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Monday, October 3, 2011

Monthly Subscriber News - October 2011

   We were so glad to see so many new faces in the office, as well as all our friends that came in last month. We have been building on our FaceBook following and still offer the $40 Friday specials to all of our FaceBook fans and Twitter followers. So if you haven't followed us on Twtiiter (@MountainBreeze3 or liked us on Facebook, then now is the time to do that to enjoy specials and discounts.


This Month's Special; for E-list members only (offer expires Oct 31)
    Come see our selection of Crystal Journey Candles, crafted with the finest essential oils and natural waxes, to complement any room or mood in your day.


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     Come find us at the Pierview Market down at the Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls every Saturday this month from 10am to 2 pm. We will have a selection of aromatherapy products, information on aromatherapy, and we will have a massage chair at hand! Yes, free information, and a FREE massage (about 10-15 min) and good conversation to boot!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Use of Essential Oils needs Caution, and Education.

Due to the amount of questions we recieve on the use of essential oils, we decided to re-post this wonderful information from Green Valley here for our subscribers.

Safety Measures



Pure essential oils are a representation of nature in one of its most powerful forms. Harnessed, essential oils offer a world of possibilities to the knowledgeable user, but along with these possibilities comes a great responsibility. This is educational information and any opinions expressed here do not replace professional medical advice.
If you are ill, see a suitably qualified medical practitioner. Always use the best quality essential oils, purchased from a reputable company. Do not apply essential oils directly to skin, with the exception of Tea Tree and Lavender (still use with caution). Do not use essential oils if you are taking Homeopathic Remedies without consulting with your Homeopathic doctor first.
Do not use the same essential oil exclusively over a long period of time. You can become sensitive to the oil. Always blend essential oils in a well-ventilated room. Do not take essential oils internally. Always follow suggested amount, however, use less rather than more if you are unsure of amounts.
Keep essential oils away and out of reach of children. Keep essential oils away from eyes. When adding essential oil to the bath, drop directly under running water to avoid high concentration and skin sensitivity.
Essential oils are flammable and should not be stored by any open flame such as candles. We have heard of self-combustion in towels folded and stacked straight from the dryer.

FIRST AID MEASURES

If essential oil is ingested, rinse mouth out with water. Drink a large glass of milk. Seek medical advice immediately. If essential oil gets into eyes, flush with large quantity of water immediately. Seek medical advice immediately.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

These contraindications apply only to direct application of essential oils to the skin. They do not apply to diffusing essential oil, perfume oil and soap makers. Babies and small children - use Chamomile essential oil only at a 1% dilution.
  • PREGNANCY: Avoid using essential oils in first trimester if there are concerns, or use only under the direction of a qualified aromatherapist. In the second trimester, the following oils should only be used in a 1% dilution when used on the body for massage: lavender, geranium, chamomile, cardamom, neroli and palmarosa. Other oils can be used in diffusers (i.e. spearmint for nausea).
  • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Avoid Cypress, Clove, Nutmeg, Pine, Rosemary, and Sage & Thyme.
  • LOW BLOOD PRESSURE: Avoid the use of Sweet Marjoram and Ylang Ylang.
  • EPILEPSY : Avoid Fennel, Hyssop, Peppermint and Sage.
  • INSOMNIA : Avoid peppermint, Basil, Lemon Verbena, and Rosemary.
  • GASTRIC PROBLEMS : Avoid Cinnamon, Clove, Garlic, Oregano and Parsley Seed.
  • CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE/URINARY PROBLEMS: Avoid Juniper Berry, Eucalyptus, Parsley Seed, and Black Pepper.
  • ESTROGEN PATCH WEARER: Avoid Geranium and Vitex.
  • SUN EXPOSURE: Before going into the sun or using tanning beds, avoid Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, and Orange.
  • SKIN IRRITANTS: Use a maximum of 3 drops when using the following oils in a bath: Basil, Lemon, Lemon Grass, Nutmeg, Peppermint, and Thyme.
  • CARDIAC FIBRILATION: Do not use Peppermint and Rosemary.
  • ASTHMA: Some essential oils can help but proceed with caution.
This is educational information and any opinions expressed here-in do not replace professional medical advice. If you are ill, see a suitably qualified medical practitioner.

Do be sure to check out our online store at Mountain Breeze, and as always, don't hesitate to ask questions about our products and services. We'd love to see you there!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Growth of business for Mountain Breeze sees new web domain

Wow, in less than six months we actually outgrew our domain on the web. Free site hosting is great, to start-up, but limits what we can do for our customers, specifically in our online store and forum submission and bandwidth, so we were faceing a delema! Lucky for us, our loyal customers and the run of new clients, brought in the business for us to be able to 'jump up' and purchase our new domain!
That's right folks, idahomassage.webs.com will now be mountainbreeze.net !
Don't worry, the transition should be smooth and all traffic requests are to be automatically forwarded to the new domain address. And we plan on a big run through our listings to be able to manually inout the new domain addy everywhere we can so than none of you great people get lost in the shuffle.
We will keep the look and feel of the website the same as we have all grown accustomed to it and are familiar with how it looks and feels. The placement of store items will be the biggest change and the most frequently updated, but we want fresh material every now and agin, so keep visiting our website for these things as well.
Thanks once again to our customers, new and old, who have helped us so much over the years to continue to grow and allow us to continue to serve you in your massage and aromatherapy needs.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

About Rosemary (borrowed from www.Beauty-tips.net

Rosemary Essential Oil: Benefits & Uses

Found along the windswept shores of the Mediterranean Sea, rosemary oil has a deep history dating back to the Roman days. The Romans used rosemary for a variety of purposes, including healing, incense, cosmetics and religious ceremonies.

Even today, people hold rosemary essential oil sacred because of its incredible beauty and healing properties, which include being a memory aid, pain reliever, skin toner, mouthwash, moisturizer, respiratory aid and more. Assuming you are interested in finding out the specifics on how this product can help you, here is a deeper look at rosemary oil.

Rosemary Oil Overview

As mentioned before, rosemary is found in the Mediterranean region, and it grows as an evergreen plant that sometimes reaches 5-6 feet high. Seeing as how rosemary has traditionally grown around the Mediterranean area, it’s no surprise that it appears in both Roman and Greek mythology. In fact, Aphrodite was depicted as wearing rosemary when she was first born. In regards to the actual appearance of the oil, rosemary is basically colorless, while the scent is strong, fresh and citrusy. Aside from rosemary’s appearance and mythology presence, another noteworthy detail about this oil is that it’s a middle note, which means rosemary can be combined with plenty of other essential oils. Some of the oils that work well with rosemary are cedarwood, juniper, tea tree, basil and geranium.

Rosemary Oil Uses and Healing Properties

Skin Care Rosemary essential oil has several different uses in regards to skin care, including the ability to tone and moisturize your skin. In addition to this, you can also smooth out wrinkles, reduce fine lines, clear up acne, and minimize the ugliness of varicose veins and broken capillaries.

Aromatherapy

Rosemary is one of the top oils when it comes to aromatherapy benefits. Whether it’s congestion, a cold, a sore throat or asthma, rosemary essential oil goes a long way to clearing up these problems. Aside from the healing benefits of rosemary aromatherapy, this oil makes a room smell great when used.

Pain Reliever :Those suffering from headaches and migraines have found that rosemary essential oil works wonders for reducing the pain. Going further, rosemary also extends to aid with other pain-related problems like sore muscles, arthritis and rheumatism. So whether you’re massaging the oil directly into the skin or inhaling it through aromatherapy, rosemary is very effective at relieving pain.

Memory Aid: Some students who have a solid knowledge of rosemary oil use it to improve their mental concentration and potentially boost test scores. It’s also used by doctors, lawyers and people in other strenuous professions to focus and battle fatigue. The reasons why rosemary works so well as a fatigue/memory aid is because it increases brain activity.

Mouthwash: If you’re ever short on toothpaste, rosemary essential oil makes a fine substitute because it kills bad breath and disinfects the mouth. Just make sure that you don’t ingest the rosemary, or any other essential oil for that matter.

Hair Stimulator: As yet another benefit of rosemary oil, it stimulates hair follicles and helps people grow fuller, thicker-looking hair. Other hair-based benefits include preventing gray hair and reducing the appearance of a dry, flakey scalp. The effects of rosemary oil on hair are even better when combined with tea tree or basil oil.

Digestion :One last major benefit of rosemary essential oil is that it can help people out with their digestion problems or stomach aches. To use rosemary for digestion purposes, you can add a few leaves on the side of your supper.

Rosemary Oil Cautions

As mentioned before, you should avoid ingesting rosemary in large doses - if not entirely. The reason why is because rosemary essential oil can be potentially toxic, and cause seizures if taken in big amounts. The only time that you should really consider ingesting rosemary oil is if a doctor has advised you to, which isn’t very common. Moving past the oil, you should also be careful with the amount of rosemary leaves that you consume. As previously stated under "Digestion" in the uses and healing properties section, it’s safe to eat rosemary leaves along with meals. However, too many rosemary leaves can certainly be a bad thing, especially in the case of pregnant women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In extreme cases where lots of leaves are eaten, rosemary causes vomiting, spasms and even fluid in the lungs. But as long as you’re responsible when consuming rosemary leaves, and you avoid ingesting the oil altogether, you shouldn’t have any worries in regards to using this product.

Using Rosemary Essential Oil

In order to ensure that you avoid any of the unpleasantries discussed above, it’s important that you properly use rosemary essential oil. With this being said, the most popular and safest usage of rosemary oil involves putting a few drops into a vaporizer, and letting the aroma fill the air. This use is great for people who want to relieve congestion, reduce headache pains and/or make their house smell better. One thing to remember when doing this is that rosemary is a middle note, so it takes a little longer than top notes to start working.

Moving along, those who want to relieve muscle and/or joint pain with rosemary essential oil should put a few drops in their massage oil; once the solution is mixed, you can rub the oil into your skin. As alluded to in the cautions section, you don’t want to exceed a few drops of the product when mixing it with massage oil. Much like with the massage oil, you can also add a few drops of rosemary to face and skin creams. Doing this creates an even more powerful, age-defying effect with the skin care products you use. Just remember, the key thing with rosemary oil is that you want to use it in moderation. In most cases, adding a few drops to whatever product or vaporizer you’re using should be enough to get the effects you are looking for.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Aromatherapy News

At Mountain Breeze exclusively uses Green Valley Essential oils. After much research of different companies, we have found them to be the best quality with the best prices. Come in today and compare for yourself! Find us at 140 N Woodruff Ave Idaho Falls Idaho 83401.
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Ways to Use Essential Oils
Properties of Essential Oils

Here are some of the properties of the most popular essential oils.

Bergamot Citrus bergamia: May help with acne, eczema, digestive problems, depression, tension, cold sores, anxiety, cystitis and urethritis.

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus: Eucalyptus is thought to be an immune booster. It may also help with fevers, migraines, coughs, throat infections, sinusitis, mucous, muscle aches, arthritis, cuts, blisters, skin infections and insect bites and improve circulation.

Geranium Pelargonium graveolens: Said to help with acne, burns, cuts, eczema, edema, poor circulation, menopausal problems, stress, PMS, depression and cellulite. It can be used as a mosquito repellant and in skincare preparations. Geranium can be used during childbirth.

Grapefruit Citrus paradisi: Helpful with digestive problems, lymphatic drainage, cellulite, obesity, water retention, stress, mental fatigue, depression, nervous exhaustion and headaches. Grapefruit is thought to be decongesting for oily and acne-prone skin.

Lavender Lavendula angustifolium: May help with symptoms of colds, coughs and flu. Also thought to help with insomnia, hyperactivity, arthritis, muscle aches, rheumatism, acne, sunburns, wounds, insect bites, burns and irritability. Also used as an insect repellant.

Lemon Citrus limonum: Said to help with symptoms of cellulite, water retention, anxiety, depression, nose bleeds, coughs, colds, flu, fever, asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections.

Orange Citrus sinensis: Often used to help with water retention, digestive problems, nervous tension, toxin elimination, constipation, depression and stress.

Peppermint Mentha piperita: May help with migraines, sinus congestion, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, bronchitis, pneumonia, fever and muscular pain. It is also considered to be a mental stimulant and an insect repellant.

Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis: Thought to help with respiratory problems, arthritis, rheumatism, scalp disorders, cellulite and circulation. Rosemary is considered a brain stimulant and is also used in skincare.

Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia: Is used tohelp with infectious illnesses, athlete's foot, cold sores, gingivitis, bronchial congestion, whooping cough, acne, abscesses, dandruff, oily skin, wound healing, candida and ringworm. Tea tree may also be used as an immune system booster.

To learn more about the other essential oils Green Valley carries, ask us!

This newsletter is issued from the Green Valley Aromatherapy team. theses have wonderful information about essential oils and ways to improve your life with them. I wanted to pass the information on. Come in today and we can get you set up with what you need and answer any questions you may have.

Ways to use Essential Oils
Essential oils are used in massage (introduction through the skin) and inhalation (introduction through the respiratory system) as these are the most effective methods of introducing these balancing and holistic gifts from nature into the human body.

For massage, a naturally-based carrier oil, lotion, cream or salve is recommended to deliver the essential oils to the area needed. For inhalation, a simmering pot, diffuser, hot tub, sauna - or something as simple as a common cotton ball is used. Here are some other ways to use essential oils:

In the bedroom...about 20 minutes before bed, place 5 drops of Lavender on a cotton ball and place inside your pillow case.

In the kitchen... you can use a drop of Clove in a simmering pan to help with cooking odours. Place 5 drops of Lemon or Tea Tree oil on your dish cloth as you wipe down your counter.

In the bathroom...place 5 drops of lavender or geranium on a tissue and place inside the toilet roll.

In your vacuum cleaner..add a few drops of essential oil to your vacuum cleaner bag or exhaust filter and give the whole house a nice scent while you do your house work.

For air freshening...place cotton balls with any favourite essential oil on them, inconspicuously around the house. You can freshen your silk or dried flower arrangements and potpourri with a drop or two of essential oil.

For selling your home...use some of the spicy oils such as Clove, Cinnamon or Nutmeg, in a diffuser.

For letter writing...place your stationary in a sealed baggie with a drop of essential oil such as Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint or Rose.

To repel insects...dip ribbons in citronella oil and hang in the backyard to repel mosquitoes and other back yard pests. Add 5 drops of Tea Tree oil to your cloth before cleaning any surfaces around the house - the anti-septic qualities may help to repel house flies.

For more ways to use essential oils, please contact us at Mountain Breeze Massage and Aromtherapy. We would be happy to answer all your questions.


Handy Measurement Chart

25-30 drops = 1 ml (will vary with viscosity)
5ml = 1 teaspoon
15ml = 1 tablespoon

Metric to Imperial
10ml = 1/3 of an ounce
30ml = 1 ounce

Essential Oil diluted in Carrier Oil
1% dilution for children & elderly - 7 drops into 30ml of carrier oil.
2% dilution for body massage - 15 drops into 30ml of carrier oil.
3% dilution for isolated area massage - 23 drops into 30ml of carrier oil
4% dilution for localized areas only - 30 drops into 30ml of carrier oil

Quality, Purity & Organics

Green Valley Aromatherapy was founded in 1995 and enjoys an excellent reputation in the industry. Company founder Barb Greenwood comes with a substantial background in Special Needs Healthcare. She is a Registered Massage Therapist and a Registered Aromatherapist, and has trained in England and in Canada. Her attention to detail has ensured consistent, high quality products and ethical business dealings. Barb's wealth of knowledge is the backbone of Green Valley, and is reflected in the fine products assembled under the Green Valley name.

Our team includes trained aromatherapists who are keenly aware of purity and quality issues. Continuous research into new products, suppliers and health information makes us responsive to changes that occur within the industry. We are committed to providing you with top-quality products that are environmentally friendly, not tested on animals and are sourced from around the world.

All of our essential oils are tested for their quality and purity by gas chromatography, ensuring that you are receiving a certified, 100% pure, top quality product. Material Safety Data Sheets are available on request.

Organic
Green Valley Aromatherapy is aware of the importance of high quality oils in a therapeutic setting and where possible we endeavour to source them from farms that are certified organic or are working towards their organic status. We already purchase many of our oils from farms that are organic, but without verified certification we will not identify them as such.

Organic certification is not easy to attain, does not exist in some countries, has standards that vary from country to country and comes with a hefty price tag to the farmer, which must be passed onto the consumer in the form of higher prices. We hear conflicting requests from clients who want organic oils but are not happy with the higher prices. High quality products cannot come at rock bottom prices.
Don't be fooled by companies who claim that organic is the only way to go. Walk down the street in any major city, breathing in the fumes from car exhaust and you've taken more toxins into your body than you ever would by using an essential oil that is not certified organic.
We hope you've enjoyed this newsletter telling you all about aromatherapy.


Sincerely,


The Green Valley Team
Green Valley Aromatherapy