Though we are all excited about the stirrings of spring, with this change of season comes … the pollen.
For Sylla, that means lots of sneezing, a runny nose, and red eyes. After a day of thinking she might be coming down with a cold, the increasing green and warmth reminds her that it’s probably just allergies. Sound familiar?
That’s why she made some aromatic honey for allergy season a few weeks ago.
Not only do the oils help us control our symptoms from the increasing pollen of the spring season, but local, seasonal honey is a great way to treat this issue as well.
Watch our video to find out:
Why local, raw, honey helps allergies
How to make your own aromatic honey
Plus 3 more ways essential oils can put allergy symptoms at bay
Aromatic Honey Blend:
8-10 Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia) -or- replace with another Melaleuca species like Tea Tree
2 Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)
1 Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)
The therapeutic effects of these oils result in a honey that is anti-infectious, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory. It’s perfect for easing inflamed sinuses and sore throats, and it allows for much better breathing.
We recommend making a big batch so you can use it in an inhaler and oil blend as well!
After watching, comment below and tell us:
How do you prefer to take your honey? On a toothpick, in your tea? What other creative ways can we use it?
What other oils might be good in some honey and why? (Think of other therapeutic actions you’d like to utilize internally … We use this thinking process to help our students become more confident and creative aromatherapists.)
In celebration of the Spring Equinox and our new virtual home, we wanted to bring you an inspirational spring-time blend.
Robbi Zeck says that Vetiver provides assurance and grounding; Petitgrain awakens that which is no longer stifled, and Mandarin brings the peace of composure for moving us forward.
This blend represents the support of earth with the smell of freshly turned garden dirt and roots (Vetiver), the leafy greenness of new growth (Petitgrain) opens us to start a new journey, and the soft, sweet scent of fruit (Mandarin) reminding us that rewards do come from our past year’s growth. This is what spring shows: out of the darkness of the earth, new life emerges.
Use this blend to help pave the way for a new emergence in your life. What will your growth look like in the next year?
Dilute 2.5% (15 drops of your blend in 1 oz. of carrier oil) for a blend for face and body. Great for a transformative massage session or an anointing oil after a shower. You can also diffuse it in the environment to really get spring in the air.
While using this blend, simply repeat this affirmation:
I am supported and protected as I emerge into my new life.
We wanted to use Mandarin because it is not phototoxic like other some citrus oils, but alternatives could be sweet orange (C. sinensis), grapefruit (C. paridisi), or even Neroli (C. aurantium). If you don’t have Vetiver, find another oil with a grounding/earthy quality, patchouli (P. cablin) comes to mind. Share with us in the comments on what your variations are. Don’t take our recipe too seriously, you can totally make up your own. We want to hear from you and what you are blending for Spring.