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Set up your home apothecary



When customers and clients come to visit, the first thing they see is my apothecary. I have to admit, it does create a bit of a focal point in my space. A system is needed to keep my essential oils organized, and handy. Yes, I have them corralled and each cubby is labelled alphabetically. Yes, I am a bit of a nerd. But you will grow to love that about me, because I do tons of research.

I didn’t start out with all this- but I have learned some tips along the way, and I’d like to pass them along to you. So- let’s go.

This article got very lengthy, so what you are reading now is actually PART 1 of a series. Stay tuned for the rest! If you subscribe to the blog, you’ll automatically get the next one. Oh hey, look! A subscribe button! —–>>>

Do some initial planning

Before you begin, ask yourself some questions. Will you be seeing clients here? Is this strictly a work space, or do you live there, too? Additionally, you should be asking how much space do you need to dedicate for this? How much space do you actually have? Can you store all your supplies in this location, or do you need a secondary station?

Is this going to be a supply hub for your family containing other supplies such as herbs and first aid?

Grab a bevvie and set aside a chunk of time for this step. Continue reading Set up your home apothecary

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Top essential oils for Babies and Toddlers

Best EOs for babies

Article summary:

In this article about best essential oils for babies and toddlers, we discuss:

  • Top essential oils for babies and children under age 5
  • Top essential oils for babies and children over age 5
  • Choosing a carrier oil
  • Calculating your dilution rate
  • Recommended reading
  • Family kit supply list
  • Baby massage oil recipe
Best essential oils for babies

Top essential oils for Babies and Toddlers

sleeping baby

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Travel Hacks using Essential Oils

travel hacks using essential oils

Planning a trip?

If you have travel plans for the near future, here are some travel hacks that might just come in handy! I never go on a trip- even a short one- without certain essential oils.

Top essential oil blends for travel

Between these blends, you can cover almost any situation from jet lag to upset tummy; 1st aid to preventing nasty viral infections. Blends should always be diluted before applying them to your skin. (These blends are available from Nature Notes and ship within Canada.)

  • Medik– tea tree, Scotch pine, niaouli, peppermint, eucalyptus
  • Genevieve– lemongrass, rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, tea tree, clove, geranium
  • Gladiator– lemon, peppermint, lemongrass, dill, sweet fennel, basil
  • Vivo (also available in roller)- lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, sweet basil
  • Mellow– sweet marjoram, lavender, bergamot, rosewood, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, cardamom
  • Shield– eucalyptus radiata, white thyme, red thyme, tea tree, oregano, bay laurel

Alternative essential oil blends USA

If you are reading this and are outside Canada, I did some digging and found some awesome alternatives. Continue reading Travel Hacks using Essential Oils

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DIY aromatherapy travel kit

What to pack for travel

World travel is becoming very popular these days with more and more families being mobile as parents can work remotely or online. Living out of a suitcase is now a literal thing. If you are on the road a lot, you already know space is at a premium. You need to select your items with care- and they need to work hard, doing double or even triple duty.

DIY aromatherapy travel kit

Longer trips

For trips longer than a weekend I like to be a bit more prepared.

If you only have space to bring 1 essential oil I recommend lavender. It does the most for you and is one of the safest essential oils to use. Or, bring an essential oil blend that contains lavender.

When you bring a kit like the pictured here all of a sudden you have a LOT of options.

What you can do with a kit like this

Globegear kit purchase CAD

Globegear kit purchase here USA 

Spray Bottle

Bring 1 spray bottle filled with your favourite hydrosol or witch hazel with aloe and rose petal. Use as a face toner or even a cleanser. Use it also for sunburns, insect bites and stings and anything itchy.

Pump Bottle

Make your own hand soap using the pump dispensing bottle. Start with Dr. Bonner’s castille soap and add a few drops of essential oil. This can also double as a body wash.

Disc Cap Bottles

Use the bottles with the disc caps to store carrier oils. Example:

Bottle #1: 1 oz jojoba or other carrier oil only. Be sure to label your bottle. You can use it unscented, or keep it for a later time to make something else.

Bottle #2: Pre-made massage oil of your choice. It depends what you will need. I prefer a relaxing type of blend such as:

This recipe is suitable for children and pregnancy friendly after the first trimester. You can use it as a body oil, massage oil or bath oil. If you mix it with a dash of your previously mentioned hand soap, you can have a delightful bubble bath to boot! See how this works? Continue reading DIY aromatherapy travel kit

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DIY: Make herbal oil

make herbal oil

Make a herbal infused oil! It is pretty easy to do. It’s part formula, and part art.

You can save a ton of money by making your own herbal infused oils. You also have complete control over your materials and procedure. This is a very satisfying DIY project!

What you need:

1. a large saucepan to put on the stovetop
2. a scrupulously clean pint sized mason jar (holds about 2 cups)
3. your choice of oil- sunflower oil, jojoba or olive oil depending on what you want to do with your finished herbal infusion. (Allow for a generous expiration date.)
4. clean and absolutely dry plant material of your choice, usually a flower or herb, enough to place into the jar until it’s filled about halfway. (*please note that the size and weight of your plant matter will influence the amount added into the mason jar. For example, lavender flowers are much smaller than mullein leaves and you may need to make adjustments based on both volume and weight combined.)
5. a super clean wooden stirring implement-like a chopstick or the handle of a wooden spoon
6. water for the saucepan
7. time- you need to be able to babysit this project for about 5 hours.
8. a strainer
9. coffee filter or cheese cloth (disposable)
10. a clean bowl to catch your warm infused oil- something with a pour spout is easiest
11. a clean tea towel for handling the jar from the stove
12. clean plastic funnel to fit your bottle or container
13. a suitable storage bottle (absolutely clean and dried)
14. label for your herbal oil

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Aromatherapy book list

recommended books

Aromatherapy books recommended resources

My goal for this article is to save you time and energy looking for resources on aromatherapy books. I am often asked where to get reliable information about essential oils. I have also seen some books available (mostly online) that I really found to be a waste of money. They won’t be on this list. Benefit from my summaries on each book, as I have read all of them, and personally own most of them. Yes, that is a lot of books, and I have only listed some of them!

Aromatherapy books to read first:

These books are ones that I recommend to have, read or get when first starting to use essential oils.

The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele: This is a book that I often use. It is well organized, contains information on medical conditions. It also contains charts for easy reference and some essential oil profiles as well as safety guidelines. I recommend this book for all levels of essential oil users.

Purchase The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

USA: Purchase the complete aromatherapy and essential oils handbook for everyday wellness

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well Being

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Top essential oils for women

Women are busy. Time is precious. Find the most useful essential oils for women here. Get the list and benefits below.

Most essential oils are multi-taskers, just as women are. Get the lowdown on your best oil choices choices and discover a fragrant world of self care that will benefit you for years to come!

My #1 Choice for women

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Relaxing essential oil blends: high vs low budget blending

Do you love to use essential oils? Are you on a budget? Interested in saving money while investing in your oils?

Taking financial steps to accomplishing a debt free life is very on trend right now. This tells me a couple of things. First, people are still spending more money than they make. Second, many (if not most) don’t like the feeling of being held prisoner by their debt- and how much it is costing them.

Sometimes I get customers who are very interested in purchasing some of my products, but end up stepping away, saying that they don’t want to make a credit card purchase to get it, and they don’t have the cash for it that day. I get it. And if someone is trying to stay on track with their budget, I always respect them for it. Does this make me a lousy salesperson? Maybe, but I can live with that.


Tip: If you purchase a lot of essential oils, it’s wise to have a budget for that. This way, you can “save up” to purchase a more expensive oil that you really want to get. In the meantime, you can still do A LOT with other oils.

This is one reason why I offer my clients a couple of pricing options, especially for custom orders. There is usually more than one way to achieve a desired goal, and the same is true for essential oil blends.

Before we get started with the recipes, you should know what some of the best essential oils for relaxing are.

Relaxing essential oil faves:

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How to choose your diffuser

how to choose your diffuser

Diffusers: what you need to know before you buy

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You are thinking about getting a diffuser for your home or office. But what questions should you be asking? Before you decide what diffuser or nebulizer to purchase, you should consider the following:

  • auto shut off- this is a safety issue and should absolutely have this
  • appropriate room/square foot coverage
  • number of running hours before auto shut off
  • fan settings (allows more control for dispersing oils)
  • intermittent timing feature
  • lighting/color feature
  • quietness of machine
  • ultrasonic nebulizer vs. humidifier
  • manufacturer warranty
  • personal budget

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Cornflower hydrosol

Cornflower is also known by the name “Bachelor’s Buttons”, but the botanical name is Centaurea cyanus. These vibrant colored flowers are distilled to make the hydrosol. This particular hydrosol is quite versatile- one reason I wanted to make it available (in Canada only, sorry!).

Safety first: Although this hydrosol is suitable for babies, it should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Shelf life: The average shelf life of this hydrosol is generally around 12- 14 months. It should be stored in a cook and dark place. Cornflower hydrosols may be purchased from boutique distillers, as they are not yet widely available. I find the aroma to be mildly earthy. It would blend well with rose or lavender.

Some of the uses for cornflower hydrosol include:

  • 1st aid applications:
    • eye compress for swollen, itchy eyes, or pink eye
    • compress for bruises (you could add witch hazel and lavender before topical application)
  • Skin care applications:
    • helps to fade scars
    • known to regenerate skin cells
    • known as a collagen booster for skin
    • use for dry skin
    • use for mature skin
    • use to shrink large pores
    • helps to tighten skin
    • helps to remove excess oils
  • Other applications:
    • use as a spray on bedding to aid sleep
    • add to a diffuser for babies
    • uplifting
    • cooling; use for hot flushes

In case you were wondering, I took the picture of cornflowers in bloom in my garden, summer of 2018.

References: Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999, 170.
Catty, Suzanne. Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy. Vermont: Healing Arts Press. 2001

For more information on other hydrosols, explore the profiles found on Aromaweb .