Rosewood is an essential oil that I find extremely useful in many different applications. But as of August 2018, all of the Rosewood essential oil in any of my blends for emotional support will be replaced with Ho Wood. Sadly, Rosewood is on the endangered species list and must be protected. I will continue to source my Rosewood from reputable suppliers and use it sparingly for physical applications that require its wonderful, soothing effects. Ho Wood essential oil is steam- distilled from the bark of the Ho Wood tree and contains the chemical linalool. Rosewood, which contains this same chemical, is useful for respiratory ailments, especially in children, and one I turn to often.
The labeling of some of my products will change gradually over time to include Ho Wood. If anyone is unsure or would like more clarification, please let me know.
What a day of harvesting fireweed this week - my field of dreams in full color! Acres upon acres of Fireweed in full bloom alive with the buzzing of bees with their own vibrational frequency. Not only was I immersed in my heaven, but I was able to harvest a large quantity of this potent plant for the majority of the products I'll be making. Now I'll be busy drying and storing this plant to use later in salves, lip balms, and tea.
In keeping with my gratitude theme this year, I'm grateful for this beautiful crop of Melissa that came up at the beginning of the month. I harvested some to put in the Fireweed lip balms I make. Melissa has anti-viral properties that help with cold sores and is also good for the nervous system for anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, shock and vertigo - all wonderful components to enhance my Fireweed lip balm.
I'm always amazed at the power of Essential oil sprays to affect their environment in such beautiful and meaningful ways. Here's a client's experience with a custom spray I made for her that has become the catalyst for positive change.
The spray you made me continues to be such a powerful, positive influence on myself and my home that I feel compelled to take the time to thank you again for this potent gift you have given me. I'm amazed at the transformation within and around me that happens every time its smell is released into the air. Somehow this smell transports me to a new space and new possibilities and puts the past in its place, where it no longer affects me. This freshness brings an excitement that gets me every time. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Spring is the time for wild edibles to appear and one of my favourites is stinging nettles (Urtica dioica). When I think of Stinging Nettles, I think of spring cleaning for the body. Stinging nettles are stimulating to the liver and are rich in vitamins and nutrients promoting good detoxification. Dried and made into a tea, it's also a great tonic for seasonal allergies which some people suffer from at this time of year. This year we found a new location and harvested enough to make some fresh nettle hummous and nettle pesto. Delicious! There's lots of recipes on the internet..anyone wanting to try these recipes will find lots to choose from. Nettles are best harvested early in the season when their leaves are fresh and tender.
Here is Robert Tisserand's response to a recent article in The National Post.
Robert Tisserand on Lavender and Tea Tree as potential hormone disruptors.
Please watch the video for Robert's comments at the moment. Below is a summary of his stance, with links to previous articles and research papers at the bottom.
New research does not confirm estrogenic effects for essential oils
Research that has not yet been published, but which was the subject of a recent press release, appears to add little new or convincing evidence that essential oils present any risk of hormone-disruption.
The study is said to demonstrate that, of eight essential oil constituents studied, all of them showed a hormonal effect in vitro, either estrogenic or anti-androgenic. The constituents were selected because they occur in lavender and/or tea tree oils, which were the subject of previous research by Korach.
* This was an in vitro study, and as such does not tell us whether such an effect takes place in the human body, or what the threshold dose would be.
* The full research has not yet been published, so we don't know how potent the effects were. Very weak estrogenic activity, 10,000 times weaker than human estrogen, is typical of estrogens from plant sources.
* Research using a standard protocol in pregnant rats has shown that topically applied lavender oil is not estrogenic.
* In cases where lavender oil is thought to have caused breast growth in pre-pubertal children, none of them showed elevated levels of estrogen.
It is feasible that the hormonal effects seen from in vitro testing is caused by phthalates leached out of plastics used in the testing.
* One of the authors co-published a 2007 study showing an in vitro estrogenic effect for lavender oil and tea tree oil.
* In the 2007 study, 96-well trays were used. These are made of plastic that contains estrogenic substances such as phthalates.
* We know from other research that essential oils leach these substances out of plastic.
* This creates doubt about whether the essential oils were responsible for the in vitro effects.
* If the phthalates etc. are responsible for the hormonal effects noted, this would explain why all 8 constituents seemed to be active, probably with different potencies related to the degree of leaching.
Older posts on the topic:
Carson, C. F., Tisserand, R., & Larkman, T. (2014). Lack of evidence that essential oils affect puberty. Reproductive Toxicology, 44, 50–51. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.reprotox.2013.09.010
Spring is almost here and I am feeling the excitement of new beginnings.
I have been working on some new projects and one of them is a new way of supporting my clientele.
I am practicing a new technique that will focus on the application and integration of each client’s personal blend to their pulse points, or meridians. Pulse points are found in different parts of the body and follow meridians flowing through us. When we apply essential oils to these little centers, they will follow the meridian in such a way that the body receives support. It is a gentle - yet very effective - way to apply essential oils as medicine.
One of my most popular products is coconut massage cream. I sell this unscented and use it to give hand massages. I have now infused this formula with Fireweed and it will be the base and anchor for my new technique and treatment for my clients' personal blends.
Fireweed is wonderful for so many things and to have it incorporated into each treatment I give now feels very right for me. I will also be offering this for sale, alongside the original massage cream very soon.
Did you know essential oils can help your child navigate their emotions a little easier? The world is a complicated place, but especially so for our children. Since our sense of smell bypasses the logical mind and goes directly to the Limbic system - where our emotions reside - inhaling essential oil molecules allows us to relax very quickly and can be a powerful, supportive tool for any of us to use when we need some solid grounding.
Specifically chosen oils for your child's unique situation can be created and added to a pocket inhaler (made from medicinal-grade plastic and resembling a lip balm tube). This is an easy, practical and unassuming way for your child to - step back - and gather themselves enough to be able to take control of situations that may feel overwhelming. Different essential oils are known for supporting different body systems, but each of us has specific needs and preferences, so this is always my first focus and the key to any personal blend I provide.
With the right tools and inspiration, I believe we all have the ability to change our outlook, and then, the outcome in our lives.
Yesterday, when I needed to visit the hospital, I wore in my aroma pendant the essential oils of Black Spruce and Rosalina - these were two of the oils I had on hand whose chemistry would support me in that environment. At this time of year, our beautiful aromatherapy jewelry can also act as a functional tool to keep us strong and healthy. A blend that's worked well for me and one that I call "Winter Wise" contains Fragonia, Kunzea, Rosalina, Raventsara and Palmarosa. I'm sure you have your own favorites to help you through the cold and flu season - please don't forget to utilize the medicinal power of Essential oils in whatever capacity you have.
At the start of this new year, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for supporting me through the years and continuing to do so. It is my truest desire that you all know wellness and happiness in 2018. With gratitude as my focus, I have chosen this image of Melissa...many of you may know it as Lemonbalm in your gardens. Robbi Zeck in her book "The Blossoming Heart" suggests: "To breathe in the fresh, light scent of Melissa and let gratitude open you to the treasures of your heart. And the song of your own hearts' knowledge will be revealed to the universe as you give thanks and offer blessings for another day of loving and living." I am following her example and will be aligning myself with Melissa this year.
New in the store - adorable salt night lights. Such a nice ambient of light for any child's room, bathroom or hallway. A Himalayan salt lamp, by its salty nature, is able to easily attract water vapor to it. With this water vapor often comes indoor air pollutants, including allergens, mold and bacteria. When the water hits the heated lamp, the salt traps the pollutants but releases the water vapor. This cycle repeats while the lamp is on and warm, making for a cleaner space.
Also new to the store is this large-chunk Himalayan salt lamp. An art piece all on its own.
My latest creation, "A Scented Space - Creating Sanctuary for Healing with Essential Oils" is now a reality. This project is near and dear to me and is the accumulation of my work with Hospice as well as my work as an Aromatherapist. Creating sacred space - a sanctuary where all of our senses become engaged for our well-being - is pure joy for me and putting it in writing and pictures has truly been delightful. The whole experience of putting my story on paper and having it available now on the internet seems very surreal to me. It can be purchased online at Blurb.ca.
A big congratulations to Phoebe Hamilton who won the gift basket at our recent open house! Thank you to everyone who attended and again, thank you all for your continued support.
At this time of year, I like to say thank you to all my friends and supporters with a Christmas gathering. My focus is on making products that are not only practical and functional but always with health and well-being in mind . Handmade products from pure ingredients and quality essential oils range from beeswax candles, soaps, bath salts, sprays, custom blends and more. Please come and visit us on
Saturday, Dec. 2
Fireweed Essentials Support Centre
We'll have the tea on.
We are getting ready for our Christmas open house in a few weeks and the tree is looking very festive. This year I've made "Scented Stars" for the tree...they are a perfect way to bring some scent to Christmas. Drop some of your favorite essential oils onto these to bring some lovely smells to your tree and home or use them instead of a Christmas bow to adorn the gifts you're giving. My "Sacred Forest" blend (pine, spruce, fir and cardamom) is especially fitting for the season.
My newest creation..."Fireweed - Wanderings in the Wild with Epilobium angustifolia and Margo Fletcher". This project is clearly a labour of love for me...a soft cover visual journey of my Fireweed harvest this past summer that I hope transports you into the world of Fireweed with me. Partial proceeds to go to charity.
I was delighted to find this grouping of Fireweed this morning in full bloom on October 11th in the middle of town! I've never seen it so vibrant at this time of year. I never tire of finding this plant as it's my favourite.
On the weekend I found an amazing bush of Rosehips and as they were in perfect condition, I picked enough to try a new method I read about where you freeze them overnight before processing. This is in place of waiting for the first frost to come, which softens the outer shell. I have found in the past that if I wait for the first frost, the Rosehips themselves are not as fresh and are often moldy because here on the coast it's gets damp before the first frost. These I'm going to extract in Meadowfoam oil (which has similar properties to Jojoba) which will eventually become part of a face cream recipe.
It's that time of year again...lots of candle making happening. It smells extra nice in here.
I've been busy creating products again after a bit of a break. Using the harvest of the seaweed I collected in August, I made four batches of soap with the abundance of sea lettuce this year. This will be a first time for this particular kind of seaweed - can't wait to try it once it's cured. I kept the scents fresh and bright, like the seaweed itself, using essential oils of lemon, orange, litsea cubeba and lemongrass. I also made a fresh batch of coconut massage cream to restock the shelves as this seems to be a popular seller. I keep this unscented base for our programs and workshops and for those looking for unscented cream, but this base is fabulous for customizing with any essential oils.
Out harvesting Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolia) today to make more products. I will also be distilling some tomorrow for hydrosols. Fireweed is my favourite plant for shock and trauma - such a beautiful plant, full of purpose!
Made a new friend amongst the roses. I think this butterfly is beautiful and I'm excited I finally have enough roses to distill.
Well worth watching!!!!
A glimpse at some of the interviews shared in conjunction with the aromatherapy documentary Uncommon Scents
ESSENTIAL OIL WORKSHOP
Transforming with Essential Oils - A personal journey of Self-discovery
When we embrace the fragrance of Essential oils and their inspirational messages, our hearts open to the beauty and possibilities of positive change. Join us June 9th, 10th and 11th to discover your own possibilities for transformation and growth through your sense of smell.
Getting excited for tonight's exploration with Essential oils. Our monthly explorers will be learning about their own personal power and their freedom to fly.
Inspired by my own mother, I created "Hearts Light" face cream with the warm, exotic fragrance of Gardenia and Jasmine. This rich and nourishing cream is suitable for all skin types and would be a lovely gift for any mom. The Aroma pendant with the same "Hearts Light" fragrance,is another option for moms to carry this loving scent close to their heart.
If you're looking for an Essential oil diffuser, we have this wonderful atomizing diffuser in the store now. Atomizing diffuses pure essential oils into the air for maximum therapeutic effectiveness. Run on batteries (comes with a charger), it is easily portable so it can be taken from room to room or used in your vehicle, office or hotel room. It also offers multiple digital timer options so you have versatility in how much oil is being diffused. I am thrilled with this little unit for its versatility and function.
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