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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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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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