Are you ready to be creative this holiday season? The following simple recipe ideas might help get you in the spirit. It is so easy to make thoughtful and affordable handmade gifts with the help of essential oils. Included in this blog post are recipes for a Body Scrub, Facial Serum, Warming Foot Rub, Room Spray and Natural Solid Perfume.
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Yes, there always is a strong reaction to the word ‘Patchouli’ – love it or hate it – we’ve never heard anything in between. It makes no difference that it is highly prized in aromatherapy applications – especially for skin and hair care – and in fine perfumery (e.g., Shalimar, Youth Dew, Miss Dior, Obsession, and appears in more than a third of all modern quality perfumes1), Patchouli is a substance that polarizes.
At Eden Botanicals, we love Patchouli. Here we sing the praises of this one-of-a-kind aromatic substance.
According to Steffen Arctander, Pogostemon cablin probably originated in the Philippine Islands and Indonesia2 where it was traditionally used as a stimulant, tonic, antiseptic, insecticide, and anti-inflammatory. It has a long history of medicinal use in China, Japan, India, and Malaysia. A rather short (2-3 feet) bushy plant with soft furry leaves, it is cultivated in Southeast Asian countries and is a renowned antidote for insect stings and snake bites.3 It has a very long history of use in the East as an incense and for sacred use in temples.4The essential oil of Patchouli is traditionally extracted from young leaves that are semi-dried and lightly fermented prior to distillation.5Read More
Oct 25, 2013 12:31:04 PM
You may have noticed on a few websites - and up until recently on ours as well - that essential oils are often described as "therapeutic grade" or "commercial grade", and for perfumery purposes, "fine perfumery grade". Originally, this grading system explained the differences in how essential oils were produced. Oils referred to as therapeutic grade or fine perfumery grade are in theory, those where more care is taken in the growing and harvesting of the plants, during the distillation or extraction process, and in the after-care of the oil. These oils are also usually made in smaller batches. All of these factors are important in producing an oil for fine perfumery, where the odor has to be of a certain quality to be used in high-end fragrance and doubly important for a oil that is intended for therapeutic purposes. So-called commercial grade oils, on the other hand, are those that are mass produced and used more for industrial purposes. Commercial grade oils are often a combination of natural and synthetic components and are much cheaper than their purely natural counterparts.Read More
Oct 25, 2013 12:20:47 PM
Aromatherapy diffusers do just what their name implies, they diffuse aromas throughout a room for fragrancing as well as for therapeutic purposes. The type you choose depends on the size of your space and the design that works best for you. We looked at quite a number of designs before we found exactly what we wanted, diffusers that combine great functionality with style that can complement the décor of any room. If you haven't visited our website in a while and are looking for what we think are the best diffusers available, take a look in our "Products" section under "Aromatic Diffusers".Read More
Aug 14, 2013 2:23:35 PM
We are so excited to be hosting our first class with the Grande Dame of aromatherapy, perfumery and medicinal herbs, Jeanne Rose. In this one-day intensive, Ms. Rose will cover an assortment of 20 essential oils, absolutes and CO2 extracts commonly used in natural perfumery. You'll learn how to blend your own natural perfume, and leave with an understanding of fragrance categories and the difference between top, middle and base notes, and why this is important in creating a balanced aroma.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll-free at 855-333-6645. Payment is due at time of registration to hold your seat in class.
WHAT: Natural Botanical Perfumery with Jeanne Rose
WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
WHERE: Eden Botanicals, 3820 Cypress Dr #12, Petaluma, CA 94954
COST: $225 per student*
*Course fee includes all materials needed to create one perfume to take home and class curriculum created by Ms. Rose. Her book, The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations, will be available for purchase, as well as any additional oils students would like to buy after class.
SPECIAL STUDENT DISCOUNT: 15% off all Eden Botanicals oil and accessory purchases, the day of class.
*PLEASE NOTE: discount does not apply to purchase of The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations.
Aug 14, 2013 1:39:28 PM
“Look after the root of the tree and the fragrant flowers and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of spirit will flow.” B. K. S. Iyengar
If you consider that true essential oils from plants - hydrated and nourished by sun, water and soil, tended and distilled with human hands -- represent the “life force”, or prana, of plants, it is easy to understand why Aromatherapy is the extraordinary modality that it is for us. Life force indeed, for essential oils play many critical roles for plants. These volatile (evaporative) aromatic liquids, among many other biological functions, attract certain pollinators, repel insect infestation, protect against fungal infections in wood and leaves, clear surrounding areas of competitive species and perhaps, most importantly, store solar energy in a tremendously concentrated form. This energy is transmitted to you, for whether you inhale them or apply them to your skin, you are taking essential oils internally. Essential oils, being tiny volatile molecules, easily pass through the lungs and the skin directly into your bloodstream. A remarkable interface! Although essential oils exist naturally in aromatic plants, they would never have been available to use until humans recognized their existence and set up a collaborative partnership with the plants to extract them.Read More