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Oil of the Month – October: Bay Leaf Oil

As if it isn’t scary enough that Christmas is only two months away, Halloween is also just around the corner. The Springtime jives have settled, and I’ve remembered that with the warmer weather comes the unavoidable; hair frizz and mosquitos. But I’m not here to grumble, because golly you’re in for a treat this month – no tricks involved. October’s essential oil of the month is Bay Laurel Oil, a personal favourite. Also known as Sweet Bay or Laurel, this oil has a striking fragrance and uplifting effect. Laurus nobilis oil is extracted through steam distillation from the leaves of a tall evergreen tree, adorned with blackberries, that is believed to have originated in Armenia. The pale-yellow coloured oil has...

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Essential Oil of the Month – August: Frankincense Oil

It is August. For some of you, this might be a good thing (probably because it’s your birthday month – happy birthday!) but for most of us, it’s just another month of more work and more (Yep, you guessed it) work. But August doesn’t have to be only known for being the last month before Spring. There’s quite a lot that’s happening this month such as International Beer Day, International Forgiveness Day and of course International Lefthanders Day on the second Sunday of August. Hopefully, you've also celebrated the first week of the month as International Clown Week and World Breastfeeding Week? Woah – is it just me, or is August already very busy? Now that you know August is...

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Essential Oil of the Month – July: Myrrh Oil

My, oh my, it’s July! And time is flying by. Here to help you make the most out of each day, to help you slow down and relax, is this month’s favourite essential oil: Myrrh oil. Most people only know it as one of the gifts that the three wise men gave to baby Jesus on the day of his birth. But have you ever wondered what makes Myrrh so special? The name is derived from the Arabic word for bitter, murr. In ancient times, it was more valuable than gold and darker and heavier than frankincense (the other gifts brought by the wise men). It was the first oil to be mentioned in the Old Testament and the last...

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Essential Oil of the Month – June: Sea buckthorn Oil (Hippophae rhamnoides Fruit Oil)

Winter is unofficially here and with that comes the continuous longing for sunshine, warmer weather and holidays. Well, for this month’s essential oil of the month we’ve chosen the ‘do-it-all’ oil with the colour of a midsummer sunset that will help with those winter blues. Introducing Sea buckthorn fruit oil, a bright yellow/orange/crimson oil that is extracted from Fanta coloured berries that are packed with nutrients. The berries grow on shrubs found naturally in mountainous and coastal regions of Asia and Europe. It is a wildcrafted ingredient and only harvested from places where it grows naturally. The medicinal use of the berries dates back many centuries. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, Ancient Greek Mythology and Ayurvedic Medicine....

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Essential Oil of the Month – May: Neroli Oil

Let me introduce you to May’s essential oil of the month, Neroli oil. It might come as a surprise to you, but this oil is derived from the humble orange. It also goes by the name of orange blossom oil. The flowers from bitter oranges, or as we know them: marmalade oranges, undergo a hydro-distillation process that results in the fragrant essential oil. Neroli oil has significant medicinal value, especially in ancient Egypt and traditional Chinese medicine where it was used to fight the plague. The oil was named after the 17th-century Italian princess of Nerola, Anna Marie Orsini, who used the oil as a perfume in her baths and gloves. This resulted in the widespread use of the oil...

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