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Natural hand sanitiser recipe:

It is not often that we recommend mixing alcohol into natural remedies as it is drying to the skin, but it is necessary in this case.

You can make this hand sanitiser up in one of our 100ml blue glass bottles with an atomiser top - both available in our 'hands on' section of the website. This natural recipe will help kill bacteria & stop germs from spreading whilst on the move, but remember washing your hands with soap & water is always the best choice. This is intended for times inbetween hand washing whilst out & about:

- 80ml rubbing alcohol

- 20ml glycerin

- 5 drops each of white thyme, rosemay, tea tree & lavender oil

Fill your bottle first with the alcohol & glycerin, then add your drops of essential oil. Secure the lid, shake well before use & spray as needed.

Our top essential oils for staying healthy

Many essential oils actively support the immune system when used on a daily basis & provide a natural form of protection against infections. This is because they possess a wide range of powerful bactericidal & anticeptic properties, making them versatile tools at all times. As the old folk-lore saying goes, 'prevention is better than cure'.

Here's our top oils to help keep you healthy over this period. Use any in combination with each other in your diffuser, in home cleaning blends & when making up your own natural hand sanitiser spray:

tea tree, lemon eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon leaf, white thyme, balsam of peru, clove bud, ginger, orange, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, sage, lemon myrtle & ravensara.

To learn about how effective essential oils can be against warding off unwanted airborne bacteria, read how the famous 'four thieves' blend came about when the black plague hit England in the 14th Century.

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The immune response is orchestrated by three distinct groups of cells, the phagocytes, the ‘T’ cells and the ‘B’ cells. These all originate from white blood cells in the bone marrow and serve to protect the body from infection. If this defensive barrier is damaged for some reason, the body becomes more vulnerable to invasion from all sorts of pathogenic organisms. The immune system is supported by and closely related to other body functions including the lymphatic and nervous systems. Recent research tends to suggest that emotional and psychological factors play a vital role in the efficiency of the immune response and this may help to account for the fact that viral infections and suppressed immune systems are becoming an increasing problem today.

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We all want to start 2020 with an upbeat attitude! Central to being healthy is following a nutritious diet, maintaining a positive state of mind and getting enough exercise. But keeping fit is not just about increasing the number of steps we take each day or taking up a sport: it is also about looking at our daily routines and making sure that we engage in things we enjoy … otherwise our new regimes will soon fall by the wayside. Hiking in nature, wild swimming and getting involved in local sustainable, eco projects are all good ways of getting out and about, without it costing the earth in terms of monthly fees.

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Myrrh: Myth & Medicine

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019

‘A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits: camphire and spikenard, saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes with all the chief spices.’

The scented garden as described in the Bible in
 the ‘Song of Solomon’ depicts a vision of paradise and provides a model for the development of the medieval, sacred garden. More importantly in botanical terms, was the fact
 that the medicinal plants grown in these temple gardens formed the earliest-known basis for the ‘botanic garden’ where the essential ingredients for early aromatic remedies were cultivated.

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important issue for any reputable company
trading in aromatics.

- Julia Lawless

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