Saturday, 19 October 2013
“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.” Don't you just love Keats's poem? I always think of it it when walking over the fields in Scarisbrick, inhaling the rich scents of Autumn, and watching the skeins of geese heading for Martin Mere. I started thinking of essential oils (never far from my mind), and wondered what would be the appropriate aromas for the season. Here are ten that sprung immediately to mind, listed in alphabetical order: Bay, Benzoin, Bois de Rose (Rosewood),Cardamon, Cedarwood, Clove bud, Ginger, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Sandalwood. What do you think? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
Monday, 17 June 2013
Friday, 22 March 2013
Here's a quote from the wonderful Julia Lawless on Angelica archangelica 'It strengthens the heart, stimulates the circulation and the immune system in general. It has been used for centuries in Europe for bronchial ailments, colds, coughs, indigestion, wind and to stimulate the appetite. As a urinary antiseptic it is helpful in cystisis, and is also used for rheumatic inflammation.' As if that wasn't enough, this amazing oil smells nice too. It finds its way into soaps, perfumes, colognes, and is even used as a flavouring agent in food and alcoholic drinks, especially (hic) liqueurs. Cheers! Organic Angelica Seed oil is the latest addition to our range. Why not give it a try?
Monday, 28 January 2013
I don't know about you, but the smell of spearmint always takes me back to childhood days, and the trayful of confectionery, in strident colours, containing a multitude of fodder for browsing schoolchildren. Cavity-inducing chews, often pink, as I recall, gobstoppers and gum were there in proliferation, and the odour of spearmint was predominant in this symphony of smells. Spearmint (mentha spicata) was used by the ancient Greeks as a restorative and to scent their bathwater, according to Julia Lawless in her Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Julia goes on to say that this oil can be used in skin care, to relieve catarrhal conditions, aid digestion and to calm the nervous system. So there you go - it's not all chewing gum and toothpaste.