Lettres, Ladies, and Libraries

 

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This past weekend Honest Aromas was a vendor at the Oil City Belles Lettres Club bazaar. It occurred to me that I didn’t know why the Belles Lettres started. I mean, I used to take my children to their building downtown to perform for the Jr. Schubert club, and my husband and I held formal youth group dinners there, but I was not sure what the ladies at the Belles Lettres actually did.

Well as it turns out, the founders of this club were amazing!

The Belles Lettres Club was formed for the purpose of studying literature and maintaining a library (the name Belles Lettres comes from a French phrase for fine writing, and is a general term for a type of well-crafted literature). An active member of Belles Lettres, Cora Hull Ramage, began corresponding with Andrew Carnegie of Pittsburgh. She requested that Mr. Carnegie donate money for a library. He agreed to donate $44,000 to build the library, provided that the citizens provide a site and guarantee $3,000 annually to maintain it.

Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Over his lifetime, Mr. Carnegie contributed an estimated 150 million dollars to nearly three thousand libraries in the United States and Great Britain. Oil City was fortunate to be one of the recipients, but the library hasn’t received any Carnegie money since.

CarnegieLibrary-300x199The women of the Belles Lettres Club went to work and raised over $11,000 to purchase the present site at the corner of Central Avenue and West Front Street.

On July 6, 1904, the Carnegie Library of Oil City opened its doors with five thousand books that were donated by the Belles Lettres Club.*

WOW! You go ladies!

 

*Information from http://www.oilcitylibrary.org/index.php/information/history/

Farmer’s Market Week!

Hello everyone!

As we mentioned earlier, this week is National Farmer’s Market Week! Come see us in front of the Oil City Library until 4 today. There will be lots of fun activities, demonstrations, and a variety of lovely vendors to pique your interest!

Shoot us an email or give us a call if you have any questions. We want to hear from you!

Yarrow

Many essential oils come from what we would consider common plants or even weeds. Today’s oil is one of these. Meet yarrow (Achillea millefolium)!

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Although this plant is common in many applications, the essential oil (our favorite comes from Pompeii Organics ) has some very helpful benefits.

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Yarrow is great for small wounds, because it relieves pain and stops bleeding. It’s also anti-inflammatory and rebuilds skin tissue.

Yarrow helps clear respiratory passages in the event of a cold or flu. It’s antispasmodic, which makes it great for muscles and coughs.

The essential oil is a lovely blue color and has a soft flowery scent. It’s a great oil to have around the house, as it’s helpful for a variety of uses while still being pretty cost-effective.

Are you interested in trying delightful yarrow? Contact us! We can give you an exclusive deal as an Honest Aromas customer.

Don’t forget to come find us from 9am-4pm at the Oil City Farmer’s market in front of the library!

Oil City Farmer’s Market and Herb Fest!!!!

Today is a big day!! The Oil City Farmer’s Market starts from 9-4 Mondays and Thursdays through October!!! Unfortunately we won’t be there today, but we will Next Monday!! Come and check out all of the vendors right in front of the Oil City Library!

Don’t forget about the Herb and Fiber Fest at Cook Forest this Saturday and Sunday! This  very first festival we ever did and we can’t wait to go back!! Come and see us<3

Neuropathy

Hello everyone!

Recently I’ve been working with a client who experiences severe nerve pain. I just wanted to share some tips for those of you who deal with the same thing. Neuropathy can be an overwhelming issue. Debilitating pain and numbness can keep you from living your day to day life, while conventional treatments often have no effect.

There is not a “silver bullet” for neuropathy, but from a holistic standpoint, several lifestyle changes are extremely helpful. It all starts in your diet. Following a paleo, gluten-free, fat-rich diet reverses the damage to your nerves and helps the nerve cells rebuild. This has worked for my current client and for a dear friend of mine, who, as a young mother with three children and debilitating pain and numbness, was able to completely heal! The amino acid L-Glutamine, a wonderful supplement, is super helpful to rebuild your system as well.

As a supplement to the nutritional changes, St. John’s Wort oil is extremely helpful for nerve pain. It does not reverse the condition, but it deals with the pain while your body is being replenished. Together, these changes will help heal your body from all the damage!

The Herbal Guy has a brand new St. John’s Wort Oil for sale, which I highly recommend. Check out our original post on St. John’s Wort in general – the herb itself has many wonderful properties besides helping with neuropathy. And as always, if you have any questions, leave a comment or shoot us an email!

We will not be at the Oil City Farmer’s Market today. Catch us on Thursday!