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.

You can find this merchant’s wares here

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

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

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

Natural Stress Relief Remedy from Essence of Cleopatra – Wonderful fragrance and great stress relief!

I received a complimentary bottle of this oil blend in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I have been experimenting with and educating myself about essential oils for the last couple of months, and am really beginning to appreciate the benefits they bring to life. We as a household are also trying to eliminate chemicals and other things from our lives since we aren’t getting any younger. This particular blend by Essence of Cleopatra is absolutely lovely. I usually “poo-poo” exorbitant claims of effects from the literature of different essential oil companies, enjoying them solely for their fragrance, but this is a blend that may have converted me.

The name and packaging claims stress relief, so I stuck the bottle in the pocket of my jacket at work, knowing I had to sit through several meetings yesterday, some of which were on topics that can make my blood boil a little. Every so often I would discreetly take the bottle out, unscrew the lid, and take a whiff. Either I made myself de-stress by taking action like this or the blend really does work, because I could really feel the effects of being able to stay calm and relaxed during these meetings. I will definitely use this oil often in this manner, but also plan to make some homemade body butter with it, because the fragrance is simply divine.

http://www.amazon.com/NATURAL-Stress-Essence-Cleopatra-Aromatherapy/dp/B00OWFDNDA/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Homemade Lip Balm using multiple products – products linked to my reviews

Alright, I must confess, I have a new hobby.  A couple different merchants (Rahda Beauty & KateS Essential Oils) have sent me products for review and in order to be fair to them, I had to educate myself on them.  I was (am) an essential oils novice.  But doing my research on these oils, I found all kinds of sites describing how to make my own health and beauty products, that are all natural and free from preservatives.  I’m going to list the recipe I used with links to my individual reviews for the specific products that I used (although there are a ton of options for these different items out there).  I am not suggesting that those that I used are the best, only they are what I have and it worked out pretty good!

I adapted my recipe from one I found here  and it made 9 tubes and 1 little pot.

1 T beeswax pastilles 

1 T organic coconut oil 

1 T Shea butter

10-15+ drops peppermint essential oil – KateS

1-2 gel caps of Vitamin E

put all the ingredients in a 1 cup glass measuring cup and either heat on a double boiler or heat on 15-30 second intervals in the microwave until all items are melted (beeswax takes awhile).  Once heated thoroughly (it will be VERY hot), add the liquid from 1-2 Vitamin E gel caps, and at least 10-15 drops of peppermint oil (I added about 20 since my husband and myself love to ‘feel’ the lip balm working.)

I bought empty lip balm tubes and little pots so used both, as well as getting pipettes for transferring the hot liquid to the tubes/pots without making a mess.

I let it cool slightly before filling, and topped off each tube as the liquid settled and began to cool.  It was so easy.  Some things I would do exactly the same, others I would do differently.