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August 2013 Newsletter


Nature’s Gift August Newsletter

This newsletter contains:

  • August New and Back in Stock products
  • August Sale Items
  • Conference CONTEST
  • Blog Update Green Cleaning, skeeters, Gmail and more
  • Our Clients Say - Neuropathy success, and a comment that delighted us.
  • FORMULAS - some suggested recipes.
  • Quote of the month.

  • New and Back in Stock:

    Tis the time of year for restocking! The 2013 crops are being harvested and distilled, and we are restocking. New and back in stock products are listed on our our New and Special page. As of right now they include Helichrysum, German Chamomile and Melissa Hydrosols (all organic, all distilled in the US.) We also received more Blue Lotus Absolute, High Myrcene Lemongrass, and added a new Indian Patchouli and Indian Vetiver. In process and eagerly awaited: Yuzu Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Helichrysum Essential Oil (delayed by paperwork errors!), Tea Tree and Lemon Tea Tree hydrosols, among others. We are continually adding products back into our bulk page, items that weren’t out of stock, but supplies were too low to offer in bulk. (So if you don’t see what you want, ask us if it’s available.)


    SPECIAL SALE ITEMS:

    The last of our Vintage Patchouli, two relatively unknown Conifers to take you away to the mountain forests of Provence, and a CLEARANCE on Osmanthus Absolute. Save 20% on our Harmony Skincare products, and on two “best for summer” hydrosols. ALSO for summer’s bumps and bruises, Nature’s Gift Trauma Oil, a blend of three infused oils with powerful anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. See all of these on our New and Special page.


    CONFERENCE CONTEST

    The Alliance of International Aromatherapists is holding its biannual conference in St. Petersburg FL on September 19th to 22nd. This is a “don’t miss” for serious aromatherapy students. Nature’s Gift has an extra ticket to the conference, to be given away. Email marge at naturesgift.com, with the subject line CONFERENCE and tell us why you should be chosen to receive the ticket. The winner will be responsible for his/her own lodging and transportation, the ticket is for the conference only, not the preconference workshop. See the list of speakers here. Please don’t ask to be considered unless you know you will be able to attend. Don’t take someone else’s chance unless you are serious about this. We will email the winner we choose during the last week of August or by Labor Day, so you will have time to make your arrangements.


    Blog Updates:

    In July we blogged about:

    More “Green Cleaning”... stovetop cleanups and an aromatic fabric softener, a YUMMY summer fruit dessert, a client’s letter that just lifted our hearts...“queen for a day.” Christi shared her “Skeeter Spray” formula and a method to return control of your Gmail mailbox from Google to YOU. We shared some of our Facebook infographics.


    Facebook Snippets:

    We shared a link to a free Ebook about essential oil safety, a link to making your own Rose Petal Vinegar and all its uses. (Wish I had found it before all of my crimson climber blossoms were gone.)


    Our Clients Say:

    Neuropathy:
    Carol Ivance recently emailed:

    Hi,
    I know you get positive feedback all the time, (but I’m sure you never get tired of it:) but I don’t think I’ve seen anything about neuropathy on your site? If it’s there, great, but anyway, I made up my approximation of Marge’s Miracle Blend (2.5% of each of the oils in St. John’s Wort) for a friend who has really bad neuropathy in her feet. She’s soooo thrilled—says her feet are still numb—no big surprise—but it took ALL the pain away! Of course I would pretty much guarantee that your heli will kill nerve pain. I’m always raving about it! I know it’s not recommended for mucous membranes, but I used it for a bad tooth that needed a root canal a few years back. I couldn’t even drink room temperature water it was so bad, but 15-20 min after dabbing a little heli on I could drink coffee!! I’m convinced it also kept me from getting an abscess until they had time to get me in to work on it! You can quote me on the neuropathy part if you want-I know you don’t want to put in stories about uses you don’t recommend. But I was desperate...! As always, thanks for your amazing oils (and I’m waiting impatiently for you to get more heli in, so I can stock up-I’m running very low).
    Carol

    “What heaven smells like....”
    Ranee wrote:

    The blue lotus infusion was my first experience with any lotus and when I opened it I exclaimed “this is what Heaven smells like!” I am very curious as to what all of the variations on lotus are like. Thank you for your wonderful work in sourcing all of these beautiful products.—Ranee

    FORMULAS:

    Appropriate since we just got in our new Heli and German Chamomile hydrosols, Andrea Butje of Aromahead just shared this formula in her blog.

    Natural Remedy for Baby Acne Recipe

    1/2 oz (15 ml) German chamomile hydrosol
    1/2 oz (15 ml) helichrysum hydrosol
    A few drops of aloe vera gel
    1 oz (30 ml) spray bottle

    Just spray it on the area of concern multiple times daily as long as it seems to be helping.

    Hydrosols are by-products of the essential oil distillation process. They are healing waters that are very gentle on the skin.

    German chamomile and helichrysum hydrosols are cooling and soothing for hot, irritated areas of the skin. But most importantly, hydrosols are safe on babies skin (and as a side note, hydrosols are also my favorite choice for cat or dog skin issues and abscesses). German chamomile and helichrysum hydrosols are so gentle and nourishing they can be used directly on the skin, even on infants.

    “French Lavender - Lavendula Dentata???”

    I’ve seen discussion of this “new” lavender, and seen it listed on various US and Canadian supplier’s lists.

    NO French distiller/producer that I have ever dealt with distills lavender dentata.... I see it in nursery suppliers for those who want to grow it as a garden border, but the essential oil?

    I’ve inquired. The main components of this “french lavender” seem to be 1,8-cineole and cis-verbenol, no linalol, no linalyl acetate, the components we expect in a fine lavender. Finally I received a definitive answer:

    “Lavandula dentata L. is not cultivated or distilled in France or in Europe, except horticulture. Her common name is French lavender in english and Lavande anglaise in French! Stoechas dentata is a quite confusing denomination, using a term of two different species for a type of stoechas.

    The only three lavenders cultivated or picked for distillation are angustifolia, latifolia (spike), and stoechas (very little in Corsica and only for aromatherapy, and a bit picked in southern Spain of Lavandula luiseri or “Sevillan lavender”), and hybrids of the two first.”

    I still don’t know what these vendors are selling...but it would not appear to be “French Lavender.”... PLEASE don’t expect it to have the properties of a true lavendula angustifolia!

    Tension Headaches:

    Jennifer Chase recently posted this on our Facebook page. I wanted to share with our readers.“I just want to quickly share a mix people may want to explore for tension headaches. Meeting fiscal year deadlines on top of the early spring pollination was literally knocking me down with tension headaches. I went through me treasures (books and EOs) and came up with a mix that has worked extremely well for me.

    I used jasmine, lemon, roman chamomile, and rose absolute. in a base that part Arnica CO2 (in coconut oil from Nature’s Gift ) and grape seed oil. I apply a few drops to the back of my neck and within minutes I get complete relief from the headache. If I do this in the morning before work and in the evening when I get home, I have a much more pleasant day overall.”


    Aromatic Quote of the Month:

    “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
    —Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

    “The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.” (Unknown)

    Have a safe August everyone.

     

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