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Myrrh Oil, Some Uses

Like Frankincense, Myrrh oil (Commiphora myrrha) is extracted from resin that oozes from very tough bark. It has a sharp, strong, woody scent. Ancient Greek soldiers used to carry Myrrh oil into battle for psychic protection, as well as first aid. Now we all tend to link it with Frankincense and stables and newborn babies. Aromatic influences: Spiritual awareness, uplifting, releases stuck ... Read More »

Essential Oils for the December Holiday Season

The annual, December holiday season goes by many names depending on what you celebrate and what you believe in — Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Mōdraniht, Soyal, Bodhi Day, Kwanzaa, to name a few. And other names are festivus for the rest of us, the crazy season, the season of giving, the season of heavenly scents, the season to be jolly, the season of food, the season of joy, the ... Read More »

Pine Needles Oil and Black Pine Oil, Some Uses

Once you get a whiff of pine oil, what’s the first thing you think of?  Time to clean. We all associate any pine oil with cleaning. However, there is so much more that you can do with the pine oils. This article is about Black Pine oil (Pinus nigra) and Pine Needles oil (Pinus sylvestris). Black Pine has a stronger ... Read More »

Ravintsara Oil, Some Uses

In China, statues of Buddha are carved from the wood of the Cinnamonum camphora (Ravintsara) tree to inspire devotion.  In Madagascar, Ravintsara oil is referred to as “the oil that heals.”  It is universal oil like Lavender. It has a mild, herby, slightly medicinal scent to it Aromatic influences: Aids with realizing one’s potential, increasing desire for changes, nervous fatigue and relieves ... Read More »

Cedarwood Oil, Some Uses

Cedarwood oil (Cedrus deodora) was used by all ancient civilizations in medicine, perfume, and cosmetics. The scent makes you think of clothes stored in gorgeously carved cedar chests. Aromatic influences: Reduces fear and helps you discover inner strength and courage. Fortifying, warming and protecting. Spirituality and self-control. Combines well with: Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, ... Read More »

Melissa Oil, Some Uses

Melissa oil (Melissa officinalis) has a slightly lemon, herby, grassy scent to it. It is also known as “Lemon Balm.” The eleventh century Arab physician Avicenna said,  “It maketh the heart merry and joyful and strengtheneth the vital spirits.” Aromatic influences: Uplifting, dispels fear, shock, grief, and anger, brings acceptance, understanding, and helps deal with the past. Calming, cooling, nurturing. Combines well with: ... Read More »

Neroli Oil, Some Uses

Named after the princess of Nerola in Italy, who wore it as a perfume, Neroli oil (Citrus aurantium) comes from the flower of the bitter orange tree. The same tree that produces Petitgrain Bigrade oil. Neroli oil has a light, floral scent that has a slight tone of citrus. It’s quite lovely. Aromatic influences: Gentle, nurturing, comforting. Helps lessen deep-seated insecurities. ... Read More »

Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Books

Here is the list of books I like to reference, ones I want to share with you to give you ideas of what to get for your own library. I have them listed in categories and I will add to these lists as I find more books. Some of these books are out of print, sadly enough. However, you can ... Read More »

Cleaning House with Essential Oils: Wood Furniture

Wood furniture has such a beautiful, steady look to it. When it’s taken care of, it has character. It changes throughout the years. Part of what gives it such great character is how it is lived in. Where the wear marks are, the smoothness from where your kids have run their fingers tracing the wood lines. As part of our ... Read More »

Cleaning House with Essential Oils: Floors

While it matters how clean the rest of the room is, if your floors are dirty, it makes the entire room look bad. But if they are clean, it makes even a cluttered room look good. When it comes to cleaning carpets, there are a lot of very harsh chemicals sold in the store, as well as a variety of ... Read More »