Lavender

Study Shows Burning Herbs Kills Bacteria

We believe that smudging with herbal smoke now and then is a powerful way to symbolically and energetically cleanse the spaces in which we live and work. It turns out that smudging may also physically cleanse our environments by killing bacteria.

A recent article on AlterNet cites a study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology that states “medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria.”

That paper concludes that, “medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria” (this is actually the title of the paper’s abstract). This study observed the effects of “burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs” on the “aerial bacterial population” in a closed room for 60 minutes. The results showed 94 percent of the aerial bacteria were eliminated. The abstract also states that “The ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room.”

As we get ready to expand our herbal offerings at SunRose Aromatics, news like this reaffirms our commitment to providing our customers with a safe source of herbs and herbal products. Stay tuned for our herbal product launch!

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Try Catnip to Repel Mosquitoes

Catnip

It’s been said that the mosquito is the unofficial Maine state bird – though we suspect many states have that same unofficial mascot! – so mosquito control is as important as ever now that we’re based in Maine. That’s why this Science Daily article about catnip’s mosquito repellent compound is good news:

Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents.

This summer, try our wild-crafted Catnip Essential Oil in an outdoor diffuser. Or try a spray made with our catnip hydrosol. We’ll definitely be using these products on the farm!

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Ways to keep your skin looking great in fall

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus

Fall Road
Fall Road
Source: http://www.insidegatlinburg.com/vacation-tips/when-do-the-leaves-change-color-in-the-fall/

Bath and body remedies are essential for chilly weather. Keeping your skin hydrated, clean, and protected from UV rays is vital on cold days. While you may think that huge infinity scarf is enough to keep your skin away from the bitter cold, it is still exposed to pollution, weather, and sun everyday. By using a few herbal remedies and essential oils, you can protect your skin from old man winter and look great doing it.

Aloe & Seaweed:

Recent studies have shown that aloe vera gel facilitates:

– the healing of wounds and damaged skin tissue.
– It can decrease the redness and swelling associated with a burn.
– also prevents skin damage resulting from exposure to ultraviolet radiation associated with direct sunlight.

For centuries aloe vera has been used to heal sunburns, treat acne, and fight signs of aging. Many use it as a moisturizer or aftershave because it hydrates the skin without leaving it greasy or oily. Aloe vera also contains hormones Auxin and Gibberellins. These hormones have anti-inflammatory properties and help keep scar tissue from surfacing. It even has vitamin C and vitamin E, which help keep stretch marks and wrinkles at bay.

Hydrosols :

means ‘water solution’. Also known as ‘hydrolats, floral waters & plant waters’.

The best option for treating skin:
* Usually compresses of the straight hydrosol or
* a strong dilution of 50 – 70 % and cool spring water
* Shampoos can be diluted by 50% with hydrosol.
* Conditioners can be diluted by 30% or more.
* A valuable addition to your home spa regimen.

Please visit our page to read about the different Hydrosols

Face Care Page :

Please visit our Face Care page  and explore the different material you can incorporate into your daily routine.

Ageless Elixir Facial Formula ~
My customers call our formula .. ‘Liquid Gold’ for their face !

Ageless Eixir Facial Formula
Ageless Eixir Facial Formula

Quote:
What spirit is so empty and blind,
that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot
is more noble than the shoe,
and the skin more beautiful than the garment ..
with which it is clothed?
~ Michelangelo

* Apricot Kernel Meal ~

– A moisturizing and revitalizing raw material, excellent for aged or dry skin.
– Excellent for facial masks, foot scrubs and soaps.
– Leaves your skin feeling so very soft!

PLEASE NOTE:
This material is processed in a facitily that also processes nuts.
Should you have a nut allergy, please take note.

Artisan All Natural Aromatic Handmade Soaps ~

We are always searching for handmade soap of the highest quality. These handmade soaps are as aromatic as they are beautiful.
They come in a variety of scents and colors. Made with only the highest quality ingredients for a rich feel and a luxurious later that rinses cleanly away.

These soaps represents what we feel are some of the best Handmade Soaps available.
And at the same time supporting the small business woman.
Enjoy the sensations of luxury!

While the weather outside may become frightful, experimenting with a few new moisturizers, soaps, and masks can keep your skin healthy and looking radiant.

End Quote:
Adopt the pace of Nature,
Her secret is patience.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy the last days of Summer ~
til next time, Rosanne

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Summer Time 2012 has arrived!

Peony flowers 2012

Its been a while since I wrote a blog post here. It seems between Facebook and Pinterest, and life happening .. I have been remiss in my entries.

The summer so far has been sweltering. Fires raging thru out the South West, my prayers for all those in those parts.

Politically, they are ramping up for the elections this year. I think I will keep my opinions to myself .. Politics and Religion… I don’t go there.

Basket of Lavender w/ Bundle 2012

What is blooming in your garden? My Lavender is amazing this year, and my elderberries are off the hook huge and tons of flowers, I will be busy this year with them.

Also made for the first time, Chives and white wine vinegar. It is so yummy. For sure will make more bottles next year.!!

Chives in White Wine Vinegar 2012

If you have not been to SunRose FaceBook page, please follow us there as I do post there regularly. Happenings in the Essential Oil Industry, new products, specials, and so much more. https://www.facebook.com/SunRoseAromatics

Wishing you a wonderful Summer. Stay cool, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and don’t forget our animals (domestic and feral) they need water too.!!

I love Reflexology! I studied it back in the late 1999. As a young girl when my Grandpa would come home from work his feet hurt him so much I would take off his boots and sock and massage them for him. I saw the relief he received and how relaxed it made him. this is an informative artilce by Sun Gazing on FaceBook. Enjoy.

Reflexology Poster by Sun Gazing

What is Foot Reflexology?

Foot Reflexology has become a well respected ADJUNCT to regular medical care. It is used in Hospitals, by Physical Therapists and Chiropractors to enhance MOST forms of medical treatments.

It is not a “miracle” or a “faith healing” type thing. Sometimes, like other therapies, it takes a few sessions.

Foot reflexology can help ease the pain of achy joints and muscles, relieve headaches and toothaches, improve the functioning of major systems of the body.

Foot Reflexology works by applying pressure at specific points on the bottom of the foot. This is not the same as acupressure or acupuncture.

In fact, the only thing that is the same is that medical science can’t prove how it works…they just know it does!!

There are over 7,200 nerve endings at the bottom of each foot. Nerves connect to every organ, every limb and region of the body through the brain and spinal column. It is thought that foot reflexology works in much the same way. Even though we don’t actually work the nerve endings, the correlation of the bottom of the feet to every region of the body definitely exists. It was originally called “The Zone” therapy in the early 20th century and was successfully organized into a comprehensive therapy by a physical therapist, Eunice Ingham in the ’40s. She coined the term “reflexes” when referring to this therapy.

Foot reflexology can increase the blood flow to the part of the body being worked, which in turn increases the oxygen going to that part.

The increased blood flow helps take away toxins that build up in each cell of the body each day.

This brings more health and vitality to the region plus adds a sense of over-all well-being. When our feet feel good, we feel good!

Learn to do foot reflexology to help your family and friends feel better! Get help getting your body back to its’ natural state of health by teaching your family to do foot reflexology on you!

Please realize that foot reflexology is NOT a substitute for medical treatment, you are always encouraged to seek professional medical help when needed, however, this therapy can be used in conjunction with most treatments for most conditions.

Please, if being treated by a medical professional, get that professional’s permission before doing foot reflexology for that medical condition.  ~ by sun Gazing on FaceBook

Enjoy the outdoors when you can, have a safe and relaxing Summer Time~
’til next time,
Rosanne

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Summer Time ~ 2011

It’s already July! Time is flying by for sure. The garden is in full swing. Already harvested garlic, lavender, the mints, basil will be up next.

Photographer Sally Prisco – Summer 2011

Oppose H.R. 2359: Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

We ask that all small business owners takes the time to thoroughly read the entire bill, not just the exemptions in a vacuum, and understands all aspects of the legislation prior to supporting it. 

Please go to this page, read what it is all about and please, sign the petition. I did, will you ??

We all want safe cosmetics, but this will not help and is geared for the ‘big business’ not the small business folks.

Knowledge is power, don’t wait til it’s to late and this is a done deal.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/no-2-sca-2011/ 

For more information on this bill:

Ten reasons why you should not support SCA 2011:

Written by Robert Tisserand: The Environmental Working Group, who have given birth to this legislation, is an incompetent organization that does not understand the science of toxicology, does not understand natural products, and that takes a biased, negative view of safety, often seeing dangers that do not exist.

 Please visit this link to read more: Robert Tisserand  article.

The Essential Herbal Magazine – July / August 2011:  is in stock: 

– Field Notes from Tina
– Summer Recipes – yummy
– Rosemary
– Fairies
– Making Soap
– Making Cheese – more yummy
– Herbs in the Delivery Room

And much more!  We also have back issues if you have missed any.

Also back in stock / new  / on special:

–        Himalayan Salt Scrubs  

–        Carrier Oil page  for what’s new & on special:

           * Caster Oil Organic – new

           * Soybean Carrier Oil Organic – new 

–        Mandarin RED – Italy Organic – on special

Summer quote:

“And I will make thee beds of roses,
And a thousand fragrant posies.”
–Christopher Marlowe (1564-93)

 We are patiently awaiting our Ruby Grapefruit Non-Sprayed from South Africa. Rumor has it that it is now at customs. Let’s hope it will arrive sooner than later.! 

Wishing everyone a bliss filled summer .. slow easy days and magical nights. 

~ til next time,  Rosanne