Migraines and Ravintsara

Hello all!

One of our newest products is an inhaler designed to treat migraines and headaches. It’s great for on the go!

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This product is incredibly effective; multiple clients have tried and loved it! One ingredient the inhaler owes its success to is Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora Ct. 1,8 Cineole) essential oil.

According to Pompeii Organics, ravintsara supports the immune system and is effective in treating the symptoms of colds and flu. It’s a great expectorant and respiratory aid. Ravintsara is similar to eucalyptus, but is gentler. It fights bacteria and muscle spasms.

With all of these properties, it’s easy to see why ravintsara is great for treating a variety of headaches! We blend it with other effective oils in our inhaler. Interested in trying one? Send us an email!

Don’t forget: we will be at the Franklin Apple Fest next weekend (October 2-4), and at the Zelienople Area Country Fall Festival the weekend after that (October 10-11)!

It’s like Christmas!!

20150918_135445 (1)This week was a flurry at the Honest Aromas Kitchen!! We received a package of our favorite blending oils and we were busy little elves at work- recreating, creating and brainstorming for some up coming festivals.20150921_095221We pulled out some of our diffusing necklaces made by Oil City’s own potter, Kim Carvin, who has a thriving  business called Kim’s Creative Clay. These necklaces are gorgeous, compliment any outfit and have a absorbable, unfired clay back to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to.20150921_094938This new creation was inspired for my autistic son and we are really happy to share it with others! Before school or during other stressful times of the day, we simply rub his legs down with this wonderful smelling lotion to induce calmness and grounding.20150919_114800Hannah here making another batch of our new, natural soap. This batch is Coriander Bergamot!

The next few weeks are going to be super busy and exciting for Honest Aromas.! We will be at Applefest in Franklin, Pa – October 2-3 On the front porch of Binda’s Lane.

And the Harmony Festival near Zelienople, PA – October 10-11

Come out and see us at either of these fun festivals, or visit us at Binda’s Lane on Elk St. in Franklin! The weather outside isn’t frightful and the only trees that are decorated are the hemlocks with some autumn leaves on them, but as  far as crafters and vendors are concerned….it’s Christmas time in the city!

Shoot us an email and please leave a comment, we want to hear from you today!

How do Probiotics Work?

This week we’ve been talking about the importance of gut health. One way to ensure the best gut health is to eat probiotic foods such as yogurt. But how exactly do probiotic foods work? We’ll take a deeper look at that today.

First of all, let me clarify what I mean by probiotic. I mean naturally fermented foods, which have “good” lactic acid bacteria. These bacteria are what cause milk to ferment (and turn into yogurt) or vegetables to pickle.

In your digestive system, these bacteria cause indigestible carbohydrates to ferment so your body can better process them and they keep the digestive tract acidic so that harmful bacteria cannot grow (Paleoleap.com).

Pretty cool, huh? And although naturally fermented foods are sort of a hot concept on the holistic health scene right now, the consumption of them goes way back, as Dr. Mercola’s article on fermented foods tells us:

During the Roman era, people consumed sauerkraut because of its taste and health benefits.

In ancient India, it was common to enjoy lassi, a pre-dinner yogurt drink. This traditional practice is anchored on the principle of using sour milk as a probiotic delivery system to the body.

Bulgarians are known for their high consumption of fermented milk and kefir, and for their high level of health.

Ukrainians consumed probiotics from a fermented food list that included raw yogurt, sauerkraut, and buttermilk.

Various Asian cultures ate pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots, and consume these fermented treats until today.

Mercola also points out the nutritional benefits of probiotic foods beyond good bacteria, which include B vitamins and vitamin K2, which helps prevent heart disease.

There is tons of information out there on fermented/probiotic foods. I encourage you to do your research! Dr. Mercola and Paleoleap.com have some great resources.

Have you ever tried fermented foods? Did you notice any significant benefits? Would you try them? Let us know what you think!

Yogurt and Gut Health

How is everyone’s week going?

Today we’ll continue to discuss the topic of gut health. Yesterday’s post talked about utilizing probiotics to nourish the immune system and ensure the best health. One of these probiotics is yogurt.

I started making my own yogurt several years ago, and I absolutely love it! It has a thick consistency, tangy taste, and myriad culinary possibilities (the picture above shows my yogurt with pomegranate seeds)! Yogurt is full of good bacteria that nourish your body and strengthen your gut.

Now, understand that I am not talking about most yogurts you’ll find in stores. Go-gurt tubes and flavored yogurt cups are not healthy or beneficial at all. If they haven’t been processed so much that the good bacteria is gone, they’ve been filled with so much sugar and dye that any benefit you would have is cancelled out. Sorry folks!

Greek-style yogurt is true yogurt; it retains all the good stuff without any drawbacks. This is the kind of yogurt I make, and it’s what is mainstream in most other countries. Hannah once had yogurt on a German plane to Italy and was refreshed with how real it was! Just active cultures and no added sweeteners – the way it should be!

It’s sad that we in America fill up on “healthy” food that’s so processed it loses any health it originally had. The rule of thumb for food – especially probiotics – is the closer to nature, the better.

Have you ever tried homemade yogurt? What did or didn’t you like about it? Would you try ours?

Trust Your Gut

Hello everyone!

This week we’ll be doing a series on gut health. What does “gut health” mean, you ask? Simply put, your “gut” is your digestive system – where you put the food that fuels your body. We believe that everything you ingest has an enormous impact on your health, and that the health of your insides translates to your health outside, for better or worse.

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I just finished reading this book, Brain Makers, by Dr. David Perlmutter.  This book is so straightforward about how gut health affects emotional health. It is written with a lot of research but is very easy to read.

The book encourages readers to include probiotics like plain active yogurt (another product I make!), kombucha and naturally home-fermented foods in the diet to encourage optimal gut health. These foods help strengthen good bacteria in the digestive tract so that they can fight the harmful stuff! We will be talking more about this as the week goes on.

Have you ever read this book? Have you ever tried probiotics? Tell us about it!

Ah, Blarney!!

Inevitably  while I am working at the Farmer’s Market or out selling Honest Aroma’s products in a different venue, I will get a customer that says “Ah, Blarney!” If you are not Irish (which I am sorry if you are not;-) It means deceptive or misleading talk….in other words- I am wheedling in order to sell my product.

I understand that the passers by do not know me from Adam, because if they did, they would know that Julia cannot get excited or passionate about something she doesn’t believe in! So, since they do not know that about me, I do not take offense, I simply start asking them some questions. I ask them if they ever use products like Bengay or used Vicks Vapo-Rub. I have not met any one who hasn’t. I explain to them that the above products are made with the same oils that I am selling, except that they are often times synthetic and have other ingredients in them that are not natural or healthy.

It is funny how we will run to the store and grab multi-million dollar advertised product and not give it a second thought, but shy away from plants, herbs, oils and organics, and look at the seller as some kind of Leprechaun!!

I turned one of my biggest skeptics this week! He made his usual remark calling my products snake oil  and discussed medications. I asked him what medications were originally made from…..plants and oils that have been in use for thousands of years-not just a few hundred. Before he left he bought some of my Arthritis blend and in trua, I made him a small bag of a customized bath salt to soak his aching joint.

Eucalyptus and other camphorous aromas not only help to open up our airways, but to bring relief to joint pain. While we were at the market, another Vendor was experiencing a migraine. I made her an inhaler using some of these oils along with peppermint. She came over within 5 minutes of using it and said she could not believe how it worked! I started creating more of them yesterday to put in The Binda’s Lane Shop and sold out of them before they even made it to the shelf!

Blarney? I think not! Top’ O The Weekend To Ya and eat your greens, not your Magically Delicious (talk about advertising!!) lucky charms!!

What areas about alternative health have you been skeptical? What natural product have you tried that really works? We want to hear from you today!

Patchouli

One of the oils we most often get asked about is patchouli (Pogostemom caplin). This oil is very popular on the essential oil scene – so many people love its earthy and calming scent. I’m not sure why we haven’t blogged about it before! So here goes: all our information today comes from Aromatics International.

Patchouli is great for soothing depression and anxiety. The oil is moisturizing and great for use in deodorant and perfume.

Due to its cooling and moisturizing properties, patchouli is ideal for skin issues. It fights bacteria and fungus and helps regenerate cells.

Are you interested in trying this fabulous oil? Send us a message! We usually carry patchouli and can special order it for you if need be – it goes like hotcakes!

Have you ever tried patchouli? What do you think? We want to hear from you!