Hello friends! Today I want to share about a very special herb: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). According to Penelope Ody’s book Home Herbal, St. John’s Wort has been used for hundreds or years to treat inflammation and wounds, applications we still use it for today.
St. John’s Wort is anti-inflammatory and good for burns and joints. One major benefit of the herb is its usefulness in helping with depression. According to the Mayo Clinic.org,
Studies have shown St. John’s wort may be equally effective as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants for mild to moderate depression.
Essential oils are made from St. John’s Wort, but the herb is most often used for infused oils, which can be used by themselves or as carrier oils.
In fact, St. John’s Wort is a major ingredient in the Trauma Trio triple infused oil sold by The Herbal Guy (find it here). I love to use it for comforting and healing oil blends.
So I hope this has piqued your interest in this sunny little flower! Have you ever used St. John’s Wort? What do you think? We’d love to hear from you!
Look at this stunning wood! Have you ever seen any thing so beautiful from cut lumber before? And if the beauty of the wood wasn’t enough, Rose Wood offers us so much in the way of immune and emotional health.
Distilled from the wood of the tree, Aniba rosaeodora, is excellent in supporting all over immune health. It is the “clearing your mind” -go to. It is helpful in healing of all kinds, and supports all over constitution. It has been promoted to help ease sadness, calm nerves and used an anti-depressant. ( As I wrote this, I got up to apply some of this oil……it’s true!)
With it’s high Linalol content, Rose Wood is excellent for skin healing too. It can calm down the harsh effects of other stronger oils, while increasing it’s anti-fungal effects.
Rose Wood is becoming more difficult to obtain and Ho-Wood, Cinnamomun camphora ctt linalol which also has a high linalol content and similar fragrance is often used in it’s place. Responsible companies are starting to buy Rose Wood from Brazilian Farmers who grow it for the express purpose of Essential Oil production, rather than from wild forest trees.
According to the information from Aromatic Wisdom Institute, Rose Wood can be used in a carrier such as St. John’s Wort and rubbed on the back of your neck and throat to stop a headache as soon as it starts!
It inhibits the spread of microbes, alleviates inflammation, destroys bacteria, inhibits the growth of candida as well as anti- fungal in general, antioxidant and an immunostimulant.
Strong, Beautiful and Healing is what we find in Rose Wood.
Have you ever used Rose Wood in a blend? We want to hear from you!
Our household anti-bacterial cleaner is AWESOME! It cleans everything from kitchens to bathrooms, to car interiors and tires. It has a fresh scent and has no toxic fumes or chemicals.
If you suffer with a lot of allergies, the biggest step forward in health you can take, is to reduce the load of toxins in your life. If the things you come in contact with everyday (especially laundry soap, cleaners and body products) are not wearing down your immune system, your body can better deal with the virus’ and bacteria it comes into contact with.
What steps have you taken to reduce the chemicals in your life? We want to hear from you today!
This lovely lady is behind all we do at Honest Aromas. She just got married and was away on her honey moon! She will be back at the helm on Monday making labels, ordering supplies and running the blog post. An incredibly talented writer and creative in all she does at Honest Aromas. Welcome back Mrs. Hannah Kennedy, we missed you!
Come by and see Honest Aromas in front of the Oil City Library on Thursdays (starting next week) and purchase our fine products! You can also schedule consultations with Julia from there.Have you ever sold your products at a Farmer’s Market? We want to hear from you today!
What is Aromatherapy?
The word “Aromatherapy” was coined the phrase by French Perfumer, Rene’ Maurice Gattefosse in his book, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy written in 1937. The book contains research findings utilizing essential oils for various physiological ailments. In the book, he meant to distinguish the medical application of Essential Oils from the perfumery applications. It can be said that Aromatherapy means the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances for holistic healing.
According to Valerie Cooksley, “Aromatherapy is the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well being.”
Robert Tisserand who wrote, Essential Oil Safety, says, ” A caring hands- on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation and increase energy, reduce the effects of stress and restore lost balance to mind, body and soul.”
“A natural, non-invasive modaltiy designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom”, is what Jade Shutes says. (This information was collected from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.)
Aromatherapy can offer great help with physical and emotional issues. The product shown above has been used with great success to almost eradicate severe acne. Just one of the many products we have designed at Honest Aromas. It is plant medicine, it works and is much more helpful and dynamic than just treating the symptoms, with out harmful side effects.
We are happy to announce we are now offering consultation services through Dr. Singleton’s Office in Seneca, PA!! And if you are in need of a caring Chiropractor, he will be happy to address your specific needs. 814-677-9233
We all need sunshine….Vitamin D helps our bodies to function properly and lifts our spirits. Even if you do not like spending time in the sun, purposing to get out in it for even a short time every day, will have a healthy impact on your body.
We are also, all aware of the dangers of the sun. We use sunscreen to help protect our skin from damage that the sun can cause. Premature skin aging and skin cancer are concerns for all of us.
But did you know that we can use natural oils that have a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) and do not have any of the harmful chemicals that can be in popular sunscreens?
Here are a few options. Coconut oil has a low SPF of 2-8 all by itself, Avocado Oil 4-15, Wheat Germ 20, Raspberry Seed Oil 28-50, and Carrot Seed Oil a whopping SPF of 40! All of these oils are very good and nourishing to your skin as well.
As a skin cancer prevention measure, research shows that Red Palm Oil’s Tocotrienol’s not only inhibit the growth of skin and other cancers, but kill off the skin cancer cells! I used Red Palm Oil topically on areas I had questionable skin removed, and I am reminded even now, to take it orally every day as a preventative.
Of course we all know that Aloe Vera is a good and cooling after sun measure to protect and heal your skin.
Never use Bergamot, Lemon or Grapefruit, or cold pressed Lime Essential oils in the sun as they are photo toxic and can cause white patches (as well as other concerns) to form on the skin!
So, go out and enjoy that great big ball of fire in the sky as it was intended to be enjoyed and supply us with the necessary elements we are to gain from it. Healthy Oil Up!
What are your recipes for natural sunscreen? We want to hear from you!
The name itself invokes an exotic feeling…..sensual, sweet and floral.
Harvested from India, Egypt, France and Italy, Jasmine is collected in such an extraordinary way! The flowers are sought after in the early morning before the sun comes up, in this way the distiller gains the highest yield.
Jasmine is quite expensive, but you only need the smallest amount of this powerful oil. The note is base and the fragrance will linger on long after it’s application. Make sure that you completely trust your supplier, as Jasmine grandiflorum is often adulterated by lesser filler oils.
Because it is in the Ester chemical family, Jasmine is highly anti-spasmodic and has been used during labor to relieve pain and strengthen contractions. Tisserand suggests only a max dermal use of .7% to avoid skin allergy to people who are sensitive to fragrance. It also can be useful in post-natal recovery, but because of it’s aroma, it can also slow down breast milk production.
Although Jasmine is primarily used for fragrance, it has other valued therapeutic and emotional qualities as well.
It is used in skin care lotions, shampoos, mists and facial masks and a blend of 1 dr. Jasmine, 1 dr. Vetiver, and 1 dr. Orange mixed with a 1/2 cup of milk poured into a bath, can wash away the day’s tensions!
It is known for it’s emotional qualities of; releasing inhibitions, relieving depression associated with repression, diminishing fear and supporting comfort within one self. The linalol component in the chemical make-up offers sedative and anti-infectious properties.
What an alluring plant and oil! How have you used Jasmine? We want to hear from you!
Summer is a great time to be out doors…..in all of your swimming, biking, hiking, baseball and what ever else you love to do, don’t forget to protect your lips.
We make a fantastic, I must say!!!!, lip balm with local honey, beeswax, coconut oil and peppermint. It protects, moistens and tastes great- without chemicals, with out artificial anything.
Just a little reminder today from us to you!
This essential oil is distilled from the Lemon Balm plant.
Melissa is in the Aldehyde chemical family. That means it can cause skin irritation so it should always be used in a low dilution. But do not let that shy you away from Melissa, as it has a bounty of other wonderful properties.
It is in the sedative chemical family and can actually reduce shock. The sedative qualities offer a slow sedation and can be used for reducing heart palpitations, depression due to stress, and tension as well as manage agitation and restlessness.
According to data sheets from Aromatic Wisdom Institute, Melissa’s Therapeutic properties include; anti- bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, central nervous system calming, cooling and fever reducing benefits.
It can reduce insomnia, anxiety, calm agitated emotions and offer comfort during grieving.
It should be avoided by children under 2, and may interfere with diabetes medication when taken internally. Robert Tisserand recommends not more than .5% on the skin during pregnancy as a precaution, due to the citral content which can affect fetal development in high topical doses.
It is good to remember that these wonderful oils are truly plant medicine and should be treated with the respect as such. What wonderful benefits we can have from them when they are used in a proper way.
Did you know Melissa was from the Lemon Balm plant? What have you experienced from this power house oil?