Quick creations

Despite the cool misty September mornings it is still incredibly hot here in western France.  A lovely extension to summer.  I’ve been busy in the kitchen today making two of my favourite things. A blackberry crumble cake with blackberries picked from the hedgerows here.  And a lovely nourishing whipped body Read more…

Calm Chamomile

“The bathing with a decoction of camomile taketh away weariness, easeth pains to what part of the body soever they be applied.” Nicholas Culpeper – Culpeper’s Complete Herbal There are wonderful patches of chamomile lawn in the garden here which give off the delicate appley scent of the herb when Read more…

Lavender ~ a firm favourite

“A compassionate herb of the highest order” For my final blog to celebrate Aromatherapy Awareness Week I wanted to leave you with something simple.  The above quote by Peter Holmes* says it all.  Lavender remains one of the most popular and versatile essential oils, an all-time favourite for so many Read more…

Simple aromatherapy bath

One of the easiest and most effective ways to benefit from essential oils is simply….. to take a bath Yes, that’s right.  A simple bath allows us to inhale the oils through the steam of the bath and absorb them topically through the skin. It’s almost too easy! In my Read more…

What is aromatherapy anyway?

Aromatherapy Awareness Week runs from 9th to 15th June this year, so to celebrate I’ll be sharing a little bit of information every day on this beautiful and ancient healing art. To start at the very beginning I have chosen a wonderfully illustrated infographic created by mixaroma to answer a Read more…

5 reasons to book a massage

“All of us need touch…… In an increasingly over-stimulated and desensitised world, where mental activity has superseded the physical, massage provides the opportunity to keep in touch with your body and to feel it fully.”  Susan Mumford When was the last time you had a really good massage?  I can Read more…

Five festive scents

Five festive scents

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Read more…