|This is a hoot and very well done! It reminds me of the ladies in Sweet Adelines!
|IMO Best retail essential oils:
AromaForce … http://www.avogel.ca/en/brands/aromaforce.php
Aura Cacia … HTTPS://www.auracacia.com/
Eden’s Garden … https://www.edensgarden.com/
IMO Best aromatherapy courses:
Aromahead (U.S.) … HTTPS://www.aromahead.com/
Institute of Aromatherapy (Canada) … http://www.classicaromatherapy.com/
If you are purchasing your essential oils wholesale, ask for a ‘GCMS’ (proof of gas chromagraphy and mass spectrometry testing). A good wholesaler will have their oils tested and offer the graphs, with legible results, to their customers. Why?
Wholesalers buy their oils where they can, and what they can afford. If a company is short on an oil in high demand, they may have to go to a foreign supplier that buys up whatever lots they can, and wait. Some of these agents are upright and ethical, and some are not. Some will send your distributor a sample of good quality oil, then fill the drum with substandard oil. Bringing in oils from Asia is time-consuming and costly, and lawsuits difficult; and some companies will take advantage of North American companies that way.
So cut to the chase and ask for the GCMS right away, and then check those constituents. The things that have been found in essential oils range from canine feces, tobacco, insects, to naturally-derived and synthetic aroma chemicals. Naturally-derived constituents are added to blends like Lavender 40/42 to bring those constituent levels up for marketing purposes, when the original idea was to sell the best quality of Lavender Oil having those constituent levels naturally.
And You also want it right in the paperwork that the wholesaler is a member of the right ethical organizations, an ISO company, and has the certifications in writing for the oils you are purchasing.
Regarding certain retail distributors especially the ‘multi-level marketing companies’, Google their names, ‘FDA warning’ and Dr. Pappas’ as search terms, and you will learn what you need to about them.
And please remember that in North America, it is illegal to prescribe the internal use of an essential oil unless you are 1) licensed to prescribe, and 2) have certification in clinical aromatherapy. If someone is telling you to take these oils internally because their boss told them that, DON’T!!! You can find out how many ER visits and deaths have been made because of the ingestion of essential oils.
Andrea Butje is one aromatherapist I truly admire, and she has done a lot to teach the world about the benefits of aromatherapy. Not only does she run an accredited school for the training and certification of aromatherapists, but she publsihes the following newsletter and even offers a free online introductory course.
Here’s to you, Andrea!
If you are not familiar with famed aromatherapist Andrea Butje, it’s time! View on Web | Aromahead.com Like Tweet Forward August 25, 2015 Hi, If you’re in a hot, dry climate, you could have no better friend than Ylang Ylang essential oil (except maybe a saltwater swimming pool). Ylang Ylang is a very cooling oil […]
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I think Witch Hazel is one of the most wonderful herbs on this planet. Aside from the fact it is a facial toner, reduces swelling, and has anti-inflammatory properties, it has talents that are lesser known.
Before I hit menopause, I suffered from what was commonly (and quietly) known as ‘the floods’. Nothing helped, and the doctors wanted to do a chemical castration with hormones that would leave me with a beard. I nixed that idea, and continued to ruin fabric chairs through overnight pads and Depends.
Then I read a book called, The Menopausal Years by herbalist Susan Weed, and was I ever glad I did. Witch Hazel tea, 3 cups a day, and the floods stopped, just like she said they would. So I consumed a fair amount of Witch Hazel every month, and it worked like a charm, and when menopause finally happened, it was a breeze. Even the hot flashes, kicking legs, and night sweats calmed down.
Now I find, while doing research for DIY natural cleaning products, that it has anti-static properties for hair and fabrics. You just put Witch Hazel in a spray bottle and spritz your hairbrush, and clothes when they come out of the dryer.
If you want to make a spritz that is also an armoatherapeutic stress-reducing spray, add to it:
- 1 drop Cypress Essential Oil
- 2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- 2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
- 4 drops Sweet Orange
Just remember to shake before spraying!
Jan Benham, author of the Baby Boomer’s Beauty Bible, uses this neat trick.
- 1/2 t. of red algae gel
- 1/8 t. of powdered colourant*
Apply to lips with a lip brush.
*Colourants must be cosmetic grade, and may include carmine powder, micas, or oxide…and if using oxides, should be mixed with an appropriate clay first as they don’t always mix well with the gel.
I love this lady’s blog, she is so creative. Her recipes are very good, and cover a wide breadth of projects that only help to keep a heathy (and green) home.
This is a great page for making face powders from the kitchen, though it might be a bit limited in the colour range. but before you read it, here are some…
It helps to have a bit of zinc oxide or titanium oxide in the mix for adhesion.
Match your summer powder to the outside of your arm, and your winter powder to the inside.
Also, to make a good foundation, use the daily dollop of your moisturizer with a sprinkle of face powder, mix it together and apply to your face – et voila! Foundation that does not feel heavy.
And now on to her article…
Gift Baskets Whether you decide to make your own spa products for sale, to give to friends or loved ones, or for your own use, there’s nothing like a gift basket to add variety and interest to your creations.
This article shares a few of my favorite quick and easy ways to bundle spa products in a gift basket. (You can even do this for your own home use and turn your creations into a presentation item for your bathroom or vanity.)
Why gift sets?
If you aren’t using gift baskets or gift sets as a selling tool, you are missing out on an opportunity to garner more sales. Offering gift sets and baskets is a valuable selling tool that can accomplish multiple objectives:
* New way to promote slow-moving products (pair slow movers with popular items) * Introduce customers to new products (offering special price for sets)
* Capitalize on the “instant gift” nature of gift baskets and gift sets (quick and easy!)
* Perfect for “last minute” gifts (think Christmas, Mother’s Day, Easter, Graduation, etc.)
Leveraging the Power of Gift Sets
A bit of creative thinking can go a long way to scoring additional sales throughout the year. Have you considered offering:
* A gift reminder service (perfect for forgetful husbands and boyfriends)
* Gift registry service (for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, Christmas, brides, etc.)
* Custom gift set service (hostess gifts, new mother sets, spa-at-home parties, etc.)
What should you put in a gift set?
The key to creating a well-received gift set is to keep the products relevant, without being trivial. You don’t want the gift recipient to feel as if they received a “generic” gift, but rather one that was selected especially for them.
Luckily, with bath and body products you have a wealth of collateral items that can be added to your gift sets. Use your imagination to find unique pampering gift items that will complement those that you make.
* Bath Mitts or sponges
* Bath pillow
* Nail files or cuticle kit
* Pumice Stone
* Spa Slippers
* Relaxing music
* Herbal tea
* Floating candles, or incense
As you can see – these items don’t need to be expensive. For example, a couple of bath bombs, some sachets of fancy herbal tea, a few fragrant tea-light candles and a CD of soothing music makes a fantastic “Relaxation Set”.
A Word About Containers
You don’t have to use traditional packaging for your gift sets. In fact, you’ll invariably sell more sets when you employ your creativity! You might want to make up small sets packaged in oversized teacups, sheer organza drawstring bags, colorful totes or mini purses, novelty take-out boxes, or even in ceramic floral containers. When you package your gift sets in a non-traditional container that can be used again, the recipient is also gaining an “extra” gift!
To discover more fabulous formulations and savvy sales tips, get your hands on The Handcrafter’s Companion , featuring over 126 pampering product ideas and loads of helpful marketing and promotional information.
So many of my customers are already saving money on store-bought spa products or making a little extra on the side, so it makes perfect financial sense too…
To your success with spa products,
Spa Product Queen
Recently it has been learned that using this type of blend of essential oils in hospital patients’ rooms during outbreaks of C-Difficile and MRSA may have eradicated them and other microorganisms dangerous to weakened immune systems (e.g., E. Coli, Nosocomial Pneumonia, and Norwalk) among patients with treated rooms.
100 drops / 1 t. Cinnamon Bark Oil
200 drops / 2 t. Clove Bud Essential Oil
75 drops / ¾ t. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
175 drops / 1-3/4 t. Lemon Essential Oil
50 drops / ½ t. Rosemary Essential Oil
Put these into a sterile glass bottle, amber if possible, and keep in the medicine chest.
Note: You can also use equal parts of the oils to make your blend. Some recipes call for the addition of Oregano Essential Oil.
As you will read below, the original thieves used garlic as well.
The article below is worth reading for ideas as to how to use the blend should a loved one become ill, or just for around the house; but please remember not to ingest any essential oils without the advice of a licensed health-care practitioner, and even then only use those oils which are certified as food-grade.
Have You Heard Of Thieves Oil? –Breath Of Life Blog
Here’s the legend:
Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a thousand years. Out of this period emerged a legend of four Thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the Thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.
Studies conducted at Weber State University in 1997 showed it to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves Oil Blend was diffused for a given amount of time.
After only 10 minutes of exposure, there was a reduction of
82% in Micrococcus luteus
96% in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
44% in Staphylococcus aureus
Thieves Oil For Common Ailments
When Warding Off Illness, massage Thieves undiluted or “neat” to lower back, and on the top back of thighs for relief if not sensitive; otherwise, dilute it at ratios of 15 drops with 15 drops of carrier oil.
Immune support: Dilute 1 drop of Thieves to 4 drops carrier oil and apply to feet. Apply twice daily, morning and night, for extra support during cold and flu season (especially if leaving for school, work, or going out in public).
Bronchitis: Apply to lower back, sternum, chest and throat, sinus and bronchial points.
Insect Bites (Mosquito, Bee & Wasp Stings): Apply 1 part blend and 1 part water to the bite or sting to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and counteract toxins.
Cuts And Scrapes: Dilute 1 drop of the blend to 4 drops of vegetable or carrier oil and apply to wounds to help prevent infection and speed healing.
Headache: Place a drop on your thumb and place on the roof of your mouth. May require repeated applications. Be careful not to lick your lips as this can burn. Use vegetable or carrier oil to wipe off if you do. Only use oils certified as food grade for this!
Head And Lung Congestion: Place a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water, cover head with towel and inhale vapors.
Poison Ivy: 2 drops of Thieves dilute in 2 drops of water, but if there is swelling add 2 drops of lavender.
Acne: Apply 1 part to 1 part grapeseed or jojoba oil.
A Stronger Antibiotic Blend:
10 drops of Thieves Oil
6 drops of oregano
2 drops of frankincense
For Oral Care (Tea Tree Oil works equally well for dental care):
Put a drop on your toothbrush before brushing to kill cavity producing germs and to sanitize your toothbrush.
Mouthwash: Add 1 drop per ounce of water, shake well before use.
Toothpaste: Add 2 drops to 4 T. of baking soda, place in small container (not plastic) and shake well. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush.
For protection against colds, flu, and other infectious disease apply to the bottom of feet.
Help For The Flu:
6 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
4 drops Oregano Essential Oil
2 drops of Thyme Essential Oil.
Help For Sore Throat:
Thyme, Tea Tree, or 1 drop of Thieves Blend to 1 ounce of water and spray throat; or add 2 – 3 drops to 2 T. of water and gargle, then spit out.
Thieves Oil Recipes For Household Use
Stuffed Animals – To disinfect and clean, place toy inside pillowcase and tie shut. Fill washer with detergent, use fabric softener if desired. Add 5 – 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil, (for small load) to washing machine. Wash on gentle cycle.
Cell phones – Spray Thieves cleaning solution very lightly on a cloth and gently wipe phone.
Dishwasher – add 4 – 5 drops to thoroughly clean dishes, eliminate bacteria and odors.
Laundry – add 5 – 6 drops per load to freshen and disinfect.
Pet Bedding – Spray down cat boxes, dog houses, and pet cages to clean and disinfect.
Pet Dishes – Add 1 – 2 drops to soapy water and wash dishes. Rinse well.
Plants – To repel aphids spray plants with a mixture of 2 drops Thieves to every 4 ounces of water.
Floors – add a 10 – 15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.
Surface Disinfectant – To clean and sanitize surfaces – add 8 drops to 8 oz. of water in spray bottle.
Fragrance – Add a few drops to potpourri or cinnamon sticks to fragrance your home.
Add several drops of oil onto a cotton ball and place in home, office, car, or hotel air vents to mask odor and purify the air.
Drop 4–5 drops onto a cloth and place in clothes dryer to freshen laundry.
Bed Bugs – Spray mattresses to help dispel bed bugs.
Add 4 – 5 drops to sink water and wash children’s toys to clean and disinfect.