Category: Updates

12 Jul

Artist Spotlight: Julie Saunders, Owner of All Charmed

Esoteria is shining a spotlight on one of our favourite artists: Julie Saunders, Owner of All Charmed!
 
All Charmed products are 30% off, in store, right now! What a great way to experience All Charmed for the first time, or to stock up on your favourite products. Don’t worry, after Esoteria closes its doors, you can order directly from All Charmed.
 
Here is a little more about All Charmed:
 
“All Charmed is a spiritual wellness studio focused on creating botanical and crystal infused products for use in life’s daily rituals. All of our products are handmade in small batches in our magical herbal workshop, located in Ottawa, Ontario, by the owner, Julie Saunders.
 
 
All Charmed believes that we are all connected and that our energies and the energies of Mother Earth are meant to be shared. We honour this in the products we share with our customers. From silver to crystals, there is nature in everything we make and share.”
 
Come in and experience All Charmed first hand and find out why they are an Esoteria favourite! We have a special display featuring Julie Saunders’ creations as well as a sample packet for the first customers through the door. Hurry in so you don’t miss out!
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13 May

Closed This Week For Seminar

Hello Everyone,

We are closed this week for Seminar. We are always expanding our knowledge to help serve you better. We will resume regular business hours Wednesday May 22. (10am-5pm).

We apologize for any inconvenience.

17 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Bonus Day: Bergamot

For 10 days we have highlighted the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks with the addition of Bergamot to our lineup. There are so many more oils available though.  Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

We have added a bonus day for you so we can discuss one of our family favourites: Bergamot Essential Oil.

With pear-shaped, yellow fruit, smaller than an orange, the bergamot tree can reach a height of 16 feet. The fruit was once called “The Bergamot Pear”. It is a result of cross-breeding the lemon tree and the bitter orange tree. These hybrids are Citrus bergonia and Citrus aurantium with the subspecies bergamia.

Bergamot originated in tropical Asia. Today it grows in the Ivory Coast in Africa, in the Calabria region of Italy and also in Sicily.

The essential oil is obtained by pressing or expression of the rind of the sour green fruit and creates a beautiful green oil.

The distinctive flavor of Earl Grey Tea is because of the beautiful Bergamot.

Bergamot is another essential oil that has strong anti-septic properties. It helps to alleviate respiratory problems, cool fevers, and reduces symptoms of colds and flu. It also acts a digestive aid and can calm stomach cramps. To use topically, you can dilute 2-3 drops into a tablespoon of carrier oil. To use for respiratory ailments, you can diffuse a few drops into the air with a vaporizer, or use in a room spray.

Bergamot is very good for treating chronic fatigue syndrome, and to restore physical and emotional strength. It is an uplifting oil and is an effective anti-depressant. You can wear a drop or two as a personal fragrance or in diffuser jewelry to achieve all day benefits. It is great to use during times of severe emotional distress. As an alternative to Lavender essential oil, Bergamot can help treat insomnia.

As with the other citrus oils, do not wear in the sun. Doing so will cause hyper-pigmentation and can increase severity of sunburn.

The suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

 

16 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oil Day 10: Patchouli

For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Day 10: Patchouli

This tropical rainforest shrub produces fragrant blossoms, leaves and twigs and is perhaps one of the most familiar of essential oils. Commonly worn as a perfume, patchouli has a woody and incense like fragrance that masks other odors.

It has been used as an aphrodisiac, moth repellant, and as a fixative for more volatile aromatic compounds.

Steam distilled from the dry leaves of Pogostemon patchouli or Pogostemon cablin, patchouli oil is a viscous amber, orange or dark brown color. The flowers are white with a purple or mauve hue. Patchouli is native to tropical Asia and cultivated in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

One popular use for Patchouli essential oil is for weight loss. Diffused into the air or worn in diffuser jewelry, it can help to curb appetite. Mix 2-3 drops into a tablespoon of carrier oil; you can use this mixture as a massage oil to diminish cellulite. This method can also help with varicose veins. (Be sure to use gentle pressure when massaging veins!)

With the same carrier oil dilution, you can easily treat bloating and fluid retention caused by PMS. Massage the mixture over the abdomen. It can also help reduce hot flashes.

It has anti-fungal properties as well, so you can use it the same as you would Tea Tree oil as a foot soak, foot lotion or nail treatment.

Patchouli oil is a known anti-inflammatory thus effectively treating skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, sunburn, skin allergies, and eczema and other forms of dermatitis.

In skincare, Patchouli oil is employed to regenerate skin cells to help with wrinkles. It can tighten and tone sagging skin.

Patchouli is an incredible healer as well. Treat sores and wounds with diluted Patchouli oil. It even reduces the look of scars. It can calm inflamed skin and treat sunburns as it also smoothes rough, dry, cracked skin. It regulates oil in the skin and hair and treats acne. Add a few drops to cleansers and shampoos.

Natural deodorants often contain Patchouli essential oil because it helps to control perspiration.

One of the best known uses for Patchouli oil is to treat depression. It does this by heightening a sense of joy in life. This can help treat exhaustion, stress and stress-related conditions. In low doses it can act as a sedative. I higher quantities it has the opposite effect. It can be used as a study aid to sharpen intelligence and improve concentration.

In the bath, the air or a massage oil, Patchouli can act as an aphrodisiac. Like Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli is a “heady” fragrance which is why it can produce this effect.

Wear a drop or two to boost confidence inspire creativity.

The suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

 

15 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 9: Tea Tree

For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Day 9: Tea Tree

Tea trees grow most commonly in swampy lands, usually produced in the subtropical coastal regions of northeastern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland, Australia.  Tea trees are also referred to as paper back trees. These trees can grow more than 20 feet high. There are 300 different varieties of Tea trees, but the Melaleuca alternifolia is the most common variety for production of Tea Tree essential oil. Distillation is the method used to extract this camphor-like, strong, pungent oil.

Tea Tree has been used to treat cuts, wounds and skin infections as well as respiratory problems for centuries. However, it wasn’t until 1925 that modern science acknowledged the medicinal properties found in Tea Tree oil. It surpassed the current standard for antiseptic compounds at that time. Since that time it has been used in dentistry, medicine and even first aid kits for soldiers.

Known as a “first aid kit in a bottle” Tea Tree oil has a myriad of benefits. It treats abscesses, acne, insect bites and stings, blisters, burns, cuts, dandruff, skin and scalp disorders as well as disinfecting wounds. It also has therapeutic uses for respiratory problems. Being the cousin of Eucalyptus, you can use Tea Tree oil in much the same way to relieve symptoms of coughs and colds. Diffusing into the air and steam inhalation are common for this type of treatment.

Tea Tree oil is also used to fight fungal infections including nail fungus and athlete’s foot. Dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea and cold sores can all be treated with Tea Tree oil.

It has also been shown that it can relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue. Though many people don’t like the smell of Tea Tree on its own for this use, it can be combined with other mood lifting essential oils to create a blend that both appeals to the senses and works therapeutically.

Tea Tree oil is one of the most common acne fighters and is been proven to work even better than benzoyl peroxide. Unlike other acne treatments, Tea Tree oil doesn’t dry out the skin.

Tea Tree oil is commonly used to treat loss of energy that is caused by everyday stress. It relieves fatigue and mental exhaustion and can be calming and centering in times of emotional distress. It promotes a positive attitude, and increases confidence. It is used to diminish feelings of victimization and symptoms that accompany chronic illness. Diffusing a few drops into the air, using it as a room spray and even in diffuser jewelry, Tea Tree oil can be used easily to treat these issues.

For fungal infections of the nails or feet, a few drops of Tea Tree oil can be added to daily foot baths and foot lotions.

Diluted into carrier oil, a few drops of Tea Tree oil can effectively treat acne and other skin and scalp problems. Add a few drops to shampoo to treat dandruff, or into lotion to treat skin issues. Keep it on hand to treat insect bites and disinfect wounds. No home should be without this miracle healer. It is safe enough to use undiluted as well in small amounts.

The suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.

 

14 Apr

10 Days of Essential Oils Day 8: Geranium

For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!

Click Here to see our complete Essential Oil Catalogue.

Day 8: Geranium

There are more than 700 varieties of Geranium, but only a select few produce essential oils. The entire plant is used to make the essential oil and usually results in a pale greenish-yellow oil. It has a sweet scent that is sometimes rosy and other times minty.

Pelargonium roseum, Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium odorantissimum, and Pelargonium radula are the plants that produce the Geranium essential oil. Geranium was native to southern Africa but now flourishes in many countries, such as China, Egypt, Morocco and Russia.

From a gardening perspective, geraniums can be found in many yards, gardens, container gardens and hanging baskets. From bright reds and clean whites to fuchsia and neon pink, geraniums are abundant and fragrant. Just as geranium flowers in the garden can ward off pests, Geranium essential oil is often used in natural bug repellants. It is common for use in preventing ticks from biting.

Geranium essential oil has long been used to treat female problems such as painful periods, PMS, and difficulties connected to menopause. It can normalize hormonal fluctuations, and eases fluid retention. It also eases breast pain associated with hormones. Using Geranium oil in a massage oil or a few drops in the bath are a great way to help treat these issues.

For skincare there are almost no other oils that can be used to treat just about every skin ailment. From dryness to acne, sensitivity to eczema, Geranium essential oil can be used to treat every skin type and solve a myriad of skin issues. Adding a drop or two to a plain moisturizer, or into floral waters can effectively treat skin disorders. Add a drop or two to shampoo or conditioner can help relieve scalp issues as well. It is known to give the skin a “healthy glow” and make the skin appear “radiant” and “youthful”. It is often used to treat Rosacea as it can improve the appearance of broken capillaries and for its soothing affects.

If you suffer from anxiety, tension, irritability and depression, Geranium essential oil diffused into the air can help ease symptoms. You can also inhale directly from the bottle a few times a day to relieve just about any stress-related condition.

Many aromatherapists suggest using Geranium essential oil to encourage self-confidence, self-expression, and promote harmony in relationships. It may also help ease the fear of public speaking.

There is a precaution for those with low blood sugar. Do not use if you have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar as Geranium oil lowers blood sugar.

Be sure to remember that the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.