Essential Oils – What to Look for when Buying

I recently did The Allergy Show at the SEC in Glasgow and had a lot of people looking at the essential oils and asking questions about oils that they had bought and advice on what to look for when buying them. So I thought it would be helpful to give some information on this at this subject here.

Citronella Organic Essential Oil

 We will examine what to look for when buying essential oils to ensure that you are getting the best therapeutic quality.


1.  Essential oils should be in a dark coloured glass bottle to protect from light.
2. There should be a dropper to dispense the oils safely. 
3. If you see the words fragrance oil or similar, it is probably a synthetic blend not a pure essential oil and so will have no therapeutic value. Look for ‘essential oil’ on the label.
4. Price is another likely indicator of quality, if all the oils in the shop or online are the same price, again they are unlikely to be of therapeutic grade.  Due to the hugely diverse nature of:  method of extraction; availability/success of harvest; the quantity of the plant required to make an essential oil,  prices will be widely different.  Sweet orange – easily obtained and extracted by expression, is more economic, whereas  rose needs around 4,000kg of petals to obtain1 kg of oil, and so is at the upper end of the price scale.
5. The latin name of the plant (and any chemotypes, if relevant) should appear on the label on the bottle, this is important as there are many different varieties of some oils, eg lavender eucalyptus, that have varying therapeutic uses and safety considerations.
6. Check the best before date – citrus oils (and some others) have shorter shelf lives, while base note oils such as patchouli have longer lives. Some oils degrade after a time eg black pepper, and change their use therapeutically . So it is always best to buy in small amounts.

7. If you are recommended to use the essential oils for internal use, ensure that the person selling them has completed a full course on essential oils for internal use and is insured for this (and/or is working directly with your GP/Clinician). This is an entirely different qualification and is usually not included in aromatherapy training here in the UK.

These are general suggestions, there are more detailed information which affects quality such as;  the country of origin, the colour and texture of the essential oils.  When buying for my business to supply you, I am very particular, dealing with only a few trusted suppliers. I also like to know how the oils are produced, ie that they come from an ethical supplier and of course I require an organic certification to stock them within my businsss.

Eucalyptus Organic Essential Oil

These are a few baseline things that you should find helpful when looking for a good quality, therapeutic essential oil, but I am delighted to help with any further or more detailed queries that you may have. Just email me at: jacqui @ organicaj.co.uk

You can find all the organic essential oils that I currently stock here:

Lavender Essential Oil – Top 10 Uses

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! Here I focus on 10 helpful uses for Lavender essential oil. Remember there are a lot of varieties of lavender, which have different properties and scents.  Here we are talking on the variety lavandula angustifolia (true lavender). I have found after much experimenting with other varieties from various countries, to use a French lavender, which I personally like best for therapeutic use and in my products for what I need from its properties, and with its soft, but powerful fragrance.

Lavender is an aromatic evergreen shrub and the oil is made by steam distillation of the flowering tops. It is colourless or pale yellow in colour.

I use lavender in many of my products, such as my Gardener’s Hand Balm, Restful Evening Bath & Body Oil and Pulse Point Roller Ball , Lavender and Lavender flower Soap as well as being one of the ingredients in my Meditation Essential Oil Blend. It blends so well with many oils. I have used it recently in therapy blended with roman chamomile, sweet orange and ylang.

Lavender pure essential oil organic

There are many different uses for lavender oil, it has been used for a long time for numerous things, but I include what I view as my top 10 uses.  

1.  Can reduce stress levels.
2.  For insomnia and disturbed sleep.
3.  Relief from muscular aches and pains.
4.  Can calm anxiety & eases fears.
5.   Easing headaches (rub one drop on temples) .
6.  Very helpful for minor burns.
7.  Relief from colds and flu.

8. A good insect repellant.

9. Helpful for pmt and menstrual cramps.

10. Can provide relief from sunburned skin.

If you feel that lavender would be a useful oil for you, you can buy it here.  There is also available a full range of other aromatherapy essential oils, with information on their uses available in the essential oil category on the website.  If you require further information on any oils, feel free to contact us by email or phone.

For using essential oils for specific or complex medical problems always contact a qualified aromatherapist or your GP.

Transcending Mental Toxicity with Mind Detox

I would like to introduce you to Sandy C Newbigging’s latest bestselling book, which is just amazing and can be entirely life-changing. Here is Sandy giving you a little taster of what is inside his new book: –

Where is my baby? Is there something wrong? My tired Mum asked. “You said you’d bring him back for feeding hours ago, but nobody’s brought him.” This is the conversation that my mum had with a nurse, hours after giving birth to me, and this was my welcome to the world. Being taken from my mum to spend hours alone without care and food. It didn’t matter that it was an innocent oversight by the hospital staff. I didn’t know that then. My upset feelings came from my perhaps natural, yet misinformed perceptions, which were fuelled by what I thoughthad happened. 

Without knowing the reality of the situation, I continued on with my life unaware of the event ever happening, along with the toxic belief that had been unconsciously created that day. Subsequently, I had no idea the event and belief had been screwing with my life, from behind the scenes, for years. It wasn’t until I used the Mind Detox method (over three decades later) that the ramifications of being left alone after my birth were finally revealed and resolved.

BELIEFS FORMED BEFORE BIRTH AND BEYOND

I’ve since learnedthat even if we begin life with no spoken words, we are able to feel what’s going on from before our first breath. Later in life, we learn to use words to convey how we feel – but feelings are fuelling the formation of our beliefs from the getgo. As most of our beliefs are created before our teenage years, during a period in our life when we have little life experience, they are often misinformed and downright wrong. 

Meaning that even the earliest of events can impact our entire life – unless we proactively discover our misinformed beliefs and update them. This is what the Mind Detox method is essentially for, and why it has positively impacted thousands of lives. We have all had difficult events happen to us, and as a consequence, formed a few unhelpful beliefs that are working against us being the healthiest, happiest and most successful versions of our self. 

TRANSCENDING THE TORMENT OF MENTAL TOXICITY 

MindDetox finds and fixes the mind-based causes of physical, emotional and life problems. If something negative is happening in your body or your life and you don’t know why, then this method can help. You can get peace with the past and,in doing so, update any misinformed beliefs that have been messing with your physical wellness, mental positivity and life success. You can discover that when you change your mind, by choosing to perceive your past, present and future in a new light, the body can heal and life improve, quickly. 

As the name suggests, Mind Detox is a tool for letting goof anything toxic that is preventing you from being at your best. I believe we are born with brilliance built in, but if we are holding onto unresolved stuff from the past, it is harder to engage our natural states of inner peace and immense potential. Whether it is hurt, rejection, anger, resentment, guilt, grief, fear or sadness, for example, you can let go and be clear of it all, to the point that your past no longer limits you, or causes you upset, stress or suffering. 

PURE PERCEPTION AND THE PEACE PRIZE

Peace with the past is possible. I know this from successfully Mind Detoxing hundreds of people, many of whom with rather extreme events and experiences needing resolved. How we perceive past events determines whether we endure problems or experience peace. Are we looking through a mental lens that is clouded by toxic assumptions, beliefs or attitudes? If so, we lack pure perception. 

These three elements distort our remembering of things that have happened in our past and justify a reactive resistance towards what we thinkhappened. The combination of impure perception and reactive resistance creates chronic stress, negative emotions, problematic behavioural patterns and,in some cases, illhealth. In short, if there is an absence of peace with the past, then we can be sure there is also an absence of pure perception. 

Our perceptions are pure when we see the entirety of reality, as it actually is, rather than seeing a falsified edited version of reality, based upon our assumptions, beliefs and attitudes. 

Return to Reality for Resolution 

Being at peace with the past requires us to return to the truth of reality, where resolution is waiting for us. Until we do this, our life is usually defined and determined by a series of fictitious fantasies, imagined by our mind, which are only a relative reality (similar to a dream or convincing story). It is the stories that we make up and tell ourselves about life – distorted by our impure perceptions – that hurt and hinder us over time. When we uncover the truth of reality, we automatically and immediately find the hidden treasures of forgiveness, wisdom, understanding and acceptance. 

If truth and the prize of peace is what we want, we must be willing to question our assumptions and challenge our beliefs stemming from what we thinkhappened. We need to instead see what reallywent on. Mind Detox involves the answering of a series of questions that help us to discover the truth of any given situation and,in doing so, find resolution in the recognition of reality. Here are three introductory questions to ask now to get started:

  • Are my facts about what happened actually fictions?
  • Is the realproblem my perceptions of the past? 
  • Do I want to be right or do I want to be at peace?

The simple act of questioning your assumptions can crack open an inner door through which peace becomes more possible. Little can be done to improve things if you are adamant that the past happened how you currently believe it did. However, if you are open to perceiving your past with fresh eyes and from a more empowered perspective, then the complete 5-Step Mind Detox method can work wonders. 

BIOGRAPHY

Sandy C. Newbigging is the best-selling author of several books and creator of globally-used Calmology techniques. His new book ‘MIND DETOX: Discover and Resolve the Root Causes of Chronic Conditions and Persistent Problems’is out now. www.sandynewbigging.com  

New Aromatherapy Pulse Point Roller Balls

Through customer demand we are delighted to launch our new Aromatherapy Pulse Point Roller Balls.  Our Restful Evening Pulse Point Roller Ballcustomers have enjoyed using our Aromatherapy Bath & Body Range, and a growing number suggested that they would also like to have their favourite products in an easy to carry, simple to apply format that can be used in the office, on holiday or wherever they go, so we listened, and here they are!

You can choose from Restful Evening, which can be really helpful when you need to relax and restore calm to your mood and mind.    It contains organic essential oils of Lavender, Rose Geranium and Roman Chamomile, in a carefully made blend.

Or Nervous Exhaustion which can be used to de-stress and balance.  The blend contains organic essential oils of Rose Geranium, Lavender and Basil.

Nervous Exhaustion Pulse Point Roller BallBoth are ideal to pop into your handbag, pocket or desk at work, by your bedside cabinet – in fact in a handy 10ml size, very easily portable, so you can take the Aromatherapy Roller Ball wherever you go!

Both also are gentle and moisturising for skin containing organic sunflower, sweet almond and wheatgerm carrier oils.

Use the Aromatherapy Pulse Point Roller Balls on the pulse points on the neck or wrist.  Some clients like to use them on the front of their chest to be able to enjoy inhalation properties at bedtime/overnight.

They are also an ideal gift for someone too.  Great for Christmas pressies, and perfect for helping you deal with the stressful run up to Christmas !!

You can buy the Restful Evening Aromatherapy Pulse Point Roller Ball here, the Nervous Exhaustion Aromatherapy Pulse Point Roller Ball here and you can buy the Aromatherapy Bath & Body Oils here.

 

 

South India Verkala Wellness Retreats

SOUTH INDIA: VERKALA WELLNESS RETREATS and TAMIL NADU CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Experience the Rich Diversity, Artistry, Simplicity and Majesty of India!
January 2019

Spiritual Tours and Dr Chandra Kumar are delighted to present ~
Varkala Wellness Yoga and Meditation Retreat 1: Friday 4th ~ Friday 11th January
Tamil Nadu Culture and Pongal Festival Experience: Sunday 13th ~ Friday 18th January
Varkala Wellness Yoga and Meditation Retreat 2: Saturday 26th January ~ Saturday 2nd February

South India Verkala Wellness Retreats7-day Varkala Wellness Yoga and Meditation Retreats

If you’re seeking a nurturing space to simply get away from it all, work on your yoga and meditation practice, deepen your connection with self, build up resilience through wellbeing therapies and teachings to help you face the next chapter of your life then join us for 7 chilled out nights and 7 relaxing days in the beautiful temple town of Varkala, then,
Our 7-day Varkala Wellness Yoga and Meditation Retreats are for you!

South India Verkala Wellness Retreats5-day Tamil Nadu Culture and Pongal Festival Experience

If, over and above twice daily yoga and meditation, you’re seeking a truly authentic experience, where you dive into local life during one of the most popular Hindu festivals of the year where the festivities build over a four-day celebration and the locals believe that during this time of thanksgiving complicated problems can be resolved, then,
Our 5-day Tamil Nadu Culture and Pongal Festival Experience is for you!

Varkala, the perfect place to re-treat and tackle those life challenges that have gotten too big to ignore while you ~

  • Remember the forgotten skill of talking to your body-mind and deepen those connections with yoga, meditation, swimming, and walking in nature
  • Practice meditation and yoga to the lull of the ocean waves
  • Practices led by experienced professionals in their field, who will also help you choose from the comprehensive menu of wellbeing treatments and teachings
  • And much more…

South India Verkala Wellness RetreatsVisit Tamil Nadu for thanksgiving, let go all that is no longer useful and celebrate in time honoured tradition ~

  • Imerse in the Tamil culture.
  • Join in the Pongal rituals and celebrations
  • Practice Meditation and twice daily yoga on a village rooftop
  • Visit temples and particpate in helping with English lessons at the local school
  • And much more…

For full information on all Retreats and Experiences click on the link below:

SOUTH INDIA: VERKALA WELLNESS RETREATS and TAMIL NADU CULTURAL EXPERIENCE