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June’s Essential Oil of the Month…The Chamomiles!

3 Jun

PAP_YBN-4-hi-res Botanical Name: Matricaria recutita (German chamomile) & Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)

Source: Flowers

Overview:

German and Roman chamomile come from two different plants.  The properties of these essential oils are somewhat similar however their chemical make- up are very different.  Both German and Roman chamomile are somewhat similar in odor,  herbaceous and sweet.  German and Roman chamomile have been used medicinally since ancient times.  Roman chamomile was used up until World War II as a disinfectant and antiseptic in hospitals and surgeries.   The chamomiles are some of the gentlest essential oils.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

 After Sun Soother

4 drops German Chamomile essential oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

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1 drop Peppermint essential oil

Combine the essential oils with one ounce of Sweet Almond Oil.  Massage into skin for relief.

Breathe Better Diffuser Blend

4 drops German Chamomile essential oil

3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

5 drops Frankincense essential oil

Add essential oils to a tea light diffuser or nebulizer.

Stress Ease Diffuser Blend

4 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

4 drops Orange essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

Add essential oils to a tea light diffuser or nebulizer.

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Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of June receive 10% off your German and Roman Chamomile Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

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May’s Essential Oil of the Month…Clary Sage!

1 May

PAP_YBN-7-web Botanical Name: Salvia sclarea Source: flowering tops and leaves Overview:  The aroma of clary sage essential oil can be described as earthy and herbaceous.  Clary sage is an excellent essential oil for the nervous system, it truly does induce a calming effect and is useful during times of stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia. While clary sage essential oil is known to be calming to the nervous system, other systems of the body benefit too.  Clary sage essential oil is helpful to the female reproductive system in all stages.  It can be used to help reduce menstrual cramps, when combined with geranium essential oil provides menopausal relief and it can also be used during childbirth (consult with your physician and an aromatherapist before using any essential during pregnancy or childbirth).  

  • Clary sage essential oil is also effective for those suffering from asthma; inhaling this essential oil can provide relief to spasms of the bronchial tubes and open up the lungs for better breathing.

It has also been said that clary sage essential oil helps to overcome creative blocks, diffuse while working on a paper, speech or anything else where you need your creativity to soar!
A word of caution, do not combine the use of clary sage essential oil with alcohol as this essential oil can induce a narcotic effect. Don’t miss out on stocking up on clary sage essential oil this month!  And be sure to book your massage and try our blend of the month, “Clarity” featuring essential oils of clary sage, lavender, lemon and juniper berry.

Facts:

Recipes:

clarysage Creativity Blend Use this blend when you have to work on a project, write a paper or anything else where you need to tap into your creative potential!

Clary sage essential oil– 3 drops

Black Pepper essential oil– 5 drops

Grapefruit essential oil– 4 drops

Add essential oils to a tea light diffuser or nebulizer and create away.

So You Can Sleep Blend

Clary sage essential oil– 3 drops

Neroli essential oil– 5 drops

Roman Chamomile essential oil– 3 drops

Add essential oils to an electric diffuser (nebulizer) to use at bed time and during sleep.  Sweet dreams!

Menstrual Cramp Relief Blend

Clary Sage essential oil– 5 drops

Rosemary essential oil– 4 drops

Roman Chamomile essential oil– 5 drops

Add the above essential oils to 1 ounce of grapeseed carrier oil and massage over abdomen 2-3 times a day as needed for pain relief.  

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of May receive 10% off your Clary Sage Pure Essential Oil purchase! As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

April’s Essential Oil of the Month…Geranium!

2 Apr


PAP_YBN-11-webBotanical Name
: Pelagonium graveolens

Source: leaves and stems

Overview:

Geranium essential oil has an up-lifting  fresh and floral aroma; welcome spring with this lovely essential oil!  Geraniums are a popular plant, that come in a variety of colors; in fact, there are over 250 different species of this plant.  Geraniums originated in South Africa and were introduced in Europe during the 17th century.  An interesting fact about geranium plants is their beautiful aroma comes from the leaves not the flower!

Geranium essential oil is extremely balancing to the body this includes hormones, skin and the nervous system.  Because geranium essential oil is a hormone balancer it is useful for relief of PMS and menopause.  In skin care, geranium is an excellent choice as it balances sebum (oil) production therefore  helpful for those with dry skin, oily skin or combination skin types.  On an emotional level geranium essential oil is both calming and uplifting.  Geranium essential oil can be used in massage, bath, a compress, skin care, diffused or through direct inhalation.

Don’t forget to book your massage  this month and try geranium essential oil in our blend of the month, “April Blossoms“.  This month we bring you a delightful happy blend of Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Jasmine essential oils.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

Spring Clean Window Cleaner

8 ounces distilled water

8 ounces white distilled vinegar

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20 drops geranium essential oil

16 ounce spray bottle

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.  Shake before each use.

Use this to clean windows, mirrors and other surfaces that are dusty and grimy.

Happy Spring Cleaning!  Learn more about how to clean your home with essential oils and other products in the Clean Your Home Naturally workshop.

Cleansing Spring Bath Salt Blend

1 cup sea salt

1/4 cup baking soda

1/2 cup rose petals (available for purchase in our studio!)

10 drops orange essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

Combine sea salt, baking soda and rose petals in a bowl, stir well.  Gradually add the essential oils being sure to stir well after every few drops.

Store your bath salt in a sealed jar.  Use in bath by either adding a few generous scoops to your water or place the amount you are using in a muslin bag so the petals do not clog your drain.  Soak and enjoy!

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of March receive 10% off your Geranium Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

March’s Essential Oil of the Month…Rosemary!

1 Mar

PAP_YBN-26-hi-resBotanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Source: flowers and leaves

Overview:

Rosemary is a popular aromatic herb.  It grows wildly in the Mediterranean region near the sea and the botanical name for rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) reflects this; the Latin ros, means dew and marinus, means sea.  Rosemary essential oil is energizing and stimulating which makes it perfect for this time of year as we transition from the slumber of winter to aliveness of spring.

Rosemary is a versatile essential oil; use it for depression, fatigue, memory, headaches, chest congestion, flu, in household cleaning and in hair care.   Rosemary essential oil is an analgesic which makes it useful to use for muscular and arthritis relief.  Diffuse Rosemary essential oil while working or studying in order to get the mental boost this essential oil provides.  Feel the energy Rosemary essential oil brings, use it first thing in the morning to get that “wake up” boost to get your day going or during that mid day slump when energy is waning.

Don’t miss out on your massage this month with our Blend of the Month!  This month we bring you “Love Your Life” featuring essential oils of RosemaryNeroliGrapefruit and Palmarosa.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

 Hair Care Tip:

1. Add a small amount of shampoo to your hand.

2. Add one drop of Rosemary essential oil to the amount of shampoo in your hand.

3.  Massage into hair and scalp.

Repeat the above steps with your conditioner too.  Not only will this awaken your senses but your hair will feel soft and manageable too!

Concentration Booster Diffuser Blend

Use this blend when you need that extra boost to focus.  Use at work, while driving*, before a meeting, while studying for that exam and any other occasion where you need that extra boost to focus.

Add the following to a tealight or electric diffuser:

Rosemary essential oil– 4 drops

Peppermint essential oil– 1 drop

Grapefruit essential oil– 4 drops

Lavender essential oil– 3 drops

*When using a car diffuser cut the number of drops in this recipe by half.  Use no more than 6 drops total of essential oils in a car diffuser.

Counter Top Spring Cleaning Disinfecting Spray

Add the following to a 4 ounce spray bottle:

Rosemary essential oil– 12 drops

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Lemon essential oil– 14 drops

Lemongrass essential oil– 5 drops

White Distilled Vinegar- 2 ounces

Distilled Water- 2 ounces

To use:

Shake before each use.

Spray on counter tops and wipe off with a clean sponge.

For an extra boost add one drop of the essential oils to your sponge before use.

Making your own disinfectant sprays is a great alternative to using commercial cleaning products that are filled with harsh chemicals.  Learn more by attending the Clean Your Home Naturally workshop.

 

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of March receive 10% off your Rosemary Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

Upcoming Workshops…Don’t Miss Out!

19 Feb

ImageHere’s a list of the workshops left for Winter.  Stay tuned, the Spring Workshop schedule will be out soon.  Register for workshops by calling the office (443-292-4395) or via email (info@yourbodyneeds.com) .  Spark your interests, learn something new, and while you are at it you are doing something good for you!!

February

Love the Skin You’re In: Tonight (2/19) 6:30 PM

Learn the benefits of taking care of your skin naturally using pure aromatherapy ingredients. You learn how to keep your skin healthy and make your own body moisturizer and exfoliating salt scrub! An excellent class combining fun and education!
Cost: $45    Instructor: Nikki VanZandt

Aromatherapy Blending One: Wednesday February 20th 6:30 PM

Learn to blend your own aromatherapy health and beauty products! Blending One helps you formulate and build a product from scratch using natural ingredients that will benefit your body. Learn the art of blending and about the carrier oils you would use. In this class, you create and take home a 2 oz blended product and a stress blend you create all on your own! This is a standalone class however it is recommended you take the “Introduction to Aromatherapy” beforehand.
Cost: $68    Instructor: Rose Chard

March

Flexibility-What You Need and How to Get it On Your Own: Thursday March 7th 7 PM

You don’t need to stretch everything!  And if your tissues are too tough, you can’t stretch anything.  Discover simple strategies you can do at home to soften your tighter areas, and then improve mobility around tight joints.  Experience less pain with movement by understanding how to help your body heal itself.  The best part: You can do many of these strategies at home while watching TV or reading so you don’t need to devote more time to a separate activity.

Cost:$25    Instructor: Jonathan Ross

Guided Aromatherapy Meditation: Wednesday March 13th 6:30 PM

This workshop is being offered on a monthly basis, you will experience a different guided meditation each month. Also, incorporated into the meditation will be the use of essential oils. Meditation is beneficial to everyone as a way to reduce stress and bring awareness back into your mind and body. Chairs are provided, if you wish to sit on the floor bring a mat and or cushion. The meditation will be approximately 30 minutes in length.

Theme for March: “Welcome Spring”- A meditation for the season!  Focus on the renewal of life and beauty that spring brings.
Cost: $15 or $48 with the purchase of four sessions.    Instructor: Nikki VanZandt

Clean Your Home Naturally: Tuesday March 19th 6:30 PM

Learn how to clean your home using essential oils and some other products you have in your pantry!  You make an all-purpose surface cleaner, a carpet freshener, and a room spray.  Also included are recipes and tips to creating an aromatically clean environment.

Cost:  $48    Instructor: Nikki VanZandt

Awaken the Feet-Massage Techniques for Stress Relief: Wednesday March 27th 6:30 PM

There are approximately 7,800 nerve endings in one foot; that’s why massage to the feet feels so good!  Learn effective techniques to massage the feet for stress relief.  We will also discuss and explore what points on the feet correspond to parts of the body (reflexology).  Bring a partner, or just yourself either way be prepared to exchange foot massages!  Your feet do a lot for you, not only will they feel relief but so will you!

Cost:  $30    Instructor: Nikki VanZandt

The Holidays are Here Again; YBN Has the Essentials!

20 Nov

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year once again; time does move quickly!  There has been a lot of excitement in the studio!  We have been busy creating packages for the holiday season, holding  Gift Making for the Holidays workshops and we are having an Open House next week.

Enjoy a stress free holiday shopping experience at Your Body Needs… and know that at the same time you are supporting a local business!  Give gifts with confidence; Your Body Needs… only uses pure essential oils and quality ingredients, you won’t find synthetics here.  Be sure to visit us during this season, don’t miss out and we always love to see our wonderful customers.

Open House: 

Join us on Wednesday November 28th from 6:30-8:30 PM for our open house. This will be a fun evening with food, discounts and prizes!

Gift Making for the Holidays Workshop

Our Gift Making workshop has been a big hit!  You get to have fun putting together gift packages and create products using pure essential oils.  Enjoy an evening of fun and knock out your gift list at the same time without all the stress!

November Dates: Tuesday 27th 6:30 PM & Thursday 29th 6:30 PM

December Dates: Tuesday 11th 6:30 PM & Tuesday 18th 6:30 PM

Gift Packages

We have put together an assortment of gift packages that are ready for you to come in and scoop up!

This years packages…

A Rosy Holiday: Includes YBN’s Classic Blend Body Oil, Facial Brush, heart shaped bath fizzie (made at YBN using Rose, Ginger and Mandarin essential oils), and beautiful dried rose buds.

Body Beautiful:Includes YBN’s Classic Blend Body Oil, YBN’s Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream, bath fizzie (made at YBN using Rose, Ginger and Mandarin essential oils) and aromatic loose chamomile buds.

   

 Visions of Sugar Plums: Includes an electric nebulizer, lavender herbal eye pillow, YBN’s essential oils of Lavender, Mandarin and Roman Chamomile, and loose chamomile buds.

 Home for the Holidays: Includes a tealight diffuser, YBN’s essential oils of Cinnamon, Ginger and Orange and cinnamon sticks.

Bath Fizzies: We have an assortment of bath fizzies available this year too.  These have been hand made right here in our studio!  They come in a variety of holiday shapes, make great stocking stuffers and not only are they fun to use but they make your skin feel great!  And well, there is nothing quite like taking an aromatic bath!

 And other essentials….

Going clockwise from top left: Blending Kit, Little Something (packaged with lavender soap, facial brush, waffle weave face cloth and soap dish), Fizzie Bath Salts, and assorted aromatherapy items (bamboo essential oil storage box, bamboo essnetail oil travel box, car diffuser, Breathe Deep Essential Oils for Yoga kit and candles.  Lots of goodies!

At Your Body Needs… we are truly thankful to have all of our wonderful customers.    We tend to become a bit busier this time of year, however, remember to schedule a massage, and maybe even attend a Meditation and Aromatherapy Workshop.  Remember to take care of yourself during this holiday season.  Stay healthy and happy everyone! As always, if you have any questions feel free to call us at 443-292-4395 or email us at info@yourbodyneeds.com.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.

Fall Back Into Workshops at Your Body Needs!

3 Oct

Do you want to learn more about blending with essential oils? How about taking care of your skin with all natural ingredients? Do you want to learn how to make your own protein power balls? Would you enjoy welcoming the season with a guided aromatherapy meditation to welcome the fall? You are in luck!  You can do all of this at Your Body Needs!

Workshop Schedule for October:

Love the Skin You’re In: This workshop is fun and informative.  Come and learn what to use on your skin to really take care of it and what not to use on it; you may be surprised!  There is a hands on portion where you get to make a body oil and an exfoliating salt scrub.

When: Tuesday October 9 6:30 PM

Cost: $45

Blending One:  Come and learn more beyond the basics and begin your journey with art of blending with essential oils!  Learn how to make your own aromatherapy products from scratch by learning how to create and work with formulas.  This is a standalone class however it is recommended you take “Introduction to Aromatherapy” first.

When: Wednesday October 10 6:30 PM

Cost: $68

Make Your Own Protein Power Balls:  This is a hands on experience that will leave you with some take home strategies to make your own healthy on-the-go food options.  You get to see them made, sample them and take some home, plus you even get the recipe!

When: Thursday October 25 7 PM

Cost: $50

Meditation and Aromatherapy:  Meditation is offered monthly, regular practice of meditation is beneficial and healthy for your body and mind.  This month the guided meditation is “Autumn”.  You will be guided on a journey in the mountains to experience the beauty and change this time of year has to offer.

When: Wednesday October 17 6:30 PM

Cost: $15 or $48 with the purchase of four sessions

Registration:

If you are interested in signing up for any of the workshops call (443-292-4395) or stop by the studio to register.  You can email us anytime at info@YourBodyNeeds.com.

Keep your eyes out for next months workshops too…we are excited to say that “Gift Making for the Holidays” is back!  The first workshop will be on Friday November 2nd.  To see the entire workshop schedule for Fall 2012 visit our website.  If you have any questions, please call us or email us, don’t hesitate to ask…that’s why we are here!  We can’t wait to see you at the workshops!

Spring Into Action, Come to Our Classes!

19 Apr

Have you found yourself wondering what essential oils are and how you can incorporate them in your lifestyle?  If you have then Your Body Needs… is the answer for you.  We not only provide excellent massage therapy services but are also an aromatherapy studio and have a variety of aromatherapy and wellness workshops.  Our workshops are perfect for anyone, and they are a lot of fun.  If you haven’t attended a workshop you really should as the world of aromatherapy has something to offer everyone.  Truly, the uses of essential oils never ceases to amaze!  We offer a variety of workshops from Introduction to Aromatherapy (a great starting point), to Love the Skin You’re In (learn how essential oils can be a part of your skin care regimen) and Aromatherapy Blending One (a more advanced workshop for those who have taken some of our other workshops).  We also offer workshops that focus on aromatherapy in specific situations such as our Essential Oils for Yoga, Aromatherapy for Men and Guided Meditation with Aromatherapy.  Check out our website for the complete list and times at www.YourBodyNeeds.com.

Your Body Needs… expanded in November 2011 to have an entire space dedicated to our aromatherapy and wellness workshops.  That is how important spreading the news about the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy is!  Whether you are a novice to aromatherapy or more experienced we have a workshop to fit your needs.

Our environments are filled with synthetics and toxins and while we can’t escape them all we can take control over our own environments and the use of essential oils allows us to do just that.  Explore the world of aromatherapy, register for a workshop and have some hands on fun with essential oils and learning ways to incorporate them into your lifestyle!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Our next workshop, Love the Skin You’re In, is Tuesday April 24 at 6:30 PM!  Call the office to register 443-292-4395.

March 17th Workshop…

19 Mar

…was a success!  It was an intimate group this evening (who would’ve thought St. Patrick’s Day would be just as popular on a Wednesday night?!) but we had a blast.  Erin, who’s mom had been using Peppermint oil on her headaches for years, came to the workshop with almost no knowledge whatsoever of the many benefits of essential oils for skin care, physical health and emotional well-being.  She left with a wishlist of essential oils and plans to blend her own all-natural body moisturizer.  The other attendees had been introduced to essential oils before but had some specific questions about blending, diffusing, and the different therapeutic properties of each essential oil.  Rose and I feel that we have mastered delivering a true introduction to aromatherapy for those who need to know where to start without feeling overwhelmed.

Want to join us at the next Intro to True Aromatherapy Workshop?

Wednesday May 19th 2010 at 7 pm
$15 per person, bring-a-friend and pay just $10 each!
Spaces are limited – reserve yours today by calling 443-292-4395 or emailing caitlin@yourbodyneeds.com.  Hope to see you there!