Calming Influence

Known as “the scent of the 60s,” patchouli is often associated with peace signs and hippies, mostly due to its warm, earthy aroma and its frequent use in incense. But here are a few fun facts about this ancient plant:

* It’s part of the same family of aromatic plants as lavender, mint, and sage;
* Its leaves were used as an insect repellent for silk and other fabrics imported from Far East countries;
* A pound of patchouli used to be worth a pound of gold;
* King Tut had 10 gallons of patchouli oil buried with him in his tomb.

A favorite worldwide for holistic and aromatherapy treatments, patchouli is used to treat dandruff, dermatitis, and acne. It’s also considered an effective deodorant and anti-inflammatory. But it’s the grounding, calming scent that is used to this day to help ease symptoms of anxiety and stress that brings us full circle, back to the 1960s and an image of tie dye shirts with the slogan “flower power.”

We knew we wanted to pay tribute to the Old Port neighborhood of Maine’s largest city with its wonderful mix of contemporary entertainment against a backdrop of original architecture. Historical uses re-mastered for today’s needs, just like Maine Island Soap’s Old Port Patchouli Rose bar. We mix patchouli and rose geranium essential oils with natural pink clay to lightly boost exfoliation and to leave skin silky smooth.

Feelin’ groovy? This bar is just for you!

Thank you for letting us be a part of your world.

Be well.
Maine Island Soap

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PPS: Over the last year, we have often asked you to share a memory, a thought, a recipe…we thought we’d turn the tables a bit and offer one up first. Please let us know what you think: 

Calm Chamomile Banana Smoothie      
vegan, serves two

1/4 cup deeply steeped whole-blossom chamomile tea
1/4 cup soy milk
1/4 cup raw cashews
2 frozen, ripe, sliced organic bananas (small-medium sized)
1 raw ripe banana (small-medium sized)
6 ounces Vanilla Soy Yogurt
1 cup ice (coconut water ice cubes preferred)
1 dash cinnamon
1 tsp maple syrup
Garnish: dried Chamomile flowers

To Make:

1. Steep chamomile tea for at least 2-5 minutes. Stick in the fridge to cool for ten minutes.

2. Add all ingredients to blender. 

3. Blend until smooth.

4. Garnish with whole dried chamomile flowers from a cut open tea bag, or loose tea.

Inhale the sweet smell of chamomile, drink, sip, zen out.

Tip: When freezing bananas, always slice thin so that they blend easily.

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