natural perfume interview julie nelson

Natural Perfume and Menopause- Julie Nelson – “Our sense of smell is our most powerful sense and has a direct link to the limbic brain, once known as the smell brain or survival brain. When we inhale a scent that we resonate with we are immediately emotionally uplifted. We experience a shift in mindset, moods … Read more

What does MSM do for hair, nails and skin?


Greece’s famous philosophers, such as Hippocrates and Plato, and Rome’s Galen studied the effects of hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is simply, bathing in thermal waters rich in sulphur and minerals. It worked remarkably on many dis-eases, many of which were caused by inflammation. Things like like leaky gut syndrome, ME, damaged joints, arthritis, osteoporosis and psoriasis. What … Read more

Precious metals for rejuvenation – Colloidal Gold

colloidal gold skincare

When I think of gold, King Tut’s beautiful  mask comes to mind. Au, so beautiful. Humans have been mesmerized by the lustre and colour of gold for thousands of years.  Gold flakes were found in Palaeolithic caves dating back as far as 40,000 B.C and the Pyramids of Giza were topped with solid gold capstones. … Read more

Pearl powder

pearl powder

Jackie O said, ‘Pearls are always appropriate’. Lady Sarah Churchill said she felt undressed without them. Grace Kelly called them the ‘queen of gems and the gem of queens’. Cleopatra loved them, your granny probably wore a necklace of them to her wedding and now they’re available in modern cosmetics. This isn’t just some modern … Read more

Shea Butter for skin


Shea butter  is such an interesting ingredient.   Although it is grown in sunny Africa, it’s one of the best things for your skin during winter if you live someplace snowy with extreme low temperatures and wind, someplace like Canada.  Make no sense. Why would an ingredient from a country that never snows (Ghana) work … Read more

Pomegranate seed oil – more powerful than green tea and red wine

pomegranate for skin

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) Pomegranates have been symbols of prosperity, fertility and abundance since antiquity.  Leonardo da Vinci painted them. They appear in Greek mythology and as decorations in King Solomon’s Temple. Queen Hatshepsut even buried her butler with one. Pomegranates make a yellow dye that has been used for Persian carpets and Moroccan leather.  And … Read more

4 Natural alternatives to Retinol you should use

natural retinol alternatives

What is retinol? Retinol is a synthetic form of Vitamin A touted by dermatologists for its anti-ageing power. It’s used to reduce wrinkles, zits and hyperpigmentation by rapidly increases cell turnover. This leads to thinning of  the upper layers of skin, leading to dryness, redness, flaking, peeling as well as increased light sensitivity. This is … Read more

Natural remedies for Psoriasis

natural remedies psoriasis

Psoriasis Psoriasis is estimated to affect about a million people in the UK.  Aromatherapists, by the very nature of their profession, encounter skin issues on a daily basis.  Like most skin conditions, there tends to be no quick easy cure, as the skin condition is a reflection of deeper internal issues that need to be … Read more

Natural remedies for Eczema

natural remedies for eczema

Natural remedies for Eczema (Dermatitis)   Eczema is a problem for 10% of the population.  The name is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘to boil’. What an apt description of a skin rash which is inflamed, red, itchy and possibly weeping and scabbed.  Many opt for  corticosteroid creams which promise short term relief, but … Read more

Menopause and back pain

menopause and back pain

Another little-spoken-about aspect of menopause is back pain. And now that working from home is a Thing, I’m guessing back pain is going to be on the increase. Back pain is horrible. It makes simple things like loading the dishwasher or putting on socks an agony. And it’s a real damper on mood. The good … Read more