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!

A Kinder, Gentler Thyme <3

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I recently made a blend for an older gentleman with major immunity issues. After looking at a few oils that I had been thinking about, there was no doubt about it when I came to Thyme Ct. (Chemotype) Linalol. It is a much gentler powerhouse compared to it’s relative Thyme Ct. Thymol which is my go to in our Snore No More blend! It’s perfect for children or those with compromised immune systems.

Here is what Pompeii has to say about it;

When school starts and your children come home with all kinds of germs? It’s time to think “Thyme!”

This species of the essential oil of Thyme, Thyme Linalol, is a milder Thyme and more gentle for children and anyone needing a gentler touch. It is not as hot to the skin or as irritating as Thyme Thymol, but with both oils always dilute properly in a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil.

A powerhouse in terms of fighting viral infections, Thyme Linalol, with herbal its slightly sweet, woody note, is also known for its healing ability of the following ailments:Colds and Flu, Muscular Pains, Bronchitis, Gout, Throat Infections, Arthritis, Thrush, Acne

Thyme Linalol is one of the most gentle, anti-septic oils available, where it offers excellent acne and dermatitis treatment without the irritating potential of the other anti-septic oils. Due to its strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic activity, this oil is a great choice for those with acne, or oily skin, as well as a great choice for household room sprays and diffusing the room of a sick loved one.

The essential oil of thyme blends well with the essential oils of Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary and Pine.

This reminds me why it is so important to be educated on the various oils and chemical differences! Not all oils called Thyme or Lavender (or others) are the same, they have different properties. So Thyme Ct. Linalol has taught us  you can be both gentle and powerful!! A good reminder as we head into the weekend<3

Healthy, Warm and Cozy…..

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(Photo by Gabrielle Allman)

We got a lot of snow here last night!! The kids have off school and we are taking it easy at home. I think I am going to make a big pot of soup!! Doesn’t that sound good?

A friend of mine shared this recipe with me on Sunday. It is considered a detox soup, but I know from my history with allergies, it is a low allergen soup (minus the roma tomatoes).

Whether you are trying to lose weight or just trying to eat a little healthier, this Healthy Detox Vegetable Soup is for you! Whole 30 approved!
Author: Rachel Farnsworth
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 large white onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1½ tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (optional)

For Complete recipe you can look here; Detox Vegetable Soup from the Stay at Home Chef!

As you notice, there is some basil in there….and even though it is not in it’s Essential Oil form, I have added some of the benefits of this wonderful herb!

PROPERTIES
Antiemetic-reduces severity of nausea or vomiting
Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
Antispasmodic – relieves spasms and cramps
Carminative – may assist in preventing gas
Cephalic – helps clear the head when focus in required
Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system

HOW TO USE Basil Essential Oil.
Chest Cold/Cough:
apply basil in a cream to the chest to help stop coughing or place a few drops in a diffuser and breathe deep.
Headache: For a stress induced headache, rub basil cream around your neck area and on temples. Blending with lavender or peppermint is also helpful.
Nausea: Place a drop of sweet basil on a tissue and inhale deeply to stop vomiting or nausea.
Cramping: makes a good rub for sore muscles, abdominal cramping, and pains.
Other ways to use basil:
For respiratory benefits, place a few drops in a diffuser.
To use a carrier, dilute 6-12 drops per ounce of the following: cream, shampoo, or liquid soap. Always dilute in a carrier before adding to a bath or foot soak. Use fewer drops for elderly or children.(Information from Pompeii Organics)

So whether you are putting some fresh or dry basil in your soup, it has those wonderful added healthy benefits while you are staying warm and cozy and enjoying those in your life!<3

 

 

Frankincense….

We have highlighted this fantastic oil a few times. It, like Myrrh, has a very rich history also found in the original Christmas story. I have attached the link from our friends at Pompeii Organics-check out all of the amazing benefits of this oil.

We are right here with you making good health choices, we would like to hear from you today:-)

Slow and Steady Vetiver

Today we’re looking back at one of our favorite oils: Vetiver! Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we love how this oil promotes a thankful, peaceful mental state. It’s helpful for hectic days and scattered thoughts. Take a look!

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One of my favorite essential oils is Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides), a very grounding and calming oil.

According to Pompeii Organics, vetiver has a very earthy scent. It is incredibly thick, taking its time to come out of the bottle. That slowness is an amusing parallel to vetiver’s effects on the body: it is calming and sedating, and has a grounding/soothing effect on emotions.

Vetiver is also pain-relieving, antifungal, and antispasmodic. It stimulates the immune system and its decongestant, expectorant properties make it good for colds.

We are currently expecting our first shipment of vetiver, and we’re so excited! If you are interested in purchasing a sample of this oil, let us know – we can’t wait to share it with you!

Spike Lavender

Earlier in the week we talked about the ever-popular Lavender essential oil (Lavendula angustifolia). We also mentioned another type of lavender, one many people confuse for the other. Lavendula latifolia, also known as Spike Lavender, contains much different properties than its more popular counterpart.

Spike Lavender

According to Pompeii Organics, spike lavender, unlike its calming cousin, is a stimulating oil. It awakens and alerts the mind, unlike angustifolia, which is a sedative.

Spike lavender contains camphor, which makes it perfect for respiratory ailments that accompany colds and the flu. Use it for sinus pain and congestion.

A word of caution, however: spike lavender is not safe for pregnant women to use, due to the presence of camphor. This is why it’s extremely important to know your oils, the proper type, dosage, and properties, so that you do not seriously injure yourself!

Have questions or concerns about essential oils? Stop by the Oil City Farmer’s Market in front of the Library from 9am,-4pm, or feel free to contact us in the way that best suits you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lovely Lavender

Remember that we’re at the Oil City Farmer’s Market from 9-4 today, weather permitting! Stop by and see us!

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Today we want to feature an oil we’ve talked about before here at Honest Aromas, which is easily one of the most popular essential oils: Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)!

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According to Pompeii Organics, lavender is very calming, which is why it’s so popular. What most people don’t know is that lavender is also great for the skin, regenerating the cells and fighting bacteria and infections.

Contributing to its calming properties, lavender is good for pain and swelling. It also cools the skin and soothes inflammation. It also boosts the mood, keeping depression at bay.

It’s important, as with any essential oil, to exercise proper caution with lavender. Lavender angustifolia is different from another variety, Lavender latifolia, or Spike Lavender. The two of them, although similar, have some very different properties. Make sure you know what you’re using!

If you have any questions, stop by our booth at the farmer’s market! As always, contact us with any questions or requests. We want to hear from you!