Mixing essential oils is part art and part science. The chemistry of the oil is important; this determines its volatility, viscosity and its properties. Lighter and smaller molecules produce thinner oils (less viscous) that are more volatile (aromatic) and absorb in the body faster. Heavier and larger molecules produce thicker oils (more viscous) that are …

Keep your bathroom smelling fresh with this simple trick. When you get out a new roll of toilet paper, place a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the cardboard tube. How easy is that?

A hugely underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain’s many functions. A combined study at the University of Cincinnati and Catholic University of America showed that smelling Peppermint essential oil enhanced alertness, focus, and concentration and according to a British study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, …

So the story goes: Deep in the Royal English Archives is a 15th century recipe so powerful that it protected those who used it from the black plague. During this time the plague was running rampant through Europe. Four thieves who were robbing the infectious dead bodies of all their possessions, miraculously never contracted the …

Essential oils work quite well in the laundry, not just for their aromas, but for cleaning benefits as well. Add 8-15 drops essential oil per cap of unscented liquid detergent or 3-5 drops to the rinse cycle. Lavender and citrus oils do very well with laundry because of their ability to help fight grease, stains and …

Peppermint Oil has a long-lasting cooling effect on the skin as well as the ability to inhibit muscle contractions and stimulate blood flow in the forehead when applied topically. Lavender essential oil induces relaxation and relieves tension and stress — working as a sedative, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant and calming agent.

Setting aside alone time to de-stress and unwind can be challenging. But allowing our bodies (and minds!) time to rest and rid themselves of toxins is essential to staying healthy. One of the easiest and most relaxing ways is through a detox bath. Using essential oils, which provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, along with some common household items can help …

It’s June and the bugs have arrived with the warm weather. Try using this tried and true plant-based ingredient to protect you and your family. Conventional bug repellants like DEET are insecticides based on chemicals used in warfare, and have been linked to nervous system disorders as well as seizures. (EPA). When you use essential oils, what you’re …