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September 2015 Goodies

This is the time of year when we run out of almost everything and are frantically restocking.

Back in stock, our basic array of Lavender Essential Oils, Lavandula angustifolia, organically produced from Bulgaria (the 2015 harvest), France and England. Because it will be several months before our French and English producers are ready to ship, we restocked the 2014 distillations of these two. Also back in stock, from our Australian producers, pain relieving Kunzea, powerfully germkilling Lemon Myrtle, fragrant Rosalina (reminscent of Rosewood oil), Australian Sandalwood (back after a long period), Fragonia™ (Christi’s favorite), Lemon Eucalyptus ... I forget what else. From the producer of our Bulgarian CO2 extracts, more Linden and Rosa Alba CO2. From South Africa — Eucalyptus Smithii, and more Vanilla Bean Infusion and Coffee Blossom Infusion. Wonderful alone, or as a base for exotic perfumes. From Morocco — this year’s distillation of Neroli Hydrosol. From France, Clementine Petitgrain, perhaps the most delightful “leaf oil” ever distilled, and anti-aging Cistus Hydrosol, from the producer of our Spanish Cistus oil. From Canada, cold-pressed Cranberry Seed Oil. From our Indian producer, more Blue Lotus Absolute, and deep, earthy Indian Vetiver.


On Labor Day weekend, from 12:01 am central time Saturday, September 5, through 11:59 pm Monday, September 7th, we will offer FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on orders of $50 or greater, not including bulk oils. We reserve the option to select the method of shipping, but, as always, the vast majority of orders will ship via USPS Priority. (People keep asking for free shipping, without realizing that one way or another the cost of shipping is going to be included in your order cost, either by increased prices or decreased quality. But, this weekend, we will try it.) ENTER the discount code SHIPFREE in the discount box at checkout.

20% on the 20th

This month help us celebrate our 20th year online by saving 20% on retail sizes of essential oils, absolutes, and CO2 extracts starting with the letters R, and S–T. Roses, Sandalwoods, Thyme, Tea Tree, Turmeric ... simply enter the discount code Sept20, on that date only at checkout, to see your discount applied. (Valid midnight–11:59 p.m. central time. As usual, bulk sizes, kits, and samplers aren’t included in this sale.)


If you are going to be attending the AIA conference in Denver the weekend after Labor Day please be sure to come by the Nature’s Gift table in the Vendor’s room and say hi, and sample some of our oils and blends. We love the opportunity to get to meet online friends face-to-face.


We are on waiting lists for so many oils as they are produced. Blue Tansy. Cape Chamomile IF the crop makes. And Helichrysum. We have wonderful news ... For the past several years we have had one source for our Corsican Helichrysum. And we were severely limited in how much we could import. This past winter we found another source, an old, trusted supplier who shared some with us. Most of you have experienced this newer oil, Helichryum italicum (Roth) G. Don, if you have purchased our batch number B490061. A bit deeper and earthier aromatically than our traditional offering, and with a superb GC and superb healing activities. The BAD news ... neither is here yet. The GOOD NEWS ... this year we were allowed to import 1/3 more of our traditional Helichrysum var serotinum, and almost twice that amount of our newer Helichryum italicum (Roth) G. Don. We don’t yet know the pricing. We don’t know the arrival date, but I do expect both oils in stock by the end of this month. For the first time in three years we will be able to offer it in bulk, and in wholesale, not having to limit this healing oil to 5 mls per client. We are rejoicing!


We have not had time to write much this summer, in all honesty. Health issues and just sheer busyness got in the way.

In June I received more details on the reason for the shortage of Corsican Helichrysum, and wrote a wonderful rant about Corporate Greed. Also in June we received distressing news about the Bulgarian Rose Harvest this year. An extremely wet spring led to a much smaller than usual harvest, low production, and skyrocketing prices. (I am glad we took advantage of an opportunity to stock up on more of the 2014 distillation.) Read about the difficulties with the Rose Harvest here.

In July, no one wrote anything!

In August, I was given the opportunity to share a story of how our oils can help “real people with real struggles and joys.” The story warmed our hearts.

And, on the last weekend of August, my friend and fellow Student, Sandy Barrett started a guest blog series about some of the lesser known Australian oils. Kunzea Ambigua was published on Saturday, and Wednesday, Sept 2 Fragonia™ will go live. We plan to post new articles every Saturday and Wednesday while they last.


A blogger reviewed some of our products, you may read the review here. (I guess she liked the Fresh Aire...)

Susan Cannon was receiving radiation treatment for breast cancer. She wrote the following about our Lavender Hydrosol:

Hey, Marge, Just a note that the Lavender hydrosol was amazing for the radiation I am taking for breast cancer treatment. I was specifically told to not use anything but a list of products so I was only using organic calendula. But I had heard it was great for radiation on a NAHA webinar so I approached cautiously since I already am hypersensitive but the spray worked really well! I am not sure about using it on serious radiation burns. Mine is more of a rash but was driving me nuts. Thought you might like to hear that. I wish I was involved in some research so I could pass that along.

I thank Susan for sharing...we all learn from shared experience.

And Laura Byrd shared the following, “I got eaten alive by mosquitoes twice today. The first time I was working in the garden. I had three huge bites that itched like the dickens. A few minutes after putting After the bite on them I forgot all about them and a few hours later, couldn’t find the bites anymore. (Should have been wearing skeeter beater.) The second time I was in the house. One must have followed me inside. I kept getting bites on my arm. I had 6 huge, super itchy ones. Again, just a few minutes after rolling on After the Bite, no more itch! And now, I can’t even find THOSE bites, not a trace. It was also super helpful to me after I stepped on a wasp a few months back — really helped with the pain! Thank you for such a great product! You won’t catch me without this in my first aid kit!! :)”


From the end of summer newsletter, 2001:

FALL Cleaning Formula: Counter Cleaner & Kitchen Freshener
2 cups club soda
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent.
10 drops essential oil

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend (careful -- you are using club soda here and it likes to “fizz” on you!) Spray on. Wipe off.
Shake the bottle each time before using.

Seems to me Lemon Myrtle would be great in this, for both its ultra-clean lemony aroma, and it's powerful germkilling ability. Perhaps with a touch of one of the spice oils?

From a workshop done by Judy Zambroski on Natural Living. From Sept, 2005:

Car Diffusers

Two friends are working for a local ambulance company, transporting patients to and from various health care facilities. (They aren’t driving ambulances, but vans and/or cars.) Some of the patients are quite ill, and have lost control of various bodily functions. Needless to say, their vehicles can get a bit aromatic at times. Both of them are using our little plug in car diffusers, with our Fresh Aire synergy. They say it keeps the car or van fresh smelling no matter what. A side effect seems to be that the blend of oils reduces stress on both driver and client.


“Lord, it is time. The summer was very big. Lay thy shadow on the sundials, and on the meadows let the winds go loose. Command the last fruits that they shall be full; give them another two more southerly days, press them on to fulfillment and drive the last sweetness into the heavenly wine.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

And lyrics of a song that has always touched my heart:

“Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain so yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a young and a callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow—follow, oh-oh.”
—Try to Remember, Lyrics by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

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