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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 1: Launch of the Essential Oil Collection

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The whir of a sewing machine is the only sound in the room. I’m seated on the floor, legs crossed, among shiny, silky scraps of fabric. I smile as I inhale the earthy smell of mothballs, watching my grandmother create her latest masterpiece. I look around and realize I’m standing in the middle of a florescent-lit department store, not seated on the floor of my grandmother’s basement sewing room, smelling the designer “drawer fresheners” (or, in other words, mothballs). That is the power of smell. Deeply connected to our emotions, scents have the ability to transport us to different times in our personal history and affect our mood. Ancient cultures incorporated the burning of resins and incents into religious and medical practices, and archeological finds show evidence different scents were used for their perceived purifying and healing powers. Over time these practices gave way to aromatherapy, harnessing the benefits of flowers and herbs for physical and psychological benefits.

Since the beginning, Lemongrass Spa Products has used essential oils to complement its body care collection. Wash away the day’s stress with a sprinkling of Lavender Bath Crystals to a warm bath or awaken your senses in the middle of the day while replenishing skin’s moisture with Spearmint Eucalyptus Hand & Body Lotion. A natural progression for the company’s mission to provide fresh, clean skin and body care products was to enhance the spa experience through aromatherapy with fresh, clean essential oils. Founder & CEO, Heidi Leist worked closely with the essential oil supplier to ensure the oils met her high standard of excellence.

The Five Qualities of Lemongrass Spa’s Essential Oil Collection

  1. 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils
    1. Oils are tested with a Gas Chromatographic Spectrometer which maps the individual constitutes of the essential oil to ensure the oils contain the correct balance that qualify the oil as pure and unadulterated. Click here to read more about GC testing.
  2. USDA Certified Organic or Wildcrafted crops
    1. Wildcrafted plants are not farmed but ethically and sustainably cultivated from their natural growth areas.
    2. Click here for USDA certification standards.
  3. Crops are harvested and distilled by artisans (essential oil “artists”) who ensure the plants are harvested and distilled at the right time to guarantee the resulting oil is of the highest quality for therapeutic benefits.
    1. An example of why harvesting and distilling times are important: A certified organic rosemary essential where the plant was picked at the end of the season would be high in camphor, making it a low grade essential oil.
  4. Ecological and sustainable business practices from farms and distilleries, meaning no damage to the earth or surrounding community is done during the farming or distilling process
  5. As with all of Lemongrass Spa’s raw ingredients and finished products, essential oils are never tested on animals.

We encourage our customers to consider the importance of the USDA Certified Organic or Wildcrafted Essential Oils versus using those that may be diluted or grown in areas with a high prevalence of pesticide use. There is such a wide array of quality of essential oils – from very high quality to very poor quality - available in the marketplace. It’s important you know what you are diffusing, putting on your skin or inhaling.

Please join me next week for The Art of Aromatherapy Part 2: Benefits of Essential Oils and learn about the aromatherapy benefits of our essential oil collection as well as a few blending ideas.

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    Tricia Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    Thanks, Angie. Looking forward to your next entry

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    Jill Breheny Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    Thank you for this wonderful post about the Lemongrass Spa essential oils. It is wonderful, Angie.

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    Jill Breheny Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    This is a wonderful post about Lemongrass Spa's essential oils. Thank you, Angie.

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    Amanda Herlan Thursday, 06 August 2015

    Love this article and it's so true how a certain smell can bring you back in time or reflect on a special memory. When my grandmother passed I wanted to smell her articles of clothing because it reminded me of her and made me feel closer to her. Crazy how therapeutic the power of smell is:)

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    Ashley Patterson Thursday, 06 August 2015

    Angie, thanks for this informative post! I loved your storytelling in the beginning!

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    Sherry Ireland Sunday, 09 August 2015

    Angie, thank you for this informative post. It is helpful to be able to share this information with our customers, especially those who have been educating themselves on being green!

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    Ferne Parkin Wednesday, 02 December 2015

    Love learning... thanks Angie

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    Ali Thursday, 11 February 2016

    Does lemongrass grow its own plants or do they buy from farmers? do they test the oils themselves or does another company test them?

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    Angie Conrad Thursday, 11 February 2016

    Hi Ali! Lemongrass Spa Products purchases the essential oils from a supplier who works closely with the farmers and distilleries. All of the essential oils we use are either organically farmed or wildcrafted (grown and cultivated in the wild; not commercially farmed) from around the world. The essential oils from organically farmed plants, carry the USDA certification which guarantees a minimum standard for growing free from synthetic pesticides or herbicides, synthetic chemical fertilizers and GMOs and land free from these conventional farming practices for three consecutive years. Also, the farms from which the plants are cultivated and the oil distilleries do not test on animals or use slave/child labor; they also use ecological and sustainable business practices, meaning no damage to the earth or surrounding community is done during the farming or distilling process. The oils are third party GS (gas chromatograph spectrometer) tested.

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    Jessica Combs Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Who is your supplier? I use Young Living Oils. Are they comparable?

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