Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I am a little late to talk about the Autumn Equinox, but I found this tid bit of info interesting: For the first time since 1991, the full moon shed its light on the Autumn Equinox.

So moving on, I thought I would share the flowers in bloom for autumn and my choice for essential oil of the month.

Blooming in Autumn are:

Acashia, Allium, Alstromeria, Amaranthus, Anemone, Baby's Breath, Bittersweet, Carnation, China berry, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Echinops, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Hypericum, Iris, Juniper, Kangaroo paw, Kalancheo, Liatrus, Lily, Asiatic, Lily, Gloriosa, Misty Blue, Orchid, Pepper berry, Protea, Queen Ann's Lace, Quince, Rover, Roses, Rowen berry, Salvia, Solidago, Statice, Star of Bethlehem, Sunflower, Water lilies, Yarrow, Zinnia.

Juniperberry (juniper berry) essential oil, Juniperus communis, is steam distilled from the berries or a combination of berries and twigs which produces a pungent, herbaceous, peppery, pine like and camphor like aroma. Used in massage oils, liniments, and baths because of its ability to treat pain and inflammation or arthritis, rheumatism, and varicose veins by warming and relaxing the muscles. Increases circulation and help help release fluid retention during PMS. Used in cosmetics for acne and eczema and in shampoos for oily hair and dandruff. Use in closets and drawers to repel wool moths. May cause irritation of sensitive skin. Will over stimulate the kidneys and should be avoided by those with kidney disease, inflamed or infected kidneys.

My Yule blend containes Junipererry it is a perfect holiday spice blend used in cleansing the home and attuning with the forces of nature amid cold days and nights.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/39491575/yule-hand-blended-ritual-anointment-oil

My two newest additions are Wicked - A entoxicating spicy unisex blend, filled with a deep mystery, featuring wood and spice aromas. Our mystery begins with the dark smokey scent of star anise, travels thru the rich cinnamon, vanilla, and peppermint trails, ending deep in the forest with cypress and sandalwood hints. Dark, mysterious, and wicked!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/55785808/wicked-hand-blended-perfume-oil

And a limited edition sample pack with the following:

Dragons Blood: An autumn-like warm, woody and earthy scent.

Silver Moon: A somewhat sweet, floral scent with a touch of tart.

Black Cat: An intoxicating sweet floral scent.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/57503673/samhain-limited-edition-sample-pack-3

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

In Bloom


Lavender

Lavender promotes happiness and harmony in the home by invoking good health, providing tranquillity, ensuring fidelity and devotion in marriage and offering psychic protection. Lavender is a protector of children against the evil eye. Lavender is said to stimulate the conscious mind and stabilise both the emotional and etheric planes. Lavender clears the environmental energies and neutralizes disharmonious frequencies and is often used for these reasons in purification and space clearing rituals. Lavender is also associated with; Love; Health, Peace, Long life; Happiness, Chastity, Clairvoyance, Longevity, Sleep, Healing and Balancing.

Lavender oil, which has long been used in the production of perfume, can also be used in aromatherapy.It may also help to relieve pain from tension headache when breathed in as vapor or diluted and rubbed on the skin. When added to a vaporizer, lavender oil may aid in the treatment of cough and respiratory infection. According to advocates of alternative medicine, lavender oil can be used as an antiseptic and pain reliever to be applied to minor burns and insect bites and stings. It is also said to treat a variety of common ailments, such as sunburn and sunstroke. It can also be used in massage oil mixtures, which may be effective in the relief of joint and muscle pain, or in chest rub mixtures for the relief of asthmatic and bronchitic spasm.

Remember to grow lavender by your garden gate for luck.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice



This is the time of the rose, blossom and thorn, fragrance and blood. Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King grown embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death because it is so complete that all dissolves into the single song of ecstasy that moves the worlds. So the Lord of Light dies to Himself, and sets sail across the dark seas of time, searching for the isle of light that is rebirth. We turn the Wheel and share his fate, for we have planted the seeds of our own changes and to grow we must accept even the passing of the sun.
(The Spiral Dance, HarperCollins, 1999, p. 205)


I absolutely love summer, it is my favorite season by far! How about you?

Some fun facts for you!

Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.

This is a time of year of brightness and warmth. Crops are growing in their fields with the heat of the sun, but may require water to keep them alive. The power of the sun at Midsummer is at its most potent, and the earth is fertile with the bounty of growing life.

The god-man Dionysos was a major deity among the ancient Greeks. "As a god of the spring rites, of the flowering plants and fruitful vines, Dionysos was said to be in terrible pain during winter, when most living things sicken and die, or hibernate." Persephone, a daughter of Demeter, descended into the Otherworld and returned near the time of the spring equinox. This story has close parallels to various Goddess legends, stories of the life of King Arthur, and of Jesus Christ.

Happy Solstice!!

Blessings ~ Mary

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Oakmoss is a type of lichen used extensively in modern perfumery. This lichen can be found in many mountainous temperate forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including parts of France, Portugal, Spain, North America, and much of Central Europe. Oakmoss grows primarily on the trunk and branches of oak trees, but is also commonly found on the bark of other deciduous trees and conifers such as fir and pine.

The color of Oakmoss ranges from green to a greenish-white when dry, and dark olive-green to yellow-green when wet. The texture of the thalli are rough when dry and rubbery when wet.

Properties of Oakmoss ~ (Evernia prunastri) ~ emotionally attaches us to our home, creating a sense of security, grounding, and peace.


Blends in my shop with Oakmoss as a note are Isis, Immortal, Forbidden, and Avalon.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jasmine


Jasmine is a sturdy, climbing, evergreen shrub with bright green leaves that grows to be approximately twenty feet tall with white star shaped flowers. These flowers can only be picked at night because they only bloom at night. This beautiful plant can be found in Egypt, Morocco, and the Mediterranean. They were originally found in Peru, Kashmir and China. Jasmine’s essential oil is steam distilled from its flowers, it takes huge quantities of petals to prepare one ounce of Jasmine’s essential oil.

Aromatherapy qualities of Jasmine ~ (Jasminum grandiflorum) ~ Is said to produce a feeling of optimism, confidence and euphoria.

The metaphysical properties of Jasmine are as follows:

*Jasmine is the sacred flower of the Hindu god of love-Kama, and has been used throughout history as a ingredient for love potions or spells to capture, sustain or rekindle the affection of a loved one.
*The symbolic bond of love and passion that is used to unite a bridal couple for eternity.
*Symbolic of the moon and of the mysteries of the night, Jasmine is said to induce prophetic dreams if burned in the bedroom.
*Jasmine is also associated with; Good luck in love and wealth, Anointing; Balance; Luck; Fortune; Justice; Happiness; Harmony; Peace; Meditation; Money; Riches; Astral Projection, Sleep, Healing and Health.

Blends in my shop with Jasmine as a note are Aidin, Elva, Flora, Immortal, & Spring Rain.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Brand New Blog!!!


This is the first official post of my new blog! So I will start by sharing the above image, which is the new roll on perfumes I have listed in my shop! I hope to share interesting and fun facts about different oil types and blends. As well as giveaways, new blends, and happenings in my ARS shop.

Tonight however I am going to ramble on about our new family member.......
This is Kali, a 4 month old calico, I adopted her from the local shelter last Friday. She is adjusting well to her new surroundings, playing with the dogs, and even tolerates my granddaughter picking her up and loving on her. She has some very unusual markings, which I believe is what drew me to her. Oh my gosh does she have some energy, I thought I was always wore out before, but now it is worse...lol She definitely knows how to get attention as well as what she is after! I believe she will be very happy here, as her adjustment period was extremely brief!