Insect Repellent Bracelet by Huuman Exploration Innovations – 5 Stars

I love natural solutions to problems that we typically throw chemicals at to solve.  Insects are one of those issues.  I, especially, have spent a large part of my life throwing chemicals at insects that like to bite me.  I, apparently, am a yummy treat for many of these little parasites.  Mosquitoes, fire ants, gnats and other unmentionables.  These aren’t poisonous to me, thank goodness, but I do itch when bitten.  I’ve tried everything from ‘Deet’ based products, which usually work (but I am afraid of the long term damage to my cells for its constant use), to home made solutions with essential oils and my own herbal infusions.  The home-made solutions are very time consuming, and hit and miss since I am a novice.  This Insect Repellent Bracelet and clip is the best of both worlds in one.  It is made from the essential oils that I am very familiar with, but doesn’t involve me slathering my skin with them.  I’ve been wearing the bracelet almost continuously when outdoors (which I am outside a lot), and have noticed fewer bits.  It hasn’t eliminated them entirely but I am not constantly swatting away the annoying creatures like I normally do, nor am I glowing with an oily glow from having applied my homemade concoctions head to toe.  I believe this is working.  I gave the clip to my husband, and as he is also a favorite snack of the voracious critters here in North Carolina (even the flies bite hard), and he has been complaining less.  I am going to continue with this, and may get an extra set to use as an ankle bracelet to ensure that no matter where they try to bite, they will be faced with this wonderful assortment of natural ingredients that they HATE!

Here is a link to the product on Amazon!

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Portable Aromatherapy! Blank Nasal Inhaler Tubes…Ingenious – Five Stars

I had never actually thought of using this product…ever…until I found out that you could buy them empty, and frankly, I wish I had learned of it earlier.  I remember seeing these things when I was growing up, because my dad always had a sinus issue or stuffy nose, so he would get the inhaler tubes with Mentholatum or Vick’s Vaporub in it.  And I never really used those, but I have become quite the fan of essential oils and aromatherapy.  So when I saw these and realized that I can take my aromatherapy with me, and not worry about an outlet or water or…anything other than this tube, I was sold.  When the package arrives it is very basic, a Ziploc bag with everything you need to make 12 of these.  There are 12 tubes (each consists of 2 pieces, the inside tube and a cover), 12 wicks (cotton), and twelve caps for the main body of the inhaler.  Simply add your favorite aromatherapy essential oil blend to the wick (by simply using a dropper to put as many drops on the wick as you think you want, and pop the cap on the end, and voila…instant aromatherapy.  I have a stress relief blend that I have had for awhile that I usually keep the bottle in my bag and take a whiff whenever the world gets too much, and it calms me right down.  But I often wonder how calm I would be if that vial of essential oil were to break in my bag (probably desensitizing me to any helpful benefit of that oil blend at that point).  With this inhaler, I no longer need to tote around my oil, but rather I can pop this little inhaler in my bag and get the same benefit without the added worry.  Great product that I simply cannot say enough good about.  Wonderful!

I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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I have not tried this product from any other manufacturer, so cannot speak to the quality of any brand other than Cornucopia!

http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Aromatherapy-Breathing-Naturally-Refillable/dp/B00UW18J5K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432404276&sr=8-1&keywords=Essential+Oil+Aromatherapy+Blank+Nasal+Inhaler+Tubes+%2812+Complete+Sticks%29%2C+Empty+Nasal+Inhalers+for+Essential+Oil%2C+Treat+Common+Breathing+Problems+Naturally%2C+Great+for+Essential+Oil+Blends%2C+Refillable

Radha Beauty Tea Tree Oil – The miracle oil!! (claims not approved by the FDA, merely my opinion)

I have been a fan of Melaleuca Oil for years, in fact long before Essential Oils became trendy, this was a staple in my home. Also known as Tea Tree oil, this has many uses and I will simply talk about how I use it.

I have begun making my own health and beauty products, and three that I use the most are my homemade shampoo, homemade laundry detergent and a skin softening healing salve. There are so many chemicals in the commercial versions of these products that I wanted to find healthy, organic or more natural versions, and tea tree oil is a prominent ingredient in each of these. I’ve been buying the small 15 ml bottles and if you make any quantity of these products, it can be quite cost prohibitive.

This product by Radha Beauty is of top quality, and by selling this in 4 oz. bottles, you can incorporate it in many ways without worrying about running out when you need it for something else. It comes in a lovely blue glass bottle, with a glass eyedropper so you can measure it precisely. I also rub it into my nails (both hand and toes) and while it strengthens my fingernails, it is rapidly clearing up a fungal toe nail infection I’ve dealt with for years.

My doctor gave me a product that has more health warnings on it than benefits, and I used it for two months with little results. Within two weeks of using tea tree oil, I can see new, healthy nail growing in. Granted nail growth is a slow process, but I’ve got a nice supply now to ensure I’ll finish the treatment with new healthier nails. Every house needs one of these bottles (in my humble opinion) because this one bottle can replace dozens of products. Wonderful!

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

I am simply providing the link where I found the product, I do not sell any of the items found on my blog, I am simply giving my honest opinion.

http://www.amazon.com/Tea-Tree-Oil-Therapeutic-infections/dp/B00VKHKH8C/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Aukey Aroma Diffuser – 4 of 5 stars – I love the look of this thing!

As many of you know, I am still relatively new at essential oils, and diffusers, but am enthusiastically learning all I can.  I usually prefer topical application of the oils, but with allergy season, diffusing the aroma of certain oils in our home really helps both my husband and I fell better during allergy season (thieves oil, rosemary & lemon, and eucalyptus oils). I’ve tried several diffusers and have yet to find a favorite. This one definitely is in the running.

First of all, I love the way it looks. Before it ever went into operation, I would have placed it on a shelf or end table as a decoration, but it is functional as well.

As you can see in my video, if you can look past my clumsiness, this is very easy to operate, and to fill. It doesn’t pump out the mist like some I have tried, but does a fine job getting the oil into the air which is its primary function anyway.

It does have lights, which aren’t important to me, and the alternating mood lights can be turned off (although it does take 8 presses of the light ‘button’ to get those off. I would be happier if ‘off’ was the default rather than the last of many choices, but that is just my personal preference.

It is whisper quiet. I love that because when I am using it in my office, I am usually writing, or grading student papers, and hate being distracted. The only time I really notice any sound it makes is when it cycles off for 30 seconds, and what I notice then is an absence of sound.

I don’t really consider this a humidifier because the small wisps of mist are relatively small, and unless your face is right over it, any ‘humidifier’ benefit would be minimal, but the aroma effect is great, even in my good sized home office.

Overall, I believe this is a quality diffuser and would recommend it for a living room or office use. The power and mist LED lights are rather bright, so I’m not sure I’d want this in my bedroom, but I don’t use a diffuser there anyway.

http://www.amazon.com/Aukey%C2%AEAmzdeal-Electric-Aromatherapy-Essential-Humidifier/dp/B00N9WCXWO/ref=cm_rdp_product

Calily TM Starter Gift Set of Essential Oils – 14 Bottles

While I am a relative novice at essential oils, I’ve been dabbling off and on for the last several months with using different blends for use in diffusers, as well as in several DIY health and beauty products I’ve been making. Both my husband and I are learning the benefits of different oils, and different oil combinations, and collecting the variety of oils needed for the different preparations can be quite expensive. This Set by Calily is a godsend. It contains fourteen (14) different oils, most of which are some of the more commonly used ones. Some are duplicates to oils I already have, so I was able to compare the aroma and the consistency of the oils, and how well they work in products I make regularly. The oils in this batch that I already have by other oil companies are lavender, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Tea Tree. Those are also the ones I use the most in my diffuser. Additionally, others that I had heard of and wanted to try are Bergamot, Clary Sage and Patchouli. To round off this kit, it also contains Spearmint, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf and Lime, and while I do not know their use, I am certainly open to learning and experimenting with them. Each oil is in a dark 10 ml bottle, which is quite generous for the price they are charging.

My only complaint is that the label is extremely difficult for my old eyes to read, so I am going to have to add little labels so that I can tell what is what. These oils compare positively with the ones I already have, and seem to be of similar quality. If someone is just starting out with essential oils, this is the set I would recommend because it contains most of the oils in the more common aromatherapy formulas, so the newbie can get started immediately with oils.

I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

http://www.amazon.com/Calily-Premium-Aromatherapy-Essential-Starters/dp/B00UGHNIWO/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Natures Alchemy – Citronella Essential Oil, .5 fl. oz oil

I bought this at a local vitamin store because I was bored and my husband was in the ColdStone Creamery nearby. I was thrilled to find out that this store has essential oils, because all the others I have bought have been online, and the few I had seen in stores in my area were either overpriced, or not pure. I bought Citronella essential oil to use in my own blend I am making as an insect repellent. I have been experimenting with essential oils only for the last 3-4 months, and through research found out that not only outdoor candles use citronella, but it can be used in other preparations as well, often more effectively. It smells heavenly,  a lot different than the commercial candles I’ve had, so I am hopeful that this will work well.

http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Alchemy-Citronella-Essential-Oil/dp/B005P0JQWS/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Lavender Population Essential Oil. 10 ml. by Plant Therapy Essential Oils

As many of you may know, I am an essential oil novice. There I said it. But I am loving learning about these products right now. I have used Lavender essential oil before, but when I received this bottle, it smelled different, so I looked closer at the bottle and saw that it said Lavender Population Essential oil. I had NO idea what that meant, but as in all things in my life, if I find myself knowingly ignorant of something (I know, an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one), I set about to change that, so before I used this oil, I researched what exactly the word ‘population’ meant when referring to an essential oil. What I found out is really quite interesting. For many aficionados of essential oils, particularly lavender, ‘population’ is considered the finest and most ‘true’ lavender, because it isn’t cultivated or grown commercially, but rather comes from naturally occurring stands of lavender, which means that pollination isn’t controlled nor is the climate, all factors that can affect the plant.

The reason that I began exploring essential oils is because both my husband and myself are interested in being healthier (we are both in our early 50s), and both suffer from multiple minor issues that neither of us want to treat with traditional medicines. Once I discovered these and how well they work for our purposes, I have been adding to my repertoire as well as beginning to use oils in more than diffusers. I have begun making my own skin and beauty products (mainly skin), and have used this lavender in a body butter that I made. Unfortunately, I learned that cocoa butter has a very dominant scent that even this lovely lavender population oil cannot compete with, so for now it is used in my diffuser, as well as on little cotton balls around my house (for air freshener and insect control). I look forward to learning more uses, because this lovely oil needs to be put to use!

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review. My comments above are my genuine experiences and opinions of this product.**

http://www.amazon.com/Lavender-Population-Essential-Undiluted-Therapeutic/dp/B00JV8JRWO/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj