Monday, 20 August 2007

Anarres Natural Health Inaugural Newsletter

This is the first Anarres Natural Health monthly newsletter. If you would like to join, please reply with the words join. Be well! Tracey TieF

1. Workshop August 21st and Open House August 28th

2. Specials for August - September 2007

3. Introductory Offer Items at Anarres Natural Health Clinic

4. Bonus article: Aromatherapy 101

1. Workshop August 21st and Open House August 28th

NEW!!! Tuesday Workshops at Anarres Natural Health Clinic

What: Learn a Reflexology Foot Massage
When: Tuesday August 21, 2007, 6 - 9 pm
Where: College & Ossington

How can something that feels SO good, be so GOOD for you? Reflexology stimulates the the whole body through the feet! You'll learn a Thai style warm up massage, and an Eastern reflexology foot massage routine. You'll learn why it works, and experience giving and receiving the massage. You'll learn how to protect yourself from infections by sanitizing the feet with essential oils, and create a custom oil blend that will benefit you from head to toe. You'll come away with a skill that can serve you for a lifetime and a foot powder or oil blended just for you!

$30 for 3 hours. Register with a friend for $20 each!
SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP to register 416.535.9620 or

Anarres first workshops on August 14, were sold out and a lot of fun! Classes are limited to six participants so that everyone gets a semi private lesson experience. There's fruit, veggies and dip to snack on, and, as always, a choice of cool crystal water or refreshing tea.

What: Open House: Ask a Certified Natural Health Practitioner
When: Tuesday August 28, 2007, 6 - 9 pm
Where: College & Ossington

What IS a Certified Natural Health Practitioner and what do they do? You can take a "tour" of Anarres Natural Health Clinic, and ask about the modalities I use in my practice including: wholistic and aesthetic aromatherapy, reflexology, chair massage, Qi Drop therapy, Qi stone massage, polarity therapy, Reiki, Chakra therapy, wholistic health counselling. Ask any question you like! Relax with a seated massage $10 for 10 minutes. Peruse the book collection. Shop for gift or custom aromatherapy items. Enjoy a tea or a crystal water, and a refreshing snack with relaxed informal discussion. Bring a friend!

Drop In, by donation. For address and other info 416.535.9620 or

2. Specials for August - September 2007

FREE 30 minute consultation for every first appointment. Come in just for the consultation (I am a Natural Health Consultant, after all!) or enjoy a treatment with the first half hour free. That's a $30 value either way!

Thermos: Cycle, walk or transit to Anarres Clinic and receive a free stainless steel mini thermos! Just ask!

Referrals: Refer a friend and you will both get 10% off any Anarres product or service.

3. Introductory Offer Items at Anarres Natural Health Clinic

If you haven't been to Anarres Natural Health Clinic, then you haven't seen the dozens of exquisite, safe and ethically produced aromatherapy-related products I have selected to stock for sale at Anarres. Even if you've been to Anarres, you may have missed some of these items. I have decided to let you know about them, and the introductory prices I am offering them at. If you find the same product anywhere else for less (including shipping and handling, of course) I will sell it to you at the lowest price and give you a free gift to boot!


Anarres Natural Health sells vegetable wax candles. Paraffin is a petroleum by-product, burning sooty and quickly. Vegetable wax candles burn clean and last twice as long, making them an excellent value that not only protects your indoor air, but may clean it!

See the exquisite dripless Palm Wax Tapers sold at the Anarres Clinic:
4 x 9" (23 cm) tapers per box, burn time: 8-10 hours! $11

See the locally made Scents Alive 100% Vegewax candles sold at Anarres Clinic:
Essential oil scented votives in a dozen scented blends. Box of 6 for $14
Unscented tea lights. Box of 20 for $13.

Aromatherapy Diffusers:

Ceramic essential oil evaporator with tea light and 3 x 1 ml. vials of essential oils of your choice. Only $10!

Terra Cotta Pendants: wear your essential oils!
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These beautiful clay pendants are made by a Canadian aromatherapist and her potter family. One drop on your pendant will let you smell the world through rose scented noses, or whatever essential oil you like, for hours! Several dozen designs available including zodiac, runes, footprints, leaves, flowers and Zen elementals. Pendant with 3 * 1 ml vials of essential oils of your choice is $12, or painted pendant with 3 * 1 ml vials for $15.

Nature Clean Products sold at Anarres Natural Health:

It is important to me that my clients enjoy a petro chemical free life, so I offer Nature Clean products as a convenience and as a high quality, affordable alternative to harmful bath, body and household cleaning products. Nature Clean products are made locally, are cruelty-free, biodegradable, SLS-free, septic-safe and are all Environmental Choice products.

The following bulk products are sold for $1 per 100 ml in your own container or one of ours, new or reused:
All Purpose Cleaning Lotion for all your household cleaning from sinks to counters to toilets!
Pure Soap for bath, body, hands, whatever!

The following bulk products are sold for $.50 per 100 ml in your own container or one of ours, new or reused:
Pet Stain & Odour Remover just spray and walk away!
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

Also for sale at Anarres are:
Laundry Stain Remover 700 ml / 24 oz $5
All Natural Laundry Powder 2 kg / 4.4 lb or 33 loads $10
Oxygen Bleach 700g / 1.5 lb $9

Or order directly any Nature Clean product through me and save 25%!
Shop Non Toxic for Nature Clean's home, cleaning and hygiene needs:
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Custom Anarres Products:

Most clients come in for custom perfumes, creams or lotions.
Did you know that I am also happy to create custom blended liquid soaps, cleansers, bath and body washes, shampoos and conditioners?
$5 per 340 ml pump bottle gets you a custom blend including goodies to moisturize or tone, according to your needs, plus an essential oil blend suited to your skin or hair.


This wonder supplement cleanser is made from volcanic rock. In a nutshell, zeolite safely yet powerfully detoxifies the body by attaching to and shedding harmful heavy metals and unhealthy, abnormal cells.

Liquid Zeolite Activated Cellular Liquid Zeolite in Humic $21 or 2 for $40

Essential Oils:

A variety of uniquely packaged therapeutic grade essential oils for your home use, with suggested bends and uses:
Each essential oil 15 ml $10 Two for $18 Five for $40 and 10 for $70!!!
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4. Bonus article - Aromatherapy 101

Aromatherapy 101: Find the essential oils that work for you
A workshop by Tracey TieF, Anarres Natural Health

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils, plant resins, hydrosols and oil infusions for the healing of the mind, body and spirit.

An essential oil is the fragrant, volatile liquid extracted or distilled from a single plant source. Musk and ambergris are the two essential oils of the perfume industry that are of animal origin, and are not used in aromatherapy. Absolutes are essential oils produced by chemical extraction. Traces of solvent may remain; therefore, absolutes should never be taken internally. Examples of absolutes are jasmine and rose. Resinoids are produced by distillation and/or chemical extraction from the healing gum that extrudes from an opening in the bark of a tree or bush. Examples of resinoids are myrrh, frankincense and benzoin.

The pharmaceutical, food, and perfume industries are the main consumers of essential oils. Natural means present in, or produced by nature, or not artificial. Pure means having a uniform composition, free from adulterants and impurities.

All essential oils are inherently antibacterial. Most, but not all, essential oils are antiviral and some are also anti-fungal. Essential oils can be described as cytophylactic, or biotic, as opposed to antibiotic, which means that the oils strengthen the living tissue without the usual side effects.

The properties of essential oils are:
~ They are highly volatile and evaporate quickly.
~ They are non-greasy.
~ They mix well with carrier or fixed oils.
~ They do not mix with water, but mix with alcohol.
~ They are liquid, with some exceptions.
~ They are absorbed into the skin.

The main chemical groups present in essential oils are:
Acids are anti inflammatory and are found in very small quantities.
Alcohols are anti-septic, anti-viral, uplifting and warming except for linalol.
Aldehydes smell strongest, are anti-fungal, calming to the nervous system, stimulant to the circulation and have possible sensitizing action.
Esters are antispasmodic, fungicidal and balancing to the nervous system.
Ketones are powerful, sedative, reduce temperatures and break up mucous.
Oxides expel mucous. Eucalyptol or 1,8 cineole is found in essential oils.
Lactones suppress prostaglandin production, and are photosensitizing, sedative anti-inflammatory expectorant and anti-catarrhal.
Phenols are powerful antiseptics with analgesic & anti-infectious properties.
Terpenes: Monoterpenes are aggressive to skin, useful as air antiseptics and for skin hygiene. Sesquiterpenes are anti-inflammatory, calming and slightly hypotensive. Monoterpinols are antiviral, immunostimulant and are suitable for longer term use. Deterpinols have hormone-like properties.

A bit of history: Aromatherapy is a branch of herbalism that goes back to the times of Homo Sapiens Neanderthal. In the late 19th and early 20th century, synthetic versions of essential oils were produced easily and cheaply. "Modern" chemotherapy-style medicine was born, replacing and de-legitimizing traditional physical (osteopathy, chiropractic, cranial sacral) and phyto (aromatherapy, herbalism, folk medicine) therapies.

In 1928, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse published Aromatherapie, in which he (re?)discovers that antiseptic properties of whole essential oils are more effective than when their constituents are used separately. In W.W.II , Dr. Jean de Valnet, author of The Practice of Aromatherapy, treated battle wounds and long-term psychiatric patients with essential oils, diet and herbs and won medical acceptance for aromatherapy in France.

In the 1950s, Marguerite Maury, a biochemist, developed wholistic aromatherapy, devising a special massage technique for the application of essential oils, and employing an individual prescription, choosing essences according to the physical and emotional progress of her patients. Maury, the "Mother" of wholistic aromatherapy, wrote The Secrets of Life and Youth. In 1977, Robert B. Tisserand published The Art of Aromatherapy, the first aromatherapy book published in English, and many monographs on essential oil safety. Shirley Price, a leading contemporary aromatherapist, school founder and author, was trained through Maury's school in England. My own teacher, Jan Benham, founder of aromatherapy in Canada and director of the School of Holistic Studies was herself trained, and subsequently taught at The Shirley Price Professional Aromatherapy College in England.

Today, aromatherapy is practiced as:
1) Wholistic Aromatherapy (hands on, nutrition, focus on body, mind & spirit)
2) Medical-Clinical Aromatherapy (essential oils administered internally)
3) Aesthetic Aromatherapy (skin, focus on cosmetics)

Essential oils are used:
Through injection by European medical doctors.
Orally, most commonly by European doctors, but it is considered safe to ingest common fruits (such as lemon) and mints (such as peppermint) with food in the stomach.
Through the skin via massage, baths, compresses, ointments, lotions, carrier oils or creams.
Through smell, via the olfactory/limbic system, using atomizers, burners etc.

Essential oils should be stored:
~ in dark bottles, preferably amber coloured, to prevent exposure to light
~ with exposure to as little air as possible
~ in tightly sealed containers to prevent evaporation
~ in glass or metal, NOT plastic
~ away from fire, as essential oils are volatile
~ unmixed, as mixed oils may spoil within 3 months
~ with a drop of Vitamin E oil if mixed, as a preservative
~ in a cool, dark place

An essential oil is likely of therapeutic quality if:
~ It is listed with its botanical or Latin name.
~ The country of origin is disclosed.
~ The bottle is amber or blue coloured.
~ It is not listed as standardized or deterpenated, synthesized or adulterated by additions of other essential oils or other constituents.

When purchasing essential oils, keep in mind that:
~ They should be listed with their botanical, or Latin, name.
~ They should be listed with their country of origin.
~ They should be sold in amber, blue or opaque glass phials.
~ They should be listed as aromatherapy or therapeutic grade oils.

Some Aromatherapy and Perfumery Terminology
Top, Middle and Base notes are categories of essential oils that have been traditionally used in perfumery and been adopted for Aromatherapy.

Top Notes are fast acting, quick to evaporate, stimulating and uplifting.
Examples of Top Notes are: *basil *bergamot *clary sage *caraway *coriander *eucalyptus *grapefruit *lemon *lemongrass *lime *mandarin *niaouli *orange *petitgrain *sage *tangerine *tea tree *thyme

Middle Notes are moderately volatile, affect the physical body, the metabolism, menstrual cycle, digestion, the "doing" self. Examples of Middle Notes are: *black pepper *chamomile *cypress *fennel *geranium *hyssop *juniper *lavender *marjoram *peppermint *pine needle *rosemary *savory

Base Notes are slowest to evaporate, sedating and relaxing, bind top notes and blends, last longer in the body, and work slowly. Examples of Base Notes are: *benzoin *cedarwood *clove *frankincense *ginger *jasmine *myrrh *neroli *nutmeg *origanum *patchouli *rose otto *sandalwood *ylang ylang

A Bit Of Morphology of Essential Oils:
Morphology classifies of essential oils based on shared anatomical features.
Leaves are specific to the respiratory system. Ex basil, eucalyptus, mints
Flowers are specific to the nervous system, good emotional support, etheric.
Grasses are highly antiseptic, especially when airborne. Ex lemongrass
Herbs include clary sage, origanum, marjoram, palmarosa, patchouli, thyme
Resins are specific to skin conditions, calming redness. Ex benzoin
Woods are specific to the urinary tract, endocrine functioning, centering.
Zests (Peels) are uplifting & refreshing, general detoxifiers. Ex bergamot
Rhizomes are warming, grounding, centering. Ex ginger, nard
Needles & Twigs are specific to the respiratory system. Ex tea tree
Fruits are specific to the central nervous system, sedatives, hypnotics.
Roots are specific to the stomach and digestive organs. Ex ginger
Seeds include black pepper, caraway, coriander, fennel, juniper, nutmeg

Recommended Books:

The ONE book that teaches Wholistic Aromatherapy as a system with a good list of essential oils and their uses:

Price, Shirley, Practical Aromatherapy: how to use essential oils to restore health and vitality. Thorsons, 1983.

Recipes that are safe and that really work, from ingredients that are safe and available. Purchase ingredients and books at The Aroma Shoppe, 1968 Queen Street East - #2, Toronto, Ontario M4L 1H8, Tel: 416.698.5850

Benham, Jan, The Creamy Craft of Cosmetic Making with essential oils and their friends, The Aroma Shoppe, 1996.

Benham, Jan, The Baby Boomers Beauty Bible, The Aroma Shoppe, 2004.

Natural handmade ethical affordable gifts?
Consider Anarres Natural Health Gift Certificates for massages and spa treatments or give one of a kind creams, lotions, massage oils, aromatherapy kits, bath truffles, bath salts, shampoos and conditioners.
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