Here are my top three books all about essential oils.

Aromatherapy: 600 Aromatherapy Recipes for Beauty, Health & Home plus advice and tips on how to use essential oils by Beth Jones.

This book opens up the world of aromatherapy by providing lots of information and practical advice on how to maximize the use of essential oils. 600 Aromatherapy Recipes will teach you how to create your own blends in the comfort of your home, advise you what steps to undertake when buying essential oils, and also how to store them properly.

42 oils are explained in detail, outlining their benefits, advantages, properties, and what other oils they blend well with. Carrier oils are also explained, along with some very important safety guidelines that must always be adhered to.

Living a greener, healthier, more natural lifestyle is easily achievable with aromatherapy and essential oils. 600 Aromatherapy Recipes shows you the potential power of essential oils and how they can achieve results that are nothing short of amazing.

All for £7.99 paperback or £2.39 for a Kindle Edition – this book is exceptional good value for money and has all you need to know about aromatherapy oils.



Roses are believed to have a mild sedative and anti-depressant properties so infuse rose hip and a few drops of rose extract in hot water for a morning drink which will keep your mood upbeat as the winter closes in.


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Fibromyalgia sufferers are affected by the ambient pressure especially if it goes down suddenely. If a storm approaches the pressure drops, causing the air in our joints to expand.

Barometric pressure is a measurement of the weight that is exerted by the air all around us. When its a lovely sunny day then the barometric pressure tends to be quite high.

The change in the weather can effect us all, even air conditioning units can disrupt muscle aches and pains.



I’d read on a few forums that it can be quite hard to come off opioids but I was still determined to cut my quantity down by at least half.

The first side effect I had was the shakes, which I knew was nothing to worry about and would settle down.

Then came the pains from places I’d not had pain from before, in particular in my right foot which is still giving me a lot of problem.

Then the headaches which seem to always arrive in the middle of the night, but I’ve found doing the acupressure points or using the roller ball works for this.

Lastly (at least I hope so) has come the ‘chronic fatigue’, which is nothing like I normally suffer from, but ten times worse. All I want to do is sleep, from the minute I wake up, I just want to go back to sleep again. By late morning I can’t wait for the afternoon to come so I can go for my rest which has now extended to two hours instead of my usual one.

I can only presume it’s my bodies way of trying to manage the pain on it’s own without the help of the opioids which I have cut down from 450mg to 100mg so that is a massive drop. However, I have had the odd 50mg when I’ve been desperate but I’ve managed on paracetamol most of the time.

It’s only 10 days so it’s early days yet but I’m really pleased with my progress except for the chronic fatigue which I really do hope will lift soon.

If you suffer from chronic fatigue, how do you cope with it?



They say that happiness is contagious. Our happiness influences the people we know and the people they know.

Research shows that the happiness of a close contact increases the chance of being happy by 15%. The happiness of a 2nd-degree contact (e.g. friend’s spouse) increases it by 10% and the happiness of a 3rd-degree contact (e.g. friend of a friend of a friend) by 6%.

Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. Bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.

They say that ‘For fifty years we’ve aimed relentlessly at higher incomes. But despite being much wealthier, we’re no happier than we were five decades ago. At the same time we’ve seen an increase in wider social issues, including a worrying rise in anxiety and depression in young people. It’s time for a positive change in what we mean by progress’.

We can all do with a ‘lift’ now and then, especially if are having a tough time with our pain or illness. Their website has some free downloadable posters about happiness and other inspirational material. Go to their website ‘Action for Happiness’,