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Balsam Copaiba Essential Oil Spotlight

by Andrea Butje on July 30, 2018

Balsam Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)

Balsam Copaiba is often mistaken for a conifer, but it’s actually a tropical plant that grows in Brazil.

It doesn’t have needles or cones, but it does produce a rich resin that the native people use to distill a warm, skin-loving oil.

Balsam Copaiba has more in common with resins like Frankincense than with conifers like Black Spruce!

Like Frankincense and other resin oils, Balsam Copaiba essential oil is excellent for respiratory support and skin care. It’s good at reducing inflammation and inspiring peaceful calm conditions in the body and mind. (I really love blending these two oils!)

This Spotlight shares ways you can use Balsam Copaiba essential oil for:

  • Skin care (especially soothing and replenishing dry skin)
  • Stress relief
  • Massage
  • Shower gel
  • Emotional balance
  • Relaxation

And more!

Balsam Copaiba's aroma is woody, sweet, and balsamic with undertones of vanilla. (Just the description alone makes me want to get out my Balsam Copaiba essential oil . . . ) 

Helichrysum Essential Oil Spotlight

by Andrea Butje on July 02, 2018

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

Out of all the essential oils I know, Helichrysum essential oil is one of the most experienced healers. 

It knows how to heal bruises, wounds and skin issues, and how to reduce scar tissue. It also knows about reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle and joint pain, and even respiratory issues.

Helichrysum essential oil is an expert in many kinds of cellular repair.

One of the places where Helichrysum grows is the island of Corsica. When I was there visiting my friend, a distiller named Michelle, she told me that Corsica has been fought over many times, and both the land and the people have experienced many war wounds. She feels that Helichrysum grows all over the island in such abundance to help the people who live there heal from the wounds of these wars. That’s such a beautiful expression of Helichrysum’s personality. 

In this Spotlight, I'll share ways you can use Helichrysum essential oil to:

  • Make a restorative clay face mask
  • Keep your skin hydrated with a hydrosol spritz
  • Rejuvenate damaged skin with a Helichrysum face wash
  • Make a skin-soothing, healing body butter
  • Make an injury oil for muscles and joints
  • Make a skin-healing clay pack for irritated, inflamed areas of skin

And more!

Lime Essential Oil Spotlight

June 04, 2018

Lime essential oil (Citrus aurantifolia)  Lime essential oil is one of the happiest, most refreshing oils I know. It’s such a sparkly, tropical aroma. Every time I open my bottle of distilled Lime essential oil and take a deep breath, I can’t help but think, “Wow, this is amazing!” It always makes me smile. In this essential oil spotlight, we'll take a look at how you can use distilled Lime essential oil for: Energy and optimism Immune support Releasing tension (physically and emotionally) Reducing germs And more!  But first . . . […]

Peppermint Essential Oil Spotlight

May 07, 2018

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) The Ancient Greek Pliny said the very smell of Peppermint “recovers and refreshes the spirit.” In The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Salvatore Battaglia says Peppermint may be beneficial for people who have mental fatigue, and can help us be clear-headed. In Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Gabriel Mojay says Peppermint “enhances our receptive capacities on both mental and spiritual levels.” I’ve found all this to be true, and I bet you will, too.   In Peppermint's Essential Oil Spotlight, you'll learn how to use Peppermint for: Body butter Cooling down Pain relieving massage oil Reducing swelling Refreshing, cooling body spritz And more! *************** […]

Yuzu Essential Oil Spotlight

April 02, 2018

Yuzu (Citrus junos)  Yuzu is a fruit that's primarily grown in Japan, where it's very popular. It resembles a small orange, but the rind is not as smooth. Yuzu’s aroma is unmistakably citrus, and it also has floral notes that help it stand out from the crowd and put a new, complex twist on the familiar citrus fragrance. These recipes let different aspects of Yuzu's personality shine, from its relaxing side to its more vibrant, optimistic notes. Let's explore ways to use Yuzu essential oil for . . . Energy Reducing germs Skin care Relaxation Foam soap Feeling refreshed Bath salt And more! Yuzu is one of those essential oils (like Orange) that manages to be versatile, and is a good friend in both the daytime (when you want energy) and evenings (when it's time to relax). Let's start with one of Yuzu's favorite daytime blends for getting your energy going . . . […]

Neroli Essential Oil Spotlight

March 05, 2018

Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara) Want to come on a little mental journey with me? I would ask you to close your eyes, but you couldn’t close them and keep reading . . . so just imagine it with me! Imagine it’s nighttime, and you’re in a beautiful grove of orange trees in blossom. A cool, refreshing breeze is rustling through the leaves, surrounding you with the aromatic perfume of the blossoms. It’s such a tranquil place, and you feel peaceful and serene. Now find a hammock under one of the trees and sleep like a baby. Neroli essential oil comes from orange blossoms, and this is a great example of the feeling it can offer. Okay, time to wake up! I want to share some ways to use Neroli essential oil for . . . Relaxation Calming kids' anxiety Skin care Emotional balance Soothing tension Natural perfume And more! There is something very enchanting about Neroli essential oil. It may just become one of your favorites! Like many floral essential oils, Neroli has a strong scent. A few drops of it go a long way, which is great because the essential oil is very "precious." Producing the oil is very labor intensive, and it takes a lot of plant material to make a single drop. […]