“The Immortal Health Elixir”

Now, doesn’t that sound like one of those fad remedies from the 19th century? Do you picture a round man in a bowler hat trying to sell you a glass bottle of alcohol-laced elixir?

Fortunately, today’s featured “health elixir” is nothing like the quack remedies of the Victorian era. It’s Kombucha, a natural fermented drink that has been used for thousands of years to boost the immune system and prevent sickness.

Kombucha is a fizzy drink that tastes slightly alcoholic due to its fermented nature, but is much safer to drink, even for kids! It is easily flavored with fruit or juices, making it versatile for a variety of tastes.

According to Food Renegade’s post on Kombucha, the Chinese called it “the immortal health elixir” because that’s pretty much what it is. Kombucha is a probiotic, which detoxes your body and encourages digestive health. It has been shown to fight cancer and protect joints from arthritis.

Unfortunately, if you go into any average health food store to buy Kombucha, you could be paying $4 or more for a bottle! The great news is that you can make it yourself for much cheaper! I just made my first batch and so far so good! I love it!

So what do you think? Would you or have you tried Kombucha? Let us know in the comments below!

Make and Take!

I had the opportunity to this week to educate some staff at a crisis hotline facility about the benefits of Aromatherapy!  The person who scheduled it, did a consultation with me and has been so encouraged with the benefits he received from the protocol I gave, he asked if I could be put on their schedule as part of their continuing education! It was my privilege to be there and share information and get stretched during a question and answer period. We also had a time of making products together that the clients and the staff could take with them!

I love being able to share information with others and in the process, learn so much myself. I love hearing stories of what moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas used to do in their homes- using home made remedies or house hold cleaners! We can all learn so much from each other. By the end of the time, we were all inspired to quit spending so much money at the store and make our own skin care and house hold cleaning products!!

I would LOVE to come to your place of employment and share on the benefits of Aromatherapy! It is information that can help create a less stressful, more productive work environment, and home!

Call today to schedule your Make and Take at your work facility- Or to schedule a personalized consultation with Julia! 814-673-2797

For the Ladies

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well and you are enjoying the last few days of summertime!

Today I want to get a little up close and personal – well, more than a little. Today’s post will be focused more on you ladies, although you gentlemen are more than welcome to stick around. 🙂

In the past few weeks I have been formulated an all-natural douche for ladies who deal with irritation. Most of the similar preparations you find in the store are loaded with chemicals and perfumes! And for an… ahem, already sensitive area that relies on a highly delicate balance of good bacteria to stay healthy, these products can do more harm than good!

In addition to hygiene items being filled with irritating ingredients, many barrier-type contraceptives are too. A close friend of mine used a spermicide gel that gave her a severe reaction after only one week of use! During that week she noticed a bad smell and some lightheadedness from time to time, but she thought nothing of it. Then finally her body couldn’t take it anymore, and it reacted.

For an entire week she suffered from nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fever, and chills. After several months her body is still purging! Take note that this is a fairly common product she used – I assume that many women deal with the same issues!

How sad it is that all these yucky chemicals are considered normal and even helpful to put not just on our skin but literally in us! How odd that we wouldn’t think of ingesting a vaginal douche, deodorant, or contraceptive gel, but we are for some reason okay with putting them in one of the most sensitive areas of our bodies!

But the good news is you don’t need to do all that! So many wholesome and helpful remedies exist in nature that are just as effective – if not more – and without the synthetic drawbacks!

My douche formula includes manuka, German chamomile, and lavender (angustifolia) essential oils, which are all very gentle and skin-nourishing, perfect for a pleasant and gentle clean. I use it myself and it has been so helpful. Within 24 hours of use it completely improved the irritation I had!

If you are interested in this product or a custom one tailored to your particular needs, please let me know! I so want to help everyone – especially my fellow ladies 🙂 – achieve pure and true health that isn’t reliant on or adulterated by synthetic chemicals.

Have you ever had a severe reaction like the one my friend had? What did you learn from it? We want to hear from you!

Tarragon!

One of the more potent essential oils is Tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus). Due to its chemical structure, it is so strong that only one drop in two ounces of carrier is more than enough!

According to the Aromatic Wisdom Institute, tarragon is great for acute issues like coughs and muscle spasms. It also has sedative properties, making it helpful in cold and flu blends. It’s antispasmodic effects make it great for irritable bowel syndrome, as it calms spasms in the gut.

Because it is so strong, tarragon is not suitable for long-term use. If you do use it, make sure the oil is diluted and that you only use it for a few days in a row.

As always, if you have any questions, let us know! We want to hear from you!

Neuropathy

Hello everyone!

Recently I’ve been working with a client who experiences severe nerve pain. I just wanted to share some tips for those of you who deal with the same thing. Neuropathy can be an overwhelming issue. Debilitating pain and numbness can keep you from living your day to day life, while conventional treatments often have no effect.

There is not a “silver bullet” for neuropathy, but from a holistic standpoint, several lifestyle changes are extremely helpful. It all starts in your diet. Following a paleo, gluten-free, fat-rich diet reverses the damage to your nerves and helps the nerve cells rebuild. This has worked for my current client and for a dear friend of mine, who, as a young mother with three children and debilitating pain and numbness, was able to completely heal! The amino acid L-Glutamine, a wonderful supplement, is super helpful to rebuild your system as well.

As a supplement to the nutritional changes, St. John’s Wort oil is extremely helpful for nerve pain. It does not reverse the condition, but it deals with the pain while your body is being replenished. Together, these changes will help heal your body from all the damage!

The Herbal Guy has a brand new St. John’s Wort Oil for sale, which I highly recommend. Check out our original post on St. John’s Wort in general – the herb itself has many wonderful properties besides helping with neuropathy. And as always, if you have any questions, leave a comment or shoot us an email!

We will not be at the Oil City Farmer’s Market today. Catch us on Thursday!

It’s a beautiful day!

10297565_329214517285376_8741889839168156980_nHappy Saturday! I get to spend this gorgeous day working my last 12 hour shift at a bakery/deli that I have been employed at. It has been a great experience on a lot of levels. Aside from all of the skills I learned while working, the job has enabled me to get my Aromatherapy education and to launch my business.

It has also forged some new relationships which will carry on into the future. I have loved all of the customers- they really have been the best. My fellow employees, I consider friends.

The spark that started Honest Aromas, has turned into a bit of a fire and I chose to close this chapter of my life, and pursue my business full time. So, I am turning yet another corner! It is a little scary….my daughter has gone back to school so making all of the products and being present at the farmer’s markets will be entirely on my shoulders. But I love what I do, and I am going for it!

Thank you everyone for your support! I would love it if you would come out and see me today at the Farmer’s Daughters Market in Seneca for my last day send off and visit me at the farmer’s market on Thursday this week! I will be doing some classes next week, if any one is interested in one, please contact me. There is also a rumor that Honest Aromas may have a presence in Meadville, PA;-)

Have you ever started your own business? I want to hear from you today!

Come To The Shop!

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Come over to Binda’s Alpacas and Gift Shop to pick up some Snore No More (as shown here) or other Honest Aroma products! Grab some congestion rub and throat gargle while you are there to be prepared for fall allergy season. Skin Detox Tea is also available for healthy glowing skin and detoxing your system.  If you want to set up an appointment with Julia for an Aromatherapy consultation, call 814-673-2797.

Come and check out Honest Aromas and all the other wonderful items at the shop at 1261 Elk Street, Franklin!

Have you been to the store? We want to hear from you today!

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Trauma Oil

The name says it all! This powerful infused oil is the carrier to use for any trauma the body has sustained.

Infused oils are made by taking the fresh flowers of the plant and placing them inside a carrier, such as olive oil, for three months. It is like making a strong tea with oil! The benefits are amazing.

Trauma Oil is made with;

Arnica- Helpful with sprains, bruising, swelling and pain.

Calendula- is excellent for dry and damaged skin and skin disorders.

St. John’s Wort- Is useful for varicose veins, sunburn, bee stings and in treating nerve pain.

I am currently working with a client that has neuropathy and she has seen a difference using this oil over other lotion or oil options in helping with the nerve pain.

Have you used trauma oil before? Contact “The Herbal Guy”.com and order some today! Share your story with us!

You are my sunshine!

You make me happy when skies are grey, you’ll never know dear how much I love you, please don’t take my sunshine away! I recently sang this with my daughter and a good friend in 3 part harmony…one of my favorite things to do that bring me joy:-)img_20160721_080728

Have you ever struggled with depression? I have. I know a lot of people who do as well. Right now we are all dealing with summer winding down and looking toward the start of a new school season.

For us who live in Northern states, and who deal with depression, we can already start thinking about the long winter that is ahead…..noooooooooooooo!!!

My daughter and I were discussing this in light of relationships this weekend. We have people in our lives who are quite auroral– they are like the dawn, a bright spot in our lives, we look forward to them.

We have others who are constantly prickly. They sharpen us and make us have to rely on patience and grace to respond to them in a right and healthy way.

We have others who are a constant source of grey-skyedness!! ( I like to make up words;-) These people are like Eeyore from Whinnie- the P00h! We tend to want to avoid them because they can drag us down, and the truth is, we need to be wise about how to interact with them, for their sake and ours.

Honestly, lately, I have been grey. Sometimes I feel like the things I am dealing with in my life are never going to change. ..hopelessness is the worst of all feelings.  I do not always get to spend time with the shiny people in my life and some times that is just a reality.

As my daughter and i were talking, we discussed how you can not make attaining happy feelings all the time your goal- giving it God status in your life. But being aware of how you are feeling and what small changes you can make to incorporate “sunshine” in your life, is just wise.

I can easily loose perspective and give up. I can also turn around and be super excited and exuberant when some thing goes right for me or some one else!! I always want to be that person, really! I always want to be sunshine in other people’s lives.

As part of the Holistic theme of our business, I just wanted to validate the mental health part of our complex person. I want to  tell you I am there too and want to be a support and your biggest cheerleader!

This weekend I decided to turn to some helpful and healthy teas when I want to relax. Lemon Balm was my tea of choice for the evening. It is uplifting and calming at the same time.  Skin Detox tea with it’s bright red Hibiscus, is my choice for mid mornings. Instead of having that 5th cup of coffee (or Monster…)that can make me edgy, I am putting some beautiful high anti-oxidant mixes in my cup.  Kombucha is also a great choice. It is intestinal flora friendly, calming and energy promoting at the same time.

So, lets LIVE today with our fond memories and our hopes for tomorrow!

God Bless you! We want to hear from you today!