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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 »

Cumin Oil, Some Uses

Cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum)  is from the carrot family and is closely related to Fennel Seed, Coriander, and Dill Seed oils. Cumin seeds have a very long history of use as a cooking spice, the Greeks used it as a single spice like we use salt and pepper. The most common use of the seed is in curry. The essential ... Read More »

Black Cumin Oil, Some Uses

The seeds of Black Cumin also have a long history of use as a spice and as a medicinal herb. The Prophet Mohammed is purported to have said Black Cumin cures every illness except death. The essential oil is distilled from the fresh seeds. The uses are many for this oil. It can be used to help treat diabetes, used ... Read More »

Natural Men’s Care: The Basics

If you are a man who hates seeing your gender portrayed as a mindless sheep on national ad campaigns, as someone who doesn’t have enough brains to figure out what you want to do with your own personal care, then keep reading. This is only for you. You can’t walk  past a magazine rack or read this month’s Men’s Health ... Read More »

Make Your Own Deodorant with Essential Oils

It’s hard for me to find deodorant that I like. I don’t like commercial scents and I don’t like any of the antiperspirants because of the stains they leave in my clothes. So I prefer using natural, homemade deodorants that contain essential oils, which led me to decide to make my own. Here are some things I found out when I researched ... Read More »

Spikenard Oil, Some Uses

Spikenard oil (Nardostachys jatamansi) has a long history of use as a perfume as well as for its healing properties. In the Bible, Mary Magdalene anointed the feet of Christ with Spikenard and its fragrance filled the house. And because I keep playing around with it so I can describe it for you, the scent has now permeated throughout my house. ... Read More »

Lemongrass Oil, Some Uses

Lemongrass oil (Cymbopogon citratus) comes from a fast growing grass. It looks like the same plant that Citronella comes from, which is not surprising since they come from the same genus. Lemongrass grows to be about 3 feet tall and the stalk is used to produce the oil. It has a deep, intense, sweet, lemony scent without the tart overtones of ... Read More »

Elemi Oil, Some Uses

Elemi (Canarium iuzonicum) trees are native to the Philippines. The oil comes from the gum of the tree and is distantly related to Frankincense and Myrrh. It has a long history of use by the ancient Egyptians in embalming.  The scent of the oil has a light woody, slightly citrusy feel to it. Aromatic influences: Grounding and joyous, instills peace, centering, balances ... Read More »

Cypress Oil, Some Uses

Cypress oil (Cupressus sempervirens) has been used for centuries in medicine as well as sacred incense. In the folklore of many countries, the Cypress tree is seen as the gateway to the afterlife, which is why it is often seen in churchyards. The aroma of the oil is deep and earthy, has a fresh tone that sharpens as it evaporates. Aromatic ... Read More »