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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.

 

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): 
https://www.innertraditions.com/essential-oils-for-mindfulness-and-meditation.html

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.

Bespoke Aromatherapy Massage at the Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU

Relax. Revive. Rejuvenate.

 

Deeply relaxing massage treatment, applying pure organic essential oils.

 

Session duration: 90 minutes (includes consultation and oil selection)  £60  

 

Caring for carers 25% discount rate: £45 (Are you a full time carer? Then this offer applies to you.  Replenish, restore, recuperate…..)

 

Contact me:

Email   heather@aromantique.co.uk

Telephone   07419 777 451

Visit my website for more details   www.aromantique.co.uk

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.

 

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.

Galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua, Ferula gummosa)

IMG_2846This large, hollow-stemmed, perennial herb produces a clear to yellow-brown or olive tinted essential oil, which is extracted from the milky white translucent oleo resin or gum or ‘tears’ that exude from incisions made at the base of the stem. Both sedative and stimulant, this essential oil balances erratic moods, reduces nervous tension, is restorative and tonic, as well as being a valuable skin care ingredient and is especially indicated for mature and / or damaged skin, 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 Galbanum; 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 supportive and preventative tool to aid wellness and wellbeing.