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Amyris, sometimes called West Indian Sandalwood

Amyris, sometimes called West Indian Sandalwood

Amyris balsamifera is an essential oil that I first started using as a fixative in many of my products. A fixative helps keep other essential oils from evaporating. It helps to maintain the fragrance of the essential oils over time. Amyris was originally grown in...

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Avoid These Chemicals in Cosmetics and Skincare Products

Avoid These Chemicals in Cosmetics and Skincare Products

Manufacturers and big box stores usually want their products to last a long time in warehouses and in the store. This requires strong preservatives to fight bacteria, fungus and yeast. Shipping containers and warehouses may not have temperature control, subjecting...

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Patchouli to Heal Damaged Skin

Patchouli to Heal Damaged Skin

Patchouli, Pogostemon cablin, was introduced to Europeans when cashmere and silk shipped from India was packaged with patchouli laden wrappings to prevent insect damage. It has since been recognized as an essential oil that helps stimulate regeneration of new skin...

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How to Use Essentials Oils

How to Use Essentials Oils

Aromatic oils in glass bottles, aromatic salts, marble mortar and dry lavender. Concept natural ogranic skincare cosmetic. We hear a lot about essential oils. What are they? And how do we use essential oils? How Are Essential Oils Created?  Essential oils are usually...

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What is an Essential Oil?

What is an Essential Oil?

Recently there’s been a lot of talk about essential oils. Have you been wondering whether it is just hype or whether you are missing out on something important? Both are true. “Essential Oil” is a term used to describe the oil created by a particular plant. Each one...

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What Essential Oils Deter Mosquitoes?

What Essential Oils Deter Mosquitoes?

As it warmed up here in northern Wisconsin the mosquito population exploded! I was happy to see the dragonflies had also hatched out and were feasting. But there are a lot more mosquitoes than there are dragonflies and birds. What about us? One of the major reasons...

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How to Create an Herb Garden

How to Create an Herb Garden

This time of year we are all anxious to get our hands into the soil and see fresh plants grow. Herbs are my favorite, because I can use them all summer in salads and teas.A few packets of seeds and a little potting soil is all you need to get started. Here are some...

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Jasmine: An Absolute for this Pandemic

Jasmine: An Absolute for this Pandemic

Why would jasmine be wonderful during this pandemic? Because it increases alertness and brightens spirits. Who doesn’t need a little uplifting these days, as we wait for vaccinations? And the house is full of working moms and dads and children and their new pets… It’s...

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Orange Raises Spirits and Soothes the Winter Blahs

Orange Raises Spirits and Soothes the Winter Blahs

Essential oils from citrus fruits are created by cold-pressing the rinds of the skin. Neroli, the flower of the orange tree, has an intoxicating fragrance often used in perfumes. If you are lucky enough to visit an orange orchard when it is in bloom,...

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Pamper Yourself With Self Care

Pamper Yourself With Self Care

In this time after the holidays, when the rush is over, take time to care for yourself. This year most of us will be happy to see the end of 2020 and the arrival of 2021. But we still need to be cautious and take care of ourselves and our families. Try some of these...

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The Uses for Pine Essential Oil

The Uses for Pine Essential Oil

As the leaves fall away from our deciduous trees, it’s the evergreen trees that hold our attention. But they are quite different, and the essential oils from the different varieties of evergreen are also quite different. Cedar, Cypress, Pine, Juniper and Fir are the...

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