About Purchasing Essential Oils

IMO Best retail essential oils:

AromaForce … http://www.avogel.ca/en/brands/aromaforce.php

Aura Cacia … HTTPS://www.auracacia.com/

Eden’s Garden … https://www.edensgarden.com/

IMO Best aromatherapy courses:

Aromahead (U.S.) … HTTPS://www.aromahead.com/

Institute of Aromatherapy (Canada) … http://www.classicaromatherapy.com/

About Wholesalers

If you are purchasing your essential oils wholesale, ask for a ‘GCMS’ (proof of gas chromagraphy and mass spectrometry testing). A good wholesaler will have their oils tested and offer the graphs, with legible results, to their customers. Why?

Wholesalers buy their oils where they can, and what they can afford. If a company is short on an oil in high demand, they may have to go to a foreign supplier that buys up whatever lots they can, and wait. Some of these agents are upright and ethical, and some are not. Some will send your distributor a sample of good quality oil, then fill the drum with substandard oil. Bringing in oils from Asia is time-consuming and costly, and lawsuits difficult; and some companies will take advantage of North American companies that way.

So cut to the chase and ask for the GCMS right away, and then check those constituents. The things that have been found in essential oils range from canine feces, tobacco, insects, to naturally-derived and synthetic aroma chemicals. Naturally-derived constituents are added to blends like Lavender 40/42 to bring those constituent levels up for marketing purposes, when the original idea was to sell the best quality of Lavender Oil having those constituent levels naturally.

And You also want it right in the paperwork that the wholesaler is a member of the right ethical organizations, an ISO company, and has the certifications in writing for the oils you are purchasing.

Regarding certain retail distributors especially the ‘multi-level marketing companies’, Google their names, ‘FDA warning’ and Dr. Pappas’ as search terms, and you will learn what you need to about them.

And please remember that in North America, it is illegal to prescribe the internal use of an essential oil unless you are 1) licensed to prescribe, and 2) have certification in clinical aromatherapy. If someone is telling you to take these oils internally because their boss told them that, DON’T!!! You can find out how many ER visits and deaths have been made because of the ingestion of essential oils.


An Excellent Aromatherapy Newsletter

Andrea Butje is one aromatherapist I truly admire, and she has done a lot to teach the world about the benefits of aromatherapy. Not only does she run an accredited school for the training and certification of aromatherapists, but she publsihes the following newsletter and even offers a free online introductory course.

Here’s to you, Andrea!

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Aromahead Weekly: Ylang Ylang, Orange & Patchouli Body Butter

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If you’re in a hot, dry climate, you could have no better friend than Ylang Ylang essential oil (except maybe a saltwater swimming pool).

Ylang Ylang is a very cooling oil with wonderful moisturizing properties. I love it in blends for dry, chapped skin (and that can happen no matter what climate you’re in).

I have a blend for Dry & Chapped Skin Butter that you can make yourself. (Find it here!) The recipe is so nourishing to skin, it works well even with no essential oils, but the oils can add a layer of nourishment.

Here’s a blend suggestion that combines perfectly with the skin butter recipe:

  • 35 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
  • 60 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 45 drops Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)

Does it seem like a lot of essential oil? That’s because the recipe makes 14 oz (392 gm) of body butter!

Does it seem like a lot of body butter? That’s because dry, chapped skin needs extra love!

So use your body butter every day, and enjoy!

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Soothing Balm For Eczema

If you have struggled for years with eczema or psoriasis, you know how frustrating it is, especially when cold weather exacerbates it. Here is a balm I think you will like, though its ingredients may cost a bit to get you up and going.

100 ml Andiroba, Calendula or Oat Oil
25 ml Borage Oil
25 ml Rosehip Oil
15 ml Beeswax (or Castor Wax, if you are vegan)
50 drops Essential Oil Blend (see below).

  • Sterilize a small glass bottle.
  • Count out your 50 drops (25 if for a child) into the bottle.
  • Heat the oil in a small pot very gently, with the wax.
  • As soon as the wax is melted, take it off the heat.
  • When it just begins to cloud over, pour it into the bottle and cap.
  • Apply to lesions up to three times daily.

The EO blend will be made up of Chamomile, Cypress, Juniper Berry, and Sandalwood (so long as it is not weeping eczema).

Five drops of Melissa, if you have it, may be added to the 150 ml above, but you want very little as it is very powerful.

Turmeric is also anti-inflammatory and may be used in place of the blend (or as a part of it).

People with eczema and psoriasis are often stressed and deficient in B vitamins, so make sure to get whole grains into the daily diet, and make time for fun and relaxation.

A Great Sleep Recipe from AromaHead…

I Need Sleep Now Essential Oil Recipe

by ANDREA BUTJEon JULY 10, 2013

We all love to sleep well. This bath salts recipe can really help! It’s one of my favorite essential oil recipes for sleep.

I have a lot of essential oil recipes for sleep, and I especially love this one in pink bath salts. But you can use any natural salt you like.

1 drop Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
3 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
2 oz pink Himalayan salt

This recipe is just the right amount for one bath, but you can easily make a larger amount and store it in a glass jar for future baths.

If you don’t like to take baths or don’t have a bath tub, this same blend can be used in 2 oz of lotion and applied to your back and shoulders right before bed. Another idea is to use the same recipe (minus the salt) in a spray bottle of water for your linens.

Do you have any essential oil recipes for sleep you like? Please share it in the blog comment section below! (If you’re reading this via email, just click the link to the blog post and you can comment there.) Thanks!

Deodorizing Disks For Smelly Places

You can use these in the bottom of garbage pails, dirty diaper bins, closets, and bathrooms. And no synthetic chemicals to trigger sensitivities!

Prepare your moulds before making these. They can be clean individual yoghurt or apple-sauce containers (also great as shaving soap moulds), pretty soap moulds, or paper cups in muffin tins. 

If you want to hang them in a closet, have a loop of string knotted and ready to embed the knotted end towards the top of the disk, so you can hang it on a push pin, nail, or hanger. Then use bug-repelling Cedar essential oil.

For the sick room, you will want to use the Thyme for the incredible antiviral and disinfectant properties of its main constituent, thymol.

If you prefer a lemony scent, use the Lemon Myrtle; some think it smells more like Lemon than Lemon, and its disinfectant properties are actually stronger than those Tea Tree Oil! It also blends nicely with the Lavender.

2 c. – Baking Soda – 500 ml

½ c. – Hot Water – 125 ml

2 T. – Anise Seed / Cedar / Lavender Essential Oil – 30 ml

1 T. – Lemon Myrtle / Tea Tree / Thyme Essential Oil – 5 ml

  • Add essential oils to the water and mix into the baking soda until very thick.
  • Pour into the moulds, and add the knotted loops of string if you are using them.
  • Let them dry at least 24 hours, longer if the weather is damp, and keep them in an air-tight jar until ready to use.

These can go on the back of the toilet in a pretty dish, in the bottom of smelly disposal pails before you put a fresh bag in, or you can hang them in closets, cupboards, and under the sink. You can also toss them into the bottom of cloth dirty clothes hampers – they will not hurt the clothes and the crumbs can go into the laundry when you launder the bags themselves.

Night Queen Cologne

This was the very exotic, feminine answer to patchouli back in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Fill a clean, purse-sized spray bottle two-thirds with vodka or witch hazel.


20 drops Sandalwood FO / EO

10 drops Jasmine FO/EO

5 drops Rose FO / EO

Shake well, then clear your nose by sniffing coffee grinds. You want to add these oils drop by drop until you have the balance you want…just as Baby Powder scent is the perfect balance between rose and vanilla, you want this to be so balanced that you can’t make out which element is the strongest, unless of course you like it that way.

Then shake before using. You will not need much!

Skin Tag Removal

There is a very expensive skin-tag remover on the internet, which in my thinking is outrageously expensive for what is in it. It is made from three natural oils that can be used on their own, or in combination. The reviews indicate that in combination is fairly successful, so here I will list those oils.

In a small, sterile vial put:

30 drops Castor Oil
30 drops Tea Tree Oil
30 drops Thuja Essential Oil

Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and dab onto the skin tags up to 3 times a day. They should disappear without scarring with a couple of weeks.

Other remedies are:

Apply nail polish to them morning and night (this was what my doctor suggested for getting rid of a horrendous wart on my daughter’s knee, and though it took several weeks, it did work!)

Cover the skin tag with duct tape, and leave on until the duct tape peels off naturally. If the skin tag is still there, do it again.

Four Thieves Oil

Recently it has been learned that using this type of blend of essential oils in hospital patients’ rooms during outbreaks of C-Difficile and MRSA may have eradicated them and other microorganisms dangerous to weakened immune systems (e.g., E. Coli, Nosocomial Pneumonia, and Norwalk) among patients with treated rooms.

100 drops / 1 t. Cinnamon Bark Oil
200 drops / 2 t. Clove Bud Essential Oil
75 drops / ¾ t. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
175 drops / 1-3/4 t. Lemon Essential Oil
50 drops / ½ t. Rosemary Essential Oil

Put these into a sterile glass bottle, amber if possible, and keep in the medicine chest.

Note: You can also use equal parts of the oils to make your blend. Some recipes call for the addition of Oregano Essential Oil.

As you will read below, the original thieves used garlic as well.

The article below is worth reading for ideas as to how to use the blend should a loved one become ill, or just for around the house; but please remember not to ingest any essential oils without the advice of a licensed health-care practitioner, and even then only use those oils which are certified as food-grade.


Have You Heard Of Thieves Oil? –Breath Of Life Blog

Here’s the legend:

Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a thousand years. Out of this period emerged a legend of four Thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the Thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.

Studies conducted at Weber State University in 1997 showed it to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves Oil Blend was diffused for a given amount of time.

After only 10 minutes of exposure, there was a reduction of

82% in Micrococcus luteus
96% in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
44% in Staphylococcus aureus

Thieves Oil For Common Ailments

When Warding Off Illness, massage Thieves undiluted or “neat” to lower back, and on the top back of thighs for relief if not sensitive; otherwise, dilute it at ratios of 15 drops with 15 drops of carrier oil.

Immune support: Dilute 1 drop of Thieves to 4 drops carrier oil and apply to feet. Apply twice daily, morning and night, for extra support during cold and flu season (especially if leaving for school, work, or going out in public).

Bronchitis: Apply to lower back, sternum, chest and throat, sinus and bronchial points.

Insect Bites (Mosquito, Bee & Wasp Stings): Apply 1 part blend and 1 part water to the bite or sting to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and counteract toxins.

Cuts And Scrapes: Dilute 1 drop of the blend to 4 drops of vegetable or carrier oil and apply to wounds to help prevent infection and speed healing.

Headache: Place a drop on your thumb and place on the roof of your mouth. May require repeated applications. Be careful not to lick your lips as this can burn. Use vegetable or carrier oil to wipe off if you do. Only use oils certified as food grade for this!

Head And Lung Congestion: Place a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water, cover head with towel and inhale vapors.

Poison Ivy: 2 drops of Thieves dilute in 2 drops of water, but if there is swelling add 2 drops of lavender.

Acne: Apply 1 part to 1 part grapeseed or jojoba oil.

A Stronger Antibiotic Blend:

10 drops of Thieves Oil
6 drops of oregano
2 drops of frankincense

For Oral Care (Tea Tree Oil works equally well for dental care):

Put a drop on your toothbrush before brushing to kill cavity producing germs and to sanitize your toothbrush.

Mouthwash: Add 1 drop per ounce of water, shake well before use.

Toothpaste: Add 2 drops to 4 T. of baking soda, place in small container (not plastic) and shake well. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush.

For protection against colds, flu, and other infectious disease apply to the bottom of feet.

Help For The Flu:

6 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
4 drops Oregano Essential Oil
2 drops of Thyme Essential Oil.

Help For Sore Throat:

Thyme, Tea Tree, or 1 drop of Thieves Blend to 1 ounce of water and spray throat; or add 2 – 3 drops to 2 T. of water and gargle, then spit out.

Thieves Oil Recipes For Household Use

Stuffed Animals – To disinfect and clean, place toy inside pillowcase and tie shut. Fill washer with detergent, use fabric softener if desired. Add 5 – 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil, (for small load) to washing machine. Wash on gentle cycle.

Cell phones – Spray Thieves cleaning solution very lightly on a cloth and gently wipe phone.

Dishwasher – add 4 – 5 drops to thoroughly clean dishes, eliminate bacteria and odors.

Laundry – add 5 – 6 drops per load to freshen and disinfect.

Pet Bedding – Spray down cat boxes, dog houses, and pet cages to clean and disinfect.

Pet Dishes – Add 1 – 2 drops to soapy water and wash dishes. Rinse well.

Plants – To repel aphids spray plants with a mixture of 2 drops Thieves to every 4 ounces of water.

Floors – add a 10 – 15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.

Surface Disinfectant – To clean and sanitize surfaces – add 8 drops to 8 oz. of water in spray bottle.

Fragrance – Add a few drops to potpourri or cinnamon sticks to fragrance your home.

Add several drops of oil onto a cotton ball and place in home, office, car, or hotel air vents to mask odor and purify the air.

Drop 4–5 drops onto a cloth and place in clothes dryer to freshen laundry.

Bed Bugs – Spray mattresses to help dispel bed bugs.

Add 4 – 5 drops to sink water and wash children’s toys to clean and disinfect.