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Aromatherapy

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Aromatherapy is rooted in herbal & folk medicine traditions which date back to prehistoric times. Ancient Eqyptians, Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Indians, and Chinese documented the use of fragrances for cosmetics, and medicinal purposes. Natural aromatics and perfumes were highly prized by early traders. 

Aromatherapy came to  North America from Europe.  The term "Aromatherapy" was first used in 1928 by Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist who worked in his family's perfume business and became fascinated with the therapeutic potential of essential oils. Not long afterward, a French Physician, Dr. Jean Valnet, began using essential oils for treating medical & psychiatric disorders. Marguerite Maury. a cosmetologist who studied Valnet's research. applied it to beauty therapy and set up the first Aromatherapy clincs in France, Britain, & Switzerland. The recent popularity of aromatherapy has made high quality essential oils, fragrance oils, and unscented base products readily available.

It is certainly no wonder that a relaxing, scented bath can soothe, people need to relax more in the bath tub, which can soothe & renew our spirits!  Although no medical claims are made here, essential oils of plants are believed to have pharmacological, physiological, and psychological effects , and specific qualities are attributed to them. Here are some of the characteristics attributed to some  flowers & herbs.

+ Relaxing: Lavender, clary sage, chamomile, ylang ylang, tangerine, rose, lemon verbena

+Energizing: Rosemary, peppermint, lemon, lime, jasmine, lemon flower basil

+Stimulating & Uplifting: Bergamot , pear lily, orange, jasmine, rosemary, lemon verbena, mint & sage, rose amber

+Antiseptic: Sage, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender

+Soothing: sage, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, rose

+Relieves insomnia: chamomile, rosemary, lavender, orange, ylang ylang

+Helps headaches: peppermint, rosemary, clary sage, grapefurit, lavender, chamomile, lavender

Repels ticks & other insects: lemongrass, lemon balm, rosemary, sage, chamomile,  peppermint, &  eucalyptus 

Skin, A Complicated Organ

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 7:55 AM

  As our first defense from external threats and our last for expelling many internal irritants, skin ia a complicated, protective cover.

Because symptoms vary greatly and suppressing them often results in deeper issues, we stock quite an array assortmant of skin relief, and topical products which can stimulate the bodys' own healing response to ease irritations and root out problems. Skin symptoms can be great clues for homeopaths, so it your symptoms are complicated or tend to linger, we recommend you seek professional help. 

With the right support, we can help our skin find better ways to correct imbalances More than acne  some can be serious(hives) eruptions, without suppressing symptoms. This classic makes it easy to give skin exctly what it needs to treat symtoms or strengthen weakness. Our lotions, oils,&  bath soaks and  of course our soaps are good for all agesand alogside our remedies are safe. 


Unplugged Meditation: Instant Karma

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

We all work on &  talk  Body Work but first we need Instant Karma  above & beyond ......relaxation in sacred space for Meditation & Calming the Mind!

Upscale Meditiation not just in San Francisco or LA but right here where you are.... Mindfulness for yourself......

Before you Meditate, you must surrender your iphone. At least that is what a couple of serene women tell me when i

 walked thru an "unplugged Meditation", an airy studio  space in the Mts. near Lake Champlain.. with inspirational slogans on the walls

(keep going! Live the Life You Love)!    

I visit  only periodically for 45- minute class called "Inner Peace" ( as I have always kept sacred space & spa) in my home environment, my life.

Inner Peace promises to teach us the basics of "mindfulness" making us calmer, more productive, more focused, and more joyful.

I attend for Joyfulness!

According to the guidelines for "mindfulness"-based stress reduction, an eight week program, some practitioners may find that negative emotionsworsen before they improve. This is simply because of heightened awareness. Willoughby Britton, a professor of psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University wrote studies challenging meditation experiences( you can read hs writings/newsletters online), he suggests seeking out teachers with meditation-instructor training and at least 3 years experience in personal pratice. But the onus is also on the studios. It would be easy to dismiss the trend as superficial, but as with exercise, many people ar more likely to develop beneficial habits with the help of guided  sessions. It is like going to fitness class for the mind....

 After passing through her gift shop, which peddles crystals, aromatherepy & Earthmuffin's scented soy candles & mist 

for( Bad Spirit Remover), I settle into a black faux-leather floor seat. Violet lights beam down on a dozen people, from spandexxed millennials to graying businessmen & women. It's like a yoga studio without the yoga.

"Thoughts can make you sick or they can empower us" she says. " We want them to empower us" , positively.. "She instructs us to lift an index  finger everytime a thought arisies." " Remember you are not the thought, You are aware of your thoughts". Spa music wafts from the speakers thru the air as index fingers tap out a frantic morse code. A truck door closes,  eventually a bell rings, She says," I will be outside"..

"if you want to ask a question or share- or if you just want a healing hug".....

A certain number of us know intuitively that much greater depths are possible.. But the fact that anybody goes in for 10 to  30 minutes to quiet their mind and tend to their body and listen to their heart......Hallelujah!

I see it as an offering that  serves people-  right where they are. and that's the point........Peace :)

Earthmuffin's Herbal Tick Repel: TICK FLICK

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Earthmuffin's Latest & Greatest research for : HERBAL  TICK REPEL: TICK FLICK/ Tm

Finest essential oils by steam distillation of fresh garden Lemon Balm ( meliisa offinicinalis), & most effective oils of nepetalactone  (catnip) by way of pure distillation here at Earthmuffins'then  handblended  with  100% essential oils.

We used to & still grow essential oils based flowering plants in our gardens. Read on......

Throughout time, people who have  lived & spent more time outdoors have known what to plant to keep insects from biting them constantly.

We seem to have forgotten some of these useful plants &  their ease for growing......

Many of our ancestors lived where rosemary can be grown year round and knew what an effective repellent it was, it was used to clean & disinfect bacteria & kill  insects during the "Great Plague". Rosemary is used & planted to repel tick & fleas from areas it is planted as well as for dogs & cats to brush against in their gardens for natural "repellent". This may have been the original tick& flea repellent.

For us in the North we can bring our rosemary plants indoors in the winter keep well drained & sunny window..and back outside in the spring  summertime when frost has cleared.

If we use our plants for distillation of essential oils right from our gardens  & even by  rubbing  ourselves on our plants- we will be using our ancient wisdom, remembering what worked for those who came before us.

Catnip has been found by an Iowa State University Study to be ten times more effective than deet!! The essential oil contains "nepetalactone" oil and most insects especially ticks & fleas  cannot stand  it. It is easy to grow but spreads easily, plant along cedar walkways for great tick & insect repellent.Plant it where you do not mind it spreading- Or plant in pots as you do peppermint & spearmints!

Thank you! Have a Peaceful Summer! Earthmuffin


Herb Keeping 101

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 12:45 AM

HERB KEEPING 101:

1. Freezing.

Rinse herbs, remove leaves from stems and air dry to remove surface moisture. 

Here are three ways to freeze herbs:

~ In a ball: place leaves in a small freezer bag, pack them into a tight and squeeze out air. Use a grater to shave off the frozen herbs as                            needed.

~ Individually: Arrange herbs loosely in a freezer bag so you can pull out  a leaf or two. 

~ Make a Puree: Place the  herbs and a small amount of olive oil in a blender and make a puree. Spoon it  into a freezer bag or container                                 scoop out as needed. Freeze puree in ice cube trays , or pop out the cubes and store them in a freezer bag.

2. Drying.

~ Use a stacking rack: arrange herbs in a single layer . Turn the herbs occasionally  for even drying.

~ Hang them to Dry: Gather stems into small bunches, secure with rubber bands and hang them from hooks on a drying rack away from                                        light; a nice  breeze is okay. 

~ Tip: Keep dust and light away off herbs by cutting a hole in the bottom of a small paper  bag and placing it over the stems before hanging.            They look like covered by paper shade..

Once Herbs are completely dry, pick off the leaves and store in airtight jars.

~  Get advice on creative and delicious ways to enjoy your bounty at earthmuffinsislandherbals.com

Lavender :Lavande

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Lavender may seem like a very French essential oil but the key here is Essential! Lavender( lavande agustifolia) is incredible for soaps, lotions, creams, rooom fresh,  (try Earthmuffin's) non-GMO ,clear & free.. also lavender  for perfumes, soy candles, and even laundry detergent-- whatever else you can think of . Peppermint (peperita mentha) is equally famous & equally versatile. Earthmuffins Island Herbals offer pure, natural undiluted lavender, peppermint, lemon grass, spearmint & geranium essential oils ....distilled twice so  menthol is high! All our essential oils are un-diluted from our  gardens & many from "sustaining sources" as we  do not grow here like tea tree oil (melaleuca), (frankincence)bosweillia or pure amber oils which  we extract from  India &  Bulgarian vanilla beans,  We distill our own herbs & especially enjoy   fresh  french lavender grown here in Champlain Islands of Vermont . Unique fresh clean organics counts for safe & clean...

Lavender's relaxing aroma speaks for itself ~ is internationally renowned & highly appealing. Try our refreshing products hand made here in Vermont - you will return for ours each time for more ~ then try our new products each year . Fresh Locally grown  truly speak to everyones' herbal needs for comfort & healing.

HERB TEAS

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Herbal Teas: can be tart and acidic, mild & fruity,refreshing & minty, pungent and savory. While many people drink herb teas just for the flavor, over the years they've also been used for their therapeutic value: to soothe digestion, lift the spirits, calm the stomach, induce sleep ,or ease the misery of a cold.

Because the flavors of Herbal Teas  are so delicate you may find them slightly bland and uninteresting- at first. One way to get accustomed to the taste is to add a sprig of lemon verbena or mint leaf to a pot of regular tea. Each time you drink tea , add more herbs and less regular tea to the pot, and soon you'll come to appreciatate the gentle, caffeine-free flavor.

You can brew teas just like ordinary tea by pouring boiling water over the herbs(1 teaspoon dried herb/flower or 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water) and letting it steep, covered, for at least 5 minutes. Don't allow the herbs to steep more than 10 minutes; it can bring out the bitter taste or too strong. If you want a stronger flavor add more herbs instead of over steeping.

Because the flavor of barks and roots are quite  hard to extract, you brew them as a decoction. Put the herb in cool water, bring to a simmer, and continue simmeringgently for about 15 minutes.  Caution: Always use a glass, ceramic, enamel or porcelain container kettle or pot since alkaloids in herbs are extremely sensitive to metal.

You can make herb teas from a single herb (like mint) or from combinations or variations of several herbs. Please contact us for tips, recipes or just call with questions our recipe info. & variations are limitless. finding one or two you like best are key & best part of the pleasures of herbal teas. You can also add cloves, cinnamon, and dried citru peel. Once you've discovered a blend you particularly like, make up a lare bathc & keep cold for later to share with friends & family.

In the summer, iced herbal teas are refreshing, especially those made form mint,ginger, or hibiscus with its tart, sweet (add a little honey or stevia) lemony flavors. In the winter, sipping  a cup of hot tea  made form your own herbs while chatting with a friend or taking a break from your chores/job will  be another reward from your garden....Earthmuffin adds a fresh mint leaf,or / a lemon verbena leaf & hibiscus flowerette to make revitalizing iced tea for friends. enjoy!




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