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Herbs vs. Essential Oils

Herbs vs. Essential Oils

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Can herbs be used interchangeably? In this video, I discuss some of the similarities and differences between herbs and essential oils and how we can best utilize them.

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What are the Characteristics of an Essential Oil?

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It seems like essential oils are everywhere these days and their popularity is growing like wildfire. Eight years ago when I started making soaps I didn't know anyone using essential oils in their daily life. In my experience, they were mostly the things of hippies, spa, and the occasional soaper. Today I think most of us can think of at least one person who uses essential oils or even sells them. As the home use of essential oils increases and people are becoming more interested in natural health in lieu of conventional intervention, we see more information popping up on how to do that.

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The Personal Side of Aromatherapy

The Personal Side of Aromatherapy

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When it comes to aromatherapy the efficacy claims are across the board. Some may have amazing results while others find the same oil falls short of expectations or may even have the opposite effect. So why does this happen?  

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How to buy high-quality essential oils.

How to buy high-quality essential oils.

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One of the questions I get most often is how do I know which essential oil brand to buy?  That's usually followed up by something like, "Is one brand really any better than another?".  And finally, "What essential oils do you use?". There's not a one size fits all answer to these questions.  Many people are surprised to find out I use multiple brands. My goal is always to educate you on what to look for so you can go out and make those choices for yourself.  In this video from our Rise UP member Q & A session, I answer all...

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Essential Oils for Anxiety

Essential Oils for Anxiety

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There have been several studies conducted on the use of essential oils for situational anxiety. In 2011 a study evaluated the effects of inhaling bergamot essential oil on the overall regulation of the autonomic immune system ( the part of the nervous system responsible for control of bodily functions such as breathing, heartbeat and digestion).

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