Essentials oils have more benefits than just adorable fragrances


Hanna-Lize Candles, Creams & Soap, make natural body care products. I am a qualified Aroma therapist and my passion for the healing properties of essential oils on mind, body and soul has led to my business.

Aromatherapy comes from the French word “aromatherapie”. This word was first used by French chemist Gattefosse in the 1930s. Gattefosse researched and noted down the healing properties of essential oils. But we have to remember the use of essential oils is as old as civilisation itself.

The first Aromatherapy book was published in the English language in 1977, it was called The art of aromatherapy by Robert Tisserand.

Essential oils are obtained from flowers, leaves, fruit, roots and stems of plants by either distillation (lavender), expression (citrus oils) or solvent extraction (jasmine, rose). Essential oils enter the body through inhalation and skin absorption.

Here are an over view of some of the essential oils I use to make my products:

Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia

Method of extraction – Steam distilled from the freshly cut flowering tops and stalks. It has the status as the most popular and versatile essential oil in Aromatherapy. Lavender is calming and relaxing. It is very good for the relief of muscular aches and pains and can be used for the relief of rheumatism, sciatica and arthritis. Lavender has been identified as the most popular essential oil during child birth. It is recommended for the treatment of colds, flu and asthma.

Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens (My personal favourite oil)

Method of extraction – Steam distilled from the leaves and branches. It is a diuretic and has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system there for it is great for treating cellulite, fluid retention and swelling of the ankles. Geranium has anti-inflammatory properties which make it useful for treating eczema and psoriasis. Geranium is excellent for treating stress, nervous tension, depression, headaches and anxiety. This essential oil is also recommended for conditions where fluctuating hormones are a problem. Geranium essential oils are regularly used in skin care products because it has a balancing effect on the production of sebum and has a great aroma.

Patchouli – Pogostemom cablin.

Method of extraction – Steam distillation of dried leaves. Patchouli is great for treating scars, skin inflammations and eczema. This oil helps to alleviate depression, anxiety and stress related conditions.

Sweet Orange – Citrus sinensis

Method of extraction – Cold-pressed from the ripe outer peel of the orange fruit. This oil helps to settle the digestive system; it eases spasms and relieves cramps. It is a mild sedative and has antidepressant properties. Sweet orange sooths dry , irritated skin.

Cautions: When essential oils are used properly they are safe, but used incorrectly can be potentially harmful to the body.

  • Essential oils are highly inflammable.
  • Should never be taken orally.
  • Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Essential oils should never be applied neat on the skin

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We all suffer from how do we relieve STRESS?

Stress. Definition: “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances” (Oxford English Dictionary)

How often do we use or hear that word today? Whether it is our children telling us about pressures of school and exams, our partners complaining about pressures of life and work, or ourselves trying to juggle work, home, friends and families. Many of us feel that there are not enough hours in the day and we are struggling to make time for ourselves.

The body enters into a state of stress when the level of pressure it is feeling goes beyond its natural ability to cope with it. When this happens, the body’s natural response to pressure, which is to run away of fight, is exceeded and the body starts to become exhausted with the effort of maintaining a constant state of readiness. It can affect many systems of the body and if the stress becomes long term or chronic then damage may occur. This damage can affect health and well-being, which in turn can make life harder in the areas of relationships, work and play. As a result, we might find ourselves feeling overwhelmed at the slightest challenge.  

Stress is thought to be responsible for many other illnesses and problems. For example, there is some evidence to suggest that it may affect fertility. When stressed, our bodies release cortisol, which in turn can cause the release of an inhibiting hormone that reduces the production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone; both of which are integral to the release of the egg and the implantation after fertilisation. In other words feeling stressed is not supportive to getting pregnant.

There are many ways you can help yourself to combat stress; take regular exercise, reduce stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, eat healthily, take up mediation, laugh more, do something creative, or find time for a complementary therapy.

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy that uses reflex areas on the feet or hands that are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body. It dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China although it wasn’t introduced to the Western World until 1913, at that time known as “Zone Therapy”. By the 1930’s this was developed further into what is now known as reflexology. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which works with you holistically to help restore the body to its balance naturally and thus can help to relieve the symptoms of stress.




When you are feeling stressed tension tends to accumulate in your head, neck and shoulders; important energy centres within your body. Indian Head Massage helps unknot blockages and relieve this uncomfortable build-up of tension; working on both the physical and emotional level promoting relaxation and relieving stress.





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My first year as a designer maker

I worked in local government for 27 years until I was made redundant in 2011. After the initial shock of redundancy I decided to look on the positive side.

I had been attending Basildon Adult college and in July 2011 achieved a City & Guilds distinction in Soft Furnishings. With the confidence of the qualification I decided to turn my hobby into a business. Taking my nickname as my business name, I created Lizzington.


I spent some time attending useful courses, researching, business planning and producing samples of my work and in March 2012 attended my first craft fair. It was a rainy day in Upminster but with a selection of cushions to sell I squeezed as many as I could on the 4ft table provided. I sold a few that day – all to my friends !!


More time spent playing around with fabric developed into bag making. I am lucky enough to get beautiful wool tweeds individually woven by my sister in Wales.


I did a few more craft fairs, but without much success. Other stallholders were complimentary about my products, but often told me what a bad year it was – not the best time to start a business. It was disappointing but I wouldn’t give up.


Focussing on my bag making skills, I spent time dithering over pricing. I was worried that if they were too expensive I wouldn’t sell any, if they were too cheap I wouldn’t make any money at all.


In June I did my first show in a marquee. It was wet !! The marquee was filled with straw to stop us sinking into the mud, and cars were pulled onto the showground with a tractor. I didn’t hold out much hope, but was pleasantly surprised and for the first time took more money than the day cost.


In July I was accepted into the Essex Craft & Design show at RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford. It was a big decision as the cost was three times more than I had paid previously, and only high quality hand made products were accepted, but it was great. People loved my handmade, unique bags, I sold plenty, and it was a real boost to my confidence.


A few more dismal local craft fairs followed, but I had some success in the lead up to Christmas.


Over Christmas my partner and I reviewed the business and made positive plans for 2013.  


One year on from my first craft fair there have been lots of ups and downs and a massive learning curve. I don’t get my nails done every fortnight, I don’t eat out once or twice a week, I study all the special offers when I go to Asda, and work longer hours than I used to BUT I am happier than I have ever been. I now feel have enough knowledge and experience to take my business to the next level.


I love my business, and with the encouragement and support of my partner and my sister, I am more determined than ever to make it a success.


Liz Kemp


Conscious Birth - Hypnobirthing

My name is Steph, mum to three boys aged 16, 14 & 10 and I am a Birth & Post Natal Doula and Hypnobirthing teacher.

I first learned of the benefits of Hypnobirthing when I attended a birth as a Doula in early 2011. My client was having her third baby and was using HB during the birth process, as she had done with the last two births also. She delivered her baby at home, in a calm and quiet atmosphere with no pain relief. She had achieved the birth SHE wanted. It was an empowering experience to be part of and I just knew that this was something I had to learn more about, it truly inspired me.

I decided to investigate further and I decided to train to teach HB with Katharine Graves in May 2011 and haven’t looked back since!

I have been very lucky to have taught many couples and also witness some of their birth experiences as their doula; all have been magical in a very personal way to them.

Unfortunately none of my births were Hypnobirths, as HB was not as commonly known whilst I was pregnant, and I really wish it had been! The only childbirth ante natal groups I attended was the hospital Parent craft ones at around 34 weeks of pregnancy and whilst they were very informative, a lot of the focus was on pain relief and what my options were on that score.

HB is the complete opposite to that! We never focus on the ‘pain’ aspect of childbirth; in fact Mothers that use HB are far less likely to describe the birth of their baby as painful or traumatic and are less likely to request an epidural or other medical pain relief.

In the past, before following my path into Doulaing I would disregard positive, empowered birth stories I heard, believing it to be luck, or that maybe she had a higher pain threshold than me, thinking how an earth can you believe childbirth to be wonderful! Of course now I realise I was completely jealous as my birth experiences were not at all as was being described to me!

From learning to teach HB I am able to use many of the tools in my daily life, I guess you can say it has changed my life!

It has enabled me to see life from a more positive angle, I avoid letting negativity creep in by protecting myself from it or recognising things that make me feel negative, I use daily affirmations and always take time out to just breathe!

Hypnobirthing gives you many skills to use during your pregnancy, birth and afterwards but it also leaves you with many life skills that can be used well after your birth and early days with your new baby.

HB is just like any new skill, the more practice you get the better the results. If you was to learn to play the piano for example and only played during the time you was being taught, you would gradually get better but if you took time out in between classes to practice you would get a lot better and grow in confidence much quicker. It doesn’t guarantee you a pain free, perfect birth, but what it does guarantee is you will feel more in control of your birth, you will feel confident to make choices that are right for you and your family throughout your pregnancy and birth, come what may!

HB can be learnt with your birth partner, be that your husband, wife, mother, doula, friend..... whoever will be supporting you during your birth. It enables your birth partner to play an active, supportive and confident presence during the birth experience; leaving them feeling they have played a part in the birth of their baby too. In fact birth partners usually become the biggest advocates for HB and usually tell anyone that will listen afterwards, because it really leaves them feeling informed, empowered and euphoric! (Below is a recent testimonial from a Dad I taught, he is now known as Hypnoman by me and his wife as he always talks about HB to anyone he meets that is pregnant!)


'When my wife said she was interested in Hypnobirthing I didn't have a clue what it was and even when she explained what she knew of it I still was sceptical of it, but was happy to go along with it as my wife was scared and I wanted to help and support her. Then we met Steph and after just one session I was confident that we would be able to get through this together. I looked forward to each week and finding out more about breathing techniques and how clever the body is. The more we learnt the more I believed we could do this together and have a pleasant, peaceful birth. Everything about giving birth the Hypnobirthing way is common sense and just allowing your body do what it naturally wants to do. I highly recommend Hypnobirthing as every family deserves a stress free natural birth, especially your baby!' 


There are so many benefits to HB and it isn’t just for natural birth, I have taught couples that are planning a C-Section birth too. It will not only bring relaxation to the birth experience itself but also in the run up to it. Ante natally you’ll be more relaxed, prepared and in control leading to a calm and confident birth and postnatal experience. Techniques taught will also benefit your stay in hospital, aid bonding and help with feeding choices.

HB gives you an emotional toolkit to enable you to birth confidently and calmly, in any birth scenario.

Our classes are taught over five sessions in a group setting, four on a One to One basis with each class lasting 2 ½ hours. Our group classes are located in Chelmsford and Ongar and we are happy to offer One to One sessions from the comfort of your own home throughout Essex.

The Hypnobirthing sessions include;

  • Powerful relaxations, visualisations and breathing techniques
  • Confident and active involvement of birth partner
  • Learn to avoid negative situations, and surround yourself with positivity
  • Eliminating fear and looking forward to your birth
  • Open discussions and options for birth preferences
  • What to expect in early stages, established labour and the hours after birth
  • Understanding your newborn, feeding choices and ways to soothe in the early days

And for our group classes we also offer;

  • Nutrition in pregnancy, feeding yourself is feeding your baby
  • Supplements
  • Foods to avoid & foods to increase

Weaning (Introducing Solid foods to your baby

  • When, Why and How?
  • Baby-Led Weaning
  • Traditional spoon-fed weaning
  • What’s right for you and your baby?
  • Foods to avoid at different stages
  • Ideal first foods BLW or traditional spoon-fed

(Meal plans – Sample menus and tasting all included)

 So as you can see what you get from our classes is a full antenatal training which is simple, logical and profound. It is designed to meet the needs of every mother to have a gentle, natural birth for herself and for her baby. It also leaves you feeling confident about the first few weeks, months with your baby and ignites your natural maternal intuition.

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