The last two years have presented us with some extremely difficult challenges. Everyone has been affected in some way, to one degree or another. As we see, the cost of long term stress is very high. Taking advantage of the chemistry of essential oils is one way that we can care for our mental health.
In this article:
* Physical stress indicators (checklist)
* Emotional stress indicators (checklist)
* Consequences of long term stress (checklist)
* Using essential oil chemistry to your advantage (data info table)
For all the students out there, this list is for you!
There have been studies done that show a connection between studying (learning or focusing on a concept) using scent cues and recalling the concept at a later time, such as a test or exam.
For example, some scent cues might involve food. For others, it might be aromatherapy, specifically essential oils. Since most exams do not permit food, I’d suggest the aromatherapy route. Continue reading Enhancing memory recall
So-You’ve been to a market and made an artisan soap purchase- here are some tips to help you get the most from your investment.
Cold process soap should breathe
When you purchase your artisan soaps from places such as a farmer’s market, you can- and should- speak to the maker about how to store the soap. Cold process soap should be stored in breathable containers such as cardboard (or paper bag) until ready for use. Definitely NOT plastic! Tip: If your soap comes packaged in plastic, it’s practically guaranteed to be a melt and pour variety.
Understand that sizes and weights may vary slightly
Cold processed soap is mostly made in a loaf mold. After it is unmolded, it is then cut, often by hand. Even when a cutting guide is used, there may be slight variances on soap weights within the same batch.
Specialty soap with higher quality ingredients cost more
The oils and butters used will have a direct impact on the cost of your soap. Be aware that soap formulated for sensitive skin likely contains more costly oils. Many large volume producers use the most inexpensive materials to increase their profit margin. Sustainability should also be a consideration.
Tip: Read the ingredients on the label!
Decide what is most important to you in a soap
Do you want your soap to be vegan, palm free or gluten free? What about scent? Made using pure essential oils, or are you okay with fragrance oils? Many soaps are made using fragrance oils. Tip: Soap made with “sandalwood” is most definitely not made using the essential oil of sandalwood due to the very high cost of this oil.
Or maybe for you, unscented is the way to go.
What about the packaging- do you want it packaged, ready to give to someone, or available zero waste (meaning no packaging)?
You definitely have a lot more options now than ever when it comes to finding a soap that fits you.
Consider the shape of the soap
The way soap is cut will make a difference to some. For example, holding a fatter, wider shape of bar will be easier for someone with small hands, or arthritis. Also, those wide but narrow bars will melt down more quickly in the shower than a bar shaped blockier. (More blocky..) Let’s say chunky. Storing the soap in the shower space may also be a point to consider. I know shelf space is at a premium at my house…
Also known as Immortelle and Everlasting, helichrysum has come a long way as far as recognition goes. It’s still quite an uncommon oil, and still very expensive too, but I feel that it’s worth mentioning the benefits- and best ways to use this precious commodity. Continue reading Benefits of helichrysum essential oil
This review of several shower diffuser methods started innocently with a bathroom repair. The project started out simple enough, with an $80 plumbing repair. I think some of you can guess what happened after that. Continue reading Review of shower diffuser methods
I recently read a case study outlining how aromatherapy was used during to support a 12 year old during radiotherapy for a brain tumor. That case study is what prompted the writing of this article: essential oils for anxiety. I personally cannot imagine a more stressful situation! Continue reading Essential oils for anxiety
With the world in self isolation, many of us are getting a bit creative with the self care routines. This includes the “COVID cut”, home hair dye jobs, and much more! While all this experimenting can be fun, there may come the time when you want more concrete success. Enter: Natural Skin Care using essential oils and botanicals with Deanna Russell!
When my daughter and I started experimenting with making our own soap we had NO IDEA how much it would become in demand for people with sensitive skin! We started out by solving our own problem: genuine cold processed soap that was both cleansing and moisturizing, and gentle enough for our sensitive skin to bear. I guess there are many others who are also looking for the same things we are! Continue reading Guide to Nature Notes cold processed soap
WHO will benefit from the Aromatherapy for Women course?
Meet Glenda. Glenda is 48 years old and has nearby aging parents, a husband (Tom) and two older children. They are aged 17 (Dylan) and 21 (Courtney). Dylan is navigating his upcoming last year of high school. He tends to stay out a bit too late sometimes, and Glenda waits up for him. Courtney is attending a local university and is expecting her first baby.
Glenda works at an accounting firm, and March and April are very taxing on her. The hours she puts in means working through many lunches and getting home around 7pm. Sometimes dinner is made already, other times it is not. On these days, she often picks up something on the way home. On a good day it’s a Safeway chicken. Sometimes, it’s pizza…
She is just trying to make it through tax season, but right now her daughter also really needs her. Tom really does try to be supportive, but he doesn’t really understand what has happened to the women he married! She always seems tired, a bit distant, has been gaining weight, and he’s concerned that she might be a bit depressed.