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"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living." 

Sir David Attenborough

For thousands of years people have turned to plants to sustain them.  Not only for food but for healing.  They relieve aches, pains and ailments.  Plants such as foxgloves gave us digitalis used to treat heart conditions (and still synthesised today) poppies gave us opium and the list goes on.   


Essential oils are the “essence” of plants.  The essential oils themselves are extracted from the flower, stem, root or bark of the plant.   They have the power of the plant they come from and are extremely effective at helping us with all sorts of issues from anxiety and depression, to hormonal imbalance and night flashes via colds and flu.  I'm not suggesting they are a replacement for modern medicine, but properly used they can help us.


Animals have always used plants instinctively.  Take a sheep for example.  They will nibble on willow branches to ease their pain, and graze on wild herbs to diversify their diet.  They, in their turn, add to the plants well-being by grazing areas hard so there is more likelihood of plant diversity-  as well as carrying seeds in their droppings. Birds also carry seeds,  pollinate plants - and don’t get me started on bees and other insect pollinators - without which  we wouldn’t be able to have enough food to eat.   We all need each other to survive.  

Lilac Cottage Shop plays a part in this natural, mutual support cycle.  Our planet needs help and nourishment too.  Read more below to find out how my business helps within its making, selling, packing and future plans.  

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