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…

The imposing church in Civray

A sunny afternoon

The weather today is grey, cold and drizzly.  I’ve been burning bergamot, lavender and cypress* in an attempt to evoke thoughts of hot Mediterranean summers, swimming in the sea off the southern tip of Italy, the Greek islands or the coastline of Croatia. In reality I’m sitting in the lounge with the 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…

Just breathe

Essential oils for yoga

As I was hanging upside down this afternoon in downward dog pose I found myself thinking about the best essential oils to use for yoga.  Obviously I acknowledged the thought and let it pass, but it did spark something worth writing about. More often than not it is incense you 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…

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…