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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: http://www.aromantique.co.uk/caring-carers/

 

 

 

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: https://www.flamingopool.co.uk/events.

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

Visiting Somerset Lavender Farm

The air richly infused with the fragrant scent of lavender, I walked into the greeting garden, beyond which stretched several neat linear rows of small purple bushes extended to the tree-lined distant edge of the adjoining field. On one side of the field, in beautiful contrast, a stunning array of sunflowers stood proudly as if watching over the purple sea. I had found lavender heaven; the view I gazed appeared to reflect a scene in a French-like painting, rustic, earthy, the ambiance ageless and romantic, sweetly scented and suspended in time.

 

Somerset Lavender is a small fifty-acre third-generation family-run farm, situated in the rural area of Faukland near Radstock. Once dairy farmers, Francis and Judith Green transformed the farm, converting from livestock to arable in 2004, focusing entirely on the growth and production of lavender, dedicating two five-acre fields solely for this purpose. Visitors are invited to walk amongst the lavender in the fields so they may fully experience and appreciate them (and observe the spectacle of numerous nectar collecting bees).

 
I arrived at the farm, armed with my camera, hoping to catch the last remnants of the floral blossom before the lavender flowering season ended. ‘Time and tide’ certainly ‘wait for no man’; being ‘too busy’ a passport to nowhere – the land of lost moments and illusive opportunities……  I skidded through the gate of opportunity just before it closed, the lavender blooms waning, their vibrant colours dwindling.  But still the odour was rich, the scene beautiful and, as it transpired, there was an unexpected bonus…the flowering heads and stems of the first row of lavender bushes had just been harvested ready for distillation.

 
When I explained my reason for visiting the farm, to my delight, Francis kindly invited me into the distillery, which is housed within a large barn. The recently harvested first crop of lavender lay strewn loosely across the floor, left to dry slightly before being immersed into the distillation vat. Francis described the distillation process to me and demonstrated how the equipment worked.

 

 

He then picked up a pitchfork and began loading the lavender into a stainless steel vat and I was able to photograph the process in action.  He filled, then pressed the fresh dried lavender flower heads and stalks down into the large steel vat, then filled it some more and did the same again, repeating the process until the vat was packed full. After this, he told me, water is added to the vat. The distillation apparatus was already in action with a vat that had been filled earlier.

 

A gas-fired burner heats the water in the vat for half an hour until it reaches boiling point and begins to convert to steam. The extreme heat, force and pressure of the steam ruptures the plant cells, bursting the cell walls and releasing essential oils and other volatile chemicals as the steam rises and pushes through the plant material. Reaching the top of the vat, the steam syphon’s through a pipe to another adjoining vat, which contains coiled tubing filled with cold water that rapidly cools the essential oil-infused steam, causing it to condense into water again. The condensed water is funnelled through a tube from the base of the second vat into a glass container.

 

As the water in the container cools further, the essential oil begins to separate from the water and floats to the surface, where it accumulates. This distillation process usually continues for two to two-and-a-half hours. The essential oils are gradually syphoned off. The cooled distilled water that remains contains non-volatile plant residue and other non-volatile water-soluble or ‘water loving’ chemical components extracted from the plant material.  This water is either reused in the distillation vat and/or cooled and stored in sealed sterile bottles as lavender hydrosol or ‘perfumed water’ (this is also how witch hazel or rose water, among others, are produced).


Apparently, there are three types of essential distilled from the three species of lavender grown at the farm: English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), ‘French Lavender Stoechas’ and ‘Lavender Intermedia Hybrid’.  Lavandula angustifolia ‘Maillette’, one type of essential oil sold at the farm, is produced from a seedless cultivar (propagated from softwood cuttings) grown for its intense, sweet odour (attributed to its higher content of linalyl acetate).

 

With its fields of lavender edged with sunflowers, distillery, café and shop selling an array of lavender plants, farm produced essential oils and products, Somerset Lavender Farm is definitely worth a visit; even if just to take in the beautiful odour and ambiance of the fields of lavender.

 

Rose for the Mother, Mandarin for the Child, Frankincense for the Father…….

img_1928Rose Otto (absolute)

(Rosa x demascena Miller. Rosa x centifolia L)

 Originally native to the Orient and Middle East, rose is grown and cultivated throughout the world, producing numerous species and cultivars. Rose essential oil is extracted from the fresh flower petals of the demascena and centifolia species and produces a pale yellow to olive yellow viscous liquid or a deep orange to olive green viscous absolute. Rose is famous for its beautiful, sweet intense odour and is a popular perfume ingredient.

IMG_3799Blended in vegetable oil, cream or lotion, rose essential oil provides valuable skin care qualities, while it also quells panic attacks and anxiety, and uplifts mood and emotion, among many other valuable attributes.

 

img_4729Mandarin Green

(Citrus reticulate)

 Native to south-eastern Asia and the Philippines, this small evergreen, usually thorny tree, produces beautifully fragrant flowers that bear the brightly coloured deeply green, orange or red-orange mandarin fruits. The mid-to dark green essential oil is extracted from the peel of the mandarin green fruit. ‘Awakening’ or ‘bringing out’ the inner child, this oil uplifts mood and emotion, among many other valuable supporting qualities.

img_1468Blended in vegetable oil, cream or lotion this essential oil provides a wonderful skincare ingredient (however, mandarin essential oil must be stored in a fridge and only used when fresh as it is prone to rapid oxidization and may consequently become irritant).

 

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Frankincense (Olibanum)

(Boswellia carterii, Boswellia serrata)

Produced from the oleo resin that exudes from the wood of this small, tangle-branched tree, the pale amber, yellow to greenish tinted essential oil is renowned for its calming and “spiritual” connecting (earth to ‘heaven’) and uplifting qualities (hence it’s use in many religious and ceremonial rites and rituals).

img_4389Blended in vegetable oil, cream or lotion, this essential oil possesses remarkable skin care and healing qualities, as well as ability to combat respiratory tract conditions and infections, among many other remarkable qualities.

 

Why not visit www.aromantique.co.uk to find out more about the imminent publication of Aromantique’s essential oil book compilation, which describe the source, safe application and numerous values of essential oils, including Rose, Mandarin and Frankincense; a ‘must have’ companion for ‘everyday life’.

 

NB: Information provided here, or in any of the books which form part of the Aromantique book compilation, is not presented as an alternative or substitute for professional advice or healthcare. These books aim to provide a complementary preventative tool to support wellness and wellbeing.

www.aromantique.co.uk, heather@aromantique.co.uk, facebook.com/aromantiquewellness

ESSENTIAL OIL WORKSHOP SURVEY


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Essential oils are very popular. 

Most people know something about essential oils, buy and use them.  They form part of the ingredients of many ‘every day’ household products.  They are multi dynamical. There is so much to learn and know about their properties.  Where do you start? 

A really good place to begin is from the point of your own curiosity; what intrigues you, what do you want to know more about?  If you could chose the topic of a workshop, what would it be?

Why not let me know (heather@aromantique.co.uk /07419 777 451); perhaps this could inform the theme or content of the next series of workshops.

What workshop theme will be of interest to you?

Is there a particular aspect about the qualities or the application  of essential oils you would like to know more about?

Are you interested in gaining a professional essential qualification?

photo 2Are you a carer caring for someone else; would you like to know about the supportive qualities of essential oils? Do you work with children; which oils are appropriate, calming and aid concentration and memory retention?  Do you want to enhance your skin care routine; which oils will benefit your complexion type?  Do you want to uplift your mood; how do essential oils influence mood and emotion and which ones will benefit you the most?

I am qualified and able to deliver training from curious user to professional qualified practitioner.  If you are interested in learning more about essential oils please let me know, I would love to hear from you; your curiosity, interest and feedback will be very welcome and helpful.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi)

IMG_2472Native to Australia and belonging to the same botanical family as tea tree, this essential oil is extracted from the fresh leaves and twigs of the aromatic cajeput tree. The colourless to green to sometimes yellow tinted essential oil has a mild fresh fruity-camphoraceous, faintly herbaceous, metallic odour (milder and softer than tea tree). Clearing and stimulating to the mind and aiding concentration, cajeput aids in finding courage to manage change and create new pathways, as well as staving colds and ‘flu and respiratory tract infections, among many other valuable qualities.

 

 

 IMG_1803To find out more about Aromantique’s essential oil book compilation, which describe the source, safe application and numerous values of essential oils, including Cajeput, why not visit www.aromantique.co.uk                facebook.com/aomantiquewellness 

 

 

NB: Information provided here, or in any of the books which form part of the Aromantique book compilation, is not presented as an alternative or substitute for professional advice or healthcare. These books aim to provide a complementary preventative tool to support wellness and wellbeing.

 

Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile, Anthemis nobilis L.)

IMG_4791“Earth apple”, chamomile is another well known flowering herb, and yields a straw yellow to transparent to bluish-green essential oil from the flowering heads. This essential oil exhibits remarkable skin care and healing qualities when blended in vegetable oil, cream or lotion, and also calms hyperactivity, restlessness, impatience, anxiety and an over active mind, among many other qualities and attributes, and is especially potent alongside lavender in aiding peaceful sleep.

 

 

IMG_4485To find out more about the imminent publication of Aromantique’s essential oil book compilation, which describe the source, safe application and numerous values of essential oils, including Cajeput, why not visit www.aromantique.co.uk

 

NB: Information provided here, or in any of the books which form part of the Aromantique book compilation, is not presented as an alternative or substitute for professional advice or healthcare. These books aim to provide a complementary preventative tool to support wellness and wellbeing.

Petitgrain (Orange Leaf) (Citrus amara; Citrus aurantium Linn.)

IMG_4441Extracted from the leaves and twigs of this evergreen bitter orange tree which grows in Mediterranean and Mediterranean-like environments and climates, this clear to pale yellow, yellow to amber essential oil is a valuable skin care ingredient when blended in vegetable oil, cream or lotion, and also eases cold and ‘flu symptoms, quells anxiety and alleviates stress and stress related conditions, among many other valuable qualities.

Why not visit www.aromantique.co.uk to find out more about the imminent publication of Aromantique’s essential oil book compilation, which describe the source, safe application and numerous values of essential oils, including Petitgrain; a ‘must have’ companion for ‘everyday life’.

NB: Information provided here, or in any of the books which form part of the Aromantique book compilation, is not presented as an alternative or substitute for professional advice or healthcare. These books aim to provide a complementary preventative tool to support wellness  and wellbeing.

 

Essential Oil Droplet: Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansti D.C.)

 

IMG_4606Native to the mountains of India and used since antiquity, this deep red viscous essential oil is extracted from the dried and crushed roots and rhizomes of the tender flowering herb. Related to valerian, spikenard is renowned for its balancing and soothing effect on the nervous system, calming restlessness and anxiety, quelling panic attacks and soothing skin conditions caused through nervousness, among many other supportive qualities.

Why not visit www.aromantique.co.uk to find out more about the imminent publication of Aromantique’s essential oil book compilation, which describe the source, safe application and numerous values of essential oils, including Spikenard; a ‘must have’ companion for ‘everyday life’.

NB: Information provided here, or in any of the books which form part of the Aromantique book compilation, is not presented as an alternative or substitute for professional advice or healthcare. These books aim to provide a complementary preventative tool to support wellness and wellbeing.