What's in a Drop? A Guide to Measuring Essential Oils for the Home User

What's in a Drop? A Guide to Measuring Essential Oils for the Home User

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  Whether you look online, in books or use other resources for your essential oil recipes, you will inevitably see essential oils being measured in drops. But what exactly is a “drop”? How mu...


What to Look for When Shopping Online for Essential Oils

What to Look for When Shopping Online for Essential Oils

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  Have you shopped around for essential oils online?  Tried comparing prices and wondering why they vary so much?  Or are you struggling to know whether what you are looking at are genuine esse...


How to Make Easy Hand Made Soap

How to Make Easy Hand Made Soap

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  So we are all currently obsessed with Hand Washing!  And that means a renewed interest in the soap we are using. Many families are also isolating at home and looking for new act...


How to - Make Your Own Hand Wash

How to - Make Your Own Hand Wash

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  We are all washing our hands a whole lot more these days. (For many it’s been a wake up call about how dirty our hands can be!) But what sort of hand wash is the best to use?  You want a soap...


The Dangers of DIY in 2020

The Dangers of DIY in 2020

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  As most you know we love a bit of DIY here at Essence of Wellbeing.  Blending your own products with essential oils can be a creative, fun and rewarding pastime. We have even seen some of you tak...


Essential Oils for Hair Care

Essential Oils for Hair Care

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  People have long used the properties of plants and herbs to care for the hair.  Whether hair is dry, oily, frizzy, prone to dandruff or even falling out (!) there have been remedies promoted to f...


Finding the Right Skin Care

Finding the Right Skin Care

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  Have you got “difficult” skin?  Do you struggle to find skin care products that work for your skin?   If so, rest assured I understand.   For years I thought I could not use m...


The Missing Link in Online Essential Oil Recommendations

The Missing Link in Online Essential Oil Recommendations

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  If you spend any time at all on the internet, (and don’t we all spend more time there that we should!) you will no doubt have seen all sorts of recommendations for using essential oils.  Or l...


What are Carrier Oils?

What are Carrier Oils?

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  You may have seen references to using “Carrier Oils” with essential oils. And you may have wondered what exactly is a “carrier oil”? Carrier oils are cold-pressed, vegetable oils.  They ar...


5 Favourite Essential Oils for Christmas

5 Favourite Essential Oils for Christmas

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  The scents of the Christmas season evoke some of the most powerful memories, whether it is the fresh green scent of a Christmas Tree, spices in traditional Christmas cake or mince pies. ...


What is a Hydrosol?

What is a Hydrosol?

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I am often asked - What is a Hydrosol?  And what are they used for?   Hydrosols are a by-product (or some call them a co-product) of the process of distilling essential oils. ...


5 Things to do with Old Essential Oils

5 Things to do with Old Essential Oils

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  As much as I recommend to only have essential oils that you will actually use. (and in sizes that you will use in a reasonable space of time), I know that we all have times when we find we have s...


Surviving Exams with Essential Oils

Surviving Exams with Essential Oils

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At this time of year with exam season looming, many students (and their parents!) are looking for ways to get through this stressful time as well as doing well in the exams themselves.   ...


How to Make Beeswax Wraps

How to Make Beeswax Wraps

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  One of my favourite ways to use our beautiful natural beeswax (sourced right here on the Mornington Peninsula) is to make my own Beeswax Wraps.   Beeswax wraps are a very practical and popu...


Can You Use Essential Oils in Cooking?

Can You Use Essential Oils in Cooking?

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  When people ask me if they can use essential oils in cooking, my reply is – Why do you want to?     The response I get to that question is often a blank look!  Most of those who ask have...


What does an Aromatherapist do

What does an Aromatherapist do

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  In my early days as an aromatherapist, I once made a healing aromatherapy blend for someone I worked with. (Like many therapists, in my earliest days my practice had to fit alongside additional p...


Pregnancy and Essential Oils

Pregnancy and Essential Oils

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  Pregnancy is a time when many women become concerned about the use of essential oils. This is not surprising.  When you are pregnant, you are no longer just responsible for your own health...


What is Therapeutic Grade?

What is Therapeutic Grade?

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  What is all the fuss about Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils?   “Are your essential oils Therapeutic Grade?”   This is one of the most common questions I am asked. It is a ques...


Fact or Fiction - The Blotter Test

Fact or Fiction - The Blotter Test

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  You may have heard of or seen people talking about the Blotter Test which is supposed to be able to tell you if your essential oil has been adulterated in any way.   If this Fact? Or is...


How Long Can You Keep Essential Oils

How Long Can You Keep Essential Oils

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  One of the questions I am so often asked is  -   How long can you keep essential oils for?   How long do they last?   This often comes just after the statement -   I ha...


How to - Use Essential Oils in the Bath

How to - Use Essential Oils in the Bath

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  Using Essential Oils in the Bath is possibly one of the most enjoyable ways to capture the benefits of aromatherapy.   Aromatherapy bathing is not new – people have been enjoying aromatics ...


An Aromatherapy Tip For Organising Your Essential Oils

An Aromatherapy Tip For Organising Your Essential Oils

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Following on from my recent Blog Post about Caring for your Essential Oils, I have been asked about this common problem that arises with storing essential oils. Some of the best ways to store e...


How to - Diffuse Essential Oils

How to - Diffuse Essential Oils

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  Diffusing Essential Oils is one of the most popular ways of using essential oils. And can be one of the safest. But what exactly is diffusion and how does it work?     ...


Caring for your Essential Oils

Caring for your Essential Oils

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  You have invested time and money in choosing and buying your essential oils.  So how do you look after them to make sure you get the most out of them?     Essential oils have thr...


What to Look for When Buying Essential Oils

What to Look for When Buying Essential Oils

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Essential oils are immensely popular but it can be hard to know what to look for when you are buying them to ensure you are getting pure, quality, therapeutic essential oils. This can ...


What is Aromatherapy?

What is Aromatherapy?

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    The word "Aromatherapy" appears in so many places and on so many products that it is not surprising that many people are very confused about what it really means. Unfortunately there is n...


What is an Essential Oil?

What is an Essential Oil?

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  With all the aromatic oils and other substances on the market, how do you know what is truly an Essential Oil?   True essential oils are volatile substances extracted from plants by way of di...


Should I Dilute My Essential Oils?

Should I Dilute My Essential Oils?

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  The issue of diluting essential oils is the source of much confusion. I meet many people who think you always need to dilute essential oils for every use no matter what, as well as others wh...


My Essential Oil Philosophy

My Essential Oil Philosophy

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I have been an aromatherapist now for over 20 years (and a user of essential oils for quite a few years longer than that!)   As you can imagine I have seen a lot of changes in essent...


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