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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.

Rose hydrosol featured in a shop small gift guid for moms

Shop small gift guide for Moms

November 16, 2020 1 min read

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What do you need to know about diisooctyl phthalate and essential oils?

What do you need to know about diisooctyl phthalate and essential oils?

November 12, 2020 2 min read

“Diisooctyl phthalate contamination was found in this oil. Because of this we can't pass this oil.” What is Diisooctyl phthalate? And what does this even mean when you see it on a lab report? What do you need to know about diisooctyl phthalate and essential oils?
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Unboxing the Be Kind to Yourself Box

Unboxing of the Be Kind to Yourself Box

November 02, 2020 1 min read

If you’re feeling like you need a little something to help you get through right now, this box is it! Find out about some of the goodies in our most recent intentional self care aromatics box during the unboxing of the Be Kind to Yourself Box!

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The Perfect Essential Oil Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The Perfect Essential Oil Holiday Gift Giving Guide

November 01, 2020 3 min read

Gift giving can be difficult with so many choices online. So, I’ve created the perfect Essential Oil Holiday Gift Giving Guide for 2020! It includes products that are made with essential oils from small businesses owned by women, too. This list will make you feel good knowing you’ve supported a small woman owned business and are gifting something amazing to someone you love.
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Why does peppermint smell different from each company?

Why does peppermint smell different from each company?

October 29, 2020 1 min read

This week I was asked about peppermint. Specifically, why does peppermint smell different from each company? There's a lot to know, so I broke it down in this week's Q&A Wednesday.
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The top 5 most used essential oil books

The top 5 most used essential oil books

October 14, 2020 1 min read

I was asked recently about what essential oil books I use or refer to the most. You get to know the top 5 most used essential oil books I use the most. Enjoy!

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What alternatives to cinnamon and clove oils can you use to make Fall blends?

What alternatives to cinnamon and clove oils can you use to make Fall blends?

October 09, 2020 1 min read

What alternatives to cinnamon and clove oils can you use to make Fall blends? This is a great question if you're allergic to these oils. Here's a few tips to find alternative spicy oil and also create a blend unique to YOU!
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How to make a Holiday Roller Ball Blend

How to make a Holiday Roller Ball Blend

October 01, 2020 1 min read

A few have asked how to make a Holiday Roller Ball blend, so here I share some tips and tools you'll need to do just that.
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DIY Holiday essential oil diffuser blends & tips

DIY Holiday Essential Oil Diffuser Blends & Tips

September 26, 2020 1 min read

Do you need some help coming up with diffuser blends for the holidays? If so, I created this just for you! A video with all about DIY Holiday Essential Oil Diffuser Blends & Tips! I even talk about essential oil safety tips!
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What do you do when you're missing an essential oil for a DIY blend?

What do you do when you're missing an essential oil for a DIY blend?

September 25, 2020 1 min read

All of us have been here... finding a great DIY essential oil blend only to find that you're missing one oil. So, what do you do when you're missing an essential oil for a DIY blend?
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Are essential oils still effective for someone who can't smell

Q&A Wednesday: Is inhalation still effective therapy for someone with an impaired sense of smell?

September 23, 2020 1 min read

For this week's Q&A Wednesday we have a couple phenomenal questions! First up is "Is inhalation still effective therapy for someone with an impaired sense of smell?"
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Can Nutmeg essential oil be used safely?

Can Nutmeg essential oil be used safely?

September 22, 2020 1 min read

Can Nutmeg essential oil be used safely? This is a question I get asked a lot this time of year due to our love of all things Fall. To answer this, I made a quick video that explains the chemistry, the dosing for diffusing and topical dilution rates. It all starts with the chemistry...

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Is Rosemary ct cineole essential oil safe for kids?

Is Rosemary ct cineole essential oil safe for kids?

September 18, 2020 3 min read

If you've ever wondered "is Rosemary ct cineole essential oil safe for kids," you aren't alone. In fact, I just got this question so I thought I'd answer it here.

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Why do hydrosols from the same plant but from different companies smell different?

Why do hydrosols from the same plant but from different companies smell different?

September 17, 2020 2 min read

If you've ever bought a hydrosol from the same plant from one company and then bought another from the same plant from a different company, you might have experienced this. So why do hydrosols from the same plant but from different companies smell different? 
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Q&A Wednesday - Is a hydrosol a byproduct?

Q&A Wednesday - Is a hydrosol a byproduct?

September 16, 2020 1 min read

I do love great questions and this is one I see a LOT. So this week's Q&A Wednesday - is a hydrosol a byproduct? Give our latest video a listen to find out what a hydrosol is and is NOT.
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Hydrosol Facts versus Myths

Hydrosol Facts versus Myths

September 15, 2020 2 min read

Do you know fact from myth when it comes to hydrosols? Seriously. I see a LOT of information flying around lately about them. A lot of it is not necessarily true. So today I took some time to engage and share with you hydrosol facts versus myths.
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Q&A Wednesday: What do you do with expired essential oils?

Q&A Wednesday: What do you do with expired essential oils?

September 11, 2020 1 min read

This week I had an amazing question about what to do with expired essential oils. Join me as I dive into this topic with information you wouldn’t expect!
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Get to know your aromatherapist!

Get to know your aromatherapist!

August 28, 2020 1 min read

I was recently interviewed by Melissa Holman of Lemon Balm Coaching & Aromatic Remedies. We talked about a lot things including how BKB came about, sustainability, and more. It was a great interview to get to know your aromatherapist!
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Q&A Wednesday - Measuring, stirring and storing your EO products

Q&A Wednesday - Measuring, stirring and storing your EO products

August 26, 2020 1 min read

Find out the answer to this week's Q&A Wednesday - What do you use for measuring, stirring and storing your EO products.

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Q&A Wednesday: is there a general guideline to shelf life for essential oils?

Q&A Wednesday: is there a general guideline to shelf life for essential oils?

August 20, 2020 1 min read

This week's Q&A is a great one from Della! She writes: "I’m aware that this is a complex subject. However, is there a general guideline to shelf life for the various types of oils?" Find out the answer in this week's Q&A Wednesday!

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Q&A Wednesday - What do I blend with Clary Sage to support hormonal balance?

Q&A Wednesday - What do I blend with Clary Sage to support hormonal balance?

August 13, 2020 1 min read

Join me for this week's Q&A Wednesday to find out what to blend with Clary Sage to support hormonal balance!

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What's the most popular request I get?

What's the most popular request I get?

August 11, 2020 1 min read

What's the most popular request I get? To know if something is back in stock! So....I'm telling you in this short and sweet blog!
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Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil

June 30, 2020 4 min read

Do you know the difference between a cold pressed bergamot essential oil and a steam distilled essential oil? If you don't, you should! With so many places to buy essential oils from, we forget to take the time to ask important questions about them. Learn all you need to know about bergamot essential oil...

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DIY Chocolate-Citrus Lip Balm Recipe

DIY Chocolate-Citrus Lip Balm Recipe

June 26, 2020 2 min read

Lip balms are a great way to moisturize and protect your lips. Sometimes the mint flavors get old though. If you want something that smells amazing and will act as a great protective barrier for your lips, you need to try this recipe!
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DIY Body & Massage Oil for Father's Day

DIY Body & Massage Oil for Father's Day

June 03, 2020 2 min read

Beard balms are a fantastic way to support Dad’s with beards, but what about an amazing DIY Body & Massage Oil for Father's Day to give him a real treat? Get the details here!
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DIY Beard Balm Recipe for Father's Day

DIY Beard Balm Recipe for Father's Day

May 27, 2020 2 min read

What better way to shower Dad with your love than with a great DIY Beard Balm Recipe for Father's Day! This recipe is one of my favorites that I plan on making and sending to my Dad, too. The best part is that this recipe smells AMAZING!

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Sometimes, you just need a gentle reminder like basil

Sometimes, you just need a gentle reminder like basil

April 26, 2020 2 min read

Sometimes you just need a gentle reminder to use basil... Have you ever had a day or moment where you are just NOT feeling ok? Basil essential oil can help.
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How did I become an aromatherapist?

How did I become an aromatherapist?

April 17, 2020 3 min read

As some of you know from my About Page, I have two fairly young children (ages nine and four at the time of this post), two German Shepherds, and a fairly busy schedule to keep with just my day to day responsibilities. So how did I become an aromatherapist?
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Essential Oils & the Coronavirus

Essential Oils & the Coronavirus

March 15, 2020 4 min read

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Behind the Scenes February 2020

Behind the Scenes February 2020

February 24, 2020 3 min read

This month has been a trying one it seems. But I've found joy in working towards completing small projects that I know you're curious about. I'm bringing back our peek "Behind the Scenes" so you can the scoop on all the juicy details.
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Learning to Love Ylang - Ylang

Learning to Love Ylang - Ylang

February 16, 2020 4 min read

Learning to love Ylang – Ylang has been a journey. I’ve always avoided it due to concerns about blood pressure but a recent worry that lead to an “aha” moment. This “aha” moment lead me to use it in a blend that is gentle, soothing, and hinted with clarity and self-love.
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It isn't always roses

It isn't always roses

February 08, 2020 2 min read

Sometimes, it isn’t always roses. Sometimes, it’s stinky…like Valerian (which can be lonely!). Sometimes, it’s just sitting silently. Patiently like Vetiver. Even when we aren’t the patient type. Self care can be as difficult as quitting...

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Self-Love Sample Bundle Giveaway

Self-Love Sample Bundle Giveaway

February 04, 2020 1 min read

Be Kind Botanicals is hosting it's first giveaway this year and we have some details that you are going to LOVE!
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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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