Cocoa Absolute -Theobroma cacao

Spotlight: Try Our Cocoa Absolute, Theobroma cacao

This week we continue honoring February as the month of love by turning the spotlight on our Cocoa Absolute.

Cocoa Absolute

Latin Name: Theobroma cacao
Country of Origin: France
Extraction Method: Solvent Extraction Alcohol
Plant Material Used: from the bean.
Flash Point: 212 F
CAS No: 84649-99-0
Color: Pasty dark brown

History & Uses

Our Cocoa Absolute is a Gift of the Gods!  The aroma is of yummy chocolate, think chocolate syrup. The absolute is that rich, dark, deep-brown color we associate with dark chocolate. This is a wonderful material – from the bean of the Theobroma cacao tree – for  perfumes, soaps and bath salts.

The Aztecs believed that cocoa was the food of the gods. It has been used as a divine food to relieve stress and fatigue, and to build the body’s resistance against common diseases.

One of the ways cocoa benefits the brain and the entire body is by inducing pleasurable desires. It stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural hormones produced only in the brain. Endorphins control the sex drive and elevate mood in the human body. These hormones promote a general sense of well being among cocoa consumers.

Serotonin is another hormone that is produced in the brain. Cocoa components are capable of increasing the stimulation of these hormones through the production of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that enhances feelings of pleasure.

This is why we think you will love Cocoa Absolute! The scent can take you to a sensuous and pleasurable place.

Cocoa Absolute At SunRose

For the next week, until 2/22/2017, use coupon code COCOA to save 10% on retail sizes of our Cocoa Absolute. We hope you’ll give this luscious material a try!

Do not use undiluted on the skin.
Keep away from children and pets.
Store away from heat and light.

organic tangerine essential oil

Spotlight: Try Our Organic Tangerine Essential Oil

Spring is 46 days away! To get us through until then, we’re focusing on organic Tangerine Essential OilCitrus reticulata. Tangerine has the most wonderful sweet, light and tangy scent. This oil is said to have an almost hypnotic effect on our psyche. It’s been known to help ease stress and tension due to its soothing action on the nervous system.

Tangerine has some of the same properties as Orange and Mandarin.

Our Harmonia Goddess of Peace & Tranquility Diffuser Blend includes Tangerine Essential Oil, but we encourage you to use it in your own blends. Try it with Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, or Patchouli!

For the next week, until 2/8/2017, use coupon code TANGERINE to save 10% on retail sizes of organic Tangerine Essential Oil. We hope you’ll give this sweet, light essential oil a try!

Remember when use citrus oils on the skin to dilute first (always dilute please) and most citrus oils are phototoxic do not wear on skin in the sun.

Special Cautions for Tangerine Essential Oil:
External use ONLY.
Do NOT use undiluted on the skin.
Keep away from children and pets.


Using Lavender to Alleviate Effects of Postpartum Depression

[html typography=”TextLinkPassive {color: #68a8ad;}”]Postpartum depression is a real and serious medical issue. If you believe you or someone you know is suffering from postpartum depression, we strongly urge you to talk to your doctor. If you’re not sure where to turn for help, you can get information from Postpartum Support International to learn more about postpartum depression and anxiety and to find support in your area.  PSI offers free online support sessions and has representatives in every state, usually more than one. Postpartum Progress is another excellent resource, with an online community to connect with others who are going through the same experience. You are not alone.

A recent clinical trial about the effects of inhaling the scent of lavender after childbirth concluded that “inhaling the scent of lavender for 4 weeks can prevent stress, anxiety, and depression after childbirth.” For more information, you can read the full article at PubMed. Combined with treatment under a professional’s care and community support, lavender essential oil can be a powerful tool in your toolkit.

Using Inhalations

For inhalations, we recommend the following methods:

  • Pocket Inhaler: The high-quality, sleek Pocket Inhaler is a super convenient way to bring your aromatherapy with you wherever you go. Fits easily into your pocket or bag. Get one for your bag, your car, and for home.
  • DIY Inhaler: In a small bottle, combine a blend of half epsom salts and half Himalayan salt. Add a few drops of essential oil and cap the bottle. This can be carried with you and used as needed, much like the Pocket Inhaler.
  • Tissue: In a pinch when you have nothing else around, 1 or 2 drops of essential oil on a tissue will work.

If you’d like to give lavender a try, check out all of our Lovely Lavender oils at our website.

SunRose Aromatics would like to thank Amanda Cadran for providing us with information on resources for postpartum depression for this post. We’re grateful for her input.


Essential Oil Formula for Inflammation In the Veins

Check out this video from LabAroma for an essential oil blend for inflammation in the veins.

We think this blend would also be good for hemorrhoids and the cool from the refrigeration would be very soothing.

If you’d like to give this blend a try, SunRose Aromatics essential oils would work perfectly. Give it a try:

Spike Lavender
Cedarwood Himalayan


Spotting Bad Science

Bad science seems to be a problem in every corner of the world these days. Studies get picked up by the media with no review to judge whether the methodology involved was sound or whether the results are even correct. That’s why it’s up to us to keep our minds open and not believe everything we read on the Internet or elsewhere. Aromatherapy is no exception. There’s plenty of bad science out there and we have to constantly be on the lookout for it.

That’s why we love this chart from Compound Interest:

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science
A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science

Here’s what the folks at Compound Interest have to say about this great resource:

The vast majority of people will get their science news from online news site articles, and rarely delve into the research that the article is based on. Personally, I think it’s therefore important that people are capable of spotting bad scientific methods, or realising when articles are being economical with the conclusions drawn from research, and that’s what this graphic aims to do. Note that this is not a comprehensive overview, nor is it implied that the presence of one of the points noted automatically means that the research should be disregarded. This is merely intended to provide a rough guide to things to be alert to when either reading science articles or evaluating research.

We urge you to consider these key points when reading anything science-related.