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Therapeutic aromatherapy gifts for Christmas


For those of us on a tight budget this Christmas, the thought of the festive season looming can be really stressful. However, Aromatherapy can offer the ideal opportunity for the perfect personalised gifts – and what’s more – these options won’t break the bank. They will also be presents your loved ones will really appreciate – as their recipes can be individually orientated, therapeutic and full of pamper potential!

Rather than making absolutely everything from scratch, buy a range of our base products, a few bottles and jars, your favourite aromatherapy oils and you’re ready to go!

Home made aromatherapy gift ideas for Christmas

To alleviate stress & tension:

De-stress Bath & Shower Gel
SLS free Bath & Shower Gel mixed with stress relieving essential oils makes an ideal gift. To 120ml add 10 drops each of Lavender, Bergamot and Petitgrain, 5 Benzoin and 5 Sandalwood. Shake well.

Uplifting Body Lotion
This lovely moisturising lotion allows you to enjoy the essential oils beneficial effects on the skin as well their mood enhancing qualities. Mix 120ml Organic Moisturising Lotion with 15 drops Lavender essential oil, 10 Geranium, 10 Bergamot and 5 Benzoin.

To boost mood & energy:

Stimulating Vaporising Oil
Why not consider buying an aromatherapy vaporiser or diffuser and making up your own diffuser blend? In a 10ml amber glass bottle add 3ml Rosemary essential oil, 3ml Lime, 2ml Bergamot, 1ml Plai and 1ml Elemi. Use 8 drops per session plus water.

Energising Bath & Shower Gel
Mix 120ml SLS free Bath & Shower Gel, 10 drops Rosemary, 10 Lime, 4 Black Pepper and 2 Ginger.

For detoxing & vitality:

Detox Bath & Shower Gel
Mix 120ml SLS free Bath & Shower Gel, 15 drops Geranium, 10 Cypress, 10 Juniper, 5 Lime and 3 Rose.

Detox Body Lotion
120ml Organic Moisturising Lotion, 15 drops Geranium, 10 drops Juniper, 10 Cypress, 5 Lemon and 5 Lime.

Detox Body Firming Gel
Especially for cellulite areas i.e. thighs and buttocks. Mix 100ml Aloe Vera & Rose Gel, 10ml Passion Seed Oil, 10ml Argan Oil, 15 drops Geranium, 10 Lime, 10 Juniper, 10 Cypress and 3 Rose.

Natural first aid pack:

Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream
50ml Organic Moisturising Lotion, 15 drops Tea Tree, 5 Elemi and 5 Patchouli. Mix well.

Anti-Viral Inhalation
In a 10ml amber glass bottle mix 2ml Bergamot, 2ml Tea Tree, 2ml Elemi, 2ml Lemon, 1 ml Myrrh and 1ml Frankincense. Use 6 drops per inhalation.

Peppermint Foot Balm
Useful for anything from Athlete’s foot to aching tired feet. Mix 50ml Organic Moisturising Lotion, 15 drops Tea Tree, 5 Elemi, 5 Spearmint and 3 Peppermint.

Headache Balm
Blend 50ml Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel, 10 drops Lavender and 5 Neroli. Massage into temples and back of neck.

Massage Oil for Muscular Aches & Pains
60ml Sweet Almond Oil, 15 drops Lavender, 5 Marjoram and 5 Elemi.

Dead Sea Salt Bath Salt (for arthritic inflammation)
100g Fine Dead Sea Salt, 10 drops Lavender, 2 German Chamomile and 2 Yarrow. Mix well and store in an airtight jar. Enough for 2 baths.

Aromatic Christmas Diffuser Blends
6 different recipes for vaporising over the festive season (make up in a 10ml amber glass bottle)

Festive Frivolity
6ml Pine, 1ml each of Cinnamon, Ginger, Frankincense and Myrrh

Cleanse & Energise
4ml each of Lemon and Lime, 1 ml Rosemary and 1ml Spearmint

Citrus Cinnamon
4ml Orange, 4ml Lime, 1 ml Cinnamon and 1ml Ginger

Peppermint Power
4ml Pine, 3ml Bergamot, 1ml Lime, 1ml Spearmint and 1ml Peppermint

Christmas Tree Pine
3ml Cedarwood, 3ml Pine, 1ml Black Spruce, 1ml Plai and 1ml Lime

Mood Magic
4ml Bergamot, 2ml Ylang Ylang, 2ml Frankincense, 1ml Geranium and 1ml Patchouli

Enjoy your blending and have a very Merry Christmas!

Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

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Christmas fragrancing with pure essential oils


For many people, Christmas isn’t the same without beautiful aromas of festive pot pourri, scented candles and room sprays. Many shops sell commercially prepared products containing fragrances such as Cinnamon, Mandarin, Orange, Frankincense and Myrrh, helping to invoke memories of bygone years. Some of these products may, however, contain synthetic fragrance rather than pure or true essential oils, which may result in headaches and nausea. To avoid such unpleasant symptoms and also save some money, why not make your own Christmas blends using pure, natural, therapeutic essential oils; it is relatively easy to do and a lot of fun. There are so many different combinations of oils that work well together, it is best just to experiment and find out what works for you. My blog includes a few ideas to get you started.

Popular Christmas essential oils include: Cinnamon, Clove, Mandarin, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Pine, Frankincense and Myrrh. Frankincense and Myrrh are perfect to use during the festive period, being given to Jesus at his birth according to the gospel of Matthew (2:11), however, they should be used with care as Frankincense may make your home smell like a church, and Myrrh with its distinctive smoky, slightly musky aroma may dominate other less powerful oils. Citrus oils such as Mandarin, Orange and Tangerine have a fresh aroma and are perfect when used individually or within a blend. Warm aromas can be created by using spice essential oils such as Cinnamon and Clove.

If you are fortunate to have an open fire, putting one drop of Frankincense onto a log, will help create that Christmas atmosphere. Be careful though! Essential oils are flammable, so leave enough time for the wood to absorb the essential oil before placing it on the fire and be prepared for more sparks than usual!

While pine cones may be collected from walks in the countryside, they can be easily purchased, albeit without scent, and then infused them with their natural aroma by dropping a few drops of Pine essential oil onto them and placing in an airtight container overnight. The cones can then be decorated by tying red or gold ribbon around them and used to decorate Christmas tree.

Rather than purchase expensive aromatic candles, simply buy unscented, natural candles at a fraction of the price. Light the candle, wait until the wax begins to melt and then add one drop of an essential oil blend made with one drop of Frankincense and two drops of Mandarin. Alternatively, one drop of Clove, one drop of Frankincense and four drops of Sweet Orange can be blended together to create a beautiful Christmassy aroma with one drop of the blend being added to the melted wax.

Making clove-orange pomanders is one of my most favourite ‘jobs’ at Christmas. Roll cloves in a blend made up of two drops of Cinnamon essential oil and four drops of Tangerine. Stick the cloves, into oranges and place in a small basket. The aroma is delightful and it is very satisfying to know that you have made the clove oranges yourself.

Personalise your Christmas cards to friends and family by putting one drop of your favourite Christmas blend onto the card before sealing in the envelope so that upon opening the card, the recipient will be greeted with a charming aroma.

Two of my most favourite Christmassy essential oil blends are shown below. I hope you enjoy creating your own this year!

Christmas Aromatherapy Candle

1 drop of Frankincense
1 drop of Myrrh
4 drops of Mandarin

Add 1 drop of the blend to the melted wax as per the above instructions.

Christmas Aromatherapy Room Spritz

1 drop of Clove
1 drop of Cinnamon
4 drops of Sweet Orange
2 drops of Tangerine
600ml of distilled water

Combine in a spray bottle and shake well before use. Do not spray onto furniture.

Finally, if you don’t want to make up your own blends you can always try one of our exclusive Christmas Essential Oils which are available for a limited time only. There are 3 to choose from:-

Christmas Spice with Cinnamon, Clove and Sweet Orange
Festive Fruits with Pine Needle, Tangerine, Lemon and Grapefruit
Holy Nights with Frankincense, Myrrh and Lemon

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!!

Christine Fisk
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Base oil of the month – Passion Seed


Passion (Passiflora incarnata) Seed Oil is another less well known but highly nourishing oil! It is SO rich in nutrients, and a real discovery – both in terms of its therapeutic and beautifying properties!

Passion Seed Oil is rich in Vitamin A, but also contains Vitamin C, Essential Fatty Acids, Calcium, Bioflavonoids, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper and Potassium. As a result of this combination of nutrients its main properties are as follows:

  • Antibacterial – Makes an excellent addition to blends where skin is prone to infection i.e. inflamed eczema, combination skin, spots and acne
  • Anti-inflammatory – Beneficial for skin irritation and joint inflammation
  • Soothing – For any skin type that is itchy or dry
  • Balancing – For oily skin prone to excess sebum

For skin conditions that are dry and irritated, oily or simply lined, Passion Seed Oil is a great find. Add it at 10% to your moisturising base – the nutrients help protect the collagen and elastin – helping to plump and hydrate the skin and prevent free radical damage. The Vitamin A and C also support cell renewal and repair, helping to rejuvenate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Aromatherapy recipes using Passion Seed Oil

Soothing Gel for Eczema (Do a skin patch test first)
Blend 50ml Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel, 10ml Passion Seed Oil, 10ml Evening Primrose Oil, 2 drops German Chamomile essential oil, 2 Yarrow, 4 Lavender and 4 Geranium.

Moisture Balm for Mature Skin
Blend 50ml Moisturising Cream, 10ml Passion Seed Oil, 5ml Avocado Oil, 5 drops Geranium essential oil, 5 Frankincense, 2 Benzoin, 2 Rose and 2 Neroli.

Moisture Lotion for Dry, Itchy Skin
80ml Moisturising Lotion, 15ml Passion Seed Oil, 5ml Jojoba oil, 6 drops Sandalwood essential oil, 6 Lavender, 6 Geranium, 4 Roman Chamomile and 2 Yarrow.

Joannah Metcalfe
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Essential oil of the month – Elemi

Elemi essential oil

Elemi essential oil (Canarium commune) is produced from a tropical forest tree, native to the Philippines and neighbouring islands. Similar to Frankincense and Myrrh, Elemi essential oil is produced by steam distilling the resinous gum that exudes from the tree.

In Ancient Egypt its highly prized antiseptic properties and its aroma, lead to its use in the mummification and embalming rituals. It has also long been used for skincare and for respiratory ailments.

Today, Elemi oil is used extensively in the cosmetic, perfumery and paint industries. It is a powerful, therapeutic essential oil, being a strong stimulant, antiseptic, expectorant, analgesic and general tonic.

Safety note: Not recommended for use on those with sensitive skins.

  • Stimulant: A general circulatory and immunity stimulant, Elemi essential also helps stimulate the release of hormones (progesterone and oestrogen) and digestive enzymes, and helps the peristaltic action of the gut. It is therefore useful for those with hormonal imbalance, sluggish digestion and poor circulation.
  • Antiseptic: A stunningly powerful antiseptic, Elemi oil helps protect against microbes, bacteria, fungi and viruses, so it is a very strong addition to your Winter First Aid kit! Use it as a sick room spray, as a vaporiser to help ward off infections, and as an inhalant if you get respiratory, urinary or digestive infections. It is also useful for topical skin infections when diluted.
  • Expectorant: Elemi helps your body to expel phlegm and stubborn congestion in relation to respiratory infections, and eases breathing by helping open the airways.
  • Analgesic: Elemi is also an excellent addition to pain relieving blends particularly in relation to aches, sprains, arthritic and muscular inflammation, headaches and sinus pain/earache. Aches and pains relating to high temperatures and viruses respond well too.
  • Tonic: A general and mildly stimulating tonic for the whole system – especially when you are “run-down” and fatigued. Elemi oil helps stimulate your immunity, circulation and various metabolic processes. Again, a real gem for your Winter aromatherapy kit!

Aromatherapy recipes using Elemi essential oil

Inhalation for Coughs and Colds:
2 drops Tea Tree essential oil, 3 Elemi and 6 Bergamot

Vaporising for General Immunity Boosting:
2 Tea Tree essential oil, 3 drops Elemi, 3 Frankincense and 4 Lemon

Massage Oil for Muscular/Joint Pain:
Blend 30ml Sweet Almond Oil, 5 drops Lavender essential oil, 3 Elemi, 3 Frankincense, 2 German Chamomile and 2 Camphor. Massage into affected area after a bath or shower.

Joannah Metcalfe
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Your Winter medicine chest


So it’s that time of year again – the Autumn colours signposting the season of plenty is soon to end. In years gone by, not so very long ago, we would be setting our store cupboards for the Winter privations. The time of plenty – late Summer/early Autumn – would see fruits being made into jams and jellies, and vegetables pickled, dried and laid down in careful cool storage. This time of year would be one of gathering in and laying down – of preparation and making ready. A time of great activity before the quieter times of snow and ice, short days and long nights.

As more and more of us begin to see sense in the ancient ways – becoming more interested in the self-sufficiency and survival skills of yesteryear – so we can learn from the knowledge and understanding of herbs and traditional remedies too. After all, aromatherapy and herbal medicine have their roots in the mists of time, and we’d do well to listen to those whispers in the wind from by-gone times. There was a time when man trod lightly on the earth and understood nature, learning that plants, flowers, herbs and trees offered not only sustenance and shelter, but remedies for all that ails us too.

So even in the crazy pace of the modern world we can look back, listen and learn. We can use this time for preparation and getting our store cupboard, medicine chests and aromatherapy kits stocked up with those nutrients, herbs and oils that are particularly useful as Autumn fades into Winter. There are so many extra special, natural immunity boosters that are excellent to draw in – as both preventative measures and remedies for those bugs and ailments that can knobble us as the nights draw in.

Before we start preparing our shopping lists though, there are several basic things to remember:-

  • Dehydration is common in the Winter months, as we forget to drink sufficient water in the colder weather. Try drinking warm/hot water to keep the cold at bay whilst maintaining your hydration levels. As the central heating goes on and the fires are lit – the air dries out. It’s not only your skin that needs you to keep drinking, but also a variety of other metabolic processes that are essential for good health and wellbeing.
  • Reduce intake of mucus forming foods. Many of us crave hot, milky drinks to keep us warm, and combine these drinks with milky puddings and porridge (which incidentally can be just as delicious with Almond milk). These can make your system sluggish and congested. No surprise then, when you succumb to colds, coughs and respiratory/sinus infections. Congestion, catarrh and mucus slow you down and weaken your immune response. Increase hot herbal drinks with Ginger and Lemon, Sage or Rosemary and find ways of keeping warm that don’t rely on gallons of dairy products!
  • Most of us notice our exercise levels go down in the Winter as the days are shorter and easy opportunities for evening walks or sports with friend are less accessible. Get yourself organised by joining a group and prevent this slide into inactivity, get to the local pool, gym, Pilates class, have a laugh and keep up that activity! Immune systems are strengthened with regular exercise, fresh air and laughter lightening that emotional load.
  • Regular massage is even more important during the Winter months than it is in the Summer. Many of us feel the cold, and our circulation is rather slower in the cold Winter months. Massage stimulates the circulation and certain immunity stimulant essential oils can act as immunity tonics too – helping you stay strong and healthy throughout the cold, wet and windy weather.
  • Stay positive! Remember every season brings its delights as well as challenges. Ok, so it’s cold and dark in the evenings. This is also the season of beautiful colours in the woods and hedgerows, of children running through piles of leaves, bonfire night and fireworks, Christmas and the sparkles of frosty mornings. Each year, each month, each moment can be a thing of joy and beauty. We get to choose how we process everything we experience, and how to be disciplined as to where we allow our minds to go. So see the beauty in the Winter and “do” the cold with the joy of positive thinking, and perhaps this year will be a warmer Winter than you ever remember. Warmth comes from the inside out, mind, body and spirit in harmony, bound together by your capability to be the best you can be – the authentic “you”!

And now on to the shopping lists…

Medicinal foods

  • Ginger – dried and root ginger for hot drinks, mulled wine and warming fruit puddings.
  • Leeks, Onions, Garlic, Chives – all from the onion family and all great immunity boosters especially good in soups and stir fries.
  • Chillies – in sauces, soups and savoury dishes – to keep you warm and stimulate your circulation. Mild if you have IBS or inflammation – go gently.
  • Dark berries – elderberries, blackcurrants, cherries, blueberries frozen fresh and added to fruit crumbles, or in cordials and jams. These help keep up those bio-flavonoids and Vitamin C intake, whilst tasting great and reminding you of Summer. Keep a bottle of Sambucol in your medicine chest too, to help fight off respiratory bugs when they strike!
  • Spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric all have fantastic therapeutic properties and help keep you warm. Add to sweet and savoury dishes for flavour and for their medicinal qualities.
  • Herbal teas – fresh or dried herbal teas can give your immune system a great boost. Try Rosemary, Sage or Lemon and Ginger.
  • Pickles – fermented vegetables are right “on trend” at the moment and contain many beneficial pro-biotics. They are easy to make and extremely tasty – they also look great on your shelves and make fab Christmas presents!

Winter supplements

  • Probiotics – to boost your immunity and ease digestive issues
  • Vitamin C – try BioCare’s Magnesium Ascorbate Powder (low acid and easily absorbed)
  • Siberian Ginseng – “Elagen” standardised high potency, anti-viral agent
  • Colloidal Silver – a natural antibiotic, powerful and easy to take
  • Vitamin D – try BioCare’s drops – especially important in Winter when we get less sunlight
  • Echinacea – try A. Vogel’s Echinaforce to boost your immunity if you get a cold or flu
  • Nascent Iodine from Good Health Naturally – helps thyroid balance, energy and vitality
  • BioCare’s Sucroguard – a blood sugar balancer – if your sweet tooth kicks in in the Winter it could be a chromium deficiency

Winter ‘essential’ oils

  • Tea Tree – antiseptic and anti-viral
  • Neroli – a de-stress treasure
  • Rose – a beautifully perfumed and mood enhancing anti-bacterial agent
  • Lemon – decongestant and immunity stimulant
  • Thyme – inhalant and vaporiser for immunity boost
  • Benzoin – for warming, comfort and calm
  • Lavender – versatility itself – perfect for everything that ails you!
  • Eucalyptus – clears the head and eases congestion
  • Elemi – antiseptic, analgesic, immunity booster
  • Ravensara – decongestant, expectorant, antidepressant
  • Frankincense – for emotional and physical warmth
  • Bergamot – for a blast of Summer sunshine
  • Sandalwood – for a sore throat or sad heart
  • Ginger – for a blast of heat
  • Black Pepper – to strengthen and boost circulation
  • Plai – decongests and warms
  • Rosemary – as a general tonic and for energy

Remember one of the most powerful ways of using essential oils when coughs and colds strike is in inhalations. Breathing in the steam with a towel over your head might seem a palaver – but the essential oils quickly travel through the blood rich lining of the lungs directly into the blood stream. They help fight the infection and act as decongestants, expectorants, pain killers and anti-inflammatories- whilst also lifting the mood! What more could you ask for? Vaporising the essential oils will also help prevent you from succumbing to the bugs in the first place, helping to neutralise air-born viruses, bacteria and fungal spores.

Read our previous blog on Winter health and wellbeing for more aromatherapy advice and essential oils blends.

Here’s to a happy and healthy Winter!

Joannah Metcalfe
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Ravensara – the No. 1 essential oil for Winter

Ravensara essential oil

While there are an array of essential oils that can be effectively used throughout the winter months to help you to remain fit and healthy, there is one essential oil in particular that can be used to protect against common winter ailments, alleviate the discomfort of cold symptoms and help restore emotional equilibrium.

Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) essential oil is one of my personal favourites, possessing, as it does a slightly spicy, camphory, woody, herbaceous aroma  and having therapeutic properties on par with the more well-known essential oils such as Eucalyptus globulus and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), although, unlike Tea Tree essential oil, it is non-irritating, non-toxic and non-sensitising.

Ravensara, originates from Madagascar.  The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the Ravensara tree and is reputed to have analgesic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, expectorant and immunomodulant properties; in fact its strong anti-viral properties make it an ideal choice if suffering from influenza.  Some experts claim that the oil should be used as a preventative or ‘at the first signs of chills, shivers or tiredness’ (Battaglia, 2002).  The oil may also be used to ease the discomfort of blocked sinuses or congestion.

Ravensara oil, as a reputed nerve tonic, has a gentle, uplifting effect and as such is a perfect choice when feeling physically or emotionally fatigued or simply lethargic; it can be used in a suitable carrier oil within a massage treatment or added to a bath of warm water  and inhaled, both methods being excellent for inducing relaxation and promoting a sense of wellbeing.

Overall, I think this oil is essential for  personal care kits, and whilst cost can sometimes be a deciding factor, Ravensara, as well as being extremely versatile, is also extremely affordable.

Aromatherapy blends using Ravensara essential oil

Energy boosting:

Run a bath of warm water, add 5 drops of Ravensara essential oil, agitate the water to disperse the oil, then relax in the bath for a minimum of 15 minutes.  Avoid splashing water in the eyes.

Aching muscles:

Mix 10ml of Arnica oil with 5 drops of Ravensara and massage into the affected area(s) twice a day.

Immune boosting:

Place 6 drops of Ravensara in a burner or diffuser (or simply pop onto a tissue) and inhale throughout the day.

Blocked nose/congestion:

Add 10 drops of Ravensara essential oil to a bowl of hot water, agitate the water to mix in the oil, lean over the bowl and put a towel over your head, close your eyes and inhale the vapours for up to ten minutes.  Repeat this process several times a day.

Anti-fungal foot cream: 

Mix 60ml of Moisturising Cream with 15 drops of Ravensara and apply to the feet after a bath or shower.

Christine Fisk
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Post-Summer aromatherapy foot care


At the end of the Summer, our feet are often dry, with hard skin, cracked heels and a generally unloved look! After months in flip flops or sandals, they often require a little extra care! Some of us might be suffering the opposite – if your work requires heavy shoes/boots – then the heat and moisture created by sweating feet could mean that you are suffering from Athletes Foot, or fungal infections behind the nails – both of which are really common. Athletes Foot can lead to the skin becoming inflamed and then cracking open – it can be very sore and unsightly.

If we consider all the reflex points on the feet, removing and softening thick layers of dead skin will also help those points receive normal stimulation when we walk with bare feet – so health is further underlined. Apart from anything else, we tend to feel better about ourselves if our feet haven’t got an unsightly mass of hard skin, cracked heels or fungal infections.

So as Winter approaches, a real “focus on our feet” session is called for before we stuff them into those socks and boots! And, if our feet feel good – we’ll feel better too.

Hard skin/cracked heels:

First of all, many of us suffer from hard skin, especially on the heels and balls of the feet (particularly if we are smokers or have a weak or congested chest – as this is the “lung reflex”). The layers of dead skin can build up (this can also be an indication of a deficiency of essential fatty acids in your diet and/or poor circulation) and can begin to crack – leading to deep, painful fissures in the heel areas which can open up when you walk. This is unsightly and can be very painful – and can lead to open areas of skin which are vulnerable to infection. Here’s how you can improve matters:

  • Carefully file down the layers of dead skin, being careful not to go too far down or you will find walking rather painful! Slough off the dry, dead surface layers – a “Ped Egg” is one of the best options. It has a mini grater surface for the hard, dead layers and a finer file to smooth off the layers underneath.
  • Make up a Rich Aromatherapy Foot Cream and massage thoroughly into the dry areas: 80ml Moisturising Cream, 10ml Castor Oil, 5ml Avocado Oil, 5ml Argan Oil, 20 drops Lavender essential oil, 15 Tea Tree, 10 Patchouli, 5 Peppermint and 5 Spearmint. Use this cream after each bath or shower for 1 week – you might want to keep cotton socks on for 30 mins afterwards to ensure maximum absorption without slipping over!
  • For the cracked areas try our therapeutic Cracked Heel Oil: 50ml warmed Extra Virgin Coconut Butter, 10ml Castor Oil, 10ml Jojoba, 20 drops Tea Tree essential oil, 10 Sandalwood, 5 Bergamot and 5 Myrtle.
    Massage into any cracked areas as above to help ease inflammation, prevent infection and stimulate healing.
  • If your toes nails are dry or brittle, massage Castor Oil in regularly to feed and nourish the skin cells and soften cuticles.

Athletes Foot:

If you wear boots for work there are some basic tips when it comes to preventing this irritating and stubborn issue:

  • Dry your feet really well after your bath or shower.
  • Keep your feet dry by using medicated talc in between your toes before you put your boots on (you can make your own by buying your own natural talc base and sprinkling in Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils).
  • Wear open toed sandals or go bare foot whenever possible – to help air circulate when you are not working.
  • Wear natural cotton socks only – synthetic fibres encourage sweating and don’t let your feet breathe as easily. The same goes for leather shoes/boots rather than plastic/rubber.
  • If you do get the condition, make up the following antiseptic cream and use morning and night: 80ml Moisturising Cream, 5ml Argan Oil, 5ml Castor Oil (has anti-fungal properties), 15 drops Tea Tree essential oil, 10 Bergamot, 10 Sandalwood and 3 Peppermint.
  • Regular aromatherapy foot baths with 1 cup of Fine Dead Sea Salt, 6 drops Lavender essential oil and 3 drops Tea Tree can also help speed up the healing process, but remember to dry in between toes as before.

Fungal nail infection:

This condition can be very stubborn to alleviate, as the fungus is lodged behind the nail. The foot bathing as above can be useful – and keeping the nails short can also help. Regularly drip 1-2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil behind the nail after you wash, and then “seal” the oil in by rubbing in some of the Athletes Foot antiseptic cream from above. It may take a while but perseverance usually works in the end! It is also a good idea to check for Candidiasis – and consider a nutritional/herbal treatment for lowered immunity if you have other health issues.

Joannah Metcalfe
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