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Category: Education

Do people who use essential oils STOP GETTING SICK?

I was out for dinner with some friends the other night when I starting to feel the effects of a cold. I announced that I was making an early exit as a result. One of the people there quipped “hey you use essential oils all the time, you shouldn’t be getting sick.” Now I’m sure […]

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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 social media. I’ve had terminally ill people and their families and friends calling and asking my opinion. I hear the heartbreak and desperation in their voices […]

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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 most consumers realized that it might be important, trendy or fashionable; using ingredients like essential oils, minimal preservatives and plant based emulsifiers that most conventional chemists […]

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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 are used where children are concerned.  I have been teaching about and treating children since 1990 with great success and happy to report no negative effects […]

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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 the following items; 4 tbsp. witch hazel, 30 drops citronella essential oil, 20 drops rosemary essential oil. I was almost speechless but then managed to blurt […]

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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 other thoughts on this are as follows: Yes I do make sunscreens for myself and fully accept the risk, but I don’t make them for commercial […]

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Beat The Summer Heat with Natural Ingredients- DIY’s included

Did you know that many essential oils and ingredients have cooling and heating properties? Right now in the throes of summer heat, I will assume you want to know about cooling stuff, correct? Well there are many essential oils that have cooling effects like eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lime and  other fine ingredients that promote cooling […]

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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 to it as one of the GMO’s of the essential oil world) which is another blog brewing, I would say yes to the geranium part, no […]

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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 to finally discover this wonder oil which is a renewable and sustainable crop. It’s also processed right here in Canada. The oil contains more naturally occurring […]

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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 plants.  While there are many other methods and new technologies to extract the precious chemistry of plants, distillation is a reasonable simple process for plants which […]

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