The Beautiful Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil

Attention, nature-loving babes! Here’s everything you need to know about the healing beauty of chamomile essential oil.

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Chamomile recutita, Matricaria chamomile, Matricaria recutita
  • FAMILY: Compositae
  • EXTRACTION: from the flowers and the plant
  • PROCESS: distillation
  • ORIGIN: Europe

Fab Fact: Chamomile’s curative effects have been widely known since the dawn of time. In Mesopotamia, it was called “the gift of the meadows.” In ancient Egypt, chamomile was revered for its virtues – so much so that it was consecrated to the Sun god, Horus. Continue reading The Beautiful Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil

Natural Mosquito Repellent Remedies

The warm languid days of summer have only one sting in them: pesky mosquitoes and other biting insects. We’d like to share some green solutions to stop them bugging you; natural mosquito repellents that won’t be harmful to your health, or the environment. These are great ways to keep pests away from your camp site, hiking expedition or even your home.

Why Go the Natural Route?

Conventional bug sprays contain DEET (N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide), a harsh chemical with the potential to cause health and environmental problems. Topical mosquito repellents are typically also made with synthetic ingredients that can irritate and inflame sensitive skin. Trying a natural option will help reduce your risk of bug bites, without air-polluting sprays or skin irritants.

Prevention is always the best place to start, so first, make sure there’s no standing water on your property. This water serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Mosquito nets over your bed and windows are also a safe bet, as they create a physical barrier between yourself and the pesky critters.

Plant Power to send Pests Packing

A mosquito’s sensory organs are designed to hone in on certain smells, namely carbon dioxide and lactic acid, which lead them to warm-blooded mammals they can feed on (humans included). While scents like these attract mozzies, there are other strong smells that they simply can’t stand to be around! Scent is a powerful natural anti-pest tool.

Fragrant plants like geranium, calendula, eucalyptus, lavender, basil and mint are all known to have natural mosquito repellent properties. They deter flies and other flying pests as well. Plant a few of these beauties on your terrace or windowsills, to keep pests out of your home. You can also place a eucalyptus branch across your windowsill, and keep some lavender flowers on your bedside table, to act as a deterrent.

Garlic and onions are good deterrents; keep some of these aromatic goodies on your windowsill, and include more of them in your diet, to ward off those little bloodsuckers.

Aromatic Oils to Banish Mozzies

Plant essential oils also have strong scents that will repel mosquitoes. The most effective are citronella, lemongrass, lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree. Use a few drops of oil in a diffuser, or light a stick of natural incense containing one of the oils. This is great for campsites and holiday homes as well.

Did you know? Mosquitoes are attracted to black and other dark colours. After sunset, when they start buzzing around, change into light-coloured clothing, and they’ll be less likely to bug you. You can also use a bit of perfume or deodorant to keep them away – it smells good to us, but not to them.

Even Pests have their Role to Play

Repelling is always better than killing. Mosquitoes might not be nice to have around, but did you know they play a key role in the pollination many different plants? This includes pollinating cocoa trees in South America – so essentially, mosquitoes help to keep us supplied with chocolate! Pretty crazy, right? So stick to a natural mosquito repellent if you value those precious sweet treats in your life babes!

Ren xx

Look Radiant with Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil has so much more to offer than its beautiful romantic scent. This flower oil is a dream come true for the skin, and a tonic for the mood.

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Rosa damascena
  • FAMILY: Rosaceae
  • EXTRACTION: from the flowers/ petals
  • PROCESS: steam distillation

There are more than 10,000 kinds of roses cultivated in the world, but only a few of these varieties are used to extract essential oils. A few examples include:

  • The robust Rosa Damascena, or Bulgarian rose, red and fragrant and cultivated in Bulgaria, Tunisia and Morocco;
  • The Cabbage rose, or May rose, of Persian origin, which is pale and sweet, now cultivated in France, Morocco and Algeria;
  • The Rosa Gallica, from Turkey, with its intense natural perfume.

Rosa Damascena is distilled in vapour steam, and yields one of the most precious rose essential oils in the world. The richness and complexity of this oil gives it a large variety of applications in aromatherapy.

Fab Fact: It takes up to 30 roses to create a single drop of essence, and five tons of petals are needed to produce just one pound!

Symbolism of the Rose

  • The petals are soft and velvety, a caress to the touch: the rose is softening.
  • The shape of the flower itself helps to retain rainwater: the rose is moisturising.
  • The petals are stratified to protect the centre of the flower from the weather: the rose is protective.
  • The stem is sturdy and well-defended by its thorns: the rose is strengthening.
  • The roots stretch to know the depths of the earth: the rose permeates the senses and touches the heart.

Beauty Benefits of Rose Essential Oil

  • Antibacterial, astringent (toning), calming, anti-inflammatory
  • Fights infections, irritations and dermatitis
  • Soothes rosacea, inflammation, redness and blemishes
  • Balances the skin, controls excess oil
  • Hydrates the skin, softens wrinkles and lines
  • Improves skin tone and texture

Emotional Effects of Rose Essential Oil

  • Balances emotions, provides comfort
  • Strongly associated with compassion, understanding and love
  • Removes trauma, resentment and negative or destructive feelings

Rose essential oil is a real feast for the soul, and the perfect way to pamper yourself!

Ren xx