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Body Bliss and Carmel Valley Ranch – A match made in heaven!

Our partnership with Spa Aiyana at Carmel Valley Ranch is one of our favorites. We love when management has the vision to bring us in at the early stages of a project. Spa Consultant extraordinaire Ann Patton of Savvy Spas and opening spa director Karen McFarlane contacted us long before the spa opening. The goal was to incorporate the [...]

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Creating the Perfect Massage Therapy Oils

There are hundreds of different options to weigh when considering which massage oils to use for your spa or private massage therapy business. While this can seem overwhelming at first, this is actually the beauty of aromatherapy and massage – the ability to pick, choose, and customize for your customers. Luckily, there are a few essentials when it comes [...]

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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

Our botanical excursion day in France involved a trip to the Parc du Vercors, a huge nature reserve that stretches from the Drome Valley up and into the high areas of the Rhone Alpes.In discussions with Manu, our host for our stay in France, I discovered that there were many walks close by her farm [...]

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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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Arriving in France June 19th

We arrive at our destination in the French department of Drome late in the night having driven around Geneva looking for a way out, and then negotiating rain and cloud as we headed south. Getting up the next day we enjoyed a typical French breakfast of coffee, croissants, toast and homemade preserves, made special by [...]

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