Saturday, 24 January 2015

PERFUME BLOG - Natural perfume making

Perfume is a perfect marriage of spices, grasses, flowers, herbs and trees and from early man we have always loved rubbing smells onto our skin, it has been used in rituals, prayers, medicine, magic and mystery.


We surround ourselves with the fragrances we love, how many of us can walk past a rose bush without inhaling its wonderful heady aroma, rubbing lavender between our fingers and inhaling or placing our nose into a bouquet of flowers and trying all the samples in the beauty department of a store. Some we love, some we dislike and some we hate, we all have our favourites. Smell is probably the strongest sense we have, it helps us to remember happy, wonderful times and sad, upsetting, hard times – fresh mown grass reminds us all of Spring!


There are hundreds of perfumes on sale each year new ones being brought out to tempt us and bombard us with, from models, to film stars to pop stars they all have their name on the bottles even though they do not make them. Sadly today, most of the perfumes you buy at a reasonable price would have been produced using manmade synthetic fragrances only the most expensive perfumes on the market use natural aromas. This is not a problem as it takes a very clever person to re-create what nature has provided us with. In our busy hectic lives we have lost touch with the true magic of our perfumed universe.


I have always loved working with nature’s own haven and after creating my very first perfume on BBC Countryfile, called Poppyland I have become totally immersed in creating wonderful perfume blends to compliment my products on the Aroma Natural website

You will always hear me talk about Top Notes, Middle Notes and Base Notes which are the building blocks and evocative scents of all perfume.

Pick up a bottle of perfume, close your eyes and breath in – the first aromas you get are the top notes which are the most volatile and will be the first to disappear, the next will be the middle notes, often flowery and make up the body of the perfume which will last for around 15mins to an hour. Finally we have the base note, the perfumes long lasting scent which can last for hours and sometimes even days.


If you really love perfume you can try and pick out the different scents that are in the bottle. Close your eyes and breath in – what can you smell, is it light, fresh, citrus, woody - quickly write down your thoughts on paper – this will be the top note. Keep smelling the perfume until you can detect another scent is it – spicy, flowery – what does it remind you of, write it down before it changes as this is your middle note. The next note, the base note is probably the hardest to detect and will take an experienced perfumer to separate the different scents but as you breath in get lost in the smell. Are you in the woods somewhere, is it earthy, musky deep and inspiring or are you in a shop where its chocolates and sweets, are you walking down a country lane with trees and flowers around or have you been whisked away somewhere hot and exotic. Put your thoughts down.

Aroma Natural

Now put your perfume on the inside of your wrist and repeat the above all the while writing down your immediate thoughts. When you have finished compare the two, the smell from the bottle and the smell from your wrist – is there any difference. After half an hour see if you think your wrist has changed in its scent and then try again after an hour. Occasionally during the rest of the day test your wrist and see if anything has changed, what remains and how long is it before the scent has gone.

You might find this difficult at first but the more you practice the more scents you will be able to pick out. Familiarise yourself with different essential oils if you can, perhaps start with some top notes as you will already know some of them and when you feel more confident go onto the middle notes, again many of these you will know. The base notes you might find much more difficult as only a few are in our every day world like Vanilla, Sandlewood, Patchouli and perhaps Jasmine, however, in the natural state straight from the bottle they can be very powerful and overwhelming.
Later I will start with the base notes and go more in depth with them but hopefully this blog will give you a quick insight into perfumes and our natural world.

Blends for you to try out :

Top Note : Orange (30 drops)
Middle Note : Lavender (15 drops), Ylang Ylang (2 drops)
Base Note : Patchouli (2 drops)

Top Note : Mandarin (20 drops), Bergamot (10 drops), Lemongrass (10 drops)
Middle Note : Geranium (5 drops)
Base Note : Benzoin (3 drops)


Choose your blend and pour this into alcohol i.e perfumers alcohol which can be hard to buy or into a colourless/odourless alcohol like at least 80% vodka.

Eau de Parfum : 2ml alcohol + 40-60 drops essential oil
Eau de Toilette : 6ml alcohol + 40-60 drops essential oil
Eau de Cologne : 10ml alcohol + 40-60 drops essential oil

Check out our ESSENTIAL OILS

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

BABY BLOG - 5 Natural Recipes to help you and your baby

Your long awaited precious baby is here at last...cuddles, feed more cuddles you have dreamt of this moment for so long and its all wonderful.             

You change nappies, you bath this tiny little person and you sit down and cuddle while you feed, all is perfect and you expect this little contented bundle to fall fast asleep because you are exhausted and need to rest or sleep to. For some reason baby has other ideas and begins to cry and for some-one so small the cries are piercing and loud, you check the nappy – no thats OK, its wind perhaps so you walk around patting her back and she screams louder – she’s still hungry thats it, so you try to feed her more but the screaming carries on. You are at a lost as to whats wrong or what you can do to just stop this noise so you put her back into her bed and walk away. The crying continues and you can hear it even though you shut the door – what can you do, it always happens when all you want is sleep yourself.

Have you thought of trying these simple but natural ways :

1. Baby Massage

Ingredients :
30ml Grapeseed Oil or Coconut Oil 
1 drop Roman Chamomile or Lavender Essential Oil                                                                                                                                                                                 
Gentle massage your babies arms, legs and feet using the oil. Gradually massage the chest and tummy area. Turn baby over and gently massage the back area. Just gentle movements, lightly across the skin.
Aroma Natural  Baby Massage Oil

2. Baby Bath

Add just one drop of Roman Chamomile to the bath water

3. Baby Water

Throw away your commercial baby wipes that are full of chemicals and use your own natural ones. You can make your own easily and cheapily using disposable cotton wool, kitchen roll or re-usable squares of soft cotton. Here is what you will need :
Ingredients :
250ml Floral Water i.e. Roman Chamomile or Lavender
20ml Aloe Vera Juice                                                                                                                                            
This is so gentle and mild it can be used on baby bottoms and faces.

4. Diffuser 

One drop of your baby massage oil in your diffuser. Do not put undiluted essential oil into the water as its to strong for tiny babies.

5. Room Spray

Spray the nursery with a natural Calming/Relaxing Room Spray before you put baby to bed
Ingredients :

100ml Water
A few drops of Lavender and Roman Chamomile                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Place in a bottle with an atomiser top, shake before every use.

N.B. Please be careful when using essential oils on tiny babies as oils are extremely powerful. Only use Lavender, Chamomile and Dill

Below is a list of oils that are safe for babies and children :

Newborn  : Lavender, Chamomile and Dill

2-6mths  : Chamomile, Lavender, Mandarin, Dill, Eucalyptus, Neroli, Tea Tree, Geranium, Rose Otto
7mth-1yr : Chamomile, Lavender, Mandarin, Dill, Eucalyptus, Neroli, Tea Tree, Geranium, Rose Otto, Palma Rosa, Petitgrain, Tangerine, Cardamon
2yr - 5yr  : Chamomile, Lavender, Mandarin, Dill, Eucalyptus, Neroli, Tea Tree, Geranium, Rose Otto, Palma Rosa, Petitgrain, Tangerine, Cardamon, *Thyme linalol, Ginger, Lemon, Grapefruit, Ravensara, Coriander
* Thyme essential oil is to powerful for children but Thyme linalol is a great alternative.
Care must be taken at all times when using essential oils on children.

Essential Oils can be found at Aroma Natural

For any base oils please contact Diane at Aroma Natural who can advise and help you


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Janey Lee Grace and Aroma Natural

The last few weeks have been really exciting and busy for Aroma Natural!

After much thinking and deliberating I finally took the plunge and went on board with Janey Lee Grace and her team of expert, friendly helpers.

Janey Lee Grace is a great ambassador for everything to do with natural living and her enthusiasm is enormous stretching out to the public as well as businesses large and small in her bid to spread the ‘natural’ word. She has made a huge name for herself through TV, Radio and her wonderful books.

Her first piece of advice to me was to know your brand, who and what you are – so this is me..........

My love of a natural world instead of a chemical world sits right at the top of my passion, believing that what you put on your skin and hair is paramount to a healthy lifestyle alongside with what you put inside yourself,  i.e. your food, even down to the fact I believe for every ailment there is a natural way of curing it. So often we want a quick fix and we are not willing to wait for natures slower way.

When we had our outdoor GOS pig herd we farmed naturally, when I made sausages it was naturally – no artificial flavouring or colours, using natural skins. If we had a problem within the herd it was treated naturally. Our horses and dogs are all treated and cared for as naturally as we can and they are all used to me using essential oils and base oils to keep them fit and healthy. When we finished pig farming it made sense for me to start my new business on the farm, doing what I had spent a life time practising – organic skin care, beauty products and perfume all natural ingredients – no chemicals, no artificial fragrances, no artificial colouring - Aroma Natural is just that simple and purely natural.

We are now a recommended business with Janey Lee Grace and proudly carry her ‘Janey Loves’ logo on our website. Her website has a wealth of information on it, from great companies, to great products to great information. You can enter competitions to win great natural products, you can read about natural companies and and find out about exciting new products. 

Head over to the website at

We believe in our natural products and with Janey's recommendations you can believe in us. Begin your natural journey with us on our farm at

Aroma Natural, Lower Green Farm, 56 Moorgate Road, Hindringham, Norfolk, NR21 0PT

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Using Natural Room Sprays make much more sense than using commercial air fresheners 


Commercial air fresheners contain so many allergens, including potentially dangerous carcigens that may cause certain cancers and other chemicals that can effect your health. They do not purify the air but use artificial, chemically 
produced fragrances which only mask unwanted smells.

Using natural, essential oils to purify the air is a much more healthier and better option for us and the universe. Essential oils cleanse the air by altering the structure of the molecules creating smells, rather than masking it. 

Making Your Own Natural Room Sprays :

Its easy and quick to make your own natural sprays. If you really can not be bothered to make your own you can buy completely natural room sprays from Aroma Natural.

All you will need is :
Aluminium bottle or dark coloured glass bottle
Floral Water or distilled water
Essential Oils
Label to decorate the bottle or list your ingredients

Creating a Recipe :

Decide where you would like to use the spray i.e. kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, sickroom, workroom. 
Think about the types of smells you like i.e. floral, woody, spicy.
Decide on your oils and experiment with them, adding a few drops of each essential at a time until you produce an aroma you like.
Don't forget to write the recipe down on paper so you can use it again.

To Make:

Add approximately 15-20 drops essential oil per ounce of floral water or distilled water
Insert your spray top
Shake well before use

Its that simple!

Some great essential oils are :

Lemon, Mandarin, Bergamot, Lime, Lemongrass, Orange

Lavender, Geranium, Jasmin, Chamomile, Rose

Cedarwood, Juniperberry, Cinnamon, Pine, Sandalwood

Basil, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Melissa, Peppermint

Tea Tree, Cajeput, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Black Pepper, Coriander

Have fun 

If you have a favourite recipe, please tell us

Contact us at Aroma Natural

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Moisturiser - Whats in Yours

Many people will scan food labels for harmful additives but will not think scanning moisturiser labels which often contain harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
Globally we spend in excess of £100 billion a year on these products looking for a magical quick-fix moisturiser to make us look sexier and younger. Moisturisers can cost anything from £2.99 to way over £100 and promises on packages are so seductive that we often believe the more expensive the moisturiser  the quicker we will eradicate wrinkles and lines that appear naturally with age. It is possible to ‘plump out’ wrinkles with chemicals that make them temporarily disappear and moisturisers that contain ‘film formers’ that appear to make your skin look smooth – usually this is a silicone product or Teflon product! We all quickly take of the lid and smell the ingredients, if we like the smell we like the product regardless of the use of harmful, synthetic chemically made fragrances.

A moisturiser helps your skin to retain moisture and slow down water loss – dry, windy weather conditions, central heating, smoking and chemical skin care products all help to accelerate this. Your facial skin is thinner than anywhere else on your body and absorbs up to 60% of the chemicals it comes in contact with. This is absorbed into the bloodstream and within seconds to the major body organs.

Use natural, organic skin care products blended with natural essential oils and adopt a natural, healthy eating regime and excersise to keep your skin in tip top condition. Allow your skin to absorb natural oils and butters and use essential oils to make them smell lovely as well as being therapeutic for the skin. Anti-ageing essential oils like Rose Otto, Geranium and Lavender not only smell wonderful but do actually help keep your skin soft and supple, naturally.

Below is a list of natural, organic oils and butters that can be used in a chemical free, paraben free moisturiser :
Almond Oil      Coconut Oil      Coco Butter      Evening Primrose Oil      Grapeseed Oil                  Hempseed Oil    Jojoba             Olive Oil                      Sunflower  Shea Butter     Wheatgerm Oil    

Emulsifiers are used to combine the oil and water in your moisturiser. Natural ones are :
Beeswax      Cetearyl alcohol      Xanthum Gum

Aroma Natural Moisturisers are completely safe, natural and organic. We do not attach a huge price tag to them but encourage people to look after their skin and the environment, naturally.

Ingredients to avoid :      
Propylene glycol      Octyl dodecanol      Lactic acid      Dimethione      Isopropyl myristate                 Acrylates                Glycolic acid    Hexyl decanol

We can provide you with these base oils, i.e. Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Coco Butter, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Evening Primrose - please email us or phone us with your order
7th January, 2014

Monday, 3 June 2013

SEA BUCKTHORN OIL - An amazing super oil

Sea Buckthorn is becoming incresingly popular for its impressive range of healing properties – the flowers, fruits, leaves and oils from the seeds are all used in natural remedies. It is now known as a super fruit. Although it has not been used much here until recently it has been used for thousand of years by the Tibetans.

Some of Sea Buckthorns amazing properties are : 14 Essential Vitamins
Omega 3,6,9 and the rare 7
Super charged anti-oxidants
Hundreds of nutrients
Anti-inflammatory properties
Vegan friendly
In fact it is one fruit that contains nearly everything the body needs!

Sea Buckthorn is a true skin healer being ideal for treating burns, cuts, wounds and any other skin damage. Its invaluable in skin care products as it goes deep into the skin to hydrate at a cellular level leaving your skin soft and supple, reducing the effects of lines and wrinkles. Omega 7, the rarest of the naturally occuring omegas is a key building block of healthy skin, hair and nails.
Relieve most skin ailments with this amazing Sea Buckthorn Oil :
Dry Skin
Lines & wrinkles
Radiation damage
Look out for this amazing oil. If you are interested in buying this oil Contact me at Aroma Natural as we will be adding this oil to our website :

You can get more information from the Sea Buckthorn Insider at :

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Depression - A Holistic Approach & How Dreams Can Affect how You Feel

Depression - Brain

N.B : This Blog is NOT against using drugs in treating depression. The information below, hopefully, can help the sufferer understand what happens to the mind of a depressed person and how they can be helped holistically to stop it now and also stop it from coming back. It is not meant to offer medical advice and is for information only.

If you suffer from clinical depression you know only to well how desperate, lonely and helpless you can feel. Usually, people with depression have one or more of the following :

  • Exhaustion on waking
  • Disrupted sleep with upsetting dreams
  • Waking early in the morning & unable to get back to sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Stop doing things that normally interests them
  • Finding that energy levels improve as the day goes on
  • Anxious worrying, upsetting thoughts
  • Becoming tearful & emotional for no apparent reason
  • Bad tempered & irritable
  • Feel miserable & sad
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Find it difficult to think clearly
  • Have no confidence
  • Spend alot of time worrying about what will go wrong or has gone wrong and then feel guilty about things
  • Feel like life has passed you by
  • Feel like life is not worth living
  • Feel like life is unfair and treats you badly – you are worse off than everyone else
  • Aches and pains which have no physical cause
  • Wanting to be left alone or feel scared to be left alone

Only a qualified doctor or health practioner can formally diagnose you with clinical depression and they usually prescribe anti-depressant drugs i.e Prozac and therapy.
However, the Holistic approach to depression helps to cure the causes that lead to the depression and help stop the depression from returning. Anti-depressant drugs treats the symptoms but not the causes.

It has been suggested that depression is an imbalance of a chemical in the brain – but can this be true, is the ‘imbalance’ the source and root of depression? It is possible but it does not make sense. Why is depression on the increase – there is more now than 50 years ago, especially in teenagers – and human brain chemistry can not change that quickly.

In many cases there is a reduction in the amount of neurotransmiters i.e. serotonin and norepinephrine in depressed people, however they are sympoms not causes.

Could it be due to our lifestyle now.

Below is a list of how things have changed in the last 50 years :

  • Breakdowns in families – one parent families – children being looked after by people other than their parents
  • Families moving away from their extended families
  • More news coverage
  • Increased focus on material possessions
  • Increase focus on the ‘Self’
  • Lack of community - people not even knowing neighbours

Why are we Depressed

I truly believe its the way we think about things. If you are told from an early age that you are stupid, worthless, no good or pathetic eventually you will believe it. Your pattern of thinking will start to form in childhood. If you have a bad experience it can perhaps leave you feeling sad, angry, hurt etc. and you then start blaming yourself for it and thinking it happened because of you – its the way we explain things to ourselves. We were told we were useless so obviously thats right we are – thats how a depressed person interprets it and it can seem impossible to break – BUT IT IS POSSIBLE to change the way we think.

Even good things that happen to us can be interpreted differently by a depressed person i.e. You have an interview and are offered your ideal job – a depressive style of thinking would interpret that he only got the job because others turned it down! Depressed people often doubt themselves but seldom doubt their own judgement about how they interpret things. Things get distorted.

Its common for depressed people to feel they have no control but they can also feel that they have to much control. To little control stops them doing things that could improve their situation like all the things they enjoy. Too much control they can get angry and frustrated when things don’t go their way – they begin to feel nothing is ever going to be right again.

It is very common for depressed people to live in the past and dwell on times that were not good, often blaming others for how awful they feel.

Depression and Dreaming

When we go to sleep we have REM  (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep when we dream and Slow Wave Sleep where we rejuvenate, emotionally and physically, leaving us to wake feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

However, if you are depressed you may notice you think and worry alot, especially on a negative basis and you are left feeling anxious, angry and helpless with no end result but more stress. When you go to bed these thoughts are still going round and round in your head leaving a ‘loop’ in your emotional system (limbic). When you are asleep your brain has to do something with these thoughts and the emotional ‘loop’ to complete it – so we dream. Normally the brain creates scenarios to complete the ‘loop’ and we have a normal sleep routine with ‘normal’ type dreams.

A depressed person spends to much time in REM sleep and can experience the same recurring or weird dreams so adrenaline and other stress hormones are active in your system and flooding it. If this type of dreaming continues your body and mind become exhausted and you are just as exhausted when you wake in the morning. If you wake very early in the morning it is your brain that is trying to cut down on the REM sleep to try and lift depression.

Most depressed people feel worse in the morning but begin to feel better as the day progresses and their hormones replenish themselves.

Before you go to bed try to relax and cut down on the bad negative thoughts in your head as this is, in fact the quickest way to lift depression.

Below are some ideas you can use :

  • Essential Oils can also help with relaxation, a few drops in a burner to inhale, a few drops in your bath or applied to your pillow. Oils such as Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemon, Orange, Chamomile, Geranium Rose and Neroli.

  • Using a relaxing sleep DVD while you are reading a book can help.

  • Excersise during the day, whether its walking, swimming, horse riding, cycling etc. and on a regular basis.

  • Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. Go to bed by at least 11.30pm and get up no later than 8.00 am in the morning, even if all you want to do is stay in bed.

  • Eat healthy, sensible meals three times a day. If you want to snack in between meals choose something healthy i.e. fruit.

  • Cut down on alcohol, coffee and cigarettes.

  • Go to work – this helps to keep you from ruminating to much

  • Keep a daily diary of how you feel – grade your days 1 to 10 where 1 is the worst day and 10 is the best. After a couple of weeks you can look back to see how things have changed

  • Try to calm your emotions

  • St Johns Wort has been known to help with mild depression.

  • Think about seeing a therapist – but choose carefully. More about that next.

Is Depression Inherited

Although depression appears to run in families, generally, it is not due genetics. It is more likely to be learned by children from living with parents who are depressed - as we grow up we learn habits and life from those around us.

Treating Depression with Psychotherapy or Counselling

All psychotherapies are not the same and some can worsen rather than help depression so please choose carefully.

Therapy can give you emotional support, look at behaviour, teach social skills and look at the cycle of depression and give you ways of breaking it. Good therapy will break the cycle of depression as quickly as possible and help prevent it returning and give you the skills to do it.

Depression is maintained by how we interpret things – i.e the meanings you put on things is extremely important in determining how we feel. Depressed people will often say “Its all my fault” “I’m no good” “I’m useless” “I knew it would go wrong”
A good therapist will help you change the way you think about things

If you have asked some-one to call you back and they don’t a depressed person is more likely to think “they don’t want to talk to me – I have upset them” rather than assuming they are busy or away.

Often relationships go wrong and the depressed person will say “I knew they would leave me everybody eventually does” rather than think I just haven’t met the right one yet and when I do all will be fine.

There are actual words that many depressed people use which can be a warning sign are :

  • Never
  • Terrible
  • Awful
  • Ruined
  • Impossible
  • Furious
  • Disaster

A good therapist can help you change the way you use these words i.e.

“I’m awful at art but I’m pretty good at sports
Part of the film was terrible but parts of it were so funny
Things aren’t usually impossible to do you might just find some parts harder than others
You might think your holiday was a disaster because it rained everyday, when in fact you still had a wonderful time despite the rain and that it was quite fun to be out in the wet”.

A major reason for being depressed is the rigid way we think and and the way we see reality. A good therapist can help you challenge this rigid way, give you alternatives and begin to break down the depression.
Some people suffer from ‘fash backs’ if they have had a bad episode in their life and have post traumatic stress disorder. It is then difficult to think rationally but with the correct technique called the ‘rewind’ technic or NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) this can be cured usually in one session.

How to Choose a Therapist

The best proven approach for treating depression, holistically, is a combination of cognative behavioral and interpersonal therapy. Try to find a therapist who understands the link between dreaming and depression. Beware of therapists who want to drag up past painful experiences or childhood experiences as this can worsen the depression. A good therapist will talk of the present and how you feel now and over a short period of about 20 sessions help you focus on the following :

  • The way you think about things
  • How you relate to other people
  • How you can use practical problem solving to help
  • Help you to feel better about yourself
  • Remove any post traumatic symptoms
  • Help you understand what depression is and how to relieve yourself of it and stop it recurring
  • Teach you how to lower your feelings of anxiety and anger
  • Talk to you in terms that you can understand
  • Does not drag up the past once anything relevant has been discussed
  • Help you develop social skills and help you with any intimacy problems like sex, affections and friendships
  • Teach you how to deeply relax
  • Help to empower you so you can think of problems in a new way
  • Increase your self confidence
  • Increase your independence
  • Keeps track of your progress

One of the most important things is you have to like, trust and get on with your therapist.

You can learn how to lift your depression and stop it recurring – do it NOW.

Further fantastic reading is :

How to Heal your Life by Louise L Hay


Self Help programme by Uncommon Knowledge at :