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Vetiver Essential Oil: Multipurpose Grass
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/27/2014 to Oils

While many essential oils are made from flowers, there are other types of plants that can be used as well. Vetiver is an earthy, musky smelling grass that offers up its essential oil for a multitude of uses, not the least of which is as a simple natural perfume. It is used daily in many parts of India and is also an effective private label skincare ingredient and infection fighter.

Vanilla Essential Oil: Sweet, Creamy Ambrosia
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/24/2014 to Oils

The sweet and warming scent of Vanilla is a classic, loved by men, women, and children alike. This sensuous, sweet, and creamy elixir is extracted from the fruits of an exotic flower and brings equally exotic qualities to the blends it’s included in. While most widely used as an alcohol based extract for flavoring food, the essential oil of Vanilla is actually where most of its therapeutic and flavorful properties lie.

Sandalwood Essential Oil: Ancient Golden Nectar
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/20/2014 to Oils

Sandalwood is a prime example of why essential oils are so fun and effective to use. Upon application, its euphoric sweetness simultaneously informs your brain chemistry via aromatherapy, heals your skin via its anti-inflammatory and regenerative compounds, and revs your hormonal system via its unique form of phyto-androgen. The result is an exotic tonic-perfume that literally makes you feel and look as good as you smell.

Sacred Skin Care With Sage Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/17/2014 to Oils

When most people think of Sage, they probably think of the practice of “smudging”, where the smoke of the plant is used to purify a room. While this is no doubt a fun and potentially meaningful use of Sage, the essential oil offers us other uses that yield beautiful results thanks to the potent phyto-chemistry of this plant. Whether you’re interested in skin care, immune support, or ancient herbal lore, Sage essential oil will secure its place in your essential oil arsenal.

Rosemary Essential Oil: Culinary Herb Turned Hair Care Extraordinaire
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/13/2014 to Oils

Sometimes the most common of skin care ingredients are the most remarkable and Rosemary is one of those ingredients. Typically used as an herb for cooking because of its flavor and aroma, Rosemary also soothes irritations of the mind and the skin. It especially lends it healing and strengthening powers to the hair, banishing sad, limp and thinning hair for good.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil: Calm, Soothe, Renew
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/10/2014 to Oils

Chamomile is a quite popular and well-known herb, often consumed as a relaxing and child-friendly tea. What you may not know is that the essential oil of this remarkable little plant is full of therapeutic qualities, and can be utilized in private label skincare and aromatherapy. Whether you would like to relax and calm down, or heal some scars and regenerate your skin, Roman Chamomile essential oil is there to help.

Flower Power with Lavender, Rose and Neroli
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/6/2014 to Oils

The art of perfumery began in ancient Egypt and humans have been enjoying the scents of nature and her wonders ever since. Whether the perfume is natural or synthetic, the inspiration for its scent no doubt comes from flowers and the myriad of scent-sual wonders they so kindly offer our noses. When made into essential oils, these flower essences can be blended together to create sweet smelling and therapeutic natural perfumes. At RainShadow Labs, we especially love our flower-based blend of Lavender, Rose, and Neroli essential oils to inspire, calm, heal and harmonize.

Essential Oils For Hair Care
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/3/2014 to Oils

Thick, shiny, beautiful hair is the perfect accessory. Even if you’ve had a bad day or woke up too tired, a good hair day takes that all away. Harsh shampoos and chemicals can sometimes do more damage than good to our hair, so it’s important to not only use high quality products, but to also know how to help the hair repair and maintain itself. Essential oils are a great way to do that and below you will find four of our wholesale essential oils that you can use for healthy hair maintenance and repair: Rosemary, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood.

Essential Oils For Your Private Label
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/27/2014 to Oils

RoseNatural and organic skin care embodies the essence of innovative natural science- providing authentic ingredients that impart their succulent natural wisdom to our skin. Essential oils are powerful skin care allies, and can easily take any formula from good to top tier. With such a variety of oils to choose from, it can seem daunting to find the essential oils that are right for you. Here you will find four of our favorite essential oils to start with for your private label- geranium, rose, jasmine and turmeric.

Energize Your Spirit With Essential Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/23/2014 to Oils

frankincenseOne of the great things about essential oils is that when properly blended, they enhance the effectiveness of the oils around them. This means that using an essential oil blend can be even better than using a single oil. And in today’s modern world where almost everything is demanding and fast paced, you can really use all the help you can get. And that’s exactly why we came up with our Energize and Uplift essential oil blend, a lovely mix of jasmine, lemon, frankincense and sandalwood essential oils, Energize invigorates your mind and uplifts your spirits for the times you need it most.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: Exotic Floral Essence
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/20/2014 to Oils

ylang ylangEssential oils are distilled from a number of different plant parts- everything from resins and stems, to leaves and occasionally even grasses. But it is the flowers that often evoke the most magical experiences, and great care is taken to ensure that they are harvested and processed at the correct time. Ylang ylang is no exception to this; these fragrant blossoms are harvested and distilled in the early morning, when their fragrance (and therapeutic potential) is at its peak.

Turmeric Essential Oil: Botanical Anti Aging Genius
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/16/2014 to Oils

TumericTurmeric has been getting a lot of press lately in the health world because of the amazing anti inflammatory and healing properties it possesses. As you may already know, inflammation is one of the most detrimental processes our skin can be exposed to, and keeping it in check is of the utmost importance if your goal is to have a bright, tight and healthy complexion.

Palmarosa Essential Oil: Beautifying Cousin of the Rose
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/13/2014 to Oils

PalmarosaThere are many different kinds of rose oils and all of them are held in high regard when it comes to skin care. It would make sense that something as fair and fragrant as a rose would be one of the ultimate beauty tonics. But there are also plants such as palmarosa, which is not a flower but a grass. And like its flowered and soft-petaled cousins, palmarosa is a wonder when it comes to treating aged and dehydrated skin.

Lemongrass Essential Oil: Multipurpose Maverick
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/9/2014 to Oils

lemongrassThe beauty of essential oils is not always that they are good for any one thing, but that one oil can be used for a myriad of purposes with equal effectiveness. This is most definitely the case with lemongrass essential oil. It is equally as good as an insect repellant as it is a sore muscle rub or tissue regenerator. It clears athlete’s foot because of its powerful antifungal properties, and can be put in the diffuser to stave off colds and freshen the room. Needless to say, lemongrass is a multi-use maverick, perfectly suited for your private label needs.

Cumin Essential Oil: Ancient Cell-Protector
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/6/2014 to Oils

CuminThough modern technology has provided many advances in the realm of health and sanitation, looking back to ancient cultures and studying what herbs and practices they utilized can be very valuable. Often, we find that the substances they used can still be effectively employed today. Cumin essential oil was cultivated and used extensively in ancient cultures as a way to treat and prevent infection and digestive issues, as well as a way to prevent food from going bad, and its applications are still relevant for us today.

Cinnamon Essential Oil: Spicy-Sweet Bacteria-Buster
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/2/2014 to Oils

CinnamonIt’s important to know how to keep your home and family members germ and infection free. When one person gets sick, it can negatively affect the whole household, so having a go-to infection and harmful bacteria fighting remedy is really of the utmost importance. Essential oils provide a natural, effective and sweet-smelling way to keep pathogens and illness at bay, and one of the absolute best oils for this purpose is cinnamon.

Lemon Essential Oil: Everyday Household Hero
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/26/2014 to Oils

LemonIn a day and age when most of us are running around with very busy schedules, products that cover more than one base at a time are invaluable. Lemon essential oil is a fragrant and uplifting essential oil that you can use to clean your house, keep your immune system healthy, and clear your mind of stress and stagnation.

Marjoram Essential Oil: Botanical Body-Ache-Buster
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/23/2014 to Oils

MarjoramNobody likes to get sick. Our body aches, we can’t breathe very well, and it feels almost impossible to get anything on our to-do list done and out of the way. What if there was a way to get rid of that sick, creaky body ache that resigns you to the bed with nothing to do but wait and get better? Thankfully, a popular culinary herb known as marjoram also doubles as a pain relieving essential oil for those times when your body aches and you’re stuck in bed.

Jasmine: Queen of the Flowers
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/19/2014 to Oils

JasmineWhether we know it or not, scent is a powerful influencing force behind many of our actions. The pheromones released by our body odor inform others about the state of our hormonal health and potential biological compatibility. And just as our own pheromones alter human brain chemistry, so too do the pheromones of plants. Some cause a state of relaxation, others cause mental alertness, while others even act as aphrodisiacs. Jasmine essential oil has long been regarded as an exotic botanical aphrodisiac, and has an ancient  history of ceremonial use.

Wholesale “Relax” Essential Oil Blend
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/16/2014 to Oils

LavenderRain Shadow Labs’ Relax Essential Oil Blend is the perfect stress antidote. Aromatherapy blends abound, and it can be tempting to just use one oil for relaxation. However, when the calming oils of geranium, lavender, ylang ylang and sage come together, the result is a blend with soft and sultry floral notes, and a combined stress-busting synergy that will have you relaxed and smelling sweet in no time.

Galbanum Essential Oil: Botanical DNA Repair
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/12/2014 to Oils

Galbanum Essential OilTrue anti aging skin care repairs skin at every level, optimizing it for the absolute best integrity infused performance. Skin that is dull, clogged, and damaged requires intelligent support via nature’s own botanical pharmacy. Essential oils are masters at delivering potent plant intelligence to skin that is damaged, dull, and withering. And for struggling skin that needs a botanical boost, look no further than galbanum essential oil.

Geranium Essential Oil: Multifaceted Healer
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/9/2014 to Oils

GeraniumIt takes a very special and potent substance to heal severely damaged and scarred skin. Thankfully, there is one African flower that takes skin regeneration and scar healing to a level all its own. With a sweet and uplifting scent, and super hero potent regenerative powers, geranium essential oil is the perfect oil for healing and maintaining damaged, scarred, and traumatized skin.

Refresh Your Senses With Cypress Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/5/2014 to Oils

CypressThere is something so soothing and wonderfully therapeutic about hiking in the pine filled mountains- the crisp air wakes you up, the sun brightens your mood, and the minty fresh smell of pine and cypress trees illuminate your spirit. But for many of us, hiking in the mountains every day isn’t an option. How can you transport that same invigorating experience into your everyday life? The answer: cypress essential oil.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Aboriginal Disinfectant
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/2/2014 to Oils

EucalyptusWhen it comes to fighting bacteria and infections, and reducing inflammation, eucalyptus essential oil is the best of the best. The Aboriginal people of Australia have used eucalyptus leaves for centuries as a poultice to disinfect and cover wounds. To this day some medical doctors will use a solution of eucalyptus essential oil in surgical dressings.

Top 12 Peppermint Oil Uses
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/11/2014 to Oils

Peppermint Essential OilPeppermint Essential Oil is core medicine cabinet oil.  It’s one that everyone really should keep in the house.  Why? It’s good for everything from first aid to counter top cleaning.  

Peppermint Essential Oil is anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial.  It’s great for the digestive system, the respiratory system, pain  relief and circulation.  Peppermint Oil’s healing and hygienic uses are well known.  There is even archeological evidence that peppermint was used by the ancients for such purposes!

Ancient Luxury: The History of the Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/28/2014 to Oils

Sandalwood Essential OilThe History of Essential Oils is a grand and epic tale.  Essential Oils have been used for therapeutic, medicinal and cosmetic purposes for over five thousand years!


Let’s take a trip back in the time stream and explore the magnificent world of Essential Oils in Ancient Times!

The Many Benefits of Cacao Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/12/2014 to Oils

RainShadow Lab’s Wholesale Cacao Essential Oil makes it easy for you to procure this delicious, sensuous oil at a manufacturer direct value.  Use it in your spa or beauty care establishment, or to blend in cosmetics you make at home for yourself and friends! Our oils are always pure, unadulterated and distilled from premium sources.  So, they are richly aromatheraputic and powerfully medicinal!


Cacao Essential Oil is a yummy and super-calming scent. The oil’s toothsome fragrance is actually relaxing on a molecular level.  Cacao Oil contains components like anandimide, a molecule that the brain needs to feel blissful and happy, and tryptophan, famous for relaxing the nervous system and boosting mood.  The scent of Cacao Oil relaxes the body and mind.

How Essential Oils are Made
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/7/2014 to Oils

How are Essential Oils made? Essential Oils are made by extracting the fragrant and medicinal liquids in a plant.  Essential Oils can be derived from the seeds, roots, bark, stems and leaves of a plant as well as the fruit and flowers. Quality essential oils are extracted using one of three main methods: Effleurage, Steam Distillation and Expression.

Clove Essential Oil: A Healthy and Seductive Choice
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 2/5/2014 to Oils

RainShadow Labs Wholesale Clove Essential Oil is a premium oil with loads of topical applications.  Did you know that in the Middle Ages, Clove Oil was noted to have over 12,000 applications for symptoms and disease?  Our Clove Oil is potent medicinal oil and beauty fix, plus it’s a spicy aromatherapy scent!


Clove Oil has indescribable therapeutic benefits. It’s been documented to kill over 60 different bacterial strains, 15 fungal strains and a number of viral infections.

The Top Five Essential Essential Oils
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/16/2013 to Oils

If you’re new to Essential Oils, congratulations! You’ve discovered how powerful essential oils can be in your life as beauty aids, medicinal healers and much more.  But starting your essential oil collection is a challenge.  There are so many incredible oils to choose from, where do you start?  At RainShadow Labs, we believe you should always trust your intuition.  But, there are some standard oils that every collection should have.  So here it is, the Top 5 Essential Oils You Need To Have In Your Collection!

Immortal Blue: Uses & Benefits of Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/11/2013 to Oils
Blue Tansy Essential Oil (also known as Moroccan Chamomile) is a highly curative oil. The word tansy comes from the Greek word “Athanaton” meaning “immortal” because Blue Tansy has real tissue regenerating abilities! Though it’s light, botanic aroma makes it lovely for a subtle personal scent, the real power of this deep blue distillation is in its medicinal effectiveness.
Black Pepper Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/9/2013 to Oils
At RainShadow Labs, we’d like to tell you a story about Black Pepper Essential Oil.  Long ago, when Europe was still young, there were no local spices available to Europeans. All spices, including black pepper, had to come from Asia and beyond.  All spices were popular in Europe, but it is said that the culinary, healing and uplifting benefits of black pepper were so sought after that the French, Spanish and Dutch started wars over it! Today black pepper isn’t quite so difficult to get a hold of, but its power is entrancing nonetheless!

Top 7 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil
Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/2/2013 to Oils

Most essential oils are wildly powerful, and their uses are far ranging and impressive. But Lavender Essential Oil is especially magical! The ancient Greeks and ROmans used lavender in their bathhouses (the name Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare – to wash) because they saw how effective it was against so many different toxins!  Lavender isn’t just for the bath water- it has so many wondrous uses!  Here are RainShadow Labs’ Top 7 Uses of Lavender Essential Oil! 


    Essential Oil Natural Spider Repellent: Top 6 Scents Spiders Hate!
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/25/2013 to Oils
    Get the spooks from arachnids? You’re not the only one!  Sure, it’s wildly incredible that they spin silk from their bodies.  But since spiders carry venom, and even the non-venomous ones are just plain pesky, spiders in the house are not ideal and even dangerous.

    You want to keep spiders out of your home, but traditional methods of pest control are toxic.  Chemicals like
    piperonyl butoxide to hydramethylnon, common pesticide ingredients, are known carcinogens. The hazards of pesticides range from damage to the nervous system and irritation to the skin and eyes, to affecting the hormone and endocrine system.   While they are effective pest control methods, pesticides are not ideal for you or anyone in your house.
    Fiery Fragrances for Fall: Diffusing Essential Oils
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/22/2013 to Oils
    Let’s get into it: it’s sensational what diffusing essential oils in your home can do for your mind and mood.  Saturating scents around your home is a great way to pick yourself up when you’re feeling out of it! Almost any and all essential oils will provide unparalleled benefits when diffused in the air, but we want to focus on those scents that make you feel like you’ve gotten big hug: Fall Scents. The fun thing about diffusing these special Fall Scents is that they not only smell phenomenal, they provide you with health benefits as well!
    Magnolia Essential Oil: A Hidden Beauty Treasure
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 10/23/2013 to Oils
    Magnolia essential oil is one of RainShadow Labs all time favorite hidden beauty treasures! If you don’t know already, essential oils are distillations of the medicinally powerful and richly fragrant chemical compounds found in plants. Essential oils can heal ailments in the body, as well as uplift thought patterns in the mind and restore emotional well-being. We love magnolia essential oil at the moment because it’s a secret beauty gem!
    Top 5 Skincare Myths... Busted!
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 8/26/2013 to Soaps
    5) ALL OILS CLOG PORES AND PROVOKE ACNE
    False! It is a common belief that oils or products with oils are comedogenic and pore-clogging. This is just not true! Some oils can potentially suffocate the skin, such as mineral oil, but many oils are very good for the skin and won't clog pores and cause acne at all. In fact, many of them clear up acne and reduce your natural oil production, making you less shiny and reducing the amount of pore-clogging material upon your complexion. Oils such as Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Safflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Macadamia Nut Oil are all safe and effective for facial and body skin care.


    4) CHOCOLATE AND GREASY FOODS CAUSE BREAKOUTS
    False! There is no evidence indicating that consuming chocolate and greasy foods...
    Melissa Essential Oil
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 8/19/2013 to Skin Care

    Melissa Essential Oil, also known as Lemon Balm, is an oil derived from a plant native to center-southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Melissa plant extracts have been used for their medicinal properties for ages. Melissa Essential Oil is particularly famous for its soothing qualities, memory boosting properties, and anti-depressant powers. It is used to treat anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, migraines, menstrual cramping, PMS, indigestion, nausea, asthma, bronchitis, coughing, insect repellent, eczema, and also for adding flavor and fragrance. No wonder it was decreed the “Common Oil” and “Sweet Oil,” eh?

    Natural, Healing Hair Care Treatments
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 7/21/2013 to Oils
    Its Summertime, which means its time to pack away those warm winter hats and flaunt those lovely locks of yours! Whether or not you have short or long hair, it is important to promote healthy hair growth to achieve and maintain a thick, lustrous mane. There are many products out there that tout hair growing capabilities. These products are packed with artificial ingredients and harsh chemicals that can eventually cause damage to your hair, internal organs (remember, your skin absorbs at least 60% of what you apply to it) and can even provoke cancer. Luckily, there is a solution! Avoid the danger of using threatening, artificial products to tend to your hair and benefit from natural products! Read below to discover how natural oils can improve any hair type and texture with noteworthy results.
    DIY: Natural Insect Repellent
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 7/8/2013 to Skin Care
    I think we can all agree that outdoor fun is the best part of Summer. But whether or not you are chilling on your porch, in the woods, or by a lake there always seems to be pesky insects waiting to attack! And as annoying as those buzz-killing creatures can be, covering yourself from head to toe in chemicals to ward them off can be just as vexing. Here are some natural, do it yourself solutions so you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about bugs!
    Make Your Own Fragrance
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 5/30/2013 to Oils
    essential oils fragrance

    Do you want to make your own fragrance? Can’t find that perfect scent? Looking for something unique for you and only you? Here’s the lowdown on how to blend the fragrance of your dreams. Discover how to make the perfect scent for any occasion or a signature aroma just for you.

    Patchouli Essential Oil
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 5/25/2013 to Oils
    Patchouli plant

    Patchouli essential oil, extracted from the leaves of the patchouli plant, has a long therapeutic and medicinal history that began in Southeast Asia many centuries ago. Bearing a variety of active properties, it is useful for meditation purposes, as an aphrodisiac, to treat skin and hair, and to repel insects. With inherent grounding and uplifting qualities, this earthy, woody aroma taps into the root chakra, the sacral chakra, and even the third eye chakra. While it is often associated with the hippies of the 1960s, this multifaceted oil is a fantastic staple for anyone to have on hand.

    Rose Essential Oil
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 5/17/2013 to Oils
    roseOne of the most widely used oils in aromatherapy is rose essential oil. It offers a strong, sweet, floral middle note with compelling healing capacity. Put to use as far back as ancient Egyptian times, rose essential oil has been helping humankind with mental, emotional, and physical strain for more than one thousand years. An antidepressant, aphrodisiac, bactericide, skin treatment, lung treatment, and pain-reliever, this miracle oil covers all the bases.
    Spruce Essential Oil
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 5/7/2013 to Oils

    spruce essential oilWith a fresh forest scent, spruce essential oil bears a sweeter aroma than the rest of the evergreen oils. Its scent has an immediate grounding, calming, and centering effect, making it a leading aroma for mental clarity and for relieving emotional blockage.

    Cacao Essential Oil
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 4/30/2013 to Oils
    cacao beans

    Used by the Aztecs over two thousand years ago and worshiped by modern science today, cacao offers many delights. Known to open the heart chakra and promote healing on various planes, cacao essential oil can be consumed or inhaled to benefit one’s mind, body, and spirit.

    Peppermint Essential Oil
    Posted by Julia Sanders on 4/26/2013 to Oils

    peppermint essential oilPeppermint is often regarded as the world's oldest medicine. Bearing tremendous medicinal and flavorful properties, it’s no wonder that peppermint oil has survived as an edible, topical, and aromatic treatment since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. With a strong, fresh, minty aroma, peppermint oil can treat ailments of the respiratory, circulatory, integumentary (skin, hair, & nails), and nervous system.

    Purchasing Pure Essential Oils
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/10/2013 to Oils
    pure essential oils

    As essential oils gain popularity, more and more companies are offering their version of these products. There are a many options to choose from and it can be difficult for consumers to know which companies are selling the highest quality products. Below are a few signs to watch out for that can be an indication of whether or not you're purchasing your essential oils from a reputable company.

    Helichrysum Essential Oil
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 2/16/2013 to Oils

    Helichrysum or immortelle essential oil is a very precious and expensive oil with truly remarkable benefits. The scientific name for this plant is Helichrysum italicum and it is found in the Mediterranean. The plant grows mainly in sandy, rocky soil. The oil and plant are also known as everlasting and immortelle.

    Essential Oils for Hair Care
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/31/2013 to Oils

    Essential oils can benefit almost every aspect of your life, including hair care. Using essential oils as part of your hair care routine can give you healthier hair and help you to address problems that may be occurring.

    There are two simple ways that you can incorporate essential oils into your hair care routine today. The easiest is by adding a few drops of essential oils to your current shampoo. Another way you can utilize essential oils in hair care is to make a scalp treatment that you can massage into your hair and scalp. This can be made using a few drops of essential oils along with a carrier oil which can then be applied to the hair and scalp. Some essential oils that are beneficial to every type of hair are lavender, rosemary, jojoba, and borage.

    Essential Oils for Hygiene
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/29/2013 to Oils

    Most people are familiar with the benefits of using essential oils for aromatherapy, but there is so much more to be gained from them. Essential oils can be used for personal hygiene to improve your overall health. Using essential oils in the place of common commercial products can reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Here are some essential oils can be used to make natural substitutes for common hygiene products.

    Anti-Aging Essential Oils
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/25/2013 to Oils

    As skin ages, it loses its elasticity and firmness and gives way to fine lines and wrinkles. Overexposure to the sun and other environmental factors add to the problem, resulting in age spots and uneven skin tone. These signs of aging are the reason why anti-aging serums are so popular among those looking to refresh their skin. Many anti-aging creams are made from chemicals that can damage the skin, but there is a natural way to combat aging skin using essential oils.

    Essential oils are very potent and most of them need to be diluted into a carrier oils before you apply them to your skin, especially to your face. Choose one or more of the following essential oils to add to make your own anti-aging remedy.

    Carrier Oils
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/24/2013 to Oils

    Essential oils can be used in many different ways to improve your health and environment. The process of extracting essential oils from the plants they’re derived from produces a concentrated substance that is very potent. You only need to use a very small amount of essential oils. When applying them directly to the skin, essential oils should be diluted in carrier oils to avoid skin irritation.

    Carrier oils, also known as base oils, are vegetable oils that are made from the fatty part of a plant, like the seed, nut or kernel. Carrier oils contain nutrients that benefit the skin and can complement the healing properties of the essential oils.

    Peppermint Essential Oil
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/21/2013 to Oils

    Peppermint is a flavor and fragrance that is often associated with the holiday season. Fresh and cool, peppermint carries the essence of winter. Looking more deeply there is more to this amazing mint than meets the eye, including hidden properties that perhaps reveal a deeper purpose to its widespread use during the Christmas season. These hidden properties include the amazing ability of peppermint to aid digestion and to stimulate the conscious mind. And there is no more necessary time for digestive aids and awakening agents than during the demanding holiday season!!

    Essential Oils for Meditation
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 1/18/2013 to Oils

    Caring for the mind and spirit is equally as important as caring for the body. Meditation is a practice that has been used throughout time to maintain the connection between the mind, body and spirit so we can meet the needs of all three. While prayer is meant to help us speak to a divine power, meditation is meant to help us clear our minds and listen to receive enlightenment and empowerment from our Creator, nature, and ourselves. Meditation is also used to refocus the mind, promote relaxation and enhance spiritual growth.

    Healing Cracked Heels With Essential Oils
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/28/2012 to Oils
    Dry skin is a problem for many people during the winter as the cold weather and dry conditions take their toll on different parts of the skin, particularly on the heels of the feet. Besides being unsightly, dry, cracked heels can be very painful and can even lead to infection. Using essential oils to care for your feet can help the skin stay supple and healthy all winter long. There are many essential oils that can be applied directly to your feet to heal and moisturize the skin.
    Blue Tansy Essential Oil
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/26/2012 to Oils
    blue tansyBlue Tansy oil essential oil is a beautiful cobalt blue colored essential that is extracted from a weed indigenous to North Africa. It will capture you with its sweet, refreshing and soothing scent.

    Pumpkin Seed Oil
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/24/2012 to Oils
    pumpkinsPumpkin seed oil has been recognized throughout history for its restorative properties and great taste. This essential oil is full of nutrients that are good for our bodies, both inside and out. It can be applied topically and absorbed into the skin or eaten to take advantage of its health benefits. With so many uses, pumpkin seed oil is really a must-have for anyone who uses essential oils as part of their personal care and grooming.
    Cranberry Seed Oil
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/21/2012 to Oils
    Cranberry a favorite holiday flavor, but this little berry is good for more than a Christmas pick-me-up. Cranberry seed essential oil is made by pressing cranberry seeds to extract a concentrated oil that is chock full of health benefits. This essential oil is enjoying increasing popularity in the health and beauty industry as its positive properties are brought to light.
    Frankincense and Myrrh: Precious Gifts of Nature
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/19/2012 to Oils
    The story of the birth of Christ is perhaps one of the most often retold, especially at Christmas time. We all recognize the age-old details of shepherds, wise men, and a lonely stable. The gifts of the Magi presented to the baby Jesus were the most valuable ones available at the time: frankincense, myrrh, and gold. Gold is something everyone is still familiar with today, but frankincense and myrrh are not in general use like they were back then.
    Bath Time Essential Oils
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/17/2012 to Oils
    bath saltsA nice warm bath is the perfect way to wrap up a long winter's day. Adding essential oils to your bath can turn your tub into your own personal spa and help you melt away stress, reenergize your body, and relax before bedtime. Different water temperatures combined with different essential oils can help you achieve the desired effect for your warm wintertime bath.
    Essential Oils for What Ails You
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 12/10/2012 to Oils

    Its officially winter, which means cold and flu season is in full swing. Almost everyone sees their fair share of illness at this time of year. Frequent hand washing, eating a balanced diet, and getting plenty of rest can help you avoid the worst of it, but it's good to have a back up plan in place, just in case you do catch a virus. Making essential oils part of your sick-day care routine can help you feel better, faster.

    It's best to begin treating cold and flu symptoms as soon as they crop up. Waiting until you have a full-blown illness can make it harder to make headway against the virus. Most essential oils work by way of aromatherapy to help clear sinuses, settle an upset stomach, or give you some extra energy.

    Frankincense: The Oil of Kings
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/28/2012 to Oils

    If there was one and only one essential oil I was allowed to use, it would be frankincense, which comes from the Boswellia sacra tree. The essential oil of kings!

    Tree shepherds indeed!! For thousands of years, passed from generation to generation, the frankincense trees of the southern Arabian desert have been cultivated and harvested in order to produce this oil of kings. Sadly, today frankincense has gone on the endangered species list and thus the essential oil is becoming far more expensive and much more difficult to acquire.

    Neroli Essential Oil
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/26/2012 to Oils

    Neroli essential oil (citrus aurantium) is a very precious oil produced from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree. The blossoms are small, white, and very fragrant. The oil tends to be more expensive than other essential oils because it requires 1 ton of orange blossoms to produce 1 quart of oil.

    Neroli is named after Anna Maria de La Tremoille, Princess of Nerola (we're not making this up!) who first introduced the fragrance to Italy.

    Essential Oils and Weight Loss
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/23/2012 to Oils
    We hope you had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! The holidays are a great time to spend time with family and friends, remember the good things in life, and eat great food. However, the plethora of good food can be a challenge for people who are trying to lose weight.

    A study done by the television station ABC revealed that over 45% of adult Americans said they would like to lose some weight. Everyone is always looking for an easier or effective way to accomplish this but, at the end of the day, it comes down to diet and exercise. Controlling your appetite can seem like an uphill battle, but essential oils can help.

    Essential Oils for Skin Care
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/21/2012 to Skin Care
    Finding the right balance of skin care products can be very difficult. Many products contain harsh chemicals that can make your skin too dry, too oily, or damage it in other ways. Using essential oils for skin care can help balance your skin naturally and give you an even, healthy complexion.

    Different essential oils can benefit your skin in different ways. Just like our skin comes in a variety of types, there are a variety of essential oils available to help nourish skin. Lavender, chamomile, and rosewood are useful for all skin types, but branching out into other essential oils can help treat a myriad of skin problems.

    Natural Air Fresheners
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/16/2012 to Oils
    It's so nice to have a home that smells fresh and there are many products available to help you accomplish that. Unfortunately, many of the most popular products contain chemicals that can be harmful to your health and/or the environment. Using essential oils in place of these chemicals can eliminate their harmful effects and still leave your home smelling fresh and beautiful.

    Another benefit of using essential oils to freshen your home is that they have additional benefits beyond smelling good. Below are some of the side benefits of the oils most commonly used as air fresheners.

    Essential Oils for Cleaning
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/14/2012 to Oils

    Making the decision to free your environment from harsh chemicals and switch to healthier options can take some time and effort, but is definitely worth it. Essential oils provide a healthy replacement for many of these chemicals. The great thing is that they are very versatile and have many uses. You will find that the same essential oils you use for pain relief can also be used as a cleaning agent or to calm your baby. This will save you money and make it easy for you to have everything you need on hand at all times.

    Replacing the cleaning chemicals in your household can free your environment from some of its most harmful chemicals. Replacing even a few of these items with essential oils can go along way to decreasing these risks for your family.

    Essential Oils and Massage
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 11/12/2012 to Oils
    Massage has been proven to be an effective tool for better health and well-being. It helps with relaxation, ridding the body of toxins, and healing. When coupled with the use of essential oils, massage can have many added benefits.

    Essential oils are commonly used for massage because they have aromatherapy benefits that help enhance the benefits of the massage. Oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and sandalwood are among the most popular.

    Pregnancy and Essential Oils
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 11/9/2012 to Oils
    Pregnancy is a miraculous time as a woman's body grows and changes to support a small new life. Many of these miracles are accompanied by some discomfort, without much relief available. Because of the delicate nature of pregnancy, many medications and even some activities are off limits to mothers-to-be. However, there are several essential oils that can relive the discomforts of pregnancy and are safe to use during gestation. Here are a few options you may not have considered before.
    Using Essential Oils as Sleep Aids
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 11/7/2012 to Oils
    Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to get to sleep, particularly when you are already tired. There's a huge market for sleep aids but most of them are made from harmful chemicals that come with dangerous side effects. Essential oils provide a safe, effective alternative to the sleep aids you find behind the counter at the pharmacy.
    Essential Oils for Children
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 11/5/2012 to Oils

    Lately there has been a trend toward holistic products for children. This is because many of the medications and chemicals that adults use are not safe for children, but parents are still looking for a way to alleviate their kids' discomfort. In addition, many holistic products don't have the same negative side effects that traditional medications do.

    Essential oils are a great alternative solution to help comfort kids and alleviate their pain or symptoms from sicknesses.

    Citrus Essential Oils
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 10/17/2012 to Oils

    The citrus family packs a punch when it comes to delivering therapeutic and aromatic oils.  If you have ever juiced a lime or a lemon or peeled a grapefruit, tangerine or orange, you know the instant that the peel has been opened by the aroma that bursts forth.  What you smell is the highly aromatic natural essential oil that is captured in the rind of the fruit. This fresh smell enlivens the mind and the spirit. 

    The next time you eat an orange or a tangerine or any member of the citrus family take the rind and fold it in half with the colorful side out; squeeze it and the rind should squirt a small amount of the aromatic fluid.  This fluid is the essential oil.

    The citrus family of essential oils is a great year round oil. It can be placed directly into a diffuser or applied topically as a therapeutic and fragrant ingredient for skincare products.  These oils have antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, which are excellent when included in household cleaning products.  These oils are also wonderful when blended with other essential oils as fragrance blends and applied to the skin (though please note that they must be diluted in advance of direct application or they may cause skin irritation).

    Bergamot Essential Oil
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/26/2012 to Oils
    bergamot fruit

    Bergamot essential oil is a very popular oil but many people do not know the source of bergamot or its therapeutic benefits. 

    The name bergamot is derived from the name citrus bergamia, which is a fruit-bearing tree. The tree is primarily cultivated for this fruit in the Italian province Reggio di Calabria and the city of Bergamo; thus the name. The fruit of this tree is less sour than lemon and more bitter than grapefruit and has been used for centuries in teas, as medicine to treat malaria, and as an essential oil.

    Lavender Essential Oil
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/26/2012 to Oils

    If you have a chance to visit a lavender farm like I have, take the time to sit and breathe and observe the magic of this amazing flower. The color alone will take your breath away and the aroma is fresh and floral, soothing and refreshing. You will notice a tremendous calm in your being and the sense that the stresses of your life are a mere memory. Lavender essential oil distills this experience and delivers it at your fingertips any time you want.

    How Much Essential Oil to Use
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/24/2012 to Oils
    essential oilEssential oils have been used for centuries by many nations and civilizations for treating common conditions of the body and mind. Extremely concentrated extracts of plants, essential oils have a variety of different uses, depending on the properties of the plant of origin. There are also a number of different methods of use for specific ailments and purposes. And each method requires a certain amount of essential oil.
    Organic Essential Oils
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/22/2012 to Oils
    Essential oils are concentrated oils extracted from plants, flowers, and trees. Like all crops, they can either be organic (raised naturally without chemicals) or nonorganic (with pesticides and other chemicals used in growth and harvesting). As essential oils are an agricultural product, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates essential oils that are declared organic. Facilities can be certified by government regulation with inspection and follow-up. Thus, true organic essential oils will be labeled as certified organic.
    Making Essential Oils at Home
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/21/2012 to Oils
    Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils taken mainly from aromatic plants. From ancient times through today, these oils have been used for their various physical and emotional benefits as they range from uses in treating bacterial, fungal, and viral infections to soothing anxiety and alleviating depression. There are over 700 plant sources for essential oils. The making of essential oils is a delicate process, but can be done even at home with the right equipment.
    How Essential Oils are Extracted
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/19/2012 to Oils
    Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils. Most essential oils are extracted through a distilling process, a process involving steaming the plants to release their oils. The steam takes the essential oil with it into a condenser, which cools the steam. As the steam cools, the oil floats to the top of the remaining water. The leftover water still contains some of the plant chemistry and is often called floral water (or hydrosol), used for its own purposes. This method has been used for centuries.
    Treating Adult Acne with Essential Oils
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/17/2012 to Oils

    Are you tired of using teenage acne remedies for your mature skin? Are you frustrated with the drying and peeling caused by benzoyl peroxide? Perhaps youve noticed that these types of treatments contribute to wrinkle development. And maybe you are just sick of acne altogether. There may be a better solution, but first it is important to understand the sources of adult acne.

    Essential Oil Blends for Balding
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 9/13/2012 to Oils
    Hair loss is a concern for both men and women. Some essential oils have properties reported to benefit those suffering from balding or thinning hair.

    Hair loss can be caused by inflammation of the scalp. German chamomile (diluted to 1%) can cool the scalp and reduce inflammation. Lavender can do the same, but also adds antibacterial and regenerative properties (3% dilution). Helichrysum can be used at .5-2% to reduce inflammation and aid in cellular regeneration. Sea Buckhorn is bright red (be forewarned!) but helps in nourishing the scalp, reducing inflammation, and regenerating cell growth. Use at .5-2%
    Essential Oils for Romance
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/10/2012 to Oils
    romanceIn addition to their health benefits, essential oils have been used for soothing anxiety, uplifting low spirits, creating a pleasant environment in the home or at work, and yes, as aphrodisiacs. For centuries, certain essential oils have been used by couples to enhance or prepare for intimacy.
    Essential Oils for Shingles
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 9/6/2012 to Oils
    essential oilsThe varicella zoster virus is the cause of shingles, a painful skin condition lasting 2-3 weeks or even longer. Shingles causes blisters, inflammation, and pustules that often appear in band-like patterns on the chest, back, abdomen, and occasionally the face. The can create scars and in some cases nerve damage. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox and cold sores.
    Essential Oils for Yeast Infection
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 8/28/2012 to Oils
    essential oilCandida albicans, commonly referred to as yeast, is the cause of both thrush and vaginal yeast infections. Thrush is an infection of yeast located in the mouth and throat. In infants, it can also infect the breast-feeding mothers breasts. Thrush causes pain, burning, and itching and appears as a layer of gooey white on the tongue and throat, with redness and irritation underneath.
    Aromatherapy for Anxiety
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 8/22/2012 to Oils
    anxietyAnxiety is a state of constant stress. It is a condition of hyper-arousal of the midbrain, the area that is responsible for survival and is the location of the fight-or-flight response. This part of the brain responds to the thoughts the individual has that make the person feel alarmed, threatened, or worried. It is a fear-based condition and is largely the result of negative thinking.
    Aromatherapy for Sadness
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 8/16/2012 to Oils
    Sadness is a common plight of the human condition. When something goes wrong, it inevitably triggers emotion. The loss of a job, the death of a loved one, when a dream is lost, or a hope is crumbled, sadness is something we all have to go through.

    Whether it is simple sadness over a smaller trouble, or the heart wrenching grief we experience with a death or divorce, sadness can be soothed to some degree with the use of aromatherapy. The brain has a direct link from the olfactory receptors in the nose to a center of the brain responsible for survival and strong emotions. Therefore, using scent for therapy is a highly effective means of turning negativity around. Consider using aromatherapy to help cope in hard times and the sadness may pass sooner and with fewer ill effects that suffering through it unaided.

    Aromatherapy vs. Over the Counter Treatments
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 8/14/2012 to Oils
    aromatherapyWe've all taken Tylenol for headaches and Advil for sore muscles, but we've also heard about how hard these medications can be on the liver, kidneys, and stomach lining. And what about flu and cough remedies? Are all of these chemicals good for the body? Many people choose not to use them due to the potential side effects and suffer through the symptoms instead.
    Ease a Cough with Essential Oils
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 7/11/2012 to Oils
    sick_womanEssential oils have been used for centuries as medical remedies. They can be useful for many ailments, including coughs. To treat a cough a person allows the essential oil vapors to enter their airways and help combat the symptoms or sources of the cough.
    History of Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 6/26/2012 to Oils
    Natural Remedies with Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 6/21/2012 to Oils
    The Scientific Evidence of Tea Tree Oil Benefits
    Posted by kevin1234 on 6/13/2012 to Oils
    Killing a Wart with Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 6/8/2012 to Oils
    Oils that Benefit the Skin
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 5/28/2012 to Oils
    Essential oils are highly concentrated products derived from plants. The oils contain a powerful aroma, therapeutic compounds from the plants chemical makeup, and plant hormones. Used for many reasons throughout the centuries including healing, ceremonial uses, and for aromatherapy, certain essential oils are also very good for the skin.

    Usually, essential oils are diluted for use in skincare products and anything for application on the body. This is done with carrier oils like avocado, jojoba, soybean, olive, hazelnut, and almond. It usually only requires a few drops of concentrated essential oil to make a treatment.

    Some essential oils help heal the skin while others oxygenate. And, unlike other artificial skincare products, essential oils have the capability of sinking down into the subcutaneous tissue layer, well underneath the top surface of the skin. This enhances the potential benefits to the health of the skin.

    Some of the most effective essential oils for skincare include: German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita), a bright blue essential oil that taints most mixtures teal. It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota) is yellow-orange and smells spicy and sweet. With its concentration of beta carotene, it can stimulate skin elasticity.

    Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus) essential oil is yellow-brown with a perky lemon scent. Lemongrass can help the skin eliminate toxins and re-moisturize. Lavender (Lavandula Augustifolia) can be used without dilution and is the safest of essential oils. Lavender helps soothe sunburns, bee stings, and minor burns. Tee tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) is a powerful antibacterial agent and is often used to treat acne. Using essential oils instead of synthetic products can greatly benefit the health of the skin.
    Essential Oils that Kill Germs
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 5/22/2012 to Oils
    In spite of the general belief that strong chemicals are necessary to sanitize and kill bacteria, essential oils have been around for centuries that have the power to destroy a variety of germs. In fact, essential oils are also used to help speed the healing process with cold and flu viruses.

    For cleaning the home, there are many common synthetic products that are known to cause respiratory irritation, skin irritation, and other unpleasant side effects, even when used as directed. For example, window cleaner contains chemicals that, when airborne, are harmful to the lungs. That is why it is warned that users should keep the area well ventilated while they clean.

    But with essential oils, used in aromatherapy practices, the vapors are safe to breathe in as you clean. One drop of tea tree essential oil and one drop of lavender will disinfect surfaces in your home when applied to a warm damp cloth.

    To disinfect the air, place 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil, 5 drops of orange, and 3 drops of clove into a diffuser. Not only will your room smell wonderful, but it will also come without any of the hazards of chemical air fresheners. In this way, you can utilize the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils while also helping eliminate odors in your home.

    If you are suffering from a respiratory infection, a great way to assist the healing process is to use a steam treatment with essential oils. Start with a quart of boiling water just removed from the stove and add 1 drop each of eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree essential oil. Place a towel over your head and, keeping a safe distance, place your face over the steam and breathe for 10 20 minutes.

    Of course it is important to seek medical attention when necessary. But adding essential oils can go a long way to increasing the health of your home and family.
    Essential Oils for the Non-Believer
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 5/10/2012 to Oils
    Essential oils are often frowned upon by many who believe the ancient practice is not empirically validated in its effectiveness. However, most of this is due to a lack of knowledge and experience on the subject. Essential oils have not only been successfully used for centuries, for numerous purposes, but are also currently being studied for modern-day medicine.

    A recent study presented in Edinburgh at the Society for General Microbiologys spring meeting was performed to test essential oils as a replacement for antibiotics. This study went beyond that to evaluate whether the essential oils could treat some of the antibiotic resistant superbugs that have hospitals and physicians across the world worrying.

    The results of the study indicated that not only could some essential oils be used to replace antibiotic use, as an inexpensive and efficient substitution, but that essential oils even worked against these warped virus strains we refer to as superbugs.

    Two Greek professionals, Dr. Effimia Eriotuo and Professor Yiannis Samaras, who performed the research, evaluated 8 types of essential oils derived from plants. Thyme essential oil was proven the most effective and was able to destroy all bacteria it was exposed to within an hour.

    A combination of Thyme and Cinnamon made a powerful combination against several Staphylococcus strains. The researchers concluded that the effectiveness of essential oils made them a potential candidate for replacing antibiotics and for preventing the development of more antibiotic-resistant germs.
    Essential Oils for Romance
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 5/4/2012 to Oils
    The olfactory sense is the most closely linked to the brain, meaning that what we smell has a tremendous impact on our mood. Some essential oils bring a sense of calm, others invigoration, while still others are popular for inspiring feelings of romance.

    Jasmine is a scent often worn behind the ears of women to intrigue their partners and to boost confidence. Ylang ylang, an exotic scent close to the smell of jasmine is used in weddings and on honeymoons to encourage feelings of love and connection.

    Vanilla is a warm, inviting scent that Pre-Columbian Indians used to worship their Gods. It has long been considered an aphrodisiac. Clary Sage is often used to increase a partners interest. Its scent is nutty with a hint of fruit.

    Patchouli is an earthy and pungent aroma that is pleasant enough to appeal to both genders. It is often used in treatment of low desire. While it has its roots in long ago history, it became popular again in the 60s, the era of the Beetles and Make Love not War.

    Rose is a lovely scent that has long been associated with love and admiration. Supposedly, Cleopatra bathed in hot water with rose petals added to scent her skin. Sandalwood has also been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac. Like Patchouli, it is an earthy scent, but it has more of an oriental tone. It mixes well with rose or lavender for added effects.

    Strangely, research has found that sandalwood sends out a scent closely related to the androsterone men produce under their arms when they sweat. It is thus believed that it has the effects of natural pheromones. Using essential oils to make a romantic massage oil, diffuse in a room, or even add scent to a candle, can enhance the mood and improve the closeness of a couple in love.
    Natures Fountain of Youth
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 3/28/2012 to Oils
    Wrinkles are definitely not a womans best friend. Is it any coincidence that there are thousands of products made to reduce, resolve, and prevent wrinkles? Anti-aging products are big business. But so many of them are full of chemicals.

    Natural anti-aging products and practices are becoming increasingly popular with todays more health-conscious generation. The ever sought-after fountain of youth remains elusive, but there are many natural ways to combat wrinkles.

    Starting with proper skincare practices, washing the face twice per day is important for clearing the pores from clogging debris and oil. Additionally, washing the face aids the process of cell shedding, revealing a fresher, younger-looking layer of skin underneath.

    Using sunscreen, even a natural mineral-based sunscreen, can make a world of difference in the purity, brightness, and elasticity of skin.

    If, in addition to these things, you use essential oils in the care of your skin, they can further improve the looks of your skin. Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids with volatile aroma compounds from the plants they are extracted from.

    Buying natural products containing various essential oils can make a noticeable difference for an anti-aging skincare regimen. Are they natures fountain of youth? Thats for you to decide. But it is worth a try to see what changes you can make in the health of your skin using natural products and essential oils.
    Lavender
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 3/22/2012 to Oils
    Lavender is a plant with many uses. The most commonly used form is English lavender. Other lavender plants include Spanish lavender, French lavender, and Egyptian lavender.

    In an attempt to create larger plants that are easier to harvest, hybrids have been created called lavandins, which are used often in commercial manufacturing. But critics say that these plants produce lower quality oil with less of a true lavender aroma.

    In the culinary world, lavender is used in the fresh form, or as dried buds to flavor foods. For example, lavender is used to flavor honey in the Mediterranean and is sold worldwide. It is used in baking desserts and as cake decorations.

    The flowers can be candied or blended with green, herbal, or black tea. Lavender is added to goats milk cheese and sheeps milk cheese and, in the U.S., many people with a discerning taste enjoy lavender scones and marshmallows.

    Lavender is perhaps best known for its relaxing and sleep-inducing capacity. As an essential oil, it also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. One may be surprised to learn that it was used in World War I hospitals for disinfecting walls and floors.

    Lavender is often used to treat various forms of inflammation including acne, bug bites, burns and headaches. Lavender remedies should be used with caution and proper education, however, as lavender can be highly allergenic and is cytotoxic for pregnancy.
    How to Use Essential Oils
    Posted by Rain Shadow Labs on 3/12/2012 to Oils
    Essential oils are used for a variety of purposes. From massage oil to facial steams, and from dry brushing to compresses, just a few drops of essential oils can make all the difference in the efficacy of these products and methods.

    If mixing essential oil with carrier oil, for diluted products like massage oil, the general recommendation is 2.5% essential oil content. In other words, to an ounce of carrier oil, you would add 15 drops of essential oil.

    But not all mixtures call for 2.5%. It is thus important to know that an ounce of carrier oil contains about 600 drops of carrier oil. This will help with formulating percentages of essential oil. For example, a 1% ratio would mean 6 drops of essential oil are required for an ounce of carrier oil. Or, for a much stronger solution, 10% calls for 60 drops (3 ml) per ounce of carrier oil.

    There are several other natural products that can be made with essential oils. A facial steam is a simple mixture of 5 or 6 drops of the desired essential oil in a pint of hot water or in a facial steamer. And adding just 3 to 5 drops to honey, clay, and/or mashed avocado makes an excellent facial mask.

    Many people are not aware of this, but a tiny amount of oil (3-9 drops) can be added to the water of a humidifier, and depending on the essential oil used, it can help a sick child overnight. Menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint are excellent choices for opening up the bronchial airways and the sinuses.
    Essential Oils
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 3/1/2012 to Oils
    Essential oils are plant-based oils, in a highly concentrated form. The volatile aroma compounds are extracted from the desired plant, such as eucalyptus or peppermint, producing concentrated hydrophobic liquid.
    Essential Oils for the Skin
    Posted by kevin1234 on 10/28/2011 to Oils
    Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from various plants. Essential oil of peppermint, for example, is made by extracting the oil of thousands of peppermint leaves. For this reason, essential oils are generally sold in very small bottle sizes, as it takes the harvesting of many plants and a great deal of pressing to fill just one tiny bottle. 

    Able to penetrate to the subcutaneous skin layer of the skin, pure essential oils are often used in natural face and body products.  One example is essential oil of carrot seed (Daucus Carota). This essential oil is full of the antioxidant beta-carotene.

    For a beneficial facial massage, use 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and 6 drops of carrot seed essential oil. Massaging a teaspoon of this mixture into the skin of the face, for 5 minutes, can moisturize and revitalize the skin.

    A second essential oil often used in skin treatments is German chamomile (Matricaria Recutita). With anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, German chamomile essential oil is also very strong, thus requiring dilution for use on the skin.

    For treating sunburns, take a quarter cup of distilled water, add an equal amount of aloe vera juice (the real stuff), and squeeze 5 drops of German chamomile essential oil into the mixture. After mixing, place the liquid in a spray bottle and spray on burned skin 4 or 5 times per day, until the sunburn heals.

    Lavender essential oil (Lavandula Augustifolia) is one of the most commonly used essential oils for the skin. It has antiseptic properties, aiding in the treatment of bee stings and minor burns. For treatment of these conditions, you can use the essential oil, undiluted, directly on the affected area. Or, for an all-over sunburn, you can add 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil into a cool bath.

    There are many essential oils that are beneficial to the skin, with a variety of benefits and uses. It is important to seek out a quality product and store essential oils in a cool dark place, to retain their useful properties. 
    Uses of Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 9/15/2011 to Oils
    Essential oils can be used in many ways on a daily basis.  They can be used as air fresheners, in facial creams and lotions, foot soaks and hair care. Essential oils are also used extensively in massage and sauna situations, as well as in steam vaporizers.

    Using essential oils can add natural fragrance while also giving you the therapeutic benefits of the oil. Essential oils can form an integral part of holistic living and healing. These oils are very concentrated, so only a very small amount is needed for most applications.

    Essential oils can be used to treat a myriad of symptoms. Since essential oils are so concentrated, care must be taken in their use.  Too much of a good thing can also cause additional problems, or perhaps give an allergic reaction.

    Essential oils can be used as topical antiseptics for minor cuts and insect bites. Muscle pain can be alleviated by using essential oils when massaging sore muscles. Fungal infections can also be treated effectively using essential oils.

    Essential oils can be used in shampoos and conditioners, toothpastes and bath soaks. They are in perfumes and air fresheners.  Once you are aware of the many uses of essential oils, you will start finding uses for them almost everywhere.
    What Are Essential Oils?
    Posted by kevin1234 on 9/8/2011 to Oils
    Essential oils, also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, or aetherolea is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing the oil of the plant from which they were extracted.  The oil is considered essential in the sense that it has a distinct scent or essence from the plant. Essential oils are usually extracted by distillation, but could also be expressed from a solvent extraction.

    Essential oils are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products. They can also be used for flavoring food and drink, adding scents to incense or household cleaning products. Essential oils can be used for many different purposes.

    Essential oils have also been used medicinally throughout history. They are often used as skin treatments. Sometimes they are used to treat more serious illness as well.

    Over time, the use of essential oils declined in evidence-based medicine. Older textbooks still contain references and information regarding the use of essential oils.

    In recent decades, interest in essential oils has revived. Aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine, uses essential oils and other compounds for curative purposes. Essential oils are also diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage. Essential oils can also be diffused into the air using a nebulizer, heated over a candle or burned as incense.
    The Quality of Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 8/24/2011 to Oils

    The quality of essential oil can vary so much between manufacturers. Some blends that are low quality are very low priced while others seem much more expensive. This is because higher quality oils are more pure and it takes much more time to create pure oil.

    The purer an oil is, the more effective it will be for curing health ailments and working as aromatherapy oil. There is a significant number of sellers on the market calling their products essential oils that only contain a very small percentage of a single type of therapeutic oil. The other components in the mixture include animal and vegetable oil.

    If a deal on this type of oil seems too good to be true, chances are it is. If you purchase an oil to use for natural healing or aromatherapy it will be ineffective if it is not of high quality. Low quality oils can still have a great scent and many are used for cleaning products, candles and room-sprays. These will not have the same effect as pure oils.

    Synthetic and chemical components are also regularly added to low quality oil blends. These should be avoided, because unnatural products can be risky and harmful to our overall health. More importantly they will not act as a pure oil in creating calming and positive outcomes.

    Meditation with Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 8/14/2011 to Oils

    Meditation is one of the most ancient techniques for relieving stress and healing naturally. Now, more than ever meditation practices can help to reduce stress. Todays world is full of technology and constantly changing environments off and online. It can be difficult for an everyday person to really relax. Meditation can help and essential oils are part of the process.

    For centuries, different cultures have found that many oils have healing properties and therapeutic benefits. Different oils can be added to diffusers to create aromas that help with certain ailments and everyday stressors. The most popular and common oils used in massage are listed below:

    Patchouli: Long known for its benefits for bringing inner peace to individuals, patchouli has an earthy scent.

    Lavender: Lavender is especially useful when meditating at the end of a busy day. Its properties are calming and will help to create a good nights sleep after meditation.

    Lemon: If you are down or feeling negative, lemon oil can be the cure. Lemon oil is great when used for morning meditation for a bright, positive pick me up.

    Essential Oils for Bowel Problems
    Posted by kevin1234 on 7/22/2011 to Oils

    Bowel issues are quite common in our society. Stresses, fatigue, poor diet, lack of exercise and secondary health conditions are all common contributors to bowel issues. Many people with minor bowel issues and more serious bowel issues such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) have experienced positive results using essential oils in conjunction with doctors recommendations.

    Essential oils will need to be mixed into a carrier oil to reduce any chance of further irritation or inflammation. They will need to be applied directly to the abdomen. They can also be put into bath water for a long soak that will expose the body directly to the oils in the water.

    Some of the recommended oils for bowel issues include rosemary oil, lemon verbena oil and blue chamomile oil. Be sure to find the right oil for your specific ailment. Some oils will help with constipation, while others may work well for treating loose bowels.

    In addition to using essential oils topically to treat bowel problems, the oils can be used for aromatherapy. If stress has created a tight stomach and intestinal issues, lavender oil or rose oil can help to reduce the stress. Heating the oil in an aromatherapy burner is a preferred way to create a therapeutic scent.

    The Best Essential Oils for Treating Acne
    Posted by kevin1234 on 7/15/2011 to Oils

    Essential oils are becoming very popular for treating everyday ailments, including acne. These oils work to reduce the stress that may cause acne, reduce sebum production and minimize redness and irritation of pimples. There are three top acne treating oils including tea tree oil, lavender oil and rose oil.

    Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil can reduce inflammation of acne and will prevent further bacteria from infecting the area. It is also used for treating dandruff, warts, blisters and rashes.

    Lavender Oil: Lavender oil has antibacterial properties that can help to heal acne. It is also used in aromatherapy that can help to reduce stress levels and promote deep sleep. Both stress and sleep deprivation are known to cause acne.

    Rose Oil: Rose oil works well as an antiseptic. Similar to lavender oil, rose oil can help to reduce stress. It can also help promote joy and happiness when used in an aromatherapy blend.

    The quality of oils used to treat acne should be very high. If you are placing the oil directly onto your face, be sure that the blend will not further irritate your skin before using it liberally.

    Shelf Life of Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin on 6/14/2011 to Oils
    Three Most Popular Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 5/24/2011 to Oils
    Essential oils have been used for centuries to promote good health and to reduce stress. Each oil has a specific purpose, as each scent will create a different reaction. When an oil is added to a diffuser or products such as lotion or bath soap it can create a wonderful aromatherapy experience.
    Calm Yourself with Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 5/16/2011 to Oils
    Essential oils are fantastic natural ailments for many of todays stressors.We live in a fast paced society that can affect our stress levels and health. We need to take advantage of the little break time we have to enjoy our rest and relaxation. Aromatherapy is wonderful because you can use it everywhere and anywhere!
    Cleaning with Essential Oils
    Posted by kevin1234 on 5/11/2011 to Oils
    It is clearly dangerous to clean with many of the items that have been produced as household cleaners. Reading the back of the bottles of some of the most popular cleaning sprays can be an eye opening experience. If a bottle has a warning against exposure, it should not be used in the home.
    Essential Oils for Massage
    Posted by kevin1234 on 5/6/2011 to Oils
    There are several preferred oils that are used for massage. They are all popular for their unique benefits for the skin, aromatherapy and other positive influences in creating a peaceful mind and body. We have a list of the top 3 and their specific benefits.
    Natural Products to Help you Sleep Well
    Posted by kevin1234 on 3/29/2011 to Oils
    In our society we are constantly on the go. Often our days are filled with hundreds of tasks. It can be difficult to be able to fully relax and to sleep peacefully. But, with a stressful schedule, it is more important than ever to get a good night of sleep.
    Essential Oils for the Feet
    Posted by kevin1234 on 3/25/2011 to Oils
    Essential oils can work wonders for the feet. In addition to creating a pleasurable experience with aromatherapy, they can work wonders in invigorating and relaxing tired overworked toes.
    Uses for Aromatherapy Products
    Posted by kevin1234 on 3/24/2011 to Oils
    Aromatherapy can be fantastic for lifting the mood or the spirit. You can create the perfect atmosphere with the right scents used separately or together to invoke emotions and relieve stress.
    The Great Uses For Essential Oil
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/26/2010 to Oils
    Essential oils are numerous. There are a lot of great choices in oils. All are used in a variety of ways, and for a number of different purposes.
    Setting The Mood With Ylang-Ylang
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/25/2010 to Oils
    Aphrodisiacs have proven through history that they can be very helpful in awakening sexuality in people. One powerful aphrodisiac that can accomplish this today is ylang-ylang. Ylang-ylang is a strong essential oil that works in completing sexual improvements.
    The Amazing Properties of Vanilla Essential Oil
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/25/2010 to Oils
    Vanilla essential oil is a wonderful anti oxidant. It protects the body from infections and keeps the immune system buoyed up. Antioxidants allow you to feel healthy too, helping with tiredness and illness.
    Did you Know Melons Contain Distilled Water?
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/20/2010 to Oils
    Adding melons to your diet will improve the health of those using essential oils. Using essential oils combined with the silicon contained in melons will improve the common diet. The melon rind is also full of nutrients and essential oils, so remember to include it when making your melon juice.
    The Amazing Bergamot Essential Oil and Its Uses
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/18/2010 to Oils
    Some oils really stand out with their uses, smells, and originations. Bergamot is one such essential oil. Bergamot oil is attributed to being used in a variety of items, including deodorants, antibiotics, and anti depressants.
    The Water of Life: The Many Uses of Rose Water
    Posted by Gravitate Master on 10/7/2010 to Oils
    Rose essential oil is oil that is extracted from the roses petals. The extraction process happens through steam distillation. Rose essential oil is a very popular essential oil that is used in perfumes.
    The Magic of Fragrant Candles
    Posted by Shawna on 9/29/2010 to Oils
    Candles that have essential oils in them can be heated to diffuse pleasant fragrances around the room. The aromatherapy can be dispersed through out the room to help with peace and tranquility. The aromatherapy can help with healing as well as lifting people emotionally. Here are some popular candle scents that are used with aromatherapy.
    Cacao Seed Oil 411
    Posted by jeff on 8/17/2010 to Oils

    Cacao seed essential oil has a lot of history that makes it fun as well. It is thought to have originated with the pre-Mayan Olmec people. The Olmec civilization used cacao in a lot of different ways. They used it to make chocolate mixes.

     

    They also studied its medical properties. They found that there was a lot of value with the cacao seed essential oil. They were considered very special.

     

    Essential Oil and Menopause
    Posted by jeff on 8/16/2010 to Oils
    When a woman goes through the stage of menopause she is faced with a lot of changes. Some of these changes are physical changes, like insomnia, headaches, and hot flashes. Other changes are more emotional.

    Aromatherapy can help you with these changes. While it can't stop them entirely from happening, they can help. Symptoms vary with different women, and the intensity of the symptoms are different as well.
    Calming Your Anxiety-Ridden Pets Naturally
    Posted by jeff on 8/13/2010 to Oils
    Animals can be very similar to humans sometimes, in respects to their emotions. Dogs can still suffer from stress and anxiety, just like humans do. They can have traumatizing experiences, just like humans.

    Pets that are suffering from anxiety can get help. Using essential oils can allow your pets a chance to heal. Natural medicines offer less negative side effects than traditional medicine.
    Top Essential Oils for Stress Relief
    Posted by jeff on 8/12/2010 to Oils
    Essential oils have always been used to help out humanity. One of those ways it can help is to aid people suffering from intense stress. Essential oils are very effective for relieving stress. They have a lot of advantages. First, they are all natural. There are no negative side effects that can harm your body.
    Using Essential Oils to Combat Grief
    Posted by jeff on 8/11/2010 to Oils
    Grief is a very overwhelming feeling, especially to those who are truly suffering. Sadly, sorrow and grief are part of humanity. The grief cycle has a few different stages. One of those stages is acceptance.

    We cannot get to that point until we move past our initial grief and get to a point where we are not suffering from so much pain. We need to find a place where we are not overwhelmed by sadness. Here are some essential oils that can help with the grieving process.

    Bergamot - Bergamot has tremendous calming properties. Bergamot works as an anti-depressant and works with supporting hormones. Its citrus scent is very appealing and is used a lot in aromatherapy to alleviate anxiety. Aromatherapy is often used to improve moods.
    Oils That Have Amazing Antiseptic Abilities
    Posted by jeff on 8/6/2010 to Oils
    Essential oils work well because of their many antiseptic abilities. Each type has their own makeup that has distinct natural chemicals. Some even contain hundreds of different chemicals, which make them very versatile. Here are a few of the most popular antiseptic essential oils on the market.

    Lavender - Lavender is perhaps the most popular oil on the market. It is extremely versatile because it is an antiseptic, anxiolytic, and anti-inflammatory. It helps heal burns, bites, eases pain, and inflammation.
    Natural Alternatives to Prescription Drugs
    Posted by jeff on 8/5/2010 to Oils
    There are a number of reasons why you should consider using natural alternatives to prescription drugs. One of them is that drugs can cause a negative side effect to your child. You may be causing more damage to your child instead of helping them.

    Essential oils have been researched over and over again and have a tremendous track record. They are safer on the body and have gentler results than most prescriptions. They also have fewer side effects than prescribed drugs.
    Roman Chamomile History and Use
    Posted by Admin on 7/19/2010 to Oils
    Roman chamomile is similar to German chamomile as far as treatments go. They are completely different species, however. Roman chamomile is a little milder than German chamomile.

    Because it is milder it does a great job treating people who are more sensitive. It is often used to treat small children and infants. It can also be a better alternative for elderly people.
    Roman Chamomile History and Use
    Posted by jeff on 7/19/2010 to Oils
    Roman chamomile is similar to German chamomile as far as treatments go. They are completely different species, however. Roman chamomile is a little milder than German chamomile.

    Because it is milder it does a great job treating people who are more sensitive. It is often used to treat small children and infants. It can also be a better alternative for elderly people.

    Neroli Essential Oil Uses
    Posted by jeff on 7/16/2010 to Oils

    Neroli essential oil is extracted from the blossom petals of orange trees. Most manufacturer's do not carry 100% neroli oil, however. Typically it is used with another type of carrier oil. This doesn't reduce its many benefits however. The only reason it is used with a carrier is because the distillation process requires 1000 pounds of orange blossoms per pound of neroli essential oil. Can you imagine the price of getting neroli if the manufacturers tried to sell it in its pure form?

    Neroli oil is used a lot to improve the quality of skin. It is used to clear up acne, for example. All a person need to is apply a few drops of neroli oil to a cotton ball, and then apply it directly to the affected area.

    Melissa Essential Oil Uses
    Posted by jeff on 7/15/2010 to Oils

    Melissa essential oil has a few different treatment options and uses. It is one of the more well-rounded blends that helps in a lot of different ways. Here are a few of Melissa oil's uses:

    It can help people suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder. People who suffer from ADD are forgetful and easily distracted. Melissa oil has been able to show significant improvements with people suffering from mild ADD.

    Lemongrass Fights Toenail Fungus
    Posted by jeff on 7/14/2010 to Oils

    Lemongrass essential oil has a lot of different uses. One of those uses is to fight off toenail fungus. Lemongrass essential oil purges toenail fungus from the nail.

    Basil and Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses
    Posted by jeff on 7/13/2010 to Oils
    Lemongrass and basil are essential oils that are often used with one another. The reason is because they can both be blended with each other and work great. The combination of these essential oils is used a lot in handmade natural soap.

    Lemongrass and basil work great together, but they have a few different uses. Basil has typically been used throughout history for food preparation. It can also be used medicinally.

    Top Uses of Lemon Essential Oil
    Posted by jeff on 7/12/2010 to Oils

    Lemon oil is known to help stimulate blood and lymph circulation. This helps you to clean your body with detoxification when you are losing weight quickly. Lemon essential oil energizes your metabolism so you can burn fat quickly.

    Lemon Essential Oil
    Posted by jeff on 7/9/2010 to Oils
    Lemon essential oil has been used for hundreds of years now in history, for its many different uses. It began its introduction in the 1400s in Europe, though it originally was from the Middle East before then. Lemons are commonly used with cooking.

    Lemons are easy to come by. You can actually grow lemon trees pretty easily in your backyard, if you live in the right climate that is. Lemon trees can get pretty tall, with the average length being 20 feet. Lemons begin their life bright green, and eventually turn bright yellow when fully ripe.

    Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
    Posted by jeff on 7/8/2010 to Oils

    Ylang ylang is a wonderful essential oil that has a long history. It is part of the custard-apple family that originated in Southeast Asia. Ylang ylang is extracted from the flower petals. The petals are picked early in the morning to get as much oil from the petals as possible.

    Ylang ylang fragrance is intoxicating. It has a long history of being used as a type of exotic fragrance because of its scent. In Indonesia people use to spread the flowers on the marriage bed of a newly married couple.

    Great Essential Oils To Use With Your Hair
    Posted by jeff on 7/7/2010 to Oils
    Essential oils are known to help with your hair. There are some specific kinds that work much better than others. Here are our favorite ones to use to improve your hair.

    Rosemary - Rosemary is great for soothing and healing skin irritations that plague the scalp. This can include psoriasis and dandruff. Rosemary increases your hair's natural ability to grow and develop in a healthy way.

    Bergamot Essential Oil Explained
    Posted by jeff on 7/6/2010 to Oils
    Bergamot is a fruit that has flowers that are dark purple or red. The tree is interesting because it grows and matures during the cold months. The fruit is green and yellow, and most often is compared to grapefruits.

    Bergamot is a bitter fruit when it is eaten raw. It can flavor things well, such as Earl Grey tea. It is known to taste when when it is dried.

    Essential Oil First Aid Kit
    Posted by jeff on 7/3/2010 to Oils

    Essential oils can be really handy in case of an emergency. It is always a good idea to include some oils in your first aid kit. You never know when they will come in handy.

    Oils are very nice because they are so useful. If you know how to use them, and what they can be used for, they can be just as handy as other traditional medicine. They have great healing properties and are perfect for a first aid kit.

    Allergies and Essential Oils
    Posted by jeff on 7/2/2010 to Oils
    Allergies happen. Allergies are the main reason a lot of people go to see the doctor. Allergy reactions are different from each person, and can be anything from headaches, stuffy and runny noses, sore throats, watery eyes, sneezing and coughing. Allergies can be a real pain when accompanied with these types of symptoms.

    Thankfully there are ways to relieve such symptoms. With the help of therapeutic grade essential oils, allergy symptoms can be helped. Here are a few natural ways you can get relief.

    Essential Oils For Kids
    Posted by jeff on 6/11/2010 to Oils

    Summer is finally here! Children are leaving their scheduled routines of school and activities and are moving towards a more relaxed, summer attitude. There are plenty of summer activities, however, to keep kids busy and on their toes.

    Essential oils are helpful for children during the summer. Children can benefit from the oils as much as adults can. Here are a few of our favorite oils that children really enjoy.

    Clearing Acne with Sandalwood
    Posted by jeff on 6/2/2010 to Oils

    Sandalwood natural essential oil comes from a tree in Australia.  The natives to Australia, Aborigines, ate the nuts and fruit from the sandalwood tree to help with minor health problems.  The natural essential oil from the sandalwood tree can also help with the symptoms of acne.

    Sandalwood natural essential oil can help treat acne because it is has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties.  Sandalwood essential oil can kill the bacteria and germs on the skin and reduce the swelling of acne.  It can even help heal scars from past acne.

    The Making of Essential Oils
    Posted by jeff on 6/1/2010 to Oils

    Essential oils are very useful.  They give off pleasant fragrances that can uplift any room.  They can also be used for medical purposes.

    Making essential oils can be complex.  The oil is gathered from various parts of plants.  Only a small part of the plant has oil on it so it may take up to a hundred pounds of the plant to make one ounce of the oil.  At least the oil is heavily concentrated.

    How Essential Oils Are Extracted
    Posted by jeff on 5/30/2010 to Oils

    Essential oils are extracted from plants. Plants, woods, spices and herbs are main sources of natural essential oils. Distillation is the main source of getting the oil from the plant.

    Distillation works well with roots, berries, and leaves. Sometimes, in the cases with wood, oil can be released when it is burnt. This was a popular technique with Indians, who used this aromatherapy method often.

    Organic Essential Oil Production
    Posted by jeff on 5/29/2010 to Oils
    Organic essential oils are liquid product that is taken from plants and herbs. They are used in a variety of products. Some of these products include perfumes, incense, cosmetics, detergents, and fabric softeners.

    Essential oils have been known to be used since the days of Egypt. Early Egyptians used essential oils for cosmetics, perfumes and also for embalming their dead. Most organic essential oils have their name taken from the plant material they are taken from.

    Essential Oils and Hair Loss
    Posted by jeff on 5/24/2010 to Oils

    Losing hair can be depressing. Whatever the reason for losing it, hair gives both men and women a certain value. Losing it can be more devastating to some people than others, and that is where treatments for hair loss come in.

    People can put a lot of value on the amount of hair they have. Many products are currently available for hair regrowth. However, a lot of these are not very effective.

    Getting Intimate With Essential Oils
    Posted by jeff on 5/24/2010 to Oils
    Through out the ages sexuality has been something that has been a major part of humanity. A lot of people are still trying to find ways to improve their sex lives. Both men and women are looking for things to help them be more desirable to the opposite sex.

    Organic essential oils can help with intimacy. Essential oils can aid in intimacy and sexuality by increasing sexual desire. They can also help people who may be suffering from impotence.

    Naturally Curing Shingles
    Posted by jeff on 5/21/2010 to Oils

    The illness known as shingles is a viral infection.  This virus is the same virus as chicken pox.  Shingles affects specific areas of the skin and is an infection in the nervous system.

    Shingles come about because after having chicken pox as a child some of the virus was still alive and stayed dormant.  When the immune system years later is traumatized, the virus reawakens and causes the infection.  Things like severe illnesses or emotional stress can traumatize the immune system.

    Using Essential Oils
    Posted by jeff on 5/21/2010 to Oils

    Organic essential oils are handy items to have. They can help with a variety of things, both medically and emotionally. Organic essential oils are natures way to treat and help a lot of different ailments and infections.

    Scientific research has shown the benefits of using organic essential oil. There are plenty of scientific evidences that prove that organic essential oil can be a natural and safe way to treat medical ailments. It is a great alternative to harsher medical therapies.

    Grief and Sorrow: Oils Can Help
    Posted by jeff on 5/20/2010 to Oils

    There are not very many guarantees in this world, but there is at least one.  This guarantee is that you will experience grief and sorrow several times in your life.  Grief and sorrow are caused by many various reasons.

    The grieving process has steps that you move through before you are whole again.  After sorrow there is acceptance of the truth.  Then there is moving past the whole grief and living your life again.  Aromatherapy can help you speed through this process to feel complete and whole again.

    Treating Candida With Essential Oils
    Posted by jeff on 5/19/2010 to Oils

    Natural essential oils are used a lot with healing and aromatherapy. They are completely natural. Natural essential oils are concentrated oil taken from a plant.


    Natural essential oils
    are effective treatments for candida. They are proven to be more effective than topical candida creams. They can be used for both men and women candida infections.

    Anise: Cure for the Common Cough
    Posted by jeff on 5/17/2010 to Oils
    Anise is a natural essential oil that is part of the parsley family. This botanical plant is grown mostly in Turkey. The natural essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the seeds of the plant.

    The anise plant is an herb with white flowers. It grows to three feet or less, and has very delicate leaves. Anise has been used as a spice.

    Curing Ailments Naturally With Essential Oils
    Posted by jeff on 5/13/2010 to Oils

    Observations show that more people are falling victim to all sorts of illnesses and disorders.  These illnesses and disorders can disrupt and alter individual’s lifestyles.  World Health Organization conducted a research study that showed 80% of ailments are lifestyle altering.

    There are several cures offered in the world for various illnesses and disorders.  Some are through therapies and others are with drugs.  Drugs can be very dangerous and have various side effects.

    Tea Tree Oil's Many Beneficial Properties
    Posted by jeff on 5/13/2010 to Oils

    Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a wonderful organic essential oil. It is very pale, gold, almost clear color oil. Tea tree oil is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia.

    Tea tree organic essential oil has benefits, both medically and cosmetically. It works great as an antiseptic and anti-fungal oil. There are many different treatments that tea tree oil performs.

    The Wart Challenge
    Posted by jeff on 5/12/2010 to Oils
    Warts, once associated with wicked witches, are particularly challenging to deal with. You need to kill the center of the wart or it just keeps coming back. Doctors can freeze the wart, which really burns it, or cut the wart out. Either process can require several visits to the office.
    Essential Oils Help With Science and Medicine
    Posted by jeff on 5/11/2010 to Oils
    A lot can be gained by understanding the medicinal properties of essential oil in plants. Organic essential oil blends are often used to treat medical problems. There are a variety of reasons for this, the biggest one being that they have been an effective treatment program for hundreds of years already.

    The best results of using essential oil have happened with high quality oil. Diluted organic essential oil will not work as well as concentrated oil, for example. When you are looking in to buying organic essential oil look at the quality of the oil and how diluted it is before buying.

    Essential Oils That Help With Skin Problems
    Posted by jeff on 5/11/2010 to Oils

    Essential oils have been used for many different physical ailments through out history. One of those ailments are skin problems. Below are some essential oils that have been used medically to help with discomforts that skin irritations provide.

    Mastic Oil: Mastic Oil is an organic essential oil that comes from the resin of an evergreen shrub. It has been known to help with skin conditions such as acne and eczema. It is also handy for wounds.

    Essential Oils: Naturally Antiviral
    Posted by jeff on 5/10/2010 to Oils

    Many individuals are more than willing to take a pill that their doctor prescribes them.  They are even willing to take over the counter medicines if it will offer some kind of relief.  But many people do not think about the side effects that these drugs have on their bodies.

    There are natural remedies to give relief.  These ways are through natural essential oilsNatural essential oils can help cure or provide relief for many different things.  Specifically natural essential oils can help with viral infections.

    Oils For Lovers
    Posted by jeff on 5/7/2010 to Oils

    Smell plays an important role in our moods. Natural essential oils can have a powerful aphrodisiac effect on our system if used correctly. If you want to spice up your love life, here are a few natural essential oil suggestions.

    Rose - Rose is a powerful oil with deep romantic roots. Cleopatra was even rumored to have used rose petals in her bath. As one of the most popular perfumes of all time, its floral, romantic aroma will set the mood right away.

    Essential Oils and Sinus Infections
    Posted by jeff on 4/23/2010 to Oils

    Sinus infections have been around since man was on the earth.  There are several remedies in the world that can help with sinus infections.  Antibiotics are the most popular, but there are natural remedies too.

    Aromatherapy is a very effective natural remedy for sinus infections.  A French chemist in 1920, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, termed using plant oils for healing as aromatherapy.  He studied how the plants oils had healing properties.

    Organic or Natural?
    Posted by jeff on 4/21/2010 to Oils

    Sometimes it's confusing to know the difference between something labeled as "organic" and something else labeled "natural". The certification of organic varies from country to country, but involves a set of standards for those growing, storing, processing, packaging and shipping food products. This includes everyone from the seed suppliers, farmers, processors, retailers and restaurants. Here are some of the general rules for something labeled organic.

    Synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics and food additives, and also genetically modified organisms are avoided. The farmland where the food is grown needs to be chemical free for at least three years. Accurate records need to be kept including production and sales numbers.

    Skin Essentials
    Posted by jeff on 4/21/2010 to Oils

    Everyone in the world today has had at least one pimple inflicting his or her life.  Acne is something that is reoccurring and natural.  Why not fight natural with natural?

    There are essential oils that can help beautify the skin and fight acne.  Essential oils are a natural gift given to us by Mother Nature.  The five essential oils used for skin treatment are lavender, peppermint, sandalwood, tea tree oil, and geranium.

    Oils Curing Cancer
    Posted by jeff on 4/19/2010 to Oils

    Cancer is becoming more prevalent in the present day than it was in the past.  Research grows to help find a cure for this diverse and destructive illness.  There are many possible cures like radiation, but none of them come with a guarantee.

    Current research is looking into the possibility of using natural essential oils as an anti-cancer agent.  Two of the most popular natural essential oils being researched are frankincense and lemongrass.  Natural essential oils are extracted straight from their plant and usually contain the plants aroma.

    Toenail Fungus Removal Is Possible: Use Natural Essential Oils
    Posted by jeff on 4/19/2010 to Oils
    Things as embarrassing as toenail fungus can make our lives a little more stressful than what they already are.  Women can paint their toenails to hide it, but men do not have such luck.  Some people even avoid going to the doctor because they are so embarrassed.  Thank goodness there are home remedies for toenail fungus.
    How To Make Essential Oils
    Posted by jeff on 4/14/2010 to Oils

    Have you ever thought about how to make essential oils?  There are several techniques of how to make essential oils.  Distillation is one of the most effective ways of extracting oils from plants.  This method uses steam to capture the oil.  Once the oil is captured, the steam condenses and then the water and oil are separated.

    If you only want pure natural oil, the distillation method is for you.  Because it uses steam, there are no chemicals used to extract the oil.  As a result, the final product contains no residue or lingering chemicals, you just get pure natural oil.

    Aromatherapy Seventh Heaven
    Posted by jeff on 4/13/2010 to Oils

    Aromatherapy has been described as a trip to seventh heaven.  There are numerous aromas that are available for various uses.  After the application, each fragrance has its own result.

    Aromatherapy has such a profound effect on individuals because of the essential oils that are used.  These oils allow the feeling of relaxation, relief, and being refreshed.  Essential oils are the heart of aromatherapy.

    Planning the Perfect Party
    Posted by jeff on 4/13/2010 to Oils

    I bet when you hear the words perfect hostess you picture someone you know.  This person is maybe a friend or family member that always seems to throw the best parties.  You have also maybe wondered why their parties are always a hit, when other parties youve been to, or thrown yourself, seem to flop.  The secrets to planning the perfect party are actually quite simple! Here are 3 tips for making your next shin-dig a smash.

    The first thing you want to do is pick a theme for your party.  A theme is the reason for the party.  It should be what the party surrounds or the main event though its usually quite simple.  A theme can be anything from a movie/TV show, to a game/craft, or even as simple as a color.  Once the theme is determined, the next task is to decide on an activity or event which coordinates with the theme.

    Anxiety Remedies
    Posted by jeff on 4/12/2010 to Oils

    In todays economy it is very easy to have anxiety and nervousness.  It is stressful having to worry about paying bills and finding jobs.  If ones anxiety is severe and they need help, they probably wont have enough money to pay doctors and prescriptions for relief.  There is a cheaper and more natural way of relief through aromatherapy with essential oils.

    Effects of anxiety and stress may only feel like mental ones, but there are physical ones as well.  Some physical symptoms include rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and nausea.  Mental symptoms include dread, fear, and worry.  These essential oils will help diminish or alleviate both mental and physical effects of anxiety: patchouli, lavender, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, and clary sage.

    Essential Oils Aid in a Comfortable Pregnancy
    Posted by jeff on 4/12/2010 to Oils

    Now just like with anything else during pregnancy, the woman should always consult her doctor before beginning use.  It is not recommended that she use any essential oils during the first trimester because in the first twelve weeks the baby is developing essential organs.  There have been no conclusive studies that show either negative or positive effects on the baby.  So to play it safe, she should not use oils.

    Essential Oils Reduce the Response of Inflammation
    Posted by jeff on 4/9/2010 to Oils
    In todays world there are several uncomfortable, serious, and mild health problems that can be relieved or healed.  Most of the time all one has to do is take a pill that their doctor recommends.  What most people dont realize is that health conditions were relieved in the past as well.  The healing came from essential oils.

    The anointing of essential oils has more purposes then just religious practices.  The term anointing oil means to rub oil on a desired location.  Anointing oil can cleanse spiritually and physically.  One specific physical ailment that essential oils can heal is inflammation.

    What Homemade Lye Soap Really Means
    Posted by jeff on 4/9/2010 to Oils
    When someone refers to homemade lye soap, it can be hard to know what they mean if you have never heard it before. Lye is a chemical used to turn ingredients in to soap. This soap making process is often referred to as homemade lye soap.
    Lavender 101
    Posted by jeff on 4/8/2010 to Oils

    The effects that lavender has had on the culinary industry are indisputable.  Its soft perfume intensifies crme brulee, custards, ice creams, and compliments biscuits and fruit salads.  It is almost second to saffron, but lavender has more uses than just in the kitchen.  Medically speaking lavender has a value that is incalculable.

    Among all of the essential oils, lavender is one of the most versatile.  Individuals who use essential oils probably have lavender in their cabinets for its versatility. Because lavender is one of the most versatile among the essential oils, its consumers are just as diverse.  The consumers can range from the elderly with aches and pains to athletes, pregnant women, or anyone that is stressed.  Lavender is great for skin, sedating nervous, relaxing muscles, helping digestion, and reducing inflammation.

    Essential Oils 101
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/6/2010 to Oils
    You may have noticed the words essential oils in so many marketed products these days. Essential oils are being advertised on makeup, hair care, lotions and so many other products. So what are essential oils and why are they important? How can a person distinguish between essential and other oils? And what are their benefits?
    How to Manage Stress
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/6/2010 to Oils
    Stress is a regular part of life.  Through change and everyday living, stress is experienced.  Even though everyone experiences stress, the effect of stress will vary greatly depending on the individual experiencing it.  And likewise, coping mechanisms for stress widely differ. The effect and management of stress will first depend on the type of stress.
    Natural Ways to Seek Your Fountain of Youth
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/6/2010 to Oils

    We are all searching for our own fountain of youth to be rid of facial wrinkles.  Even though wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, having them can make us feel tired and old. Luckily, there are several natural ways to reverse this aging process right in your own home.

    In learning how to reverse the effects of aging, first we should understand why wrinkles occur.  Wrinkles in the skin are caused by many things.  Some of the major culprits for causing wrinkles are: routine and constant facial expressions, simply growing older, damage from the sun, lack of hydration, smoking, or making contact with other free radicals like pollution.  The following suggestions may help to reverse some of the signs of aging.

    Uses of Oils
    Posted by RainShadow Labs on 4/1/2010 to Oils

    When you think of oils, generally the oil first thoughts are geared toward automotive or cooking.  Granted that cooking oils make wonderful results that can be tasteful and decorative, but oils are so much more.  Oils can be used for anointing physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  The uses of oils are documented all the way back to biblical times and used with the Egyptians.