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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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Pumpkin Pie Spices

Pumpkin Pie Spices

As I was making the Apple-Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs, I purchased a little bottle of pumpkin pie spices in the spice counter of the local grocery store. I was very surprised to discover that the bottle was not required to list the actual spices that were in the bottle. It...

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The Benefits of Ginger

The Benefits of Ginger

It is reassuring to find spices in our spice closet that are healing and that promote a strong immune system. Ginger is an important one, and in addition to the powdered spice rack, can be found easily as a fresh tuber (root) on our grocery...

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Focus on Jasmine Essential Oil

Focus on Jasmine Essential Oil

We all know jasmine as that seductive fragrance from the evening blooming flower used in Hawaiian leis and in expensive perfume. Although there are about 200 species of jasmine, only 2 of them are used frequently to make essential oils or create fragrances...

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Helichrysum Essential Oil Benefits

Helichrysum Essential Oil Benefits

Helichrysum italicum Helichrysum is often referred to as “strawflowers.” Where I spend summers in northern Wisconsin, I see Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis nubigena) growing along the roadside. They make lovely winter nosegays, because, when dried, they...

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Why is Galbanum Essential Oil in Our Insect Repellent?

Why is Galbanum Essential Oil in Our Insect Repellent?

Galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua or Ferula Gummosa) essential oil has been harvested in Iran for several thousand years by collecting the gum resin exuded when the plant is injured. The plant heals itself by producing a gum resin to seal the wound. It is an umbelliferous...

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The Benefits of Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

The Benefits of Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

Citrus fruits make wonderful refreshing essential oils. The essential oils areproduced by cold pressing the rind of the grapefruit. This is a little different from essential oils that are distilled. It is also unusual for the fruit of a plant to be used for the...

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The Benefits of Orange and Neroli

The Benefits of Orange and Neroli

Santa Claus used to leave an orange in the heel of my stocking on Christmas morning. Oranges occupied a special space with candies and nuts. Now that they are available in grocery stores everywhere, they seem more commonplace and less cherished. Though...

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Did you Know That Vanilla Comes From an Orchid?

Did you Know That Vanilla Comes From an Orchid?

Finally a Vanilla Lotion. One of my Florida customers would ask me when she walked by my booth on Saturdays, “ Have you made the Vanilla Lotion yet?” I tried some different brands of vanilla essential oil and finally settled on awonderful vanilla absolute. This is a...

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Making Rosewater from Old Fashioned Roses

Making Rosewater from Old Fashioned Roses

What is the Difference between Rose Absolute and Rose Essential Oil? Our farmhouse in northern Wisconsin came with some beautiful fragrant roses out front. They are pink and the petals are very dense. When they bloom for two weeks the fragrance is marvelous and...

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How Eucalyptus Can Offer Us Protection

How Eucalyptus Can Offer Us Protection

Those cute little koala bears just love to eat eucalyptus leaves, and seem to thrive on them. But for the rest of us, Eucalyptus is a strong disinfectant and a strong insecticide. Eucalyptus globulus, the most commonly used species of Eucalyptus, is sometimes called...

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Natural Carrier Oils

Natural Carrier Oils

Singing Flower Studio uses natural oils such as Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Oil and Avocado Oil to carry the important essential oils and other ingredients that have healing abilities in our lotions. These are called carrier oils because they “carry” other essential...

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