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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 »

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 »

Essential Oil Hair Care: Oily Hair

Oily or greasy hair is an annoying issue. I’m not sure which is worse, oily or dry hair. But with oily hair, you have an overproduction of the natural oils, sebum. Sometimes this is caused by an overuse of strong shampoo. Sounds weird, doesn’t it! But what happens is the hair is stripped completely of the sebum and so the ... Read More »

Ajowan Seed Oil, Some Uses

Ajowan Seed (Trachyspermum ammi) oil is not a very well known oil. The plant comes from the Asian region, mainly India, and the seeds have a long history of us in curry powder. The oil is extremely similar to Thyme oil, even down to the scent. I actually have a hard time telling the difference. The only way I can tell the ... 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 »

Preparing Your Skin for the Sunshine

Sunshine is wonderful. It’s bright, cheerful, and life giving.  It makes you straighten up and smile. And it makes you want to go outside and play in the sprinklers. However, it will turn on you and give you bad sunburns if you are overexposed. It can also cause long term damage, which will not be seen immediately. It often takes ... Read More »

Natural Men’s Care: Aftershave

Aftershave is the best way to finish off your shave. It is bracing, it tingles, and gets your blood pumping. You are taking part of a time honored, manly tradition and it sure makes you feel good! Making your own aftershave gives you the edge. You can make one that suits your own skin and, by using essential oils,  gives ... Read More »

Natural Men’s Care: Shaving Creams

As a man who cares about his appearance, you have your own set of concerns for the look and feel of your face when you shave.  Therefore, you want a shaving cream made to suit only you and your skin. Commercial shaving creams all have pretty much the same basic ingredients. The main one is water, which is good. Some of ... Read More »