Author Archives: Elaine Grishaber

Temporary stop on orders

Due to a broken foot, I won’t be able to fill orders until further notice.   I hope the hiatus won’t last longer than two months, and I will contact you when I’m “on my feet and back in business”.   I do have small supplies of Lovely Lips Balm, Ache Away and Bum Butter already made up and could, most likely, get it to the post office early next week.  Please contact me by email before ordering to make sure shipping is possible.

Making & using quality infused oils

Infused oils contain the medicinal properties of the herbs and flowers that are steeped in them.  Other ingredients, such as cayenne, can be infused as well.  They are made for external use and are often the base for salves, ointments, balms, etc. I make infusions using the guidelines in Richo Cech’s book,  Making Plant Medicine,… Continue Reading

Mixing EOs with commercial products

From a book on advanced aromatherapy, I’ve learned that mixing essential oils into some commercial products can be unwise, depending on the ingredients in it.  Because our skin has high permeability to EOs, mixing them with products having undesirable ingredients ( PEGs, for example) possibly could allow the unwanted ingredients to piggyback on the EOs… Continue Reading

Litsea cubeba

With an intense lemony fragrance that’s similar to, but sweeter than, lemongrass, Litsea cubeba is a pale yellow essential oil.  The oil is steam distilled from the pepper-shaped fruit of a small tropical tree native to east Asia.   The leaves and flowers of the trees have a lemongrass fragrance. Litsea essential oil is reported… Continue Reading