Spike Lavender

Earlier in the week we talked about the ever-popular Lavender essential oil (Lavendula angustifolia). We also mentioned another type of lavender, one many people confuse for the other. Lavendula latifolia, also known as Spike Lavender, contains much different properties than its more popular counterpart.

Spike Lavender

According to Pompeii Organics, spike lavender, unlike its calming cousin, is a stimulating oil. It awakens and alerts the mind, unlike angustifolia, which is a sedative.

Spike lavender contains camphor, which makes it perfect for respiratory ailments that accompany colds and the flu. Use it for sinus pain and congestion.

A word of caution, however: spike lavender is not safe for pregnant women to use, due to the presence of camphor. This is why it’s extremely important to know your oils, the proper type, dosage, and properties, so that you do not seriously injure yourself!

Have questions or concerns about essential oils? Stop by the Oil City Farmer’s Market in front of the Library from 9am,-4pm, or feel free to contact us in the way that best suits you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Traumatic Stress

Lavandula-angustifolia-or-common-lavender We can all have stress. Just living in this modern world can produce a stress like humans have not experienced thus far. Cell Phones, Computers,  TV’s and News, jobs, terror…….all in our face 24/7.

But there are some situations in your life that can produce such a level of stress that you can not easily “file” and sort out in your brain. You may try, but find you have reoccurring dreams, flash backs or un explained panic. It is possible you are experiencing a form of Post Traumatic Stress.

I know I have tended to think of that only in terms of the military. But there have been 2 times in my life that I have been diagnosed with it and I have had a “seemingly” normal- non military life!

You may have witnessed/ or have been involved in a bad accident. You may have been a care giver for a sick child or elderly person for an extended period of time. You may have gone through a significant relationship issue- separation, divorce, addiction, etc. Or maybe have been the victim of some kind of abuse.

nourishingroots.com  describes Post Traumatic  symptoms like this;

PTSD Symptoms

There are three main classes of PTSD symptoms (source):

  1. Re-experiencing: intrusive memories, sleep disturbance, dissociation, intense anger or anxiety at memory
  2. Avoidance: avoidance, detachment, estrangement, numbing, “shutting down”
  3. Hyperarousal: nightmares, irritability, sleep disturbance, anger, aggression, impulsivity, panic attacks, exaggerated startle response

If you experience these symptoms you should take some care and time to think about where they may have originated. Definitely pray! “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 And seek out the help of a Licensed Therapist. Not all counselors are created equal! So get some feedback from others who have been there, and have received help and are able to move on with their lives.

I am currently using a blend to help with traumatic stress in my life. Lemon (uplifting) with Lavender (calming). I blend it into an inhaler and use as needed. You can apply this combination into a diffuser. You can also blend 3 drops of each into a carrier oil and apply…but do not do it on skin exposed to sun as lemon is photo toxic.

Let me know your thoughts on stress! Remember I do consultations and would be happy to make YOU a personal blend! Click on “Consultation” on our On-Line Store! We want to hear from you today:-)



Lovely Lavender

Remember that we’re at the Oil City Farmer’s Market from 9-4 today, weather permitting! Stop by and see us!


Today we want to feature an oil we’ve talked about before here at Honest Aromas, which is easily one of the most popular essential oils: Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)!


According to Pompeii Organics, lavender is very calming, which is why it’s so popular. What most people don’t know is that lavender is also great for the skin, regenerating the cells and fighting bacteria and infections.

Contributing to its calming properties, lavender is good for pain and swelling. It also cools the skin and soothes inflammation. It also boosts the mood, keeping depression at bay.

It’s important, as with any essential oil, to exercise proper caution with lavender. Lavender angustifolia is different from another variety, Lavender latifolia, or Spike Lavender. The two of them, although similar, have some very different properties. Make sure you know what you’re using!

If you have any questions, stop by our booth at the farmer’s market! As always, contact us with any questions or requests. We want to hear from you!

Farmer’s Markets and Small Shoppes;-)

Don’t forget to visit us at the Oil City Farmer’s Market. Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9-4pm in front of the Library.

Or at any of our 3 locations in Franklin at Bindas Lane Alpacas,  Meadville, at @The Bank,  or Beaver at Restyle to pick up your favorite Honest Aromas products! We also have our on line store! Buy some Everything Summer Bug, Mosquito, or Tick or Anti-Itch Spray TODAY!!

We want to hear from you! Enjoy Your Weekend<3


One of the best things about living in Pennsylvania is the beautiful rhododendron bushes that bloom in the spring and early summer. The cheerful pink or purple flowers are a pick-me-up any day.

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Look How Far You’ve Come!

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This pic was sent to me from a friend visiting the Eiffel Tower last week. There are between 1600 and 1700 steps to climb!! They have kindly marked every 10 steps so you can see how far you have come and estimate how many steps left to go!

I told him I wished God had done that in  life during the difficult times! So being a therapist, he encouraged me to look back over a particular difficult situation and give names to the various stages I have come through and see how far I have come.

I pass that wisdom to you! Have you recently regained some health? Have you repaired a relationship? Have you changed an attitude? How far have you come? If you have not started, start today! It is NEVER too late to turn and change!

To help support your attitude as you are on your way, mix 3 drops of Bergamot with 3 drops of Clary Sage in 1 ounce of coconut oil. Massage in to wrists and inhale deeply!

How far have you come? Give us your story, we want to hear from you today!!

Terrific Tulsi

Don’t forget to come see us at the Oil City Farmer’s Market in front of the Library today! We’ll be there from 9am-4pm, so come down and see our aromatherapy goodies for yourself!

If you’ve been around a health food store lately, you’ve likely heard about Tulsi, an Indian herb that’s seeing a surge of popularity in the west, most commonly in tea blends. However, Tulsi essential oil (Ocimum sanctum ct. eugenol, also known as Holy Basil) is also an excellent nutritional supplement.


According to Pompeii Organics, Tulsi, like other members of the basil family, is great for digestion. It strengthens the immune system and promotes an efficient digestive tract.

Tulsi has a warming  effect on the body, which makes it great for pain and inflammation. It soothes swelling and stiffness in the joints and numbs pain.

For more outward applications, Tulsi is helpful for the skin, because it fights viruses, fungi, and infections.


Are you interested in trying this terrific oil? We can give you an exclusive deal as an Honest Aromas customer. Come see us today at the Farmers Market from 9-4, or contact us any time for more questions. We want to hear from you!

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Petitgrain is a top choice for calming, sleep aid, antispasmodic (muscle relaxing), and anti-depressive blends due to its high Ester content (generally about 50%)
I have listed some of the information below from the Pompeii site.

Certified Organic, Paraguay


Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, CNS Sedative, Cooling, Deodorizing, Immunostimulant.


Linalyl Acetate (48.43%), Linalol (22.69%), a-terpineol (6.06%)

Distillation Date:

July 2014

Shelf Life:

5 Years (approx.)

Petitgrain is a top choice for calming, sleep aid, antispasmodic (muscle relaxing), and anti-depressive blends due to its high Ester content (generally about 50%).


Latin Name: Citrus aurantium var. amara
Plant Origin: Paraguay
Botanical family: Rutaceae
Plant Part: Leaves
Processed: Steam distilled, Organic
Chemical family: Esters, Monoterpenols
Aroma: Citrusy, but not sweet
Note: middle

Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, CNS Sedative, Cooling, Deodorizing, Immunostimulant.

Calming and Mood Uplifting Inhaler

  • 5 drops Petitgrain
  • 5 drops Sweet Orange
  • 5 drops Lavender (angustifolia)

Here are instructions on how to make an aromatherapy inhaler

Muscle Relaxing Lotion

This is my favorite blend for tight leg muscles at night. Massage into legs before bedtime.

In 2 ounces of unscented lotion or body butter, mix in the following essential oils:

  • 10 drops Petitgrain
  • 10 drops Black Pepper
  • 10 drops Bergamot


For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We are not doctors or medical professionals. We are passionate about aromatherapy and all things healthy and natural. We also believe strongly in the safe use of essential oils. To learn more about blending safely, we have a learning section devoted just to this issue: http://www.pompeiiorganics.com/blend-safe/

It is new in my repertoire, but I love it already and wanted to share the discovery with you! Let us know what you think about Petitgrain! Check out Pompeii Organics and The Herbal Guy! We want to hear from you today!

Summery Lime

Hello everyone!

Don’t forget that we’ll be at the Oil City Farmer’s Market from 9am-4pm today!

Today we want to feature an oil that’s unique, sweet and surprisingly helpful: lime (Citrus aurantifolia)!


According to Pompeii Organicsour favorite essential oil company–Lime is excellent for the skin because it’s a natural astringent. It helps balance oily skin without being as harsh as some of its other citrus cousins like lemon and orange. Unlike other citrus oils, lime is not phototoxic, which means it won’t irritate skin when exposed to sunlight.

Besides the skin benefits, lime is also a great anti-depressant, a hallmark of the citrus family. It lifts the mood and deodorizes the air, and some sources have found that lime helps fight infections and viruses.

Lime has a more delicate, sweet aroma compared to that of the other citrus oils. It’s light and summery, perfect for your warm-weather oil blends. Because it’s on the gentler side, it’s more versatile than other citruses. We’ve mixed it into epsom salts for a nice bath and put some in a diffuser to freshen up a room. The possibilities are endless.

Are you interested in using lime? Send us an email or give us a call! We carry a select amount of Pompeii’s lime oil for our customers, and we’d love to share this wonderful oil with you! Be sure to visit us at the Farmer’s Market from 9-4 to get it today!