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Mindfulness Meditation and Aromatherapy

Interested in starting a meditation practice?  Mindfulness meditation is a powerful and simple (though not necessarily easy) habit which can help you enhance your physical and emotional health. Combined with aromatherapy, this ancient practice can help you focus and concentrate, deal with stress and anxiety and even help you cope with challenging health problems. Continue reading →

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How to Dilute Essential Oils

Using Essential Oils on the Skin

When applying essential oils to the skin, the most important thing to remember is that they should be diluted first. And a lot.

For most situations, the percentage of essential oil to carrier should be around 2%. For kids and older folks, the percentage goes even lower (we’ll get to that later).

Okay . . . so how do I dilute essential oils?

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Aromatherapy Resources

Top Five Aromatherapy Resources

We get a lot of questions from new aromatherapy enthusiasts, and while our website offers a ton of information, we also have some favorite blogs and resources that we’d like to share with you.  There’s a lot of misinformation on the web, unfortunately, and it can be hard to know what and who to believe. The following all independent, ethical and non-commercial sites with a long history of working with and teaching about essential oils. Continue reading →

Neem Oil Garden Pests

How to Use Neem Oil for Plants

How to Use Neem Oil in Your Garden

Neem oil is pretty amazing stuff. In this blog, we’ll limit ourselves to talking about its usefulness in the garden, but it’s also popping up in toothpastes, cosmetics and skincare products. The oil is extracted from the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) which is native to India and well known for its effectiveness in getting rid of garden pests. Neem does not kill the bugs directly–it either repels them or causes them to feed less, grow more slowly, and lose interest in laying eggs. This means you won’t see instant results–but by using it regularly you’ll help control your bug problem and in a way that won’t hurt you or the environment. Continue reading →

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Healing Oils for Your Skin

 

Carrier Oils Your Face Will Love

Essential Oils are wonderful for the skin, but it’s also vital to choose the right carrier oil. Carrier, or base oils, are simply the vegetable oil in which you dilute your essential oils. They have incredible regenerating and healing benefits in their own right. Today we’re going to talk about two of our absolute favorite anti-aging and healing oils for your skin. You can use these straight or combine them with skin-friendly essential oils like Carrot Seed, Lavender and Rose, to name just a few. Continue reading →

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Melissa Essential Oil Recipes

Melissa Essential Oil

Melissa is one of those essential oils that tend to fly under the radar; it’s sweet and modest and sometimes referred to as Sweet or Common oil. Melissa is distilled from the leaves of the lemon balm plant, and like the herb, has a subtle lemony scent. Because the levels of essential oil found in the plant are low, it takes a larger than normal amount of plant material to produce comparable amounts of essential oil to other plants. This is why Melissa is one of the more expensive oils on the market. When purchasing Melissa, make sure you’re getting the real thing. If a supplier offers Melissa essential oil at an unusually low price, it’s most likely been cut with a less expensive oil, like lemon, citronella, or lemongrass. Continue reading →

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Essential Oils to Stop Smoking

Can Aromatherapy Help You Quit Smoking?

It’s time to make those New Year’s Resolutions, and if you’re a smoker, what could be better than starting off 2014 without cigarettes?   Quitting smoking isn’t easy, of course, and many people with good intentions fail because they try to stop cold-turkey, without a solid plan. It can be done, however, with research and preparedness, and essential oils can be one of the tools in your arsenal. Continue reading →

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Essential Oils for Hair Loss

Can Essential Oils Help with Hair Loss?

We get quite a few emails and calls asking if essential oils can help with hair loss and requests for specific aromatherapy recipes. We’ve created a Hair Blend which you can purchase on our website, but we thought we’d also offer some recipes that you can make yourself at home. Continue reading →