Summertime!

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high

Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’

So hush little baby don’t you cry….

That is the song I was singing while I started the post! I take voice lessons and  I just finished working on this piece but it happened to coincide with our children having their last day of school yesterday.

Summertime actually can make me a bit anxious with the change in schedule. I will not have the quiet mornings I have had through the school year, many of those mornings in which I take the time to blog. But I did get to take a quick vacation at this very beach in Destin, Florida! It is to date one of the most beautiful and fun beaches I have ever been to. Our son is in the Navy and our daughter, Hannah and I met up with him and spent a few days of Liberty with him.

It was a relationally worthwhile trip and I am very thankful that my two oldest children would want to spend that time with me. We laid on the beach and we played in the waves- it was great! It is easy for me to push myself continually and not rest or make time for recreation- but it is so important for us to do that for ourselves. In this instance, an unforgettable memory was built, which is even more important.

I created an After Sun Spray and took it on the trip, and it was good that I did! It was a mixture of Aloe Vera Juice and Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia). It felt fantastic on hot skin and smelled amazing as well as being very calming! Try it and let us know what you think!

So, Happy Summer and take time to enjoy the season, re creating and singing!!

Moving Forward

Hello all! We hope your week is going well.

It can be hard to move forward sometimes; you get in a rut and find yourself stuck in the same feelings or situations that do nothing but bring you down. It’s hard to break out of that cycle, to accept God’s grace and move forward into a healthier, more joyful lifestyle!

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We’ve shared about Rose Absolute (Rose damascena) before, and we love how it doesn’t just benefit the body (especially the skin) but the mind. It lifts your mood and helps encourage a softer heart, both helpful things for times when you are trying to move forward!

Interested in trying this beautiful oil? Let us know! We’d love to talk to you today!

Peace…..

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Doesn’t peace sound good? Summer can be so hectic …I always think when summer starts, it is going to be a relief! Ha! That is is so far from the truth! In many ways the schedule is so much busier than the school year. There is a sense of grabbing every event or activity you can, knowing it will shortly come to an end.

But this life style or the stress of living daily life cannot persist with out getting worn out. Peace. Just the word is calming. In Hannah Whitall Smith’s book, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, she penned this phrase; “There is such a thing as having one’s soul kept in perfect peace, now and in this life; and childlike trust in God is the key to it’s attainment.”

Ok, I’ll take that! What does it look like? An illustration Smith used in the book was about a friend who was very much struck with taking her burdens to The Lord. She could not alter her circumstances but handed them over in to His management. She then left all of the responsibility and worry and anxiety with Him. As often as they returned, she took them back to Him. As a result the circumstances remained unchanged but her soul was kept in perfect peace in the midst of them. She decided to always hand them over to the “Divine Burden-bearer” as fast as they would arise.

I find encouragement in that today, and I hope you do as well. We have done a lot of blogs on Lavender, which is a great central nervous system calmer. We cannot sell you Peace out of a bottle, but we can help facilitate it with a little essential oil!! The giving of your burdens over, is up to you:-)

We want to hear from you today! Tell us about you peace in your life!

All About Spearmint

Hello all! Hope your week is going well!

Last week we shared our newest product: the Allegheny Woods collection. One of the ingredients in this special blend is Spearmint oil (Mentha spicata).

Spearmint is sweeter, cooler, and more mellow than its relative Peppermint (Mentha piperita). Our favorite brand comes from Pompeii Organics.

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Spearmint is an excellent calming oil. It soothes the body and even aids with depression. You can use spearmint for colds and flu, as it fights infection and clears airways. It is also an effective anti-fungal agent and can help with digestion.

Spearmint is a gentler mint, which makes it great for more soothing applications. It offers the freshness of mint without the bite! That’s why we chose it for our Allegheny Woods blend.

Are you interested in trying this wonderful oil out for yourself? Shoot us an email (honestaromatherapy@gmail.com)! We work with our favorite company Pompeii Organics to bring you the best prices for the best quality oils.

Have you ever used spearmint before? Let us know what you think!

 

Like Sweet Perfume

Here at Honest Aromas, we love playing around with essential oils to come up with new blends. The great thing about essential oils is that, although they primarily have therapeutic properties, they have nice smells too, and it can be a win-win to make something helpful that smells good. It’s like a double-duty perfume! 🙂

One of Hannah’s favorite oils to do this with is ylang ylang. Our favorite is this one, from Pompeii.

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Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) is an extremely sweet, floral oil. You’ve probably heard of it before – it’s quite popular in commercial lotions and bubble baths. But the scent of those chemical products has nothing on pure ylang ylang essential oil! It’s pungent and perfumy, and sort of makes you need to lie down a minute :).

So it suffices to say that you only need a tiny bit of ylang ylang to pack a punch. It’s very sedating and calming, and it helps soothe pain and anxiety. It’s also great for strengthening the immune system.

Hannah likes to mix a tiny bit of ylang ylang with some bergamot and peppermint oils. The mix of floral, orange, and mint scents is lovely and soothing, and the energizing mint and citrus helps take the edge off the sleepy ylang ylang :).

Are you interested in trying some ylang ylang? Let us know. We’d love to share it with you!

Have a great weekend, folks!