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Community Article - March 2023
March 13, 2023

Taina Niemi Dixon's Memory Post

How many remember the old days in Markstay when...

  • We had a large working arena
  • We had a video shop and an ice cream parlor
  • Two drinking bars
  • A gas bar

Hats off to Bertrand's Store for hanging in there for our small community.

Aromatherapy for Everyday Life by Deme Barlas

Spring is around the corner! Something fun to do indoors and out with plants and essential oils.

The practice of using essential oils is thought to stretch back to ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese, etc. Each society has contributed to the discipline. There are many oils that can help with general pain, and everyday life but here is a comprehensive list of my favorites that can be used generally. 

Peppermint oil in a diffuser

Peppermint is one of the most highly touted essential oils for headaches. Many people think of peppermint as an invigorating scent that wakes you and gets you moving. However, studies have shown the fresh-smelling oil also reduces the severity of tension headaches. The cooling effect of peppermint oil can help stimulate blood flow and reduce muscle contractions. I use 4 - 5 drops in an air diffuser with a cool compress on neck or head.

Sleep, anxiety, and mental health

Aromatherapy with both lavender and chamomile essential oils helped decrease depression, anxiety, and stress levels. I use this combination in a spray and apply it to linens, drapes and pretty much anything I lay on or am around to help me wind down. As a tea it can help with the digestive and stomach issues, anti-viral and help with sleep. Lemongrass is an alternative for those who do not like the smell of lavender.


Citronella plants, mint plants as well as other members of the mint family, like sage, peppermint, hyssop, lemon balm, oregano, and catnip—are all worthy mosquito repellents.

Secondary to the above, lemongrass plant and geranium plants are also great for mosquitos, bees and small flying flies. Be careful with these plants, as some of them are classed as weeds and will take over the yard. You can also go with a carnivorous plant, like the trumpet flower. Marigolds and lavender for rabbits and deer.

Final Thought

It is important to know that not all essential oils are okay for everyone. Essential oils are generally not indicated for use on those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, for infants or young children, people with serious medical conditions, or certain pets—especially cats. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy has an excellent webpage on safety information for essential oils and is a wonderful resource.

Have fun!

Deme Barlas RMT at Warren Massage Therapy


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