Category Archives: Aromatherapy Recipes

What is Aromatherapy?

What is Aromatherapy?

What is Aromatherapy? And how does aromatherapy differ from essential oils?  Aromatherapy is healing with essential oils and other natural ingredients through inhalation, ingestion or skin application. A little History…. The word aromatherapy was coined by a French Chemist in the mid 1920’s. He burned himself while conducting an experiment in the lab and then put… Read More

Cooling Homemade Body Spray

Cooling Homemade Body Spray

Kokokahn’s homemade body spray recipe is the perfect addition to your summer aromatherapy collection. It’s hot outside, and you’ll love the cooling sensation of lavender  and peppermint essential oil. Together, they create a soothing synergy to rescue you from the summer heat. Ok, maybe they can’t actually rescue you, it is, after all, summer. But, you’ll… Read More

Essential Oil Dilution

Essential Oil Dilution

Essential oils are very potent and concentrated.  When we use them topically it is important to dilute them in a carrier such as aloe gel, jojoba oil or coconut oil. The amount of essential oil drops you put into an amount of carrier is called essential oil dilution. Using most essential oils on the skin without… Read More

Lavender Oil Uses

Lavender Oil Uses

Oh for the love of lavender, long adored for its calming, luxurious scent and beauty. What you may not be aware of, however, are the many other lavender oil uses. The therapeutic properties of lavender essential oil has so many positive possibilities, that it’s worthy of taking a moment to discuss just a few. Lavender… Read More

Essential Oils for Cellulite

Essential Oils for Cellulite

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), lemon and grapefruit are all good essential oils for cellulite. Lemon and grapefruit essential oils are phototoxic and should not be put on the skin before going in the sun or a tanning bed. I recommend using the recipe below every night before bed. Work it in massaging cellulite areas to help… Read More

Copaiba Essential Oil

Copaiba Essential Oil

Copaiba essential oil is steam distilled from the resin of the tree.  It has a warm, sweet, resinous aroma. There are several species of the copaiba tree including Copaifera marterii and Copaifera officinalis.  The tree is indigenous to the tropical regions of South America. The resin is sustainably harvested by tapping the tree, similar to… Read More

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger essential oil is one of my favorite essential oils this time of year. It has a warm, spicy aroma reminiscent of fresh ginger used in cooking. The essential oil comes from the unpeeled fresh rhizomes.  Star therapeutic qualities of ginger essential oil include it’s anti-inflammatory effects and digestive support. It is especially useful for… Read More

Recommended Aromatherapy Books

Recommended Aromatherapy Books

I am often asked for essential oil and aromatherapy books that I recommend.  After 15 years of essential oil and aromatherapy experience, I have amassed a large collection of books, magazines and website resources.  Here are my favorite aromatherapy books, magazines and websites to help you further your aromatherapy and essential oil education with links… Read More

What are Carrier Oils?

What are Carrier Oils?

Carrier oils are fatty oils like vegetable oils that “carry” or deliver essential oils to the skin and body.  Other carriers include gels, lotions and even salts.  Essential oils are highly concentrated plant substances that are best used in a carrier base when applied to the skin.  Diluting essential oils in a carrier base allows us to… Read More

Essential Oils for Bug Bites

Essential Oils for Bug Bites

Tis the season for mosquitos, no-see-ums, fire ants and a barrage of biting insects. There are several essential oils that can take the itch and sting out of a bug bite helping to heal it quicker without the red welts from incessant itching.  Some essential oils, like lavender, are anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and cicatrisant, healing… Read More

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