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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.

Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation

A recent study exploring the effect of mindfulness meditation and the psycho-emotional influence of essential oils found that, when combined, meditation and essential oils act synergistically to significantly reduce levels of anxiety. The essential oils applied (Satureja brevicalyx and Satueja boliviana – plants native to Peru) contain a high content of linalool, a phyto-chemical attributed with being ‘uplifting’, among other qualities. The authors indicate that other essential oils containing linalool may potentially produce a similar effect suggesting, as an example, a blend of Ho wood, geranium and peppermint (peppermint does not contain linalool but in combination these oils create a similar chemical ‘fingerprint’ to the Peruvian oils). (Soto-Vásquez & Alvarado-García 2017).

Odour detection draws the perceivers’ awareness to their breathing, to the moment.

Find out about this dynamic relationship, and much more, in my book ‘Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation’ (publisher: Inner Traditions USA), available here:

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Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation

I am delighted to announce that my book, ‘Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: Relax Replenish Rejuvenate’, will be published November 2018 by Inner Traditions Bear & Co (Rochester, Vermont, USA).  You will be able to pre-order your copy from mid January 2018, when their 2018 Catalogue is released.