Rachel


About Rachel

Rachel is a blogger and Biophysics Lab Manager who lives in Clemson, SC (go tigers!). After studying conventional pharmaceuticals and how they target specific ailments, she applied that knowledge to figuring out how essential oils can work to treat the same ailments, and ended up creating the blog The Essential Girl.

When she’s not blogging or sciencing the shit out of something in the lab, she likes to swing dance and teach group fitness classes.


Tea Tree Oil – Just the Facts 3

Tea tree oil is the most commonly-recommended oil when it comes to repelling something living; whether that’s bacteria or mold or fungus, tea tree is a go-to active ingredient in many natural products used for cleaning or disinfecting. Specifically, it is widely thought that tea tree oil can be useful […]

Tea tree oil - everyone knows it's highly antimicrobial, but what does that mean for practical use? Click the image to read about the scientifically verified benefits of tea tree oil!

Top 3 Essential Oils for Cleaning Your House 15

While essential oils have a myriad of health benefits, they can also be a natural alternative for many noxious commercial cleaning products. One of the properties that makes them so effective is that many oils are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, or a combination of all 3. However, choosing essential oils for […]

Many EOs are antibacterial but which ones kick the most bacteria butt in your home? Here are the top 3 essential oils for cleaning your home.

Coconut oil has been lauded across the internet for it’s health and beauty benefits. But does it stand up under the microscope of peer-reviewed science? Read on to learn the benefits of coconut oil according to science.

Benefits of Coconut Oil According to Science 6

Coconut oil has been lauded across the internet for it’s health and beauty benefits. But does it stand up under the microscope of peer-reviewed science? Read on to learn the benefits of coconut oil according to science. Health benefits Weight Loss Heart health Lower blood pressure Anti-Inflammatory Wound Healing Antimicrobial […]


6 Essential Oil Safety Tips for Cat Owners 6

 Curiosity killed the cat. And essential oils can too if you’re not careful.  We all love our feline friends, but they have an uncanny knack for getting into things they shouldn’t. So it’s our job as responsible pet owners to be in the know about what’s dangerous for them and […]


Top Essential Oils for Cold and Flu Season 3

It seems like everyone is getting sick this time of year, even me <cough cough>. And even if you’ve had your flu shot and you are eating well, sometimes getting sick is unavoidable. However, there are a few essential oils you can use to not only reduce your chances of […]


Delicious Clean Eating Kolacki – Polish Apricot Cookies

Growing up in a (half) polish family, dinner at grandma Betczynski’s house often meant pounds of hand-stuffed polish sausage, cheesy potato pierogis, and for dessert, Kolacki, or polish apricot cookies.  Once I moved out, these cookies became part of my own holiday traditions. However, even though the holidays can be a time […]