Monday, March 30, 2009

Peppermint And Lemongrass Our Favorite Essential Oils!

Hello Blogger Friends!

Happy Monday to all our friends out there in blog nation! From all of us here at and we invite you to browse our all natural and organic specialty stores! As many of you may or may not know last year we began to offer our own line of pure undiluted oils as we as our newest convenient ready to use aromatherapy and massage single blends using our own high end sweet almond and jojoba oils mixed in perfect ratios.
Today we are going to talk briefly about our two favorite essential oils Peppermint and Lemongrass. We all seem to agree that the aroma is second to none in our office and warehouse when these are heated in our oil lamps. So now a little more info on these two great and natural aromas!
First the peppermint. Our peppermint essential oil which has the technical name Mentha piperita is made using steam distillation. The aroma of this top note oil is powerful and will fill a room quickly. Many people have emailed us with their liking of the soothing aroma and heat like sensation when used as a massage oil. Just a few drops of our undiluted oil will also keep insects at bay!
Our lemongrass essential oil is very similar to the peppermint with the exception of a very different aroma and different technical name Cymbopogon citratus. This top note oil has a slightly more yellowish color than peppermint. Its aroma is about as powerful as peppermint oil.
One tip we love to give our customers who drive or work long hours and need a natural pick me up is to put a couple drops each of pure peppermint and lemongrass essential oil on a tissue and the either tape it to your ceiling fan base or if driving stuff it into your vehicle's air conditioning vent. The aroma helps with mental alertness, focus, and mental clarity and may help keep those purple elephants off the road as your eyes get heavier and heavier.
These two oils are also used in our pure beeswax lip balms and work great! As we can't reveal the exact amount we use in each lip balm we can say that two ounces of these pure undiluted oils will make hundreds of our lip balms. If you have a friend or family member who can really deliver the "Oh My Goodness" factor after a good healthy sit on toilet then keep some of our aromatherapy blended peppermint or lemongrass oil nearby with your oil lamp. This is sure to negate the bad aroma in minutes!

Have a great day!


Stephen C. Sharp
Florida Herb House

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Essential Oils - The Simple Guide

Happy Saturday Bloggers!

As many of you may already know the and do everything possible to make essential oil use and education as simple as possible. With over 50 pure undiluted as well as ready to use blended essential oils for sale we see so many common questions about these powerful little oils. Today we will begin to discuss some of them.

Probably a safe bet to say that if you asked your friend or neighbor what essential oils are they would say something like "Well They Are Oils That You Burn And They Are Essential Because They Are Made From The Earth". In a nut shell here is the nitty gritty basic way to understand essential oils.

Take raw crude oil, distill it, and out comes paint thinner. As this process is far more complicated than this the basic principle is exactly the same for essential oils. Essential oils are herbs, mainly the leaves, that are distilled and from this process comes the pure constituents from the leaves being used. Without using a solvent to extract the herbs, oil distillation is the most practical means of extraction. You may have heard of other oils like almond oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, etc etc. These oils are extracted by actually using a mechanical crushing process that literally squeezes the oil out. This type of oil is called a carrier oil and is less volatile. Essential oils evaporate at a much higher rate than carrier oils. The process used to crush the seeds and nuts is commonly referred to as "Expeller Pressed".

Remember that pure essential oils that are undiluted can be dangerous when not used properly. Use care and guidance when mixing your pure essential oils. They can irritate skin, cause dizziness, be harmful when used internally and one must get the proper guidance before jumping into the essential oil world. Many aromatherapy and massage oils come already diluted and blended and are ready to use. This is a great way to buy your oils if you are not familiar with the proper blending ratios. When we make our hand poured beeswax lip balms there is only about 2 drops of pure undiluted essential oil in each lip balm. Yes that is how strong they are! We do offer pre-blended massage and aromatherapy essential oils for our customers convenience.

In our nest session we will begin to discuss the most popular essential oils, what they blend best with, and their basic uses. We hope you join us on our essential oil blog each week! Have an essential day!


Stephen C. Sharp
Florida Herb House