Are You Enjoying the Journey?

One of the mantras my husband says often is… enjoy the journey. It is an important one to hold next to your heart. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy your life. Don’t stake your happiness on being happy when you achieve a goal. Chances are you’ll find you aren’t any happier when you get there. Find happiness,…

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Essential Oils Throughout History

Essential oils have been used throughout recorded history for a wide variety of wellness applications. The Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and in religious ceremony. Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and…

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Commercial Essential Oil Blends Generic Names

Most commercial essential oil blends have brand names, but will have a common name as their descriptor, often right below the brand name. I’ve listed many of the common ones; and the essential oils in them that are ones I feel comfortable with the chemical constituencies in them. Blends that have other oils than these should…

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Quiet Mind Blend

Quiet Mind Blend I created the Quiet Mind Blend to help with my adult struggles with distractions and over stimulation when other suggestions didn’t work for me. I do ask that you respect the copyright of this recipe. You may share links to this page or from my facebook page: Alaska Healer Facebook Page or the photo as…

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Essential Oil Quality Grades

There are a growing number of products claiming to be or to contain essential oils. They range in price and quality and are found in skin care, cosmetics, aromatherapy, and other products. However, many of these products do not use 100% pure essential oils and often use fragrant synthetic chemical substitutes to dilute or replace more expensive…

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Essential Oils Extraction Methods

Therapeutic-grade essential oils are most often extracted via a low-heat steam distillation process in which steam is circulated under pressure through plant material liberating the essential oils into the steam. As the steam mixture cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected in its pure form. To ensure the highest quality…

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Uses of Essential Oils

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary…

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About Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic…

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Smoothies vs. Juicing

Juicing and smoothies are very popular now days, but how do you choose? There are definitely two camps for this topic and people tend to be in one camp or the other and are about as passionate about it as they are their political party! Just like everyone else, I have my preference too. My…

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My StrengthsFinder aha moment

Have you heard of StrengthsFinder? StrengthsFinder 2.0 is an assessment designed to discover your innate talents (aka strengths).  Then you take those strengths, discover more about them and focus on developing those talents. I admit, I’d heard of the assessment. I just brushed it off as yet another one of those tests. Then I went…

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