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Synergy oils…physical and emotional relief…and they smell good too…

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…

Rue…Ruta Graveolens…a herb to use with caution…

Rue is also known as: Jackman’s Blue; Bashoush; German Rue; Herb of Grace; Herbygrass; Hreow; Mother of the Herbs; Rewe; Ruta; Ave-grace This plant has an impressive history. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo both claimed that, owing to Rue’s metaphysical powers, their eyesight and creative inner vision had been improved. Branches of rue were used … Continue reading Rue…Ruta Graveolens…a herb to use with caution…

Preventing Pesky Creatures From Feasting On You and Your Loved Ones…

Christmas and New Year are over and Summer in South Africa is in full, scorching swing. The humidity of Durban encourages our blood sucking creatures to come out and dine. So, what to do...? What to do...? Citronella is an excellent essential oil for deterring insects such as flies and mosquitoes, as is Lemongrass. These … Continue reading Preventing Pesky Creatures From Feasting On You and Your Loved Ones…

Distilling essential oils…An inspiring journey…(Part 1)

On Monday, 1 October, the partners of EHP were invited to visit a local farmer to see how essential oils come into being. We were allowed to take photos and we would like to share this inspiring story with you. It gave us a lot more respect for the plants which give up their lives … Continue reading Distilling essential oils…An inspiring journey…(Part 1)

We have a new 100% pure essential oil… Lemon Tea Tree (Leptospermum petersonii)…

Grown and distilled in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Lemon Tea Tree (Leptospermum petersonii) oil is chemically very different from the Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil. It has high contents of citral, citronellal and geraniol. This oil has significant anti-infectious qualities and is anti-fungal and anti-viral. Unlike Melaleuca alternifolia, it is not advisable to put this oil … Continue reading We have a new 100% pure essential oil… Lemon Tea Tree (Leptospermum petersonii)…

A natural first aid kit filled with herbs and oils…

With the following herbs and essential oils, you should be able to treat many common conditions in the home and when travelling. 1. Valerian tincture: The sedative properties of valerian make it useful for relieving anxiety, insomnia and tension; it may also provide mild pain relief. 2. Eucalyptus essential oil: A potent antibiotic and antiviral, … Continue reading A natural first aid kit filled with herbs and oils…

Tea Tree and Thyme complete the basic care kit…

Tea Tree: This a strong antiseptic oil which is non-poisonous to humans.It also has strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is very useful for a range of conditions from ringworm to athlete's foot.     Thyme: This oil has anti-viral, antibiotic and antiseptic properties and must be used with great care. Over-use of this oil can … Continue reading Tea Tree and Thyme complete the basic care kit…

10 essential oils every home should have…Why?…Here are the first three…

Cape Chamomile: Physical: anti-inflammatory and soothing, so it helps with eruptions on the skin in the forms of boils, abcesses, infected cuts and wounds, insect bites, acne, eczema etc. A child’s rememdy: Helpful for nappy rash, ear and toothache, swollen gums, sore throat and general irritability. Aids with sleeping. Clove: anti-bacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. a good … Continue reading 10 essential oils every home should have…Why?…Here are the first three…