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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.
If you check the back of your regular shampoo, chances are that somewhere on the ingredients list will be ‘Sodium Lauryl Sulphate’ (SLS). This ingredient creeps its way into most hair products, as well as toothpaste, face wash and soap, even if you don’t want it there! At Base Formula, our shampoo is completely SLS free, and for good reason too.
Christmas can bring more than a few health challenges - from stress and headaches through to sore feet and digestive problems. To help, we thought we'd pull together 10 slightly more unusual aromatherapy tips for the Christmas period and beyond! Try making them for yourself - or even give them as practical gifts for friends and family.
In my last article, I discussed the gifts the three Wise Men or Kings, gave to baby Jesus after his birth and how these gifts had great spiritual symbolism. With only a couple of weeks until Christmas, many of us are still considering what gifts we can give to make our loved ones happy. I believe that beautifully handcrafted hampers are the ultimate gift that can be enjoyed by all members of the family regardless of age. It is so easy to make a hamper with a personal twist, so I thought I'd give you a few ideas on how you could make your own miniature aromatherapy hampers to boost your loved ones health and wellbeing this Christmas!
Star Anise essential oil (Illicium verum) is a wonderfully festive scented aromatherapy oil, with a warm, sweet liquorice scent, slightly reminiscent of fennel oil. It is distilled from the beautiful star shaped fruits of a tall evergreen tree that is native to northeast Vietnam and southeast China.
Our NEW Copaiba Balsam essential oil comes from a large tree found in tropical South America. Similar to Frankincense it is steam-distilled from a resin that exudes from the tree trunk. Although a relatively new essential oil, Copaiba resin has been used by South Americans for medicinal purposes, for hundreds of years.
With just under 5 weeks till Christmas my thoughts turned to the true 'traditions of Christmas', an important one being the three Wise Men or Kings, who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Autumn is a great time of year. For me, it can symbolise new beginnings, with trees shedding their beautiful autumn-coloured leaves - cleansing, and preparing themselves for a fresh start the following Spring. A new school year has started, warmer wardrobes come out, and there is a definite feeling of moving forward into a different time of year, very separate from Summer. There is change all around.
Did you know that children are up to 25% more likely to catch colds and flu than adults? They are also a key link in the chain of infection, picking up viruses at school and bringing them home to the rest of the family.
Lupus is an auto-immune disease where the body produces autoantibodies that attack healthy cells. Lupus can have an impact on all of the bodies systems and effect multiple organs including the skin, kidneys, the heart, eyes, muscles and joints. Lupus can be life threatening if the body attacks major organs. Diagnosis for lupus is difficult due to a lot of the symptoms being the same as other diseases such as fibromyalgia, scleroderma and Reynaud’s. It is mainly women who are diagnosed with lupus with 90% of sufferers being female. It is not understood what causes lupus.