Better Out Than In

One of the not so appropriate things my father would say during my childhood was, “Better out than in!” In case you didn’t guess his reason, it had to do with bouts of flatulence. Not, “Excuse me.” No, “Begging your pardon.” It was, “Better out than in,” more times than not. Daddy may have said…

Anise Star Essential Oil

With an aroma similar to black licorice, anise star oil is used to relieve symptoms related to breathing difficulties such as bronchitis, colds, or flu.   Should you wait until the winter months to purchase this essential oil? No! But even with an affordable price point, this oil is not for everyone, no matter the season….

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Working in the mental health field for over 20 years has given me a front-row seat to many of the struggles those living with a mental health diagnosis endure. Whether clinically diagnosed or not, many contend with societal stigma, problems locating culturally competent providers, or finding affordable services. Often,…

Camphor Oil for Pain & Inflammation

Native to Asia grows the large cinnamomum camphora, aka the camphor laurel.  An evergreen tree that can grow to be as tall as 98 feet and as wide as 66 feet in circumference, the camphor laurel can now be found worldwide.  In Australia, it is called the camphorwood, and in the southern region of the…

In Review – BE CARE LOVE

I was first introduced to Be. Care. Love. on a shopping trip to my local Ross store.  Picking up the Grapeseed Skin Oil, I was pleasantly surprised that the only ingredient listed was… grapeseed oil.  This deserved a deeper look.  What I found was that Be. Care. Love. was much more than oils.  BE –…

Jasmine Essential Oil – A Booster and a Buster

Used to treat depression, low libido, and reduce stress; jasmine oil has been referred to as a mood booster and stress buster.  Whether through aromatherapy or by applying on the skin, jasmine oil is reported to have a positive impact on the nervous system.  It is credited as benefitting heart rate, body temperature, alertness, blood…

Zion Health Clay Dry Deodorant

With around 20 different product types and various scents to boot, Zion Health offers its customers healthy skincare and hygiene alternatives.  “It all started with a toothpaste,” and grew to include products such as face creams, pain relief spray, shampoos, clay soaps, and of course deodorants.  Using what they call “living clay” (kanwa, calcium montmorillonite,…

Health & Beauty Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil

What do Egyptians and Romans have in common?  Hint: it can be used in cooking, ceremonies, and cosmetics. Got it now? No?  Ok, one more: it belongs in the mint family!  Yes, you guessed it: rosemary oil.  The Romans used rosemary oil in religious ceremonies and the Egyptians used it to make incense.  It’s even…

They weren’t laughing.

The Conundrum… Well, it happened again. I planned something, people said they were coming… but life got in the way and they couldn’t. (Insert heavy sigh here.) No, the sigh isn’t about people’s schedules, it’s the anticipation of entering into an inner dialogue centered on the theme of, “Is it even worth it?” “Why do…

Health Benefits of Biotin

When reading up on essential oils and herbs, you are sure to run across a warning or two.  This is especially true for pregnant or nursing women, yet, when it comes to biotin, that warning is taken off the table.  In addition to helping expectant moms, biotin is needed to help the body convert food…

Cypress Essential Oil for Longevity’s Sake

Although you may see the cypress plant in and around your local cemetery, this plant’s oil is truly life-giving.  Cypress plants also referred to as trees, are used for their ornamental value as shrubs.  While there are various plants that are said to be cypress, we are going to focus on that with the scientific…

A Look Back at Gilcrease Orchard

“Las Vegas: all the amenities of modern society in a habitat unfit to grow a tomato.” Jason Love In case you didn’t know, Las Vegas — with all its neon signs and bright lights — is in the middle of a desert. You know — hot, dry, and very little precipitation desert. So, it may…