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The Beginnings of Summer
This newsletter contains:
May Flower Sale Continues:
We’re continuing to offer some of our favorite floral oils at 10% savings. Save on exotic, fruity Osmanthus, Osmanthus 10% Dilution ; delicate Neroli and Neroli 10% ; Orange Blossom Absolute and Orange Blossom Absolute, 10% Dilution ; all three Jasmines (both full strength and in 10% dilution), lush and exotic Tuberose and Tuberose 10% ; the Organic Rose Otto and Organic Rose Otto 10% mentioned below; and our Russian Rose Absolute and Russian Rose Absolute, 10% (perhaps the best bargain of all the florals). Also included, while supplies last, our White Ginger Lily and White Ginger Lily, 10% from India. Again, while supplies last, Ylangylang Complete and Ylangylang Extra. We are restocking, but there have been delays, so if we run out, we apologize. We had hoped to have a new supply of pure Golden Champa in time for this sale, but our producer is being dilatory in shipping what we ordered. We do have our Golden Champa 10% available. As usual, bulk sizes, kits, and samplers aren’t included in this sale.
NEW and Back in Stock:
A new ITALIAN Helichrysum (yes, Helichrysum italicuum, organically produced on the island of Sardinia, off the coast of Italy (just a stones throw across the Mediterranean from Corsica). I was sourcing more of our healing Balkan Helichrysum and found this wonderful specimen, even higher in neryl acetate than its Macedonian predecessor, but, lower in the italidiones than our unique Corsican Oil , which we will reserve for surgical and burn scars. HOWEVER, this new oil from a new (to us!) producer is wonderfully effective for nerve and joint pain, bumps and bruises, all the healing uses of a fine Helichrysum italicuum. And, since it *does* contain italidiones (over 4%) I find myself asking what percentage of italidiones do we NEED for scar healing? I don’t think anyone knows. I have had some chemists tell me they have never seen an oil with over 6% italidiones. I don’t have the answer. Will this Italian specimen be as effective for scar healing as our Corsican oil? Too soon to tell. We hope to get feedback from those who try it. In the meantime, I am using this oil in my research project.
Back in Stock:
20 on the 20th:
May 20% on the 20th Anniversary Sale promo code will be Anniversary and the 20% discount will be on all essential oils in categories I-J and K-L.
Stock up for Summer
A warning that as spring flies by, we are unable to ship our Baby Bottom Balm (or our Happy Baby Gift Set or Best Baby Gift, both of which both contain our baby balm), Shea Souffle, or the Melissa Calendula Lip Balm in summer’s extreme heat. We don’t want you to receive soup in your mailbox! Please keep the weather forecast in mind when ordering, and stock up NOW for summertime needs. Speaking of which, now’s also the time to stock up on SkeeterBeater, After the Bite, and Sunburn Soother. We want you to have lots of fun in the sun!
We haven’t had time to write much, and we’ve not been sharing the articles that did get posted…so, the last few blog articles, since last we listed them:
Thanks to your generosity we were able to send 545.00 to the Save the Children Federation’s Nepal Relief effort. Thank you all for helping us make a different in the face of so much devastation.
As always, thank you for allowing us to continue doing what we love, and we wish you joy on your aromatic journey.
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Because woods are traditionally thought of as masculine aromas, and Father’s Day is just around the corner, we are putting all of our various wood oils on sale on sale at 10% off. From rare Agarwood to exotic Sandalwoods, see the full listing on our front page.
Taiwan Incense Cedar Wood Oil, Siam Wood and exotic Osmanthus. See them and our long list of back in stock CO2s, oils, and hydrosols on the Nature’s Gift front page.
Going, Going, Gone
We are unable to replicate Rick’s Valour blend, so when the current batch is gone, it will be gone forever. If you love this blend designed to support spiritual courage, please order quickly. Very few retail bottles of either the undiluted synergy, or the diluted anointing oil remain. It is a part of Nature’s Gift history, first created by my first employee, Rick, in the days following September 11.
Our Clients Say
Kathy Wilcox recently commented on an order, “Your Blue Lotus infused oil makes my heart happy.” That made OUR hearts happy. We love it when our products delight you!
Haly JensenHof, of Your Health Scents, wrote that she ran out of her precious Mullien oil and had an earache. A drop of our Trauma Oil rubbed all around the ear and the opening, (not in the ear canal itself) made the pain vanish in no time. Yet another use for Trauma Oil.
Rae S, in Texas, wrote, “The blends, hydrosols and synergies I have purchased do what they say. I have had very good results from the ‘After the Bite’ oil, which does wonders for fire ant bites, and also the Helichrysum hydrosol when the grandkids get sunburned.”
Blends and Formulas
Deep Woods (a cooling, calming diffuser blend)
- 6 drops Fir
- 3 drops Pine
- 4 drops Spruce
- 3 drops Cedarwood
- 3 parts sandalwood e.o.
- 1 part either Jasmine, Ylangylang, Neroli or Rose
(You all know which I will choose!) Use a total of 12 drops in a 10 ml roller bottle (9 plus 3) or add the same 12 drops to one ounce of Fractionated Coconut or Abyssinian oil for an exotic massage.
- 3 drops Rose
- 2 drops Atlas Cedarwood
- 2 drops Sandalwood
- 2 drops Myrrh (CO2 preferred)
- 1 part Jasmine (preferably Grandiflora)
Enough for a 10 ml roll-on for perfume or, again, a massage blend.
Happy Father’s Day to all the men in our lives!
We are so tired of winter. We are welcoming springtime with all the green leafy scents that say “SPRING” to us.. not the lush florals… but the first hints of green after Winter’s barrenness.
Save 10% on retail sizes of the following Harbingers of Spring
Rhododendron, Violet Leaf, vivid Ironbark Eucalyptus, Lemon tea tree, and Lemon eucalyptus, Coriander (the sunshine spice!), Bergamot Mint, Balm Mint Bush, Beeswax Absolute, Galbanum, the “rites of spring” oil, Rosalina, light and delicate.
And for Spring Cleaning: Tea tree, Manuka, Geranium, Palma Rosa (did you know those last two were powerful germfighters? We tend to overlook them.)
For winter weary skin, we are putting ALL of our skincare products on sale. 10% off retail.
Make your own moisturizers? Save 10% on all of our individual carrier oils, infused oils, and butters.
(When the seasons change from Winter’s dry cold to Summer’s hot mugginess I like to switch to lighter oils for moisturizing and cleansing. Perhaps you do to? This is your time to stock up.)
My mentor Madeleine Kerkhof is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her company, and her 10th anniversary of providing AromaCare products this year. In her honor, we are discounting her landmark book, Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care. Save 10% from March 1 – 20, while current supplies last. (Yes, the shipfree discount code will apply!)
New Fixed/Carrier Oils
New Essential Oils
Eastern Hemlock, from Canada, and Ajowan CO2 from Germany
Back in Stock
We’ve restocked goodies from our supplier in India: more White Ginger Lily, more Blue Lotus Absolute, and finally a good Holy Basil, Apricot Oil infused with Golden Champa (lovely floral body oil!) now available in a 16 oz bulk refill. And, from a USA distiller, specially distilled for Nature’s Gift, a new batch of Patchouli Hydrosol.
- A guest blog article about our Frankincense Sacra, by my teacher Cathy Skipper: She writes of “the deep, calm, pure, peaceful groundedness of frankincense,” I loved what she wrote and asked permission to share it.
- Affiliate Links ? why we don’t do them.
- Children suffering from anxiety and insomnia ? (No wonder, look at what’s happening around them!)
- The big event of February, my young friend Nyssa did a filmed interview. Delved into some ancient history, and some very timely events. This is the first interview of a subscription service for “Sylla’s Inner Sanctum” where my friend and mentor Sylla will be sharing.. all sorts of goodies. I enjoyed being interviewed and hope you will enjoy listening. (Warning..it’s LONG!)
- A link to a quick Elderberry Syrup recipe in the InstaPot. (yes, you can use the stovetop, too.)
- A “rise and shine” diffuser blend for little ones.
- “The Scented Djinn” wrote of Galbanum, our Rites of Spring oil, and gave permission to share. (Justine is a gifted perfumer.. her book is referenced on her page.. GREAT for the fledgling perfumer!
- My mentor, Madeleine Kerkhof (see the book sale, above) will be teaching in Washington State in October.
- More opportunties to learn. Cathy and Florian will be teaching in Atlanta, in May.
- We did a pair of Facebook Live Videos, making aromatherap inhalers in quantity. Beginning here, and the second half, methods of assembly, here.
- Web MD publishes a warning article about EO misuse.
These are just a handful of the tidbits that are shared with our Facebook followers every month. And, of course, they are the first to see announcements of new and back in stock oils. Remember last year, for awhile, we did a “Mondays With Marge” series, where folks posted questions and we would answer them on Monday evening? We are planning a weekly or biweekly Facebook live where folks can ask questions, and I’ll try to answer them. Stay tuned, and follow us on Facebook.
Our Clients Say
Hello Marge, I needed to tell you that I received my new Black Sacra Frankincense today and OH MY….time stopped still and when I came back, I found myself not just holding the bottle but cradling it!! Such a precious oil. It deserves to be held so lovingly.
Thank you for making it available to us again. Next purchase…the new Black Sacra hydrosol I see you have now. I will be ready for it!
With much gratitude, Chrystyna
German Angelica Root
Sophia Rose writes, The Angelica Oil is divine. I have only just smelled it so I can give you my first impression. My feeling with this Angelica Root oil is that I experience it as one that connects me deep and securely into the depth of the earth but also up to the Angelic Realm. My experience of Angelica up until this one is it connecting me into the earth but this is the first oil that I feel also connects me to the Angelic Realm. This is how I just experienced this oil. I know it is said to be the oil that connects to the Angels and this oil has done that for me, I experienced this very clearly energetically. So I am over the moon delighted to have this very special treasure.
She went on to write about other oils in our Private Reserve collection, and, I am completely and totally intoxicated and in love with the Bitter Orange Oil. Wowzer, how gorgeous is this oil!!!!!!!!!! I love all the oils, the Pine/Pine Cone is beautiful, the Black Spruce is a delight, all the oils are gorgeous.
We are seeing positive reviews on Facebook…people whose little ones (toddlers, typically) unable to sleep through the night. Diffuse Happy Dreams for a few minutes before bedtime and voila, a good night’s sleep for Mommy and child. I love that this is helping people!
Quote of the Month
Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of the seasons.
May you have a refreshing and renewing Spring Equinox and may your March become a Lamb, not a Lion!
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.
SPECIALS and SALES
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 0 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.
OUR CLIENTS SAY
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 ARCHIVES
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:
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.
AROMATIC (or not) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
“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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Nature’s Gift MARCH Newsletter
Leap Year Day, and St. Paddy’s Day, the Equinox, and (we hope) the end of Winter. Lots to celebrate this month.
This newsletter contains:
I had been taught that infusing blossoms repeatedly in a carrier oil can give a truer aromatic profile than an absolute or a distillation. Our new Blue Lotus is SO much more floral than the absolute we’ve offered for years. I fell in love when we sampled it and have been waiting since before Christmas for this aromatic treasure to arrive. Intensely aromatic, it works as a perfume or for a spiritual anointing oil. Also, less intense, coconut oil infused with blossoms of our beloved Golden Champa. A wonderful after bath moisturizer.
Floral Hydrosols – Jasmine (Motia), Golden Champa, and Parijat (Nightblooming Jasmine Tree) hydrosols from our Indian producer. For him – Cedarwood Hydrosol – wonderful for skin and hair care, and a wonderfully masculine aroma.
SPECIAL SALE DAYS:
LEAP YEAR SALE: February 29th comes but once every four years. So of course we have to celebrate.
On Wednesday, February 29th, Leap Year Day we will have a very special Sale event. A special Promotional Code. The value of the code will vary. Most of the night and day, it will be worth 10%. For a VERY brief period it will be at 29% for the 29th of the month. There will be times that it will range anywhere between those two numbers. Enter the promotional code “leap year” without the quotation marks, in the box marked “promo code” at check out, and press apply. If the discount is not reflected on your screen do NOT submit the order; we can not apply it retroactively. Have fun! As always, discount codes will not apply to a few select items… our “rare and special books,” our essential oil kits, bulk products and fast buys may never be discounted. Free shipping may not apply to any order using a discount code. (That would be a double discount, and we can’t do that.) Almost all of our normal retail size and priced products will apply.
St. Patrick’s Day Sale
On St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th enter the promo code “blarney” (without the quotation marks) and receive 17% off all of our Hydrosols. (And if your name is Coleen, or Brigid, or Patrick you may receive an extra surprise gift, as well.) We found a few FULL sample vials of undiluted golden champa absolute…we NEVER fill sample vials full. These would be worth 0 or 2 based on our retail pricing, and should not have been poured. We also found some TINY samples, just a few drops, of rare Osmanthus absolute…liquid sunshine. There maybe be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow after all.
Very little time to update the blog during this short month:
On our Facebook Page over the past few weeks we’ve shared and received shares about GMO crops, nourishing breakfasts, been asked for suggestions to help with Rosacea, Cystic Acne, storing hydrosols, a study showing that Lavender helped ease Post Cesarian pain and may be more effective than Betadyne in episiotomy wound care. We shared links to other blogs and to articles that we thought would appeal to our friends and clients. New products and limited supplies of “found in inventory” products were announced there first. Various friends and clients shared their experiences using the oils for various and sundry emergencies or “situations.” Facebook has become our favorite way to have fast communication and feedback from our clients. If you have a FB account, please “friend” the Nature’s Gift page.
Our Clients Say:
Recent correspondence from Vera in Jacksonville NC wrote:
I received my argan oil today with some wonderful samples. I can’t tell you how much I like this product, it has NO SMELL, and I can use it on my hair and face without having a reaction to the fragrance that is in the one from XXX’s Beauty Supply. XXX’s smells awful, just awful & is very dark. I had read on the internet it was just as good as the argan that could be ordered from sites. What a load of junk!!!! I wasted.99, when I could have added another.00 and brought the good stuff from you. Know anyone that would like a free bottle of that stuff? I have certainly found out that all argan oils are not made the same.
Novelist Zori Simone recently wrote:
I purchased the La Rosa blend recently and wanted to let you know how much it has soothed me. We’re a Navy family and we moved from my favorite city of San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL in December. Moving is always a challenge but my beloved grandmother (who lives in Philly) has been very ill as well… When I placed my order for two bottles of the Lavender Mailette (I knew I’d need extra with all the LIFE going on), I splurged and ordered the La Rosa as well. I am so glad I did! The blend has truly been been a balm for me these past few weeks. In addition to burning it over my diffuser, I have anointed everything with it: the cuffs of my shirts, my shower curtain, kitchen curtain, sofa pillows etc. I even put some on a cotton ball, in a ziploc baggie, when I flew to Philly last month.
When I wrote asking for permission to quote her, Zori wrote back, “Yes, you may quote me:) If my comments will lead to someone else benefitting from LaRosa, I’m all for it!”
We love feedback showing that what we do here has made life better for someone! It’s why we’re here…but we need the reminders sometimes!
Earlier this month Morgan Leavitt, a massage therapist in Chicago, wrote:
I’ve been meaning to write for a while now to praise your oils, and specifically cheer for Marge’s Miracle Oil. I am a Clinical Massage Therapist, working in a multidisciplinary medical clinic, and last October the number of patients I saw per week doubled. November became a very painful month for me as my body tried to adjust to the increased work. I had a bottle of the Miracle Oil that I had been using on my private patients for aches and inflammation, and started using it on myself. I’m pretty convinced that the oil is the reason I didn’t chop my arm off. Used nightly, it reduced the inflammation I experienced from the shoulder down to my wrist, gave the tissue time to heal, and the pain went away faster. I don’t have to use it as often now, but I always have a bottle on hand. So keep doing what you’re doing! And I’ll keep buying.
(Note to everyone… we truly love it when our clients give us feedback about how our products are working for them. And we love it even more when you give us permission to share. We always ask before sharing, though. We value your privacy!)
Formulas, Recipes, and Suggestions
A client recently wrote that she had been told to use apple cider vinegar as a facial toner for her problem skin. She tried it and (no surprise) it burned and did damage to her skin. Now, we need to maintain the acid mantle of our skin… and if vinegar is suggested, this is a more appropriate blend:
1/4 cup (2 fl oz, 60 mls) apple cider vinegar
7 3/4 oz distilled water (enough to fill an 8 oz measuring cup when added to the vinegar)
10 drops essential oil of your choice
Blend the essential oil into the vinegar, add distilled water, pour into a glass bottle, preferably with an atomizer top. Shake well before using. Spritz to refresh face and body during the day.
We suggest using glass since the essential oils will separate out and float on top of the water/vinegar mixture, and can dissolve a plastic bottle.
A reminder: All of our hydrosols are mildly acidic and will gently restore the acid mantle.
I came across these years ago and don’t remember the source:
Sunny Morn Perfume Blend
4 drops Benzoin
5 drops Geranium
10 drops Bergamot
15 drops Lemon
20 drops Orange
This blend was suggested for a body splash. However with all those citrus oils I’d be concerned about both irritation and photosensitization. But it’s a delightfully happy blend for the aromalamp. If you DO decide to use it as a body splash or perfume, please substitute Bergamot FCF for the cold pressed.
Aromatic Foot Powder
1/2 cup arrowroot (or an equal part blend of baking soda, cornstarch and clay)
8 drops essential oils of your choice (see suggestions below)
Combine the arrowroot and essential oil, crushing the small clumps of oil between your fingers or with the back of a spoon to evenly distribute them. This is made only with pure essential oils, no base oil is added.
Find an airtight container, preferably with a closable shaker top (like a baby powder bottle. Pry off the top, add the powder, then replace the top.
Aromatic foot powder may be sprinkled in socks, tennis shoes, and boots to keep the feet dry and cozy.
Suggested Oils: Cypress (especially useful for sweaty feet), Pine, Juniper, Ylang-ylang, Grapefruit, Rosewood, and Frankincense are all suitable. Teatree or Saro would be helpful against various foot fungus infections.
Fragrant Body Splash:
4 oz. grain alcohol or 39C denatured alcohol
4 oz. distilled water
1 tsp. essential oil blend
1 tsp. glycerine
Mix the e.o. with the alcohol, and *slowly* (almost drop by drop) add the water. Finish with the glycerine. Store tightly sealed.
The TV news has been warning us that springtime allergies started early this year here in the South. Christi reminds us all that inhaling our sweet Blue Tansy Essential Oil is the most effective thing she’s found for her springtime allergies. She also suggests putting it in an inhaler rather than sniffing from the bottle to avoid having blue nostrils!
Aromatic Quote of the Month
Because of our infused Lotus Oil:
“Instill in me abundantly that fragrance, O Mother Earth, which emanates from you your fragrance which has entered the lotus where with the immortal Gods at the Sun-daughters wedding were redolent, O Earth, in times primeval — instill in me that fragrance. Your fragrance that adheres to human beings O Earth, steep us, too deeply in that fragrance.” — by Atharva Veda, 12.1.23-26 (approximately 4,000 years ago)
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Nature’s Gift August Newsletter
This newsletter contains:
New and Back in Stock:
Tis the time of year for restocking! The 2013 crops are being harvested and distilled, and we are restocking. New and back in stock products are listed on our our New and Special page. As of right now they include Helichrysum, German Chamomile and Melissa Hydrosols (all organic, all distilled in the US.) We also received more Blue Lotus Absolute, High Myrcene Lemongrass, and added a new Indian Patchouli and Indian Vetiver. In process and eagerly awaited: Yuzu Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Helichrysum Essential Oil (delayed by paperwork errors!), Tea Tree and Lemon Tea Tree hydrosols, among others. We are continually adding products back into our bulk page, items that weren’t out of stock, but supplies were too low to offer in bulk. (So if you don’t see what you want, ask us if it’s available.)
SPECIAL SALE ITEMS:
The last of our Vintage Patchouli, two relatively unknown Conifers to take you away to the mountain forests of Provence, and a CLEARANCE on Osmanthus Absolute. Save 20% on our Harmony Skincare products, and on two “best for summer” hydrosols. ALSO for summer’s bumps and bruises, Nature’s Gift Trauma Oil, a blend of three infused oils with powerful anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. See all of these on our New and Special page.
The Alliance of International Aromatherapists is holding its biannual conference in St. Petersburg FL on September 19th to 22nd. This is a “don’t miss” for serious aromatherapy students. Nature’s Gift has an extra ticket to the conference, to be given away. Email marge at naturesgift.com, with the subject line CONFERENCE and tell us why you should be chosen to receive the ticket. The winner will be responsible for his/her own lodging and transportation, the ticket is for the conference only, not the preconference workshop. See the list of speakers here. Please don’t ask to be considered unless you know you will be able to attend. Don’t take someone else’s chance unless you are serious about this. We will email the winner we choose during the last week of August or by Labor Day, so you will have time to make your arrangements.
In July we blogged about:
More “Green Cleaning”… stovetop cleanups and an aromatic fabric softener, a YUMMY summer fruit dessert, a client’s letter that just lifted our hearts…“queen for a day.” Christi shared her “Skeeter Spray” formula and a method to return control of your Gmail mailbox from Google to YOU. We shared some of our Facebook infographics.
We shared a link to a free Ebook about essential oil safety, a link to making your own Rose Petal Vinegar and all its uses. (Wish I had found it before all of my crimson climber blossoms were gone.)
Our Clients Say:
Carol Ivance recently emailed:
I know you get positive feedback all the time, (but I’m sure you never get tired of it:) but I don’t think I’ve seen anything about neuropathy on your site? If it’s there, great, but anyway, I made up my approximation of Marge’s Miracle Blend (2.5% of each of the oils in St. John’s Wort) for a friend who has really bad neuropathy in her feet. She’s soooo thrilled—says her feet are still numb—no big surprise—but it took ALL the pain away! Of course I would pretty much guarantee that your heli will kill nerve pain. I’m always raving about it! I know it’s not recommended for mucous membranes, but I used it for a bad tooth that needed a root canal a few years back. I couldn’t even drink room temperature water it was so bad, but 15-20 min after dabbing a little heli on I could drink coffee!! I’m convinced it also kept me from getting an abscess until they had time to get me in to work on it! You can quote me on the neuropathy part if you want-I know you don’t want to put in stories about uses you don’t recommend. But I was desperate…! As always, thanks for your amazing oils (and I’m waiting impatiently for you to get more heli in, so I can stock up-I’m running very low).
“What heaven smells like….”
The blue lotus infusion was my first experience with any lotus and when I opened it I exclaimed
“this is what Heaven smells like!” I am very curious as to what all of the variations on lotus are like. Thank you for your wonderful work in sourcing all of these beautiful products.—Ranee
Appropriate since we just got in our new Heli and German Chamomile hydrosols, Andrea Butje of Aromahead just shared this formula in her blog.
Natural Remedy for Baby Acne Recipe
1/2 oz (15 ml) German chamomile hydrosol
1/2 oz (15 ml) helichrysum hydrosol
A few drops of aloe vera gel
1 oz (30 ml) spray bottle
Just spray it on the area of concern multiple times daily as long as it seems to be helping.
Hydrosols are by-products of the essential oil distillation process. They are healing waters that are very gentle on the skin.
German chamomile and helichrysum hydrosols are cooling and soothing for hot, irritated areas of the skin. But most importantly, hydrosols are safe on babies skin (and as a side note, hydrosols are also my favorite choice for cat or dog skin issues and abscesses). German chamomile and helichrysum hydrosols are so gentle and nourishing they can be used directly on the skin, even on infants.
“French Lavender – Lavendula Dentata???”
I’ve seen discussion of this “new” lavender, and seen it listed on various US and Canadian supplier’s lists.
NO French distiller/producer that I have ever dealt with distills lavender dentata…. I see it in nursery suppliers for those who want to grow it as a garden border, but the essential oil?
I’ve inquired. The main components of this “french lavender” seem to be 1,8-cineole and cis-verbenol, no linalol, no linalyl acetate, the components we expect in a fine lavender. Finally I received a definitive answer:
“Lavandula dentata L. is not cultivated or distilled in France or in Europe, except horticulture. Her common name is French lavender in english and Lavande anglaise in French! Stoechas dentata is a quite confusing denomination, using a term of two different species for a type of stoechas.
The only three lavenders cultivated or picked for distillation are angustifolia, latifolia (spike), and stoechas (very little in Corsica and only for aromatherapy, and a bit picked in southern Spain of Lavandula luiseri or “Sevillan lavender”), and hybrids of the two first.”
I still don’t know what these vendors are selling…but it would not appear to be “French Lavender.”… PLEASE don’t expect it to have the properties of a true lavendula angustifolia!
Jennifer Chase recently posted this on our Facebook page. I wanted to share with our readers.“I just want to quickly share a mix people may want to explore for tension headaches. Meeting fiscal year deadlines on top of the early spring pollination was literally knocking me down with tension headaches. I went through me treasures (books and EOs) and came up with a mix that has worked extremely well for me.
I used jasmine, lemon, roman chamomile, and rose absolute. in a base that part Arnica CO2 (in coconut oil from Nature’s Gift ) and grape seed oil. I apply a few drops to the back of my neck and within minutes I get complete relief from the headache. If I do this in the morning before work and in the evening when I get home, I have a much more pleasant day overall.”
Aromatic Quote of the Month:
“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
—Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.” (Unknown)
Have a safe August everyone.
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