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How To Make Your Own Facial Serum

Wednesday, Aug 02, 2017

DIY natural skincare is growing in popularity because of how effective it is at dramatically improving the health of our skin. One product that has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years is the increased use of botanical facial oils - or skin serums – as opposed to more traditional moisturizing creams. Rose hip seed oil, for example, which exhibits very valuable anti-aging properties due to its concentrated anti-oxidant properties, is now in common usage compared to a decade ago. By why is it that skin serums have shot to the top of the skin-care agenda lately, even within the Hollywood celebrity circle? What makes them so special? It is well known that Angelina Jolie swears that natural skin serums are the secret to her youthful, glowing complexion!

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Rose: The Eternal Fragrance of Love

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017

“No perfume without rose”

This old perfumery saying sums up the popularity and enduring appeal of the rose. Often hailed as the 'Queen of Flowers', the rose has held a prominent place in the mythology of cultures both in the East and West for thousands of years. It is widely recognized across the world over as a powerful symbol of sovereignty, love, femininity, beauty and spiritual insight. The fragrance of the rose is unmistakably the most universal of all scents, which is why it is still an indispensable ingredient in most classical perfumes today!

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The Truth about Organic Beauty

Sunday, May 14, 2017

To celebrate and promote Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week, we are joining in by offering all our web customers a free geranium floral water mist and free 'Home Use of Essential Oils' booklet when any three items from our organic range of products are ordered between midnight on the 14th of May until midnight on 21st of May. Customers can mix and match between our organic essential oils and new range of organic carrier oils. We also have a fantastic prize on offer for two lucky winners to get tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show later this month, so be sure to head to our instagram page to find out more.

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I would like to introduce our new range of six organic carrier oils, including the remarkable argan oil! Argan oil makes a superb, 100% natural moisturizing and nourishing agent for the skin and hair! The exceptional health giving properties of this precious oil, which is extracted from the nut of a small tree native to Morocco, have long been recognized throughout the Middle East. Now scientific research has shown that this unique oil is rich in Vitamins A and E, plus being packed with powerful antioxidants, such as linoleic acid, which helps hold back the ageing process. This nutritional effect also makes it an excellent hair conditioner and being non-greasy, the oil can even be left in to further 'feed' the scalp, giving the hair shine and body ... and it is even suggested that argan oil can promote hair growth when massaged into the scalp on a regular basis. It is easy to see why this remarkable oil can be found in numerous top quality cosmetic and hair-care preparations today!

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Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine recommended that the supreme path to good health & a long life was to have an aromatic bath and a massage using scented oils applied to the skin every day! Here are ten ways to benefit from the life-giving powers of water and oil … or ‘aqua’ and ‘oleum’.

1) Bathe regularly in natural aromatic waters using pure essential oils. The water cleanses the skin & helps hydrate the tissues, while the essential oils ensure protection against dangerous bacteria & pathogens. However, long exposure of the skin to water or the use of harsh detergents can strip off the natural oils, so don’t over-extend your bathing time or shower.

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Winter Water and Weight Loss

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

Pure water is vital for the effective functioning of our body with approximately 70% of our body mass being made up of it! Water is essential in order for us to removes toxins and waste products from our organs and to deliver essential nutrients to all our cells. Since we lose water in large quantities every day, we all need to replace it continually. However, tap water can often contain heavy metals such as iron, copper, magnesium or zinc or other unwanted chemical additives so rather than drinking tap water, which can contain these unhealthy elements, it is better to invest in a water purifier.

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In Finland, as well as in other parts of Scandinavia and northern Europe, it is customary to make intricate mobiles, known as a ‘himmeli, out of lengths of wheat or rye straws at Christmas. I always remember enjoying doing this as a child as the result was so delicate and beautiful to look at… indeed, this is still considered to be the quintessential Finnish Christmas decoration! We would hang our ‘himmeli’ right above the dining table as was the custom, since traditionally this ensured a good harvest for the coming year. The mobile would then be displayed and admired from Christmas right until Midsummer.

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Banish Winter Blues

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016

As the nights get longer and we spend more time inside, it is easy to start feeling wistful for the summer days spent outside in the open air... but autumn and winter can also be the time to recharge our batteries and get cosy indoors by investing in a good vaporiser to make our home smell delicious! Choose from our range of beautifully-designed electric vaporisers or select a more traditional candle-lit, oil burner which additionally gives a lovely glow to the room. Rich, exotic oils such as ylang ylang, cedarwood or our specially blended 'festive joy' create a heart-warming atmosphere in the home ... or choose uplifting, fresh aromas such as bergamot, neroli or orange to banish those winter blues!

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This is an excerpt from an article written for the Canadian Aromatherapy Association: BCAPA. I wrote the article because of a growing concern I have regarding an increase in members of public in the UK enquiring about taking essential oils internally. I want to make absolutely clear that the UK official Aromatherapy policy as supported by Aqua Oleum Ltd does NOT support taking essential oils internally in any manner by members of the public, as stated clearly on our labels. I myself consider this a very dangerous trend and would like to ensure that this practice is not adopted in the UK despite the internet and other sources, especially in the US, publishing misleading information in this field – as outlined in this article.

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In Praise of Lavender

Monday, Aug 08, 2016

I am writing this having just returned from Tuscany where the scents of the mountain herbs and statuesque cypress trees permeate the warm air. Still fresh in my mind, their soft fragrance has reminded me of the vast variety of plants we have adopted from the Mediterranean region and how much we owe to this region in terms of everyday aromatics. Rosemary bushes both grow to a massive size by the roadside while the heady scent of labdanum mixed with oregano and thyme species fill the air. But of all the aromatic herbs that I love, it was the abundant lavender bushes in full bloom that made a lasting impression on me this summer.

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My Ideal Aromatherapy Holiday Kit

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

The summer holidays have almost arrived … a time when we can look forward to unwinding from the stresses of our everyday lives and relax in the company of family or friends. Natural oils are a fantastic & pleasurable way of caring for our skin when exposed to the sun, both as a light protection and for keeping our skin moisturized. In addition, most holidays often involve some form of travel, which can raise the chances of health issues. Many essential oils have therapeutic properties that can help relieve the symptoms of common travel problems such as nausea, insect bites, jetlag and sunburn … and because natural oils are so lightweight to carry around, they don’t take up much room in your suitcase either!

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The Amazing Power of Flower Waters

Monday, Jun 06, 2016

We have recently increased our range of 100% natural, handmade flower waters due to popular demand. These light, aromatic aqua-based fragrances have been used since antiquity but are now enjoying a massive contemporary revival, especially during the summer months. Their sheer versatility makes them ideally suited to our modern urban lifestyle where we want our products to work as hard as we do! A bottle of flower water also makes the perfect travel companion to be used as a naturally revitalizing skin cleaner throughout the day, as a light perfume, or simply as a refreshingly cooling spritz for those long, hot summer days.

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It was great to see so many familiar faces at the recent Natural and Organics Show again this year and be able to show off our newly extended range of flower waters, which were very well received! I was also delighted to be able introduce my new and beautifully designed edition of the ‘Complete Essential Oils Sourcebook’ on our stand and be able to sign your books personally.

This volume differs from my well-known ‘Encyclopedia of Essential Oils’ in that it focuses primarily on the types of conditions that can be treated at home using essential oils & clearly outlines the ways in which we can treat many common complaints using a range of natural methods.

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The Finnish Sauna Tradition

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

I have recently returned from a trip to Finland to see my family and to visit Rauma, the birthplace of my mother Kerttu. My mother was the original founder of Aqua Oleum, having started the business in the early 1970’s, then known simply as ‘The Natural Essence Company', since she was a great advocate of natural remedies & the home use of essential oils, long before the term ‘aromatherapy’ became fashionable. As a biochemist, she had also been involved in innovative research into the properties & bio-activity of essential oils at Helsinki University especially in relation to their therapeutic and cosmetic potential, something which I inherited from her directly in my own later studies.

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Focus on Frankincense Oil

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015

Frankincense essential oil is extracted from the oleo-gum resin of a small tree, native to the Red Sea region. Frankincense is best known as one of the gifts offered to Jesus at his birth, along with myrrh and gold, which indicates how highly prized it was in the ancient world. Indeed, this precious substance has been valued for thousands of years for a wide range of different purposes: as a perfume, medicine and as an important cosmetic ingredient … but above all, as an incense material..

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Love Your Skin Using Natural Oils

Wednesday, Nov 04, 2015

“Our skin absorbs over 70% of whatever we put on it during the day, such as make-up, so it is vital that at night we ensure our pores are allowed to breathe freely. Cleansing the face thoroughly in the evening before retiring is therefore a key factor in keeping our skin looking fresh, youthful and radiant. The night is also the ideal time for our skin to absorb the ‘good stuff’, especially over the Winter months, when we tend to spend more time wrapped up and the hours of darkness are longer.

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“Training and using our noses is very important in perfumery but it is also a way of being intimate with oneself. The experience of really smelling something with awareness and enquiry is meditative. Our mind becomes still as the sensation is felt in non-rational parts of the mind… We should aspire to practice perfumery just like that.”

Alec Lawless

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With our skin exposed to the sun & the elements during the summer months, here are some tips on how to care for different types of complexion & help to continue to look our best in the coming months. Remember to keep all essential oil blends well away from the eyes and use essential oils in low dilutions on the face: e.g. 3-4 drops of essential oil to 10ml carrier oil.

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The Power of Positive Thinking

Monday, Jul 20, 2015

(This BLOG is an except from my Spring 2015 IFA Lecture)

According to the psychologist William Cain of Yale University USA, the 21st Century will be the 'era of scent':

"We'll gain tremendous understanding of the basic, neurophysiological ways in which odors regulate the body and influence the mind … and we will be able to influence behaviour, modulate mood and alleviate pain…”

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Hay Fever: How Aromatherapy can help

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2015

Spring and the beginning of summer sees the onset of the hay fever season. Thousands of people are affected by this distressing condition which causes congestion, swelling and discomfort. The essential oils listed below can have beneficial effects for the treatment of hay fever. It also a matter of finding which oils suit you personally by trying out a few of the following.

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First of all I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to see us on our Aqua Oleum stand at the Natural and Organics Show on the 19th and 20th April in London. It was great to see so many of our present customers and also to meet new people. It is always really heart warming to meet individuals face to face and exchange news and get feedback on our products directly.

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My top ten essential oils to aid detoxing are lemon, grapefruit, juniper, rosemary, sweet fennel, tea tree, celery seed, carrot seed, geranium and peppermint. Here are some guidelines on how to use them, many of which are now available from Aqua Oleum as certified organics!

Lemon (organic) The juice and peel of lemon is very high in vitamins A, B and C. Fresh and cleansing, the essential oil has anti-toxic and diuretic properties. The juice can be used to dress salads or makes purifying drink sweetened with honey. Use the oil as a refreshing room fragrance or in low dilutions, in baths & massage oils. Lemon oil is phototoxic: avoid use on skin exposed to direct sunlight.

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Wanting to make a fresh start at the beginning of the New Year is quite natural, especially after the over-indulgences of the Christmas festivities. It is also a traditional time to assess personal goals, make New Year resolutions and take steps towards becoming a fitter, healthier and happier you!

Trying to make dramatic changes in established patterns often backfires so it is better to be realistic about what it is possible to achieve. It is important to set oneself achievable goals, whether it is losing weight or giving up smoking, then think about how you can ‘work with yourself’ to make sure that you have the satisfaction of reaching your target at the end.

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Making your own hand-made gifts in the run up to Christmas is fun, especially for children. Here is a recipe for creating a Christmas pot-pourris blend that is delightful yet simple to make:

"Collect autumn leaves, petals and decorative seed heads while out walking. Dry the selected seeds, petals and leaves by laying them on trays lined with sheets of newspaper or hung up in paper bags.   Slide them under a chest of drawers away from the light, or place in a dark cupboard. Other aromatic ingredients such as small pine cones, clove buds, sticks of cinnamon or dried orange peel should also be to added to make it more festive for the Christmas season.

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Essential oils are effective natural preventives against many common complaints that are especially prevalent over the winter months, such as coughs, colds and flu.

"… natural aromatics have held a traditional place in the preventive medicinal practices of many cultures, both ancient and modern. It is certainly true that people who are exposed to the beneficial effects of essential oils on a daily basis tend to have a greater resistance to disease in general.” (from my 'The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy')

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As the nights grow longer, use the winter months as a time to regenerate your skin and pamper your body. Make time to have a warm bath before retiring & add a few drops of a relaxing oil to the bath water, such as lavender, chamomile or vetiver, known in India as ‘the oil of tranquility’. Then to encourage a restful night, scent your pillow using a soothing aqua spray, such as Aqua Oleum’s lavender or neroli water. Transform your bedroom into a calm, aromatic sanctuary using exotic oils such as jasmine or rose in a room vaporizer.

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The 25th of September will see the launch of my new revised and extended edition of ‘The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils’. We already have a number of pre-publication, signed copies of the book in stock at Aqua Oleum, if you would like to order one ‘hot off the press’!

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The Benefits of Home Massage

Monday, Aug 04, 2014

I am very pleased that Aqua Oleum’s ‘After Dark’ massage oil has just been recommended as one of The Independent’s top ten massage oils. ‘After Dark’ is based on jasmine which is known as ‘the queen of the night’, as its fragrance is stronger after dark. According to The Independent:

“The oil is said to have anti-depressant and euphoric properties. Aqua Oleum’s After Dark has a deep, sensual scent which is deliciously mysterious”...

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Key points from my talk at the Natural & Organics Show, London given in April 2014

1. Aromatic oils are timeless items: they are simultaneously both very ancient & completely modern. They were amongst the first trade items of early civilizations because like the micro-chip, they are compact, versatile and light-weight! Since natural aromatics are easy to travel with and have a multitude of applications, it is just a matter of learning how to use them.

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Many essential oils are potent anti-aging & rejuvenating skin care agents because of their inherent properties. Each essential oil has a unique, sophisticated chemical make-up, which actively renews the skin by penetrating all the way down to the dermal layer where new cells are being generated. Unlike most chemical components, essential oil molecules are small enough to be absorbed through the surface dermal layers deep into the tissue. Recent scientific research has confirmed that the active constituents of essential oils are absorbed directly via the skin.

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I am writing this in Crestone, a small community nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The terrain here is very dry and virtually desert-like, but in early summer a multitude of high-altitude flowers erupt from the sandy soil like so many jewels. Most prolific amongst the aromatic species found on these vast plains are the Salvia and Artemisia species, both of which are used for ‘smudging’, a custom traditionally employed by Native Americans.

A ‘smudge stick’ is a bundle of dried herbs, which can be composed of a single herb or a combination of several different ones, that is burned ceremonially for it’s aromatic fragrance. Using scented smoke in sacred rites is an element common to many religions and cultures, but the plant that is most commonly used for ‘smudging’ is White Sage (Salvia apiana), a plant native to the south-western US and north-western Mexico.

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Natural & Organics Show

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Firstly I would like to say big thank you to everyone who came to visit us at the Natural and Organics Show in London. We had a fantastic response to our new look and our stand looked stunning with fresh herbs and aromatics interspersed with the products. My talk 'The Value of Aromatherapy Today' was well attended by a wide cross section of people including therapists, stockists and organic growers. Several individuals who were unable to attend the talk have requested that the transcript is posted on our website so I am planning to make this available next month.

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Aqua Oleum Website

Friday, Mar 07, 2014

I am delighted to introduce our new Aqua Oleum website and our exciting range of aromatherapy products for Spring 2014. We hope you like our fresh, contemporary look! I have really enjoyed formulating our new collection of massage oils, which can be used either as sumptuous body oils or specifically for aromatherapy massage. ‘After Dark’ is an exquisite sensual fragranced oil based on sultry jasmine, known as ‘Queen of the Night’. Jasmine is traditionally grown in Indian palace courtyards since as dusk falls, the scent of the delicate white flowers grows stronger … it is also revered as the perfume of love! Combined with Mysore sandalwood in a classic combination, with hints of patchouli, ylang ylang and frankincense, this combination of exotic perfumes creates an unforgettable experience.

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