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August Newsletter
In This Issue:
:: Question of the Day - What is aromatherapy and how do we use it?
:: Pamper Yourself at Home - Sunburn Treatment
:: Event of the Month - Belly Dancing Performance and Arab Dinner
:: We've Joined the 3/50 Project!
:: Recommend Local Products for Us to Offer
:: Product of the Month - Essential Oil Products from Loving Scents
:: Gift Certificates and Free Shipping In Our Online Store
:: Here, There, and Back Again
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We have so many fun things coming up in the next few months so be sure to keep checking us out. Bollywood Night, Taste of Thailand, keep your fingers crossed we'll get a National Makeup Artist who I just love!

Map of JordanLet's go to Jordan!

Your spa-cation this month is to the unique country of Jordan located between Saudi Arabia in the south and east, Syria and Iraq in the north, and Israel & the Palestinian West Bank in the west. The country has an area of 34,445 square miles and a coastline of only 16 miles along the Gulf of Aqaba in the south. Jordan shares its longest border with Saudi Arabia, some 452 miles. Amman, Jordan's capital, is located in the northwest of the country. Jordan occupies an area slightly smaller than Indiana.

August 23rd is Queen Noor's birthday. Born Lisa Najeeb Halaby to a wealthy Arab American family, Queen Noor is a Princeton graduate and in 1978 became the wife of King Hussein. If you have not read her book, Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life, you should - it is very interesting and gives you a different view of the Middle East.

Queen Noor has worked to create peace and woman's rights in the Middle East and around the world. She is not only a beautiful person but a strong woman and has a huge heart.

Her Majesty Queen Noor - photo courtesy of her website, Nooralhusseinfoundation.org

"... I've seen it around the world, in the poorest countries and in countries riven with conflict, ... It is women who are the key to breaking out of poverty, breaking out of stagnation. ... It's women who can contribute to achieving real security -- not bombs and bullets and repressive governments." - Queen Noor (Interview with the Queen in Marie Claire Magazine: http://www.marieclaire.com/world-reports/inspirational-women/citizen-queen)

For more information about the Her Majesty Queen Noor visit http://www.nooralhusseinfoundation.org (Photo courtesy of this website.)

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Question of the day - What is aromatherapy and how do we use it?

Essential Oils for AromatherapyAromatherapy is the holistic practice of using pure plant derived essential oils in maintaining or regaining wellbeing of body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy treatments carry a number of benefits, including the fact that there are likely to be fewer side effects than with conventional medicine. There are very few conventional medicines which do not cause any side effects at all, whereas, there are very few cases of a side effect from a natural remedy.

With methods such as bathing, massage and poultice, the oils are absorbed directly into the skin. This can be beneficial for soothing physical pain in muscles as well as calming anxiety and easing other negative emotions. Inhalation and infusions can have a positive effect on respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. These methods can be very simple as they can be in the form of a joss stick, candle or aromatherapy burner. As these are inhaled, either directly (infusion) or indirectly, using the right oils can promote improved respiratory health.

Courtesy of http://aromatherapy.suite101.com/article.cfm/benefits_of_aromatherapy
Click on the link for the full story and how to information.

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Pamper Yourself At Home - Sunburn Treatment

Got a little pink from the sun? First you must stop the burn:

  • Use cool wet compresses for first 48 hours. Some report baking soda or vinegar compresses are comforting. Do not use ice.
  • Cool oatmeal baths may be helpful
  • NO lotions or petroleum jelly in the first 48 hours! These hold in the heat!
  • You MAY use Aloe Vera Gels in the first 48 hours
  • Apply moisturizing lotions after 48 hours
  • Aspirin taken as directed on the label may help ease pain
  • Seek medical attention if fever, fluid-filled blisters, dizziness or visual disturbances are present Sunburnt beauty

After Sun Soothing Bath

Ingredients

  • 2 cup of finely ground oats
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 10 drops of Lavender essential oil

Instructions: Combine milk and oatmeal in a saucepan and cook until slightly warm and mixed - do not boil or cook to the same point as when you are preparing for breakfast - you're making a lukewarm slurry. Remove, and add lavender oil. Stir ingredients in a lukewarm or cool bath. The Lavender Essential oil has healing agents particularly suited to sunburn relief. Whole milk has fats and lactic acid which are softening and soothing to sunburned skin and speed healing. The fat is important, so don't use skim milk. The oatmeal also speeds healing and protects the skin - the light film which remains after the bath should be kept in place as long as possible.

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Event of the Month - Belly Dancing Performance and Arab Dinner

Belly Dance PerformanceWednesday, August 26th - come out and experience a little Arab hospitality at Acropolis on Pelham Rd, near Earthfare. Belly Dancing with Me (Noura) and local performers - Brandy with BellyMuse, Ra'eesah Ra'naa, and Shirabella.

Hopefully we'll have a sampler platter to try some new food - still trying to convince Rihad (owner of Acropolis) that Americans do want to try traditional food. If you are interested in a special dinner let me know - it will be easier to convince him!

Just an FYI - Throughout the Arab region the cuisine can vary, for instance in Palestine falafel can be made differently from one town to the next and they can be only miles apart! You can tell where someone is from just how they make their falafel! And believe me how you make the "correct/best" falafel can be a big debate!

Please call Acropolis at 458-9000 today to make your reservation, seating is limited.

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We've Joined the 3/50 Project!

The 3/50 Project We are thrilled to be involved with a great new project aimed at boosting our OWN local economy! Did you know that for every $100 you spend at a locally owned store, $68 stays in the community via payroll, taxes, etc. but if you spend that same amount of money at a nationally owned chain store, only $43 stays here? And if you buy online, $0 benefits our city...unless it's a locally owned web business....

So before you spend your hard earned money, think about how that will impact our great part of the world. Let's keep our green in Greenville! Find out more at www.the350project.net.

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Recommend Local Products for Us to Offer

We Need Your Help!

We are looking for some new items to carry at the shop and we would like to start with local crafters. Right now we want to stick with bath and body items but are interested in hearing who you know! I am trying to focus on local first then in general from SC, NC and GA.

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Product of the Month - Essential Oil Products from Loving Scents in NC

We are thrilled to be carrying some of the items from Loving Scents. Loving Scents provides therapeutic grade essential oils and other high quality aromatherapy products. They also offer education to use them safely and effectively. We hope to have Cynthia Loving here in Greenville for an intensive Aromatherapy class. Let us know if you are interested. We will be adding several different items over the next few months as we try out other things.

Shea Butter - Raw Yellow Shea Butter
This is great you can use a small amount on your face as a moisturizer. Or feel free to use it all over the body. Great on dry patches like elbows, knees, feet and cuticles.
After sun reliefGet the 2 oz butter for $10 or 4 oz for $15.

Après Sol - for those of you that lost track of time in the sun!
A cooling, soothing water based spritzer which combines lovely Lavender's (Lavandula angustifolia) burn healing qualities with the hydration of Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini), the cooling characteristics of Spearmint (Mentha viridas) and the powerful anti-inflammatory actions of German (Blue) Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Add a bit of Xanthan Gum to get the oils and water to play together, and you get a really terrific spritzer that will gently tend to your sunburn and help your skin to heal naturally.
The 4 oz spritzer is $6.67 and 8oz is Get rid of those bugs!$11.15.

Bye-Bye Buggie Bug Deterrent - Just what it says!
This poison free, pleasant smelling formula keeps the Biting Bugs at Bay. A blend of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Lavender spike (Lavandula spica), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and Eucalyptus globulus (E. globulus) in distilled water and a natural emulsifier.
Available in 8 oz for $14.80.

Eliminate germs with Purely FreshPurely Fresh Hand Cleanser/Disinfectant - This stuff is awesome and smells great!
A blend of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) extract, Ethyl Alcohol, essential oils of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), distilled Lime (Citrus medica), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) with a dash of xanthan gum creates a gentle waterless hand disinfectant that smells great and is free of the skin irritants found in commercially produced waterless hand cleansers.
The 4 oz is $6 and the 8 oz is $9.50.

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Gift Certificates and Free Shipping In Our Online Store

Remember, you can now purchase gift certificates on line at http://www.RaspberryMoonST.com. Go to the store and then click on gift certificates. Great idea for Mom this Mother's Day!

And if you need something from Colorescience but can't make it to the shop, we now offer free shipping on our website, too!

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Here, There, and Back Again

If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment please call me 24 hours in advance so I may offer another client your time. Take a minute to add me to your phone - 864-271-2710, then I will always be at your fingertips!

I will be out of the office:

Looks like I should be here all of August but with a lot going on, so be sure to book your appointments now to get your preferred time and day!

Bubbles

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