Category Archives: Essential Oils

36 Uses for Lavender Oil

I have a few friends who have been swearing by the use of essential oils for years.  I always knew that they had a ton of uses, I just never bothered trying to learn what those uses were.  So, having the opportunity to try out Aviner Lavender Essential Oil has inspired me to start learning.  One of my favorite uses is the helping with concentration, I’m excited to play with that one!  Lord knows I need it!  You can read an article about it and 9 other oils that help with concentration on Aviner’s blog.  I had some lavender oil from a friend and had been using it for bug bits and to help with sleep.  When I compared the two (the one I had from a large box store and the Avenir), I realized that the Avenir smells stronger and is more effective, which is interesting since both say that they are 100% pure.  The Avenir, however, also says it’s 100% pure.  That seems to be the only obvious difference, but the subtle difference in smell is also noticeable.  Overall, I really am loving the lavender oil from Aviner!!!  Thier prices are quite reasonable and their selection is outstanding!

36 Uses for Lavender Oil

Please note that I received this product in exchange for a review and my honest opinion.  My Crafty Zoo with never misrepresent their feelings on any product, promotional or otherwise.

I’d Love to Know….

How do you use lavender oil?

Anything I missed?  What’s your favorite?

Originally posted 2016-08-21 18:22:25.

Khroma Herbal Products

Khroma Herbal Products have completely vegan, organic, not packaged in plastic, and contain no artificial ingredients. We are excited to share with you!

Khroma Herbal Products Giveaway Ends Feb 15

Given that there are chemicals in almost everything these days, it’s nice to find products that don’t have unnecessary side effects from those potentially harmful ingredients.  Having had the chance to try the ones above, we will be sharing our thoughts and results to better help you in your search for amazing products!  One must point out that

A Little About Khroma Herbal Products

Their slogan being: “From Nature, with Love” is absolutely awesome to me!  Being a nature loving person, it totally vibes with me!  Their homepage is also beautiful, in my humble opinion!.  They have a pretty great product line, including the ones listed below, they also have lip gloss, an energy blend, a happy blend (to uplift moods), Hair Skin & Nail blend, inflammation, digestive and circulation blends, just to name a few!

Khroma was founded by Connor & Renee Southworth in an effort to truly incorporate quality and ethics with great products.  They have added to their team and are keeping a people first drive with their business.  All of their products are ethically sourced, so I feel it is safe to say that they are taking their ethics and beliefs beyond just the human race, but to the whole ecosystem as well.  Being a very big animal and environmental lover, this company lines up with a way of thinking that I can completely line up with!

Herbal Products I Tried

Little Warrior Organic Children’s Immunity Blend: This is a blend of herbs formulated for children with no alcohol.  It’s made to taste good so that the kids will like it.  We tried it out on 3 children, ages 10, 4 and 2 1/2.  The older children are in school and exposed to all kinds of germs, which they love bringing home to the heart baby.  Regardless, they did seem to like it.  With the flu being so crazy right now, it didn’t prevent the virus but it did help them get better a lot faster than they have in the past.

Banja Balm Organic Pain Relieving Rub: A vegan, organic muscle rub.  It’s very strong and works well on sore muscles.  A friend borrowed it and I had to fight to get it back.  haha.  Overall, it works wonderfully to ease the pain of sore muscles.  The friend that used it had muscles sore from work (lifting, bending, pulling) and absolutely loved it.  I used it on a very tight and angry neck and had good results as well.

Baby Smile Organic Rash Cream: Our children are exposed to so many additives and chemicals, I love that this one is free of all of those things!  With various natural items such as chamomile, coconut oil, lavendar, this rash cream brings just what baby needs: healing!  The only thing I don’t like is that it has coconut oil, which isn’t good for cloth diapers.  So if you are a crunchy mama, be sure and use liners!


Khroma has generously provided this prize and will be responsible for shipment!  Good luck!

We want to give a huge shout out and thank you to our hosts:

Mama the Fox and Rita Reviews!

Putting these hops together isn’t easy, and we are truly grateful!

Bergamont: The Sad Oil Sponsored By #NewYorkBiology

bergamont-the-sad-oil-sponsored-by-newyorkbiologySo after looking around, I didn’t find too many uses for bergamont.  Seems it’s mostly used for it’s smell, which makes sense.  However, it is used for depression, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder and general sadness.  So Bergamont oil is officially my ‘sad oil’.  LOL.  I’m stoked to use this when the winter blues come to fill my house with it’s yummy citrus smell!  Thanks to #NewYorkBiology for giving me this oil to try out!

I found these uses as well:

Can protect against head lice and other skin bugs, treat psoriasis, help fungal infections, anxiety, helps with vitiligo, relaxation, snoring

Check Out my Other Oil Posts:

Can make skin sensitive to sunlight.

How do you use Bergamont Oil?


Helichrysum Essential Oil: Uses & Recipes Sponsored by #NewYorkBiology

Helichrysum Essential Oil: Uses & Recipes Sponsored by #NewYorkBiologyA Quick List of Uses:

Pain Reliever, reduces bruises, protects the mucus membrane of the throat and intestines, promotes urination, stimulates the spleen and liver, helps get rid of phlegm, kills some bacteria, strong fungicide, promotes the release of bile from the liver which aides in digestion, prevents wound infection, helps curb allergies, alleviates spasms, helps blood coagulation, helps with bloating, helps with insomnia, helps with gallbladder issues, aides in constipation, good for coughs and colds, indigestion and acid reflux, helps with hemorrhoids, kidney stones, helps prevent MS,

Maintains healthy cholesterol, helps the nervous system, helps release toxins, Anti-aging, and shrinks the skin!

Anti-Inflammatory Pain Reliever Rub (Such as for Fibromyalgia or Arthritis)

Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 30


  • 1/2 cup coconut or jojoba oil
  • 10 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together and massage into painful areas.
  2. Pour into a convenient bottle and store in cool place.

Homemade Face Mask


1/2 tablespoon Kaolin Clay (how to choose clay)

1/2 tablespoon Rolled Oats

1/2 teaspoon Avocado OR Evening Primrose oil

1/2 teaspoon Aloe Vera juice

1/2 teaspoon Honey

1/2 teaspoon Yogurt or Milk

One of the essential oil blends below

Quick Links to Related Recipes

Normal & Combination Skin:
Simple Homemade Face Mask

Dry, Damaged & Mature Skin:
Hydrating Facial Mask Recipe

Acne & Oily Skin:
Homemade Acne Face Mask

Sensitive Skin Blend

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

1 drop Jasmine OR Rose essential oil

1 drop Lavender essential oil

Eczema & Psoriasis Blend

1 drop Chamomile OR Helichrysum essential oil

1 drop Jasmine OR Rose essential oil

1 drop Patchouli OR Sandalwood essential oil


  1. Grind the oats to a very fine powder in a clean coffee grinder.
  2. Whisk together the oil, aloe vera and honey in a small bowl until completely combined.
  3. Slowly add the clay and oat powder a little at a time, stirring thoroughly to create a spreadable paste. (If you add it all at once you get lumps.) If the mixture seems too thick, add a little more yogurt or milk. Do not increase the oil, because the mask will slide right off your face.
  4. Stir in the essential oils.
  5. Cleanse your face and leave it damp, then smooth the homemade face mask over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes and mouth.
  6. Leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes (Relax! Lying down is good.)
  7. Wash the homemade facial mask off using a warm, wet washcloth.

– See more at:

Homemade Skin Toner for
Dry, Mature or Sensitive Skin

This gentle, cleansing facial skin toner helps calm skin irritation, reduce wrinkles and promote the growth of healthy skin – a great anti-aging toner that smells divine!

1 cup (250ml) Rose Hydrosol (rose water)

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vegetable Glycerin (optional)

3 drops Helichrysum OR Lavender essential oil

3 drops Frankincense essential oil

3 drops Sandalwood essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

– See more at:

Homemade Skin Toner for Normal or Combination Skin

Hydrosols are floral waters that come from steam distilling plant materials. They’re like essential oils but much less concentrated. You could use lavender hydrosol in this homemade skin toner recipe, but it doesn’t smell quite as nice.

1 cup (250ml) Rose Geranium Hydrosol

7 drops Lavender essential oil

1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil

1 drop Palmarosa essential oil

1 drop Patchouli essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil

– See more at:

Homemade Skin Toner for Oily or Acne Prone Skin

This skin care toner tightens pores and removes excess oil. It also kills acne-causing bacteria and gets rid of any dirt you missed with your cleanser.

1 cup (250ml) Witch Hazel

3 drops Palmarosa essential oil

3 drops Petitgrain essential oil

3 drops Lemongrass essential oil

3 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil

– See more at:

Facial steam recipes you can make at home
to deep-clean and revive your skin – See more at:

Red and Blue Oil (for Bruises)

  • 8 drops German Chamomile
  • 5 drops Birch Bark or Wintergreen
  • 3 drops Helichrysum italicum
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Tamanu oil
  • 1 tablespoon Rosehip Seed oil

Add all ingredients to a dark colored, glass bottle. Seal tightly and shake well for 2 minutes to blend. Label and place in a dark, cool location for 24 hours so the oils can synergize. Shake well before every use. Gently massage a few drops into newly bruised area that is exhibiting pain, heat, discoloration, and inflammation. Follow with an ice-cold compress or ice pack for 10-15 minutes. Do 3 or 4 times a day for the first 2 days, until swelling subsides. Continue until bruise heals, especially if the trauma was severe. Discard after 1 year. (10)

Repair and Restore Elixir

  • 7 drops Carrot Seed
  • 7 drops Helichrysum gymnocephalum
  • 6 drops Calendula
  • 1 teaspoon Rose Hip Seed base oil
  • 1 teaspoon Tamanu base oil
  • 1 teaspoon Macadamia Nut base oil
  • 1 tablespoon Apricot Kernel base oil

Add all ingredients to a dark colored, glass bottle. Seal and shake vigorously for 2 minutes. Set bottle in a dark, cool cabinet for 24 hours so oils can synergize. Morning and evening after cleansing, apply the appropriate toner, astringent, or hydrosol. While skin is still very damp, apply 3-5 drops of elixer into your skin, beginning with throat, then face, moving upward and outward. Wait 5 minutes before applying sunscreen, additional moisturizer or make-up. Discard after 6 months. (11)

Ease Frustration and Anger

  • 2 drops Helichrysum italicum
  • 2 drops Rose
  • 6 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 tablespoon Carrier oil

Massage blend into shoulders and neck as needed. (7)

Soothe Deep Emotional Stress

  • 2 drops Helichrysum gymnocephalum
  • 2 drops Rose
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula into 1/2 cup epsom salts and add to bath. (7)

Repair Damaged Skin Formula

  • 2 drops Helichrysum italicum
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 1 tablespoon Shea Butter

Apply to affected areas daily.  For skin damaged by Psoriasis, Eczema, or Ulceration.

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Specific Ways Frankincense Oil Can Help You Sponsored By #NewYorkBiology

specific-ways-frankincense-oil-can-help-you-sponsored-by-newyorkbiologyA huge thank you goes out to the fabulous people at New York Biology for giving us Frankincense oil to play with!  As with all the oils so far, I’ve found tons of awesome uses and am loving my oil!

If you haven’t seen them, we have recently explored uses for lavender oil, peppermint oil, sandalwood, tea tree oil and rosemary oil!  We’ve been pretty busy and are having a great time experimenting and learning a ton of uses!  Can’t wait to start making home and beauty recipes with them!

Air Purity:

Using it in a diffuser helps purify the air by killing germs.

Mouth Care:

Can aide in killing bacteria to freshen breath, help toothaches, cavities, mouth sores and other infections.  Strengthens gums and protects from premature tooth loss.

Beauty Benefits:

Strengthens hair roots and tones, lifts/tightens skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, reduces appearance of scars and stretch marks, promotes regeneration of healthy cells and keeps cells healthy, eliminates sun spots,

Physical Benefits:

Contracts muscles, intestines and blood vessels.  Combats the loss of firmness of intestines, abdominal muscles and limbs due to aging.  Coagulates blood, relieves diarrhea, eliminates gas, helps to relieve abdominal and chest pain, helps with indigestion.  Is benefitial to respiratory, digestive, nervous and excretory stystems, increades strength, boosts immune system, helps heal boils

Benefits for Women:

Reduces obstructed and delayed menstruation and delays the advent of menopause, Helps with PMS symptoms, such as cramps, mood swings, fatigue, headaches and nausea.  Good for uterine health

Wound Care:

Helps to prevent infection, sepsis, and tetanus.


Know any additional uses?  

We’d love to learn more!  

Let me know how you use them and I’ll add them to the list!  

I’ll give you credit, of course!

If you are a blogger, let me know and I’ll had a link back to you in your credit.


34 Uses for Rosemary Oil with #NewYorkBiology

34-uses-for-rosemary-oil-with-newyorkbiologyMy fascination with oils continues!  I am loving all the I’m learning and all the ways the oils are helping me!  I am all for not putting more chemicals in my body when I don’t have to!  New York Biology Rosemary Oil has been great.  It is not food safe, but there are so many uses that don’t require ingesting so it’s all good!  I have tendonitis and am in almost constant pain, even with the brace on all the time.  After doing my research for this post, I rubbed some oil straight onto my wrist with a tissue and the pain was relieved immediately!  I cannot tell you how much value this bit of relief has for me!  I have a ton to do, all of which require my right hand which is getting worse and worse!

As you can tell through the other posts, I’ve worked a lot with New York Biology lately.  I have to say, they are a great company.  They are a small business and sincerely care about their customers.  I’ve always loved supporting small businesses, but having spoken with one of the owners on multiple occasions, I am loving them even more!  I am not sure I’ve ever spoken with a business owner who cared so much about their customers that they’ll sacrifice profit to help ensure their product is affordable to everyone!

Be sure and check out my other recent oil posts, I’ve done lavendar, peppermint, sandalwood and tea tree oil.  There are tons and tons of uses and I’ve made lists of all that I could find.  I’m hoping some of you awesome readers will let me know some more!  This one even gives helps with scars and stretch marks!














How do you use Rosemary Oil?

I’d love to hear!


33 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil with #NewYorkBiology

As many of you know, I’ve been playing with oils for a little while now.  Today I’m sharing with you

another oil from New York Biology.  Their Peppermint Oil.  The smell is awesome and I am loving the uses it has!  My favorite is that it helps with joint therapy!  I have recently been diagnosed with tendonitis so I’m doing all I can naturally to relieve the pain!

I’ve also recently posted about lavender oil, sandalwood, Tea Tree and there are more oils to come soon so keep checking back!  If I missed some uses, please share with me!  I want to learn all I can about all the uses!

33 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil with New York Biology

Do you use Peppermint Oil?

I’d love to hear all about how you use it!

Did I miss any uses?

How does it work best for for you?


How to Use Essential Oils For Scars & Stretch Marks with #NewYorkBiology

As you may have seen, I’ve began playing with essential oils some.  I’m definitely enjoying all that I’veHow to Use Essential Oils for Scars and Stretch Marks learned!  If you haven’t seen, I have posted 36 Uses for Lavender Oil and 21 Uses for Sandalwood Oil.  I’ll be adding more and more as I get further into them!

I had the chance to review New York Biology’s Lavender Oil.  I really think I like their oil more than the others I’ve tried thus far.  The smell seems more clear and strong.  It says that it is 100% Pure and Natural.  Check them out if you have a sec!  Also note, I did receive it for free in exchange for my honest opinion, I won’t sacrifice my integrity for anyone. Ever.

For now, I wanted to spend a little bit of time focusing on HOW
to use oils to treat scars and stretch marks.  Between the cesarean scar, pregnancy and weight loss stretch marks, and the many scars I obtained throughout my life, I felt like it would be a worthwhile bit of research.  And, of course, I will share more and more as I learn them!  For now, I’m posting all the ones I’ve found thus far and will add more if I find them.

I’d love to hear how you use oils for scars and stretch marks!

  • Applying and massaging lavender oil directly on scars helps them fade and in time can completely eliminate scars.
  • Apparently applying olive oil twice a day helps.
  • Mix 1-3 drops with ½ – 1 tsp coconut oil, rub onto scars.

Old Scars

  • A combination of Everlasting (Helichrysum) and Sage Will help old scars and slow healing wounds. Apply 3-6 months for old scars or 2x/day for 10 days on recent wounds.

Everlasting 1 ml

Sage 1 ml

Rose Hip seed oil 15 ml (1/2 oz.)

Hazelnut Oil 15 ml (1/2 oz.)

  • Simple Cream:

1 tsp rose-hip seed or borage oil

1 tsp lotion

1 drop rose, lavender or neroli


Combine ingredients

Apply to scar(s) at least twice daily

Simple Daily Scar Moisturizer


5 tsp jojoba, apricot or peach kernel oil

1-2 drops neroli

1-2 dropsrose

1-2 drops lavender

Combine Ingredients, apply daily as moisturizer

Scar Tissue Oil


  • 1/8 tsp vitamin E oil (or two 250 IU vitamin E capsules)
  • 9 tsp sweet almond or sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp rosehip seed oil
  • 30 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 30 drops lavender
  • 30 drops myrrh
  • 30 drops sandalwood OR cedarwood


  • Add ingredients to a 2 oz (60 ml) glass bottle
  • Shake to blend

(If using vitamin E capsules simply pierce the capsules with the point of a clean, sharp knife and squeeze into your 2 oz bottle)


  • Pour a small amount of your scar tissue oil into the palm of your hand and massage onto scar(s) twice daily.
  • Apply as long as needed (results can take upwards of 6 months, but will often be seen earlier)


  • Organic raw honey (especially high UMF factor manuka honey) rubbed onto scars twice daily will break up scar tissue and help with healing.
  • Take finely ground, powder-like, coffee and mix it with one of the oils mentioned here. Rub into scars for about 60 seconds and wipe off the coffee grounds with a warm moist towel. Do this about twice a day if possible. You should see noticeable results in a few weeks. This remedy is especially good for stretch mark scars
  • Mix 1/2 tbsp of lavender oil, 1/2 tbsp of chamomile oil with 2 tbsp of almond oil. These ingredients hydrate your skin; improve elasticity and helps cell regeneration to lighten the stretch marks.

32 Awesome Uses for Tea Tree Oil with #NewYorkBiology

If you haven’t tried New York Biology Tea Tree Oil, now is the time!  There are so many awesome uses.  I can’t wait to try them all and see which ones I’m over the moon for!

You can also check out my 36 Uses for Lavender Oil and 21 Uses for Sandalwood Oil!  I’m new to the world of oils so I’m enjoying learning so many different uses!

Do you use Tea Tree Oil?

How do you use it???

Teach me!

32 Awesome Uses for Tea Tree Oil


21 Uses for Sandalwood Oil with #NewYorkBiology

As I told you before in the 36 Uses for Lavender Oil post, I’m new to essential oils.  I’m having fun learning all the uses and can’t wait to try so many of them!  As I try each new one, I’m sharing with you what I find in my research.  I plan to share my favorite ways to use them eventually, but there are so many and I want to make sure that the blends actually work so that will come later!

I had the opportunity to try out Sandalwood Essential Oil from New York Biology. When I got it in the mail, I placed it on the dining room table and when Chief ZooKeeper saw it he was super excited.  It made me laugh because he reached for it then took his hand back like I’d slapped it, looked at me like a little kid, and asks ‘can I touch it or have you not reviewed it yet?’  LOL.  He recently got in trouble for eating an item I was supposed to review, then couldn’t tell me his thoughts about it so I had to go buy one!

Since I’m so new to oils, all I can say is that this smells amazing!  I am absolutely looking forward to getting a diffuser so that my house can be filled with this awesome smell!  I also plan on using it to make hand scrub for men.  I think that will be a great Christmas gift!

I’d love for you to comment below how you use it and what you use it for!

21 Uses for Sandalwood Oil