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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 »

Natural Men’s Care: Caring for your beard

Oh  the dashing bearded man! Over the centuries of time he has come to represent so many things. From fearsome pirates to fiery academics; from hippies to hipsters.  The bearded man has become a distinguished symbol of knowledge and power, striking fear in the hearts of every single Gillette executive.  But if you were to take a poll of 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 »

Make Your Own Deodorant with Essential Oils

It’s hard for me to find deodorant that I like. I don’t like commercial scents and I don’t like any of the antiperspirants because of the stains they leave in my clothes. So I prefer using natural, homemade deodorants that contain essential oils, which led me to decide to make my own. Here are some things I found out when I researched ... Read More »

Elemi Oil, Some Uses

Elemi (Canarium iuzonicum) trees are native to the Philippines. The oil comes from the gum of the tree and is distantly related to Frankincense and Myrrh. It has a long history of use by the ancient Egyptians in embalming.  The scent of the oil has a light woody, slightly citrusy feel to it. Aromatic influences: Grounding and joyous, instills peace, centering, balances ... 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 »

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 »

Aromatherapy Skin Care: All-Over Body Care

In previous articles on Aromatherapy Skin Care, I covered treatments for the face. We all focus on that the most because our faces get the most exposure the weather, environmental pollutants, central heating, and other harmful elements. Not to mention the fact that our face is the first thing others see of us. But since we know the skin is ... Read More »

Spearmint Oil, Some Uses

Spearmint is the pastel that covers a Victorian wall, and Peppermint is its powerful child adorning the Industrial Revolution. Spearmint oil (Mentha spicata) has a lighter, brighter scent to it than Peppermint. It is gentler, but they can be interchanged. Because of the sweet minty flavor, it is most commonly used as a culinary herb. It makes you think of crisp, cool ... Read More »