Lavender: the multi-purpose essential oil

Franz Eugen Koehler - Lavender Botanical ChartLavender oil is best known for its calming and relaxing effect. Although it does a brilliant job at helping us relax and unwind (and even reduce anxiety if we are inclined to fidget), it’s somewhat short-changing this amazing oil not to mention its other powers.

The benefits of lavender are many and include analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic and decongestant properties (amongst others) – it is truly an all-purpose oil that should be a staple in every home. It can be used for pain relief, to treat small burns and insect bites, it works a charm as a mosquito repellent, it’s especially wonderful as a treatment for dry, sensitive or oily skin, it can soothe bronchial cough and improve sleep quality. Not bad!

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The Story of Sandalwood

Sandalwood is one of the world’s most widely used essential oils. From fragrance in perfumes or body products to religious ceremonies, to incense and in traditional Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine, sandalwood’s deep earthy scent is an old favourite of ours, with many skin and health benefits.

Sandalwood has been a part of religious and traditional medicine for thousands of years. Sandalwood essential oil is rare and precious due to its lengthy and difficult production. It takes at least 30 years for a sandalwood tree to reach maturity. Through steam distillation, the mature roots produce a thick light yellow or brownish liquid with the familiar sweet woody and rich smell.

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