New plastic free packaging

Our new plastic free packaging starts with our 60ml jars are now available online to buy. We have been always working with the environment in mind and have been using glass jars throughout our 19 and half years of business with recycled plastic lids.

To minimise the waste we produce, and so reduce our impact on the world we live in was one of the reasons I started the business in 2000, and now almost 20 years later, we are delighted to see that there is now a fabulously strong movement of people, which is growing, that has brought the topic to the front of the political agendas at last. We are proud to say that it is something we have always focused on.

To celebrate this we felt it was time for a new look that went even further than we have already to eradicate the amount of plastic that is around in the world. So along with a new look to our products the aluminium lids make the jars completely plastic free, with easy recycling available for both the glass and the aluminium.

We have begun with the 60ml jars and will soon have the 120ml, 30ml and 15ml jars in aluminium too. Also the Aromatherapy Bath & Body Oils in 50ml bottles will have aluminium lids in the very near future.

We are very excited about this new plastic free packaging which we feel is a great movement forward, and hope that all our customers are too.

You can buy Gardeners Hand Balm, Herbal Foot Balm, Reflexology Foot Balm, Muscle Rub, 60ml of Comfrey Ointment, Calendula Ointment, Skin SOS, Midges and Mozzie Balm all with aluminium lids right now.

Frankincense Essential Oil – Top Ten Uses

Frankincense Essential oil

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This month we will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for Frankincense  essential oil.  Its one of the oils that we use in our Meditation Essential Oil Blend and Orange and Frankincense Blend, both are ideal for ultimate relaxation.

Working as a clinical aromatherapist, frankincense is one of my most used essential oils, I love it! and I find it so gently powerful.  Helping with clearing the mind when over stressed or anxious and with moving forward in life.  It is an ideal choice for meditation.  I just couldn’t do without frankincense oil – I take it with me anytime I am away from home.   Here are what I think are its top ten uses.

For using essential oils for specific conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist.

1.  Meditation aid – help to clear the mind of clutter
2.  Calming and de-stressing

3.   Helpful for mature skin and/or dry skin
4.   Can be useful for coughs and respiratory issues
5.   Can aid in the slowing down the appearance of wrinkles.
6.   Soothing the pain of heavy periods.
7.   Calms irritability and restlessness

8.  Can help with moving on in life – leaving the past behind

9.  Useful for scars and minor wounds

10.  May be helpful for urinary issues

Frankincense’s  latin name is boswellia carterii and is a natural resin from the exudate of the bark of the boswellia tree.  The frankincense oil is steam distilled from the resin.   Frankincense is sometimes referred to as olibanum, meaning oil from Lebanon.  It has been used for centuries often as an incense in religious ceremonies.  Kohl used as eyeliner by the ancient Egyptians was made from charred frankincense. My current batch comes from Somalia, which is my favourite Frankincense.   In my opinion it has a delicate, deep scent, slightly musky in the most pleasant way.

If you feel that Frankincense essential oil would be a useful oil for you, you can buy it here from Organica J.  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.  Always use on the body blended with a carrier/vegetable oil.

If you require further information on any oils, feel free to contact us by email or phone.

NB if you have a medical condition/take medications check with your GP and/or a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils.

Using Organic Aromatherapy Essential oils to Relax

How to Use Relaxing Organic Aromatherapy Essential Oils

When things get busy at this time of year, it is a good time for taking just a little time out at the end of your day.  Using aromatherapy essential oils to relax in your bath or after your shower, can help you power through the next few weeks.  Use them every night if possible or 2 or three times a week, if every night is not possible.

When you are using essential oils safely in the bath/shower it is best to use 4-6 drops and dilute them in a little carrier oil such as jojobarosehip or evening primrose oil  Alternatively you can use a little milk or alcohol.  All these mediums help the essential oils to disperse in the water.  It is best to use the essential oils in a carrier oil for use after your shower, which again make them safe to use on the body (not face).

In a bath place the oils with the dispersant of choice and swirl the water around to further disperse throughout the bath.  In a shower once you have finished and dried yourself, add the essential oils in the carrier oil(s) as a body moisturiser. A warm bath/shower will increase the amount of essential oils that penetrate the skin by as much as 100%, so no more than 6 drops are required in 5ml (approx a teaspoon) of dispersant/oil.

You can use a single oil such as sweet orange or lavender, but I always like to blend a few to suit my particular needs at any given time.  The different blends that you can create with oils are endless, but I love the blend of roman chamomile(1 drop), lavender (4 drops) and vetivert (1 drop) — soothing,

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

de-stressing and gentle on skin.  For clearing the mind and calming emotions with cypress (2 drops), frankincense (2 drops) & sandalwood (2 drops).

For balance rose geranium (3 drops), mandarin (2 drops), ylang ylang (1 drop)

Another blend which is relaxing, but can provide a gentle uplift of mood is  sweet orange (2 drops), frankincense (2 drops), petitgrain (1 drop).   It is good to keep the oils changing from time to time, to ensure optimum efficacy i.e. don’t use the same blend for weeks.

If you feel too time pressured to be blending essential oils for yourself – try our Aromatherapy Bath & Body Oils which are already safely blended to create your therapeutic bath using aromatherapy.  Use 1-2 capfuls in the bath and swirl the water to help disperse.  You can also use the Bath & Body Oils on the body as a moisturiser after a shower.  Choose from Restful Evening with Lavender, Rose Geranium and Roman Chamomile, Nervous Exhaustion with Rose Geranium, Lavender, & Basil, or Aching Limbs with Lavender, Rosemary & Basil.

We also have two Pulse Point Roller Balls in Restful Evening to help with sleep and Nervous Exhaustion for de-stressing. These easy to use roller balls can be used direct onto the skin and they come in a perfect size for taking with you wherever you go.

Enjoy using organic aromatherapy essential oils to relax over the next few busy weeks.

If you have a complex medical history/medications always check with your GP before using essential oils, or ask a qualified aromatherapist

Sandalwood Essential Oil – Top 10 Uses

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! Here I focus on 10 helpful uses for Sandalwood. This is an oil I use a lot in therapy and I have it in my Meditation Blend. I use an Australian Sandalwood (santalum spicatum), not the Indian Sandalwood, for ethical reasons. But its properties are very similar, I have always found it a incredible asset in my essential oil kit.

Sandalwood is a small evergreen tree. It is a parasitic tree – it needs to grow attached to other trees and shrubs. Sandalwood also takes a long time to mature, so needs to be harvested sustainably.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

The oil is obtained mostly by steam distillation of the wood of the tree. It is quite a viscous brown liquid with a distinctive, gentle woody fragrance (in my opinion).

The oil has been used for centuries as a perfume and is available in many modern perfume products. It blends incredibly well with many other oils, such as lavender, sweet orange, rose geranium, mandarin, rose otto.

Here are what I would like to include as my top 10 uses for Sandalwood, as I have found in my aromatherapy practice. Remember always to dilute the oil in a suitable vegetable/carrier oil before any use on the body, and also that with aromatherapy less is always more with essential oils.

1.  sedative, relaxing and calming
2.  can relieve coughs, sore throats and sinus issues
3.  helpful for eczema and psoriasis
4.  moisturising for dry skin conditions but also good for oily skin
5.  can be anti-inflammatory and helpful for varicose veins
6.  may be helpful with fungal skin issues
7.  can relieve scalp irritations and acne
8.  to assist with your meditation practice

9.  can be helpful for treating cystitis

10. may help with insomnia and sleep issues

If you feel that sandalwood essential oil 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.

Trouble sleeping? Aromatherapy can help.

Trouble sleeping is one of the most common things that clients contact me about, it is an incredibly widespread issue. There are many aromatherapy approaches and blends that can help ease it though and I have had great success working with this common problem.

If I am working with clients following a consultation then usually we will be exploring the root cause of the sleeping issue/insomnia and working on that at the same time.

Usually though, a full consultation is not possible, and most of my customers use either my Pulse Point Roller Balls Restful Evening, which is helpful for sleep. The Nervous Exhaustion which is de-stressing, and so can ease you into a better place to allow sleep. They are so easy to use and very portable for travel and in your bag at work too.

An alternative is the Restful Evening and Nervous Exhaustion in Bath & Body format, that can be used in the bath or after shower or as a massage oil. These products are ready blended for you just to use. I have no preservatives in these products, they are pure aromatherapy blends, always my first choice. I am delighted with the continuous positive feedback on these products.

However, you can blend your own bath and body oils or for using on your pulse points. I will share some of my favourite blends that I have used with clients for help with sleep.

The first oil that everyone thinks of with sleep is lavender. I have had over the years had quite a number of people saying ‘I don’t like lavender’. But the scent they are recalling actually isn’t the same as the true lavender, lavandula angustifolia from France, that is my first choice. This is due to the powerful, soft note that I feel that this lavender provides and is perfect for therapy.

Our own lavender in the UK is fabulous, but has (for me) a sharper note. There are a number of varieties of lavender out there, some are more suitable to other treatments, such as lavandula spica, which is excellent as an analgesic and expectorant properties. Another common one that you may see is Lavandin a blend between true lavender and lavandula spica.

If you don’t like the scent of lavender, my personal choice would be sweet orange oil. I use it so much in my therapy practice and products. It has been a favourite since I first used it in training. Very gentle and excellent for the very young to the much older generation too.

Roman chamomile is another definite for aiding sleep, but I would always blend it (as I have in the products mentioned above), it makes a very comfortable companion with lavender. If you don’t like too much sweetness in a blend, this is perfect.

Sandalwood is excellent for relaxation of the nerves. I use it in my Meditation blend, as it is ideal for this and it adds a soothing effect to any blend it is part of. I use an australian sandalwood, santalum spicatum for ethical reasons.

Two other favourites of mine for trouble sleeping are frankincense and neroli. An incredible combination together, bringing in the physical effects of relaxation, clearing the mind and nurture and self care, with a gentle uplift. Neroli is very much known as an aromatherapy treatment for insomnia, but frankincense is not so often put in that category. I have found it incredibly helpful. In most cases the client is coming with an extremely busy mind, full of constant thoughts dealing with a problem/stressful situation. Either right now or from something that happened in their past. So frankincense is fabulous to slow down the breath, calm the thoughts, and free the mind to allow healing/rest to begin.

I will also mention rose geranium here, that I use in my products for sleep, and in therapy with clients. It is a fabulous balancer of mood, hormones (and skin). I find a small amount in a blend is extremely helpful to encourage balance in the body and mind.

A few suggested blends are lavender (3 drops), roman chamomile (1 drop), sandalwood (2 drops)

Another is Neroli (2 drops), frankincense (2 drops), sweet orange (2 drops).

Or lavender (2 drops), sandalwood (2 drops), rose geranium (1 drop), roman chamomile (1 drop)

For trouble sleeping, you can make up these blends (multiply equally for larger quantities). Use as two/three drops on a tissue by your pillow at night, or on a tissue by you as you relax in the evening. To use on the body always blend with a carrier oil. For the above blends use a 5ml spoon of carrier oil, such as sunflower, sweet almond, jojoba. Or for a richer (more moisturising) blend rosehip, evening primrose oil. Remember if you multiply the essential oil blend also multiply the carrier oil equally at the same time.

I hope that this information on essential oils for sleep issues has been helpful for you. If you have a complex medical history/medications always check with your GP before using essential oils, or ask a qualified aromatherapist.