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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…

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…

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…