Tarland Virtual Market

Saturday 26th September 2020, Tarland Virtual Market

The Virtual Market is being brought to everyone by the organisers of the successful bi-annual Tarland Market in September 2020 in response to the pandemic situation. This is to be a part, as it usually would, of the hugely successful Tarland Food and Music Festival. The full festival will run online from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September. There is lots of things to enjoy including fabulous local musician, Paul Anderson, Check out the page here Festival Facebook page, where it is happening. The festival is in it’s seventh year, celebrating quality local food and Tarland’s thriving music scene. Join in the fun online!

Tarland is a simply fabulous, well organised market. So I am delighted to be invited to head online with everyone this year to Tarland Virtual Market.

For the last 20 years, Organica J has been a local producer of artisan organic aromatherapy skincare products.  From my base in Finzean, working as a clinical aromatherapist, with organic and wild-crafted ingredients, I have carefully created a wide range of products.

Organica J’s 20th birthday year has been an unusual one to say the least!!  I am lucky that I use a safe and secure separate workshop, where I wear the relevant protection to create the products that many clients use regularly.  So I have been able to carry on supplying everyone with what they need during this challenging time.

Many of my vegetarian friendly products are very soothing and helpful to manage skin that is under threat with so much hand cleansing. Starting with the organic nourishing, moisturising soap itself, (you can choose from 8 different soaps), through to treatments for already damaged skin such as the best selling Gardeners Hand Balm and Skin SOS Balm.

Skin SOS Balm 2020

These two products are made using our Comfrey Macerate, which can be so helpful for skin repair, blemishes and lots more.  We harvest comfrey from your local environment in Lower Deeside, from a private protected piece of ground.  Completely sustainably, using only the best of young leaves.  The whole process is done from leaf to jar, so you can guarantee top quality.  Using organic ingredients I also create Comfrey Ointment, Herbal Foot Balm, Reflexology Foot Balm from the comfrey macerate.

I also macerate my own calendula flowers from organically certified flower heads, here in Finzean. I use the Calendula Macerate to make the gentle and calming for inflamed skin, and skin prone to eczema and psoriasis – Calendula Ointment.

Aromatherapy can be a great tool to aid sleep and soothe frazzled nerves, calm and help find balance.  My two pulse point roller balls have been flying off the shelves. Restful Evening which can help with sleep and Nervous Exhaustion which can help to relax and balance.  These blends are also available in a Bath and Body Oil for using in the bath, after a shower as a body moisturiser and also for a home massage.  They are made with 100% organic ingredients.  I also stock a full range of mood enhancing organic essential oil blends such as Rose Heaven (balance & uplift), Love (soothe, relax, unwind), Meditation (reconnecting with peace) and more as well as a large range of single organic essential oils.

The Aloe Vera gel is made here in Deeside using our own fabulous Deeside Water, which has its own scientifically proven properties.  What better gel to use for soothing burnt skin or for other skin issues.  You can also use the gel to create your own products by adding essential oils of your choice.  I have done exactly that in creating my incredibly popular Muscle Rub and Midge and Mozzie Balm.  The first has been used by a large amount of local footballers, cyclists, runners and walkers. Clients also use it for achy muscles and joints from tension and other issues.   The second has been tried and tested over many years and found to be gentle and effective.

I guarantee a friendly first class service where every customer is important. 

You can find a wide range of Organica J’s products at local Aberdeenshire stockists:- 

Finzean Farm Shop;  

Corner Shop, Aboyne;

Buchanans Bistro, Banchory; 

Platform 22, Torphins;

Bee Cabin, Aboyne; 

Mains of Drum Garden Centre, Drumoak;  

Or for a postal service, you can order online at www.organicaj.co.uk.  

Further information can be obtained by emailing Jacqui@organicaj.co.uk or call 01330 850257.

Join us at Tarland Virtual Market on Saturday 26th September 2020

Self Isolation Fitness and Wellbeing Advice Group

Organica J and Josephine Christie Fitness

My daughter, Josephine Christie, a Personal Trainer in Brighton, and I have set up our Self Isolation Fitness and Wellbeing Advice Group on Facebook.

The aim of  our Group is to help people to cope better with what we are all facing at the moment in this health crisis. When we both discovered that our businesses would be hard hit along with our many clients who are either working incredibly hard at the front line, or in their businesses or are finding themselves at home in lockdown and self-isolation. We wanted to do something that would provide them and everyone who wants to join us with some things that can help.


Coping with Anxiety – Essential Oils to help.

This is an unprecedented time in our lives, where we are all coping with things that have not been faced before. I would like to offer you some reassurance that this is where essential oils can provide a welcome uplift and calming effect to help you cope with anxiety. My Monday aromatherapy practice with my small band of regular clients has of course been stopped just now, and I want to use the time to offer them and you all some helpful information to allow you to bring some calm and steadiness into your life.

Some of us will have essential oils already at home that you can use. either in an electric diffuser, oil burner, drops on a tissue placed nearby you – for inhalation. Below are some single oils and blends to use in this way

For use on the body, there are ready blended oils that you may have, or you can purchase from me or elsewhere, or alternatively blend your own, I offer some blends here for you to try.

You may already have a very good quality olive oil in your cupboards for cooking use, this can be very handy for adding essential oils to for use on the body.

As it is not so easy to just get hold of specific measuring tools right now, perhaps – something we probably have access to are spoons! Using a dessert spoon gives approximately 15ml of carrier oil (for use on body), whereas a teaspoon gives approximately 5ml (for use on face).

So which oils have I been reaching for right now to calm anxiety:  neroli,  petitgraincypressfrankincenselavender, bergamot, sweet orange, jasmine, rose geranium, ylang ylang and vetivert. A long list – but trying to shorten it, I found I didn’t want to exclude any of these.

I would also be using rose otto, but I sadly cannot right now get supplies, so I am using what I have left in stock in my Rose Heaven Blend, which is an ultimate blend of rose geranium, petitgrain, bergamot and rose otto. A synergy that works on uplift, balance and reassurance, soothing – anti-anxiety. (I also have a rose heaven organic soap)

The oils in the list can be used on their own, but I think some would find cypress and vetivert quite unusual on their own (I couldn’t live without either) and blending them with some of the sweeter oils, such as jasmine, neroli or rose geranium may be more pleasurable on most noses.

 I am deliberately using low levels of essential oils, to help you cope with anxiety in these emotional circumstances it is definitely a case of ‘less is more’ with essential oils.  The first choice of essential oil blend would probably be 1 drop neroli , 2 drops frankincense, 1 drop cypress.  

Another two blends helpful blend would be  1 drop jasmine, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop frankincense.  Or 2 drops sweet orange, 1 drop ylang ylang, 1 drop vetivert.  Use these blends in the same way as suggested above.

As I mentioned above use these blends in a diffuser, or oil burner.  Alternatively the way I prefer to use a pure essential oil blend is on a tissue by my pillow overnight.

Lavender Essential Oil for Grief and Loss

If you would like to use the blend on your body, mix these essential oils with a carrier as I mentioned earlier, such as olive or sunflower, which you may have available in the kitchen cupboard. The quantities that I give here in the blends would be fine in 10-15ml carrier. If you are using on the face I would only be using 1 drop of the combined blend in a teaspoon of carrier oil – or maybe you would prefer to use just a single oil for this such as lavender, frankincense, neroli or rose geranium. Online in my website I offer the richer oils – rosehip, evening primrose and jojoba for ultimate moisture and skincare.

My recommendation would be to use a blend that you like the smell of very much, and the gentle, comforting fragrance will soothe you when you need it most and help you cope with anxiety.  For an ‘off the shelf’ ready made blend for use on the body, you could find our Aromatherapy Bath & Body Oil Restful Evening which contains lavender, rose geranium and roman chamomile, very helpful indeed. Restful evening is also available in roller ball, pulse point format for direct application to wrist pulse points, behind/below ears. At bedtime can be used on front of chest and/or a tiny application on temples either side.

I hope that this is helpful for you to cope with anxiety – everyone will enjoy different oils/scents and blends and everyone reacts differently and copes with things in a different way.   No one size fits all. The joy of essential oils is there are so many different oils to choose to suit our differing needs and when you blend them together they give a more powerful synergy – and create a completely new fragrance.  You can tweak the amounts of each essential oil in the blends you make, which will create yet another fragrance.  Find an oil or blend that really resonates with you right now.  Be aware also as you journey forward through processing all these emotions around right now, you may be drawn to different oils or blends, and I would recommend that you listen to your own inner guidance on this.

Be gentle with yourself, and take time to take care of yourself in these challenging times. If you can at all find times just to be still at some point in your day and use your essential oils to support this stillness and promoting calm. Even if it is just a few minutes a day, but ideally 10-20 minutes twice a day. Keep well and safe.

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

Optimum Health This Winter with Dr Chris Fenn

It didn’t make sense at first. Busy and stressed during the week, she felt worse at the weekends – when she had time to cook and eat well! Constant headaches and tiredness dragged her down and, as a keen runneChris Fenn Nutrionistr, even a relaxing jog didn’t shift her sore head. Her eating habits of quick sugary snacks and coffee at work meant that the headaches were due to caffeine withdrawal during the weekend. A few simple changes, and she describes her life as “joyful” now. What do you eat, and how do you feel? I can help you to understand how YOUR eating habits are affecting your health. If you are confused about food and nutrition information, I can explain the facts behind food labels. You will make better food choices – no longer muddled by myths and misunderstandings. I contribute to corporate health programmes and have helped stressed executives and athletes improve their mental and physical performance. My latest book “Grounds for Concern” is all about caffeine – and how it can drain your energy. See my website for more details, or send me an email to discuss your needs and book an appointment.


Email – eat4success@chrisfenn.com

Phone – 013398 82487



50+ Festival, Aberdeen 2015 – Organica J Aromatherapy Talk and Workshop

50+ Festival Aberdeen September 2015

As part of the 50+ Festival in Aberdeen, Organica J will be doing an aromatherapy talk and workshop on Wednesday 2nd September at Marischal College.  This is a great festival with lots going on for the 50+ folks to take part in, learn stuff at, dance, or just simply sit back and enjoy.  It is organised by Aberdeen City Council with lots of local sponsors.

This is the 13th year of the 50+ Festival and it runs from 1-11 September 2015.  There are activities in various venues across the city including, Beach Ballroom, ACT Aberdeen, Blue Lamp, Music Hall and the heated Giant Marquee at the iconic Marischal College Quadrangle.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Jacqui Christie, Organica J