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Acne and Aromatherapy

Acne is a common and unsightly skin condition, so how can aromatherapy work?


  • The essential oils are antiseptic and anti inflammatory – after all they are the plant’s medical centre!
  • Used daily I have found them to be as effective as prescription creams
  • They smell good – always nice to have around


Oils to use.

Lavender is popular however some people will have a breakout from using lavender ………………….

Tea Tree very antiseptic and has a very strong smell , good for infected acne

Ravensara similar to tea tree and with a more subtle fragrance, can be used neat on the skin

Geranium – great for the skin

Lemon – lovely smell and only use when not going into the sun for a few days as this will make your skin burn easily (photo toxic). Use organic as citrus are one of the most highly sprayed fruits on the essential oil market.


With all oils the key is to find a balance between what works for the individual and how they react to the smell. My son is fine with lavender oil and will happily splash it on neat but does not like other more woody oils. If you react to lavender do not use it try ravensara instead.

Simply put the essential oils into a base cream (simple lotion or E45) or oil (not baby oil, try coconut) and apply twice daily.

Any questions – contact me or leave a message below…



Bergamot oil

I love Bergamot oil!

Citrus bergamia

Depression lifter Bergamot esential oil
Bottle of bergamot oil and fruit

This is a very ‘happy’ oil one of the best mood lifters in the aromatherapy kingdom.

Historically used for solders in WW1 suffering from shell shock it was found to be beneficial in treating the condition now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This oil is generally available in shops and inexpensive.




Citrus oils tend to be photo toxic which means that if you put it on your skin then go out into the sun skin will BURN!! In the 1980’s bergamot was used in sun creams to make the skin go brown quicker and this was stopped due to the danger of burning which can lead to skin cancer.


Use this oil on a tissue and put into your room. The oil is quite volatile so it will evaporate easily into the air and you will breathe it in.


Use this oil for a pick me up, for meditation and to ‘lift’ the mood of a room.

Excellent for nervous tension and stress of any kind.

Skin care – acne, cold sores eczema, psoriasis….

Sore throats, tonsillitis

Colds fevers and infections…


Blends well with….

Chamomile, cypress, geranium, lavender, lemon,  jasmine, orange blossom (neroli).


Beautiful Bergamot
Uplifting bergamot













Green Tips for pregnant women

Natural skin care
Safe for baby

Scare stories for pregnant women to avoid many products leave many with no idea what to use instead.

Read on for some easy tips on products that are easily available and green to use.




For the skin instead of chemical based creams.

Moisturizer . Coconut oil.

Easily available from local health shops and on the internet (I recommend ebay shop UK Freshskin for organic cold pressed coconut oil). There is a wealth of information on this wonderful oil on the internet and in books. It is a very ‘light’ oil that sinks into the skin leaving it smooth and supple without any greasy residue, wonderful for aromatherapy as it carries the essential oils into the skin so well.


Oil for use under makeup – makeup primer.

As a skin cream – keeps wrinkles at bay and feeds the skin. Coconut has the same saturated oils as human breast milk and is highly compatible with the natural chemical balance of the body. It is ok for use under make up foundations – just check that your foundation is oil, wax or silicone based as a water base foundation will be repelled by oil. To check put a dab of foundation on your palm and add a few drips of water – if they repel each other then the foundation is not water based.


Another option is to use Jojoba oil (actually a wax). Wonderful on and into the skin this oil is light and easily absorbed. Again easily available online and in shops, more expensive than coconut oil.


Use scrub instead of shower gels.


Make your own body scrubs up by grinding up some dried pulses/beans in a coffee grinder, remember to stop and start avoiding overheating the motor. Keep going until you get a powder and it feels smooth rather than lumpy and scratchy on the skin.

Zena’s Luxury herby body scrub.

Makes one jam jar of scrub

3/4 mug of any dried beans, lentils or rice

1/2 mug of herb

Herb 1 Lavender from the garden

Herb 2 Chamomile (from market in Norwich .70 per 30g)

Herb 3 Peppermint (again bought loose from Norwich market)


You do not need alot of scrub. If your skin is very dry tap out the scrub into a bowl then add 10ml  oil so that as you scrub the oil is going into the skin.



Deodorant natural


There are natural salt stones to rub into the underarm and neutralize any bacterial growth. Available at health shops, online and in some supermarkets there are many on the market. Google for ‘deodorant stone’. Do check that the stone does not contain any chemicals or metals.


Tea tree in flower
Tea tree

Tea tree for first aid.


The joys of first aid!


Managed to put a sewing machine needle through my finger – owwww! It is sore so putting tea tree oil on it to avoid any infection problems. Must be careful to avoid any contact with my eyes..


No problems with the wound at all.