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Geranium essential oil/hydrosol

Geranium Bourbon (Pelargonium graveolens) Geranium is produced in several countries but that coming from the Reunion Islands is far superior in fragrance and complexity. The first fragrance note of Geranium is often overwhlemingly sweet, and people either love or hate it. Good quality geranium has a rich variety of undertones that range from green, to …

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Flowering Lentisk

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 …

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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 …

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St John's wort

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 …

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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. This rare subspecies of Lavandula …

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Horses grazing on herbs and grasses

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 …

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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 …

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