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Grounding – Are you disconnected?

Grounding or Earthing practice, is often dismissed as some kind of new age nonsense. With no actual ‘grounding’ (excuse the pun!) in real science. So it may come as a surprise to hear, that various research studies on the subject have been done over the years. The findings of which suggested that the simple action of connecting to the earth, really does have profound benefits on the human body.

Long, long ago, our ancestors unwittingly performed this simple practice on a daily basis.  Connecting with the earth, just by walking around barefoot and sleeping or sitting on the bare ground. With little between them and the earth below. Of course, this was most likely out of necessity, rather than an innate knowledge that they were recharging their bodies. Nevertheless, that may actually have been what they were doing. Over the years, we have however, become ever more adept at developing ways to disconnect from this natural earth energy. Whether by covering our feet with thick, heavy soles, made of rubber or plastic or by sleeping on comfy beds, high up off the ground. Often nearer to the sky than the earth. And whilst this action has afforded us greater comfort, it has undoubtedly for many, resulted in a feeling of disconnection.

This connection that we have with the earth (or rather the lack of it), all comes down to electricity. The earth and all below it, is known to have a negative charge (5) and everything above has a positive charge. And sometimes us humans can become excessively positively charged too. So when we connect directly with the earth, there is a transfer of energy. The earth gives off it negative electrons, which we then take into our bodies. Where they neutralise the positively charged free radicals which can cause disease. (1) In fact recent research has shown that regular grounding can regulate our biological clock and the body’s natural rhythms. This in turn can improve inflammation (2), pain (3), sleep, stress (4) and even heart disease. One study in particular found that regular grounding reduced the surface charge of red blood cells. Which then led to reduced viscosity and clumping of the cells (5). Suggesting that if practised regularly it could help to reduce the incidence of strokes and circulatory disease.

In the short term grounding can make you feel stronger, more stable and more energised as though your inner battery has been recharged, whilst at the same time leading to a feeling of calmness and relaxation.

Here are some simple things you can do to feel more grounded in your day to day life:   

  • Walk barefoot whenever you can, especially on soil, grass, sand and even concrete. Aim for a minimum of at least 15 minutes at a time.
  • Lie or sit on the ground, grass or sand. Even if you use a thin, non-synthetic blanket beneath you.
  • Wade or swim in a lake, river or the sea, whenever you get the opportunity. And when it is safe to do so, of course.
  • Use grounding equipment such as metal rods, mats, sheets, socks and patches.
  • Use essential oils which are extracted from the plant parts, that are in contact with the earth. Such as roots, barks and resins. Base note oils with a grounding action such as Vetiver, Patchouli, Ginger & Cedarwood. We have a grounding blend here
  • Gardening is a good way to connect with the earth. Touching the soil and connecting with the plants that grow in the soil can make you feel more grounded.
  • If you practice yoga, do it outdoors if weather permits. The following yogic exercises are particularly good for grounding and connecting with the earth below. Shavasana (Corpse pose), Tadasana (Mountain pose) and Sukhasana (Easy pose). For each pose, close your eyes and bring your attention to the ground beneath you. Imagine rooting to the ground and anchoring to the earth beneath you.


  1. Oschman J.L. Energy Medicine The Scientific Basis 2nd Edition Elsevier
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What is ‘Bespoke Aromatherapy?’

Bespoke aromatherapy products

Bespoke aromatherapy is quite simply, aromatherapy as it should be. Essential oils tailored for you and you alone.

We are all different, with different circumstances, different health needs and different preferences. So it stands to reason that we would get better far results, when the products we use are specially formulated with our own needs in mind. Whether that’s a sleep aid, skin product, bath product, inhaler or massage oil, the results will be far greater, if the oils are chosen specifically for us.

Essential oils too are all different. They have different benefits, different qualities and different safety requirements. So as you can imagine there is no ‘one size fits all’, when it comes to aromatherapy blends.

No doubt in the past you’ve picked up a product, looked at the ingredients but been unsure whether or not one or more of those ingredients was right for you. Perhaps you have allergies or medical conditions and you know that some products are just not suitable. This is where a Bespoke service comes into its own. You can have a product, made to your own specifications, with your best interests in mind. If there’s an ingredient you don’t want, you don’t have to have it. There are always alternatives that are no doubt more appropriate for you.

As a qualified aromatherapist with over 20 years of experience in aromatherapy and plant medicine, I have been providing individual bespoke treatments to my clients face to face. Fortunately, due to advances in communication technology, I can now offer my bespoke services to people outside of my local area.


How do our online Bespoke services work

The Bespoke service begins with a full consultation. A consultation form will be emailed to you, which you will then need to complete and return. This will be followed by a 20-minute call via Zoom or Messenger or by telephone, if video is not possible. This process is essential, so that I can better understand what your needs are. Both from a health perspective but also in terms of your own preferences.

Then, using my expertise and the information you have provided, I will decide on and make up an appropriate blend for you. Of course, I don’t have to choose all the ingredients for you. If there is something in particular you would like to be included in your blend, this can be arranged, as long it is safe to do so.

You can use this service as a one off blend. Or if we are addressing a specific issue or problem, we can progress your treatment over time. Tweaking and updating your blend, as your needs change.

To book your Bespoke Aromatherapy treatment simply click here


Stephanie Cahill-Jackson is fully qualified in plant medicine and aromatherapy. And has been working face to face with clients for over 20 years.

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Most people are familiar with the scent of lavender and it’s one of the most popular essential oils on the market. The aroma of lavender is associated with relaxation and sleep and has a long history of being used in this way.

But what’s the evidence?

Fortunately for us lavender lovers, the essential oil has been very well researched over the years.  And the results look promising, so let’s take a closer look.


Our biggest seller is the Lavender sleep pillow and it’s well known that lavender can help with sleep problems. So let’s see if the research can show us why.

In 2012 researchers gathered together the then available research on lavender essential oil. In particular, they were looking for studies that explored the inhalation of the essential oil and its effect on sleep.  They found eight studies that fulfilled the criteria and further evaluated the studies to determine whether or not lavender was indeed beneficial.  And perhaps not too surprisingly they found that it was, as the results showed that the inhalation of lavender, led to a mild to moderate improvement in sleep. (1)

A few years later, another trial found that it was the quality of sleep, that was in fact improved in individuals who inhaled the essential oil.  And that the effects lasted for up to two weeks after the trial finished. Thereby suggesting long lasting benefits. (2)

But of course the research didn’t end there. Just recently in 2020, another study found that lavender ensured a deeper night’s sleep, by helping the participants to fall asleep in the first place. Plus, it appeared to help them with getting back to sleep, if awoken during the night. So they concluded that it enhanced the overall sleep quality. It was also noted that the frequency of awakening during the night decreased over time too. Alongside testing the participants sleep patterns, they also regularly checked their vital signs, throughout the study.  And they found that lavender had no noticeable effect on vital signs, suggesting its safety as a sleep aid. (3)

This result was backed up by a study in the same year which concluded that the inhalation of lavender essential oil by diabetic patients, showed an improvement in both sleep and mood. As the participants experienced better quality and quantity of sleep, which in turn improved their mood and quality of life. (4)  This is very encouraging and supports what we feel we already knew about lavender from historic use.

And lastly with regards to sleep, this study (5) may help us to understand why lavender makes us sleepy. The researchers measured the heart rate of the participants and found that the inhalation of lavender led to a decrease in heart rate. This suggests that the oil has a calming effect on the body as a whole, which would help with drifting off to sleep.

But what else can lavender be used for.  As we have already seen, lavender can have a calming effect on both the body and mind and can help to improve mood. So let’s look at little closer at the evidence for this.


A study in 2001 (6) showed that Lavender had an anxiolytic effect on dialysis inpatients.  The hospital patients reported reduced anxiety after being exposed to lavender oil twice a day for the duration of a week.

And a further study in 2005 (7) indicated that the aroma of lavender in a dentists waiting room could reduce the anxiety of patients awaiting dental treatment.

So all in all, it does seem fairly conclusive. Lavender really can help to calm the mind and body, helping with mild to moderate sleep issues and reducing anxiety too.

If you’d like to try out the benefits of lavender essential oil out for yourself,  have a look at our Lavender essential oil room mist and other lavender products.

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Aromatherapy & the mind: My top 10 essential oils for stress

AROMATHERAPY & THE MIND:  My top 10 essential oils for stress

As we go about our daily lives, we experience many different emotions.   Some good, such as excitement, happiness, love, serenity and hope.  And some not so good, like sadness, grief, irritation, stress and anger.  It’s perfectly normal for us to have these feelings, even the negative ones.  As they are important for our survival and help us to deal with difficult situations.  However, sometimes we may find ourselves becoming overwhelmed by these emotions and that’s when they become a problem.  Chronic stress, anxiety, tension and depression can all eventually lead to bad health.  So it makes sense to nip them in bud as soon as possible.

Aromatherapy is a great way to do this.  It’s not only relatively safe but it’s a very pleasant way to deal with unpleasant situations.

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant chemicals. And just a few drops of the oils can have powerful mood altering effects.

When we inhale the scent of essential oils, the aroma is carried directly to the brain.  In particular,  to an area known as the Limbic system.  The part of our brain which effects emotions.  This results in the release of various neurochemicals and hormones.

The oils all have different qualities and benefits, so here is a quick summary of some of my favourite mood enhancing oils:



Rose absolute is extracted from rose petals and has a floral aroma, that is both soothing and calming for the nerves. It has an uplifting quality which makes it great  for depression and grief.  In fact, one particular study found it be particularly useful in the management of postnatal depression.


Also extracted from flowers, the floral aroma of lavender oil invokes a sense of calmness and relaxation.    It is mostly used for sleep issues and mental restlessness.  And can be particularly good for anxiety and general tension.


Frankincense oil is extracted from the resin of the Frankincense tree.  It has strong spiritual connections, having been used in religious ceremonies worldwide.  And it’s reputed to aid meditation, focus the mind and invoke a feeling of peace and calmness.  Also great for anxiety and stress.


Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the bergamot fruit and has a sweet smelling citrusy aroma.  It has been found to exert a relaxing effect on the central nervous system, making it useful for stress, anxiety and depression.  It’s also uplifting and energizing.


Geranium essential oil, is extracted from the stems and leaves of the plant.  It has a pleasantly uplifting aroma and is said to brighten the mood, lift depression and reduce stress.  A recent study also concluded, that it may be beneficial for neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimers.


Chamomile has a calming, mild sedative effect on the mind  and is ideal for feeling of panic, anxiety and stress.  It is a general relaxant and particularly useful for stress conditions related to the gut.


Cedarwood also has sedative properties, so it can be helpful for sleep issues.  It calms and soothes the mind and is great for generalised anxiety and stress. It is also claimed to calm anger and irritation.


Jasmine invokes a feeling of happiness, which can lift the mood and help depression.  It boosts serotonin, the happy hormone and can help you to relax and prepare for a good nights sleep.


Ylang Ylang also has a pleasant, floral aroma, which is both soothing and slightly sedating.   It helps with depression  and sadness by lifting the mood and also lowers stress levels.


Like many of the citrus oils, Sweet Orange has an uplifting, cheering quality.  It can evoke happy feelings, so it’s great for both anger and depression and for whenever you need to give your mood a boost.


So the next time you find yourself overwhelmed by negative emotions. Consider reaching for one of the above essential oils, to restore calm to your day.


If you’d like to try out some of these aromatherapy oils for yourself, why not start with a long relaxing soak in one of our Bath Soaks

or maybe fill your home with the uplifting aromas of our Aromatherapy Room mists



Conrad P, et al. The effects of clinical aromatherapy for anxiety and depression in the high-risk postpartum woman – a pilot study. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2012 Aug;18(3):164-8.





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The benefits of Himalayan salt baths

The benefits of Himalayan Salt Baths

Salty baths aren’t exactly a new discovery.  In fact the benefits of using salts in bath form, have been recognised as far back in history as (460 -370 BC).   An ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, noted that mineral salts were useful, for healing infection and reducing pain.  Then later, in the 16th Century, another physician Paracelsus, recommended regular soaks in saline baths, as part of a healing treatment.   So how do they work?




Perhaps the most obvious benefit of a salty bath, is relaxation. Bathing allows a time for stillness and calm, so it can be great for relieving stress and muscle tension.  Many people find that bathing before bed, can help with sleep.  This has been recently backed up with evidence.   Research has found that relaxing in a warm bath before bed can help to raise the body temperature and assists with the relaxation effect.

Mineral Absorption

Bath salts are packed full of natural minerals, 84 in total. Including magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, iodine, manganese, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and sodium, to name but a few.  These minerals are absorbed directly into the body via the skin.

Reduces inflammation

Research has shown that regular salt baths can be beneficial for arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.  This is due to the salts having a dehydration effect, on the joint tissues, leading to reduced swelling. This process effectively helps to regulate the fluid levels within the body and keep joint supple and flexible.


Our Himalayan bath salts

We use Himalayan salts in our bath soaks and teas.  Partly because of the distinctive colour.  But also because they are considered the purest salts, due to the lack of pollution in the area in which they are mined.  Himalayan salts are mined from a salt mine at the foot of the Himalayan mountains and are an orangey, pink colour due to the high iron content.

Our salt blends are enriched with Extra Virgin Coconut oil to moisturise the skin and a selection of aromatic botanicals and essential oils to further relax and detox.  You can find the full range here


The best way to take a Himalayan salt bath is to keep the water around body temperature and soak for approximately 20 – 30 minutes.  Then after bathing, rest for 30 minutes or so.






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Stress awareness: 5 tried & tested ways to tackle stress

April is Stress Awareness month, so I thought we could take this opportunity to look at what can be done to help combat stress.

streamWe all experience stress at some point in our life and some would argue that a little stress is necessary, in order to get things done.  However, left unchecked stress can very debilitating.  In fact, long term chronic stress, can lead to major problems with health and well-being.  So it’s important to have strategies in place, to help you to reduce your stress levels and thereby prevent it from affecting your health.

So here are my top 5 tips for lowering stress:

  • Embrace nature. Get outside, go for walks and breathe the pure, fresh air.    Connecting with nature is a great way to clear your head and completely disconnect yourself from the stresses of your day to day life.  So, even if it’s only for a few hours every week, set aside some time to get out there and explore the natural world and all it has to offer.


  • Exercise. Exercise gets the blood moving and increases the production of those feel good endorphins, making it great for stress relief.  Whether you go to the gym, swimming, running or attend a class, it can really make a difference.  Ideally you want to be doing a minimum of 20 minutes exercise a day. 20160226_135846


  • Relaxation.  Whether it’s a relaxing bath, a soothing massage or a regular meditative practice, relaxation is most beneficial when done regularly.  Just taking 10 – 20 minutes out of every day, to completely immerse yourself in a relaxing activity can work wonders. We have some relaxing bath soaks  here which you could try to help you relax.


  • Sleep. Are you getting enough sleep?  If you’re not getting enough good quality sleep, that could actually be contributing to your stress.  Try some natural ways of improving your sleep.  Maybe some deep breathing exercises, whilst laid in bed or a progressive muscular relaxation to release tension from your muscles.   Lavender is also great for promoting sleep, so check out our lavender sleep pillows here




  • Essential oils.  There are many essential oils which can help to relieve stress but my favourites are: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Chamomile, Frankincense and Bergamot.  For more info on how to use essential oils, you can find my last blog post here, which is all about essential oils and how to use them.


Whilst we can’t make stress magically disappear, we can change how we allow it to affect us.  So for Stress Awareness month, take this opportunity to make a change to your own lifestyle.  Try to adopt some of the tips above and see if you notice a change.

Or perhaps you have some tips share?  What do you like to do to relieve stress?






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Essential Oils – What they are and how to use them

ESSENTIAL OILS – What they are and how to use them


20170316_131356Over 20 years ago I received a gift.  A gift which I think it’s fair to say, changed the course of my life.  It was an essential oils starter kit, together with the book “Practical Aromatherapy” by Shirley Price.  I had no idea back then, that 20 years later I would actually be an Aromatherapist, producing my own range of Aromatherapy products.  In fact, a lot has changed since then, both with me and with the world around me.  Yet despite that, sometimes when I smell Ylang Ylang, I am reminded of that exact time 20 years ago, when I opened my first ever bottle of Ylang Ylang essential oil.  No doubt you’ve experienced something similar, when a familiar smell, evoked past memories and instantly took your mind back to that time and place.

Scent memory is perhaps one of the strongest feelings we experience.  And no matter how many years have passed, often the feeling associated with the smell can be just as strong.  This incredible process is controlled by the Limbic system.  The part of the brain responsible for emotions and memories and it’s one of reasons why essential oils can be so beneficial.  When we smell an essential oil, the scent is picked up by the neurons in the olfactory centre and transported to the brain. The brain then stimulates the release of hormones and neurotransmitters into the bloodstream. This can lead to a number of effects, such as happiness, stimulation, relaxation, calmness or other mood changes.  In fact, such is the power of these aromatic oils that, they are being used for their healing properties all around the world.

I still have that book and refer to it often, although admittedly it is well thumbed now.  And over the years my essential oil collection has grown from those 8 mini bottles that I first started out with, to a collection of over 50 different essential oils, all amazing and all different.



Essential oils are not actually oils at all, at least not in the way we think of oils.  They don’t have the same greasy feel as oil, but they have been classified as oils because they’re not water soluble.  They are extracted from aromatic plant parts, including flowers, herbs, trees and fruit, using either cold pressing or steam distillation techniques.

Some plants contain lots of essential oil (e.g. citrus fruits), whilst in others the yield is fairly small in comparison and so the price of essential oils can vary greatly.

The oils are categorised into either TOP, MIDDLE or BASE notes and a well – rounded aromatherapy blend would consist of oils from each note. oils

TOP NOTES are generally light and stimulating. They are usually the first note you will detect in a blend.  Citrus oils can be found in this category.

MIDDLE NOTES are considered balancing and are usually floral or leafy.

BASE NOTES are usually woody, earthy or resinous and have a deeper, longer lasting aroma.

Essential oils are susceptible to heat, light and oxygen so they need to be stored in a cool, dark place, preferable in dark glass and always tightly sealed.  If left out in the open air they will evaporate over time.  They should never be stored in plastic containers as they are so strong that they will penetrate the plastic container.  Which will eventually lead to degradation of the plastic and possible contamination.  We use glass containers where possible for our aromatherapy products to ensure that this isn’t a problem.



Essential oils are versatile and can used in a number of ways.  They enter the body / bloodstream either through inhalation or through skin absorption or both together of course.  Here are a few of usual ways in which they are used: 20170305_150210

INHALATION – whether in a diffuser / oil burner, scented candle, room spray / spritzer, sachet or directly with an aromatherapy inhaler. This is a great way to surround yourself with your favourite aromas.

MASSAGE / SKIN APPLICATION –  diluted essential oils can be used to enhance a massage treatment.   Or they can be added to a salve, balm, cream or oil, specifically to apply to problem areas.

BATHS – this method works in a similar way to the skin application, as the oil is absorbed through the skin, whilst also be inhaled.

Essential oils should always be diluted before applying to the skin.  In fact, even when used in the bath the oils need to be blended with a carrier oil first.  Oil and water do not mix, so the oil will sit on top of the water rather than dispersing.  So to avoid neat essential oil coming into contact with the skin, you will need to dilute it first.

When diluting essential oil in a carrier oil, a good ratio to use is 12 drops of essential oil to 25ml carrier, although this would need to be reduced for children, the elderly or vulnerable individuals.

Which leads us to…



20160705_093845Essential oils are made up of phytochemicals, some of which you may have heard of such as menthol, which is present in peppermint.  Chemicals are not exclusive to synthetic items, they are all around us in nature (think back to your school science classes and the periodic table).  All living things are made up of chemicals and so are plants and some of these chemicals are very potent, in fact too potent.

For this reason, it is also important to consider the safety of a particular oil before using it and also the dosage. Some plants are simply too toxic to be used in aromatherapy at all (e.g. camphor, pennyroyal, wintergreen).  And others which may generally be safe to use for most, may cause problems with certain medical conditions or medication (e.g. rosemary).   This is why it is important to either ask the advice of a trained Aromatherapist or do your research before embarking on the use of essential oils.

Another important thing to remember is that essential oils are highly concentrated.  One drop packs a mighty punch, so they should be used sparingly.  In fact in many cases, with regard to essential oils, less really is more, not just in terms of safety but in scent terms too.

And never ingest the oil.  Some sources claim that essential oils can be added to food & drinks to enhance the body. But due to the risk of damage to the mucous membranes of the gut, it is safer to refrain from such practice.

And as you would with any medication, keep out of reach of children and pets.


When formulating my products, I take great care to ensure that they are completely safe.  Using correct dosages, safe and non-phototoxic oils, so that they can be enjoyed by all with no risks.  However, if you have a condition you should always check the ingredients, to ensure that the product is the right one for you.  And in the case of home fragrancing products, also take into consideration the people around you.  Is the essential oil right for them too. That said however, essential oils can be a valuable addition to any household for health and wellbeing, provided they are used responsibly and safely.




Limbic system info

PRICE.S. (1993) Practical Aromatherapy Harper Collins

TISSERAND. R. (1989) The Art of Aromatherapy The CWDaniel Co Ltd







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How Roses became the language of love

2337190327_ab4aa315-1e32-4ee7-b556-ef3c8ccdb889Roses are synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Particularly red roses, but have you ever wondered why that is? What is it about Roses that makes people think of love, passion and romance.  To find out, we have to delve into myth and legend. So let’s go all the way back to Greek mythology.

According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite the Greek Goddess of love, rose from the foam of the sea. And as she did so, the sea-foam fell to ground, where it transformed into white roses, which grew all around her.  Then sometime later, she was said to be running to the aid of her lover Adonis, when she caught her leg on the thorns of the rose bushes and the blood from her wounds turned the roses red.  This myth was carried through into Roman mythology years later, although the name of the Goddess of love was changed to Venus.  Venus’s son, Cupid – the Roman God of desire, also had a connection with Roses. As it was said that he dropped nectar as he flew by, which would transform into roses upon hitting the ground.  Meanwhile in Ancient Egypt Cleopatra would fill a room with a foot deep layer of rose petals, before her visits from Mark Anthony.  So bearing all that in mind, it’s easy to see where the connection of roses with romance came from. But to discover how they became a Valentines gift, we perhaps need to look to Victorian times.


‘The Language of Flowers’

The language of flowers, also known as ‘Floriography’, was an old Victorian tradition which involved the use of flowers to send secretive messages to a lover or someone you admired.  Of course Roses weren’t the only flowers which could convey meaning but due to the links to the Goddesses of love in mythology, the rose became the obvious choice for sending messages of love.  The colour of the rose, also has meaning, as does the amount of roses one sends.  If you send 12 red roses, you are sending the message “I love you”, loud and clear to the recipient.  Below is a list of Roses and the meanings, according to colour:

2337190327_a77e4994-7594-40f8-9526-36c0d9d04284Red roses symbolise deep love, longing or devotion.

Pink roses are considered more gentle and can convey endless love.

White roses symbolise a sacred love or a love that is eternal.

Orange roses suggest passion and desire.

Violet roses can convey adoration.

Lavender roses signify love at first sight.


The scent of the Rose

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
-William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) 2337190327_4a0fa08c-0026-4ac0-9b87-38eeccd26aa1

As beautiful and diverse as the rose is in appearance, it’s main attraction to most is the aroma.  The scent of the rose can vary too, depending on the type of rose, soil pH, time of day or year, and water and humidity levels.  Therefore, when people are asked to describe the scent of a rose, answers can vary from fruity, floral, musky to spicy.

The scent of the rose comes from it’s delicate petals and it takes approximately 20,000 roses to produce one 10ml bottle of Rose Absolute.  That’s a lot of roses!  So as you can imagine it’s quite an expensive oil and as a result is considered a real luxury!

Rose oil is very beneficial and can help to relieve stress and anxiety, lift the mood and reduce symptoms of depression.  It’s also useful for skin, due to it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  If you would like to see our Rose inspired creations you can visit our Rose Collection page here


Boskabady et al – Pharmalogical effects of Rosa Damanscena –Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2011 Jul-Aug; 14(4): 295–307.

Hongratanaworakit T – Relaxing effect of rose oil on humans Nat Prod Commun. 2009 Feb;4(2):291-6








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Oil Cleansing Method

The biggest lifestyle change for me this past year, has been the way in which I care for my skin.  I have always looked after my skin as much as I could and never really had any problems.  But on entering my 40’s (I’m 46 now), I began to develop issues such as tightness, irritation, redness and acne. And despite my best efforts, it just kept getting worse.  Then at the beginning of 2016, I stumbled across a facial cleansing method that had been under my nose the whole time.  20160517_133345As a massage therapist, I have lots of amazing natural oils at my disposal and I am aware of the many benefits that these oils have on the skin. But I had never tried them on my face before, at least not in this way.  Yes it’s true that I have used them on my clients faces plenty of times, as part of a massage treatment. But until around a year ago, I had never actually heard of the Oil Cleansing Method.  At first I was skeptical.  After all, I had developed spots and spots are often a sign of oiliness.  But it would seem that wasn’t the case.  After just one day of using my chosen blend of oils, my skin was already feeling more nourished. More nourished than it had felt in a long time. So I persevered.  After 2 weeks of this method I didn’t need any further convincing.   The spots and the redness had reduced noticeably and my skin just felt so much better, less tight, less sensitive and generally more nourished.  The oils I chose for my Cleansing Oil blend are Avocado, Sunflower & Castor oil and here’s why:

Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin E and it’s highly moisturising and soothing. So it’s great for dry, chapped, sensitive skin.  It penetrates deep into the skin to keep it soft and hydrated. And it has anti-aging properties and protects the skin from free radical damage.

Sunflower oil is high in essential fatty acids, in particular Linoleic acid which has been found to decrease inflammation in the skin and enhance skin cell renewal.   It is also rich in Vitamin E, so has that same anti-aging activity, as avocado, helping to nourish the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Castor oil is also skin soothing and moisturising but it is one of the most cleansing oils and has been said to help smooth the skin.  It is particularly useful for acne and skin blemishes.

So as you can see, it’s a simple, natural formula, with absolutely no harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients. 20170105_091005

So how do you use it?  Well it’s so gentle and effective that it can be used to remove make up, including eye make-up and general skin impurities but that’s not all! Because it has such good slip qualities, you can give yourself a reviving, toning facial massage whilst you cleanse.  So start by securing back the hair. Pour a small amount into the palm of your hands, then evenly spread the oil over the face.  Using small circular movements work upwards from the neck, along the jawline and cheeks, gently round the eyes and across the forehead.  Then when your massage is complete, get a warm wet (and most importantly clean) facecloth and wipe in an upwards motion, to remove the oil. This can be repeated if you wish but I personally like to leave a bit of oily residue to moisturise the skin.

If you would to try my Cleansing oil for yourself you can find it here.

I’m aware that everyone is different and that while this method worked for me, it may not be suitable for everyone, especially if your skin is very oily already.  However, if you have aging dry, irritated, or sensitive skin, you may just find it works well for you too.

Let me know how you get on in the comments or if you’ve had any experiences with oil cleansing yourself I’d love to hear them.



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New Year, New You, New Blog

20160711_1250431Hello everyone and welcome to Wildflower Aromatic’s blog page, where you can expect to find info on all things natural, healthy and aromatic.




ABOUT ME 25653_423640441368_2331322_n

My name is Stephanie Cahill-Jackson.  I’m a Complementary Therapist based in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, with over 20 years experience in Aromatherapy, Massage and Herbalism.  In 2014 I started Wildflower Aromatics, a range of aromatic and natural home, bath & body products.