Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

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Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

History

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines aromatherapy as “the use of natural oils that have a pleasant smell to make a person feel better especially by rubbing the oils into the skin.” The use of essential oils for aromatherapy dates back over 6,000 year ago to Egyptian times, spreading quickly to Israel, Greece, and Rome. Throughout the entire Mediterranean region, essential oils were used in massages, burned in incense, and utilized as perfumes for their fragrant, energizing properties. Though the use of essential oils began to decline upon the arrival of modern science, a contemporary resurgence and enthusiasm has reignited the use of these naturally powerful oils.

Aromatherapeutic Flourish Calming Perfume

Each essential oil delivers its own fragrance and therapeutic benefit. HollyBeth designed her new Flourish Calming Perfume to evoke feelings of tranquility and reduce stress utilizing specific essential oils known to calm the senses (and smell great!).  The earthy, citrus perfume utilizes bergamot, cedarwood, and ylang ylang to ease stress and relieve anxiety, marjoram to combat fatigue, and rose geranium and chamomile to soothe and uplift the spirits. Simply apply the perfume to the skin via rollerball application, allow to dry, and inhale the aroma deeply. Voila! An instant mood boost.

Whether you’ve had a tiring day of traveling, a long day at work, or just want to smell something pleasing, revive your spirits with some of Mother Nature’s stress-relieving oils.

Marjoram

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History

Marjoram (Organum Marjorana) is a perennial herb belonging to the mint family. With rounded, pale green leaves, Marjoram is often mistaken for oregano; however, it has a sweeter taste and a more delicate nature, preferring moister soil and warmer climates. Originating in Asia Minor and the Mediterranean region, the herb was acclaimed in Egyptian, Roman, and Greek culture. The Greeks called marjoram “joy of the mountain,” crowing newly married couples with it as a celebration of love and good fortune. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was said to grow and treasure marjoram, making it a popular herb for love spells. When placed under the pillow of a young woman, it was believed to reveal her future husband in her dreams.

Medicinal Uses

Marjoram is also renowned for its medicinal properties. Extremely beneficial to the stomach, it aids in digestion, calms cramps, alleviates nausea, and relieves upset bowels. Its antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties help the body fight sickness, including food poisoning, malaria, staph, and the flu. Marjoram even improves circulatory function, helping lower blood pressure and cholesterol, while its anti-inflammatory properties soothe head, body, tooth, and muscle aches.

Aromatherapy

Marjoram’s aromatic properties make it the ultimate stress reliever. Testing has shown that marjoram’s tranquil aroma relaxes brain waves. It soothes the senses, alleviates anxiety, reduces stress, and even helps with insomnia.

Marjoram’s warm, woodsy fragrance and natural calming abilities are celebrated in HollyBeth Organics’ new Flourish® calming perfume. This double-duty perfume delights the senses and the mind.

Atlanta Artisans We Love: Honeycomb Studio

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Atlanta Artisans We Love: Honeycomb Studio

Meet Courtney Hamill

Our city has been blessed with an impressive variety of Atlanta artisans creating unique, hand-crated wares, including Courtney Hamill, creator and owner of Honeycomb Studio, a small-batch porcelain shop located in the Studioplex Lofts (the same creative complex as HollyBeth Organics!).

Honeycomb Studio

Just walk inside the doors of Honeycomb Studio, and you will not want to leave without at least one of Courtney’s porcelain pieces. She creates each one individually, producing one-of-a-kind works of art with each session at her pottery wheel.  The shelves of Honeycomb are filled with gorgeous ceramic bottles, vases, and bowls adorned with hand-painted details of color and gold, as well as striking porcelain antler sculptures and charming salt cellars and barware. Trust me – you will not be able to take the smile off your face as you walk around admiring the beauty of Courtney’s work.

Sustainable Candles

Wanting to create a sustainable candle that not only smells great but looks great, HollyBeth commissioned Honeycomb Studio to create the stunning vessels we use to house our limited edition Rose Geranium Soy Candles. We are excited for fellow candle lovers to enjoy the fragrant, flowery aroma crafted with HollyBeth’s favorite rose and geranium essential oils, as well as a re-usable vessel that will remain yours to keep as a distinctive piece of art.

Go to HollyBethOrganics.com to purchase this two-in-one delight for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a loved one this Valentine’s Day.

New Year, New Skin!

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Happy New Year!

As the holiday season comes to a close, we say a bittersweet goodbye to 2015 and start anew in 2016. Now is our chance to cultivate our goals and find new successes, be it with the hopeful motivation of a New Year’s resolution or an ever-present desire to better oneself.

As I made my holiday party rounds this year, I found the most popular goal for the New Year to be the ubiquitous “get healthy” resolution. So many of us work on improving ourselves with the latest diet and exercise trends (not a bad thing!), that we forget to focus on one of the major tell-tale signs of health: our skin!

A Healthier You

Just as our diet benefits from foods free of toxins and rich in natural ingredients, so does our skin. HollyBeth Organic’s skin care products are made with pure, USDA-Certified organic ingredients, nourishing the skin with the Earth’s most luxurious resources. Purify your skin with wholesome elements of nature, not artificial concoctions grown in a lab. You can have radiant, glowing, acne-free skin (nature has a prescription for that!) when you keep it simple.

HollyBeth Organics skincare products are for everyone. From dry to oily, young to mature, sensitive or acne-prone, we can help you find the perfect solution for your skin’s needs.

We want to help you reach your skincare goals for 2016. From now until January 4th, enjoy Free Shipping with code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY.  May 2016 be the year those little changes lead to major results!

5 Tips for Good Skincare

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5 Tips for Good Skincare

1. Sun protection

Sun Protection is a must.  According to the American Cancer Society   melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer and rates have risen in the past 30 years. Current estimates are the one in 5 adults will have skin cancer in their lifetime. I use Badger sunscreen as it protects from both UVA and UVB rays as well as being organic and water resistant.

2. Avoid chemicals

Avoid Chemicals in your skincare routine that goes for your cleansing method as well. Cleansing oil is the best route to keep your skin supple and moisturized. Always read your ingredients a good source to look by brand is the EWG skin deep guide.  The less products you use on your skin, the less irritated your skin will become thus reducing the signs of aging.

3. Moisturize your skin

Your skin is your largest organ on your body and in order to stay replenished and glowing, your need to trap moisture in to avoid fine lines and remain healthy.

4. Avoid using hot water

Avoid using hot water on your skin as it will stripe your skin of oils; use tepid water. Limit the time you spend in the shower, you will be helping your skin and the environment. Cool water is also best for your hair and reduces scalp irritations. According to WebMD hot water can exacerbate skin challenges such as psoriasis

5. Reduce Stress

Reduce Stress as it play a major role in our overall wellbeing that is reflected in our health and skin. We know the rules, eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest but it seems this time of year it is harder. Some of our customers swear by using our lavender hand cream at saying it soothes their hands and the aroma is like a lullaby to them.

8 Benefits of Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil has a woodsy, clean, earthy and herbaceous aroma and is an ingredients in our face and neck elixir.

  1. Known for its abundance in Vitamin A and carotene, it also revitalizes the skin
  2. Carotenoids in carrots helps to reduce damage of the ultra violet rays as well as soothing dry skin
  3. Effective in treating eczema, dermatitis, arthritis and gout for its mucous membrane strengthening properties
  4. Antioxidants that help deter the signs of wrinkles
  5. Cytophylactic: stimulates the growth of new cells and tissues
  6. Relief of muscle pain and soreness
  7. Stress and anxiety reduction properties
  8. Studies indicate its effectiveness in reducing cardiovascular disease

 

Everything Avocados

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Everything Avocados

Television, social media, billboards, subway adverts, Instagram pics, Facebook links, and Twitter feeds just to name a few. Avocados seem to be the rage in gastronomy, health and in just about any facet of life. As a child I remember “Nani” making avocado hair masks during our summer adventures at the beach.  She was confident that her Farah Fawcett locks were more lustrous and manageable after her deep conditioning treatments.  While these memories make my heart happy, it still does not answer the question … WHY are avocados the rage???

Historically, the avocado originated from south-central Mexico sometime between 7,000 and 5,000 B.C.  Despite its historical occurrence, it was several millennia before its cultivation. As a California girl, the Hass Avocado was a staple at our house complete with the historical lessons of the Hass Mother Tree in La Hambra Heights that survived the ice storm in the 1920’s and is the matriarch for all California Hass Avocados.  Clearly, avocados have longevity, but WHY so popular?? 

Avocado seems to embody just about the perfect collection of youthful regeneration, have a positive environmental impact, contain wellbeing properties, has perfect, natural packaging, and can boost any diet or dietary circumscribed dinner party. When consumed, they lower bad cholesterol, are rich in fiber and full of nutrients that are paramount for a healthy life. Sometimes called the Alligator Pear, this fruit is consumed in all corners of the earth and can be appreciated throughout all courses of a meal.

Avocado orchards are good for the environment.  The orchards absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen thus aiding in the renewal of our air supply.  Like a trusted friend who guides you during tumultuous times, they prevent erosion, they stabilize the soil and they can help filter rain water, thus creating better-quality water. Avocados advocate a loving world… They usually grow in pairs and need another avocado tree in close proximity to bear fruit as they do not self-pollinate.

Avocado is a welcomed guest at any dinner party.  They are dairy free, vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, cholesterol free and they have over 20 vitamins and minerals.  If that was not enough to convince you that they are a perfect accompaniment, avocado adds a sun-kissed, glistening of heavenly silkiness to chocolate desserts.  Don’t you wish you could find an avocado on match.com?

A few months ago, my brother in law made a sarcastic laden comment implying that we were missing a subliminal, secret campaign by the avocado farmers around the world.  I scoffed at his comment, as per usual, reminding him that hidden agendas don’t always reign.  Well, I am here to stand (slightly) corrected…. Avocado are ALL around and for GOOD reason… 

Try our Cleansing Oil that contains avocado oil.

Written by Gabriela Gonzalez-Lamberson

body oil

Dry, dry skin. Itchy, itchy legs.

Every winter I go through this. In the summer I can use something as simple and easy to find as coconut oil to moisturize my legs. As soon as the temperature drops, though, my legs become unbearably itchy and dry. For years, I’ve had a constant search for the moisturizer, oil, or oil blend that will calm the skin and lock in more hydration.

I know all of the things you’re supposed to do for dry skin in winter–don’t shower every day, don’t use very hot water, don’t shave legs too often, do moisturize immediately after a shower or bath, do eat healthy fats, and so on and so forth.

I do all of these things! I have been doing them for years! I still feel like I need moisturizer 3 times a day on my legs…When I stopped using chemicals in my body products a few years ago, that alleviated a little bit of the problem, but it still persists.

HOWEVER! I may have found the antidote! I used this luxurious new USDA organic body oil from HollyBeth Organics once a day (at night) for a week, and after the 2 showers that I took that week as well. This made a HUGE difference! It’s a process, and I know that I need more time to heal the scratched skin, but I think I’m on the road to recovery

The blend of base oils is apricot seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. The apricot seed oil penetrates quickly and deeply, while the pumpkin seed oil helps cellular rejuvenation to rebuild damaged skin, and the sunflower seed oil is very anti-inflammatory. The essential oil blend smells fantastic, very light and fresh, with litsea, ylang ylang, and black pepper

I’m so glad I found this amazing body oil from HollyBeth Organics!

Becca Bussert