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Frankincense -

You’re likely familiar with frankincense. It is frequently mentioned in conjunction with Christian teachings, historical references and applications (which we’ll explore later), as well as holistic health remedies. What you probably didn’t know, however, is the extraction method and many uses of this pungent essential oil. But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for!  Keep reading to discover more about this warm, sweet scent. Extraction Process The procedure for extracting frankincense oil is relatively simple. It is obtained from the Boswellia tree (native to the Middle East) by cutting the bark and removing the thick, congealed sap that emerges. This...

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DIY, Stress Relief -

Deadlines. Traffic. Appointments. Work. Everyone needs ways to unwind from the pressures of life, which is why we’re sharing three DIY spa recipes to help you do just that. Each recipe contains essential oils that will allow you to restore and rejuvenate your mind and body. Keep reading to discover the recipes for the relaxation you’ve been craving.   Bath Salts  The recipe for making your own bath salts is virtually stress-free. And even better, adding essential oils to your salts can help you unwind physically, mentally and emotionally. You’ll need: 1 cup epsom salt ½ cup baking soda 20...

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Rose Absolute -

Roses are famously associated with love, but there is much more to these sweetly-scented flowers than romance alone. Rose Absolute - Rosa Damascena essential oil has a rich history of healing, uplifting and inspiring. Learn more about the history and benefits of this versatile, beautiful scent.   What Is an Absolute? First, let’s examine what “absolute” means in the the context of essential oils. Many essential oils are extracted using a steam distillation technique, however, this can damage delicate rose petals. Because of their fragility, a softer technique is required to obtain the oil from the rose petals: solvent extraction. This...

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Cinnamon Bark, Cleaning, Essential Oils, Lemon, Tea Tree -

Modern household cleaners can contain a startling amount of harmful chemicals. This knowledge has caused many people to look for alternative cleaning methods that have a more natural ingredient list. Read on to learn how you can create these simple -- yet effective -- cleaning solutions.     Cinnamon Bark In ancient times, cinnamon bark was used medicinally by the Chinese to improve circulation and warm the body. Today, we not only utilize cinnamon as a healing aid, but also a protectant for cleaning. Its antimicrobial and antibacterial effects make it an excellent addition to cleaning mixes. To use: Purify...

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Essential Oils, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Summer -

Do orange scents remind you of carefree, summer days? Does the smell of lime take you back to your last beach vacation? Even if you answered “no” to both questions, it’s likely you have certain scents that evoke memories and transport you to sunny summer moments.   It’s no secret that smells can elicit significant emotional responses. On an anatomical level, our sense of smell “is part of the brain's limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it's sometimes called the "emotional brain" (Dowdey). In other words, our sense of smell is so strong that it...

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