Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Zen Pure Essential Oil Blend

Introducing Zen Pure Essential Oil Blend formulated to help you be grounded, balanced and in the Present moment.  If you are fretting about the past or anxious about tomorrow, our Zen Essential Oil Blend is for you.  A deep, earthy aroma with top citrus notes of orange essential oil.  Vetiver, orange and fragonia TM essential oils blended together to be used in meditation, prayer, massage, baths or Yoga practice.

Fragonia TM essential oil is a fairly new essential oil from Australia.  Due to the unique chemical balance of the essential oil, it is especially useful in helping us to make peace on an emotional level.

Zen Essential Oil Blend Uses:

* Add 4-5 drops in an aromatherapy diffuser
* Put 1 drop on a cotton ball and dab under your nose before
   Savasana at the end of your Yoga practice.
* Add 4-5 drops to a warm evening bath
* Add 8-10 drops to 1 ounce jojoba oil for a relaxing massage
   oil blend.
* Apply 1 drop to the soles of your feet before meditation or
   prayer.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Essential Oil Shelf Life


Essential oils are volatile compounds that are sensitive to heat, light and oxygen.  While some essential oils get better with age, like Patchouli and Sandalwood, most have a shelf life ranging from 2 to 5 years on average.

Common Essential Oils Shelf Life  

Citrus Essential Oils - 1 to 2 years
Lavender Essential Oil - 5 years
Eucalytpus Essential Oil - 2 to 3 years
Frankincense Essential Oil - 5 years
Peppermint Essential Oil - 4 to 5 years
Lemongrass Essential Oil - 2 to 3 years
Rosemary Essential Oil - 3 to 4 years
Tea Tree Essential Oil - 3 to 4 years

As essential oils age their chemistry changes, often oxidizing.  This results in reduced therapeutic efficacy and a higher potential for skin irritation.  The above shelf life recommendations are based on when the essential oil is distilled.  This is why it's important to buy fresh essential oils and request distillation dates from the company you buy them from.  All of the essential oils I sell with Kokokahn are batch coded allowing me to trace any essential oil bottle back to the month it was distilled.

Essential Oil Storage Tips



* Store in a cool, dark place
* Always put your cap on tight after using
* Don't leave them in a hot car
* Store in the refrigerator 





A great way to keep track of how old your essential oils are, is to put a label on them with a date of when you purchased them.  This will help you know a year or two down the road if your essential oil is getting close to being old.



If you have essential oils that are past their shelf life, convert them to using in your cleaning products.  Many of them will still have antibacterial and immune supporting properties and their aroma in most cases will be the same.

Suggestions for using Essential Oils past their shelf life


  1. Put 4 or 5 drops down your kitchen and bathroom drains.  Then pour boiling water down the drains. A great natural solution for keeping your drains clean and fresh.
  2. Add a few drops to the bottom of your trash cans each time you change the bag.
  3. Add a few drops to mop water
  4. Put 3 or 4 drops on the inside of your toilet paper rolls

What are your favorite essential oils?  Do you use essential oils to clean with?  Do you have a cleaning idea or recipe?


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Natural Face Scrub for Dry Winter Skin Giveaway

With dry cold air, comes dry skin.  I thought it was the perfect time of year to giveaway one of Kokokahn's Face Scrubs with almonds and argan oil.  Face scrubs are a great way to revitalize and refresh dry, winter skin.  They are a two part process.  Part one is sloughing off dead skin cells to make way for new skin to come to the surface.  The second part of a face scrub is the moisturizing component.  Ground almonds are gentle exfoliators that help slough off dead skin cells without damaging delicate facial skin.  Argan oil is a penetrating oil that is specific for dry, aging skin.  Many people think of using argan oil for their hair, but it is also equally beneficial for our skin.  



Kokokahn's Face Scrub ~

Benefits:
* Slough off dead skin cells
* Gives skin a bright renewed glow
* Moisturizes
* Made with natural, organic ingredients

How to Use:
Put a small amount in your hand and add water to make a paste, then scrub gently all over your face and neck. Use once or twice a week.

Who Can Use This Product?
Anyone. Almonds are a gentle exfoliant safe for all skin types.


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Peppermint Essential Oil for the Holidays

Ways to use Peppermint Essential Oil for the Holidays:


  • Upset tummies from too much good food
  • Pick me up and energize 
  • Keeping colds at bay
  • Concentration & focus 
  • Stress headaches

How to use peppermint essential oil for the Holidays.  

  • 2 drops on the shower floor before you step in to keep colds at bay
  • 1 drop on a cotton ball and put in your car to help you concentrate and focus while driving
  • Diffuse 4 to 5 drops in an Aromatherapy Diffuser for some Holiday cheer
  • Add 5 drops to 2 Tablespoons jojoba oil or lotion.  Mix well and rub on upset tummies.
  •       Use this same mixture to rub on temples and back of necks for stress headaches

Some Safety considerations to remember when using peppermint essential oil:
Peppermint can be skin irritating, so I don't recommend bathing in it or using it undiluted on the skin.  If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test with one of the recipes above on the inside of your arm and wait 20 minutes to see if you have a reaction.  Peppermint is also not recommended for pregnant women or children under the age of 5 as it can be too stimulating for them.  It can also antidote homeopathic remedies, so best to avoid Peppermint if you are taking them.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Natural Remedy for Hot Flashes

I have recently been receiving a lot of questions about which essential oils are good for hot flashes.  Geranium and lavender essential oils are my top go to essential oils for hot flashes and night sweats.  You can either use the essential oils undiluted in your bed sheets for a stronger aroma, or spray your pillow with the recipe below for a lighter aroma.  

To use undiluted for a stronger aroma at night:

Add 1 drop geranium and or lavender to your pillow or bed sheets.

Natural Hot Flash Spray

2oz distilled water
4 drops geranium essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:  Pour distilled water into glass bottle.  Add geranium and lavender drops.  Cap and shake.  Spray on your face and neck as needed.  Or spray your pillow at night before bed.   Make sure to shake before each use as the essential oils will separate between use.

Kokokahn Special:
* Free 2 ounce amber glass spray bottle with purchase of lavender and geranium essential oils thru September 30, 2013.

* Kokokahn's geranium essential oil is 20% Off thru
September 30, 2013.

Purchase geranium and lavender essential oils on our
Essential Oil Shop page.

You do not need to apply a promotional code at checkout for your free spray bottle.  All orders with a lavender and geranium essential oil purchase will automatically include the free spray bottle.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Essential Oils for Pain

There are many essential oils that can ease muscular aches and pains.  Most of them can be skin irritating so it is always a good idea to dilute them in a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil.  Here is a list of some of the essential oils for pain available.  All of the essential oils listed below are anti-inflammatory and analgesic or pain relieving.  Make sure to check out the recipe for making your own essential oil blend to use topically on sore muscles.  

Essential Oils for Pain


Topical Blend for Aches & Pains

Choose 1 to 3 of the above essential oils.
Pour 2 Tablespoons carrier oil (jojoba, olive or other) into a clean empty bottle
Add a total of 15-20 drops of the essential oils you choose to the carrier oil
Cap and shake 
Apply as needed to muscle aches and pains

Check out our Essential Oil Guide for other essential oil uses.

If making your own blend isn't for you, check out our 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Flea Shampoo for Dogs

A happy dog, is a flea free dog!  Living in Florida, fleas are something I think about yearly.  I prefer natural alternatives to the toxic flea dips, collars and other products on the market that wreak havoc on our furry friends health.

Essential oils can support a flea free Fido by acting as repellents.  It should be said they do not get rid of existing fleas, but help deter them.  A healthy diet is also important in keeping fleas at bay.  Fleas tend to opt for animals in poor health.  One thing to keep in mind when using essential oils with your dog is less is more.  I don't recommend putting essential oils undiluted on your dogs coat as it is too strong for them, especially dogs under 60 pounds.  And never put them on a cat.  Cats can not eliminate essential oils from their bodies and can build up a toxicity to them.

Essential oils high in limonene are great repellents.  Orange and tangerine essential oils are two of the highest in limonene.  Cedarwood is also a good flea repellent and is a skin loving essential oil.

Making your own flea shampoo is easy.  Here is a gentle aromatherapy flea shampoo recipe to help you get started.

Natural Flea Shampoo
3 ounces Castille Soap
1 ounce Aloe Gel

Pour the castille soap in a 4 ounce bottle.  
Add the essential oil drops.  
Top with the aloe gel.  
Cap and shake.

Resources:

Castille Soap - Dr. Bronners Unscented Baby Formula is a great castille soap.  You can find it at Target, your local natural food store or purchase on their website from the link above.

Aloe Gel - I recommend GNC's Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Gel - Unflavored.

Bottle for your shampoo - 4 ounce bottle

A great book for natural pet care - Dr Pitcairn's New Complete Guide for Natural Health for Dogs and Cats