Skin Benefits of Raspberry Seed Oil

The look of a fresh, ripe raspberry can bring to mind a wealth of ideas. Common thoughts might meander from how delicious it might be, to its vibrant color and the abundance of health benefits it offers. Funny as it may seem, there is actually a proven proportion between a fruit’s appearance and its amount […]

Essential Oils for Seasonal Affective Disorder – Improving Mood Disorders

Most of us, at one time or another, have been affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). S.A.D is a mood disorder and differs from those suffering from clinical depression by the seasonal component. Onset symptoms that typically occur during the change of seasons at the end of fall or beginning of winter. S.A.D. affects both […]

The Chemistry of CO2 and Steam Distillation Compared

To start let’s briefly tackle the fundamental differences between CO2 extraction, and steam distillation (our post on extraction methods goes into more detail overall). Most essential oils are distilled using steam distillation, this provides a more volatile plant extraction which gives us the term “essential oils.” This extraction method is done by running gaseous steam over […]

Sleep Troubles? Valerian Root May Be the Answer

Can’t fall asleep? Are you tossing and turning all night? Do sleep medications make you groggy the next day? If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. It is estimated that about one third of the adult population has problems initiating or maintaining restful sleep. Many times this leads to the use of over the […]

Essential Oils for Arthritic Pain

One of the most common chronic pain disorders is arthritis. Arthritis is a condition in which one or more joints are inflamed. Symptoms include stiffness, soreness, and in some cases swelling. Arthritis can be categorized into both inflammatory arthritis or non-inflammatory arthritis. Those afflicted with inflammatory arthritis typically suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). RA is […]

The History of Frankincense & Myrrh

Historically, Frankincense and Myrrh have been used cross-culturally around the world for over 5000 years. In fact, at one time, both Frankincense and Myrrh were worth more than gold. Why might one ask? For countless reasons, Frankincense and Myrrh have been especially important in religion, world trade, and medicine. Frankincense and Myrrh are both resins that […]

Mood-Boosting Citrus Oils

What do Lemon, Lime, Orange, Bergamot, and Mandarin essential oils have in common? They make up the citrus family, and are warm, fresh, and vibrant! Citrus oils are well known for their antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, anxiolytic, and anticonvulsant effects. This is largely due to their primary constituent, Limonene. Although each essential oil varies chemically, […]

Anxiety Relief with Lavender, Bergamot, and Palo Santo Essential Oils

What do Lavender, Bergamot, and Palo Santo essential oils have in common? Well for starters they possess antimicrobial and antioxidant activity, but they are also excellent anxiety reducers! (You’ll find reference to all this research at the end of this post). Not to mention they smell fantastic when blended together (woody, citrusy, with a floral touch….mmm). […]