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So, it’s summer, the harsh damp frigid weather just a few months ago is now a distant memory.  Your attention turns to those uncomfortable hot humid days and sleepless...

The Seven Essentials: Cooling the summer heat

So, it’s summer, the harsh damp frigid weather just a few months ago is now a distant memory.  Your attention turns to those uncomfortable hot humid days and sleepless...

The Seven Essentials of First Aid. So, summer has arrived and the great outdoor, weekend warrior, extreme sports enthusiast inside you has been awakened. The warm sunny days have...

The Seven Essentials: FIRST AID

The Seven Essentials of First Aid. So, summer has arrived and the great outdoor, weekend warrior, extreme sports enthusiast inside you has been awakened. The warm sunny days have...

Babies – they’re sweet, innocent with soft, supple skin and sensitive noses that are… vulnerable.  The first years are critical to develop healthy epidermis that provides warmth, protection and...

The Seven Essentials: BABY CARE

Babies – they’re sweet, innocent with soft, supple skin and sensitive noses that are… vulnerable.  The first years are critical to develop healthy epidermis that provides warmth, protection and...

So it’s mid spring. You’ve thrown off the coat, traded in sweaters for that bright little short sleeve number that allows the sun to gently bathe your wintery white...

The Seven Essentials: INSECT REPELLENT

So it’s mid spring. You’ve thrown off the coat, traded in sweaters for that bright little short sleeve number that allows the sun to gently bathe your wintery white...

St. Johns Wort Oil – Hypericum perforatum Many herbs have the dubious distinction of being both powerful natural healing medicines throughout history yet somehow become a nuisance, invasive, toxic...

St. Johns Wort – The Vilified Healer

St. Johns Wort Oil – Hypericum perforatum Many herbs have the dubious distinction of being both powerful natural healing medicines throughout history yet somehow become a nuisance, invasive, toxic...

Sweetgrass – Hierochloe odorata The origin of the name sweetgrass emanates from the Greek word “Hieros” which means sacred or holy, and “Chloe” which simply refers to grass.  This...

Sweetgrass Hydrosol… Canada’s Sacred Water

Sweetgrass – Hierochloe odorata The origin of the name sweetgrass emanates from the Greek word “Hieros” which means sacred or holy, and “Chloe” which simply refers to grass.  This...

Cedar Leaf Hydrosol – Thuja occidentalis Also known as  arborvitae, white cedar or  “Tree of Life”.  The cedar tree is part of the  cupressaceae botanical family which includes both...

Cedar Leaf Hydrosol – How Refreshing!

Cedar Leaf Hydrosol – Thuja occidentalis Also known as  arborvitae, white cedar or  “Tree of Life”.  The cedar tree is part of the  cupressaceae botanical family which includes both...

Greece has olive oil, France has grapeseed oil but Canada has something better.  Sunflower oil.  Created as the byproduct of manufactured flour, this rich, nutty oil is exquisite in...

Sunflower Oil – Canada’s Little Ray of Sunshine

Greece has olive oil, France has grapeseed oil but Canada has something better.  Sunflower oil.  Created as the byproduct of manufactured flour, this rich, nutty oil is exquisite in...

A  concerned customer sent me an email indicating that a few people at the school which her grandson attends, are taking it upon themselves to put pure lemon essential...

Pure Lemon Oil Applied to Apples for Children at School? Please Stop!

A  concerned customer sent me an email indicating that a few people at the school which her grandson attends, are taking it upon themselves to put pure lemon essential...

Common questions regarding essential oils are: How long will they last? What is the shelf life? The answer is quite complex so if you are looking for a simple...

Essential Oils – A Day in the (Shelf) Life

Common questions regarding essential oils are: How long will they last? What is the shelf life? The answer is quite complex so if you are looking for a simple...

There is a new fad to entice consumers to blow through copious amounts of essential oils. They’re called electric diffusers, atomizers, nebulizers or any other contraption that will force...

Diffusing Essential Oils: Safe and Effective Tips

There is a new fad to entice consumers to blow through copious amounts of essential oils. They’re called electric diffusers, atomizers, nebulizers or any other contraption that will force...

There is elevated interest in the supposed miraculous healing of cancer with frankincense oil which I believe is the result of documentaries and stories that are currently circulating on...

Treating Cancer With Frankincense or Other Essential Oils? Read this First

There is elevated interest in the supposed miraculous healing of cancer with frankincense oil which I believe is the result of documentaries and stories that are currently circulating on...

“It’s not easy being green… ” I hum this with an impressive Kermit the Frog imitation all the time. I’ve been making natural plant based products since well, before...

Making Natural Skincare Products – It’s Not Easy Being Green…..

“It’s not easy being green… ” I hum this with an impressive Kermit the Frog imitation all the time. I’ve been making natural plant based products since well, before...

While essential oils continue to gain popularity worldwide as an alternative or compliment  to medical and pharmaceutical drug centered treatments; it is vitally important that proper care and caution...

Rules of Treating Children With Essential Oils

While essential oils continue to gain popularity worldwide as an alternative or compliment  to medical and pharmaceutical drug centered treatments; it is vitally important that proper care and caution...

A woman called me for advice the other day; I’m glad she did. She was told to make a natural insect repellent for her 2 year old son from...

Using Essential Oils as Natural Insect Repellents for Children? Please be Careful!

A woman called me for advice the other day; I’m glad she did. She was told to make a natural insect repellent for her 2 year old son from...

This time of year, I get a lot of inquiries to make commercial natural sunscreens or to help others make their own for personal use. My official position and...

Making Your Own Natural Sunscreens? You Could Be Burned By More Than The Sun.

This time of year, I get a lot of inquiries to make commercial natural sunscreens or to help others make their own for personal use. My official position and...

A customer asked me recently if rose geranium essential oil was effective to repel ticks and fleas on dogs. Aside from my disdain for this oil ( I refer...

Is Rose Geranium Essential Oil an Effective Tick Repellent for Dogs?

A customer asked me recently if rose geranium essential oil was effective to repel ticks and fleas on dogs. Aside from my disdain for this oil ( I refer...

Hemp Seed Oil – Unrefined – Organic Cold-pressed hemp seed oil has emerged as a complete nutritious oil for skin, hair and body. Relaxed government regulations have allowed people...

Hemp Seed (Cannabis) Oil – An Underrated Skincare Option

Hemp Seed Oil – Unrefined – Organic Cold-pressed hemp seed oil has emerged as a complete nutritious oil for skin, hair and body. Relaxed government regulations have allowed people...

Documented distillation of plants dates back to the 10th century.  Hundreds of chemicals used in products from paint thinners to pain killers came from naturally occurring chemicals found in...

Plants and Distillation – Forever Entwined

Documented distillation of plants dates back to the 10th century.  Hundreds of chemicals used in products from paint thinners to pain killers came from naturally occurring chemicals found in...

Commercial fabric softeners have come under increasing scrutiny as potentially hazardous. So what is the problem with them? Why should consumers look to natural alternatives? And, how did the...

Essential Oils and Natural Alternatives to Commercial Fabric Softeners

Commercial fabric softeners have come under increasing scrutiny as potentially hazardous. So what is the problem with them? Why should consumers look to natural alternatives? And, how did the...

Although essential oils contain the word “oil”, they are not oily, and are not to be confused with vegetable or carrier oils. The origin of the term “essential oil”...

Essential oils: The origin of the term and a brief definition

Although essential oils contain the word “oil”, they are not oily, and are not to be confused with vegetable or carrier oils. The origin of the term “essential oil”...

Eucalyptus is a member of the Melaleuca or Myrtacea botanical family; one of the most useful and medicinal group of plants in the world. There are literally over 600...

Eucalyptus Oil – Choosing the Right One

Eucalyptus is a member of the Melaleuca or Myrtacea botanical family; one of the most useful and medicinal group of plants in the world. There are literally over 600...

Chikungunya -Pronounced Chik-en-gun-ye      No it is not a favorite Caribbean culinary dish and it isn’t an STD; however, it is a nasty virus spread by the aedes mosquitoes...

Essential Oils and Chikungunya

Chikungunya -Pronounced Chik-en-gun-ye      No it is not a favorite Caribbean culinary dish and it isn’t an STD; however, it is a nasty virus spread by the aedes mosquitoes...

Alcohol in Cosmetics is so misunderstood.  People are always commenting that they don’t want it in their products with that panicked almost hysterical tone in their voice followed by...

So You Don’t Want Alcohols in Your Skincare Products? Think Again.

Alcohol in Cosmetics is so misunderstood.  People are always commenting that they don’t want it in their products with that panicked almost hysterical tone in their voice followed by...

** I originally posted this article last September when Health Canada announced their senseless ban on citronella based insect repellents.  I found the timing sneaky as it was at...

Health Canada, Your Decision about Citronella Stinks!

** I originally posted this article last September when Health Canada announced their senseless ban on citronella based insect repellents.  I found the timing sneaky as it was at...

  Natural vitamin E is both an anti-oxidant and vital to the nutrition of the skin. Use only pure mixed tocopherols from vegan source such as soybeans. It is...

Vitamin E – It’s Sooo Essential!

  Natural vitamin E is both an anti-oxidant and vital to the nutrition of the skin. Use only pure mixed tocopherols from vegan source such as soybeans. It is...

I haven’t written many articles, blogs or rants for quite awhile and some of you have mentioned that you may be posting my face on a milk carton.   Ha...

What’s Sandy up to?

I haven’t written many articles, blogs or rants for quite awhile and some of you have mentioned that you may be posting my face on a milk carton.   Ha...

Pomegranate Seed Oil – Cold pressed and filtered from the seeds, place of origin Turkey. This beautiful carrier oil has reputed properties to revitalize damaged or mature skin. The oil provides...

Delicious and Natural Pomegranate Seed Oil

Pomegranate Seed Oil – Cold pressed and filtered from the seeds, place of origin Turkey. This beautiful carrier oil has reputed properties to revitalize damaged or mature skin. The oil provides...

Natural Insect Repellents Tip of the Day General Environment – Laundry  During bug season, start adding essential oils to your laundry detergent.  Make sure it is unscented and in...

Insect repellents – Laundry

Natural Insect Repellents Tip of the Day General Environment – Laundry  During bug season, start adding essential oils to your laundry detergent.  Make sure it is unscented and in...

“Nature gave birth to the sense of smell because there was evolutionary pressure for the members of the animal kingdom to recognize environmental compounds which were necessary for survival....

Synthetic Aromas – The Great Coverup Part 1

“Nature gave birth to the sense of smell because there was evolutionary pressure for the members of the animal kingdom to recognize environmental compounds which were necessary for survival....

For Applications Directly on the Skin: When bug season begins, start adding a few drops of essential oils with insect repellent properties to your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and...

Insect Repellent Tip of the day – skin

For Applications Directly on the Skin: When bug season begins, start adding a few drops of essential oils with insect repellent properties to your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and...

Here’s a refreshing and simple insect repellent spray for your home that you can make in just a few minutes for pennies a bottle! Cedar Fresh Home Insect Spray...

Natural Insect Repellent Spray for Home

Here’s a refreshing and simple insect repellent spray for your home that you can make in just a few minutes for pennies a bottle! Cedar Fresh Home Insect Spray...

Going Buggy? Natural VS Synthetic Insect Repellents – What’s The Difference? By Sandy Powell R.A.H.P Anyone who’s idea of the great outdoors involves something more than opening a window...

Going Buggy? Natural vs Synthetic Insect Repellents – What’s The Difference?

Going Buggy? Natural VS Synthetic Insect Repellents – What’s The Difference? By Sandy Powell R.A.H.P Anyone who’s idea of the great outdoors involves something more than opening a window...

Well, the season got off to a cool, damp and drab start but now it looks like things are heating up which is just perfect for bugs. The brutal...

Bugs Chasing You Indoors?

Well, the season got off to a cool, damp and drab start but now it looks like things are heating up which is just perfect for bugs. The brutal...

Hidden Gems – Meet Jasmin Fiore A dynamic young mother of two small children, an advocate of good health who teaches yoga and, a cancer survivor, twice… Why am...

Hidden gems – Meet Jasmin Fiore

Hidden Gems – Meet Jasmin Fiore A dynamic young mother of two small children, an advocate of good health who teaches yoga and, a cancer survivor, twice… Why am...

January 20, 2014 Let me introduce you to Olive Augustine. She is a street vendor in Marigot, located on the Caribbean Island of St. Martin. Unlike cheap clothing and...

Hidden Gems- Meet Olive Augustine

January 20, 2014 Let me introduce you to Olive Augustine. She is a street vendor in Marigot, located on the Caribbean Island of St. Martin. Unlike cheap clothing and...

I posted a report on a chronology of how aromas went from all 100% natural to less than 20% natural in about 100 years. It’s intended to be a...

Has Our Enjoyment and Perception of Natural Aromas Been Seriously Impaired?

I posted a report on a chronology of how aromas went from all 100% natural to less than 20% natural in about 100 years. It’s intended to be a...

I posted a report on a chronology of how aromas went from all 100% natural to less than 20% natural in about 100 years. It’s intended to be a...

Can The Human Nose Detect the Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Aromas?

I posted a report on a chronology of how aromas went from all 100% natural to less than 20% natural in about 100 years. It’s intended to be a...

One of the common tests that many educators, essential oil companies and consumers will conduct is a blotter test. The tests are typically done from a layman`s point of...

What Do Blotter Tests Reveal About Essential Oils?

One of the common tests that many educators, essential oil companies and consumers will conduct is a blotter test. The tests are typically done from a layman`s point of...

Based on their chemistry, pure essential oils obtained via distillation will NOT mix with water. Not only will they NOT mix with water, their specific gravity in most cases...

Essential Oils Will Not Mix With Water!

Based on their chemistry, pure essential oils obtained via distillation will NOT mix with water. Not only will they NOT mix with water, their specific gravity in most cases...

During bug season, start adding essential oils to your laundry detergent. Make sure it is unscented since fragrances can attract insects, and in liquid form so the oils will...

Natural Insect Repellents Tip of the Day – Laundry

During bug season, start adding essential oils to your laundry detergent. Make sure it is unscented since fragrances can attract insects, and in liquid form so the oils will...

If you are what you eat then it is true that you are also what you use on your body. Tired of not being able to understand the ingredients...

Creams, Cooking and Chemistry

If you are what you eat then it is true that you are also what you use on your body. Tired of not being able to understand the ingredients...

So it’s Canada Day again. It never gets old to see it come around each year and celebrate the Old Girl’s milestone. Canada’s birthday is a great reason to...

Take a Breather, It’s Canada Day

So it’s Canada Day again. It never gets old to see it come around each year and celebrate the Old Girl’s milestone. Canada’s birthday is a great reason to...

Scent, aroma, fragrance, bouquet, smell, odour, stench, stink: these are all words to describe anything that registers with the olfactory bulb – that’s the ‘smell registering’ part of the...

Something stinks in here!

Scent, aroma, fragrance, bouquet, smell, odour, stench, stink: these are all words to describe anything that registers with the olfactory bulb – that’s the ‘smell registering’ part of the...

Facebook, LinkedIn, blogging, Twitter, texting (and whatever else is invented from the time I post this item), in general has always had the effect on me of wanting to...

Confessions of a Social Media Dufus

Facebook, LinkedIn, blogging, Twitter, texting (and whatever else is invented from the time I post this item), in general has always had the effect on me of wanting to...

Clays are commonly used in a wide variety of applications, everything from facial masks to first aid. In aromatherapy, the primary use of clay is to draw out and...

Working with clays

Clays are commonly used in a wide variety of applications, everything from facial masks to first aid. In aromatherapy, the primary use of clay is to draw out and...

“Nascent In statu nascendi – in the state of being born, emerging, promising, budding, blossoming, growing.” A perfect way to describe the key evolutionary state of plant life …...

Life by the drop….

“Nascent In statu nascendi – in the state of being born, emerging, promising, budding, blossoming, growing.” A perfect way to describe the key evolutionary state of plant life …...