Elizabeth's handmade skin cream - good enough to eat!

In the name of Beauty

It is twenty two years since The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf was published.  I read this book avidly, absorbing its every detail, nodding my head in astonished agreement.  Yes, she was right.  As women gained more and more political and social standing, they also conformed more and more to Read more…

Geese heading west

Do you know your limits?

A couple of days ago we went for a walk through the fields and little country lanes, past swollen rivers and sturdy trees hanging on to the last of their colourful leaves.  As we wandered along we heard something, a cacophony of noisy chattering that was getting louder and louder Read more…

Lavender and rosemary - two beautiful and versatile oils to use in aromatherapy

The true essence of aromatherapy

What is the true essence of aromatherapy?  A complicated question and one that is difficult to define in a single post, but here is my very simple explanation.  As I said yesterday, it’s all about the vibes! Aromatherapy is a beautiful and ancient art where the powerful properties of plants are harnessed and Read more…

Leaf hearts

Love bombs from ancient times

I’ve been re-reading a lot of my aromatherapy books recently and while spending a comfy few hours with Marguerite Maury’s Guide to Aromatherapy I came across this: “The famous love potion of Tristan and Isolde was composed of extracts of frangipani, frankincense, orange blossom and marjoram.  These “love” philtres were not Read more…

Lavandula angustifolia, sometimes called true lavender, has many uses in aromatherapy

My top five essential oils

As an aromatherapist I’m currently in possession of around 50 different essential oils.  It’s great for me to have such a large choice at my fingertips and gives me endless combinations to cover a variety of needs.  But what if you are just starting out with aromatherapy and still learning Read more…

Fresh homemade lemon curd on toast – delicious

Lemon curd recipe

After my previous blog post on lemons I was asked for the recipe for my lemon curd, so for all lemon curd lovers out there, this is the one I use! You will need: 4oz/125g butter (I use non-salted) 6oz/175g sugar (I use unbleached granulated sugar although caster would dissolve Read more…

Lovely tangy homemade lemon curd

Reasons to LOVE lemons

Yesterday I was making lemon curd.  Extra tart and tangy!  It’s rather good I have to say (see photo) and I don’t think it’s going to last very long.  If you have ever been to a café with me for a piece of lemon tart you will know my signature question: “How Read more…

Lavender products for sale in a Provence market

What’s your potential?

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh (A.A.Milne) I saw this quote recently and, remembering my younger Winnie the Pooh years, it really spoke to me.  Especially right now at the Read more…

About to go over the edge – snowboarding in the Alps

Feeling the fear?

I was recently asked an interesting question through an online blogging course and I wanted to share my thoughts as part of my first ever blog post.  So here it is: Do you fear not reaching your dreams? No, not at all, if my dreams involve travelling solo through South America, hiking Read more…