Reviving the Essence of the Holiday Season

By Mariah Kornberg-Degear As we swirl through the holiday season, we embark on a journey to find home, contentment and that warm fuzzy feeling of love, family and friends. The stores are filled with beautiful things and delicious treats, and there is a feeling of lightness in the air, though expectations can become somewhat overwhelming. How can we stay focused on the light and positive aspects and enjoy the essence of the holiday season? This is one of the best assignments for essential oils. Not only are they thousands of pounds of plant material distilled into one little bottle,...

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Redefining Bug Spray

By Mariah Kornberg-DeGear Over the past few years, there has become a heightened awareness of mosquito-borne diseases, including the notorious Zika virus. At the same time, a need has grown for alternatives to the potent over-the-counter products such as DEET, which has potential damaging side effects for high-risk individuals, including children and elderly adults. A tremendous amount of research and development has been dedicated to the study and usage of Eucalyptus citriodora, commonly known as Lemon Eucalyptus. The chemical constituents in Eucalyptus citriodora have been endorsed and tested by the Center for Disease Control and other reputable sources including...

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