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One of the common things people ask me as an Aromatherapist is about how to use essential oils during pregnancy. It’s as if the human instinct to be as natural as possible with health care, kicks in the moment Mother Nature makes you a protector of a child; after all, your baby is the most precious miracle that ever happened, right? So, of course, it’s common to want to care for your health in the most natural and protective way possible. And, what better way than utilising holistic therapies to aid you through the biggest and most exciting change in your life!
Mandarin essential oil has a sweet, bright, orangey, citrusy scent that we all know well! It’s a great oil to use as we move into Autumn not least because of its association with the colour orange, like our beautiful Autumn leaves, but also because it's a lovely therapeutic oil to support and uplift us through change, which is what this season is all about!
Whilst many people think of Aromatherapy as just ‘massage with scented oils,’ this is not simply the case. Yes, essential oils have delicious fragrances, but they actually come from plant extracts which makes them extremely therapeutic too; meaning that essential oils can help with pretty much anything!
Returning to work, school or uni after the Summer holidays can bring mixed emotions – maybe excitement, nerves, or feelings of dread. Learn how you can use essential oils to ease yourself back into that work/school routine.
One of my favourite ways to integrate Aromatherapy in the home is via an aromatherapy treatment bath! As an Aromatherapist I always make sure that, as well as providing a massage, I am giving great aftercare advice to ensure that my clients can make the best use of Aromatherapy themselves. What I tend to do, therefore, is send them away with a small bottle of their bespoke essential oil blend that we’ve mixed together during their treatment, so they can continue balancing their health at home! In particular, I advise that they can pop the essential oil blend into a bath to have their own mini treatment sessions – perhaps making it a regular ritual for self-care.
Using an aromatherapy massage oil before and after exercise can help warm and prepare your muscles for action, prevent injury and stiffness, soothe aches and pains and speed muscle recovery.
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!