About Nature Identical Oils

Nature Identical essential oils are blends of essential oils, various extracted aromatic compounds, and constituents of essential oils or synthetic chemicals. They may be a rectified blend of components that mimic the chemical structure of the original oil. They are to pure essential oils what nutritional supplements are to whole foods, somewhat comparable to getting your nutritional needs met through supplements rather than food.

The synthetic constituents used mimic the chemical spectrometry of natural consitutents from the plant. They smell like their natural equivalents but contain on average noticeably fewer complete constituents found in the oil they copy, and may have unknown chemical additives. Synthetic oils do not have a direct counterpart in nature in terms of ingredients but are chemically copied and mixed. Often they are called ‘scented oils’ or ‘scent oils’ and are typically less expensive.

Nature Identical essential oils are generally used in industry for fragrance purposes as they are less expensive and tend to be more fragrant than essential oils in their pure form. Using nature identical oils can solve a common problem for product formulators who don’t want to use completely synthetic fragrances. They can help product formulators achieve that intense fragrance but in a way that is somewhat safer, much cheaper, and can technically be considered somewhat natural.

However, they are not considered appropriate for food use (they are used to flavor teas and other foods in some Middle Eastern Countries) or any kind of clinical aromatherapy. Conventional wisdom says that if your goal is to create something of therapeutic value then you should never use anything but pure essential oils. Having certification on the oils you purchase for aromatherapy will include a lot-specific GCMS (Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry) analysis from reputable purveyors, especially important if buying through a retailer or multi-level marketing representative (who usually cannot provide this important technical information that so necessary for clinical applications).

Why is this important? Because disreputable bulk sellers are usually from countries that do not meet the same health and safety standards as in Europe or North America, and have been known to adulterate lots of ‘pure’ essential oils with synthetic constituents. These fraudulent lots are sold only after initial test samples of pure high-quality oils representing those lots have been provided and passed mass spectrometer testing by the purchaser, and have been approved for purchase. Then the incoming shipment of oils may be of much inferior quality not at all matching the original approved samples.

Aromatherapists have unwittingly used such products on their patients, so be sure to make your purchases through reputable sources only.


Sun Damage Prevention & Repair Spritz

I store this in the fridge, but keep some it in a small spray bottle in my purse…very nice to use in summer traffic jams!

7 oz. Rosewater or Orange Blossom Water
2 T. Glycerine
1 t. Ascorbic acid powder
12 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

Pour into a sterile glass jar, shake well, and keep in the fridge. Fill a small sterile spray bottle for daily use, replenishing the spritz bottle as necessary.

1992 research at University of Maryland showed that topical application of a 10% solution of ascorbic acid (a common synthetic form of vitamin C) prevented sun damage to skin. If applied once or more daily, no sunscreen was found to be necessary.

This did not act as a sunblock. It was found that the vitamin C was absorbed into the skin’s cells and prevented ultraviolet damage to the DNA. This solution can also be applied after burning to reverse damage already sustained, as there was some indication that it could reverse past sun damage.

Because it is not washed off, you will still tan and continue to make vitamin D. Having no apparent side effects, unlike retinal, you may continue to expose your skin to moderate sun.

First Aid For Sunburn

Once, when he was 15, my platinum-haired son went canoeing and took off his shirt when he got too hot. Thankfully he was wearing a baseball cap, but he came back quite red. The next morning he was purple, with streaks down to where his pants had covered him, and he was quite sick.

I did what the doctor had prescribed when it had happened to me, keeping him in a dark room to sleep and hydrating him as much as possible when the blisters came up. But one of the things that helped to sooth our whole family whenever they had sunburn was a lavender tapioca gel I made. This he slathered on when he was up and around again.

Bring to the boil:
1-1/2 c. Water.

In a jar, shake 1/2 c. water with:
2 T. Instant Tapioca (arrowroot or cornstarch will do in a pinch).
Pour this into the boiling water and whisk until thick, then take off the heat.

When almost cool, whisk in:
75 drops Lavender essential oil.

Pour into a clean jar and keep it in the fridge. Discard it after a few days, and make up new batches whenever needed. Use this as a soothing natural gel for sunburn.


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!

Take care,




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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!