How to Get to Sleep When You Have a Cold

by Andrea Butje on November 17, 2014

Get to sleep when you have a coldA bedtime linen spray to help you sleep when you have a cold or the flu.

What are the main things the doctor tells you to do when you have a cold or the flu? Drink plenty of fluids, and get plenty of rest.

Drinking fluids is usually no problem, but getting plenty of rest can be easier said than done!

It’s not always easy to get to sleep when you have a cold . . . and lying awake all night restlessly can be so frustrating. I have a linen spray recipe that you can spray on your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases before you tuck yourself in, which can help your mind and body relax while easing respiratory troubles.

You can make this blend right in a 2 oz (60 ml) spray bottle. Just add:

  • 2 oz (60 ml) water (I like filtered or distilled water)
  • 5 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile)

Shake gently after you close your spray bottle, and then spray it all over your bedding (it’s best to spray under your pillowcases so you don’t have a wet pillow against your cheek).

The great thing about the essential oils in this recipe is that most of them have the dual effects of calming the nervous system and soothing congestion. When we combine them, they all work in synergy to enhance one another’s strengths.

Cedarwood and Frankincense, for example, are famous essential oils for helping the mind calm down. And Lavender’s relaxing qualities have been well researched. Roman Chamomile is one of the most calming oils I know. This oil feels like a friend to me, and having it send me off to sleep is so comforting.

Together the four oils are super-soothing! And they are all welcomed friends to your respiratory system.

I hope this recipe helps you get to sleep when you have a cold!

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A Distiller With a Huge Heart: Globarom!

by Andrea Butje on November 10, 2014

globaromDuring my time on Mahe in the Seychelles, my natural perfumery teacher, Isabelle Gelle, took us to visit a distillery called Globarom.

The distiller is Mustafa Harum Bristol. He has a fantastic distillery and I was really inspired by his work. He is the only essential oil distiller in the Seychelles. He built his own stills and has a beautiful plot of land where he is growing aromatic plants, vegetables and fruits—all organic.

Back in 2003, patchouli could be found alongside roads and paths everywhere in the Seychelles. Until the early 1980’s, the Seychelles was a major exporter of patchouli dried leaves. The Seychelles patchouli used to be considered one of the best in the world.

Mustafa has started an exciting patchuli project! He’s planning to bring the plant and essential oil back to the Seychelles, where it used to grow in abundance but now barely exists. He started in January 2014 with 10 plants ‘rescued’ from the forest, and his nursery now boasts 100 plants and counting!

Watch a 2 minute video of Mustafa and Isabelle at his distillery in the Seychelles.

The patchouli revival project involves more than just regrowing the disappearing patchouli in the Seychelles. It is also meant to create new jobs and a more diversified economy, placing an emphasis on agriculture rather than on tourism only. Private individuals will be encouraged to grow patchouli in their gardens too.

He is initially planning to work with 100 Seychelles families/farmers. Each farmer will receive 10 plants. Our time frame to secure a regular production for the essential oil distillation is 1 – 2 years depending on how soon the nursery is ready.

I will be writing more about Mustafa’s work with patchouli as the project grows and the Patchouli plants become ready to distill. I am excited to say we are going to have a new, excellent source for patchouli in the coming years!

If you’re interested in contacting Mustafa, you can email him at


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