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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 »

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 »

Copaiba Balsam Oil, Some Uses

Copaiba balsam (Copaifera officinalis)  essential oil is a little known oil with some intriguing, yet quiet properties. The meaning of the botanical name for this oil is interesting. Copaifera refers to the South American tree called copei, which means plentiful, or it could possibly be referring to a South American river called Copaibo. Officinalis means it is officially used in medicine. (12) ... Read More »

Making Sachets with Essential Oils

I don’t just use essential oils to help me treat any particular issues, health or physical. I also use them because I like their scent. Don’t you? I find ways to make my clothes and my home smell like my favorite scents rather than commercial scents. Scented sachets help accomplish that very thing. They are something you should always have ... Read More »

Cassia Oil, Some Uses

Cassia oil is interesting. The botanical name is Cinnamomum cassia. This oil is the less expensive alternative to Cinnamon Bark so it is often called “poor man’s Cinnamon.”  The thick bark of the tree has to be removed carefully to keep it from curling like cinnamon does and the oil is extracted from the leaves, bark, and twigs. The scent of ... Read More »

Helichrysum Oil, Some Uses

Helichrysum oil is expensive so why do we love it so much? Because it is THE best oil for healing, which makes it worth every penny spent on it. Distilled from the daisy like flower of the evergreen plant, this oil has a strong, aromatic sweet scent with  medicinal undertones. Breathe it in deep. Let it smooth out the lines in ... Read More »

Make Your Own Toothpaste

Smile and the world smiles with you. And when you have clean teeth, it is so easy to smile. But when your teeth are dirty or when you think they are dirty, you hide them. While brushing alone can clear the obvious problems, to really clean teeth, toothpaste is necessary to clean out the bacteria and sugars and keep them ... 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 »

Mountain Savory Oil, Some Uses

The plant has been used as a culinary herb for centuries, most often as a digestive remedy. Mountain Savory (Satureja montana) oil has a clear, yellow look to it and the scent is a bit like a mixture chrysanthemums and juniper trees. It has a slight medicinal aroma to it and makes you think of a good bar of old-fashioned soap. Aromatic ... Read More »