April 9, 2018

Insomnia / Sleep

Insomnia is the inability to sleep, often due to stress, caffeine, and alcohol.  Relaxation techniques can help and lavender, valerian, and hops have shown promise in human studies. Anxiety can be caused by many things. Herbs and essential oils have demonstrated sedative and anxiolytic activities in many human studies.  A […]
April 9, 2018

Urinary System / Diuretic / Liver

The urinary system includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra.  The liver, while not a direct part of the urinary system, rids the body of excess nitrogen via urine. Diuretic herbs promote urination, helping to stimulate the kidneys, remove waste, and reduce urinary irritation.  More human studies are necessary.  Juniper berry and […]
April 9, 2018

Bath Bombs Recipe

Bath Bombs are the Bomb! By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT, RYT 4/9/18 Many people I speak with think it would be way to hard to make their own bath bombs.  In fact, it is really not that difficult to make your own fabulous bath bombs at home […]
April 11, 2018

Forest Diffuser Blend Recipe

This Forest Diffuser Blend may help induce calmness and peace.  Research has shown that being in the forest can help reduce stress.  The Japanese have done research on the calming effects of Shinrin-yoku, or forest-air bathing.  When you can’t get away for a hike in the woods, try this aromatic […]
April 19, 2018


Cedrol is a sesquiterpene alcohol found in cypress, cedar, juniper, and oregano.  It’s aroma may have a relaxing effect in humans. Links to Plants Containing Cedrol   RESEARCH The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of […]
April 20, 2018

Farnesene / Alpha Farnesene / Beta Farnesene

Farnesene is a sesquiterpene, as found in citronella, German chamomile, juniper, lavender, peppermint, rose, and yarrow. Sesquiterpenes are less volatile than monoterpenes, but still prone to oxidation.  They have a strong odor.  If oxidized (exposed to air) they could cause skin irritation and/or mucous membrane irritation. Links to Plants Containing […]
April 20, 2018


Myrcene is a monoterpene found in juniper, thyme, rosemary, parsley, hops, lemongrass, verbena, cannabis, bitter orange, mastic, sitka spruce, white pine, and hop, celery leaf, Cape May, and bay.  Myrcene is not skin sensitizing upon oxidation. Links to Plants Containing Myrcene RESEARCH The listings of research below represents a compilation of […]
April 24, 2018

Nerolidol / Peruviol / Cis-Nerolidol / Trans-Nerolidol

Nerolidol is an sesquiterpene alcohol as found in neroli, honeysuckle, ginger, jasmine, tea tree, lemongrass, and canabis.   Alcohols are the most therapeutically beneficial type of component in an essential oil, and have a low toxicity for safer use with fragile populations (like the elderly).  Alcohols can be sensitizing when oxidized, so proper […]
April 24, 2018

Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene

Pinene is a monoterpene found in balsam fir, cajuput, cumin, cypress, frankincense, juniper, angelica, nutmeg, pine, rosemary, and coriander. If oxidation occurs, pinenes can cause skin irritation.  Oxidation occurs when essential oils are exposed to oxygen due to poor storage and old age. Monoterpenes are odorless, highly volatile, prone to oxidation, […]
April 24, 2018

Terpinene / Alpha Terpinene / Gamma Terpinene

Terpinene is a monoterpene found in juniper, marjoram, ajowan, cardamom, cumin, tea tree, cannabis, hyssop, wild carrot seed, and savory. Monoterpenes are odorless, highly volatile, prone to oxidation, and insoluble in water. Links to Plants Containing Terpinene RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found […]
May 15, 2018

Juniper (Berry) (Juniperus communis) Research

Latin Name: Juniperus communis Family: Cupressaceae Topically, juniper has been used to help with joint and muscle pains, inflammation, for wounds, and even to treat snake bites.  Internally, juniper has been taken for digestive, respiratory, and urinary tract complaints. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific […]
May 15, 2018

Juniper Muscle Rub

This quick and easy Juniper Muscle Rub works great for massaging into a local area of overworked or stiff muscles.  The juniper plant has long been used to help with muscle and joint pain, and has shown in vivo pain reducing and anti-inflammatory activity.  More studies are warranted. Lavender and […]