A Word About Me: I’m a mum with two kids and two dogs, with a working background in sales and marketing, but after a few years of job dis-satisfaction I retrained as an aromatherapist in 2009. I was born and raised in Cheshire, and apart from a few years in York, have always lived here in leafy Wilmslow, Cheshire.
I LOVE beauty products! However, having suffered with severe eczema and skin problems since my mid 20’s, skincare shopping always made me sad and frustrated. It wasn’t until I had children and realised I needed to change my career, whilst battling with my own awful eczema, that I dreamed up LJ Natural. After lots of hard work, research and experimentation, I started to hand-produce small batches of divine beauty products. My wonderful little company was born.
So LJ Natural was born at my kitchen table, and it is still where I think up new ideas and experiments that eventually turn into amazing, natural products that you will love to use.
I’m interested in all (and have used several) types of complementary therapy. I have found, alongside a reasonably health and balanced diet, they are the only way to keep my sensitive skin in good condition.
My aim is to create really effective products that make people feel better and that smell amazing, without harming the environment.
You can read more about me, and specifically my own struggle with severe eczema, at my natural skincare blog page.
In my spare time I like walking my dogs, pottering in the garden (attempting to grow veg) and hanging out with my kids, whilst they still like me. I’m also a climate-change activist and am part of many local organisations involved with making positive changes around sustainability and climate change. I passionately believe we all need to do more to save this beautiful planet. There is no Planet B.
A Word About Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a form of complementary or holistic therapy. It uses the natural essential oil that has been extracted from herbs, flowers and plants. Different oils have different properties and fragrances. These can be used to enhance our mood and optimise our health and well-being.
Many oils are very beneficial in skin and hair care because they work in harmony with the body, unlike chemical and synthetic products. Without boring you with the science, the molecules are very small so they sink right into the skin, rather than just sitting on the surface.
Aromatherapy is an holistic therapy, meaning that a person is treated as a whole, rather than just treating a specific symptom. It is often used in combination with other forms of complementary therapy.
I’m a member of International Federation of Aromatherapists and they have quite rightly asked us to display the text below, to help general understanding of what aromatherapy is and what it can do, and not do:
“Aromatherapy can be defined as the ancient art and science of blending naturally extracted essential oils from aromatic plants, to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. Essential oils can only be extracted from aromatic plants, including flowers, leaves, roots, resins, seeds and fruit, with each essential oil having its own unique healing properties. Aromatherapy is one of the most popular forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). It promotes health and aromatherapy massage may help alleviate a variety of minor medical conditions.
Aromatherapy aims to enhance well-being, relieve stress and help in the rejuvenation and regeneration of the human body. Essential oils have the unique ability of working not just on physical conditions when used with massage, but they can also have a positive effect on emotional wellbeing. Aromatherapy can provide a relaxing and calming effect for those suffering with mental health problems, dementia and those receiving palliative care. As a result, it is also used in a variety of settings, including hospitals and hospices.
Today, aromatherapy is widely accepted by orthodox and complementary practitioners as one of the most comprehensive natural therapies.”
If you’d like to know more about aromatherapy and what a properly qualified aromatherapist can do for you, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.