New I Am Calm Organic Oil Collection

I am delighted to introduce the new I Am Calm Collection to Organica J’s artisan aromatherapy organic skincare range.

We offer three new After Shower, Bath & Body Oils. Use after shower, in the bath, as a body moisturiser or massage oil.  The I Am Calm After Shower, Bath & Body Oils can be used as a meditation aid/tool.

Meditation and Calmology

I formulated these oils while undertaking a two year Calmology course with Sandy C Newbigging. Sandy is a best selling author, therapist and I found him to be an inspirational teacher. I graduated as a Calmologist in November 2020. I enjoy my meditation practice greatly, and I occasionally offer teaching too. It has brought me personally so much more peace, calm. It was a very natural progression for me, as an aromatherapist to create new aromatherapy products that can be used to promote peace and calm, joy and love in those who enjoy them.

Arnie Creations

I worked in collaboration with my dear friend Andrea at Arnie Creations. on this project She is a wonderful artist, and art therapist, who is an extremely experienced meditator. In lockdown, she voluntarily led a meditation group online to connect with and support people. Andrea created the wonderful artwork on the new I Am Calm Collection. Another incredibly inspirational human being! Thank you, Andrea 🙂

Vegan, Nut Free, Gluten Free Blends

The oils contain a vegan, nut free, gluten free blend for the ultimate skin experience – intensely nourishing and regenerating organic carrier oils blended carefully with organic essential oils.  100% organic ingredients.  preservative, SLS and petrochemical free.

I Am Calm Organic Aromatherapy Blends

Choose from:

Love – this blend encourages a gentle opening of your heart to allow in more love.  This is for all types of love – for self, friends, family, partners, all people and the world we live in. Connect with the power and synergy of this love-filled organic blend.  Be Love more

Meditation –  this blend encourages calm, allowing in stillness of the mind and body.  Connect more with your conscious awareness in the present moment with this organic blend. Be Present more

Joy this blend encourages uplift, emotional balance and deep nurture. It creates the opportunity of allowing in more joy. Connect with the strength and synergy of this joyful organic blend.   Be Joy more.

Pulse Point Roller Balls

These fabulous blends are also available in Pulse Point Roller Balls so you can enjoy Love; Meditation and Joy blends in this easy to use format too. They are small, and incredibly portable so you can pop them in your handbag or pocket and take your pulse point with you to work, or indeed anywhere. When you feel that you need a boost of calm you can apply the pulse points.

Use these roller balls on pulse points on the neck or wrist when you need to be calm. These powerful, but gentle blends of aromatherapy organic oils can also be used as a meditation aid/tool.  

The After Shower, Bath & Body Oil comes in a 50ml bottle, and the Pulse Points come in a 10ml roller ball. All containers and lids are recyclable. c

    

Petitgrain Essential Oil – Top Ten Uses

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This month I will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for Petitgrain essential oil (citrus uranium var. amara). 

When working as a clinical aromatherapist, I love using petitgrain. It has been known in the aromatherapy circles as a ‘poor mans neroli’ as it is less expensive than its sister oil neroli (from the blossom of the orange tree).

But in my opinion, it very much has its own special place in aromatherapy. It is beautiful and so uplifting and comforting. I have a friend, and colleague in Aromatherapy, that loves to wear it as.a perfume.

Here are my opinion of the top ten uses of lovely Petitgrain

1.  Insomnia especially if that is through loneliness and or emotional upset.
2.  Uplift of mood
3.  Stabilising skin – a tonic effect especially oily
4.  Refreshing and deodorising
5.  Comforting after illness and upset of modd
6.  Soothes irritability and frustration
7.  Calming for digestive system
8.  It blends well with many oils, such as lavender, sweet orange, rose, geranium to create a great synergy

9.  May be helpful for S.A.D.

10.  it has antiseptic properties

The petitgrain I have in stock right now is from Paraguay . The petitgrain essential oil has a gorgeous fresh, floral scent with a woody tone. It is produced from the leaves of the bitter orange tree.

The tree is native to China and India, but is cultivated in temperate climates, such as France, Paraquay, Italy and Spain. Petitgrain is an evergreen tree. It is steam distilled. Petitgrain essential oil is a pale yellow or light amber coloured liquid.

If you wish to use this oil on skin always blend in a carrier oil, as a rough guide 1 drop of blend to 5ml of carrier oil

If you feel this would be a useful oil for you, you can buy organic Petitgrain Essential Oil from Organica J.

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

Open Heart – reiki, self-love and crystal therapies

I am delighted to spotlight on Linda McBain, a therapist, who I met many years ago in the early days of my business. Linda is extremely gentle, but I found her to be a powerful therapist. She is an incredibly humble woman ,with great empathy – an open heart indeed.. I definitely recommend her gentle therapies Linda says

“I love working in harmony with the Organica J essential oils and balms, as they work in flow with my crystal and reiki sessions” and in her own words she goes on to say

“All benefit the therapies I offer ,as a place of well being for my clients, the environment and the earth. I am in full harmony of my mind, body and soul when working with these oils and balms . These essential oils work hand in hand with the crystals bringing in from the Earth the most healing precious tools that Mother Earth has to offer It allows us to live in a harmonic lifestyle in all aspects of our life mind body, heart and soul.

We as a family have been buying from Jacqui, for over twenty years and we have have loved every part of our experience. All products have been made in balance with Mother Earth, each artisan piece made with love and nurturing care.

The therapies I offer are Reiki, Self Love and Crystal Therapy . Within these therapies there are many treatments, depending on the client and what they need.

The therapy I often start with is a hand reflexology using a baby crystal and essential oil of rose. Whichever hand is your prominent hand we start with. Both hands are treated in the same way. All the time the crystal and essential oil are instrumental to open heart, and opening up your meridian points and clearing your chakras. It is a very unique and individual treatment .

I have been guided to offer the Self Love Workshops. I have found through doing therapies with clients, that self love is truly needed. The workshops will offer a space to bring back your own self worth and self love. You will be given the opportunity to tap into your own divine healing energy. This has been so beautiful to be a part of, as I see clients opening up to their own sacred intuition.

Having practiced Reiki for over 15 years, I was intuitively guided to offer the teachings of Reiki. It opens up so many beautiful energies for you and your journey. I act as a gatekeeper for you to embrace your own healing through a universal energy.

I am honoured to be offering Reiki Levels to pass on the teachings of Dr Usui and the Reiki way of Life. Call me for details of dates available for you..

I was also guided to offer up my knowledge on crystals. My crystal course will run over a few months starting in June 2022. On this course, I am working in harmony with my daughter Nicola, as she has extensive knowledge of the crystal guardians and has been working with them for over 20 years. There is so much information to learn about these amazing earth guardians . It’s time for me to share this with you. Having done an extensive crystal course many years ago, and now having so much experience working with clients with crystals since then. It is now time to pass this knowledge onwards. Nicola and I have created a Crystal Course in harmony with our crystals and Mama Earth and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Linda sees clients in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Her contact number is 07989 636295

Linda runs a private Facebook Group called Open Hearts for those who wish to join with her there. Or connect with her on instagram

New Gentle Shampoo Bars

After so many requests from both my online clients and the lovely outlets and therapists who stock Organica J products, I took the opportunity in lockdown in 2020 to formulate and test on willing human volunteers and am delighted to now be bringing my first shampoo bar to launch this week.

Black Out

I have a number of products that I formulated and tested in lockdowns, but we were hit on Black Friday (very aptly named this year as all went dark!) with a massive storm which resulted in no power for 6 days and no internet for 10 days. A little challenging running the business at one of the most hectic time of year for orders. I found out just how much things I could do with no power! It was lucky that the storeroom was full of balms and soaps, and I could merrily make the Bath & Body oils, Pulse Points and wrap soaps to my hearts content – and did!!

I had to find a friend with power and internet connectivity (unfortunately at a distance to travel). I moved the office equipment on Monday, as it was obvious that this was a long haul. So after a time where my calming blends, energy giving blends, and meditation were much needed to see me through (along with much business support and otherwise from my daughter and other friends) all is smoother now – phew!

Shampoo Bar Launch

I am absolutely delighted to be now in a position to start launching my new products and I am proud to introduce my new Gentle Shampoo Bar.

The Gentle Shampoo Bar is suitable for all hair types. It is incredibly gentle, with extremely effective cleansing and also very nourishing for hair. You can enjoy this amazing cleansing without chemicals too, which I know is so important for you all (as it is for me).

The gentle shampoo bar is also ideal for those with sensitive skins and scalps.

Uplifting Essential Oils

The bar is very delicately infused with uplifting and calming sweet orange and mandarin organic essential oils, which are lovely on hair and widely enjoyed by many. I used to always say to my aromatherapy clients ‘the sunny faces’ of sweet orange and mandarin. They cheer up any day and bring brightness and uplift with their calming presence. So the gentle shampoo was always going to have them in it. From some of the testers, the feedback was that they wanted a stronger fragrance, which I understand totally, but with essential oils on a subtle level the ‘less is more” is one of my favourite sayings! Along with the restraints of cosmetic safety regulations, the levels of oils remain as they were.

How To Use the Shampoo Bar

To use the gentle shampoo bar – work up a gentle lather between your hands then apply to hair, then rinse as normal. Please note that the lather is creamy and light, not huge bubbles, as you would find with a chemical product. You can apply again to hair and then rinse again. Some of the testers replied that they wanted to finish with their hair conditioner, but not everyone by any means. So if you need to, apply your hair conditioner and rinse to finish. You will find the gentle shampoo bar Incredibly gentle and protective for your hair, not stripping out the naturally present oils with harsh chemicals.

I have been told my my hairdresser, Pauline (she is an amazing woman!) that my hair is so much better condition since I started using my own products and also reduced the amount of times a week that I wash my hair too (I have very dry hair – with very sensitive skin)

Vegan Friendly

The gentle shampoo bar is made with. 100% organic ingredients. It is suitable for vegans, and is a gluten free recipe. You will find no preservatives, SLS , GMO or petrochemicals in it. It is, of course, not tested on animals. I do not want to use, never mind make, any product that is.

To be fully supportive of our delicate environment, the gentle shampoo bar is in plastic free biodegradable packaging.

I found that different folk like different sizes of bar, so you can choose from 90g and 45g bars to see what fits with you best.

Only Organic Ingredients

Here are a list of the organic ingredients:

sodium olivate (olive), sodium cocoate (coconut), sodium castorate (castor), sodium shea butterate (shea butter), sodium almondate (sweet almond), sodium jojobate (jojoba), citrus sinensis (sweet orange), citrus reticulata (mandarin), limonene, linalool, citral (from essential oils)

I hope that you all enjoy our new Gentle Shampoo Bar – buy it here.

12 Days of Organic Christmas 2021

To  help get into the Christmas spirit, we are excited to announce our spectacular 12 Days of organic Christmas promotion 2021!

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 have had no power or internet at Organica J HQ for over 6 days now!! But we haven’t let that stop us!! We moved the office side of the business temporarily yesterday so we can get back in touch with you all. We are now continuing to get those Christmas orders out to you at our normal pace!

All online orders are up to date and we look forward to you enjoying this fab 12 days of Christmas offers. Thank you so much to everyone who had to wait a little, you have been amazing, thank you. Just until we could find our feet again, as we have. Fingers crossed for power back soon!!

So apologies – we are a little late with this going out. The first offer is today on Wednesday 1st December and its FREE delivery on all orders until midnight with FREEDEL21 at checkout

We don’t want to spoil the surprise of all the amazing offers we will doing, but for example, one day could be a big discount on a particular item, then the next could be a free gift with each order!

Gardeners and SOS Balm

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 in our 12 days of Christmas offers!

Don’t forget there is a Gift Box of Organic Soaps worth over £50 for one lucky customer who orders until midnight 12 December

Terms and Conditions:

  1. The codes must be used at the checkout. The codes will be announced daily on our social media channels (Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OrganicaJ) (Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/organicaj)
  2. The codes are only valid for 24 hours. Customers cannot request to change codes for another day’s code.
  3. It may be the case that some promotion codes will not show up in order confirmation or at the checkout. In such cases, you will be contacted once your order is placed with details about the promotion you have applied for.

Menopause And Peri-menopause, Essential Oils To Support You

This is a blog I have been meaning to do for some time, but there was the small matter (NOT) of a pandemic to handle as well. Then a couple of months ago I sadly lost my Dad after a short illness. I thought this was definitely the right time for our remaining small family to gather our knowledge and experience together. My daughter Jo, a coach and fitness trainer, has done a fabulous blog on nutritional tips for menopause, and I wanted to add in my aromatherapy (and meditation) experience and knowledge, including my own journey with it so far. I hope that this can inform and support you in, and through menopause and peri-menopause.

Finding myself this past week arriving at 57 years (my mind maybe will catch up at some point, but it hasn’t yet! ha ha) and although I have not been period free for a year yet, so technically not in menopause yet, I have been experiencing some flushes and possible mood variations. However, it is difficult to tell with the pandemic, and two close family losses in the last 18 months.

Without it being a fear – I have been very aware approaching menopause since probably my late 40’s when a therapist told me that I was definitely peri-menopause, I knew changes were afoot. I have been incredibly lucky though – or was it awareness and some preparation and care? Everyone is different and unique with this, as in anything. That is how I treat my clients, and myself.

My Choices

I went pescetarian in my 40’s actually because of my beliefs around animals, but also very much in preparation for menopause. My initial plans were to only eat organic meat. However, I found that I just didn’t want any meat of any kind, and did not miss it. I eat very little fish now too. My body & mind is still happy with this choice.

A healthy balanced diet is extremely important to me and I do enjoy drinking Deeside Water (so not just for using in my Aloe Vera gel, Muscle Rub and Midge & Mozzie Balm, ha ha). I also keep my sugar intake modest. A glass of wine or two at the weekend used to be very fine, but I now find that alcohol and sugar can sometimes just cause hot flushes, so I don’t always now. I take a vitamin B complex vitamin from G & G Vitamins, who are a great company.

Exercise

I need fresh air, and at least a walk for exercise regularly before work (even in the bad weather). I do a fabulous weekly, outside (yes outside!) boot camp. Adding in swimming, yoga and the gym when I can too. For me personally exercise has always been a really important part of my life and I think it is incredibly helpful in this transition stage of my life.

I love, of course, also use essential oils and my blends a lot, as a fantastic support for me, alongside twice daily meditation (morning and night).

Now that is just MY chosen journey so far. Yours could be totally different and that is all absolutely fine and how it should be! I haven’t mentioned HRT, simply because I haven’t used it myself. So I cannot talk from personal experience, but I definitely work with many clients who are, or have. I have supported clients who experienced many different kinds of things in menopause and peri-menopause. Many various blends and treatments have been used to support my clients, working with each person individually.

Aromatherapy Blends to support you with menopause and peri-menopause

The main approach I am sharing in this part of the blog, is offering blends that focus more on hormonal and mood balance and alleviating anxiety or stress in menopause or peri-menopause .

 I am using low levels of essential oils, it is definitely a case of ‘less is more’ .  The first blend that I reach for is probably not a traditional blend for menopause, but right now its calling my name! With aromatherapy use your intuition, and go with what your body needs, it will talk if you let it, I believe. You must really be drawn to the blend for the best results.

The oils I would choose for use in menopause or peri-menopause generally are:

Clary sage, rose otto, cypressfrankincensebergamot, jasmine, rose geranium , ylang ylang and neroli,

1 drop rose Otto, 2 drops geranium, 3 drops bergamot

Right now for me its 2 drops neroli , 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops geranium. I instantly feel calmer, more balanced. You can use this blend in a diffuser or burner with water, or blend with a vegetable oil (around 15ml – approx. a dessert spoon) for use on the body.

Other blends that I would recommend or have used, the top two maybe more specific for hot flushes, but they also more widely helpful too.

1 drop Clary sage, 3 drops geranium, 1 drops lime, 1 drop ylang ylang

2 drops jasmine, 1 drop cypress, 2 drops bergamot

How you can use these essential oils

All these can be used in a burner or diffuser with water, or blended with the vegetable oil (around 15ml) for use on the body. What I often recommend to clients and use myself a lot too is to put the oils blended in vegetable oil on your pulse points and on the upper chest area (where easily inhaled). Do this practice both during the day, if possible, and at night time before sleep.

For ease of use the ready made Roller Ball Pulse Points are also great for this. Next week a new range is being launched that I will be recommending for use in menopause and peri-menopause.

Alternatively you can use the blends above (without further blending in vegetable oil) – on a tissue by your pillow overnight.

You can also add these blends above once blended in vegetable/carrier oil in your bath too (just be careful with slips getting in and out of the bath and wipe down your bath afterwards). I most definitely have, as I bath almost every evening before bed. Or you can simply use them as an after shower body moisturiser and gain the benefit of the blends with a calm and more balanced mind – and nourished skin too!

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Jo’s Nutritional Tips for Menopause

Forgive me if I am stating the obvious here. The likelihood is that if you’re reading this, you’ve researched the menopause front to back.

Whether you are peri-menopausal or comfortably (or not so comfortable) into the menopause, this post is for you to add (positively) to your bundle of research.

You see, in my coaching I draw my methods primarily from an evidence-based perspective. Sprinkle in a little more compassion and holistic perspective – and bam. That’s me. And for those who are reading this post, I am offering a 3 free week coaching trial! More information on that at the end of the post – so stay tuned.

Alongside Jacqui’s (for those of you who don’t know.. AKA my Mother) aromatherapy recommendations for support during menopause, these nutritional considerations should be taken into account.

It turns out, women are complex

The issue with being an “evidence based coach” and working with women,

Is that researchers are a bit stingy when it comes to studying specifically women.

And that’s because we are a complex bunch and hormonally, no two are the same.

Think about it – I’m sure you’ve experienced different menopausal symptoms to our other friends.

So it’s not so simple to conduct research and studies.

What changes are happening?

Essentially what happens in menopause is a reduction in sex steroid hormones. We get a big old drop of oestrogen levels.

As a coach, what I often hear from women as one of the more challenging changes from a physical perspective, is the redistribution of body fat.

It is more likely (not always) we will see our bodies redistribute fat from the legs and bum to around our mid-section.

Which when you are struggling with the other side effects of menopause (such as low mood), can be incredibly challenging for our body image and self confidence.

It is often regularly presumed that menopause ruins our metabolism and that is why we gain body fat during this time.

This is not really the case.

When oestrogen drops, our appetite will likely increase. Therefore we have a physical drive to eat more.

We are also a lot likely to move less if we are having poor sleep, low mood and lacking in energy.

Great – so we are eating more and moving less. And it’s largely out of our control!

But there are areas that we can control…

If there was ever a time to focus on your diet, it’s now.

Protein

Okay so I know there is a general assumption that a high protein diet is for body builders and gym junkies.

But what if I told you that the population who would benefit the most from a high protein diet are the elderly?

And then I would say women going through the menopause come in a close second.

Why?

Yes protein does support muscle mass. Which why in an elderly person it is important. Think about it – more muscle mass, less likely to slip and fall. More likely to move around independently as they age. More muscle literally equals a reduce in all cause mortality (dying).

So why is protein important during menopause?

Remember that drop in oestrogen? That also causes a quick decline in the amount of muscle mass and strength we have.

If you want to maintain muscle mass (and I’m not talking from just an aesthetic angle here), getting regular servings of protein in each day is going to be incredibly important.

Alongside exercise and specifically strength training… You are on to a winner and you in 30 years time is going to thank you.

What is protein?

The recommended daily amount of protein per day is widely considered in the health and fitness industry to be too low.

It is 0.8g per kg of body weight. So that means someone who weighs 60kg should have 48kg per day.

Now let me point out that that is the minimum amount to avoid deficiency.

If you are looking to support and improve muscle quality – we should be aiming for more like 1.6-2.2g per kg bodyweight. So that would be 96-132g per day if you weight 60kg.

Protein doesn’t just support muscle mass, it is used for all the cells in our body and supports:

  • Immune function
  • Transport around the body
  • Regulation of DNA
  • Quality of skin, hair & nails

Some examples of protein:

Meat:

Chicken breast (100g = 26g P)

Rump Steak (100g = 36g P)

5% Beef Mince (100g = 27g P)

Fish:

Cod (100g = 18g P)

Salmon (100g = 21g P)

Tuna (90g = 20g P) 

Dairy:

Egg whites (190g = 20g P)

0% Greek Yoghurt (200g = 20g P)

Plant Based:

Quorn Chicken Pieces (200g = 30g P)

Tofu (200g = 26 P) 

Chick peas (200g = 16 P)

Lentils (200g = 12g P)

Phytoestrogens 

There is some evidence that behind phytoestrogens supporting changing that occur during menopause.

Phytoestrogens are naturally present in plant foods.

Think flax seeds, soy beans, legumes and berries. The evidence shows they may help reduce bone loss and the frequency of hot flushes.

Disclaimer though – if you are taking HRT clear with your medical professional that it is safe to include these foods in your diet in larger quantities. Just to be safe!

Fruit and Veg

I think we are all aware that the classic 5 a day isn’t really cutting it.

I don’t think I really need to spend time banging on about the importance of vitamins and minerals we get in fruit and veg.

But where it can also come in handy during menopause is the amount of bang for your buck you get with vegetables.

You can get a huge plate of vegetables for a lot less calories than you can compared to something like a small bowl of nuts.

This is not only good for fibre and vitamins,

But remember when we mentioned your hunger levels can be impacted?

Bigger portions means feeling more full after meals.

So ensure you are aiming above and beyond the 5 a day recommendation!

Compassion

Ultimately, the most important thing for you to tackle at this time – is self compassion.

It’s a huge change for our bodies that mentally can be a struggle.

It’s frustrating when all the methods you have used in the past to change your shape, may not work in the same way now.

It is more important than ever to be journalling, practicing meditation, and calling yourself out on negative self talk.

My coaching hones in on these areas to ensure that you are at a positive place mentally – to get the most out of the physical changes.

Free 3 Week Coaching Trial

A bit of background on me:

I have been working in the fitness industry since early 2019 as a personal trainer.

Remember March 2020? When the world turn upside down?

I moved most of my business to online. Which is still a relatively new way of coaching – but incredibly popular.

Now, I coach a small handful of women (and men!) face to face down in Brighton. The rest of my clients I work with remotely.

The beauty of online coaching is there are no time commitments & no location restrictions.

We mutually decide on targets and actions with your exercise, nutrition and more that will progress you to your ultimate goal.

You are then held accountable to these by myself throughout our coaching journey.

Want to give it a shot for 3 weeks and see if it’s right for you? Hit this link.

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Here is my Instagram and Facebook if you want more regular fitness and nutrition tips.

Jo 🙂

New Look Jars – Organica J

Organica J is delighted to launch our new look jars in all our products. We hope that you like them! After some years with the same look, it was time for an upgrade. Lockdown provided me with some extra time to get the new labels created with the help of Hayley Muir of Capercaillie Communications.

It was great to work with someone who was so creative and efficient. She was incredibly helpful in throwing ideas around through to carrying out the liaison with the printer. Hayley is also an expert in website design, SEO and digital marketing. I can totally recommend her. You can find her contact information below.

A Fresh Image

The new look jars give a fresh image, while still encompassing the simplicity and purity of the product inside, that Organica J has become known for. They have been designed to be more customer friendly to handle, and to retain the look of the product as you use it. It would be great to have any feedback on what you, our customers, think of the this new look. Feel free to comment here, or email or call.

We are launching this new look in our 21st Birthday month, which is a great way to celebrate the dawning of a new chapter for us all.

Thank You!

For those customers who have journeyed with us along the last 21 years, we cannot express enough how much we value your custom. For those who have been with us any amount of time – to customers old and new – Thank you! Without you, we just simply would not be here.

Thank you! Thank you 🙂

More Upgrades and New Products

There will be further changes coming with the Bath & Body Oil Range changing soon. Followed by the Roller Balls and finally our Organic Soaps. Plus some new products coming your way soon too. We will let you know as soon as they are ready to launch.

It’s so exciting right now!

Here are some details of the professionals I have been working with on this rebrand project, who come with my top recommendation.

To contact Hayley Muir at Capercaillie Communications

Email: hello@capercailliecommunications.com

To contact our Printer: Astute Scotland

Email: sales@astute.uk.com

Aromatherapy for sunburn

With the changes in the weather from freezing cold to roasting hot – some of us have been caught out with the sun.

I was one of them! Although I carefully put on sunscreen, I spent too long in the sun one day and caught a little too much the sun on my back. So it has prompted me to give you some aromatherapy blends and treatments for sunburn.

Here are some suggested aromatherapy essential oil blends to soothe skin that has been in the sun, or to replenish moisture after sun exposure.  

It is, of course, preferable to always use sun cream with a good spf before going into the sun and limit your time in the sun. (I did the first well, but not the second!!).  These blends can be used as replenishment for skin, this is ideal.  Sometimes however we need to soothe the skin as well.  So here are some aromatherapy for sunburn suggestions for you:-

 Essential oils that can be helpful – tea tree, lavenderroman or german chamomile, carrot seed, frankincensepeppermint, rose geranium. 

Carrier oils to use: our own comfrey macerate oil and calendula macerate oil can be really helpful as a base oil. You can also use jojoba, rosehip, sesame and of course our own aloe vera gel which is incredibly soothing and cooling.   If no further sun exposure is to be had, ie overnight –  St Johns Wort macerate oil can be soothing.

One suggested blend would be 10ml calendula macerate, 5ml jojoba, 5ml rosehip &10ml aloe vera gel. Add 8 drops lavender, 2 drops roman chamomile, 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop german chamomile, 1 drop peppermint.

Another possible blend would be 10ml comfrey macerate and 20ml aloe vera gel.  Add 9 drops lavender, 3 drops carrot seed, 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops roman chamomile, 1 drop peppermint.

Another blend would be 10ml rosehip and 20ml aloe vera gel. Add 10 drops lavender, 5 drops geranium, 1 drop peppermint

You could also simply use the aloe vera gel (30ml) on its own with one of these blends. Or indeed if you only have lavender essential oil to hand. Use only lavender in the gel and mix together to give a simple, but effective blend. It doesn’t always need to have many ingredients to do the job well. But if you have the other ingredients to hand, the synergy of the oils is really helpful.

Lavender Essential Oil

To mix the blends use a spoon or a stirring stick to stir to blend the oils and gel completely before use on the skin.  You can of course experiment with the suggested oils. But keep to the quantities suggested for safe usage or use less is fine too.

I hope you enjoy trying these aromatherapy for sunburn blends. They can help soothe your skin after sun exposure, plus re – mositurise, calm and protect your skin.

If your skin is red and tight, then it may be preferable to use a couple of drops of pure lavender on the area first. Lavender essential oil is an emergency treatment for minor burns. Then use one of the blends later.  You may need someone to help you if the sunburn is on your back.

My recommendation on a good natural, ready to buy sunscreen, would be from Green People

For severely damaged or burnt skin always seek medical advice.  For complex medical conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist or your medical professional.

Patchouli Essential Oil – Top Ten Uses

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This month will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for patchouli essential oil (pogostemon cabin). Often I hear patchouli get a bad rap from how it was over used in the 60’s, but for feeling the power of love – all kinds of love, not just romantic love, including accumulating self-love – it is a very fabulous oil. I have patchouli as an ingredient in my very popular essential oil Love essential oil blend and Love Soap

When working as a clinical aromatherapist I often use Patchouli, it has an incredibly distinctive fragrance, yes, but the joy of this is you need so little patchouli to make an impact and underpin/hold together a gentle, soothing and loving blend. In a blend I would make up for doing aromatherapy massage with a client, if Patchouli was what they needed to be in the blend that day, often the blend only contained 1 drop or perhaps 2 of Patchouli for its positive impact to be felt. The oil in aromatherapy is synonymous with skincare and much used as a perfume & incense base too.

1.  Can be calming on irritated or inflamed skin.
2.  May help reduce anxiety & low moods
3.  Good for fungal skin issues & dandruff
4.  Suitable for a sensitive skin & skin prone to allergies.
5.  Can be soothing for damaged skin & eczema-prone skin
6.  It can be helpful in stress reduction
7.  Rejeuvenating & regenerating for mature skin

8. Can be helpful to reduce fluid retention

9. Can act as an insect repellant and be helpful for bite treatment

10. Calming for an over active mind, due to over thinking or worry

The patchouli I have in stock right now is from Indonesia . The patchouli essential oil is a brown viscous oil. It has a rich fragrance, sweet/spicy/rooty with incredible depth. Patchouli is a bushy plant, with big, soft, furry green leaves and small flowers. The whole plant growing up to a metre in height. It is necessary to rupture the walls of the patchouli leaf before steam distillation to create the essential oil

If you wish to use this oil on skin always blend in a carrier oil, as a rough guide 1 drop of blend to 5ml of carrier oil

If you feel this would be a useful oil for you, you can buy organic Patchouli essential oil from Organica J.

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