It is almost holiday time which brings to memory delicious smells coming from the kitchen: cinnamon cookies, spicy citrus syrup oozing out of fruit cakes. Then there is the smell of real pine trees in local garden nurseries as they replant into pots ready for the Christmas season. To get you into the Holiday mood, … Continue reading A Fragrant Holiday Journey…
What does Synergy mean? It is the interaction, or cooperation, of two or more organizations, substances or other agents. How does the word Synergy apply to essential oils? By mixing together two or more essential oils a chemical compound is created that is different or greater than any of the component parts. These synergistic blends … Continue reading Synergy oils…physical and emotional relief…and they smell good too…
We are living in times that are extremely stressful. We seem to be inundated with wave after wave of bad news, with no relief in sight. Financial strain, out of control violence, family pressures, work pressures...bad news wherever we look. With all this bad news, how can we possibly find any good in this imploding/exploding … Continue reading Stress…Our lives seem filled with it…How do we cope?
There are so many herbs and essential oils that contain immune boosting chemicals. Here are just a few that we would like to mention this week. Colds and Flu (Loose leafed dried herbs) A combination of herbs that promotes relief from many symptoms of a cold or flu. It contains Yarrow, Mint, Gotu Kola, Thyme, … Continue reading Do you want to avoid antibiotics this winter?…Would you prefer to strengthen your immune system?
This past weekend we did an exhibition on Sustainable Living which included a lot of talking and interacting with many people. On Monday I started with a headache and by Tuesday my voice was scratchy and sore. By Wednesday I had no voice and was feeling lethargic and off colour. I had started taking extra … Continue reading The Power of Natural Products When Plagued with Laryngitis
This time of year is very stressful for learners-no matter what your age. At the Sustainable Living Exhibition this weekend, we had a number of learners come and ask us what we would suggest to help them to relax in order to study (Matric Trials are being written at the moment). There are also older … Continue reading Exams…Stress…Anxiety…Where can you find natural help?
In our modern world, we are under the false belief that there is one solution for all our problems. One medicine for a disease, one way to eat, and one set of practises to keep us healthy. We have also lived, for many years under the false belief that Western medicine is the superior, infallible … Continue reading The Role of Herbs in Our Modern Society
Something I did know was that the hypothalamus is in the brain. I did Biology at school, but there's things I remembered and things I conveniently forgot. Something I remember in painful detail: OSMOSIS. Why? Because it was repeated for three years in a row. Things that weren't dealt within as much detail was the … Continue reading The Hypothalamus…Things I learnt about it while recuperating…
Synthetic scents or “fragrances” represent an unidentified mixture of ingredients including carcinogens (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.), allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals (Neurotoxicity is toxicity in the nervous system. It occurs when exposure to natural or artificial toxic substances, which are called neurotoxins, alters the normal activity of the … Continue reading It’s just a room spray…It doesn’t matter if it has synthetic scents in it…What harm can it do?
Pure Essential Oils, Natural oils and Parfums In the first of this Trilogy of the Nose Knows Things, we looked at the benefits of inhaling pure essential oils. In the second we spoke of the various ways in which we can diffuse oils in order to release their healing scent. In this, the third blog, … Continue reading Our Nose Knows Things…Smelling Our Way to Well-Being…(3)