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Tum-Ease Synergy

Posted on 10 December, 2016 at 15:45 Comments comments (5)


Posted on 28th Nov 2016 from Rae Dunphy



Our newest synergy is thoughfully made with the Essential Oils of...


Marjoram | Patchouli | Roman Chamomile | German Chamomile | Lemongrass | Tangerine | Peppermint | Ginger | Black Pepper | Cardamom | Fennel | Angelica Root


Tum-Ease is a therapeutic synergy formulated to alleviate digestive discomfort. May be helpful for cases of nausea, constipation, stomachache and bloating.


It is comprised of 13 essential oils that have a special affinity for the digestive system. Due to the extensive amount of essential oils contained in Tum-Ease, it is able to address many stomach related issues.




Tum-Ease can be applied topically to the skin.


Dilution: 5 drops of Tum-Ease Synergy to 5 ml of carrier oil, this will give you a more concentrated formula.


Massage onto abdomen in a clockwise direction, re-apply as needed.


For your convenience, you may also create a rollerball so it is handy wherever and whenever needed! Use the formula above as a guideline for dilution. Our rollerballs are 10 ml, so add 10 drops of Tum-Ease synergy and fill the rollerball with a carrier oil of your choice. We highly recommend Jojoba when making rollerballs as it never goes rancid the way vegetable oils do.


May your tummy be healthy and happy!




Tum-Ease is not advised for children or pregnant women. Those with epilepsy or kidney disease should avoid. Some of the oils in Tum-Ease may cause redness or irritation to the skin. In this case, dilute further or discontinue use.

Lavender Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Posted on 10 February, 2016 at 11:45 Comments comments (0)

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

These cookies are great for bringing to a party, giving as a gift or just enjoying at home with the family. If you have never tried these cookies I encourage you to give them a taste.

If you are looking for culinary Lavender, we carry Lavender buds and a culinary grade, spring water fed  Angustifolia Lavender essential oil grown at the Niagara Lavender farm (NEOB)

Prep time: 15 mins   Cook time: 12 mins   Total time: 27 mins    Serves:20


¾ lb unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar, extra for sprinkling

1 Tbsp culinary lavender

1 tsp vanilla extract

3½ cups flour

¼ tsp salt


In a cleaned coffee grinder, grind up the culinary lavender. If you don't have a coffee grinder available you can finely chop it with a kitchen knife.

Using the paddle attachment on a standing mixer (or using a bowl and spoon), mix together the butter and sugar until combined. Add vanilla and finely chopped lavender and mix.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the salt and flour. Add to the stand mixer and mix until a dough forms.

Turn dough out on to a floured surface and roll into a log roughly 6 centimetres in diameter. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or as long as overnight.

Preheat oven to 350.

Using a sharp knife, slice the log of dough into ¼ inch thick slices. Place slices on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool to room temperature and then sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar or lavender sugar.*


* Lavender sugar can be made using the same method as one uses for making vanilla sugar. Simply stuff a pouch with dried lavender buds and store it in a small jar with some granulated sugar. The sugar will pick up the aroma of the lavender and can be used to add extra flavour to baked goods and teas.

This recipe was taken from portandfin.com


Skin Care Did You Know...

Posted on 27 November, 2015 at 23:10 Comments comments (0)

Skin Care Did You Know….

Did you know that certain medications and essential oils can cause photosensitivity?

This is the flu season. A lot of clients will be taking antibiotics, so I want you to be informed first.

Certain medications, when taken in combination with sun/tanning bed exposure may cause drug-induced photosensitivity. The drug causes direct damage to tissue. The result can be painful like an exaggerated sunburn that usually occurs within minutes to hours. Damage is confined to areas of exposed skin only. In some cases it could cause sun spots or massive brown discolouration in areas exposed. As you will learn in our Aromatherapy workshops, citrus essential oils including bergamot are also photosensitive. The main culprits are many of the antibiotics, some hormone/birth control pills, some anti-depressants, sulpha drugs, and anything that thins the skin like high percentage of acids, retin a and topical cortisone creams. Please ask your pharmacists for a printout of all side effects of the drugs you are using.


Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds ~ yes even in the winter as there is still sun outside unless there is an eclipse!

Wear a mineral sun protection like the Tizo we carry at Natural Origins Inc., as it reflects the rays of the sun and does not cause a chemical reaction from chemical sun filters

Wear a wide- brimmed hat, sunglasses and cover the skin with clothing

Check out the following list in the photos below given to me by the pharmacist Cristina at the Shoppers on Wyandotte near Pillette.

Rae Drs Remedy

Posted on 10 October, 2015 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)




Scientists have recently discovered that the Black Death, or Bubonic Plague, was not spread by rats, but by fleas on giant gerbils from Asia! These gerbils were introduced to Europe via the Silk Road, allowing the Bubonic Plague to spread throughout Europe in waves during the mid-14th century. Over a 400 year span, 200 million people perished, making it one of the worst pandemics in history. As you can imagine, this resulted in the collapse of entire villages and left survivors in terrible poverty.


This climate of chaos and poverty gave way to some very clever ‘raiders’ who utilized their knowledge of Aromatherapy to their advantage!


Many variations of the story abound, but generally it goes something like this…


During the Bubonic Plague ‘raiders’ pilfered the graves and homes of the deceased for money and valuables. In order to protect themselves from the plague, it is said that these ‘raiders’ used a secret blend of essential oils. Eventually, four of these ‘raiders’ were caught by the authorities and were forced to disclose this secret formula to lessen their sentence.


This blend historically contains eucalyptus, lemon, clove, cinnamon and rosemary; RAE-DRS Remedy also includes thyme for an added punch!




This powerful synergy with its exotic fragrance helps to:


1.Boost the immune system


2.Purify the air


3.Clean and disinfect the home




1.Diffuse 3-5 drops in an ultrasonic nebulizer for 10 minutes-3 hours. A little goes a long way!


2.Inhale directly, straight from the bottle, or put 1-2 drops on a tissue or handkerchief. Pro Tip: Use on flights!


3.Make a concentrated oil to rub on the chest or throat by adding 50 drops to 60 mL of a carrier/base oil.


4.Use the same concentrated oil mixture above and apply to the soles of your feet and cover with socks.


5.Create a fragrant room spray to disinfect the air and home. Mix 20 drops with 120mL of water and place in a spray bottle. Great for protecting your family from germs during cold & flu season! Spray on doorknobs, toilet flushes, light switches, etc.




May increase blood pressure.


For children and the elderly, use half of the recommended dosages above.


Do not use in baths, while pregnant or on young children. Do not use if you suffer from epilepsy and avoid sun exposure after topical use. Some oils in the blend antidote homeopathics, store separately. Do not use more than 2 weeks at a time.


May irritate sensitive skin, if skin sensitivity is suspected do a patch test first by applying a small amount of diluted oil on the bottoms of your feet. If they become red or present a burning/tingling sensation do not use or decrease the concentration of your mixture.


Enjoy safely and stay healthy!

The healing properties of shea butter

Posted on 5 September, 2015 at 10:40 Comments comments (0)



Posted on 7th Sep 2015



African healers have used Shea Butter for thousands of years as the ideal treatment for dry or ageing skin. Its high content of non-saponifiables and unique fatty acid profile gives Shea Butter the ability to moisturize and retain the elasticity of the skin.

Shea Butter also helps to protect the skin against the damaging effects of the sun while repairing cellular degeneration. It soothes sun-soaked skin and is known to provide UV Protection. It heals cracks on heels & hands, and relieves dry, itchy & scaly skin. Shea stimulates skin renewal and minimizes stretch marks. It promotes cell regeneration, increases circulation, and reduces fine lines.


True Essence Shea Buttercomes from a village in Ghana where the Tapko Widow’s Group harvest the shea nuts and process them into raw butter using traditional methods that have been handed down over centuries. They are paid a premium price and profits from the sale of Shea Butter are donated to their microcredit project, helping them to start businesses of their own. This Shea Butter comes from an area where there are no chemicals or additives. The group is working toward funding for organic certification. In the last 4 years the women have been able to send their children to school and can afford to pay for school supplies, uniforms and school fees. They are able to go to the medical clinic when they are sick and need medical attention. The women and children also now eat a more nutritious diet by being able to afford to buy meat and vegetables at the local market when their own crops fail.




170g Shea Butter

3 Tbsp. (32g) Beeswax

6 Tbsp. (60mL) Jojoba

2 Tsp. (10mL) Vitamin E (acts as a natural preservative too!)

2 mL (approx. 60 drops) Essential Oil *See Staff Tips Below

4 x 65 g Deodorant Tubes


1. Melt Shea Butter in a pot over low heat.*See Staff Tips Below

Tip: Take the top off of our 170g eco-pack shea butter and push the bottom up to pop out the butter. If it doesn’t pop out easily, give the bottom a tap with a hammer.

2. Measure jojoba and vitamin E into a glass container and place in a large bowl or pot of hot water to warm – approximately 15 minutes.

3. Add oil mixture to the shea butter, mix well and take off heat. Cool for approximately 5 minutes.

4. Whisk in essential oils. Ensure that butter has cooled down; if butter is too hot your essential oil will evaporate out.

5. Pour into deodorant tubes. When fully cooled, place in fridge for 2 hours to set.


How to Melt Shea Butter

Some instructions on melting Shea Butter say that improper heating can cause the butter to crystallize as it cools. This crystallization can cause lip balms, body butters and other formulations to turn gritty. To avoid this, Shea Butter must be melted and heated to about 175 degrees and kept at that temperature for at least 20 minutes. This will allow the Shea Butter to melt completely so that crystals will not form after it has cooled. In our experience, we melt it at a low temperature, pour and refrigerate. This seems to avoid the graininess that is characteristic of unrefined, unbleached Shea Butter. Natural Shea Butter has a distinctive nutty odour, darker colour, and can vary in texture and appearance from batch to batch.

Essential Oil Favourites

For very dry and damaged skin try adding Benzoin, Patchouli or Myrrh essential oils. These oils promote healing and are great to help dry and cracked heels.

To make your own belly butter to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks try Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Mandarin, Myrrh and Geranium essential oils. These oils all have healing, calming and regenerative properties.

SAFETY: Many citrus oils are phototoxic, causing redness, burning or irritation on the skin when exposed to UV light. Ensure that any oils added to body butters or lotions are not phototoxic.

Beautiful Bug Repellent Luminaries

Posted on 25 August, 2015 at 19:45 Comments comments (0)

Not only are these luminaries gorgeous for summer nights but in addition to being aesthetically pleasing they also double as bug repellant!

 Here's what you'll need to recreate this awesome DIY project we found from alittleclaireification.com


~Glass jars (mason jars, old jam jars etc)

*Note it is important to use glass not plastic when dealing with essential oils as they are highly concentrated and can damage plastic*

~Fresh Lemons

~Fresh Limes

~A few sprigs of fresh Rosemary


~Floating Candle

~10 drops of Essential Oils per jar (Any combination of...lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, niaouli, lavender, geranium, rosemary, pine, marjoram, patchouli)

To Assemble

o Slice the lemons & limes, set aside- you can add as many as you like depending on jar size

o Place two sprigs of rosemary into each jar

o Fill each jar 3/4 full with water

o Add the essential oils of your choice – 10 drops each per jar – and swirl slightly

o Place your lemon and lemon slices into each jar

o Add more water if needed to raise the level to almost full

o Place a floating tea light candle on top

o Set outside, light and enjoy the beauty!

o Replace tea lights when needed

o Discard contents after 2-3 days or as needed

A few safety tips:

-Never leave an unattended flame, especially near children or pets.

-Do NOT ingest liquid contents or fruit from the jar. It may look and smell good but essential oils should NEVER be ingested.

-Avoid essential oils directly coming into contact with the skin, they can be highly irritating when not diluted. If this should happen, dilute immediately with a carrier oil by applying the carrier straight to skin (coconut oil, vegetable based oil, jojoba oil etc).

-Always take care when using essential oils around children and pets.


Intro to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Posted on 10 August, 2015 at 20:05 Comments comments (0)

Intro to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils:


Essential Oils and Aromatherapy are becoming increasingly popular today and many are intrigued by their alternative healing properties. The world of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils is expanding and thriving with knowledge, there are many questions to be asked. In our blog this week we will go over the basic fundamentals of Aromatherapy.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are derived from botanical sources such as flowers, fruit, herbs, leaves, roots, seeds, etc. and are used for maintaining or improving health and beauty. Essential Oils possess many therapeutic properties, ie; Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Sedative, etc.

How are Essential Oils extracted?

The most common method of extraction is by steam distillation. A process where the plant material is distilled using steam causing the healing properties to separate from the plant, leaving behind a pure essential oil. While this is true for most herbs, flowers, etc. the most common extraction for citrus oils is cold expression of the peel of the fruit. There are many other less commonly used methods to extract essential oils and we will cover them in a future blog.

How are Essential Oils absorbed?

Essential Oils can be absorbed in a variety of different ways. The most common passageways are through the skin and lungs. Essential Oils have the ability to permeate the skin and enter into the blood stream, from there they go where needed. When inhaled the therapeutic properties are transported to lungs, enter the blood stream and are dispersed throughout the body.


What can I use Essential Oils for?

Essential oils may help with a wide variety of ailments. Some of these include:




*Menstrual disorders

*Muscle soreness


*Skin problems

*First Aid (cuts, wounds, burns, bruises, etc)


Summer Citronella Body Mist

Posted on 4 August, 2015 at 8:35


Back by popular demand...our original SUMMER CITRONELLA Body Mist!


Take this lemony fresh body mist on hikes, picnics, camping or anywhere the protective action of this Citronella synergy is desired.


Our original paraben free body mist contains no chemicals and is safe to use on children and pets. Spray on clothes - collars, cuffs, socks - and on any exposed skin. Reapply as often as needed.


The 60 ml is the perfect travel size for your purse/backpack for a hike or day trip with the family!


Read a wonderful customer review here.


"I just wanted to say that our family took your Citronella body mist to the Amazon jungle in Peru and we were not bothered by the mosquitoes. The other people on our tour were using Off and they had many bites that were very itchy. It was so wonderful that your Citronella Body Mist was so effective and I highly recommend it. If works in the Amazon jungle, it should work anywhere!"

Lavender Burn Gel

Posted on 23 June, 2015 at 0:55


Lavender is one of the world's most popular essential oils and it is also one of the most versatile oils in aromatherapy. The founder of twentieth-century aromatherapy, Gattefosse, accidentally discovered the healing properties of lavender when he severely burned his hand in a laboratory experiment and instantly plunged it into a nearby container of liquid, which happened to be pure lavender oil. The pain was relieved and the burn quickly healed.

 Lavender is very cooling and all the more so in a gel. Applied topically, it takes the heat out of a burn almost immediately and accelerates cellular regeneration so that wounds heal more readily. We have had a great deal of success and positive feedback with our Lavender Burn Gel.

 Helpful Tips

Lavender Burn Gel can also be used to relieve skin rashes and treat insect bites, bee stings, and other minor injuries. It honestly smells so good, you could just simply use it and enjoy the relaxing and calming effect it has on the nervous system.

Make your own lavender bud sachets

Posted on 9 June, 2015 at 9:15

Make your own lavender bud sachets for under your pillow, dresser drawers, in your shoes to freshen or as a gift. We have the bulk lavender florets for sale and just get the organza or fancy bags to put them in yourself! What a great gift!