Ylang Ylang brings comfort to your soul. It brings peace and relaxation. The Oil Ylang Ylang is sweet, heavy, sensuous. It has the sultriness of a perfume-laden tropical evening when the sun has gone but the heat of the day remains. It talks to you softly but firmly, and the message is clear: 'Why the hurry? Slow down, take … [Read more...] about Take Time and Chill Out with Ylang Ylang, the ‘Flower of Flowers’
I recently returned from an interesting and enjoyable International Seminar in Provence on Essential Oils, Ayurveda, and Marma Therapy hosted by my friend Malte Hozzel. The 8-day course was a feast of knowledge and inspiration with a heady mix of lectures, excursions, garden walks, delicious food, fine company, experience of the … [Read more...] about Essential Oils Connect Opposite Ends of Nature
It is always satisfying when you can match up a garden flower with an essential oil that you know. Cistus ladaniferus, also known as Rock Rose or Labdanum, is a small shrub that can be cultivated here in the UK but which grows wild in the mountainous regions of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. The plant produces a gum … [Read more...] about Cistus (Rock Rose) Essential Oil: Potent for Wounds and Skin Care
We have often talked about how even a basic understanding of essential oil chemistry can help you decide how to use an essential oil. And I have emphasised that this understanding requires no understanding about (potentially confusing) diagrams of molecules. None whatsoever! If you are averse to chemistry just think of the names of … [Read more...] about Holy Basil: The Holy Marriage of ‘Rambo and Mother Theresa’
Of all the ways to use essential oils, simply smelling them is in some ways the simplest and most direct, most immediate, and most efficient. But there are many types of aroma diffuser, so which is best? What follows are my personal impressions. ROOM DIFFUSERS Put simply, the purpose of a room diffuser is to deliver the … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Essential Oil Diffuser?
In traditional cultures all five senses were considered more or less equally. The Romans were famous for their baths, massage and oils; and The Bible is full of stories of Jesus annointing his followers' heads and feet. Earlier than that, the ancient texts of Ayurveda prescribe 'abhyanga' (massage with oil) in many treatments and … [Read more...] about Balancing the cravings of the senses