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Grapefruit Oil, Some Uses

Grapefruit oil (Citrus Paradisi)  is energetic, tangy, and uplifting. You feel like you can do anything. One of the best mood pick-me-ups you can find. Aromatic influences: Uplifting, gives confidence, and prevents one from drowning in one’s own negativity. Combines well with: Lemon, Palmarosa, Bergamot, Neroli, Rosemary, Cypress, Lavender, Geranium, Peppermint, Cardamom, Clove Bud, Ginger Root, Lime, Tangerine, Orange, Jasmine, Ylang ... Read More »

Sandalwood Oil, Some Uses

Sandalwood oil (Santalum album)is one of those oils that makes you think of exotic Indian locales and beautiful colors and people. It is the oldest known perfume material, used for 4,000 years in cosmetics and perfumes all over the East. It has a woody, musky, exotic scent to it. Aromatic influences: Meditation and healing. Combines well with Red Mandarin, Rose, Clove Bud, ... Read More »

How-to: Make Flower Water Skin Toner

Flower waters, like rose water and lavender water, were very popular skin toners in previous centuries. They are usually a byproduct of the distillation of oils. However, you can make them for yourself. I found some recipes for flower waters in a couple of my books that I thought I would share. One book in particular, Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees, has a great ... Read More »

Red Mandarin Oil, Some Uses

Red Mandarin oil (Citrus nobilis) is one of the lesser known citrus oils. It is made from the smaller oranges, like those Cuties oranges you can buy in the store. The mandarin orange and tangerines are considered the same botanical species. It has a warm, slightly floral, citrus scent to it and is a favorite of children. It has a deeper tone and ... Read More »

Ylang Ylang Oil, Some Uses

Ylang Ylang oil (Cananga odorata genuina) is one of the hardest to pronounce because it isn’t a normal Western word. [ee-lahng-ee-lahng]  The name means “flower of flowers”. It is also known as the “poor man’s Jasmine” because it has a lovely floral scent somewhat similar to Jasmine but much more affordable. Ylang Ylang is often used as a stress reliever, as well ... Read More »

Treating Carpal Tunnel with Essential Oils

Carpal tunnel syndrome is annoying and painful and usually not quite bad enough to need really aggressive treatment but bad enough to just really bug you. CTS is pressure on the median nerve — the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in ... Read More »

Aromatherapy Skin Care: The Basics

Essential oils are a great way to keep your skin at its best in regards to health. While they say that beauty is only skin deep, it should be obvious to all of us that what we do for our insides is the basis for the health of our outside. You should choose an aromatherapy skin care routine designed for your specific needs. ... 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 »

Customer Story: Using Essential Oils to Treat Hives

We are always interested in hearing our reader’s experiences using essential oils. Today’s letter comes from C. Jeanie Ballard from Integrative Healing Therapies. She used various oil blends  from Rocky Mountain Oils, to get rid of her client’s hives. The Letter I had a client who came to me with a terrible case of hives. She had been through a series ... Read More »