Natural Health & Beauty
According to the Office for National Statistics, 131 million sick days are lost each year, with a huge percentage of these due to lifestyle-caused “back, neck and muscle pain.” The NHS is struggling to cope with this rising number of muscular-skeletal illness and lifestyle-related diseases caused by inactivity and spending too much time at our desks, as well as increasing stress levels at work.
Back in March we explored the ways in which essential oils can help to spring clean the mind. This month, with Summer well on the way, I thought I'd look at the ways they can also help to spring clean or detox the body, stimulate our metabolism, boost energy levels, and get our bodies beach-ready for the holiday season ahead.
Clinical Aromatherapy has become more widely recognised as being an entirely separate entity from beauty therapy over the last 20 years. As we develop a more comprehensive understanding of the true potential and scope of aromatherapy, the list of issues that can be dramatically improved or at the very least assisted by this form of therapy, grows!
With important examinations starting, many students are revising day and night to achieve the best possible results. Tutors provide useful revision tips, and parents extol the virtues of a healthy diet, sufficient rest and exercise. Aromatherapists, meanwhile, recommend using Rosemary essential oil; an inexpensive, easily obtainable and scientifically proven memory enhancer!
Essential oils have so many fabulous actions, but I often think that their brain stimulant properties are under-utilised and less well-recognised. I use aromatherapy oils constantly when writing, driving on long journeys – or when my capacity to concentrate is dwindling, and renewed focus is required!
Spring time officially begins on March 20th. The “Spring Equinox” is celebrated as the time of “rebirth” in the Northern Hemisphere. Equinox is Latin for “Equal Night”, the time of year when the sun passes across the celestial equator – at around 4.30am – and day and night hours are closer to 12 hours each than at any other time of year (bar the Autumn Equinox).
There are many therapeutic salts on the market now – and it can get a little confusing when deciding which one to use! Here at Base Formula we sell 3 different natural, unadulterated salts; Epsom Salt, Pink Himalayan Rock Salt and Dead Sea Salt.
Winter is the time of year when we’re all at our most tired. However, for some people this exhaustion is permanent; those with the debilitating condition Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). So, after a busy festive period, and in the depths of Winter, what better time of year than to focus on how essential oils can help combat fatigue and exhaustion, and some of the other symptoms that go with that!
Elemi essential oil (Canarium commune) is produced from a tropical forest tree, native to the Philippines and neighbouring islands. Similar to Frankincense and Myrrh, Elemi essential oil is produced by steam distilling the resinous gum that exudes from the tree.