NHR Organic Oils and Mill Retreat Centre Autumn Newsletter 2020

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NHR Organic Oils and Mill Retreat Centre Autumn Newsletter 202050% HUGE SALE 10-20% off EVERYTHING ELSE STARTS Monday 28th September
ENDS Monday 5th October 5pm   

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter 2020 at NHR Organic Oils.It has been an extraordinary year of upheaval and change for so many, with heartbreaking and extraordinary challenges. It also feels a time of huge inner growth and inner challenge and hope in equal measure. Obvioulsy Coronavirus has changed all our lives in ways none of us have ever experienced. For some it has been so hard physically, others financially and for all of us a huge change. I have tried my hardest to support everyone around me at home and work and further afield in Kenya, I am really fortunate to be able to support the Milimani Orphanage School there, and help prevent it from closing down.

At times it has been really hard for me personally and for all the people I work with, having to completely close down the Mill Retreat Centre, and deal with all the knock-on effects in the lives of the people and staff involved. There is huge hope, so I wanted to share some of the new developments at NHR Organic Oils and at the Mill Retreat Centre, as well as other areas that I am feeling passionate about and believe can really help us all during this time.  I also need your financial support with transforming the Milimani Orphanage. 

There are 8 main topics summarized below, which are in greater detail within the newsletter.1. Autumn Sale 50% off

Organic Walnut Oil (Juglans regia) 100ml £17.60 SALE 50% off £8.80

Organic Rapeseed Oil (Brassica campestris) 100ml £11.40 SALE 50% off £5.70

Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) 100ml £6.47 SALE 50% off £12.94

Organic Coconut Oil Deodorised (Cocus nucifera) 100ml £11.37 SALE 50% off £5.68

Organic Geranium Floral Water 100ml £15.30 SALE 50% off £7.64 & 1kg £30.65 SALE 50% off £15.32

Organic Lavender Floral Water 100ml £15.22 SALE 50% off £7.79 & 1kg £26.17 SALE 50% off £13.08 and 5KG.
* NEW * Organically grown non-certified Ravensara Essential Oil (Ravensara aromatica) 10ml to 1 litre sizes from £17.16 SALE 50% off £8.58For ALL 50% Sale Oils Click Here10-20% off EVERYTHING ELSE 2Michal Levin Energy Remedies 
Extraordinarily powerful remedies made by Michal Levin, who is a teacher I have been working with for over 25 years now. Click here  or read below for more details 3Michal Levin paintings
Michal Levin has recently painted some beautiful works of art, and she has created some prints from them which are now for sale. When I first saw one of the prints a few weeks ago, I was deeply touched by it, and it’s quite rare for paintings to really move me, but when they do it feels such a wonderful experience. These prints felt almost alive and moving, as in animated, but also reminded me of the great masters of old – so both new fresh and alive and old at the same time. I now have one in my bedroom and it brings joy and expansiveness to me every day. So I wanted to share them with you.
Michal has transmitted her energy deeply into her work.
For more details please click here   

 Masks for Coronavirus
It is really important to understand the different masks and the pros and cons of each with regards to the coronavirus. We have some for sale at cost price and for more details of which masks work and which do not, please read the full article below.

5. New –  Certified organic blend to repel ticks and biting insects launched at NHR Organic Oils. We are pleased to introduce:
‘Organic Anti-Tick, Mosquito & Midge Oil Blend’
 Click here for details or see below. 6. The Milimani Orphanage School – We need your HELP
I am feeling deeply passionate about and have been working with the Milimani Orphanage on and off for over 15 years. My vision for this year is to transform it from a struggling orphanage school in Kenya, into a thriving school to give these truly vulnerable children a real chance. Please go to our Crowdfunding page where we want to raise £30,000 to set up many new education opportunities. Please read the full article within the newsletter below
or click here for more details
Click here to donate
7. New – NHR Organic Oils Antiseptic & Immune Defence range
I have found the new NHR Antiseptic & Immune Defence Handwash and the new Antiseptic & Immune Defence mouth sprays really helpful. My routine is when I get home from visiting shops or any busy outdoor area, is to spray my mouth, throat and mask with NHR’s Antiseptic Immune Defence spray. I think it is really effective at stopping the viral particle from penetrating the skin within the throat and mouth. I carry a small portable 30ml spray bottle with me when going out. They are available to buy now on our website click here for details 

We have some amazing new products for helping with the coronavirus, 
Organic Antiseptic Hand Wash and
Organic Mouth & Throat sprays.
Read below or click here for more details.

.  BBC local coronavirus checker
The UK government/BBC has released local coronavirus weekly updates, so you can now see for yourself how many cases are in your local area, and if they are going up or down. Giving you the opportunity to actually evaluate risk, which I think is really helpful – click here for details 
Coronavirus cases in Brighton have jumped from an average of 5 to 10 per week over the last 3 months to over 50 a week in September. So we are planning on sending our staff at NHR back to working from home this week and the rest of staff in lockdown and NHR bubble mode. If the rise continues at this rate it would not surprise me that Brighton is the next local lockdown area.  9.NEW 2020 Organic Essential Oils – Coming soon
Click here for full details
Organic Aniseed Essential Oil (Pimpinella anisum)
Organic Holy Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum sanctum)
Organic Dill Leaf Essential Oil (Anethum graveolens)
Organic Lavender Maillette Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Organic Green Pepper Essential Oil (Piper nigrum)
Or Click here for the full list of new organic essential oils10. New 2020 Organic Base Oils – Coming soon
Click here for full details
Organic Aloe Vera Oil (Aloe barbadensis/Helianthus annuus)
Organic Amaranth Seed Oil (Amaranthus caudatus)
Organic Cashew Nut Oil (Anacardium occidentale)
Organic Pistachio Kernel Oil (Pistacia vera)
Click here for the full list of new organic essential oils More detailed articles below of summary points above
NEW Michal Levin Energy Remedies

This is a set of three beautiful energy remedies. Created by Michal Levin, they are sold in glass micro 1 ml vials with silk coloured ribbons.
Please note we only have a limited quantity.We are not sure at this stage if Michal will be making any more, but it is a possibility. It has been a huge amount of work and energy for Michal to create these very special and powerful energy remedies.Note from Kolinka Zinovieff: I have worked with Michal Levin now for nearly 25 years and her ability to help and transform peoples’ lives and energy is deeply inspiring. I have just put on the ‘Freedom from Fear’ remedy, as they arrived today, and I am really enjoying the experience. I am selling them at cost price, so all the money raised will go towards supporting Michal Levin and her work at the Michal Levin Institute. See below for more details or click: Michal Levin instituteI cannot think of any work more important than this to support, which is basically helping us all to become more integrated and who we truly are, deepening our connection with our hearts, our spirits and with humanity.
ENERGY VIALS 2020A letter from Michal Levin

 ………..A request came from my friend and long-time member of our group, Kolinka Zinovieff of NHR Organic Oils, Kolinka remembered that many years ago I used to give clients energy remedies, in physical form, with some very successful results over a number of years. Couldn’t I make some remedies that would be useful now, he asked? As it happened, I had been experimenting with remedies for several months, and trying them out on myself.

My body was compromised, perhaps by radiation exposure in childhood, and/or for whatever other reasons. As some of you know, I need to work hard on maintaining physical well-being. But physical remedies, even supplements, are often too harsh for me, so I have been experimenting with devising energy remedies.

Kolinka’s question came at just the right time. I have found three “recipes” that I think are helpful in strengthening the body’s energetic core in the face of both internal and external pressures. Now – let’s be very clear. I am not suggesting a cure, or a vaccination or any kind of remedy against Covid19. Absolutely not. But I am suggesting three remedies that may, perhaps, on the subtle level that we work, help you maintain your energetic self in the turbulence of the current circumstances, and strengthen your core.

I had not thought of offering them to anyone else. Not least because of the time, trouble and expense of doing so. It’s hard to describe the cost of formulating the remedies on me. The strongest active constituent in the remedies is my highest energy – just as when I offer as I occasionally still do, to take a group on a meditation journey and show them dimensions they would not reach by themselves, or harness the power of the light to offer them healing. I have tried to encapsulate a version of that energy in three different remedies. Now hearing what I was doing, Kolinka immediately offered help – practical, financial and admin help!

So – I set to work. Of course, I have only been able to make a limited quantity, but with luck, in time, perhaps I may be able to make a few more. We have put together a pack of three tiny vials, each containing one of each of the three “energy remedies”. ……..But, of course, you can wear two or even three vials at the same time if you are drawn to do so. 
So, the three vials are:

Peace and Purity, which comes with a blue ribbon.
Freedom from Fear, which comes with a green ribbon.
Brave and Beautiful, which comes with a black, or strong pink ribbon.

If you would like to purchase a set you can do so here. I hope you enjoy my “energy remedies” and that they reach deep within you and strengthen your most authentic self. Go well, be well,
Love Michal

See https://www.michallevininstitute.com For more details on Michals work
Click here to buy Remedies
NEW KN95 Face Masks
We are selling KN95 masks at cost price, as they are so needed now and much more effective than standard medical masks which don’t create an air seal around your face. KN95 do actually seal around the face and have an exhaust valve to let out your breath for use outside, and we have non valve version to use inside.

Doctors and nurses now wear these masks as part of their PPE. It is important to understand there are now quite a few different types of mask and they all have different uses, some are very effective and some are not. This is leading to a lot of confusion and misunderstanding in the press and medical advice, as masks are being grouped together as one thing…. they are not. Medical masks are not as effective as a KN95 mask see photos below.
You can also use a KN95 mask without a valve in enclosed spaces indoors, this will stop you spreading the virus which can escape through the KN95 valved version.
 But the valved KN95 mask is better to use outside or when you are exercising, when you need to breathe more deeply, or to allow your breath to escape more easily.
 In summary, use the facemask with the valve outdoors and the mask without the valve indoors to protect others. For greater detail on all the different masks click here: https://fastlifehacks.com/n95-vs-ffp/This pleated blue mask is called a medical mask. They are the standard issue and the thinnest, cheapest and least protective. They do help to stop spread the virus, but are not very effective at stopping you from catching it.This mask below is the KN95 or FFP2 or FFP3 depending on type. They are the most effective and we have them for sale with or without a valve.
Click here to buy them
KN95 mask with or without a valve Basic blue medical mask is not as good as KN95 masks


There is a really good Covid19 App, That records the Coronavirus symptoms, over 4 million people have been using in the UK over the last 6 months, reporting everyday how they feel and their symptoms. It is really helping the NHS with its research and tracking in real time the spread of the coronavirus, much more accurately. It’s free, try downloading and reporting daily. It helps us all understand the virus better.https://covid.joinzoe.com/
Help slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well . Download the app You can help fight COVID-19 by aiding research. Join 4,241,950 members of the public supporting the NHS and scientists in the UK. Together we can get out of lockdown safely and beat the disease. 

The top five symptoms in school aged children who test positive for COVID are;
 fatigue (55%)
 headache (53%)
 fever (49%)
 sore throat (38%)
 and loss of appetite (35%).
This was different compared to the App’s data on adults;

 fatigue (87%)
 headache (72%)
loss of smell (60%)
 persistent cough (54%)
 and sore throat (49%)
In addition to this, research from the app has also found that one in six (15%) children who test positive for COVID also present with an unusual skin rash. 
NEW – Organic Anti-Tick, Mosquito & Midge Repellent Oil Blend
Tick, Mosquito and Midge repellent oil & spray.
Ticks and Lyme disease are getting ever more common in the UK and worldwide. Lyme disease is one those hidden and so often undiagnosed diseases that is causing so many people problems. Midges as many of us know are a real issue sometimes in Scotland and we are all familiar with mosquitos when we travel. Now in the South of England they are becoming more common.

So I thought it was time to make a powerful tick, midge and mosquito repellent – an all one product in a concentrated oil and spray. It is really effective and you can buy it in concentrated oil form in three sizes with an optional spray top.

(We also have an Organic Gum Healing Oil Blend, which is planned to be released later this year.)
Click Here for more details
NEW Organic Oils in detail – 2020
We are about to offer a Steam Distilled Organic Jasmine essential oil later this year. We are really excited to launch this new certified organic Jasmine food grade essential oil.It is the first time an organic essential oil from steam distillation has been made from Jasmine. It is such a beautiful oil we really recommend it. Traditionally the heat from steam distillation harms the essential oils in Jasmine flower petals and also to a lesser extent other flower oils such as Rose and Neroli.So after years of experimentation we are really excited to be able to offer a steam distilled organic Jasmine essential oil that is no longer harmed by the distillation process because of the changes in the technique. We cannot share this process with you – it is our grower’s ‘secret de maison’ and was worked on for many years. The oil will be available later this year, 2020.
NEW Organic Sacha Inchi base Oil (Plukenetia volubilis) 100ml  £19.36
Botanical Name Plukenetia volubilis
Extraction Method – Cold pressed
Aroma – Nutty
Country of Origin – Peru
Uses – Anti-inflammatory, soothing and skin healing. May be beneficial for treating scars, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, stretch marks and depigmentation. As a hair treatment, it makes hair brighter and easier to comb. It may even prevent hair loss. Absorbs quickly. Particularly suitable for damaged, problem, dry or mature skin. Also known as – Pracaxi Nut. (Although it is called a nut, it is actually a seed).
Click Here for details or to buy

NHR Organic Oils is supporting the
Milimani Orphanage School in Kenya

 NHR Organic Oils has been involved with the Milimani Orphanage in Kenya for a number of years now. It has 165 vulnerable children and around 15 staff and teachers. Recently it has been a huge challenge for them to find funding and the coronavirus is putting extra pressure on the orphanage.

So this year I am with NHR Organic Oils funding the whole orphanage.

I feel I am at the stage where giving back feels more and more needed and it is interesting how so many people are now feeling this. That is why it feels so rewarding and important to be able to use NHR Organic Oils to help and support and give us all an opportunity to help and support and transform in our lives, and for me the Milimani Orphanage.It is run by Victor Odula and it is his and my vision to transform it from a struggling orphanage into a thriving school with amazing opportunities for the children. A lot of the children are very vulnerable, some with HIV and little prospect of getting skills or a proper education. The school is in an area surrounded by extreme poverty with often the older children being forced or coerced into the sex trade and drugs to get enough money to survive and the only way to earn money. We have a real opportunity to work directly with this orphanage, which I know very well and have been involved with for over 15 years, so every pound you and we donate goes directly to them.
Slide show of the girls at the orphanage

The total running costs for the whole orphanage, all 15 staff and feeding the 165 children is less than £10,000 per year for everything. This is a huge amount of money to the orphanage, but to us, comparatively much less, as this amount would hardly pay the wages of one person in the UK.
 NHR Organic Oils is paying this amount at the moment to fund the orphanage. However the orphanage is only just surviving because of recent loss of funding and the coronavirus. I would love to see them thrive, and be given a real chance in all their lives, I think this is really possible and would not take that much money if we all pay a little bit, We need to raise £30,000.

The money will pay for the following long term education and development projects which will last for years to come and transform the lives of these children. They will have then have the skills to actually work and make a living and earn their own money, and have a real chance in their lives.This money you donate will go towards the following:

A forest and vegetable growing environmental Centre for both food and education – £1,565

Computer ICT Resource Centre and class with 20 PC’s allowing the children access to online education and learn to use the internet and computer skills – £7,001
A vocation Centre and workshop for carpentry and welding including all tools giving the children vocational skills to get work – £5,843A tailoring and dressmaking class with all material again giving the children vocational skills to get work – £4,114A farming course and a field on which to farm and grow food and crops to both feed the orphanage and learn how to feed themselves and for the children to set up for own farms in the future – £3.307
Transportation Vehicle £7,090GRAND TOTAL £28,921For full breakdown of costs please click hereThe total cost to set up all these projects and to a give the children real practical skills to both feed themselves and find work and transform their lives, rather than just survive, is only £28,921. These projects will last for many years to come and potentially transform hundreds of children’s lives.NHR Organic Oils is going to donate £5,000 of this amount on top of the running costs for the whole orphanage, that we already donate.Watch two short 1 minute videos of the children Click here and   click here
 PLEASE will you help us raise the rest of the money, it is a relatively small amount of money for most us. If we all contribute £50 to £500, it will make a huge difference to hundreds of children for years to come, as this amount is a one-off fee to set up all these projects.
Click here to donate    
If you need any more information on the Milimani Orphanage School or a full breakdown of how the money raised will be used, please go to the NHR Website and click Charity or Click Here
“Dear Kolinka and NHR Organic Oil Company, Thanks for accepting to support the school financially. Your support has brought enormous contributions towards the orphaned children and the entire orphanage in general. With your financial support, we are able to feed the orphans at the school. The orphans only rely on this food we provide. Some of the kids are on HIV drugs which require them to feed properly. Feeding the children has always been a problem in the institution and we are glad you helped us go over it, we thank you for the support. We were also able to purchase learning materials for the children. We managed to pay teachers their monthly salaries and this has impacted positively on the teachers’ motivation to work without fear of lack of payments. We really appreciate your help and this has really helped us to steadily run the orphanage. We are looking forward to your continued support.” -Victor Odula (Director, Milimani Rusinga Organization)
Click here to donate  

We have a NEW very strong Organic Antiviral blend of essential oils with Organic Liquid Soap, called
 Organic Antiseptic & Immune Defence
Hand Wash / Liquid soap

Also see:
Organic Antiseptic & Immune Defence Essential Oil
Organic ‘Thieves’ Essential Oil
Organic Antiseptic & Immune Defence Essential Oil Water
Really helpful for disinfecting and spraying face masks and hands
Organic Antiseptic & Immune Defence Hand Wash / Liquid Soap
A special blend of powerful antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal organic essential oils to aid immune defence
and help protect your hands.
This powerful and protective blend of organic essential oils is in an
organic liquid soap base. In a large 380ml bottle
with pump dispenser.
Aroma – Fresh, clean, eucalyptus-like.
(Limited stock) 380ml.
Contains certified organic essential oils of: Tea Tree* (Melaleuca alternifolia), Lavender* (Lavandula angustifolia), Eucalyptus* (Eucalyptus globulus), Rosemary* (Rosmarinus officinalis), Oregano* (Oreganum vulgare), Red Thyme* (Thymus zygis), Lemon* (Citrus limon)

Research papers and articles on antiviral properties of essential oils.

Antiviral activity of Australian tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil against herpes simplex virus in cell culture.Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil on Influenza virus A/PR/8: study on the mechanism of action.
Inactivation of Airborne Influenza Virus by Tea Tree and Eucalyptus OilsTea Tree Oil Tea tree oil is a traditional medicine used by indigenous Australians and has been shown to have excellent activity against a range of bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), yeasts, and herpes simplex virus.
From: Tropical Dermatology (Second Edition), 2017

Mill Retreat Centre news 2020

Due to the coronavirus we have had to sadly close the Mill Retreat Centre for 2020.
 We are giving full refunds including deposits to all groups, as we know what a challenging time it is for us
and for everyone.
We are in the middle of completely redecorating the Mill Retreat Centre during 2020, so it will look shiny and fresh, and even more beautiful for 2021.

We are even renovating the rear barn to make some extra bedrooms and living space see photos below. So we are all looking forward to welcoming you for 2021.
 David our lovely cook at the Mill Retreat Centre is now helping out with the barn renovations New Dining room wooden floor freshly laid and varnished to help with soften the sound levels.We have changed to sustainable recycled paper packaging at NHR Organic Oils
and ending the use of plasticNew recycled paper bubble wrap to replace our plastic packagingFor the last 6 months, Will our Packaging Manager, has been on a mission to change all our packaging, for example our recycled plastic bubble wrap, to sustainable recycled paper bubble wrap packaging. When it comes to parcel packaging, our push to go green is a priority for us. We no longer buy any new plastic for parcel packaging.

New recycled paper craft bubble wrap
Eco biodegradable corn starch packing chips
New paper fragile tape
Paper filled padded envelopes

Ecotricity power supply from 100% renewable sources

Eco biodegradable corn starch packing chips  
New recycled paper fragile tape (left) will replace plastic tape (right) 

NHR is supplied by Ecotricity
100% green electricity I really hope we can all support each other during this very challenging time of the
coronavirus and you find our powerful organic oils helpful in your healing journey. We have been so heartened by all your support and care. Please bear with us when you  are ordering as it taking us a few extra days to get things out and the postal services are all a bit slower too.With best of healing wishes,Kolinkaand all at NHR Organic Oils   NHR ORGANIC OILS, 24 CHATHAM PLACE, BRIGHTON BN1 3TN (UK)
Tel. (UK) 0845 310 8066 or 012737 46505 Tel. Toll Free USA:18668160195 International Tel. +44 1273746505
Email: support@nhrorganicoils.com Website: www.nhrorganicoils.co
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We have a few KN95 masks we are selling at cost price

KN95 mask with valve

We have a few KN95 masks we are selling at cost price, as we know they are difficult to buy.They are very useful for immune vulnerable and elderly who if you have to go to shops or use public transport or interact with strangers.
They are reusable, we advise spraying them after each use with our Immune defence essential water spray, see Organic floral waters menu. 
Please note the design and type of mask may vary. Maximum of x1 pack of 5 per customer.

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NHR Powerful organic Antiviral immune defence blends

NHR Organic Oils have some very strong blends of  Organic Antiviral blend of essential oils and Organic Essential oil waters and Organic Liquid hand wash soap called

Organic Antiseptic & Immune Defence Essential Oil Blend

Organic ‘Thieves’ Essential Oil Blend

Organic Antiseptic & Immune Defence Essential Oil Water

Organic Antiseptic & Immune Defence Hand Wash liquid soap (Limited stock)

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For the latest updates on UK Government list of risk countries

For the latest updates on UK Government list of risk countries  please click here

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Coronavirus Covid-19

For advice on prevention and understanding Covid-19 symptoms and how to avoid catching it please click here 

From NHR Organic Oils

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Coronavirus Covod-19 and organic essential oils

Any recommendations here are at your own risk and for you to evaluate your self and take full responsibility for their effectiveness we are not giving any guarantees. Basic hygiene and handwashing are one the most important actions, and to be fully protected you will need full-face double filter rubber masks, as worn with Hazmat suits in hospital, but the organic essential oils below can be a useful additional layer of protection which adds to a simple paper mask and good basic hygiene and handwashing.

Coronavirus Covod-19 and organic essential oils
We have been having lots of enquiries about the antiviral properties of organic essential oils, and advice on what might help with the Coronavirus Covod-19,  especially when travelling on planes and trains and public transport etc The most effective idea we have come across from some of our customer’s recommendations is: To put 5-10 drops of organic Tea Tree essential oil onto your face mask every few hours or twice a day. Other Essential oils that have strong antiviral properties are Organic Eucalyptus, Organic Oregano, Organic Sage, Organic Thyme and Organic Manuka essential oils. These will add the traditional antiviral properties of organic essential oils to the lining of the mouth lungs and throat when you breathe them in through the mask.  See research papers below on anti-viral nature of Tea Tree.

Please be aware of sensible use of essential oils and to rotate use of oils to give the body a day or two breaks between using oils, so as not to overload one system. Always get advice from a professional practitioner

Research papers and articles on antiviral properties of Tea Tree essential oil.

Antiviral activity of Australian tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil against herpes simplex virus in cell culture. 

Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil on Influenza virus A/PR/8: study on the mechanism of action.  

Inactivation of Airborne Influenza Virus by Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils 

Tea Tree Oil Tea tree oil is a traditional medicine used by indigenous Australians and has been shown to have excellent activity against a range of bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), yeasts, and herpes simplex virus.  From: Tropical Dermatology (Second Edition), 2017

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2019 We have changed to sustainable recycled paper packaging at NHR Organic Oils and ending the use of plastic.

Packaging Information

For the last 6 months, Will our packaging manager, has been on a mission to change all our packaging, for example our plastic bubble wrap, to sustainable recycled paper bubble wrap packaging.  When it comes to parcel packaging, our push to go green is a priority for us. We no longer buy any new plastic for parcel packaging. 

New recycled paper craft Bubble wrap

Eco recycled corn packing chips

New Paper fragile tape

Paper filled padded envelopes

Ecotricity power supply from wind

We are now using die cut 3D honeycomb structure recycled Kraft paper with tissue interleaf paper as a sustainable alternative to bubble wrap. Small orders are now sent out in recyclable padded paper fibre envelopes instead of plastic bubble rape lined ones. we use corn-based  When we have a delivery with styro chips or bubble wrap, we reuse them to keep them in circulation for as long as possible so that they don’t just end up in landfill or the sea. We also reuse cardboard and Kraft paper. We are about to source natural bottles plastic alternatives for example bamboo, sugar cane, rice husk, hemp bottles so we can stop using plastic petro plastic bottles and jars.

It feels such an important time for everyone to do all our can to help with the environment. For example all our power is supplied by Ecotricity with is 100% guaranteed to be from sustainable sources only

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Seed Synbiotic probiotic day one Tuesday 9th July 2019

My first day trying these new Seed Probiotics, called Male Daily SynbioticYour Daily Synbiotic (probiotics + prebiotics) for systemic benefits beyond digestive health.

I took only one capsule around 6pm (recommended dose and when I went to bed at 11pm I felt mildly nauseous and a slight tummy ache. I also had a restless night feeling the affects of the probiotics and a bit uncomfortable in my gut. So will see how they settle over the next few days.

The instructions warn it can take a week for the body to adjust to the new formula.

They have a double capsule release system and are able to reach deeper into the gut and stay viable.


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New SEED Synbiotic probiotics UK (Pro and Prebiotic) have just arrived from the USA, so am going to try them this week

These amazing sounding new Seed Probiotics and prebiotics have just arrived from the US so will keep updated in a blog to how they go and what effect they have. see

Our Daily Synbiotic was developed for systemic benefits beyond digestive health—the first in a pipeline of scientifically-validated, next-generation products.

“Beneficial microbes can play a systems-wide role in human health alongside diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Our Daily Synbiotic reflects a commitment to reclaim the term ‘probiotics’ for science and to establish a new standard.”

Wish me luck

Kolinka Zinovieff

8th of July 2019

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The Internal Use of Essential Oils

The Internal Use of Essential Oils

by Jade Shutes

Over the years I have found the interest in the internal use of essential oils to be fascinating. While a couple of companies recommend the internal use of essential oils willy nilly without due consideration for safety, the aromatherapy industry at large simply states not to use essential oils internally.  There are few articles within the industry that shed light on what the benefits and safety considerations should be when taking essential oils internally.  Some simply imply that the internal use of essential oils is extremely dangerous or prone to causing harm.  Although I do understand the need for companies to place this on their label due to liability issues. My core interest is for self care.

This year in particular there seems to be quite a bit of interest in taking essential oils internally.  I want to understand why and how we may benefit from a deeper understanding than either camp has offered up to date.

Our inability, due to legal constraints (although I cannot say I actually know of a single law that states this), to recommend the internal use of essential oils in the treatment of a ‘dis-ease’ in another should not, I believe, dictate our ability and need to understand how and why we would want to use essential oils this way to self treat, should we feel confident to do so. In fact, based upon the growing interest and indeed the growing use of essential oils internally, I believe it is becoming imperative that we in the aromatherapy industry develop a better understanding and richer knowledge base regarding the internal use of essential oils.

Although I am not a strong advocate of taking essential oils internally without just cause, I have used essential oils for myself and friends in vaginal and rectal suppositories for specific conditions (e.g. in the treatment of respiratory infections and hemorrhoids), cough syrups, teas and sometimes in a spoonful of honey.  Each year I make up a supply of cough syrup containing herbal and aromatic ingredients. I always use my own essential oil based mouth wash and drink a fair amount of herbal teas (thereby taking essential oils internally as well) including fennel  and other aromatic plant teas.

FYI: However, the amount of fennel oil (and hence anethole) passing from comminuted or crushed fennel fruit into teas and aqueous infusions,- the time-honoured way of taking fennel fruit – is relatively low. It has been shown that only about 10% of the oil passes into a fennel tea infusion [Fehr 1982]. From the European Medicines Agency Post-authorisation Evaluation of Medicines for Human Use   **My own note: Fennel seeds contain 1-4% essential oil content so if you use 1 gram of dried fennel: how much essential oil would that be at 10%?  Answer correctly and you will receive the Aromatherapeutic Math Award for the year!

My goal is to shed some light on the subject.

Before entering this rather lengthy topic, let us clarify what internal use is.

  • Taking essential oil internally via the mouth
  • Utilizing suppositories (either vaginal or rectal)
  • And even swishing an essential oil based mouthwash around in the mouth
  • Utilizing essential oils in other orifices: nose (think nasya), ears, and eyes (not essential oils!)

And as an important note:
The German Commission E has approved specific essential oils for internal use.(http://cms.herbalgram.org/expandedE/) These include the following:

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Miller var. vulgare (Miller)
 is approved by the German Commission E for Peptic discomforts, such as mild, spastic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, feeling of fullness, flatulence.  Catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract.  Its core actions include: Stimulation of gastrointestinal motility.  In higher concentrations, antispasmodic.  Experimentally, anethole and fenchone have shown a secretolytic action on the respiratory tract.

Fennel honey is recommended for catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract in children. Fennel honey is made by adding 0.5 grams of fennel essential oil to a kilogram of honey. Daily dosage is 10-20 grams a day.

Daily dosage of the essential oil is: 0.1 – 0.6 ml, equivalent to 0.1 – 0.6 g of herb.  Safety concerns: Fennel preparations should not be used on a prolonged basis (several weeks) without consulting a physician or pharmacist. The internal use of fennel essential oil is contraindicated during pregnancy (use herbal tea instead) and for infants/toddlers.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum L.) is used internally for dyspeptic complaints. Average daily dose of the essential oil is:  0.3 g for adults.

Caraway (Carum carvi L.) is indicated for Dyspeptic problems, such as mild, spastic condition of the gastrointestinal tract, flatulence and fullness.  Daily recommended dose is 3-6 drops. No contraindications listed.

Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum J.S.  Presl syn.  C.  zeylanicum Blume) is indicated for: loss of appetite, dyspeptic complaints such as mild, spastic condition of the gastrointestinal tract, bloating, flatulence.  Its main actions include:  Antibacterial, fungistatic, and it promotes motility

Daily dosage is: 0.05 – 0.2 g of essential oil.  Safety: frequent allergic reactions on the skin and mucosa are noted. It is contraindicated during pregnancy and for those who have an allergy to cinnamon or peruvian balsam.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Cinnamon bark must be placed in an appropriate carrier oil and capsule to prevent burning of the digestive tract when taken internally!

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus species including E. globulusE. radiata) Internal and external:for catarrhs of the respiratory tract.  It is contraindicated when there is Inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and bile ducts and for individuals with severe liver diseases. Average daily internal dosage is 0.3 – 0.6 g eucalyptus oil. Potential side affects, although rare, include: nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur after ingestion of eucalyptus preparations.

Lavandula flos. (Lavandula angustifolia) is indicated for internal use for: Mood disturbances such as restlessness or insomnia, functional abdominal complaints (nervous stomach irritations, Roehmheld syndrome, meteorism, nervous intestinal discomfort).  Daily dose is: Lavender oil: 1 – 4 drops (ca.  20 – 80 mg), e.g., on a sugar cube.


Medicine is typically measured in grams and milligrams.  There are 1000mg in 1 gram. According to my own measuring: 1 drop of essential oil can be (in general) .02 to .03 grams or 20-30 milligrams or 20000 micrograms (µg). Good thing to keep in mind when reading research papers.

So lets begin……..

We all take a certain amount of essential oils internally each day through our food and drinks. Essential oils and numerous components derived from them are widely use in many foods and beverages for flavoring and food preservation.

Essential oils from herbs and spices (oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, etc.) have been used with an amount ranging from 0.1 to 1% EO volume per food weight (v/w) to reduce lipid oxidation of foodstuffs. It has been shown that the use of these EOs contributes also to the development of a pleasant odor and favorable taste to consumers. (Chemat, et. al.)

Essential Oils and individual components in Food Flavouring substances are used in processed foods and beverages to impart desirable organoleptic qualities and to provide the specific flavour profile traditionally associated with certain food products. Unlike many substances which are added to food to achieve a technological purpose, the use of flavouring substances is generally self-limiting and governed by the flavour intensity required to provide the necessary organoleptic appeal. Thus, flavouring substances are used generally in low concentrations resulting in human exposures that are very low. (http://www.inchem.org/documents/jecfa/jecmono/v35je21.htm)

This paper goes on to state: 3.1  Structure-activity relationships and metabolic fate

Without exception, flavouring substances are volatile organic chemicals. The vast majority of flavourings ingredients have simple, well characterized structures with a single functional group and low molecular weight (< 300). More than 700 of the 1323 chemically defined flavouring substances used in food in the U.S. are simple aliphatic acyclic and alicyclic alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, and related esters, lactones, ketals, and acetals.

Other structural categories include aromatic (e.g., cinnamaldehydes and amhranilates), heteroaromatic (e.g., pyrazines and pyrroles) and heterocyclic (e.g., furanones and thiofurans) substances with characteristic organoleptic properties (e.g., furanones providing a strawberry note). For most flavouring substances, the structural differences are small. Incremental changes in carbon chain length and the position of a functional group or hydrocarbon chain typically describe the structural variation in groups of related flavouring substances. These systematic changes in structure provide the basis for understanding the effect of structure on the chemical and biological properties of a substance.

Toxicity is dependent on the chemical structure and metabolism of a substance. The “decision tree” procedure (Cramer  et al., 1978) relies primarily on chemical structure and estimates of total human intake to assess toxic hazard and to establish priorities for appropriate testing. The procedure utilizes recognized pathways of metabolic deactivation and activation, data on toxicity, and the presence of the substance as a component of traditional foods and as an endogenous metabolite. Substances are classified according to three categories:

Class I   –      Substances of simple chemical structure and efficient modes of metabolism which would suggest a low order of oral toxicity (e.g., butyl alcohol or isoamyl butyrate).

Class II  –      Contains structures that are intermediate. They possess structures that are less innocuous than substances in Class I, but do not contain structural features suggestive of toxicity like those substances in Class III. Members of Class II may contain reactive functional groups (e.g., furfuryl alcohol, methyl 2-octynoate, and allyl propionate).

Class III –      Substances of a chemical structure that permit no strong initial presumption of safety, or may even suggest significant toxicity (e.g., 2-phenyl-3-carbethoxy furan and benzoin).

The decision tree is a tool for classifying flavour ingredients according to levels of concern. The majority of flavouring substances fall into Class I because they are simple alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, acids or their corresponding esters, acetals and ketals that occur naturally in food and, in many cases, are endogenous substances. They are rapidly metabolized to innocuous products (e.g., carbon dioxide, hippuric acid, and acetic acid) by well recognized reactions catalyzed by cellular enzymes that exhibit high specificity and high catalytic efficiency (e.g., alcohol dehydrogenase and isovaleryl coenzyme A dehydrogenase). Substances that do not undergo detoxication via these highly efficient pathways (e.g., fatty acid pathway and citric acid cycle) are metabolized by reactions catalyzed by enzymes of low specificity and relatively low efficiency (e.g., cytochrome P-450 and glutathione transferase). For some groups of substances (e.g., branched-chain carboxylic acids, allyl esters, and linear aliphatic acyclic ketones), metabolic thresholds for intoxication have been identified (Krasavage  et al., 1980; Deisinger  et al., 1994; Jaeschke  et al., 1987). The dose range, over which a well-defined change in metabolic pathway occurs, generally correlates with the dose range over which a transition occurs from a no-observed-adverse-effect level to an adverse-effect level. For such groups of substances the dose range at which this transition occurs is orders of magnitude greater than the level of exposure from use as flavour ingredients.

Most substances in Class II belong to either of two categories; one includes substances with functional groups which are similar to, but somewhat more reactive than functional groups in Class I (e.g., allyl and alkyne); the other includes substances with more complex structures than substances in Class I, but that are common components of food. This category includes heterocyclic substances (e.g., 4-methylthiazole) and terpene ketones (e.g., carvone).

The majority of the flavouring substances within Class III include heterocyclic and heteroaromatic substances and cyclic ethers.

Many of the heterocyclic and heteroaromatic substances have sidechains with reactive functional groups. In a few cases, metabolism may destroy the heteroaromaticity of the ring system (e.g., furan).

Although metabolism studies have been performed for Class III flavouring substances with elevated levels of exposure, the metabolic fate of many substances in this structural class cannot be confidently predicted. Review of the group of substances in each of the structural classes indicates that as structural complexity increases (Class I – III), the number of flavouring substances and the levels of exposure decrease significantly (Table 3). In all structural classes, one-quarter or more of the flavouring substances are consumed at levels below 0.01 µg/day or 0.2 µg/kg bw/day.

According to the World Health Organization:

With regards to the aliphatic and alicyclic hydrocarbons (which includes, camphene, b-caryophyllen, d-limonene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-pinene, b-pinene, terpinolene, bisabolene, valencene, 3,7-Dimethyl-1,3,6-octatriene, gamma-3-carene, farnesense, b-bourbonene, cadinene and isomers, guaiene, and a few others). These compounds have been found in coffee, alcoholic beverages, baked and fried potatoes, bread, tea, and cheese. The substance with the highest natural occurrence is d-limonene.

The estimated daily per capita intakes of d-limonene in Europe and the USA are approximately 40000micrograms and 13000micrograms, respectively. Myrcene (No. 1327), a- and b-pinene (Nos 1329 and 1330, respectively), terpinolene (No. 1331), b-caryophyllene (No. 1324), a-phellandrene (No. 1328), and p-mentha-1,4-diene (No. 1340) account for most of the remaining (approximately 26–27%) total annual volume of production. The estimated daily per capita intakes of these flavouring agents are in the range of 92 to 8300mocrogams in Europe and 70 to 2400micrograms in the USA.

Absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination
Being lipophilic, the aliphatic and alicyclic hydrocarbons in this group are likely to cross biological membranes by passive diffusion. After oral and inhalation exposure, they are rapidly absorbed and distributed to body tissues, elimination from blood being triphasic, with a slow terminal phase.

On the basis of the available data, it is anticipated that all the aliphatic and alicyclic hydrocarbons in this group will participate in similar pathways of metabolic detoxification in mammals, including humans.

After absorption, these hydrocarbons are oxidized to polar oxygenated metabolites via cytochrome P450 enzymes and alcohol and aldehyde dehydrogenases. The aliphatic and alicyclic substances are oxidized either by side-chain oxidation or by epoxidation of an exocyclic or endocyclic double bond. Alkyl oxidation initially yields hydroxylated metabolites that may be excreted in conjugated form or undergo further oxidation, yielding more polar metabolites that are also excreted in conjugated form in the urine. If a double bond is present, epoxide metabolites may form and these metabolites are
detoxified either by hydrolysis to yield diols, or by conjugation with glutathione.

In the class of aromatic hydrocarbons, essential oil components include: p-cymene, p-a-dimethylstyrene, biphenyl, 4-methylbiphenyl, and 1-methylnaphthalene.

Absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of aromatic hydrocarbons
Being lipophilic, the aromatic hydrocarbons in this group are likely to cross biological membranes by passive diffusion. Available data on pcymene and biphenyl indicate that these materials are readily absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract, widely distributed in the body, metabolized and excreted mainly in the urine.

On the basis of the available data, it is anticipated that the aromatic hydrocarbons in this group will participate in similar pathways of metabolic detoxification in mammals, including humans. After absorption, these hydrocarbons are oxidized to polar oxygenated metabolites via cytochrome P450 enzymes and alcohol and aldehyde dehydrogenases. The major metabolic pathway of aromatic terpene hydrocarbons involves hepatic microsomal cytochrome P450- mediated oxidation of ring side-chains, yielding alcohols, aldehydes, and acids. The metabolites are then conjugated with glycine, glucuronic acid, or glutathione, and excreted in the urine and/or bile. The biotransformation of biphenyl proceeds via ring hydroxylation, preferentially at the C-4 position, yielding phenolic derivatives that are subsequently metabolized to glucuronide and sulfate conjugates, which are excreted in the urine.


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