Total extracted from the fruit pulp, not from the seed
Contains: 30% palmitoleic acid, carotinoids (including a high level of beta-carotine), tocopherols, alcohols, (vitamins A, C and E). 1900 IU of Provintamine A per gram of extract.
Sea Buckthorn Berry has been used by herbalists for millenia, but this extraction has only recently become available and seems to be taking the natural skin care industry by storm. Many of the well known “natural cosmetics” companies include Sea Buckthorn Berry in their skin care products, as a search of the web will quickly show you.
Bio-active substances in the oil from the seeds and pulp are used in a variety of dermatological applications, among them anti-aging face creams and lotions and (since the extract seems to aborb UV rays) in sun care products. My research indicates that these Sea Buckthorn products appear to promote cell tissue building thus aiding in the healing of wounds, and restoring skin tissue.
An international natural bath and beauty chain adds the plant’s oil to its sunscreen products as both a sun-block and tan-enhancer. European cosmeticians sell anti-wrinkle creams made from Sea Buckthorn. (Please note, because of Sea Buckthorn’s high level of betacarotene, the oil is a deep reddish orange and unless used in extremely weak dilutions can colour your skin. If you want a “bronzing oil” this is your choice!)
Clinical experiments in Shantow Tropical Disease Hospital and the Shanxi Pharmaceutical Research Institute indicate cosmetics containing Sea Buckthorn extracts can actually improve metabolism and retard skin maturation, thus slowing the aging process, possibly because of the effects of its high levels of Vitamins A and E.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is said to have proven effective in the treatment of skin conditions including burns, skin ulcers, cancer, acne, and dermatitis of various forms. Russian cosmonauts use its oil for protection against radiation burns in space.
Current research indicates that not only does it enhance immune activity and disease resistance, but it also destroys harmful free radicals found in our bodies. Aubrey Organics, on their web page, state that Sea Buckthorn’s high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin E are the perfect free radical scavenger for your skin. I have read, but can not verify, that hair care products made with Sea Buckthorn had the effect of retarding baldness and improving hair growth.
In my opinion 5 or 10% dilution in the carrier oil of your choice should be sufficient to give your skin the beneficial effects. I am personally experimenting with a 10% dilution on one side of my face every night, while using Rose Hip Seed Oil on the other side. Ask me in a month if there is a visible difference. Much of the Sea Buckthorn Berry extract on the market today is from China. The Chinese extractions are lower priced, but are extracted from the kernel, not the pulp of the berry. These extractions have significantly lower levels of the tocopherols, and practically no vitamin C. They are so low in vitamin E that the producer is adding Rosemary Extract in an attempt to preserve them. The high level of natural vitamin E in this extract should give it a shelf life of well over one year.
Follow up note, because people keep asking me about the “experiment” above. What I decided to do was blend the Rose Hip Extract into the Sea Buckthorn Berry and get the advantages of both. I also found that 10% was far too strong a dilution…it left my pillowcase orange. 1% is enough.
The skin-healing effects of Rose Hip Pulp CO2, in a more convenient pourable form. I experimented with this oil and the Sea Buckthorn Pulp together and they complement one another.
The extract from the whole fruit (or berry) contains both the highly concentrated pulp extract and the liquid oil extracted from the seeds, giving the best of both worlds, the skinsaving regenerative power of Rose Hip Pulp, with the ease of use of a pourable oil. (Note: Rose Hip Seed Oil, Cold Pressed, and Rose Hip Pulp CO2 are both currently unavailable, due to crop failure in Chile.)
High in linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid.
Certificate of Analysis:
Batch No. GE-051321
My private blend: A base of Jojoba Oil with Sea Buckthorn Berry and Rose Hip Seed extracts added. Ready to add your chosen blend of essential oils (please, not more than 15 drops!). Please note, this Elixir has enough Sea Buckthorn Berry and Rose Hip Seed that you may easily blend it with an ounce of any of the other carrier oils suggested for dry or mature skin.
Comment from a client who preferred to stay anonymous:
As a 52 year old woman with oily skin, I have gone through many, many lines of skin care, both cheap and very expensive. My dearest friend swears by the xxxx and yyyyy lines and has sent me generous samples of both. Any under eye cream, regardless of price and ingredients, causes milia under my eyes. Believe me—these are not pleasant to remove. I gave up on the creams and was sticking to xxxx Ylang oil, but it consistently gave me white heads, especially on the sides of my nose.
With a recent order, I decided to try your Mature Skin Elixir, which is quite reasonably priced. When it arrived, I added about 20 drops of Helichrysum to it, and a few drops of Neroli.
Well, I have been using it every night and it is the BEST thing I have ever put on my face. I use the scantest amount, avoid putting it on my nose, but apply it to the rest of my face, neck, decolletage and hands and must say that my already nice skin (good genes, I guess…) is even nicer, if that is possible. And no milia, whiteheads or any other problems.
I would happily buy this if it was 3 times the price. Thank you for offering something so wonderful and effective!
This newsletter contains:
- Special Sale Products
- Back in Stock and New Goodies
- Holiday Stress
- Holiday Hours
- Win a Gift Certificate
- USPS Ship-By Dates
- Our Clients Say
- Quote of the Month
First, I want to take a moment to wish our friends celebrating the Festival of Lights a Happy Hanakkah!
As we approach the Holiday season, we are offering all of our Frankincense oils, Myrrh oil and Myrrh CO2 at 10% off normal retail pricing (this includes our six Frankincense Infused oils as well as our two Frankincense Samplers). Also on sale, our special Holiday Blends: Christi’s “ O Christmas Tree ”, Three Kings, and this year’s Christmas Bliss, a codistillation of various Fir Trees from the Rockies. (Sorry, we ran out of Holiday Joy!) And, to complete the sale items, our Frankincense and Myrrh Hydrosols.
Back In Stock Products
After an absence of years, our beautiful Australian Rosemary A-Pinene.
More copies of Salvatore Battaglia’s Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 3rd Edition, Vol.1. (This should be on your Santa list!)
More copies of Madeleine Kerkhof’s Complementary Care book.
More Palo Santo, restocking more of the same batch, at a slightly lower price. (Lower prices are a good thing and we love to be able to pass them along to you!) Also a new batch of Australian Blue Cypress oil, at a lower price.
More Palo Santo, restocking more of the same batch, at a slightly lower price. (Lower prices are a good thing and we love to be able to pass them along to you!) Also a new batch of Australian Blue Cypress oil, at a lower price.
On a FedEx truck, to be added back in stock as quickly as we can inspect and measure them back into stock: Black Cumin Seed CO2, Hops CO2, Orris Root, for our perfumers, Rose Hip Pulp CO2, Rosemary anti-oxidant to protect your precious lipids, and Sea Buckthorn Berry Pulp CO2. (We’ve restocked a long list of other CO2s that were getting low, but not quite out of stock yet.)
New Just in time for the Holidays, a seasonal spice: Allspice CO2.
Our Staff Aromatherapists came up with some suggestions:
Practical, simple routines incorporating aromatics to reduce holiday stress
There are simple things we can weave into our everyday lives with little effort. By adding these activities to your routine, you can easily and effectively reduce the stress associated with the busy holiday season. Below are a few simple suggestions which you can seamlessly integrate into each day.
- Try meditation by finding a few moments of peace during a break. Creating an inhaler for yourself with essential oils like Palo santo, Frankincense, Vetiver, and/or Rose can bring a subtle aroma of deep peace to your practice. If meditation isn’t for you, prayer has been known to have a similar mind-focusing effect.
- Tidying the kitchen before bed allows for a simpler morning. Wipe the counters, load the dishwasher and set out your mug for your morning tea or coffee ritual. Make this even more pleasant by using a warmer or diffuser with bright citruses to lift your spirits without stimulating your mind too much before heading to bed. I’d suggest Lemon, Sweet Orange, and/or Spearmint essential oils, all happy and “Family Friendly.”
- Needless to say, getting to bed early can have profound stress-reducing effects on your life. A good night’s rest is vital! Be sure to create a simple routine for yourself such as skin care, oral care and ensure screens are off 30 minutes before lying down. The blue light emitted by screens has been proven to interrupt the body’s production of melatonin and therefore disrupting sleep. To ease this process even further, the use of hydrosols such as Lavender or Roman Chamomile can be misted onto linens. If this doesn’t suit you, try a diffuser with a drop or two of Lavender, Green Mandarin and Vetiver to soothe and comfort your mind so you can settle down to restful sleep.
(More seasonal suggestions from Sue and Christina coming next week.)
Holiday Hours at Nature’s Gift
We will be open for business and shipping orders through Friday, December 21. Orders that arrive by noon on Friday will go out that day. We will be closed for the holidays on Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On the 26th we will return to work, but we will not be processing orders. Between Christmas and New Year’s we will be closed for inventory. Orders placed while we are closed will start shipping, in the order placed, on Wednesday, January 2nd. Thank you for understanding.
Win a Gift Certificate
Submit a review of your favorite Nature’s Gift products. Every 10th review received during the month of December gets a 0.00 gift certificate. NOTE: the link to write a product review is at the bottom each product page.
Taken from P. Allen Smith’s Gardening newsletter…
1-2-3 Done! Cinnamon Pine Cones
This is a natural way to add a little fragrance to your holiday decorations.
- Apply a few drops of cinnamon oil to each pine cone with a cotton swab.
- Store the pine cones in a plastic bag for a few days.
- Place the pine cones in a bowl and enjoy the festive scent of cinnamon.
Holiday Blends and Recipes
(from a decade old newsletter, this is almost always in our Holiday Newsletter, for our first-time readers.)
Pomander Ball Cleaner
(adapted from a recipe from Barbara Lucks)
Not only does this preparation clean but the essential oils disinfect and provide a natural, festive fragrance.
1 teaspoon Sweet Orange or Mandarine essential oil
a few drops of Clove Oil and Cinnamon Leaf oils
1 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups hot water (to dissolve the soda and borax)
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to dissolve and blend the minerals. You can spray this cleaner onto a surface then leave it for 15 minutes before wiping it off, to give the essential oils’ antiseptic qualities time to work (makes 2 cups).
It will leave your house smelling like an old fashioned, clove studded pomander ball!
COLD Weather mouse invasion
Came across an old Email from Linda Isbell, who said that now the cold weather has hit, the mice are trying to take up residence in her kitchen. She’s found that not only does Peppermint Essential Oil keep ants away, it also discourages the mice. A few drops on cotton balls in the corners of her cabinets seem to have encouraged them to move on.
Winter Wonderland Blend
(from my friend Beverley, Principal of the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy ), a great blend for the lamp or diffuser. Just a wee bit energizing.
3 drops Juniper;
6 drops Black Spruce;
3 drops Cypress;
7 drops Balsam Fir;
6 drops Pine;
1 drop Peppermint;
1 drop Benzoin;
1 drop Vanilla. CO2
Christmas Carpet Refresher
I think I&rsqup;m going to make a variation of my friend Wendy, of Aromaweb ’s, carpet cleanser/freshener for the Christmas season.
Wendy’s recipe, with my variation: to 4 cups of Borax (20 Mule Team, in the Laundry Aisle) add 3 mls (or 60 drops) of either Holiday Joy Synergy or Balsam Fir Essential Oil. Take a spoon and mash up the little clumps that will form when the oil hits the Borax, stir until well mixed. If the scent seems too strong to you, just add a little more Borax. Before vacuuming, I walk around the house and sprinkle it by hand in the same manner one would sow seeds. Let it sit on the carpet for 10-15 minutes, or longer if you like, and then vacuum. This formula will cover approx. 1000 square feet, give or take a little. (I keep the fur family in another room until I’ve finished vacuuming. Don’t want them walking on the borax OR the essential oils!)
Mailing Deadlines, per the USPS
If you want your gifts delivered by Christmas
Canada, China, Japan, the Pacific Rim, Europe: International EXPRESS mail must ship by Dec. 15.
APO/FPO Priority Mail deadline: Dec. 18.
Domestic Priority Mail, including Hawaii and Alaska, deadline is December 20.
Domestic EXPRESS MAIL deadline is December 22.
Needless to say, the USPS does not guarantee delivery. Their disclaimer:
1. Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays. Some restrictions apply.
2. For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered or delivery was not attempted with 2 business days.
We, the team at Nature’s Gift, will get your orders shipped in a timely manner. That’s what we guarantee.
Our Clients Say
I have been using the Pomegranate CO2 for just a few weeks, with 5 drops of Cade EO added to 15 ml. I saw results within days! I’ve had psoriasis since I was a teen-ager, and this is the best result I’ve ever seen. Thanks for the recommendation, Marge! -Allyn S
Kristin writes: Some positive feedback regarding your Ravensara in Calophyllum. It has been effective for my adult son who had been waiting almost a year for his immune system to eradicate 7 or 8 molluscum contagiosum on his torso. With diligent use for several weeks, the last one is almost gone! Win-win!!
A blog article about an event at the NAHA conference: Two women came to our booth, asking if I had anything for Arthritis. No Miracle Oil, not That’s Better, none of my normal remedies. But we did have some Arnica Massage oil, and some Mango Ginger 10% dilution. A scant palmful of the Arnica Massage oil, with a few drops of the Mango Ginger 10%, perhaps 1/4th as much. My visitor rubbed the concoction into her knees, and was able to spend the rest of the day painfree. I LOVE it when an idea works so well!
Quote of the Month
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
—Hamilton Wright Mabie
Let Christmas not become a thing
Merely of merchant’s trafficking,
Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath
And surface pleasure, but beneath
The childish glamour, let us find
Nourishment for heart and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways
Through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to come.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
Skin Care Hints
Acne? Hormonal Acne?
Another bit of feedback, from Samia, in New Hampshire:
My daughter has benefited greatly from the Melissa Hydrosol as a toner for hormonally related acne.
Now, I wouldn’t have thought of that, but Hope, my assistant swears by Melissa for just making the oil in her skin “disappear.” So, apparently, Melissa Hydrosol becomes one of the hydrosols of choice for the above skin problems.
Baby Wipes / Diaper Rashes
I had a long chat with one of my oldest clients yesterday, Nicole, in North Carolina (who used to be Nicole in Washington, but that’s another story!). Nicole has a new baby, and shared the diaper wipe recipe she has been using with me. She uses a 4 ounce cobalt bottle of distilled water, to which she adds 4 or 5 drops of French Lavender, 4 or 5 drops of Bulgarian Lavender, and 2 drops of Sandalwood. She says the baby had a dreadful diaper rash, and since she has started using this mixture to clean her daughter’s diaper area (using the round cotton pads that are available through most beauty supply shops as “wipers”) her daughter’s bottom has healed and stayed fresh and clean and comfortable. Since there is no alcohol or other solubilizer in this recipe, the bottle needs to be wellshaken before each use. (November 2000)
Basic Balm and Salve How-To
From my friend Janice Sheplar, soap and toiletries maker extraordinaire (and the creator of our wonderful baby powder, from My Grandmother’s Garden). For those of you who want to make something to soften your skin but are afraid or don’t want to go the cream/lotion route which involves water and preservatives.
A basic salve starts with:
- 2 oz. wax of your choice (beeswax, or for those allergic to it or opposed to animal products, Candelilla wax
- 8 oz. carrier oil of your choice (you can infuse your oils with herbs if you wish)
- essential oil of your choice (for this amount of ingredients @1-1/2%, would be 90 drops)
Melt all ingredients together. When melted, blend thoroughly, let cool to about lukewarm, add essential oil and then cool completely. Your personal choice of oils will determine the end product (for dry flaky skin, oily skin, damaged skin, normal skin, etc.).
A basic balm is simply a choice of hard and liquid oils whipped together. I also add cornstarch to give it a “dryer” feel.
- 4 oz. of one or combination of the following: hydrogenated soybean oil, shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil (76 degree)
- 1 to 2 oz. Liquid Oil of your choice (Depends on what you want to accomplish)
- 1 oz. Cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons antioxidant (grapefruit seed extract, vitamin E, low alpha tochopherals)
Combine the oils and beat on high in your mixer or with hand beater until light and creamy looking. Start adding cornstarch and beat in thoroughly.
I keep mine at room temperature and it is fine. It appears to melt into your skin and feels like velvet.
(I thank Janice for sharing her secret balm recipe. I make a lot of salves, and they DO tend to leave your hands a bit greasy feeling. She’s right; the balm leaves a wonderful soft velvety feeling behind it. I’ve experienced it in some wonderful solid perfumes that Janice has shared.)
And if you want to create a smaller amount of the balm:
- 2 oz. shea or hydrogenated soybean oil
- 1 oz. calendula or rose hip seed oil (fixed oils)
- 1 capsule flax seed oil
- 1 capsule vitamin E
- start with.5 oz. cornstarch and go up to 1 oz.
Mix using the same procedure as above.
Orange Blossom Body Balm
A reminder that June is for brides…and orange blossom is also for brides. Wouldn’t this intensely aromatic body butter be a wonderful gift for the bridesmaids? Or a day before luxury treat for the bride herself:
Let the Shea Butter warm to room temperature, cut in small pieces in the bowl of an electric mixer. Start beating and beat until fluffy.
Meanwhile, warm the VCO and the Orange Blossom Wax together over very low heat (or in a double boiler!) just until the wax is melted. Try not to over heat this! When the wax is melted pour the mixture into the whipping shea butter. Add optional drops of Neroli and ontinue beating until light and fluffy.
Note, if whipped shea, alone, is a bit too greasy for you, you may sift one or two tablespoonsful of cornstarch over the mixture and beat in thoroughly. The shea and coconut are available on our carrier oils page. The Orange Blossom Wax may be found on our Floral Waxes page. (May 2004)
Balm for Chapped Lips
Basic lip balm recipe: melt together one ounce (by weight, not volume) of beeswax preferably grated (it will melt faster), a “solid” fat…shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, etc. and one ounce of a rich liquid oil (I like to use avocado oil or kukui nut oil for this).
This makes a basic soothing balm or salve that can be divided into smaller portions and/or enriched in innumerable ways. Use herbal infused oils (infused chamomile or calendula) for skin soothing. Add the essential oils of your choice…a drop of peppermint or steam-distilled lime for lip balms. Lavender and German chamomile for healing baby’s diaper rash. Patchouli or frankincense for badly chapped hands. Less beeswax or more of the liquid oil makes a softer balm, more beeswax makes a firm “stick” that can be rubbed on.
Melissa for Cold Sores (in a Lip Balm)
Did you know that Melissa is the specific for cold sores (which are caused by a form of the herpes virus)?
Tammy Wytrychowski recently wrote: “I have made the Melissa Lip Balms and so far none of the people using them have had a recurrence with the cold sores!!”
The 10% dilution would be ideal to add to lip balms or salves. (November 2000)
Super Smoother Lip Masque
Our adaptation of a recipe of Donna Maria’s to end winter’s chapped lips, or leave your lips soft and smooth for photographs or special occasions:
- 4 teaspoons kaolin (China clay) or other cosmetic clay (I would use either white or pink cosmetic clay, green clay is more drying)
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon rose or neroli hydrosol
Procedure: Measure clay and set aside. Measure rose hydrosol, honey, and oil and warm in a custard cup in a pan of HOT water for two minutes, until “baby bottle warm.” Stir the liquid ingredients together until smooth. Add the clay and stir until smooth and lump-free.
Apply to lips and let dry for two minutes. No talking or laughing!
Rinse with warm water, blot dry gently and apply your favorite lip balm.
Thanks for the idea, Donna Maria!
Louise, from the Netherlands, recently wrote that she was having some oral surgery, and her doctor told her to anticipate severe bruising from the various injections. She wrote:
The doctor had told me that I would get very nasty bruises in my face and but that was just one of the facts I had to endure and that they would fade in a week or so.
Then I asked you and I want to tell you that there are no nasty bruises at all! There is a little swelling but very little only myself can notice that because nobody noticed!
Anyway, I want to tell you that I used 25 ml of St.John’s wort infused oil, 20 drops of Helichrysum italicum and 5 drops of Lavender augustifolia. Yesterday (after the injections) I applied it immediately after I came home and then I continued to apply it during the day. This morning I looked in the mirror and was very pleased to see a normal color of skin, so I will apply it again several times today!
So Thank you Marge for your advice and please feel free to give this recipe to others.
I have to see the doctor in a few days and I am already enjoying the look on his face when he sees me. I will certainly tell him what I did to avoid those nasty bruises!
I later wrote asking how it went, and for permission to quote her experience…and she replied:
You have my permission it is now 3 days ago and no bruises to be seen!
Really AMAZING and of course wonderful for me and I am exited to tell the doctor!
Chemical Burn from Chlorine
More feedback, from my friend Lisa, about a chemical burn and how she treated it:
BTW, I was hot tubbing and I got a chemical burn from the chlorinated water (my skin has been extra sensitive lately). However, I had a mix of German Chamomile CO2 and Sea Buckthorn in a macademia/kukui nut base at home. I slathered it on as soon as I got home, and hoped for the best.
The next morning, I had hardly any blisters! Normally, when I get a burn, my cheek flushes very red, and I have a series of blisters decorating my face. I am doing twice daily applications of my oil blend, plus I’m using the Roman Chamomile hydrosol before I apply it. I am healing at a fairly fast rate, and it was definitely well worth the trouble of trying to work with the German Chamo.
Thanks, Lisa…I love hearing how people are using our oils!
Gentle Honey Cleanser
My friend Ravenna in Australia shared this delightful facial cleanser:
Honey gently softens and cleanses the skin. This is a mild cleanser that works well for dry skin types. It is wonderful, leaving your skin so soft and moist! It’s not at all sticky and can be used as either a facial cleanser or bath gel. I fill empty honey squeeze bottles with this cleanser. Makes a nice gift.
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon Liquid Castile Soap
- 1/4 cup Glycerin
- 10–15 drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean squeezy bottle. Remember to use non-breakable containers if you are going to be using it in the tub or shower. (October 2001)
Couperose / Thread Vein Help
And speaking of hydrosols, my friend Mari in South Florida has been experimenting with our neroli hydrosol. She writes that she has been using it as a toner for her rather sun-damaged skin, and is noticing that after a month’s use, her “thread veins” are disappearing. NOT a result I’d have expected from neroli but I’m certainly not about to argue with success.
My friend Janice recently had surgery, so we sent her some Helichrysum in Rose Hip Seed Oil. She has been raving about its effect on the scar from her surgery on another mail list. But she also shared that she’s been using it to fade under eye circles…and that it’s working amazingly well. That one felt like a “DUH…why didn’t I think of that?” As effective as Helichrysum is at healing bruises, it stands to reason that it might well be useful for the dark circles some of us (especially me!) get under our eyes. I don’t think the Rose Hip Seed Oil is an essential part of that combination…it would be the Helichrysum italicuum that would do the work, so you could dilute it in the carrier of your choice. Please dilute it well, and, as always, be VERY careful using any essential oil around the eyes! (February 2002)
A client writes: Dermatitis? Eczema? Something…
Penelope C. wrote:
Right now I’m especially grateful for the Roman Chamomile and Helichrysum hydrosols. Since this past July, I have had a skin problem (eczema? fungal?) on the top of my right hand and up the lower top part of my right arm. (It started as a small spot on my hand and spread over the weeks.) Itchy or burning, tender, at times weeping and then crusty, swollen, at times having fissures that were very painful, then periods of being scaly, deep red color a general mess. I had tried homeopathic remedies and topical applications of some essential oils in carrier oils, ointments, creams, etc. (Nothing from a medical doctor. Their allopathic remedy would have been steroids, which I find totally unacceptable.) There had been some improvement, but nothing major.
I was reading, yet again, on your website on December 6. On the *Helichrysum Healing* page I read about the lady who used, with such happy results, Roman Chamomile and Helichrysum hydrosols on eczema on her face. I decided to try them. My order, which included the hydrosols, arrived on Wednesday, Dec, 10. That evening I began applying the hydrosols. I have applied both hydrosols together several times a day every day since then and have been watching a wonder occur before my eyes! I could list a string of adjectives which would all be suitable, but let me simply say the results have been truly amazing. (Now I wish I had *before* and *after* pictures!) It shouldn’t be too much longer before the skin problem will be history.
We asked her for permission to use her experiences online, and she replied with the following:
Right after I had written my first comments, my hand/arm area got worse again for a few days. Nowhere as bad as it had been – just a 4 steps forward, 1 step backwards equivalent. Now it is back to the place it was when I made my first comments and even better! Besides using the Roman Chamomile and Helichrysum hydrosols, I have also been using Helichrysum & German Chamomile CO2 EOs in fractionated coconut oil. (I put 9 drops Helichrysum – full EO, not the 10% dilution – and 6 drops German Chamomile EO2 – 10% dilution – in an ounce of the oil. I had gotten the Helichrysum oil in my last order before the one on Dec. 25.) I think the hydrosols, and now the EOs, have been what has brought healing to my hand/arm. I heartily recommend that anyone with a skin problem try both the Helichrysum & Roman Chamomile hydrosols and Helichrysum and German Chamomile CO2 EOs.
We really appreciate it when our clients first of all share their experiences with our products, and even more when they give us permission to share with others. That way we can all learn from each other!
Dry Skin Facial Scrub
Blend 1/2 cup non-instant oatmeal in your blender until finely powdered. Mix with an equal amount of dried milk. Moisten a scant handful of this blend with a few spritzes of your favorite hydrosol. Gently scrub your face, paying special attention to the T-zone. Rinse well, and follow with your favorite hydrosol, and a few drops of your favorite moisturizing carrier oil. (February 2005)
Secret Formula for Dry Skin
Jane Eliza shared her secret formula for dry skin for hands, face, wherever:
The base is half and half rosehip and evening primrose. I’ve also tried avocado instead of the evening primrose and that makes a beautifully nourishing base, too.
To that I add 5% carrot seed… Then 1% Rose Otto (again, I’ve been tempted to use more, but it’s really really not needed… My current mix also has 2.5% each of myrhh and frankincense…. I drop that down a bit if it’s not for myself – I’m also a bit of a resin freak
That’s a bit heavy on the essential oils for my taste. For two ounces of the carrier oil blend, I’d use perhaps 15 drops of Carrot Seed, one or two drops of Rose Otto, and about five drops of Frankincense. If I added the Myrrh, I’d probably keep it down to a drop or two. (In fact, I’m off to try blending some of this for myself; not sure why I had never tried it before!) March 2005
(And, years later, there’s another precursor for our Cleopatra’s Secret!)
Gail Rice wrote today ordering more Roman Chamomile Hydrosol…a LOT more Roman Chamo Hydrosol. It seems…well, I’ll quote her feedback (with her permission):
Marge, you’re completely welcome to use our experiences on your web page. Re: my 13 year-old’s eczema — I mentioned that he gets eczema over about 1/3 of his torso and sometimes on his arms and legs as well.I will add (or at least be more specific) that the Roman Chamomile hydrosol makes the itching stop in less than a minute and the area looks less red & less She had mentioned on the phone, before writing, that the hydrosol, just misted on, really helps.
I’d be tempted to use a compress, but try getting a 13-year-old to be still for 15 minutes! (February 2002)
More on Eczema
I can’t remember the source of this…
4 oz Jojoba Oil
20 drops Borage Seed Oil (I would want to use 10–12 mls to get the full value of the Borage)
12 drops Lavender essential oil (I would use High Altitude)
12 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (I’d think about German, not Roman…but it’s not my formula)
Another note about eczema…we have had a couple of mother’s using our Lavender Bliss Bath for their children’s eczema and dry skin. They rave about results.
Penelope, from South Carolina says that she used to suffer terribly from Weeping Eczema. Because she loves the scent of Sandalwood, she started putting our Sandalwood Shave Soother on it, and saw rapid improvement. (She also made a LOT of diet and lifestyle changes at the same time, which I think had more to do with the improvement, but she swears the Shave Soother helped.) Perhaps it’s the calendula we’ve incorporated into the formula?
Formulas for Face Masks
Winter has been here long enough to affect our skin…some suggestions for face masks to revitalize winter clouded skin, taken from “Practical Aromatherapy,” by Penny Rich.
Basic Face Masks
Moisturising Mask: 2 drops each Frankincense, Rose, and Neroli oils in 30ml (1fl oz/ 6 tsp) apricot oil with 1 tsp clear, melted honey, mixed with enough finely ground almond to make a soft paste.
Deep Cleansing Mask: 2 drops each Geranium and Lavender oil, 1 drop Lemon oil in 30ml (1fl oz/6tsp) hot water, mixed with enough kaolin clay to make a smooth paste.
Relaxing Mask: 2 drops each of Violet Leaf, Lavender, and Neroli oil in 30ml Sweet Almond Oil, with enough oatmeal to make a smooth paste.
Energising Mask: 2 drops each Ylang Ylang, Petitgrain, and Lemon in 30ml iced water, with enough ground almond to make a smooth paste.
Anti-Ageing Mask: 2 drops each Neroli, Mandarin, and Orange in 30ml Evening Primrose Oil with 1 teaspoon melted clear honey, mixed with enough ground almond to make a smooth paste.
Rejuvenating Face Masque
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay (or rose clay, or whatever facial clay you have)
- 3 drops Sea Buckthorn CO2 Select
- 10 drops or 1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
- 2 tablespoons Neroli Hydrosol
- 1 drop Neroli essential oil
- 1 drop Frankincense essential oil
Blend all ingredients well, adding more hydrosol if necessary to make a smooth, spreadable mixture. Tie your hair back out of the way. Apply to neck and face. Lie down and enjoy the wonderful aroma for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well with tepid water, moisturize with your favorite carrier.
Note: I use Neroli and Frankincense in this because they are kind to my mature skin, and I love them both. You could omit the Frankincense, and use instead Rose Geranium Hydrosol and essential oil for combination skin, Melissa or Tea Tree Hydrosol and manuka or Lavender essential oil for problem or oily skin, Rose Hydrosol and essential oil for ANY skin. The possibilities are endless!
Jojoba Hair Conditioner
Adapted from The Herbal Home Spa, by Greta Breedlove.
Herbal hair conditioners help make hair more manageable and often impart a smoother and softer texture. They are especially good for those who use hot rollers, curling irons, and blow dryers.
- 1 cup Rose Hydrosol
- 1 tablespoon Jojoba Oil
- 10 drops vitamin E oil (optional!)
1. In the top of a double boiler, gently warm the rose water.
2. Once rose water is warm, add jojoba oil.
3. For damaged hair or extra conditioning, leave on for several minutes, perhaps while bathing.
4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
5. Shampoo lightly and rinse again with cool water.
Yield: 1 treatment for long hair (cut recipe in half for short hair)
Speaking of hair, and Rose Hydrosol, Anne O’Brien writes:
I just wanted to let you know that I find the above hydrosol great to untangle my hair after washing. I’m sure any of the hydrosols would work for this, but I especially love the aroma of this one. Also, it leaves my hair with a wonderful shine. I wasn’t sure if I should use it at first, as my hair tends to be a little greasy, but I have no problems that way. (October 2001)
Honey Skin Soother
A soothing remedy for winter-weary skin (sent by a friend who forgets where she got this, so I can’t credit the source):
Moisture Mask: Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons whole milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. (I love the way honey makes my skin feel!) Debbie says she wants to add a drop of Rose Oil to that mixture, and pour it into a warm bath for her “winter weary body.” I think that sounds like a winner! (March 2002)
Martha’s Foot Soak
Martha Stewart recently shared a recipe for a foot soak for pregnant momma’s on her show…to counteract swelling and achiness.
To make the foot soak, combine 1 1/4 cups of Epsom salts with an equal measure of kosher salt in a jar. (NOTE: I would use sea salt!) Add a 1/4 cup each of baking soda and cornstarch, up to 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon essential oil, and up to 1/4 teaspoon of Spearmint essential oil. Attach the lid, and shake the jar to combine. Pour the mixture into a bag, and use within a few weeks.
(My daughter-in-law says this doesn’t sound anywhere near as good as having her legs rubbed with our Prenatal Massage Oil…but she might be both prejudiced and a wee bit spoiled.)
Mature Hands Blend
Start with a base of equal parts of Evening Primrose Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil.
For one ounce of carrier I would use:
- 2.5% carrot seed (7–8 drops)
- 1% Rose Otto (3 drops) or 25–30 drops of Rose Otto 10%
- 1.5% Myrrh (4 drops)
- 1.5% Frankincense (4 drops )
This combination makes a wonderfully rich oil for treating hands that are showing their age.
If I were to use it as a facial oil, I would dilute it further by using a bit more of each base oil.
(Little did I know, when this was written in Novemeber 2004 that the blend above, with some tweaking, would become the basis of our amazing Cleopatra’s Secret line of mature skin products!)
Mature Skin Solutions
This is a frequent question, so I thought I’d share what I do.
Without a doubt, the BEST carrier oil for mature skin is Rose Hip Seed Oil. Some people love it as a base oil, and in the winter, so do I. But in Tennessee’s summers, it is just too thick and heavy. So I came up with a substitute that works for me.
To one fluid ounce of your favorite carrier oil (and mine changes from month to month. I love the texture of Apricot Kernel Oil, sometimes I will choose Macadamia Nut Oil, when my skin feels really parched and dry I might reach for Avocado…(visit our Carrier Oil page for suggestions for various skin types). To this one ounce of base oil I add a mixture of 1 ml Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2 Extract, and 1/2 ml Rose Hip Seed CO2 Extract. I feel that this gives me the advantages of the Rose Hip Seed Oil without the heaviness. If, on the other hand, you don’t like the color of the Rose Hip Extract, then perhaps 1/4 oz of Rose Hip Oil (cold-pressed) would be the better addition to your basic carrier blend.
Having blended the base oils and extracts, it’s time to add the best essential oils for mature skin: Carrot Seed, Neroli, and Frankincense. For one ounce (or a bit more) of carrier oils, you will not want to use more than 15 to 20 drops of essential oils. The most helpful, but the least appealing from an aromatic stand point is Carrot Seed Oil, which has wonderful regenerative powers. If you enjoy its scent, then perhaps the Carrot Seed is all you’ll need. If not, I’d suggest a blend of perhaps 4 drops each, Carrot Seed, Neroli, and Frankincense frereana essential oils. This is a wonderful blend for mature skin care, with an uplifting aroma.
Courtney snipped the following from a list she’s on. She didn’t save the poster, so I haven’t a clue…but if you have forgotten your SkeeterBeater …and gotten “bit”…this may be the solution.
I also got some astonishingly _LOVELY_ german chamomile CO2 from Nature’s Gift that blew me away. I diluted a drop with a drop of heli in jojoba, and have applied it to my skeeter bites – and there is immediate relief. I also applied it to spots, and they disappeared more quickly than usual. I can’t wait to incorporate this chamo into skincare, and maybe a perfume (yes, it’s a GERMAN chamo, and it’s THAT lovely.)
Oily Skin Solutions
Two hydrosols that help: My friend Alice buys a LOT of Witch Hazel Hydrosol, I asked what she is using it for:
The witch hazel is helping my acne (as is the heli and rosacea synergy. the witch hazel sprayed on several times a day keeps the oil away, and yet is not so harsh as to irritate it. i really love it.
Now, Hope, my daugher-in-law, uses Melissa Hydrosol for her oily skin problems, but for those who don’t like the scent of Melissa (are there such people?) the Witch Hazel Hydrosol provides an equally gently alternative. (Please don’t use “drug store witch hazel.” The alcohol content will overdry your skin causing it to react by producing more oil!)
Origins-Type Salt Scrub
A friend recently shared her formula for the commercial Origins Salt Scrub:
Basically it calls for one cup of sea salt, 1/2 cup of a mixture of rich and exotic carrier oils (you could use whatever oils you have on hand that suit your skin type) and the scent blend:
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops Orange essential oil
- 5 drops Spearmint essential oil
- 3 drops Rosemary essential oil
We tested the blend in the pouring room, and it was bright and invigorating. This would be great in a morning shower. (You might want to do a double batch and package it in our PET bale jars, the same ones Origins uses for their scrub!) (May 2003)
Poison Ivy Solution
From Granny Ev: I’m not sure if I’ve seen any reports like this…. I get poison ivy every year and it doesn’t matter what steps I take to prevent it. To some people it’s just a minor annoyance but I usually have to get a prescription to relieve the intense itch and dry it up. Sure nuff – broke out this week all over my hands – fingers, palms, wrist. Since I now try lavender first for most things I decided to try it on the poison… I swear I was amazed. It relieves the itch—for hours and has started drying the blisters in only 4 days! I used the Bulgarian Lavender, tried some French Lavender but it didn’t work nearly as well.
From my friend Lisa Wong:
BTW, I used some Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract in kukui oil on a 3 day-old rash that had broken out on my face, and it quickly got rid of the scaly skin. I’ve also been spraying with your chamomile hydrosol before I apply the Sea Buckthorn, and it looks like it’s healing quite nicely; much faster than if I had left it alone.
We are getting excellent feedback from people who have been using the Helichrysum hydrosol for rosacea, by the way. Really seems to tone down the redness that is often associated with it.
Salt Glow Skin Polisher
This is more of a “put together” than a real recipe:
In an unbreakable container (you’re going to use this in the shower, after all!) pour approximately two cups of sea salt (or UNiodized table salt.) Add enough Jojoba Oil to thoroughly moisten, what we are aiming at here is the texture of sandcastle building sand. One small squirt of Liquid Castile Soap is a possible addition, not necessary, but it helps keep the tub from being slick from the oils. You may add a few drops of your favorite soothing essential oil, but that is truly optional.
Now, into the shower, rinse off to leave your skin wet, and turn the shower off. Grab a handful of the salt glow mixture, and, starting with your feet, massage into the skin. Pay more attention to rought or calloused areas, and avoid broken skin (this will sting broken skin!). Always massage toward the heart, avoiding your face, and delicate tissues.
When you are finished, shower off the excess and towel dry. Your skin will be left soft, smooth, and silken.
The Sandalwood Body Envelope
One of the simplest and easiest recipes in Donna Maria’s book (a wonderful after shower oil!):
Add 3 drops of Orange (or Mandarine, my thought!), 1 drop Rose, 2 drops Sandalwood to 1/2 ounce of your favorite massage base oil, and envelop yourself in the Sandalwood Body Envelope…or better yet, have someone else envelope you in it! © 2000 Donna Maria, shared with permission. I highly recommend it!
Healing Scars (from a Dog Bite)
Comments and feedback from one of our readers, Ellen Ray, an aromatherapist in North Carolina. Not long ago she called and asked me to express mail some Helichrysum Italicuum and rose hip seed oil to her. She recently sent this, with permission to share it with you:
I used the Helichrysum italicuum and Rose Hip Seed Oil blend for an injury to my face that occurred from a dog bite and it helped tremendously. There’s barely the trace of a scar on my lip and none on my face. The doctor who removed the stitches was amazed and asked for the name of the essential oils and carrier oil. He kept looking back at his notes from the emergency room, remembered the incident, and said the healing was incredible. He also asked where it could be purchased.
—Ellen W. Ray, Alchemical Essence Aromatherapy (June 2000)
I love it when the medical profession has to sit up and take notice…and I love it when these oils can make a real difference in someone’s life!
Speaking of SkeeterBeater… we have had feedback from friends who have been adding the synergy to Aloe Vera Gel (commercial, the brand of your choice). They say it is lighter and cooler feeling than an oil-based dilution, but lasts far longer than a water-based spray. We’ve not tried it yet, but wanted to pass the idea along. (July 2003)
(June 2005 update to the above. Nature’s Gift now offers SkeeterBeater Gel for those not interested in “do it yourself.”
Treatment for Miscellaneous Skin Infections
Shared by John Kerr, of Aromatherapy Today Magazine, in Australia: 10 drops each Tea Tree, Spearmint, and Myrrh added to 20 grams of commercial Aloe Vera Gel. (July 2004)
First aid tip from one of our client’s, an email just received from Lisa:
Hi Marge. in my last order, i requested a sample of the Bulgarian Lavender (the more perfumey 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.
Springtime Skin Soother
Janice Brady writes:
Salt scrubs are just too rough and abrasive for me. My arms and legs have a lot of scratches on them and the salt hurts, but I want to really get rid of dead skin.
Our reply? Try a soothing brown sugar scrub for gentle exfoliation. A generous scoop of brown sugar (light or dark will work equally well), enough of your favorite carrier oil to gently moisten, and one or two drops of Sandalwood oil…soothing to the skin, and the aroma just sweetens the brown sugar. Gently scrub away winterdull skin, without the sting of salt. (May 2002)
A Sunburn Recipe
From my friend Karla, who writes:
(She explained that she got badly sunburned, working all day in a friend’s garden with no sunscreen.) As soon as she realized she had been burned, she added some lavender to some generic drugstore hand lotion and slathered it on. The pain went away. Then she made the following blend for use after every bath until it’s all better.
- Lavender,18 drops
- Chamomile (I used English cause that’s what I had), 6 drops
- Geranium, 2 drops
- Rose Absolute, 2 drops (just cause I thought it would smell good, no other real reason)
- Peppermint, 1 drop (to cool the skin, still felt warm but didn’t hurt)
Blended into 2 ounces Jojoba Oil.
I am applying some onto wet skin from the shower or bath and letting myself dry au naturel. I also put a couple droppers full of the blend into a couple ounces of neroli hydrosol and sprayed that on later before getting dressed. Very soothing. I don’t think it’s going to peel either. Moral of the story: lavender is wonderful and always use sunscreen!!
Karla, thanks for sharing that one with us! (The rose is obviously optional there.)
A friend was badly sunburned last week. By the next morning she was scarlet, and blistered. I mixed up a blend of equal parts jojoba and aloe vera gel. Added some of our French high altitude lavender and Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract (my first opportunity to try the Sea Buckthorn for sunburn…).
After applying the blend, she was totally pain-free in no time. By the next morning (with frequent applications) the blisters had subsided, and the burn much less angry looking. It seems to be turning tan, with very little peeling so far. Just a thought if you or yours overdo the sun.
A Sunburn Cooler
From my friend Susan Bratty:
- 1 oz Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 oz Lavender Hydrosol
- 1 oz Roman Chamomile Hydrosol
- 10 drops Lavender EO
- 5 drops Roman Chamomile EO
- 2 drops Peppermint EO
Mix together, shake well. I put it in a squeeze bottle and keep it in the refrigerator. Works wonders:-)
Tanning Blend (NOT a sun screen!)
If you insist on risking sun damage, this blend will hasten a tan and provide antioxidant protection:
- 20 drops Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2 (for antioxidant and sun protection, Vitamin A and C)
- 10 drops Carrot Seed (for vitamin A and a small amount of sun protection)
- 5 drops Lavender (for healing)
- 1 oz. Jojoba (many sources say that Jojoba has a slight SPF value, perhaps SPF 3)
For extra protection, blend the oils with a higher SPF commercial sun screen product.
Soothing Aloe Toner
(Again, from Danielle Sims)
- 8 ounces Aloe Vera Gel
- 8 ounces distilled water
- 10 drops Chamomile oil
Mix all ingredients and shake well before each use.
PH Balancing Toner
(from Danielle Sims)
- 8 ounces distilled water
- 2 ounces Natural Apple Cider Vinegar
- 10 drops of Rose oil
- 8 drops of Chamomile oil
Mix all ingredients in your bottle of choice and shake vigorously before each use. You may use a cotton ball to apply your toner after cleansing and spritz throughout the day. (An alternative would be to add a bit of the vinegar to a blend of Rose and Roman Chamomile Hydrosols.)
Waxing, Relief After
Lynda Sorenson (a licensed esthetician and certified aromatherapist who uses the oils in her practice) recently wrote:
What I find works well on my clients after waxing, a light spray of either Lavender or Rose Otto Hydrososl. Then I use a 1% dilution of Lavender and German Chamomile in Sweet Almond or Apricot Kernel. When I began using this combination a while back, my clients noticed and reported a huge difference instantly. (February 2002)
Healing Toner for Sensitive Skin
(I think I clipped this from the Canadian “Less Toxic Products Guide” site, but I can’t connect to their server right now to verify the source.)
- 1/4 cup Rose Hydrosol
- 2 tablespoons Witch Hazel
- 4 drops Rose essential oil
- 2 drops Yarrow essential oil
Mix essential oils with Witch Hazel in a glass bottle. Then add hydrosol.
I am guessing that they are using the “drug store witch hazel” since its alcohol content would dissolve the essential oils more readily. Deep blue Yarrow essential oil is a soothing anti-inflammatory…this sounds wonderful to me. (August 2004)
We’ve reformulated this, our most popular skincare product, and added even more and richer anti-aging ingredients. Based on my beloved Organic Argan Oil, with Organic Marula for extra quick absorbency, Squalane for protection against transdermal water loss, healing Chia Seed CO2 extract, anti-oxidant rich Organic Pomegranate CO2, age-defying Evening Primrose CO2 Extract, Borage Seed CO2 extract and Organic Rose Hip Seed cold pressed oil. Then, to the most age-defying carrier blend we could concoct we started adding more goodies. Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2 and Rose Hip CO2 extractions, the secret of our popular “ Mature Skin Elixir ” and, of course, our Cleopatra’s Secret synergy, rich with anti-aging Frankincense, Myrrh, and Rose essential oils. Carrot Seed, the most effective essential oil for wrinkle reducing. And a dollop more Rose, just because.
Measure just a drop or two with the dropper, or use our new roller ball bottle and apply just a little bit. Pat gently onto areas which could use rejuvenating. Absorbs in seconds, leaving skin soft and glowing. (For an even better treat, mist your face with a spritz of our Cleopatra’s Secret Toner, and apply the Serum while the skin is still barely moist.)
Click here to see our complete line of Cleopatra’s Secret skin and body care products designed for mature skin and mature spirits.
Preparing for the Holidays with Nature’s Gift
This newsletter contains:
- Pre Holiday Specials
- Thanksgiving Weekend Sales, From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, and every day in between.
- NEW products that we are excited about
- Back in Stock — products that have been unavailable for far too long.
- Blog Articles
- Our Clients Say
- Industry Updates
- Aromatic Quote
Also, all of our holiday synergies and anointing oils ( O Christmas Tree, Holiday Joy, and Three Kings ) are on special sale from now through the holiday season, as well as our seasonal resins… Frankincense, Myrrh and Sweet Myrrh (Opopanax).
1. Black Friday is the Fourth Friday of November. Free Ship Friday… use the discount code Friday-Free and receive free domestic shipping on orders over 5.
2. Thanksgiving weekend… From Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday Nov. 27, use the discount code Gratitude and save 10% on all our retail sized products. Bulk products, our imported books, and our kits are not included in this sale.
3. Cyber Monday… Use the discount code CYBER and finish off your holiday shopping by saving from 12 to 18% on all retail-sized essential oils, absolutes, and CO2 extracts. Everything listed here is included.
German Chamomile Select CO2: Superb anti-inflammatory effects.
Thyme Linalol Hydrosol: A powerful antibacterial agent, effective as a wound cleaner, or for treating skin infections.
PomPom Lockets: New Aromatherapy Jewelry (supplies limited).
EO Bottle Key/Opener: Handy gadget to help remove orifice reducers, pop the roller ball assembly out of a roller bottle, remove a sample vial cap, and re-apply all of the above.
Blue Tansy Essential Oil (after a two year wait!), English Lavender, Population Lavender, Rosemary Cineole from Tunisia, Cistus Essential Oil (see our newsletter for updates on availability of this treasure).
Almost but not quite Back In Stock… our beautiful French St. John’s Wort Infused Oil. This is stuck in customs and being reviewed by the FDA. We could conceivably have it on Friday but midweek next week is more likely. We will announce its arrival on our Facebook page. Also stuck in customs, our new shipment of Elemi essential oil. Again, we will add it as soon as it arrives, and announce it on FaceBook. I expect both of these products to be available for the Thanksgiving sales, but can’t guarantee that.
Not many articles since last time, since I was traveling most of October, and Christi was covering for my absence.
- An explanation of how a GC Analysis works, for the non-scientist.
- Why we preach safe and appropriate use — One Woman’s Nightmare.
- And November’s first article, for fun: Lip Balm Flavors.
In Mid September my friend Penny, in Florida, posted about a rather bizarre accident in which she was picked up and thrown by a strong gust of wind. (Penny, next time let GO of the umbrella!) She was heavily bruised all over, all the way to the bone, with cuts and scrapes on top of the bruising. Fortunately, the xrays showed no broken bones, but she was in dreadful shape and tremendous pain. (Peggy is close to my age, so any fall can have serious consequences.)
I emailed asking for her mailing address, wanted to send her something that might help, “That’s Better!”
Penny’s responses and healing progress:
Thanks, I really appreciate it. Meanwhile, I’m going to take aspirin to thin my blood because I’m afraid of blood clots from this thing…and of course, I’m still icing.
Sept 19: I just received your package and just rubbed some on my leg. I’m still applying ice and this morning I cut a leaf of aloe from my plant and applied it. The aloe appeared to lighten the bruising a bit but I still have pain underneath the skin when I apply pressure anywhere from the knee down to mid-calf. The “That’s Better” has a warming effect when I lightly massage it on. Kunzea essential oil is a new one to me, as well as a couple of the samples. Thank you soooo much and I will let you know how it does. BTW, it’s taking the heat out of it too…guess that’s the heli. Color me happy!
Sept 20: On Sunday, there was still diffuse bruising below the swelling in a line across my leg. In just over 12 hours after using “That’s Better” the broad bruising is gone and only remains at the point of impact, as you can see the bruising is now yellowing; the swelling is gone and most of the tenderness. The product removes the pain for roughly 6 hours. Most of the stuff under the skin is gone and the painful areas have decreased. One request: I have removed most of the front of the label by handling it with hands that have the product on them…can you make the labels resistant to this by covering with tape or some other way? This is truly a miracle in a bottle and the progress was really slow going before your product. Bless you!!! (BTW, today at noon will be exactly one week since it happened.)
Sept 22: Went for my annual doctor visit this morning and he was having fun calling me Mary Poppins. LOL He was blown away about the accident and said to start applying heat to help break down the remaining blood but without my asking, he reassured me not to worry about blood clots. He loved the aromatherapy preparation Marge Clark sent me at no charge (she’s an angel!) “That’s Better.” He knew the properties of each essential oil and said it was better than him prescribing each individual drug to take.
Oct. 1: I feel like I’m nearing the end of the journey to healing thanks to you. I used “That’s Better” last night when I dropped something on my big toe…voila! no pain and bruising is greatly less than expected. The benefits of your product appear to be that it acts quickly, relieves pain for about 6 hours, immediately lessens bruising and makes it feel better. I’ve also used it on the scabs from scrapes in the fall and it has helped them a little too. I’m coming up on 4 weeks and all that remains is a little scabbing, some deep areas (painful with pressure) and bone bruising that is easing. Adding heat as my doctor suggested has helped too. I apply “That’s Better,” then apply heat. Thank you again so much!
Nov. 7th: Yes, it took a full 8 weeks but the part I used your product on took 5 weeks. Thank you so much…still have some left but will be reordering. You made a huge difference!
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So my mom had all of her remaining teeth pulled last week. We did not realize until I picked up her pain prescription that bruising would occur on the face. Her pharmacist was kind enough to let us know. The next morning the swelling and bruising started and she looked like a beat up chipmunk. The pain meds were not helping that situation so she dug out a bottle of “That’s Better,” I had given her quite a while ago. She is using that and an ice pack and it is really helping. She said the relief was almost immediate.
Yay Nature’s Gift!
The following week Michelle wrote:
My mom went for a dental follow up and the doctor told her she was healing up but that her mouth was very “angry.” I took home 1 oz of Heli hydrosol yesterday and she just texted me that her mouth is already feeling better.
Thanks for the advice!
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Haly was really worried. Damon was having a LOT of teeth pulled and had never had anything like this. She was braced for a bad time. From the time they left the dentist’s office she sprayed Helichryum Hydrosol in his mouth on his lacerated and stitched gums. He slept for close to 24 hours after the oral surgery. She applied compresses of Heli oil in cold water to his face when he would allow it, as well as spraying cold heli hydrosol on his face, as well as in his mouth.
Forty eight hours later he was eating everything in sight (that could be eaten without chowing of course). No swelling, no bruising. She she added that they had to grind down a lot of the bone on his lower jaw. Whenever THAT starts to hurt he just s prays some more heli hydrosol on it. No need for Tylenol, pain pills or any of that sissy stuff.
Amazing things these oils!
Extreme weather conditions ’round the world continue to affect essential oil production.
HAITIAN VETIVER: The future of Haitian Vetiver is uncertain. The earthquakes that devastated this small island country again this year have destroyed many of the crops. (It feels very heartless to be writing about destroyed crops when so many lives were destroyed, but this newsletter is about essential oils and their producers. We hope that all of you have donated to Haitian relief.) At any rate, there is much uncertainty as to when more Haitian Vetiver will be harvested and the oil produced. As luck would have it, we had (very fortuitously!) restocked what we hope will be a two or three year supply shortly before the earthquake. Our prayers go out to the producers.
SPANISH CISTUS: This from my Cistus essential oil distiller: “Sorry to inform that 2016 cistus harvest is a real pain. For the first time in 20 years, we have quantity and quality issues…Because of totally unusual weather (too cold and humid until July, very hot and drought in July and August) cistus branches developed a much lower resin content than usual. As a consequence, yields in oil are 40% lower than usual, and quality is different with low alpha-pinene content.” Again, we restocked what we estimate to be a two year supply of the 2015 distillation last spring. If ordering cistus oil from any new source, or even a trusted source, we would advise getting a sample before ordering in bulk. There is going to be some very expensive, not very good Cistus being offered. (But not by us!)
AUSTRALIAN FRAGONIA™: Most of you know that John and Petra Day, developers, growers and distillers of Fragonia, were caught in a devastating wild fire last year. Much of Western Australia around Perth burned. Their plantation was destroyed. The trees burned. Fortunately no lives were lost, and most of their buildings were saved. Wisely for all of us, the 2013 and 2014 Fragonia and Rosalina distillations were stored offsite. We had ordered a LOT of the 2014 distillation this year. I recently talked to John about the prospects of a harvest this winter. He said that there might be a tiny harvest, with an experimental distillation this year, but certainly no commercial production. He hopes (note the word “hopes”) to be back in commercial production by the end of 2017. Needless to say, we immediatly ordered more of the 2014 crop. We hope to have enough to last us all until John is able to ship more.
TUNISIAN ROSEMARY: Again, hot dry weather wreaks havoc, even wth a crop that is accustomed to near desert conditions. As our supply of Rosemary Cineole dwindled, we reached out to “trusted sources” and started collecting samples. EEEWWWW… an unchanged litterbox! That’s what they smelled like. No. We can’t resell THAT. So we got more samples. EEEEWWWWWW. More cat pee! This was getting serious. Finally we found a specimen that did NOT smell like cat pee… but was… indifferent. Rather a “blah who cares” oil. Now, I am not a rosemary fan, so I didn’t trust my judgement. But Christi loves rosemary, so I left the choice up to Jim and Christi. They can judge more clearly than I can. “Do we have to?” was the response. They were unimpressed. More samples from more sources that I have bought from in the past. One organic, two conventionally / ethically farmed. We tried the organic oil first. EEEEEEEWWWW. Nope, not that one. We tried the second sample. I think it was identical to the “indifferent” oil we had sampled before. It smelled like the same oil. No one disliked it, but no one liked it. Sample number three. It does NOT, to my nose, smell like rosemary. It smells like a beautiful high-cineole eucalyptus variety. But Christi liked it. Jim liked it. And it cleared my sinuses. We have a CofA from the producer posted online for your edification. We may or may not decide to have an independent GC run on it. If you like high 1,8-cineole oils, you will love it.
“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.”
― Cynthia Rylant, In November
“Our Father, fill our hearts, we pray,
With gratitude Thanksgiving Day;
For food and raiment Thou dost give,
That we in comfort here may live.”
— Luther Cross, Thanksgiving Day
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We are grateful, this year, and every year, for all of you, for your support, that allows us to continue doing what we love.
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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
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:
- 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.
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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Christmas in July
This newsletter contains:
From Midnight Saturday Morning, July 2nd through Midnight Monday night July 4th celebrate the long Independence Day weekend with us. Enter the promotional code “Liberty” (without the quotation marks) at checkout, press apply, and save from 8 to 12% on all of our regularly discountable retail products. The discount can not apply to any of our special books, kits, clearance items…ie, nothing marked “no discount may apply”…but almost every retail product may be discounted. If you do NOT see the discount reflected onscreen please go back and enter and reapply the code. We will not be able to apply the discount retroactively under any circumstances.
Christmas in July sale:
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree — so we’ve put our favorite North American conifer oils on sale — White Fir, Balsam Fir, Pinon Pine – save 10% on our specials page. Also, for Christmas in July, our favorite holiday synergies — Holiday Joy, Winter Sunshine, and Three Kings. Skincare Specials — our favorite and most skin pampering CO2 extracts — Pomegranate Seed, Seabuckthorn Berry, Rose Hip Pulp — all on sale. Aloe Vera Gel, to soothe summer sun damage. Cool off with all of our mint essential oils — fruity Bergamot Mint, Peppermint and Spearmint. Save 10% on all of them.
Helichrysum Special Sale:
We have put our “copper free” Helichrysum Essential Oil from Corsica on special sale — 20% 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.
New/Back in Stock:
HYDROSOLS — Neroli! Yarrow! ORGANIC Witch Hazel. Because so many batches of Neroli Hydrosol are contaminated, we sent some of this batch to our favorite chemist for testing. It came back with 0 fungi and 0 bacteria, so we are delighted to be able to offer it to you. See the links to all three on our specials page.
FRUIT SEED OILS — Just in time for Summer Sun protection Red Raspberry Seed and Cranberry Seed oils are back in stock.
In the month of June we’ve blogged about:
OUR CLIENTS SAY:
Earlier in June Donna Thompson was ordering several bottles of Sunburn Soother, and wrote:
Getting ready for a beach trip! The Sunburn Soother saved us last year. So I want to be sure to have plenty on hand =) thanks for a great product that I feel good about using!
Special thanks to her for letting us quote her!!!
Jamian Reed recently wrote:
I am also sad that the Lavandin Grosso has been out of stock for some time. Any idea when it will be available again? I like its anti-inflammatory effects for soothing sensitive skin, acne, razor rash, etc. I have been using abrial as a substitute for these applications. Is this what you would recommend, or would you recommend one of the lavenders?
(I was never quite clear on WHAT was the best use for the Grosso, so was just delighted to hear that from Jamian. And, of course, what was even better was that our new shipment arrived the day that was written.)
There has been a lot of information published to the effect that adding Eucalyptus Globulous to the washing machine can eliminate dust mites (a major allergen). We just recently came across a study showing that the components of Geranium Oil (pelargonum graveolens) also can kill dust mites. Geraniol was shown more effective than DEET. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18955817
We have read several places that Rose Geranium is also an effective tick repellant. I know we have some clients who add a ml or two of Geranium or Rose Geranium oil to our SkeeterBeater.
Lisa Mertz recently wrote the following:
Dear Marge, I gave a friend some calophyllum oil with ravensara and melissa in it to use as an experiment for genital herpes. She reported it immediately took the pain out and continued to relieve the pain with 2x/daily applications, then the outbreak cleared up in 3 days — rather than suffering for 2 weeks!
Results worth sharing!
Fly & Mosquito Repellant:
Years ago Joannie Manning wrote this…and I misplaced it…
I was particularly interested in essential oils and am THRILLED with the fantastic results that the Lemon Tea Tree Oil has had in keeping the mosquitoes out of my horse trough. A few drops and the bugs are gone and the horses drink the water fine. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please pass this on to any others worried about West Nile Virus and their babies. I am in Alabama, tons of mosquitoes and larvae till I tried this. I put 4 gtts only in a trough approx. 4 ft. long by 3 ft. wide by 3 ft. deep. The water stays crystal clear.
As early as 1690, Sir William Temple wrote in his Essay on Health & Long Life “The use of scents is not practiced in modern physic but might be carried out with advantage seeing that some smells are so depressing and others so inspiring and reviving.”
“Sound when stretched is music. Movement when stretched is dance. Mind when stretched is meditation. Life when stretched is celebration.” — Shri Shri Ravishankar Jee
And for midsummer:
Here’s flowers for you;
Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram;
The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun
And with him rises weeping: these are flowers
Of middle summer, and I think they are given
To men of middle age.
—A Winter’s Tale
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In this Issue:
New and Back in Stock products
Special Sale Days
Get ready for Summer Savings
Formulas and Blends
Our Clients Say
Quote of the Month
Back in Stock and NEW
A stunning new Neroli oil from Morocco, so impressive we put our remaining Tunisian Neroli on clearance. Exotic Ylang Ylang Extra, organic certified from Madagascar. Also from Madagascar a vibrant organic Ginger Root. Freshly distilled Canadian Black Spruce.
New hydrosols – Organic Carrot Seed and White Sage, both from our favorite Canadian distiller. And for your summer moisturizing, new and restocked facial and body oils – exotic Kalahari Melon Seed, longlasting Meadowfoam, and healing Cherry Kernel. See these, and more on our new and special page. We have also sourced more Beeswax beads, both certified organic and all natural, both from the USA. We’ve restocked our glass eyedroppers for precise by the drop measuring, and finally have restocked our most effective nebulizing diffuser, the Deluxe Professional. Also, because some of you requested them, we have made available the same white PET jars that we use for our one ounce and four ounce creams and whipped butters. See them on our Bottles and Jars page.
Special Sale Days
Friday the 13th – we’ll avoid the bad luck that is traditional on Friday the 13th by holding tight to a four leaf clover. And on Friday the 13th enter the promo code “clover” (without the quotation marks) and save 13% on all retail size essential oils, absolutes, and aromatic CO2 extracts. The discounted products are found here. Please note, our shopping cart is located in California, USA, so the time of the sale is from midnight until midnight Pacific time. You should see the discount reflected on screen when you apply the promo code. If you do NOT see the code, please don’t submit your order; we will not be able to apply it retroactively.
Saturday, June 21st is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the traditional “midsummer’s day.” Help us celebrate by using the promo code “solstice” and save 10 to 12% on all of our regularly discountable products. Almost every retail size product is included in the sale. We exclude bulk sizes, kits, special books, clearance items, and any other product marked “no other discount may apply.” We also can never give free shipping on orders that are otherwise discounted.
Get Ready for Summer Savings
Save on our favorite summer protectors for outdoor fun and outdoor hazards. Save 10% on all forms of SkeeterBeater, After the Bite, and Sunburn Soother. Celebrate the Summer Solstice with our Summer Sunshine, again, at 10% off.
We’ve not had time to write much over the last months.
My friend and client, Mikki Melinda Anderson of StressBusters Spa in Laguna Hills CA, has spoken out against dangerous practices in the Massage and Spa industry. Read her editorial about Raindrop and AromaTouch therapy here.
Another blog article by J R Lankford, An Exploration of Roses.
Formulas and Blends
Since we just restocked beeswax beads this month we thought a refresher on making salves would be good. Why make a salve instead of just using an infused oil, or diluted essential oil? Because sometimes a solid salve is just EASIER than a spillable liquid.
In every case, melt oils and beeswax beads in a double boiler, or a bowl (or measuring cup), set in a pan of simmering water.
Solid Perfume Base
1/2 oz. beeswax
1 oz. jojoba oil or meadowfoam oil.
Melt together in a pyrex measuring cup set in a pan of simmering water.
Remove mixture from heat, stir gently. As mixture cools and is starting to thicken, add your chosen essential oil or blend of oils.
For a solid perfume we like to use between a 10% to a 20% dilution. For this amount of base, we would use 4.5 to 9 mls of essential oil.
Solid Perfume 2
3 parts sweet almond or jojoba
2 parts white beeswax
1 part scent
Melt all over double boiler, pour into containers.
This makes a firmer base, suitable for pouring into lip balm sticks to create perfume sticks. Remember that the lip balm tubes hold only about.15 oz so you don’t have to make much to fill a lot of tubes.
A basic salve starts with:
2 oz. Beeswax
8 oz. Oil of your choice. (We recommend jojoba or meadowfoam because of their extended shelf life.)
EO of your choice (for this amount of ingredients @1-1/2%, it would be 90 drops)
You can infuse your oils with herbs if you wish. (See our Trauma salve, below.)
Melt all ingredients together, when melted, blend thoroughly, let cool to about lukewarm, add EO’s and then cool completely. Your personal choice of oils will determine the end product (For dry flaky skin, oily skin, damaged skin, normal skin, etc.,)
To check for texture, dribble a spoonful of the melted blend onto a plate and put in the freezer for just a few minutes, to cool quickly. Check the texture of the chilled salve. If it is still too soft, add a bit more beeswax and melt in. If too hard, add a bit more oil.
4 oz Nature’s Gift Trauma Oil
1/2 oz Jojoba or Meadowfoam Oil
1 oz Beeswax Beads (hint: use a postage scale to weigh out the beeswax)
Combine the beeswax and jojoba/meadowfoam in a 2 cup measuring cup or bowl. Heat in simmering water until beeswax beads are melted. Stir together.
While still in the hot water bath, gradually add the Trauma Oil, stirring to gently warm and incorporate. As soon as all of the Trauma Oil is incorporated, remove from heat, pour into a 4 ounce jar and let stand loosely covered until solidified.
This formula may have your choice of essential oils added at from 1 to 5%, depending on the use and the recipient. I plan to add some Helichrysum italicuum and a few drops of Kunzea to use as a pain relief blend when muscle cramps wake me up in the middle of the night. (This would make a great healing salve for bumps and bruises, as well.)
Our Clients Say
Fenil Shaw pays horrific international shipping rates to use our products in Canada. She recently wrote (and gave permission to share):
“Btw, the CO2s I ordered last time (Rosehip pulp, Sea Buckthorn berry, German Chamomile and Calendula) have worked amazingly well for me! I tried one of the formula that you have on your website and see a huge and awesome difference in the texture and overall appearance of my facial skin. Prior to using these oils, I had dry, red and very sensitive skin and dull and sallow looking complexion. Nothing helped; anything and everything I used made me break out and it was awful. Plus I have bad environmental allergies. This time, I have ordered Frankincense CO2 and hydrosol, cistus hydrosol and Pomegranate CO2 and hopefully they will help me further combat all the past years of damage.
Oh and I would also like to mention one more thing here. Before ordering, I had read Kathy Keville, Donna Maria, Suzanne Catty, etc.’s books. Yours was the name that consistently came up along with one more. I found yours to be so much more personal and warm and not like some big professional corporation dealing with and in everything. So I decided to go with you guys and am super happy with that decision. Thank you so much!”
(We’re happy with that decision, too!)
And, because men need skincare help too, John Parks from New York recently wrote:
“It is great to meet you even if by email only. I have become a swift, avid fan of your products. They are doing wonders for my good old rosacea-prone skin. I am 55 and people are now commenting on how good I look. Wow!
I had a quick question on hydrosols: can they be mixed for ease of use or is it best to continue to store them separately? I find my standards are becoming helichrysum, rose geranium, chamomile, and lavender. I truly value your input.
Again, thank you for your commitment and products – just awesome!”
(And of course I told him that hydrosols could be mixed, or layered, to taste!)
Speaking of Rosacea, Melanie Justice recently commented (while ordering more):
“After using the samples of the gel & cleanser you enclosed with my last order for three days, I woke up this morning for the first time in ages pleased with how my skin looked! Even my husband could tell, and that’s saying a lot! Thanks for formulating such healing products. I really felt like I was never going to be able to use any kind of face wash again.”
When I asked if we could quote her she added:
“I definitely wanted to let you know how much it impacted my skin! My husband commented again when he got home from work. You may certainly quote me; customer feedback is so helpful when deciding on products!”
From the Mayo Clinic: Cellulitis (sel-u-LI-tis) is a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and it may spread rapidly. Skin on lower legs is most commonly affected, though cellulitis can occur anywhere on your body or face. Cellulitis may affect only your skin’s surface, or cellulitis may also affect tissues underlying your skin and can spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream. Left untreated, the spreading infection may rapidly turn life-threatening. That’s why it’s important to seek immediate medical attention if cellulitis symptoms occur.
In mid-March Brenda Richardson wrote that her mother was struggling with cellulitis on her legs. The infection was not responding to the oral antibiotics her mother was taking, and Brenda, as a nurse, knew how difficult cellulitis can be to treat. She wondered about using the MERCY body wash prior to applying the prescribed antibiotic ointment. Then she mused about adding Benchmark Thyme to the body wash. In Mid-April she wrote:
Thought you would like to know that i made a 1% dilution with the benchmark thyme and liquid castile soap for my mom. She has had cellulitis in both legs. She washes with it twice a day before doing her ace wraps and feels like it has really helped to clear up the infection. She wondered if she could use it in place of mercy soap for the perineal area she loves it so much. Is 1% dilution good for that? She loves the smell which is funny because she doesn’t love many smells. I am very excited to hear her legs are getting better. So wish i had thought to have her take before and after pics. She has also taken an antibiotic but in my experiences with cellulitis patients, it does not resolve quickly.
To which I replied:
And the only answer I can give is “I don’t know”… it’s a lower dilution.. my intinct says “try it and see…” The MERCY has been keeping her clear of UTI’s, right? Two thoughts… we will only know that it is NOT working if she gets another infection… I hate that…but there is truly no way to test it that I have access to. (In Europe they could culture, to an “aromatogram” and see specificially what bacteria and what oils… I can’t do that.
So… either try it and see..
Am thinking you could split the difference??? Blend = amts of the benchmark 1% in castile with the MERCY cleanser.. that would 1/2 the strength of EACH… but would give you some synergistic benefits.
Or… try just the benchmark blend… if infections start again… try the second option???
Sorry…but this is just beyond me, so I’m just tossing out suggestions.
In Mid-May Brenda wrote:
So this is my thought….
If cellulitis keeps coming back and you have to keep taking antibiotics etc what do we have to lose trying the mercy gel twice a day to tackle the problem? If it doesn’t work it doesn’t work. My only question for you is could this SAFELY be applied twice a day, allowed to dry and then her ace wraps on top? I am assuming its like a 3% dilution. Could I safely add in another 1/2 cc per 100 ml of benchmark thyme?
I gotta try something to break the cycle. Antibacterial oils make more sense than steroid cream!
To which I replied that I didn’t KNOW…my concern would be irritating the already damaged skin. Her mother had been through major surgeries, has had a LOT of medical issues this year and this cellulitus, while not as immediately life threatening as some of her other issues was an ongoing challenge.
Today, June 4th Brenda emailed:
I have to tell you the best news….. The mercy gel did the trick. My mom said it helped more with her cellulitis than anything she tried (steroid cream prescribed) and now she is not wrapping her legs or wearing support hose. It was worth the gamble. I will be spreading the word in my home health world!!! She put in on twice a day (after washing with mercy soap) let it dry a few minutes and wrapped her legs with ace bandages. She said the healing was amazing. She is going to continue using soap and gel twice daily since cellulitis tends to keep coming back. And yes you can quote me and share this testimonial. I ordered the gel in desperation when she told me she finished oral antibiotics with no change.
Thank you for such awesome products!
YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Because of Brenda’s tenacity and ingenuity, it worked.
There is nothing in the world as rewarding as knowing that our products have truly made a difference in someone’s life and wellbeing!
This was an anonymous review, so I couldn’t thank whoever left it. but the phrasing just delighted me: “Everything is always wonderful and a little treasure trove of goodies when they arrive.” A little treasure trove. Thank you, Anonymous, you made my evening!
Quotes of the Month
I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
—John Vance Cheney
When I was a boy, I thought scent was contained
in dewdrops on flowers and if I got up very early in
the morning, I could collect it and make perfume.
—Oscar De La Renta
Have a joyous June everyone!
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