Y is for Ylang-ylang

Ylang ylang                          Cananga odorata                        Keyword: Confidence

Ylang ylang means flower of flowers. It has an exotic fragrance and has been called poor man’s Jasmine as it has similar aphrodisical properties but is less expensive. It is the base for many perfumes.

It is a warming oil and helps to instil confidence, therefore useful before interviews or presentation, use the night before to get a good night’s sleep.

Not for use with children of any age.

****************************************************************************Amphora Ylang YlangOver to YOU! I would love to hear your experiences with essential oils. Since this challenge started have you taken the plunge and begun to explore the way these tiny powerful ninja oils can help you to stay healthy. So many of my posts have been writen and re-writen as the month has progressed as you shared your thoughts with me. I hope you enjoy the oils as much as I do, and that you have become friends with some smelly ones. Blessings  Joy


C is for Chamomile, Clary Sage & Cedarwood

Cedarwood:            Juniperus virginiana           Keyword: Composing, Drying

Cedarwood has a pleasant smoky aroma, think smoky logs on the fire.Amphora Cedarwood

It has a long history of use by the Egyptians. When inhaled it has a composing effect.

Useful for catarrh and oily skin

Useful in chest conditions such as asthma or bronchitis.

It can compose the mind when scattered thoughts are a problem.

Chakra 3rd Solar plexus

I used to love using this oil in a burner after I had been swimming and diving to clear the water from my head.


There are 2 varieties of Chamomile essential oil. Roman or German. They have similar properties, German being more expensive than Roman. I describe Roman here:

Chamomile Roman:              Anthemis noblis             Keyword Soothing Amphora chamomile roman

Roman Chamomile is one of the most useful essential oils. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is soothing in its action. It is safe to use on babies and children.

Physical conditions: Colic, sensitive and inflamed skin (use in a compress) dermatitis, rhematoid arthritis, eczema and dermatitis.

Inflammation responds well to a change in diet, if you are eating too many acid forming foods. Green magic is packed full of alkaline forming foods, and is a great dietary supplement for people suffering with any of the physical symptoms here.

Psycholgical conditions: Impulsive, restless and overactive mind. Tantrums.

Many of us I am sure have heard of chamomile tea, as a drink to be had at the end of the day, to help calm us and aid sleep. Who can forget the camomile tea that Peter Rabbit was made after his expedition in Mr MacGregor’s garden? Beatrix Potter certainly knew how to calm her characters impulsiveness.

Chakra: 5th throat


Clary Sage:                 Salvia sclarea                            Keyword: EuphoricAmphora Clary Sage

Distilled from the whole plant, it has a warm nutty smell. A very good muscle relaxant and a key ingredient for PMT and PND. It is possibly the best emotional release oil that there is, and therefore has a use in grief. Be warned, if you use this oil you may well cry bucket-loads and then feel great afterwards.

Not to be used on babies or infants, or on pregnant women.

Chakra: 2nd Sacral


There are other oils beginning with C, like Cinnamon and Clove, Cumin, Carrot Seed & Coriander, which all sound as though they should in the kitchen. Maybe I will continue this into May. Some of them, the spices you may well find in S on the AtoZChallenge.

Children is another category that I could have added. I consider most oils unsuitable to use on young children, with only 3 oils that I would even consider using on babies. They are Lavendar, Chamomile and Tangerine.

Have you, my reader any experience of using essential oils with children? I would love to hear your views.

Blessings Joy



The 1st of April sees the beginning of the AtoZChallenge, when I shall be writing a blog post for the 26 days of April, we get Sundays off for good behaviour. I have planned most of my posts, and written some of them, to get a head start, but I am struggling with a few of the letters and wonder if anybody could give me some ideas.

The letters I am struggling with are W & K, so if anybody could help me out with words related to aromatherapy, however remotely, then I will be grateful.

The titles to date are :

A is for Aromatherapy & Amphora Aromatics

B is for Blends, Basil, Bergamot and Black Pepper

Bergamot oil


C is for Clary Sage, Chamomile and Cedarwood

D is for Dilution

E is for Everyday Use

F is for Frankincense and Fennel

G is for Geranium, Ginger and Grapefruit

H is for Home Use and Homeopathy

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Home Use


I is for Independent

J is for Jasmine and Juniper

K is for ?????

L is for Lavender Lemon and Lemongras, as well as Labour



M is for Marjoram, Mandarin, Melissa and Myrrh

N is for Neroli, Jasmine and Rose as well as Notes

O is for Orange and Oils

Orange essential oil


P is for Patchouli, Petitgrain and Peppermint and maybe some Pregnancy

Q is for Questions

RosemaryR is for Rose, Rosemary and Rose Geranium

S is for Sandalwood & Sacredness

U is for Unfortunate

V is for Violet, Vetivert and Verbena

W is for ?????

X is for X-rated Oils aka Aphrodisiacs

Y is for ylang-ylang

Z is for Zzzzzz oils to help you sleep, or Zinziber which definitely won’t.


Aromatherapy in John 12 v 1-11

It was my turn to read the scripture passage at church today. It was the passage from John 12 v 1-11, Jesus anointed at Bethany. It is 6 days before the Passover meal, or The Last Supper, and the time in the run-up to the trial, judgement and subsequent crucifiction of Jesus. The passage talks about a “pint of pure nard” or “the expensive perfume” that was worth the same as a years wage to the average farm worker. Much is made of the cost of this expensive item, but little is given to why Mary chose this oil at this time.

So let’Spikenards look a bit closer into Nard. Nard is the shortened version of Spikenard, which is an essential oil derived from the flowering plant Nardostachys jatamansi, part of the Valerian family. It grows in the Himalayan region of China, India and Nepal.

It was a common flavouring used in the ancient Roman Empire In ancient times, this oil was  used in perfume, as a medicine, as well as in religious ceremonies. It was a very precious oil in ancient times, being used by Kings, High Priests and High Initiates in Egyptian, Hindu and Hebrew civilisations

The properties that are attributed to this oil include Strengthening, Calmative, Sedative amongst others. It seems fitting then that Mary chose this oil to use at this time.

Today it is still used in meditation, as it is said to bring inner calm and relaxation. Spikenard is also useful in helping to reduce tension and can aid sleep, in cases of insomnia.

It is for these reasons that I believe that Mary chose to use Nard at this time. Jesus knew what was about to befall him. He knew all the events that were about to play out, for the prophecy of the Old Testament to come to pass. In his situation, wouldn’t you want to have an oil that would give you an inner calm?

It is associated with the Crown Chakra, the 7th chakra, which is linked to our sense of enlightenment and consciosness. It is through the 7th chakra that we can reach higher levels of awareness and connect with higher energies. For Jesus, this meant a higher connection with His Father God.

When our crown chakra is in balance we achieve higher acceptance of ourselves. How fitting was that to Jesus, to accept what was to come? Ego has no place with Spikenard. We feel a higher purpose in life, with more Joy.


Spikenard is not your average essential oil. It certainly wasn’t even mentioned in my aromatherapy course way back in 1993. I have however purchased some in the past year, so I can tell you first hand what it smells like.

It is a musky smell, not too dis-similar to patchouli. It is a base note, hardly surprising given it’s sedative and calming effect. It is not a cheap oil, coming in at around £12/10 ml.

If you have any experience of Spikenard essential oil, please share your experiences in the comments. I look forward to hearing of people’s experiences. Blessings Joy



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“What am I to do” they ask? The brown bottles have been teasing me from their shelf in my clinic room for the past 7 years or so. I have paid them little attention. I know how good they could be to me, I know that they can make me laugh, or make me cry, “I can’t help it”. But still I have ignored them, but now they have got my attention.

I trained as an aromatherapist 20 years ago now, but over the past 17 years I have focussed more on my Chiropractic career, and less on my wonderful oils that have sat on the shelf, looking longingly at me, willing me to get to know them all over again.

The Universe has kept putting “aromatherapy” on my path, on my eyeline, on my Facebook page, and on my twitter. This evening Andrea at Holistic Health Zone, kept posting things on Facebook, and I thought ok, I am going to start blogging about my affair with those little brown bottles, which hold such powers within.

I plan to write a blog a day for now until I feel that we have come to the end of my aromatherapy tales, and knowledge to share. It may be a long arduous journey, it may just be a jolly jaunt, I invite you to travel with me. Suggest your favourite oil. Ask me a question, and let’s have an affair, with those essential oils. Which ones are your favourite? Are you a flower or a herb person? Have you used aromatherapy on a regular basis. Do you have a bottle of an oil handy that you carry in your handbag?

Share you stories with me.

So, Where shall we begin? No that’s another song isn’t it?