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Aromatic oils have been used since ancient Egyptian times and by numerous cultures world-wide. From the burning of resins and plants soaked in fats to modern day distillation, fragrant plants have been utilized and valued for thousands of years. Armed with some basic guidelines for use anyone can safely and effectively utilize pure essential oils in a variety of ways to uplift the spirit, calm the mind, motivate the body, and support health.

aromatherapy ESSENTIAL OIL suggestions
bulk peppermint essential oil

bulk peppermint essential oil

With its “cool” minty aroma, peppermint essential oil is invigorating and refreshing. Blends well with rosemary, lavender, oregano, lemon, tea tree and basil.

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bulk rosemary essential oil

bulk rosemary essential oil

Rosemary has a resinous, pine-like scent with woodsy notes. Pair this essential oil with thyme, lemon, sweet orange, grapefruit, lavender, lemongrass, citronella, peppermint and sage.

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bulk lavender essential oil

bulk lavender essential oil

Calming and soothing, lavender goes well with most other oils, but especially rosemary, patchouli, sandalwood, peppermint, thyme, sweet orange, tangerine, lemon, juniper and ginger.

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bulk sweet orange essential oil

bulk sweet orange essential oil

The citrusy fragrance of sweet orange essential oil is stimulating and relaxing at the same time, alone or in combination with cinnamon, frankincense, clove, lemon, tangerine, rosemary, lavender, ginger and juniper.

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bulk basil essential oil

bulk basil essential oil

The herbaceous character of basil essential oil is calming, clarifying and energizing. Partner this oil with sweet orange, lemon, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary, peppermint and thyme.

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bulk cinnamon leaf essential oil

bulk cinnamon leaf essential oil

The earthy, spicy aroma of this essential oil works well with sweet orange, clove, ginger, tangerine, lemon, rosemary, frankincense, and ylang ylang.

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aromatherapy FORMULA to try out

Remember that creating your essential oil blend is just the beginning. Essential oils are concentrated and dilution is recommended. In addition to water, carrier oils—e.g. apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, jojoba, or sweet almond oil—are a good medium for dilution. Be sure to read our aromatherapy newsletter archive and check out our information on dilutions for varying aromatherapy uses. 

aromatherapy: concentration blend
concentration blend
Use this aromatherapy blend when you need to enhance focus.
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
1 drop basil essential oil
aromatherapy: sleepy time blend
sleepy time blend
Reach for this blend when the sandman remains elusive. 
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drop tangerine essential oil
1 drop thyme essential oil
aromatherapy: lift me up blend
lift me up blend
Treat yourself to this blend when the mid-afternoon slump hits. 
3 drops grapefruit essential oil
3 drops sweet orange essential oil
2 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

also, we added some new HERBAL HOUSEHOLD HACKS archived article
We added a few formulas to our archived newsletter from 2014: Herbal Household Hacks. This article features some essential oil favorites that posses antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral or antifungal properties, or in some cases, all of these properties. Added to pantry staples like baking soda, salt, and vinegar you can create formulas that are alternatives to chemical cleansers. Here's a brief description of the new additions. Be sure to browse the archive for more information and formulas.

clear the air room mist formula
Witch hazel extract is produced from the aerial portions of one of four North American species of shrubs in the Hamamelis genus, most commonly H. virginiana. It is readily available online, in pharmacies and in some supermarkets. It’s the perfect vehicle for the essential oils in this formula that target odor-causing bacteria in the air.

lavender dishwasher powder formula
Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is a derivative of carbonic acid that is sometimes referred to as soda ash. It differs from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in chemical structure and granular size. Washing soda is also more caustic. You’ll find this item in the laundry isle of nearly any supermarket. It’s also widely available online.

citrus delight dish soap formula
Castile soap is a vegetable soap originally made from olives but now sometimes produced rom avocado, coconut or hemp (Dr. Bronner’s is probably the best known brand). Similarly, vegetable glycerin is a moisturizer and cleanser (it dehydrates bacteria) made from coconut or soy. Both of these ingredients can be found in drug stores and in many supermarkets. 

almond & lavender foaming hand soap formula
This formula cleanses and moisturizes at the same time. Double Duty: This formula makes a great shampoo too!

lemony drain cleaner formula
Using this simple formula once a month will help to keep drains clear and garbage disposals odor-free. If the kids are around, they’ll get a kick out of the “volcanic” reaction when the vinegar kits the mixture.

kitchen & bath grout cleaner formula
Over time, grease and general crud get into the grout between tiles, giving a dull appearance and a place for germs to congregate. This formula, aided by a small brush, will brighten things up with little effort.


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