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Calm amid the chaos

Calm in the chaosSo here we are on 21st December, the winter solstice and shortest day of 2014.  We’re drinking coffee and eating dark chocolate pretzels and I am sitting here on the sofa (that also doubles as the bed in our tiny studio) trying to find a moment of calm to gather my thoughts.  Running boy is in the kitchen, literally one metre to my right, cleaning and packing up.  The Sunday football is on the radio, the washing machine is whirring with a final wash and our suitcases and boxes lie open and half packed a couple of metres to my left.

We’re on the move again.  Today is our day for packing up and cleaning the tiny 26 square metres of space that has been our home for the past eleven and a half weeks.  Tomorrow we will drive to the bassin d’arcachon and unload and unpack into our next housesit, a cute wooden cottage of 60 square metres on the bay overlooking the oyster farms.  The following day we drive to the airport to fly back to the UK for a week or so of catching up with friends and family before returning on new year’s day to start our housesit proper.

It’s been an interesting time of late and has been a challenge to find calm amid the chaos, but we’re getting there and we’re moving forward in the right direction.

This is what I’ll be doing to re-energise as December and 2014 come to a close:

Some quiet journaling as I work my way through the Winter Joy Retreat

Quiet contemplation and thinking about how I want to feel as we move into 2015

Listening to this song and feeling festive

Watching this with my niece and nephew and singing along

Having a bath using this blend of essential oils

Spending time with family and friends enjoying long winter walks, cosy pubs, good food and laughs.

Wishing everyone a wonderful end to 2014 and a very happy new year – see you in 2015 ♥

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Aromatherapy, essential oils & potions

Calm Chamomile

Chamomile

“The bathing with a decoction of camomile taketh away weariness, easeth pains to what part of the body soever they be applied.”

Nicholas Culpeper – Culpeper’s Complete Herbal

There are wonderful patches of chamomile lawn in the garden here which give off the delicate appley scent of the herb when walked upon or freshly mown.  I’m trying to keep some areas mower-free to allow the chamomile to grow so that I can harvest the flowers to make chamomile tea and other lovely concoctions.  Chamomile is great to use in hair treatments (especially for blondes), skin cream and calming eye patches.

I love Culpeper’s quote.  It has not lost any importance over time and Chamomile is still one of the most popular essential oils when looking for something soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory.  Great to use in baths and massage oil, one of my personal favourites is a combination of Chamomile and Lavender in an evening sea-salt bath ~ a real stress-buster and aid to sleep.  Aaaaahh…….

What do you use Chamomile for?  Leave a comment and share your thoughts ♥