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Make Your Own Lip Scrub, Lip Balm, and Lip Gloss

There is very little worse to look at or kiss than chapped lips. Just makes you shudder, doesn’t it! You want your lips to be soft, supple, moisturized, and kissable. Lips need to be protected and looking delicious no matter what the weather is outside.  Your own homemade sugar lip scrubs really help to take the dead skin off and to ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Getting Rid of the Stink in Your Shoes with Essential Oils

There is very little that smells worse than stinky shoes. Especially when the shoes belong to a hormonal teenager. And if you have several pair to deal with, well,… When I was researching recipes for cleaning your house with essential oils, I found several recipes for cleaning the stink from your sneakers, boots, and other shoes so here you go! ... Read More »

Celery Seed Oil, Some Uses

Celery Seed oil (Apium graveolens)  is interesting. It smells like warm celery. It’s fun to use in aromatherapy as well as in your food. Aromatic influences: Calming, productive, efficient, arbitrating, self-empowering. Combines well with: Lavender, Pine, Tea Tree, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Ginger Root,  Fennel Seed, Rosemary, Carrot Seed, Thyme, Angelica Root, Palmarosa, Orange, Basil, Cajeput, Lemon, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile Ways ... Read More »

Cardamom Oil, Some Uses

Cardamom (Elettarria cardamomum) is a spice oil related to Ginger. It is often used to flavor Turkish coffee and East Indian chai tea. It has a warm, slightly spicy, sweet scent to it. Aromatic influences: Fiery, sweet, and strengthening. Emotionally invigorating. Inspires courage. Combines well with: Orange, Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Ginger Root, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Rosewood, Lavender, ... Read More »

Sandalwood Oil, Some Uses

Sandalwood oil (Santalum album)is one of those oils that makes you think of exotic Indian locales and beautiful colors and people. It is the oldest known perfume material, used for 4,000 years in cosmetics and perfumes all over the East. It has a woody, musky, exotic scent to it. Aromatic influences: Meditation and healing. Combines well with Red Mandarin, Rose, Clove Bud, ... Read More »