Nature’s Gift is proud to make available the United States’ first batch of Benchmark Thyme.
This unique blend of four ethically cultivated Thymus varieties has been standardized to give the powerful germ-killing effects of Tea Tree, Red Thyme, etc. along with the gentleness of Thyme Linalol and other “skin safe” essential oils.
Purpose for Developing Benchmark Thyme
According to essential oil researcher and developer Maggie Tisserand, this unique blend of ethically cultivated (chemical- and pesticide-free) Thyme cultivars has been carefully balanced to provide the most effective components of both Tea Tree Oil and Thyme var Linalol, with an antimicrobial effectiveness greater than either alone. Ms. Tisserand writes:
The uniqueness of Benchmark Thyme is that it contains a combination of specific components of the chemistry of tea tree and specific components of the chemistry of Thyme Linalool—and with all components coming from our four Thyme cultivars, skilfully blended into a synergistic formulation. This is a truly unique and effective essential oil.
- Works faster than Teatree—Microbiology kill curves demonstrate that it can take only 2 hours for Benchmark Thyme to kill the most powerful MRSA & MSSA bacteria in vitro, but up to 24 hours for Teatree.
- Exclusively and specifically grown for Benchmark Oils—will be consistent in chemical composition every year—so always dependable. (Grown to organic standards, chemical free, but not certified as organic.)
- A synergistic blend proven to kill MRSA in-vitro.
- Less irritation on the skin than other effective anti-bacterial essential oils.
(The above is extracted from Maggie’s book, due to be published later this year.)
Components of Benchmark Thyme
Benchmark Thyme contains a uniquely balanced blend of components. 23% terpenes, of which the largest percentage is alpha-terpinene, well over 40% alcohols, primarily linalol, some esters, primarily linalyl acetate, and 32% phenols, primarily thymol with traces of carvacrol. The alcohols and esters give it gentleness, while the terpenes and phenols give it phenomenal germ fighting abilities.
Aromatically our new Benchmark Thyme reminds me strongly of our Thyme Thujanol. It is not as mildly-scented as our Thyme Linalol, but certainly not overly medicinal. Upon dry-down, the thymol becomes more dominant.
We eagerly await Maggie’s book, scheduled for publication before the end of this year.
We’ve searched for this Thyme Oil for years. Reputed to be strongly anti-viral and a stimulant to the immune system, it is safer and less irritating than some high phenol thyme varieties, while being just as powerful an antibacterial agent. Excellent for warding off or treating viral, fungal and bacterial problems.
I would blend it with a bit of Ravensara to fight off respiratory ailments. I have read that it is specific for chlamydia. One of my mentors recommends it in a massage for tendonitis. Please avoid its use in pregnancy or with small children. (Reach for our Thyme Linalol instead.)
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
This is the gentlest of the thyme cultivars. It is considered anti-bacterial and anti-infectious as well as being a fungicide. We are told that professional aromatherapists trained in Europe consider this chemotype safe for internal use, and effective against gastritis, upset stomach, and other intestinal conditions. Since essential oils are not used internally in the United States I am not recommending this, just passing along what I have read in the literature.
I have seen Thyme Linalol recommended for the treatment of infectious skin diseases. It is also useful in helping disinfect and heal oozing rashes from poison ivy, etc. as well as other contact dermatitis.
This Spanish cultivar is lower in the gentle esters than our wild grown French specimen, but also contains no discernible Thymol or Carvacrol, the intensely irritating components that make some Thyme oils contraindicated for topical use.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
Spearmint Light and uplifting
Green Mandarine Most relaxing of the citruses (and sun-safe)
Cypress Concentration / Clarifying / Empowerment
Himalayan Cedarwood Spiritual and emotional support
Thyme Linalol Physically settling/ comforting
A little mint, a little citrus, a little spice. The balance of this blend comes in like the tide. A crashing start, bursting on the surf to pull away with a calming force. Heightening the senses to dream inspiration. It’s a new moon energy, when the sky is a backdrop to shooting stars, flickering cosmos, and infinite wonders. Here we are traveling thru space and time with joy and bewilderment. We have only blended a small batch but with enough interest we may feel inclined to blend more. This has personally become my favorite evening blend for winding down but still much to do. It keeps me relaxed enough to lounge but still motivated enough to create. When normally i would just doze off questioning where my night went. This will possibly be my new favorite blend with anticipation of the days getting shorter.
After weeks of “aromatic glimpses” from my bedside table (which is where my sample vial sits along with a pen and paper as i wait for inspiration to strike), I am calmed by the waves of subtle mint as it melds and mingles with the other oils of StarGazer. It’s like this blend is having a conversation and i am merely a lulled spectator. My mind does not chase or race, but thoughts keep flowing with no known destination. I place my pen to paper, and it flows through me. The sky has no limits, and the universe will provide. I hope that you will enjoy this one as much as Marge and I have.
Truly best used in a diffuser, but could also make a great anointing oil. Dilute at 10% for pulse point/chakra anointing, or 1-3% for body oil/soap/lotion.
Hints and Tips for Emotional Well-Being
I wrote to Gabriel Mojay, and asked him for suggestions for blends people could use to deal with the emotional aftermath of that awful Tuesday. He graciously responded with several suggested blends, and permission to quote them to you:
1. Grief that is coupled with emotional shock and stunned disbelief:
True Lavender (5)
2. Grief in which an unbearable feeling of loss, overwhelming sadness, and constant tears are most pronounced:
3. Grief that results in a sense of being numbed and withdrawn:
Clary Sage (2)
4. Grief that provokes a terrible feeling of anger and revenge:
Roman Chamomile (3)
Bergamot (5) (or Bergamot FCF, if the blend is to be applied to the skin and exposed to the sun)
5. Grief that involves feelings of anxiety, dread and helplessness (for spiritual courage):
Thyme Linalol (3)
Angelica Root (2) (or Cedarwood, if the blend is to be applied to the skin and exposed to the sun)
6. Grief that partly expresses itself as a need to nurture others, but in so doing, forgetting one’s own needs:
Sweet Orange (4)
Gabriel, as most of you know by now, is the author of my favorite aromatherapy book, “ Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit.” (September, 2001)
Mental Focus Blend
Just in time for final exams, my friend Harriet writes:
FYI I’ve found that a blend of Lemon Rind and Black Spruce, in the diffuser, is the perfect oil for increasing focus and mental ability…in addition for wonderfully cutting the cigarette smoke out of the air.
Margie Curtiss recently wrote:
I accidentally stumbled on something that smells absolutely wonderful and is emotionally healing at the same time!
My 13 year old daughter can be quite grumpy around her monthly cycle. When I received my latest order I was looking to make up a blend to help her…well, I found it! It may not have been the best cramp formula, but her emotions have calmed considerably with the use of this blend. Marissa has never been this pleasant in the mornings. I am in awe, truly!
- 5 drops Clary Sage
- 2 drops Jasmine Sambac
- 4 drops Geranium
- 8 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Fennel
- 3 drops Vanilla Bourbon
- 2 drops Violet Leaf
- 6 drops Ylangylang
Blended in 15ml of fractionated coconut oil.
I rubbed it on her abdomen and chest. This is a beautiful scented blend, I am rubbing it on myself and can’t stop smelling my arms! It seems to hold together for several hours too, so it works as a perfume. You simply must try this! (May 2005)
School Day Jitters
Some of you may remember two years ago, when Debbie G’s daughter started kindergarden. Alexandria is prone to nervous tummy aches, and every morning was a struggle to get her out of the car and into class. The solution then was our Neroli Hydrosol. Debbie called it “magical butterfly spray” and would spritz Alex’s tummy…and shoo away the butterflies in her tummy. [Neroli is the aromatherapy specific for anxiety, and the hydrosols are gentle enough for the youngest child.] Two years later, comes the first day of second grade, and once again, Alexandra was in tears in the car. Debbie pulled out the “magical butterfly spray” and Alexandria went cheerfully off to her first day of second grade. (September 2004)
Claire Curry, of Slidell, Louisiana writes:
Also, on a much more positive note… wanted to let you know how the Reunité Blend is working for me. I wear it daily as a special ed teacher. My classroom population is moderate autistic. I have found that the student’s respond greatly to the calming influence of the scent… it has been a very good year! I have used the Chamomile Hydrosol as a refreshing “treat” when we come inside from recess also… it has proven to be a very nice addition to the school day. (January 2002)
Pam Ritzau writes (about our Cape Chamomile Essential Oil):
I think it is a wonderful oil for modern life and nerves… for those times when you wake up at 4 a.m. thinking of all the things you need to do, or that you wish were different in life etcetera. I use just a few drops as an anointing, particularly third eye, thyroid, back of neck (back of third eye?) heart and inhalation, and it almost instantly calms and puts things back in perspective. My very gifted cranial sacral therapist says a couple of inhalations and a few drops on forehead and heart saves her about 30 minutes of work with a client, allowing her to get past tension almost immediately and begin deeper work. Send me 15 ml as soon as you can, please. If I could only have one oil in this hurly burly world of cell phones, faxes, demands for immediate performance, and modern civilization in general, this would be my choice. Thank you. Pam
Pam’s description is why we imported it.
Hints and Tips for Physical Well-Being
Ruth Gilbert writes:
Just for your interest, I have been using a combo of equal parts Inula graveolens, Ravensara [we use Ravintsara] and Frankincense in the diffuser for long term, allergic congestion (with additional aggravation from viruses) both nasal and chest, with spectacular results.
Other clients have reported fantastic results using our Blue Tansy (Tanecetum anuum) in the aromalamp every morning.
Anti-Virus / Anti-Flu
A couple of weeks ago, one evening, I felt exhausted…and I hurt all over. My joints ached, my bones ached…my HAIR hurt. Obvious signs of a virus of some sort trying to take over. I put about 20 drops of Ravensara [again Ravintsara is a more than adequate replacement] in the diffuser in my bedroom, but didn’t want to fall asleep to its medicinal scent. I discovered a wee bit of Colleen K. Dodt’s Christmas Potpourri blend. I don’t know what else is in it…but I remember sending her some Cinnamon Bark last autumn for that blend. My nose says there’s a bit of clove, as well. I added perhaps one drop of that spicy blend to the Ravensara, and turned on the diffuser. The room smelled wonderful…and by morning whatever I was fighting off had disappeared. Does this prove the oils killed whatever virus it was? Nope…anecdotal evidence isn’t worth much to the scientists. But I plan to mix some Cinnamon Bark and Clove Bud into MY stash of Ravensara, for future use. Maybe some Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citradora), as well, for its powerful antibacterial effect? (October 1999)
From an online friend:
For my nose when it got raw from blowing, I put on Heli 10%, waited a bit for it to soak in, and then shea on top of that. After the second time, the pain went away and it didn’t hurt to blow anymore. Now tonight I’m going to try MuscleEase in the tub to see if it will help the soreness in my stomach and chest from coughing. They *feel* like muscle cramps but I’m not sure if that’s what they really are.
My comment: When I’ve had a bad cough, my diaphram ends up really hurting, and I’ve found MuscleEase helps ease the pain. Courtney isn’t fond of the smell of the MuscleEase massage oil, but swears by our MuscleEase Bath Salts for aches, pains, and congestion. (The high amount of Eucalyptus in it probably helps with the decongestant effect.)
Years ago June Curtis wrote the following:
My order arrived on Wednesday and got put to immediate use since we both have colds. I quickly concocted your “Hints and Tips” blend of Ravensara, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, and Lemon Myrtle for the diffuser. Relief was swift and the room smelled wonderful! This is a definite “keeper” to stave off the New Mexico bacteria and viruses that are new to our immune systems. Thank you too for the sample of Clove. I hesitated to order that without testing lest my blends turned out to smell like Easter Ham! My fears were groundless since it’s a pleasant oil, much softer fragrance than expected, but a little goes a long way.
A month or so ago, Kristi Kusek wrote:
I just wanted to drop you a little note to tell you how much I love your Manuka oil! I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and noticed it was recommended for use with CFS — so I gave it a try well over a year ago. It has become a staple oil for me that I use in almost any blend in some quantity. I definitely feel that the use of essential oils, especially Manuka, has helped to keep me from getting those nasty recurrent viruses that I had suffered from for years prior to this. In fact, my poor husband has the flu right now and I am diffusing a blend of ravensara, manuka, cinnamon bark, clove, and lemon myrtle to help him get better faster and to keep me well! I feel confident that it is helping to clear the air of those nasty germs.
Old Time Sore Throat Remedy (not aromatherapy, but sounds helpful so we’re passing it along):
Sore Throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
Six years ago, Dorothy Murphy shared this formula on an aromatherapy discussion list:
Dilute in 10 mls of carrier oil, preferably a combination of ones high in Vitamin C like Rosehip Seed Oil. Put on chest and throat and lymph node areas under the ear/jawline and on the lung reflex area of the feet.
Another flu/cold bath formula from a client who asked not to be named:
Colds and Flu Energizer
Athletes Foot Remedy?
Marlene Smith, of Canada writes:
I previously made a essential oil blend based on a Study done at Warwick University in England and had great results. I haven’t had the same results using just Tea Tree (maybe it was too old). The oils I used were Lemongrass (10%), Niaouli (20%), Mandarin (10%) and Palmarosa (60%), in a sweet almond oil base. Because it was localized and I was treating my husband we justified using that much, but I do not recommend anyone else use this dilution. I used a high dilution for one week at 20%, 2nd week at 15%, and 3rd week at 10%. I kept a log and after the first 24 hours the itching completely stopped, spots where not as inflamed and pink only. By the 3rd week there was no sign of spots or itching. That was in December 2002.
My comment: I’d not start with the 20% dilution, but the blend sounds like it would be very effective. (July 2003)
Idea…from Barbara Lucks (email@example.com), respected aromatherapist, a way to use oils that are not generally “skin friendly” in your morning shower.
Says Barbara: “I drop 4–6 drops on the shower floor with the drain closed, and the oil is carried up in the shower steam. I love starting the day this way.” Barbara goes on to add that if you use the decongesting oils, one of the Eucalyptus species, for example, the aromatic steam really helps loosen congestion. (Thu, 06 Jan 2000)
Another recipe that some of our clients have found giving relief from chronic back pains and various forms of arthritis/rheumatism/joint pains: Calophyllum inophyllum as a carrier, with a blend of Helichrysum italicuum, Black Pepper and Lavandin Super essential oils. I’ve not offered this massage blend online yet. It has always been a custom product; however if the demand is there we could add it to our list of physically healing blends. (Aug 24, 1999)
Bug Bites / Spider Bites
First aid tip from one of our client’s…email just received from Lisa:
Hi Marge, in my last order, i requested a sample of the Bulgarian Lavender (the more perfumery one, in case i got the name wrong). i got a very large, itchy spider bite on my leg. i thought i was going to have to *not move* all day because when i walk, the itchy/burniness is tremendous. then i remembered the sample. in about 15 minutes, the itching went away and just a moment ago, i forgot it was there! isn’t THAT fun!?
Fun indeed! And good to know. Thanks, Lisa, for letting me share it. (June 2000)
From one of our clients, who gave us permission to share:
I would also like to tell you how wonderful your infused calendula oil is.
Yesterday my daughter got steaming hot soup on her arm and hand, so I immediately poured some calendula in a glass and added a few drops of lavender (I can work really fast under pressure ;). Well I applied the blend and I could actually SEE the burn healing!!! I have done this before on a burn and I have never seen such a fast healing:) As I was using my regular lavender I completely thank your calendula!!
My friend Mary Jane writes from Michigan:
I woke up this morning and could hardly walk. I have bursitis in my right hip. I used a mixture of Helichrysum, Vetiver, Black Pepper, and Jojoba Oil. The pain decreased in about 10 minutes. I could walk without a limp for six hours. It was great!
I have also been in a horrible mood for the last few days. I must say, the synergy did wonders for my attitude. I walked around relaxed and on cloud nine all day.
Maybe you could pass along the recipe to fellow sufferers.
So I did ? (February 2002)
Carpal Tunnel Relief
From my friend Pattye Z:
One thing i forgot to tell you in my last message—the Immortelle is just great on my carpal tunnel in my right wrist. I’ve been using it when i get those pains and within about 10 minutes the pain is completely gone for hours. i can type and write pain-free. i have been taking motrin and using rubs on this but without complete pain removal. this product does it. thanks (is there NOTHING Helichrysum isn’t good for? I believe it is the most healing of all the oils, even more so than Lavender!) (18 Jul 2000)
Carla is a professional chef, and all the slicing and dicing has given her carpal tunnel that wakes her in the middle of the night with the pain. I blended some of our BackEase Synergy into our St. John’s Wort infused oil. Within a few days she was pain free. It’s not an instant magic wand cure-all…but the combined anti-inflammatory ingredients really helped. (July 2000)
In New England, school didn’t start until the Thursday after Labor Day. Here in Middle Tennessee the children have been back to school for a couple of weeks now. If your little ones are having some problems going to bed earlier to catch an early school bus, you might try a few drops of Bulgarian Lavender, or Roman or English Chamomile in a bedtime bath to relax them and help them fall asleep. If getting them up and moving in the mornings is a problem, I suggest diffusing or spraying a water and EO spray [use an emulsion to blend] in their room….our FogCutter is the most energizing synergy I have experienced. (August 1999)
Chamomile Baths (One Relaxing, One Sensuous)
This blend for an insomnia bath includes my favorite Neroli (I want to try this one tonite!)
- 4 drops Roman Chamomile Oil
- 2 drops Lavender oil (I would use Mailette, I think, but any true Lavender should work)
- 4 drops Neroli Oil
- 2 drops Sweet Marjoram Oil
A relaxing and sensuous blend for the bath, massage, or diffuser:
- 12 drops Bulgarian Lavender
- 6 drops Blood Orange
- 4 drops Roman Chamomile
- 4 drops Ylangylang Complete
- 3 drops Sandalwood Sri Lanka or Tamil
Ear Infection Prevention
From Amy Sikes:
I asked you what to use to prevent my baby (just turned 1 last weekend) from getting ear infections and you suggested diffusing Eucalyptus smithii. I’ve been using that anytime he is congested and so far so good, no ear infections! I diffuse it and mix it with epsom salt and put in his bath. I’m so pleased with this, because the last time I was at the pediatrician’s with him she was talking about tubes for him and I really don’t want to go that route. I just can’t thank you enough!!!
My children had constant ear infections when they were small, so I know how miserable they can make both the baby and the mom. Wish I had known about Eucalyptus Smithii thirty years ago!
First Aid Spray / Wound Care
Mix 2 drops of lavender, 3 drops of tea tree, and 2 drops of cypress in 8oz saline water. Spray wound and cover with band-aid on which 1–3 drops of lavender has been placed. Repeat 2 times daily. After 3 days expose cut to air. (September 2004)
My good friend Lane comes up with strange and wonderful blends. I fell in love with this one. It’s in the aromalamp next to this desk, and I think is going in my car diffuser soon.
Lane’s Focus Blend
Wonderful sunny uplifting stuff! Not as physically energizing as our Fog Cutter, so that I can stay at the computer. (With Fog Cutter in the diffuser, I can’t sit at a desk!)
If your climate is anything like ours, here in Middle Tennessee, you have been sweltering for the last few weeks, with little or no relief in sight. Other than never leaving the air-conditioning, I’m finding a chilled atomizer of Spearmint Hydrosol the most refreshing aromatic relief. Somehow when the heat index is out of sight, Mint is the most refreshing scent I know. A tepid bath with just two or three drops of Peppermint EO is also a wonderful “cool-down.”
Insect Repellant / SkeeterBeater
A recipe from a Florida client who found that a carrier oil based insect repellant just sheeted off her in the Florida heat: She adds our Lemon Teatree (about 40 drops) to 2 ounces of witch hazel (the alcohol in the witch hazel dissolves/disperses the EO quite nicely) and then adds another two to four ounces of distilled water to the blend, pours it into an atomizer bottle and sprays all her exposed skin and, sometimes, her clothing. Says it keeps the Florida “skeeters” away better than anything. (Aug 24, 1999)
SKEETERBEATER….this stuff really works, folks. Was at a campfire meeting Sunday evening from just before sunset until quite late. Everyone around us was slapping at mosquitoes, until I shared our SkeeterBeater. Just a few drops of the diluted blend on my wrists and forearms kept me bite free all evening. Hope has been putting a drop of the diluted synergy (15 drops per ounce) on her dogs, just a bit on the back of their necks, once or twice a week. Not only has she not seen any fleas, but they are not bringing ticks into the house either. Now, I don’t know if this blend will repel ticks. But neither she nor I have seen any, and they are usually a real problem with our outside dogs. If you plan to spend any time outdoors, you NEED some of this. A lot of you are already using it; if you are finding no ticks when you normally would expect them, please let me know. We love feedback!
Tip from my daughter the groomer…if your dog has one of those woven collars, rather than a leather one, add two or three drops of undiluted SkeeterBeater to his collar to keep him pest free. She says it works as well as commercial products and it’s a lot cheaper. (And SHE gets a discount on the commercial stuff!) (July 2000)
Read about, and order, our SkeeterBeater Blend here.
Years ago June Curtice shared two of her favorite blends for those sleepless nights when your brain just won’t stop running:
With either, we’d use a drop or two on a tissue inside the pillow case—or an aromalamp, or an aromastone. Both blends are lovely. For me, the first is more relaxing/sedating; the second just makes tension melt away. (March 2005)
Labor / Delivery
Mari also used our Ylangylang essential oil to control her daughter’s blood pressure during labor and delivery. Says it worked quite well. Mari writes, “She didn’t moan, groan, yell, or scream once during her labor. The physician and nurses were very interested in the Neroli, as they could hear other mothers screaming while they were giving birth. But not Spring, my daughter. Afterward, she said, she felt very relaxed and there was pain, of course, but she felt she could handle it. And handle it, she did. We both swear it was the Neroli. I would just spray it on her each time she asked.” (March 2000)
More feedback from friends using our Peppermint essential oil for migraines. Sniffing Peppermint straight from the bottle at the first sign of the aura seems to stop a lot of migraines in their tracks. Handy to know! October 1999)
Oral Care / Plaque Removing Blend
Our friend Barbara, of Alma Del Sol recently gave us permission to share this. It has proven so very effective that she wants to get the word out.
I have come upon a blend that is getting such great reviews that I have to share it, along with a brief case history.
Tea tree x 8 (Germicidal)
Myrrh x 1 (Germicidal/anti-inflammatory/astringent)
Clove x 1/2 (REALLY germicidal)
Cardamon x 1/2 (Keeps plaque from sticking, honest)
Put 2 drops on toothbrush with toothpaste and brush as usual, or use in an irrigation device or put 2 drops in a shotglass full of water and use as a mouthwash (try not to swallow, but it won’t hurt you if you do).
THE GREAT REVIEWS:
Dentists saying things like “What are you doing differently?” or “Well, I don’t know what you are doing, but it looks like you may actually be able to keep your teeth.” or “I don’t think we really need to do that gum surgery after all.”
THE CASE HISTORY:
Me, of course, and NO, I am not going to launch into another round of trials. I’m getting enough positive feedback from my dentist and my clients to know it works.
My entire family just seems to accumulate plaque easily and we all need to have our teeth cleaned frequently. In the last few years, I was losing the battle even with daily brushing, flossing, irrigation and professional cleanings every 4 months. My dentist lectured me relentlessly, even though I really was religious about dental hygiene.
I finally got fed up and decided that the solution was not going to be entirely mechanical. I wised up and decided to view my mouth as a part of my body and my dentist as a medical professional. My dentist confirmed that I was dealing with inflammation and bacteria buildup that was eroding gum tissue. He also told me that some people have systems that are too alkaline, which causes more buildup, as well as “sticky bacteria.” I did a quick personal history and immediately thought “What am I doing brushing with a baking soda toothpaste?” (is this an evil conspiracy between the dentists and the manufacturers?), and I also recalled the chronic problems that I and my mother and five sisters have had with bladder infections, another “sticky bacteria” situation.
So I cooked up the blend listed above and mixed it 2% in a solution of vinegar—1 part—and strong cranberry tea—2 parts (here in the US you can get straight cranberry tea bags at any health food store from Traditional Medicinals—it is sold for bladder health). Used it as a mouthwash. Yum-yum. Kept up with the brushing and flossing as usual. I also did research into anti-inflammatory diet, and did some pretty radical diet changes, which were a great improvement in lots of ways.
Six months later, my dentist said “What are you doing differently?” I had actually reversed the periodontal decline.
So for the next four months I just used the blend on my toothbrush and dispensed with the vinegar and cranberry. I held my own. I gave the blend to a couple of friends who called a few months later with “Great news! I don’t have to have the gum surgery.” I have resumed the vinegar and cranberry, and the improvement has continued, but the blend works very well on its own.
Thanks for sharing, Barbara! (October 2003)
I read your article on poison ivy on Agora. Something I tried recently is some essential oil of Citrus aurantium leaf, and Petitgrain. I had poison oak on my hand and it was starting to get to me, seriously. I grabbed the first bottle of essential oil I found, which happened to be Petitgrain. So much for enlightened therapy. Some kind of aromatherapy roulette… I applied it neat. It stopped itching immediately and never itched again. I could not feel it at all. It started oozing right away, and the day after, it was completely dry. A friend of mine tried it, same result. That was impressive. A wider guinea-pig pool would help validate this use for Petitgrain essential oil. If you ever try it, let me know if you have similar results.
Now, I would NOT recommend using Petitgrain neat, especially on broken or disturbed skin. But perhaps a compress of cool water with a few drops of petitgrain floated on top?
Some time ago Donna Groom shared her Respiratory Protection Blend:
- 4 Eucalyptus radiata
- 4 Rosemary verbenone
- 4 Peppermint
- 4 Fir Needle
- 1 Pine
- 4 Ravensara (substitute Ravintsara)
- 1 Lemon Myrtle
- 1 Cedarwood
- 1 Manuka
- 1 Laurel Bay
This sounds like a wonderful blend for the diffuser or lamp. Thanks for sharing, Donna! (January 2004)
And, my personal favorite — from my mentor Michel vanHove:
- Hyssop decumbens (Hyssopus montana ex decumbens)
- Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
- Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia ct cineol)
- Eucalyptus globulus
- Sea Pine (Maritime Pine) (Pinus pinaster)
- Ravensara aromatica (substitute Ravintsara)
- Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Best used in a nebulizing diffuser. My note, this is best used in daytime, energizing, as well as decongesting! (February 2008)
Frankincense is the first oil I reach for when coughs or congestion come down in my chest. I like to blend it with black spruce, our Sweet Spanish Eucalyptus[We currently carry Eucalyptus Globulus which would be a wonderful substitute.], Atlas Cedarwood, and a bit of Hyssop.
Perhaps two drops of Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Black Spruce, and one drop of the Cedarwood and Hyssop, either in the lamp, or added to a carrier oil and rubbed into the throat and chest. (November 2004)
SARS has to be one of the most frightening health threats to emerge in this new century. With the global community, it can be brought anywhere; and those who are forced to travel regularly are especially at risk.
One of my mentors, Dr. Jane Buckle has shared the following suggestion. (At least one client asked if we made such a blend…we don’t, but we certainly offer all the oils called for.)
As SARS is a corona virus and closely related to the virus that causes flu and colds, I would recommend a mixture of Ravensara Aromatica[substitute Ravintsara], Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa), Lavandula augustifolia and Eucalyptus globulus. Place a couple of drops on a handkerchief and inhale deeply every half an hour or so. This is particularly important when you are flying or in any crowded environment! (May 2003)
I’ve seen a lot of requests on various lists recently for shingles remedies. I’ve not read of an outbreak sweeping the country, but it surely seems that way from here. The “classic” aromatherapy remedy for shingles is Ravensara aromatica (the most strongly antiviral essential oil that I know of) in a base of Calophyllum inophyllum, a rich green sweet-scented base oil from Madagascar. We have made the switch to Ravintsara in Calophyllum recently due to not being able to obtain a trustworthy source of Ravensara that meets our standards of quality.
Pet Skin Care Using Hydrosols
Jeanine Stanley wrote a few months ago about her use of our Hydrosols in caring for her family’s service dogs:
Just a note to let you know that I wouldn’t be without your hydrosols and to give you just a few uses for them that might help others.
This spring and early summer have been especially warm and wet in my locale. With 2 golden Retrievers and a newly fenced in yard, we’ve had our share of hot spots and wet smelly ears. 3 of your hydrosols come in so handy that I’m recommending them to all of my guide dog friends as essentials.
Tea tree hydrosol is the best thing to dry out, disinfect and generally clear up oozing nasty hot spots, those patches of skin your dog just loves to chew until raw. Tea tree hydrosol is also an incredible ear wash for killing yeast in dogs’ ears. You can tell if your dog has yeast as a part of the gunk in the ear if the discharge coming from the ear has a sweet almost rancid smell and is crusty.
I saturate several cotton balls with the tea tree hydrosol and clean the ear as usual. If the ear is very crusty or moist, I will apply the hydrosol directly to the inside of the ear. You want to do this outside and allow your dog to shake its head to clear the debris and excess liquid.
Both of our dogs are male, but friends tell me the Tea Tree hydrosol also works to rid female dogs of yeast infections in the vulva. Simply wash that area thoroughly with the hydrosol. For male dogs, some hydrosol on a cloth can help decrease the urine smell around the back legs and stomach.
I also use tea tree hydrosol as an overall body wash for the dog. Just spray some onto your favorite brush or comb and groom your dog as usual. I find the best grooming implement for this is the rubber Zoom Groom brush. Always wash your grooming gear after using any hydrosol, waterless shampoo, etc.
Oregano hydrosol is a life saver for cleaning cuts, insect bites, stings and even those hot spots that have become infected. I will wash the spot first with oregano then apply the tea tree hydrosol as a drying agent. Yes, your dog will smell like a pizza, but he or she will be much happier sans infection.
Finally, as a drying agent and to keep the skin inside the ears at an appropriate PH balance, I love the witch hazel hydrosol. It smells good, is soothing and helps prevent what we affectionately call swamp ears.
As our two dogs are guide dogs, they must be in some pretty tight quarters in public, airplane cabins, elevators, crowded store lines. Using the hydrosols keeps them fresh and clean and free of infections.
Thanks for the great products! (Sept 2004)
A client caught mononucleosis from her college-aged daughter. Had lived with swollen glands for some time, and was tired of it. She started applying Cistus Essential Oil to the glands. According to her reports it seemed obvious that the Cistus was “stirring something up.” She started coughing up a lot of nasty mucous, green stained, indicating an infection. She said she just felt that a lot of things were “moving around and loosening up.” After about five days she started feeling much better, and the swelling is almost gone. (I had forgotten that Cistus is sometimes recommended for treating swollen glands; I always use it for spiritual/emotional purposes.)
A blend of Atlas Cedarwood, Lavandin, Rosemary, & Thyme Linalol essential oils in a carrier blend of Grapeseed & Jojoba oils.
We are frequently asked for information about the use of essential oils to regrow hair.
For a period of 20 years I suffered from the uncertainty of Alopecia areata. I remember the nightmares it caused me, as well as the embarrassment. Recently, a properly-run double-blind study was done by a team of dermatologists. The abstract of the study is available on our Alopecia page. We have assembled a synergy of the named oils (Cedarwood, Lavandin, Rosemary, and Thyme) in the proportions used in the study. We make NO claims as to whether this synergistic blend will give you the results found in the study, however we would welcome replies from any who try it.
A personal aside: I know that for me, episodes of alopecia were triggered by extreme stress, and I think it is no coincidence that the period of remission coincided with my introduction to the healing power of the essential oils. I would strongly recommend you further explore the emotionally calming oils and synergies available to you, here, or elsewhere. Or you may try our pre-made Blends for Emotional Well-Being.
We wish we could guarantee that our Stimulating Scalp blend would work for you. Unfortunately, as we both know, alopecia is a frustratingly unpredictable illness and there are never any guarantees. To the best of my understanding, those who have benefited from the blend massage it into their scalp once daily, let it stand on the scalp for close to an hour before shampooing out. It would probably be easier to put it on before bed, sleep with it in, and wash it out in the morning. Personally, I would use the blend for 10 days to 2 weeks, then take a week away from it before restarting.
Please note: Our Stimulating Scalp Massage Oil was recently mentioned in an issue of First for Women magazine in an article concerning hair loss. The magazine describes it as “a blend of Lavender, Thyme, Cedarwood, and Rosemary.” It contains Lavandin, rather than the stated lavender, since it was Lavandin that was used in the study we emulate. Since the above-mentioned magazine issue came out, we have had two women write to tell us how the Stimulating Scalp Massage oil worked for them. One woman used it for alopecia, and the other for thinning hair due to diabetes.
Here are their comments:
“Note to anyone experiencing “Hair Loss” problems: I cannot thank Nature’s Gift enough for leading me to Stimulating Scalp Oil. Having developed Alopecia, I had tried everything to regrow my hair. Then through the advice of a friend and knowledgeable employee of Nature’s Gift, I found stimulating scalp oil which regrew my hair! I would recommend this product to anyone with hair loss problems. Sincerely & With Deepest Appreciation, Tamie White”
“Being diabetic, my hair had become extremely thin. I had resorted to wearing wigs. I tried your Stimulating Scalp Oil and my hair has become thicker. Even my hairdresser has seen a noticeable improvement. Mary Edith Hill”
This newsletter contains:
- October Sales
- New & Back in Stock Products
- Blog Updates
- FaceBook Snippets
- Our Clients Say
- Quote of the Month
October Special Sales
Because once again we will be represented at this year’s NAHA conference, we are putting the CO2 extracts and our Italian collection from Marco Valussi on special as our featured products for October. (And if you, too, are attending the Conference, please come by our booth and visit a bit. I would love to meet you!)
Save 10% on retail sizes of all of our CO2 extracts, lipids, aromatics, and herbal extracts. Save on our Italian collection, including rare Cypress Fruit Oil, an unusual Italian Helichrysum, a very unusual Lavandin (we are blending with this one!), a delightful Oregano, Dwarf Pine (Mugo pine—so different from our other conifers), Norway Spruce (deeper and longer lasting than our other conifers; Jim’s favorite!), and an amazingly sweet translucent pale blue Yarrow, like none we have ever experienced. Remember, we brought in each oil of this collection because one of us fell in love with it and insisted that we had to make it available. We will be bringing some to NAHA at the end of this month, where Marco is presenting.
New and Back In Stock Products
A new distillation of Santalum album, our Sandalwood Tamil 2018. We had two samples—one was very nice, and with age will be a lovely Sandalwood. Then, there was this beautiful specimen. We loved it and knew we had to offer it to you.
Back in stock and long awaited: Rose Maroc…Rosa centifolia absolute, from Morocco.
From France, what may be the prettiest Melissa essential oil I have ever experienced. Also from France, a *tiny* restock of wild crafted Thyme Linalol and Organic Thyme Thujanol —very scarce since the weather this Spring killed the crops.
From Spain, a shipment of organically produced Thyme Linalool – Spain from a new supplier my French mentor found. Just went online today!
From Bulgaria, we were finally able to restock our subtle Lilac CO2 and Linden Blossom CO2s.We have finally found a source for glass 5 ml jars, and are planning on offering the undiluted Lilac CO2 once we have jars to package them in. (Yes, it’s that solid—we can’t bottle it.)
Back in stock, our popular White Camellia Oil. (We have tried samples of this from other producers, to try to save you some money. They just were heavier and didn’t have the skin feel of our regular supplier. This one is worth waiting for!)
From our Fair Trade supplier in Africa, more Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, high in Omega 6; more Baobab oil with a balance of Omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids; and new Ximenia oil, higher in Ximenic Acid than any other oil. (We have already had to restock this one!)
Now that the cooler weather is here, (at least we hope so!) we are finally able to ship our Melissa-Calendula Lip Balm, our Baby Bottom Balm, and Shea Cream and Best Foot Forward, so Michelle has been busy whipping up fresh batches.
Lots of personal things this last month, because Nature’s Gift went though a lot of personnel and personal changes.
First, Rachel, our new administrative assistant greeted us.
The first of a series of info posts: Aromatherapy and the Emotions.
On September 11th, an In Memoriam post. Blends for grief and grieving.
A discussion of anti-fungal essential oils.
Christi bids us all farewell, after fourteen years. (Grab a tissue!)
Another personal post – a plea for help.
Information – Aromatic Skincare
It has been a busy month!
Facebook is always the first place we announce new products, or new arrivals. This month there were a lot of videos, introducing Rachel, the staff saying goodbye to Christi, a beautiful surprise delivery, all captured on video by Rachel. (I think we can expect to see a lot more Facebook Live videos…she’s good at that!)
Lots of talk about the upcoming NAHA conference at the end of this month. My mentor Madeleine Kerkhof will be presenting during the conference and presenting a post conference workshop. Come see both of us!
Another trailer for the Uncommon Scents movie. It was an honor to be able to contribute to this important piece of work.
A free introductory course that comes very highly recommended. I signed up.
Article about using essential oils to enhance nursing practice and self care.
Quora Q&A: What are the best essential oils to help arthritis ?
A blog from the West Coast Inst. of Aromatherapy about creating Body Scrubs for all skin types.
Our Clients Say
Lisa R. wrote, regarding Cleo’s Serum: “Please don’t ever stop making this skin serum, it’s a staple in my skincare routine (morning and night). It is a great extra boost of moisture that my aging skin really benefits from. Thank you!” (and of course we asked for permission to quote!)
More about our Cleopatra’s Secret line.. a client from Norway orders a year’s supply on her annual visit…“I wont be back until next year so I just had to order enough for a year. After using the products for 2 days I just love how my skin feels. Thank you.”
Visitor Carol from Missouri wrote about our Borage Seed CO2 Extract: “I read on this site that different oils work for different people who suffer with eczema. However, since you receive samples of oils with every order, I was lucky to get a Borage oil one. It was amazing! I’ve had eczema for 50 years and tried every prescription ointment on the market. Coconut oil worked for a while, but stopped being effective. This oil is my new ‘go-to’ now.”
Reunité: Judy G. touched all of our hearts when she wrote: “To the entire Nature’s Gift crew, but particularly to Marge,
“I would like to share this with you. We live in Calgary, Alberta. My daughter and her husband planned a trip to Hawaii with my three grandchildren for their first family vacation. Ever. Much excitement; however my daughter suffers severe anxiety and panic while flying. It is 7 hours from Alberta to Maui. She was valiant in her efforts to keep her fear from her children 9, 7 and 3 but it was affecting her anticipation.
“So, as any mother would, I went to work investigating oils that would ease her anxiety and fear. Having built a solid trust of Nature’s Gift through my own use of your single oils, hydrosols and blends, you were my first stop – this was beyond my experience and so very, very important. I came across Reunite. In the description were these words ‘This is my personal blend that I wear during situations that are apt to induce anxiety or panic attacks’. Exactly! I ordered the skin safe anointing oil, printed the description, wrapped it around the bottle and gave it to her as soon as it arrived earlier this week.
“I just now received a text from my daughter, they must have still been at the airport. She said: ‘I’ll send more info later – but we are here and that oil you gave me saved my Life – what an amazing difference! Anxiety and fear almost gone. Thank you-love you- thanks for your oils.’ Her message might have brought a tear to my eye. Thank you Nature’s Gift for helping me give the gift of an anxiety-free flight to my daughter.”
NOTE to all: This is why we LOVE what we do!!!!
My friend Lauren, founder of The Aromapologist shares this blend for “brain fog” 2 parts each Eucalyptus Dives (Peppermint Eucalyptus), Rosalina, Copaiba Balsam, and Lemon. She writes, “This is one of my favorite combinations when I need to help fighting brain fog. You get the fresh, herbaceous, and minty combo of the Rosalina and Peppermint Eucalyptus (E. dives ct piperitone) coupled with lemon’s bright notes and copaiba’s balsamic, woody tones. Helps me immensely when I need to keep powering through my day.” (I highly recommend The Aromapologist. Good, reliable information from a very well trained aromatherapist.)
Quote of the Month
“There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir: We must rise and follow her, When from every hill of flame She calls, and calls each vagabond by name.”
This newsletter contains:
- A Special Welcome
- September Sale/Featured Products
- New and Back in Stock Items
- Blog Update
- Facebook Gleanings
- Ancient History —the first print review of my book
- Quote of the month
Nature’s Gift has a new smiling voice. We are delighted to introduce Rachel, who brings excellent office skills, experience with social media that we all lack (expect exciting changes once she gets fully acclimated!) and a sunny attitude. Our Christi is going on an extended medical leave later this month, so we started a search for someone to try to fill her role at Nature’s Gift. We were delighted to find Rachel. She does not have aromatherapy training, but is eager to start on a distance course. Meanwhile, she is studying our blog, our product descriptions, and soaking up information like a thirsty little sponge. We are so excited to have found her, all of us feel she is the perfect addition to the Nature’s Gift family. Please help us welcome her, as Christi trains her on all the blue million things that she has done to keep our little craft sailing smoothly. I asked Rachel to write a blog article telling us all a little bit about herself. It’s available here.
September Sale Category—Lipids
In September, it is time to think about changing from our Summer Skincare routines to ones more appropriate for cold weather, dry inside air, perhaps put aside Summer’s light moisturizers in favor of something a bit richer.
Because of this, we are putting our entire Fixed Oils/Carrier oils category on a 10% discount. Prices are reflected in the shopping cart, no coupon needed. Shop and save on our array of Individual Carrier oils (including our rare CO2 lipids,) our Sampler Kits for various skin types, our ever-growing list of herbal and floral infused oils, our Butters, additives and enrichments and Waxes (floral wax and beeswax).
New and Back In Stock Products
- Virgin Organic Avocado, rich and nourishing
- Beeswax Beads (now also available in a smaller size for your crafting experiments.)
- Cranberry Seed (back in stock, organically produced, and now available in a 16 oz bulk refill size)
- Hemp Seed (Organic, new to us, lovely!)
- Kalahari Melon (Fair trade and a long shelf life)
- Poplar Balsam Infusion (Amazing healing and pain-easing infusion)
- Ximenia rare and unusual oil for dry skin.
Redesigned and/or back in stock kits
Back in stock: Both of Madeleine Kerkhof’s books: CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy and Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care. We also have been able to restock a few copies of my book, Essential Oils and Aromatics. (Yes, of course I will sign it for you!)
Found in Inventory
4 ounce malibu jars, with a hanging hook (and Malibu style lid, of course!) PERFECT for the shower! Package of ten for.99 plus S&H
The last time we did a blog update was early June, when we announced our series of CO2 blogs. Time has not allowed for a whole lot of writing since then, but you might be interested in:
Essential Oil Irritation?
Spilled essential oil on your skin? Ouch! This is the best and most effective way to treat it. (Hint: it does NOT involve putting a carrier oil on top.)
Confused? Lots of folks are. We attempted to sort it out for you here.
First Aid Kit?
From 20 years ago, suggestions for your essential oil First Aid Kit: (Hint: pre-dilute so they are ready to use, because in an emergency you do not want to have to be counting drops and blending!)
Which lavender is most useful for a specific purpose is often determined by the chemistry. Higher in Lynalyl Acetate will probably be more relaxing. Higher in monoterpenes and monoterpenols should be more effective antibacterials. This chart will help you compare. (Yes, it would be easier if you could just scroll across the screen and compare line by line. The blog formatting would not allow that. Sorry!)
Tina Sams, editor of The Essential Herbal Magazine shows us how to use all our exotic fixed oils to make healing balms for dry skin, baby’s bottom, pain relief, respiratory relief (the traditional “chest rub”), lip balm… you choose.
Facebook is for fun, and keeping up with friends and distant family, but we try to share new information with our Facebook friends as we find it. Examples:
- A free for download Mini Magazine from The Essential Herbal Magazine
- We discovered a years-old blog by “The Prevailing Parent”… Which is their favorite essential oil company, and why? (I loved following the steps she took.)
- “ Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe Summit ” We are so tired of “EO Summits” put together by folks with no training in safety, making wild claims and doing damage. Finally, a summit whose participants are mentors and friends, experts in the field that I respect immensely. Elizabeth Ashley (you’ve seen me rave about her Ebooks!) has been interviewing so many of my teachers, mentors, and peers. (and me, too!) The summit will stream in late November. It’s my understanding that you can hear any interview once, the day it streams, at no cost, or you can subscribe and have long term access to them all. I was honored to be asked to participate, and still do not believe some of the intensely personal information Liz pried out of me More info as the dates approach.
- The N.Y. Institute of Aromatic Studies shared a wonderful blog about Monarda Essential Oil. (Yes, of course we offer it!)
- A reminder. I am a member of Quora.com, a community where people ask questions, and folks (knowledgeable or not!) answer them. I frequently copy the Q&A to our Facebook page, or send them out on Twitter if the might be of general interest, so if you are on there, I’d love to have you follow me.
- Tisserand Institute published an article about the use of the various oils of the Bitter Orange Tree to relieve anxiety. (Something I’ve been telling you for 20 years.)
- The Aromapologist blogs about the use of essential oils in the classroom.
- Black Cumin Oil topical relief for pain in osteoarthritis.
- Our friend Nyssa Hanger shared a “ Get up and Move ” stimulating blend published in Massage Today.
In searching our old newsletters for a September “Quote of the Month” I found this review of my (then brand newly-published) book:
“Founder of Nature’s Gift ( naturesgift.com, reviewed in Massage Therapy Journal Summer 2007), Marge Clark describes in this beautifully illustrated little book how to use essential oils for easing pain, combating infections and nurturing emotions. She discusses how to discern high-quality oils, as well as how to store your essential oils safely based on their “notes.” She provides detailed descriptions of some of the most useful oils, including safety warnings. She also offers a valuable list of carrier oils, and discusses how undiluted essential oils are powerful enough to sensitize and irritate the skin, causing dermal inflammation and allergic reactions. Topical applications using diluted essential oils, such as baths, compresses and massage are described. Undiluted oils, she says, can be used in diffusers and nebulizers, when inhalation is appropriate. Convenient charts showing uses and effects of essential oils are included, along with amounts for full body and localized massage sessions, and recipes and blends for skin care, emotional well-being and clearing the air. This beautiful little book is a substantive contribution to the instructional literature on aromatherapy.”
“a substantive contribution”… oh WOW! I absolutely love it.” (Loved it then, and still do!)
Aromatic Quotes of the Month (from Sept. 2008):
“The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
(and a new one!)
“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”
Peggy Toney Horton
The scent of citrus and of brittle pine
Suffused the island. Inside, she was singing
And weaving with a shuttle made of gold.
Her voice was beautiful. Around the cave
A luscious forest flourished: alder, poplar,
And scented cypress.
Emily Wilson (translation of The Odyssey)
Enjoy this month of transition, as we bid farewell to Summer and welcome Autumn.
We have been playing catch-up. Restoring depleted stocks and bringing back
some treasures we’ve missed for a long time.
This newsletter contains:
For Winter Weary skin two special sale categories. All of our Cleopatra’s
Secret Products are on special sale at 10% off normal pricing for the month
of February, as are all of our Skincare Products. (See our Skincare Solutions category here.)
Corsican Helichrysum Italicum! We overbought in 2015 and still have a little bit of both our Helichrsum Serotinum and Helichrysum Don remaining. Given proper storage they will still be vibrant and effective well into 2020, but we would like to clear the shelves. Special pricing while supplies last.
You asked, we listened. New size rollout: Our most popular synergies are now available in 15 ml, as well as the familiar 5 ml.
You may access all available sizes via our dropdown menu for each product.
On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, because we love you, take 14% off any retail sized Essential Oil, Absolute, or CO2.
Only products listed at this link, while supplies last, retail sizes only (mls, not ounces), no kits or samplers, and may not be applied retroactively. Use discount code Romance.
Free Shipping Friday: On the fourth Friday (2/24) enter discount code Friday-Free and receive free domestic shipping on orders valued over 5.00. No other Nature’s Gift discount may apply.
The things we used to know: Aromatherapy “facts” that have changed as we learned more.
France, the Louisiana Purchase, and Mosquitoes? Christi looks at how history may have influenced horticulture.
Guest Blog: Perfume Blending. Haly blends her favorites, and shows you how.
My friend Charlie writes the BEST descriptions of our products that I have
ever seen. He has missed his calling, and should be in marketing. At
any rate, he recently requested samples of all three of our Jasmine specimens,
Jasmine auriculatum, back in stock after a long absence, Jasmine Grandiflora,
and Jasmine Sambac. After receiving and experiencing
them, he wrote the following (quoted with permission):
I asked for samples of the three Jasmine absolutes they offer, and they were kind
enough during the busy Friday special to make it happen. I’ve never had a true
Jasmine absolute so I’m doing research for when I can go in on a bottle. I’ve
spent a couple days with them now and have decided I need all three.
The Jasmine sambac may just be my favorite. Warm, fruity and floral. Very rich
and intense. It reminds me of Ylangylang extra, but more green and slightly
herbaceous. This would be what I imagine live Jasmine flowers smell like. A very
mysterious scent indeed.
The Grandiflora is quite different. It’s all floral. Not really green or fruity.
This reminds me of iconic Jasmine scents that my grandmother had in her
fragrance collection. As it develops over time it smells like Benzoin and
flowers. Very bright and sunny!
The Auriculatum is a spicy floral! To me it seems less sweet, and more green,
fruity, almost citrus like. With a touch of clove. It reminds me of the gardenia
bushes in my front yard as a kid.
These are absolutely beautiful. The aromas radiate from the scent strips and
have filled my room. These make me excited for spring flowers!
Thank you, Charlie! I have tried, and failed, to describe the differences between these three, and am
grateful for perfumer’s nose, and vocabulary.
A Masculine Blend
Leah and I had been discussing the difference in scent between our Siberian
Fir CO2 and the distilled Siberian Fir, and she mentioned a blend she used the
CO2 in. Of course I had to ask what… and she gave permission to share.
Just a note because you asked how we used the Siberian fir CO2. I mixed a blend
of Siberian Fir CO2, Bergamot FCF, Atlas Cedarwood and Vetiver. I used it in a body butter and perfumed oil for men. The
guys loved it and one wife liked it on her husband but not for herself. Thanks,
Sounds to me like a lovely masculine blend. (And no, Leah did not share her percentages, it would be “to taste.”) I told her it
sounded wonderful, all those deep notes, and only the Bergamot to lighten it.
Susan Snyder wrote:
Your Aloe Vera Gel is one of my favorite new finds on your website. I love it
on my skin, but recently I found another use for it. I had discontinued use of
my store bought hair gel when I changed to all natural cosmetics. I had not yet
figured out a replacement, and noticed “aloe” as a key ingredient when doing a
little research on what I could mix up myself. Instead of going with a complex
recipe — I decided to try just the Aloe Vera Gel from Nature’s Gift as a hair
gel, and I’m loving it. I have fine hair and very little of the gel goes a long
way (I only need five squirts from the bottle and applied to the roots of my
hair). In addition, I feel like the health of my scalp has improved since using
No need to respond. I just wanted to pass on an additional use of one of your
products just in case it might help someone else.
I did respond, to ask permission to share her idea, which had never occurred to me. I am wondering about adding “hair friendly” essential oils to the aloe gel? Either the components of our Stimulating Scalp Oil, Rosemary, Atlas Cedarwood, Thyme Linalol and Lavandin, or even, for a child’s hair, Nerolina, known for combatting “Children’s hair problems.” (We want to name it “No Nitz” or “Nitz Blitz.”)
Air Cleaning Blend?
Marnie recently wrote that she blends Lemon Myrtle and Lime as a diffuser
blend. And her kids say it smells just like Fruit Loops!
QUESTION: 10% dilution to get to a 1% dilution?
A client recently wrote, asking: Quick question: How many drops of the German Chamomile CO2 10% would you add to a 1 oz bottle to equal a
1% dilution total? Thank you so much. I just love your oils!
Our answer, “You would want 6 drops of UNDILUTED eo to give a 1% dilution in one oz of carrier… so you would need 60 drops of the 10% dilution…see? (Or three mls!) Add that to the bottle FIRST, then add the rest of your chosen carrier; remember you are also adding a lot of Fractionated Coconut Oil. Of the 60 drops of diluted Chamomile Total, 54 will be fractionated Coconut oil, so count that as part of your fixed oil.
In a Facebook group. we were discussing how our bodies know what we need, and a friend shared the following:
Marge Clark, I just wanted to say I let my mother in law smell a few samples and she was so drawn to Solace not even knowing it is for emotional healing. (She is still grieving over her husband’s death from years ago). Thank you for such a wonderful product.
And when asked if I could quote her, she replied, “Yes please do quote me on that. I am just blown away by your knowledge and help and products.”
I just wanted to share with you how incredible your helichrysum oil is!
My son is ten and had a horrible allergic reaction to amoxicillin. He
had hives on nearly every inch of his skin. Doctor recommended Benadryl,
but he was still itchy and spotted a day later. I tried the helichrysum
oil in a sweet almond base before school and I was amazed to see him
when he got back. I have included pictures below, though they don’t do
justice to seeing it in person! Thanks!
(Note, the pictures somehow got lost in the process!)
Sue Madunich, of Aromatic Blessings,
recently wrote the following about our Boswellia sacra, from Oman:
I have been in love with Sacred Frankincense since I started using oils many years ago. I have tried many different places looking
for “that fit.” All I can say is WOW! I seriously almost cried when I smelled the Sacred Frank (White). I can honestly say I have never smelled or experienced anything like that, EVER. Thanks, Marge. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the beautiful products you sell. I will be posting numerous reviews on this oil! YOU ARE AMAZING! I need to move to TN!
But February made me shiver. With every paper I’d deliver. Bad news on the doorstep. I couldn’t take one more
A traditional British saying predicts:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won’t come again.
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