Ever get confused when choosing your essential oils? In our latest blog we’ll try to demystify plant families, genera, botanical names and chemotypes so you know which essential oils to buy and how to use them safely.
Halloween celebrations are said to have pagan roots originating from the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Samhain, in which there were lighting of bonfires and offering of sacrifices. Dancing around the fires, the ending of one season and the beginning of another was celebrated; it was believed that at this time of year the veil between this world and the next was at its thinnest and there was free movement between the natural world and spirit world. Others however, believe that Halloween, rather than being a pagan religious event, is actually a Christian celebration that's over 1200 years old. This is because in the eighth century the Catholic Church decided to use November 1st as a church holiday called ‘Allhallowmas’, while the night before became known as All Hallows Eve, now known as Halloween.
With Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to consider essential oils used in biblical times. There are said to be over 600 references in the Bible to the use of essential oils, incense and ointments given as a gift at creation by God - ‘I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth” Genesis 1:29.
Although the term ‘Aromatherapy’ has only really been used since the 20th Century, the use of essential oils for various purposes - including medicinal, pharmacology, perfumery and cosmetology - goes back thousands of years, as far as the Ancient Egyptians.
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!
Although it was first identified in 1943, autism is still a relatively unknown disability. Yet autistic disorders are estimated to touch the lives of over 500,000 families throughout the UK. People with autism are not physically disabled in the same way that a person with cerebral palsy may be; they do not require wheelchairs and they ‘look’ just like anybody without the disability. Due to this invisible nature it can be much harder to create awareness and understanding of the condition.