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Essential Information About Essential Oils

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in For Beginners, Green Clean, Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

Essential Information About Essential Oils

Since essential oils are the active ingredients in many of our personal and cleaning products it is important for you to know how to determine which essential oils are safe for you to use, purchase good quality oils, and store the oils properly. Safety Concerns Before trying a new essential oil do your research to find out if it is safe for you to use. Many people seem to believe; “It’s all natural, so it’s OK.” When I hear this my reply is; “So is poison ivy, but you don’t put it in a salad.” Remember, even though we are using essential oils for their positive effects on our bodies and in our homes they may also have negative effects when used incorrectly, in excess or on someone with a sensitivity. Rosemary, for example, should not be used if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant because it stimulates blood flow. Other essential oils are known to  irritate sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin you should test an essential oil by diluting it with a carrier oil to twice the strength that you plan to use in your product. Put a few drops of the diluted essential oil on the pad of a band-aid, then stick the band-aid on the inside of your forearm. Wear the band-aid for 48 hours to see if you have a reaction. For your safety you should only use essential oils for their intended purpose. Most essential oils are not produced in food grade facilities and are not safe to consume. Unless an essential oil is labeled as safe to ingest do not use it in food, lip balm or other lip products. The online resource Kim and I use most for our safety research is New Directions Aromatics and we recommend The Essential Oils Handbook for your bookshelf. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor for their opinion a well. Purchasing Tips Starting with good quality essential oils is incredibly important if you want to be successful with your projects. First, ensure the essential oils you are buying come from a botanical source. Some “essential oils” are actually just chemicals. They will smell right, but they  won’t have the therapeutic properties you desire (antibacterial, deodorizing, etc). Check the label or web site description and if you see the Latin plant name you can be confident it comes from a botanical source. Referring to the Latin name to identify the essential oil you want can also ensure you get the best oil for your planned use. For example, lavender essential oil from Lavandula officinalis will have a strong, floral scent but few therapeutic qualities while Lavandula dentate will have a milder scent and many therapeutic qualities. Before you are done reviewing the product information, make sure you are buying an essential oil not a fragrance oil. Essential and fragrance oils are often packaged in a similar fashion so it can be confusing. It is worth mentioning that the packaging for...

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Welcome To A Green Routine!

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Food & Recipes, For Beginners, For Your Home, Green Clean, Lifestyle, Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Welcome To A Green Routine!

Although we have always been environmentally conscious we recently started taking a more focused approach to green our lives by making small and large changes to our routines. One of our biggest changes has been starting to make a lot of the chemical-based products we use every day out of natural ingredients. We’ve also been paying more attention to what is in the products we purchase, what can be reused and how we can be more energy efficient. The results have been amazing! Not only are we using fewer chemicals on our bodies and in our homes, but many of our homemade products work better and are less expensive than their store bought equivalents. Plus, it’s fun and satisfying to make your own products and a lot easier than you would think. In this blog we’ll share some of our recipes, research and green living tips. We will focus on providing practical advice, which means keeping your costs and time investments reasonable. We aim to provide good, well-researched information and advice in each post. We are not experts, however, so please use common sense to evaluate whether the ingredients, products or actions we recommend are right for you. This is especially important when using essential oils. Not all oils are right for everyone so you should always check the proper uses and warnings on the product labels. To learn more about your bloggers, check out the About Us page. You can also keep in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog! We hope you will share your knowledge and experiences with us and let us know what works or what doesn’t for you. Kim and Nicole P.S. The feature photo is an eco-friendly Welcome Coco Coir Doormat made out of 100% all-natural coco fiber. Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living...

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