Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Essential Oil Blending Guide (F-L)

Here is another blog post in the series of Essential Oil Blending Guides.  Today I focus on the essential oils that begin with letters F, G, H, I, J, K & L.   If you are looking for high-quality, True Certified Organic by OTCO, and True Therapeutic Quality Essential oils, check out Mountain Rose Herbs. I get most of my essential oils there.  Click HERE to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website



Fennel: (Foeniculum vulgare) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cypress, dill, fir, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, niaouli, orange, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, tangerine, ylang ylang

Fir Needle: (Abies balsamea) Blends Well With: Benzoin, cistus, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, pine, rosemary

Frankincense: (Boswellia carterii) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, camphor, cinnamon, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Galbanum: (Ferula galbaniflua) Blends Well With: Benzoin, fir, geranium, ginger, lavender, oakmoss, opopanax, pine

Geranium: (Pelargonium graveolens) Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Ginger: (Zingiber officinale) Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Grand Fir: (Abies grandis) Blends Well With: Benzoin, cistus, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, marjoram, pine, rosemary

Grapefruit: (Citrus paradisi) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang

Helichrysum: (Helichrysum italicum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, clove, cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, oregano, palmarosa, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang

Ho Wood: (Cinnamomum camphora) Blends Well With: Basil, cajeput, chamomile, lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Hops: (Humulus lupulus) Blends Well With: Citrus oils, copaiba balsam, nutmeg, pine, spice oils


Hyssop: (Hyssopus officinalis) Blends Well With: Bay, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrtle, orange, rosemary, sage

Jasmine: (Jasminum grandiflorum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, clove, coriander, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Juniper Berry: (Juniperus communis) Blends Well With: Black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, elemi, fir needle, lavender, oakmoss, rosemary

Lavender: (Lavandula angustifolia) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver

Lemon: (Citrus limon) Blends Well With: Benzoin, chamomile, cistus, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Lemon Balm: (Melissa officinalis) Blends Well With: Citrus oils, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, rose

Lemongrass: (Cymbopogon flexuosus) Blends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, coriander, cypress, fennel, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang

Lime Peel: (Citrus aurantifolia) Blends Well With: Citronella, clary sage, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, rosemary, vanilla, ylang ylang

Litsea Cubeba: (Litsea cubeba) Blends Well With: Basil, bay, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang

Lovage Leaf: (Levisticum officinalis) Blends Well With: Bay, galbanum, lavender, oakmoss, opopanax, rose, spice oils

For Essential Oil Blending Guide (A-B) CLICK HERE

For Essential Oil Blending Guide (C-E) CLICK HERE

When looking for high-quality, True Certified Organic by OTCO, and True Therapeutic Quality Essential Oils, check out Mountain Rose Herbs. I get most of my essential oils there.  Click HERE to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website.



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Before you use any essential oil, you must review its specific safety data.  If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have kidney disease,  sensitive skin, liver problems, epilepsy, diabetics, taking medication or have any other medical condition, you need to consult with your health care provider before using any essential oil.  Never use essential oils undiluted or internally unless working with a qualified health care professional.  This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease or condition.  Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way.  This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.  Always perform a patch test on your skin. 

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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tea Tree Foot Balm


Your tuckered out dry feet will love this ultra-rich 100% natural foot balm.  Inspired by a pricy product I found at a department store, my version uses all the same nourishing natural ingredients, however my recipe makes 4 ounces for less than $5 and the pricy one was $12 for a single ounce.  I tempered the shea butter to avoid any gritty crystallization in the final product.  If for some reason your foot balm develops a gritty texture, DO NOT FRET OR WORRY. The texture will become smooth once it melts into the skin. 

This foot balm is very helpful to soften rough heels and the tea tree essential oil is a natural deodorizer too. For extra softening power, wear under a pair of socks while sleeping.  Enjoy this recipe and Green Blessings.



Tea Tree Foot Balm
40 grams shea butter
20 grams sunflower oil
20 grams calendula infused oil
15 grams beeswax
10 grams jojoba oil
100 drops tea tree essential oil 

I like to use Mountain Rose Herbs Shea Butter. 
Measure out the shea butter into a glass measuring cup and place the measuring cup in a simmering water bath. Slowly bring the shea butter between 170 to 180 degrees F, and hold at that temp. for 20 minutes. The best way to do this is to use a thermometer and turn the heat up or down to maintain the 170 to 180 degrees.

Measure the sunflower oil, calendula infused oil (click here to learn how to make), jojoba oil and beeswax into another heat-safe cup.  After the shea butter has been heating for 10 minutes, add the cup with the oils and wax to the simmering water bath.  Allow it to melt and warm for the remaining 10 minutes.

After 20 minutes of holding the shea butter at the proper temp. and melting the beeswax and oils together, combine the two.

Add in the tea tree essential oil and stir to combine.

Carefully pour the hot oil into a 4-ounce container. Allow to cool in the fridge until solid.

Make a cute little label for  the jar.  I used stamps and ink. Enjoy!!!

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Essential Oil Blending Guide (C-E)

I am continuing my blog posts of which essential oils blend well together.  Did you already read the guide for the essential oils starting with A & B? Click HERE to be taken there.  Please enjoy this blending guide for the essential oils starting with C, D & E.  If you are looking for high-quality, True Certified Organic by OTCO, and True Therapeutic Quality Essential oils, check out Mountain Rose Herbs. I get most of my essential oils there.  Click HERE to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website

Cajeput: (Melaleuca minor) Blends Well With: Clary sage, geranium, lavender, marjoram, oakmoss, pine, rosemary, spice oils, ylang ylang

Camphor White: (Cinnamomum camphora) Blends Well With: Citrus oils, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, spice oils

Caraway: (Carum carvi) Blends Well With: Bay, black pepper, cinnamon, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, mandarin

Cardamom: (Elettaria cardamomum) Blends Well With: Bay, bergamot, black pepper, caraway, cedarwood, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Carrot Seed: (Daucus carota) Blends Well With: Cedarwood, cinnamon, citrus oils, geranium, spice oils

Catnip: (Nepeta cataria) Blends Well With: Grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, orange, rosemary, spearmint

Cedarwood, Atlas: (Cedrus atlantica) Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, palmarosa, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Cedarwood, Virginia: (Juniperus virginiana) Blends Well With: Benzoin, cypress, juniper, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver

Celery Seed: (Apium graveolens) Blends Well With: Black pepper, coriander, ginger, lavender, lovage, oakmoss, opopanax, pine, tea tree

Chamomile, Blue: (Matricaria recutita) Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, citrus oils, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, rose, rosemary, tea tree, ylang ylang

Chamomile, Moroccan (Ormenis mixta) Blends Well With: Cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, lavender, oakmoss, vetiver

Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis) Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, oakmoss, palmarosa, rose, tea tree

Cilantro: (Coriandrum sativum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, neroli, petitgrain, pine, sandalwood, spice oils

Cinnamon Bark: (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, cardamom, clove, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, vanilla, ylang ylang.

Cinnamon Leaf: (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, cardamom, clove, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, vanilla, ylang ylang

Cistus: (Cistus ladaniferus) Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, lavender, juniper, oakmoss, opopanax, patchouli, pine, sandalwood, vetiver

Citronella: (Cymbopogon winterianus) Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, geranium, pine, sandalwood.

Clary Sage: (Salvia sclarea) Blends Well With: Bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, lime, mandarin, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rose, sandalwood, tea tree

Clove Bud: (Syzygium aromaticum) Blends Well With: Allspice, bay, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang ylang

Copaiba Balsam: (Copaifera officinalis) Blends Well With: Cedarwood, citrus oils, clary sage, jasmine, rose, vanilla, ylang ylang

Coriander Seed: (Coriandrum sativum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, neroli, nutmeg, orange, palmarosa, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Cornmint: (Mentha arvensis) Blends Well With: Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, naiouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree

Cypress: (Cupressus sempervirens) Blends Well With: Benzoin, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, pine, ylang ylang.


Davana(Artemisia pallens) Blends Well With: Amyris, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, jasmine, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, spikenard, tangerine, tuberose, vanilla, ylang ylang

Dill Seed: (Anethum graveolens) Blends Well With: Black pepper, caraway, cinnamon, citrus oils, clove, elemi, nutmeg, peppermint, spearmint

Douglas Fir: (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Blends Well With: Cistus, fir oils, lavender, lemon, marjoram, pine, rosemary

Elemi: (Canarium luzonicum) Blends Well With: Cinnamon, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, rosemary, sage, spice oils

Eucalyptus: (Eucalyptus globulus) Blends Well With: Cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme

Eucalyptus, Lemon : (Eucalyptus citriodora) Blends Well With: Basil, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, marjoram, orange, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rosemary, sage, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang

When looking for high-quality, True Certified Organic by OTCO, and True Therapeutic Quality Essential Oils, check out Mountain Rose Herbs. I get most of my essential oils there.  Click HERE to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website.


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Before you use any essential oil, you must review its specific safety data.  If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have kidney disease,  sensitive skin, liver problems, epilepsy, diabetics, taking medication or have any other medical condition, you need to consult with your health care provider before using any essential oil.  Never use essential oils undiluted or internally unless working with a qualified health care professional.  This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease or condition.  Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way.  This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.  Always perform a patch test on your skin. 

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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Essential Oil Blending Guide (A-B)

Have you ever wondered which essential oils blend well together? Here is a blending guide I put together for essential oils starting with the letters A & B.

Allspice Essential Oil: (Pimenta officinalis) Blends Well With: Bay, black pepper, cistus, coriander, geranium, ginger, lavender, neroli, opopanax, patchouli, ylang ylang

Amyris Essential Oil: (Amyris balsamifera) Blends Well With: Cedarwood, citronella, ginger, ho wood, lavender, oakmoss, peru balsam, ylang ylang

Angelica Root Essential Oil: (Angelica archangelica) Blends Well With: Citrus oils, clary sage, oakmoss, opopanax, patchouli, vetiver

Anise Seed Essential Oil: (Pimpinella anisum) Blends Well With: Bay, black pepper, ginger, lavender, orange, pine, rose

Balsam Peru Essential Oil: (Myroxylon balsamum) Blends Well With: Black pepper, ginger, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Basil Essential Oil: (Ocimum basilicum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, citronella, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, hyssop, opopanax, rosemary

Bay Laurel Essential Oil: (Laurus nobilis) Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lavender, orange, patchouli, pine, rosemary, ylang ylang

Bay, West Indies Essential Oil: (Pimenta racemosa) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, nutmeg, orange, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Benzoin Resin Oil: (Styrax tonkinesis) Blends Well With: Black pepper, copaiba balsam, coriander, cypress, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, juniper, lemon, myrrh, rose, sandalwood

Bergamot Essential Oil: (Citrus bergamia) Blends Well With: Chamomile, citrus oils, coriander, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, neroli, nutmeg, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, violet, ylang ylang

Bergamot Mint Essential Oil: (Mentha citrata) Blends Well With:Basil, citrus oils, geranium, lavender, rose, ylang ylang

Bitter Orange Essential Oil: (Citrus aurantium) Blends Well With: Bay, black pepper, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, myrrh, neroli, vetiver

Black Pepper Essential Oil: (Piper nigrum) Blends Well With: Cardamom, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, lavender, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, orange, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, vetiver, ylang ylang

When looking for high-quality, True Certified Organic by OTCO, and True Therapeutic Quality Essential Oils, check out Mountain Rose Herbs. I get most of my essential oils there.  Click HERE to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website.

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Before you use any essential oil, you must review its specific safety data.  If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have kidney disease,  sensitive skin, liver problems, epilepsy, diabetics, taking medication or have any other medical condition, you need to consult with your health care provider before using any essential oil.  Never use essential oils undiluted or internally unless working with a qualified health care professional.  This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease or condition.  Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way.  This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.  Always perform a patch test on your skin. 

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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Kloss's Liniment

My collection of vintage Liniment Bottles from times long ago.  I collect these sort of antiques.
 I often get asked for suggestions on where to start learning about plant medicine.  Of the several books I suggest, Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health is usually the one I mention first.  All of my fellow herbalist friends agree that Rosemary Gladstar is the mother of modern herbalism.  Before I started in the Professional Herbalist Course with East West School of Planetary Herbology, I knew of and appreciated the herbal wisdom of Rosemary Gladstar.  I am giving one lucky Reader a brand-new copy of this book at the end of this post.

You can order this book from Mountain Rose Herbs.

One of the recipes in her book is for Kloss's Liniment.  According to Rosemary, This is a very old, very strong recipe, and it's one of the finest disinfectant remedies you'll ever have on hand. First concocted by that famous old herbalist Dr. Jethro Kloss, this liniment is useful for reducing inflammation of the muscles, cleansing wounds, and soothing insect bites.  I am going to show you how to make this recipe using herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Get all the powdered herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Kloss's Liniment
1 ounce echinacea powder
1/4 ounce organically grown goldenseal powder
3/4 ounce Oregon grape root powder
1 ounce myrrh powder
1/4 ounce cayenne powder
1 pint rubbing alcohol

The original recipe calls for 1 ounce of goldenseal powder, but you should be aware that goldenseal is in serious danger due to overharvesting.  Wild goldenseal is now so rare that the herb is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Goldenseal is one of the most overharvested herbs. More than 60 million goldenseal plants are picked each year without being replaced.  This is why I choose to only add in 1/4 ounce of goldenseal and add in 3/4 ounce of Oregon grape root which is another berberine-containing plant and is a useful and viable alternative to goldenseal. 


Add all the powdered herbs into a glass jar and cover with 1 pint of rubbing alcohol. Stir well to moisten the herbs with alcohol and remove any air bubbles.


Since this recipe uses rubbing alcohol, you will need to clearly label this for EXTERNAL USE ONLY.


Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid and let it sit for 4 weeks (shake it daily).  After 4 weeks, strain and rebottle. 


This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!