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The Perfect Holiday Gifts

Aromatherapy Gifts

The Perfect Holiday Gift With Clear Scents

It’s commercialism galore out there at this time of year so it’s important that you stand out and win at gift giving and the best way to do that is to be thoughtful without breaking the bank. Luckily, we can deliver on both of those with fantastic prices and gift ideas that are meaningful for the special ones in your life. Here are three of our favourite ranges and ideas, plus why they will be well received.

For The Home

Prelude Aroma Diffuser

Home is where the heart is and with busy lifestyles and long days, creating a warm, welcoming and relaxing environment is everyone’s dream. Appealing to the senses is the best way to do this and our Prelude Aroma Diffuser goes above and beyond. It’s quiet so that it doesn’t disturb you with changing LED mood lighting and 3 adaptive mist options which suit room size and scent strength preference (10 seconds, 2 hours and 4-hour mist bursts.) When it is empty it auto shuts off so that you aren’t wasting electricity and probably the best feature of all is the two different finishes that it comes in; wood stain or frosted accent so that no matter what their colour scheme it will blend in nicely.

An Old Classic

Radiance Aromatherapy Necklace

You can’t go wrong when buying jewellery but if you don’t have the budget for big diamonds then our Aromatherapy Jewellery can still make an impact. Choose from 3 different designs according to the receiver’s personality whether that’s the Radiance, Transcend or Harmony locket designs and they all come with an 18” chain and 5 coloured pads for adaptability. The scents can be calming for a little pocket sized mobile relaxation and give a wonderful fragrance so they will be feeling great all day long.

Multi-Use Gifts

Essential Oil Box

Buying gifts that have multiple purposes are just excellent value for money and that is exactly what you get with our Essential Oil Value Pack. 6 different scents including:

  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemongrass

These are all therapeutic grade and compatible with all our other products from diffusers to jewellery. It’s a great idea if you aren’t sure what their favourite or signature scent is and it lets them explore and decide for themselves, plus essential oils have so many uses they will wonder what they did without them. Other applications include adding the oils to a carrier oil and using it for massages, combining lavender oil with moisturisers can benefit the skin and using essential oils during cleaning can make the home smell fresh and aid in odour removal in those hard to reach places (perfect for those with pets too.)

As you can see our ranges will suit a variety of different personalities and lifestyle while giving an upgrade on the regular gifts people are used to getting each year to make a powerful statement. Just be sure that regardless of what you choose for your loved ones this season, make it meaningful and thoughtful to show how much you care.

 

 

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Beginners Guide to Aroma Diffusers

Aroma Diffusers

Beginners Guide to Aroma Diffusers

 

People are beginning to understand the merit of aromatherapy and how scents can help reduce stress, calm the mind, improve mood, and even help people sleep. The modern lifestyle is very fast-paced and restless so people are constantly on the hunt to find something that will help soothe their stress and refresh their minds and aromatherapy through essential oils is the best way to achieve that result. To utilize the benefit of essential oils, you need a diffuser to disperse the fragrance throughout the room.

Different Kinds of Diffusers

There are a number of diffuser options available in the market and most people new to essential oils don’t know which one is the best option for them. Here’s a brief beginner’s guide to diffusers:

 

  1. Nebulizing Diffusers

 

This diffuser doesn’t require heat or water; it just requires a small bit of electricity to spread the aroma throughout the room. The nebulizer creates air pressure within a glass reservoir, which travels through a small tube and creates suction. This suction forces the essential oils to rise and the steam generated mixes with the oils to form micro-particles in glass chamber. These particles are then released into the air of the room. This mist is waterless and more potent, which ensures the essential oils have a deeper impact.

 

  1. Evaporative Diffusers

 

The evaporator consists of a fan and a filter. The filter is soaked in essential oils and the fan circulates the air through it. The air causes the essential oils to evaporate faster and spread through the room quicker. This is a very simple but effective way of spreading the fragrance of the essential oils.

 

  1. Ultrasonic or Humidifying Diffusers

 

This is one of the most popular forms of diffusers. It requires a combination of water and essential oils to work. The system creates vibrations through the essential oil and water solution, which releases the essential oil molecules into the environment. This is a fine, cool, and dry mist that will continue to spread until the water in the diffuser runs out. This diffuser comes in decorative designs and colors so fit in well with the décor of the room.

 

Why Purchase a Diffuser?

 

  • It can help with respiratory problems like allergies, asthma, congestion, cough, etc. You can choose an essential oil or a combination of oils that can help with these problems and spread the oil through the environment with the help of the diffuser.
  • The fragrance and the small molecules of essential oil in the air can help people sleep better. Oils like lavender and patchouli are particularly effective.
  • The oils can help improve the air quality in the home and eliminate any lingering odors.
  • They can have a big impact on the mood and reduce stress, anxiety, and tension.

 

This information should help you purchase the best diffuser for the job but it’s a good idea to test the diffuser at the door and determine which one suits your purpose well. You can also experiment with different diffusers before finding something that spreads the aroma of your choice throughout your home.

 

 

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How to Repel Insects with Essential Oils

Bugs Essential Oils

Bugs Essential OilsHow to keep your home insect-free with Clear Scents essential oils

The spring season and warmer weather usually signals the end of winter, and that gives people much to be happy about. However, the changing temperature also brings out one thing we’re less fond of: Bugs.

Did you know that certain essential oils contain natural properties to help repel insects? Chemical store-bought sprays can not only be hazardous to your health and your pets, but they are expensive as well.

Clear Scents lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint and lemongrass essential oils are all great picks to keep your home free of pesky insects. Repeated applications will not only help keep them away, but keep your home smelling fresh, too.

Try this simple blend of common, natural household ingredients to help keep the bugs away:

Natural Insect Repellent

  • 2 to 4 ounces of distilled or boiled water
  • 1.5 ounces of witch hazel or vodka
  • 30 to 50 drops of Clear Scents lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint or lemongrass oil
  • Shake the bottle well to mix all the ingredients

Tip: Always try to avoid contact with your eyes or mouth when spraying, and shake the bottle again before each use.

You can add more or less essential oil depending how strong you would like the scent to be. Another thing also worth trying is mixing some different oils for some various refreshing fragrances. Once you have these ingredients mixed in a spray bottle, generously spray the mixture around baseboards, doorways, and tiny cracks and crevices where you might find bugs (namely spiders.) You are likely to enjoy the scent, but they sure won’t!

Especially relevant is everyone’s favourite: Mosquitoes. Apply this blend to your skin or on top of clothes for a light, natural scent, and as a result, you will spend less time fighting off mosquitoes and more time just enjoying the outdoors.

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History of Essential Oils

Europe Essential Oils

History Essential OilsEver wonder how mankind discovered and used essential oils throughout history?  Although the term aromatherapy was not used until the 20th century, the use of essential oils has existed for centuries.

History of Essential Oils

Essential oils, also known as volatile oils, have been used for centuries.  History reveals that essential oils and other natural methods were widely used in the medical industry until drugs were available.  Let’s take a look at the earliest use of oils in various parts of the world.

Egypt

Egypt Essential Oils

Egyptians were some of the first people to use plant oils for medicinal purposes, beauty, and ceremonies.  Back in those days, plant extract was combined with animal fats and vegetable oils to produce a type of essential oil, although it was less potent than the steam-distilled oils of today.  Some of the earliest literature actually suggests that Egyptians used plant oils in treating various ailments.  Egypt is perhaps best known for its use of frankincense oil in ancient times, an aromatic substance with value equivalent to gold.

 

 

China
China Essential Oils

Herbs and plant medicine are an important part of traditional Chinese medicine.  In fact, essential oils were used in China since around 2700 B.C.  Discovery of  this is in part thanks to Shen Nong Shi’s book on herbal medicine; China’s oldest medical book.  Shen Nong Shi is the first Chinese herbal doctor and was considered the father of agriculture.  His book lists hundreds of herbs and essential oils along with their use in medicine.  Another influence on modern essential oil use use stems from Huang Ti, the Yellow Emperor.  Huang Ti wrote a book on medicine that included the use of essential oils and is still used by medical practitioners today.

 

Greece

Greece Essential OilsBoth the Greeks and Romans adopted much of their culture from the Egyptians.  Aromatic oils were popular in Greece and commonly used in baths and massages.  Hippocrates, often considered the father of modern medicine, was a famous physician and strong believer in holistic medicine.  During his life, Hippocrates commonly used aromatic oils to treat patients.  His influence on the medical world is prominent to this day, as demonstrated by the Hippocratic Oath that must be sworn by all doctors.  Galen, another famous Greek doctor, was a surgeon for gladiators and well versed in the use of essential oils.  He was known for not having a single injured gladiator die under his care, and even treated the emperor Marcus Aurelius.

 

 

Europe

Europe Essential OilsDuring the crusades, Knights were known to have traveled to the Holy Land to learn about herbal medicines, including essential oils and perfumes which became very popular in Europe.  Interestingly, these oils were used to combat the bubonic plague.  One famous physician by the name of Nicholas Culpeper published “The Complete Herbal” which remains one of the most valuable resources for essential oils and herbal medicine to this day.  Aromatherapy was finally brought mainstream by a French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse in 1928 when he published a book about the use of essential oils throughout history.  Gattefosse had experienced the healing properties of essential oils firsthand when he used Lavender oil to heal himself when he had accidentally burned his hand.  By immersing his hand in the lavender oil, he noticed his skin healed fully with no sign of infection.

 

Today, people are continually turning to the methods of aromatherapy to enhance physical and spiritual well-being.  Numerous essential oils are used in medical practice and are part of some of the most famous products in stores today such as Vicks VapoRub (a combination of eucalyptus, peppermint, and camphor essential oils).

 

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Organic vs Non Organic Essential Oils. Which should you choose?

Organic Essential Oil

Organic Essential Oils

Deceptive Marketing?

You’ve seen it advertised everywhere.  Companies claiming organic this and organic that, sometimes without any proof or explanation!  But what about essential oils?  Many companies claim to have organic essential oils.  Should you trust them?  And is there really a difference between organic essential oils and non organic (aka: pure essential oils).  What’s more alarming is the fact that on average, organic goods (produce in particular) is 47% more expensive than non organic.  Will choosing to go non organic mean you will potentially be ingesting pesticides?  In this article we’ll take a look at the raw facts.

Organic vs Non-Organic

The debate around organic vs non-organic essential oils stems from the use of pesticides used when growing the plant.  Organic claims should be taken with a grain of salt however, as stated in a recent study by the American College of Healthcare Sciences.  The study revealed that even certified organic essential oils can contain pesticide residues.  Even if pesticides aren’t used in the growing of plants, passive contamination may occur.  This is when nature itself in the form of pollen or wind carries over pesticides from neighbouring fields.  Not only should you be weary of trusting a company labelling their essential oils as organic, the cost of them is exorbitantly high.

The truth about organic essential oils

Did you know that many farmers across the world choose to grow without the use of pesticides but often don’t have the resources to satisfy “organic” requirements?  This is especially common in third world countries, where farmers simply can’t afford the high price of obtaining the all-mighty certified organic label.  Essential oils are harvested from all over the world, and in some cases an organic version may not even exist.

Conclusion

Consumers demand a high standard in the natural industry.  When we look at non organic essential oils however, the fact is that the trace amount of pesticides used (biocides) may be totally non-existant at the time of harvest.  On top of this, the steam-distillation process can even further reduce the amount of pesticides to a few parts per million!  Robert Tisserand, a well known aromatherapist, touches on this subject in this interview here.  While we think it is important that consumers hold the natural industry to a high standard, we can confidently say that non organic essential oils don’t contain anything near consequential pesticide levels.  Hopefully this article will help you decide which oil is right for you.

 

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Caring for your Aroma Diffuser

Prelude Aroma Diffuser

How to get the most of of your aroma diffuser by properly taking care of it.

So, you just bought an aroma diffuser and you’re looking forward to enjoying it for years to come.  Here’s how you can properly take care of your aroma diffuser and ensure you experience all the benefits of it.

At Clear Scents, we run our diffusers all day long.  This makes for great smelling rooms and allows the essential oil particles to purify the air and take your mind to a new state of relaxation.  Ultrasonic diffusers can aid in concentration, mental focus, sleeping, and relieve stress.

Tips on maintaining your aroma diffuser

Make sure you fill up your diffuser to the fill line with cold water.  Overfilling it past the fill line may cause the diffuser to run improperly and risk leakage on to important electrical circuits underneath.  It is recommended that you fill your diffuser with a cup instead of holding it underneath a water tap.  Remember to only use essential oils, as other kinds of oils are thicker and may damage your diffuser.  While certain essential oils may be thicker than others, they are still safe to use but you should always be mindful of cleaning residue frequently from your diffuser to ensure it runs smoothly.  Browse our list of pure and safe essential oils to use with your diffuser here.

How to clean your aroma diffuser

Properly cleaning your diffuser is actually quite easy.  First off always make sure that your diffuser isn’t connected electrically before cleaning.  Just wipe down the lid and inner container with some rubbing alcohol (never use soap) to remove any sticky residue.  You should do this at least once per week or when  alternating between different essential oils.  It is also a good idea to run a cleaning cycle once per month on your diffuser.  To do this, simply fill half your diffuser with water and add 10 drops of pure white vinegar.  Run this for 3-5 minutes, empty it, and run it again with just water for 2 minutes.  Proper maintenance of your diffuser will ensure maximum mist output so you can reap all the wonderful benefits of aromatherapy right in your own home.

 

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Essential Oils in Edmonton

Edmonton Essential Oils

Looking for high quality essential oils in Edmonton without breaking the bank?

Clear Scents offers you the highest quality essential oils in Edmonton at amazingly affordable prices! All of our oils are 100% pure and GC/MS tested. Check out our PURE Guarantee for more info. We are growing and excited to bring family, friends, and the community the best prices on high quality essential oils in Edmonton.

If you have not seen them already, here are some of our every day deals:

Bundle discount

Clear Scents Bundle

Enjoy the complete set of our 6 premium essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass, sweet orange, and grapefruit), an aroma diffuser and handcrafted bamboo storage/gift box. You will save over $30 when purchasing them together in this value bundle.  The discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Aroma Diffusers

Serene Ceramic Aroma Diffuser

We have a wide selection of aroma diffusers that will complement any size living space.  Choose from models of varying sizes, water capacities and finish such as frosted plastic, ceramic and bamboo.

Single Essential Oils

Essential Oil Pack

Explore new essential oils or buy more of just the ones you love for only $10 per bottle.  We have a unique selection of essential oils to help with a wide variety of ailments.

Delivery right to your door

Clear Scents Local Delivery

Did you know that Clear Scents has amazingly affordable and fast local delivery within the City of Edmonton?  You can get your order the very next day for only $4.99. Yes, $4.99Click here for more details on our local delivery program.

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Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil comes from the tropical regions of the world and is one of the most potent and beneficial essential oils around today. Here are the top 5 uses for lemongrass essential oils:

Skin care

Lemongrass essential oils are known to have powerful skin healing properties. Its antiseptic contents are amazing for bringing out the best in your skin complexion and cleaning out your pores.

Natural insect repellent

Lemongrass essential oil has two potent components: citral and geraniol. When you extract the most powerful parts of lemongrass into pure essential oils you get an effective bug repellent. Simply apply it to your skin and you will notice fewer mosquito bites!

Boosts brain health

Headaches and mental fog are common mental ailments that affect many people. Thanks to the soothing effects of lemongrass essential oil, applying just a few drops topically to the temples can offer quick and effective relief.

Battles colds and flues

Your body temperature may rise when you have a cold or flu. Using lemongrass essential oil in an aroma diffuser vaporizes the oil so that you can inhale it, allowing you to enjoy its natural cooling effect.

Supports your immune system

When the nutrients of lemongrass essential oil are absorbed into your body, it helps support a strong immune system. We recommend an ultrasonic diffuser for the best results.

 

 

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Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

The benefits of lavender essential oil include anxiety and stress relief, improved sleep, restoration of skin complexion, and reduce acne.  It’s no surprise that the Latin name for this plant is “Lavare”, meaning “to wash”.

Lavender essential oil is made from cold pressing the lavender and then carefully steam distilled.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oils

Bug Repellent

Lavender has a strong scent that is very effective for repelling bugs.  Also, the lavender essential oils have anti-inflammatory qualities which will reduce the pain and irritation associated with bug or mosquito bites.

Sleep

Lavender essential oils induce sleep and is an alternative cure for insomnia.  If you are having problems sleeping, try using lavender essential oil in an ultrasonic aroma diffuser before bed.

Nervous system

Lavender essential oils have a calming scent as well and this makes it an amazing natural remedy for anxiety.  Lavender essential oils can also be helpful in curing migraines, headaches, emotional stress, depression, and nervous tension.

Acne

There is growing research that lavender is helpful for reducing acne. Lavender contains antimicrobials and antioxidants that soothe and nourish the skin.  Try dabbing a cotton swab with lavender essential oil and put it on any acne sores before bed for best results.

Pain relief

Lavender is effective reducing muscle pains and aches. Massaging the body with lavender oil regularly can provide relief from joint pains.  Lavender essential oil is also helpful for reducing pain from burns and cuts.  Studies have shown that applying lavender essential oil speeds the healing of cuts and burns due to its antimicrobial properties.

Respiratory disorders

Lavender is especially effective for respiratory problems such as throat and sinus infections, as well as helping relieve symptoms from a cold or flu. The vapor from lavender essential oil has antibacterial properties which can fight respiratory tract infections.