Essential oils: Peppermint

Peppermint seems to get associated with foot care products quite a lot, but it seems there is more this minty essential oil can offer to our products! Peppermint essential oil tends to be steam distilled from the flowers of the Mentha x piperita plant, a hybrid plant. High pressure distillation seems to be the norm, but...

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Dove’s beauty bar…just a few thoughts

I’m really frustrated right now by the Dove commercial in which they show a bar of soap looking all wizened and dried out, then imply this is what said bar will do to your skin. My skin is not like soap, and the appearance of the product I use to clean it has nothing to...

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Essential oils: Anise or aniseed – part 2, the science

I’ve seen these properties quoted time and time again in my research about anise essential oil – antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative (it decreases gas or encourages the expelling of it), expectorant, and a stimulant. I’ve seen information about it being estrogenic (mimicking the hormone estrogen), and I’ve seen that it can be used as the starting...

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No post today – sorry!

It’s Monday morning and I’m getting ready for my math exam – EEK! Saturday was a crazy day! Video games with the girls at the library, including Dance Central 2 for the Kinect, then Raymond took me out roller skating for my birthday on Saturday night. I haven’t roller skated since I was about 11,...

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Essential oils: Anise (or aniseed)

I love my aniseed! From the aniseed balls and Imperials I would get when I’d visit my grandma in England to the anise-vanilla combination a friend used in her CP soap, I love this herb! (Don’t confuse it with star anise, though! That’s a different herb altogether!) The main compound in anise (Pimpinella anisum) is...

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No post today…look for something tomorrow!

It’s been a whirlwind week! I made candles with the pregnant and parenting teens on Thursday morning, and chocolate, sushi shaped beeswax candles, Shrinky Dinks, and Star Wars related snowflakes on Thursday night at the Christmas Extravaganza! Today we’re at girls only Rock Band (and Dance Central 2) at the library, so I haven’t had...

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Essential oils: Eucalyptus in lotions and body wash

For some reason, menthol and eucalytpus go fantastically together, so I suggest trying a lovely foot lotion with 3% menthol, 1% eucalyptus, and 1% camphor, just remove 2% from the cocoa butter or soy bean oil to compensate for the essential oils that will go into the cool down phase. FOOT CREAM WITH MENTHOL AND EUCALYPTUSHEATED...

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Essential oils: Eucalytpus in anhydrous products

I love to use eucalyptus in a number of different products – let take a look at some anhydrous products that might be awesome with the inclusion of this essential oil. Remember that we don’t want to go over 1.12% – so stick with 1% – and we’ll add the eucalyptus in the cool down...

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Essential oils: Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil is a staple in my fragrance and essential oils cupboard because of all the awesome things it is alleged to do – plus it smells great in combination with camphor and menthol! Eucalyptus is listed as being antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, insect repellant, and helpful for respiration and our sinuses. How does it do all...

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Essential oils: Processing techniques

How do we get our essential oils? There are as many techniques, it seems, as there are types of essential oils! PHYSICAL METHODSINFUSION: Soaking the plants in vegetable oil, water, alcohol, or other solvent. This is done for products like calendula, St John’s Wort, and arnica. (This is something we can do at home, but...

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