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Often, one of the things that holds people back from using aromatherapy essential oils is knowing exactly which oils to blend for their specific objectives. So, what better way to find out than with a quick ‘question and answer’ quiz?
Last month, I explored how, by applying the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, essential oils may be chosen to restore energy within the body. This month, I thought it would be interesting to explore the early Greek model of medicine and whether it is relevant nowadays especially in relation to Aromatherapy. In ancient times, it was believed the world was composed of four elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water). These elements were related to the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter), to four fundamental qualities (Hot, Cold, Dry, Damp) and to four temperaments, also known as humours (Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic and Phlegmatic).
Whether you’re making them as a gift or for your own personal pampering supply, herbal bath oils are an easy and eﬀective aromatherapy product you can make at home. Whizz up one of these gorgeous treats in a few minutes and enjoy their therapeutic and skin nurturing beneﬁts for many baths to come! Here’s everything you need to know to make your own aromatherapy bath oils.
Essential oils can used before Winter sports to warm, stimulate and prepare the muscles, uplift the mind and boost energy levels, and after sports to soothe overworked muscles, injuries and aid post-exertion recovery.
As holistic therapists, we really focus on trying to balance the ‘whole’ person. Whilst most modern medicine looks at just the symptom, we try and look at what is underneath that: we look for the cause. Often, this can be a mental or emotional factor.
There is nothing nicer than enjoying a pampering spa day (or evening) at home using beautiful aromatherapy skincare products bursting with delightful, aromatic essential oils. Taking time to plan your home spa 'pamper' experience is part of the fun, deciding, for example, on whether you want to feel relaxed and chilled, or energised and revitalised. Do you want to spend the time with friends or enjoy some ‘me-time’? What sort of products will you choose? Will they be hand-made or from one of your favourite aromatherapy brands?
Whilst many people enjoy the commercial hearts and flowers of Valentine’s Day, for some people it isn’t as enjoyable because it can reinforce feelings of isolation, low confidence or worry about the past and future. If that’s how you feel this year, why not try this combination of yoga and essential oils? It’s perfect for a nurturing night in with yourself!
Prior to having a minor operation, I was keen to discover which essential oils could be used perioperatively i.e. during the three phases of surgery - pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative.
January is the time for cleansing, renewing and focusing on what we want to change, ready for the new year ahead. Many of us love this time, feeling positive and excited about the opportunities it may bring, but some of us can also struggle with the concept of change and even experience January Blues! Whilst it can be a great time for goal-setting, it’s often the case that we make loads of unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions that are impossible to achieve and strive for perfection, and then we beat ourselves up when we don’t achieve them.