What Are You Thinking?


thinking doll

Thinking: we all do it. Some of us are better at hiding it than others, but no matter who you are, the things you think about will affect all of your life choices. We have amazing minds, and I don’t think we can be reminded enough of the benefits of renewing our minds.

I have written a lot of blog posts on this idea over the last year. The following is what I wrote one morning on my Facebook page. Although the focus is on shame, it ultimately goes back to what we think about ourselves:

According to the book Unashamed by Christine Caine, shame-based thinking says, ” I am not ________ enough” (Thin enough, smart enough, victorious enough, successful enough, Christian enough, a good enough parent, a good enough spouse, etc.). But those are constant lies that many of us have believed. It isn’t what God says about us. It isn’t the truth. In Genesis 2:25, “Adam and his wife were naked and they knew no shame.” That was what God created. Jesus took shame on the cross, and His Blood will wash away all of our shame if we let Him work in our lives. Run to Him! He ALWAYS wants to bring wholeness and healing to His children no matter what you have done or where you have been. He loves you so much that He died on a cross for your sin. You ( and I ) are no shock to Him! If you walk around continually defeated, feeling like you are missing the mark, remind yourself of what He says about you. You are completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accepted, and complete in Him! He is the one you are living for, so His approval is the only one that matters. He is love. Let Him free you of your shame so you can be the person He created you to be. ❤

Do you walk around continually defeated? Do you question everything about yourself and all the decisions you make? Consider taking time to question what lies you are believing about yourself. It cannot happen overnight, and it cannot happen when you are rushed. But as you take quiet time and reflection and begin to ask yourself hard questions, you can be free from these untruths that have been holding you back in life.

Here are five essential oils that can help clear the mind as well:

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Juniper Berry
  • Peppermint
  • Sage or Clary Sage

As an aromatherapist, I regularly use and carry all five. I am here on this journey with you! You are not alone and you are loved!

Are you interested in trying these five mind-balancing oils? Have you experienced the power of renewing your mind and thought patterns? We want to hear from you today!


Sleep, Allergies, and Headaches!


All of your issues can be put to rest;-) with this wonderful little bag. We started carrying this when we realized our customers deal with many symptoms and issues, so we offer this at a reduced price for your convenience.

Maybe you cannot identify A Migraine, or Allerigies, or Insomnia…no worries! The wonderful thing about Essential Oils is that they can benefit our health in a wide variety of ways. Maybe you get that mid-day sleepiness? Migraine Inhaler is full of oils that help open our air ways and minds and wake us up! The benefits of the Allergy Inhaler is similar to the Migraine, but it has a variety of oils that also boost the immune system and ward off unwanted virus’ and bacteria. Maybe you just get really stressed and overwhelmed with work, or life….Insomnia Inhaler can help to calm you down any time of day!

There is always more to Essential Oils than meets the eye and we want to encourage you to build your own immune system with natural products that work!

We will have these available at our upcoming festivals in  Franklin at The Franklin Friday and Saturday 10-4 and in Foxburg, Sunday 11-4…see you there:-)


euca-globHere’s a post we shared back in the spring. Eucalyptus is excellent for this time of the year, too! Use it for your seasonal cold and flu symptoms. It’s great mixed with Peppermint and German Chamomile in a diffuser or lotion. Enjoy!


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! Acco…

Source: Eucalyptus

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.



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!


A Different Kind of Shamrock Shake

It’s March, which means it’s almost our favorite time of year: St. Patrick’s Day!

Our Irish selves love this rather cheesy holiday. Green! Cabbage! Shamrocks!

Another mainstay of this season is the Shamrock Shake, one of McDonalds’ most popular items this time of the year. Unfortunately, the truth behind this beloved shake is not for the health-minded faint of heart.

One small Shamrock Shake has 530 Calories, 160 mg of sodium, and a whopping 73 grams of sugar ( almost three times the recommended daily amount for women, equal to about seventeen teaspoons)! (Source)

We’re all for a guilty pleasure now and then, but most people probably don’t even realize just how guilty their pleasures might be!

Luckily, there’s a better, healthier, and still pretty yummy way! I introduce a different kind of Shamrock Shake:


This is one of my own creations, a yummy smoothie I like to drink any time of the day. I use creamy coconut milk, fresh cilantro and arugula, sweet raw honey, a little spicy cinnamon and fresh ginger, and vanilla. Peppermint gives it that Shamrock-y taste. And there you have it – a “Shamrock Shake” full of vitamins and real, honest-to-goodness flavor. No artificial colors and flavors here. There’s definitely way less Calories, sugar, and sodium, and more nutritional bang for your buck. All made in the comfort of your own home!

I’m not saying we’ll never have another “real” Shamrock Shake (although that nutritional information was pretty scary!), but it’s good to know there’s another option that you don’t have to feel guilty about!

Would you ever try my recipe? Were you as surprised to find what’s in the Shamrock Shake as much as we were? Enjoy your first week of March folks!

Like Sweet Perfume

Here at Honest Aromas, we love playing around with essential oils to come up with new blends. The great thing about essential oils is that, although they primarily have therapeutic properties, they have nice smells too, and it can be a win-win to make something helpful that smells good. It’s like a double-duty perfume! 🙂

One of Hannah’s favorite oils to do this with is ylang ylang. Our favorite is this one, from Pompeii.

ylang ylang


Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) is an extremely sweet, floral oil. You’ve probably heard of it before – it’s quite popular in commercial lotions and bubble baths. But the scent of those chemical products has nothing on pure ylang ylang essential oil! It’s pungent and perfumy, and sort of makes you need to lie down a minute :).

So it suffices to say that you only need a tiny bit of ylang ylang to pack a punch. It’s very sedating and calming, and it helps soothe pain and anxiety. It’s also great for strengthening the immune system.

Hannah likes to mix a tiny bit of ylang ylang with some bergamot and peppermint oils. The mix of floral, orange, and mint scents is lovely and soothing, and the energizing mint and citrus helps take the edge off the sleepy ylang ylang :).

Are you interested in trying some ylang ylang? Let us know. We’d love to share it with you!

Have a great weekend, folks!

Essential Oils and Autism

This week we’ve been talking about our personal story of having a son who is autistic. Today I want to highlight some ways that essential oils can help people who struggle with autism and special needs in general.

One of my favorite blogs about autism and family dynamics is Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland. Penny gives so much honest and insightful information into a journey not a lot of people know about.

One post of her’s that caught my attention is “Using Essential Oils for Autism“, which is full of great information on how to use EO’s to calm and focus special needs children. As an aromatherapist, I do want to say that using oils, especially on children, and especially on special needs children, must come with caution. Dilute oils to stay safe and pay attention to how they affect your child! What works for one person may work differently or not at all for another, and of course stay aware of allergies and sensitivities. An essential oil will have no benefit if it’s causing an allergic reaction!

One oil that helped Penny’s daughter was peppermint. It reduced a fever she had and it helped with focus.

I wanted to reach my little girl, so I was willing to try nearly anything. I was shocked to find out that peppermint helped increase her ability to focus. It helped a LOT!

Peppermint is an amazing mind-clearer, great to awaken and boost creativity. We featured a post on Peppermint back in the summer, and it’s so wonderful to see how it’s been helpful to someone else too!

Check out Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland, and let us know if you’re interested in peppermint or any of the other oils we’ve covered that are great for special needs. We are here to offer the best information and help we can!

Have you ever used EO’s for special needs? Have you ever tried peppermint? Would you?