Natural Health & Beauty
Winter sports including skiing, ice skating and snowboarding, sledding and ice hockey are traditionally enjoyed in cold countries during the winter months, although with artificial ice and snow there is now more opportunity to try these sports in warmer climates too. Although winter sports are great fun, injuries are a common event and can range from minor strains and sprains to more severe injuries such as dislocations, and fractures. Many injuries are, however, preventable, caused when people are inadequately prepared or lose concentration by carrying on rather than stopping when tired or in pain. There are, in fact, many things that can be done to prevent injuries such as learning how to safely participate and abiding by the rules of the sport, using appropriate protective equipment and clothing, being aware of weather conditions as well as procedures for getting help, drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after the activity, warming up thoroughly and cooling down properly. Aromatherapy is reputed to play an important role in helping to prevent sport injuries, as well as helping to reduce pain caused perhaps by overworked muscles. This article will focus on essential oils recommended for pre and post-sport activity - not just for Winter sports but for all year round!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.