Essential Oils

3 Great Ways to Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil

by Andrea Butje on June 10, 2014

I was recently driving through the Limpopo region of South Africa (that is a fun sentence to say!) and I came across a gigantic grove of Eucalyptus trees. We were on a small, windy mountain road and the trees were just next to us as we drove along. They were breathtaking. The smooth trunks, the […]

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The Spice Market in Dubai

by Andrea Butje on May 26, 2014

Early one morning, we took a small boat across a canal in Dubai to reach the spice and herb market. This is not your ordinary market—the spice market is filled with the aroma of burning frankincense resins, and with the colorful, aromatic presence of the herbs and spices being sold. Every few steps someone is doing their […]

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Citrus Essences From South Africa

by Andrea Butje on May 19, 2014

While in South Africa, I visited an extraordinary citrus production facility. I was excited to see this particular facility because they produce citrus essences, which are different than essential oils. Essences are extracted from the juice of the citrus rather than the peel, giving them a vital, bright, sparkling aroma. The picture above is of oranges that […]

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Tea Tree Plantation in South Africa

by Andrea Butje on May 12, 2014

In this picture, I’m standing next to a farmer who has just finished harvesting tea tree. We are in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, and I am so happy to be in this beautiful tea tree plantation! After the tea tree is cut, it’s brought to the distillery where Bruce, a master distiller, carefully distills […]

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Yuzu Essential Oil

by Andrea Butje on April 14, 2014

Have you used Yuzu? (Try saying that a few times fast!) Yuzu essential oil is extracted from Citrus junos, a small tree that produces citrus fruits that look like oranges or small grapefruits. Their color is orange-yellow with hints of green, and their peels are bumpy. Traditionally, the fruit peels were used in hot baths on […]

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I love inhalers! Aromatherapy inhalers are easy to make, inexpensive, and simple to carry around. I’ve come up with a few recipes over the years that I make over and over again. I’ve found that having these on hand gives me a wonderful feeling of being supported in my life, especially when things get a […]

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