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…

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…

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…

Ain’t I A Wombman? 

Hello, friends. I have given serious thought to what I mean when I use the term wombman. Am I referring to women only? Do I desire to connect only with humans granted the ability to reproduce? For women unable to produce children, are they no longer wombmen? Are we, as women, capable of producing more…