Essential Oil of the Day: Cajeput

HOTD EO Cajeput

This week we take a break from our usual “Herb of the Day” posts to look at an essential oil, Cajeput.  Found in our January item of the month, Lympha Rub, cajeput is distilled from the same genus as melaleuca (aka tea tree) oil.  The family of melaleuca plants is … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Elecampane

hotd-elecampane

Elecampane is another member of the Asteraceae family (echinacea, daisy, and chamomile also belong in this family).  Folklore says that Elecampane grew in the places Helen of Troy’s tears landed, this folklore provides the plant’s botanical name Inula Helenium. It is also known as horseheal and has been used extensively with … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Cinnamon

HOTD Cinnamon (1)

Cinnamomum verum or Ceylon cinnamon is most likely not what you’ll find in your home spice cabinet.  Cassia cinnamon, is what is typically used as cinnamon although the Ceylon cinnamon is actually “real” cinnamon.  Ceylon is quite a bit more expensive and difficult to harvest so it has been replaced … Continue reading

Another Reason to Love Pumpkin Pie Spice: Discovering the Benefits of Each Spice

Whole cloves, ginger and cinnamon

Today is the first day of Fall.  The air has been crisp and cool in the mornings, the Aspens here in Colorado are already a stunning yellow, and pumpkin is being added to anything possible! Pumpkin Pie spice is a staple ingredient in most of our pantries, one that probably … Continue reading