Category Archives: Essential Oils

Amazing Helichrysum!

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You may not be familiar with this incredible oil, but helichrysum oil is known for its ability to relieve mental exhaustion, stress, and mild depression.

Plus, it stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain, which enhances artistic and creative expression. With a strong fruity/straw scent, light yellow to red color and thin texture,  this aromatic herb makes a low-key but highly effective remedy for stomach spasms, allergies, and excess water retention.

This essential oil can help heal stretch marks, skin blemishes, and scars due to wounds, boils, and rashes. Muscle aches and pains as well as digestive issues are relieved when the oil is diluted in a bath or inhaled during aromatherapy.

A few drops of helichrysum oil and rose hip oil can banish acne and heal wounds with minimal scarring. Some loyal users claim it reduces signs of aging by keeping the skin smooth and wrinkle free.

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A few drops of the oil on burns as soon after the incident as possible will speed up the healing process. When impact injuries occur, apply the oil as quickly as possible to reduce swelling and reduce the healing time. Helichrysum oil is the only essential oil that contains di-ketones, which play a major role in scar tissue reduction and skin healing.

Helichrysum essential oil therapeutic properties:

  • Anti-Spasmodic: Helps in relieving headaches, migraines, asthma, bronchitis and irritable bowels.
  • Anti-Haematoma: Helps in dissolving blood clots and aids healing of the surrounding tissues.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Very effective in treating cuts, burns, infections and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Cicatrisant: This property makes your wounds and cuts heal and scars disappear. It is equally effective on spots left on your skin by pox, boils, etc.
  • Cytophylactic: It encourages recycling of dead cell and production of new cells. This property can be particularly beneficial for skin care, especially when used in rejuvenating facial oils.
  • Relaxant and Anti-Depressant: Curbs negative emotions and stimulates positive thoughts and actions.

 

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Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
lisa


The magic of Basil.

I love that historically Basil has been used to symbolize hatred, yet it is also used as a symbol for love. I wonder if this is where the term love hate relationship comes from?  Did you know there are more than 30 distinct and intensely aromatic varieties of basil?

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The first recorded mention of basil, in records dated to pre-206 B.C.E, states that it “exists only to drive men insane.” For the Greeks, and later the Romans, basil was associated with hatred.

To grow the most potent plants they believed the seeds needed to be sown with swearing and ranting.  (sounds like they were watching me pull weeds in the summertime ha!) However, basil later became a symbol of love in Italy, to the point that Giovanni Boccaccio used it to symbolize the tragic love between Lisabetta and Lorenzo in The Decameron. Sicilian folklore associates it with both love and death, and in Moldavian folklore a young man who accepts basil from a young woman will fall in love with her.

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Europe in general is rather conflicted on the subject of basil. Parkinson’s 17th century herbal says it can “procure a cheerful and merry heart” while Culpeper’s links it to poison through the observation of its effects in drawing venom out of wounds and the proclamation that “like draws to like.” He even goes so far as to say that basil can generate scorpions, possibly even inside someone’s skull.   This scorpion connection is often linked to the Greek story of the basilisk, which in turn is linked to basil in the name basilicum. In some folklore, basil is said to have been used to ward off both the look and bite of this king of serpents.

Perhaps reflecting the plant’s conflicted history, the Victorian language of flowers has two meaning for basil: common basil signifies hatred and sweet basil conveys the sender’s best wishes.

To the ancient Romans, it was a symbol of hatred, yet basil eventually became a token of love in Italy. Young maidens would wear a sprig of basil in their hair to profess their availibility. In some regions of Italy, basil is known as “kiss-me-Nicholas.” One can only wonder if the conflicting symbolism of basil in Rome is the origin of a love-hate relationship?

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The royal herb is regarded in a similar manner in Romania where if a boy accepts a sprig of basil from a girl, it means they are engaged to be married.

In Greece today, basil is readily grown as an ornamental and is used in certain religious rituals as a symbol of fertility..

It’s one of my favorite herbs! I love the flavor and the fragrance so much so that we offer a candle and perfume in our Blackberry Basil fragrance.
What does it smell like?  I’m so glad you asked…
It is a delicious mix of rich sweetness!  Sun kissed Blackberries entwined with green leaves, white musk and the unexpected herbal zing of basil. The rich, winey Blackberry takes predominance over the edible leaves and lightly anise-scented basil. It is a fresh, fruity, wild and sensual scent, blending fresh sweetness with a dry herbal accord. 

Perfect for the coming spring days ahead!

Blackberry Basil perfume & candles!   http://www.bluemooncandles.com

Blackberry Basil perfume & candles! http://www.bluemooncandles.com

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

lisa


My love affair with Essential Oils…

This coming fall season I hope we can help you fall in love with the transformational and earthy scent of Essential Oils.

Natural oils are something we wish to promote and offer as a valuable option to the chemical laden scents on the market today.  Nature’s Essential oils smell wonderful AND they can aid healing, help balance emotions and transform mood with just a few sniffs!

Everyone loves to get a massage, but sometimes we forget how healing simple touch can be.
Ancient people knew of the skin balancing and healing use of Essential Oils, it seems to me we should re-learn some of these natural tricks instead of our chemical and process laden drugstore offerings.

Here is a quick easy recipe for a Foot Soak we love that you can do at home yourself.  It feels blissful during these hot merciless end of summer days!

You will need: Neroli, Lavender & Chamomile essential oils. (Can be purchased online or at your local health food store).

Add 4-8 drops of each oil to a large bowl filled with water.  Stir the water to mix the oils.  Soak your feet for 15 minutes to give your skin time to absorb some of these wonderful oils and relax!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Natural Mood Enhancers. ✿

An Italian Garden I love ♥

Sometimes we forget that natural essences and plants and herbs are not just beautiful to look at, they have wonderful healing properties as well!

Here are some of my favorite plants and flowers that are readily available along with some of their benefits. ♥

If you are suffering from mental fatigue add  a few drops of Peppermint to a handkerchief and inhale deeply! (Works great for headache relief too!)

To boost your energy level vaporize zesty citrus oils of Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon or Lime.  Avoid warm-smelling fragrances as they hamper activity.

Soft florals like Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Geranium are best to boost self esteem and increase security. (Jasmine & Gardenia white florals happen to be my favorites!  Fresh and Bright!) Grab some of our All Natural Jasmine Butter here.  (A perfect moisturizer for after a day in the sun!)

Some of my Star Jasmine growing all around Jack, my patio Pirate ♥

When your spirits are low try vaporizing some Rosemary & Eucalyptus…they will come to the rescue.

To help you be more alert try an essential oil blend of Jasmine, Basil, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang.

If you suffer from nervous exhaustion a combination of Lavender and Jasmine essential oils will help restore your natural balance.

If you are feeling sad or anxious try vaporizing some Patchouli or Geranium oil; they are reputed to be both grounding and stimulating.

Rose, Cypress and Lavender will boost feelings of contentment. ♥

What are your favorite blends? ✿

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


What Scent makes you feel alive?

Did you know that a fragrance company, Takasago showed the results of a study relating the reduction of clerical error to the use of essential oils.  Keyboard punching errors fell by 20 percent when the air was scented with lavender

and 33 percent when jasmine then was substituted.


There was an astonishing 54 percent reduction in clerical error when workers were exposed to lemon oils.

And by intermittently changing aromas, efficiency levels were maintained.

What wakes you up and makes you feel Alive?!


Anti-Inflammatory eating.

Well the new year is a great time for a new start.  Many people are dieting, for me that really never seems to work, here is a little about what I am doing.

I think that many of the diet programs out there make a lot of promises without delivering on them.  I really think that the changes we want will come through educating ourselves and hard work, pretty much like everything else in life.  Diets only work for so long, and when you get off the program results fail because our habits really never changed.

Here is a short video that I liked and it has lots of tips on how to do it.

I liked what Dr. Weil has to say about dieting here.

Did you know that according to Christopher Adams a molecular biologist “Eighty percent of what you perceive as taste is actually smell”.

Dr. Alan Hirsch actually provided his patients with a fragrant inhaler of peppermint to use prior to eating and discovered his patients lost an average of 5 pounds per month with no other behavioral changes than just adding the inhaler.  Topping the list of weight reducing fragrances are Peppermint and Green Apple.

We are making Candles this week in both fragrances as well as to-go car and skin scents.  Check our Facebook page for availability later this week. ❤ Check them out and give it a try yourself. If nothing else, you will enjoy the clean fresh fragrances!

What fresh fragrances inspire you?

Love, Laughter & Candlelight,

 

 

 

 


Make you own Essential Oil Blend for Happiness! ☺

Have you ever thought about making your own Essential Oil blend for happiness?

Sweet Orange oil has a sweet and tangy smell to it. Just uncorking the bottle and inhaling  the sweet scent makes me immediately feel it’s warming, uplifting properties. Some but not all properties of orange essential oil are anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, sedative and tonic.

Aromatherapists use this oil for treatment of depression, anxiety, moodiness, stress and frustration. The oil is known for it’s uplifting quality and tends to make a person more cheerful when used.

This is a blend I love-I call it my happiness in a bottle…

  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang
  • 3 drops Sweet Orange
  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 2 drops Rose

You can mix several drops into a jar with Sea Salt for a heart lifting bath, use in a diffuser to uplift the spirits of the entire household or make your own nontoxic dryer sheets, sprinkle a few drops of oil into potpourri to improve the fragrance.

Mix it up and get Happy!  ☺

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!