Sandalwood Essential Oil – Top 10 Uses

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

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Essential Oils – What to Look for when Buying

I recently did The Allergy Show at the SEC in Glasgow and had a lot of people looking at the essential oils and asking questions about oils that they had bought and advice on what to look for when buying them. So I thought it would be helpful to give some information on this at this subject here.

Citronella Organic Essential Oil

 We will examine what to look for when buying essential oils to ensure that you are getting the best therapeutic quality.


1.  Essential oils should be in a dark coloured glass bottle to protect from light.
2. There should be a dropper to dispense the oils safely. 
3. If you see the words fragrance oil or similar, it is probably a synthetic blend not a pure essential oil and so will have no therapeutic value. Look for ‘essential oil’ on the label.
4. Price is another likely indicator of quality, if all the oils in the shop or online are the same price, again they are unlikely to be of therapeutic grade.  Due to the hugely diverse nature of:  method of extraction; availability/success of harvest; the quantity of the plant required to make an essential oil,  prices will be widely different.  Sweet orange – easily obtained and extracted by expression, is more economic, whereas  rose needs around 4,000kg of petals to obtain1 kg of oil, and so is at the upper end of the price scale.
5. The latin name of the plant (and any chemotypes, if relevant) should appear on the label on the bottle, this is important as there are many different varieties of some oils, eg lavender eucalyptus, that have varying therapeutic uses and safety considerations.
6. Check the best before date – citrus oils (and some others) have shorter shelf lives, while base note oils such as patchouli have longer lives. Some oils degrade after a time eg black pepper, and change their use therapeutically . So it is always best to buy in small amounts.

7. If you are recommended to use the essential oils for internal use, ensure that the person selling them has completed a full course on essential oils for internal use and is insured for this (and/or is working directly with your GP/Clinician). This is an entirely different qualification and is usually not included in aromatherapy training here in the UK.

These are general suggestions, there are more detailed information which affects quality such as;  the country of origin, the colour and texture of the essential oils.  When buying for my business to supply you, I am very particular, dealing with only a few trusted suppliers. I also like to know how the oils are produced, ie that they come from an ethical supplier and of course I require an organic certification to stock them within my businsss.

Eucalyptus Organic Essential Oil

These are a few baseline things that you should find helpful when looking for a good quality, therapeutic essential oil, but I am delighted to help with any further or more detailed queries that you may have. Just email me at: jacqui @ organicaj.co.uk

You can find all the organic essential oils that I currently stock here:

Aromatherapy For An Ageing Skin

AromapothecaryAromatherapy Support and Blends for an Ageing Skin

I get asked for advice for ageing skin regularly, so I would like to look here at some support and aromatherapy blends that can be helpful for you.

Aromatherapy is a fabulous way to tackle the effects of the challenges your skin is up against that can potentially cause an ageing effect, such as weather, pollutants, stressors or simply the passage of time.

I had a client on the phone today, who said that she had really noticed Organic Lavender Soapthat her skin was so much more moisturised and soft after switching to use my range of organic soaps – they have organic ingredients and do not strip the skin of its natural oils, but rather moisturise further.  A great base for then using other oils/creams to moisturise further.

The basic care of self is important of course – good nutrition, exercise, plenty of sleep, helps the skin to appear at its best.  Pollutants such as smoking, synthetic chemicals in skincare and the environment, etc are best to be minimised coming into contact with where it is possible.  Protecting the skin and face in extreme weather conditions, or avoiding, again where possible, is a good strategy.

Aromatherapy on its own or in combination with regular massage can be extremely helpful to protect the skin and feed the skin properly.  Skin cell renewal can slow down with age and aromatherapy oils and massage can help minimise this.

My recommendation for carrier/base oils to use would be rosehip, evening primrose, sweet almond, wheatgerm and jojoba.  I personally use rosehip and evening primrose oil in my skin care regime.  I would recommend that all these oils can be used on their own as a carrier, but wheatgerm, I would use blended with perhaps sweet almond, as it is very viscose on its own.

Essential oils that I would suggest for skin regeneration and care would be carrot, frankincense, neroli, sandalwood, patchouli, sweet orange and lavender.

Neroli Essential OilI have a favourite combination that I have used for many of my aromatherapy clients in various forms depending on their individual skin type, their medical info and their life/emotional situation.  It is rosehip carrier oil with frankincense, neroli and carrot essential oil.  A good blend would be 10ml rosehip with 2 drops frankincence, 2 drops neroli and 1 drop carrot essential oil.  This would be great for body, for use on the face drop the quantities down to 1 drop of each essential oil in 10ml of rosehip carrier oil.

Some other different blends to choose from: sweet almond 5ml, evening primrose oil 5ml with 2 drops lavender, 2 drops sandalwood and 1 drop patchouli.  Again dropping down to 1 drop of each for use on face with 10ml carrier blend.

Or  jojoba 10ml with 2 drops sweet orange, 2 drops frankincense and 1 drop sandalwood. dropping to 1 drop of each for use on face.

Try out the different combinations to see what texture of carrier oil, and what scent of blended oils pleases you the best and feels best on your skin.  Gentle massage the oils into the body/face when you have time this can be a real pamper opportunity for yourself.

If blending your own is not for you, then you can try our ready made Aromatherapy Bath & Body OilsAromatherapy Bath & Body Blends blends without any preservatives, colours or synthetics.  All they contain are organic carrier oils and essential oils.

It is difficult I know in todays busy life to take time to look after yourself, but your skin will thank you in years to come if you do.  If you can find time to have regular massage (including a face massage) this will be so beneficial, not just for your skin, but for your complete health and wellbeing.

I rush around a lot, running my business,  but try to make sure that my skin is aways looked after.  It always feel good to keep skin moisturised and the feeling of putting good quality, nourishing oils on your face and body, I find extremely pleasurable.

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

 

 

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.