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….

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…

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…

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…

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 at Vitex

Growing along the banks of the southern Europe and the Mediterranean regions, is a shrub called the chaste tree. Blooming with either purple, pink or white flowers in summer months, the chaste tree’s dark brown or black peppercorn-sized fruit is collected in autumn. Why is the chaste tree important you ask? Historically the chaste tree,…

Black Seed Oil – The Miracle Herb

In Eastern Europe, the Middle East and western Asia, grows a small flowering shrub called the Nigella Sativa. This shrub produces a fruit that has tiny black seeds that are quite powerful! These black seeds are known for remedies dating back several thousand years. In fact, it is reported these very seeds were found in…

Blackstrap Molasses

On January 15, 1919, a 58-foot tanker truck filled with 2.5 million gallons of molasses spilled onto the streets of Boston. It was 43 degrees that day and the 30-foot tidal wave of molasses, called the Great Molasses Flood, was recorded as moving about 25 to 30 miles per hour. Thus, creating the phrase, “Slow…

Moringa — Nature’s Answer to the Detox Question

When you think of “doing a detox,” what comes to mind? Do you think of drinking large amounts of juice? What about making lists of foods to avoid? Do you consider detoxing your environment by eliminating excess clutter or changing out your chemical-laden cleaning supplies? If you said “yes” to any of these or mentioned…