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Enjoy an aromatherapy spa experience at home



Enjoy an aromatherapy spa experience at homeThere 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?

Love yourself - a Valentine's meditation with essential oils



Love yourself - a ValentineWhilst 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!

Aromatherapy essential oils for post-operative care



Aromatherapy essential oils for post-operative carePrior 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.

Essential oils for a heart-happy and healthy New Year!



Essential oils for a heart-happy and healthy New Year!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.

The benefits of using an SLS Free Shampoo



What are the benefits of using an SLS Free Shampoo?

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a chemical detergent found in many shampoos. Although opinions vary as to its safety, it is known to have drying effects which can be damaging for both hair and skin!

Aromatherapy remedies for Christmas and beyond



Aromatherapy remedies for Christmas and beyondChristmas 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.

Aromatherapy Hampers for Christmas



Aromatherapy Hampers for ChristmasIn 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!

Autumnal essential oils for embracing change



Autumnal essential oils for embracing changeAutumn 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.

Aromatherapy and Lupus



Aromatherapy and LupusLupus 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.

Essential oils to balance the chakras



Essential oils to balance the chakrasAre you feeling out of balance, but you’re not sure why?  It could be that the energy flow in your body is blocked.  Life experiences such as stress, trauma and illness can create imbalances in our body, mind and soul which lead us to ‘dis-ease’ (disease is just ‘dis-ease’ in the body).  This ‘dis-ease’ can be temporary, but it can also persist, perhaps even leading to chronic illness or habitual patterns of negative thinking which affect our lives.

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