Exciting Announcement!

When I first started this blog, I had every good intention of blogging at least once a week.  What some of you might not know is that I started college around the same time.  For two years, I struggled with fitting my schooling in my completely full life.  This also affected my blogging…which has been almost non-existent.  It was important to me to get more schooling regarding herbs and essential oils so that I can give people the information they need to use natural remedies safely.  I also enjoy giving people suggestions of herbs and essential oils that they may like to use.  Even cooking with herbs is beneficial, so that is on my agenda for my next blog post.

The work has paid off!  I officially received my first degree and two diplomas from American College of Healthcare Sciences!  I now have my Associates in Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine (Aromatherapy and Herbal Medicine Specializations), a diploma in Herbal Studies Master Herbalist, and a diploma in Aromatherapy Master Herbalist.

First, I thank my friends who have stuck by me even though I have not been available to spend time with them, and it takes months before I schedule another hang.  Love to you all!

Second, and most importantly, this has not been possible without the love and support of my family.  My mother has been rock solid support and has helped take care of my son while I have done my school work.  The biggest shout out goes to my son, though.  He was the one who pushed me to do the schooling and has had to deal with my not being available to spend time with him for hours and days.  Big hearts go out to him!

I am now in the process of taking two more semesters, which will earn me an Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness.  Those of you who are on Instagram and Facebook and are friends with me know that this is right up my alley.  I will be incorporating everything I learn and combining them for the ultimate and maximum support and knowledge that I can give you all who read my blog.

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog when I post…there will be more to come!

 

Winter Herb Quarterly

I’m happy to report that I had another opportunity to write for the Herb Quarterly in the winter issue.  This article is very dear to my heart.  I wrote about herbs for Alzheimer’s & anxiety. My grandmother has Alzheimer’s, and it is so sad to watch people have to live with this disease and the anxiety that goes along with it.

Look for the winter issue on the stands and take the time to read all of the amazing articles. I was able to be in the same issue as my friend, and wonderful herbalist, Sheilagh Cruickshank!

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Taking care of and storing your essential oils!

Essential Oils Bottles

Essential oils have become a part of the daily lives of many as more and more people are aware of the natural approach of taking care of their bodies.  Everyone needs to be aware of how to properly store their essential oils. It is important to store essential oils correctly so that they do not spoil or oxidize.

Exposure to light, moisture, heat, and the presence of oxygen can cause essential oils to spoil.

In order to keep the oxygen out of the essential oils, it is important to store the oils in a container that is filled well and closed tightly.

The bottle should be kept in a cool place away from light.

The oil can evaporate or deteriorate if it comes in contact with air.

Keeping the essential oils in the refrigerator is ideal, because the oils should be kept in a cool place not exceeding 65 degrees Fahrenheit. An essential oil can ignite spontaneously if it hits its flashpoint.

Citrus oils would be best in the refrigerator. They have a shorter shelf life, and you could start seeing oxidation in about 6 months. You may see a little thickening when they are stored in the refrigerator, but when you take them out to use them, they will be fine.

Sunlight can bleach the color of an essential oil. The bottle should be kept out of sunlight, and preferably in an amber colored bottle.

Moisture should be kept out of the essential oil at all times.

Store the essential oils in a dry place.

And, as always, essential oils should always be kept out of reach from children.

This website is for educational purposes only. We do not diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury it is your responsibility to consult with your physician. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Lavender Bath

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One of my favorite assignments for my anatomy & physiology class was to take a bath with lavender essential oil in it.  Now, the rest of my assignments have not been this glamorous!  Basically, I was to write about my experience.

I took the baths three nights in a row.  I’m not a bath person.  I usually say that I just don’t have time.  I ran a hot bath and added six drops of pure lavender essential oil to it.  I really didn’t know what to expect, other than it possibly relaxing me.  Going into the bath, I was having lower back pains (shoveling large amounts of snow) and menstrual cramps (sorry to the men reading this).  Both of these pains were extreme.

I set a timer for 20 minutes.  Like I said, I have a very busy schedule.  I got in the bath, and grabbed a textbook to read for homework.  As I started reading, I felt my body start relaxing.  The discomfort in my pelvic and lower back areas were starting to subside.  My eyes actually started closing, and it was becoming difficult to keep reading.  I felt my body fully relaxing.  It was truly amazing!

My son has joined the track team at school, and I mentioned he may want to try a lavender bath, because he was very sore after his first couple of practices.  He took the bath, and I asked him how it went.  He said his body felt a lot better, and he wasn’t feeling sore.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), often called English Lavender, is the most common species of lavender used.  It is a beautiful herb that has so many healing qualities, especially as an essential oil.  It is healing for sunburns, burns, bee stings, allergies (amazing for allergies), eczema, and more.  Lavender is also calming and helps relax the body for sleeping.  In my bath experience, it provided muscle and joint pain relief that I have read in my research.

I definitely recommend trying a lavender bath.  My son takes one every night now!

This website is for educational purposes only. We do not diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury it is your responsibility to consult with your physician. The above statements concerning essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.

What else can I do with Peppermint Essential Oil?

Hello there!  It’s been ages since I’ve posted, but I have a good reason.  I promise.  I am back in college, and work on my school work after a full-time day job.  So, I have been very busy.  I am majoring in herbal medicine and aromatherapy.  Right up my alley, right?

Today I would like to share some of an essay I wrote about my recent uses for peppermint essential oil.  I changed it up a bit for this post, since it was a little formal:

Peppermint Toothpaste

I did some research and found a couple recipes for toothpaste using peppermint essential oil.  I was happy to see this seeing as I ran out of my homemade toothpaste just recently.

I combined two tablespoons of baking soda, two tablespoons of salt, and 4 drops of peppermint (Mentha ×piperita) essential oil.  I put this mixture in a small, 4 ounce mason jar.  After mixing the combination of ingredients, I put the cover on and shook the mixture as well.  I did this the night before I was going to start using the toothpaste.

I knew this would be a salty toothpaste.  The toothpaste I have made in the past had coconut oil in it.  I liked the idea of not having coconut oil in my toothpaste this time, because the oil tends to harden when it is cold.  It has been very cold here, and it has been hard to get the toothpaste out of the jar once the coconut oil hardens.  So, I used the new toothpaste that I made.  I wet my toothbrush and dipped it into the mixture.  I will be the only one to use this mixture, so it was ok to dip my toothbrush in it (eeew germs!).  It definitely tasted very salty, but there was a nice taste of peppermint in there as well.  I liked the peppermint a lot.  Once I was finished brushing, I had to rinse well.  The salt liked to sit at the bottom of my gums and collect there.  Rinsing thoroughly is key in this process!

My teeth felt so clean after using this new toothpaste recipe.  I felt as though my breath smelled good, and my mouth felt refreshed.  This one is a keeper!

More uses:

Nausea and cramping are two of my favorite uses for peppermint (Mentha ×piperita) essential oil.  I put one drop of peppermint essential oil in 20 ounces of water and drink it (always be sure that your essential oil is 100% pure, therapeutic grade).  Any type of nausea, vomiting and indigestion can be aided by using peppermint essential oil.

Some people like to put peppermint essential oil on the back of their neck for hot flashes, or heating up during a workout.  Congestion and bronchial issues can be helped as well.  There are so many ways to use peppermint essential oil.  The list goes on and on!

This website is for educational purposes only. We do not diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury it is your responsibility to consult with your physician. The above statements concerning essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.