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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 & Cools 2018-06-25T17:06:44+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 infections 2018-05-21T17:12:32+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 oils 2018-03-26T17:05:24+00:00

How Animals Use Essential Oils Naturally

I live in Portugal, which is an aromatherapist's delight. In my back yard (30 hectares/75 acres) aromatic plants grow wild. They include two types of lavender, helichrysum, cistus, rosemary, mint, thyme and chamomile. My horses and dogs are free to interact with theses plants whenever they like. What I have observed is that they hardly ever [...]

How Animals Use Essential Oils Naturally 2018-04-23T13:03:29+00:00

Aromatic Strategy for Sweet Itch

It’s that time of year, Spring has sprung, the bird is on the wing, and so are all the flying pests! Those of you with itchy horses are getting ready to protect your precious friends from suffering, and I am here to give you some ideas how to succeed in your mission. Essential oils relieve [...]

Aromatic Strategy for Sweet Itch 2017-05-12T12:07:08+00:00

Essentials oils protect against Fleas, Ticks (and other unwelcome guests!)

Aromatic protection Aromatic essential oils and hydrosols are your best ally in the fight against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Not only do they actively repel bugs, but unlike chemical treatments they will improve your dog's overall well-being at the same time. Bug protection starts inside Healthy dogs, fed fresh whole food, are more able to [...]

Essentials oils protect against Fleas, Ticks (and other unwelcome guests!) 2017-04-07T09:25:55+00:00

Essential oils for a dog’s hormonal imbalance

It's spring time. I guess it's natural that things 'hormonal' should become an issue. First of all Dharma Dog's mammary glands expanded, and she was gaining weight. I kept running her recent heat through my memory, checking if whether there had been ANY opportunity for her to have slipped away. Despite being 99.9% sure she couldnt [...]

Essential oils for a dog’s hormonal imbalance 2017-03-21T11:48:59+00:00

Essential oils for mares and hormone health.

Understanding moody mares It’s that time of year! Your mare is moody, pulling faces when you saddle her, not concentrating when you ride, harassing the geldings and rubbing her mane! Her hormones are running riot and you don’t know what to do. First, a little understanding is in order: What are hormones? Why do they [...]

Essential oils for mares and hormone health. 2016-12-22T19:41:01+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 cypress 2016-12-22T19:41:01+00:00