St. John’s Wort

Today we’re looking back to June, when we shared one of our favorite herbal oils! Take a look.

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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…

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Come See Us!

Have you ever wanted to learn more about aromatherapy?

Are travel, time, and money getting in your way?

Come to the Franklin Library this Saturday! I am offering a two-hour Introduction to Aromatherapy class for only $25! You will get an aromatherapy crash course, complete with hands-on experience and a product to take home. This is a great way to get your feet wet and gather some basic knowledge about essential oils and holistic health!

Call 814-673-2797 for more information and to reserve your spot! I really want to work with as many people as I can on this!

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Hope to see you there!

Updates Ahead!

This week we’ll be working on updating this website even more! We want to have a spot here so you can view all of our products and stay up to date on all we offer at Honest Aromas! We’ll also be giving our online store a little face lift.

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So check back! We’ll be updating our progress throughout the week. Have a great day!

Spikenard! A research paper by Julia Allman

In light of today being Good Friday, we thought we’d share a post from June in which I included my aromatherapy paper on Spikenard. In the gospels, when the woman anoints Jesus’ feet with Spikenard in an expression of love, Jesus says that “she has anointed my body beforehand for burial” (Mark 14:8 ESV). Today we remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and learning about this ancient oil seemed appropriate for the day 🙂 Have a great weekend friends!

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This originally appeared as my research paper while I was going to school for my certification. Spikenard has always piqued my interest, and it was enlightening to learn more about it. Hope you enjoy!

“And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of Spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were  indignant among themselves, and said, “why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it  might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good, but Me do not have always. She…

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Girls’ Day!

Hello! We hope you’re enjoying your week. Spring has sprung!

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We are having a mommy-daughters girls’ day! We’ll be strolling around the Grove City Outlets in the warm spring air.

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We hope you take joy in the new season and in the people in your life! Have a great rest of your week!

Eucalyptus

Hello folks! We hope you are having a great week before the Easter holiday.

Today we want to share an essential oil we’re not quite sure why we haven’t featured before: Eucalyptus!

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According to our favorite Pompeii Organics, Eucalyptus (globulus) is a powerhouse for sickness. Most people think of eucalyptus as good for a cough and cold, and this is correct; eucalyptus literally breaks down congestion and opens air passages!

Interestingly, however, there are several different kinds of eucalyptus. The globulus variety is excellent to fight the germs, viruses, and inflammation of colds and flus, while a variety like citriadora is better to fight fungus and repel insects. This is why it’s important to know what you’re buying and using!

Eucalyptus is a great oil to diffuse around the house. Use it to stave off illness and cool your airways! It can also be added to lotions, carrier oils, and soaps. Be sure to dilute it properly, however, for the best affect. Eucalyptus is strong and can be irritating if not used correctly. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Are you interested in trying this amazing oil? Take a look at Pompeii Organics, or call/email us to order for our special price. We’d love to share this great product with you!

Beautiful Bergamot

Today we look back to a post about one of our favorite oils: Bergamot! We love to diffuse this happy oil with Lavender or Peppermint for a calming, uplifting mood!

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Have you ever savored a cup of Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea? There is an orangey flavor that gives the teas their characteristic pungency. That flavor comes from bergamot (Citrus bergamia), a very sour member of the citrus family. Bergamot fruits aren’t fit to eat, but they can be used to produce an essential oil that has a variety of health benefits. (The following information comes from Liz Fulcher of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute.)

Bergamot is emotionally balancing. It relaxes and uplifts and can help with insomnia and anxiety. It can reduce soreness in the muscles and is antispasmodic. It can also help with sickness as it combats viruses and fungi and strengthens the immune system. It can also help with digestive issues.

A word of caution, however: bergamot is phototoxic, which means that when exposed to sunlight, it will burn the skin. Don’t use bergamot…

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Forgiveness

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As long as we live in this world with other humans, we are going to need to learn forgiveness. It is some thing that I have been taking a long time meditation on lately.

There are ways that I have been hurt or offended and have in turn, hurt and offended others..intentionally or not.It is so easy to say that we forgive some one, but then have a wall around ourselves so that we do not get hurt again.When we build that wall, we really have to ask ourselves if we have truly forgiven the other person.

It gets tricky, because we need to have healthy boundaries in relationships and we need people to be responsible for their own garbage. But I whole heartedly agree that freedom comes into our life when we walk in forgiveness.

As in The Lord’s Prayer;

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

and Jesus also says “forgive your brother and sister from your heart.”

He also says that if we do not forgive one another, our heavenly father will not forgive us.

That sounds harsh at first, but then if we realize that God sent His son to earth to take all of the sin and offenses of the world so that we could ultimately have forgiveness of our sins to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ..it is the ultimate gift. And God isn’t expecting us to do any thing that He wasn’t willing to do first. Forgiveness is extremely important to Him, and He wants it to be a priority to us.

There are many studies that show if we carry un- forgiveness it can cause physical problems in our body. Many people who are unforgiving have faces that show a continual disappointment and resentment. I never want to be that way inside and I never want it to manifest itself by reflection on my face!!

The cross of Jesus Christ was all about forgiveness.  He was perfect and took all of the tragedy, pain, and every kind of suffering of the world on Himself. He took it out of the way between us, tearing down the wall, making a way to fellowship with Him. We can do much less than that with each other and walk in forgiveness and love.

I wrote my term paper on Spikenard, which has so many properties that are used in healing and forgiveness. It is the oil that a woman poured out on Jesus Christ to show her admiration for him and he said she was preparing him for his burial. It is an amazing oil that can heal deep wounds, physically as well as used emotionally.

“I forgive you” can be the most powerful words you can ever say or do…especially if the other person really doesn’t deserve it. It is empowering! Let’s practice it together!

What are your thoughts on forgiveness? We want to hear from you today!!jesus-against-sunset

Favorite Natural Cosmetics

Hello everyone! Hannah here. A few months back I shared some of my favorite natural makeup products. Today I want to update that list!

In the time since my last post, I’ve discovered Burt’s Bees’ new BB Cream. I’ve been on the hunt for a natural lightweight foundation/BB cream for a while, and it’s difficult to find a good product because most of the ingredients that create the look and texture we’re used to are synthetic substances. As someone who sees health in a holistic light, I think that you can’t layer unnatural products onto your skin without it eventually having some effect! I don’t use a lot of liquid foundation on my skin, but I did want something that could even out my skin tone and cover up blemishes when I want something extra.

Enter Burt’s Bees!

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As the picture says, this product isn’t 100% natural. However, there are no parabens or silicones, two of the most common makeup ingredients. The texture is great, it applies smoothly, and it offers buildable coverage that enhances the face without acting like a mask. And it smells wonderful, too!

Have you tried this BB cream? Let us know what you think, and click the link below to see my other favorite pics for natural cosmetics. Have a great weekend!

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More Irish Wishes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Read more: http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/famous_prayers/may_the_road_rise_up_to_meet_you.html#ixzz4bbZfC5hl

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Wishing you a healthy and joyful weekend ❤ Take time to sing a happy song and dance a jig 🙂