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Yes, Valentine’s Day!

Watch for the January FB Friends Discount Code and special offer for Valentines Jewelry orders!  Check out Owens Acres Designs for selections!

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Cold Weather Aches and Pains…

Arnica Warm Salve by Owens Acres

Arnica Warm Salve by Owens Acres

Pressure changes make my head hurt.

Let me rephrase that.  Pressure changes feels like a nail is being pounded into my left temple.

Cold Weather makes my neck, hands and knees ache.

My solutions?

Topical pain relief.  You don’t have to smear over-the-counter horrid smelling gels or creams, do a search online and find organic alternatives.

Sombra Warm Therapy in the roll-on container is a big help for the pain I get from bone-spurs in my neck, and it travels easily in bags and purses.  Also, Arnica Warm from Owens Acres, or the plain Arnica, work on the creaky knees.  The plain arnica balm I use as a hand moisturizer for my achy hands.

The head?  Hands down, Headache Balm from Owens Acres.  I don’t leave home without it.  In fact, I just ordered five more.  Apply it over your eyes, beneath your nose, behind your ears and breathe it in.    It works so well I don’t have to take pain killers, and I think we all know of that pain that is so miserable we reach for the bottle of ibuprofen.

So!  Even though it’s cold, we can keep the garbage out of our bodies while remaining comfortable.

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Coming Soon: Lanyards at Owens Acres

Lime Green Lanyard from Owens Acres Design

My job requires that I keep two badges and one electronic door key on my person at all times.

I usually use one of those badge reels, but the clips snap off in a minute or it gets tangled up in the arms of my chair.

The problem (which would keep me up at night, really) is now solved.  I am now the proud owner of a super pretty beaded lanyard from Owens Acres Design.

These lanyards will soon be available on the Etsy website.

Lime Green Lanyard from Owens Acres Design

 

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Owens Acres has a Facebook Page, and how’s your January?

Bitter orange foliage, blossoms and fruit

Neroli Blossoms and Fruit Image via Wikipedia

YES!  Owens Acres now has a Facebook page.  Head on over and check it out.

How is the winter season treating everyone?  The Solstice has come and gone, so the days are slowly becoming longer, the holidays are over, life has gone back to some sort of  “normal”, and I couldn’t help but do the “air quotes” after I typed that.

January can be a bit of a let down for some after the hustle and bustle of December, for some it can be a relief.  The holidays were something to look forward to, be it wanting them to get here or wanting the madness to end, and there isn’t that festive level of hope going on in January.  A lot of us are dealing with dreary weather, dark days, cold, colds in general.  Spring is still a quite a ways off and other than that hope of Spring, there’s nothing going on.  Well, other than coping with the aches and pains of the cold weather, I personally deal with bone spurs in my neck and sore hands.  Oh, and year round hayfever.  These days it seems like my eyes will not stop watering.

Oh, the thrill of tax season.  How could I forget that?  *rolls eyes*

I have, so far, stayed well.  Vitamin C every night, plenty of tea with hibiscus in it, rest, hand-washing…I’ve not caught the Kennel Cough that goes around work every winter.  I am keeping myself sane with the wonderful scent of Neroli, which I just discovered a few weeks ago.  Its sweet and cheery smelling, and that’s been keeping the spirits uplifted.  I have indulged in Owens Acres Neroli Goddess Butter, Neroli and Myrrh Solid Perfume, and other citrus scented products.  The brighter the essential oil the happier I am.  I went over t Etsy, put Neroli into the search engine and came up with 454 items, if you’re curious.

Bottom line:  take care of yourself.  There’s only one of you, and you’re worth it.

The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.    -Frank Herbert

 

 

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***headdesk***

So who is doing what to survive the holidays?

There’s no way around all of the stuff that is throw at us:  the ads, the shopping, families, friends, work, weather, the madness in general.  Working in a customer service oriented job adds to the mayhem (I know this for a fact) because everyone has agendas, schedules, reasons, excuses, you name it to be difficult.  Stress hits nearly everyone.  I haven’t found a way to avoid it, short of crawling under a rock until Spring hits.

I spent nearly all day pulling together my shopping list so I could get my holiday shopping done.  I followed the “Support Indie” mantra, and I am so very grateful the shop owner let me send her an email with my choices instead of checking boxes and going back and fourth from the order page back to the product pages on her website.  No big deal for small orders, but for my big holiday order it takes up quite a bit of time.  So I got that done.

So lo and behold, right after I send my email I check my personal Facebook page and a dear friend of mind posts on my wall that my Christmas present is coming in the mail.  Oooops!  So another email to the shop owner, throwing on one more item for her to ship to my friend directly.  **big hugs to Owens Acres**

The shopping part isn’t that big of a deal for me.  Its everything else.  Schedules, work, traffic, weather…especially weather.  This past week I was lucky to have dry but below freezing temperatures driving to and from work.  I was also lucky this weekend, I didn’t have to work and why do I hear the sanding truck outside on our street?  Oh yeah, it rained and its like 25 degrees out.  Yay.

Work is something else.  Anyone who works any sort of customer service this time of year deserves a healthy dose of extra good karma.  Some people just…wow.  To top it all off, there’s the co-workers as well.  For me, at least, that’s a whole different category of mayhem.

Oh, and of course, trying to not get sick on top of everything else.  My work place is a hotbed of disease.  Colds linger for months as it gets transferred from one person to another.  Last year I was sick for two whole months.  The year before I was diagnosed with asthma, which turned out to be seasonal asthma only.  This year I have been taking my Vitamin C with Rosehips and Echinacea regularly (I know Echiniacea has been given a bad rap, but hey, it works for me) and trying to get enough rest and drinking tea and trying to eat decently.  So far I have been lucky to avoid any sickness, while the people around me have been dropping like flies.

Sometimes I want to simply disengage from everything.  Certain people with their issues and their dispositions and quirks and such are beginning to wear at me.  I wonder if its possible to stay in bed from now until the New Year, give everything and everyone a chance to calm down…

…and I wonder if a pony will fit in my stocking.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale at Owens Acres

Owens Acres Products by http://www.melissawhitman.com

15% off – 5 Days only!

www.OwensAcres.com
Enter discount code:  GoShopping
Valid 11/24/11 to 11/28/11 only
No early birds please!
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Some Great Information Regarding Headache Balms and Why Peppermint Works for Headaches

1887 illustration

Peppermint: Image via Wikipedia

My last post was about my own survival products which I pack with me everywhere.  Included in my list was Owens Acres Headache Balm.  To be honest, I swear by this stuff, for my headaches, pressure “issues” and the pain from the bone spurs in my neck, which also makes my head hurts.

One of my readers asked about the Headache Balm and how  it works, and dear Laura from Owens Acres popped in and answered, better than I ever could have:

Hi, Laura Owens from Owens Acres. The Headache Balm works just like a lotion, it it absorbed into the skin and the peppermint relieves the pulsing and pounding when applied directly. Secondly anything you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream – hence why you want natural or organic products. Peppermint relaxes blood vessels and airways and has a natural cooling affect.

Want to test this theory? Rub a drop of Peppermint Essential oil on the top of your foot. In a couple of minutes you will taste it in your mouth!

Peppermint inhaled will also help a headache or nausea/vomiting.

Hope the info is helpful!

Thank you so much, Laura!  I did the Peppermint Essential Oil test on the top of my foot, and she was right, I tasted it in my mouth not too soon after.

I just ordered another tube of Headache Balm from her, I really hope eventually she makes it in a bigger tube, I can’t live without it. Well, my head and sinuses can’t live without it.

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Fall Wonders

fall

Image by eschipul via Flickr

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  The colors of the changing leaves, the crunchy sound as they blow across pavement, the way the sunlight changes, all of these things brings a sense of calm to me.  I don’t know why.  Summer always seems so glaring and hectic, fall brings around a stronger feeling of comfort for me.  Extra blankets on the bed, comforting hot drinks, the soothing bowl of homemade soup, warm clothing…it all adds up to a more calming time for me.

For some reason I require a high degree of comfort from things.  Here are some of those things that put a smile on my face this time of year:

Owens Acres Harvest Moon Tea in a Jar
Owens Acres Harvest Moon Tea:  I would personally love to use this as a perfume.  Contains cinnamon chips and sticks, Orange Peel, Chamomile, Cardamom pods, Dried California Persimmons, Calendula and Rose Petals.  Its so soothing I drank a huge steamy cup of it before bed and slept like a log.  The pretty 8 oz.  jar seen in the picture is perfect for gift giving, but it also comes in 1 and 2 oz bags, starting from $4.45.  Its delicious but it also very pretty to look at.  I would personally drink it, but it would look really  nice in a bowl as potpourri.
 

Owens Acres Mulling Spices in Hand Stamped Musliin Sack

Owens Acres Mulling Spices
Owens Acres Mulling Spices:  (half way down the page beneath the Bombay Chai Tea blend)  Laura says its great in hot apple cider or hot wine, but its also delicious in black iced tea (yeah, still drinking iced tea) with lots of ice and sweetened.  Contains California Bay Leaves, Cloves, Cardamom, Orange Peel, Star Anise, Allspice Berries, Cinnamon Chips and Sticks.  Comes in the lovely tin for $8.95 or an adorable hand-stamped muslin bag for $4.95.

Owens Acres Lip Balms in Cinnamon and Pomegranate Flavors:  (located half way down the page, beneath the lotions)
I am a big fan of Laura’s lip balms already, but when she came out with her Cinnamon and Pomegranate flavors I wasted no time in purchasing four of each, because I had to have my blogging friend, Melissa Whitman and Natural Beauty Vixen try them.  The Cinnamon is made  with pure essential oil, and just enough to give a nice flavor without being overpowering.  The Pomegranate is juicy but not sweet.  I cannot stand overly sweetened lip balms:  I once had a coffee-flavored lip balm which was so heavy on the stevia it was unbearable and I ended up throwing it out.  These aren’t artificial or sticky or icky goopy sweet, they are made with Fruit and Nut Oils, Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil and pure Essential Oils and/or Flavorings.  There’s no color, no micas, no nothing.  Just a pure, simple lip balm that heals chapped lips and works on those annoying cracks in the corner of your mouth.  Regular size is $2.95, Jumbo is $4.95, or a set of one of each for $7.50

Owens Acres Hand Stamped Dragonfly Lavender Sachets

And finally, Lavender Sachets in Stamped Dragonfly Muslin Sacks.  These are just too adorable.  You get a bag of four for $10, up to a bag of 16 for $32.00.  They are great as a quick gift, to decorate on packages or hang from the rearview mirror of your car.

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Survival Products: My Collection

Owens Acres Energizing Aromatherapeutic Scent

There’s some things I don’t leave the house with, especially when I have to make the 40 mile trek into work.  Some are obvious:  coffee (to drink for the trip), my purse, etc…but when you dig into my purse there are absolute must have products that I reach for over the course of my work day.

My purse is a bulging mess, and believe me when I say I try to downsize as much as I can but the same products remain.  I cannot leave the house without them:

1.  Owens Acres Headache Balm:  I think the name of the product says it all.  Comes in a twist up tube in two sizes, .15 oz. and .50 oz.  Think tube of lip balm.  Anyway, its a lovely balm with Lavender and Peppermint, great for those tense necks and pounding temples.  As well, a quick swipe beneath the nose opens up those pesky sinuses.  I order them two at a time, one to keep at home and the other for my purse.

2.  Owens Acres Lavender Lotion Bar:  Comes in 2oz or 4 oz tins, I keep the 2 oz in my purse.  Great for dry hands (and I HATE dry hands) and the Lavender is potent enough for a relaxing escape, no matter how brief.

3. Owens Acres Arnica Warm Roll On:  I have bone spurs in my neck and they are aggravated by cold weather.  When my neck hurts boy does it hurt a sickly, throbbing hurt.  The Arnica Warm really helps with the pain. I apply and wrap my neck in a scarf.

4.  Energizing Perfume Roll On:  Is a great pick me up for those work blahs.  Smells like Lime Lifesavers, it really does.

5.  Starbucks VIA:  For when Starbucks is closed and I need coffee.  The swill that’s in the work lunchroom can take the caulking off a bathtub *shudders*

6.  Tea:  when I feel chilly, which makes me miserable.  Sometimes all I need is a hot cup of tea to warm me up and lift my spirits.

7.  Owens Acres Lip Balms (bottom of page):  I keep Peach and Peppermint with me.  No color, just serious, natural moisture.  Laura just came out with Cinnamon and Pomegranate as well.

8. Owens Acres Aroma Inhaler in “Anxiety”:  yeah.

 

So there you have it.  I need a bigger purse.

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Owens Acres Holiday Line Up

Laura is way ahead of me, and has sent me an email with her Holiday Line Up.  Her website has been updated (check it out, she’s completely redone the entire layout) with all of the newest goodies.

Now I REALLY want soup.

Here’s the goodies:

New!  Organic Bean Soup Blends
New!  Poet Teas (4 new teas, gifts, and accessories named for famous poets)
New!  Gifts of Tea
New!  Products for Men
New!  Handstamped party favor and gift tags
New!  Travel Products (FAA approved sizes!)
New!  Herbal Teas
New!  Tea Balls with Charms (one of our hottest items paired with our herbal teas!)
New!  Goddess Butters
New!  Shabby Lavender Sachets (these are already flying out the door!)

Always popular as holiday gifts:

  • Lavender sachets, eye pillows, and gifts
  • Herbal Teas
  • Healing Salves
  • Home Spa Products
  • Handcrafted Artisan Soaps (new patterns)
  • Natural Solid & Roll On Perfumes
  • Gifts Under $10 & $20
  • Green Home Products
  • Natural products for pets

Don’t forget, my readers have their own discount code:  HOLISTIC.

Every year I give Owens Acres as gifts to friends and family (who doesn’t love one stop shopping without leaving the house) and get the most amazing compliments when the thank you notes come about.

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