Essential Oil Safety

Essential Oil Quality Matters

Oh my goodness y’all, I can’t tell you how concerned I’ve been lately about the surge of companies that are selling “pure” essential oil, which is anything but.  This week I’ve been following Dr. Robert Pappas of Essential Oil University, and his exposes of the fraudulent oil found at several major retailers. As a person… Continue reading Essential Oil Quality Matters

Essential Oils · Why Essential Oils?

How I Became Interested in Essential Oils

For the longest time, I thought essential oils were something people used to make their homes smell nice, and that is all. Then, at the end of last summer my two-year-old daughter fell ill with pneumonia. We had just brought home our eighth child from the hospital. I was heartbroken and distraught. I was doing… Continue reading How I Became Interested in Essential Oils

Essential Oil Safety · French Aromatherapy

Essential Oils that May be Applied Undiluted

Essential oils are strong stuff!  For almost all dermal applications (applications on the skin) diluting the oil with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil is the safest bet. Essential oils are lipofilic, which means they LOVE oil.  They are easily absorbed into the skin, and over time is you… Continue reading Essential Oils that May be Applied Undiluted

Essential Oil Safety · French Aromatherapy · Science and Essential Oils

Essential Oils in Drinking Water.  Is it Safe?

Essential oils in drinking water.  This is a topic that draws a lot of controversy. When I started using essential oils, most voices I heard said that adding essential oils to drinking water was an unsafe practice.  But then again, many other people seemed to love adding oils to their water.  I even watched a… Continue reading Essential Oils in Drinking Water.  Is it Safe?

Essential Oils

Is Your Lavender the Real Deal?

Is your lavender the real deal? According to the Lavender Growers Association, 100 times more “lavender oil” is exported from France than is actually grown there. 100 times more lavender?  That’s a lot! Just where did this extra lavender come from? Most likely, a lot of the oils marketed as “lavender” today are actually lavendin,… Continue reading Is Your Lavender the Real Deal?

Science and Essential Oils

The Amazing Things Essential Oils can do within a Plant

Essential oils are amazing, y’all. I’m not talking about adulterated oils that you’ll commonly find in health food stores or on Amazon.  I’m talking about the real deal. When I learned about the ways essential oil work in plants, I was shocked.  It almost was like they are actually smart.  But this “intelligence” definitely speaks… Continue reading The Amazing Things Essential Oils can do within a Plant

Science and Essential Oils

Why Essential Oils Might Vary from Batch to Batch

Have you ever wondered why essential oils might vary from batch to batch? While it makes sense why oils might vary from company to company, why would they vary within the same brand? The answer can be found in a term called secondary metabolites.  These are organic compounds made within plants which play a huge… Continue reading Why Essential Oils Might Vary from Batch to Batch