Saturday, May 31, 2008

Fabulous Bargain = Essential Oil Starter Kit

We've developed an Essential Oil Starter Kit, especially for beginners, or those more experienced who are looking for quality essential oils at a hefty discount to add to their stock.  We thought it would be a good idea to offer convenient and affordable collections.  image   This starter kit includes:    

CEDARWOOD (Cedrus atlantica), CYPRESS (Supressus sempervirens), EUCALYPTUS (Eucalyptus radiata), LAVENDER (Lavendula angustifolia var. vera), MANDARIN TANGELO (Citrus reticulata blanco), PALMAROSA (Cymbopogon martinii), PEPPERMINT MITCHAM (Mentha piperita), PINE (Pinus sylvestris), ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor), TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Also includes valuable information like "50 Ways to Use Essential Oils", "Be Safe & Smart, "Care of Essential Oils", and a dilution chart for accurate usage.  Only $40 for the entire set and information packet.  The total retail value would be $72.00-- that's over 45% savings, can't beat that!  Item number 17401001

We've included some upgrades.  Purchase the Essential Oil Starter Kit with our best selling book for beginners, "AROMATHERAPY: imageSoothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal" by Valerie Gennari Cooksley for an additional $15 (regularly $16.95).  This  would make a lovely gift for the graduate, giving them a road to self-care as they choose their future path.  Complete Essential Oil Starter Kit plus Aromatherapy Book,  Item number 17403001 only $55.00.

And, we've paired the Essential Oil Starter Kit with our Sturdy Navy Blue professional essential oil carrying case. This case is 11.5x13 and 2.375 inches in height. It holds twenty-eight 5 ml. image bottles and seventeen 15 ml. bottles. There are spaces for a 2 oz. bottle of carrier oil or lotion and a 25 ml. jar for cream or gel. In addition to over 45% off the essential oils, receive an extra $5.00 off the case.   Essential Oil Starter Kit plus Therapist Kit, Item 17402001 $63.50 

Finally, you can have it all!  Everything you need to embark on your aromatic adventure. Ten 5 ml size Essential Oils, what we image think is the best beginners book on how to use them , and a professional carrying case to keep them safe and protected.  In addition to over 45% off the Essential oils, get the book for $15.00 (less than the $16.95 retail price), and $5.00 off the case.  Complete Essential Oil Starter Kit: OILS, BOOK, and CASE  Item number 17404001 $78.50

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Our Failing Medical System

Most of my friends are pretty savvy when it comes to knowing about and using natural therapies.  Believe it or not, there used to be a time when medical doctors had more to offer their patients than a prescription for pharmaceuticals.  Now, after a quick 5-9 minute consultation, this seems to be their ONLY remedy.  Unfortunately, many people are hastily and needlessly drugged because they think doctors are trusted experts.  When this "expert" slips them this small slip of paper, people think, "This MUST be the best answer." 

I was shocked when the pharmaceutical companies were allowed to advertise prescription drugs as if they were just like the other consumables that slick advertising seduces us to buy.  Turning patients into consumers was a bold move that cleverly switched medical necessities into consumer choices and ultimately has undermined the authority of the FDA to enact more tempered regulation.  The Center for Media and Democracy's Mary Ebeling has written Beyond Advertising: The pharmaceutical Industry's Hidden Marketing Tactics, a thoughtful look at this disturbing trend.  "What is surprising is that public health advocates haven't made pharmaceutical rebranding and off-label promotions of drugs and medical major issues", she writes.  It is puzzling to me that the increasing consumer desire  for all things natural hasn't become a rallying call for a direct challenge to this practice by the pharmaceutical industry.

Even the British Medical Journal  has admitted that there is evidence that pharmaceutical advertising in medical journals is influencing doctors' behavior more than they might admit to.  A follow-on debate is also published by the BMJ.  A study by two York University researchers estimates that the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spends almost twice as much on advertising and promotion than on research and development, contrary to the industry's claim.  These statistics are a no brainer and one can easily connect the dots.

Most of you who read this blog are already making healthy choices to use natural therapies and embrace food and exercise choices to maintain health without a lot of prescription drugs.  The BMJ has also covered the rise of consumer groups in Europe who are rallying to prevent the EU from lifting a ban on DTP (Direct to Patient) advertising.

Privatization of hospitals, the percentage of costs that go to insurance companies and malpractice insurance costs are part of the problem for soaring health care costs.  Surely the increased expenses for pharmaceutical companies to advertise as heavily as they do is directly correlated with burgeoning health care costs to consumers.

Most bankruptcies in this country are because of catastrophic health care costs.  Four million Americans have no healthcare and just as many or more are underinsured.  It is time to demand a complete overhaul and implement a plan that promotes preventative therapies (including natural) and guarantees full health care for all Americans.   When Taiwan became a rich country, its citizens had been languishing in poor health for decades.  They moved quickly to universal health care and now its citizens are fully covered . . . and costs are far less than health care in the U.S.  The U. S. continues to put corporate profit above the health of its citizens, causing undo suffering.  We can do better. 

Friday, May 2, 2008

Amaranth Seed CO2

We have sourced an exciting new cosmetic ingredient with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effects.  This innovation is showing promise for topical dermatitis and psoriasis, and is useful in a range of aromatherapy applications.

Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus) is one of the world's oldest useful plants and eaten as a grain or cereal since biblical times.  Revered as a holy plant by the Aztecs,  it has long been a staple food crop in South America.  The name originates from the Greek, meaning "immortal" or "unfading".

Its newly discovered use for skin care comes from unsaturated fatty acids and a unique high content of squalene, tocopherols and tocotrienols.   Perhaps the single plant showing a high concentration of squalene, a triterpene, up to 6-12%, as compared to olive oil with perhaps under 1% and similar to the SSL (skin surface lipids) of human skin.  This is what supports the skin and its varied functions, as well as keeping it elastic and healthy.  Antioxidative properties create a network of effective scavengers to protect against damaging environmental influences.   The addition of linoleic acid as well as high amounts of  tocopherols and tocotrienols give the Amaranth Seed CO2 an outstanding place in the natural cosmetic tool box.   The lipid fraction of amaranth seeds consists primarily of triglycerides, and linoleic acid, oleic acid and palmitic acid represent the main components in the fatty acid spectrum.

This cosmetic additive is excellent for the treatment of chronic skin dryness, damaged or unhealthy skin.  In a randomized double-blind study of 30 people between the ages of 23 and 73, including 19 psoriasis dermatitis patients and 11 atopica dermatitis patients resulted in positive results for those with psoriasis and dramatic results for the patients with atopica dermatitis.

We should have our first shipment by May 20.  Contact me at or by phone at 800.782.4532 to receive details about the introductory pricing along with formulation ideas for aromatherapy products.