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This delightfully sunny gentle spice oil is much higher in Limonene than its distilled counterpart, and much lower in1,8-cineole. I fell in love with its light citrusy spice aroma.
When comparing to the distilled Cardamom essential oil, I would expect the CO2 extracted Cardamom would be less effective as a respiratory oil, because of the lower level of 1,8-cineole. However, for digestive issues, it should be at least as effective, and emotionally I think it will shine. Mark Webb, of AromaMedix.com reminds me that the CO2 extracted Cardamom Oil will have enhanced anti-spasmodic effects because of its higher level of esters. This would make it shine in any digestive blend.
Like our distilled oil, it should blend well with the Citrus Oils, the Conifers, and Frankincense and Rose, among other oils.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
Certificate of Analysis:
Batch No. GE-421416
Batch No. HO-471208
Batch No. GE-58913
First, a huge thank you to all of you who took the time to complete our long questionnaire. The marketing firm was stunned at the number of responses, and the love and loyalty you showed. They have never seen a response like that. “Marge, your clients REALLY love Nature’s Gift.” (We love you back, but it was wonderful to see it in black and white.) Thank you all!
In honor of Mother’s Day and “May Flowers,” we are putting our favorite floral oils and absolutes on sale. Roses, Jasmines, Lavenders, Neroli (and our blended Mediterranean Neroli ), our remaining stock of Tuberose 10% and Ylangylang, both Extra and Complete —all are 10% off. No discount code necessary, prices shown already reflect the sale price. For the perfect Mother’s Day Gift, buy her our Bouquet of Roses, or a Bouquet of Jasmine, also at 10% off.
A callout to all of our nurse-clients during National Nurses Week. Thank you for all you do.
This newsletter contains:
- Back in stock goodies
- New products
- Last chance–going offline
- Our clients say (what has worked for them)
- Blends and formulas (mostly florals)
- Aromatic Quote of the Month
Back in Stock
(Sometimes after a long wait!)
- Jasmine Sambac
- Jasmine Grandiflora
- Cardamom Seed CO2
- Coffee CO2
- Greek Sage CO2
- Siberian Fir oil
- Abyssinian Oil –wonderful fixed oil for skincare
- Marula Oil –fair trade African oil known for its quick absorption
- Cleopatra’s Secret Radiance Creme
Vetiver Madagascar: To replace the Indonesian Vetiver which disappeared all too fast, we have a stunning specimen from a new supplier in Madagascar.
Turkish Rose Otto: It has been a long time since I’ve had a supplier I could trust for Turkish Rose Oil. This specimen is lovely, a bit lighter and sunnier than our Bulgarian oil.
Some of our products don’t ship well in Summer’s heat. Although we know some of our friends still have snow on the ground, we are seeing temperatures in the 80s. For this reason, when the current batches of Baby Bottom Balm, Shea Cream, and Melissa-Calendula Lip Balm are gone, we will not produce them again until mid-September, depending on the weather. So, if these are products you love, order now and stock up before they go on “vacation.”
Even though the early bird date has passed, if you tell Inga “Marge sent me” you will still get the early bird rate. FIRST time offered in the US! Madeleine Kerkhof teaches CO2 Extracts in Clinical Aromatherapy. July 5–7. I can hardly wait!
Our Clients Say
Monique wrote: “I wanted to share with you how your recommended products have helped heal the large burn from boiling water on the front of my left thigh. The morning of March 17, I spilled boiling water on the front of my left thigh resulting in 2nd degree burns. My first aid was ice water (WRONG, I read it should be cool water) and honey. I had nothing else at home. Then I went to urgent care and after cleaning the area it was covered with Bacitracin and wrapped. I used the Bacitracin for two days but then realized as long as the blisters don’t burst, there’s little chance of infection and I don’t like using an antibiotic if I don’t need it. I switched to the Sunburn Soother and it has kept the area comfortable and hydrated (no drying out).
“One blister burst and I put the Bacitracin on first then the Sunburn Soother. Three weeks out and with perfect timing since I had almost used up the 1 oz. of SS, I was able to switch to the Helichrysum in Rose Hip Oil. The new skin is still darker than surrounding undamaged skin but to the touch, there is no difference. I continue to rub the Heli blend in twice a day and the darker pigment is slowly going away.
“I started out with what looked liked a 3D map that had islands and channels. Today, it’s just like a shadow has fallen on my thigh and the islands are shrinking. A friend of mine burned her arm a few weeks ago and just found out so it is too late for the Sunburn Soother but I’ve shared some Heli blend with her. She has just asked me to get some more for her so she can return my bottle.
“I’m loving the Avice Hill Lavender. I use it in my diffuser before bed and it’s the best way to fall asleep.”
Thank you, Monique. the burn sounds terrible, and I am so glad we were able to help!
Lynnette Crouse, developer of the AromaSenseApp, wrote, “I have two very excitable Jack Russell Terriers who love to bark at everything and everybody when they ride in the car. A couple of days ago, they were with us in a drive-through—a prime barking opportunity. As we approached the drive-through, the excitability was in full swing. I grabbed the Nature’s Gift Neroli hydrosol and sprayed it into the air in front of each pup. The change was immediately perceptible—both dogs calmed, sat completely still, and just watched the interaction, instead of the typical ‘bark our heads off and make you think I want to kill you’ response.
Thank you, Nature’s Gift for giving us a product that brings the down the anxiety levels of our puppers and makes car rides much more enjoyable.”
Kathryn wrote, “Just had to share an experience at work…helping the other nurses with their ‘issues’, as my daughter would say. You would be shocked at how many nurses have skin disorders, though how often we work sick, considering what we are exposed to, wouldn’t shock anyone. Gee, I rarely get sick. But then I use essential oils every day…
I decided to try the blend a mom came up with for her daughter, which you posted on your site years ago and later named ‘Cranky’, thinking it might be a good Christmas gift for my daughter and the other younger women in my family. So, I made some up, diluted it a bit and took it to work. That night, a therapist sat where I had been charting and commented on how good the area smelled, asking what the fragrance was. I mentioned that I was trying out a new blend for possible gifts and some of the other nurses asked about it. I let everyone who wanted to put some on in order to smell it and get other opinions. Every single woman loved it, but one nurse took a deep breath and said ‘Wow, I can actually feel it!’ as I literally watched the tension leave her body. The thing is, this is one of the most aggressive and argumentative people I have ever known. I have never seen her relaxed. She has a clinically diagnosed PMS Syndrome, and this blend visibly fills a need in her. I have massage and bath concentrations all made up for her to use, which she will get next shift we work together. Will it help with the pain and other physical symptoms, since it obviously helps with the emotional symptoms? Only time will tell and hopefully she will tell me.
(It delights all of us to share this story during National Nurses Week)
The Crankiness blend, from years past, is
PMS Blend–to tame “the crankies”
5 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Jasmine Sambac Absolute
4 drops Geranium
8 drops Lavender (I would choose Lavender Mailette)
2 drops Fennel
3 drops Vanilla CO2
2 drops Violet Leaf Absolute
6 drops Ylangylang Extra
Blend into one ounce of carrier oil; rub onto abdomen (or wear as perfume!)
Email from Cynthia as I was writing this newsletter: “Hi Marge, I just opened up my package, and I’m in LOVE with the Vetiver from Madagascar. Could you please set aside a 2oz size for me? I am planning to place another order after I experiment with all of my goodies and I am afraid it will sell out.
Simply amazing! Thank you for finding this one!,
And I was delighted to tell her that we bought LOTS…no danger of running out.
Blends and Formulas
1/4 oz. Jojoba
1/8 oz. Beeswax Beads
8 to 10 drops Rose Absolute
8 to 10 drops Neroli
4 or 5 drops of either Frankincense, Sandalwood, or Benzoin to &dquo;fix” the scent
HINT… FIRST blend the EOs and absolutes so that you will have a blend you
fall in love with…THEN add this blend to the melted waxes.
Melt Beeswax beads and Jojoba til liquefied and blended. Let cool until they JUST start to thicken…blend in Essential oils and Absolutes.
(You do know that both Jojoba Oil and Beeswax beads are available in small quantities on our Carrier oils page, don’t you?)
NOT for use on your baby, but a blend of equal parts Rose Absolute 10% and Vanilla CO2 10% is remarkably close to the scent of commercial baby powder–if you want to duplicate that scent. Neither oil is safe for infants, so please don’t think about scenting baby products this way.
Oriental Rose Blend
One part Sweet Patchouli 10%
Two parts Rose Absolute 10%
and to celebrate the return of our Jasmine Absolutes, some Jasmine blends:
from John Kerr, former editor of Aromatherapy Today
3 drops Sweet Orange
4 drops Spearmint
2 drops Jasmine grandiflora
4 drops Frankincense carterii
Add to liquid soap to add to bath, or to 50 ml water for spray… or in a diffuser
Diffuser blend, from Wendy Robbins of Aromaweb
1 drop of Jasmine Sambac
6 drops Sweet Orange or Blood Orange
3 drops Patchouli
This would make a wonderful solid perfume, as well.
Perfume to Calm Anxiety
6 drops Neroli
20 drops Bergamot FCF
2 drops Rose Otto
1 drop Linden Blossom CO2
4 drops Jasmine Grandiflora Absolute
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Add to two ounces of carrier, or add a few drops to a diffuser.
Bed Time Bath Blend for Anxiety and Depression
4 drops Lavender
2 drops Jasmine Sambac
2 drops Ylangylang Complete
Blend into a tablespoon of liquid soap or cream, add to warm bath.
And for your Inner Child
Another client, who asked to remain anonymous, shared her favorite “child’s play” synergy. Since two out of the three oils are on sale this month, this is definitely the time to try it.
3 Mandarine Red
4 Ylang- Ylang Complete
3 Lavender Mailette
Aromatic Quote of the Month
What better for the passing of the April Showers than this quote from Solomon’s Song
“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
Enjoy a lovely, flowerfilled Month of May, everyone!
October at Nature’s Gift
Welcome autumn! To celebrate our travels, to Mark Webb’s CO2 course in Boulder, CO, and to
NAHA, where we will learn more about Mark’s Australian Oils we are putting ALL
of our CO2 Collection (new discoveries and old favorites) on sale at 10% off. Also, our collection of Australian Oils are discounted for the month of October.
This newsletter contains:
- New and Back in Stock Products
- New Skincare CO2s and Fixed Oils
- Back in Stock Products too delicate to ship in summer’s heat
- Blog Updates
- October Sale Dates
- Quote for October
NEW and BACK in STOCK:
Mint: we have been out of stock on this gentle delight for a long time and
are glad to welcome it back! Sweet Birch: a potent pain reliever (please read the listed safety precautions and use with
extreme care). Cardamom
Seed, organic from Guatemala, just in time for autumn. Cardamom Seed CO2 extracted, lighter and brighter. Clove Bud: seasonal spice. Copaiba Balsam: from the Amazonian jungle. Sweet Fennel, a gentle digestive. Cumin Seed CO2 Total: Sultry spice. Turmeric CO2 Total: return of a favorite. Mango Ginger CO2: powerful anti-oxidant. Rosemary Antioxidant CO2 Extract: preservative and skincare ingredient Haitian Vetiver: sweeter than honey.
Brand New Skincare Fixed/Carrier Oils:
Sandalwood Seed CO2 Powerful anti-inflammatory and antiaging active
ingredient. Prickly Pear Seed Oil
The newest high end anti-aging skin care oil. Raspberry Seed CO2: High in omega-6 and omega-3 for skincare. Sea Buckthorn SEED CO2 Oil: Lighter, easier to work with and much paler in color, may be used at higher percentages than the pulp extraction. Kiwi Seed Oil CO2 Oil: heal dry, damaged hair and skin.
Back in Stock and Ready to Ship:
Melissa Calendula Lip Balm and Virgin Coconut Cream Oil. (Some of these are just too fragile to ship in summer’s heat.)
- New Versus Old: a change in our bottles.
- Blue Tansy Quandary (or “Why We Are Still Out of Stock”)
- Which Citrus is safe for toddlers/babies?
- How we evaluate essential oils.
- Nasty Nitz (“Children’s Hair Problems”)
- Top 10 List from our Labor Day Sale
- To fridge or not to fridge, that is the question.
October brings trick or treating, and several traditional Nature’s Gift Sales:
- From Saturday 10/29 through Monday 10/31 Use the discount code TRICK and receive from 8–12% discount on retail-sized products, including our rarely discounted kits. No bulks, books, or gift certificates.
- Or, on Halloween Day itself, October 31, use the discount code TREAT and receive from 10–15% off retail-sized EO’s. Essential oils only.
Please, if you choose to place multiple orders, do not ask us to combine orders. We will not be able to make any changes, including special requests and/or sample requests, once the order is submitted. Also, the Trick or Treat discounts are “bouncing discounts.” Their value will move up and down at random. The amount of the discount when your order is received by the shopping cart is final.
Quote for the Month:
From Ghosties and Ghoulies
and Long Legged Beasties
and Things that go BUMP in the night,
Dear Lord deliver us.
(Traditional Scottish prayer.)
And may all of our friends in the path of this week’s storm stay safe, dry, and warm. And safe journeys for those joining me in Boulder and in Salt Lake City!
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This newsletter contains:
BACK IN STOCK: Tis the season for restocking!
Recent arrivals from France:
Our long awaited Wild High Altitude Lavender —la crème
de la crème—also fresh distillations of
all three of our organic Lavandins, more Lavender Mailette, and (in
my opinion) our best value— Population Lavender. We are in process of
having all of these oils tested, but for now the GC/MS analysis on our website
is from the 2013 distillation. Also from our favorite producer, both
organic Thyme Linalol and rare Thyme Thujanol. Sourcing French Thyme
was a challenge this year, and the cost of the Thujanol chemotype has escalated.
Why? Because there was a drought in the high regions of Provence this summer. “But,” I asked, “Thyme thrives in dry weather, why is there a shortage?”
“Ah yes, the thyme did well. But the grass died, so the goats ate the thyme.”
We also were able to bring in a bit more Mastic. Amazing stuff!
New arrivals from Canada:
Organic Yarrow Hydrosol and more organically certified Wild Carrot Seed Hydrosol, as well as a new shipment of our organic Juniper Branch and Berry Oil and a small amount of healing Poplar Balsam Oil.
Just arrived this week, again from France:
Helichrysum Hydrosol, Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil and new to us, Criste Marine Essential Oil, Crithmum maritimum, is commonly known as Sea
Fennel or Samphire or Rock Samphire. Reputed to be a powerful diuretic, said to
have both anti-oxidant scavenging and firming actions in skin care.
We also received a new supply of our Oxygen Barrier…for
those who purchase bulk sizes of our oils, this will help prolong their shelf
We have had a lot of requests recently for people wanting a
blend to support friends and loved ones in Hospice care. The name
that kept running through my head was Peaceful Crossing, a blend of
Frankincense CO2 for calming, centering and connecting with the Sacred, Atlas
Cedarwood, to calm anxiety and ease fears, Cypress, for comfort in times of
loss, Blood Orange, our sweet anti-depressant, Rose Otto for calming grief and
hysteria, and Spikenard, known for helping achieve inner peace, and releasing
fears and resentments, the oil of forgiveness. This blend was designed to
aid both the individuals preparing for the crossing, and the loved ones at their
side. Available undiluted to use in a diffuser or inhaler or in a skin safe
anointing oil (in jojoba oil) for topical use.
AUTUMN SPICE SALE:
Autumn seems just the right time to enjoy the gentle spices. Until our next newsletter, save 10% on 15 ml sizes of all our
seasonal spice oils: Allspice, Cardamom, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Coriander, Ginger, Ginger CO2, and Nutmeg CO2. (Yes, the comment about our Allspice oil, below, is what prompted this spicy sale.)
On Friday, October 31st use the discount code TRICK and save
12.5% on retail sizes of all our essential oils, absolutes, and CO2
extracts. (Retail sizes are 2, 5 and 15 ml bottles.)
OR, on the full Hallowe’en weekend, from Friday the 31st
through Sunday night, November 2nd, use the discount code TREAT and save 10%
on almost all of our products.
Special books, kits, and bulk oils are
excluded from either sale.
AMAZON KINDLE SALE
on both of Marge’s Books. It has been a year since we
released the Kindle version of
Essential Oils and Aromatics.
To celebrate, from November 1st through November 3rd save on both of our
Essential Oils and Aromatics and
Waters. These are “countdown” sales. On Essential Waters,
save over 50% for the first 36 hours of the sale, then save over 25% until
the sale ends. Similar savings on Essential Oils and Aromatics.
OUR CLIENTS SAY:
Recently a Facebook group that shall remain anonymous hosted
a discussion of “which supplier do you prefer.” Amid all the MLM
recommendations from avid fans one message jumped out at me. Jennifer Berry wrote:
When I was starting out 20 years ago, I found an online
store called Nature’s Gift that was taking painstaking care to import
high-quality, 100% pure essential oils, and was sharing safe, accurate, and
useful information to enhance their use. In 20 years Marge Clark and her crew have never steered me wrong or sold me a bad product, and I’ve learned as much from their website as from any of the books
I’ve read. You will not be disappointed.
I shared that with Christi…it touched both of our hearts,
and we thank Jennifer, both for her lovely comment, and for letting us share
it with you.
Re Allspice Oil:
Dear Folks at Nature’s Gift,
I just wanted you to know that my recent
order, which included Essential Oil of Allspice, absolutely
rocked my world. The Allspice is very special and of exceptional
quality: It is all at the same time, sharp, warm, clear, deeply
spicy, exotic, familiar, and luxurious. I think it should be added
to the official list of aphrodisiac oils! I have long loved the
warm oils, but this one in particular, is of exceptional quality it
every way. The others I ordered were also of amazing quality (the
Ginger Root CO2, especially)….but that Allspice!! There are no
words! Sigh. Thank you.
p>This was my first order from Nature’s Gift, and I am
so pleased, you can be sure that I will be a regular customer.
Sincerely, Jacqui J
Now, it’s not often we get a chance to rock someone’s
world, so I thought we’d share this. I suggested to Jacqui
that next time she might want to sample Bay Laurel, since she loves
the warm spices. I think it will also appeal to her.
A Warming Blend
Dannie Lane, of AromaTherapeutics Medicinal Aromatherapy and
Massage shared this energetically (and physically!) warming blend last
winter. I thought it would fit in well with our Autumn Spice sale:
Ok, it’s cold out, very, very cold! This is Atlanta, we
should not have highs in the upper 20’s with wind chills in the mid teens!
Well I work out of my home and have some clients coming over this afternoon
so I want to make something warming, something to make the place “feel”
warm and welcoming. So I mixed up a blend of EOs that are energetically warm
to diffuse. The mix is:
In a 5ml bottle with a dropper top blend
Ginger 50 drops: strong warming oil, gives a feeling of comfort and warmth,
Cassia 25 drops: strongly warming to the body, not as HOT as cinnamon gives
the feeling of comfort (I like how it smells when defused better then
Allspice 10 drops: it smells good, and gives energy to the place/home.
Black Pepper 15 drops: soft and light, gives a gentle warmth to a room,
think of it as a warm hug.
Cardamom 15 drops: love this oil, warming, sweet and spicy, but gentle at
the same time, very uplifting to the mind
Lemon 13 drops: light and sweet uplifting to the emotions and the mind.
Add the EOs, one at a time, after adding each oil, swirl to mix and smell
the blend. When adding each oil, think of WHY you are adding it and what you
want the blend to do.
Warning!!! These are powerful oils, defuse for 10 to 15 min at a time and
stop for 30 to 45 min, then defuse again for 10 to 15 min. I would not let
the defused oil get on finished surfaces!
An Autumn Blend from 14 years ago:
My friend June recently contributed this lovely seasonal blend for the diffuser or lamp:
Autumn Forest Blend
I just put together a forest-type blend of 15
drops Black Spruce, 1 drop Atlas Cedarwood, 1 drop Galbanum and have
it in my nebulizer right now. Lovely, rather like the woods on a
late autumn afternoon after a rain. Woodsy but with a touch of
composting leaves, very reminiscent of childhood walks in New
England. It will be interesting to see how it mellows after a few
days. I might even try this in a bath, diluting it in some Jojoba
oil first, or try it for meditation. Most intriguing.
This transplanted New Englander gets homesick every
October… and this blend DOES smell like home!
Sleep Sweet Linen Spray from Chasa Cochran of Back to Square One:
4 fl oz vodka, 20 drops Green Mandarine (Citrus reticulata), 14 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), 6 drops Himalayan Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara), and 4 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetuum anuum)… add essential oils to the vodka, shake well and spray your pillowcase.
Most of our blog articles have been concerned with our newly
redesigned website. If you haven’t visited yet and have questions you
might want to browse some of the articles introducing it:
Some Screen Shots introducing the changes.
How to change your password (because the new site will assign you one at
Missing the alphabetical “Quick Order List”? We’ve added
How to find and use it.
Also, Lisa, the talented graphic artist on our design team
has written a great TOUR of the new site.
Not on the
blog, but on the site itself, here.
And for a change in pace, “a day in the life” of Nature’s
Gift. A HUGE order from a hospice for a product we don’t normally make
in large batches.
See how we got it together here.
Natural perfumer Christine Malcolm, of Santa Fe Botanicals
shared this wonderful
Tube video about distillation in France, Bulgaria and Hungary.
A wonderful blog article by Victoria of Bois de Jasmin about
the use of
Citrus oils in fine perfumery.
A published research study showing the effectiveness of
Marjoram, Lavender, Black Pepper and Peppermint on patients with chronic
Quote of the month:
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
(L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)
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Under certain conditions, even the most beneficial essential oils can prove harmful. Concentrated oils are very strong, and just because a product is ‘natural’, that does not mean it’s harmless. Inappropriate use can sometimes lead to adverse or damaging side effects. This is a partial list of medical concerns that warrant avoiding some oils. If you are aware of other contraindications that we’ve omitted, please email us.
Partial List of Conditions that Warrant Avoiding Some Oils
Pregnancy: Essential oil use during pregnancy is a subject about which there is much discussion and disagreement. Some professionals believe that most or all essential oil use should be avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy (the most critical period of fetal development). However, many pregnant women suffering from morning sickness or nausea during the first trimester do not wish to use pharmaceuticals. Often, they can be helped by simply inhaling ginger CO2 or a citrus oil with no known risk to the fetus. Any pregnant woman who wishes to use essential oils during pregnancy, though, should first check with her obstetrician to ensure there are no medical contraindications to doing so.
For pregnancy in general, we suggest avoiding Basil, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Coriander, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Sweet Marjoram, Oregano, Myrrh, Peppermint (which in many cases should also be avoided while breastfeeding), Rockrose, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.
If you suffer from a seizure disorder: avoid Basil, Fennel, Hyssop, Rosemary, and Sage.
If you have diabetes/hypoglycemia (low blood sugar): some sources say to avoid Geranium.
If you have high blood pressure, it is suggested to avoid Pine, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.
Kidney/renal problems: should cautiously approach the use of Juniper Berry, Sandalwood, and Coriander.
Blood thinner/anticoagulant use: (including Aspirin, Coumadin, Eliquis, Brillinta, Xarelto, Lovenox, Heparin, etc.) If you are on anti-coagulant therapy (blood thinners), you should avoid oils high in eugenol, including Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Wintergreen, and Bay Laurel (Pimenta racemosa). Two oils with almost identical components that are considered dangerous to use are Birch (Betula lenta) and Wintergreen. They have their own page with warnings about them.
Some of the above cautions listed apply only to ingested oils (that is, oils taken internally-more on that later), but a few cautions apply to all routes of administration (inhaling, skin application, and internal use). Other aromatherapy professionals say that such cautions are completely unfounded, having no clinical evidence to support the claims. In short, there are no “one-size-fits-all” guidelines. This is why we suggest consulting with a trained aromatherapist who can help make suggestions according to *your* personal situation.
Photosensitivity refers to dermal (skin) application of certain essential oils with the areas of skin then exposed to the sun’s rays within 12 hours of application. This can result in reddening, dark pigmentation, or skin blistering. Strongly photosensitizing oils include Bergamot (furanocoumarin-free/FCF bergamot is not phototoxic), expressed/cold pressed Lime, and Rue. Cumin, Mandarine, Lemon, Tangerine, Sweet and Blood Orange and Verbena are considered moderately sensitizing. Angelica Root, Caraway, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle Absolute, Laurel Leaf Absolute, and Patchouli are mildly sensitizing, and Virginia Cedarwood, Dill Weed, and Petitgrain are considered very mild on the photosensitizing scale.
Any cold-pressed citrus oil can be considered a potential photosensitizer. Steam-distilled citrus oils, on the other hand, do not carry this risk. St. John’s Wort CO2 and its infused oil can also be photosensitizers.
Substance Use and Essential Oils
Clary sage essential oil should not be used when consuming alcohol, because it may increase alcohol’s sedative effects. Sweet Marjoram and the Chamomiles can also cause drowsiness. In general, if you use or plan to use pharmaceuticals with sedative effects like opioid medication, or other mind-altering substances known to cause drowsiness, you should consider avoiding use of these essential oils.
Sensitizing Oils (oils which can cause permanent adverse reactions)
Sometimes, sensitization can be caused by overuse of essential oils. Some aromatherapists in the past, for instance, poured their oils without using safety equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, and lab coats, and a well-ventilated area. After a while, they found that whenever a particular oil (say lavender) was being poured, they coughed, sneezed, suffered difficulty breathing, broke out in skin rashes, or suffered other uncomfortable symptoms. In other words, they had become sensitized to that oil. For a more complete description of sensitization, click here.
The following essential oils have either a proven or suspected history of causing sensitization (allergies): Aniseed, Bay, Benzoin, Balsam of Peru (VERY HAZARDOUS), Calamus, Cardamom (suspect), Cassia, Cinnamon Bark and Leaf, Citronella, Clary Sage (suspect), Costus, Dill Seed (not dill weed), Fennel (Bitter, not sweet), Fig Leaf Absolute, Galbanum Resin (cross-sensitizing with Peru Balsam), Hyacinth Absolute (suspect), Jasmine Absolute, Juniper (suspect), Laurel (Bay Laurel), Lemon (suspect), Litsea Cubeba (suspect), Lovage (suspect), Mimosa Absolute, Oakmoss Concrete (suspect), Orange (suspect), Pines (suspect), Rose Absolute (if used in high concentrations), Spearmint, Tolu balsam (VERY STRONG), Tagetes, Turpentine, Lemon Verbena (the IFRA strongly advises against the use of Verbena oil in cosmetics or perfume products), and Ylang ylang (in very high concentrations). Source: Tisserand and Young’s Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition.
NOTE: Some oils should not be used except by clinically trained aromatherapists. Among them are Birch, Dalmatian Sage, Thuja, and Wintergreen.
To read more about possible negative reactions to aromatic chemicals, click here. To read if Benzoin is a Safe Preservative, click here.
Essential oils which contain known carcinogenic components are Calamus (European and Asian) and Sassafras. (Please note: Sassafras essential oil is banned for use in cosmetics and toiletries in all of Europe. We do not offer it at Nature’s Gift.)
Potentially Dangerous Effects
Some essential oils have such potentially dangerous effects that it makes them too risky to experiment with. The oils on our personal “to be avoided at all costs” list are: Bitter Almond, Calamus (grown in Europe or Asia, the Canadian/USA grown is safer), Yellow Camphor, Horseradish, Mugwort, Mustard, Rue, Sassafras, Southernwood, Tansy (other than Annual/Blue Tansy), and Wormwood.
Unsafe Methods of Use
A method of using essential oils (promoted by certain multilevel marketing (MLM) corporations that flies in the face of all established safety guidelines is called Raindrop Therapy. For a white paper that discusses the risks, click here.
In professional aromatherapy practice, there are rarely any “no, never” cautions. However, one area where we never, ever recommend essential oil use is in the eye. The risk of damage to these delicate organs is too great and therefore we do not advocate use of essential oils in the eyes. For more information, click here.
Can Essential Oils Be Used Internally?
We do not make claims that essential oils can be used internally. In fact, our labels clearly state “not for internal use”. Why? At least two large multi-level marketing (MLM) essential oil companies have carelessly recommended gross overuse of these powerful substances. Some people think nothing of adding multiple drops of essential oil to a glass of cold water or cup of hot tea. In their minds, it’s the same as drinking an herbal tea or flavored water. In actuality, they’re drinking the equivalent of quarts of tea/flavored water in that one cup of water.
Also, essential oils and water do not mix, no matter how much you shake a bottle with water and essential oil in it. Undiluted molecules of powerful essential oil will come in contact with the delicate mucus membranes of the mouth and the lining of the esophagus and stomach.
In rare cases, essential oils may be used internally. Some of us with specialized training in aromatic medicine have used our oils internally, upon rare occasion, and with great respect for their power. The ancient Greek term “pharmacopea” has two meanings…“medicine” and “poison”…because anything powerful enough to heal is also powerful enough to do damage. Internal use of essential oils should be overseen by a practitioner trained and skilled in the modality.
In all but the most complicated cases, internal use is NOT the most advantageous way to reap the benefits of essential oils. Inhalation and properly diluted skin application are perfect for the vast majority of concerns.
Occasionally, we will cook with a drop or two of essential oil which is well-diluted in fat contained within the recipe. A jar of honey with a drop or two of ginger oil in it to add to tea for health reasons is an acceptable practice…two drops of ginger essential oil in an 8 ounce jar of honey is plenty enough for good results. This rare and “respectful” use of essential oils goes against the willy-nilly, “all the oils all of the time” use recommended in many aromatherapy groups on the Internet.
Hints and Tips for Physical Well-Being
Ruth Gilbert writes:
Just for your interest, I have been using a combo of equal parts Inula graveolens, Ravensara [we use Ravintsara] and Frankincense in the diffuser for long term, allergic congestion (with additional aggravation from viruses) both nasal and chest, with spectacular results.
Other clients have reported fantastic results using our Blue Tansy (Tanecetum anuum) in the aromalamp every morning.
Anti-Virus / Anti-Flu
A couple of weeks ago, one evening, I felt exhausted…and I hurt all over. My joints ached, my bones ached…my HAIR hurt. Obvious signs of a virus of some sort trying to take over. I put about 20 drops of Ravensara [again Ravintsara is a more than adequate replacement] in the diffuser in my bedroom, but didn’t want to fall asleep to its medicinal scent. I discovered a wee bit of Colleen K. Dodt’s Christmas Potpourri blend. I don’t know what else is in it…but I remember sending her some Cinnamon Bark last autumn for that blend. My nose says there’s a bit of clove, as well. I added perhaps one drop of that spicy blend to the Ravensara, and turned on the diffuser. The room smelled wonderful…and by morning whatever I was fighting off had disappeared. Does this prove the oils killed whatever virus it was? Nope…anecdotal evidence isn’t worth much to the scientists. But I plan to mix some Cinnamon Bark and Clove Bud into MY stash of Ravensara, for future use. Maybe some Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citradora), as well, for its powerful antibacterial effect? (October 1999)
From an online friend:
For my nose when it got raw from blowing, I put on Heli 10%, waited a bit for it to soak in, and then shea on top of that. After the second time, the pain went away and it didn’t hurt to blow anymore. Now tonight I’m going to try MuscleEase in the tub to see if it will help the soreness in my stomach and chest from coughing. They *feel* like muscle cramps but I’m not sure if that’s what they really are.
My comment: When I’ve had a bad cough, my diaphram ends up really hurting, and I’ve found MuscleEase helps ease the pain. Courtney isn’t fond of the smell of the MuscleEase massage oil, but swears by our MuscleEase Bath Salts for aches, pains, and congestion. (The high amount of Eucalyptus in it probably helps with the decongestant effect.)
Years ago June Curtis wrote the following:
My order arrived on Wednesday and got put to immediate use since we both have colds. I quickly concocted your “Hints and Tips” blend of Ravensara, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, and Lemon Myrtle for the diffuser. Relief was swift and the room smelled wonderful! This is a definite “keeper” to stave off the New Mexico bacteria and viruses that are new to our immune systems. Thank you too for the sample of Clove. I hesitated to order that without testing lest my blends turned out to smell like Easter Ham! My fears were groundless since it’s a pleasant oil, much softer fragrance than expected, but a little goes a long way.
A month or so ago, Kristi Kusek wrote:
I just wanted to drop you a little note to tell you how much I love your Manuka oil! I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and noticed it was recommended for use with CFS — so I gave it a try well over a year ago. It has become a staple oil for me that I use in almost any blend in some quantity. I definitely feel that the use of essential oils, especially Manuka, has helped to keep me from getting those nasty recurrent viruses that I had suffered from for years prior to this. In fact, my poor husband has the flu right now and I am diffusing a blend of ravensara, manuka, cinnamon bark, clove, and lemon myrtle to help him get better faster and to keep me well! I feel confident that it is helping to clear the air of those nasty germs.
Old Time Sore Throat Remedy (not aromatherapy, but sounds helpful so we’re passing it along):
Sore Throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
Six years ago, Dorothy Murphy shared this formula on an aromatherapy discussion list:
- 2 drops Ravensara [Ravintsara]
- 1 drop Euc. Radiata
- 1 drop Palmarosa
- 1 drop Myrtle
Dilute in 10 mls of carrier oil, preferably a combination of ones high in Vitamin C like Rosehip Seed Oil. Put on chest and throat and lymph node areas under the ear/jawline and on the lung reflex area of the feet.
Another flu/cold bath formula from a client who asked not to be named:
Colds and Flu Energizer
- 10 drops Ravensara
- 10 drops Eucalyptus
- 4 drops Peppermint
- 8 drops Rosemary
Blend together, add one quarter (8 drops) to a warm bath. This would be a stimulating blend for when you can’t afford to just go to bed. The peppermint and rosemary will help you get moving again.
Athletes Foot Remedy?
Marlene Smith, of Canada writes:
I previously made a essential oil blend based on a Study done at Warwick University in England and had great results. I haven’t had the same results using just Tea Tree (maybe it was too old). The oils I used were Lemongrass (10%), Niaouli (20%), Mandarin (10%) and Palmarosa (60%), in a sweet almond oil base. Because it was localized and I was treating my husband we justified using that much, but I do not recommend anyone else use this dilution. I used a high dilution for one week at 20%, 2nd week at 15%, and 3rd week at 10%. I kept a log and after the first 24 hours the itching completely stopped, spots where not as inflamed and pink only. By the 3rd week there was no sign of spots or itching. That was in December 2002.
My comment: I’d not start with the 20% dilution, but the blend sounds like it would be very effective. (July 2003)
Idea…from Barbara Lucks (firstname.lastname@example.org), respected aromatherapist, a way to use oils that are not generally “skin friendly” in your morning shower.
Says Barbara: “I drop 4–6 drops on the shower floor with the drain closed, and the oil is carried up in the shower steam. I love starting the day this way.” Barbara goes on to add that if you use the decongesting oils, one of the Eucalyptus species, for example, the aromatic steam really helps loosen congestion. (Thu, 06 Jan 2000)
Another recipe that some of our clients have found giving relief from chronic back pains and various forms of arthritis/rheumatism/joint pains: Calophyllum inophyllum as a carrier, with a blend of Helichrysum italicuum, Black Pepper and Lavandin Super essential oils. I’ve not offered this massage blend online yet. It has always been a custom product; however if the demand is there we could add it to our list of physically healing blends. (Aug 24, 1999)
Bug Bites / Spider Bites
First aid tip from one of our client’s…email just received from Lisa:
Hi Marge, in my last order, i requested a sample of the Bulgarian Lavender (the more perfumery one, in case i got the name wrong). i got a very large, itchy spider bite on my leg. i thought i was going to have to *not move* all day because when i walk, the itchy/burniness is tremendous. then i remembered the sample. in about 15 minutes, the itching went away and just a moment ago, i forgot it was there! isn’t THAT fun!?
Fun indeed! And good to know. Thanks, Lisa, for letting me share it. (June 2000)
From one of our clients, who gave us permission to share:
I would also like to tell you how wonderful your infused calendula oil is.
Yesterday my daughter got steaming hot soup on her arm and hand, so I immediately poured some calendula in a glass and added a few drops of lavender (I can work really fast under pressure ;). Well I applied the blend and I could actually SEE the burn healing!!! I have done this before on a burn and I have never seen such a fast healing:) As I was using my regular lavender I completely thank your calendula!!
My friend Mary Jane writes from Michigan:
I woke up this morning and could hardly walk. I have bursitis in my right hip. I used a mixture of Helichrysum, Vetiver, Black Pepper, and Jojoba Oil. The pain decreased in about 10 minutes. I could walk without a limp for six hours. It was great!
I have also been in a horrible mood for the last few days. I must say, the synergy did wonders for my attitude. I walked around relaxed and on cloud nine all day.
Maybe you could pass along the recipe to fellow sufferers.
So I did 😉 (February 2002)
Carpal Tunnel Relief
From my friend Pattye Z:
One thing i forgot to tell you in my last message—the Immortelle is just great on my carpal tunnel in my right wrist. I’ve been using it when i get those pains and within about 10 minutes the pain is completely gone for hours. i can type and write pain-free. i have been taking motrin and using rubs on this but without complete pain removal. this product does it. thanks (is there NOTHING Helichrysum isn’t good for? I believe it is the most healing of all the oils, even more so than Lavender!) (18 Jul 2000)
Carla is a professional chef, and all the slicing and dicing has given her carpal tunnel that wakes her in the middle of the night with the pain. I blended some of our BackEase Synergy into our St. John’s Wort infused oil. Within a few days she was pain free. It’s not an instant magic wand cure-all…but the combined anti-inflammatory ingredients really helped. (July 2000)
In New England, school didn’t start until the Thursday after Labor Day. Here in Middle Tennessee the children have been back to school for a couple of weeks now. If your little ones are having some problems going to bed earlier to catch an early school bus, you might try a few drops of Bulgarian Lavender, or Roman or English Chamomile in a bedtime bath to relax them and help them fall asleep. If getting them up and moving in the mornings is a problem, I suggest diffusing or spraying a water and EO spray [use an emulsion to blend] in their room….our FogCutter is the most energizing synergy I have experienced. (August 1999)
Chamomile Baths (One Relaxing, One Sensuous)
This blend for an insomnia bath includes my favorite Neroli (I want to try this one tonite!)
- 4 drops Roman Chamomile Oil
- 2 drops Lavender oil (I would use Mailette, I think, but any true Lavender should work)
- 4 drops Neroli Oil
- 2 drops Sweet Marjoram Oil
A relaxing and sensuous blend for the bath, massage, or diffuser:
- 12 drops Bulgarian Lavender
- 6 drops Blood Orange
- 4 drops Roman Chamomile
- 4 drops Ylangylang Complete
- 3 drops Sandalwood Sri Lanka or Tamil
Ear Infection Prevention
From Amy Sikes:
I asked you what to use to prevent my baby (just turned 1 last weekend) from getting ear infections and you suggested diffusing Eucalyptus smithii. I’ve been using that anytime he is congested and so far so good, no ear infections! I diffuse it and mix it with epsom salt and put in his bath. I’m so pleased with this, because the last time I was at the pediatrician’s with him she was talking about tubes for him and I really don’t want to go that route. I just can’t thank you enough!!!
My children had constant ear infections when they were small, so I know how miserable they can make both the baby and the mom. Wish I had known about Eucalyptus Smithii thirty years ago!
Elizabeth Millar recommends a blend of equal parts Thyme Linalol, Pink Grapefruit, and Rosemary for an energizing bath that carries with it “the optimism of a sunshiny day.” (August 2003)
First Aid Spray / Wound Care
Mix 2 drops of lavender, 3 drops of tea tree, and 2 drops of cypress in 8oz saline water. Spray wound and cover with band-aid on which 1–3 drops of lavender has been placed. Repeat 2 times daily. After 3 days expose cut to air. (September 2004)
My good friend Lane comes up with strange and wonderful blends. I fell in love with this one. It’s in the aromalamp next to this desk, and I think is going in my car diffuser soon.
Lane’s Focus Blend
Wonderful sunny uplifting stuff! Not as physically energizing as our Fog Cutter, so that I can stay at the computer. (With Fog Cutter in the diffuser, I can’t sit at a desk!)
If your climate is anything like ours, here in Middle Tennessee, you have been sweltering for the last few weeks, with little or no relief in sight. Other than never leaving the air-conditioning, I’m finding a chilled atomizer of Spearmint Hydrosol the most refreshing aromatic relief. Somehow when the heat index is out of sight, Mint is the most refreshing scent I know. A tepid bath with just two or three drops of Peppermint EO is also a wonderful “cool-down.”
Insect Repellant / SkeeterBeater
A recipe from a Florida client who found that a carrier oil based insect repellant just sheeted off her in the Florida heat: She adds our Lemon Teatree (about 40 drops) to 2 ounces of witch hazel (the alcohol in the witch hazel dissolves/disperses the EO quite nicely) and then adds another two to four ounces of distilled water to the blend, pours it into an atomizer bottle and sprays all her exposed skin and, sometimes, her clothing. Says it keeps the Florida “skeeters” away better than anything. (Aug 24, 1999)
SKEETERBEATER….this stuff really works, folks. Was at a campfire meeting Sunday evening from just before sunset until quite late. Everyone around us was slapping at mosquitoes, until I shared our SkeeterBeater. Just a few drops of the diluted blend on my wrists and forearms kept me bite free all evening. Hope has been putting a drop of the diluted synergy (15 drops per ounce) on her dogs, just a bit on the back of their necks, once or twice a week. Not only has she not seen any fleas, but they are not bringing ticks into the house either. Now, I don’t know if this blend will repel ticks. But neither she nor I have seen any, and they are usually a real problem with our outside dogs. If you plan to spend any time outdoors, you NEED some of this. A lot of you are already using it; if you are finding no ticks when you normally would expect them, please let me know. We love feedback!
Tip from my daughter the groomer…if your dog has one of those woven collars, rather than a leather one, add two or three drops of undiluted SkeeterBeater to his collar to keep him pest free. She says it works as well as commercial products and it’s a lot cheaper. (And SHE gets a discount on the commercial stuff!) (July 2000)
Read about, and order, our SkeeterBeater Blend here.
Years ago June Curtice shared two of her favorite blends for those sleepless nights when your brain just won’t stop running:
- 6 drops Himalayan Lavender
- 8 drops Sweet Marjoram
- 3 drops Lemon
- 6 drops Black Spruce
- 3 drops Clary Sage
- 2 drops Bulgarian Lavender
With either, we’d use a drop or two on a tissue inside the pillow case—or an aromalamp, or an aromastone. Both blends are lovely. For me, the first is more relaxing/sedating; the second just makes tension melt away. (March 2005)
Labor / Delivery
Mari also used our Ylangylang essential oil to control her daughter’s blood pressure during labor and delivery. Says it worked quite well. Mari writes, “She didn’t moan, groan, yell, or scream once during her labor. The physician and nurses were very interested in the Neroli, as they could hear other mothers screaming while they were giving birth. But not Spring, my daughter. Afterward, she said, she felt very relaxed and there was pain, of course, but she felt she could handle it. And handle it, she did. We both swear it was the Neroli. I would just spray it on her each time she asked.” (March 2000)
More feedback from friends using our Peppermint essential oil for migraines. Sniffing Peppermint straight from the bottle at the first sign of the aura seems to stop a lot of migraines in their tracks. Handy to know! October 1999)
Oral Care / Plaque Removing Blend
Our friend Barbara, of Alma Del Sol recently gave us permission to share this. It has proven so very effective that she wants to get the word out.
I have come upon a blend that is getting such great reviews that I have to share it, along with a brief case history.
Tea tree x 8 (Germicidal)
Myrrh x 1 (Germicidal/anti-inflammatory/astringent)
Clove x 1/2 (REALLY germicidal)
Cardamon x 1/2 (Keeps plaque from sticking, honest)
Put 2 drops on toothbrush with toothpaste and brush as usual, or use in an irrigation device or put 2 drops in a shotglass full of water and use as a mouthwash (try not to swallow, but it won’t hurt you if you do).
THE GREAT REVIEWS:
Dentists saying things like “What are you doing differently?” or “Well, I don’t know what you are doing, but it looks like you may actually be able to keep your teeth.” or “I don’t think we really need to do that gum surgery after all.”
THE CASE HISTORY:
Me, of course, and NO, I am not going to launch into another round of trials. I’m getting enough positive feedback from my dentist and my clients to know it works.
My entire family just seems to accumulate plaque easily and we all need to have our teeth cleaned frequently. In the last few years, I was losing the battle even with daily brushing, flossing, irrigation and professional cleanings every 4 months. My dentist lectured me relentlessly, even though I really was religious about dental hygiene.
I finally got fed up and decided that the solution was not going to be entirely mechanical. I wised up and decided to view my mouth as a part of my body and my dentist as a medical professional. My dentist confirmed that I was dealing with inflammation and bacteria buildup that was eroding gum tissue. He also told me that some people have systems that are too alkaline, which causes more buildup, as well as “sticky bacteria.” I did a quick personal history and immediately thought “What am I doing brushing with a baking soda toothpaste?” (is this an evil conspiracy between the dentists and the manufacturers?), and I also recalled the chronic problems that I and my mother and five sisters have had with bladder infections, another “sticky bacteria” situation.
So I cooked up the blend listed above and mixed it 2% in a solution of vinegar—1 part—and strong cranberry tea—2 parts (here in the US you can get straight cranberry tea bags at any health food store from Traditional Medicinals—it is sold for bladder health). Used it as a mouthwash. Yum-yum. Kept up with the brushing and flossing as usual. I also did research into anti-inflammatory diet, and did some pretty radical diet changes, which were a great improvement in lots of ways.
Six months later, my dentist said “What are you doing differently?” I had actually reversed the periodontal decline.
So for the next four months I just used the blend on my toothbrush and dispensed with the vinegar and cranberry. I held my own. I gave the blend to a couple of friends who called a few months later with “Great news! I don’t have to have the gum surgery.” I have resumed the vinegar and cranberry, and the improvement has continued, but the blend works very well on its own.
Thanks for sharing, Barbara! (October 2003)
I read your article on poison ivy on Agora. Something I tried recently is some essential oil of Citrus aurantium leaf, and Petitgrain. I had poison oak on my hand and it was starting to get to me, seriously. I grabbed the first bottle of essential oil I found, which happened to be Petitgrain. So much for enlightened therapy. Some kind of aromatherapy roulette… I applied it neat. It stopped itching immediately and never itched again. I could not feel it at all. It started oozing right away, and the day after, it was completely dry. A friend of mine tried it, same result. That was impressive. A wider guinea-pig pool would help validate this use for Petitgrain essential oil. If you ever try it, let me know if you have similar results.
Now, I would NOT recommend using Petitgrain neat, especially on broken or disturbed skin. But perhaps a compress of cool water with a few drops of petitgrain floated on top?
Some time ago Donna Groom shared her Respiratory Protection Blend:
- 4 Eucalyptus radiata
- 4 Rosemary verbenone
- 4 Peppermint
- 4 Fir Needle
- 1 Pine
- 4 Ravensara (substitute Ravintsara)
- 1 Lemon Myrtle
- 1 Cedarwood
- 1 Manuka
- 1 Laurel Bay
This sounds like a wonderful blend for the diffuser or lamp. Thanks for sharing, Donna! (January 2004)
And, my personal favorite — from my mentor Michel vanHove:
- Hyssop decumbens (Hyssopus montana ex decumbens)
- Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
- Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia ct cineol)
- Eucalyptus globulus
- Sea Pine (Maritime Pine) (Pinus pinaster)
- Ravensara aromatica (substitute Ravintsara)
- Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Best used in a nebulizing diffuser. My note, this is best used in daytime, energizing, as well as decongesting! (February 2008)
Frankincense is the first oil I reach for when coughs or congestion come down in my chest. I like to blend it with black spruce, our Sweet Spanish Eucalyptus[We currently carry Eucalyptus Globulus which would be a wonderful substitute.], Atlas Cedarwood, and a bit of Hyssop.
Perhaps two drops of Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Black Spruce, and one drop of the Cedarwood and Hyssop, either in the lamp, or added to a carrier oil and rubbed into the throat and chest. (November 2004)
SARS has to be one of the most frightening health threats to emerge in this new century. With the global community, it can be brought anywhere; and those who are forced to travel regularly are especially at risk.
One of my mentors, Dr. Jane Buckle has shared the following suggestion. (At least one client asked if we made such a blend…we don’t, but we certainly offer all the oils called for.)
As SARS is a corona virus and closely related to the virus that causes flu and colds, I would recommend a mixture of Ravensara Aromatica[substitute Ravintsara], Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa), Lavandula augustifolia and Eucalyptus globulus. Place a couple of drops on a handkerchief and inhale deeply every half an hour or so. This is particularly important when you are flying or in any crowded environment! (May 2003)
I’ve seen a lot of requests on various lists recently for shingles remedies. I’ve not read of an outbreak sweeping the country, but it surely seems that way from here. The “classic” aromatherapy remedy for shingles is Ravensara aromatica (the most strongly antiviral essential oil that I know of) in a base of Calophyllum inophyllum, a rich green sweet-scented base oil from Madagascar. We have made the switch to Ravintsara in Calophyllum recently due to not being able to obtain a trustworthy source of Ravensara that meets our standards of quality.
Pet Skin Care Using Hydrosols
Jeanine Stanley wrote a few months ago about her use of our Hydrosols in caring for her family’s service dogs:
Just a note to let you know that I wouldn’t be without your hydrosols and to give you just a few uses for them that might help others.
This spring and early summer have been especially warm and wet in my locale. With 2 golden Retrievers and a newly fenced in yard, we’ve had our share of hot spots and wet smelly ears. 3 of your hydrosols come in so handy that I’m recommending them to all of my guide dog friends as essentials.
Tea tree hydrosol is the best thing to dry out, disinfect and generally clear up oozing nasty hot spots, those patches of skin your dog just loves to chew until raw. Tea tree hydrosol is also an incredible ear wash for killing yeast in dogs’ ears. You can tell if your dog has yeast as a part of the gunk in the ear if the discharge coming from the ear has a sweet almost rancid smell and is crusty.
I saturate several cotton balls with the tea tree hydrosol and clean the ear as usual. If the ear is very crusty or moist, I will apply the hydrosol directly to the inside of the ear. You want to do this outside and allow your dog to shake its head to clear the debris and excess liquid.
Both of our dogs are male, but friends tell me the Tea Tree hydrosol also works to rid female dogs of yeast infections in the vulva. Simply wash that area thoroughly with the hydrosol. For male dogs, some hydrosol on a cloth can help decrease the urine smell around the back legs and stomach.
I also use tea tree hydrosol as an overall body wash for the dog. Just spray some onto your favorite brush or comb and groom your dog as usual. I find the best grooming implement for this is the rubber Zoom Groom brush. Always wash your grooming gear after using any hydrosol, waterless shampoo, etc.
Oregano hydrosol is a life saver for cleaning cuts, insect bites, stings and even those hot spots that have become infected. I will wash the spot first with oregano then apply the tea tree hydrosol as a drying agent. Yes, your dog will smell like a pizza, but he or she will be much happier sans infection.
Finally, as a drying agent and to keep the skin inside the ears at an appropriate PH balance, I love the witch hazel hydrosol. It smells good, is soothing and helps prevent what we affectionately call swamp ears.
As our two dogs are guide dogs, they must be in some pretty tight quarters in public, airplane cabins, elevators, crowded store lines. Using the hydrosols keeps them fresh and clean and free of infections.
Thanks for the great products! (Sept 2004)
A client caught mononucleosis from her college-aged daughter. Had lived with swollen glands for some time, and was tired of it. She started applying Cistus Essential Oil to the glands. According to her reports it seemed obvious that the Cistus was “stirring something up.” She started coughing up a lot of nasty mucous, green stained, indicating an infection. She said she just felt that a lot of things were “moving around and loosening up.” After about five days she started feeling much better, and the swelling is almost gone. (I had forgotten that Cistus is sometimes recommended for treating swollen glands; I always use it for spiritual/emotional purposes.)
Rosemary Antioxidant is extracted in Germany from organic Rosemary officianalis specifically to provide us all with an anti-oxidant rich ingredient to preserve the freshness of our precious fixed oils and essential oils.
This is not an aromatherapy substitute for any of our several chemotypes of Rosemary Essential Oil. It is designed as an additive to short-lived fixed oils and/or essential oils, to prevent oxidation. (It is oxidation that causes degradation and rancidity in carrier oils and causes chemical changes in the short-lived essential oils, especially Citrus oils and Conifers.)
Rosemary Antioxidant also has skincare benefits in and of itself. It contains over 13% diterpene phenols which have approved antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-microbial effects when used at the appropriate levels in skincare blends and products.
Rosemary CO2 Antioxidant has demonstrated a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity about germs of concern in skincare. As such this is recommended as an ingredient for topical treatment of acne vulgaris, seborrheic eczema, and, sometimes, atopic dermatitis.
New research reveals that Rosemary antioxidant is also a promising multifunctional anti-aging agent, protecting cell components against oxidation and inflammation. It also appears to have broad spectrum activity against 29 types of gram positive and gram negative pathogens.
Rosemary antioxidant is also said to inhibit the growth of various Candida strains.
According to Cosmetic Science Technology, Rosemary CO2 Antioxidant naturally protects stressed skin against early aging. It is not only a high active antioxidant in cosmetic products, but also possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activity. It is also recommended for topical treatment of skin disorders such as acne vulgaris, seborrheic eczema and atopic dermatitis.
As an anti-oxidant, Rosemary Antioxidant is as effective an anti-oxidant at 200 ppm as is alpha-tocopherol at 500 ppm.
It is no wonder that the producer of the vast majority of our CO2 extracts adds Rosemary Antioxidant CO2, in low levels, to many of their CO2 extracts designed for use in skincare!
USAGE: From our producer, “Dosage for anti-oxidative efficacy is usually 0.05-0.02% and should be proportional to the concentration of oxidation sensitive components in final products. A higher dosage (up to 0.5%) will cause antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and skin soothing effects too.” As with many of these powerful CO2 extracted ingredients, less is more. Please blend with a light hand.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
Certificate of Analysis:
Batch No. GE-861106
Batch No. GE-861310
Batch No GE-471214
Batch No. GE-58834
Batch No. GE-58933
The herbal form of this root, dried and powdered, has been known as Thai Ginseng. The root is a common element in Thai cuisine used as a digestive, to aid sluggish digestion, flatulence and indigestion. The rhisome is also used for tooth and gum disease, diarrhea and as a diuretic. The fresh root is mashed and brewed as a decoction, or the dried root is powdered.
The essential oil is said to both support health digestion and be effective in combatting nausea. Ideal as a remedy for carsickness or seasickness because not only is it effective, but it also smells wonderful! Try blending it with Cardamom. It is said to be helpful, by direct inhalation, for easing sinus congestion as well as helping with mental focus. (For me, the two can go together, so one remedy for both would be wonderful!)
In Thailand it is used to stimulate the liver and detoxify the body.
Based on its chemisty, I would expect it to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and ant-inflammatory.
Fingerroot Essential Oil has also been shown to be effective against acne-causing bacteria, so a mild dilution might be an effective addition to an anti-acne blend or cleanser.
Now, that is the practical “stuff” about this new oil, that I, for one, had never heard of. We did not plan on importing it. But, when we opened the one kilo canister…it was love at first sniff! I absolutely LOVE the aroma of this sweet, gentle spice. I expected another Ginger, since they are members of the same family. Aromatically this oil is much gentler, softer, and sweeter than any ginger oil we have experienced. Contrast, if you will, the spiciest hardest gingersnap, with the soft molasses ginger cookies your grandmother hopefully baked for you. THAT is the difference between fingerroot oil and ginger oil. A sheer, delectable delight!
Certificate of Analysis:
Batch No. TH-58543
Batch No. TH-58678
The Dog Days of August
Like most of the southern, central and eastern United States, we have experienced the dreaded August “Dog Days” throughout June and July, and are dreading what Mother Nature might have in store for us during the month of August. Our lawns and gardens are dry and brown, some of the trees are showing Autumn colors in midsummer.
We are fortunate to work in air-conditioned comfort…after all, the oils need “cool room temperature” so we wear sweaters. Our hearts go out to those who have to work outside, or don’t live with air-conditioning. Stay safe everyone.
This newsletter contains:
- Clearance Sale – 2010 St. John’s Wort Oil
- A Helichrysum Sale!
- Back in Stock products
- A Tropical Flowers Sale (because you asked for it!)
- A Back to School Sale
- Blog Update
- Our Clients Say
- Aromatic Quote
St. John’s Wort Sale:
Save on the last of our 2010 infused oil. Save 25% while supplies last.
Helichrysum Special Sale:
We have put our “copper free” Helichrysum Essential Oil from Corsica on special sale – 40% off our regular price. This “batch” of Helichrysum is higher in Neryl Acetate but lower in Diones than our “Traditional” Helichrysum. We have never offered any Corsical Heli at a price this low.
Back in Stock:
BACK IN STOCK: German Chamomile Hydrosol – just in time to sooth summer’s irritated skin. Tranquility Diffuser – our silent Nebulizing Diffuser. Ideal for your bedroom. Lavandin Super Essential Oil and ORGANIC Cajeput Essential Oil.
If we are going to have tropical temperatures, let us have tropical pefumes to surround us. Enjoy our favorite exotic tropical blossoms in skinsafe 10% dilutions, perfume blends, or infusions. Jasmine, Coffee Blossom, Tuberose, White Ginger Lily, Vanilla, and our White Blossoms perfume, all at 10% savings.
BACK TO SCHOOL:
In New England, where I grew up, school started on the Thursday after Labor Day, and didn’t end until June 21st, the first day of summer. Starting school in August just seems wrong to me, but here in middle Tennessee some systems are going back to school even as I type. My grand-daughter’s first day at Kindergarden is August 11th. (At least her school is air conditioned; some of them aren’t.) At any rate, to help students of all ages prepare for school we’ve put our traditional study synergies on sale. Focus (our study blend, for lamp or diffuser) and Fog Cutter—energizing to help them get up and catch that early school bus. KleenHandz, our gentle, aloe based Hand cleanser, loaded with our favorite anti-bacterial and anti-viral essential oils. Save 10% of all of them on our New and Special page. Also save on our deluxe pocket inhaler, and our MIO desk top diffuser, perfect for a small area.
For years we’ve tried to offer Hydrosol Samplers, one ounce sizes of several different hydrosols, either our choice, or your choice. That has, over the years, caused some problems, when people would request samples of hydrosols that were running low, and all poured in 4 ounce bottles, or would request out of stock samples, and we would have to hold their order waiting for substitutions. We’ve decided to discontinue the samplers, as such, but all of our hydrosols are now available in a one fluid ounce “Trial Size” as well as our traditional four fluid ounce Cobalt PET atomizer. I hope the flexibility of selecting just one trial size if that’s what you want will work well for you all.
In the month of July Christi blogged about a multi-purpose shower gel formula she created and I shared an article from The Whole Dog Journal which suggested Lavender oil in creating a less stressful environment for aggressive dogs.
I have been working on a blog article to summarize all the reasons we oppose the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. Time has not allowed my to write it yet, but on Facebook we’ve shared the writing of many respected leaders in our industry who feel strongly that rather than giving us safer cosmetics, this act, as written, will drive those manufacturing natural personal care products, and those supplying pure healing ingredients out of business. I know that, as a supplier, there is no way that Nature’s Gift can meet some of the proposed regulations. The paperwork and testing burden will be beyond our resources. Among those who oppose the bill as written are: Robert Tisserand, renowned Essential Oil safety expert, Cindy Jones, PhD, Microbiologist and Chemist. Kayla Fioravanti, of Essential Wholesale has written a series of blog articles analyzing the proposed act, and the unforeseen effects of many of its proposals.
These are just a handful. When I come up for air, I’ll be writing a blog article about it. If you agree with the reasoning in the articles above, there is action you can take. Let your elected representatives know that you oppose H. R. 2359, log onto the Petition Site and add your name to those of us who have already signed. We would love to be able to continue doing what we do. This law will force us out of business.
Just today I published an article congratulating Christi on successfully completing her Aromatherapy course with the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy.
OUR CLIENTS SAY:
A family friend is going through chemotherapy following cancer surgery, and having a hard time with it all, so we’ve gifted her with products that we thought might ease some of the side effects. She had mentioned having terrible mouth sores. Now, by now everyone knows I ALWAYS stress that these oils need to be diluted, and should never be used neat. There is one exception to that rule that I follow myself. If I have a sore inside my mouth — a canker sore or irritated gums, etc, I will put a tiny drop of Myrrh essential oil on my finger tip and touch it to the sore. When she mentioned the mouth sores, I gave her a tiny bottle of Myrrh to try. Her comments? (Posted on her Facebook page, shared with permission.)
Nature’s Gift Aromatherapy has saved the day again. My horribly painful mouth sores were getting unbearable and I used their Myrrh as suggested. Immediate relief. Months of nasty mouthwash and every other thing you can imagine. You should really check out the site. Mother Nature wins again!!!
We have had some occasions recently when we were privileged to make a difference with some individuals. What a gift that is, and a powerful reminder of why we are really here! Thanks for letting us share that, Christy!
Melanie Warren, from the UK recently wrote and shared the following:
Firstly I want to thank you for the info on your site about Helichrysum. Because of reading that – I had the most amazing experience. My husband had his finger trapped in the car door. A few hours later when I saw him it was swollen, throbbing badly and starting a huge bruise including under the nail. I didn’t have a clue about the % blend to use so 2ml rosehip with 2 drops heli and 1 drop chamomile and by next morning it had stopped hurting completely, the bruise was reducing, and the next day the nail bruise is almost gone. Amazing. Keith is amazed too! He doesn’t see how a few drops of oil can take away the pain and bruising so efficiently and neither do I but it worked.
When I wrote asking for permission to quote her she replied:
Yes of course you can use it if it helps someone else. It was your site that helped me!!…Following up Keiths finger – it was Wednesday 7pm he trapped it and today (sunday 1pm) there is absolutely no mark at all now and hasn’t been any pain since just after the first application of the oil. He has used it a few times each day still but may as well stop now!
I love it when the information we share helps someone!!!
Annette Kohn-Lau sent the following:
Hi! Wanted to share a great story on Helichrysum 10% dilution! I had some spider veins removed from my face recently. The doctor told me I would be bruised and swollen for two to six weeks. She gave me an ice pack to use right after the procedure, but when I came home, I put on some of your Helichrysum 10% dilution. I reapplied it that night and again the following night. (I have to admit I really don’t like the smell!). I never had any bruising at all….just a tiny bit of swelling that was barely noticeable. It has been several days now, and still not a hint of discoloration.I had this same procedure done last year and was really bruised for at least a week. Should have thought to use the Helichrysum then! Thanks so much for being one of my favorite companies!! Annette Kohn-Lau
Linda Jane Robinson had been writing about some other issues, and mentioned in passing (with permission to quote):
I also wanted the let you know, that the Olive Squalane oil that I have been using for my eczema, I am using for my dogs. Since we have moved to India, the dogs’ noses have dried out, I have been using this oil twice a day on them and their noses have improved dramatically. The really good thing is that they don’t lick it off when I have applied it
I’ve had our dogs’ noses get really dry at times, when they’ve been otherwise healthy. This is a good tip to know.
Back to School Butterflys:
A reminder from past years – Debbie G’s daughter suffered from school anxiety, and butterflies in her tummy every morning when school started. Debbie carried a small atomizer of our Neroli Hydrosol in her purse and every morning in the car misted her daughter with “butterfly spray.” Her daughter danced off to class, happy and reassured. Neroli can work wonders for anxiety. Our supply is extremely limited.
We used to make a belly balm. I never claimed that it would prevent stretch marks — my understanding is that the tendency toward stretch marks is hereditary, and if you are fated to get them, you will. But the balm kept growing bellies soft, moisturized and not itchy. When Candice, my daughter-in-law was pregnant with Chelsea, her first, I gave her a jar, and never thought anything of it. Recently she commented that on her belly, where she used the balm, she had NO stretchmarks. On her breasts, where she didn’t… she has lots of them. WHOA! That amazed me. We still do not offer it; we sometimes had problems getting the texture exactly right. So we thought we would share the formula. If nothing else it SMELLS yummy! (I asked her permission to quote her.)
Scaled down formula. Please note, these measurements are by weight. Use your postage scale.
250 grams Virgin Coconut Cream Oil
75 grams Cocoa Butter (melted)
Melt the Cocoa Butter, and stir into the Virgin Coconut. The heat of the melted cocoa butter should be enough to melt the coconut. If not, warm gently just until liquified.
7.5 grams Rose Hip Seed Oil
21.5 grams Argan Oil
Stir in to the melted solid oils.
Weigh and sift together 14 grams of corn starch (yes, from your kitchen pantry).
Sift over the balm and beat in until smooth. (The corn starch gives a lovely powdery finish and makes the balm feel “non greasy.”)
These quantities will yield a full to the brim Bail Jar and perhaps a tiny bit left over. (Please note — we stopped making/offering this because the oil blend has a tendency to separate out from the rest of the balm — not what we want in a commercial product. We may change our mind and try it again based on Candice’s comments.)
Eve Roxby, of Winslow AZ, enjoys creating new and unusual scent blends, and sometimes shares idea with me. Two that she recently mentioned:
1. “The Davana is wonderful with some Vanilla added. It warms up to an Apple Toddy smell!” This is one I haven’t tried, but it sounds like it would be wonderful for Autumn!
2. “These oils are so much to experiment with. You know in my previous order, I got the Petitgrain and I wanted it to create a fragrance that smells like the soil, rocks or cement after a short rain. You know the smell when the earth gets wet and then the sun comes out and there is a humid atmosphere around? This is what I was after and I have created something very close by mixing 5 drops of Himalayan Cedar wood, 3 drops Petitgrain, 1 drop clementine rind, and 1 drop cardamom. I named this “Pangano Rain” after a lake in the Himalayas (Pangong Tso).”
(And no, I don’t have proportions or dilutions. This is about PLAYING, and ideas that might spark some creativity for you.)
From a summer newsletter a decade ago, Deanna Maldonado shared the following:
Dear Marge, I purchased some of your wonderful lemon rind oil a while back and used it in the following recipe for lemon tea cookies adapted from the book Favorite Recipes with Herbs by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good. I just thought I would pass it along.
Lemon Tea Cookies
1/2 cup softened butter
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 cup raw sugar (may substitute granulated)
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp lemon zest
15 drops lemon oil
4 drops mandarine oil
2 1/2 cups wheat pastry flour (may substitute all purpose, but I would use less)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Juice of 3 lemons
1-2 cups confectioner’s sugar
candied lavender flowers (optional)
Cream together butter, eggs, cream cheese, sugar and honey. Add 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon oil and mandarine oil. Mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add gradually to egg mixture. Mix until smooth. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Roll into balls about one inch in diameter. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until edges turn golden brown. Frost with lemon glaze. Garnish with candied lavender flowers.*
Mix remaining lemon juice with 1-2 cups confectioner’s sugar until paste forms. Drizzle over warm cookies.
* To make candied lavender flowers, paint blossoms with a mixture of lemon juice and confectioner’s sugar mixed with one or two drops lavender oil. Lay flat until dry or dry for 30 seconds on high in the microwave.
Yum….(I think ANY citrus oil would be lovely in these. Deanna used our lemon oil in place of the grated lemon zest.)
Aromatic quote for August…well…not, perhaps, aromatic…but it feels just right to me:
When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally
get the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of life
here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and
elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our
brief but intrinsic participation with it.
—Elizabeth Gilbert (From her biography of naturalist Eustace Conway.)
“The air was fragrant with a thousand trodden aromatic herbs, with fields of lavender, and
with the brightest roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows….”
—William Cullen Bryant quotes (American Writer, 1794-1878)
Stay safe everyone!
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Like most of the United States, we are experiencing the dreaded August “Dog Days.” Our lawns and gardens are dry and brown, some of the trees are showing Autumn colors in midsummer.
We are fortunate to work in air-conditioned comfort…after all, the oils need “cool room temperature” so we wear sweaters. Our hearts go out to those who have to work outside, or don’t live with air-conditioning. Stay safe everyone.
Stock up and save! All of my beloved citrus oils at a 10% savings. Visit this page to see the list, discounts will be taken in the shopping cart. 15 mls only.
August Grag Bag
Suppliers send us samples. Sometimes they are products we buy and make available. Sometimes we choose not to. But the samples collect. We gathered a lot of them…took the original suppliers’ labels off, and put one of our handwritten labels to identify the contents. Some are wonderful; some are..not! Some are roses and sandalwoods and… other rarities. With an over 0 order, simply mention “grab bag’ in the COMMENTS at checkout, and, while they last, we’ll send you one. please, no special requests! Yesterday the producer of our Osmanthus sent us a wee sample of this year’s production. Yes, it will be added to the grab bag. (I already ordered a kilo…beautiful.)
New to us, a USA-grown Clary Sage much higher in sclareol than our traditional European-grown Clary specimens. It is our understanding that sclareol is the component believed to give clary sage its phyto-hormonal effects. This is the oil we will be using in our Passages and Moon Days synergies when we blend new batches, and the oil we recommend for menstrual and menopausal difficulties. We will continue to recommend our French Clary Sage for relaxation and for pain relief.
Back in Stock
BACK IN STOCK: Floral Waxes! It has been years since we offered these useful aromatics—ready to enrich solid perfumes or enrich your balms and salves.
BACK IN STOCK: Containers—we finally were able to restock our wee Lip Balm Pots. We use these for sample size creams and lotions. Perfect for lip balms, solid perfumes, a wide range of uses. We’ve lowered the price by 20%.
BACK IN STOCK: Essential Oils—This is the time of year we restock. Shipments are en route from almost all of our favorite suppliers. New arrivals include Organic Egyptian Anise Seed, USA-grown Roman Chamomile, Lavandin Super organic from Spain, soothing Helio Carrot CO2, after a long absence we can now offer Owyhee, Brazilian Rosewood, just in today, Organic Haitian Vetiver and Organic Canadian Yarrow.
BACK IN STOCK: Hydrosols—from Morocco two organic hydrosols, Neroli Hydrosol Organic, and Rose Hydrosol Organic.
BACK IN STOCK: Carrier Oils—Canadian Cranberry Seed Oil, a new supply of Kalahari Melon Seed Oil.
We are almost out of our Yuzu Absolute, but, for affordability, Jim blended a small amount in a 10% dilution in Fractionated Coconut Oil. 15 mls only. Supply is very limited.
From our Indian producer: new shipments of Himalayan Lavender, Holy Basil, Davana, Frankincense Serrata, all of our Jasmine Absolutes, and delightful White Ginger Lily. Hydrosols of Himalayan Cedarwood, Jasmine (Motia), and Tuberose.
From around the world: Neroli, organic Atlas Cedarwood (stock up on the Cedarwood, it will improve with age), cold-pressed Coffee, Bay Laurel, wild harvested on the island of Crete, Bulgarian Tobacco Absolute, wonderful for men’s fragrant blends. See these, and more on our new and special page.
It’s been MONTHS since we shared updates on our blog:
- Debi Rodriguez shared details of an amazing success story starring our MERCY products, on a horrible skin fungus.
- Brenda Richardson shared a long journey trying to control and/or heal a stubborn cellulitis infection.
- In June, to celebrate the arrival of a beautiful distillation of Canadian Juniper we blogged about the properties of Juniper Berry and shared some formulas using it.
- My mentor Gabriel Mojay did some mythbusting on Facebook, and gave us permission to share. This article criticizes the oft-cited “British School vs French School” excuse to use the oil unwisely.
I had mentioned how, over a decade ago, Gabriel forced me out of my nice comfortable cocoon, and was asked to share. A long read with lots of history about US aromatherapy.
- Oh YUM— Strawberries and Rose Cream.
- More of Gabriel’s myth-busting: Reactions to Raindrop Therapy. (No, your body is NOT detoxing!)
- “Liquid Salad”—an easy and refreshing Gazpacho recipe from the early 70’s.
- Inhalation vs. Topical application —an infographic.
I didn’t realize how much I had written until I started this list.
OUR CLIENTS SAY
Sandy Barret recently shared: “I’ve been experimenting with the Cleopatra line for a few weeks now, and I am really enjoying it! I use the wash daily; my dry skin is soft and smooth without feeling greasy, blemishes are clearing up. The serum smoothes out the fine lines and my over all complexion just seems healthier. The shower gel is giving me the same results, and it was nice to be spoiled by the bliss bath. I ordered the travel pack because there has been so much chatter over frankincense that I wanted to see for myself how well it really worked, and have been pleasantly surprised. Thank you for such great products!”
Shingles and Skeeters
Dear Marge & your wonderful staff,
A note to express my Gratitude for this amazing blend. My wife Paula introduced me to the Ravensara in Calophyllum for my recurring outbreaks of Shingles. It helps tremendously. Nothing else has. The vaccination has reduced the intensity but the blend stops the itching and reduces the blisters quickly.
Also use the Skeeter Beater as in South Florida the “Mosquito” is known as the state bird. I recently went on a Sea Turtle walk at a state park where you have to walk through a swampy woods to get to the beach. Most of the other walker’s spent time swatting and complaining about there store bought repellent not working. Not me the skeeter’s left me alone.
Thanks to you all,
(We love feedback like that, and we love it when folks give us permission to share!)
I am hearing a LOT of feedback from adults with ADD or ADHD and parents of schoolaged children with this diagnosis saying that an inhaler with Vetiver seems to help ground and center them. No single solution works for everyone, but this would certainly be worth trying. Vetiver is known for its grounding effects.
Formulas and Hints:
A Travel Tip from Pam Parsons, editor of The Aromatic Thymes.
Immediately after checking in to a stale hotel room, Pam fills the bathtub with extremely hot water, and places several drops of her favorite aromatic oils in the tub. She then swishes the oils well using the hotel ice bucket. Since many of the aromatic molecules are carried throughout the room with the steam, her room soon smells wonderful. After an evening meeting, Pam returns to her room an hour or so later when the water is comfortably warm for bathing and most of the essential oils have evaporated into the air. She then slinks in to enjoy a healing aromatic bath. Pam’s favorite oils for this purpose include cardamom, tulsi, sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh and/or vetiver.
Aromatics with Vetiver
Years ago my friend Karla shared these:
I love vetiver with sandalwood. A blend I made for a friend had
12 drops sandalwood
3 black spruce
3 black pepper
It was really nice.
black pepper 3
Roman chamomile 3
lime peel 3
black spruce 3
Both of those in 2oz of jojoba.
12 years ago Mary Jo wrote the following:
I woke up this morning and could hardly walk. I have bursitis in my right hip. I used a mixture of helichrysum, vetiver, black pepper, and jojoba oil. The pain decreased in about 10 minutes. I could walk without a limp for six hours. It was great!
I have also been in a horrible mood for the last few days (I’m dealing with a lot of fear). I must say, the synergy did wonders for my attitude. I walked around relaxed and on cloud nine all day.
Maybe you could pass along the recipe to fellow sufferers.
END OF SUMMER QUOTE:
“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose…”
I wish I knew the source.
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