It seems like an oxymoron, but yes, there is such a thing as the "essential oils industry." These essences have been touted for centuries, but their popularity has surged in recent years. Unfortunately, the results have not always been beneficial for consumers. The multi-level marketing company Doterra, for example, has been accused by organizations such as Science-Based Medicine of touting a variety of health benefits - without backing them up by science.

Nevertheless, there are nice products out there, and they are great to have in the house if you use them wisely. I have a huge stash of them thanks to my travels to India and the Middle East. One company based in Santa Barbara has an impressive product line. Aroma Foundry recently sent me a few, and I have to say, they are outstanding.

Bergamot reminds me of the citrus I would buy in Uruguay. The peppermint smells like Christmas - not CVS candy cane Xmas, but the real thing. Ylang Ylang transforms a musty room. Citronella perks up a room without any chemical undertones.

I ignore the literature touting essential oils as a salve for anything from headaches to aiding digestion. From my point of view, if there is no science, there should be no risk. My essential oils have two purposes: I mix them in a 5 percent vinegar solution for a house cleaner, which works well - the vinegar evaporates quickly, but the scent of the essential oils linger a long time. I also mix it with distilled water for a room deodorizer, eschewing the commercial air fresheners on the market. Oh, and scents like cedarwood, sandalwood and even geranium can be mixed with mineral oil to make homemade colognes. Highly recommended, I must say. And on that point, many of Aroma's oils are currently discounted, and the pricing is fair. Check this company out!

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Aroma Foundry

Aroma Foundry has an impressive line of essential oils

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.