Cardamom

If you’ve ever had a mug of warm and spicy chai tea, you’ve literally had a taste of the plant from which we get today’s featured essential oil: cardamom (Elletaria cardamomum)!

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According to Pompeii Organics, cardamom essential oil has a chemical makeup that makes it perfect for soothing sore or spastic muscles. It’s a warming oil (as you can tell from chai tea!) and it’s also great for digestion, reducing bloating and gas.

As for mental health, cardamom soothes the mind, helping you focus and keeping you from overthinking.

Cardamom works well with other warm oils, like orange and ginger. You can blend these for an effective digestive lotion.

Interested in trying Cardamom? Contact us! We can give an exclusive deal to our customers. Don’t forget to stop by the Oil City Farmer’s Market from 9-4 tomorrow! It won’t be long before the summer ends and we’ll have to pause the weekly markets until next year. Be sure to come visit us!

Sweet Lemongrass

Today we want to share a new oil: Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)!

This is a popular scent in commercial products like lotions and room sprays, but the pure essential oil offers more than just a pretty smell! Our favorite oil comes from Pompeii Organics.

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Lemongrass’ chemical makeup is mostly Aldehydes, a type of natural chemical that fights infection and soothes pain. This makes the oil excellent for fungal infections, irritation, and inflammation.

Lemongrass is great as an insect repellent. It also cools the body, making it useful for fevers, and is a wonderful digestive aid.

With this being said, however, it is imperative to use proper caution with Lemongrass. It’s not as gentle as other oils and can cause irritation to the skin. Use the lowest possible dilution and blend with more skin-friendly oils like Lavender (angustifolia) or Carrot Seed. NEVER take Lemongrass internally unless directed by a certified aromatherapist. These precautions will ensure that you use Lemongrass to its fullest potential!

Do you have any questions about this wonderful oil? Send us an email (honestaromatherapy@gmail.com) or check out the information from Pompeii Organics!

Happy Tuesday!

 

Top O The Mornin’

20160303_132041.jpgTea! I am a Coffee Person, but I love a good cup black tea from time to time…especially Irish Breakfast and especially this time of year;-)

Black tea is fermented and oxidized which differentiates it from it’s green and white counter parts and which also gives it’s unique flavor. Although I have been taught that nothing too good comes from oxidized things…black tea does have a load of benefits!

According to organicfacts.net black tea can benefits range from lowering high cholesterol and blood pressure to supporting bad digestion, and poor circulation to name just a few!

Of course you can add some raw honey and lemon for some added health benefits. I like it that way when I feel a cold or the flu is going around, but usually I prefer mine with little coconut milk;-)

So if you are like me, and love your morning cup o’ jo….change it up from time to time and celebrate other flavors and health benefits. As the old Irish blessing goes; “May you always have tea beside the fire”…