In deference to Earth Day the following is a reflection on a common relationship many of us humans may have with plants. It may be human nature or a cultural thing; what ever it is I've tried to stop doing it for a few years now. The "thing" being us humans thinking in terms of … Continue reading Earth Day: On Plants and Their “USES”
What Is an Aromatic Spritzer? At its simplest an aromatic spritzer is a combination of essential oils and water put into a bottle with a spray top. Spritzers for Myriad Applications What may you choose to make with a bunch of essential oils in a bottle of distilled water with a spray top? It really … Continue reading Aromatic Spritzers: Elegantly Effective and Affordable Aromatherapy
To Soak or Not to Soak? That is the Question... As a teenager, one of my favorite Friday night activities was not going out with friends or classmates, it was having a luxurious bath-soak followed by watching an old movie on Turner Classic Movies or AMC. Into my early 20's I would find solace in … Continue reading The Perfect Aromatherapy Bath
Although it is clear nothing beats washing our hands with basic soap* and hot water, we may often find ourselves in a pinch where a portable hand cleanser would be handy (pun intended). Notice how I'm not choosing to call this a "hand sanitizer"...you can probably guess why. Instead of some drippy-drabby post that goes … Continue reading On-the-Go Hand Cleanser
Ever notice how dilution rates are often cited in aromatherapy formulas and recipes yet it is often vague on how the rates were derived? This has always gotten to me so I decided to look into it.
Glass is a valuable tool for anyone making, creating and concocting lotions and potions. It beats the pants out of plastic as it is non-reactive, safe, reusable and doesn't degrade. The downside of glass? You need to clean it, and when you are using lipids and lipid-loving substances such as essential and fixed oils it can … Continue reading Using and Cleaning Glassware
The impetus behind writing this post was my frustration in finding measurement guidelines (the mathematics) to make a balm or salve. Many recipes give specific measurements for a specific recipe and that's it--no guidelines, no "WHY." What if I need a small quantity (e.g., 1 ounce) or a large quantity of an odd number (e.g., 23 ounces)? What if I have funky containers and need to know how much salve I need to make to fill those containers? Read on to learn more…
Are you interested in creating your own Bath Bombs with Essential Oils but frustrating by them foaming and growing? This article shares a recipe that doesn't use water. Read on to learn more!
In conjunction with a toothpaste I made to help treat gum inflammation, it seemed wise to concoct a soothing mouth-rinse that could be used to: Clear any residual baking soda from the mouth. Address bleeding gums (post brushing & flossing). Freshen breath. For this, it seemed a gentle, cooling effect would be best, which is where hydrosols come into play. Which leads … Continue reading Mouth-rinse: Hydrosols and Xylitol
I had a routine dental check-up in late July of 2015 and received bad news--bleeding gums on my lower-right gum-line. As you can imagine this was depressing news. Granted I don't floss as much as I should. Though I do gargle and brush, twice daily, with national brands of mouthwash and toothpaste. Obviously something had to change, like … Continue reading Toothpaste: Baking Soda, Coconut Oil, Xylitol and Essential Oils