Members of Acklington WI were welcomed to some wonderful scents on entering the hall for the April meeting.
Alexandra Burn, who was giving us a talk on human and canine aromatherapy, had already laid out tester strips of the many oils she had brought with her.
Alexandra went from working in the corporate sector to pursue aromatherapy, which was being used as long as 6,000 to 9,000 years ago.
Essential oils are the pure essence of the plant with some taking an enormous weight to make just a few mls.
Pure oils, which must always be in a dark glass bottle, are extremely powerful and are normally mixed with a carrier oil or cream as the pure oil can burn.
Alexandra normally works in London but now and again visits the North East. She blends her oils at a client consultation, ensuring the smell is acceptable.
The tester strips were sent around and Alexandra explained what treatment each one was normally used for. Some members took advantage of the oil-scented hand cream which went down well.
After several questions and answers, president Sylvia Linnett gave the appreciation.
Alexandra judged the competition for a pet portrait before she left: 1 Mary Guy; 2 Sylvia Linnett; 3 Barbara Cock.
Sylvia opened the business part of the meeting.
Sylvia will be attending the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on June 2; Norham WI are holding a WI centenary event on August 1; four people are interested in the croquet organised by Bamburgh WI on June 17; there is an Edinburgh trip with Widdrington and Stobswood on June 7, to be paid by May 18; and four are taking part in the car treasure hunt at Longhoughton on June 15.
Sylvia congratulated the reading aloud team for reaching the finals which will be held on May 19, at Stannington Village Hall with supporters more than welcome.
The WI centenary AGM at the Royal Albert Hall on June 4, can now be seen by anyone having access to broadband.
The Acklington WI entry for the Rose Bowl competition at Warkworth Show will be a maximum 20 line poem/limerick of the Magna Carta.
The Pimms event at Margaret Hammond’s home will now be a Pimms and cream teas afternoon on Saturday, June 13, and will also be our WI centenary event. Centenary raffle tickets are available from Mary Guy.
Tea and biscuits followed with the result of the raffle.
The next meeting will be a short resolution discussion followed by a cookery demonstration with Marjorie Goodchild making a five-course meal on May 12, at 7.15pm with pooled supper and special raffle.
Members were invited to bring a friend/guest. The competition will be for three small savouries.