Throwback: Roses are Red

Last year we shared a post on Rose Absolute essential oil. This is one of our favorite oils here at Honest Aromas, and we wanted to spread the love!

Remember we’ll be at the Oil City Farmer’s Market from 9-4, weather permitting. Hope to see you there!

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For centuries the rose has been associated with love and “happy thoughts”. They are popular in gardens, at weddings, and as gifts, probably more popular than any other flower.

Though this might seem more like a fashion or cultural fancy, the reality is that rose (absolute) oil actually has a wonderful affect on health. Not only is it refreshing, invigorating, and good for skin, it is also good for a variety of deeper physical and emotional needs.

Rose is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and great for helping the skin heal. It’s also a natural antidepressant, helpful for calming strong emotions like anger and grief, soothing the heart and renewing good feelings.

Because it’s good for the skin, rose oil can be added to water and sprayed all over the body for a refreshing, uplifting, and simple treatment. It can also be added to oil blends for massage. I love to spray rose water around my room and to freshen up after a long day. It brightens the mood and cleanses the skin!

With all this in mind, isn’t it interesting how roses have been a symbol of love and happiness throughout the ages? Somehow before the scientific effects were known, people gravitated toward the flowers as a source of happiness, comfort, and health. How much more can we take advantage of these wonderful properties today!

Have you ever used rose oil? How did it affect you? What do you think of rose’s ability to positively affect mental health? Let us know in the comments below!

Look How Far You’ve Come!

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This pic was sent to me from a friend visiting the Eiffel Tower last week. There are between 1600 and 1700 steps to climb!! They have kindly marked every 10 steps so you can see how far you have come and estimate how many steps left to go!

I told him I wished God had done that in  life during the difficult times! So being a therapist, he encouraged me to look back over a particular difficult situation and give names to the various stages I have come through and see how far I have come.

I pass that wisdom to you! Have you recently regained some health? Have you repaired a relationship? Have you changed an attitude? How far have you come? If you have not started, start today! It is NEVER too late to turn and change!

To help support your attitude as you are on your way, mix 3 drops of Bergamot with 3 drops of Clary Sage in 1 ounce of coconut oil. Massage in to wrists and inhale deeply!

How far have you come? Give us your story, 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!

 

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!

 

Eucalyptus

Hello folks! We hope you are having a great week before the Easter holiday.

Today we want to share an essential oil we’re not quite sure why we haven’t featured before: Eucalyptus!

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According to our favorite Pompeii Organics, Eucalyptus (globulus) is a powerhouse for sickness. Most people think of eucalyptus as good for a cough and cold, and this is correct; eucalyptus literally breaks down congestion and opens air passages!

Interestingly, however, there are several different kinds of eucalyptus. The globulus variety is excellent to fight the germs, viruses, and inflammation of colds and flus, while a variety like citriadora is better to fight fungus and repel insects. This is why it’s important to know what you’re buying and using!

Eucalyptus is a great oil to diffuse around the house. Use it to stave off illness and cool your airways! It can also be added to lotions, carrier oils, and soaps. Be sure to dilute it properly, however, for the best affect. Eucalyptus is strong and can be irritating if not used correctly. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Are you interested in trying this amazing oil? Take a look at Pompeii Organics, or call/email us to order for our special price. We’d love to share this great product with you!

Essential Oil Safety: Less is More!

Today we’re sharing a post we featured back in May. Although essential oils are amazing agents of health, they also require some caution. Here’s a little look at why!

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Source: Essential Oil Safety: Less is More!

Not Just a Pretty Smell

One of the most common reactions we receive when we are out and about promoting our products is skepticism. Often when people see our little bottles and hear our claims, they laugh and shake their heads.

“Ah, yeah, the ‘elixir of life,'” they’ll roll their eyes.

Or, “how can a smell do all that?”

It’s understandable for there to be a little cynicism. Because essential oils are a bit of a fad right now, and because there isn’t a huge medical professional following, a lot of people tend to think that aromatherapy is in the realm of amateurs and quacks. Even people who believe EO’s are beneficial can tend to think that it’s the smell alone that helps. Of course, a little research proves both of these viewpoints quite wrong.

Aromatherapy is extremely scientific, and if studied and practiced correctly it can be enormously beneficial. It’s important to remember that plants have been around a lot longer than modern medicine. Plant medicine makes a wonderful first resort and complement that a lot of modern remedies are merely designed to mimic.

The first step in seeing essential oils correctly is to think of them not just as smells but as substances composed of natural chemicals. When we think of the word “chemicals” we can tend to make bad connotations. But chemicals are natural too! It’s the man-made ones that can hurt our bodies. Essential oils, being from plants, have natural chemicals from those plants. The chemical makeup also creates a smell, which is what we notice about the oils.

When you breathe in a scent, the smell travels up your nose to the thousands of receptors that connect your sense of smell to your brain. Your limbic system – the parts of the brain that respond to smell – then sends messages to the rest of your brain, affecting emotions, memories, thoughts, and behavior depending on the parts of the limbic system that are stimulated, which depends on which receptors responded, which depends on the smell. This is why they say smell is one of the most powerful senses – it can bring back childhood memories and emotions that otherwise lay dormant. (Source)

This is all a pretty simplified overview of olfactory and limbic processes. But you can see how even a little bit of research opens up a whole new world in aromatherapy! Maybe you’re a skeptic, or maybe you love essential oils but haven’t learned in depth why they’re so great. Hopefully this information whets your appetite to learn more. I was astounded when I went to school at the Aromatic Wisdom Institute. It was amazing to learn the mechanics of why aromatherapy is so effective. I hope you’ve learned at least a bit as well!

If you ever have any questions, send me an email! I love sharing information. That’s why I’m here!