Artisan Organic Soaps – Would You Like To Win A Years Supply?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A YEARS SUPPLY OF ORGANIC SOAPS?

Organic Soap - Win a years supply

Complete range or hand crafted organic soaps

We are giving away a special hamper worth over £50 containing our full collection of artisan organic soaps which are created in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The organic soaps include: Lavender & Lavender flowers to aid sleep and protect skin.  Geranium & Rose Petal for a delicate, sensitive skin. Peppermint & Peppermint Leaf – for stimulating & enlivening, Frankincense & Orange for a mature, sensitive skin, Meditation for soothing and focus, Love to calm emotions and for a sensual feel, Rose Heaven for soothing anxiety and balancing of mood and Gardeners & Cooks soap with honey and oatmeal to gently exfoliate while the lemon and lime essential oils, cleanse and uplift.
 
Our soaps are moisturising and conditioning and will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. They are free from preservatives, colourings and animal by-products and all (except our gardeners and cooks soap – with honey) are also suitable for vegans!
Excellent for even a delicate, sensitive skin.  Gently wash away your cares with the subtle but powerful effects of aromatherapy. Treat yourself every day with these long-lasting soaps.
You can shop our full organic soap collection  here.
Terms and Conditions
1. UK only
2. Competition will finish at 5pm on September 9th 2018
3. A years supply of soap for daily use by one person is 14 bars.
4. Winner must contact within 3 days to receive prize or else another winner will be drawn.
5. Postage costs will be covered by Organica J

Loch Arthur Creamery and Farmshop

Loch Arthur Farm Shop

The Farm Shop  has become a much treasured and appreciated destination in Dumfries & Galloway. Ideal for those who appreciate quality food both sourced and produced with care and integrity.

Loch Arthur Organic Fruit and VegetablesThey are proud to live up to that title by offering a fantastic selection of their  own organic and locally produced foods:

  • Artisan cheeses and dairy products produced on the farm.
  • Breads and rolls baked fresh daily in the Loch Arthur bakery.
  • Organic meats from their own and locally reared animals … expertly butchered in their own butchery.
  • An extensive range of organic fruit and vegetables carefully sourced or, where possible, grown in Loch Arthur gardens.
  • Cakes, pies, biscuits, dips, chutneys, and much more, produced in their Farm Shop kitchen.

The Cafe

The Café serves a delightful range of cakes, soups and light meals produced from the finest ingredients…. predominantly organic and very fresh.

The kitchen has become the pulsing heart-beat of the Farm Shop. It is a supportive environment where members of the community work alongside people employed from the 

Loch Arthur Cafe

local area.  They turn the finest ingredients into a mouth-watering array of sweet and savoury products. These cakes, pies, biscuits, dips, cooked meats and chutneys find their way into the café and onto the deli counter shelves.

The café has become a much appreciated meeting place in Dumfries and Galloway, valued not only for its fine, simple food and drinks but also for its quality of light, warmth and tranquillity.  The café menu is simple, honest, hearty and wholesome.

The Cafe and Farmshop is open Monday-Saturday.

The Loch Arthur Community

Loch Arthur is a working Community which includes men and women with learning disabilities. There are eleven houses in which altogether more than 75 people live, including about twenty-eight people in supported tenancies. There is a farm, a large garden, a creamery, a bakery, craft workshops and a Loch Arthur Shopthriving farm shop and cafe.

Loch Arthur is a shared way of life in a modern rural Community which offers security as well as support for each other through the challenges of daily life. They are committed to the fulfilment of the individual through a diversity of relationships and activities which create authentic social integration.

Organica J will be at Loch Arthur Creamery and Farmshop on Saturday 22nd September 2018, to talk with customers and answer any questions they may have on the products Loch Arthur stock or general aromatherapy queries.  

Cellulite a Problem? Aromatherapy Can Help

Aromapothecary I have been asked by a few clients recently about the problem of cellulite.  It is an issue that is seen almost exclusively in women.  Cellulite starts with a build-up of toxins that the body reacts to with water retention to try to dilute the toxins.  The connective tissue and the fat cells then harden and traps the water, which causes the ‘orange peel’ effect.Rosemary Essential Oil

Aromatherapy can be helpful for cellulite.  I would recommend simultaneously looking at diet/nutrition and exercise in combination with aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy treatment is not an overnight answer (as nothing really is for this stubborn condition), but rather a longer term approach.  It all depends how long the condition has been present and how severe it is.  But aromatherapy can be very effective and it is a pleasant treatment to undertake

Using self massage, you would be working to encourage your lymphatic system to work better, and to balance hormones.  You can use a loofah, brush or perhaps a massage glove on the area.  Brush gently but firmly towards the heart.

It has been found that stress also can affect cellulite, by increasing the retention of toxins in the body .  Aromatherapy of course, can be fabulous for relaxation.  Using oils such as sweet orange, lavender, geranium, neroli can be great for combating stress and to help the body to release toxins.

When working with aromatherapy and cellulite – it is beneficial to not stick with one particular blend, but keep the blend changing for optimum effect.

Lime Essential OilAs well as self massage, you could consider visiting a specialised lymphatic drainage massage practitioner, and perhaps in between those sessions, if stress is a factor see a qualified aromatherapist for an aromatherapy massage to aid relaxation.

Aromatherapy oils that are helpful for cellulite would be black pepper, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, lime, rosemary or juniper.

A couple of suggested blends are

10ml Evening Primrose Oil with black pepper 1 drop, grapefruit 3 drops,

lemon 2 drops.

10ml evening primrose oil with rosemary 1 drop, geranium 2 drops, grapefruit

3 drops.

Use this blend daily to self-massage onto the skin, perhaps after bathing/showering and skin brushing.

For complex medical conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist or your medical professional.

Grapefruit 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 Grapefruit essential oil.   Working as a clinical aromatherapist, I use a lot for its anti-depressant and uplifting properties, but also I use it for the treatment/management of cellulite in blends as well.
It is a very ‘happy’ and ‘bright’ oil in my opinion and really helpful to use in the darker days.   Here are what I think are its top ten uses.
Grapefruit Essential OilFor using essential oils for specific conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist.

1.  Useful for stress and mild depression
2.  Helpful for oily skin and acne

3.   Can be helpful for cellulite
4.   Is uplifiting & enlivening
5.   Can be good to be used after exercise
6.   A tonic on the skin
7.   May be helpful with S.A.D condition

8.  May be helpful for fluid retention

9.  It can work as a detoxifier

10.  It may be helpful to stimulate hair growth

The organic grapefruit essential oil that I hold in stock right now is Citrus Grandis.  Grapefruit is a large tree with big fruit.  Grapefruit oil is expressed from the peel of the fruit and is yellow to yellow-green or pale orange yellow.  The scent is citrus and sweet.    My current supplies are from USA

If you feel that Grapefruit 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.

The Me I Want To Be Retreat Portugal 2018

The Me I Want To Be Retreat Portugal 2018

Are you well?

The Me I Want To Be Retreat - Portugal 2018
Would you be even better if you knew you had a super special event all lined up for September? 
I know you have been thinking about it, so if this is the year for you, this is your personal invitation to take that time for you  
With great flights into Faro this year’s September Retreat is starting to book up I’d like to offer a place to you 😊
I am not long back from my “re-con mission” and am delighted to report that I organised two hotels (yes twin centre retreat!) and the best yoga teacher: honestly, she “sung” us out of shavassana!

If you’re seeking a nurturing space to simply get away from it all, and find the clarity and tools to help you face the next chapter of your life then join us for 7 chilled out nights and 8 relaxing days, as you make the simple yet profound shifts to your true self~

THE ME I WANT TO BE.  Exploring the greatest and grandest expression of you through a fusion of hypnosis, NLP, yoga, meditations, and ancient Egyptian wisdom.

Portugal is the perfect place to re-treat and tackle those life challenges you either don’t have time for, or have gotten too big to ignore.

Have a look at the itinerary-
– and let me know if you’d like to be kept in the loop / fancy chatting through the details with me, I’m on +4413398 87184, vicki.rebecca on Skype, or let me know if you prefer an add on Facebook or for me to give you a shout.
Vicki Rebecca - The Me I Want To Be Retreat
THE ME I WANT TO BE RETREAT: PORTUGAL 2018
Simple Shifts to Authentic Well-being
1st – 8th September 2018

Aromatherapy oil blends to soothe skin after sun exposure

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With the changes in the weather from freezing cold to roasting hot – some of us have been caught out with the sun.  So I thought it would be helpful to suggest some 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.  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 suggestions for you:-

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

sun and clouds in sky

Sun exposure

Carrier oils to use: calendula maceratejojobasesame and aloe vera gel.  If no further sun exposure is to be had, ie overnight –  St Johns Wort macerate can be soothing.

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

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

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender and 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.

I hope these aromatherapy oil blends to soothe skin after sun exposure are helpful to re – mositurise, calm and protect 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, as that is an emergency treatment for minor burns, then use one of the blends thereafter.  You may need someone to help you if the sunburn is on your back.

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

Top Ten uses for Comfrey Ointment

Comfrey OintmentWelcome to another of our Top Ten Uses! This month as its comfrey harvest time, we thought we’d look at one of our top selling products – comfrey ointment.  

We have had so much feedback over the years from clients on our comfrey ointment, which we make from our own comfrey macerate (wild crafted comfrey herb in organic sunflower oil).  The comfrey is gathered by us, by hand, from a private, protected piece of ground in North East Scotland.  Here are some helpful uses for our Comfrey Ointment.

1.  Hacks in hands and feet.
2.  Helpful for over used or tense muscles
3.  After a sprain or strain
4.  Ligament or tendon issues.
5.  To ease pain in joints, eg fingers, shoulders, knees
6.  Bed sores
7.  Minor wounds
8.  Scar tissue
9.  Eczema-prone skin
10. After fractures & breaks (supports the muscle and tissue structure around the break or fracture)

In ancient times the herb was called ‘knitbone’,’ all heal’ or ‘woundwort’.

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’

Scottish Comfrey plant

It is now believed that the allatoin (a main component of comfrey) is responsible for the growth and multiplication of skin cells.

We use the comfrey macerate in our Comfrey Ointment, but also in our Gardener’s Hand Balm, Herbal Foot Balm, Reflexology Foot Balm, Skin SOS Balm.

If you feel this ointment would be useful for you, you can buy it here from Organica J.  Please call or email us if you require any further information on our products.  I am a qualified Aromatherapist (BSc) and happy to help.

This ointment is to be used topically only.    For complex medical conditions  & pregnancy always contact a qualified aromatherapist or your GP.

Gardeners Hand Balm

Gardeners Hand Balm is one of our best selling products, which contains our own hand harvested comfrey.  Great for this time of year for all gardening hands.  Many customers are not gardeners, but love using this extra rich moisturising balm for restoring skin on all types of hands.

Great healing & moisturising for hands that may be: 

  • cut,
  • grazed,
  • chapped,
  • roughened
  • dry
  • sore
  • or simply exhausted. 

Recommended to use as a treatment for tired hands at the end of the day. Keep by your bedside. After application this very rich, nourishing balm soaks into your skin to moisturise, soothe and protect. Our own wildcrafted comfrey is one of the main ingredients in the balm, which helps your skin regenerate while the organic essential oils heal, soothe and protect. Lavender for its antiseptic and skin healing properties, rose geranium is so balancing for all types of skin, and lemon to give a protective antiseptic & bactericidal properties.  We get so many clients feeding back that they notice

Gardeners Hand Balmafter a few days application how different their hands feel.  A little goes a very long way with the Balm.  As it is so rich, only a small amount needs to be used in each application, and makes this an economic, as well as highly effective hand balm.

We also have many customers who like to use this for hands that have rheumatism and arthritis as the comfrey and lavender in the balm can be extremely helpful for these conditions with regular use.

We don’t use any preservatives in the Gardeners Hand Balm, as  they are not necessary.  We use organic rosemary extract as an anti-oxidant for promoting the Balms longevity.  So you can be assured that you are using a totally natural product.

The Gardeners Hand Balm is available in a 60ml glass jar, ideal for recycling.

Ingredients: *helianthus annus (sunflower), ~symphytum spp. (comfrey leaf), *prunus dulcis (sweet almond), *cera alba (beeswax), *triticum vulgare (wheatgerm), *lavandula angustifolia (lavender), * pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium), *citrus limon (lemon), *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract), citral, geraniol, citronellol, limonene, linalool. (from essential oils).

* organic ingredient ~ wildcrafted ingredient

Essential Oils & Blends For Coping With Grief And Loss

AromapothecaryI have this year been working a lot with grief and loss, both with many of my clients  – and in my own life too  -after losing my lovely dog Bruno, in late January.  Essential oils and blends are incredibly gentle, while being amazingly powerful to help manage these difficult experiences.  I’m working with someone right now who is caring for someone with a terminal condition, the essential oils are a excellent tool to support, calm and uplift.

If I was asked to use a single oil for use for grief and loss I would choose from this list:  neroli, rose otto, roman chamomile, petitgrain, cypress, frankincense, clary sage, lavender.

Having mentioned all the individual oils I would reach for, it would be much more normal for me to use a blend.  I am deliberately using low levels of essential oils, when faced with 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 rose otto, 2 drops frankincense, 1 drop cypress.  Use 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.

Lavender Essential Oil for Grief and Loss

If you prefer a blend for use on the body, mix these essential oils with a carrier such as sweet almond or sunflower (10ml) for using on the body.  I recommend to clients to use a blend with carrier oil on the upper chest area, gently rubbed into this area of the body before sleep, then again if you wish to use it during the day, especially when you are feeling very affected with grief, some people also like to use a blend on the pulse points on the wrists.

Another helpful blend would be  1 drop neroli, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop roman chamomile.  Or 1 drop rose otto, 2 drops petitgrain, 1 drop clary sage.  Use these blends in the same way as suggested above.

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.  For an ‘off the shelf’ ready made blend, you could find our Aromatherapy Bath & Body Oil Restful Evening which contains lavender, rose geranium and roman chamomile, very helpful indeed.

Everyone reacts differently and copes with grief and loss in a different way, there is no textbook way to manage it.  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 to, 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 these emotions, you may be drawn to different oils or blends, and I would recommend that you listen to your own inner guidance on this.

In this article I have spoken solely about a self-help aromatherapy approach to grief and loss.  Some of my clients first came to see me for aromatherapy massage because they were looking for help and support with their emotions.  Again, you may find yourself attracted to different therapies, find the one which is most aligned to your own individual needs, but you could find therapy and/or counselling extremely helpful.  Talking about your grief and loss to sympathetic friends/family members or a trained professional can be greatly comforting.

Be gentle with yourself, and take time to take care of yourself at all times.  This is true for everyone, but especially for those who care for others, as they often do not see themselves as a priority, but  ideally to care for others, we firstly need to be ok ourselves.

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

 

Eucalyptus 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 Eucalyptus essential oil.  Its one of the oils that we use in our Muscle Rub, along with Rosemary and Black Pepper – utilising Eucalyptus’ analgesic properties.  Working as a clinical aromatherapist, I use eucalyptus often in blends for clients.  The essential oil is often first thought of for respiratory issues, and its great action on muscular aches and pains is often overlooked.  For a cold it is what I reach for first in a blend for steam inhalation to use the anti-viral properties, decongestant and to help ease difficult breathing that is often present when you have a cold.   Here are what I think are its top ten uses.
Eucalyptus Essential OilFor using essential oils for specific conditions always contact a qualified aromatherapist.

1.  Can be helpful for the common cold
2.  Useful as an insect repellant

3.   For muscular aches and pains
4.   Can be used for headaches and nerve pain
5.   May be helpful for burns cuts and small wounds
6.   Can be used to soothe insect bites
7.   Helpful as an antiviral inhalation or spray

8.  Can help with urinary infections

9.  It has deodorant properties

10.  On a subtle level it can help to cleanse negative energies.

There are many varieties of Eucalyptus that can be used in aromatherapy – the Eucalyptus that I use is Eucalyptus Blue Gum, latin name eucalyptus globulus.  Eucalyptus is indigenous to Australia and the oil is steam distilled from the leaves.  There are other countries that produce the oil, i.e. China, Spain and Portugal.   My current supplies are from China.

If you feel that Eucalyptus 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.