THE MAGIC OF SMILING

“When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you” So the song goes and it’s absolutely true. Smiling is contagious; other people who meet your smile will start smiling as well. Isn’t that a beautiful thing – that we can light up our world with such a simple action. A smiling faceContinue reading “THE MAGIC OF SMILING”

Washing beeswax

Well guys, I know I haven’t been posting for some time. I’ve been really busy, life is like that 🙂 I have been doing and learning a great deal, latest was how to wash beeswax. Japp, it’s washed – with water. I came across a bee-keeper from whom I ordered 3 kg of bees-wax. WhenContinue reading “Washing beeswax”

VETIVER the oil of tranquility

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) also called khus khus, is a perennial scented grass. It has a straight stem, long narrow leaves and grows in tufts, reaching a height of 2 meters. It has abundant white scented rootlets.Vetiver is native to South India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, but is cultivated in the Comoros Islands, Reunion, Java andContinue reading “VETIVER the oil of tranquility”

MAGNOLIA heart

Magnolia is a huge and rather confusing arena; researching it for the essential oil is like moving through a labyrinth, looking for clues to connect the dots. There are more than 200 different species and it is not easy to discern exactly which is which.  Over the years, hybrids, new species and sub-species have beenContinue reading “MAGNOLIA heart”

TUBEROSE – queen of forbidden pleasures

Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is native to Central America. Its native name Omixochitl means bone flower and was widely used by the Aztecs 600 years ago for its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Maybe they also used it in their chocolate for its heady and sensual effects? Mmmm, chocolate for lovers… When first brought to Europe itContinue reading “TUBEROSE – queen of forbidden pleasures”

EXTRACTION METHODS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS, what is the difference?

There are different ways of extracting the essential oils, or scents, from plant matter and I will explain the methods in this post. Some oils can be extracted through different methods and give EO’s  different in scent: Rose, for example, is both distilled; Rose Otto, and solvent extracted; Rose absolute, giving very different scents. JasmineContinue reading “EXTRACTION METHODS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS, what is the difference?”

Citrus aurantium var. amara – Abundance

This is a tree; the bitter orange tree. It yields no less than three different essential oils; from the fruit (bitter orange), the flowers (neroli) and the leaves (petit grain bigaradier). How’s that for abundance? The tree originated in southern China and northeast India and was later introduced to Italy. It is widely cultivated forContinue reading “Citrus aurantium var. amara – Abundance”

Medicine – science, nature or both?

Over the years I have seen how closely body and mind works together; If you can balance one part, the other usually follows, sometimes followed by “miraculous healing”. We are biology and as such, we are part of a whole. If we could not heal “miraculously”, we would not exist as a species today, weContinue reading “Medicine – science, nature or both?”

GERANIUM for balance

Geranium, Rose geranium Pelargonium graveolens (P. x asperum, P. odoratissimum,P. roseum). There are many hundreds of different geraniums, but I shall concentrate on P. graveolens since this is the one most known and used in aromatherapy. It originates in South Africa, but is now cultivated in Russia, China, Egypt, Morocco and Europe. Geranium Bourbon isContinue reading “GERANIUM for balance”

Healing scents of nature

I found this article in “The Atlantic Cities” The Smell of Nature Is Almost As Good As the Real Thing, As Far As Our Brains Are Concerned Bonnie Tsui Mar 07, 2013 Shutterstock Researchers have been racking up evidence that when you can’t take a break and get into nature itself, looking at photos ofContinue reading “Healing scents of nature”