Clearing Negative Energy

January 26th, 2016 by Natalie Rogers


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Clearing Negative Energy

There are multiple different ways you can clear negative energy from your aura, or even a room. Have you ever walked into a room and it just felt “off” or heavy or just dragged down? You can clear this negative energy using essential oils.

When clearing negative energy, the first thing you need to do is create an intention. You want to make known your intention that you want only positive energy in the area and you welcome positive energy. All negative energy shall be ridden. Release the negative energy from the space.

Use a diffuser or make a room spray with essential oils that are used for clearing negative energy. Here is a list of some you can use. *Please keep in mind your own health/children/pets/etc when doing this. When clearing negative energy, it is best for nobody to be in the space.

  • Angel Light Blend (Gritman exclusive)
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sage
  • Cedarwood
  • Palo Santo
  • Sandalwood
  • Rosemary
  • Black Spruce
  • Lemon Verbena

Gritman 2016 – What’s Going On

January 13th, 2016 by Meg Shehad


Gritman Garden Fall 2015

 

Gritman continues to expand. The medicinal garden is finally complete. Of course we continue to maintain and add new plants as well as grow much of our annuals from seed. The next garden under construction is the mushroom garden. We will be growing numerous mushrooms and no they are the “let’s take a trip kind”. These mushrooms are medicinal and culinary. We are supporting a new business team that will totally dedicate themselves to this project. They are hoping to offer, fresh, dried, and tinctured mushrooms for cooking and health. This will be a multi-year venture and much for us to discover along the way. I find myself getting very excited about this because mushrooms and the mycelium that they produce is the backbone 0f any healthy garden site. Along with worms that enrich the site, mushrooms take care of any toxicity and bring back health and vitality to the soil.

The medicinal garden has a new caretaker, Michelle. She has two children that help and bring added joy to the work. We are hoping to add a fairy village to the garden this year. Of course we continue to add plants with a myrrh tree heading the top of the list. Right now she is in the greenhouse and hope it can acclimate to our garden. Blood root has naturalized into the garden and we feel we can harvest it. This will allow us to make a black salve that is invaluable to all kinds of skin issues.

The privet around the main house has been eliminated. With the droughts and dying off trees, the privet has really taken over. Lucah, a permaculture specialist, is heading up this project with chop and drop and new burms. We have had over 20 truck loads of wood chips delivered and used around the house and medicinal garden. The house gardens will be turned into vegetable gardens. I cannot wait until I can walk out the door and pick the vegetables being used in lunch that day. We continue to offer organic meals to those that work here. Being able to have the veggies grown here will make our living here more special and healthful.

Olivia and Michael continue to answer the phone and put the orders together. They are truly a blessing. They have taken our classes and have become very knowledgeable about the oils. They can answer most questions effectively. Michael will be teaching  Sound Healing for Chakra and Energetic Cleansing this May.  Olivia is now doing essential oil readings as well as essential oil necklaces. She has such an elegant way with the oils and her insights impress me. With their presence, this leaves Amy and I to pursue projects that have been on hold for years. Finally I will begin to revise the Gritman Guide and hope to finish it by this time next year. Then I will begin to work on a Guide to the Gritman Garden.

 

Mushroom Collage

Taylor is heading up the mushroom project and has drilled tens of logs and plugged them with mycelium. Our first mushroom fruits will be this Spring.  He will continue to research and develop the mushroom site we hope for years to come. Taylor’s knowledge and appreciation of nature is inspiring. He is our nature boy and his knowledge of physics and the scientific world is also impressive. Taylor and Lucah have already started growing Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Pearl Oyster, Phoenix Oyster, Blue Oyster, Turkey Tail, and Chicken in the Woods (small amount). They are going to start blogging about their adventures on the Gritman Blog soon. Hot of the presses,  Taylor is heading soon to the Florida Herbal Conference where the keynote speaker is Paul Stamets, the mushroom expert.

Natalie is heading up our social media team. She is amazing. This work personally makes me tired, but she enjoys interacting with the world and all its many different formats. It seems every day there is some new media site or media tool to learn and incorporate. I am getting too old for all of it. She did a wonderful job heading up the 12 days of Christmas give away. Natalie has also taken over the newsletter emails we send out every month. She works with private vendors like moms who want to make extra money by selling the oils to friends and family. If you want more info on this, contact Natalie at sacredperennial@gmail.com.

Amy is teaching again this Spring. On Saturday March 19th,  she will be teaching Aromatherapy For Prenatal and Postpartum Motherhood. Great for doula, midwives, heathcare professionals, and Moms who want to take a more natural approach.

Basics of Aromatherapy great for people who are new to Aromatherapy and just want to learn basics to help their friends and family.

Look for Amy at Sundance Yoga in Pearland. The menu will be added in February with the next email newsletter. You can either sign up through us or at Sundance, http://www.gritman.com/essential-oil-classes/cooking-with-essential-oils-class.html

Mobile Access for  Gritman Website

 

Most search engines are downgrading websites that are not mobile compatabile. Luckily one of our clients and good friend to Gritman, Ted Brooks, is interested in taking us into the 21st Century with this. It has been a bit of a slow process, but we would rather it be done right. As you all know we would prefer to garden and help people.

Online Classes we continue to add more and more classes every year. Classes to be added this year: the Perfume Class, Spiritual Aromatherapy Level 4, Aromatherapy Certification Level 2 (We know people have been waiting), and most of the new classes that we are offering this year at http://www.gritman.com/essential-oil-classes.html/

2015 Was our Most Successful Year Ever in our 20 year history! We have expanded so much and we look forward to great things to come in the upcoming years.

Sales for 2016

 

Spring Sale March 21st-31st

Summer Sale: June 20th-29th

Fall Sale: September 22nd-30th

Cyber Monday Sale: November 25th-28th

Wild Tansy and Blue Tansy are both on hold this year. We are completely out of Blue Tansy and we are down to just small bottles of Wild Tansy. Wild Tansy has had numerous crop failures the last couple of years. Blue Tansy quality last year was amazing and actually we got noticed for this quality by a few Facebook groups. Sadly, because of the popularity and stock remained the same the price tripled in price. So we are focusing on Blue Chamomile and Yarrow for your Blue Tansy needs. Hopefully things will come down at the end of 2016. Please be aware when purchasing either of these oils that adulteration can be rampant when the price is so high or when crop failures happen.

New Business Connections

Amy Piro is an amazing healer with 5 Ray energy work. As an individual, she probably has one of the largest stocks of Gritman Oils. She does private readings and you can fnd her at Pixie Intent and Centerpoint in Houston Texas. She custom blend essential oils, use stones, crystals healing energy, and Reiki, 281-853-4729 and email amyshealingapothecary@yahoo.com.

 Ted Brooks is an amazing Reiki Master, student of Yoga, student of Aromatherapy, overall master IT (Informational Technology) guy. He is working from both sides of his brain,  tedrbrooks@gmail.com.
Blossoming Momma is a great resource for families in the Northwest of Houston. They have probably the largest selection of Gritman Products in town, http://www.blossomingmama.com/.
Lynn Pappas is creating her own Gritman propriety blends  and has a thriving practice in the Galleria area with Clista Woods.
 Angela Germano  has become an avid student of Gritman’s. She just completed her Spiritual Aromatherapy training with us. Angela is deeply heart-felt with a madonna like quality. We highly recommend that you get a reading from her. Once a month, she is at Spirit Quest in Old Town Spring during their fair. You can see her for private readings by appointments only. Contact her at  healingthesoul06@yahoo.com.

 

New Oils

Agarwood, Data Sheet Coming Soon

Plumeria, Data Sheet Coming Soon

Kaffir Lime, http://www.gritman.com/lime-kaffir.html

Galangal, Pungent

Galangal Sweet

Oils that are Back

Rose Otto

Two different Patchouli: Sumatra and Sulawesi, New data sheets coming soon.  They are both the same patchouli plant but come from different Indonesian islands.
That Sumatran variety is a little darker, and a little “heavier” in both scent and viscosity. It has a rich earthy scent that is known from patchouli. It is the “classic” patchouli everyone knows and loves!
The distilleries in Sulawesi are a little newer, and as such, have slightly better distillation equipment. This allows them to preserve more of the lighter terpenes and compounds available from the plant. This being said, the oil comes out a little lighter and hits the nose a little sharper/fuller.

 

Products

Essential Oil Pouches, http://www.gritman.com/essential-oil-pouches.html and let us know if you would like something custom-made

Gritman T-shirts, Stickers, and Bummer Stickers,  Free Stickers and Bummer Stickers coming Soon!

Aromatherapy Necklaces, and ask Olivia (you can find her here at Gritman most days) if you would like something custom-made.

Other Bit of News that just started to form this week, Tobia Lars will be coming for a workshop in July. We will get the details on our class schedule as soon as possible.

 

 

Using Essential Oils With Children

December 31st, 2015 by Natalie Rogers


toddlers-303904_960_720Many people get excited when they first jump into the world of essential oils and using aromatherapy as a complimentary or alternative way of treating ailments. When it comes to using essential oils with children, it is important to know what is OKAY to use and what is not. In today’s post, I am going to go over some essential oils that you can use safely with children and what they are used for.

REMEMBER: When using essential oils with children, use a .25% to 1% maximum dilution unless under the guidance of a certified aromatherapist.

T=TOPICAL                     A=AROMATICALLY/INHALE                            

           ***=HOT/WARMING OIL

 

  • ***Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) – A: Antibacterial, muscle pain, cold/flu, cough, decongestant, and improves circulation. Rubafacient oil so it can cause reddening of the skin.
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – T: Dry or cracked skin, irritated skin, skin rashes, diaper rash, bruises, and eczema.
  • Cedarwood, Atlas (Cedrus atlantica) – T/A: Alternative for Sandalwood, acne, muscle aches and pains, eczema, fungal infections, promotes sleep, relieves stress/anxiety, bronchitis, and coughs.
  • Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) – T/A: Pain relief, irritated skin, skin infections, antibacterial, antiinflammatory, promote sleep,  helps stimulate the digestive system, and for bug bites. Avoid if allergic to ragweed.
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) – T/A: Stress/anxiety, mood balancer, improve digestion, promote sleep, and soothes skin inflammation and rashes.
  • Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum) – T/A: Joint and muscle pain, colic, diarrhea, gas, nausea, cold/flu, and headaches. Cross sensitivity with fennel and anise.
  • Cypress (Cypressus sempervirens) – T/A: Bronchitis, coughs, cold/flu, increase circulation, diarrhea, calming, oily skin, relieves stress/anxiety, promote sleep, muscle aches and pains, and uplift mood. Possible skin irritant.
  • Dill Weed (Anethum graveolens) – T/A: Stomach aches, gas, colic, calming, promotes sleep, disinfectant, and antimicrobial. Possible skin irritant.
  • Eucalyptus, Gully Gum (Eucalyptus smithii) – T/A: Painful joints/muscles, relaxing, disinfectant, cuts, bronchitis, cough, cold/flu, and headaches.
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) – T/A: Bruises, burns, skin inflammation, rashes, eczema, cough, uplift moods, opens sinus passages, calm/relax, and to promote sleep.
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) – T/A: Disinfect, uplift moods, insect bites, repel insects, skin inflammation, burns, eczema, and lice.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – T/A: Stomach ache, colic, diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, cold, cough, flu, bronchitis, uplift mood, ease sore muscles, and improve mental clarity.  Skin sensitizer, cross-allergic reaction with Peru Balsam, slightly phototoxic.
  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) – T/A: Acne, mood booster, sore muscles, cold/flu, and athlete’s foot. Possible skin irritant.
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) – T/A: Skin inflammation and rashes, coughs, indigestion, headaches, insomnia, and stress.
  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) – T/A: Acne, eczema, calming, relieves stress/anxiety, skin inflammation and infection, uplift mood, and soothe insect bites. Avoid on sensitive skin, in kidney disease or kidney and bladder infections.
  • Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) – T/A: Pain relief, antimicrobial, antiseptic, promotes relaxation and sleep, soothes skin irritations, allergies, and anxiety/stress.
  • Lemon (Citrus limonum) – T/A: Sore throat, constipation, improve digestion, uplift mood, promote sleep, promote mental alertness, reduce stress, and used to disinfect. Irritates sensitive skin, and phototoxic so stay out of the sun.
  • Mandarin (Citrus nobilis) – T/A: Calms sore muscles, quiets the active/hyper mind, relaxing, promotes sleep, dry skin, and calms anger. Can become skin irritant as it ages, and phototoxic so stay out of the sun.
  • Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) – T/A: Headaches, soothe insect bites, uplift moods, relieves stress/anxiety, bruises, coughs, muscle aches/pains, sinusitis, and improves circulation. Avoid if you have asthma, low blood pressure, or depression.
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium) – T/A: Calming, relaxing, promotes sleep, anxiety/stress, helps minimize scarring, and emotional issues.
  • Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) – T/A: Stomach ache, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle and joint pain, and bacterial infections.
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) – T: Nausea, cold/flu, headaches, vomiting, abdominal pain, uplift mood, eczema, and skin inflammations. Cross reaction to cinnamon, juniper, and turpentine.
  • Petitgrain Bigarde (Citrus aurantium) – T/A: Relieves stress, tones skin, acne, muscle spasms, clears congestion, calming, relieves gas, promotes sleep, and relieves anxiety. Cross sensitivity with balsams.
  • Pine (Pinus sylvestris) – T/A: Bronchitis, cold/flu, cough, cuts, muscle aches and pains, sore throat, fatigue, stress, acne, impetigo, and athlete’s foot. Older oil can be skin sensitizing, cross reaction with spruce, peru and tolu balsam, avoid in allergic conditions, avoid in prostate cancer.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – T/A: Cold, flu, cough, bronchitis, eczema, acne, muscle pain, dandruff, dermatitis, and insect repellent. Avoid on traumatized skin, avoid with epilepsy, and high blood pressure.
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata) – T/A: Calming, promotes sleep, stomach ache, nausea, fever, relieve gas, stimulate nerves, open sinus passages, and to uplift moods.
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) – T/A: Antibacterial, insect bites, toe/nail fungus, acne, burns, blisters, skin rashes, diaper rash, cold/flu, coughs, sinus blockages.
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) – T/A: Acne, promotes sleep, calming, uplift moods, antiseptic, and antispasmodic.
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – T/A: Pain relief, sinus congestion, wounds, rashes, flu, constipation, colic, improves digestion, and used to treat burns.

What Essential Oils Should I Start With As A Beginner?

December 22nd, 2015 by Natalie Rogers


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So, you’ve stumbled across the world of essential oils and aromatherapy but now, where to start?! It can be very overwhelming at first and confusing with hundreds of different essential oils out on the market and many companies to choose from. That is why in today’s blog post I am going to help guide you with choosing essential oils as a beginner so you can put together your own starter kit.

When browsing essential oils it can be very easy to want to add a whole bunch to your shopping cart and check-out. Which is a common mistake that many people make when they first start. Well, not really a mistake per say, but it’s just not a great idea to do that. Number one, because it costs a ton of money! And number two, you might end up with some bottles of oils that you either do not like, they do not work for you, or you end up not even using them at all.

There are many essential oils that share the same therapeutic properties. One single essential oil can be used for a wide variety of ailments whether physical, spiritual, or emotional/mental. For beginners, I like to recommend some of the more common essential oils that have a a great number of therapeutic properties so they are very versatile to use for everyday situations.

  • Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) – Lavender is a wonderful floral essential oil that is widely popular all over the world. Especially in the bath & body care industry when it comes to lotions, bath salts, bubble bath, etc. Lavender is considered a “cure all” oil because it is so versatile and can be used for many things such as pain relief, depression, as a disinfectant, to help relax, irritated skin, allergies, stress, helps you to sleep, and is used in deodorants.
  • Lemon (Citrus limonum) – Lemon is a very popular oil to use as a mood “pick me up” when feeling down or sluggish or just glum. It is used by many people to disinfect hard surfaces such as kitchen counters or bathroom areas. Lemon makes a great choice because it can also be used to ease stress or depression, help with getting to sleep, and also help with focusing and mental clarity so it is a good choice for when you are needing to study or focus on getting work done.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – Peppermint has got to be one of my all time favorites, and it was actually the first essential oil that I ever used! Peppermint has many therapeutic properties to it such as analgesic, antibacterial, anti inflammatory, anti diarrheal, decongestant, anti viral, antiseptic, and antidepressant. So it is a great choice for when you have the cold or flu to help with that horrid cough, it can be used on bumps and scrapes to help with the pain and/or swelling, upset stomachs, to disinfect surfaces, to rid an area of odors, as a mood enhancer, and also to help with sleep!
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) – Tea Tree is also commonly talked and referred to as Melaleuca. This is a very easily obtained essential oil as it is also found in most pharmacies! Isn’t that awesome? Tea Tree is a wonderful choice to help boost the immune system especially during the Fall/Winter seasons to help void catching a cold or the flu. Tea Tree is very popularly used to treat acne as it has antibacterial and disinfectant properties. Other uses for Tea Tree include: sinus congestion, coughs, blisters or burns, athlete’s foot, cold sores, used in shampoos for dandruff/itchy scalp, and to ease mosquito bites.
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterri) – Frankincense is a wonderful essential oil that comes from the resin drops that seep from the tree. It is widely used as a calming/relaxing oil and to help with sleep. You can also use this essential oil to help open the sinus cavity if you are fighting off a cold. It makes a great skin oil as it is very soothing for irritated skin and can help heal cuts or scrapes and soothes bruises. Many people like to use Frankincense in a diffuser while meditating also.
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) – Eucalyptus is a very popular essential oil to turn to when you catch a cold or flu or have a bad cough and chest congestion. It has wonderful properties as a decongestant and analgesic. Used for sore muscles, coughs, headaches, sinus blockages, fevers, and nervous exhaustion.

 

I hope this list of beginner essential oils helps you start your journey with aromatherapy. Essential oils have been around for a very long time and make a great alternative or complimentary choice to use for everyday things whether to help with illnesses, injuries, or even for cleaning.

 

-Natalie

Emotional Support During The Holidays

December 16th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers


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This time of year, the holidays can bring up many emotions. From anxiety and stress, to also dealing with depression because of the seasonal change. It seems that everybody around you is so happy and excited and you WANT to feel that way but just can’t. You feel overwhelmed, you want to just curl back up in bed and sleep forever, you could be panicky over making sure every last detail is just perfect for Christmas Day…. Going through a roller coaster of feelings and emotions can make holidays rough. Not just for you but also people around you. You don’t want it to be the New Year and then you look back on Christmas and think “If only I had looked around me and enjoyed the many blessings I have… If only I hadn’t of worried about the shape of the cookies so much…..”

Essential oils are a wonderful tool to use when dealing with emotional issues. It is a popular alternative choice to helping manage stress during stressful situations. Oils to focus on for stress would be:

  • Bulgarian Lavender
  • Peru Balsam
  • Spearmint
  • Rosewood Blend
  • Pine
  • Petitgrain Bigarde
  • Neroli
  • Rose Otto
  • Ylang Ylang #3
  • Tangerine
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemongrass
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Copaiba Balsam

 

Essential oils to focus on for helping with depression and to give you a bit of a cheerful mood boost would be:

  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Orange Bergamot
  • Rosewood Blend
  • Spanish Sage
  • Tagetes
  • Davana
  • Jasmine Absolute
  • Sandalwood
  • Neroli

Essential Oils & Baths

December 13th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers


Did you know you can use essential oils while bathing? Using them in a bath is another way you can take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. They can also be used for spiritual and emotional support too. The pleasing aromas of the oils work on the spiritual and emotional aspect, and for physical ailments, the oils are working with the nervous system.

Because essential oils are not water soluble, it is always safe to dilute them first in a carrier oil of your choice. My preference for baths is sweet almond or fractionated coconut oil. After you dilute it, add a few drops to your bath water and swish it around before getting into the tub. After your bath, you can further your experience by massaging in the oil and then wrap up in a robe or blanket and relax. Now enjoy!

Here are some bath recipes you can try out:

Bedtime Bath: 2 drops Roman/German Chamomile, 5 drops Lavender, and 2 drops Sweet Orange

Aphrodisiac Bath: 2 drops Jasmine, 2 drops Ylang-Ylang, 8 drops Sandalwood

Cold/Flu Bath: 2 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Lavender, 2 drops Juniper

Achey Muscles Bath: 2 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Juniper, 2 drops Rosemary 

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Book Recommendations

December 8th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers


Good morning!!!

I wanted to share with everybody my personal book recommendations for all things aromatherapy, emotional healing, chakras, and all that good stuff.

The Art Of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand

The Encyclopedia Of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-being by Julia Lawless

Women’s Encyclopedia of Health & Emotional Healing by Denise Foley, Eileen Nechas

Balanced Healing by Larry Altshuler, MD

Chakras For Beginners by David Pond

Nuclear Evolution by Christopher Hills

The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier

The Practice Of Aromatherapy by Jean Valnet, MD and edited by Robert Tisserand

The 7 Healing Chakras Workbook by Brenda Davies, MD

The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Meridian Exercise For Self-Healing by Ilchi Lee

Energy Medicine For Women by Donna Eden with Dr. David Feinstein

The Harmonics of Sound, Color, & Vibration by Elias DeMohan

The Power of Aroma by Joanne Rippin

Aromatherapy by Anna Huete

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD, PhD

Mayo Clinic Embody Health Guide To Self-Care by Williams Way To Wellness

Herbal Remedies by Andrew Chevalier

Natural Healthcare For Women by Belinda Grant Viagas

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Ways To Use Aromatherapy

November 19th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers


I get asked many times how people can take advantage of aromatherapy and essential oils, but they don’t have a diffuser or are not allowed to use a diffuser where they work or study. Using a diffuser is not the only way to get the benefits of using essential oils. There are multiple ways to use aromatherapy as part of your daily life so I am going to go over these with you.

Plug In Diffuser
Plug in diffusers are a popular choice to use with essential oils while you are at home. It consists of a housing unit where you put a specific amount of water, and sometimes an additional piece to put drops of essential oils onto. If it doesn’t, than drop the oils directly I to the water. Diffusers break down the essential oils into tiny particles and disperse them into the air so you breathe in the benefits. Some diffusers can run up to 8 hours continuously and can have on/off timer settings. There are also ones that have multiple color changing lights so it can be used as a night light.

Diffuser Jewelry
Diffuser jewelry can be necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keychain, etc… They consist of an absorbent material to put drops of essential oils onto so you can have the benefits wherever you go. Most necklaces are either a locket style with a felt pad inside which holds the essential oil, or terracotta clay pendants which absorb the oil also. Bracelets and other jewelry items usually consist of terracotta clay beads or lava rock beads, which are also absorbent and stylish.

Bath Salts
Many people make batches of Epsom salts with essential oils in them and other beneficial oils such as coconut oil or olive oil. This is a great way to relax and take a hot bath and ease sore muscles. Baths is also a popular way of doing spiritual aromatherapy.

Body Butters / Lotions / Creams / Salves / Balms
There are many DIY people making everyday body care products using essential oils as an easier way for application. You are indulging your skin with moisture as well as getting benefits from the essential oils. It is also an easier way to travel with essential oils being more portable in this form.

Car Air Freshener
Sometimes you need a boost or pick-me-up while in the car or traveling long distances. A great way to do this is attach some ribbon to a clothes pin and clip it onto the air conditioning vents. The air will run across the ribbon and act like a diffuser in the car. There are also specific diffusers that are designed to plug into your car. Have an odor in your car? Make your own febreeze and spray down the seats and floors!

I hope these give you more options and ideas on how you can get the benefits of using your essential oils no matter where you are!

-Natalie

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Diffusing Spiritual Awareness

October 6th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers


I think it’s safe to say that many people get very excited when they purchase their first essential oils and they are very eager to start diffusing or making products for themselves. So they scour the internet in search of awesome DIY recipes and blends that have a very appealing aroma. I must admit, I did the exact samething when I bought my very first diffuser and essential oils from the store. It wasn’t until I diffused a blend I found on Pinterest that was for the Fall season of the year, that I first experienced a mental/emotional effect. This specific blend smelt absolutely wonderful, it really did. But, after a few minutes of diffusing it I started to feel really upset, angry, and just so down right negative. Needless to say, that diffuser was shut off and emptied and I never used that blend again. Nothing was going on that day or at that moment of time to make me feel that way.

When I started taking the Gritman Aromatherapy Certification course, I was told about how essential oils not only have physical properties, but also have spiritual properties to it also. Certain essential oils can trigger all sorts of feelings. Everything from anger and hatefulness, to a state of euphoria and sexually aroused. When people diffuse essential oils, they are usually not thinking about this level of effect. The most I see on the internet lately that has anything to do with mental effects is using essential oils to go from a depressed or sad state of mind to a happy state of mind or uplifted mood.

So I wanted to address some “common” essential oils that I see in popular blends and the spiritual uses that they have. So if you diffuse something, or topically use an essential oil blend and then have a sudden mood change, then you know why.
Peru Balsam (Myroxylon pereirae)
This is a popular essential oil used topically and also aromatically. Topically it is generally used to help with skin conditions such as rashes and eczema. People like to diffuse this essential oil in blends to help with stress and anxiety.
Spiritual uses: This essential oil is used to bring up anger in ones self which is caused by a past trauma and to rid the energy field of the negative energy you are holding on to. When the person becomes angry, they need to work through this anger to understand it (safely of course) so they can become at peace with what happened and regain control of how they are feeling towards the specific event.

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
A popular essential oil used in fall and autumn diffusing blends. Usually people use this essential oil for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. When diffusing this essential oil or using it in a blend, if the person around the aroma has any repressed anger issues, this emotion can be brought up to the surface while exposed to it, or even later on that day. The essential oil helps to release this rage from the energy field.

Cajeput (Melaleuca minor)
This essential oil is used a lot for muscular pain and also diffused to refreshen the air and to clear the mind. But spiritually, this essential oil is used to help clear negative energy from sexual abuse. It can bring up the anger and shame from the traumatic event. It helps you to work through the emotional damage that has been done.

 

Before just diffusing any essential oils, I advise you to look into all the types of uses for the specific oils you plan to use. How can they make you feel? Can they make you sad? Can they make you feel angry? What state of mind do you want to be in or stay in while diffusing? Gritman does a fantastic job at listing the spiritual and emotional uses for every essential oil that they carry. Essential oils are delicate, but also very powerful, both physically and mentally. You might be diffusing for the intention of a wonderful smelling room for the holidays, or to help clear the air of odor, but you could also be doing other things as well that can directly effect you and others around you without realizing it. I hope this article helps you to understand the uses of essential oils a bit more than just for physical ailments. I encourage you to research more BEYOND what you are told or see on Pinterest or other social media platforms and not become afraid of using essential oils.

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Winter Is Coming…

October 5th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers


Most people look forward to Fall and Winter because you get to wear the cute outfits, scarves, sweaters, boots, and sip on those delicious Pumpkin Spice lattes. But what we don’t look forward to is the onset of catching colds and getting sick from the season change. We constantly blow our runny noses in tissues that we have stashed in our pockets, we want to enjoy the holiday scents of candles and cookie baking but we can’t because our nose is so clogged and stuffy. We stock the cabinets of medicines to ease the fevers and aches and pains. We put tissue boxes in every room of the house and crank up the heater. Getting sick during the most busiest holiday season can really put a damper on enjoying things. But it doesn’t have to!

Using essential oils and natural products during the Fall and Winter season can tremendously make a difference in avoiding getting sick, or easing the discomforts after getting sick. But what do you use you might ask. Well, I am here to tell you! In this article I will go over some of the Gritman essential oils and a few of the other products available so you have a head start on what to do.

***Please research the warnings/Contraindications of each essential oil so you know if it is safe for you to use or not.***

Baby Sniffles
This is a wonderful blend that was formulated by Amy here at Gritman. It contains Eucalyptus, Ravensara, Nerolina, and Lavender in a carrier of Echinacea Maceration. This special blend is great for babies and children alike as it helps relieve little sore runny noses all while boosting their immune system so when you are out and about it will also help protect them from catching germs from other people. If the baby or child is already sick, you can still use this blend to help open the sinus’ to make it easier for them to breathe and not be all stuffy and nasally. The way to use this blend is very simple. You can apply to the back of neck and behind the ears but be very careful not to get it into the babies eyes. You can also put a drop or two onto a q-tip and apply to the end of the nose to help heal the dry cracked skin. To boost immune system, add one drop to the bath water during bath time.

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Oh sweet orange, how I love sweet orange. Already a favorite essential oil amongst many people, sweet orange is also great to use to avoid getting sick and also for after getting sick. Sweet orange has antiseptic and bactericidal properties so it is great to diffuse to get rid of airborne germs. Sweet orange is a great essential oil to use as a lymphatic stimulant. Our lymphatic system is a very important part of our immune system. It is made up of lymphatic vessels which carry a clear fluid throughout the body towards the heart called “lymph”. All these vessels are connected to what we know as lymph nodes and this is where lymph is filtered out. Our tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are part of this lymphatic system. When these lymph nodes get enlarged and swollen, it usually means your body is fighting off an infection and has a blockage. So how sweet orange helps, is that it stimulates your lymphatic system to help push through this blockage so it can continue to filter lymph and pass the the toxins and drain.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Another favorite of essential oil users is Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil is widely used for many different ailments. It is a great essential oil to use for coughs and to open the sinus’. It has great bacterial, fungal, and viral properties and can be used to clean with to disinfect surfaces. Tea Tree oil will help boost your immune system and can prevent you from catching the flu and cold.

Eucalyptus 80/85 (Eucalyptus globulus)
This essential oil is a popular “go-to” when people are sick. It can help with many ailments such as sore muscles, disinfecting the air, respiratory infections, fever, etc. The reason this eucalyptus has 80/85 behind it means that the essential oil has been rectified so that the cineole (eucalyptol) is increased from the crude up to 78% and rectified up to 85%. This process increases the scent of the oil. This essential oil can help with pain, coughs, bronchitis, and pain and inflammation of the sinus’, as well as respiratory infections.

Cold & Flu Chest Rub
This is a wonderful product made here at Gritman that is similar to Vick’s Vapor Rub, but an all natural version. This product is ready to use when you purchase it and is a wonderful combination of shea butter, eucalyptus dives, rosemary, camphor, and peppermint. All you have to do is apply to your chest and breathe in the lovely aroma. This chest rub will help you fight off sneezing and sniffling symptoms of the typical cold or flu.

Written by: Natalie Rogers

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