Understanding Aromatherapy Scents (Part 2)

Eucalyptus and Peppermint, Making Sense of Scents

These two uplifting herbs share many of the same properties, yet are very distinct. You would never eat a eucalyptus candy cane! Let’s break down each herb, their scent, properties, and uses to better understand how chamomile and lavender can benefit us.


25d6bd_2b6fc9f8a7d54e868a329117b04cd9b5~mv2Eucalyptus: This fresh herb comes from the Myrtaceae family and is native to Australia, Tasmania, China, and portions of Europe. With an invigorating camphor aroma, this scent will penetrate your head and wake you (and your sinuses) right up. Eucalyptus works well as an antiseptic, pain reliever, expectorant, and is stimulating. Best for adults only, use it to help relieve a cough, clear up a stuffy nose, aid in lung congestion, and ease muscle pain.

Did you know?

  • Eucalyptus works well in treating bug bites and is a great bug repellent.
  • A few drops in a steamy shower will help ease sinus, lung, stuffy head, and achy body symptoms.
  • Eucalyptus has antiseptic, antifungal, and deodorizing properties.

25d6bd_724b4302fc0640b4a7009fb9f81ebc02~mv2Peppermint: Native to the Mediterranean, western Asia, and the US, this plant derives from the Lamiaceae family and produces a cool menthol aroma. Properties of peppermint include cooling, stimulation, digestion, pain relief, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. Best for adult use only and not for breastfeeding moms, it might be best to avoid if you have sensitive skin. Great for headaches, nausea, gas, cramps, upset stomach, coughs, stress, mental fatigue, and bad breath.

Did you know?

  • Peppermint contains elements of vitamins A and C.
  • Peppermint’s calming properties can improve irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
  • Bad breath can be gone with peppermint, due to the plant killing, smell inducing bacteria in the mouth.

Both herbs are excellent to have on hand to treat a variety of symptoms, especially during the winter months when cold and flu season strikes hardest.

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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.

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.