This October John and I had a short break in Spain. Nothing special to do, just relax, catch up on sleep and enjoy the Spanish food and sunshine.
Driving from Alicante airport to Los Alcazares in the Murcia region we noticed large fields of olive trees, orange trees, lemons … I hadn’t realised how much Spain is a largely agricultural country until I got there. After a little bit of research, I discovered that Spain produces crops like wheat, barley, vegetables, tomatoes, olives, sugar, beets, fruit, grapes, and cork.
Once you get here you really can’t miss the olive trees … they are everywhere and delicious olives are served with pretty much everything. Olive oil and olives are one of the pillars of Spanish cuisine and the experts say that Spanish olive oil is one of the best in the world.
Because of its amazing benefits you can find olive oil in our Hand butter.
Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. It, therefore, protects the skin from premature aging (I’m thinking to have a bath in it at least once a week, lol!). It restores skin smoothness and prevents free radical damage to the skin.
Spain also produces some of the essential oils you can find in our products:
Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus Limonum)
Essential oils have all been used effectively throughout the ages to repel insects, and lemon essential oil is one of them. You can find this liquid yellow essential oil, with its characteristic citrus smell, in our Insect Repelling Citrus Spray. This fruit is cultivated, grown mainly in Murcia, and grows in spring.
Cistus Hydrosol (Cistus Ladaniferus) or Rock Rose
Has a soothing, woody and amber smell. Because of its healing and regenerative properties you can find it in our Soothing Antiseptic Spray. Suzanne Catty states that Cistus Hydrosol is astringent, cicatrisant, styptic and is useful for wound and scar care as well as in anti-wrinkle prevention and plumping skin [Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2001), 84-85.] This plant is completely wild and it grows in June.
Orange Essential Oil (Sinensis)
This essential oil is orange coloured and has a fresh herbaceous citrusy smell. The smell of orange essential oil reminds us of happy moments and brings pleasant thoughts to mind. It creates a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter, which is perfect to combat depression or anxiety. This is why you can find this essential oil in our Calming Floral Spray and Insect repelling Citrus Spray.