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Neroli: A Rare and Regal Essential Oil

I’ll just let this essential oil, Neroli, tell you about itself:

“The bitter orange tree has little white flowers. That’s where I’m from. They can only be picked in late April to early May … only on sunny and warm days … early in the morning ... just when the little white flowers begin to open … and it takes 1 ton of these little blossoms to make up to 2 pounds of essential oil. One tree can yield up to 60 pounds of flowers. But these trees are also the source of two other essential oils – Bitter Orange from the fruit peel and Petitgrain from the leaves."

“I was important to royalty and marital harmony in the late 1600s. Prince Flavio Orsini of Nerola, Italy, made sure I was readily available to perfume the bath water and gloves of his Princess Anna-Maria de la Tremoille Orsini, who was also the Dutchess of Bracciano. I’m named after their village, located near Rome. I am also known as Orange Blossom essential oil."


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Orange You Glad I Came Up With This Lame Headline?

I love family traditions. When I was a little girl, my parents would put lots of fun and interesting gifts in our Christmas stockings.

Then there was another family tradition, spring cleaning. Sometimes it was forced, such as the Case of My Little Brother’s Reeking Closet. Upon closer inspection, it wasn’t the shoes … or the socks. Using her carefully honed skills of Mom-deduction, she super-sleuthed her way to the culprit. It was the Christmas stocking … with an orange stuck in the toe.

I think that was my little brother’s final handmade-with-his-name-on-it Christmas stocking.

Months-old moldy oranges aren’t good for much, but Orange, Sweet essential oil is quite versatile. This juicy little oil is good for some of the fluid in your body, specifically:

  • your lymphatic system, where it helps stimulate its functional activity and bring it into balance
  • decreasing water retention
  • lowering blood pressure

Orange essential oil can help juice up your...

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Essential Oil Quality

I want to try to do a shorter post. Maybe???

Many times we have people really hammer us on the quality of essential oils. It doesn't matter what company you are with, that company's oils is the best by leaps and bounds. Well, really you should feel that way about the company that you represent. It really presents some serious issues and conflicts in your mind and is irresponsible and irrational to know your product is of a low quality and still promote it and sell it. Part of the process of "proving" your product, (essential oils as far as this discussion is concerned), some so called "facts" are presented as as proof that "your" oils are the best. OK, I can deal with that. Most people can. But is it the truth? That is the question. The facts are only the truth to the extent of and the relationship to the available data that the "facts" are based on.

I will explain in this illustration. My favorite apple is a Golden Delicious. For me it is, without question. That is a fact. As far...

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Thank Heaven for Lavender

When you think of Lavender essential oil, you probably think of fields of purple. These fields are generally from photographs you have seen. These photographs are generally ones taken in Provence, a region in southeast France along the Mediterranean Sea.

If you’re like me, you work on your fake French accent and say “proVONCE, FRONCE.” Then, if you’re like me, you think of a song. Because that’s what I do. And you already know I’m probably going to come up with one, if you’ve read my blog posts.

So, enjoy Maurice Chevalier singing “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” from the 1958 movie Gigi as you enjoy learning about Lavender … 

I found some interesting details about Lavender, Mailette in the winter, 2000 issue of aroma, The International Magazine for Essential Oils (and yes, they use a lowercase “a” for “aroma”). In the article Cousins and Clones:

“The vernacular term Lavender includes a...

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Put the Fire Out!

This isn’t your typical fire emergency, but when you're in it you feel like grabbing the fire hose and soaking yourself down to a light simmer. Then it’s a personal emergency.

Menopause happens to everyone (well, except men … who-the-heck named it “men-o-pause” anyway?). You can’t run away from it forever. It has a way of jumping out of the bushes and grabbing you. It says; “Come to my eternal world of hot flashes and random bawling your eyes out at every little kitten. Forget your days of normal mood swings, and swing over here, where our mood swings every day.” Sounds fun, doesn't it?

I can't help you stop menopause, but I’m here to tell you that when you’re having your own personal summer, put your sweaty hands down into your purse and grab the mister bottle with your Fire Out oil in it. Apply to endocrine system areas. Mist your face, neck, armpits and heels. AVOID spraying your hindquarters, please!

Fire Out synergy...

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Kingly Gifts, Part Two - Frankincense

Frankincense – most people know it as one of the gifts the Wise Men gave baby Jesus:

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11

The words of the Christmas carol “We Three Kings” explain the spiritual significance of the gift:

Frankincense to offer have I.

Incense owns a Deity nigh.

Prayer and praising all men raising,

Worship Him, God on high.

Other sources mention frankincense as a symbol of holiness and righteousness, as well as Christ’s role as the high priest. It was used as one of the ingredients for a holy incense, the amounts of which were given by God to Moses in Exodus 30:34.

Frankincense has been traded beginning more than 5,000 years ago by people in the Middle East and North Africa, according to an article on The article stated:


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Kingly Gifts, Part One – Myrrh

Most people know of myrrh as one of the gifts the Wise Men gave baby Jesus:

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. - Matthew 2:11

Many Internet sources mention myrrh as a gift of great value – one acceptable to honor a king. It was an anointing oil and possibly a foreshadowing of the way Jesus’ earthly life would end. Myrrh was known as an embalming spice. The words of the Christmas carol “We Three Kings” explain the spiritual significance of the gift:

Myrrh is mine: its bitter perfume

Breaths a life of gathering gloom.

Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,

Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

Later scripture bears this out as well:

And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. -...

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Cancer & Essential Oils

Cancer and Essential Oils, Discussion #2 and Spearmint Oil.

Hi Everyone, Today we are going to continue our discussion on this topic and we will bring Spearmint Essential Oil into this discussion.

Many times we tend to not think a whole lot about Spearmint Essential Oil and rarely ever discuss it. We really are missing out on this refreshing oil. One of the most popular uses of Spearmint is in gum. But it is also distilled into essential oil and really is a very safe essential oil to use. Recently I had to do some research on a few of the individual constituents that are in Spearmint essential oil and ended up spending a lot of time as I began to be even more fascinated with it. One reason why I got into the studying of it was because of a man I have known for a number of years has discovered that he has an issue that he has to deal with and that is prostate cancer. So he was asking me what he could use among the lines of essential oils to help himself. So I discussed with him what...

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So Fresh and Clean

How would you like to clean a freshen your entire home with just two simple products?

How would you like it if these products were super inexpensive to make and included two of the most useful essential oils you have on hand?

Cleaning your home isn’t the most glamorous job in the world, but is must be done. I’m a picky cleaner, but I also like to get it done as quickly as possible. I have two little ladies, 3 year old hazel and 1 ½ year old Evelyn. I also work part-time. The time that I allot for cleaning in minimal. I need to be able to sweep through my house as fast as I can with baby and helper girl in toe. If I tried to carry around a cleaning caddy, full of all the specialty cleaners for any possible need, I would be “dropping” them (being helped by my little duo) all along the way. Also, it gets heavy pretty fast. Keeping things simple is a must for me. I do all my general cleaning with two simple, homemade, products. I have a spray, and a...

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Essential Oil Quality: Confabulation


Hi everyone,

Are you ready for a discussion on essential oil quality and related topics? I thought you might be. This discussion is on an aspect of essential oil quality, “quantified” in this term: confabulation. It has had a heavy influence in the development of aromatherapy in North America, particularly over the past 25 years.

Confabulation is a term more in the behavior science field rather than the aromatherapy world, but it has helped shape how aromatherapy is viewed by people participating in it. Following is a cut-and-paste from Wikipedia with the definition, so you can verify from a commonly available source:

“Confabulation (verb: confabulate) is a memory disturbance, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive. Confabulation is distinguished from lying as there is no intent to deceive and the person is unaware the information is...

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