Rose Geranium

Some of our information comes from the Aromatics International website. Check out their page on Rose Geranium here!

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Rose Geranium is a type of geranium plant with a variety of health benefits.  You can use the essential oil or the hydrosol, which is a water-based distillation of the herb. Hydrosols are not as concentrated as essential oils and can have different properties (even for the same herb!). You can use hydrosols internally and on more sensitive areas of the body, where an essential oil might do more harm than good. (We will have more on hydrosols in the future).

Rose Geranium is astringent, making it cooling and refreshing to the skin. It’s great for skin irritations like sunburn, rashes, and bug bites. You can also use it as a first-aid remedy as it helps to stop bleeding, clean wounds, and encourage healing. It also has a rosy, fresh smell and is great to use as perfume or to freshen up a room (aromatics.com).

For a refreshing, cooling mist, dilute 12 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil in an ounce of aloe vera juice (which can be found at Walmart in the vitamin section). Put the mixture in a spray bottle and keep in the fridge. (It won’t spoil if you keep it at room temperature, but refrigeration will keep it cool and invigorating!)

Have you ever used Rose Geranium before?

What Rose Geranium property piques your interest?

Basil, Sweet Basil

All information comes from my wonderful teacher Liz Fulcher and her data sheets on essential oils for the Aromatic Wisdom Institute.

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Hello Friends!

Today I want to share the healing properties of a plant many of us think of as a cooking herb: basil, specifically sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). Basil doesn’t just smell amazing and taste delicious in pasta dishes. Basil essential oil is helpful for a variety of health needs.

Now, the first thing to know with basil essential oil is that chemical properties can vary from oil to oil. It’s important to know exactly what properties your basil oil possesses for maximum effect. (This is where a certified aromatherapist can help ;).

Basil is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. It is also a wonderful digestive aid and helps the digestive system to overcome nausea and vomiting. It’s also great for chest colds as it has expectorant properties.

Wonderful physical benefits aside, basil also helps with mental and emotional health (which, as we think holistically, we know to also be a part of the body!). Basil helps to increase confidence and motivation and is great to boost mental clarity and happy emotions.

So remember all this next time you add basil leaves to your favorite dish! No wonder it’s such a favorite!

How do you like to use basil in food and around the house?

What basil benefit are you most interested in?

I Am Certified!

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On Sunday I completed my training and received my certification for aromatherapy!

I am so thankful for this opportunity and the chance to grow and do good in what I love – and to give glory to God in it all!

Hannah and I are staying busy preparing for Herbfest and building our client base. Stay tuned!

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What are you excited to see from our site?

Herbfest News!

We have some very exciting news – Honest Aromas will have a booth at this year’s Herbfest in Cook Forest!

This year’s festival will be on June 6 and 7. At our table we will sell oil blends for common complaints like tiredness and snoring, our homemade laundry soap, bath salts, lip balm, and some of Hannah’s knitted items like soap socks and little purses to carry oils! We will also sell clay necklace oil diffusers made by my friend who makes pottery.

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We are so excited! This will be our first official event, and we hope to make it a good one!

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Learning

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Whew!

I am working hard this week! Studying, test taking, and learning. It is so difficult and yet so worth it. I’m thankful and excited for what the end of this week will bring, and I am happy for the chance to be learning!

What are you learning right now?

What do you want to keep learning?

Strong as Cedarwood

The wood from cedar trees is known for its resilience and its ability to repel pests like moths. Funnily enough, Cedarwood oil has a similar effect on life circumstances, helping to support and boost confidence in the midst of challenging situations, creating resilience and repelling pests in the events of life.

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I am back at school at the Aromatic Wisdom Institute in Selinsgrove. It’s my last week here, when I will graduate with my certification as an aromatherapist.

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Spring is in full swing, and the area is beautiful. I am so blessed to get to spend time from here, where it’s so peaceful and pretty!

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As I’ve been taking in this gorgeous scenery, I am pondering both challenging and celebratory events going on in my life right now. I am reminded that in nature we see the ongoing cycle of changing circumstances, renewal, and new life. God in the Bible confirms this, that the world goes round and things change. But He promises that He will always stay the same – constant, supportive, and resilient.

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I am so thankful for this strong, grounding hope. I am thankful that we can experience it in something as simple as oil from the cedar tree, enduring, grounding, and calming.

Cedarwood oil also helps removes excess mucous from respiratory system for those seasonal allergies, and also kills insects. It is dependable, it is protective, it is resilient.

And when the Bible says that creation bears witness to the glory of God, I can see what it means, even in a thing like cedarwood.

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Have you ever tried cedarwood oil? How was it beneficial for you?

Let me know!

Roses are Red (for when you are blue)

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For centuries the rose has been associated with love and “happy thoughts”. They are popular in gardens, at weddings, and as gifts, probably more popular than any other flower.

Though this might seem more like a fashion or cultural fancy, the reality is that rose (absolute) oil actually has a wonderful affect on health. Not only is it refreshing, invigorating, and good for skin, it is also good for a variety of deeper physical and emotional needs.

Rose is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and great for helping the skin heal. It’s also a natural antidepressant, helpful for calming strong emotions like anger and grief, soothing the heart and renewing good feelings.

Because it’s good for the skin, rose oil can be added to water and sprayed all over the body for a refreshing, uplifting, and simple treatment. It can also be added to oil blends for massage. I love to spray rose water around my room and to freshen up after a long day. It brightens the mood and cleanses the skin!

With all this in mind, isn’t it interesting how roses have been a symbol of love and happiness throughout the ages? Somehow before the scientific effects were known, people gravitated toward the flowers as a source of happiness, comfort, and health. How much more can we take advantage of these wonderful properties today!

Have you ever used rose oil? How did it affect you?

What do you think of rose’s ability to positively affect mental health?

Let us know in the comments below!

“Home Herbal” by Penelope Ody

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When a friend first lent me this book nearly twenty years ago, I was in awe. So much knowledge in a small, easy to read book!

Home Herbal looks at health needs according to age, herbs that can be used medicinally for all manner of maladies, practical ways to use and prepare herbal remedies, and common complaints with instructions on how to treat them. Through beautiful pictures and expert advice, my knowledge was expanded. I got so excited! Mullein and St. John’s wort and calendula and arnica and licorice! Tinctures and infusions and emulsions and ointments!

This book helped me learn to treat my chronic bronchitis (with mullein) and set me on a road to looking at health and medicine differently than I ever had before. I got my own copy and I still keep it as a reference for using herbal remedies. Check it out yourself; you won’t be sorry! It’s an invaluable tool for anyone wanting to learn more about holistic health. Click the picture below to find it on Amazon for a penny!

Have you ever read Home Herbal? What do you think?

What resources have been invaluable to you in your journey towards healthful living?