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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 »

Essential Oil Hair Care: Dry and Damaged Hair

In all my research and all the questions I have asked and have been asked while putting together the Essential Oil Hair Care series, I think dry and damaged hair is the most common hair issue facing people today. (The second is dandruff.) Dry hair is caused by so many things. Some of it could be genetic but it is ... 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 »

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 »

Yarrow Oil, Some Uses

I looked forward to researching this article because I’ve always liked the Yarrow plant, and not just because it’s a good bee and butterfly plant. To many it’s a weed but to me, it is quite lovely and I have quite a few plants in my flower and herb beds; ones with white, purple, and pink flowers. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) used to ... 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 »