List Of Essential Oils and Uses

1. Basil: Mental alertness; supports sore muscles/joints, menstruation 2. Bergamot: Skin purifying, emotional support 3. Birch: Supports healthy muscles/joints, skin blemishes, uplifting 4. Black Pepper: Antioxidant; supports healthy circulation, flavoring 5. Cedarwood: Repels insects, supports healthy skin, emotional support 6. Chamomile, Roman: Calming, immune healthy immune function 7. Cilantro: Antioxidant, digestive aid, cleansing, healthy skin 8. Cinnamon Bark: Supports metabolic function, oral health, cleaning 9. Clary Sage: Supports healthy hormonal balance, tension, emotions 10. Clove: Promotes cardiovascular health, oral health, immune health 11. Coriander: Supports digestion, clear skin, sore joints and muscles 12. Cumin: Digestive health, purifying to body systems, flavoring 13. Cypress: Soothes muscle tension, energy, skin health 14. Dill: Digestive support, calming, cooking 15. Eucalyptus: Supports healthy respiration, skin, cleansing 16. Frankincense: Supports healthy cellular health…

Essential Oil blends that work well together by scent types

Blending can be a bit challenging. I did a lot of trial and error to discover what scents work well with others. I have learned that the following scent types work good with each other;
Citrus blends well with Spicy Citrus blends well with Flowery Woody blends well with Flowery Herbal blends well with Citrus
Another thing I learned is that Chamomile is a lot stronger than Lavender, so if you wish to blend these 2 together, I recommend using 1 drop of Chamomile to 4-8  drops of Lavender.
Patchouli is also very strong. Some people find the smell of Patchouli to be annoying and over powering. Use lightly until you get the desired smell.

Essential Oils by Scent Types

Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
Bergamot, Citronella, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Melissa, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Tangerine
Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pepper
Cedarwood, Coriander, Cypress, Fir needle, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Juniper, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Basil, Chamomile, Clary sage, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Tea tree, Thyme

Essential Oils by effect

Every wonder what effects your essential oils have? When I first started my essential oil adventure i'd wonder all the time. I did some research on some of the essential oils I already had and the ones I eventually would buy. I came up with 4 categories; Energizing, calming, detoxifying & anti anxiety. So lets begin!
Rosemary, Clary sage, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Cypress, Pine, Lemon, Basil, Grapefruit & Ginger
Lavender, Geranium, Mandarin, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Jasmine, Melissa, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood
Peppermint, Juniper, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Laurel, Mandarin, Lemon, Patchouli, Hyssop, Helichrysum 
Anti anxiety
Lavender, Geranium, Roman chamomile, Marjoram, Sandalwood, Valerian, Bergamot, Jasmine, Black pepper, Tangerine, Orange, Melissa or Lemon balm

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Guide to Essential Oil conversions and dilutions

Essential Oil Conversions 
Ounces to Milliliters
1/8th oz = 3.75 ml 1/4th oz = 7.5 ml 1/2 oz = 15 ml 1 oz = 30 ml 4 oz = 120 ml 8 oz = 237 ml 16 oz = 473 ml

Ounces to Drops
1/8th oz = 75 drops 1/4th oz = 150 drops 1/2 oz = 300 drops 1 oz = 600 drops
Pure undiluted essential oils are very strong. Some essential oils can burn the skin if not diluted. All essential oils are diluted in either carrier oils, diffuser, soap, lotion, massage oil, or an aroma spray. Most people use 1 - 2% dilution meaning that only 1 - 2% of essential oils should go in a finished product. I like to use the 1% dilution for infants, kids, elderly or sensitive skin. 2% dilution for adults or for people with normal skin. 
1% dilution = 6 drops of essential oil per 1 oz of carrier oil
2% dilution = 12 drops of essential oil per 1 oz of carrier oil

How to dissolve soap colorants and how much to use

Types of colorants Oxides & Ultramarine Mica Cosmetic Clay

These pigments are naturally occurring on earth. They are powdered pigments made from oxidized metals like iron and titanium. These pigments are mostly used for cosmetics. They can be dissolved in either water or oil. The red , chromium green, and yellow pigments dissolve better in oil. I like to use 2-4 tsp per block of cold process soap (30 oz of oils). 
Mica is a type of rock that has glittery and flaky layers. Mica powdered pigments contain oxide components and powdered mica minerals. Micas can be a bit tricky when used in cold process soaps. Some micas mix well, some wont mix at all and some will fade. The best most stable micas are copper, gold, mocha, yellow and tan. Micas that wont fade but that will morph into a different color are coral, mauve, sea foam and sparkle pink. The micas that will fade are electric blue, emerald green and lavender. Micas dissolve into oil. You can add your mic…

Castille Soap history and how to make it

Castille soap dates back to the 1300's. When it was 1st made, it was made of Olive and laruel oil. In the 1500's laruel oil was not easy to come across so the Europeans dropped it and made soap with just Olive oil.
You can use olive oil pomace, extra virgin olive oil or olive oil to make Castille soap. Any kind of olive oil will work just fine. 
When making a cold process Castille soap it is best to let soap set for at least 48 hours. I have tried un molding Castille soap within 24 hours and it wasn't quite ready. 
Castille soap needs extra time to cure than other soaps. I have learned that when you let it cure for 6-8 months, the soap makes a better lather and it will last longer. 

Castille Soap Cold Process Recipe
30 oz Olive Oil 4.02 oz Lye 9.90 oz Water 

This recipe is for a brick that yields 12 bars of soap

Castille Soap makes little to no lather. Very mild soap used for infants, toddlers, kids, elderly and on anyone with skin conditions like eczema. 

Essential Oil Blend recipes and dilution calculator

My favorite part of having Essential oils is experimenting with blending them! Oh my God its so much fun. It does take a lot of time and patience to get the desired scent. As you experiment you will learn that some Essential oils just don't go well together. I use my blends in my bathwater, diffuser and/or diluted in fractionated coconut oil. Blends diluted in fractionated coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin. 
When using fractionated coconut oil, I like to use 6 drops of Essential oils to 1 oz of fractionated coconut oil for infants, babies, toddlers and the elderly. 12 drops of Essential oil to 1 oz of fractionated coconut oil for adults. 3-6 drops in a small Essential oil diffuser and 6-12 drops in a medium to large size diffuser. If using in bath water, 3-6 drops for infants, babies, toddlers, and the elderly will do and  6-12 drops for adults. 
Here are a few of simple blends that you can try at home

`Baby Vapor (for sniffles and colds)`
2 drops Eucalyptus Oil 2 dr…

Adult and Baby Vapor Rub

Hello friends! Thanks for visiting again. Here I have my homemade Adult and Baby Vapor rub. I use the baby vapor on my 3 year old son all the time. His skin instantly absorbs it, unlike store bought vapor rub that just sits on the skin. This homemade product is safe to use on infants - the elderly. 
Store bought vapor rub is made of petroleum jelly. Your skin cannot and will not absorb that garbage. Petroleum creates a barrier that literally suffocates your pores. If you have some petroleum jelly at home, I want you to put some on your hand and splash some water on it. Notice how the water will just sit on the top of the jelly. Although beeswax is also non absorbent by the skin, it can be absorbent when used in small quantities. I used a lot more coconut oil in my recipe to allow your skin to absorb the essential oils. A lot of the store bought vapor rubs do not specify if they are using essential oils. For all we know it is just a lab made scent to replicate an essential oil. 

If yo…