Moxie soda and experience the part they played in the early days of the soft-drink revolution. Hear stories about R.H. Macy and their influence on Coffee Soda and learn real story behind a brief stint they had with a well-known cola company.

The spring itself dates back to 6000BC. While you are on a tour of their historic building, you will actually get to see the spring where all of their water comes from - You'd be hard-pressed to find another water company that would be able to finagle a thing like that!

Tour participants will also spend time in the Simpson Spring laboratory where the historic flavors you enjoy today were first created.

Free tours of the Simpson Spring historic museum happen every Saturday at 11:00am and 1:00pm or any time by appointment, call 508-238-4472 to schedule.

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What is the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils?

Many people confuse the terms "essential oil" and "fragrance oil" because of the frequent incorrect practice of using these terms interchangeably. However, essential oils and fragrance oils are different in a number of ways, mainly due to the way they are created.

Most pure essential oils are extracted from plants through steam distillation. Freshly picked plants are suspended over boiling water, and the steam pulls the oils out of the plant. Many essential oils, such as lavender and eucalyptus, are used for their therapeutic benefits as well as their pleasant aroma.

  • Fragrance oils are synthetic products and therefore do not possess the natural healing properties of essential oils.
  • Fragrance oils are essentially just a "pleasant aroma" created in a lab using various chemical combinations.
  • Fragrance oils may contain a certain percentage of essential oils, but they are not completely natural, like essential oils.

When making my Piper Dee Naturals products, I only use therapeutic-grade essential oils and never fragrance oils. You can find my products at the Simpson Spring Marketplace six days a week, or online at www.PiperDeeNaturals.com. 
Got a question? Email me at PiperDeeNaturals@gmail.com.

Keep Easton Beautiful - Spring Clean Up

Keep Easton Beautiful, in conjunction with The Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, is thrilled to announce The Beautify the Barrel Campaign. As part of Keep Easton Beautiful ‘s Second Annual Spring Clean Up, the two groups are sponsoring a trash barrel painting/decorating contest for local artists with first ($250), second ($100) and third ($50) prizes, as well as a People’s Choice Award.

Keep Easton Beautiful Co-Founder Kristen Stone said, “We are very excited to be partnering with the Cultural District and local artists. It is our goal to raise awareness of the litter problem in Easton in a positive way. Beautify the Barrel is one aspect of that effort.” Artists will be given freedom to create within guidelines designed to promote keeping our environment clean and beautiful. After the contest, the barrels will be strategically placed around Easton to encourage residents to dispose of their trash in a responsible manner.

“Art can be a constructive influence in our community and on our culture. Beautify the Barrel is a fine example of that influence and The Cultural District is pleased to be a part of that.” said Carolyn Cole, Project Advisor and Artist Liaison, Chair of the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.

In keeping with its commitment to serve the community through local projects, activities and events, Easton Grange 196 has generously provided barrels for the contest. The groups are also pleased to announce that the barrels will be judged by prize-winning local photographer, Rich Hudson, award winning artist, art juror and co-owner of Turning Point Design, Allison Krajcik, as well as, Chair of Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, Carolyn Cole.

Keep Easton Beautiful will hold their Second Annual Spring Clean Up on Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 8 – 11:30 am followed by an after party where Beautify the Barrel prizes will be awarded. "Last year, despite cold and rainy weather, 232 volunteers came out to help us clean up our roadsides. We actually removed 8,000 pounds of trash from our community!” said Keep Easton Beautiful Co-Founder Elaine Anderson Sears. For more information or to register for: The Beautify the Barrel Campaign or The Second Annual Spring Clean Up, please contact:  beautifuleaston.weebly.com

Simpson Spring Root Beer Glazed Salmon


  • 1 pound fresh salmon filets;  You could also use Swordfish or Mahi Mahi here if you preferred
  • 2 bottles of Simpson Spring Root Beer
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Orange or Lemon Slices
  • Fresh dill


Pour Simpson Spring Root Beer into a small saucepan and simmer until it has thickened and reduced to approximately 1 cup. This may take up to an hour.

Season the salmon with salt, pepper and crushed garlic. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. When it is good and hot, add the olive oil. Add the salmon, skin side up and sear it for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your filet. You are looking to brown the fish and to see the sides of the filet starting to cook. When this happens, flip the salmon over and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until desired doneness. You’ll know it is ready when the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Remove the fish to a plate and spoon the Root Beer glaze over the top before serving. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice and some fresh dill for a beautiful presentation.

This salmon pairs great with your favor couscous side and some steamed greens. We love it with broccoli or in the spring when the asparagus we grow out back is ready for picking!

What is deal with Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is one of my favorite essential oils, but care must be taken when using it because of its potency and toxicity if ingested.  It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that when diluted in a carrier oil make it great for treating various minor skin issues, as well as having some household uses.  Here are just a few things you do with Tea Tree Oil:

What are some uses for Tea Tree Oil?

  • Add a few drops to your laundry detergent when washing cloth diapers or especially stinky athletic clothes. It will kill the bacteria and make everything smell clean again!
  • Add a few drops to your child's shampoo.  Tea Tree Oil naturally repels lice!

  • Add a few drops to 1/4 cup olive oil and use it as a spot treatment for acne. It will kill bacteria trapped in the pores and help clear up those blemishes. 

  • Make a deodorizing spray with witch hazel, water, and Tea Tree Oil for use on hockey and football equipment. Any hockey/football parent knows how gross all of that gear can get. Keep it from smelling like a locker room with Tea Tree Oil!  You can add Eucalyptus and Peppermint as well for added benefits and a better scent.

The Magic of Hempseed Oil

Why does hempseed oil work so well at healing dry skin, especially eczema and psoriasis?

Hempseed oil has many amazing, and unique properties that make it the absolute best oil for healing even the worst dry skin. The fats, or lipids, found in hempseed oil are similar to those found in the skin.  It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It hydrates the skin and brings more oxygen to it, which makes it a good treatment for eczema and dry, itchy skin.

Also, because psoriasis is caused by a deficiency of omega-6 fatty acid, products made with hempseed oil are perfect moisturizers!  It can also bring down the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks, which is why I use it in my Facial Balm.

Over time, it can help eliminate acne by keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. It absorbs quickly and doesn't block the pores but will actually help the skin balance oil production.  Because hempseed oil is a natural product with no known side effects, it is ideal for treating skin irritations.  

I hope this gives you a little insight into why I use hempseed oil as a main ingredient in many of my products. You can find my "Piper Dee Naturals" line of all-natural body products at the Simpson Spring Market, or on Etsy at www.PiperDeeNaturals.com.


Go Natural with Piper Dee

Piper Dee Naturals has been a staple of our Simpson Spring Marketplace since nearly the beginning. Piper Dee Naturals embodies our values in every way, shape and form. They strive to provide customers with a quality product, made from real materials. They are forthcoming and transparent about product ingredients and believes that educating their audience and providing real value to them is the best way to build a lifelong customer.

All of Piper Dee Naturals products are created with simple, all-natural ingredients such as olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, hempseed oil, and essential oils. Every product is paraben-free, sulfate-free, and formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin.  

We recently caught up with Piper Jornales, owner and creator of Piper Dee Naturals to ask her some of our favorite “like-minded business” questions:

Please tell us one thing your customers might not know about your products?

Piper: We use essential oils not just for their aromatic benefits, but more so for their therapeutic benefits in order to help your skin and body heal on the inside as well as outside. For example, our "Clearing & Cooling Congestion Relief Salve" contains menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils. Eucalyptus in particular is a wonderful detoxifier and expectorant, which makes it a great essential oil to use when fighting a cold or the flu.

Give us 3 words to describe your products:

Piper:  Simple, Natural, Soothing

Give us 3 words to describe your business:

Piper: Fun, Creative, and Satisfying

Do you shop local?

Piper: I personally shop local as much as I can. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring is one of my favorite places to shop because of its selection of meats, yogurt, all-natural snacks, and of course the amazing water and hand-crafted soda.

Find Piper Dee Naturals everyday in our Local Goods Marketplace and stay tuned to our blog for a series of useful and informative articles from Piper Jornales.