The aim of our Group is to help people to cope better with what we are all facing at the moment in this health crisis. When we both discovered that our businesses would be hard hit along with our many clients who are either working incredibly hard at the front line, or in their businesses or are finding themselves at home in lockdown and self-isolation. We wanted to do something that would provide them and everyone who wants to join us with some things that can help.
My weekly aromatherapy practice on a Monday, has of course been stopped and many of my outlets selling my organic products have been closed. Josephine has found that some of her clients wish to retain her where they can. We talked together wondering how we could reach out and offer help to not only our clients but to everyone to support them through this crisis with fitness and health and wellbeing. We also realise that many folk are not now in the same position financially either and so we are offering FREE access to fitness classes, hand washing, hand and skincare and essential oil information videos for anxiety, stress and lots lots more.
Josephine is running 6 classes a week just now, the timetable is published on the group each week. Phew! I’ve been doing a few and feeling so much better. I am doing information videos on aromatherapy and skin care – the topics I have covered so far are Balms for sore hands with hand washing and how which soap you use to wash your hands can make a difference to how they are impacted. My next video will be on managing anxiety with essential oils and there will be many more topics to follow. Clients are coming to me on the phone and in social media daily with different questions which I will endeavour to cover in the videos too.
We have been talking to other fitness, health and wellbeing professionals who are kindly offering their support by linking to us in the Group. A special thanks to Lynne Wilson – One Soul Yoga, Dr Chris Fenn Nutritionist , Patrick Roland Jenkins – personal trainer, who have already posted some incredible classes and information. We are going to add lots more as people find time to stabilise a little and can contribute – including more yoga and meditation, music, ayurveda recipes and writing workshops.
Lynne is running a weekly yoga class on a Monday morning and a meditation class on Wednesday evenings. I am so enjoying them. Chris is providing us with nutrition advice which is incredibly helpful in this crisis. Patrick is running regular fitness & yoga classes which you can link to through his page.
We are hoping that you can find something that you will enjoy in our Self Isolation Fitness and Wellbeing Advice Group to give some much needed time out, to help us keep well and fit and calm.
I have updated this top ten uses blog for Lavender that I did last year, as I feel that True Lavender is one of the most accessible oils that many of us have available at home, coupled with its incredible properties, and we can make the best use of it right now in this crisis, to help support ourselves.
True lavender (lavandula angustifolia) – I use it in my clinical aromatherapy practice and in my family for its antiseptic, anti viral, bactericide properties as well as for its better known properties as an anti-depressant, restoring, sedating and soothing, relaxing the nerves and mood.
Lavender can often be tolerated well on the skin too, and with the extra pressures on skin from being in an inside environment and on hands from rigorous hand washing, it can be helpful indeed. For use in the bath or in the body it is always best to blend the pure essential oil with a carrier oil a 1-2 per cent dilution is a good approximation. The lowest end of the scale for elderly, young (not below 3 years without specific advice) or frail.
Remember there are a lot of varieties of lavender, which have different properties and scents. 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.
There are many different uses for true 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 and increase relaxation 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 be used as an antiseptic on the body and in the home.
If you feel that true 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.
This is an unprecedented time in our lives, where we are all coping with things that have not been faced before. I would like to offer you some reassurance that this is where essential oils can provide a welcome uplift and calming effect to help you cope with anxiety. My Monday aromatherapy practice with my small band of regular clients has of course been stopped just now, and I want to use the time to offer them and you all some helpful information to allow you to bring some calm and steadiness into your life.
Some of us will have essential oils already at home that you can use. either in an electric diffuser, oil burner, drops on a tissue placed nearby you – for inhalation. Below are some single oils and blends to use in this way
For use on the body, there are ready blended oils that you may have, or you can purchase from me or elsewhere, or alternatively blend your own, I offer some blends here for you to try.
You may already have a very good quality olive oil in your cupboards for cooking use, this can be very handy for adding essential oils to for use on the body.
As it is not so easy to just get hold of specific measuring tools right now, perhaps – something we probably have access to are spoons! Using a dessert spoon gives approximately 15ml of carrier oil (for use on body), whereas a teaspoon gives approximately 5ml (for use on face).
I would also be using rose otto, but I sadly cannot right now get supplies, so I am using what I have left in stock in my Rose Heaven Blend, which is an ultimate blend of rose geranium, petitgrain, bergamot and rose otto. A synergy that works on uplift, balance and reassurance, soothing – anti-anxiety. (I also have a rose heaven organic soap)
The oils in the list can be used on their own, but I think some would find cypress and vetivert quite unusual on their own (I couldn’t live without either) and blending them with some of the sweeter oils, such as jasmine, neroli or rose geranium may be more pleasurable on most noses.
I am deliberately using low levels of essential oils, to help you cope with anxiety in these emotional circumstances it is definitely a case of ‘less is more’ with essential oils. The first choice of essential oil blend would probably be 1 drop neroli , 2 drops frankincense, 1 drop cypress.
As I mentioned above use these blends in a diffuser, or oil burner. Alternatively the way I prefer to use a pure essential oil blend is on a tissue by my pillow overnight.
If you would like to use the blend on your body, mix these essential oils with a carrier as I mentioned earlier, such as olive or sunflower, which you may have available in the kitchen cupboard. The quantities that I give here in the blends would be fine in 10-15ml carrier. If you are using on the face I would only be using 1 drop of the combined blend in a teaspoon of carrier oil – or maybe you would prefer to use just a single oil for this such as lavender, frankincense, neroli or rose geranium. Online in my website I offer the richer oils – rosehip, evening primrose and jojoba for ultimate moisture and skincare.
My recommendation would be to use a blend that you like the smell of very much, and the gentle, comforting fragrance will soothe you when you need it most and help you cope with anxiety. For an ‘off the shelf’ ready made blend for use on the body, you could find our Aromatherapy Bath & Body Oil Restful Evening which contains lavender, rose geranium and roman chamomile, very helpful indeed. Restful evening is also available in roller ball, pulse point format for direct application to wrist pulse points, behind/below ears. At bedtime can be used on front of chest and/or a tiny application on temples either side.
I hope that this is helpful for you to cope with anxiety – everyone will enjoy different oils/scents and blends and everyone reacts differently and copes with things in a different way. No one size fits all. The joy of essential oils is there are so many different oils to choose to suit our differing needs and when you blend them together they give a more powerful synergy – and create a completely new fragrance. You can tweak the amounts of each essential oil in the blends you make, which will create yet another fragrance. Find an oil or blend that really resonates with you right now. Be aware also as you journey forward through processing all these emotions around right now, you may be drawn to different oils or blends, and I would recommend that you listen to your own inner guidance on this.
Be gentle with yourself, and take time to take care of yourself in these challenging times. If you can at all find times just to be still at some point in your day and use your essential oils to support this stillness and promoting calm. Even if it is just a few minutes a day, but ideally 10-20 minutes twice a day. Keep well and safe.
If you have a complex medical history/medications always check with your GP before using essential oils, or ask a qualified aromatherapist
To help get into the Christmas spirit, we are excited to announce our spectacular 12 Days of organic Christmas promotion!
Enjoy our 12 days of organic Christmas from the 1st to the 12th of December, we will be running a different deal on each day. The code for each unique promotion will last 24 hours, but it will change everyday at midnight.
We don’t want to spoil the surprise of all the amazing offers we will doing, but for example, one day could be a discount on a particular item, then the next could be a free gift with each order!
It’s up to you whether to order on one day, or whether you wait until another day to see if it’s an offer more suited to you!
All we can guarantee is there will be a lot of great promotions that we have never before offered at Organica J. The promotion is a thank you to all our customers, old and new.
The codes will be announced on our Facebook and Instagram pages each day so please make sure to like/follow these accounts.
We hope you manage to get something that’s been on your Christmas list this year!
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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.
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.
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 jojoba, rosehip 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,
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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