Natural Health & Beauty
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!
With Autumn just around the corner, many of us will be getting ready to go back to work, school or university. While we may feel sad that the long, hazy days of summer are coming to an end, it’s hard not to feel a sense of anticipation at the opportunities we may be blessed with over the coming months, although, initially, these may be considered challenges. Feeling anxious, for example, at the prospect of little ones starting ‘big school’, or whether older children will make new friends as they move from primary to senior school. Saying goodbye to excited teenagers, who are leaving home for the first time to go to university, causing ‘empty nest syndrome’. Seeing such challenges as opportunities can, however, be beneficial for our mental and physical health. We may decide to resume careers previously on hold, change career or even go back to college. Using essential oils can help both parents and children deal with change so that everyone can get ahead in the new academic year.
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.
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!
I knew this would be an emotionally difficult article to write. Actually, what I underestimated was the complete and utter impossibility of adequately putting into words any form of sentence that could convey any kind of sense of what something this tragic actually felt like. I had given myself the impossible task of logically writing about something you can only really 'feel'. I recently visited Grenfell Tower, you see…
Choosing essential oils can be confusing if you’re new to aromatherapy and most people tend to use them only at home! We discuss the benefits of pre-blended essential oils and how they can easily be used while out and about!
You may remember that in March, I explored how, by applying the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, some believe that essential oils may be chosen to restore energy within the body, and that in April I focussed on the ancient Greek healthcare approach, discussing Hippocrates specifically, who believed that the moral and spiritual aspects of healing were important, and that attitude, environmental influences, and natural remedies were central for maintaining and restoring good health. This month, I conclude my research into alternative and ancient traditions by looking at the Chakra system. This system originates from Buddhism and Hinduism, although both have different theories, with Buddhist literature mentioning four chakras, and Hindu texts stating seven: Root (Muladhara), Sacra (Svadisthana), Solar Plexus (Manipura), Heart (Anaha), Throat (Vishudda), Brow (Ajna), Crown (Sahasrara) - specific locations of each chakra will be discussed later.
The IFA’s Aromatherapy Awareness Week runs from 12-16th June 2017 and the theme this year is Aromatherapy and Mental Health! According to IFA’s stats, 1 in 6 adults has a ‘Common Mental Disorder’ (a classification for different types of anxiety and depression), and the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre says this statistic has been rising since 2000. So, if you are suffering, know firstly that you are not alone.
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?