Sweet Marjoram!

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This little sweetie is a new favorite of mine!! It is relaxing and it is great for sore muscles. Of course it has tons of therapeutic value, here are few of the properties listed on Pompeii’s site;

*At a Glance Sweet Marjoram gives us stress relief (calming), loosens tight muscles and cramps (think restless legs), and helps turn down the mind (for insomnia blends), and is warming.

I have been receiving some great recipes from Aromahead’s Andrea Butje and here is what she has to say about this  little bottle of marvelous!

Sweet Marjoram loves to experience the world through its sense of touch.

It likes to wear organic clothing that feels soft on its skin. Its sheets are 600 thread count. It gives itself face mask treatments twice a week, and once a week it either soaks in mineral-rich warm water or does a full-body mud wrap. Sweet Marjoram also loves to feel the weather on its skin—the soft touch of the wind, rain, and sun make Sweet Marjoram happy to be alive.

So Sweet Marjoram goes out of its way to take care of its skin. Its favorite thing about that? Blends that take care of its skin, feel good on its skin!

Here’s a body butter that Sweet Marjoram makes by hand and uses daily to moisturize and protect its precious skin.

Sweet Marjoram’s Sweet n’ Soft Skin Butter

  • 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 2 oz (60 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 2 oz (56 g) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
  • 2 oz (56 g) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
  • 26 drops Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • 16 drops Geranium (Pelargonium × asperum)
  • 32 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

You’ll need four 2 oz (60 ml) glass jars for this blend. It makes 7 oz (210 ml) of body butter, and I find it’s helpful to break it up into smaller jars (the smaller jars are easier to find).

Start by setting up the Stovetop Melting Method. Put a Pyrex measuring cup in a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently simmering water. Then follow these directions in order:

  1. Melt the beeswax in the Pyrex.
  2. Add the jojoba and remelt. You can stir gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
  3. Add the cocoa butter and melt.
  4. Add the coconut oil and melt.
  5. When all of the ingredients are melted together, remove the blend from heat and add the essential oils, stirring gently.
  6. Pour the blend into the jars.

I hope you love this body butter blend! The base—just the carriers without the essential oils—is the same recipe I use for most of the body butter blends in my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy. (I am so excited, the book has surpassed 100 reviews on Amazon!) You can find the book at Aromatics International.

We are happy to carry Sweet Marjoram at Honest Aromas and we have been experimenting with new custom blends utilizing it’s amazingness! Give us a call we would love to get some into your hands today!

Cabins and Woods…..

It is that time of year that you may feel adventurous enough to go on a little hike through the woods….or maybe you are camping.

Our Allegheny Woods Hand Soap and Lotion are the perfect pair for your outdoor adventures! Created with the hemlocks of Pennsylvania in mind…it is the freshness of the outdoors!

We sell this on Amazon! Find yours today!

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The newest item to grace our various shelves is our new, original, Allegheny Woods room spray, soap, and lotion!

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These products came from an idea of a friend, who manages a vacation cabin in our area. We wanted to craft a scent that captures everything we love about the Pennsylvania Alleghenies: fragrant woods, fresh plants, and a minty tang in the air!

This new collection hasn’t made it to our online store yet, but you can pre-order by calling us (814-673-2797) or sending an email (honestaromatherapy@gmail.com)! Don’t forget to visit us in Beaver County this weekend and claim your bottle of Western PA experience!

Product Highlight: Dry Cracked Hand Lotion

It’s winter, and even if your weather isn’t cold and snowy all season long, the dry air can still wreak havoc on your skin! Enter one of this week’s new products:

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Our new Dry, Cracked Hand Lotion cures what’s in its name :). With a nourishing blend of all-natural lotion and baobab oil, as well as the champion essential oils Lavender and Myrrh, you can kiss your chapped red hands goodbye… and find softer, hydrated ones in their place :).

This lotion comes in a convenient pumper bottle, easy to use and tote around. It will premiere in our online store sometime this week, so keep in touch!

New and Improved!

One of our best-loved products is our Joint and Muscle Pain Blend. This lotion blend was perfect for arthritis sufferers, athletes, and everyone in between!

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But as part of our ever-present desire to improve our experience and offerings, we have updated our Joint and Muscle Blend. It’s still the same lotion-based formula you love with a different selection of essential oils that are more finely-tuned for your needs: Clove, Birch, and Cinnamon! This blend is stronger than the original, so it lasts longer.

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This also now comes in a convenient pumper bottle, which is easier on the joints :). It also contains Trauma Trio, a blend of three carrier oils (from The Herbal Guy), which are excellent for healing and nourishing.

Are you interested in our new and improved blend? Let us know! We are working to get it up in our store as soon as possible. Have a great week!

ADHD and Sandalwood

In yesterday’s post I talked about my son who is on the autistic spectrum. Something I’ve put together to help comfort and calm him during difficult moments is my ADHD Proprietary Blend, a lotion with nourishing and supporting essential oils, perfect for anyone (especially kids) who needs focus and grounding.

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One of the active oils in this blend is Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatim), which according to Pompeii Organics is very calming.

Sandalwood, like Vetiver and Patchouli, is grounding, making the user feel secure and safe. It’s amazing for anxiety and depression.

Sandalwood also kills bacteria and fungus and helps heal the skin and relieve pain. It’s great for cold and flu season because it decongests and fights infection.

Are you interested in trying our ADHD blend for yourself or someone you know? Send us an email, or find us at one of our upcoming Fall festivals! We are sensitive to people with special needs and want to help them and the people who love them live life to its fullest potential! As always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Have you ever used essential oils to help with attention deficit or hyperactivity needs? We want to hear from you!