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The power of aromatherapy - curated without compromise

Aromatherapy: Scent with Intent

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils to improve health and wellbeing. Essential oils are concentrated liquids containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Of utmost importance in authentic aromatherapy is the quality of the products. Synthetic chemicals have no place in authentic aromatherapy, as they disrupt the innate therapeutic healing properties of the plant compounds.

Amongst other things, aromatherapy can be used to address the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Menopausal problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Nervous exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Muscular aches
  • Insomnia
  • Stress

Over the last two years, sales of aromatherapy and body oil products in Natural Supermarkets grew more than 15 percent annually. In the newly-released SpaFinder Wellness 365 Top Ten Global Spa and Wellness Trend Forecast,Aromatherapy: scent with intent” was named as a top trend for 2014. Naming Body Bliss as an innovator, the report states, “Going beyond sachets and cinnamon candles, spas have been motivated to reimagine their aromatherapy approach from the more generically pleasant to the personalized and transformative. There will be a growing effort to craft an aromatherapy of intention, working in tandem with botanists and even high-tech digital technology.”

Body Bliss’ new Aroma Design Bar with Intentional Aromatherapy™ App—found in luxury spas across the country—leverages technology and ancient healing traditions. Body Bliss partners are able to easily integrate custom aromatherapy alchemy into spa treatments and spa retail. Spa professionals will be able to use the alchemy iPad app along with the in-spa Aroma Design Lab blending bar to create a totally personalized product for their clients - one that is used in treatments and another they can bring home.

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The final day June 27th

On the last day of our adventure I drive with my Mum in the direction of the north Norfolk coast. This area is so familiar to us both, and when we drive down the little street where we used to live and later visit on vacation, I start to get flashbacks in the form of [...]

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In the Chamomile Fields June 26th

We break for lunch at the local inn and enjoy all sorts of traditional English fare (bangers and mash, chocolate sponge pudding with custard, blackberry and apple crumble, and some great warm, flat beer… J) before heading out to the Chamomile fields. First stop is the newly planted English Chamomile field. Brushing the leaves of the [...]

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Chamomile farming in the Norfolk Broads June 26th

Our true destination in England was an area called the Norfolk Broads in the flat, lowlands that comprise the region East Anglia to the north and east of London. Here we are to meet with Ken Goodger, a grower and distiller of, amongst other things, English and German Chamomiles. When Ken and I first met [...]

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Where a botanist goes in London June 24th

Arriving in England, we find the world opens up for us and everything flows with a delightful simplicity and ease. There is something about being on home soil that is nourishing in a way that seems never to change, but is difficult to pinpoint accurately. We glide from the plane to passport control, to baggage [...]

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A Barefoot Botanists dream day out June 22nd

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A visit with our Lavender in the fields June 21st

After our meeting with Veronique, we asked if we could tour some of the Lavender fields with her. We were joined by her colleague Remy, an expert in lavender production since many years. The first field we enter has an interesting mix of plants. As we stand at the head of the field, we see small, [...]

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A lesson in Lavender June 20th

Field of 2 year old MailletteThere are dozens of different types of Lavender, each with a different chemistry, scent and therapeutic potential. People generally think that Lavender is Lavender is Lavender, but nothing could be further from the truth. The majority of folk who go into a store to buy a bottle of Lavender essential [...]

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