Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Promoting Healthy Digestion and no more "backwash"

As someone who suffered for years with a hiatal hernia and its "backwash" [trying to be FDA compliant here, folks] tendencies, then compounded that with a bad reaction to a common OTC pain killer (which tore my insides up leading to considerable irritation, and led to two very bad bouts of a flareup of the digestive organ too),  I "had" to take a daily OTC proton pump inhibitor after coming down off the even stronger pills.  For 6 long years, I periodically tried to wean myself off of the pills… but WOW… I just could not get past the extreme discomfort by the 3rd day each and every time  :-(.

Once I became a Health and Wellness Advocate, this was the last area I addressed in my own health… out of fear.  I listened, I learned, I visited a naturopath, and I slowly changed my own health habits before taking the plunge and stopping the pills.  It was actually smooth sailing!  :-)  I am now 2.5 years free…. and am doing really well most of the time  :-).  IF I have back flow issues… it's usually my fault  :-}.  But I also know how to quickly address it and improve right away.

So I'd love to pass on to any and all interested, just what helped/helps me the most?  Just please know that I am NOT any kind of doctor, just someone who has been greatly helped by natural solutions  :-).  And this is about COMMON backwash challenges that are NOT under a doctor's care, okay?

The following are in random order….and just from my own experiences...

1.  NO food or excess liquids after 7pm.  It puts too much physical pressure on the valve.  NO ALCOHOL after 7pm… it relaxes the valve too much.

2.  Try to make your supper a lighter meal, and not a heavy rib-sticking one.  Or at least, add in a leafy salad as you eat.  If you have troubles digesting certain foods in general, a gentle food enzyme product may help as needed.  Adding a good probiotic supplement (or yogurt) to your diet may also help.

3.  Try to maintain a healthy weight.  Excess fat, especially a pot belly, just makes less room inside for digestion to happen normally.

4.  Try to drink lots of water throughout the day.  I like to use a glass water bottle (from any department store) and add in just one drop of a high quality Lemon essential oil to at least one bottle's worth.  Shake well before drinking.  If that one drop hurts at all… don't use it.  Try adding in a little lemon juice, for flavoring if you wish, instead.

5.  If you have a hiatal hernia and it feels out of place, try "heel drops" after eating a moderate meal?  You simply stand up on your toes, and drop to your heels abruptly, several times.  For any further physical manipulations, PLEASE see a knowledgable naturopath.  And of course… regular exercise will help most  :-).  Surgery may be needed for more severe problems.

6.  You probably already know which foods to avoid, and which should help you?  If not… please google and keep a food journal  :-).

7.  If and when I feel reflux or esophageal irritation, I put one drop of a high quality Frankincense essential oil on my tongue and swallow.  Others are helped best by Peppermint essential oil or a Digestive Blend of essential oils.  Use what helps YOU the most.  I am constantly amazed by how that one little drop helps  :-).

8. For more serious irritations… especially when ending a proton pump inhibitor, make a roller bottle [ahead of time] to roll from your chin to your belly button 2-3 times per day.  For non-overly-sensitive adults, try 10 drops of Lemongrass essential oil, 20 drops of Frankincense, and fill the roller bottle to 5ml with Fractionated Coconut Oil.  This will make it close to a 30% dilution rate.  If you apply and it burns at all… please immediately dilute with any oil or lotion… never water.

9.  If night time back flow is a typical problem, place a wedge shaped pillow under the top of your mattress OR raise the head of your bed at least 2 inches.  When in a hotel, I simply stuff one extra pillow under the top of the mattress.

10.  Slippery Elm… I find it a hard herb to mix without "dust" going everywhere, and a little gag inducing texture-wise, but when you need to coat and calm things down in your throat and esophagus … this actually works.  :-)  You can find the raw product at some natural health stores.

11.  Is sugar one of your issues??  It is for me  :-(.  To find out… try going sugar free (NO high sugar foods, no sweeteners added to your coffee, etc) for at least 2 weeks.  Feel any better?  Then try a meal with added sugar.  I have learned I just don't digest it well at all.

12.  SODA!!  All carbonated drinks are hard on the ole esophagus and tummy.  As hard as it may be (I know how addictive that can be!), try weaning yourself off of all carbonated drinks for at least 2 weeks, and see how you feel.  Anytime I now drink just ONE soda… I can feel the burn.  Everyone is different… but this is just one more common problem to those with digestive challenges.

Hope any of the above helps just one more person  :-).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Promoting Healthy Immune and Respiratory Functioning

The following ideas all apply to certified, high quality essential oils ONLY.  I only trust and have extensive experience with one company whose name I can no longer post on blogs (FDA rules), so just email me at hvnly atsymbol montana period com for that info. *

To Cleanse the Air and Exposed Surfaces:
Diffuse a Protective Blend off essential oils, and/or place several drops in a glass spray bottle of water, shake often, and spray both the air and surfaces.

To Keep Hands Clean:
Either use a Protective Blend Hand Wash in foaming soap pump dispensers at every sink, or make your own!
Protective Hand Wash Recipe:
8oz foaming hand pump bottle
3 Tbsp Liquid Castille Soap, unscented
3-4 drops Protective Blend Essential Oils

Place the soap in the bottle, and fill to within 1.5" of the top of the bottle with water (so the level is just below where the foaming hand pump mechanism will sit).  Add in the essential oil blend.  Put the lid on and gently shake.  Done!  :-)

To Maintain Clear Airways and Breathing:
Diffuse a Respiratory Blend of essential oils.  Or an alternative would be Lime mixed with Eucalyptus in a 2:1 ratio.
And for an even more aggressive approach, try this steaming essential oils recipe:
Line up:
Kleenexes  ;-)
Lemon essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Oregano essential oil

Put an inch or so of water in the bottom of a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Quickly add in 2 drops each of Lemon and Eucalyptus, and 1 drop each of Peppermint and Oregano.  CLOSE YOUR EYES and lean over the pan right away and breathe in and out of your mouth and nose, alternating.  The essential oils will volatilize within moments… so breathe in the steam at your preferred distance for as long as you wish.

To Sooth the Throat:
Respiratory Throat Drops**… will help maintain clear airways as well.
Protective Throat Drops**… feature the immune supporting Protective Blend, while also soothing dry, scratchy throats
** you can find these premade for you, or you can google honey drops and make your own… adding in essential oils at the end of a recipe.
Raw Honey… just a dab sucked off a spoon at a time, or placed in some hot tea to drink
Warm salt water gargle

To Relieve Internal Overheating:
Try a drop of Peppermint essential oil on a cold water compress, or in a foot bath.

To Promote a Healthy Immune System Response (these are NOT for everyday use; only as needed and for up to 2-3 days past the need is recommended):

Ingest or pop and apply to the bottoms of the feet topically (and on the sides of the throat if issues there) a Protective Blend "plus" caplet.  (I RECOMMEND HAVING THESE CAPLETS ON HAND AT ALL TIMES.  Seriously.  They travel well, store well, and are super fast to use in a pinch).

And/or make your own rollerball recipe:
10 ml rollerball
20 drops Lemon essential oil
10 drops Oregano essential oil
15 drops Protective blend essential oils
15 drops Melaleuca essential oil
10 drops Frankincense essential oil (optional)
Fill the rollerball with one INCH of FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil; approximately 1 tsp)

Fill the rollerball all the way with FCO is more dilution is desired.

Gently shake and apply a swipe to each side of the neck, and to the bottoms of each foot… once every 2-4 hours in an acute situation until improvement is seen.  And then 2-3 times per day, continuing for another 2 days post need.
When a defensive response is needed for others in the family, 2-3 times per day is usually effective.

  1. *All statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Diffuser Earrings! For use with essential oils and blends

These fun Diffuser Earrings each contain a porous bead at the bottom that one can rub their fave essential oil or blend on, and it will gently diffuse, as you wear them, for about 2 hours, in my experience.  Since the oil is not touching the skin, this is aromatic diffusion.

The earrings were made by me, so if you have a special request… please ask!  All earring wire is rated nickel-free.  More are coming… please check back often  :-).

NEW wholesale members of mine…. pick out a free pair of earrings when you enroll as a wholesale member in the awesome essential oil company I can no longer publicly name on a blog!  :-D  Just email me directly at hvnly at Montana period com.   Membership costs just $35, or that fee is WAIVED with the purchase of a discounted enrollment kit of your choice, and includes 25% to 55% off of all future essential oils, blends and products, as well as access to loads of free classes, trainings, FB groups, newsletters, a quarterly magazine, me, etc.

CURRENT wholesale members of mine… pick out a free pair of earrings when you renew your wholesale membership as a THANK YOU from me  :-).  [renewal with the largest, and highest and consistent quality essential oil company in the world costs $25 per year, with just one order of any size needed, but they will also send a free 15ml Peppermint essential oil with your order.]

$12/pair or 2 pairs for $20.  Plus shipping if you are not local to Bozeman, MT.  I will be in both southern CA and central IL in October, so perhaps I can meet up with you there also.



D (both green stones flat)


F - have 2 pairs






L 1 -2 on top, 3-5 in 2nd row

M 1 and 3 (the middle one is gone)

N 1 and 2




Copyright on pictures, text and all earring designs 2014, 2015.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Intentionality.  That word is coming up a lot for me lately, and I have decided it will be my "word" for 2015.  ;-)  I wrote this post for ME, but I think I'll go ahead and share it, if it might help anyone else also.

So what does Intentionality mean??

The word intentional means "done in a way that is planned or intended".

The way I use "intentionality" >> being purposeful about something in my life; intending something to happen that I plan and set goals towards.  And I follow through by putting weight and value on those goals, but trying my best to keep my focus on how awesome it's going to feel to make that goal!  :-)  I start strong; I keep recommitting to my goal(s) daily/hourly/minute-by-minute as needed to get through the super hard middle; I celebrate smaller goal steps along the way.

I have a weight gain that needs some very serious intentionality ASAP for the first time in my life.  Losing weight by denying oneself comfort foods, and fitting in regular exercise into my already crazy busy schedule is HARD.  Add to that… no diet of any kind has ever lasted me more than 6 weeks in the past.  Why??  My leadership trainings with doTerra have finally given me insight into this one big struggle in my life (among others).

In the past, I always intended/hoped/anticipated losing weight, getting aerobic exercise on a regular basis, and developing some muscles, and thus feel better all around.  :-)  Who wouldn't want to look and feel healthier?  But it was a plan doomed to failure.  Why??  Because I was never previously INTENTIONAL, all along the way, about my weight loss/exercise goals.  I can buy all the veggies and salads I want… but if I still rationalize those little treats of dessert, chips, and other high calorie foods along the way… just WHOSE FAULT IS IT when I fail to lose the weight and make my stated goal?  Why do I/we go around blaming other people, special occasions, vacations, treats at work, samples and end displays at the stores, eating out??  Was I truly being intentional and 100% committed to my goal?  Awww… we're all human, right?  Yes we are.  And yes we'll epically fail now and again.  But a stated goal is DOOMED TO FAILURE if we never, ever accept that we need to plan ahead, schedule in, and WORK on our intentions.  We need to have some serious Intentionality for our goal to succeed.

So how does that look in practice?  We have 2 kiddos still living at home.  One had a birthday 2 weeks ago, and begged for my special chocolate chip recipe.  You're kidding me.  I can easily eat a dozen of those at a time… and before they are even baked!!  I made sure to wait until late at night (full stomach), and I made them quickly, cooled them, and boxed up the cookies that needed to go to school.  I immediately made lunch-box-sized packs out of the rest, and put them in the back of the freezer.  It was HARD, but I only snitched the equivalent of 1.5 cookies  :-).  THEN our guy requested a chocolate cheesecake for a birthday cake!!  My fave dessert??!!  I searched 3 stores for a small one.  None… large or small.  So I baked one.  Sigh… only 1/3 vanished at the birthday party.  4 days later, it was getting super hard to not want to grab a big piece out of that freezer!  So hubby suggested I toss it in the garbage.  WHAT??  We can DO that??  What about the old "I need to eat this all up to get rid of it" rule?  Oh… that wasn't a rule… just an excuse.

Although in general, one should not purchase food and let it go to waste… I give you (and myself) permission to throw or give away whatever is tempting you too hard inside of your home.  Our children WILL survive having no homemade cookies/desserts in the home during this season, contrary to what they say.  ;-D

And we can apply Intentionality to all areas of our lives.  Do you want to get rid of those paper piles?  Schedule times on the calendar to address them, and follow through as if it's a paid job.  Give yourself a deadline, if you are a procrastinator like me.  Any old magazines you have not read by [pick a date] >> go to the recycler or library share bin.  You can do this!

Do you want to save $100/month?  Set up the savings account, and see if your workplace will deposit $100 into it, before the rest goes to you.  No?  Make that firm commitment to yourself.  Deposit your paycheck and then immediately turn around and transfer that $100 into savings.  And then be intentional about not touching it for the rest of the month.

Do you want to spend time with God daily?  Schedule it in deliberately.  Set the alarm if you need to.

Find an accountability partner or Facebook group to help you through hard goals.  An intention shared publicly shows intentionality  ;-D.

If you are visual… post pictures and words and phrases everywhere, that will best help you.  Move them around at least once a week… so they don't become background noise.  If you are auditory… record some inspiring messages for yourself.  Get accountability partners that can call you, and you them.  If your love language is gifts… schedule yourself a small treat for each minor goal achieved.  It does not have to involve spending $, if you get creative.

Find encouraging people to… just encourage you!  There is WAY too much negativity in the world today, and we probably already hear way too much negative self-talk, right?  In fact, have some Intentionality in 2015 about encouraging those around you this year  :-).  And if they react in a negative way… gift them with a big smile.  They obviously are in need!

Cyberhugs.  Have a blessed 2015  :-).

Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Massage and Hand Cream yet!

As a Market Gardener, I've had my share of skin cracks near my fingernails, dryness, roughness, and rough looking hands!  Once I started using certified, therapeutic level essential oils… I was also looking for an all natural massage lotion/creme… since I no longer wanted soy (in many massage lotions) on me, let alone artificial anything on the largest organ of  the body.

In developing a massage cream we love… I inadvertently solved the hand problem too!  I've been meaning to share this recipe for a long time… so here is my Christmas gift to all readers  :-).  This recipe will make a 7.5 oz batch that will go into an 8 oz glass jar (I prefer the fat, wide canning jars).

Over low heat, in a glass or steel container, melt and stir together:

4 Tbsp Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil (we use organic… this is the hard white cooking oil)
2 Tbsp Mango Butter (comes in organic form also)
2 Tbsp Shea Butter (comes in organic form also; or use Mango or Cocoa Butter)
2 Tbsp (or less) Extra Virgin Olive Oil (we use organic)

Once the mix is melted, remove from heat and place in the refrigerator on a hot pad to cool.

The mix should become a solid opaque before it is ready.  Either remove from the frig as soon as it is opaque and process immediately…. or remove 10 minutes or so before you wish to process it, so it can soften a little… to a hard margarine consistency rather than a hard butter.  It will store well in the frig for a couple of days.

Chunk up the now-hard mixture with a knife, into a mixing bowl, or leave it sit at room temperature longer for easier mixing.   Whip on low speed with a mixer.  Then add in right away:

30-32 drops of top quality Frankincense essential oil
10 drops of top quality Myrrh essential oil
3-4 drops of top quality Juniper Berry essential oil
Contents of 1-2 capsules of vitamin E, if desired

Keep mixing until you have an even, smooth consistency.  Whip at high speed if you prefer a cream with more volume.   Try adding Arrowroot powder, just a bit at a time, if you prefer a thicker consistency.  Scrape into your jar, and don't waste what's left in the bowl  ;-).

At normal room temperatures, this cream should stay in it's whipped form yet melt in your hands  :-).  It may get super soft in hot areas, or be extra solid in colder homes.  You may wish to experiment with the ingredients if you live in a hot climate (I'm in Montana, so that's not an issue here, lol).

Makes about a 1% dilution cream…. but you still get great benefits from the oils.

If using other brands of essential oils than doTerra, PLEASE make sure they are recommended for topical use.  You may need to add more drops of the non-doTerra brands to get similar results.

Enjoy!  :-)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Incredibly Versatile Salve Recipe to add Essential Oils to

High quality, therapeutic level, pure, unadulterated essential oils are quite powerful.  In an acute situation, most of the essential oils can be used directly, full strength, on a non-sensitive person.  Some of the oils are HOT (oregano and clove, for example) and should be used diluted in everyone.  Many, if not most, of the oils should be diluted in children, elderly, and those who are sensitive by nature to many products.  They are STILL quite effective.  In fact, you don't get skin evaporation (as in neat topical use), so you are getting the full value of your essential oil(s) when you add them to a carrier  :-).

The fastest, easiest way to dilute an essential oil is the "shotglass" method.  Use a shotglass, or a ceramic teacup, to add FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil = best choice)... or extra virgin Olive Oil...and then add in your essential oils and stir and use.  Store the unused portion in a cool, dark spot (like your medicine cabinet), and it should be effective for a few days.

A rough guide:  1 tsp of FCO is about 100 drops.  So for a 3% dilution rate, put 1tsp FCO in the shotglass and add 3 drops of essential oil.  This is assuming you will be using 1/2 or all of the amount made, for an adult.

If you're just wanting to dilute the essential oils a little, try 50:50 FCO:essential oils.

If you ever topically put on an essential oil that then burns, or feels "too strong", dilute it on the spot by rubbing on FCO or olive oil!  Never water.

All that to say..... there are times when you want a 3% diluted SALVE when a consistent need for the essential oils exists.  Arthritis, reflux and heartburn, large patches of skin conditions, etc.  This easy-to-make-yourself salve will do that for you.  :-)

This is a common salve recipe floating around on the internet, with one change so that it is even richer and more absorbable.

This recipe is for a 4oz jar.  Glass preferred for longterm storage.  Plastic should be fine for short term use.

3 Tbsp extra virgin Coconut oil
1 Tbsp Shea Butter (or use Mango Butter, or Coconut Oil if you don't have this)
1 Tbsp beeswax pellets (or chips off a pure, unscented beeswax candle)
4 Tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil (less in warmer climates)
vitamin E oil optional
40 drops of essential oil(s)

On low heat, melt the beeswax with the coconut oil and shea butter JUST until all of the beeswax is melted.  Add 3 Tbsp plus 2 tsp of the Olive Oil and stir, over the heat, until the mix is clear again.  Turn off the heat, but leave on the burner for one more minute.  Then remove from the burner.

Add the remaining 1 tsp Olive Oil to the bottom of the jar.  Add in the vitamin E if desired.  Add in 80** drops, IF USING A PIPETTE, of essential oils for a 3% solution [math: 9 Tbsp > 27 tsp > 2700 drops carrier oils ].  Use less drops for a children's salve.

**BUT if using drops straight from the bottles, the drops are bigger (and more variable)... so I stick closer to 40 drops when I skip the pipettes (plastic/glass ones can be purchased at many online stores selling essential oil related bottles, etc).

Slowly pour the warm mix into the jar, while stirring the mix with a chopstick or steak knife or?  Put the lid on loosely and allow to cool.   Label and you're done!

Hint: Cut everything in 1/2 if you'd rather just try a 2oz jar to start with.


This salve also makes a wonderful, toxin-free massage cream!  :-)  I often add in about 20 drops of  Frankincense essential oil for the health benefits, along with 2-3 drops of Juniper Berry for the skin.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Growing Market-Ready BASIL

After 19 years of Market Gardening, I am having a hard time saying good-bye to basil.  :-}  For many years, one of my "hats" has been being known as "The Basil Lady"  ;-D.  But life plans evolve, and in this one case, a sensitivity to basil has grown from too many years of harvesting hundreds of pounds of basil, with bare hands.  So the first rule of growing large quantities of basil is... find some thin, comfortable, washable gloves!

Great basil starts with good seed selection.  My favorite seed source over the years, for basil, is Johnnys Seeds.  I always grow at least 2 varieties, one being the sturdy Nufar.  Why?  Different basils will do better, grow differently, at different points of the summer.  A minimum of 2 varieties will help even out your marketing season!

Good soil preparation is key also.  Plan as if for any greens... loose soil, good pH, good fertility, balanced micronutrients.  Soil testing can help.

Basil is EXTREMELY cold intolerant.  It turns lovely fall colors if the temperature falls below 38... not  at all marketable!  Being in SW Montana... basil takes a lot of preparation and monitoring to keep it growing vigorously and well.  Plan to have your beds in a full sun area, hoophouse or fabric covered beds preferred.  Basil likes humidity, but too much humidity with too little of airflow sets the stage for mold diseases to attack.  We like to space the basil 12" apart within a row, with the rows at least 12" apart.... plants alternating in each row such that they're more like 15" apart on a diagonal.  In other words, Row1 will have basil at 12", 24", 36", etc.  Row 2 will have basil at 6", 18", etc.

For us, 260 basil plants have managed to consistently produce 6-10# of basil per week, from July 1st until frozen out.

We microirrigate our basil... daily when temps are over 90 degrees in the hoop house, but for shorter lengths of time (so the ground doesn't get too wet).  Since Montana air is super dry in summer, we also hose spray down our basil beds twice a day... with the second spraying being at least 2 hours before dark.  Please note that we have water from a deep well... drinking quality.  Spraydowns may not be permitted if you're using surface water to irrigate.  We do not spraydown on harvest mornings, nor do we harvest unless the basil is 100% dry (or it will not keep well at all).

Our basil has always been started indoors mid to late March in Eliot Coleman's soil block recipe, on a heating mat until germinated.  The baby basil grows at about 65-70 degrees.  The temp is lowered to about 55-60 a couple of weeks before planting time, and the plants pinched back for bushier growth.

Basil is fragile.  Rather than keep moving trays in and out to help acclimate it to hoop house, I wait for a cloudy day in late May or even early June, depending on the year, water the beds, plant the basil transplants, turn the water on again for another 30 minutes while I COVER the baby plants with agrifabric for both warmth and shade.  In a couple of days, when the basil are getting over the shock of being bothered (and they are drama queens about it!), I start a week or more process of giving them early morning and late afternoon sunlight... maybe 30 minutes at first, and keep working it up until they are in full sun all day long.  They WILL sunburn if you go too fast on this step.  If cold nighttime temps threaten, the cover goes back on for the night.  It's best to have these covers draped over some low hoops to avoid damaging the basil.  Once the temperatures stay more consistent, go ahead and remove the covers completely, or you'll have a source of bugs and mold under the cloth where it lays on the ground!

Be diligent hunting first thing every morning for GRASSHOPPERS, who adore basil.  Grasshoppers move their slowest at dawn.  If you can afford to insect screen your hoop house, that greatly helps.  "Semaspore", a locally made bran with a bacteria on it that slowly kills grasshoppers, is highly recommended for spreading all around your basil plants (even your farm).  If you sprinkle the bran ON the basil, it tends to glue itself on... not marketable!  Compost any basil the grasshoppers have eaten and/or defacated on... not marketable.

Be diligent screening for aphids as well.  At the first sign, bring in a couple thousand lady bugs to do their job  :-).  They are far more effective and gentle on basil than any other organic control.

When your basil is finally ready to harvest, there is a double cut method that is needed to both keep your basil growing rapidly, and to make the basil as attractive as possible for market.  With a sharp scissors (I use sewing scissors), snip a basil tip 1-3 nodes down from the tip, RIGHT above the next node (with it's new growing points).  Then hold the cut basil over your alleyway, and cut the stem a second time RIGHT under the bottom leaves.  Remove any poor looking leaves, or any flowers (which are edible but not preferred in the store), and drop into a sterile weighing tub/bowl.  With practice, this goes VERY fast.  I always have ready, in the shade near the basil, a postage scale on a box (ie- off the ground), and a sterile 20 gallon tub with a clean damp cloth inside, waiting for the cut basil.  With practice, I can usually tell when I have 1/2 pound of cut basil in the weighing bowl.  I weigh it, adjust as needed, mark where I'm at (it's a pain to reweigh if you lose track, LOL), dump into the tub, and cover the cut basil with the damp cloth.  This is all best done well before the hoop house/basil heats up.  Wilted basil does not keep nearly as long as cool basil!

If you have more than a pound of basil in the tub, it will generate it's own heat.  Deliver ASAP or put in a cooler if you have one.  We pull out the damp towel out at delivery.

Once you've delivered, it's worth the time to go back and clean up leaves and the bulk of the cut stems off the ground, so no disease takes hold.  Pull out and throw into the garbage (not compost bin) any plants you've come across (and marked!) as starting to mold.  The disease will spread like lightening if you don't.

Hope these tips help whomever become the next "Basil Lady/Guy"  ;-).