Feeling stressed out by your to-do list or the state of the world? Yin out of yang or just plain exhausted? Plants can help you! We can’t promise to get your boss off your back, but read on to find out which essential oils have the power to transform your mood, give you a better night’s sleep and soothe body and mind.
Extracted from flowers, fruits, leaves and bark, essential oils are the active ingredients of plants in a very concentrated form. New to the Grace & Thorn shelves is a deliciously scented range of organic oils from Aqua Oleum. A family-run business (and one of the first aromatherapy companies to launch in the UK over 30 years ago) Aqua Oleum really knows its stuff. Julia Lawless, MD, is a trained aromatherapist and an internationally bestselling author on the subject. Before her, her mother studied essential oils as a biochemist in Helsinki, discovering the therapeutic properties of plants long before it became trendy, and setting up the company in the 1970s that would go on to become Aqua Oleum. They both grew up understanding the healing power of herbs and flowers, and how we should strive to live in harmony with nature and with an upmost respect for the environment. True flower power.
Only the purest ingredients are used in their products, and all stages of production, from packaging to distribution, hold the highest environmental and ethical responsibilities in mind. Aqua Oleum organic essential oils and skincare products carry the Soil Association and vegan society stamps.
Not sure which oil will restore you to your former glory? We’ve grouped them by #mood so that’s one less thing to think about.
Usage: A few drops in the bath, in a vaporiser or in a carrier oil and massage over your skin.
A note on safety
Do not use undiluted on skin. Do not consume. Keep away from pets, children and babies.
Some essential oils shouldn’t be used while pregnant, and all should be avoided during the first trimester.