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Would you agree with me that there are, broadly speaking, two different ways of looking at our relationship with Nature?

The modern scientific approach sees Nature as something 'out there' that we need to understand, measure, modify, make use of, and maybe even 'conquer'.

Traditional cultures on the other hand tend to see Nature rather more as something we should strive to 'live in tune with', to honour and learn from — a benefic force. And they point out that when we stray from the path of Nature, it results in illness, suffering, and damage to our planet.

This 'holistic' view of Nature allows many ideas and practical applications to fall out: It informs our view of healthcare, the value of yoga and meditation, etc, and also our relationship with the environment — with special emphasis on the plant kingdom.

We start to see plants as potential allies in our growth and development.

We sense their balancing effect, understanding that the fact that a plant grows in a particular area is not a random accident, but it may have some special role to play in the dynamics and evolution of that particular environment.

We can extend this idea to include time. Plants become available to us when they are needed.

The New Generation of Essential Oils

About eight years ago a new 'generation' of essential oils became available. They rejoice in names such as Ahibero, Katafray, Cape May, Iary, Kunzea, Palo Santo ...

Just after we received our first samples, a lady came to visit and she immediately latched on to their significance and became very interested in them. She was one of those deep, 'seeing' people with generous soft energy and exceptional clarity. 'The time for these oils has not yet come', she said, 'but it will come in the next few years. And they are in good hands'.

I was reminded of what she had said when Lydia Bosson spoke about these oils at the Oshadhi conferences at the end of October. One thing Lydia mentioned was how many support the pancreas. Now according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the pancreas is the seat of 'thinking', and imbalance in this area leads to restlessness, anxiety, overthinking and worry. One could say this is the 'disease' of the modern era.

Think about it: it is not that long ago that the normal means of communication (especially overseas) was by posting a letter. Do you remember that? One would write it out by hand, fold it carefully, and put it in an envelope. Then it would be stamped, and put in the post box. Maybe in a couple of weeks we would begin to wonder if we could expect a reply. Now with instant messaging we start to get excited because we can see that someone has read our message ... It has already been a minute, and they haven't replied yet. What's going on?

Our lives have become intense, putting a strain on the pancreas, the seat of thinking. It turns out that pancreatic cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers, and the only one where both the incidence and death rate are increasing. Coincidence?

I'll be writing more about these extraordinary oils in forthcoming newsletters.

Getting to know a new essential oil

Ok. There's a new oil in town, and you're not sure why, but you feel attracted to it. Maybe it is the aroma, maybe the name, where it's from, or you've had a look at the main chemical compounds. Whatever it is, there's something about it that intrigues you and you want to find out [...]

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Strange Tales from the Men's Locker Room

The aroma in the men's changing room at the fitness club where I go isn't something I particularly want you to have to imagine.At the most acceptable end of the scale are some fairly unpleasant and toxic aftershaves, and from there it is downhill all the way. You really don't want to know... (They are a [...]

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Organic or Wild Essential Oils? Which is Better?

All Oshadhi essential oils are classified according to their cultivation. You'll find the following categories:WildCertified organicCertified organic wildConventionalYou may not fully understand the difference and wonder if it is really worth getting 'organic'. Here is a video in which Malte explains the different energy associated with wild-growing plants.I'd like to add one thing to this. 75% [...]

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Are you a 'looker' or a 'sniffer'?

One of the greatest pleasures of being involved with essential oils is the time I spend with people who come round and want to sample them. And one thing I always notice is that people tend to fit into two different groups: there are those who just lift the bottle up to their nose and have [...]

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Why do essential oils produce such a wide range of benefits?

Last week I was talking to my son and happened to mention a minor complaint. 'I'm quite sure there's an essential oil for that!' came the reply, with more than a hint of irony.This really made me laugh. It was fair comment. But there was a serious point there too. As one learns more about [...]

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The Crucial Process of Distillation and the True Art of Essential Oil Production

You probably wouldn't be reading this if you didn't already have an interest in quality of essential oils. So it's worth taking time to go more deeply into the factors that determine the characteristics of the end product.Did you know that distillation is one of the critical factors that determines whether we end up with [...]

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The story of Oshadhi and why I decided to ignore everyone's advice

You've probably noticed this yourself, but as you start to develop a higher profile on the internet and more attention comes your way, all manner of people seem to want to offer you advice.I was approached the other day by someone who wanted to tell me how to communicate with customers. One of the golden [...]

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How to know more about Essential Oils

Have you spent many years using, loving, recommending and appreciating essential oils? Or are you perhaps taking your first steps on this magical journey?  Whatever your particular story, I can almost guarantee one thing: that you feel you don't know enough about essential oils!  And how could it ever be otherwise? Essential oils are complex, multifaceted expressions [...]

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The Oshadhi Vision: An Interview with Malte Hozzel

Last time I promised to send you an interview with Malte in which he talks more about how Oshadhi came into existence, and the thinking and feeling that informs it.I had been planning to wait a few weeks before I sent it to you, but to be honest, there was such a nice response to [...]

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