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
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
We've spoken previously about the fact that health exists on many different levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. All have a vital role to play in our well-being. We have also pointed out that one of the notable features of essential oils is that they interact with us on all these different levels too. In fact if … [Read more...] about Essential Oils and Scars
I love introducing people to essential oils. You probably do too. You know that you are giving them an experience which, consciously or unconsciously, they may have been thirsting for, and that this could be the beginning of an amazing journey of self-discovery. It is as if you are opening a door to a massively interesting new … [Read more...] about The Amazing Therapeutic Power of the Sense of Smell