Niaouli Essential Oil
Niaouli essential oil is a pale yellow or greenish oil with a sweet, sharp, fresh odor. It is extracted by steam distillation from an evergreen plant native to Australia, New Caledonia, and the French Pacific where it has been used locally for respiratory ailments, body aches and pains, and infections.
Pine Needle Essential Oil
Pine Needle (Scotch Pine) Essential Oil The venerable pine has been used for many centuries as a medicinal plant. Native Americans used it to prevent scurvy and repel lice and fleas; they also burned it with cedar and juniper for purifying rituals. In addition the needles and shoots have been prepared in various ways for…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Headache Relief using Essential Oils
Headaches can be so overwhelming and debilitating. I’ve experienced bad ones for years, and have tried many remedies, but unless I catch a headache before it really begins, I seem doomed to suffer until the next day. The last time, though, I tried something that actually helped cut my headache short, and left me feeling…
Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles
Who doesn’t love truffles? Here’s an easy recipe – make up a big batch, place them in tins or festive cardboard containers with some wax paper and you’ve got a much appreciated gift.
Make your own Aromatherapy Holiday Gifts
Making your own holiday gifts can seem daunting and overwhelming when so many obligations and tasks are competing for your time. If you do a little planning ahead, though, creating your own gifts can take less time than trudging around a crowded mall, be more enjoyable, and result in lovelier and more appreciated presents. a…
Essential Oils for Relaxation and Sleep
I favor oils that are very lush and grassy with floral notes, like Geranium essential oil. While Geranium is pretty subtle, sometimes the extra lush scents are strong and take awhile to get used to. My second favorite essential oil is Clary Sage with its nice floral, green scent. It has a strong aroma, but…
Make Your Own Conditioning Hair Treatment
I’m always on the lookout for hair conditioning treatments, but rarely find any that really work for me. They make big promises that fall flat, or they provide only short-term improvement. a My ideal hair treatment would make my hair shiny, manageable, and lively, and would help diminish the effects of winter dryness, and summer…
Essential Oils for Summer
Summer has (almost) officially arrived, and here are some favorite essential oils to have on hand for the bites and bothers that sometimes come with it.
Essential Oil Recipes to Help Cope with Grief
A study published in the April 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing (“Providing Consolation For Bereaved Relatives Through Hand And Foot Massage,” Mar 26 2010), describes the benefits of receiving a soothing foot or hand massage during a period of grieving. Eighteen subjects who had lost a loved one to cancer participated in…