Monday, September 29, 2008

an autumn day in the life...

the autumn equinox has passed now, and we begin to experience the hypnotic changes in our surroundings. being a true child of nature, when this time of year rolls around i find myself awash in energies unlike any i experience at other times of the year. it begins at about the same time i notice the squirrels scampering around and up and down our walnut trees. i become more domestic, cooking and cleaning, making preparations for the dark months. i spend more time walking in our wooded space, watching the now golden light filter down through the trees to create a dapple on the path. our dogs wander with me, easing away at times, noses to the ground. they are no doubt experiencing the same sweet aroma of decaying leaves that i take deep into my lungs.
at this most special time, when the day is done, i feel a thrill of expectation. it is the winding down hour; a good cup of tea and a healthy dose of Autumn Sunshine, our wonderful seasonal blend, in my lamp. every lamp in the house is lit and exuding the rich aroma that extends the magical qualities of the day into bath and bed time. when i put the lamps out and cozy up in my bed, that lovely scent lingers, sending me off into slumber and dreams of winding paths and floating leaves.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Working at Nature's Gift, I have the opportunity to sample a variety of essential and carrier oils. Marge likes to call it, "playing with the oils," since we are always discovering new uses & benefits. I've had problems with dry & flaky skin under my jaw line & chin that just would not go away. I tried lotions, creams, & of course a variety of our carrier oils. The best luck was with Marula since it absorbs so quickly & Helio Carrot helped some, but made my pillowcase orange. Recently, I had the chance to try our CO2 extracted Pomegranate Seed Oil & after just a couple of days had amazing results. There was a noticeable difference in the dryness & after a week of using a few drops on the dry areas each night after washing my face, it was practically invisible & barely dry. I am continuing to use it each night, sparingly. I love the baking chocolate scent which is the natural scent for this product. (Strange, but true!) It is known for aiding healing in dry sensitive skin which describes my skin perfectly. (the sensitive part) If you do tend to have sensitive skin I would try a sample first & test it on the inside of your wrist. I do this with all eo's and carriers when introducing them to my body since I tend to have numerous allergies & extremely sensitive skin. See the description on our site of the POM CO2. It is truly an amazing oil & I suspect I'm just beginning to enjoy its benefits. P.S. My next experiment will be using it with Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2, as they are said to complement one another.