Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What Type of Product -- Spray, Oil or Perfume -- Should I Use?

From the email bag:

"I'm just wondering if you can tell me what the differences are between your healing oils, room/body sprays and perfumes/balms? Or is it simply just preference?"

I love it when a customer is curious enough to ask questions like this! Here was my answer:

Thanks for asking!

There are a few differences and, yes, there is an issue of people's preference that I'm addressing as well. The healing oils were my first products-- still the ones I use most for myself. They are safe enough to use for a massage or for a body oil after a bath or as a very light perfume-like product 2-3 times a day. Which I think is important for therapeutic effects.

But most people do not think of those original strength oils as being strong enough for perfume. And many people confuse therapeutic aromatherapy with perfume. So I would get those complaints... which I resisted giving in to for many years. But I recently discovered that I like a few of my products extra strong for use as a healing perfume myself. They smell like perfume and that was intentional. And if you only use a few dabs here and there -- as you would with a perfume -- they are safe enough for most people most of the time. And a few of my customers totally swear by the perfume balms and say that nothing works as well as that for anxiety and other purposes.

The sprays, though, are a little different. This might stretch your belief system but many people (including myself) find that energy healing works especially effectively in the aura that surrounds a person's body. My flower essence aromatherapy products are all Reiki-infused. So using the sprays around your body seems to address things subtly better. My personal experience is that certain ones (Inner Strength & Protection, for example) work tremendously better that way. 

I use the sprays particularly for their convenience -- especially if I want to change the feeling in a room. I use the oils if I want to use them extensively like a body oil or for a massage. I use a dab or two of the perfumes if I don't.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Should I Use Mama Love Regular Strength or Triple Strength?

Triple Strength Mama Love for Restful Sleep
Regular Strength Mama Love for Restful Sleep
For the longest time, I only made Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy Oils to strict aromatherapy standards for most people to make use of as extensively as you'd like. You could use it as massage oil, pour it into your bath, use it as an after-bath body oil, or even as a very light perfume. You could put my smallest size in your purse and use the larger size as a more economical alternative at home. And it was safe enough for most people most of the time—something my customers concerned about sensitivity could appreciate. (And that included me!)

But lately I've been introducing triple strength formulas. Surely, that can't be considered aromatherapy-safe, is it?

Well, you should not use my triple strength formulas for a massage—the amount of essential oils in that product is really too much for a full body massage. And the safe-for-massage standard is what aromatherapy guidelines tend to be based on.

But some people wish my formulas smelled stronger! They want to use them as perfume because they smell so good. And I always envisioned them being used as "healing perfume." You dab a little behind your ears or on your neck, maybe on your wrists or on a chakra point or two. Smelling good makes healing fun!

Using perfume for healing purposes is not a new concept. The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks used it for emotional and spiritual purposes as well as for seduction or just covering for poor hygiene. They used a carrier oil, as I do, and varied the dilution according to the purpose. Aromatherapy-safe massage, body and bath oils are used extensively over a large body area. You have to be concerned about overloading the body, and a heavy dose of essential oils isn't really necessary when you are using a product in that way. Perfumes, however, are meant to be used sparingly so people prefer a product like that to be made strong.

My triple strength formulas are a safe -- I'd call it conservative -- perfume strength. About 10% dilution, safe enough for most people to use as perfume would typically be used. Perfect for certain formulas I want to use as I go about my day. I can take a small jar or roller bottle with me in my purse and make use of it as I wish.

But there are times when I actually prefer my original regular strength formulas. Take Restful Sleep, for example. A dab or two or three of Triple Strength is great. But if I'm going through a particularly stressful time that is keeping me up at night, I like to pour a little original strength into my hands and rub it on the soles of my feet and all the way up my legs and lower back. I'll put a little more on my solar plexus and maybe on my upper back and neck. And, basically, that's a fair bit more product than the intent behind "healing perfume."

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I'm in Another Juried Show!

Rebirth, © 2013 Sheryl Karas
This piece has been selected for the National All Media Juried Exhibition at the Chico Art Center, here in Chico, CA. It's done in pastel and acrylic on cradled panel and is called "Rebirth." It depicts a Desert Sagebrush blowing in the wind and represents the sometimes chaotic process of renewal after a devastating defeat.

This is a relatively large piece for pastel: 30" x 30." I'm pretty proud of it because I was able to capture the feeling I wanted to express pretty well. It's also the most successful piece I have done using techniques I've been innovating that allow me to use pastels without the need for framing.

The show will run from July 24 to August 14 at the CAC, 450 Orange Street, Chico, CA. There is a reception tomorrow, Friday, July 24, from 5:00-7:00 pm. See you there!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NEW!!! Triple Strength Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy in Roller Bottles

It's real perfume! Triple strength Mama Love was actually my original intention: a healing product for emotional and spiritual well-being that you could use as if it was perfume.

But I tended to be overly sensitive to a variety of things when I started my Mama Love business. So my original formulas were made to strict aromatherapy standards for most people to use as extensively as they want to. You could use it for a full body massage or pour it into your bath! And I—and a number of other people—used it as a light perfume, too. Not strong enough for true perfume lovers, but pretty nice.

But I always wanted real perfume. So now, finally, I have that, too. Used like perfume—a dab on your neck and wrists, maybe on a chakra point of your choice—it is still safe for most people. But you'll enjoy the scent a fair bit longer, and—unless you use my original formula as a full body massage or bath oil—you'll likely enjoy stronger effects.

Organic, Reiki-infused, and designed with intention for your highest well-being, Support for Troubled Times is one of the first ones I've made available in my shop. Triple strength versions of my other formulas will follow soon. You'll find them in the Perfume section.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Potatoes with Rosemary and Lavender

Tonight when I was cooking dinner, I happened to look over at my stash of dried Lavender blossoms and thought: "Hmmmm! I bet that would be good with potatoes! I wonder if anyone else has thought of that."

Of course, they have!

Here are some links to recipes for potatoes with Lavender that sound awesome to me. Most of them have Rosemary as well, which I LOVE. If you don't have fresh Rosemary and Lavender in your garden, I carry it in my Etsy shop.

Potatoes with Lavender and Rosemary (from
Lavender Roasted Potatoes (from Boulder Locavore)
Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Lavender (includes sweet potatoes!) (from Sprout & Pea)
Lavender and Rosemary Smashed Potatoes (from The Kitcheneer)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

More Releasing Worry and Fear Healing Balm is Available

A few weeks ago I announced that I was planning to discontinue my flower essence aromatherapy healing perfume balms. They were too pricey at triple strength my original formulas. And too time-consuming to make.

So I marked them down considerably and there was a great rush to buy them. My best-selling formula "Releasing Worry and Fear" sold out right away. Great for me but very sad news for one of my regular customers.

She wrote to me privately and said that, while she liked the other versions of this product, nothing helped her terrible anxiety like this healing balm. Tug, tug at Mama Love's heart. Especially since I knew I still had a stash of empty boxes and jars left.

So I made another batch. And I will do one more after that. By the time that runs out, I'll have a new triple strength product for sale. (I happen to like the stronger version myself.) But right now I have some more of these balms available -- at their new lower price -- until they are gone.

Find them in my Etsy shop!