Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stock Up On Summer Travel Supplies: Save 20% through Monday!!

Fourth of July is Sunday! That means two things: Summer is here and it’s travel time!

What’s more exciting than a new destination, a little adventure, and some R&R on the road? Not much! But, don’t let your summer travels get grounded by unexpected health challenges. Minor bumps and scrapes, bug bites, and unexpected allergies are common travel mishaps. But with a little preparation, you can have the adventure of a lifetime AND keep you and your family happy and healthy all summer long!

Essential Oil First Aid Travel Kit

This kit was personally designed by ACHS President Dorene Petersen and includes 5 ml of aloe vera and 5 ml each of the antibacterial, health-promoting essential oils cinnamon, ginger, lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree Australia, and ylang ylang.

The Travel Kit’s great price reflects our new, lowered prices on essential oils due to the U.S. dollar's surge against the Euro. But we can’t predict how long these exchange rates will stay in place, so take advantage of these great savings while you can!

Order by midnight July 5 to save 20% off any Apothecary Shoppe purchase of $30 or more. Just enter the code July2010 into the comments section of your order at checkout.

Also check out these travel items:
  • Flight Spray Germ Fighting Nasal Spray
  • Herbal Comfort Neck Pack
  • JetZone Jet Lag Homeopathic 30 Tab
  • Rescue Remedy Spray
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Essential Oils Great Alternative to Synthetic Chemical Insect Repellents: Citronella, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Lemongrass

Summer is here! That means, it's time to get outdoors and enjoy some relaxation and sun time with friends and family. For many of us, though, summer fun can come at a price (so to speak!). Bug bites! Ouch. Ick. Yuck!

If you're swarmed by cookout invites and gardening have-tos, don't fear your time outdoors ... with a little pre-planning, you can protect your skin and fun-time from potential discomfort caused by bug bites.

This summer, make aromatherapy part of your outdoor fun. These essential oils are attributed with natural insect repellent properties and create great atmosphere when diffused into the air. You also can turn skin protection into a fun activity and get your friends and family involved by creating essential oil blends with base oils*. Plus, essential oils are a natural alternative to synthetic chemicals, which further helps protect environmental and personal health.[1]

Citronella Cymbopogon nardus
Citronella essential oil is well know for its mosquito repellent properties and is used in many products, as well as in soap making and natural cleaning products. Citronella is generally considered a top note and has a medium-strong fragrance.

Peppermint Mentha piperita var. vulgaris Peppermint essential oil releases a very fresh, invigorating aroma when diffused into the air and can be very refreshing at outdoor events. Like citronella, peppermint is effective for keeping insects at bay and it blends well with other essential oils, such as eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary. [2]

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus
Eucalyptus essential oil is considered a top note and has a high aroma intensity described as fresh, penetrating, and woody. Like peppermint, it blends wells with eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary. Note, it is not recommended to use eucalyptus on the skin undiluted as it can cause stinging. To use on the skin, blend with a base oil like olive.

Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus
Lemongrass essential oil has a very refreshing aroma known for its uplifting, energizing properties ... perfect for outdoor events! It also is thought to support "clear thinking" and good concentration.[3]

For more information about aromatherapy, diffusion, blending, and making your own aromatic sprays, download our free lecture What Is Aromatherapy? from the Apothecary Shoppe College Store website here:

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[1] Nerio LS, Olivero-Verbel J, Stashenko E.Repellent activity of essential oils: a review. Bioresour Technol. 2010 Jan;101(1):372-8. Epub 2009 Sep 2:
[2]Samarasekera R, Weerasinghe IS, Hemalal KP.Insecticidal activity of menthol derivatives against mosquitoes. Pest Manag Sci. 2008 Mar;64(3):290-5:
[3] Qualls WA, Xue RD. Field evaluation of three botanical repellents against Psorophora ferox, Aedes atlanticus, and Aedes mitchellae. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2009 Sep;25(3):379-81:

*Note, it is always best to consult with a certified aromatherapist about which essential oils are best suited for your purposes. It is also recommended to perform a skin patch test before applying essential oils to test for possible sensitivities. This article is for informational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, diagnose, prescribe, or cure.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Join ACHS and Mindy Green for a Free Teleconference, Essential Oil Blending

Title: Essential Oil Blending for Perfumery or Therapeutics with Mindy Green, MA
When: July 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm (PST)

About the Teleconference
Essential oils have been employed for centuries as fragrant adornment, sexual attractant, cosmetic adjunct, and for their therapeutic significance. Whether your blend is recreational or recuperative, it should smell pleasant enough for enjoyable compliance. In this teleconference, Mindy Green will discuss where, when, and how essential oils applications are most effective. Participants will also learn about the basic principles of blending, safety and dilutions, carrier oils, and actualizing blends.

Recommended Reading
Keville, Kathi and Mindy Green. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd Edition: Crossing Press, 2008 (Blending Chapter, pgs 128-140).

About Mindy Green
Mindy Green has more than 35 years’ experience in the natural products and healthcare industry. From 2003-2009 she worked for Aveda Corporation in the botanical research division of R&D as their clinical aromatherapist and prior to Aveda, she founded and owned several herb and essential oil businesses. Mindy now runs her own consulting company called Green Scentsations, LLC.

Mindy is a nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist and has served on the educational committees of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and the Aromatherapy Registration Council. She currently is a member of the Advisory Board for the American College of Healthcare Sciences and is an ongoing guest speaker for Andrew Weil’s integrative medicine program in Arizona, where she lectures on the integration of essential oils into a medical practice.

In addition to more than 40 published magazine articles on the topics of botanicals and skin care, Mindy also is co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art and author of Calendula and Natural Perfumes.

For more information about Mindy, visit her website here:

Contact Information
Call in information will be emailed to participants the week of the teleconference. To register, email or call (800) 487-8839.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Father's Day Gift Ideas and Savings: Give Dad the Gift of Health

Bad news: You’re likely aware of the economic challenges Europe is facing right now. Good news: The U.S. dollar has surged against the Euro, allowing us to maximize our buying power and to pass on some great savings to you.

As a result, we are able to lower the price of most Apothecary Shoppe College Store essential oils, many at a significant savings! We can’t predict how long these great exchange rates will stay in place, so take advantage!*

All orders of $20 or more placed by midnight June 20 will also receive 1 oz Detoxifying Bath Salt Blend free*

June 20 is Father's Day. This year, give Dad the gift of health! Dad is exposed to toxins in the environment everyday, including in food and water. Help Dad detox with our Detoxifying Bath Salt Blend.

These salts have been custom blended by ACHS President Dorene Petersen. Included are essential oils of juniper, ginger, fennel, and rosemary, which create a refreshing experience and help support the body's natural detoxification process.

Make health today's priority! Shop for Dad and your favorite essential oils here!

*Our new pricing reflects current market value only. The high quality you rely on is the same. We will never sacrifice quality and thoroughly investigate the harvesting, manufacturing, and product practices of our suppliers to ensure adherence to our mission.