A little more about Elderberries……….

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So yesterday, I introduced you to Andrea of Andi Lynn’s Elderberries (.com), and today I would like to share a little more about the benefits of Elderberries!

They have been used as a folk remedy for centuries. They are an immune system builder and anti-oxidant. They lower cholesterol and improve vision.

They contain amino acids, carotenoids, flavenoids such as Quercitin, and Vitamin A, B and C. They also have a laxative and diuretic effect which makes it a great supplement to take while fasting or detoxing.

There are so many more benefits of this wonderful little berry, but why don’t you try it for yourself in the Elderberry syrup or the Louisiana Fire Cider? Prep  your body for the flu season and do not catch it like every one else this year!!!

Did you ever try Elderberry Syrup? Tell us about you!


My mom came into my kitchen one hot summer day as I and my four children ( ok one was a baby and was getting into every thing;-) were around the table taking teenie, tiny elderberries off their stems. “What in the world are you doing that grueling work for?”, she asked.  I was SO excited about our new found elderberry patch and all the syrup and dehydrated concoctions I was going to make with them, it overshadowed her pessimism.

I STILL have elderberries from that day and it was over 5 years ago!!!

Elderberries have a multitude of health benefits and immune system support. I am so pleased to be offering “Andi Lynn’s Elderberries”http://andilynnselderberries.com/ to my holistic health repitiore!

Andrea is an Oil City native who now lives in the bayou’s of Louisiana with her lovely family and their business!! But, I have obtained a stash, including, Louisiana Fire Cider which will pretty much kill anything evil in your system!!

Come to the Farmers market this morning (will only be there till 11) and next week to try yours!!

Have you ever tried Elderberries? What is your experience? We want to hear from you today!!

The Best Day Ever!

20140813_192437What does your best day ever look like? This is one of my favorite places in my world! It over looks one of the first Oil Boom towns in history. I love walking, ( or running;-) through these woods. There is something I receive from being in nature, smelling the earth and brushing against the trees. Although my mind may still want to race and think about the things that need done or the pressures and struggles going on in my life….the environment eventually overwhelms me and I become more peaceful.

There have been many times that I take my shoes off and walk bare foot over the roots and rocks on the many trails we walk…..I don’t know, the forest floor beckons for me to do so!

It was only recently that I found out that there is a whole science behind this! One of many believers of this Earthing, Dr. Stephen Sinatra writes; ” Walking on the earth’s surface appears to extinguish negatively charged electrons from the surface of the earth into the body while they neutralize positively charge destructive free radicals involved in chronic inflammation.”  They claim that walking barefoot on the earth like this can, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, lower stress, improve energy, lesson hormonal issues, and accelerate recovery from extreme athletic workouts!

Wow! That is certainly worth trying out to see if you get results!

As I like to refer to often, Holistic Health, means what it says. There is no magic bullet. We are part spirit and soul, we are part physical. We need to “transform our lives by the renewing of our minds”, we need to exercise and eat well. Of course I think that Essential Oils are part of every healthy regimen! as well as important minerals and supplements that we lack in our stressed out and horrible standard American diet lives! Healthy relationships also play a part in our over all health- I, for what ever reason, have been blessed with absolutely the best friends in the whole world! All of these things keep me physically, spiritually and mentally healthy.

So, think about your best days. Think about what made them so “bestest” and consider what you could implement into today that would replicate it. We obviously cannot always do or have exactly what we want, but we can make some adjustment into today, to make it the best day yet with better days ahead!

You don’t have to be a nabob!

Do you remember the account of the three wise men? Three wise men from the east came to Bethlehem following a star and a prophecy and wanted to worship the king who was born. By the time they found him ( just camels, no modern transportation!!), he was a small child.

“And when they had come into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him, gold, frankincense and Myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

What important visitors!! The gifts represented were prized, unique and uncommon for a simple carpenter and his family. I do not personally know any one  who has had dignitaries to come and  celebrate the birth of a child or personally know royalty! But we common folk can use this ancient resin in our modern lives and aromatherapy repertoire!

Myrrh, Commiphora myrrha, as you have probably summarized, has had documented use for thousands of years. It is one of the oldest Essential Oils known. And was used, most popularly, in Egyptian, Hebrew and Christian religious ceremony’s.

It is excellent for skin issues and the” go to” for slow healing wounds.  Also helpful for athletes foot, fungus and eczema. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and great for coughs and in respiratory blends.

It is an astringent, it is cicatrissant ( do you remember what that word means from the other day??!!- cell regenerative), decongesting and warming.

On an emotional note, it calms the mind, and soothes those who are prone to over thinking and distraction.

So, you and I do not have to be a nabob to experience the opulence found in Myrrh!

Have you ever used Myrrh? We want to hear from you today! images (4)

Give Thanks!

If we are talking about Holistic Health, there is some thing that you can do every day to greatly improve your overall health and it doesn’t cost a penny!

What is it, you ask? Be grateful. Take a few minutes every morning and meditate on what you are thankful for. I know I always need reminded to do this, I wish it came more naturally for me. If it is completely new to you, pick three new things a day that you can be thankful for.

In this new venture, I have been SO ENCOURAGED by friends and loved ones….. I am thankful for that. I have also met so many new and interesting people…..I am grateful for that as well. I have also been dealing with not so pleasant things…..but I can say; “It is well with my soul”, because it makes me have to surrender and that makes me die to myself and makes me stronger at the same time……so I am thankful even for the hard things in life.

I want to take this time to thank everyone who has emailed, come out to see us, or sent us a shout out on Face Book! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I thank God for each of you, you have made this venture worth doing and I love the friendships that are fortifying.

I am also thankful for my daughter, friend and co-worker, Hannah. She is an inspiration to me and I am grateful for the opportunity we have had this summer. We do not know what today or tomorrow will bring, but we can find something in every day to be thankful for.  Blessings on your day.20150717_141505If you are out and about, we will be at The Oil City Farmer’s Market from 10-2 today. We would love to meet you!

What are you thankful for? Share your story!


Isn’t this a funny name? Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is one of the newest in our roster of oils. It comes from a beautiful plant native to New Zealand, where the Maori people have used it as a remedy for centuries! Our information on Manuka comes from Pompeii Organics and Aromatics International.

Manuka is amazing for skin issues. It combats acne, fungus, poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and cicatrisant (your word of the day! It means skin healing/regenerating 🙂 )

Not only is the herb effective for skin, it’s also wonderful for colds and flu due to its antiviral and decongestant properties. It helps the body get rid of extra mucous and is also sedative, making it helpful for calmness and sleep.

One of the most interesting things about Manuka is that it actually fights allergies. It’s antihistamine properties combat allergic reactions, especially for insect bites or stings.

Manuka is not just used as an essential oil. Tea is one of the oldest ways the herb was used, leading to its nickname as the “New Zealand tea tree” (unrelated to Australian tea tree). Manuka honey has also been an effective remedy (and delicious food!).

Interested in getting some Manuka for yourself? Drop us an email, call, or come by the Oil City Farmer’s Market on Monday or next Thursday! We just got in a small shipment of Manuka and we are always refilling our stock!

What’s your favorite property of Manuka? Have you ever heard of it? What would you use it for?

Ravishing Rosemary

Hello friends! Today I want to talk about Rosemary (Rosemarinus officianlis), a very helpful herb. Of course, you’ve probably come across Rosemary in a garden or on a plate – it makes a delicious cooking herb! But according to the Aromatic Wisdom Institute, Rosemary is good for more than chicken.

Did you know that Rosemary, like Thyme, has several different variations (chemotypes)? There are three major chemotypes: camphor1,8 cineoleand verbenone. Each variation has slightly different properties, making it important to know what you are getting into!

Camphor helps to improve circulation, while 1,8 cineole is good for the respiratory system. Verbenone also helps clear the airways of mucous, but it also regenerates the skin, making it great for skincare.

Rosemary is great for the scalp. You can add the oil to shampoo or use a hydrosol to refresh the scalp and treat dandruff and hair loss. The camphor chemotype makes a great remedy for sore and tired muscles when mixed with a carrier and massaged into the skin.

Rosemary stimulates the mind and brings energy. It also helps with clarity and strength of the mind. The herb is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic. It helps with gas, congestion, and fever, and it has a warming effect on the body.

We use Rosemary in our joint and muscle lotion blend. It’s awesome for sore muscles and arthritic joints. It also helps with more superficial skin issues, like bruises and scrapes.

So what do you think? Have you learned something about Rosemary you never knew before? We want to hear from you!

Peppy Mint

When we’re out and about selling our products at festivals and the Farmer’s Market, one oil our customers ask for is Peppermint. Not only does Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) have a refreshing scent; it also offers a variety of health benefits (as explained by Liz Fulcher of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute).

Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which is helpful for spasms, cramps, and gas. It aids digestion and soothes nausea and headaches. It can be great to repel insects; we make a peppermint and water spray for ants in the kitchen and it kills them on contact!

Peppermint relieves pain and inflammation and is antibacterial and antifungal. It’s also cooling, making it helpful for fever. It is an expectorant and decongestant.

Peppermint also reduces fatigue and awakens the mind. It can boost a sense of confidence and creativity.

A word of caution, however: due to its strength, peppermint can be irritating, especially to the skin and mucous membranes. It should not be used for children under five, because it can be brain damaging if applied near the face. It should also be avoided by people with blood clotting disorders due to its high menthol content.

Peppermint makes a great ingredient in room sprays to freshen the air! It’s also wonderful in a foot bath or lotion for tired, sore feet (it can be a little irritating for a full bath, however; so avoid that).

I hope this little overview of peppermint has been helpful for you! Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Do You Have the Thyme? (Part 2)

In Thursday’s post I talked about the different types of thyme, more specifically the linelol chemotype. As I said then, there are six different types of thyme, and I wanted to focus on two major ones – the ones I am most likely to use as I practice aromatherapy. (Today’s information comes from the Aromatic Wisdom Institute.)

Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol has many of the same properties as linelol. It fights infection and boosts the immune system. However, unlike linelol, thymol is more irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, therefore, it is not safe to use for children.

Thymol helps with pain and is antifungal and antiviral. It is also an effective antioxidant. One interesting and helpful property of thymol is due to the very thing that makes it unsuitable for more sensitive bodies: it’s irritative nature can improve circulation wherever applied, making it good for pain and swelling.

Thymol is great for the sinuses. I use it in my Snore No More blend, which is extremely effective to open respiratory passages and banish snoring!

On a more emotional note, thymol is great to support strength, courage, and motivation, and can help booster confidence.

Thymol should not be used on children, on the mucous membranes, or for people with kidney disease. It is important to make sure you use the right kind of thyme for your particular application. They can all be similar, but they have many differences too.

So the question is not do you have the thyme? But rather, do you have the right kind of thyme? 😉

Have you ever used thyme? What have you discovered that you never knew before? Have a great weekend!