Angelica Root and Angelica Root Essential Oil

Should you use angelica root? The answer depends on who you believe. There is little scientific evidence to back the claims for its benefits, however the fact that it has been used throughout the ages from peoples all over the planet surely warrants a closer look.

Lose Weight With Essential Oils – Fact or Fiction?

According to the CDC roughly 60% of those of us living in the United States are overweight. I know I’ve sure put on a few pounds sitting here working on the computer for a large part of the day and Lori struggles with the problem. You will find online sites that tell you that essential oils can help you lose weight. The purpose of this post is to investigate whether this is fact or fiction.

Essential Oil Dangers

To understand essential oil dangers, it’s important to understand essential oils. Let me give you an example using a healthy food. Let’s pick spinach. We’ve been told we should eat our spinach because it’s good for us. No argument there. However, let’s say someone took 20 pounds of spinach and removed all the water and bulk. What we would have left is the essence of the plant. We would have all of the ingredients that make up spinach reduced to a few milliliters.

How to Choose the Right Essential Oils

When it comes to the whole business of essential oils, the water can get muddy when you try to figure out how to choose the right essential oils. For instance, there are numerous oils that have antiseptic properties; a bunch smell wonderful; a variety have anti-aging properties and numerous are calming. That’s the reason for this post which is designed to help you choose the right essential oil.

German and Roman Chamomile Essential Oils – What’s the Difference?

The difference between German and Roman chamomile essential oils can be summed up in a nutshell. It’s all about the chemical makeup of the two oils. Though both German and Roman chamomile essential oils are often used interchangeably in treating an assortment of conditions, they are not the same and thus the purpose of this post.

Thieves’ Oil Recipe – Research Says It Really Works

During the Middle Ages while the black plague was trying to wipe out the population of Europe. The story goes that thieves capitalized on the situation by stealing the belongings of the dead and dying. Yet, despite their contact with the deadly bacteria, the thieves didn’t contract the disease. The theory is that is because these thieves were also merchants of herbals and oils. Ergo, a product was created containing the same oils the thieves used and that product is called thieves oil. Recent research says that thieves’ oil really works and so we’ve provided a recipe so you can make it yourself.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Summer is big time bug season here in Northwest Washington and summer is just around the corner. Summer brings joys of warm sun, beautiful flowers and hikes in the woods. It also brings itchy welts and painful lumps from stings. As self defense against the critters that seem to be hell bent on driving their stingers into my skin, I decided to do some research and find a good homemade mosquito repellent that would also work for yellow jackets, wasps and hornets.

Lemongrass Essential oil

When it comes to lemongrass essential oil, there are numerous misconceptions that need to be cleared up. This post is designed to give you the facts pertaining to lemongrass and lemongrass essential oil.

Essential Oils for Depression – Take them with you

Let’s say you wake up in the morning, take a shower and slather your after bath lotion. The lotion you use contains the very essential oils that are supposed to lift your spirits, wake you up and clear your thinking. They work great and you feel wonderful, but a few hours later, you feel the blahs coming back or find yourself tired or your thinking is a little foggy. You can’t very well drop everything and run to your lotion for help. What do you do? Take your essential oils for depression with you. That’s what you do.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Before you tell a loved one you intend travel to the heart of a snake infested jungle to join a rebel militia, light off a diffuser using ylang ylang essential oil. It might just save your loved one from going into shock or having the granddaddy of anxiety attacks or clobbering you for even considering such an idea. I recommend that because ylang ylang essential oil is noted for its ability to calm jangled nerves.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense (oblibanum) has been valued for eons for its spiritual and medicinal properties as well as its fragrance. There is significant scientific evidence proving the many therapeutic effects of frankincense essential oil. In fact, there are so many benefits this oil provides, it boggles the mind. This is definitely one of those oils we should all have on hand.

Essential Oils Antibacterial – Truth or Hype

Perhaps you’ve heard the adage “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Generally, that’s a good idea, but in my world I do sweat the small stuff. The difference is in the definition of small. I sweat the very very small stuff. I’m a microbiologist. The history of my fascination with essential oils stems from that. Let me tell you why.

The Difference between Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils

In the world of fragrances used in perfumes, candles and skin care products, there’s a lot of room for confusion. You have fragrance oils, essential oils, absolutes, cosmetic grade, food safe, therapeutic grade oils (which, by the way, there is no such thing), pure oils, organic oils and synthetic oils. By knowing the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils, you will know which to use in order to make perfect spa creations.

Clary Sage Essential Oil – What You Need to Know

Clary sage has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for a wide variety of ailments. It is not unusual to find that science lags in its research to substantiate the purported health benefits of Clary sage or any other herbal remedy for that matter. With increased interest in herbal remedies, research is sure to continue in the health benefits of all herbal and essential oil remedies. That said, there is significance evidence that Clary sage oil should be one of those added to your must have list.

Essential Oils Fit for a Goddess

Our goddesses have demanded that we find places to buy the supplies they need to create the many spa products found on SpaFromScratch. That wasn’t as easy as it sounds because we think the goddesses coming to this site deserve the best. Our first priority was to find a supplier of essential oils and carrier oils since they are the basis of many of the creations found on this site. After a long search and a lot of hair pulling, we found the perfect source for your essential and carrier oils. Wait until you see what we found.

Why Use Geranium Essential Oil?

Geranium essential oil has many benefits and a very few drawbacks. Due to its many uses, we recommend all of our divas keep this oil on hand. We’re going to discuss what geranium essential oil is used for and how to use it, but first a little botany and history lesson to get you started.

Vanilla Essential Oil – A must have!

Vanilla essential oil is one of those simple, but must have oils in your repertoire of spa products. Besides having an absolutely divine fragrance, there are other benefits that make vanilla essential oil a must have.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil – Just the Facts

You will find all sorts of claims for carrot seed oil if you do a Google search for carrot seed oil. We’re going to explore these claims and try to come to some kind of conclusion as to what is fact and what is pure folklore.

Calendula Officinalis – A Must Have Herb

What do I have to say about Calendula? Wow!! Mama Nature knew what she was doing when she created this little gem of a plant.

Top 10 Essential Oils – A Primer of Uses, Warnings and Blends

You would think essential oils are the panacea of all human woes from gout to depression. Coming from a scientific background I tend to be highly skeptical. However, that doesn’t mean I’m closed minded. Simply because the evidence of a benefit isn’t presented doesn’t necessarily mean the benefit doesn’t exist. It just hasn’t been proven. So, when you read on, realize that much of what is presented here are “supposed” benefits.

Lavender Essential Oil – What You Need to Know

Did you know that lavender essential oil may be from any one of four totally unique lavender plants? Did you know there are significant differences in the chemistry of the four? Did you know that the oil you should purchase will depend on how you plan on using it? If you didn’t know, then read on.

How to Make Essential Oils

I’m assuming you are reading this for one of two reasons; you either want to know how to make essential oil or you are the curious type who wants to know how essentials oils are made. Either way, you first need to know what an essential oil is and what it is not.

The 5 Most Important Aromatherapy Oils

Aromatherapy is the use of plant essential oils to benefit mood and health. This definition is in contrast to the common misconception that aromatherapy is the practice of fragrances exclusively as mood enhancers.

How to Blend Essential Oils

Blend essential oils using your favorite scents. Experiment using your favorite scents to come up with a fragrance that’s customized just for you.