Wednesday, 31 August 2016

7 Essential Oil Remedies To Help You Sleep

Having trouble getting to sleep at night? You might like to try some of these relaxing aromatherapy remedies and products before bed.

1) Ultrasonic Diffusers
Vaporising essential oils with a cold mist ultrasonic diffuser in your bedroom at night is a great way to help you to sleep. The benefits of using an ultrasonic diffuser like this is that when the water runs out it switches off. There is also no flame or heat which makes them safe to use while you sleep. I find the sound of the bubbling water also very relaxing.

Some essential oils to help you sleep include:

Lavender, Chamomile, Vetiver, Mandarin, Marjoram

Or try one of our pre-made essential oil blends :
Sleep Assist, Calming, Relaxation, Peace, Unwind, Stress Relief

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2) Body / Room / Pillow Mist
Our aromatherapy mists can be sprayed around the room, the pillow and on your skin before you tuck yourself into sleep at night. They make the room and linen smell amazing. The sedative properties of the essential oils used in our mists will help you to relax.

Our pre-made aromatherapy mists that help promote sleep are :
Lavender, Stress Relief, Sleep Assist & Calming

3) Roll On Blends

Our Roll On Blends are pre-diluted and allow you to apply essential oils directly to the skin. I like to roll the blend on my neck, chest, wrists and behind the ears before I lay down to go to sleep at night.
Essential oils cross the blood-brain barrier, so they are absorbed into the blood stream when applied to your skin. This is a convenient method of using essential oils before bed.

Roll On Blends that help promote sleep include:
Good Night, Calming, Relaxation, Sleep Assist, Stress Relief & Sleepy Time

4) Sleep Balm
Sleep balms work in a similar way to the roll on, in that they are appplied to the skin. They can be massaged into the chest and neck area. The oils are absorbed through the skin, whilst the vapours from the blend are also breathed in.


5) Relaxing bath with essential oils

Adding a few drops of essential oil to a bath before bed is another way to help you unwind. You may also like to add extras such as lavender petals and epsom salts which can help to sooth and relax muscles, making bath time that bit more indulgent. Try not to fall asleep in the bath though ;)

Essential oils that are nice in a relaxing bath include:
Lavender, Chamomile, Mandarin, Marjoram, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang
6) Nasal Inhaler
Nasal inhalers provide a convenient way to directly inhale pure essential oils. Breathing in oils stimulates our smell receptors sending the message to our brain and allowing the sedative properties of the oils take effect. Take long and slow breathes to help calm and relax you before bed at night.

Nasal Inhalers to help promote sleep include:
Sleepy Time, Calming, Stress Relief

7) Aromatherapy Massage
If you are lucky enough to have someone who can give you a massage it is one of the most therapeutic ways to help your whole body relax. By massaging oils into the skin, they are absorbed into your blood stream where the sedating therapeutic properties start to work. These beautiful massage blends will help you to relax whilst soothing the muscles. Alternatively you can use one of our  massage blends and massage the oil into your own skin before bed.

Massage Blends to help promote sleep include:
Do Not Disturb, Dreamtime, Peaceful Dreams, Relaxation.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Handmade Products Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of my handmade products line I am giving away prizes to 3 lucky winners.  The winners can choose any prize from our handmade category.


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Here is the link to the handmade category to choose the prize you would to win:

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Competition will be drawn on Sunday 25th September around 8pm.

Prize is not for resale.

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Essential Oil Spotlight : Clove



Common Name: Clove 

Botanical Name: Syzgium aromaticum ( Eugenia aromatic, E. caryophyllata)
 Extraction method: Water distilled from the dried flower buds (buds are comminuted prior to distilling).

  A strong, sweet and spicy odour 

General Description:
The clove is an evergreen tree, up to 15m high, with glossy green leaves, fragrant red flowers and purple fruits. It is a long-lived tree and is reported to remain productive for 150 years. The modern English name of clove is from the French clou, meaning nail, derived from the Latin clavus.

The clove is indigenous to the Moluccas, now part of Indonesia

 History/Folk lore:
The first recorded use was in the Chinese Han period 220-206 BC where it was used to sweeten the breath. 

The origins of cloves became known in Europe following a publication by Marco Polo in AD 1298. Venice was the leading European source of cloves and other spices in the 13th century. Cloves were traded in Europe via the Arabs, who for centuries had a monopoly of the seaborne spice trade until it was broken by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The Portuguese had a monopoly in the trade of cloves for over a century. 

Cloves were introduced to Zanzibar in the 19th century. Zanzibar, now part of Tanzania, has become the world's largest exporter of cloves. 

During the Renaissance, pomanders were made with cloves to keep epidemics and the plague at bay. Cloves are used in traditional medicine as a carminative, anti-emetic, and counterirritant. Clove tea is used to relieve nausea and the oil is well known for its ability to alleviate toothache.

Main Uses In Massage: 
Clove essential oil is commonly added to massage blends as it provides relief from muscle and joint pain. It can help to provide relief from rheumatic pain. It should only be used in small amounts though as it can be a skin irritant to some. 

Therapeutic Properties or Actions:
Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, stomachic.

Body Systems & Therapeutic Uses: 

 Dental Care - The most prominent use of clove oil is in dental care. The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers.

Respiratory system - Clove oil has a cooling and anti inflammatory effect, and is frequently used to clear the nasal passage. This expectorant is a useful treatment for various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and tuberculosis.
Digestive system - Clove oil has traditionally been effective for the treatment of stomach related problems such as hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness, and flatulence. It can also help to relieve nausea and vomiting.

Circulatory System - Clove oil increases your body’s metabolism by increasing blood circulation and reducing body temperature.Eugenol is the active ingredient in clove essential oil that causes this stimulation of blood circulation.

Mind - Clove oil is an aphrodisiac in nature and therefore serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue.

Reported to be a potential skin irritant and sensitising agent.

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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Essential Oil Spotlight : Rose


Family Name: Rosaceae
Common Name: Rose

Botanical Name:
Rosa damascena / R. centifolia

Extraction method: Rose otto is generally regarded as oil distilled from R. damascena.
Rose absolute is obtained by solvent extraction.

'Rose absolute from R. centifolia is an orange-yellow to brown-orange viscous liquid with a sweet, deep-rosy, very tenacious odour.
Rose absolute from R. damascena from Bulgaria is a pale-yellow or slightly olive-yellow liquid which has a warm, deep-floral, slightly spicy.
Rose otto obtained from R. damascena  is an orange-yellow to brown-orange viscous liquid with a rich, warm, spicy-floral and very deep rose odour with a pronounced honey undertone.
Rose otto obtained from R. centifolia is colourless to pale-yellow, sometimes with a greenish tinge when fresh. It has a deep, sweet, warm, rich, but less spicy odour than Bulgarian or Turkish rose otto oils.

General Description: 
The Rosa species are small prickly shrubs 2.4m high. It is considered a native of Europe and Western Asia. The birthplace of the cultivated rose R. damascena was probably northern Persia, or Faristan on the Gulf of Persia. It then spread across Mesopotamia, Palestine and across to Asia Minor and Greece. 
History/Folk lore: 
  Cleopatra was said to have taken aromatic baths using rose petals to help entice her lovers.

Rose is a traditional symbol of love and beauty. It is known as the “Queen of Flowers”. Probably the most common scent associated with love, romance and Valentine’s Day. 
The first recorded 'rose garden' was a collection planted by Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. With her interest rose growing then became extremely fashionable and led to great activity amongst rose breeders.
Cultivation of R. damascena and production of rose oil was introduced to Bulgaria, then part of the Turkish Empire in the 15th century. 
Commercial rose growing to produce rose oil was well established in the Kazanlik region of Bulgaria by the end of the 17th century. It is the Bulgarian rose oil which today is still considered the most prized of all rose oils. The Bulgarian rose industry is confined to one mountain district, having for its centre the town of Kasanlik.  
Main Uses In Massage:
Rose oil is beneficial for those who have sensitive skin, as it is generally safe for all skin types and does not usually cause allergic reactions. 

It helps to lift mood so using it in a massage blend will be of great benefit for those suffering from depression or just needing a pick me up.

Rose is one of the best essential oils to use in a blend for women suffering menopausal symptoms. Weekly massages can help to ease women through the menopausal transition.

Due to it's aphrodisiac properties couples may find giving their partner an intimate massage, with rose essential oil included will help to boost libido.

Therapeutic Properties or Actions: 
Antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, choleretic, cicatrisant, depurative, emmenagogoue, haemostatic, hepatic, laxative, sedative (nervous system), stomachic, tonic (heart, liver, stomach, uterus).

Body Systems & Therapeutic Uses: 

Reproductive System  Helps to tone the uterus and regulate the menstrual cycle. It is particularly effective on those who are suffering from obstructed and irregular menses. It also eases cramps, nausea, and fatigue while reducing the pain associated with menstruation and post-menopausal syndrome.  Rose essential oil also acts an aphrodisiac and can help to assist in boosting libido and reduce symptoms of sexual disfunction in both men and women.
Skin Care - Rose essential oil is moisturising and hydrating for the skin, while having a general stimulant and antiseptic action, which is good for all skin types, but especially so for dry, mature and irritated skin. It is used to repair broken capillaries, inflammation as well as skin redness and is useful for eczema and herpes.
Nervous System - Acts as a tonic for the nerves and helps to relieve anxiety. It helps to give a feeling of well being. Is known for being an antidepressant.

Digestive System - Is a stomachic. Helps to soothe the stomach, regulate acidity and prevent ulcers. It also helps to decongest the liver and ease nausea. It's astringent properties can also cure certain types of diarrhea.

Rose absolute and Rose Otto are non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising.

I will be posting more information about other essential oils on this blog so keep checking back. 

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