Labor Day Weekend and Rosemary Essential Oil

September Outdoor SceneWishing everyone a pleasant and safe Labor Day Holiday Weekend. Each year, Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor/Labour Day on the first Monday of September. Labor Day is a day intended to honor workers and offer a day of relaxation.

Read below to learn how I use Rosemary Essential Oils to stay alert, focused and energized as I work from my home office.

With Labor Day typically falling right around the start of school, I don't remember ever being taught about the history or depth of meaning of the holiday. Do you? Visit one or all of the following sites for answers to your questions regarding the origins of Labor Day:

Rosemary Essential Oil for Concentration while Working or Studying:

Labor Day marks a time when students and teachers say goodbye to summer and rev up for school. Fall also earmarks a busier workload for quite a few professions. Our ability to focus can be even more challenging while working and learning during the pandemic.

Sprigs of RosemaryLook to Rosemary Essential Oil as the oil of choice when you need help in focusing, concentrating and recalling what you learn for extended periods.

I love diffusing Rosemary in my diffuser. (View AromaWeb's All About Diffusers article for information on different diffuser methods). Rosemary Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil and Spearmint Essential Oil are all energizing oils. Combine Rosemary and one or both of the mints in a diffuser as a powerful combination for staying alert and focused. If studying and working has you stressing, try combining Rosemary with calming Lavender Essential Oil. Experiment with uplifting and energizing Orange Essential Oil as well. Cypress Essential Oil is also an exceptional oil for helping to stay clear-thinking and focused. Be sure to follow all safety precautions for each essential oil that you use.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and the transition to Fall!


Wendy Robbins

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New Conifer Essential Oil Guide Now on AromaWeb

Conifer Essential Oil Guide

What a joy it has been to finally prepare and publish a guide to Conifer Essential Oils on AromaWeb. While growing up in Southeastern Michigan, I was able to enjoy spending a lot of time outside in a densely wooded area, savoring the beauty, shade and aroma of the spruce and pine trees. These days, I work very long hours, and I have far less time to explore and forest bathe (see below for more about forest bathing). Mindful diffusion of my conifer essential oils has made such a difference in helping me continue to feel a connection to the forest and these beautiful trees. As primarily invigorating oils, they have been helpful to keep me focused as I prepared this rather detailed guide...

Learn More by Reading AromaWeb's Guide to Conifer Essential Oils

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Seasonal Essential Oils for Fall and Autumn

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Fall is almost here in the Northern Hemisphere. The crisp, cooler days makes it a perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending with more warming essential oils like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

For AromaWeb, I created a guide and list of warming and spicy essential oils that are commonly enjoyed for their enticing seasonal aromas at this time of year. Each essential oil in the guide is linked directly to its corresponding essential oil profile on AromaWeb for more details about the oil. The spicier oils do need to be more carefully used, so I've also included some recommended tips as a part of this seasonal article.

View the Guide:
AromaWeb Guide to Essential Oils for Autumn

  • Introduction
  • A Warning About Applying Spice Oils to the Skin
  • List of Oils for Autumn
  • Blending Spice Oils
  • Diffuser Blend Examples
  • Comment About Coniferous Essential Oils

I certainly don't want to forget my Southern Hemisphere friends!
AromaWeb Guide to Essential Oils for Spring

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A Tribute to Marge Clark of Nature's Gift

Marge Clark of Nature's Gift

Marge Clark of Nature's Gift and I first "met" online back in the 1990s when I was an aromatherapy newbie on the IDMA aromatherapy mailing list.

This is before I launched or even conceived of AromaWeb. Marge was an incredibly supportive and helpful voice to so many participants on the list. She became a trusted mentor to me in my beginnings, helping to guide me towards safe and proper essential oil usage. Even to this day, she continues to generously offer her time and is active in sharing her knowledge and expertise in social media and Facebook groups.

Since my aromatic beginnings, Marge has been my mentor, my inspiration, my dear friend, and she has been so supportive of my vision for AromaWeb. She has also given me the incredible honor of advertising on AromaWeb continuously since the day I first accepted banner advertising 20 years ago.

Marge has been such a blessing to so many of us, and I would love to invite you to visit AromaWeb to view my personal remembrances and tribute that I've prepared to honor Marge. It's hard to properly express the impact that Marge has had on my aromatic and personal life, but I very much wanted to try.

View Tribute to Marge on AromaWeb

By my preparing this tribute to Marge, I do not mean to ignore or discount the many amazing educators, authors and valued advertisers that have also played an important role in my life and AromaWeb. I love and am grateful for you all.

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Aromatherapy Monster Repellent!

Are your kids afraid of the boogieman, ghosts or monsters during this Halloween time of celebrations, haunted houses, scary costumes and horror movies?

AromaWeb's delightful Monster Repellent Recipe couldn't be easier to make (1 ingredient!) and leads to a soothing and softly aromatic room mist that your child can use to repel monsters, the boogie man and any other scary creature lurking in his/her mind, underneath the bed, in that dark closet or in the cold, creepy basement. Of course, I'm not suggesting that there really are monsters (remember this is all in fun!), but this spray may potentially help give your child control over these scary creatures in their minds. It may also gently help to combat your child's fears and anxieties and help sooth him/her to sleep. It's gentle aroma may also help to calm adult anxieties and fears.

I enjoy dusting this blog post off and re-sharing it each year, in fun, around Halloween. It was originally inspired by a delightful question submitted by a visitor to AromaWeb. Do you have a recipe request? Be sure to let me know.

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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils to Reflect and Remember 9/11

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil on 9/11 AnniversaryWhile the anniversary of 9/11 joins us together, it also is a day that can impact each one of us differently. I can't even begin to imagine the intense and overwhelming range of emotions that survivors, families/friends of victims are experiencing. My heart and prayers go out to everyone that is directly affected by 9/11.

9/11 Remembrance Blend

The following blend can be diffused as you reflect on the day. The choice of citrus oils are intended to uplift the spirits. The inclusion of Rose Essential Oil/Otto in this blend is intended to help aid grief and bring comfort. I've included Patchouli as it is grounding and is a more commonly available oil. It's earthiness also helps to make this a blend that both men and women can benefit from. Sandalwood Essential Oil, Vetiver Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil or Spikenard Essential Oil can be used in place of Patchouli Essential Oil. If using Spikenard, you may want to reduce the number of drops used to 1-3.

Combine all oils in a clean glass bottle and diffuse as you would other essential oil blends as you reflect, pray or meditate.

For more information on meditating/reflecting or praying with essential oils, view the following articles:

Other Blends For Coping With Grief and Supporting Emotional Well-Being

These blends may also helpful:

o Anger Reducing Blends

o Depression Reducing Blends

o Fear Fighting Blends

o Fear Fighting Blends

o Grief Reducing Blends

o Insomnia/Sleeplessness Blend

o Loneliness Easing Blends

o Panic and Panic Attack Blends

o Stress Reducing Blends

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Essential Oils for Fall & Autumn

Cinnamon, Anise, Nutmeg and CloveAs Autumn brings forth its cooler temperatures and richly colored falling leaves, it's a perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending with warming essential oils like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

I've just published a new article on AromaWeb entitled Essential Oils for Fall & Autumn. It lists a collection of warming, spicy, resinous and woody essential oils and absolutes perfectly suited for this beautiful time of year. The article also offers tips on blending with spicier oils and includes a few example blends. If time permits, I soon hope to add a larger selection of Autumn and seasonal diffuser blends to AromaWeb's Recipe Box area.

Click Here to Read Essential Oils for Fall & Autumn on AromaWeb

Aromatherapy Insect Repellent Recipe

Natural Insect Repellent Ingredients
The essential oils distilled from natural botanicals like citronella, lavender and eucalyptus act as natural insect repellents.

I love spending time outdoors, especially in the warmer months, but mosquitoes and other flying/biting insects can ruin the best of outdoor occasions. Synthetic insect repellents are known to cause irritation and sensitivity in some people, are toxic and can be harmful to the environment.

AromaWeb features a more gentle insect repellent recipe that only requires a few reasonably priced essential oils and other ingredients. It has a pleasant aroma, and can be quite effective in keeping the little itchy critters away.

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Growing and Enjoying Peppermint, Spearmint and Other Mint Plants

Peppermint growing against my garage.
Peppermint growing against my garage.  
The middle of June is finally here, and with that, the 25 herb varities that I'm growing this year are beginning to thrive. As an aside, I'm even trying my hand at growing patchouli this year here in Michigan... we'll see how I do. The patchouli plant that I special ordered arrived in weak condition and I'm hoping I can nurture it back to abundant health.

Amongst the herbs I grow each year are mint varieties including traditional peppermint and spearmint. Mint grows abundantly, and one small plant can provide plenty of mint leaves that can be enjoyed fresh throughout the warmer months and dehydrated for wintertime use. Mint plants should be planted where it will not become a nuisance or infringe upon other plants. The mints grow well in containers, and container planting is a practical way to keep their growth under control. I used to do that, but now plant my mint varieties alongside my garage so that I have enough for the mint tea that I enjoy throughout the summer and fall (see below).

Uses for Mint Leaves

There are countless ways that you can enjoy using mint for herbal, aromatherapy and culinary use. Below are a few of my favorites:

I love brewing fresh mint tea on early summer mornings. It's light, energizing, uplifting and is great for the digestion. To make tea using fresh mint or other herbs, select and wash about 3x as much fresh herb as you would dried herb (the flavor of dried herbs/teas is much more concentrated and hence, less dried is needed than fresh). Tear fresh mint leaves into small pieces. Tearing the mint leaves allows the mint's natural essential oils to be released. It's the mint's essential oil that is responsible for the plants' distinctive cool, fresh flavor and aroma. Place the torn leaves into empty tea bags or into tea strainers intended for use with loose teas, and place the teabag or strainer into your mug. Then, pour your water over the leaves and allow the leaves to infuse the water for several minutes.

Smoothies or Juice:
If you make fresh vegetable or fruit juices or smoothies, experiment by adding a mint leaf or two.

Garnish ice cream, deserts and your other creations with the striking green leaves.

Mint Herbal Tincture:
Make refreshing room mists, linen and body sprays using your own handmade mint herbal tincture. For more information on making your own herbal tinctures, read AromaTalk's Herbal Tinctures post.

I grow a lot of herbs for their culinary, medicinal/therapeutic and for the pleasure of seeing them thrive. Dehydrating your herbs is a great way to be able to enjoy abundant herbs during the winter months. There is no comparison between the dried herbs that you buy in tiny (or bulk!) bottles at the store vs. the more intense flavor and aroma of the herbs that you properly dry yourself. I use an Excalibur brand dehydrator that I've had for years because of its design, durability and its adjustable temperature setting that allows slow, even drying of delicate herbs.

Once dried, your mint leaves can be used in your own skin care creations including soaps, exfoliants, and facial masks.

Did You Know?

Catnip is in the mint family. In the UK, my understanding is that it is referred to as Catmint. Cat lovers can grow fresh catnip for their feline friends. My daughter's cat loves it. But be wary, newly planted catnip can be attacked by roaming neighborhood cats, so do try to keep them out of their reach until the plant(s) begin to thrive. How? I'm still trying to figure that one out. ;)