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Frankincense essential oil, mini profile

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) This is one essential oil that we have all heard of! Since ancient times it has been considered precious and it is certainly one of my ‘must have’ oils. All of the ancient civilisations used it medicinally, spiritually and for beauty and to this day it is burned as incense by the [...]

Frankincense essential oil, mini profile2018-10-28T12:32:48+00:00

Autumnal notes on cypress

I can't believe it's already the middle of October! But here it is, autumn is upon us. That time of soft melancholy and heartbreaking beauty. This is the time of Metal in the Chinese 5 element theory. A time for letting go of that which is no longer necessary and gathering energy within. Metal issues may be [...]

Autumnal notes on cypress2018-10-09T13:03:16+00:00

Which essential oils should I start with?

So many aromatics, so little time! The world of essential oils and aromatic extracts is full of exciting possibilities. When we first start out it is easy to become overwhelmed by choice. And it's not cheap! People often ask me which oils they should start out with. It's a difficult question to answer, and while [...]

Which essential oils should I start with?2018-09-27T13:26:31+00:00

Lentisk essential oil/hydrosol

Lentisk Pistacia lentiscus Commonly known as mastic or lentisk, this large shrub/small tree is widespread around the Mediterranean basin,  Iberian peninsula and most famously Crete. The plant flowers in spring with peculiar small deeply red flowers, which contrast with the deep green of its leaves. All parts of the bush are aromatic. The pea-sized red [...]

Lentisk essential oil/hydrosol2018-09-27T12:31:03+00:00

Animal PsychAromatica and Laminitis: A student’s case study with essential oils

Animal PsychAromatica is a powerfully effective wellness system, based on reducing the stresses in an animal's life, so that he/she can return to health. Allowing an animal to self-select their own medicine is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress, and an integral part of our system. Essential oils give animals the secondary metabolites [...]

Animal PsychAromatica and Laminitis: A student’s case study with essential oils2018-09-04T12:25:42+00:00

Support the Earth element with wild carrot seed

It's the same every year. Suddenly the light shifts from the burning clarity of high summer, to a more mellow yellow tone. It's the colour of late summer, and I feel it in my digestion and energy levels. I have a slight discomfort in my stomach, an intolerance of starch and sugar and a desire [...]

Support the Earth element with wild carrot seed2018-08-26T18:55:11+00:00

Hypericum Hydrosol: Calms & Cools

Ancient Art It is Midsummer, and I’m writing this as I sit beside my cauldron distilling St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). I feel delightfully connected to an ancient lineage of healers and alchemists stretching back into time immemorial. All those others who have gone out on Midsummer day to gather this magick plant and transform [...]

Hypericum Hydrosol: Calms & Cools2018-06-25T17:06:44+00:00

A Rare Lavender – May be the answer to fungal infections

I have a new love in my life. White (or green, or yellow) Lavender (Lavandula viridis) is her name. For me getting to know an essential oil has the same frisson as any new love. The growing intimacy, the surprising characteristics that are revealed, the unknown, the edge of mystery. Green Lavender growing wild [...]

A Rare Lavender – May be the answer to fungal infections2018-05-21T17:12:32+00:00

Shape up for Spring, with essential oils

Spring! Everything's full of energy and vigour and new life, bounding around enthusiastically like a foal. It's time to shake off the sluggishness of winter and get ready for summer fun. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring belongs to the element Wood, which also rules the Liver and Gallbladder meridians, so this is the best time [...]

Shape up for Spring, with essential oils2018-03-26T17:05:24+00:00