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Aura Cacia announces aromatherapy app

Posted by Finnian Durkan Categories: Reference, Free Apps,

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy appAura Cacia is a nationally branded Aromatherapy product provider and today has leaped dredlocked and pachouli-soaked head-first into the smartphone world with their new iPhone app. Now you can learn about the history and benefits of aromatherapy without having to worry about getting sandalwood oil all over your iPhone touch-screen.  While the app does have different factoids and bits of information regarding aromatherapy treatments and different combinations of oils, it is merely an information source and not a diagnostic tool like many other similar iPhone apps in the same arena.  Considering it is free, I guess you get what you pay for.

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Uplifting jasmine

Posted by Colleen McKie Categories: Advice, Health,

Jasmine_flowers_190605_kpjasI have never been a huge fan of flowery scents.  While I love the smell of roses and lilacs outside, the artificial scent of rose or lilac candles, air fresheners or perfumes tends to make me gag.  Ditto for jasmine, I scent I use to detest, until I realized there was a HUGE difference in the smell of artificial jasmine and jasmine essence oil.

When a friend gave me a jasmine scented all natural soap for Christmas, I smiled, said thanks and then shoved the soap in a drawer when I got home.  About a month ago I stumbled upon the soap and, feeling guilty, unwrapped it.  Once I took one whiff of the jasmine essence oil that was used in the making of the soap, I was hooked.

Yes, jasmine is a strong, sometimes heady scent, but in the essential oil form, it is light and uplifting.  In fact, there are many benefits to jasmine essence oil, some that may surprise you.

Oh, my nerves!
Jasmine is a natural nerve relaxant.  No, one sniff of jasmine will not make you fall on your face with no control over your body; rather, if you tend to be a nervous person, jasmine can help relax you, making you less stressed and anxious.  On the flip side, it increases moods of happiness and joy.  Just think of it as a natural anti depressant.

No pain sounds good to me
Jasmine is excellent at relieving menstrual cramps and also in helping with labor.  A nice belly message will do just the trick.

Yeah, baby!
Did you know jasmine is a natural aphrodisiac?  Well, you do now!  The “king of oils” is great for increasing sexual drive, helping with impotence and just making a person want to do it.

Jasmine has become one of my favorite essential oils to use in body lotions, soap and massage oils.  Now, if you’ll excuse, I must go light a jasmine candle or two:  hubby should be home any time now.

Minty goodness

Posted by Colleen McKie Categories: Advice, Health,

Mint is one of my favorite scents in the world.   I quite often have a peppermint candle burning and most of my beauty products have some form of mint in them.  There is nothing quite like starting the day off with a hot shower, apple spearmint shampoo and lavender peppermint body wash.  It helps wake me up and gets my creative juices flowing.

I have also recently discovered the joy of peppermint tea. I find it’s a great mid morning perk me up without the negative effects of a caffeine headache. 

While some of the enjoyment that I get from peppermint is based on the fact that I genuinely love the scent, there is more to it than that.  Peppermint has long been a staple of aromatherapy, helping with a number of ailments and both mental and physical problems.

All snuffled up
Vicks is great, isn’t it?  Nothing helps a stuffed up head like a whiff of menthol.  A few years ago I discovered that by adding a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to an oil burner and sitting next to it I can get the same relief, but without all the stickiness of Vicks Vapor Rub.  Putting a drop or two of the oil into a dehumidifier at night works wonders, too.   Even brewing a cup of herbed peppermint tea can help unclog your sinuses and make breathing a whole heck of a lot easier.
Rumbly tummy
I don’t get nauseous a whole lot, but when I do I want one thing and one thing only: my peppermint tea.  Peppermint, whether consumed in a beverage, inhaled or applied topically can work wonders on your digestive system.  It can help keep nausea at bay and also help with gas and bloating.  Sipping tea or rubbing some essence oil on your belly can instantly make you feel better. And having a peppermint candle burning can help keep the nausea away.

Heads, finger, lips and heels
Ever wonder why almost all foot creams contain peppermint?  Well, there are two reasons.  The first is that peppermint acts as a cooling agent of sorts and is great for sore muscles and spasms.  So applying it to sore feet after a long day helps to work out the tension and achiness.  The second reason is that, contrary to popular belief, peppermint is a moisturizing agent.  It helps to stimulate the skin’s natural production of oil.  Your peppermint lip balm makes more sense now, doesn’t it?  And, thankfully, peppermint tastes great.

Above all, think
Regardless of why you are using peppermint, there is one other, very important benefit: energy.  Peppermint is a stimulant; therefore it is energizing in nature and promotes mental clarity.  And God knows we could all use some of that.

So the next time you are sick with a cold, the flu or are just felling blah in general, light a peppermint candle, grab a cup of mint tea and slap on some lip balm.  Trust me, you’ll feel better in no time.

Aromatherapy, fragrance oils and other yummy scented thing

Posted by Colleen McKie Categories: Advice,

There are several studies floating out there that make the connection between certain scents and well being.  Cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin pie are known to relax.  Other scents, such as orange and grapefruit are thought to stimulate the mind.   Each of us has certain scents that help relax us and others that might kick in the flight or fight in us or bring on feelings of sadness.  Usually these scents are closely associated with an important memory we’ve stored in our minds. aromatherapy

Aromatherapy, on the other hand, is more scientifically based.  Certain essential oils can help with a wide variety of ailments.  Lavender, peppermint neroli, rosemary, eucalyptus and a whole slew of other essence oils can help with stress, concentration depression, headaches, congestion and other ailments. 

There are two basic ways that you can use an essential oil: inhale or apply directly.  For example, if you have a head cold, boiling some water, adding a drop or two of eucalyptus and then inhaling the steam can clear you out.  Rubbing some lavender on your temples can help relieve a headache.  You can get the same level of relief as with over the counter meds, but without putting drugs into your system. 

I am a huge fan of scented candles and I almost always have one or two burning.  I also have oil burner and by adding just a drop or two of my favorite essence oil, not only do I make my house smell great, but I also get the benefit of the aromatherapy.


See, Hear, and Smell to Relieve Stress

Aroma RadioWe have written about USB aromatherapy before, but Brando has outdone themselves with this dispenser that also has an AM/FM tuner, speakers and an in-line for an MP3 player. The gadget should do something for your mood visually as it changes between 7 different shades. At a size of 88 x 88 x 116 mm and a weight of 124 g, the device comes with a USB cord and needs batteries to keep the music, odors, and colors going. Find it for $30.00.

(Thanks, Fanny)


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