10 Ways to Ensure the Quality of an Essential Oil

You go to the store or get online and invest your money in an essential oil to make that lovely cream or lotion. You’ve read that a certain oil should yield certain results. You see zillions of companies selling the exact essential oil you want to purchase with different prices and touting better products. As Read More …

Olive Oil Dangers – What you should know

Sometime in life a good thing can have an undesirable flip side and olive oil is definitely a good example. As wonderful as this oil is, it can produce artery damaging free radicals when you fry foods in it and toxins if over heated. To be fair, this is true of all cooking oils, but today, we’re talking about my favorite of all oils: olive oil. Read More …

Argan Oil – Uses, Benefits and Recipes

There’s a lot of buzz going on about the awesomeness of Argan oil both as a personal care and culinary product. It’s even packaged in capsule form for medicinal purposes. The big question is how much of the buzz is truth and how much is a big pile of advertising hype. As of 2013, here’s what you need to know before you buy Argan oil. Read More …

Tea

Could it be possible that tea adds inches to your waistline? According to a study that appeared in the European Journal of Nutrition this July, the answer is yes. Read More …

Coconut Oil Health Benefits

Will coconut oil make you shed those extra pounds? What about the studies that “proved” coconut oil increased heart disease risk? It can be very confusing to sort through all the rubble of misinformation to get at the facts. This post was written to clear the air of confusion. Read More …

The Truth about Coconut Oil

There is much misinformation about coconut oil. You will read that it’s good for you and you will read that it’s bad for you. So what is the truth about coconut oil? This post will discuss the various types of coconut oil and how it is made. Read More …

A Fun Project with Herbs

No matter where you live, you have a history of people that lived and used herbal remedies and ate native foods. You can have a lot of fun rediscovering those herbs and foods. Get the whole family involved to make it even more fun. It’s not only fun, it will give you a wonderful sense of accomplishment. Read More …

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. Read More …

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. Read More …

How to Brew Teas and Herbal Infusions

When you’re brewing teas and herbal infusions there are a few important things to keep in mind. This post will help you brew teas and herbal infusions flawlessly. When brewed correctly they provide the desirable benefits, flavors and scents you should expect. Read More …

What Is Carrier Oil?

There are all kinds of oils out there including the kind you put in your car. However, carrier oils are unique in that they hold a special place in the hearts of aromatherapists and bath product creators alike. It is the carrier oil that carries the essential oil. Carrier oil is what you use to dilute those super powerful essential oils. Read More …

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. Read More …

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 it’s because these thieves were also merchants of herbals and oils. Read More …

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. Read More …

Two Relaxing Essential Oil Recipes using Ylang Ylang

Every day has its stresses, but some days seem to be awful, often due to an accumulation of little things. You forget to set your alarm clock. You’re going to be late for work. You get to work and find out there’s going to be a layoff and you don’t know if you’re on the list. You get a call while at work, you’re kid has a fever and the school wants you to come pick him up. And on and on your day goes. You need a way to help you cope. That’s where the following two essential oil recipes come in. Quick to make essential oil recipes, particularly those made with ylang ylang are great rescuers you can use anytime. Read More …

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. Read More …

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. Read More …

Black Cumin Seed Oil – A Must Have

Today is the day I planned on posting information on an essential oil. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I’ve changed my mind. Instead, I’m going to discuss black cumin seed oil. The reason being, it’s another one of those oils I must have on hand, so of course, I think you should have it on hand too. Read More …

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. Read More …

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. Read More …

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. Read More …

Growing Ginger

The whole growing ginger thing started when I bought a chunk of ginger root to use in a recipe I was making. After cutting off the root what I needed, I looked at the piece left and wondered if it would grow. So, unceremoniously I poked it down in the soil of one of my houseplants and forgot about it. Guess what? In a few weeks I see this lovely bladed leaf popping up out of the soil. That was the beginning of me growing ginger. Read More …

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. Read More …

Essential Oils for Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Occasionally life has a habit of slapping us around in all sorts of ways. It can be something totally devastating such as the loss of someone we love or bad news about a health condition. It can be a worrisome event such as the loss of a job, a foreclosure on a home or divorce. When life gets rough, even goddesses must wrestle with the situation. The proper blend of essential oils for depression, anxiety and stress will help our divas weather the tough times. Read More …

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. Read More …

Jojoba Oil – What You Need To Know

Jojoba oil is one of my favorites. Actually, Jojoba “oil” pronounced (Ho-Ho-Ba), isn’t really oil at all, but a wax ester. However, it looks and feels like an oil so I’m going to go right on referring to it as an oil. Anyway, jojoba is more spendy than olive oil (another one of my favorites), but most closely matches the natural oil (sebum) in human skin. That’s one of the reasons you’ll see this oil in a lot of the recipes on this site. But wait!! There’s more, lots more reasons I love this oil. Read More …

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. Read More …

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. Read More …