Beginning of Summer Fun!

The greatest gift of the garden …
is the restoration of the five senses.�
~Hanna Rion

Summer time and the living is easy !!!

Summer and citrus essential oils go hand in hand for me ..
They are just happy and energizing .. uplifting ..
Diffuse some in your home .. make a salt scrub ..
Be happy!!

Grapefruit Pink Organic: reviving effect making it valuable in states of stress.

Mandarin Green Organic Brazil: refreshing aroma has an uplifting quality and may help to banish depression and anxiety.

Salt Scrub Recipe:

8 oz – Himalayan Salt (or dead sea salt or salt of your choice)
4 oz – Carrier oils (i.e. Jojoba, fractionated coconut or your favorite)
30 drops – of your favorite essential oil or blend

Have fun creating your on personalized Salt Scrub !

Visit our Essential Oil page  for more ideas!

The new Dirty Dozen:
12 foods to eat organic and avoid pesticide residue
Fruits and veggies are an essential part of a healthy diet, but many conventional varieties contain pesticide residues.

By Dan Shapley

Read more: The New Dirty Dozen

Aromatic Handmade Soaps:These handmade soaps are as fragrant 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 lather that rinses cleanly away.
Visit our page : Aromatic Soaps

Have you ever experienced artisan handmade soap??

End Quotes:
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.�
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.�
The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers,
and the dreams are as beautiful.�
~Abram L. Urban

The garden is the poor man’s apothecary.�
~ German Proverb

This photo is of the first peonie of the Seasons:

Wishing you a safe and playful Summer Season ahead.

~ til next time, Rosanne


Father’s Day & Summer Solstice ~

This weekend is Father’s Day .. a day to celebrate and honor the men in our lives.
I was not fortunate to know my Dad … however, my Grandpa and Uncles were very loving and positive roll models for me.

Some quotes for Father’s Day:

‘It is not flesh and blood ..
but the heart which makes us ..
fathers and sons. ‘
– – Johann Schiller

‘Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. ‘
~ ~Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

“My father didn’t tell me how to live;
he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
— Clarence Budington Kelland

In honor of Father’s Day ::

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The longest day of the year is the Summer Solstice, usually on June 21st.

‘Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.’
~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes,
and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief
that all’s right with the world.’
~~Ada Louise Huxtable

Enjoy the balmy summer days ahead.
~ til next time,


Boo! – Scary day(s) ahead!

The other nite my dearest friend (Ms Gina Pieretti) and I went into Manhattan.

It was one of those crisp, clear nites and Gina took this picture from the FDR Drive. We were driving south bound. (On our way to Little Italy / Chinatown).
If you notice in the top ‘left hand’ corner ..

there seems to be ‘lights’ floating.
No explanation.

Just thought I would share this ..

This is one of my all time favorite time of year.
The summer heat is gone the crisp Autumn air ..
Harvest is in, time to snuggle and get cozy ..

Some trivia on Halloween / Samhain / All Saints Day –
Of course – The kids (and some adult folks) enjoy dressing up for the Halloween parties, trick or treat.. those scary haunted houses, spooky stories. Yikes!

Then for those who celebrate Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-en’) which derives from the Gaelic ‘Samhuin’ .. the time to honor our ancestors, celebrating those who have died, to celebrate the connection between this world and the next. Sunset on Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic New Year.

Around the eighth century, the Catholic Church decided to use November 1st as ‘All Saints Day’. A smart move on their part, as the local pagans were already celebrating that day anyway. So it made sense to use it as a church holiday.

Another scary day coming up is Election Day.
This coming Tuesday November 4th is the Presidential Election.
I pray hard for this country.
The large deficit, unemployment, foreclosures ..
just a scary scary time for America I think ..

Male, interrupted –
As more genital birth defects are seen in boys, attention turns to phthalates, chemicals found in a variety of consumer products.
To read this article please read this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Medicinal Herbs database –
They have complied an herbal formula database of over 500 herbal formulas.A very informative site. For more information, visit the site – eMedicinal

‘Rumor Has It’. The Urban Legends Reference Pages –
A great site to find out if the information you were sent is ‘for real’ or just myth.Before sending out emails with ‘bogus’ information, check it out on:

This is a great time to get some supplies / materials to make your own
‘home spa’ experience or to make your ‘handmade from the heart’ holiday gifts.

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Please visit SunRose pages to create your own home spa / gifts ideas –

* Supplies – from Deluxe Gel Eye Masks, assorted bottles, etc.
* Our Handmade Aromatics Soaps
* Sampler Page – Carrier Oils, Hydrosols, Professional Formulas
* Apricot Kernel Meal – a gentle exfoliating face & body scrub.
* Himalaya Salt Crystals

Halloween quotes to end this Blog post –

George Carlin –
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

H P Lovecraft –
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear,
and the oldest and strongest kind of fear …
is fear of the unknown.

Henry C Link –
Fear is nature’s warning signal to get busy.

– til next time,


Winter Doldrums / Valentine’s Day Love

With Mercury Retro and the ‘Winter Blues’, many of my friends are feeling that midwinter ‘funk’ .. its been an amazing few days.

A dear friend Nancy Ogren a wonderful astrologer wrote:

‘Pluto in Capricorn reminds us that we always have a choice and that when we abdicate our responsibilities, we give away our power.’

Just what I needed to hear to make myself ‘snap out of it’ .. as she so wisely pointed out, its time to ‘ start stepping up and speaking up.!

Being proactive .. I would like to post a link to a free issue of an online magazine called the Essential Herbal.
This is the link:

Tina Sams is the creator of this magazine, which I think you will find informative and fun.

Valentine’s Day is approaching and there is nothing better then receiving a ‘special little something’ .. showing that person how special they are to you.

In case you didn’t notice, we are offering 5% Valentine’s Day discount off all orders over $75.00 for our retail customers, regardless of any other discounts. (this does not include shipping).

for ideas on that ‘little something special’.!

A wonderful massage blend, a little aroma jewelry,
some wonderful handmade aromatic soap.

Or.. Pamper yourself to a ‘little something’ to chase those ‘Winter Blues’ away.!
~ Until next time