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Does your Mum deserve a bit of pampering this Mother’s Day? Or perhaps you’re in need of some relaxation too!

ThiOrganic Mother's Day Hamper s luxury Organic Mother’s Day Hamper contains some of our most luxurious products, so you can make this Mother’s Day one to remember.
The box contains:
Two Beeswax Candles handcrafted and scented with our gorgeous Love blend
– Restful Evening Bath & Body Oil 50ml.   For use on body, in bath or for soothing massage
Two Organic Soaps  (Geranium & Rose and Love) 90g.  Moisturising, cleansing and gentle for senstive skins
Natural Lip Balm 15ml.  Totally organic ingredients with a gentle but intensive moisturising and protection properties

-Herbal Foot Balm 60ml. contains our own wildcrafted comfrey.  Deeply moisturising, great for tired and overworked feet – ultimate care.
Love organic essential oil blend  10ml a wonderful loving blend containing oils such as jasmine to soothe the mind and emotions.

The candles are made with natural beeswax, contain natural cotton wick,  and are scented with our new Love blend, plus all other products are made with ingredients that are 100% organic (includes wildcrafted comfrey in the herbal foot balm).

The competition closes at 5pm on Thursday 23rd March, so we can get your luxury hamper to the winner, which we hope will get to you in time for Mother’s Day.

Good luck!

Remember we have lots of perfect organic gift ideas available for Mother’s Day, you can even make up your own gift box – full of Mum’s favourite organic goodies.

This competition is open to all residents of UK.

Aromatherapy for the elderly

Aromapothecary by Organica J Using aromatherapy for the elderly can be incredibly rewarding for both the giver and the recipient.  As part of my degree in complementary therapy with a focus on aromatherapy, I did part of the clinical training in a Care Home for the elderly.  It was one of the best experiences of my training.  It was amazing how little aromatherapy treatment gave incredibly pleasing results for people.

The key to remember using aromatherapy for the elderly is that you only need a much smaller quantity of essential oil in the carrier oil.   I mainly used a 1% dilution of essential oils, so that would be 1 drop in 5ml, 2 drops in 10ml of carrier/vegetable oil.  I took a small range of oils with me depending on the clients I was working with.  This allowed my  client to choose the oil by the scent that they preferred.  It is best not to offer so many that it is confusing – sometimes a choice between only two essential oils was perfect.

The essential oils that I used most were lavender, sweet orange, mandarin, roman chamomile and rose otto.  For the rose otto, the 5% dilution in jojoba, is a very useful oil.  It gives a wonderfully ready diluted oil, that can be diluted further easily in more jojoba, or another carrier oil.   The lavender and the sweet orange were the most popular choices with both women and men in the client group I worked with.  All these essential oils are soothing,  calming and nurturing.

For carrier oils I enjoyed using jojoba, but also used calendula macerated in sunflower oil, sweet almond, rosehip.  If you have a good quality olive oil in the cupboard, that would also work well as a carrier.

For everyone I worked with, a hand massage was an acceptable treatment.  It has the additional benefit that little disturbance is needed to carry it out and no clothes need to be removed.  One or two clients were incredibly frail or bedridden, and this was still a treatment that was possible.   I found that some slightly agitated clients, with dementia/alzheimers, responded well, sometimes even drifting off during the treatment.

If you have an elderlyaromatherapy for the elderly relative or friend, and you feel that they would be open to a hand massage, it is a excellent way to gently connect with someone and bring a little calm, and enjoyment.  It can be done with some gentle music in the background in silence, or with some quiet chatting – every person is different.  I realised that many clients in the Care Home had a lack of touch in their daily life, other than on a medical basis.  You do not need special training to gently massage hands, but there are certainly courses out there that could help you if you felt that you would like to learn more about aromatherapy.  The S.E.E.D Institute and the Edinburgh School of Holistic Aromatherapy are two organisations that I can recommend.

A couple of very simple blends that may be helpful.  Jojoba carrier oil 5ml 1 drop lavender.  Calendula macerate in sunflower oil plus 1 drop sweet orange.  If you want to add more than one oil to the blend – make a larger quatity ie 10ml calendula macerated in sunflower, 1 drop roman chamomile, 1 drop rose otto in 5% dilution jojoba.  Place the larger quantity blends in a lidded bottle and store it in a cool dark place.  Don not use after a years storage, make a fresh blend.  Sweet almond is also a great carrier to use, but check on any nut allergies in yourself or your elderly relative. One other blend could be 5ml rosehip, 5ml calendula in sunflower oil, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop roman chamomile – very soothing and helpful for agitation, promoting sleep.

I hope that this gives you confidence to use aromatherapy for the elderly folk in your life.  It will be something that can bring everyone great rewards.

If you have concerns on medications or medical conditions, always check with the GP or a qualified aromatherapist.  For any specific aromatherapy questions contact a fully qualified clinical aromatherapist.

 

 

 

 

Mandarin Essential Oil – Top Ten Uses

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This month we will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for Mandarin essential oil.  Its one of the oils that we use in our Sweet Orange Heaven Blend and in a new product that I will launch later this year.   Working as a clinical aromatherapist, I use it often in my therapeutic treatments with clients and these are the top ten uses that I would reach for Mandarin oil for.  For using essential oils for specific conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist.

Mandarin Essential Oil1.  Oily skin and acne
2.  Prevention of stretch marks

3.   Tonic for the digestive system
4.   Gentle in use all ages
5.   Can be a tonic for the liver
6.   Calming for anxiety or restlessness
7.   May be helpful in relieving flatulence

8.  An excellent oil for relaxation

9.  Can be useful for children’s tummy upsets

10.  Help connect with your inner child

Mandarin’s latin name is citrus reticulata or citrus nobilis and is expressed from the fruit rind of the fruit.  Mandarin is  small evergreen tree, and our current batch of mandarin oil comes from Italy .   In my opinion it has a soft, sweet, rounded citrus scent.

If you feel that Mandarin 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.

 

Win A Luxury Organic Christmas Hamper

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Does someone you care about deserve a bit of pampering this Christmas?  Or perhaps you’re in need of some relaxation too!

Luxury Organic Christmas HamperThis luxury organic Christmas hamper contains some of our most luxurious products, so you can make this Christmas one to remember.
The box contains:
Two Beeswax Candles scented with our gorgeous meditation blend to help you fully relax
Nervous Exhaustion Bath & Body Oil 50ml – the ultimate chill out
Two Organic Soaps  (Orange & Frankincense and Meditation) 45g – gentle for sensitive skin
Natural Lip Balm 15ml – protects and nourishes
– Two essential oil blends – one festive, both excellent for de-stressng – Orange & Frankincense and Meditation  10ml of each

The candles are made with natural beeswax, contain natural cotton wick,  and are scented with our Meditation blend, plus all other products are made with ingredients that are 100% organic.

The competition closes at 5pm on Thursday 15th December, so we can get your luxury hamper to the winner, which we hope will get to you in time for Christmas.

Good luck!

Remember we have lots of perfect organic gift ideas available for Christmas, you can even make up your own gift box 

This competition is open to all residents of UK .

Relax, De-stress – Take Christmas In Your Stride

aroma-pothecaryRelax in an aromatherapy bath and feel the stress of the run up to Christmas fade away as you  enjoy the calming essential oils.  Taking a little time out to take care of yourself this year, can make things so much more manageable at this busy time of year.  I have never heard a client saying that they regret taking time for themselves to recharge, but I often hear them saying that they come the bottom of the list when it comes to taking ‘me’ time and then they start to struggle as they are tired. It does not need to be a long time – in fact little and often can be a lot more helpful that one long period of relaxation and then a large space till the next.  A little time spent with your favourite essential oils can really be a massive tonic to the mind, body and soul.

orange and frankincense blendWhen using essential oils in the bath – use between 4-6 drops – maybe start with 4 and see how that feels, you can always add one or two more.  You can use a little carrier oil (such as sunflower or sweet almond) to dilute them in before putting them in the water or on your skin.  Alternatively you can use a little milk or alcohol if you prefer.  This is to ensure that the essential oil disperses through the water and does not sit in a concentrated pool.  Always ‘swish’ and ‘swirl’ the water by hand before entering the bath to ensure further dispersal.  If you are using carrier oil as a dispersant, be very careful when entering and exiting the bath – take special care – to ensure you do not slip.  If this is something that concerns you, use the other dispersants instead

A warm bath can increase the amount of essential oils that penetrate the skin by as much as 100%, so you can see the reason for only using a small amount, (4-6 drops).  You will of course also be inhaling the oils as you relax in the water.

You can use a single oil such as sweet orange, rose geranium, or lavender, but I always like to blend a few to suit my particular needs at any given time.  I like to blend roman chamomile (1 drop), lavender (4 drops) and vetivert (1 drop) – very relaxing and grounding blend.  Rose geranium (2 drops),  mandarin (2) and frankincense (2) – is a lovely de-stressing, balancing blend.  A luxury blend would be rose otto (1 drop), frankincense (2), sandalwood (2) – complete bliss in my opinion – nurture, clearing of the mind, serene.

We have some ready made essential oil blends, that you may like to use, orange & frankincense, meditation, love, sweet orange heaven or rose heaven.  Also our own aromatherapy bath & body oils are completely pre-blended with carrier oils and essential oils ready for use in the bath and on the body.

When you are at your busiest it is the most valuable time to step back just for a while and relax and recharge with aromatherapy oils.  You may well find (as many of my clients do) that you can achieve more.

If you have a complex medical history/medications, or are using essential oils for specific conditions, always check with your GP or consult with a qualified aromatherapist before using.

 

 

Gardeners & Cooks Soap – New for Christmas 2016

We are very proud to introduce a new product for Christmas 2016 our Gardeners & Cooks soap.   Customers were asking for a soap that was both citrus and exfoliant, and so here it is!

The soap is still very gentle on skin using our traditional and fully natural/organic soap base of organic olive oil, coconut, palm (sustainable) and sunflower oils.  It is a hard cake of soap with a soft lather, which lasts and lasts and doesn’t turn into jelly (unless left sitting in water of course).  It contains essential oils of lemon and lime, which are excellent for using in a kitchen environment, as well as the bathroom.  They provide a refreshing, cleansing fragrance and are reputed to have disinfectant and antiseptic properties.

gardeners-&-cooks-soap-nov-16The other ingredients are Scottish honey and oatmeal.  We are using a heather honey, that is produced from hives, situated in the hills in our own village of Finzean, Aberdeenshire, Scotland to ensure the purest honey from our own local bees.  In the soap,  honey is a wonderful addition, that provides an additional moisturising and soothing properties, as well as being full of antioxidants.

The organic oatmeal is also local to Aberdeenshire, it is from The Oatmeal of Alford and is produced at Montgarrie Mill.  In the soap it provides a gentle exfoliant effect, which we thought was ideal for all the gardeners and cooks out there who need to look after their hands.

The Gardeners and Cooks soap make a great present at Christmas and all year round.  It comes in a 90g bar £4.60 and a 45g bar £2.85.

All our soaps now come in new packaging which we are launching along with the Gardeners & Cooks Soap.  We hope that you will all like it.  The packaging is now fully biodegradable but still keeps your soap nice and fresh inside – a perfect combination.

You can also choose from our other soaps – Geranium & Rose Petal, Orange & Frankincense, Meditation, Love, Peppermint & Peppermint Leaf, Rose Heaven & Lavender & Lavender Flower.

Thyme Essential Oil – Top Ten Uses

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This month we will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for Thyme essential oil.  Its one of the oils that we are using in our Midges & Mozzie Balm, but you will find it also has many more valuable properties.  As well as being helpful for you when the bugs are about.   Working as a clinical aromatherapist, I use it a lot in my therapeutic treatments with clients and these are the top ten uses that I would reach for Thyme oil for.  For using essential oils for specific conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist.

thyme-essential-oi1.  Helpful for digestive issues
2.  Good for colds & coughs

3.   Useful for sore throats & mouth infections
4.   Can help with urinary infections
5.   Can give a boost to the immune system
6.   Good for aiding convalescence
7.   Can have antiseptic properties

8.  May be helpful for rheumatic conditions

9.  Can be useful for improving memory

10.  May offer a boost to moral

Thyme’s latin name is thymus vulgaris and is distilled by steam using the leaves and flowering tops. Our thyme oil comes from Spain and it is chemotype linalool.   It has a herby, slightly medicinal scent in my opinion.

If you feel that Thyme 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.

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.

Lime Essential Oil – Top Ten Uses

Lime – top ten uses

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This week we will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for Lime essential oil.  Its one of the oils that we are using in a new product that we are launching next month and it is a very handy oil to have.   Many of the uses are similar to lemon essential oil, in fact it is often used its place.  I find that both essential oils have their place in different situations.  For using essential oils for specific conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist.

Lime Essential Oil1.  Helpful for throat infections.
2.  Use as a treatment for colds and flu.

3.   May be useful for digestive issues.
4.   Good for an oily skin and acne.
5.   Helpful for fluid retention conditions.
6.   Can be stimulating for the circulation.
7.   Good for adding to a blend to repel insects or treat insect bites.

8.  Can alleviate fatigue and apathy.

9.  Helpful for dealing with cellulite.

10.  Offers an gentle uplift to mood and spirit.

Lime’s latin name is citrus aurantifolia and the expressed oil (lime can be either distilled or expressed) is a yellow/green to olive/green.  It has a rich, deep citrus scent.  The essential oil is expressed from the fruit rind.  Our lime oil comes from Brazil.

If you feel that lime 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.

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.

Essential Oils for Sunburn

aroma-pothecaryAt this time of year and we are either exposed more to the sun here in the UK or are also heading abroad for a holiday in the sun.  Our skin can need extra care at these times.  Many ask me about skin that has been in the sun too long and has sunburn.  You can easily create your own aftersun blend to take on holiday with you or just use at home.


Lavender essential oil is the first one to reach for with minor burns of any type.  Use it neat applied gently with a cotton bud or dilute a few drops in boiled, cooled water and dab the mixture gently on the area.  After over exposure to the sun, if you can immerse yourself in a cool bath with a few drops of  lavender, that would be extremely helpful.  If the skin is burned then avoid sun exposure for at least two days, treating the skin regularly to calm, repair, replenish and re-moisturise.

Aloe Vera Gel for SunburnOur own new aloe vera gel is ready made to apply to sunburn to cool and soothe.  You can use it to add essential oils that will enhance its properties.  In 60ml add 30 drops of essential oil, my first choice for burns would be lavender, or use 30 drops of the essential oil blends below and ensure that they are well mixed in before use.  

Essential oils that can be helpful are  tea treelavenderroman or german chamomile, carrot seed, frankincensepeppermint,  eucalyptus.  Carrier oils to use are calendula maceratejojobasesame and aloe vera gel.

If no further sun exposure is to be had, ie overnight –  St Johns Wort macerate can be soothing on sunburn.  Don’t use St Johns Wort  and go out in the sun as it can, in some people, react with the suns rays and create photo sensitivity on the skin.

Two further suggested blends –  10ml calendula macerate, 10ml jojoba, 5ml sesame, 5ml aloe vera gel with 10 drops lavender, 2 drops roman chamomile, 4 drops tea tree, 1 drop german chamomile, 1 drop peppermint.

Calendula Macerate oil 20ml, 10ml aloe vera gel, with 8 drops lavender,  5 drops frankincense, 3 drops carrot, 1 drop peppermint.

Use on skin after sun exposure to re – mositurise, soothe, calm and protect skin.

After the first couple of days of treatment our  Skin SOS Balm will be a very useful tool to help with the regeneration of the skin and for help with avoiding scarring on the skin.

As any burn can be serious – for damaged or skin with sunburn always seek medical advice.

NB always blend these oils with carrier oils before application to skin, if you don’t have the ones mentioned any good quality oil such as extra virgin olive will be fine to use.  Although the ones mentioned above are specific to sunburn.  You can of course increase the size of the blend just by multiplying each of the ingredients to the desired quantity.

For specific medical conditions or if you are on medication always consult with a qualified aromatherapist prior to using essential oils.

Comfrey Uses and History

Comfrey Uses - comfrey macerate

There are a myriad of Comfrey uses and history, we would like to share some with you here.

In ancient times the herb was called ‘knitbone’,’ all heal’ or ‘woundwort’ and was used topically for healing cuts, bruises, fractures, sprains, injured tendons/ligaments, sores and skin ulcers.
On the skin, comfrey is an emollient, soothing and was used to heal scars and blemishes. It was also said to promote a youthful complexion.
Dioscorides, a greek physician, who wrote ‘Materia Medica’ in 50AD used the herb to heal wounds and broken bones.
The Latin name ‘symphytum’ means ‘heal together’
It is now believed that the allatoin (a main component of comfrey) is responsible for the growth and multiplication of skin cells.
The medium we use for maceration is organic sunflower oil, as a rich oil full of vitamins and moisturising.  Our comfrey oil macerate is effective for use in massage and can be easily blended with other carrier oils and essential oils can be added.

We use comfrey oil macerate regularly in our clinical aromatherapy practice,  for clients for which comfrey oil would be effective and approriate for their individual needs.   All our products are only suitable for topical use.

For further information here are three links to research papers on comfrey ointment. (1), (2), (3).

Our own comfrey uses – we  have 6 products which contain our own wildcrafted comfrey from Aberdeenshire, Scotland – the comfrey oil macerated in organic sunflower,comfrey ointment,gardener’s hand balm, herbal foot balm,reflexology balm and Skin SOS Balm.

The comfrey is harvested by hand from deep within the rural countryside here in Aberdeenshire. We have permissions to access a private piece of controlled land for the harvest.  It is free from artificial fertilizers, pesticides and the comfrey grows completely naturally in its own environment.  The harvest took place this year in May and June 2016 and we choose the optimum conditions for harvesting the plant as early in the season as we can (finding consecutive dry days can be challenging!).  The harvest is fully sustainable and damages no part of the land.

Comfrey uses - Comfrey OintmentComfrey Ointment – the wildcrafted comfrey is harvested by us in Aberdeenshire and macerated in organic sunflower oil to create a wonderfully rich and powerful oil. This oil is lovingly combined with other organically grown ingredients to make what we believe is a truly premium product

Gardeners Hand Balm – Great repair and deep moisturising for cut, grazed, dry or rough hands.

Herbal Foot Balm – Excellent regeneration and deep nourishment for overworked and/or damaged feet at the end of the day.

Reflexology Balm – Tested and used by reflexologists.  This product was made by request and has been so popular.  Many reflexologists also use the herbal foot balm too.

Skin SOS Balm – The Skin SOS Balm was developed following many requests from customers for a product that would specifically help with scars, and skin issues.  It contains a rich blend of powerful organic carrier oils and essential oils, which can be helpful on scars, also on psoriasis and eczema-prone skin.  After much testing it was found also to be helpful for use on new tattoos and after tattoo removal.  Protective, calming and regenerating.

Look out for more comfrey uses and history in future  blog posts

All our organic products are handcrafted by our highly qualified aromatherapist (BSc in Complementary Therapies (Aromatherapy), Member of the International Federation of Professsional Aromatherapists)