Arlys Naturals October 2015 Newsletter

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Arlys Aloe Vera Gel Organic – Now in Stock!

Amazing Aloe~

Aloe vera (aloe vera barbadensis miller) is a tropical plant used medicinally for centuries to heal a variety of external conditions, most notably burns, sunburns, wounds, skin irritations and also internally for constipation. This lovely green plant was called the “Plant of Immortality” by the Egyptians. Aloe vera is a perennial succulent (meaning it holds large quantities of water) and it belongs to the Liliaceae (Lily) family, and known as “Lily of the Desert”, as it thrives in dry conditions.   A very common household plant, it can grow up to 4 feet tall, and its tough, fleshy, spear-like leaves can grow up to 36 inches long, depending on its environment. When a piece is broken off from the plant, you can see that the leaves secrete a clear, thick gel from the inner part of the leaf. This is what is used topically for burns, sunburns and other minor skin irritations for its soothing and cooling properties for the skin.

aloe vera juice with fresh leaves
Although Aloe is 99 percent water, Aloe vera gel also contains substances known as glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation while polysaccharides stimulate skin growth and repair. These substances may also stimulate the immune system.

There are many continual research studies on the benefits of Aloe vera for its use both externally and internally. As with all herbs, be sure to discuss with your physician before taking any supplement internally or externally.  Even though Aloe vera is a natural substance, you can still develop itching or a rash.  If you develop a rash while using Aloe vera, discontinue use.

You can store Aloe vera slightly below room temperature, away from light or keep it in the frig. Aloe vera naturally darkens with age. Remember: If adding to recipes for creams and lotions, it must be calculated as part of the water phase. This is not a fixed carrier oil.

For use in aromatherapy, our Organic Aloe Vera Gel is preserved with food grade preservatives (vitamin C, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate). It is pourable – making it easy to work with and which can also be used in a sprayer for ease of application. It has been useful for hundreds of issues such as acne, burns, dry, scaly skin, canker sores, hair and scalp problems, herpes, anti-aging, eczema, and many other minor skin irritations. Due to its moisturizing, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. it is also used in many cosmetic and skin care preparations.

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About Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) and Sweetgrass Hydrosol


What is Sweetgrass?

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata or Anthoxanthum nitens) is an aromatic herb native to North America, Greenland, Iceland, Northern Europe and Asia. Depending on the location, it is also known as Holy Grass, Seneca Grass, Alpine Sweetgrass, Peace Grass and Vanilla Sweetgrass. It is a member of the grass family known as Poaceae – pronounced (poh-AY-see-ee). It’s botanical name, Hierochloe odorata, is from the Greek words “hieros” meaning “sacred” and “chloë” meaning “grass” and literally translated as Holy Grass. Holy Grass was strewn before church doors on Saint’s Day, inside cathedrals to scent the air, at church festivals and in some places dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Northern Europe.

The scent of Sweetgrass is mellow, yet distinctive. It is reminiscent of a fresh spring rain on the prairie or new mown hay. The dried grass is used to scent pillows, clothing, and for weaving baskets. Its fragrance is due to the presence of coumarins, a vanilla-scented compound which is also present in a number of other species including Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum), Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis), and Sweet Vernal grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum). The aroma becomes more pronounced when the grass is dried, and it can last for many years.

Coumarins have been used for a number of purposes such as herbal medicines, as a flavoring agent for candy, soft drinks, tea, vodka, and tobacco. In the USA, coumarins are allowed for flavoring alcohol but not approved for food. There is concern because high levels of coumarin act as a blood thinner where too much in the body causes hemorrhaging (internal bleeding). Coumarin and phytol are two chemical found in Sweetgrass that helps repel mosquitos.


Sweetgrass is an aromatic, cool-season perennial growing 10-36 inches and spreading about 2 feet per year by underground rhizomes. It’s aromatic narrow leaf blades are 7 to 15 inches. The edges of the leaf blades are slightly rough. The flowering parts are held in an open branched flowering structure. The fertile spikelets (structures within which the flowers are held) are borne on hairless steams. The spikelets are composed of two sterile florets and one fertile floret. The fruit is a small, dry thin-walled fruit with a single seed fused to the ovary wall (this fused product found in most grass species is termed a caryopsis. Sweetgrass seeds typically have a low germination rate. Fortunately, a single seedling can produce hundreds of plants because the roots produce many rhizomes which develop into new plants. It is an early blooming plant and flowers from May to July. It is harvested in late Fall and before the first frost for the best scent. On one of our trips out West, I purchased a ringlet of braided Sweetgrass and when pressed, it still has its aroma. I was told that the three strands represent mind, body and spirit.


Sweetgrass is found growing across the prairies of North America, in boreal regions, and right up into the Arctic. It is circumpolar (situated around or inhabiting one of the earth’s poles) in distribution which means the species also grows in Greenland, Iceland, northern Europe and Asia. Approximately 13 species of Hierochloe are reported to exist, but there is some confusion as to which ones are actually a separate species, and which ones are merely a closely related race of the same species. There is even one species, Hierochloe redolens, found in Tasmania, and an alpine species, Hierochloe alpina, found in the mountains of North America. In Europe, it occurs north from Switzerland. There is only one site in Ireland, and it is recorded in four counties of Scotland. Its natural habitat is wetlands, low prairies, mountain slopes, floodplains, cool mountain canyons, shorelines and savannas in wet and medium moisture soils. Sweetgrass prefers rich, moist soils, but will grow in almost any soil that receives a minimum of a half day of sun.


The burning of Sweetgrass braids for ceremonial purposes has long been part of the Native American culture in North America. It is considered one of the four sacred herbs of the First Nations used in traditional ceremonies to promote peace and healing and its scent is thought to evoke a relaxing meditative state. The four sacred herbs are cedar, sage tobacco and sweetgrass. In Native American Spirituality, Sweetgrass, is known as the sacred hair of Mother Earth and used for prayer, smudging, purification, protection of spirits and keeping out evil or harm.
They had many uses for Sweetgrass in their everyday life such as for making baskets, which has become an artform, to mats and various decorative crafts, and a tea brewed medicinally for colds, coughs and sore throats. It was also used to help induce sleep, used for personal hygiene and helpful during pregnancy and women’s issues.

Today, there is no essential oil of Sweetgrass being distilled that I am aware of, but there is a lovely Sweetgrass Hydrosol being distilled.  The Sweetgrass Hydrosol we carry is steam-distilled comes from Canada.

  • Here’s some suggested Sweetgrass Hydrosol uses:Can be misted into the air as a liquid smudge where the burning of Sweetgrass braids is not allowed – such as in hospitals or other public places where smoking is not permitted.

    Has been used as an ingredient for cooking eg. Sweetgrass syrup, cheesecakes, tea.

    Could be used as an ingredient in cosmetic products.

    Makes a unique fragrance alone or blended with essential oils to be used as an air freshener for vehicles, bathrooms, etc.

    Add to essential oil infusers along with oils or in place of them.

Always walk the path of peace~

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Arlys Naturals September 2015 Newsletter

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Out & About – Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina

Have you ever seen a tea plant?
The tea plant is an evergreen of the Camellia family that is native to China, Tibet and northern India.  The small leaf variety we’re talking about is known as “Camellia sinensis”. There are four main types of tea: green tea, black tea, oolong tea and white tea. All tea comes from the same plant. The specific variety of tea plant and the way the leaves are processed after harvesting determine the type of tea that is created.

For years I’ve tasted many types of teas and being from the South, had my share of sweet tea, but I had never seen a tea plant in nature. We certainly all know about the health benefits of drinking tea!  So, this summer, while on our way to attend our nephew’s wedding in Charleston, S.C., we took a diversion to the one and only Tea Plantation in the whole United States called The Charleston Tea Plantation” located in Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina.

As an Aromatherapist, blending teas seem to come natural to me, so I was extremely excited to see it. Of course, no one expected it to be record heat that weekend, but we enlisted some relatives to join us and arrived just as they were opening.  Along the drive to the plantation you are surrounded by beautiful large oak trees and you get caught up in the history and heritage of this unique area.

We visited the Plantation Gift Shoppe first where you can sample all of their teas, either hot or cold, as well as having a full array of teas and tea gifts. We also visited the free short walk through of the tea facility with videos describing each step of the tea from harvesting to packaging while waiting for the Trolley Tour.

The Trolley Tour (35-40 minutes) was extremely informational as we enjoyed the scenic ride among the tea plants surrounded by oak trees and a beautiful chestnut tree around the 127 acre farm. On the farm there are more than 320 varieties of tea plants and they discuss horticultural aspects and various stages of tea plants and growth and how tea plants came to be in Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina. We also got to see the “Green Giant” (although this one was blue) in action, a custom design harvester in action to the hot house.

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The Gift Shoppe also told us about visiting The Angel Oak not too far away from the Tea Plantation which was also amazing.

 I don’t want to spoil the tea plantation adventure by telling you everything we learned, so that if you ever have the opportunity to visit “The Charleston Tea Plantation”, there will still be a bit of mystery for you to discover!

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Arlys Naturals August 2015 Newsletter

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Grapefruit & Macadamia Nut Body Polish

Here’s a new Summer recipe for you Skin!


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