natural bug repellentIf bugs think you taste sweet, this natural bug repellent recipe is for you!

Plants and bugs have a love-hate relationship.

On one hand, plants need certain insects for pollination. On the other hand, some insects really cause the plant harm.

Some plants are better than others at creating their own natural bug repellents. Like Citronella Java (Cymbopogon winterianus), which has a very distinctive, sharp scent. Patchouli oil from the leaves of the plant (Pogostemom cablin) is another plant oil that’s so good at keeping away pests that we can use its essential oil as an ingredient in natural bug repellent. I’ve used Patchouli essential oil successfully in sprays to keep bugs off my body, and in incense to keep them out of my general area. The oil is effective, and has been used through the ages to get rid of moths, mosquitoes, ants, bed bugs, flies, and lice.

Here’s one of my favorite ways to make natural bug repellent with Patchouli essential oil.

It has a very warm, fresh, earthy scent that I just love! The ingredients are:

  • Just under 2 oz (60 ml) Frankincense hydrosol (Boswellia carterii)
  • 16 drops Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemom cablin)
  • 10 drops Juniper essential oil (Juniperus communis)
  • 4 drops Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon citratus)
  • Teaspoon of aloe vera gel

These essential oils really are so effective! In studies, Juniper has even been shown to repel ticks and mosquitos almost as well as DEET.

Just blend all your ingredients together in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass spray bottle. Shake it up, then spray it. I don’t spray it on my face.

This natural bug repellent has some side benefits! It’s very nourishing for your skin—Frankincense hydrosol and Patchouli oil are excellent ingredients in skin care blends.

It’s also great to use in the evening before bed, and has a deep, warm, comforting aroma that can help you relax. Lemongrass is very calming to the nervous system, so much so that I’ve used it in insomnia blends. Frankincense is another calming scent that helps to still the mind’s chatter so it can actually get some rest.

If you tend to get bit a lot, this blend is a must-have! Just be ready to pass it around when everyone else asks to use it, too.

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Aromahead’s June Newsletter

by Andrea Butje on June 24, 2015

From Andrea: My Trip to Morocco

jj179-30c7b4db-c044-4447-a598-53f066a86114-v2A while back, I went to Morocco. I think my favorite part of the trip was taking photos to capture the incredible people, the spices, the food, and the color. It’s hard to convey the vibrant energy of Morocco in words, so I thought it would be fun to share some of these pictures with you.

The buildings are works of art that surround you, with spacious rooms and intricate decoration. The culture is alive in the busy marketplace, which draws you in and fills your senses with sound, and with the aromatic scent of richly colored spices displayed around every corner. And need I mention the food? Oh . . . why not! It’s comforting and exotic at once. A simple meal in Morocco feels like a celebration of life!

Morocco is where argan oil is produced. I’ve shared a story about it below.


A Recipe for You: Neroli & Lavender Argan Oil for Moisturizing Dry Skin

jj179-20d5a392-827b-4f07-8ddc-6d4020bbce14-v2I love using argan oil on my skin. It moisturizes, protects, and nourishes to help heal any damage and even out skin tone. You can even use it on your face. This recipe also works as a soap-free face wash. (And you don’t need moisturizer after washing!)

• 1 oz (30 ml) argan oil (Argania spinosa)
• 3 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
• 10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

You can use a 1 oz (30 ml) PET plastic jar with a flip top for this blend. Combine all your ingredients in the jar, close it and shake gently, then apply your body oil. A little bit goes a long way!


On the Aromahead Blog: Argan Oil, A Moroccan Jewel

jj179-e54d0a83-c3f7-4203-a7ab-21a9f25f213c-v2I’ve been hearing about argan oil (Argania spinosa) for several years now, as it’s gained popularity in the USA. While in Morocco at the IFEAT conference, I listened to a wonderful lecture by Professor Saadia Zrira, a Moroccan woman responsible for launching the first female cooperative of women producing argan oil in Morocco.

Professor Zrira’s concentration is the technology of extraction, quality control and women’s issues. As you can imagine, I sat in the front row while she talked! Her interest is in discovering sustainable solutions to poverty and environmental concerns in rural Morocco through the cultivation of indigenous plants and the production of oils.

Argan oil is one of these solutions.

How is it produced? “Once ripe, argan fruits are typically collected by women and brought to the village where they are broken down the traditional way between two stones.” Read more.


Our Aromatherapy World: Aromatherapy Conferences

World-Map-500x279We are so excited to tell you about two upcoming Aromatherapy conferences in 2015!

2015 International Aromatherapy Conference and Wellness Expo
This is hosted by the AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists), and is being held in Denver from September 10 to 13. The theme of this conference is Share ~ Learn ~ Grow: Creating Higher Standards for Aromatherapy.

AIA’s conferences are not to be missed! They’re educational, professional and so enjoyable! AIA conferences are attended by aromatherapists, massage therapists, doctors, nurses, and practitioners in a wide variety of holistic healing arts. Click here to learn more and see the registration page.

8th International Scientific Aromatherapy Conference
The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy is hosting this conference in San Francisco, November 6, 7, and 8.

The theme of this conference is about the future of essential oils in helping patients of chronic and degenerative diseases cope and heal. There is a lot research that’s being done on this topic, and the conference will present lectures and reports by researchers and practitioners. You can click here to learn more.


Business Tip: MailChimp

jj179-8dee2ddc-5ecd-43ab-bce9-8f57ec36961b-v2Sending a regular newsletter (like the one you’re reading now!) to people who sign up for your email list is a fun way to share updates on your business, sales, articles, contests, and anything you’re excited about.

MailChimp is a free service that makes it simple to create expertly formatted newsletters that look great. It also makes it simple to manage your email list, and send your newsletter out to either everyone on it, or specific groups of subscribers. MailChimp even has tools to help you track what your readers are doing with your newsletters, so you know which ones they enjoy more.


Aromahead Video: Muscle Pain Relief Blend

jj179-139b742b-727f-4ca6-8148-358c1a1736c2-v2-2Aromahead recently published a new video on YouTube! It’s for a Muscle Pain Relief Blend.

This recipe is helpful for many different kinds of muscle pain. The essential oils in it are all great for reducing tension and inflammation. We’re blending them into a base of Trauma Oil (which is three herbs infused into olive oil—arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula).

In a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle, combine:
• 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
• 10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
• 5 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
• 5 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

To use it, massage a few drops into your muscles anywhere you’re feeling sore.

The Trauma Oil alone would be so therapeutic, and adding these three essential oils takes the blend’s soothing effects to the next level. You just can’t go wrong with using Lavender in a blend for sore muscles! And I love how Peppermint’s cooling, pain-relieving properties really shine in this recipe.

Enjoy it!

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How To Make Natural Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils

June 22, 2015

Making natural beeswax candles is one of my favorite hobbies! I make candles for myself, and for friends and family. They make wonderful gifts! I sometimes make more than I need, so I’ll have them on hand for events like birthdays and holidays . . . and a few in storage for me! Natural beeswax […]

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Andrea’s Trip to Morocco

June 16, 2015

Morocco from Aromahead Institute A while back, I went to Morocco. I think my favorite part of the trip was taking photos to capture the incredible people, the spices, the food, and the color. It’s hard to convey the vibrant energy of Morocco in words, so I thought it would be fun to share some […]

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Make an Aromatherapy Travel Kit!

June 15, 2015

I have to admit that while I love traveling . . . I don’t like leaving behind all my essential oils and blends! So making an aromatherapy travel kit has been the perfect solution. There is something so comforting to me about having some of my favorite blends in an aromatherapy travel kit. I know […]

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How To Make Gardener’s Hand Scrub

June 8, 2015

I call this recipe “Gardener’s Hand Scrub”… … but it works for anything that leaves hard-to-remove dirt on your hands! It cleans deep in the creases of your fingerprints and under your nails. So even if you’re not a gardener, this hand scrub can be great to have “on hand.” (I couldn’t resist!) I made […]

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