Category: Sandy's Rants

Dear Expert Essential Oil Distributor

Dear Expert Essential Oil Distributor  Thank you for visiting my store today.  It was very enlightening. So much so, that I want to share it with everyone.  You announced that you were an expert authority on essential oils and a distributor for a company for, oh, about two years. That you had only used their […]

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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 wintry white skin. Pulling out your liberated lawn chair to bask for the first time in oh about 8 months, to sit down with a favorite book and […]

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Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh – Gifts From the Magi or Three Smart Women in Disguise?

Discussions and debates have continued for centuries by theologians, evangelists, archaeologists and various historical experts on why these three gifts were presented to Jesus. The gold is obvious, but why the frankincense and myrrh?  Because I work with these precious raw materials and teach courses on essential oils, I am asked about this subject all […]

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Essential Oils: Making (UP) the Grade

Making Sense of the Nonsense on How Essential Oils are Rated There is a trend in the world of essential oils which is creating confusion and bias, leading to false claims and some safety issues for the public and professional users. It's the tendency to make up grades or use existing grades within the industry to […]

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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 (essence) oil on sliced apples which they are serving to the children in the cafeteria.  This is a school fostering kindergarten to grade 7. The lemon […]

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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 explanation, there isn’t one. It’s like asking what is the shelf life of food and expecting an easy response. Before I get into a more detailed […]

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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 essential oil diffusers, atomizers, nebulizers or any other contraption that will force essential oil into the air at warp speed.  So why am I writing about this? Because so many of you have asked for my […]

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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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