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…

DIY Natural Stain Removal

Warmer weather means more picnics, camping, parties, and outdoor play, which also means LOTS of ways to get our clothes dirty, and dare I say? Stained. 😦 When you find yourself in this situation (because let's face it, it's inevitable), give these solutions a try! To start, every natural cleaning cupboard should have the following…

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood“ santalum album“ of the Santalaceae family is a small tree grown in India and Indonesia known for its rich, warm, woody aroma. Sandalwood is one of the oldest essential oils dating back to biblical times. It has a thicker viscosity, is yellowish in tint and is becoming very rare. Trees about 30-40 years mature…

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage (salvia sclarea) is a tall, flowering biennial herb from the Lamiaceae/Labiatae plant family. The flowering tops are steam distilled for their essential oil and have been used throughout the world for improving eye sight, general good health, womanly issues,  and to improve the flavor of cheap wine. Clary Sage is a great calming oil…