Tis the Season

Tis past the season for my computer to be fixed, yet it still sits on a shelf somewhere. I certainly hope that Santa has an elf or two to see his way to clear to put a computer fix on my horizon, but til then, I am having to list the Neat-O shops all together again. I am sooooooooo sorry, but the new year will bring new posts, I am determined!!!!!!!!!

Til then, Merry Christmas or merry whatever you celebrate, but for me and my house, we are celebrating the birth of our Lord! I hope that all of you and yours have a blessed season and remember the reason for that season! While giving of yourself is certainly not limited to one day or even one month, this is the time to remember why we do what we do, and to consider whom we are doing it all for. So peace, love and joy to you all! I also wish happiness and health to everyone for the coming new year!

Due to Christmas, there will only be 4 days of promoting this week, here are those companies; Monday- www.bluetricycle.etsy.com Tuesday- www.pearlsquiltedcrafts.etsy.com Saturday- www.npsunshine.etsy.com Sunday- www.bythewayside.etsy.com

Hi Everyone, I am still disconnected from the world, with mty computer in the shop. I have borrowed this one for a few minutes to list the Neat-O shops for the week, please be sure and check them out! I will, hopefully, have my computer back this week sometime! Even if not, I will have access to one long enough to post a time or two later this week, so please be patient with me! I never would have believed that I would be so computer dependant, but look at me now! lol.

Anywho, ya'll have a great week and I promise to get you something new to read by Wednesday! Thanks for all your well wishes and keep on prayin' for a speedy and inexpensive fix for my computer will ya?! Lol, thanks!

Tammy www.eviestoolemporium.etsy.com Monday www.foofooandmore.etsy.com Tuesday www.WhimsicalStar.etsy.com Wednesday www.housewifecollection.etsy.com Thursday www.lynniebbags.etsy.com Friday www.vixenware.etsy.com Saturday www.doreenbatesart.etsy.com Sunday

Houston, I have a problem here!

I am in the midst of a nightmare! My computer has crashed. I am not one of those fortunate people who have more than one, and I was stupid enough to not have uploaded all my business items to a zip file or other such ingenious device. So, to say that I am in a huge state of panic, is putting things rather mildly! I am currently on a borrowed laptop to update this and check emails, but I will soon be without computer again. Once you are use to having it on daily, and talking to all your new-found friends across the world, being subjugated to the non techy world again is really a trip.....and a bad one at that! If you would have told me four or five years ago that I would rely so heavily upon this world wide web thing, I would have laughed at you and told you that I preferred the REAL world! Now the LOL is on me! I am a web addict and I admit it, now how will I get my computer back up and running? I hope that the Geek Squad will take pity on me and not clean out my meager bank balance, but I must have my computer back!

Since I have no idea if/when I will be saved, I am putting up the neat-o list for the week. I am sorry for the few ones I missed, believe me, I would have LOVED being connected so I could have written about them! I will add them to my featured shops as soon as I get back up and running. Meanwhile, please visit these fine shops and pray for a speedy, inexpensive fix for my laptop! The essential oils are completed now, so next time I post we will be looking at items you can use to make your home more spa like!

Monday- www.gaiatrovechicago.etsy.com Tuesday- www.crostini.etsy.com Wednesday- www.batfineart.etsy.com Thursday- www.abbadabbabags.etsy.com Friday- www.mixit.etsy.com Saturday- www.myrecordpurse.etsy.com Sunday- www.paperaffection.etsy.com

We are at the End of the Essential Oils

The Neat-O featured shop of the day is Strange Child. This shop specializes in fantasy creatures crafted from clay. For dragons and more, visit http://strangechild.etsy.com !

This post has been removed due to my impending book on EO's


-VALERIAN essential oil has a warm, woody, balsamic, musky scent. 
VANILLA, Absolute vanilla has a rich, sweet, balsamic, vanilla-like scent. 

-VETIVER has a deep smoky, earthy,woody, scent with a sweet, persistent undertone.

-YARROW, There are at least two kinds available, the blue and green. The blue has a dry, smooth herbal cent, while the green has a bit cooler odor. 

-YLANG YLANG has an intensely sweet yet soft, floral-balsamic, slightly spicy scent, with a creamy rich top note. 

To the T's for Essential Oils

The featured Neat-O shop of the day is Kayz Kreationz. Please visit this shop to see its unique glass creations. From windchimes to pendants, this is the place to shop for interesting glass work! http://kayzkreationz.etsy.com

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Essential Oils Continued

-TEA TREE essential oil has a fresh, warm, spicy, camphorous scent.

-RED THYME essential oil has a powerful, warm, spicy, herbaceous scent. 

-TUBEROSE has a heavy, sweet floral scent that is sometimes slightly spicy. 

There will not be a post tomorrow, so

SSSSSSSSSome More Essential Oils

Today's Neat-O shop is http://cthings.etsy.com . Stop in and see all the pretty jewelry!

More Essential Oils

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-SAGE has a fresh, warm-spicy, herbaceous, and somewhat camphorus scent. 
-SANDALWOOD has a deep, soft, sweet-woody balsamic scent. 
-SPEARMINT has a warm, spicy-herbaceous, minty fragrance. 


A rose is a rose is a rose, but it is worth the cost!

The Neat-O featured shop for today is http://glitterstar.etsy.com. Check out this shop for interesting bead and duct tape jewelry!


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-ROSE Essential oil is a very expensive oil and how expensive largely depends upon the manner of distillation. From rosa damascena you can purchase Rose Absolute Oil for approx. $155 an ounce. This is solvent extracted oil, from fresh petals, or you can buy Rose (Bulgarian) Essential Oil, also made from the fresh petals, but steam distilled at about $380 an ounce! 
Lesser is not always better though. The absolute oil is NOT therapeutic grade quality due to the solvents used in its distillation process. As for scent, they both produce a rich scent, but the absolute oil has a sweet, spicy-floral, tenacious odor, while the Bulgarian is deeper, richer and has more of a sweet-floral scent that is also slightly spicy. 

There are some 250 species of roses............,

-ROSEMARY essential oil has a fresh, strong, minty-herbaceous scent, with a woody-balsamic undertone. It is largely produced by Spain, France, and Tunisia. The rosemary plant was ......
 This oil should not be used during pregnancy or by epileptics. It is also contraindicated for people with high blood pressure.

-ROSEWOOD essential oil has a very sweet, floral, wood scent with a hint of spice. It comes mainly from ......

Plenty of Pure Essential Oils Left

The Sunday featured shop is http://craftpudding.etsy.com . is shop offers hand carved stamps for all occasions! Check it out!

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-PATCHOULI oil is an earthy, smoky, spicy, musky scent. 

-PEPPERMINT has a fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous scent with a vegetative back note. It is largely produced in by the USA, Africa, and Egypt. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy.

-PETITGRAIN oil has fresh floral, citrusy scent with a woody-herbaceous undertone.

-PINE essential oil has a strong, dry-balsamic, turpentine-like scent. ........... and not for use during pregnancy.

N O Putting it off, more Essential Oils

The Neat-O highlighted shop for Saturday is http://greencard.etsy.com . This shop specializes in great handmade cards, so check it out!

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NUTMEG has a warm, spicy, nutty scent. Inhaling the fragrance of nutmeg is said to open the conscious mind to attract financial prosperity. It is used .....
Its use during pregnancy is not recommended and internal use is only with extreme caution. As with all essential oils, internal use should only be done in consultation with an expert herbalist.

-ORANGE Essential oil- There are two orange oils, bitter and sweet. The bitter is...... The sweet orange is a traditional Chinese symbol of good luck and prosperity.  The bitter is phototoxic so care should be used when tanning or going out in the sun.

-OREGANO has a warm, spicy-herbaceous, and camphoraceous scent.
 This oil is a skin toxin, skin irritant, and........

-PALMAROSA has a sweet, floral, rosy, geranium-like scent. 

Another day to Shop

The NEAT-O featured shop for today is http://moodygurl.etsy.com Please go and visit this shop to see some interesting bath items! As for the ongoing list of essential oils, you'll have to wait until tomorrow. Today is my Mama's birthday and I am spending it with her!

Mmmmmm, More Essential Oils!

The NeatO shop featured for today's shopping pleasure is the Little Pink Plumb.Please visit the shop and see all the cool pocket mirrors at http://littlepinkplum.etsy.com


-MARJORAM (Sweet) has a warm, herbaceous, nutty, and woody fragrance.  Its use should be avoided during pregnancy.

-MELISSA is lemon balm and has the same properties of lemon, so see the lemon entry.

-MYRRH is a hot, smoky, herbaceous, woody, yet dry scent. . Its use during pregnancy is not recommended and *it is not for internal use at all.

-MYRTLE has a clear, fresh, camphoraceous, sweet-herbaceous odor.  Its use while pregnant is not recommended.

-NEROLI OIL has a light, sweet-floral fragrance, with a terpeny top note. 

Another day, another chance to shop!

Todays featured shop is www.shupg.etsy.com Please check it out!

Gotta Love the Cirtus Essential Oils

I have joined with several other bloggers to help advertise for each other during this holiday shopping season. An experiment of sorts, thought of by the owner of neat-o-stuff. So, today the featured shop is - www.renewedresources.etsy.com Please check her out!


LEMON oil has a clean, citrus, sugary scent, with a bit of spice. .... It's use while pregnant is not recommended.

LEMON BALM is also a light, fresh citrusy scent........It should be use only if highly diluted, as it may cause sensitization and skin irritation.

-LEMON GRASS has a lemony, green, straw-like odor. ......
 This oil should be diluted and its use during pregnancy is not recommended. Some people may be sensitive or have skin irritation with its use.

-LIME has a citrussy, tart, sweet scent with some spice. .......It should not be used during preganancy or before sun exposure or tanning bed use.

-MANDARIN has a warm, citrussy, fruity, scent with a complex floral odor. ..... This oil may be photoxic, but the information is not decisive, so it is up to you to test.

I have joined with several other bloggers to help advertise for each other during this holiday shopping season. An experiment of sorts, thought of by the owner of neat-o-stuff. So, today the featured shop is - www.zeba.etsy.com Please check her out!

Lucious and Lovely Essential Oils

I have joined with several other bloggers to help advertise for each other during this holiday shopping season. An experiment of sorts, thought of by the owner of neat-o-stuff. So, today the featured shop is - www.threadedgoodness.etsy.com
Please check her out! Sunday is going to be the featu
re day for Unique Garden, so be on the look out!

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-LABDANUM has a sweet, warm, musky scent and is mostly is grown in Spain. It was one of the early aromatic substances of the ancient world. T Its use should be avoided during pregnancy.

Now, for my personal favorite and the one my company grew from;

-LAVENDER has a light, fresh, sweet, herbaceous, floral and slightly fruity scent. ........ however, the 40/42 blend, which is actually a mixture of plants, has the most floral scent of all. The problem is that its therapeutic levels are the lowest.
* Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile of the EO's that there is. It is ............. 

I am Jazzed on Essential Oils

I have joined with several other bloggers to help advertise for each other during this holiday shopping season. An experiment of sorts, thought of by the owner of neat-o-stuff. So, today the featured shop is - www.maryzoom.etsy.com
Please check her out! Sunday is going to be the feature day for Unique Garden, so be on the look out!

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-GINGER essential oil is a hot, spicy, and sweet fragrance.
While not an irritant, in high concentrations it can be. It is also slightly phototoxic, so avoid use on the face and neck, and on babies and children. make sure that you use a low dilution rate, no more than 1%.

-GRAPEFRUIT has a citrusy, floral, and fruity scent. Grapefruit should not be used while pregnant. It is generally nonirritating, however some people are sensitive, so use with caution.

-HYSSOP essential oil is a sweet, yet camphoraceous scent, with warm adn spicy notes.
This oil is moderately toxic due to the pinocamphone content and has caused a few reactions in some individuals, so use with caution. It should only be used in moderation. It should be avoided in pregnancy and by epileptics. It is also contraindicated in cases of high blood pressure.

-JASMINE has a very intense, rich, warm, floral scent with a tea-like undertone. ......
 its use during pregnancy is not recommended. Although generally a non-irritant, some people have reported allergic reactions.

-JUNIPER has a fresh, clear, slightly woody scent. ..... be avoided during pregnancy and by people with kidney problems ......

Let's Be Frank About These Scents

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Please check her out! Sunday is going to be the feature day for Unique Garden, so be on the look out!

-EUCALYPTUS essential has a strong, caphory, woody scent. .Eucalyptus should not be used on children under 12 years. Its use while pregnant is not recommended.

-SWEET FENNEL has a (very) sweet, anise-like, slightly earthy, peppery odor. Although it is a non-irritant and relatively non-toxic, it is a narcotic in large doses. It should not be used by epileptics, during pregnancy, by those with endometriosis, or by those with estrogen-dependent cancer. Use only in moderation.

-FRANKINCENSE has a clean, yet woody, fruity, spicy, slightly peppery odor. 

-GALBANUM (rose geranium) is a herbaceous, green, sweet, slightly floral smelling essential oil. .....Although it is generally a non-irritant, non-sensitizing oil, it is possible for a contact dermatitis to result in hypersensitive individuals, especially with the Bourbon type.

I still see a few more "C"'s

I have joined with several other bloggers to help advertise for each other during this holiday shopping season. An experiment of sorts, thought of by the owner of neat-o-stuff. So, today the featured shop is - .www.norakaren.etsy.com.
Please check her out! Sunday is going to be the feature day for Unique Garden, so be on the look out!

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Before continuing on, this is a good time to remind everyone that this information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. It is NOT intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not complete, nor may its data be completely accurate. Never use essential oils undiluted. Do not take them internally unless you are working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

-Copaiba Balsam essential oil is a mild, sweet, balsamic-peppery scented oil. Although relatively non-toxic and non-irritating, there is the possibility of sensitization. Large doses can cause vomiting and diarrhea, so use caution.

-Coriander is a sweet, spicy, woody, slightly musky scented oil. I..... It is a natural muscle relaxant and it is stupefying in large doses, so must be used in moderation.

-Cypress has a woody, warm, and slightly spicy odor. I It's use while pregnant is not recommended.

More oils than I can "C"

I have joined with several other bloggers to help advertise for each other during this holiday shopping season. An experiment of sorts, thought of by the owner of neat-o-stuff. So, today the featured shop is - www.craftilycharms.etsy.com
Please check her out! Sunday is going to be the feature day for Unique Garden, so be on the look out!

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-Citronella essential oil has a fresh, woody-sweet, lemony fragrance.
  It should be avoided during pregnancy.

Clary Sage- is a light, warm, musky, nutty and herbaceous scent. ....Although clary sage is less toxic than common sage, very large doses should not be taken to induce intoxication; the result will be poisoning and a severe headache, rather than euphoria. Do not use if there is a history of low blood pressure. Do not drink or drive while using it. Avoid with estrogen-dependent cancer and during pregnancy.

-Clove is a warm and spicy scent, with a slightly woody odor and a subnote of leather. ...... It is to be avoided during pregnancy. Not for use on children under 12 years OR in baths. It is to be used in moderation only, and in low dilution (less than 1 per cent).

More of the C Essential Oils

I have joined with several other bloggers to help advertise for each other during this holiday shopping season. An experiment of sorts, thought of by the owner of neat-o-stuff. So, today the featured shop is - www.paintingsbyjude.etsy.com .
Please check her out! Sunday is going to be the feature day for Unique Garden, so be on the look out!

With that bit of business completed, back to our list of essential oils;

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CEDARWOOD (Virginia) is a base not that has a mild, sweet balsamic, pencil wood scent. .....Avoid use during pregnancy. It is generally safer to use than the Atlas cedarwood.

-CELERY SEED has a warm, spicy, sweet scent that has a long-lasting odor. ......should be avoided during pregnancy.

-Chamomile The blue variety has a strong, sweet, warm herbaceous scent. The Moroccan variety has a fresh, herbaceous note with a sweet, rich balsamic undertone, while the Roman variety is rather fresh, fruity, sweet, herbaceous and an apple like scent.

.......Since the Moroccan variety is new, information past the fact that it is considered non-toxic and non-irritating is currently unavailable. Since the other varieties are not to be used when pregnant, I would use that guideline with this variety as well. Better safe than sorry!

-Cinnamon is one of those paradoxal essential oils............

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas all Across the Globe!

I am pausing from the LONG list of Essential oils to discuss Christmas! Lol, It may be a sunny 70 degrees where you are at today, as it is here in Ohio since we are enjoying one of the last days of Indian Summer, but it is nearly the end of the Christmas shopping season for overseas buyers. Yes, you may not be aware, but most foreign buyers will need to purchase their holiday gifts within the next eight to ten days to be assured that they will arrive in time, and that they will have the time to wrap and relax before the big day. The internet has made global marketing an easy reality, yet few us us really take the time to figure out what that really means! For instance, what did you do over Labor Day weekend? Labor Day is celebrated nationally on a Monday every year. I bet that you were at a social gathering of some type on that Monday, or cuddled up on the sofa watching television. No matter how you celebrated it, I would wager that your handmade business was far from your mind that day. That in itself is no problem, but did your overseas customers even KNOW that it was a holiday for you? For that matter, do YOU know what their holidays are? To avoid confusion and hard feelings about shipping dates or a lack of response from emails, you really should post any holiday interruptions in your shop announcements. Never assume that everyone knows that the USA celebrates July 4th as a holiday. While Christmas is an International holiday, you still have to remember that it takes time to ship to other countries. To further complicate issues, customs may hold packages for inspection which will delaying your shipment. Soooooooooooo, as I previously stated, it is almost time for the International shipping of Christmas items to be over! You were probably just getting ready for Thanksgiving, and in your shop you have probably just begun to add Christmas items, but really the season is almost over!\ If you were not aware of this, hurry and post your Christmas and gift set items now. Don't forget either that half the world has Christmas in the summer, while we are burried deep in the snow. Also, you may want to mention International shipping dates in your shop announcements. At the very least, be aware of the times frames needed. Most foreign buyers are more aware of shipping dealines than we are, so they likely already have their personal deadlines in mind. This does not, however, excuse our own ignorance. We need to know that most items shipped to Canada take 10 days, but when held by customs can be a month, if not more.

Can't get enough of those smells!

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-CAJEPUT is a camphoraceous odor, very medicinal in nature. It is slightly milder, with a bit more fruity smell than eucalyptus. ....It is not to be used during pregnancy.

-CAMPHOR has a sharp, pungent odor which smells like....well camphor! lol ....It is not really compatible with homeopathic treatment, and should not be used by epileptics, or on babies or during pregnancy.

-CARAWAY has a strong, yet warm, sweet spicy scent, like rye bread. I

-CARDAMON has a fresh, sweet green, spicy, balsamic scent. 

-CARROT SEED has a mild, spicy, herbaceous fragrance. ...... This oil should not be used during pregnancy as it can cause spontaneous abortions.

What's that Smell?

Last week I began a list of essential oils and what they are good for. Since there are over 300 known essential oils, I will concentrate on the most common and easily found, or the most popular. For a refresher about the basics of essential oils, please revisit the post;
And for how to dilute and how to use the essential oils, revisit the post

Before continuing on with the list, I left out some of my favorite information about annis. Annis is often called the Fisherman's Friend, as it attracts fish while reducing the human scent. It also promotes balance and relaxation and is also a good remedy for coughs and colds.Okay, on with the list!

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-BALSAM PERU is a sweet, warm and smoky vanilla like scent. I.... it is not reccommended for use during pregnancy.

-BASIL is a warm and spicy herbal scent. ..... *Basil may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals.*

-BAY LAUREL is a warm, herbaceous scent that smells a bit camphoraceous...... Its use should be avoided during pregnancy.

-BAY has a fresh, sweet yet spicy, balsamic scent. 

-BERGAMOT is a spicy, citrus scent with a high floral note.... If it is not specified as being bergapten-free, it may cause photosensitivity, so care should be used when deciding which products it is to be a part of.

-BLACK PEPPER is a hot, sharp, fruity, and spicy scent. .... Use this essential oil in moderation only as it has rubefacient properties in high concentrations.

The Little Black Box has organized a Black Friday Bonanza. This is a large group of Indie shops that will be offering great savings from November 28-30. You can check out all the info at http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com And, before you ask, I am sorry to say that my shops will not be participating, as I did not read the email account that this was sent to in time! I will, however, be offering my own sales, so be sure and stop in!

The Essentials of Essential Oils

As previously discussed, herbs, flowers, spices, and shrubs and their essential oils have been used for centuries to treat various ailments. Used in the proper form, administered by a knowledgeable herbalist, maladies of all types have been relieved or even cured by essential oils. In deed, these oils are used to treat just about everything that modern day drugs do.

Of course, as with any drug, they can also be dangerous, therefore ingestion should only be attempted under the care of a knowledgeable professional. Before you begin using essential oils for any treatment you should make sure that you are purchasing from a reputable dealer, that their oils are of the highest quality, and that you are fully informed of any potential adverse interactions. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should only be used either diluted, or by the drop. Prior to use you should always perform a patch test. That is, use a very small amount of the oil on a small patch of skin and check fro irritation. If irritation occurs, thoroughly wash the area with soap and water . You can then try again with a more diluted version or simply not use at all. Some oils, mainly the citrus family and cassia (which is cinnamon bark) are to be used with the utmost of caution. While cinnamon bark is beneficial as a skin conditioner and an anti-inflammatory, it can also be very irritating to the skin. Therefore the amount used in any skin care recipe becomes very critical. An inexperienced bath and body creator may be inclined, which would be a huge mistake, of adding essential oils to scent, when they should be added for their benefit first and foremost! Whether adding for benefit or scent the creator must be cognizant of the essential oil to dilutant ratio. The safest recipes and most effective aromatherapy formulas are blended at a 2 1/2% concentration rate. This means that there will be 15 drops or less of essential oil per quart or liter of carrier oil. If you have seen the cost of some essential oils, this fact is actually a small plus!

While here, this may be a good time to mention that essential oils can be very pricey. You do not want to skimp and get the cheap one just because it is cheap. To illustrate my point take lavender for exampkle. Lavender comes in a mix called 40/42. It is a mixture of lavenders (Lavendula spp.), largely from Spain, that is steam distilled. One of the plusses for it is that is the least expensive lavender essential oil (eo) that you can buy. It is also the most floral smelling lavender, and the most consistantly lavender smelling one. Most people think of this scent when they think of lavender, because of this, it is often the lavender of choice for soaps, candles, perfumes and cosmetics. The issue, however, is that it is also the least therapeutic of lavender essential oils. So if you are looking for the therapeutic value found in lavender EO, you need to look for lavendula latifolia aka spike lavender, which is actually used in some pharmacutical applications, or lavendula angustifolia, aka Bulgarian lavender which is the prized lavender for perfumery. So, if you are making something that you just want to smell like lavender, buy all means use the 40/42. But, if you are counting on the therapeutic benefits to work, or marketing your products as theapeutic grade or aromatherapy quality, you will need to purchase the more expensive types. In this instance you will get what you pay for. By the same token, your favorite organic bath and body product maker may be using the 40/42 to save themselves money. In this instance you will be the one cheated out of the therapeutic benefits of lavender. If the bath and body maker is not knowledgeable, and sadly many are not, they will think they are saving money and making a sound business decision, when in fact, they are negating the main reason for their product. When you are in doubt, read their product descriptions and their company biography. Ask questions. Know what you are making and know what you are buying! At Unique Garden Essences, http://UniqueGardenEssences.com , I only use the highest queality, therapeutic grade, mostly food safe, essential oils. I believe in the healing powers of natural plants and once you experience them you will too!

While I certainly do not consider myself to be qualified to offer instruction on ingestion of oils, after many years of study, I can help you to navigate the what oil is for what path. There are many oils and some are more recognizable than others, but all can easily be found on line and from many health food stores. Additionally, many craft supply shops are now offering essential oils also. You should always start with a small bottle if you cannot sniff before you buy, so you won't be saddled with something that is not what you had in mind. You do need to understand though, that EO's are highly concentrated and that means they are stronger that you are use to. Also, if you are making a blend to treat a specific ailment, the scent is not what you should be focused on anyway. These next few posts will detail many of the EO's and what their uses and properties are. Remember that some properties can only be accessed by inhalation, some by dermal application, and some by ingestion. Of course some can also be accessed by multiple methods, this is just an overview for general knowledge.

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-Ajowan EO is from India and is a lot like thyme, with a herbacious, spicy scent.

-Allspice ... It is a powerful, spicy, sweet and warm fragrance. I.... Its use should be avoided during pregnancy.

-Amyris .... has a musty, warm, woodsy scent. 

-Angelica Root or Seed ..... It has a sharp, almost biting scent of green stems with peppery overtones. ....This is NOT to be used during pregnancy or by diabetics. Some materials I have read say that the seed oil users should avoid sun exposure, but not all sources noted this. Since I am not sure of the accuracy of this statement, I would error on the side of caution.

-Anniseed ... has a warm, sweet, spicy and licorice like scent. ..... acts as a narcotic and slows down circulation in large quantities, which can lead to cerebral disorers. It should NOT be used during pregnancy.

Let's Get Carried Away!

Since essential oils cannot be applied directly to the skin in their pure state, they must be diluted in base oils, otherwise known as "carrier oils". These oils are rich in fatty acids, vitamins and moisturizing nutrients. Carrier oils contain healing substances that make the skin soft, as well as elastic. They also provide lubrication for the hands when massaging against the skin. The oils can be added directly to bath water for a skin nourishing soak, used in hair treatments, or in many other skin applications. Natural bath and body designers utilize various mixtures of carrier oils to produce some magnificent feeling oils. For the most part, carrier oils are easily substituted for each other in any recipe. So, once you understand their properties, feel free to experiment to find which oils you orefer and what works best for you in your recipes! Sweet almond oil- (12-14months) light, rich in oleic and linoleic fatty acids, for all skin types; softens skin, relieves itching, has restructuring properties. Also great for cooking, especially stir fry as it has a high flash point and is cholesterol free. Apricot kernal oil- (1yr) light, high in linoleic and oleic acids, great as a massage oil, especially facial massages; rehydrates, restores skin's glow, high in vitamin A and B Avocado oil- (8-10 months) great for dry skin; easily absorbed, plumps up prematurely aged skin, natural vitamin B1, B2, D, E and A *not very stable, keep in cool, dark place Borage oil- (3-6 months) rich in linolenic acid; treats eczema and psoriasis, has anti-aging properties Calendula oil- ( ) heals cracked skin and rashes Carrot Seed oil- ( )reduces premature aging, itching and scarring, rejuvenates, restores skin's elasticity Coconut oil- (10-14 months unrefined, 2-3 yrs. refined) excellent for cracked or brittle skin, helps retain skin's moisture Evening Primrose oil- (6months) high in essential fatty acids, great for dry skin, treats acne, rosacea, exzema and signs of aging, has anti-inflammatory and antioxident effects *Do not heat this oil, apply to recipes after the heating process- Keep refrigerated to extend the shelf life. Grapeseed oil- (12-24months) odorless, easily absorbed, great for full body massages, Grapeseed is especially useful for skin types that do not absorb oils too well, and it does not leave a greasy feeling. Wonderful for those with skin sensitivities because of its natural non-allergenic properties. Hazelnut oil- (3 months) gentle, non-greasy, good for extremely dry skin, easily absorbed *best kept refrigerated, is food quality Jojoba oil- (24-36 months) antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, an emollient, very hydrating *this is actually a liquid plant wax, not an oil. It becomes cloudy as the temperature drops, this is normal and does not affect the quality. Macadamia nut oil- (10-12 months) one of the best regenerative oils available, high in monounsaturated fatty acids, closely resembles sebum (the oil naturally produced by ones skin to help protect it), a protective oil with a high absorption rate, has been successfully used as a healing oil for scars, sunburns, minor wounds and other irritations. Olive oil- (6-8 months) disinfecting, healing, excellent to sooth chapped skin, relieves itching of the skin and the effects of stings or burns, is good for muscular or joint liniments *store in the dark, has a naturally greenish tint, is great for babies Rose Hip oil- (12-18 months) High in Vitamin A which helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration, and promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase, also contains a high amount of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, is rich in linoleic and linolenic acids, used successfully to treat stretch marks, UV damage from overexposure to the sun, scars from surgery, burns, and acne, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles and premature skin aging, dermatitis, sunburns, age spotsand even brittle nails and dry and damaged hair * This oil should be kept in the refrigerator, in a dark bottle to prevent breakdown Safflower oil- ( 12 months) high in oleic acid, light texture, easily absorbed by the skin, highly moisturizing, deeply soothing *Safflower oil stores well under any conditions, but high heat will decrease the shelf life. Sesame oil- (12 months) natural sunscreen, pleasant, nutty aroma, but one that will not interfere with recipe scents, this oil is naturally active in vitamins A and E and essential proteins. Sunflower oil- (6 months) possesses large amounts of fatty acids, high in vitamin E and folic acid, slightly oily on the skin, lightweight, softens the skin, helps to maintain the natural moisture level of the skin, but has slow absorption rate by the skin *refrigerate to extend shelf life.

Wheat Germ oil- (6-8 months) this oil promotes skin cell formation, is great for nourishing and rejuvenating dry, mature, dehydrated skin, and reducing scars, stretch marks, sunburns, and damaged skin, has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects, is a natural preservative, helps to prevent rancidity, and prolongs the shelf life of cosmetic products. Wheat Germ Oil has been shown to be effective for treating dry, cracked skin, eczema, psoriasis, prematurely aged skin, stretch marks, dull complexion, tired and overexerted muscles, sunburn and burns, and scars. **Wheat Germ oil is a very sensitive oil that will degrade quickly when exposed to extremes in temperature fluctuation, oxidization and light. Refrigeration is highly recommended. Because of its unrefined nature, this oil is very dark in color and heavy in odor. It should not be used, either internally or externally, by those with wheat or gluten allergies.

Now that you have the base oils, the next post will deal with which essential oils to use for what!


Essential oils are the natural substances extracted from herbs, grasses, flowers, shrubs, trees, resins and spices. Obtained in various manners, these oils can sooth, rejuvenate, relax, energize, heal, and provide pain relief. ?These oils can affect the body on psychological, physical and emotional levels, and using the oils in this way is traditionally referred to as aromatherapy.

Essential oils can be absorbed through the skin, sometimes reaching the bloodstream, or inhaled through the nose, affecting the brain through the olfactory system. Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin, but should always be diluted in a carrier oil. Which carrier oil you use will be largely dependent upon your personal needs and tastes. Some are better for dry skin, some for oily skin, and some have a longer shelf life than others. See my previous posts for details on which oils to use for which types of skin type. Just remember that experimentation is half the fun!

Once the essential oils are diluted you can use them for local applications on body parts or for full body massages. Pure
essential oils can also be added to bathes for a soothing experience or in a compress to alleviate chronic or acute pain. [Chronic pain is a backache or arthritis, and acute is like a sprained ankle or headache. ] You can mix them in water and alcohol for a refreshing room spray, or vaporize them in burners to eliminate unpleasant odors or to create an atmosphere where you can unhale the benefits of a particular oil.

For inhalation, placing 5 drops of essential oil on a tissue and sniffing for five minutes is a fast and easy way to give yourself an inhalation treatment. You can put a few drops on your pillow before retiring at night, or you can also add 6 to 8 drops of essential oil to a bowl of almost boiling water, then lean toward the bowl, place a towel over your head and the bowl, and inhale for five minutes. The steam treatment is especially great for facials and for colds and sinus ailments. For some great recipes see http://uniquegardenessences.blogspot.com/2008/06/step-two-to-facial-care-is-steam.html

For massage add 15 drops of essential oil to any carrier oil, or mixture of carrier oils that you desire. Be sure to read the tips for massaging and see the recipes in this post;

For bathing add 5 to 10 drops to warm bath water and soak for about 20 minutes. To prevent that oil ring around the tub, you can mix the essential oil in a cap full of pure liquid Castile soap or baby shampoo. You can also add 10 to 15 drops to an ounce of coconut oil and pour that into your bath.

Compresses; For chronic pain such as aching joints, tired or sore muscles, backaches, earaches, etc., prepare a hot compress by diluting 4 to 6 drops of essential oil in a large bowl of almost boiling water. Dip a cotton sheet strip (about 4 inches wide) into the liquid and wrap it around, or apply it to the affected area. Repeat when the compress has cooled off.

For acute pain such as headaches or sprains etc., prepare a cold compress by diluting 4 to 6 drops of essential oil in a large bowl of ice water. Dip a cotton sheet strip (about 4 inches wide) into the liquid and wrap around, or apply to, the affected area

Vaporization; Add a few drops of essential oil to a light bulb ring, fragrance burner or diffuser.

Dilution Rate; To be safe and effective, most aromatherapy formulas are blended at a 2 1/2% concentration rate. Although the number of drops will vary slightly with the density of the oil and the diameter of the dropper opening, you can use the following measurements as a pretty accurate base for measurements.

  • 2-3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon carrier oil
  • 7-8 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil
  • 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil
  • 500 drops of essential oil per liter of carrier oil

Safety Tips;

  • When using essential oils it is very important to learn the safety aspects of the individual oils. Some are photo-toxic, while others are unsafe for use during pregnancy or with other medical conditions.
  • Reputable dealers will list the safety considerations of the oils that they sell, so be sure to read all of the information.
  • Never take essential oils internally without being under the care and supervision of a specialist. Even oils that are food safe require specialized instruction to properly administer.
  • Essential oils should be stored in amber bottles, in a cool location, away from direct sunlight. Never store an essential oil in a plastic bottle.
  • The color of some essential oils may change with time. This does not alter the potency of the oil.
  • Keep essential oils away from the eyes.
  • Essential oils are not recommended for babies or small children, and should be kept out of their reach.
  • Never apply essential oils directly to the skin, always dilute them first. *There are a few EO's that are safe to be used "neat" on the skin, but unless you know for certain what you are doing, it is safer to assume yours needs diluting! 
  • If you store essential oils in the refrigerator make sure to place it in an air-tight container so that the aroma does not permeate the food.
  • Some oils may solidify in cold temperatures due to a high wax content. If this occurs, simply place the bottle in a bowl of hot water to liquefy it before using.
  • Most essential oils have a shelf life of two years, with the exception of pine and citrus oils, which loose some of their potency after 6 months.


The art of massage therapy can be painted by any, not just the master artists! With a few simple tips you can treat your self, your partner, or be treated by your partner, to a fantastic and therapeutic massage.
  • If you do not have a massage table don't worry! Just cover your firm mattress with a towl or bath sheet.
  • Put on some relaxing music, light the aromatherapy candles, dim the lights
  • Make sure that the room is warm and the phone is unplugged. If you have children, make sure that they are cared for and that they won't disturb you. In other words, lock your door! lol
  • Use natural oils or cremes, as they are nourishing to your skin and create an easy glide on the skin to help with the actual massage.
  • Cold pressed oils maintain their natural vitamin content. These nutritive values will lubricate your skin and also will be absorb into the skin when you are finished with the massage, moisturizing it.
  • Aromatherapy assists by providing therapeutic benefits, especially when combined with essential oils that are noted for evoking relaxation responses. The fragrance you use should bring to mind pleasant memories. This, then stimulates positive and healing emory patterns.
  • The main reason for a massage is to activate the nerve endings in the body and stimulate the bloods circulation through the stroking of the skin, albeit gently or a bit more roughly.
  • When you use the right essential oils in massage therapy, you can relieve anxiety and stress, increase lymph production in the system, improve blood flow, detoxify the system, ease pain and soothe sore muscles.
  • You can custom blend essential oils to meet your needs, or just ask your herbalist to make you a blend.
  • The power of caring human touch is a healing catalyst, both to help release tension and lactic acid build up in mucles. Touch is a comforting, caring signal to the mind and the body.
  • A massage that is too painful will not yield effective results. There are many different types of massage techniques. Kneading, deep friction, rocking, compression, skin rolling, fingertip brushing, and percussion to name a few. Whichever you use will depend upon what feels best to you and what works best on you. Your preferences may change with your moods and that is okay too!
  • Do not get a massage immediately after exercising. The body continues the process of eliminating toxins through perspiration for a time after you exercise and this will interfere with the absorption of the oil by the skin.
  • Remain warm and relaxed after your massage for at least 20 minutes.
  • Since warmth is so important in keeping muscles relaxed, you may need to add a space heater to the room when getting a massage. At the very least, keep a few extra blankets nearby for after the massage.
  • Pour the massage oil into the palm of your hands first, then onto the skin to warm the oil.
  • Replenish body fluids and help to cleanse the body and remove toxins from it after the massage by by drinking 8 ounces of water or herbal tea.
In future posts I will cover more about essential oils and their therapeutic properties, but for this post, I am detailing some recipes for general health and well being. For the most part, you can change the essential oil in the recipes to fit your mood and needs. In this first recipe, the clary sage helps to alleviate fatigue, irritability and depression. The lavender is known for stress reduction, alleviating headaches, and stimulating the circulatory system, not to mention that it is very arromatic. Alone, or mixed with other oils, lavender is also known for inducing relaxation and promoting rest, but mixed with the clary sage, this blend is ideal for cleaning the body systems and ridding it of toxins and impurities. It promotes total physical and spiritual relaxation.
Grapeseed oil is a great oil to use for a massage blend because it is high in polyunsaturates. It is very light and very easily absorbed by the skin. Mix 1/2 cup grapeseed oil with 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 4 drops of clary sage essential oil. Blend them well, then massage into the skin. Try using the pit of the avocado that you used in other recipes as a massage tool. It is a great, natural massager! Remember to rest for 20 minutes after your massage. **VETIVER MASSAGE OIL** Jojoba oil is actually more like a wax than an oil. It is very rich in natural vitamin E and is very similar to natural human oil secretions, sebum. It is very easily absorbed by the skin and is suitable for all skin types, making it one of the most popular carrier oils. Jojoba oil blends well with most essential oils, and has the added benefit of having a longer shelf life than most carrier oils (2-3 years). Vetiver essential oil has a rich, woodsy scent and is known for calming and grounding properties. This recipe is good to use for full body aromatherapy massages or for local applications to sooth tired and sore muscles. Mix 1/2 cup of jojoba oil with 40 drops of vetiver essential oil. Mix the oils well and stor in an amber glass bottle. **MOISTURIZING MASSAGE OIL** You can add whatever essentyial oil blend to this recipe that you need. Here, the oil blend iteslf is the main focus. This recipe is for normal to very dry skin and will leave you with mositurized, amazing feeling skin! 1/2 cup sweet almond oil 1/4 cup coconut oil 4 Tbs. avocado oil 3-5 drops of essential oil(s) Store for 3-6 months in an aber bottle. Make sure to keep out of direct light and away from extreme heat.
Begin by taking some time to quiet yourself and prepare mentally. Once practiced this may only take three to five minutes of quiet time in a softly lit room, but in the beginning you may need longer. Start by focusing on the center of your diaphragm and quieting yourself by concentrating on your breathing. Deep breathing will help you to relax and focus yourself, drwing your attention to the task at hand. Take a few deep, slow, cleansing breaths. Relax and focus on your breathing. Clear your mind of any other thoughts. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth, slowly and steadily. Do not let yourself think of anything besides your breathing. Push all other thoughts away. Take as long as you need. Once you are relaxed, it is time to begin your massage. Begin at your feet. Pour some massage oil in the palm of your hands, then take both of hands and massage the bottom of your feet by applying pressure in a circular motion from the center of the foot outward. Then massage upward on each foot, from the ankle to the toes, using the thumbs to press firmly. Massage each toe, then massage the tops of the feet, moving up your legs to the calves, then the upper legs. Continue to apply oil as you go, and as needed. Use a kneading technique on sore muscles. After the upper leg move on to the shoulders and your neck. Start on one side, using your fingertips. Work down yoru arms and then massage your hands and fingers. Be sure to do each finger, just as you did the toes. Once you have finished, stay warm and relax for an additional 20 minutes. Remember to drink your replenishing fluids noted in the tip section above.