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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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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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Lovely Posts…

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

I have two amazing blog sisters, both whom I have been blessed to actual meet in person. We met over at Healthy Beauty Social, got to chatting on-line, and have decided to meet in person.

Natural Beauty Vixen is the closest to me, so she’s easier to visit, but last weekend I was fortunate enough to drive about 150 miles to visit Melissa Whitman.  I still have to blog about that visit, it was a major milestone for me as I had never driven that far before on my own, as well as the complete excitement of meeting such a warm, wonderful person for the first time.  So be looking for that post from me.

In the meantime, I have posts to share!  I have been supplying them products  from Owens Acres products and here are the links to their blogs.

Melissa Whitman

Natural Beauty Vixen

I am still getting around to working on my blog post for my trip to see Melissa, be looking for it very soon.

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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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Tisanes: health in a mug

For the longest time I was on the search for THE shade of lipstick that was going to save my life.  I looked high and low and spend tons of money on that one color that was going to make me absolutely fabulous.

As you can imagine, that didn’t happen.  20 years later my search has finally ended (but that’s another story) but I did find something else that really saved my life.  Well, my gut, really.

Tea.  Or to be exact, tisanes.  According to Dictonary.com, a tisane is an “aromatic or herb flavored tea”.  I know a tisane to be a tea without actual tea.

We’re talking flowers, herb and weeds here, people.  You brew it up like tea and the benefits from all of the goodies inside are simply staggering.

I came across tisanes purely by accident a couple of years ago.  I was performing a Google search (for what in particular, now I don’t remember) and came across a rather lovely website, http://www.owensacres.com.  I was impressed by her organic certifications and the fact that all of her products were handmade.

Some background:  I have always been a tea drinker.  Being lactose intolerant growing up and having a mother who was the Worlds Greatest Hippy in California, I was drinking soy baby formula (all that was available at that time?) and herbal tea.

I ordered some of her soaps (wow) and lotions (double wow) and healing salves (where has she been all my life) then I started ordering some of her tisanes.  Wow wow wow.

I knew nothing about the medicinal properties of flowers and herbs.  After doing some research, I found that Calendula helps with gastrointestinal disorders.  Lemon balm is a natural anti spasmodic.  Lavender helps with an upset stomach.  Hibiscus is an all around life saver, as it helps with blood pressure, is good for lowering bad cholesterol, and is full of vitamin C.  (www.teabenefits.com)

Not only are her teas healthful, they are totally delicious.  Her Sun Tea Herbs are now a staple of mine, hot AND iced.  It contains a lovely blend of  Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Assorted Mints, Stevia (the real fresh cut leaf, not the powdered processed stuff) Calendula, Lavender, Catnip, Rose Petals and Hibiscus.  Brewed up hot, its a beautiful deep pink color and is so soothing after a difficult day, I have a huge cup of it right before bed.  I drank it hot before I realized hey, its not so bad iced as well!

Pair a nice cup of tea along with her Sweet Dreams Salve rubbed at your temples and I hope you find a blissful rest such as I do.

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