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.


Rosemary Oil – Just the Facts 8

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the character Ophelia declares: ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.’ Throughout history, rosemary and rosemary oil have been used to enhance memory (Grecian scholars used to wear rosemary wreaths on their heads for exams!) Rosemary also has a bit of a reputation as a gastrointestinal […]

Rosemary - famous for it's memory enhancing properties, but did you know it is also a fantastic mosquito repellent? Click the image to read about the scientifically verified benefits of rosemary oil!

Anxiety can be managed in a number of ways, but essential oils have always been one of the most effective for me. Click through for a list of the 5 best essential oils for anxiety (according to science).

5 Best Essential Oils for Anxiety

Alright guys, time for some real talk. Anxiety is something I’ve struggled with my whole life, but it’s become more intense over the past couple of years. Between graduating undergrad and now dealing with graduate school, I’ve been constantly worrying about my future. I’ve tried a few different things to […]


Ginger and cinnamon are both powerful anti-inflammatory agents, among a myriad of other wonderful health benefits. This ginger tea with cinnamon is a perfect addition to a healthy diet, and can protect against colds, the flu, cancer, diabetes, and more! Click to read about how simple it is to make this delicious and healthy tea!

Anti-Inflammatory Ginger Tea

For years, people have recommended drinking ginger ale when sick to help reduce nausea, and throughout history ginger root has been coveted as a powerful medicinal spice. While there are several ways to prepare and eat ginger, my favorite way to experience the benefits of this spice is by making […]


Basil Oil – Just the Facts 2

Ah, basil. Beloved staple herb in pizza sauce and powerful… headache reliever? Basil is much more than a flavorful herb, my friends, and when used in the essential oil form, basil oil is claimed to have numerous benefits (anyone know of an essential oil that isn’t though?). Basil oil is […]

Ah, basil. Beloved staple herb in pizza sauce and powerful... headache reliever? Basil is much more than a flavorful herb, my friends, and when used in the essential oil form, basil oil is claimed to have numerous benefits (anyone know of an essential oil that isn't though?). Basil oil is most definitely a potent substance in any case, and this article delves into the REAL benefits of the oil, according to science.