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Drops of Kindness: An Exploration of Essential Oils & Other Aromatics

Join us as we explore and share in our passion for essential oils.

Virginia Cedarwood Essential Oil Spotlight

Virginia Cedarwood Essential Oil Spotlight

January 10, 2020 2 min read

Virginia Cedarwood…it isn’t really a cedar at all but that is the common name for the essential oil covered in this spotlight.

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Antiviral Essential Oils

Antiviral Essential Oils

January 01, 2020 2 min read

How often have you, a family member or someone you know come down with a cold? Probably often enough to wonder what essential oils might be helpful. Here we’re going to explore antiviral essential oils and how they really help us.
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The Top Ten Essential Oils of 2019

The Top Ten Essential Oils of 2019

December 26, 2019 2 min read

Every year I always share what the top ten essential oils are. This year, I'm doing it a little different. I'm going to give you the top five single essential oils and the top five essential blends. Are you ready?

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Oatmeal Bath Recipe

Oatmeal Bath Recipe

December 17, 2019 2 min read

Do you ever get really dry skin, have eczema, or any other skin condition that needs extra care? If so, you may be familiar with colloidal oatmeal packets or possibly been told you need to try them. 
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Tips on using Myrrh

Tips on using Myrrh

October 27, 2019 2 min read

Have you ever pulled out your bottle of myrrh to create a nice diffuser blend or even something for topical use and then…nothing? In this article we will explore a few tips on using Myrrh.
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Be Kind Botanicals Receives 2019 Best of Buckeye Award

Be Kind Botanicals Receives 2019 Best of Buckeye Award

October 20, 2019 2 min read

I'm over the moon excited to share that Be Kind Botanicals Receives 2019 Best of Buckeye Award. In this article is a direct copy of our latest award that I am humbled to receive and honored to share with you! Thank you so much for helping to get me here!
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My Top Four Reasons for Attending an Essential Oil Conference

My Top Four Reasons for Attending an Essential Oil Conference

October 13, 2019 3 min read

Attending a conference is a pretty big deal for many of us. But for some, I know there is a lot of anxiety around them. In case you aren't sure about their value I am going to share my top four reasons why you do want to go to the next one.

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Vetiver Essential Oil Spotlight

Vetiver Essential Oil Spotlight

September 18, 2019 7 min read

“Deeply sedative and serenely relaxing, it (Vetiver) has an important role to play in treating the effects of our 21st century disease, stress (Ashley, 2015).” In another blog I wrote recently about stress, I didn’t realize just how important following my own intuition could be.
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Top Five Tips to Help Manage Stress

Top Five Tips to Help Manage Stress

September 10, 2019 4 min read

Stress. I have it. You have it. And NO one wants it. It can quite literally make us sick if we do not know how to avoid or manage it. I am going to share my top five tips to help manage stress with because I know this time of year almost always brings on more stress.
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Spearmint Essential Oil Spotlight

Spearmint Essential Oil Spotlight

August 23, 2019 4 min read

Spearmint essential oil may not be your first choice when it comes to the mint family, but it should be! In this spearmint essential oils spotlight I hope to help you understand a little more about the plant, its distinct differences from peppermint, and how to use it.
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Essential Oil Certificates versus Titles

Essential Oil Certificates versus Titles

August 22, 2019 4 min read

Hooray!!!! It seems like more and more individuals are becoming educated regarding essential oils! This is a beautiful and amazing thing considering how many still do not see the value of spending money on institutions that specialize in essential oil education. However, there is a downside to this as well.
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Rhododendron Essential Oil Spotlight

Rhododendron Essential Oil Spotlight

August 15, 2019 3 min read

You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is Rhododendron?” Or perhaps you are thinking of the tree that grows in the US. If you are thinking either of these things, then the Rhododendron Essential Oil Spotlight is one that may have you thinking you need this oil!
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Sweet Orange Essential Oil Spotlight

Sweet Orange Essential Oil Spotlight

August 08, 2019 4 min read

Sweet Orange essential oil… Oh, the heavenly sweet aroma of oranges! This essential oil is sweet, fresh, citrusy and has just the right amount of happy to soothe the nerves after a long day. I personally can't help but smile when working with this essential oil, what about you?
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This triggered me...

This triggered me...

July 31, 2019 2 min read

I recently came across a post on Facebook that concerned me. As someone who works with essential oils in a therapeutic way that is clinically trained Registered Aromatherapist, I do tend to see concerning things, but this triggered me.
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Botany Matters

Botany Matters

July 28, 2019 2 min read

Botany matters. I can't tell you how important it is to really know what a plant looks like. Even if you are only using a product that comes from it like a hydrosol or essential oil. 
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Mandarin Petitgrain Essential Oil Spotlight

Mandarin Petitgrain Essential Oil Spotlight

July 23, 2019 3 min read

If you have never experienced a Mandarin Petitgrain (Citrus reticulata blanco var mandarin) essential oil, it’s rather unique. From using it in acneic formulations to emotional and soothing blends, this oil is a favorite of mine. To help you learn more about it today I am sharing a Mandarin Petitgrain Essential Oil Spotlight.

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Do we offer affordable, high quality, pure essential oils?

Do we offer affordable, high quality, pure essential oils?

July 03, 2019 2 min read

I frequently get asked several questions when I am out and about and one of them pertains to the oils Be Kind Botanicals offers. The question: "Are they affordable, high quality, pure oils?"
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Learning About Local Aromatic Plants

Learning About Local Aromatic Plants

June 26, 2019 2 min read

Several years back when I first began learning about all the different essential oils, there always seemed to be a push to get the "most popular" or "pushed" oil as it were (and is today). However, someone I took a class from or maybe interacted with online said something very profound that has stuck with me to this day.
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Create a Tissue Trauma Blend

Create a Tissue Trauma Blend

June 25, 2019 3 min read

Recently I found myself in a position to be my very own case study. It isn’t something that happens often but since I know I will have to do case studies at some point for the Atlantic Institute, today was my lucky day to create a tissue trauma blend. Okay, maybe not so lucky…
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Eucalyptus – are there more than just a few different species?

Eucalyptus – are there more than just a few different species?

May 21, 2019 3 min read

Eucalyptus – are there more than just a few different species? Recently, I was asked about this. The answer is an emphatic yes. Learn more about which one you might need!

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Is there any advice you can send my way regarding online school options (any pros/cons)?

Is there any advice you can send my way regarding online school options (any pros/cons)?

April 12, 2019 3 min read

More and more frequently I seem to be asked this question, so today I thought I would share it here with you and my thoughts on it. The question is: "Is there any advice you can send my way regarding online school options (any pros/cons)?"
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Essential Oil Samples for March 2019

Essential Oil Samples for March 2019

March 21, 2019 6 min read

With four samples of Jasmine sitting next to me and one more on the way from India, I am fairly excited about writing this behind the scenes letter to you. There has been a lot going on this Spring that I am finally ready to share! Here I present to you essential oil samples for March 2019.

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Aromatherapy Energetics

Aromatherapy Energetics

February 19, 2019 4 min read

magine that you have just received an essential oil or other aromatic product that you have held dear to your heart in secret. It is one you have longed to experience because you have heard amazing stories about it. You open the bottle and it is simply magic… Your heart melts, you mind relaxes, and you feel at peace. That sounds like a pretty amazing experience, am I right?
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How Do You Mix Hydrosols with Your Face Mask?

How Do You Mix Hydrosols with Your Face Mask?

February 05, 2019 2 min read

Clay face masks are amazing at helping to gently exfoliate while also removing impurities from our skin. In fact, I use my Moroccan Mask once a week! I really enjoy making my paste with hydrosols so I can get additional benefits for
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Plastic Diffuser Question

Plastic Diffuser Question

January 09, 2019 2 min read

I often get emails asking questions about specific products I sell and normally I don't think a second about it. However today, I got a plastic diffuser question that I have not had in a while so I thought I would share it and my response.
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Black Spruce Essential Oil Spotlight

Black Spruce Essential Oil Spotlight

December 20, 2018 2 min read

This month when I asked what readers wanted to see in the newsletter, I was asked to do an essential oil spot light on Black Spruce (Picea mariana). Find out all about here. . .
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Alligator Juniper Essential Oil Origins

Alligator Juniper Essential Oil Origins

September 20, 2018 5 min read

Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana) is a native tree of Arizona.The tree is aptly named for its bumpy textured bark that resembles the skin of an alligator. It also goes by the name of “Checkerboard” bark. 

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Essential Oils as a Supportive Therapy Versus a Preventative

Essential Oils as a Supportive Therapy Versus a Preventative

September 16, 2018 4 min read

This time of year, I always seem to get a lot of questions about how to prevent colds and what do I use, etc. So, I am finally sitting down to answer these related questions. How do I use essential oils to prevent myself from getting sick?
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We Made the Top 75 Aromatherapy Blogs And Websites by Aromatherapists in 2018!

We Made the Top 75 Aromatherapy Blogs And Websites by Aromatherapists in 2018!

August 24, 2018 2 min read

Did you know there really is such a thing? There absolutely is! I am so blessed to be able to be listed here and at number 13! There are some truly great folks on there from Nuala over at the English Aromatherapist to Marge Clark from Nature’s Gift.
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How to Use Essential Oils in a Classroom

How to Use Essential Oils in a Classroom

August 10, 2018 4 min read

Teachers. I can’t think of a more worthy profession that needs our support with all of the budget cuts we have had in recent years. More and more teachers are in need of things to help them destress, help with headaches, and something to even boost their immune system during cold season. For those reasons and more, I recently had a chat on social media about using essential oils in the classroom discussing diffusing and safe alternatives for diffusing.
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Why Essential Oil Samples are Better than Full Size Bottles

Why Essential Oil Samples are Better than Full Size Bottles

July 19, 2018 2 min read

When you go to purchase an essential oil from anywhere, do you check to see if they have samples? Do they offer any free ones or can you at least purchase in really small amounts? Or do you purchase in full size bottles? If not, you really should and here is why.
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Alliance of International Aromatherapists interview with Chris Mack

Alliance of International Aromatherapists interview with Chris Mack

July 07, 2018 6 min read

Recently, I was interviewed by the Florida State Representative from the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) regarding the distillation I did with the Engelmann Spruce. Below is some of the information I shared.
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What should I learn about essential oils if I am just starting out?

What should I learn about essential oils if I am just starting out?

July 07, 2018 3 min read

“What should I learn about essential oils if I am just starting out?” This is a question I get asked a LOT. It is also a very important question because of what information is out there. In this article, I will break down some basic ideas to help you get started.
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What is the Difference Between Hydrosols?

What is the Difference Between Hydrosols?

June 18, 2018 2 min read

As Ann Harman states in her book Harvest to Hydrosol, "Anyone who has worked with the medicinal waters would agree that they are a multi-layered healing modality." And "When using hydrosols for therapeutic purposes it is imperative to educate yourself...to understand the difference between the types of hydrosols that are offered commercially.1" This brief post seeks to help you do just that - understand what it is you are really getting when you purchase a hydrosol.
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The Sizes of Orifice Reducers

The Sizes of Orifice Reducers

May 21, 2018 3 min read

Have you ever gotten an essential oil out to put a couple drops in the diffuser and they just come spilling out? Or they take . . . For. Ever. There is a reason for that and it has everything to do with the size of orifice reducers being used.
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Soothing Sunburns with essential oils, hydrosols and more

Soothing Sunburns with essential oils, hydrosols and more

May 10, 2018 4 min read

With the arrival of warmer weather, for many that means worrying about sunburns and worse how to soothe them. This article will hopefully provide you with ideas for soothing sunburns with essential oils, hydrosols and more.
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Staying Cool with Hydrosols and Essential Oils

Staying Cool with Hydrosols and Essential Oils

May 02, 2018 3 min read

May is here and for most of the country, that means much warmer temperatures. The warmer temperatures also mean figuring out how to stay active outside while staying cool. Living in the desert for over a decade has taught me a few things when it comes to staying cool with hydrosols and essential oils.
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Essential Oils, Gloves, Masks, Goggles, and More Without Giggles

Essential Oils, Gloves, Masks, Goggles, and More Without Giggles

April 25, 2018 4 min read

A few weeks ago, someone asked a question about why I was wearing a lab coat, nitrile gloves, a hair cover, mask, and goggles. Essential Oils, Gloves, Masks, Goggles, and More Without Giggles -  Say what?
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Artisan Essential Oils versus Commercial Essential Oils

Artisan Essential Oils versus Commercial Essential Oils

February 25, 2018 3 min read

I get asked all the time what the difference is between my company and other big-name companies. While there is a long list of differences, I think my choice for sourcing is probably the most important. When I source any essential oil, I try to work with small distillers versus larger ones so that I am offering artisan essential oils versus commercial essential oils.
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Essential Oil Connections to Plants & People versus Companies

Essential Oil Connections to Plants & People versus Companies

February 21, 2018 3 min read

Recent events in my life have caused me to really step back and look at few things. These “things” may not seem like a big deal, however they mean everything to some. I am talking about the connection from plants to essential oils, plants to people, essential oils to people, and even people to people. You know, the essential oil connections to plants & people versus companies...
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Essential Oils For a Rising Phoenix Blend

Essential Oils For a Rising Phoenix Blend

February 11, 2018 2 min read

This week I have come across many challenges. Some of them left me frustrated, worried, stressed, and overwhelmed. As a parent, I go through some of this daily. As an aromatherapist and business owner, I have great weeks and difficult weeks. Thank goodness I am learning to “dig deep” and use my support system of friends, colleagues, and of course essential oils! Here I share a few essential oils for a Rising Phoenix blend.

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Distilling Blood Oranges for Hydrosol

Distilling Blood Oranges for Hydrosol

February 05, 2018 3 min read

With the occurrence of the full moon that just happened to be a Blue Super Moon that would be fully eclipsed, I found the gift of these blood oranges no small gift. Because I learn by doing, I decided to pull out my small still and do a distillation the same day we had a full blue super blood moon on January 31st, 2018.
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Rose Essential Oil & Rose Absolute - A path to learning more

Rose Essential Oil & Rose Absolute - A path to learning more

February 01, 2018 2 min read

This month I thought it would be a handy to have a list of resources that are all about Rose absolutes or essential oils. All of the resources listed are from well qualified aromatherapists or vintage aromatherapists with over 30 years experience. Enjoy this "Rose essential oils & Rose Absolute - a path to learning more."

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What you need to know about essential oils and the flu virus

What you need to know about essential oils and the flu virus

January 25, 2018 5 min read

The flu. It is hitting hard this year. But are essential oils the answer? I mean, really? There are some that might say no, absolutely, and others that just don’t know enough to feel comfortable commenting. But here's what you need to know about essential oils and the flu virus.

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Interview with my Italian Citrus Distiller

Interview with my Italian Citrus Distiller

January 12, 2018 3 min read

If you know me and how much I strive to really get to know my distillers, you know along the way I have asked a million questions. Some I have even had the ability to get to know their entire family. While others, I conduct interviews and exchange emails with. Here I share an interview with my Italian Citrus distiller.
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Using Essential Oils Around Animals

Using Essential Oils Around Animals

January 10, 2018 4 min read

Recently, a FaceBook post has raised many concerns about essential oils and their use around animals. Yes, there are absolutely some essential oils that are quite toxic to animals. Yes, there are some animals that require more considerations than others. Using essential oils around animals is ok. However, when it comes to using essential oils, balance and consideration for our fur babies are important!
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Dark Myrrh Essential Oil Versus Light Myrrh Essential Oil - Why the difference?

Dark Myrrh Essential Oil Versus Light Myrrh Essential Oil - Why the difference?

December 05, 2017 2 min read

Have you ever compared a dark myrrh to a light colored myrrh essential oil? The difference is pretty astounding! I have ALWAYS used a dark colored myrrh and then I received our newest batch and I wondered... Dark Myrrh essential oil versus light Myrrh essential oil - why the difference?
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Hosting Aromatic Holiday Festivities

Hosting Aromatic Holiday Festivities

October 24, 2017 3 min read

Who else aside from me absolutely loves walking into a house filled with the aromas of mulled cider, or baked goods? The aromas of warmed candied oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla are a type of “Welcome on in!” music to my nose! So, let's chat about hosting aromatic holiday festivities.

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Essential Oils for Samhain

Essential Oils for Samhain

October 13, 2017 3 min read

Around this time every year, decorations for a festive Halloween are raised, farmers prepare the final harvest of the year, and many more prepare for Samhain or Day of the Dead. If you are not familiar with Samhain, I encourage you to learn more about it. There are many different interpretations of it and ways of celebrating it with essential oils
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Everything Festive with Cinnamon Essential Oil

Everything Festive with Cinnamon Essential Oil

October 06, 2017 4 min read

Since it is fall we need to have a discussion. Everything festive with cinnamon essential oil may seem like a great idea, but is it?
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