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April Showers


This newsletter contains:

Friday the thirteenth

On Friday April 13th, use the discount code “thirteen” and receive 13% off all our product. The only exclusion is our Gift Certificates. No other discount may apply, and please don’t ask us to change your orders after they are entered.
Enjoy!

New and long awaited back in stock products

A fresh distillation of our beloved Australian Rosemary Hydrosol, now also available in 16 oz bulk refills.

CO2 extracts - very yummy Greek Sage, sweet as candy Cinnamon burmanni, Oregano vulgare as you have never experienced it, red hot Chili Pepper (handle with care!), available by special order undiluted, or in a safer (but still potent!) dilution in Fractionated Coconut Oil, Dalmation sage, recently shown helpful for memory issues, as well as a powerful traditional germ killer.

From Somalia, more of our artisan distilled Frankincense Frereana, and Frankincense Rivae (and, of course, an expanded Frankincense sampler.)

From Bulgaria, more White Rose (Rosa Alba CO2) and Rosa Damascena CO2, Linden Blossom CO2 (the essence of Spring!), and rare Zdravetz.

From various European countries, more Siberian Fir (wonderful relaxing conifer, great for children's respiratory issues,) more Monarda, powerful antibacterial, organic Rosemary verbenon, great skincare oil, and more Spanish Cistus. (This oil still gives me goosebumps after all these years.)

From Brazil, more Copaiba Balsam, great in pain blends, said to increase the efficacy of other pain relievers.

From India, more Golden Champa and Blue Lotus Absolutes.

From the United Kingdom, another shipment of Benchmark Thyme, powerful anti-MRSA blend of thyme species.

From Israel, more organically produced Red and White Grapefruit oils.

In response to requests, we are now offering our Emotional Trauma Synergy and our Blue Tansy oil in handy pocketsized inhalers. (Available on the dropdown menu.) And we have reintroduced our Eczema/psoriasis sampler, with a larger selection of skin healing lipids, a total of twelve!

April savings

In honor of April Showers we are putting our Hydrosols on sale. Save 10% on all retail sizes, while supplies last. (One and four oz only, the 16 oz refills, if available, are already heavily discounted.)

Prepare for Mother's Day - Our Cleopatra's Secret Skincare collection and all of our Aromatherapy Jewelry is on sale for the month of April.

Clearance: We poured far too many 5 ml Rose Geraniums. Prices slashed to clear them. (We have a new batch and want to clear the shelves. While supplies last only.

Marge’s book

We have a limited number of copies. Of course I'll sign it for you!

Love one of our products?

We have added a product review function to our shopping cart. If we have a product you love, one that has made a different in your life, please go to that product in the shopping cart and write a review of it, so other clients can benefit from your experience. You will have to log into your account (to prevent “drive-by spammers”) and then just bring your favorite product(s) up in the search box and tell folks why you love them. Thank you!

Blog updates

Allergy season at Nature's Gift.

March was my month to deal with other people's grief. First, “Grief, Grieving, and Gifts”.

Then, “More about Grief.”

In April, “If This Were Easy part 27” or, quoting Michelle, the Saga of the Happy Hasher.

From a friend in Australia, Climate Crunch Cometh

Facebook gleanings

A class I'm taking: Fusion Aromatherapy - CO2s and essential oils for pain - physical, emotional and spiritual

Research showing The effectiveness of Aromatherapy Massage for Diabetic Neuropathy

My friend Haly writes of the effectiveness of inhalation for easing pain.

The role of AT and Touch as Nursing Interventions in Palliative and Hospice Nursing care.

Remember, new products and general Nature’s Gift news gets shared first on Facebook, then reflected in Twitter. Are you following us there?

Our clients say

Emotional Trauma Blend

Stanley is a “street aromatherapist” practicing in a clinic, but also among the “street people” in a northern city. We occassionally donate oils to his mission, and recenlty sent him some of our Emotional Trauma inhalers, and requested feedback:

“Hello Ma’am
Wanted to tell you that your trauma blend is wonderful. As we have folks that we can share this blend with we will keep you posted. So far had two that were documented.
60 y/o female c/o is overwhelmed and unable to cope with life’s problems. Feels physically exhausted with lots of muscle tension and soreness along with hyperactive mind doesn’t allow her to rest. Patient was clearly distressed. After first inhalation her facial expression changed to one of surprise and pleasure. She rated her overall symptoms at 7/10. After using her inhaler every 10-15 mins 2-3 times each she rated her symptoms a 4/10. She stated relief as she was leaving to go home.
47 y/o male c/o sleep issues, chronic stress, inability to cope with stress. Has a history of well controlled hypertension. When patient tried in office he was pleased with aroma and how it decreased his stress. He stated he was excited to keep using it and wants to see if it will help him fall asleep.”
This blend truly does make a difference with people.

German Chamomile CO2

Bernadette Jones writes:

I have a question regarding your awesome German Chamomile CO2 - 10%. I am having a bad reaction to cleaning products and the cold weather for the 1st time that I can remember. The back of my hands and arms (wrists to elbows) are itchy, patchy, and red. When I apply your 10% German Chamomile directly to my skin, I have relief within a few minutes that lasts for about two hours and sometime longer, depending on what stupid thing I’ve done (next) like scrubbing the sink with bleach with no rubber gloves on. Fortunately, I had a nice supply that I’ve nearly finished off and need to order more. I’m wondering if you sell a larger amount than the 15 ml.

And of course we are always glad to offer products in larger sizes, but in this case I would suggest buying the undiluted and diluting your own, as more cost effective. I would also use the 10% in Frac and blend with an equal amount of one of the fixed oils or CO2s recommended for eczema.

Spring cleaning (from our April 2007 newsletter)

Did you know that our Hints and Tips files are full of formulas and suggestions to make Spring Cleaning easier with all natural products? And our stash of previous newsletters contain all sorts of formulas that haven”t made it to the hints page yet. Christi has been browsing them, and coming up with new ones...like the following, from a now defunct website:

Make Your Own Homemade Fabric Softener

1 gallon white vinegar
20-30 drops lavender essential oil

Add the lavender essential oil to the vinegar right in the container and you've got instant fabric softener. Shake well before using. For a large load, add 1 cup during the rinse cycle; use 1/2 cup during the rinse cycle for smaller loads.

Did you know that “dryer sheets” are one of the major causes of contact dermatitis? I was told that years ago by a dermatologist, and have been using vinegar in the rinse cycle ever since. Hadn’t thought about adding essential oils to it, but that makes so much sense!

Spring Cleaning Blend

Awhile ago, Jenine Stanley wrote sharing some blends she uses with our oils. This one seemed appropriate for spring cleaning time:

"A final blend I use in the diffuser and mixed with Borax crystals for the vacuum is:

  • 3 parts cedarwood
  • 2 parts lemongrass
  • 1 part lemon tea tree
  • 1 part lime

This blend freshens, kills little critters in the carpet and keeps the vacuum bag from smelling like Golden Retriever and Maine Coon Cat.“

Thanks, Jenine!!!! (I usually mix Black Spruce oil with borax and use it to freshen my carpets...I might try this blend next time.)

More cleaning hints: (from an unknown source!)

Cutting board disinfectant
Blend 2 tablespoons of salt with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add water until paste forms, mix in 2 drops of thyme. Rub into board and let sit one hour. Rinse.

Another Fabric softener

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 `cup baking soda
  • 2 cups of water
  • 10 drops of lavender, lemon, peppermint (choose one)

mix all together then add to your rinse cycle.
deoxidizes, sanitizes, softens your laundry

Polish, mirrors
1 cup of water, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 1 tsp. of rubbing alcohol with 20 drops of clove oil, or tea tree oil.
Apply on damp cloth then wipe dry.

Cleaning Wood Floors:
Sherry Harvey wrote:
I have found the perfect wooden floor cleaner - finally - and I have tried everything. I have all hard wood floors and even though everyone tells me not to clean them with water - that is just not an option for me. So, I have tried it all. Today I used Murphy’s Oil and lemon-scented myrtle! The best!
My floors may not be cleaner but my house smells amazing!!!

Shoe Freshener:
Another recipe, from my friend Wendy at Aromaweb

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 20 drops Tea Tree
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Lavender

Instructions for Use: Sprinkle the deodorizer lightly into shoes in the evenings or at times when the shoes will not be worn for a few hours. You will not see a “cure” for smelly shoes the first time you use the deodorizer. The magic occurs after regular uses.

Enough - time to get away from this computer and get out and enjoy the Springtime!

Quote of the month:

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

 

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