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How-To Apply Essential Oils Topically

There are three ways to apply essential oils — Diffusing, Topical, and Ingestion. While diffusion is the best method of application, topical is a very close second. Figuring out which oils can be used neat (undiluted) on the skin and which can not depends on the person and their own body chemistry. For example, most people can Read More »

Natural Men’s Care: Feet

There are very few things that can kill the mood quicker than smelly, gross, crusty feet. Best turn off ever when you take those shoes and socks off and the smell permeates the room, crawling into the nose of your significant other and you watch as they turn away and suddenly remember Read More »

Make Your Own Lip Scrub, Lip Balm, and Lip Gloss

There is very little worse to look at or kiss than chapped lips. Just makes you shudder, doesn’t it! You want your lips to be soft, supple, moisturized, and kissable. Lips need to be protected and looking delicious no matter what the weather is outside.  Your own homemade sugar lip scrubs really help to take the dead skin off and to ... Read More »

Use essential oils to help you sleep

“But [Pooh] couldn’t sleep. The more he tried to sleep the more he couldn’t. He tried counting Sheep, which is sometimes a good way of getting to sleep, and, as that was no good, he tried counting Heffalumps. And that was worse. Because every Heffalump that he counted was making straight for a pot of Pooh’s honey, and eating it ... Read More »

Natural Men’s Care: Caring for your beard

Oh  the dashing bearded man! Over the centuries of time he has come to represent so many things. From fearsome pirates to fiery academics; from hippies to hipsters.  The bearded man has become a distinguished symbol of knowledge and power, striking fear in the hearts of every single Gillette executive.  But if you were to take a poll of Read More »

Blue Tansy Oil, Some Uses

Blue Tansy oil (Tanacetum annuum)  is not to be confused with Tansy oil  (Tanacetum vulgare), which  is toxic and should never  be used in aromatherapy. Blue Tansy is a great oil for aromatherapy, fortunately. Some people refer to it as “Moroccan Chamomile” though that isn’t entirely accurate.  It has a bright,  Read More »

Natural Men’s Care: Balding

Let’s be candid here. You and I both know you’d rather be reading an article with a different title. Particularly if you are reading this at work and your boss walks by–because in all likelihood, they’ll just read the headline anyway. So you should Read More »

Holy Basil Oil, Some Uses

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum  or Ocimum tennuiflorum) usually comes out of India. The leaves of the plant would be placed on the faces, eyes, ears, and chests of Indian Holy men, Brahmins, when they died, to aid their passage from this world into the next. It has a strong, bright scent with Read More »

Balsam of Peru Oil, Some Uses

Balsam of Peru (Myroxylon balsamum var. pereira) It’s actually closely related to Tolu Balsam (Myroxylon balsamum var. balsamum) and they can be interchanged in recipes. Balsam of Peru comes from the resin produced by the Peru Balsam tree, an evergreen tree native to Central America. It’s also called “Black Balsam” and “Indian Balsam”.  The oil is Read More »

Beginning Soap Making: Using Soap Bases

Making your own soap is a great thing to do because then you can decide what the scent will be and hone it to suit you and your individuality. This is something I’ve looked into because I like to be the one to determine what Read More »