Violeta Vasilopoulou, Author at Life Essence

June 15, 2017


  • 1 bunch of broccolini
  • 8-10 thin slices of organic halloumi
  • 1 pear, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 small lemon
  • Ghee or butter
  • 1 tsp raw honey or rice malt syrup


  1. Saute your broccolini in the ghee or butter over medium heat until par-cooked, then set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the halloumi and squeeze in the juice from half a lemon. Fry until golden. Set aside.
  3. Add about 1 tablespoon of ghee or butter and 1 teaspoon of honey to the pan. Once combined and bubbling, add the pear. Cook until just soft. (Don’t cook too long or it will become mushy.)
  4. Arrange on a serving plate then sprinkle the pine nuts over the top. If you wish, squeeze a little lemon juice over the salad.
  5. Serve warm or chill in the fridge for later.




June 12, 2017


Some Basics

Lavender is one of the most trusted and utilized medicinal plants in the world. It’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of essential oils due to its wide range of uses!

Interesting History

Some of its earliest uses include being used as an embalming agent for the ancient Egyptians, killing lice and fleas and being used as a flavoring agent to assist with calming the stomach. The Greeks, Persians, and Romans all added it to their bath water. It’s also recorded in many English herbal medicine recipes and folk remedies.

What Science Shows

There is strong scientific evidence that Lavender has beneficial properties for:

  • Anxiety
  • Menstrual pain
  • Caesarean pain
  • Agitated behavior (dementia)
  • Pain relief
  • Lice
  • Antidepressant

There is also emerging science that Lavender is beneficial in the following areas:

  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Memory/brain protection
  • Intestinal function
  • Canker sores
  • Respiratory function
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Oral health
  • Hair loss
  • Sleep aid
  • Headaches
  • Antibacterial.

5 ways I personally use Lavender in my home:

  1. I combine Tea Tree, Lavender and water in a mist bottle and use as a daily facial toner. I find this combination works well for breakouts and general redness.
  2. Every night I either diffuse Lavender in our bedroom or rub it onto my chest to help me fall asleep quickly and get a deep sleep.
  3. When I burn myself in the kitchen or with our log fire (which seems to be often) I’ll run the burn under cold water and then apply lavender essential oil to the burn.
  4. When I have a talking event I’ll wear lavender with lemon and wild orange to keep my anxiety at bay. This works wonders! And smells amazing too.
  5. I’ll run a hot bath, add Epsom salts and some lavender oil then light a few candles and as soon as I step into the hot water, I can feel the stress of the day melt away. So relaxing.


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** Please note that due to the very large amount of individual scientific studies applicable to this post, I cannot provide individual links within the post. If you wish to be directed to the journal published studies I gathered my info from, comment below stating exactly which application you would like the links to.