Slow and Steady Vetiver

Today we’re looking back at one of our favorite oils: Vetiver! Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we love how this oil promotes a thankful, peaceful mental state. It’s helpful for hectic days and scattered thoughts. Take a look!

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One of my favorite essential oils is Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides), a very grounding and calming oil.

According to Pompeii Organics, vetiver has a very earthy scent. It is incredibly thick, taking its time to come out of the bottle. That slowness is an amusing parallel to vetiver’s effects on the body: it is calming and sedating, and has a grounding/soothing effect on emotions.

Vetiver is also pain-relieving, antifungal, and antispasmodic. It stimulates the immune system and its decongestant, expectorant properties make it good for colds.

We are currently expecting our first shipment of vetiver, and we’re so excited! If you are interested in purchasing a sample of this oil, let us know – we can’t wait to share it with you!

Sleep Tight!

Hello all! We hope you are staying cool while summer makes its final, sweltering appearance!

Today we’re sharing an oil that’s an old favorite, although it’s recently become a new favorite. Enter Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)!

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We’ve covered Roman chamomile on the blog before, and we’ve always loved it’s soothing properties. But in the past year we’ve grown to love it even more! It’s amazing if you experience insomnia. Many of our customers get it in an inhaler so they can easily use it before bed time or any other time they need to calm down. While lavender (angustifolia) is often touted as the essential oil to use for sleep, Roman chamomile is as good, if not better, at calming the mind and sedating the body. It also does not have as strong a scent as lavender, which appeals to many people. I once almost fell asleep in a meeting just by using some chamomile lotion!

If you’re interested in trying some Roman chamomile, give us a call! While the price of a bottle of chamomile essential oil is a great value, there can be a little sticker shock. However, we can blend some in lotion, put it in a smaller bottle, or make up an inhaler if you don’t want to commit to a whole bottle. It doesn’t take much oil to make a difference, and we know you’ll love all the ways Roman chamomile can boost your health and well being!

What can we make for you today?

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:-)

 

 

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!

 

Why Essential Oils?

Have you ever wondered why essential oils can help with your health? How does something smelly (even if it’s a good smell) affect your physical and emotional well-being? Is it all superstitious mumbo-jumbo or is it grounded in reality?

I will take a look at that today.

Essential oils, like everything else, are made up of chemical components. These chemicals affect our body chemistry in certain ways. The chemical makeup also affects the smell of the oil, so while we assume that the smell itself makes us healthy, in reality the chemical makeup causes both the smell and the effect.

Let’s take lavender (angustifolia), for example. Lavender oil has nearly forty chemical components, most of them occurring in very small amounts. However, the chemical linalyl acetate makes up almost 40% of lavender oil. Linalyl acetate reduces stress, which explains why we use lavender for calming purposes. This chemical also helps create the characteristic lavender scent.

Hopefully this small example piques your interest. Contrary to what people may think, aromatherapy and the use of essential oils in completely grounded in scientific fact. Herbs have a natural chemical makeup that, when concentrated in an oil, affect the chemical makeup of the body in certain ways.

This is why they are far more effective than just a nice smell, and it is also why it is extremely important to make sure that the substance you are putting on your body is safe for you and your needs!

Has this post sparked any thoughts or questions on essential oils?

Let me know in the comments below!