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“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 »

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 »

Angelica Root Oil, Some Uses

With a long history of use as a medicinal plant, Angelica Root seeds were reputed to give protection from the Plague. It’s healing powers were so great, the plant was considered to be from divine origin, hence the botanical name Angelica archangelica. Angelica Root essential oil is extracted from the root and the scent has a delicate, herbal, slightly minty feel to ... Read More »

Dill Seed Oil, Some Uses

Early Americans would chew dill seeds during church to inhibit their appetite. (7) Dill Seed oil (Anethum graveolens) is often used for digestive issues as well as for colic in babies. And there is only one way to describe the scent. It smells exactly like pickles! Aromatic influences: Calms stomach. Reduces stress and promotes restful sleep. Clears the mind and sharpens ... Read More »

Vitex Berry Oil, Some Uses

Vitex Berry  (Vitex Agnes castus)is also known as Agnus Castus, which means “chaste lamb,” in reference to the ancient use of the herb to encourage sexual abstinence in monks leading a religious life.  This is THE oil to use to balance progesterone-estrogen hormones in women. “Unlike any other oil, it actually improves progesterone levels, or more correctly it creates proper ... Read More »

STRESS!! How to Relax with Essential Oils

If you live in the USA, you know that we do not live in a relaxed society. If you aren’t running around trying to multi-task and talking about “24/7” and “I need to check my schedule first” and “Oh I have to take this call” and “I have no time for this” you feel like society thinks something is wrong ... Read More »

Eucalyptus globulus and radiata Oils, Some Uses

Eucalyptus has a long history of medicinal use, including the Australian aborigines, who would bind serious wounds with Eucalyptus leaves. There are several different types of Eucalyptus essential oil. This article will be about both Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus globulus)and Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata). They are very similar in properties, though Radiata is considered the most therapeutic. Globulus has a warm, wet dandelion ... Read More »

German Chamomile Oil, Some Uses

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is distilled from the dried flowers of the plant. It’s actually rather fascinating. The flowers are harvested just as they begin to bloom and then dried to preserve the active ingredients. Only then are they distilled. Like Blue Tansy and Yarrow, German Chamomile also contains the compound azulene, which makes the oil blue in color. German Chamomile has a pungent ... Read More »

Yarrow Oil, Some Uses

I looked forward to researching this article because I’ve always liked the Yarrow plant, and not just because it’s a good bee and butterfly plant. To many it’s a weed but to me, it is quite lovely and I have quite a few plants in my flower and herb beds; ones with white, purple, and pink flowers. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) used to ... Read More »