April 20, 2018

d-Limonene / Limonene / Dipentene

D-limonene is a monoterpene found in bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, citrus fruits, caraway, eucalyptus, pine, peppermint and spearmint.  L-Limonene can be found in certain pine species, and has a more terpentine-like aroma. Monoterpenes are odorless, highly volatile, prone to oxidation, and insoluble in water. Links to Plants Containing Limonene RESEARCH The […]
April 20, 2018

Myrcene

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

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

Terpineol (alpha, beta, or gamma) / Terpinen-4-ol / Terpinolene

Terpineol is an alcohol as in cajeput, eucalyptus, niaouli, tea tree, manuka, pine, petitgrain, marjoram, wild carrot seed, and ravensara. 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 […]
April 30, 2018

Heart Chakra Perfume Blend

Chakras represent wheels of energy in the body.  There are seven chakras.  Their colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Red – Your root chakra, located at your pubic symphysis, grounds you with Mother Earth and balances your basic needs for survival. Orange – Your sacral chakra, […]
May 29, 2018

Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Research

Latin Name: Pinus sylvestris Family: Pinaceae Pine extracts have been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of respiratory complaints including viral infections, cough, congestion, hoarseness, and fever.  It has also been used topically to reduce inflammation, wounds, and pain. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation […]
May 29, 2018

Can Essential Oils Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Many people are running indoor essential oil diffusers, claiming it cleans their home’s air.  Does this really work?  Can essential oils improve indoor air quality? By Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT There are many airborne contaminants floating around our indoor air that cause illness.  Viruses, fungi, bacteria, […]
October 9, 2018

Herbal Infused All Purpose House Cleaner Recipe

Enjoy the herbaceous aroma of your garden grown herbs all Winter long with this Herbal Infused All Purpose House Cleaner Recipe.  Aromatic herbs offer antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities while helping the house smell great.  Combined with vinegar, alcohol, and a squeeze of dish soap, this is an easy and effective […]
November 14, 2018

Make Homemade Cedarwood Essential Oil Candles

It can be fun making your own essential oil candles! Try this cedarwood candle recipe.  It uses cedarwood essential oil, preferred over fragrance oil, which is less natural.  While fragrance oils may smell stronger, they lack the therapeutic benefits of plant based essential oils.  Plus, synthetics can burn unfavorable toxins […]
November 16, 2018

Warm Spice Essential Oil Room Spray Recipe

This Warm Spice Essential Oil Room Spray Recipe aromatically brings on the holiday cheer! The season is upon us when friends and family will be visiting.  Spruce up the smell of your house with a few spritzes of this warm spice essential oil room spray!  The aroma has an uplifting […]
November 26, 2018

Green Cleaning

What is Green Cleaning? By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT, RYT Green cleaning is the use of environmentally friendly ingredients that are also less harmful to humans and pets.  They are low toxicity, noncarcinogenic, and do not bio-accumulate. Commonly used dangerous cleaners like ammonia and bleach can cause […]