free shipping on orders $45+

BLOG

December 02, 2017

Posted in essential oil, healing, winter


Winter Wellness: Body, Mind, Spirit

I would like to give you all a few pearls that I have learned through the years to assist you, to be able to rise above, and shine through, the darkness of winter.

Continue Reading →

THE ALCHEMY OF ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUMES

The method for extracting the vital essences from plant materials is an ancient one and has its roots in the alchemical sciences. The process of distillation, is a profoundly alchemical process, involving all the elementals. Each element is necessary to coax out the plant's life energies in this process of transformation. We begin with a copper still [metal elemental], into which we add plant materials [wood elemental], and spring water [water elemental]. The still is then heated [fire elemental], to cause steam [air elemental], where the plant material is broken down to release it's essence. The water that is released from the still is the most yin (feminine) aspect of the transformation, and the essential oil that is suspended on top of the water is the most yang (masculine) aspect of the process. Each of these transformed products offer very specific uses. Today we will focus on the essential oil aspects of distillation.

Essential oils are profound plant medicines that interact in very complex ways with our human cells. Essential oils are complex harmonies that nature produces made up of many specific chemical molecules. Their highly potent constitution makes them powerfully attuned and they can behave as chemical messengers, capable of unlocking the receptor sites of cells and communicating with our cellular intelligence at the level of the DNA. 

When you apply essential oil perfumes, you are literally changing your body's chemistry. It is well known that essential oils have remarkable effects on the body organs, the skin, the mood via the limbic system (a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood), and all other systems of the body. Essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural plant medicines available. Why would anyone want to wear a chemically derived fragrance that can do none of these, and most likely contains toxic petrochemicals? The tell tale sign of a synthetically derived perfume is that it will last on the skin, hair, your clothes for a very long time and the fragrance will change very little. The volatility of pure essential oils leads to perfumes that change on the skin with time, and will dissipate naturally. Perfumes made from pure essences interact in amazing ways and it may be said that the influences of the weather, the heavenly bodies, and the mood and intent of the perfumer all impact these volatile molecules. 

 

While I offer 8 pure oil blends, I also create custom perfume blends. Historically perfumers tended to translate the art of perfume blending to a musical comparative. Perhaps, because of the ephemeral similarity between an essential oil fragrance and a struck musical note, both wafting through the ethers. When it comes to blending musical notes, essential oils, and color harmonies, our human senses are incredibly sensitive and are profoundly effected by the outcomes. Think about each essence as a single note in a song. While each note is simple, it is chemically complex, just as a single note has a very complex vibratory harmony. When single notes are combined and left to harmonize, this creates a cord, or an accord in perfume language. Single notes and accords are blended together to make up a signature scent or perfume.

 

Composition of a harmonious song [finished perfume], is the thoughtful blending of top, middle, and base notes. These complex arrangements in the right combinations make for a lovely fragrance. Top notes are lighter in fragrance and usually dissipate quickly. They are highly volatile, and fast acting. Citrus oils are good examples of top notes. Middle notes give body and balance to a perfume. Mid notes offer a warm and soft aroma to a perfume composition. Green plant materials are typical of middle notes. Base notes are heavier and long lasting, and are intense in character. Base notes encourage other lighter notes to linger. Woods, roots, and resins are characteristically base note in nature. Some essential oils act as fixatives, meaning they stabilize the molecules of a perfume and increase the longevity of the fragrance, especially the lighter molecules of the top notes. Essential oils high in sesquiterpene molecules like sandalwood and myrrh have been used for thousands of years for their fixative properties.

 

 
A perfume can have a focus of top, middle, or base notes, but often to balance a well rounded perfume, the top, mid, and base notes will also be added. When I am customizing a composition for a client I usually begin with the top notes. We smell directly from the bottles the highly volatile notes of blood, sweet, and bitter orange varieties. We take in the subtle differences of pink and white grapefruit, then savor lime, and bergamot for example. Next the middle or heart notes are gathered, enjoyed and selected. Heart notes like clary sage, lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, and rose geranium are a small sampling of middle notes. And finally base notes like patchouli, benzoin, vanilla, tonka bean, vetiver, frankincense, and rose wood fill out the base aspects of the perfume.
 
Because essential oils are expensive to produce, you will not find natural perfumes on the mass market. It takes approximately 10,000 roses to produce 20 drops of rose essential oil. 

 

This should not however dissuade you from procuring a treasure of this nature. Using a natural fragrance, especially one concocted specifically to your unique sensibilities, will literally transform your body, mind, and spirit... Isn't this the definition of ALCHEMY?

Behave | A Brief Homage to Bay Laurel Essential Oil

Featured as a key ingredient in our Behave hair pomade, the essential oil of Bay Laurel is both antiseptic and antibiotic. Bay Laurel can protect wounds from infection, and inhibit the growth of bacteria. The astringent properties are able to prevent hair loss by strengthening the bond between the hair’s root and our scalp. While promoting a discharge of toxins from the body and strengthening your immune system, the spicy and herbaceous scent of bay laurel will promote general wellness. The aroma of Bay Laurel will work to address anxiety, stress, and depression, by calming nervous tendencies.

BEHAVE has many uses as do most of our other products. Because we only use food grade organic ingredients, the aim is to nourish the skin. The organic beeswax provides a hydrating and softening barrier to the skin and hair. We use BEHAVE as a skin conditioner, especially in the dry winter months. It is great on chapped hands and we use it liberally on our elbows and feet.

Get or gift yours today!

BRIGHT tooth polish

 

INGREDIENTS: Organic raw coconut oil, clay, organic untreated sea salt, peroxide, natural baking soda, essential oils of cinnamon, peppermint, tea tree, myrrh, and clove.

Teeth are very porous and the tiny microscopic holes in them make them susceptible to bacteria. Contrary to popular belief, sugar does not cause cavities per se, rather, sugar, and foods high in phytic acids, demineralize the body, making teeth more susceptible to bacteria causing cavitation. We have formulated BRIGHT tooth polish with the finest ingredients to support a healthy mouth.

Teeth are living and can therefore heal and repair. Baking soda promotes tooth re-mineralization, acts as a gentle polishing agent, neutralizes odors, and helps create an alkaline environment. The debate over the benefits of fluoride, used in conventional tooth paste, is on-going. Current science overwhelmingly shows fluoridation has little to no benefit in preventing dental caries. We are exposed to many sources of fluoride and it is cumulative. Studies have shown the connection of fluoride toxicity to impaired thyroid function, immune system function, diminished IQ, and many more adverse symptoms.

Clay is a mineral product that is nourishing and highly detoxifying. It is used as a gentle tooth polish. Natural clay is high in silica, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium.

We use organic, raw, and unrefined coconut oil in our BRIGHT tooth polish. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. Coconut oil improves circulation, and prevents periodontal disease and tooth decay. Coconut oil also improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of stronger bones and teeth.

EAA uses untreated, unheated, solar dried Mediterranean and Hawaiian sea salts. These sea salts are high in minerals and trace elements. Natural sea salt has anti-bacterial properties, is naturally antiseptic, and has been known to reduce pain.

The essential oils used in BRIGHT were selected for their anti-microbial and healing properties. Cinnamon is highly anti-microbial. Research has shown cinnamon oil to be highly effective in addressing streptococcus mutans and lactobacillus platarum. These bacteria are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. Clove oil is also highly antimicrobial and is the most concentrated antioxidant known. Myrrh essential oil is both anti-septic and soothing to gum tissue. Tea Tree oil is also anti-microbial, immunostimulant, and analgesic. Peppermint oil is anti-bacterial, and analgesic. Peppermint oil can enhance or restore the sense of taste because it stimulates the trigeminal nerve.

USE: Because we use pure and natural ingredients in our BRIGHT tooth polish you may notice a change in its consistency due to temperature fluctuations. Use desired amount on either a wet or dry tooth brush. Brush gently for 2 minutes, morning and before bed, daily, to keep teeth clean and bright.

 

http://www.westonaprice.org/

http://www.ait.ie/aboutaitandathlone/newsevents/pressreleases/2012pressreleases/title-16107-en.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/07/effects-of-fluoride-to-

http://fluoridealert.org/researchers/health_database/

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/index.htm

https://www.ihealthtube.com/aspx/viewvideo.aspx?v=03b8b143405c5beb

THE ALCHEMY OF ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUMES... and their healing properties

THE ALCHEMY OF ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUMES   

Essential oils are, by their very nature, alchemical. The extraction of the vital essence of plant materials for the purpose of their elixiorative substances, extends deep into ancient history.

These alchemical solutions contain very complex molecules that contain in their very essence, healing properties. It is well known that essential oils have remarkable effects on the body organs, the skin, the mood via the limbic system (a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood), and all other systems of the body. Essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural plant medicines used; as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, hormone balancing, agents. 

Essential oils are very profound substances. They are complex harmonies of hundreds or even thousands of different chemicals. Their highly potent constitution makes them powerfully attuned and they can behave as chemical messengers, capable of unlocking the receptor sites of cells, and, communicating with our cellular intelligence at the level of the DNA. To quote David Stewart PhD, “… even though inanimate, creation does not speak in words, its voice resounds everywhere, to be heard and understood by the spiritually attuned. “

The names of EAA perfumes I borrowed from my Grandfathers native Greek language. Each of the 8 perfume names speaks of qualities both spiritual and physical. I hope you enjoy these transformative perfumes meant to be unisex and to be blended for even more complex aromas.

FLORAL FRAGRANCES

ICHOS [ee-kos] the sound

Jasmine scent profile: warm, rich, sweet, floral
healing properties: anti depressive, calming, sexual tonic, uterine tonic, enhances intuition

Neroli scent profile: bitter-sweet, warm rich, green
healing properties: cooling, anti bacterial, anti depressive, mild astringent, calming, digestive stimulant, helps to release repressed emotions, eases depression caused from denial

Rose scent profile: rich, soft, sweet, complex, floral
healing properties: antibacterial, anti depressive, anti inflammatory, astringent, calming, cooling, neuro tonic, heals emotional wounds and heals deep despair

Sandalwood scent profile: woody, sweet, soft, balsamic
healing properties: anti depressive, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, astringent, calming, carminative, cooling, lymph decongestant, sexual tonic, calming to the nervous system, helps calm the mind

ALITHEIA [ah-lee-they-ah] truth

Lily Accord scent profile: sweet, rich, floral
healing properties: anti depressant, calming, restorative

Neroli scent profile: bitter-sweet, warm, rich, green
healing properties: cooling, anti-bacterial, anti-depressive, mild astringent, calming, digestive stimulant, helps to release repressed emotions, eases depression caused from denial

Jasmine scent profile: warm, rich, sweet, floral
healing properties: anti depressive, calming, sexual tonic, uterine tonic, enhances intuition

Yang Ylang scent profile: floral, sweet, slight spice 
healing properties: cool, moistening, calming to the nervous system. Helps to settle a restless heart and aids sleep. Uplifting aphrodisiac and sexual tonic. Also used to address infection and inflammation. Settles a restless heart and aids sleep. 

GREEN FRAGRANCES

ENOTITA [ehn-oh-tee-tah] unity

Rosewood scent profile: warm, sweet
healing properties: anti-depressant, stimulant

Violet Leaf scent profile: green, slightly sweet
healing properties: calming

Gin Accord scent profile: green, clean, bright
healing properties: analgesic, antispasmodic, digestive stimulant, stomatic, tonic, helps to calm, center, and still the mind  

MATI [ma-tee] eye

Citrus scent profile: warm, tangy
healing properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, cholagogue, diuretic

Frankincense scent profile: resinous, rich, camphoraceous
healing properties: analgesic, antidepressant, calmative, immune tonic

Fir scent profile: softly balsamic, jammy, clean, sweet, with the aroma of freshly crushed needles
healing properties: - anti-tumoral, anti-cancerous, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, assists in breaking unhealthy patterns

Labdanum scent profile: resinous, leather, balsamic, herbaceous
healing properties: expectorant, mood balancing, uplifting, helps integrate learning

Rose scent profile: rich, soft, sweet, complex, floral
healing properties: antibacterial, anti-depressive, anti-inflammatory, astringent, calming, cooling, neuro tonic, heals emotional wounds and heals deep despair

Bergamot scent profile: sweet, fresh, fruit, green
healing properties: antiseptic, febrifuge, cooling, refreshing, anti-depressive, uplifting, calming and tonifying, eases anxiety and depression

WOODY FRAGRANCES

MITRA [mee-tra] matrix

Black Pepper scent profile: warm, woody, spicy
healing properties: anti-tumoral, expectorant, digestive stimulant, warming, stimulating to the endocrine system, increases energy, increases circulation, can be comforting and stimulating

Rose scent profile: rich, soft, sweet, complex, floral
healing properties: antibacterial, anti-depressive, anti-inflammatory, astringent, calming, cooling, neuro tonic, heals emotional wounds and heals deep despair

Cinnamon scent profile: spicy, warm, woody
healing properties: anti microbial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, stimulates blood flow, sexual stimulant

Clove scent profile: spicy, warm, sweet, woody
healing properties: anti-microbial, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-oxidant, mentally stimulating, stimulates dreaming, creates a sense of protection 

Rose Geranium scent profile: sweet, floral, green, citrus, spice
healing properties: analgesic, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, lymphatic decongestant, pancreatic tonic, benefits dry and inflamed conditions, helps to relax the mind and emotions, eases irritability

DASOS [dah-sos] forest

Juniper scent profile: fresh, resinous, balsamic, woody
healing properties: antiseptic, diuretic, decongestant, anti infectious, warming, stimulating, expectorant, lymph decongestant.

Benzoin scent profile: sweet, balsamic, vanilla like, resinous
healing properties: anti catarrhal, anti infectious, astringent, calming, carminative, cicatristant, diuretic, expectorant,  gently grounding, sedative, vulnerary (wound healing), helps to steady and focus the mind, warming and nurturing

Sandalwood scent profile: woody, sweet, soft, balsamic
healing properties: anti depressive, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, astringent, calming, carminative, cooling, lymph decongestant, sexual tonic, calming to the nervous system, helps calm the mind

Tonka Bean scent profile: warm, sweet, nutty, vanilla, powdery, herbaceous
healing properties: grounding, warming, uplifting, balancing, stimulates creativity

Vetiver scent profile: sweet, earthy, warm, smoky
healing properties: anti inflammatory, anti depressive, cooling and nourishing, restorative, supports digestion

Earth Attar scent profile: wet earth
healing properties: grounding, soothing, detoxifying

Balsam Fir scent profile: fresh, green, sweet, floral, fruity
healing properties: disinfecting, invigorating, energizing, uplifting, detoxifying, aids in emotional strength

RESIN FRAGRANCES

YPARXI [ee-park-see] being

Vetiver scent profile: sweet, earthy, warm, smoky
healing properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, cooling and nourishing, restorative, supports digestion.

Cardamom scent profile: warm spicy, sweet, balsamic
healing properties: anti-spasmodic, digestive stimulant, brain and nervous system tonic

Cedar Wood scent profile: woody, sweet, balsamic
healing properties: anti-infective, astringent, calming, lymph tonic, decongestant, can help bolster the will when feeling defeated

Tobacco Accord scent profile: warm, spicy, woody, hay
healing properties: aphrodisiac, relaxing, calming, relieves mental stress and exhaustion, stimulates digestion, grounding

DYNAMI [dai-nahm-me] power

Tobacco Accord scent profile: warm, spicy, woody, hay
healing properties: aphrodisiac, relaxing, calming, relieves mental stress and exhaustion, stimulates digestion, grounding

Old Bourbon Accord scent profile: bourbon, woody, resin, fruity
healing properties: calming, soothing, sexual tonic, restorative, digestive stimulant

Cedar Wood scent profile: woody, sweet, balsamic
healing properties: anti-infective, astringent, calming, lymph tonic, decongestant, can help bolster the will when feeling defeated