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Ready for a quick pop quiz? Pencils down … it only has one (important) question—what is the best essential oil company, and why? You might have thought you’d left tests behind when you finished high school chemistry. But don’t sweat this one—this time you are handing out the grades, and we’re in the hot seat.
In all honesty, we’ve got this one in the bag. At N8 Essentials we have a deep and enduring passion for quality. We rigorously test every product for purity and potency so that you can have complete trust in the natural products we offer. And when we say every product, we mean exactly that—from our USDA Certified Organic essential oils sourced from organic botanicals to our triple-tested CBD (hemp oil) products. You can even scan the QR code on our CBD packaging to see the results for the very product you have in your hands. Visit hemptestingcenter.com and enter the lot number from the package for all the detailed results of that product.
As a consumer, how do I identify good quality essential oils?
In a world full of counterfeits, forgeries and imposters, it’s all too easy for a consumer to feel lost in the hype. So we don’t try to persuade you about the quality of our natural products with questionable messaging or scare tactics. We just show you the science. We use only authentic essential oils with zero added filler or chemical fragrances—don’t fall for lower-quality alternatives containing perfumes and synthetic oils. We start with our own rigorous in-house testing with our Ph.D. chemists, and then add third-party testers to triple-test our products and post the reports for you to enjoy. Each oil is rigorously GC-MS tested for quality by independent research. This includes screenings for purity (to confirm that our products are exactly what they say they are), potency (to ensure that the strength of the oil is what we and our customers expect), and quality (because we know what you expect). For those looking to support their health naturally, N8 Essentials offers the most trusted products available.
Why the Perfectionism?
It’s simple, we want to be the most trusted natural health brand, known for setting the standard in the natural health industry. What brand of essential oils do you trust most? If it isn’t N8 Essentials, we would enjoy earning your trust. You may have sensed that it’s a bit of the wild west out there in the essential oil industry. Standards, rules, and regulations are still in flux for many of the natural products that you’ve come to depend on and love, and some people are happy to take advantage of that fact. Think of us as a breath of honesty. We impose strict quality standards on ourselves … not because it’s required of us, but because it’s the right thing to do.
Unless you’ve somehow tapped into Captain Kirk’s teleportation technology, travel is not easy. It’s never fun to stay cramped for hours behind a steering wheel or belted into a tiny and remarkably uncomfortable airline seat. It only gets more challenging if you have a kid strapped in a car seat just eight inches behind your head for hours at a time … or, heaven forbid, in your lap on the plane. But there are ways to make your journey a little bit easier by using essential oils.
Take, for instance, your road trip last summer. You didn’t realize when you looked at the map that those tiny squiggles meant that the road you planned to drive had switchbacks that would challenge the most ironclad stomach. After three hours of left, right, left, right, left … your stomach is ready to abandon ship. Thankfully you’ve stashed certified organic ginger and lemon in the car. A few drops in a car diffuser or on a tissue fills your space with sweet tummy relief and lets you power through to your destination.
Or think back to the time you flew to Albuquerque for a three-day conference. By the time you get back to your hotel room at the conclusion of the last meeting, all you want to do is crawl into bed with the music loud enough to drown out the convention speaker’s voice droning on in your head. And the weird chemical-must smell of the hotel room isn’t helping you feel any better. Lucky for you, you packed a bottle of certified organic lavender and geranium blend and are able to do a little emergency aromatherapy to ease your stress headache and fill your space with calm energy and focus.
Or maybe you are finally on that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand, but intense jet lag is killing your mojo. A jeep tour leaves early in the morning, and you need some serious help waking up your brain to be ready. Good thing you packed N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize blend and a personal inhaler. In just a few minutes you are on your feet and ready for the adventure of the day. No matter how you travel, enjoy the destination more with the help and support of powerful essential oil singles and blends.
My best Halloween look seems to be in the morning, unfortunately. Sometimes I wake up puffy-eyed from a night’s rest, making me appear as if I’ve escaped from Hogwarts for the first few hours of the day. As I age it gets worse. I’m not alone – mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes is common as you get older. It is a purely cosmetic concern … in time, the tissues around your eyes weaken. The fat that helps support the eyes moves into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling.
But there could be other reasons for those bags under your eyes. They can also be caused by allergies, fluid retention, eye infection, irritation or other causes. For some people, under-eye puffiness can appear just before the onset of their period, with hormonal changes causing the change. Whatever the reason, you can ease the appearance of bags under your eyes using essential oils. Here are a few techniques to try:
Who doesn’t love the young, silky-smooth feeling of your hands, elbows, feet and face after a gentle and thorough exfoliating scrub. It’s like the process uncovers the glamorous china-sleek model skin you’ve had hiding underneath your whole life. But even I have to admit that I often skip this step during my ten-minute bathroom rush in the morning … it feels like too much of a luxury to fit exfoliation into my everyday self-care routine.
But then I learned about sugar scrub bars. Sugar scrub bars are an incredibly easy and healthy way to get access to essential oil exfoliation on a daily basis. They are a (basically) effortless way to keep my skin smooth and looking healthy and young. Using them gives you beneficial exposure to your favorite essential oils and helps to work their healthy constituents past the first layer of dead skin cells for better absorption.
You can buy sugar scrub bars … but why would you? They are easy and inexpensive to make, and when you create them yourself, you have control over the ingredients and essential oils that you add to the mix. In the spirit of the season, I made my last batch with certified organic peppermint essential oil. But you can use any combination of
essential oils that benefit the skin and smell nice (or not).
To make them, melt ½ cup melt-and-pour soap (available online or from craft-supply stores) in a double boiler or covered in a microwave on 15-second intervals. Mix in ¼ cup coconut oil until combined and add 4 drops of certified organic peppermint essential oil (or essential oil of your choice). At this point, you can add a natural food coloring if you want the soap to have a nice color, or leave it natural, which some people prefer. Combine 1 cup sugar to the mix until you have a thick consistency. Pour into a silicone mold, or even a heat-resistant ice cube tray and let cool for two hours. It’s that easy to get everyday exfoliation backed up by the power of essential oils.
When the weather turns cool and the sun drops below the horizon earlier every evening, who doesn’t love the warm ambiance of a flickering candle and the sweet natural scent of essential oils? Combining essential oils with soy candles gives them a clean, warm, nurturing scent. Soy wax is simple to work with, easy to melt, and a cinch to clean up … all of which makes these candles a good candidate for a simple DIY project at home. Essential oil scented soy candles also make great personalized gifts for family and friends. To begin, you’ll need a few supplies:
How to make your candle:
Experiment with the types and amount of essential oils you add to find the scent you prefer. Great combinations include certified organic bergamot and clove, or certified organic lavender and vetiver. Or, just add on of N8 Essential’s pre-mixed blends for a balanced and supportive aromatherapy experience. But don’t go too crazy … soy wax candles won’t solidify properly if you add too much essential oil. If you struggle with the texture of the wax, you can purchase an optional product called palm stearic, which will help your candle achieve the correct texture, even with extra essential oil.
With so many delicious scents to choose from, you’ll be able to craft a candle that creates ambiance and aromatherapy benefits that meet your needs.
I really thought we’d have flying cars by now. And, robot maids. Based on the TV programming of my childhood, it’s where I believed we were headed. Not only don’t we have those conveniences, but we’ve also still yet to find a better solution for defrosting car windows or curing the common cold. It’s a constant shock to me that despite all the advances we’ve made in science and medicine, we still haven’t discovered strategies to address some really basic problems in life.
Bad breath, for one. Why haven’t we solved bad breath yet? Everyone struggles with it on occasion, and the best we can do is cover it up with mouthwash or gum. This is not the future I envisioned. But it may actually be that an answer to bad breath could be found in the ancient past. Recently growing in popularity is the practice of oil pulling – an ancient tradition dating back to Ayurvedic medicine in India over 3,000 years ago. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing oil (we suggest fractionated coconut) around your mouth, gums and teeth for better oral health. Its benefits may include eliminating bacteria, easing bad breath, preventing tartar buildup, inhibiting tooth decay and easing the problem of bleeding gums.
To try it just use one or two tablespoons of coconut oil and a drop of an essential oil … certified organic peppermint or certified organic clove. (Remember, you won’t be swallowing these oils, just swishing them in your mouth before discarding them.) Start with five minutes a day of swishing … with a goal of eventually working up to 15 or 20. The longer you “pull,” the more bacteria you’ll remove, but 5 or 10 minutes still offer benefits. A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through your teeth is the best technique … don’t work too hard. And don’t swallow. If you find yourself wanting to swallow, you may have too much oil in your mouth. Try again with a smaller amount.
Remember not to spit it down the sink when you are done, as the oil could clog your plumbing. Just discard the used oil into a trash can. Finally, when you start oil pulling, don’t skip brushing and flossing. It should never replace regular visits to your dentist or a traditional brushing routine – but it is a great supplemental therapy.
Oil Pulling Mouthwash Recipe
1 drop certified organic peppermint or clove
2 tablespoons of best-quality fractionated coconut oil
Combine the coconut oil and essential oil and blend well. Place in your mouth. (Remember, you won’t be swallowing these oils, just swishing them in your mouth before discarding them.) Start swishing with a goal of five minutes a day in the beginning. Work up to 15 or 20 minutes if possible. The longer you pull, the more bacteria you’ll remove. A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through your teeth is the best technique. If you find yourself wanting to swallow, try again with a smaller amount of oil. Discard the oil in a trash can, not the sink. Brush your teeth as normal.
It has been said that autumn is the year’s last, loveliest smile. There is certainly plenty to smile about this time of year. The intense colors on the horizon, the warm scent of apple and earth, and the cool air outside the window make you really aware of just how alive the world is … for now. Winter is on the way … which makes autumn such a valuable time of transition.
Autumn is a great time to refocus your attention and to build your energy. Fall diffuser combinations give aromatherapy support to help you do just that. The best scents for this season tend to be warm, intense and grounding. Traditional fall combinations include wood, spice and citrus. The bewitching fusion of these three classes of essential oil balance and fuel a fall blend to give it energy, ambiance and impact. Try combining certified organic cedarwood, clove and orange for a classic combination. Or, if you want something with a little more zing, try a mix of certified organic sandalwood, cinnamon bark and lime. Each combination will give you nuanced energy and mood, but both are great for the time of year.
Citrus oils such as certified organic orange and lime are classic tools for supporting mood and natural energy … especially when sunshine hours begin to dwindle. The balancing and grounding effects of a wood essential oils like certified organic cedarwood and sandalwood help to balance a blend and hold the scent together. The spice is for warmth and personality … but there is plenty of flexibility within a blend recipe for your preference. Choose a spice that you like, but that is not too intense for your family (some oils are considered too “hot” for young skin, and can cause irritation). Use less of the spice essential oil if you think that it might be an issue … an experiment with ratios until you find the perfect fall blend.
Cozy Home Diffuser Recipe
Combine all oils in a diffuser with room temperature water. Mist indoors to clear the room of a stuffy ambiance and for aromatherapy benefits such as positive attitude and focused motivation. Experiment with ratios and oils to find your favorite combination for the fall season.
Fall is here, and you can definitely feel it. Red leaves tumble to the ground and the morning air greets you with a crisp bite. There is a transition happening at our house too. Windows that have remained (more or less) open since the middle of May get pulled resignedly closed. The black canvas cover is pulled over the grill like a shroud. Sidewalk chalk and rollerblades are traded for Legos and indoor comic books. Everyone is moving back indoors.
Since we have to get more cozy for the next few months, I make sure our indoor space is as inviting as possible. Essential oils help with that. First, I make sure that the atmosphere in our shared closed space is inviting. When the windows get closed it can be surprising how quickly the air can turn stuffy with the smell of dust and of bodies in close proximity. It’s an easy proposition to fill a diffuser and create a space that feels healthy and clean. These natural scents help my family to be naturally calm and motivated. The season calls for sweet and grounding scents like certified organic ginger, sandalwood and clove. These cheering and motivating scents are perfect for cooler days and shorter daylight. They work to give feelings of natural energy, emotional stability and bright attention. I especially love this combination during after school hours when my family is transitioning from the stress of the day to the slower-paced evening.
In fall, my family tends to gather more often around the kitchen table … to chat, to snack, to argue, and even to play board games (once they’ve worked through their computer time and finished arguing). We love that time together, and I make it better by purifying the kitchen atmosphere with my essential oil diffuser. Although I love my kitchen space, it can sometimes smell greasy or stale from the lingering aromas of meals long past. I create an instantly inviting space by diffusing powerful cleansing and uplifting citrus in N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend. It creates a sweet and welcoming atmosphere in my kitchen and makes our family game time a little more rewarding and spirited.