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making time for maker’s day

making time for maker’s day

I’m a big fan of Stuff That Works. Stuff That Works is the stuff that we all do to make our lives easier, better, more lovely, less challenging. I enjoy lots of Stuff That Works: aromatic baths for stress, walks in nature to clear my […]

the big, burning question, part iii of iii: my red flags

the big, burning question, part iii of iii: my red flags

This is part iii of iii in response to “what brand of essential oils I recommend,” focused on the red flags I sometimes see with potential suppliers along with one big, beautiful appeal for peace, love, and understanding… You’ll find part i, my thoughts on the […]

the big, burning question, part ii: how I choose my essential oil suppliers

the big, burning question, part ii: how I choose my essential oil suppliers

The big, burning question I so often get is, “what brand of essential oils do you recommend?” The first part of my response to the question, focused on the question itself, can be found in part i of this series here. In this post you’ll find part ii of […]

so, how DO I use essential oils?

so, how DO I use essential oils?

While I don’t use essential oils all day, every day, in ALL the things, I do use them often, in many ways, and in many things — I love essential oils. I also love hydrolats, essential waters, absolutes, CO² extracts, and carrier oils. (And herbs. […]

the big, burning question, answered (sort of), part i of iii

the big, burning question, answered (sort of), part i of iii

Of all of the questions I’m asked as an aromatherapist, the question about “which brand” of essential oils I recommend is BY FAR the most commonly posed — it’s also one of the most problematic and troublesome questions to answer. It’s especially precarious to provide a […]

an interesting caution about EOs and laundry

an interesting caution about EOs and laundry

The good folks at the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA) shared some interesting information that came out of England regarding essential oils and laundry. While the information is dated 2012, considering the current surge in general essential oil use and, particularly, essential oil use […]

put essential oils in ALL the things! (yeah, NO.)

put essential oils in ALL the things! (yeah, NO.)

So, this is me sitting in my house on a quiet Sunday morning. The sun is casting wide beams of warmth and light across my living room and my dogs are blissfully ensconced, each on a dog bed in their own respective beam, at various places on […]

what’s in a name? who’s who and what’s what in aromatherapy titles and acronyms

what’s in a name? who’s who and what’s what in aromatherapy titles and acronyms

NOTE: The post that appeared here is being vetted with industry experts, membership organizations, and colleagues as it’s clear now that there were a number of clarifications needed, corrections required, and inadvertent omissions in the original post. The post will be back when the kind souls […]

the great debate: internal use

the great debate: internal use

In my meanderings through various Facebook groups, professional communities, and coffee clutch conversations of late I find more and more conversations about — and contention surrounding — the internal use of essential oils. Questions surrounding safe use of essential oils come faster — and are sometimes responded to more […]

guidelines: blending for expectant mamas

guidelines: blending for expectant mamas

I am often asked about blending specifically for expectant moms. Below you’ll find my general guidelines which are either on par with–or more conservative than–guidelines from industry experts on safe use of essential oils. I’ve posted them as a permanent page as well–downloadable pdfs of […]

aromatherapy for infants, toddlers & kids

aromatherapy for infants, toddlers & kids

Many parents are excited to employ aromatherapy with their kids hoping it will serve as a natural way to encourage wellness, address issues, and promote health. However, safe use is critical when entertaining solutions for children as aromatherapy in general, and essential oils in particular, are not without their risks […]

essential oils & pregnancy/breastfeeding

essential oils & pregnancy/breastfeeding

EARLY PREGNANCY: Generally speaking, we do not recommend the use of essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy—this is too a delicate time for mom and the developing little one.  2ND TRIMESTER & ON: First, check the following lists to identify essential oils that should be […]

broad guidelines for diluting essential oils

broad guidelines for diluting essential oils

To avoid possible skin sensitization and the risk of over-exposure, essential oils should be diluted in an appropriate carrier before being applied topically. Since oil and water do not mix, you should look to an appropriate oil-based carrier to dilute your essential oils. Use these handy […]


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