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Use essential oils to help you sleep

“But [Pooh] couldn’t sleep. The more he tried to sleep the more he couldn’t. He tried counting Sheep, which is sometimes a good way of getting to sleep, and, as that was no good, he tried counting Heffalumps. And that was worse. Because every Heffalump that he counted was making straight for a pot of Pooh’s honey, and eating it ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Treating Migraines with Essential OIls

Migraines are the most debilitating kind of headache possible. They are so much more than a bad headache. If you have never had one, I hope you never do. But for those of us who do suffer from them, I commiserate with you. They are awful. FYI: There is a migraine awareness group, M.A.G.N.U.M., that you may find helpful. A ... Read More »

Dill Seed Oil, Some Uses

Early Americans would chew dill seeds during church to inhibit their appetite. (7) Dill Seed oil (Anethum graveolens) is often used for digestive issues as well as for colic in babies. And there is only one way to describe the scent. It smells exactly like pickles! Aromatic influences: Calms stomach. Reduces stress and promotes restful sleep. Clears the mind and sharpens ... Read More »

Eucalyptus globulus and radiata Oils, Some Uses

Eucalyptus has a long history of medicinal use, including the Australian aborigines, who would bind serious wounds with Eucalyptus leaves. There are several different types of Eucalyptus essential oil. This article will be about both Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus globulus)and Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata). They are very similar in properties, though Radiata is considered the most therapeutic. Globulus has a warm, wet dandelion ... Read More »

Eucalyptus citriodora Oil, Some Uses

In North Africa, groves of Eucalyptus trees have been planted in swampy, unhealthy places for the  purpose of preventing the spread of malaria. Because it is such a strong insect repellent, it deters mosquitoes from breeding around the trees  and since malaria is spread by mosquitoes, that is an extremely effective and very environmentally friendly way of controlling and preventing ... Read More »

German Chamomile Oil, Some Uses

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is distilled from the dried flowers of the plant. It’s actually rather fascinating. The flowers are harvested just as they begin to bloom and then dried to preserve the active ingredients. Only then are they distilled. Like Blue Tansy and Yarrow, German Chamomile also contains the compound azulene, which makes the oil blue in color. German Chamomile has a pungent ... Read More »

Roman Chamomile Oil, Some Uses

Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) was regularly used by ancient Egyptians and the Moors, as well as being one of the Saxons’ nine sacred herbs (maythen). It was called the “plant’s physician” because it also promoted the health of nearby plants. Roman Chamomile is distilled from the daisy-like flowers of the plant, harvested just as they bloom. While it is usually slightly yellow, sometimes ... Read More »