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Essential Oils, Handcrafted and Vintage Jewelry, and Other Spoils

Make and Break 6 – Inhalers

My sweet friend Mary made my day twice when she asked if I could make her a couple of inhalers to help with alertness and sinus congestion. I love that she asked me and that she also gave me a... Continue Reading →

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Customize Your Essential Oils Start

The international essential oils market exceeded $6 billion in 2015 and is expected to nearly double, to $11.5 million in the next 5 years.  The growth in the essential oils market is largely due to increased demand for natural and organic... Continue Reading →

Oils On, Stress Off

I began using essential oils 2 1/2 years ago for seasonal support, but I discovered early on that essential oils also help my reaction to stress, and there are certain essential oil blends I use every day, sometimes more than once... Continue Reading →

Totality: The Whole of Something

Last week was a week of totalities. Totality, defined by Oxford Dictionaries, as the whole of something. The week began with a solar eclipse. The last solar eclipse in the United States was in 1979, and next will occur in... Continue Reading →

Happy Two-Year Anniversary to Oils & Spoils

Last week marked two years for Oils & Spoils, the blog. All thanks to readers like you, this labor of love has been a learning experience topped with much joy. The words from Pulling Out The Negativity on August 5,... Continue Reading →

Can I Get Your Monograph? Certifiable 4

I'm currently studying the monographs of 24 essential oils, as I work through Foundations of Aromatherapy, one of two courses needed for aromatherapy certification through The School for Aromatic Studies. In general, a monograph is a written account of single... Continue Reading →

Magnolia and Vine is Blooming

Magnolia and Vine is blooming. The company had its annual convention, Bloom, last week and let the flap out of the bag. Literally. Magnolia and Vine's new Versa line features interchangeable handbags. Versa is a nice compliment to Magnolia and... Continue Reading →

Herb Your Enthusiasm 3: Preservation

It's been 3 months since I planted my first herb garden, which includes Lemongrass, Basil, Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary and Oregano. No one is more surprised than me that the herbs are alive, growing and thriving - disproving my notions that... Continue Reading →

More Peppermint, Please

It was the first day of July and not 1,000 degrees outside as it normally is in Middle Tennessee, but rather windy with storms threatening. However, I felt like it was 1,000 degrees. I had set the thermostat as low... Continue Reading →

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