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It’s Spring! And the Ants Come Marching One By One….

We have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather and all the flowers. The hard part, however, is that while there are bulbs waking up and the grass and trees are all waking up, so are other things. Like ants. Now, I know the ants are necessary and I know we need them to help aerate and mix up the soil ... Read More »

Video: Repelling Ants Using Essential Oils

This gives you some great examples on how to use Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, or the Rocky Mountain Oil blend Bug Off to repel the ants in your home.   For more ideas, take a look at our article on dealing with ants in the springtime. What do you like to do to get rid of ants? What did you think ... Read More »

Bay Leaf Oil, Some Uses

Bay Leaf oil (Laurus nobilis), AKA “Laurel Leaf” oil, comes from the Laurel tree which was also used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. It is also a popular culinary herb. Bay leaf oil has a pungent, young, fresh aroma. Definite spicy undertones but it grows sweeter as it evaporates. Aromatic influences: Promotes the fire of creativity and ... Read More »

Cajeput Oil, Some Uses

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi) is related to Tea Tree but much harsher. It is often used for treating colds, headaches and infections.  The scent makes you think of pine and medicine, and you feel your lungs open up and breathe deeper. Aromatic influences: Pungent, warming, and strengthening. Builds strength, especially before an operation and during postoperative shock. Combines well with: Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper Berry, ... Read More »

Palmarosa Oil, Some Uses

Formerly known as “Indian” or “Turkish” geranium, Palmarosa oil (Cymbopogon martini var. motia) has been used for centuries to dilute the more expensive Rose oil. It has a lovely, rosy scent with a touch of lemon, wintergreen and maple leaf. It makes you think of drinking a glass of lemonade during summer days in your back yard. Aromatic influences: Calming and uplifting. ... Read More »

Citronella Oil, Some Uses

This is a great oil. Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) has a lemony ginger scent to it. The oil is made from the leaves of the lemongrass plant that is often used in Asian cooking. It makes you look forward to warm summer nights out on the patio. Aromatic influences: Light, soft, clarifying. Lightens heavy emotional burdens and encourages hopefulness. Combines well with: Geranium, Lemon, ... Read More »

Tagetes Oil, Some Uses

Tagetes (Tagetes erecta) is an interesting oil. The scent is very strong and gets stronger when mixed with others. It comes from the African Marigold and the oil has many great benefits. It’s good for cuts, burns, bronchial issues, fungal infections, and even as a base for perfume. Aromatic influences: Clears thinking, relieves tension, aids emotional control, interesting almost intoxicating scent. Combines ... Read More »

Sage Oil, Some Uses

Sage oil (Salvia fruticosa miller) was historically used to cleanse areas and purify air. Not too surprising as it has a sharp, sweetly pungent scent to it that makes you feel a little bit more healthy just by smelling it. Aromatic influences:  Relieving depression, mental fatigue and strain. Refreshing, revitalizing, and enlivening. Strengthening. Combines well with: Lavender, Rosemary, Rosewood, Hyssop, Lemon, Orange, ... Read More »

Mosquito, Tick, and Fly Repellents

While we all love the return of spring and the return of warmer weather, sadly enough, it also brings the return of mosquitoes and other really annoying biting insects. Mainstream culture uses bug repellents with DEET in them. DEET was developed by the US army, following its experience of jungle warfare during WW II. It was originally tested as a ... Read More »

4 Recipes For Using Essential Oils For Lice

A few decades ago, if your child came home from school with the dreaded head lice note, the only way you had to treat it was to shave your child’s head and scrub it with kerosene.  Fortunately, we have much better ways of treating it now! While head lice can be difficult to eradicate, using essential oils is becoming very ... Read More »