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Understanding Carrier Oils

Everywhere you look, responsible essential oil companies and aromatherapists tell you to always use a carrier oil with your essential oils when applying topically. Why? Essential oils are very powerful. They are highly concentrated essences distilled from specific herbs, fruits, resins, trees, and plants. As such, they can be really 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 »

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 »

Pamper Your Nails with Essential Oils

It’s so easy to get caught up in life and neglect your fingernails. Some of us chew our nails. Some of us shred them rather than cut them when they get too long. (That would be me!) Some of us ignore them and let them be abused by the kind of work we do. And others like to get manicures, ... Read More »

Pamper Your Hands with Essential Oils

We use and abuse our hands more than we do any other part of our body, including our feet. And our hands are often the first physical contact we have with another person. We spend a lot of time focusing on our faces and our hair, but it’s easy to forget how important it is to keep our hands in ... Read More »

Marjoram Oil, Some Uses

Marjoram (Origanum marjorana L.), also called Sweet marjoram, is a traditional culinary herb. It is thought that a species of marjoram is the biblical herb “hyssop.” The oil has a spicy, woody scent to it and when you breathe it in deeply, you feel your face relax just a little bit. Aromatic influences: Peace and sleep. May calm emotions, provide comfort during ... Read More »

Bay Leaf Oil, Some Uses

Bay Leaf oil (Laurus nobilis), AKA “Laurel Leaf” oil, comes from the Laurel tree which was also used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. It is also a popular culinary herb. Bay leaf oil has a pungent, young, fresh aroma. Definite spicy undertones but it grows sweeter as it evaporates. Aromatic influences: Promotes the fire of creativity and ... Read More »

Cajeput Oil, Some Uses

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi) is related to Tea Tree but much harsher. It is often used for treating colds, headaches and infections.  The scent makes you think of pine and medicine, and you feel your lungs open up and breathe deeper. Aromatic influences: Pungent, warming, and strengthening. Builds strength, especially before an operation and during postoperative shock. Combines well with: Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper Berry, ... Read More »

The Art of Romantic Aromas

Aromas are the best way to influence mood. You can make someone feel happy, calm, energetic, relaxed, focused, romantic, etc by your choice of aroma. When the aroma of essential oils is used, the effect on the mind and feelings is complex, powerful, and subtle. The oils have a physiological action on the body, because of their therapeutic properties. When ... Read More »

Basil Oil, Some Uses

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) takes its name from the Greek word for a king — basileum. That might be because it was one of the oils used to anoint kings. It has an herbal, slightly licorice,  Italian food scent to it that lifts your mood and makes the lines on your forehead relax for a little while. Aromatic influences: Excellent aromatic nerve tonic, ... Read More »