This is a wonderful tapestry of thoughts about scent, time and mindfulness. Too good not to share!
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard
There is a scent on the wind that unearths the past. It whispers tales of forgotten lands once traveled yet faded to the far corners of the mind. It conjures ancient memory, times long removed from us, but inherently part of who we are. This is the petrichor of the mind, revisiting us on the winds of life.
It is said that the olfactory is one of the more primitive parts of the human body. With one scent we can recall a specific day of our past, a perfectly visited moment spurred to the front of the mind.
Sometimes, the past travels on the wind. A stoic reminder of life lived yesterday.
I am often reminded of specific things; a day at track practice or a time spent walking by the creek bank. Sometimes it’s…
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SALE! Song of India incense sticks on sale until the end of January 2017! 150 gram pack is $6.00 and 60 gram pack is $2.75.
This helps to support R.Expo, a company that uses a portion of proceeds from this incense to support girls and boys in need in India. What the world needs now is more support of great companies!
Amber Resin. Warm, vanilla, sometimes citrusy high notes, always sweet. This substance is not resin in the strict sense of the word. It is not solely derived from trees or shrubs. It is not only plant matter. Good amber resin is made of butters such as Cocoa Butter or another type of butter, resins, perfumes, vanilla and other scents.
This wonderful scent can be used to scent the body, scent the home or scent products. it can be burnt on prepared charcoal. We have a small locket to hold a piece of amber around the neck! We have been told by some customers that our dark amber calms spirits. Another customer uses her amber to make perfume-real perfumers perfume.
Violet and Company has both light and dark amber for sale. The light amber has a decidedly citrus overtone. The dark amber lacks this citrus high notes. We sell amber on our website (www.violetandcompany.com) and on Etsy (VioletAndCompany).
This month we created a video showing what we do with little pieces of amber that are left over. Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shQI-4X4RaM
Leave us a message to let us know about your experience with Amber fragrance resin.
Mix together and burn on charcoal tabs
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Like the Lemongrass Essential Oil from Auroshikha, there are several scents that have a calming effect on people. Calm and agitation all begin in the brain with a release of chemicals in response to a thought or situation. It goes to reason that there are things that trigger a calming response and one of those is scent. Scent is a powerful initiator of memory and emotion. Scents can be delivered using different vehicles such as via incense, via essential oil in a burner, via essential oil put on the body or through simmering whole herb in water *steam method*. Each delivery method has different results depending on the system used and the person using it.
Some scents used to initiate a calming response in the body are Lavender, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Sandalwood (promotes calm by encouraging a singular focus, thus quieting an excited mind) or really whatever else calms you. Perhaps a certain scent evokes memory of happy times and places. Just that happy memory will release the “happy chemicals” in the brain and calm agitation.
The vehicle you choose to deliver the scent can also play a part in the calming process. Sometimes watching a single, wispy, strand of incense smoke curl up into the air is enough to calm the mind and body. Some people don’t like smoke and prefer a water bath essential oil burner. Sometimes, if you are going to be out and about, enveloping yourself in a protective atmosphere of scent can provide that portable calming scent that is needed to get through stressful situations. Sometimes it is nice just to put a tiny bit of essential oil in with your face cream and apply it to the face or apply some to your hair so only you can smell it.
It is amazing what scent can do for you in your daily life. It can reduce stress and initiate calm when you need it. It can also be used in many different forms and ways. Let your own inner voice guide you as to what and how to use scent in your life. Life is what you make it; you have choices so why not make it great? As always be safe with using essential oils and only use oils and incense as directed.
Please leave a comment and let us know what scent you use to encourage that calming response in you!
We just finished a new batch of Humboldt Head Dread spread. It really does wonders for dreads, is vegan and petroleum product free. Made with vegetable wax, essential oils, vegetable butters and seed oil, your dreads will thank you! Catch this on our Etsy Shop or violetandcompany.com
Morning Star sandalwood incense is one of our personal favorites here. The sandalwood is a woody and dry scent. This great little 50 stick pack comes with a burner to burn your incenses in. These 50 stick packs of Morning Star are fun because they don’t cost an arm and a leg ($3.10 at Violet and Company), if you do like them there are enough in the pack to enjoy. If you don’t like them you can give them to a friend to try and you aren’t out tons of money. You can buy these through our Facebook Store for an additional 5% off (after liking our page 🙂 ) or you can get them in our eBay store or on our website
LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL TO THE RESCUE!
Genus Species : Cymbopogon flexuosus
The genus species is important because there are many, many types of Lemongrass but this one is used on the body and in the body. So when you buy lemongrass oil shop by name (lemongrass) and genus species.
Lemongrass is a good antioxidant. It has also been used to help with muscle, joint and tendon pain. It is a relaxant and relaxes nerves and muscles so can help with some types of pain. Like lavender essential oil does. Here at Violet and Company we use it diluted 20:80 (20 drops essential oil to 80 drops vegetable oil like a sweet almond or grapeseed oil- but you can also use olive oil in a pinch). Then we rub it on the affected muscle or area.
There are many other documented uses for Lemongrass essential oil such as a mental pick me up. Some use lemongrass to brighten the mood.
Of course you can also drink lemongrass tea. It is a calming and uplifting tea that is good iced in summer months. The tea is made using the dried plant.
Oh, by the way, don’t use this oil on a cat or dog without talking to a vet first. Cats especially don’t do well with citrus essential oils.
You can buy the essential oil here