Natural Health & Beauty
A good night's sleep is essential for health and wellbeing! Read our comprehensive guide on how to improve your sleep the natural way, and try our aromatherapy blends to help you relax and unwind.
As with all “dis-ease”, skin conditions often require a multifaceted approach to resolve or reduce the issue. Read our holistic advice which includes a selection of recommended aromatherapy blends.
This month I thought I would talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression affecting about 2 million people in the UK, and more than 12 million people across Northern Europe. The condition is more common in women than men and most likely to develop in people aged 18 to 30; it tends to start in Autumn, as the days become shorter and there is reduced exposure to sunlight, is at its peak in the winter months, and starts to improve as the days become longer in Spring. The two main symptoms are low mood and a lack of interest in life. Other symptoms may include feelings of irritability, despair, guilt, low self-esteem, indecisiveness, tearfulness, stress, anxiety, tiredness, lethargy, lack of concentration and being less active than normal.
The clocks have gone back signalling that Winter is on its way - prompting me to think about the wonderful aromatherapy oils that I need to stock up on to cope with all the typical Winter health challenges! You know what life is like, if you order everything you need, it could well be your insurance against having any problems at all! It’s a lovely feeling, being prepared. When my Base Formula oils arrive in the post this time of year, it makes me feel like I'm ready for almost anything!
Steam inhalations are one of the best ways to get therapeutic essential oils into your system. They are traditionally used for respiratory ailments but are also useful for facial treatments and enhancing the mood.
Accurately speaking, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) is a wax not an oil - even though it acts like any other base oil. On a molecular level, it is a chain of mono - unsaturated liquid wax esters. It is a golden colour when in its pure unprocessed form, and totally clear and colourless when processed. It is extracted from the seeds of the plant, which is indigenous to the USA and Mexico, however most commercial farms are now in Israel and Argentina.
Grapefruit essential oil (Citrus x paradisi) is a versatile aromatherapy oil with a wonderfully refreshing citrus, green scent. The oil is yellow to orange/green in colour and is normally expressed from the peel of the ripe grapefruit - although some companies do steam distill the oil too. The cold-pressed (expressed) oil is the highest quality but it does oxidise fairly rapidly.
Essential oils and carrier oils are excellent for hair care. From conditioning the scalp to stimulating hair growth and adding softness and shine. Follow our top tips and learn how to make your own aromatherapy hair care treatments.