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Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation

Delighted that Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation has achieved a place in Inner Traditions Besting Selling Recent Releases list….publication imminent!! (6th November USA, 13th December UK).


There is a unique way to enhance psychological well-being waiting to be explored.  This book tells you how meditation and aromatherapy, classic tools for modifying the mind, can work together to maintain a state of calm and insight.    Elaine Perry, Ph.D., professor emeritus of neuroscience at Newcastle University


Galbanum’s special gifts for you……

Although not common amongst aromatherapy essential oils, Galbanum non-the-less is a gem not to be overlooked.  Extracted from the resinous ‘tears’ that exude from incisions made in the harvested roots of the this herbal plant, the essential oil possess wonderful skin care and healing qualities, and is especially useful for mature skin.  It is both emotionally calming and stimulating, and restorative to the nerves, easing feelings of anxiety and depression, and balancing erratic moods.   An analgesic, it is also valuable in alleviating muscle and joint pain, bronchial spasms and coughs, and painful periods.  


Remember to dilute essential oils in an emollient, such as vegetable oil or non-perfumed cream, before applying to your skin, and to store them in a cool dark place with lids secured to prevent and slow down oxidisation.

Geranium’s special gifts for you…

There are 250 or so species of geranium, many of which are cultivated for ornamental purposes.  Of these, only two species are used for essential oil extraction – P. roseum and P. asperum. The sweet, slightly minty citrusy rose-like odour is intense and rich, and renders this essential oil with a feminine perfume tone, which is bright and uplifting.  Its uses are manifold.  From anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-microbial, to anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and skin healing; this oil lifts and balances mood and emotion, combats infections, and is a valuable skin care ingredient that will balance dry and oily skin, improve tone and appearance, among many other valuable qualities.  Remember, always dilute essential oils in an emulsifying medium such as vegetable oil, unperfumed cream or lotion before applying to your skin.


Petitgrains special gifts for you….

Petitrain essential oil (also known as orange leaf oil) is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the aromatic bitter orange tree that also yields a sweet exotic essential oil from its blossoms (neroli), and a refreshing, uplifting essential oil from its fruits.  


Petitgrain eases stress-related shallow breathing, respiratory infections, colds and ‘flu.  Blended in non-perfumed cream or lotion, or vegetable oil, such as olive, petitgrain improves the condition of dry, chapped and cracked skin.  It is emotionally calming and uplifting and eases feelings of anxiety and depression, aids mental clarity, and eases insomnia, among many other qualities and gifts.

Rose’s special gifts for you…

The ‘queen of oils’, the intensely sweet, floral and exotic scent of rose historically crowns this oil as one of the most popular scents throughout the world.  Rose is one of the most expensive essential oils to produce and purchase – it takes approximately 3 kilos of fresh rose petals to create 1ml – just 20 drops – of essential oil.  Consequently, rose essential oil is often adulterated or recreated synthetically –  be sure of your source! Treasured and used since ancient times, this precious oil is one of the most versatile, possessing invaluable therapeutic qualities that range from skin healing and beautifying, immune supporting, hormone balancing, anti-depressant, mood harmonising, and…. aphrodisiac, among so many other wonderful attributes.

Cajeputs special gifts for you…

Cajeput belongs to the same botanical family as Tea Tree and Eucalyptus, and possesses similar antimicrobial and immune supporting properties.  It’s odour is gentle compared to these oils, but this does not diminish it’s potency and qualities.  Cajeput aids concentration, stimulates the mind, eases apathy, strengthens the spirit, and is especially useful during times of transition and change, particularly when creating and forging new pathways.  As with other ‘tree oils’, Cajeput supports the respiratory system, aids breathing, eases cold’s, ‘flu, bronchitis, sore throats, and other respiratory tract infections, among many more qualities.
Cajeput is featured in my new book Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation (publication Autumn 2018), and my next book Essential Oils For The Whole Body (2019)

Carrot Seeds special gifts for you…

Carrot Seed essential oil is a wonderful skin care and immune stimulating companion.  Don’t let it’s sweet, earthy, ‘carroty’ odour fool you – this oil is a must for your beauty regime, with special properties that revitalise and improve the appearance of skin, especially  dry and mature complexions, scar tissue, acne, eczema, and psoriasis.  It’s gifts penetrate beyond the skin.  Carrot Seed alleviates coughs and bronchial conditions, eases anxiety, aids mental clarity, and is calming to the nervous system, while it also supports the immune system.


Discover more about this and other essential oils in ‘Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation (publishers: Inner Traditions USA):

Chamomile’s special gifts for you…

Chamomile Roman essential oil aids in balancing dry and oily skin, alleviates symptoms of bronchitis and ‘flu, and aching muscles and joints, eases anxiety and irritability, nervous tension, and is sedative and calming.

Keeping it real

Why I don’t offer sales or special offer discounts, or engage in ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ promotional gimmicks.




My price is fair and competitive, and reflects the time, skill, quality, and cost invested in my service.



There are meaningful ways in which I can ‘give back’, and purposefully channel my time and energy. 



For example, I provide a fixed concession for
carer’s (Caring for Carer’s). This is done in support and recognition of the incredible and vital role carer’s play, which in many ways is not always visible, especially for those caring for partners, relatives and loved ones. Caring in this context can be quite isolating and consuming.  Aroma-massage provides ‘a moments peace’, an ideal opportunity to rest, revive, rejuvenate, while supporting the immune system and a sense of wellbeing. You will find more details about Caring for Carer’s here:




I also donate to charity in various ways. For example, I recently donated an aroma-massage in aid of supporting Axminster’s Flamingo Pool, a self-funding charity that provides an incredible facility to the local community; the draw is today (Wednesday 25th July) – Charity Golf Day, Chardstock – details here:




This way, everyone really is a winner; I don’t
compromise the value of my service, and also the rippling effect reaches further to positively touch the lives of many more people than ‘cut-price or BOGOF offers’ will ever do.  


In reality, in my particular business, I can only work with one person at a time, and only with so many in a day.  The quality of what I offer is very important to me as this directly affects my clients experience and the outcome of their treatment.  Balance is key to sustainability; this includes financial stability as well as personal development, and ability to manage and value quality, time, and space.

Essential Oils in Historical Context

The history of essential oils is inseparably entwined in the historical evolution of medicine, evidenced through references found in ancient medicinal texts, treatises, artwork, imagery and artefacts left by civilisations living over 5,000 years ago.


Applied in the form of fumigants, incense, cleansers, antiseptics, antibiotics, bactericides and preservatives, as well as psychosomatic, hedonistic perfumes, not only worn to adorn but also to punctuate and accentuate rite and ritual, to protect and to symbolise intention, essential oils have accompanied us, like guardians and companions, on our ever-evolving journey through time and life, playing a vital role in our survival.


Skills and knowledge of remedies, lifestyles and ancient systems of medicine have passed from one generation to another, many still relevant, referred to and practiced today, particularly in countries where the cost of modern medicine is prohibitively expensive; examples include Oriental, Ayurveda, Middle Eastern and Greek Tibb, Shamanic and local herbal medicine – the omniscient existence of a life force, Ch’I, Prana or élan vital, threading through the philosophy of all.  


Many modern herbal and complementary medicinal practices have evolved and developed from synthesis of these historically tested ancient healing systems, philosophies and practices and current knowledge and understanding of science, botany, biology and modern medicine. We bring forward the constant notion of ‘mind-body-spirit’, of the gross and subtle dynamics of existence, a seamless interplay between the internal and external environment, notions that prevailed until challenged by modern science.


During the 17th and 18th centuries, development of technology enabled focused scrutiny of microscopic entities. The body was increasingly viewed, detached from ‘spirit’, or ‘Being’, like a machine comprising separate parts; spirit could not be physiologically identified, therefore, was considered non-existent, or questionable, and mind and body were viewed as separate.


However, clearer understanding of anatomy and physiology, biology, botany, and organic chemistry has also served to separate out myth, superstition and misunderstanding, revealing the practical reality of the ‘way the world and universe works’. Many misguided notions surrounding health and cure, such as, leeching, ‘blood letting’, pleasing the ‘gods’, are subsequently dispelled in light of informed awareness. While others have been upheld, their value proven through consistent positive results that have stood the test of time


Scientific investigation, equipment and methodology does enable greater insight into the practical mechanism, integration, interplay, properties, components and chemistry of organic and inorganic matter, of the world around us and of the physical body, its healthy function, of viruses, germs, disease, reaffirming the significance of diet and lifestyle in terms of wellness and wellbeing and the supportive value of many ancient healing systems, such as, among others, acupuncture, herbalism, essential oils. The body is a territory which when appropriately nurtured and nourished (food, shelter, warmth, exercise, psycho-emotional attitude and community) is more resilient to attack or invasion, and in harmony 
(internal and external homeostasis).



Holistic health and wellbeing emerges to the foreground; the mind-body-spirit connection is acknowledged as significant. Bridging the pragmatic, nature-al and ethereal dynamics of life and existence, essential oils continue to be used for their protective (anti-microbial, anti-viral), restorative, rehabilitative, healing and hedonistic qualities, seamlessly providing physiological and psycho-emotional-spiritual support.