Articles and information about all things essential, including helpful information about nutrition, ingredients, spices, and tips for health and beauty.

DISCLAIMER: This information provides benefits and uses of essential oils based on personal experiences and/or information detailed in medical/academic journals or other publications.  This information is not to be interpreted as medical advice meant for diagnosing illness or injured condition of the body or for prescriptive purposes and is in no way intended as a substitute for personal judgment or medical counseling.  Statements and ideas contained herein have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Anyone with a disease, illness, injury or medical condition should consult a qualified health care professional.  Readers are encouraged to consult their health care provider prior to beginning any cleanse, diet, detoxification program, or any supplement regiment.


Recipes that my family has tried and liked, along with links to Grain-free and Paleo recipe pages.  Helpful information about nutrition, ingredients, spices, and tips for cooking. 

Eliminating all grains from your diet is a worthwhile challenge - on many levels.  I am discovering why eating grains may be the roadblock to weight loss and overcoming health issues. 

I'm learning that the whole subject of using and understanding essential oils is a complex project!​Essential oils have one, two or occasionally three major constituents (about 20-90% of the oil), a few minor constituents (1-19%,) and many, many trace constituents (less than 1%). Sometimes minor or trace constituents still can have a significant effect on the body but most of the effects of an essential oil are attributed to its major constituents. These effects are now being revealed by published scientific research. Some plants of the same species can have major differences in constituents. These are called ‘chemotypes’ and are named after the largest constituent in the plant. The effects of an essential oil are attributed to its major constituents.

To fully understand the therapeutic action and any safety issues associated with a particular oil, you need to know the botanical name and (if applicable) the chemotype. If you do not know the botanical name of the essential oil or the chemotype, how can you know what is the safest way to use that oil?

​There are some constituents in essential oils that can be toxic, irritating and sensitizing if the essential oil is used in large enough doses.  And there is the concern of possible interaction between certain essential oils and certain medications (drug interactions). This information was obtained from a Plant Therapy blog post on essential oil safety.

I look for sources that list all of this information in order to become educated in the safe usage of essential oils.

I also follow several aromatherapy groups and lately have been trying to find more information regarding the safe and effective use of essential oils during pregnancy and for babies and children.  This article was posted by an aromatherapist regarding pregnancy - it's worth reading.  

Essential Oils for Wellness

I am figuring out that it's a lot of work to get healthy and to try to stay healthy!  I hope that the information on this website will be helpful and inspire you to learn more about getting healthy - naturally and essentially.

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