Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Commonly known as Tea Tree, Melaleuca (melaleuca alternifolia) is a bushy tree with little narrow leaves and white cottony flowers at the end of long branches and twigs. These trees are native to Australia and are now grown throughout the world including Tasmania and Kenya. The oil produced from the Melaleuca tree is colorless to…

Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry is used to help stimulate and strengthen the nerves, and evokes a calming, grounding effect due to its fresh and clean woodsy aroma. This crisp essential oil acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying essential oil while also aiding in support of the kidneys and the urinary tract. It is used for treating…

Valerian Root

Valerian is a perennial pink or white flower native to parts of Europe and Asia. Its benefits have been known for centuries. Some even call Valerian the “heal all” plant and the essential oil extracted from its roots has dozens of benefits and uses. History Some of the first recorded use of Valerian for medicinal…

Vetiver: THE Oil for Mental Health Support

Part of the Poaceae (formerly Gramineae) botanical family, Vetiver is a clumping type of grass with roots that grow straight down into the ground. Often used for erosion control, the grass grows well on hillsides and along water ways such as rivers and ocean inlets. The tubular roots and rootlets have been known to grow…

What Is Myrrh And How Can I Use It?

Commiphora Myrrha, generally found in Africa and the Middle East, is not only known for it’s small oval leaves, white flowers, and thorny branches, but for the resin it produces when oozing sap meets the air and hardens. Commonly known simply as “Myrrh”, this reddish-brown resin has been used for millennia in spiritual customs, meditation,…

Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram Essential Oil (origanum marjorana) Description: Marjoram is a plant that is native to the Mediterranean region; it is an amber colored liquid with a woody spicy and camphorus aroma. It has been used extensively in culinary applications and works great for muscular and rheumatic pains such as sprains, bruises or stiff joints. Properties: Analgesic,…

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

sOne of my most favorite oils is Roman Chamomile. Lavender often is the first oil you think of when looking for a calming oil, but Roman Chamomile is where it's at. The Spark Naturals Roman Chamomile has a sweet scent which is used to relax the body and calm the mind. It has skin regeneration properties…

What’s Photosensitivity?

Photosensitive: having a chemical, electrical, or other response to light. You might be wondering "what does photosensitive have to do with essential oils?". Certain medications (including antibiotics) can increase the skin's reaction to UV rays. In the same vein, some essential oils also contain chemical components that may cause what is known as "photosensitivization" when applied…