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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.

Flying with Essential Oils

Flying with Essential Oils

August 06, 2017 3 min read

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE traveling. When traveling, I always bring aromatics with me. When flying there are a few important things you need to know to have an enjoyable flying experience for yourself as well as those around you.
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My Top 5 Essential Oils to Use During PMS

My Top 5 Essential Oils to Use During PMS

August 01, 2017 2 min read

In this short and sweet post, I am going to highlight my top 5 essential oils to use during hormonal fluctuations caused by PMS.
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Patchouli: A love or hate relationship to overcome?

Patchouli: A love or hate relationship to overcome?

July 28, 2017 3 min read

Using or even blending Patchouli can be a challenge, especially if you do not like the aroma of it! Patchouli has some really amazing potential uses. If you are interested in wanting find out more about it and how you can reap its benefits but not be sick to your stomach, consider staying with me for a few moments.

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Essential Oil Spotlights - Basic User Information

Essential Oil Spotlights - Basic User Information

July 16, 2017 1 min read

In this post, I am sharing several essential oil spotlights designed to help you learn and use the below essential oils with more confidence. If you click on the image you are interested in, it will take you to a page where you can learn more about it.
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My Essential Oil Meditation Experience

My Essential Oil Meditation Experience

July 12, 2017 3 min read

This post is not going to be my typical post, but I am feeling compelled to share something very personal and intimate with you – my essential oil meditation experience from earlier today. I will be honest, I am not the best at trying to get my daily meditations in although the last few weeks I have been getting much better! Hopefully, it will help you, too.
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Are There Different Grades of Essential Oils?

Are There Different Grades of Essential Oils?

June 30, 2017 4 min read

How often is it that you hear someone talking about therapeutic grade, clinical grade, or food grade essential oils? If you have ever gone to an essential oil class hosted by a friend, family member, or friend of a friend you probably have heard these terms.
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Why Dilution Charts Don't Always Work

Why Dilution Charts Don't Always Work

June 16, 2017 6 min read

I used to swear by essential oil dilution charts after finishing my basic aromatherapy certification program. I even went as far to tell others they were wrong with their dilution rates. Oh how I was WRONG - I found out why dilution charts don't always work.
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Can essential oils be ingested?

Can essential oils be ingested?

May 17, 2017 3 min read

All too often I am asked about if essential oils can be ingested. The answer is not such a black and white one. Let me explain by offering some valuable information.
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How to Ground Yourself with Essential Oils

How to Ground Yourself with Essential Oils

April 24, 2017 4 min read

Have ever heard someone say something about the energetics of an essential oil? Or perhaps you have heard someone say something about needing to be “grounded.” If you are curious about this, stay with me because grounding is something I personally need and practice daily. And yes, I do use essential oils to help with this at times.
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The essential oil analysis that had me excited and devastated...

The essential oil analysis that had me excited and devastated...

March 31, 2017 2 min read

Once, I was excited and devastated all in less than 30 seconds… I was pretty upset and at a loss, so of course I needed to get it out. I do this by writing. This is all about the essential oil analysis that had me excited and devastated.

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Inspiring Creativity with Essential Oils

Inspiring Creativity with Essential Oils

March 16, 2017 5 min read

With the coming of the Spring Equinox, I find myself drawn to creating. Whether it is creating that perfect new blend or writing the pull is there. Today, I'm focusing on inspiring creativity with essential oils.
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Which is better - A "C of A" or a GC/MS analysis for essential oils?

Which is better - A "COA" or a GC/MS analysis for essential oils?

February 23, 2017 3 min read

Recently there was a lot of discussion about Certificate of Analysis (COA) and gas chromatography/mass spectronomy (GC/MS) analysis. It lead to questioning which is better - A "COA" or a GC/MS analysis for essential oils?
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Essential Oil Component Spotlight: Bornyl Acetate

Essential Oil Component Spotlight: Bornyl Acetate

February 17, 2017 4 min read

Bornyl acetate is a very interesting essential oil component. Here I present an essential oil component spotlight: Bornyl acetate.
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Fennel & Other Essential Oils with (E)-anethole

Fennel & Other Essential Oils with (E)-anethole

February 01, 2017 4 min read

Last week I took some time to share some information specifically about the research on the essential oil component trans-anethole ((E)-anethole). So let's talk about fennel & other essential oils with (E)-anethole, shall we?

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The REAL truth about essential oil marketing, hype, and spiels

The REAL truth about essential oil marketing, hype, and spiels

January 25, 2017 3 min read

I don't know how many of you can appreciate what I am about to say, but I can tell you this. It is the truth about my feelings and it doesn't get any more honest than this... or as I see it, the REAL truth about essential oil marketing, hype, and spiels.

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Essential Oil Component Spotlight: (E)-Anethole

Essential Oil Component Spotlight: (E)-Anethole

January 24, 2017 4 min read

With an essential oil, it is important to consider the synergy of the components in the oil. However, to really understand some of the why and how of an essential oil we can look at specific chemical components found within the oil. Here we'll look at the essential oil component spotlight: (E)-Anethole.

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Essential Oils: The perfect synergy of magic & chemical constituents

Essential Oils: The perfect synergy of magic & chemical constituents

January 19, 2017 2 min read

I took a short poll before the weekend to see what you are all really interested and just like myself, I found several of you really interested in the chemistry. Here I share with you essential oils: the perfect synergy of magic & chemical constituents.

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Aromatherapy on Social Media

Aromatherapy on Social Media

January 05, 2017 3 min read

All around the world social media has bridged gaps between towns, states, countries, and continent as far as sharing information. In the aromatherapy industry, the sharing of information from experts, trained professionals, home users, and enthusiasts can be seen as a positive and negative. So what's the deal with regards to aromatheray on social media then?
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Aromatherapy Titles & Certifications

Aromatherapy Titles & Certifications

December 14, 2016 6 min read

Have you ever heard someone say that their company has a licensed aromatherapist? What about a certified aromatherapist? Registered aromatherapist? Clinical aromatherapist? What's the deal with the aromatherapy titles & certifications?

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What does it mean to research an essential oil?

What does it mean to research an essential oil?

November 11, 2016 4 min read

Have you ever heard someone say, before you buy essential oils, go research them? I know I used to say it ALL the time. But what does it mean to research an essential oil?
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DIY Body Oil

DIY Body Oil

October 14, 2016 2 min read

As some of you may know, body oils are easy to use as moisturizers either in the bath or applied directly to the skin. They can also be used as massage oils depending on the oils used to make them! Better yet, you can make your own.
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Knowing your limits...do you know yours?

Knowing your limits...do you know yours?

October 12, 2016 2 min read

Have you ever been on Pinterest or even Facebook and found a great DIY recipe that you just knew you could do? I know I have. Here's an important question when it comes to DIY and knowing your limits...do you know yours?
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Vanilla Essential Oil-Real or not so much?

Vanilla Essential Oil-Real or not so much?

October 11, 2016 3 min read

Vanilla - the aphrodisiac of gods and goddesses. It is used as food flavoring primarily but over time, I have seen several variations of this wonderful plant for the world of aromatherapy. This includes CO2's, essential oils, and solvent extracts. It is time to clarify things for you so you can make a truly informed decision.

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Steam Inhalation for Respiratory Concerns

Steam Inhalation for Respiratory Concerns

October 11, 2016 3 min read

It is that time of year when individuals start showing symptoms of colds and other viruses that often affect the upper respiratory system. While many individuals might use essential oils, they may not know which ones to use or how to use them safely. Here, I share a few safe essential oils to help with your cold and also how to properly use the steam inhalation method.

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First Aid & Essential Oils

First Aid & Essential Oils

October 11, 2016 4 min read

Thanks to the internet, we have lots of information at our fingertips. With the ease of finding information and so many individuals now using essential oils, safety has never been more important. So what do you need to know about first aid & essential oils?

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Do Essential Oils have a Shelf Life?

Do Essential Oils have a Shelf Life?

September 22, 2016 3 min read

Have you ever heard someone say “our essential oils are so pure they don’t have a shelf life?” I have and unfortunately, this is not accurate information. So do essential oils have a shelf life?
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The Great Debate about Ho Wood

The Great Debate about Ho Wood

September 14, 2016 3 min read

A well-known and respected analytical chemist in the aromatherapy industry, Dr. Pappas, presented information regarding Ho Wood essential oil early this week. With his information presented, so also began the great debate about Ho Wood.
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All for the love of Honey

All for the love of Honey

September 07, 2016 4 min read

During my journey of ongoing self-study, I was introduced to yet another form of natural healing. A very knowledgeable aromatherapist shared an image of a wonderful honey infusion that had me asking, “What is that?” And so began my love affair - all for the love of honey!
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Ethical Aromatherapy - What is it?

Ethical Aromatherapy - What is it?

September 07, 2016 4 min read

I am going to share information on what I feel is an emotional topic for myself and many others in the aromatherapy industry. Ethical Aromatherapy. Ethical Aromatherapy - What is it?
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Blending with a purpose

Blending with a purpose

September 07, 2016 3 min read

It is not hard to see how trendy essential oils have become. It is also not hard to miss all the recipes floating around the various social media outlets that tout blending one blend with another blend and sometimes a few single oils. Here is something to think about though. Do you really need all of those essential oils to create a blend that will work for your purpose?
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Daily use of Essential Oils

Daily use of Essential Oils

August 29, 2016 4 min read

I wanted to share some rather lengthy thoughts this morning that I feel are important in regards to daily use of essential oils. This may come across as a bit of a rant, but only because I am passionate about essential oils and how to safely use them to enhance my life and the lives of others by helping them use and understand essential oils

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DIY Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe

DIY Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe

August 20, 2016 3 min read

Who loves a great lip balm? I know I do! Did you know they're actually quite easy to make and require only two basic ingredients? That's right! Here, you'll find a very easy and fun DIY Vanilla Lip Balm recipe you can use any time of year.

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Support Mental Focus and Memory with Essential Oils

Support Mental Focus and Memory with Essential Oils

August 18, 2016 3 min read

“Focus!” “Pay attention!” How often do you find yourself saying this at the beginning of the school year? I'm sure you desperately want to help your kid(s) do as well as they can in school. Thankfully, there are a few ways to support their mental focus and memory.
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Cosmetic Formulation and DIY Recipes

Cosmetic Formulation and DIY Recipes

August 15, 2016 3 min read

For a very long time, I have researched and tried to learn as much as I can about cosmetic formulations for my business. When I have been able to, I have even blogged about it. Let's be realistic though. There's actually a big difference between cosmetic formulation and DIY recipes.
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Free DIY Recipe for Body Butter

Free DIY Recipe for Body Butter

August 15, 2016 2 min read

Who loves a fantastic moisturizing body butter that is great for the skin? I know I do! I have been using this anhydrous recipe for a while and wanted to take an opportunity to share it with you because I love it that much. I am also including a blend of essential oils that are skin soothing
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What is an essential oil inhaler?

What is an essential oil inhaler?

August 12, 2016 3 min read

Did you know there is a way to enjoy your essential oils via inhalation without diffusing? There is! However, not everyone is familiar with all of the nuances because of the trendiness and perhaps the marketing approach used by larger companies to use diffusers.
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Roman Chamomile Crops & Concerns

Roman Chamomile Crops & Concerns

August 12, 2016 3 min read

Over the last couple years I have found myself more involved in the process of harvesting plant matter for the various plants that I offer as essential oils. I have to admit, while I find much of the information fascinating and amazing, some I have found to be quite worrisome. Enter: Roman Chamomile crops & concerns...
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Managing Back To School Emotions Naturally

Managing Back To School Emotions Naturally

August 12, 2016 3 min read

It is that time of year again where teachers, parents, and students are anxious, stressed, and emotions are flying high. Everyone has some kind of emotional memory or even current emotions on going back to school. Everyone also deals with these emotions differently.

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I won't "sell" you essential oils...

I won't "sell" you essential oils...

June 28, 2016 4 min read

Some would say that I am the worst sales person. Why? Because I won’t sell you essential oils that will make you skinny because you put a drop in your water. I won’t sell you essential oils that will get rid of your eczema. But I DO sell essential oils the right way...

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I have essential oils, but how do I use them?

I have essential oils, but how do I use them?

June 16, 2016 3 min read

There are a lot of new users of essential oils thanks to the rising number of multi-level marketing representatives. These new users are quick to sign up with these representatives offering classes where they tout how they use essential oils, discuss how great they are and how much “greener” their life is because of them.

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Do Essential Oils Provide Adequate SPF?

Do Essential Oils Provide Adequate SPF?

June 09, 2016 5 min read

Warmer temperatures have once again brought on the summer fun of beach and pool outings, camping, and many other outdoor activities. For some of us that means it is time to purchase new sunscreen to protect our families skin from the sun. For others, they look online for DIY sunscreen recipes in hopes of protecting themselves. Many others still, stumble upon sites or social media platforms where individuals tout SPF found in essential oils and other natural oils like coconut.
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What do You Know About New Zealand Lavender Essential Oil?

What do You Know About New Zealand Lavender Essential Oil?

May 24, 2016 3 min read

I began my search for another lavender essential oil last fall because I felt it important to find a great lavender that was truly unique and hold up to my philosophy for my little company. I am excited to share, that I have procured a very unique lavender from New Zealand. What do you know about New Zealand Lavender essential oil?

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Essential Oils for Hormonal Transitions

Essential Oils for Hormonal Transitions

May 21, 2016 1 min read

Being a woman is hard enough without trying to be perfect or available all the time for everyone in our life. As women, we go through many transitions in our life that can affect our mental, emotional, and physical state. Using essential oils for hormonal transitions can be helpful both mentally and emotionally.
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Geranium Rose Essential Oil-What's the big deal?

Geranium Rose Essential Oil-What's the big deal?

May 17, 2016 4 min read

After three years of really studying Geranium rose essential oil, I have come to learn many things about it that I would like to share. If you want to learn more about the plant part it comes from, its history and uses, and how it can relate to you on a spiritual level, you will want to keep reading.

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Phototoxicity

Phototoxicity

May 09, 2016 4 min read

With the warmer weather there are more individuals flocking to citrus essential oils as they clean, diffuse, and make a variety of DIY products with those oils. Only a small number of those users are aware of the potential phototoxicity risks associated with some essential oils.
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Black & White Aromatherapy

Black & White Aromatherapy

April 11, 2016 3 min read

When I was on a business trip, I was stopped by a couple who were interested in aromatherapy. The young man asked me a few questions basic questions that I happily answered. He also asked what he could use to aid in sleeping. My answer may surprise you, because there's no such thing as black & white aromatherapy use.

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Balanced Aromatherapy

Balanced Aromatherapy

April 06, 2016 3 min read

If you've ever heard of essential oils, you've probably heard the opinions of many individuals & how they use them. You've probably heard differing opinions on what company's essential oils you should use, how to "always" use them, and even how you should "never" use them. Learn about balanced aromatherapy here.
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Aromatherapy & Spiritual Connection

Aromatherapy & Spiritual Connection

March 20, 2016 3 min read

How do you spiritually connect? Do you utilize aromatherapy? Meditation? Another means of connecting? Essential oils can be very powerful energetic tools for those they resonate with. Sometimes, I forget how unique this can truly be. Here I explore aromatherapy & spiritual connection.
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First Aid and Essential Oils

First Aid and Essential Oils

December 11, 2015 4 min read

Although one can find what an essential oil can do, how it can help them, and even recipes for using essential oils, it is rare to see safety information for them as well as what I am going to share with you today. First aid and essential oils.
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Holiday Essential Oil Blending Made Simple

Holiday Essential Oil Blending Made Simple

November 15, 2015 3 min read

Despite the growing list of companies that offer holiday synergies already blended for you, I know many like myself have a growing collection of essential oils and really do not want to buy another bottle. With this in mind, I thought it would be a great time to talk about blending your own essential oils. Enter, holiday essential oil blending made simple!
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