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Fresh Hydrosols in stock
Posted on: October 10, 2012

Lemon verbena

I took a drive today to pick up all the Hydrosols I could afford from a distiller. He is such a renaissance man. Down a dirt road and a hard left through a hedge to get to his little oasis. He does a lot of custom woodworking and that keeps him busy lately but I know him because of his distillation. He has refined the process and built all his stills, he’s now on his fourth. He makes and bottles wine as well, I came home with a Pino Noir that I am very curious about.  Two Hydrosols that are particularly nice are the Lemon Verbena and Rose Geranium.

Read More about the Organic Rose Geranium Hydrosol and Lemon Verbena Hydrosol here.

New product
Posted on: October 9, 2012

Lots of new products, actually.

Just some of the materials.

I have a new line of Ritual Blends on a slow simmer in my mind. I have made custom blends for customers for years. I do enjoy the custom blending, a little interview and a little story and some dowsing. Blends for evicting the last of a relationship out of your home and body, blends to get the job, have the confidence, to add strength to a conviction, for a house warming… such a long list.. Each was very personal and only recently in a ‘Big Clean’ where I laid my hands on just about every bottle in here did I think of them as something I could offer to everyone. We all have rituals, personal and group. People seem to want more meaning and conviction and depth in many aspects of their lives. Look for those pretty soon, I don’t know just yet what they will all be. Is there something you would like to see on this list?

Essential oils in the news
Posted on: October 9, 2012

Eat your medicine!

I can’t say this any better so I’ll take this from the Introduction of the article… ‘Tremendous use of antibiotics has developed multiple drug resistance (MDR) in many bacterial pathogens. The increasing drug resistance is the main hindrance in successful treatment of infectious diseases and to the control of microbial pathogenecity Similarly, preservatives like sulfites, nitrates, nitrites and antibiotics, are harmful for human health

In this study – very simply put – eight different characterized drug resistant bacterial strains including S. typhi, Shigella, P. aeruginosa, E. coli, B. subtillus, S. aureus, S. epidermidis and K. pneumoniae were tested for inhibited growth when treated with Garlic and Ginger in aqueous, methanol and ethanol extracts. All strains were most susceptible to the garlic aqueous extract. Yeah! for fresh garlic

Essential oil profile
Posted on: October 9, 2012

Basil – Ocimim basilicum ct Linalol

This plant is comes in many varieties and is grown in many regions of the world and incorporated into cuisine everywhere. Basil is an antispasmodic and effects the autonomic nervous system. The ANS controls things that are mostly below your level of consciousness like digestion, respiration, heart rate. Basil has a long history of use as a liver stimulant, French aromatherapy literature addresses using Basil to treat Hepatitis A and C.

Try putting a drop on your palm, rubbing your hands together and cupping them around your mouth and nose. That strong and short personal dose can be so helpful when you need to focus and finish a task and just can’t keep your mind from darting about. The smell of Basil is familiar and we associate it with food but perfumers incorporate Sweet Basil in chypre blends and build some really nice green and fresh scents. It is usually called for in scalp massage blends because it stimulates hair growth.

Herbed salad recipe
Posted on: October 9, 2012

Summer is finishing up and knowing that these local and seasonal veggies will be unavailable soon makes me want to do something wonderful with them and enjoy them.

I see recipes for an herbed salad that call for just ½ Tsp of dried oregano. Really…?

Well, I believe in food as medicine and prefer something more than that.

This is a pungent salad that leaves a delicious fluid in the bottom of the bowl.

Serve with bread or over pasta or cooked grain, maybe lentils to take advantage of that dressing. Take liberties with the recipe. Please. Think of this as an idea and go from there. Fennel is a nice addition, but can be hard to find. Radishes, walnuts, baby dark greens and lettuces.

2 Red onions, 2 lemons, 4 cloves of garlic, 3 sweet peppers, 2 cucumbers, Armenian if you can get them, 4 tomatoes. Feta cheese and kalamata olives for garnish.

Fresh oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary and parsley.

In about a cup of olive oil add a total of about 15 to 20 drops of just 3 or 4 essential oils. Don’t use every herb you can think of in Greek cuisine. Just use a few, use oils of herbs you like, maybe of herbs you don’t have fresh. Don’t double up on oils of something you have fresh  in the salad.  Use more or less of those you like or dislike. A beginning list would be Oregano, Mint, Basil, Dill, Fennel, Thyme, Marjoram, and Sage. If this is shared among 3 people, each person would be ingesting about 5 drops of essential oil. Enough to be pleasant tasting and a very small dose.

I used fresh parsley, mint, oregano and basil. Essential oils of Fennel, Marjoram, Thyme and Sage.

I start with a very large bowl and make the dressing there. Juice the lemons, add the olive oil and essential oils, the

garlic and chopped herbs. I add everything else to that. Toss and let it sit for an hour or two, stirring a few times if you can get to it.