Autism, Birthdays, Mistakes and Inhalers

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My son is autistic. It has been one heck of a ride! Mostly the ride has been within myself, learning to accept, be flexible and be open to a new normal. It has taken almost fourteen years and I have by no means arrived.

 Having a birthday party for him was something I swore off a few years ago…and Oh Buddy, how I did swear!! One does not always know what is going on in that beautiful mind and if you go left when he wants to go right, watch out!  I couldn’t take any more tantrums in front of friends, leaving his friends sitting at the table because they ate their cake before he had the first bite or rude comments about the presents he didn’t like and the list is endless.  It is just too stressful….for me. Does that sound selfish? Maybe it is but I think I have a better grasp on my humanity and what I am able handle peacefully.

He started planning his party 2 months ago. I see him maturing in many ways. He has no problem communicating his need for more freedom and less parental control. I didn’t handle that very well when our oldest son communicated the same things to us at the same age, but I see my error in that now. I want to help raise confident, think for your self, respectful and God fearing men-so I can appreciate his hormones and intrinsic make up better than I used to appreciate his brothers’!

No person on earth has more tested, tried, exasperated or challenged this writer, than this particular son. He makes me want to hit the escape button on my emotional hand held and I sometimes  ponder if space from each other would’n’t be a good idea. I don’t know the answer to that but I do know, he is exposing many things within myself.

As I grow deeper in union with Christ, I have found this to be true. That the people and the situations in our lives that are cataclysmic to us in someway, are the very doors of hope that God has purposed. That can look a lot of ways, can’t it? It can look like the accident,the unplanned pregnancy, the lost dreams, the divorce, the illicit relationship, the addiction or the communication break down, just to name a few. God is standing there, purposing good through it, what ever it is. His hope and future for our good, in the pressure, in the refining and in the heat.  When you are aware of it, your eyes are opened! He wants to do something in us and through us. Ultimately, He wants us to so know how loved, accepted, forgiven and pleasing we are to Him- so that knowledge is given freely to others no matter how they behave, acknowledge or appreciate us.

I am getting ready for a big Aromatherapy event this weekend and in my busyness,  I made a mistake while blending some inhalers. I see that I am maturing a bit too. I just looked at the cartridges and asked, what shall I do with you now? Ginger, Lavender, Frankincense and Bergamot…. the blend lent itself to calming anxiety and reducing stress…perfect! I will give one to each of the special boys who are coming to the birthday party tonight and give one to my son and myself! A mistake turned into a blessing! That is what they are all intended to be. Not just for ourselves, but for everyone who surrounds us as well.

Thank you for reading, I really do appreciate it. I am right here walking this path of wholeness with you and I would love to hear from you today.

Message In A Bottle

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The infamous, Message In a Bottle, has been used through the centuries to write SOS alarms, send love messages and let oceanographers create pictures of the patterns of water circulation in the seas! The most recent bottle being recovered in the North Sea  after 98 years and it’s message read;

“Please state where and when this card was found, and then put it in the nearest Post Office, you will be informed in reply where and when it was set adrift. Our object is to find out the direction of the deep currents of the North Sea.”

Not very helpful…or romantic!!!

Well, you can create your own message in a bottle that will have instantaneous results!! What am I talking about, you ask?! When a few drops of essential oils are added to this cork diffuser bottle, the chemical components of the essential oil(s) send messages through your olfactory system to the cranial nerves and then relay that data to the brain! Voila! Message sent, and desired affect underway!

Inhalation is the fastest and safest method of using your essential oils and receiving the therapeutic effect. We have these adorable bottle necklaces ready and available for only $4.99 to start your next health adventure!

I like to put Marjoram or Bergamot in mine, to help keep calm and carry on;-)But there are many other options to choose from for your favorite “energizing” or “de-stressing” blend, and we can help you with that too! Shoot us an email to get your Message in A Bottle and keep your well being on course- we want to hear from you today!

 

Testimonials: Jane’s Story

Hello everyone!

In the past week we’ve been sharing some client testimonies. We want to continue that today with the story of one of our Farmer’s Market clients: “Jane”.

bottleJane comes to the Farmer’s Market every week and orders a little bottle necklace of a bergamot and clary sage blend. She finds it extremely useful for anxiety.

One day at home Jane used an older bottle of lemongrass essential oil, one she had gotten long ago from another seller. The oil seriously irritated her skin and caused a bad reaction! Due to the good professional relationship we’d gotten to form with Jane, she felt comfortable coming to us and looking into what may have caused the problem.

I was able to tell Jane a little about essential oil safety—Lemongrass, as we’ve written before, can be very irritating to the skin. It can also go bad over time, something that many essential oil companies don’t tell you! Because she’d had such a bad reaction, I advised Jane to avoid lemongrass for a while, to let the body recover and build up strength again. Your immune system can have an allergic-type reaction to essential oils if the quality is not good or if they are used improperly.

Jane is a loyal customer, one we’re happy to get to know. She loves coming to us with her essential oil questions. She says she trusts our knowledge and has learned a lot about the power of essential oils, power which can be harmful and helpful!

Are you interested in learning more about Honest Aromas and aromatherapy? Contact us! We’d love to get to help you today!

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!

Beautiful Bergamot

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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 and then expose your skin to the sun – wait for at least 12 hours. And of course, never apply bergamot undiluted to your skin. The oil is very strong, and while this is a good thing when used properly (as it does a ton of good for your health!), it can cause damage if used incorrectly.

Of course, you may have recognized bergamot from yesterday’s post – we use it to scent our housemade laundry detergent, one of the products we’re selling at the this weekend’s Herbfest!

Have you ever used bergamot before?
What products from yesterday piqued your interest?