How do you learn about all these natural remedies? Are they things you just think of and try out? Or is there extensive research behind every oil and ingredient before you make something?
Well, some of the recipes, along with my general interest on the subject has been passed down from my family, who are pretty strong believers in folk remedies, and the rest comes from an interest in how things were done in a historical context. I’m not going to lie, I also feel like a badass alchemist whenever I’m concocting stuff in the studio. It’s pretty fucking fun. I’m currently saving up for training in Herbalism, and further down the road, joining the American Herbalists Guild. That’s more for personal interest though.
But yeah, definitely research! Reading and referring to trusted resources. I have a lot of books on the subject, and a lot of them contain “age old remedies/recipes” which I like to mess around with.
I can’t emphasize research enough when working with essential oils. Of course there’s a lot of experimenting, that’s half the fun, but research is primary. Because at best, you can severely burn your skin, at worst, you can literally kill yourself using certain essential oils. That’s not even taking into account allergic reactions. It’s serious stuff, so I stay away from the more severe ingredients (you won’t find them in my shop), but I’m extra cautious about reading up on essential oils, lye, camphor crystals, menthol, etc. and their proper dilution rates, heating methods, etc. And even when I err on the side of caution there are still going to be people who are extra sensitive, so I emphasize the importance of patch testing and knowing your allergies.
If you’re interested in learning more maybe I can do a book list? I’m ALL ABOUT learning and sharing information whenever possible. I really try not to be all Wizard of Ozzy KEEPER OF MYSTERIOUS AND ARCANE KNOWLEDGE on here, so if you want more details just let me know!!! <3