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Your Aroma Therapy

Aromatherapy”, although considered to be a complementary therapy, using essential oils in massage, let us consider the words “Aroma” and “Therapy”.

When I teach workshops, where essential oils are incorporated, I ask people to consider their favourite smells and why.  I usually have to actively tell them to NOT consider essential oils.

Some of the answers include; “The smell of the countryside” (usually from city or town dwellers), “Fresh cut grass”, “a specific person’s scent” (usually of that person is no longer part of their lives), “The smell of the rain after a dry spell”, “fish and chips at the seaside” or certain flowers.  Mine are oven-baked jacket potatoes after a cold evening walk, or the smell of slow-cooker curry to come home to.

The favourite smell is the ‘aroma’ and the ‘therapy’ is the feel-good factor these favourite aromas induce.


Aromatherapy does not always have to be the smell of lavender and other such essential oils. And it doesn’t have to be about massage.


If you can conjure up a pleasant memory of a favourite smell or scent, and it can help you smile, calm your senses, relax and relieve any anxiety, then do it!  With practise, it can be easy to do, and works even better (in my opinion) if it’s attached to an anchor.


Need help with anchoring, anxiety management, de-stressing, calming or relaxing?  Then just give me a shout on 01889 808388 or 07803 399594 or email [email protected]

The smell of freshly cut grass

Grief – the loss of a loved one

Grief and Loss

Of all the trials we face in life, the loss of a loved one may be one of the hardest to endure, much less overcome. During these dark times, the worst within us rises and threatens to overwhelm, but while we are at our worst, we are also at our best.

Our unique strengths appear as we fight to persevere.

Grief is universal, but understanding the particular challenges faced by different personalities, may help us prepare for the inevitable and cope with the irreversible.

Grief, sadness and depression are all emotional states that drain a person’s energy and stated to be one of the biggest causes of stress. Once we get past the anger of losing someone, these feelings follow closely behind and in no particular order, or over a specific time span. During times of grief, we don’t seek pleasure and we don’t enjoy life. Our energy for such matters usually evaporates during mourning. The energy depletion is often intense and we sometimes hear phrases like, “I don’t know how I’m going to go on with my life.”

For some people, the death of a loved one is a death of possibility, future adventures, shared goals and dreams, all gone. The only thing left is fading memories. Grief wounds us all, but for some, the hurt is more visceral than most, and they may find loss hardest to accept.

Some people believe that death can give some relief from a life full of hardship.

Some people realise that they are “very afraid” to die.

Some people are not content with the fact that everyone has to die.

Some people start to think about how short life really is.

Some people start to worry about the possibilities of death-inducing events like future wars.

On the whole, many people love happy endings, but more than that, they love that happiness doesn’t need an ending. Death is final, and it serves as a slap in the face to people’s soft-hearted optimism. This is why some people may struggle more than most at foraging meaning out of the chaos of grief.

Drawing upon Resilience

As terrible as grief is, as heavy as it lies on our shoulders, grief is very rarely in a hurry to leave us. Eradicating that pain would mean people ridding themselves of the person they once loved. They may find themselves revisiting old memories for comfort – but instead drawing up pain.

With their inability to ignore their emotions or to forget their loved one, the question must be asked: How do some people deal with their grief? How do they avoid being consumed by it?

Healthy mourning allows people to pass through their exhausting sadness, to accept their loss and then to arrive at a “new normal”.

For some, they may need more private time than usual to rebuild their reserves following a tragedy, but they should be careful not to turn this into isolation.

Some would do well to remember that although there may be a strange comfort in the company of ghosts, living people must take precedence.

Because of their nature, some people have remarkable resilience and an uncanny ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

Even in the darkest of times, some people find ways to be hopeful that life can be beautiful again, and it’s this hope, no matter how small, they should cling to as they find their way out of grief.

Effective grief counselling is mostly about giving people permission to deal with death in the way that suits them best.

Whatever your personality type, when you face a loss, give yourself permission to do whatever it takes to get through the experience in your own way. And be generous enough to allow others to grieve in their fashion even if it doesn’t feel quite right to you.

Has a loss left you feeling like a shadow of your former self? Or did you find strength, even in your sorrow? Please share your thoughts with me so I can help others in future.

This piece of writing has been adapted from a piece published by The 16Personalities Team at 16personalities.com


PlumEssence Therapies and Training can offer a range of natural therapies to help you cope with, and manage grief, whether that’s a safe space to talk, aromatherapy, reiki, crystal therapy, meditation and mindfulness or NLP and hypnotherapy. No obligation chat’s are always offered to see if we can work together.

Contact [email protected] or call 01889 808388 or 07803399594.

Suffering Insomnia?

To me, people will say things like: “I’m really struggling with sleep, for many reasons. I’ve tried guided meditation and lavender. My mind wanders when I try to meditate. I’m only getting about 4 hours sleep a night” “I have insomnia”.

Sleep is so important.  Lack of sleep can affect all aspects of your life, leaving you mentally and physically exhausted and causing a number of health concerns as well as potential issues with your relationships.

There are so, so many reasons for insomnia and so many ways to try and beat it.  Sadly, there is usually no ‘quick fix’ and more than one treatment and/or therapy needs to be applied, on a daily basis, for them to start to be successful.

Although people say they don’t want to bore me with details, if I had a consultation with them, I would want to know those details so I could start to think of the right treatments for them.

Although I never believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, here are some questions you could ask yourself, and some ideas based on the potential answers to those questions.

Meditation and/or self-hypnosis.

Both are difficult to practise and be successful at.  And, they do need practise.  If you are trying any of these, I would suggest, keep at it.  If your mind wanders, try and bring it back to the present, focus on counting your breaths until you start to empty your mind again.  With daily practise, you can achieve from 2 minutes per session to 2 hours (if you wanted to, which I never have, lol).  Try and do it more than once per day.  It does get easier.

How and when are you exercising?

Are you exercising during the day or late into the evening?  It could be that your body type is not one that wants to exercise too late as it continues to be awake and have its metabolic rate still going, as well as the various hormones which keep the body active internally, even if we are not physically active.  If you are exercising in the evening, up to 4 hours before starting to wind down, perhaps you need to change your routine?

Do you have a fixed bed time routine?

This is something I teach a lot.  A switch off routine is incredibly important.  Things like:  When you have finished work, take a shower to wash off the day (or a bath with marjoram or chamomile oils would be better), change your clothes, prepare for the next day, drink chamomile tea, eat a light meal, no alcohol, no sugar, write your journal and switch off technology at least an hour before bed.  Some people think this is the best time to listen to some hypnosis, meditation etc, but it isn’t if the therapist wakes you up.  Listen to bed time ones where they don’t wake you up/bring you out of trance.  Have a set bed time and routine and you will soon see the benefits.


Personally I am not a fan of lavender.  Mainly because people do not realise that if they over-use it, lavender is actually a stimulant.  Chamomile essential oil and marjoram essential oils are much better, in my opinion.  You can also drink chamomile tea to calm you from the inside out.  Chamomile tea with honey or maple has other, enhanced, benefits too and good if you don’t like the taste of just chamomile tea.


When are you actually taking time out for you?  Naturally, I massively advocate a damn good aromatherapy massage to relax the whole you, inside and out, mentally and physically.  Arrange one late in the afternoon, at least once a month (more to start with) so that you can relax for the rest of the day before bed.

Time out and mindfulness

How often do you just go for a stroll, preferably in nature?  I don’t mean a fast walk, or calorie burning in any way, I mean, a dawdle along, being mindful and appreciative of the things around you, using all your senses.  Try and practise being mindful every day too.  It becomes easier with practice.


Do you journal?  If not, why not?  If you have a lot going on in your head, dump your thoughts on paper.  Keep a separate appreciation journal, where the last thing you do, is write down a few things you are grateful for, every day.

If the things in your head are things that need to be said, but you can’t, then write a letter to the people involved, but a letter that is never sent.

This is not exhaustive but a few of the most common things I suggest to people.  I don’t suggest you try them all at once, because that, too, will be overwhelming and so exhausting.

Let me know how you feel about any, or all, of these and tell me which ONE you are going to start with.

Naturally, I can help with a range of therapies to help you improve your sleep, all of which can be found on my website http://plumessencetherapies.co.uk/services/

For a no-obligation chat, please just call on 01889 808388 or 07803399594 or book an appointment using the web address above.

From the end of July, I am offering a new 6-session programme called Mind Body Business, where a range of subjects are covered for business owners.  A healthy mind and a healthy body will help lead to a healthy business.

For more details, please just email your interest on [email protected]

Using Essential Oils to control headlice/nits

Headlice Hair Products

Homemade natural headlice hair mask, shampoo and conditioner

Apparently, over one million children in the UK have headlice (nits) at any one time, which I find very surprising.  People spend millions of pounds on cures from combs and chemicals to oils and professional help.  There are some extremely toxic treatments out there, and a child’s skin and scalp are very sensitive to these chemicals, which WILL be absorbed through their skin, so go for the safe natural options, they DO work!

I have been asked if there are some essential oils that will work and to make up some products, so here are my thoughts and suggestions on how you can treat headlice / nits effectively with aromatherapy essential oils.  Essential oils can, and will, work if you follow the suggestions and persevere. (Perseverance is important whichever route you choose, chemical or natural).

More importantly, essential oils, on the whole, are safe to use (please ensure you seek help and advice from a qualified aromatherapist though).  It may work out more expensive, initially, and the chemical off-the-shelf treatments may be cheap, but what’s the point of getting rid of these parasites (perhaps temporarily) but risking storing up health problems for your children? The chemical based blends actually contain chemicals that are neurotoxins and proven carcinogens.

Any treatment needs to kill the headlice themselves, their eggs and help to be a preventative measure too.  Some facts I established are:

The symptoms are itching.  You may see tiny red bites on the back of the neck, scalp or forehead.

The lice can live up to 4 weeks on the host.

The lice can live about 2 days without food.

The lice lay up to 10 eggs a day.

The eggs hatch from between 7 and 10 days.

In order to be rid of the lice, you need to kill the adults and remove the eggs.  Eggs are stuck to the base or lower part of the hair shafts.  You need to ensure your product kills the eggs so they will not hatch out live young.

Remember the eggs and lice will drop onto coat collars, bed linen, towels etc, so to ensure you keep lice at bay, you need to ensure no re-use of these items whilst the lice are being treated, and add essential oils to your wash as well as treating your child’s head.

There are quite a few essential oils recognised as being effective, being;

Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Thyme, RosemaryLavender and Geranium.

Aromatherapy Head Lice Treatment Formulas are best used daily, for at least a week!

Scalp & Hair Mask

50ml (for smal child with short hair) or 75ml of Grapeseed oil, Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

To 50ml add 10 drops Eucalyptus, 10 drops Tea Tree, 15 drops Lavender and 10 drops Rosemary.

To 75 ml add 15 drops Eucalyptus, 10 drops Tea Tree, 25 drops Lavender and 15 frops Rosemary.

Massage the oil into the scalp and try to ensure complete coverage, especially to the nape of the neck and behind the ears, which are favourite egg laying sites.

Apparently, it’s best to empty the water down the toilet and flush as they may crawl back up the drain if you pour the water down the sink.


100ml of chemical-free shampoo, add 10 drops each of Tea Tree, Rosemary and Geranium.   Shake well before use.


To help prevent further infestation use more conditioner than normal. Use chemical-free conditioner and use the same quantities of essential oils as for the shampoo.

There are quite a few more oils and ‘recipes’ to choose from but I have tried to make this as easy as possible.

Interesting fact:  I kept scratching my head and neck while writing this.  Why does that happen??

Let me know how you get on and if you’ve come across any other natural remedies that work please share.

Aromatherapy essential oils are fantastic for all sorts of physical and emotional ailments.  If you want any advice on using essential oils, then please just call on 01889 808388 or email [email protected]


Disclaimer: The information provided on this blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. I recommend you consult your GP if you have any health concerns.  My advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy essential oils. I also advise you see a qualified aromatherapist who will take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note I accept no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

How Healthy Is Your Home?

What has this got to do with a healthy home?  Read on and you’ll find out.

It has been a week of unusual events and emails.  Events I wasn’t really expecting but then looking on my vision board, they are events I wanted to manifest.


The emails have been about workshops, asking me to deliver workshops.

I have been asked to deliver 5 different workshops next year, on behalf of Stoke City Council, I have been asked to deliver some workshops for Stafford Council and I have been asked to deliver more aromatherapy workshops to Forever Living Business Owners.


I’m not saying too much about the council workshops at the moment.  I want them to be finalised, with i’s dotted and t’s crossed beforehand but they are certainly exciting for me.  Lots of work to prepare them and challenges to overcome in meeting their expectations, but that’s what I like.


The Forever Living workshops; Forever Living have started to sell essential oils (I have been using and selling Forever Living products since about 2002).  I have been a qualified aromatherapist since 2001 and absolutely love essential oils and their therapeutic properties.  My teaching and training, which is always on-going, also means I know how dangerous and damaging essential oils can be, if not used properly.  I have decided to stop being angry about people being able to buy essential oils from almost anywhere and use my knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications to educate others about the cautions and how to use essential oils for maximum benefit.


One of the most popular workshops I run is about household cleaning.

I firmly believe that the cleaning products industry is in collusion with the pharmaceutical industry.  Off-the-shelf cleaning products are prone to making people very ill, which means people then buy medicines to make them feel well.  Win win for the chemical industries.

There is another way!

I make my own cleaning products, using all natural ingredients, of which some are essential oils.

My next workshop is on Saturday 5th December, starting at 10am.

It will be my last one this year and is limited to 6 places so there is maximum engagement and learning for all the attendees.

Testimonials and feedback for these workshops is fantastic! (see below or look here).

If you want to be on the band-wagon of people who want healthy homes, then please book your limited cleaning products workshop place here.  You have nothing to lose and only great health to gain!

Best Cleaning Worksop testimonial so far:

“Brilliant workshop with the ‘Green Clean Queen’ Tracey Nixon today! Wholly recommend this…it could save lives! You wouldn’t believe what the commercial products are doing to us…going green IS the way forward and it comes with free health benefits, is environmentally sound and much cheaper than buying ready-made!”

If you would like to know more about the courses and workshops I offer, or just want to know more about natural health, I’m always happy to meet up for a coffee and a chat.  Just complete the form on this page and I’ll follow and we’ll arrange a date.  Easy.

What blog ideas do you have for me?

Today, I have not treated any clients.

At the advice of one of my mentors, I took the day out to write blogs and newsletters and to have the confidence to publish more about my thoughts, ideas, knowledge, skills and experiences.

When I empower my clients to change their beliefs and to take on their world, I often progress to a ‘what if’ analysis.  I have had to do this myself with writing about the above and below.  Instead of thinking ‘what if people disagree with what I write’, I have altered my thinking to ‘what if people love what I write, fully engage with me and I help people’.

Now, that’s a better ‘what if’ isn’t it?


In essence, I had so many notes but not many full written articles. With so much to work with, I have decided to publish a number of inter-linked themes such as food for mood, benefits of my favourite aromatherapy oils, things to do with aromatherapy oils, what is and how to manage and reduce stress, depression, tension and anxiety, and how workplace stress can be reduced.  I would also like to post based on titles of Mindful Mondays, Tuesday Tips, Wellness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, Feel good Fridays, Saturday Stretches and Stress-free Sundays.

What do you think?

Am I on the write path?

Please let me know by commenting below, or letting me know on Twitter @plumessence or Facebook PlumEssenceTherapies

Thank you

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