New Oils!

I buy my essential oils from three different companies, all of whom provide oils to a very high standard. It is always exciting when I open a box with a new order in it as opposed to when I cycle around to the company that is based in my home town of Cambridge to buy just one or two oils where my stock is getting low.

Particularly exciting were the Rose Maroc that I bought, Bergamot oil, from the zest rather than the whole peel of the Bergamot Orange which gives it a vibrance and intensity that other Bergamot oils in my experience do not have. Another oil I bought was Raspberry seed oil, which is pressed from the seeds. Not an essential oil but a valuable one for the skin which also provides some UV protection. (Not that this has any importance in UK at this time of year!)

from the Fragrant Earth site.

Raspberry Seed oil is a light, astringent oil suitable as a skin toner and sun screening against UVB and c. As a carrier, it is helpful in inflammation and burns. Combines well with Avellana oil.

Again from their site,

Bergamot is named after the Italian city of Bergamo in Lombardy, where the oil was first sold. The oil has been used in Italian folk medicine for many years, primarily for fever (including Malaria) and worms. Recent research in Italy has shown that Bergamot Oil has a wide spectrum of applications, being particularly useful for mouth, skin, respiratory and urinary tract infections.

As you might expect, it has a delightfully fresh, ‘citrussy’ aroma, which is almost universally liked.

Bergamot and Lavender combined are the classic anti-stress and uplifting combination.

This oil is the one that I warn people about side effects of more than any other. It causes photo sensitivity which can cause painful blistering of the skin in some individuals. Even at the end of November, I warn clients about it just in case they might use a sun bed. (None since I trained twenty years ago have admitted to it!) This means that after use, clients should avoid strong sunlight for twelve hours.