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Now that winter is in full swing it is not uncommon to find ourselves wanting to stay in bed that little bit longer to keep snug and warm. I must admit, I find it much easier to get out of bed on a bright summers morning than it is when it’s cold, dark and raining outside. And on top of all that, the colder weather brings with it the misery of blocked noses, cold feet, aching joints – and summer seems so very, very far away . . .
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Article by Sue Charles | Mind and Body | Tags: , , | Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 - 8:16

Peppermint essential oil is derived from the leaves of Mentha piperita, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family. The genus Mentha comprises of over 20 individual species with a diversity of varieties and chemotypes, most of which have aromatic foliage. However, only the essential oil extracted from Mentha piperita and Mentha arvensis (Cornmint), has the sharp, crisp and familiar aroma we associate with the term ‘peppermint’. Read more…

Cypress is the common name given to several genera of evergreen, aromatic trees and shrubs belonging to the coniferous family of Cupressaceae, but only the species found within the genus Cupressus are considered to be true cypress by botanists. The cypress essential oil used in aromatherapy is obtained exclusively from the species Cupressus sempervirens, although it is not uncommon to find inexperienced oil suppliers offering incorrectly labelled cypress oil derived from other species, since several trees in the Cupressaceae family yield an essential oil. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 - 4:36

Although there are several different types of eucalyptus oils available on the market, Eucalyptus radiata essential oil is often the most popular choice for aromatherapists who generally prefer its aroma to that of Eucalyptus globulus. Although the difference is quite subtle, the softer fragrance of the radiata variety can be easily distinguished by most people.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , | Sunday, July 14th, 2013 - 1:16