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At Base Formula, we’re huge advocates of a healthy lifestyle, and regular exercise is an important way to help both the body and the mind. There are a ton of benefits that we can glean from exercising, but sore muscles certainly are not one of them! That feeling of aching, weary limbs that makes simple tasks seem suddenly impossible is something we’ve all experienced after a workout.
Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii) is most well known for skincare, but also has a multitude of other uses! Originating from India and Pakistan, the oil has a long history of use in traditional Ayurvedic medicine and skincare. Like last month’s oil, Lemongrass - and also Citronella - Palmarosa belongs to a family of tall, herbaceous, scented grasses (Poaceae), and is now cultivated in Indonesia, Africa and Brazil, as well as the Indian sub-continent.
As I sat in my garden writing this article, I found myself in awe of the natural magnificence that surrounded me. There is so much healthy goodness in the world, and until we take a pause from daily bustle and sit in nature, just breathing in its beauty, we forget what we have in front of us! So what better to write about this month, I thought, than how to incorporate the garden into our Summer skincare? Off I set, gathering ideas for all-natural face mask recipes for a ‘Secret Garden’ selection!
I knew this would be an emotionally difficult article to write. Actually, what I underestimated was the complete and utter impossibility of adequately putting into words any form of sentence that could convey any kind of sense of what something this tragic actually felt like. I had given myself the impossible task of logically writing about something you can only really 'feel'. I recently visited Grenfell Tower, you see…
Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon citratus) is the absolute embodiment of ‘Summer' - having a strong citrusy scent with earthy undertones which reminds us of the great outdoors!
At times, using essential oils may seem a bit confusing or time consuming - working out which oils you need to use and how you're going to use them! Sometimes - if you mainly use essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser, like a lot of people - it may also feel like they can only be used at home!
Wow! At the time of writing this article, it’s been so hot I really feel that summer is finally on its way and it’s time to display my feet and wear sandals, meaning that I will need to give them some much needed tender loving care!
You may remember that in March, I explored how, by applying the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, some believe that essential oils may be chosen to restore energy within the body, and that in April I focussed on the ancient Greek healthcare approach, discussing Hippocrates specifically, who believed that the moral and spiritual aspects of healing were important, and that attitude, environmental influences, and natural remedies were central for maintaining and restoring good health. This month, I conclude my research into alternative and ancient traditions by looking at the Chakra system. This system originates from Buddhism and Hinduism, although both have different theories, with Buddhist literature mentioning four chakras, and Hindu texts stating seven: Root (Muladhara), Sacra (Svadisthana), Solar Plexus (Manipura), Heart (Anaha), Throat (Vishudda), Brow (Ajna), Crown (Sahasrara) - specific locations of each chakra will be discussed later.
The IFA’s Aromatherapy Awareness Week runs from 12-16th June 2017 and the theme this year is Aromatherapy and Mental Health! According to IFA’s stats, 1 in 6 adults has a ‘Common Mental Disorder’ (a classification for different types of anxiety and depression), and the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre says this statistic has been rising since 2000. So, if you are suffering, know firstly that you are not alone.