Understanding Aromatherapy Scents (Part 1)

Chamomile and Lavender: Making Sense of Scents

These two soothing herbs, chamomile and lavender, share many of the same properties, yet are also distinctly individual. Let’s break down each herb by their scent, properties, and uses to better understand how they can benefit us.


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Chamomile: The flowering herb originates from the Compositae family. With two types of chamomile in our products, both German chamomile and Roman chamomile, they are just as noble as they sound.

German chamomile is native to Europe, carries an intense aroma, and has a natural deep ink blue hue when used in essential oils. This type of chamomile is suitable for babies and children. The properties of this herb help with allergies, aid in calming, and are known to create a sense of balance.

Roman chamomile is native to the southern and western areas of Europe and has a warm apple aroma. With a pale blue color present in essentials oils, this herb aids in calming. Unlike its German cousin, Roman chamomile is not suitable for babies and children.

Both types of chamomile are commonly used as a tea to drink before bedtime to promote relaxation. They also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and provide a mild sedative effect.

Did you know?

  • Chamomile harvested during the early stages of flowering is best used as a tea infusion to treat anxiety, indigestion, insomnia, muscle pain, and cramps.
  • Chamomile essential oils are commonly used to enhance the body’s ability to fight off infections and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The blossoms of a chamomile plant are the most valuable part, as they are used to make teas, oils, tonics, infusions, and extracts.

 


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Lavender: Another plant with calming properties, lavender is not only beautiful but also useful. Deriving from the Lamiaceae or Labiatae families, dependent upon if it’s the plant or the essential oil, lavender is native to the Mediterranean region. A sweet and floral scent with a colorless to pale yellow color present in the essential oil, this plant can help as an antidepressant, enhances a feeling of calmness and balance, and works as a healer and antiseptic. Best for adults only when applying essential oil directly to skin or using products that contain large amounts of lavender essential oil, lavender works wonders for anxiety, headaches, menstrual cramps, depression, indigestion, sleeplessness, nerve pain, tooth pain, sprains, and even dandruff.

Did you know?

  • Lavender essential oil can help with hair loss, has antimicrobial properties, and may reduce agitation in people with Alzheimer’s. That’s some powerful stuff.
  • Drinking lavender tea can help with insomnia, stress, and exhaustion.
  • Together, chamomile and lavender can be quite the powerhouse. If you have a black eye, apply a few drops of lavender or chamomile oil and witch hazel to a cotton ball and apply to the bruised area (just avoid getting into your eyes). These two can also help with abrasions and blisters, just apply a drop or two to a compress and put over a blister or scrape to help the healing process. A few drops of both oils, mixed with some jojoba oil, can be applied to your hairline and massaged into your scalp to help with headaches. And with bug season upon us, just mix a drop of the two together and apply to bug bites to take the itch away.
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Stress-Free Southern Inspired Body Scrubs & Bath Soaks


Have you ever drawn a bath for yourself and poured in a soak or used a scrub, only to be completely irritated by the end of your bath? That’s not exactly the idea behind a good soak. Right?! Time in the tub is meant to be soothing, not insufferable. And a good bath should help you de-stress, not cause skin distress. The culprit of stressful soaks is most likely the use of artificial ingredients and far too much fragrance oil. With my soak and skin care line, a little scent goes a long way on the body.

Everything offered at Southern Belle Products is tried and tested before we sell to you. I know – it’s a tough job trying out soaks and scrubs, but somebody must do it! We offer Bath Salts, Coffee Scrubs, Salt Scrubs, Sugar Scrubs, and Tub Tea. With scents like eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint, we source all-natural ingredients to provide a naturally relaxing experience. Other ingredients include rosemary, lemon, coconut, lime, almond, chamomile, rose, and oatmeal. We never use artificial ingredients.

Bath Salts are perfect for adding to a warm tub for an aroma therapeutic soak. They can also be added to your shower stream or to a foot soak for an equally refreshing or relaxing experience. Handcrafted from magnesium sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, dead sea salt, and essential oil, there are blends to help with everything from sleep, to sinus congestion, to muscle tension.

Our Coffee Scrubs are the perfect pick me up. With three different strengths crafted from real, fresh coffee grounds, the caffeine properties help improve your body’s circulation as you gently scrub your skin. With use over time, the scrubs have been known to help diminish cellulite and scarring from stretch marks or post-pregnancy skin lines.

Salt Scrubs and Sugar Scrubs help exfoliate your skin and provide much needed moisture, perfect for winter months or a post-outdoor skin revival treatment. Salt Scrubs are excellent for skin that is prone to oiliness and our Sugar Scrubs are a good, gentle choice for dry or sensitive skin. Use in the shower or finish off a bath with either scrub for an all-natural experience.

Tub Teas are like bath salts, yet also provide additional soak elements that are filtered through both a tea bag and cotton muslin bag. Think of it as dunking yourself in a giant tea cup without the mess of the ingredients. The Tub Tea is placed under warm, running bath water and infuses the bathtub with chamomile, rose, lavender, or oatmeal. A perfect way to steep without the mess, as the cotton muslin bag contains everything and is easy to dispose of or store away when you are thoroughly soaked

Visit our store to purchase any of our soaks and scrubs or teas, and then prepare to immerse yourself in total southern inspired skin care.

Burning the Midnight Oil with Southern Inspired Soy Candles

Soy Candles are the Best Choice for a Better Burn



Imagine you step outside on a bluebird day – in the woods, at a park, inside a garden, alongside a river. What do you smell? Maybe slight hints of grass or the lavender growing nearby. It’s subtle. But memorable. That is what my products aim to provide you. A sensory experience that is calming, not overwhelming. A home filled with feel-good scents, not full of artificial ingredients. A way to unwind and relax, revive and recharge. I have burned the midnight oil many nights (pun intended!) perfecting our candle scents. The result? A perfectly balanced, clean, and nature-inspired candle line that is a better choice for everyone.

With our candles, you can refresh your home with pure and organic scents that are sourced as close to earth as possible. All our candles are made with all natural, clean burning soy wax and essential oils. Natural cotton fiber wicks provide a clean, soot-free burn. Candles range in size from metal tins to glass jars. Our larger sizes feature whole pieces of the scent – think lavender buds, coffee beans, vanilla pods, and cinnamon sticks enmeshed within the wax.

Soy wax candles are a better alternative for you and your family. Why? Many reasons. For one, they don’t increase the CO2 levels in your home like traditional paraffin wax candles do. This means better air quality for all of you – especially important during winter months when homes are closed tight and air flow is low. That’s right, these candles are non-toxic! Healthier for you and the environment. With a cleaner burn also comes a slower burn. You will find our candles last longer than other scented candles.

Additionally, soy wax is naturally biodegradable and far easier to remove in case of a drop or spill. Trust me, I know this first hand! With soy wax, there is also a lower burning point and the essential oils disperse into the air more pleasantly. If you have gotten headaches in the past with other candles, you will find our soy wax candles are far less irritating. A little scent can go a long way!

Visit our store to find your perfect scent.