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Christine

As Products Manager, Christine Rice has been working with the botanical goodies at Mountain Rose Herbs for over 14 years. With a Certificate in Aromatherapy from The American College of Healthcare Sciences, she works closely with the essential oils and hydrosols that we offer. She connects with the aromatherapy industry through our National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy business membership and contributes on working committees with The American Herbal Products Association. In addition to her love for aromatics and blending essential oils, Christine can be found gardening and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She enjoys canning and preserving food, knitting when she has time, and keeps busy with her energetic daughter.

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Best Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy

In aromatherapy, we are constantly talking about diluting essential oils in a carrier. But what is a carrier, and which should you choose? Here we’re going to cover the organic carrier oils that are most commonly used for topical recipes and massage.

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Crafted From Roses: Essential Oils, Absolutes, and Hydrosols

As a sensual scent, rose is associated with love and the heart. It promotes closeness and emotional balance, and its sweet, floral notes can be found in an array of scented products. From luscious lotions and skin care, to sweet perfumes and warming diffuser blends, this versatile ingredient makes a regular appearance. Use this helpful guide to sort out the subtle differences between the natural rose essential oils and hydrosols we offer, so you can find the perfect rosy ingredients for you and your budget.

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A Guide to Citrus Essential Oils

Citrus essential oils are like liquid sunshine in a bottle. They are bright and sweet and sour, and known to bring a smile to your face. Organic citrus oils are energetically uplifting and engaging, and they pack a punch in DIY cleaning products. But which one should you use?

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Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend

This blog was originally published in 2012. Because it's so popular, we decided to update it for you. Enjoy! 

It's the time of year where pumpkin spice scents and flavors are popping up everywhere. Instead of reaching for a candle or room spray that's chock full of synthetic fragrances, try making your own diffuser blend with certified organic essential oils to bring those familiar pie-inspired smells into your space!

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What is Amyris Essential Oil?

Amyris is a subtle beauty in the world of essential oils. Distilled from the wood of Amyris balsamifera, it imparts a lovely woody scent that may surprise you. It is commonly used as a fixative or base note in blends, and it is sometimes incorporated into sandalwood-like aromas.

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The Story Behind the Rising Cost of Vanilla

Vanilla beans are the ripened fruit of the tropical orchid Vanilla planifolia. This is the only orchid in the world that produces an edible fruit. Over the last year, we have seen prices more than double for this culinary favorite.

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What Is Combava Petitgrain Essential Oil?

This blog was originally published in 2014, but we noticed it was a blog reader favorite, so we decided to update it for you. Enjoy! 

Combava petitgrain is a bright and uplifting essential oil that is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Makrut Lime citrus bush, Citrus hystrix. This organic essential oil is used in fragrances and natural body care products. The oil has a soft, thick, citrusy scent with dry, woodsy back notes. It has a strong, long-lasting aroma, reminiscent of lemongrass and petitgrain.

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How To Use Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil


Lemon Eucalyptus
is one of the many Eucalyptus species that has a prized essential oil. Its fresh scent is both uplifting and grounding and is sure to brighten your day! It's also found on the market as lemon-scented eucalyptus or lemon-scented gum oil. 

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Hydrosols: Farm to Bottle

We are so passionate about organic agriculture and quality herbs that we make regular trips to visit our growers. And we always have a blast! Not only does it expand our understanding of our farmers and what we can do to support them, but it also gives us a chance to make sure that the highest quality processing starts before the goods arrive at our facility. This time around, we got to go behind-the-scenes to see how our amazing hydrosols are made.

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Lovage Leaf Muscle Rub

We are in love with this organic muscle rub highlighting essential oils that are not seen in many recipes. It has a soft floral top note and a pleasant herbaceous scent that is slightly balsamic. Applying a muscle rub after a strenuous day of work and play can ease grumpy muscles that may be occasionally sore.

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