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  • What is a Carrier Oil? 11 Different Carrier Oils + How to Use Them

    If you’ve used essential oils previously, you may be familiar with the idea that essential oils should always be diluted in carrier oils. But why is this?  Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about carrier oils, how to choose between carrier oils and the different products you can make with a carrier oil and your favorite essential oils.  What is a Carrier Oil? As the name suggests, carrier oils “carry” product to your skin. By adding essential oils to a carrier oil, you create a beautiful blend that dilutes the essential oil.  We must dilute essential oils...

  • Our Top Tips for Adding Zest to No-Cook Meals + A Delicious No-Cook Recipe We Love!

    The last thing most of us want to do when temperatures soar is turn the oven on or work over a hot stove making a stir-fry.  Instead, turn to incredible, tasty no-cook meals to keep cool during summer.  Bland food is never the answer, so we’re sharing our favorite ways to add zest and pizzazz to your no-cook meals and desserts in this article. Keep reading for our no-cook meal tips and a delicious pinwheel recipe that you can use for an entrée or side dish and easily adjust to your taste.  How to Take Your No-Cook Meals to the...

  • Beat the Heat This Summer with these Fantastic Herbal Remedies & Iced Teas

    Many of us find ourselves outside more during the summer, enjoying the beautiful sunshine, longer daylight hours, and fun summer activities like swimming and hiking.  However, getting overheated, sunburnt, and dehydrated in this weather is easy.  So, besides drinking lots of water, what kind of herbal remedies can you use to beat the heat this summer? Here are some of our favorite essential oils, iced teas, and natural skin care products to keep yourself cool and protected during warmer weather.  The Best Essential Oils to Stay Cool Scientific research has shown that peppermint oil creates a long-lasting cooling effect on...

  • 4 Supportive Herbs for Menopause + The Science Behind Them

    Menopause is a completely normal phase of life for women. While it’s not a disease or disorder, it can come with uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms. Since menopause usually lasts around seven years, addressing any discomfort is essential! While some women may need to see a doctor for help with symptoms, many can adjust their lifestyle and use herbal remedies to support their bodies as they change. Of course, we always recommend speaking with your healthcare provider about what is best for you!  However, we want to share some fascinating research into menopause and how herbs can help with common symptoms...

  • Channel Upbeat, Relaxed Summer Vibes with Our June AromaBox

    The June AromaBox is here! It’s time for sunshine and bright, uplifting scents.  Our June AromaBox features Petitgrain Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Melissa Essential Oil, and our new roll-on, Summer Daze. These scents embody summer's upbeat, relaxed feelings and help support a more optimistic, calm mood so you can enjoy summer to the fullest.  Petitgrain Essential Oil Petitgrain Essential Oil is extracted from the twigs and leaves of citrus plants. Herbalists have traditionally used petitgrain to minimize skin blemishes and reduce stress and anxiety.  This lovely scent is citrusy, fresh, light, and dry, with slight floral notes. Perfect for...

  • Loose-Leaf Tea vs. Tea Bags: Why We Only Sell Loose-Leaf Tea

    A question we commonly get is, “Why don’t you sell tea bags?”  And we completely understand why this is a common question. After all, tea bags are convenient and neat, and we’re all trying to save time.  However, the benefits of drinking loose-leaf tea versus prepackaged tea in bags are enormous. Keep reading for a close look at the differences between drinking loose-leaf tea and tea bags and how these differences can impact the taste, health benefits, and our planet.  Concerns about Tea Bag Materials One difference we’d like to note is that some of our clients are concerned about...

  • 6 Must-Try Headache Busting Herbal Remedies

    Few things are more frustrating than sitting down to work on anything requiring a little focus when you have a massive headache.  Whether you struggle with headaches due to stress, jaw pain, a medical condition, eye strain, tension, hunger, or the many other things that can trigger headaches, know that you’re not alone.  The Neuroscience Center at NNA estimates that as many as eight million Americans visit their doctor yearly for headaches or headache-related issues. While some headaches are caused by a medical condition that may require treatment from your doctor, you may be able to alleviate others with the...

  • Is Hyaluronic Acid Worth Trying? The Amazing Research Behind this Skin-Care Ingredient

    Hyaluronic acid has received a lot of buzz over the last few years as a superstar skincare ingredient, with common claims like:  It plumps and hydrates the skin unlike anything else!  Hyaluronic acid reduces wrinkles and lines.  It can even reduce scarring and make wounds heal faster.  However, many of us aren’t entirely sure what hyaluronic acid is and if there’s any evidence to back up some of the wilder claims out there.  So, today, we’re tackling what hyaluronic acid is, its touted health benefits, and the research behind these claims to help you decide if this skincare ingredient is...

  • Must-Have Herbal Products for Traveling

    As we approach spring and summer, many of us are already daydreaming about traveling.  Whether it’s taking the kids on a summer vacation, going on an anniversary trip, or taking a solo trip to the mountains, travel is a lot of fun, but it can be exhausting and hard on the body and mind.  To ensure you have a great time on your travels, we always recommend looking into some supportive herbs to give yourself that extra boost so that you can enjoy your next adventure!  Immune Supporting Herbs Traveling is fun but draining, no matter how much you try...

  • Top 4 Health Benefits of White Willow + What The Research Shows

    White willow is often called “nature’s aspirin” because it contains salicin which was used to develop aspirin in the 1800s. Due to this, many people associate white willow with pain relief, but did you know that it actually has several other health benefits? Today, we’re breaking down white willow's top four health benefits and what scientific research has found surrounding these health claims.  1. Pain Relief Let’s start with white willow’s most widely known health benefit - pain relief, particularly for osteoarthritis and low back pain.  There are almost too many studies to name about white willow’s use as a...