Angelic Angelica

Today’s featured oil is one of the newest at Pompeii Organics (our favorite essential oil company). Meet Angelica archangelica!

Angelica Root

True to it’s name, Angelica Root is a truly “heavenly” oil! It’s amazing for the immune system as a whole, fighting infection, fungus, viruses, and inflammation. It soothes pain and spastic muscles.

Because of all these properties, Angelica Root also strengthens the respiratory, digestive, lymphatic and nervous systems. It’s recommended for comforting symptoms of depression and sadness and for uplifting the mind and body.

Understandably, this oil is a little higher priced than most others, but the value can’t be beat! When used with care, it can last a long time. Diffuse into the air or mix with a carrier oil for topical use. A word of caution, however: Angelica Root is phototoxic (reacting with sunlight). It can burn and irritate the skin if exposed to sunlight before at least 12 hours have elapsed. Use caution and consult with a certified aromatherapist if you have any questions!

Don’t forget! We’ll be at the Oil City Farmer’s Market in front of the library from 9am to 4 pm today—as long as the weather cooperates. We hope to see you there!

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.

Tulsi

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!

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!

 

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!

 

“The Immortal Health Elixir”

Here’s a post we did back in August about one of our favorite holistic foods: Kombucha! Digestive health is incredibly important for overall health, and kombucha is an amazing way to achieve it!

“The Immortal Health Elixir.” Now, doesn’t that sound like one of those fad remedies from the 19th century? Do you picture a round man in a bowler hat trying to sell you a glass bottle of alcohol-laced elixir? Fortunately…

Source: “The Immortal Health Elixir”

How do Probiotics Work?

This week we’ve been talking about the importance of gut health. One way to ensure the best gut health is to eat probiotic foods such as yogurt. But how exactly do probiotic foods work? We’ll take a deeper look at that today.

First of all, let me clarify what I mean by probiotic. I mean naturally fermented foods, which have “good” lactic acid bacteria. These bacteria are what cause milk to ferment (and turn into yogurt) or vegetables to pickle.

In your digestive system, these bacteria cause indigestible carbohydrates to ferment so your body can better process them and they keep the digestive tract acidic so that harmful bacteria cannot grow (Paleoleap.com).

Pretty cool, huh? And although naturally fermented foods are sort of a hot concept on the holistic health scene right now, the consumption of them goes way back, as Dr. Mercola’s article on fermented foods tells us:

During the Roman era, people consumed sauerkraut because of its taste and health benefits.

In ancient India, it was common to enjoy lassi, a pre-dinner yogurt drink. This traditional practice is anchored on the principle of using sour milk as a probiotic delivery system to the body.

Bulgarians are known for their high consumption of fermented milk and kefir, and for their high level of health.

Ukrainians consumed probiotics from a fermented food list that included raw yogurt, sauerkraut, and buttermilk.

Various Asian cultures ate pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots, and consume these fermented treats until today.

Mercola also points out the nutritional benefits of probiotic foods beyond good bacteria, which include B vitamins and vitamin K2, which helps prevent heart disease.

There is tons of information out there on fermented/probiotic foods. I encourage you to do your research! Dr. Mercola and Paleoleap.com have some great resources.

Have you ever tried fermented foods? Did you notice any significant benefits? Would you try them? Let us know what you think!