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Posted on: September 13, 2009

Frankincense essential oil and arthritis.

You can read the publication here. Laboratory studies show that boswellic acids exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. The chemical structure of the resins resembles anti-inflammatory steroids. There is some uncertainty if the efficacy is partly because it is immunomodulatory as well as anti-inflammatory. It is the immunomodulation that would make it effective against Rheumatism and inflammatory arthritis. Some very dry and likely difficult to understand science explains why, I won’t bore you too much here. The point is that we have traditional Chinese and Indian medicine as well as Western laboratory science telling us that Frankincense can help with your aching hands. It would be very easy to add Frankincense essential oil to an unscented lotion. Something with that soaks in well, you want to avoid a lotion or cream that sits on the skin. Many pain-relieving creams are made with such a low concentration of active ingredients, making your own would allow you to control that. Some creams are so strongly scented, you need to be aware of what you touch and forget about trying to enjoy your lunch. I love this idea.

In the Home Office
Posted on: September 13, 2009

I ordered a container of ECOCERT certified body lotion. ECOCERT is one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. I really like the lotion I carry now –don’t worry, I expect to carry it for a long long time. I would like to offer an Organic Vegan lotion as well. Hopefully it’s lovely and I can easily amend it with other things from the shelf. Other arrivals this week are Oregano, Linden, Citronella and a new vacuum extracted Sandalwood. I’m fiddling around with a formula for algae facial masks. The challenge is the algae comes alive and wants to grow when water is added. I need to blend and ship it dry.

I finished David Sedaris’ ‘When You Are Engulfed in Flames’ last night. I’ve read everything else by him and his sister. I was really looking forward to being entertained by him again. I read it too fast. Now it gets passed around to everyone else in the house. He closed the book with a big section of three months spent in Japan. Having lived there for a few years myself, I found that to be hilarious.

I talked about Fall weather recently… and here it is over 100 degrees today. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Essential Oil Profile
Posted on: September 13, 2009

Hydrosol as well.

Frankincense hydrosol. My timing was great. I contacted the distiller and they responded by telling me that they are distilling this weekend. It will be very fresh. The hydrosol is strongly scented, there will be oil visible floating on the top. It could be diluted with distilled water if you’d like. That would make 120 mls for $10.65 go even farther. Not very expensive to begin with though. The smell was described by someone else as ‘expansive’. That’s a really good description. It does give me that kind of big full lung feeling. A dry, woody, slightly peppery smell. Taking a few drops orally before meditation, ritual or energy healing deepens the experience.

Frankincense essential oil and hydrosol are from the congealed exudae from the damaged tree bark. The trees are incised and the resin collected. This is most likely the gum referred to in ancient texts. Every once in a while a customer calls looking for materials to duplicate an ancient blend. We have to use botanical names and geography to figure things out.  Boswellia carterii is named after James Boswell and H.J. Carter. Carter described the Egyptian mummies and amassed the first scientific collection of specimens of frankincense in the 1840’s.

Speaking of mummies… Frankincense hydrosol is used topically on aging skin to reduce wrinkles. Mist on the face as a toner for skin. Gives a fine textured, silky feeling. It is a diuretic and drying without leaving the skin feeling dry and tight. I expect it would be effective in treating acne as well.

It can be used as a mouth rinse for infection in the gums. It can be used on lung points during an acupressure or jin shin treatment. You can gargle with it or take it internally (from one half to one tablespoon 3 to 6 times a day, depending on you and what you are treating – plenty of water too) gives a feeling of expansion, deeper breathing and open airways. It is used to dry up mucus in the respiratory system. Something to remember this flu season.

Posted on: September 13, 2009

What do you use Emily?

Probably half of the customers that call and want some advice or clarification will be using the products on their face. I’ve been asked ‘What do you use’ enough to just go ahead and tell everyone. I don’t use soap on my face. I use a blend of essential and base oils to wash my face at night. I hate to be vague… I admit that I don’t measure this one. Right now I am using 2 parts Calendula infused Apricot oil and 1 part Red Raspberry Seed oil. I added maybe 15 drops of Rosemary officinalis to a 120 ml bottle. I pull back my hair, fill the sink with warm water and rub a nickel sized amount between my hands and onto my dry face. Rinse with a washcloth and warm water. That’s about the extent of my skin care regimen. Maybe a clay mask or algae pack every few months and something special if I have a cold sore or have gotten a lot of sun. I’m 38 years old and have lived in California for all but 6 of them. Sometimes I wear make-up, sometimes I don’t. I use this blend either way. I think the base of Calendula Apricot and Raspberry is a medium that anyone can use. You can customize it for acne, sensitive, sun damaged or aging skin.

Bargains and Deals
Posted on: September 13, 2009

Anyone interested in pre-purchasing Inula? In 1991 Victoria traveled to France and Corsica and hand carried home a 120 ml bottle of Inula graveolens. Such a special oil; we really became aware of what Inula could be like. It wasn’t smelled so much as it was felt in the lungs and throat. Pale emerald green and formed cellophane thin chips and sheets when cool. I had to put it in my pocket or shirt and warm it up before I could fill orders. That distiller has apparently moved on to other things, I haven’t been able to get in touch for years. There is; however another distiller that carries a comparable product. They tell me they are ‘not used to take small orders like yours and I do not know how to proceed with the payment’. They ship Fed Ex Air – super expensive. I haven’t been able to afford a large bottle, it takes me forever to recoup that expense. But… since the Rose went so well I am inspired to make an offering of the Inula. 2 mls for $23.37, 5 mls for $48.03, 15 for $120.79 and 30 for $240.06.  Send me an email and let me know if you are interested. The Inula offered at currently is not from Corsica. It is from a distiller in Canada. Organic and very nice.

You can still get one ounce of Organic White Grapefruit for $6.50.