Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Author Chrystle Fiedler's Favorite Scents/Scent to Kill Giveaway

SCENT to KILL, my latest Natural Remedies Mystery, is a fun combination of a cozy story and tips about aromatherapy, which is the practice of using essential oils to improve health and well-being. Aromatherapy can ease stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, aches and pains, and more. Three of my favorite scents are lavender, jasmine and roses, so I thought I’d share a few simple tips on how to use them today.


Not only does Lavender (the Latin verb lavare means “to wash”) smell terrific, it’s calming and soothing and good for cuts and burns, insomnia, diaper rash, tension headache, PMS and cramps (use with clary sage and Roman chamomile). The phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals linalool and linalyl acetate) in lavender are absorbed in the skin and in the membranes inside your nose, slowing nerve impulses, and reducing stress. An easy way to start using lavender is to put five to ten drops of essential oil in your bath. Add the oil after you have filled the tub so you can enjoy the full benefits of this wonderful aroma.


The aroma of jasmine (Jasminum officinale v. grandiflorum) is intoxicatingly sweet, exotic, and floral. It’s also incredibly therapeutic for a variety of conditions. Jasmine essential oil eases mild depression, anxiety, and tension. It also balances energy and helps you feel more optimistic. It calms coughs and laryngitis, soothes sore muscles, stiffness, and sprains. You can apply it topically, use it on a warm or cool compress, put it in the bath, inhale it from your palm, or put it in your diffuser. It will make any room an oasis.


I love the rich, sweet floral bouquet of roses and the approximately 275 compounds have a myriad of therapeutic uses. For example, if you apply it topically, rose oil can help banish eczema, wrinkles, and acne. If you feel blue, rose essential oil will naturally lift your mood. If you have painful periods, it helps to balance hormones (just put the oil on a warm compress and apply to your lower abdomen). Rose oil also eases nervousness, anxiety, anger, sadness, and grief and can be helpful if you have respiratory problems such as allergies and hay fever. You also use rose oil to help you sleep better and feel happier. For all these conditions, simply put some on your palm and inhale it or put rose essential oil into a diffuser. Your bedroom will smell like an English garden.

Here’s the scoop on Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery

Willow McQuade, naturopathic doctor, along with her hunky ex-cop boyfriend Jackson Spade, attend a party for a psychic TV show that is filming on Long Island’s idyllic East End. However, Willow is much more interested in visiting the estate’s lavender farm, seeking inspiration for the new aromatherapy workshops she'll be holding at her store, Nature’s Way Market & Café.

Before the party is over, Roger Bixby one of the producers is dead and the police suspect murder. Roger was working on the show, MJ’s Mind, with Carly Bixby, his ex-wife and the new girlfriend of Willow's ex from L.A., TV writer/producer Simon Lewis.

After Willow leaves the party, she gets a frantic text from Simon asking for her help. Since Simon had a fight with Roger earlier in the evening, and because of his death is now the primary shareholder in Galaxy films, Willow's ex becomes the prime suspect. Simon begs her to crack the case and clear him of the murder. MJ McClellan, the psychic and star of the show also asks Willow for help. She hires Willow to provide natural remedies, including aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture and yoga to soothe the agitated crew of her show.

To find the killer, Willow has to deal with ghosts in a haunted mansion, a truly dysfunctional family, death threats and “accidents,” while trying to untangle a homicide identical to one committed during prohibition. Thankfully, Jackson has been hired to provide security and is there to watch her back and help Willow solve this spooky mystery.

As a bonus, you’ll find dozens of natural aromatherapy cures throughout the book that can improve your health. I think you’ll be surprised as how much they can help you feel better in mind, body and spirit!

For a chance to win a copy of Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery just leave a comment here about your favorite natural cure.

Chrystle Fiedler is the author of SCENT TO KILL, (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) the second in the NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERY series, DEATH DROPS: A Natural Remedies Mystery, the non-fiction title THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO NATURAL REMEDIES (Alpha, 2009), co-author of BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), currently in its fourth printing, the BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW!COOKBOOK (Fairwinds Press, 2012) and THE COUNTRY ALMANAC OF HOME REMEDIES (Fairwinds, 2011). Chrystle’s magazine articles featuring natural remedies have appeared in many national publications including Natural Health, Vegetarian Times, Better Homes & Gardens and Remedy. Visit www.chrystlefiedler.com andwww.killerhobbies.blogspot.com every Monday for more natural remedies, book news and other cool stuff!

Chrystle Fiedler
208 Monsell Place
Greenport, NY 11944
Follow Me on Twitter: @ChrystleFiedler
Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Gallery/Simon & Schuster Feb 2013)
Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Gallery/Simon & Schuster)
The Country Almanac of Home Remedies (Fairwinds Press 2011)
Beat Sugar Addiction Now! (Fairwinds Press 2010)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies (Alpha 2009)


Unknown said...

This sounds like a great series with some interesting tips also! Kim

katsrus said...

I don't really have a natural cure. I do love to have these kinds of scents all through my home. They make me feel calmer and more peaceful especially lavender scents. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sue B

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

This was interesting, I love using lavender to scent my bed-sheets when I do the wash. Scent to Kill sounds like a great mystery. Thank you Melissa and Chrystle :)

A Cozy Girl Reads And Writes said...

I love aloe for my dry skin, It works wonders. This sounds like a interesting and different cozy. Hope to win. sweething99@hotmail.com

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I have to admit that lavender and rose scents are my favorites hands down. I like the aromas in my shampoo, body creams and in my garden! Having said that, when I discover a new scent I'm almost just as smitten. You're all entered in my giveaway! Good luck! Yours Naturally, Chrystle

Carol N Wong said...

I don't have a scented natural cure but I do have one really big help natural cure that I am using right now. Ginger! I drink ginger tea for my sore throat. I got this help from an African friend. It really helps a lot.


maudemaxine@gmail.co, said...

Aloe Vera is good for so many things that even have in a drinkable form. One of the most well-known things is to cure burns. You should keep a plant and if you get a burn, lrg. or sm. break a leaf off and put the juice inside on the burn. And, vinegar has so many uses, healthwise and to do things around the home. Look up the Uses of Vinegar book. Listerine is goodddd to spray around doors and picnic tables to keeo mosquitos away. Honey is suppose to take the sting out of fire ant bites. Didn't know this when they got my girl's foot a year ago. Know more, but can't think tonight. Would like to put my name in for a chance to win. Thanks! Maxie

Michstjame said...

I have no idea how I have missed this series because it is right up my alley. It sounds like such fun and I love natural remedies, especially those to do with lavender because I grow it. My favorite remedy of the moment, though is putting a few drops of tea tree oil in a vaporizer to ease congestion. It just helped me with a nasty cold.


Anonymous said...

I loved the article, want to read the book and my natural favorite cure is with semiprecious stones. Some herbs are also good, but since you asked which is my favorite, I fo for the stones.

Me and my imaginary unicorn friend called Zelda thank for the giveaway! <333

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NoraA said...

Having read and owning the first book in the series I'd "naturally" love to win a copy of this second book. In the past I've used natural natural things like Black Cohosh and Dong Quie to help with hot flashes.

These days I tend to enjoy naturally scented candles to make my office feel more relaxing.


Unknown said...

We use a lot of natural cures at my house: garlic for the dogs to prevent fleas, black salve for boils, aloe for sunburns, etc....

holdenj said...

I love the scent of jasmine.

I don't use a lot of natural cures for myself, but do use things like vinegar and baking soda for cleaning.


Sue said...

My favorite natural cure is not lemonade made with real lemons and honey for a sore throat.

Froggy said...

Ginger, great for nausea.