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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!
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.
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.
I am increasingly intrigued by the role of plants from a nutritional perspective as well as an aromatic one. In particular, I am drawn to plants from the Lamiaceae family and how they can play an important role in helping to maintain or improve our wellbeing. This article focuses on Spearmint (Mentha spicata).
Are 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.
Organic Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) is a wonderfully versatile aromatherapy oil. The best oil is cold pressed from the peel of the fruit, which is harvested from the lemon tree that originates from Asia – but is now naturalised throughout the Mediterranean. Lemon essential oil is mainly produced commercially in Sicily.
We are delighted to be supporting the Soil Association's Organic September campaign (including Organic Beauty Week from the 19-25 September) - hoping that we at Base Formula are doing our bit to raise awareness. It seems the perfect month – my birthday month – to write an article about why I personally am a passionate advocate of growing organically – whether that be growing organic food, or plants that produce essential oils and other beauty products.
It's an ironic fact that - just when we want to look our absolute best - for our Summer holidays - we often don't! Either we are very tired and our skin and hair reflect that “lack-lustre” feeling, or perhaps we've had a bit too much of that rare British sunshine or time on sunbeds ( yes – lots of people still use them to boost their colour before heading abroad), and our skin is in need of some real TLC – not to mention the rest of our body!