blends

5 Salt Scrubs I Love

by Andrea on May 25, 2010

Want to know some of my favorite blends for salt scrubs? I leave mine right in the shower or by the tub, and use them every few days. If I want to use them on my face, I substitute the salt for brown sugar and the rest of the recipe stays the same.     […]

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Blend Your Own Natural Antibacterial Cleansers

by Andrea on November 5, 2009

Kimba is so happy we clean with natural antibacterial cleansers! Aromatics International includes a recipe section with wonderful blends developed over the years. They recently added several new recipes for natural antibacterial cleansers: a hand cleanser and a hand soap (the soap is listed under colds and flu). I find that when I clean with natural […]

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Relieve Tension Headaches With Essential Oils

by Andrea on September 4, 2009

I’ve recently had some great experiences using essential oils for headaches. Here are a few tips on using essential oils for headaches yourself–safely and effectively. First add 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) into a teaspoon of Trauma Oil, and rub it on the back of your neck. It should feel cool and tingly. […]

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Tamanu Oil (Foraha)

by Andrea on August 29, 2009

Tamanu oil, extracted from the fruit of the Calophyllum inophyllum tree, is renowned for its remarkable skin healing properties. The Tamanu tree blooms twice a year, and has aromatic white flowers that create clusters of yellow-skinned fruits.  Producing Tamanu oil is harder than you might think! Tamanu oil doesn’t actually exist in the fruit when it […]

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I am currently writing an aromatherapy e-book on using essential oils in everyday life. I’ll be sharing the oils we love, the ones that nourish us, and the blends we can’t imagine living without. When I reflect on how deeply integrated essential oils are in my life, and how they are my main source of […]

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The Genus Cinnamomum

by Andrea on August 6, 2009

I’m always fascinated by plants and essential oils with the same genus and different species. We find this with common oils such as Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus, radiata and dives), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia and latifolia), Myrrh and Opopanax (Commiphora myrrha and Commiphora guidotti). Let’s look at two amazing yet less popular essential oils: Tamala essential oil […]

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