Natural Health & Beauty
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.
So it's that time of year again – the Autumn colours signposting the season of plenty is soon to end. In years gone by, not so very long ago, we would be setting our store cupboards for the Winter privations. The time of plenty – late Summer/early Autumn – would see fruits being made into jams and jellies, and vegetables pickled, dried and laid down in careful cool storage. This time of year would be one of gathering in and laying down – of preparation and making ready. A time of great activity before the quieter times of snow and ice, short days and long nights.
At the end of the Summer, our feet are often dry, with hard skin, cracked heels and a generally unloved look! After months in flip flops or sandals, they often require a little extra care! Some of us might be suffering the opposite – if your work requires heavy shoes/boots - then the heat and moisture created by sweating feet could mean that you are suffering from Athletes Foot, or fungal infections behind the nails – both of which are really common. Athletes Foot can lead to the skin becoming inflamed and then cracking open – it can be very sore and unsightly.
I recently ordered some of Base Formula's beautiful Himalayan Pink Salt to have a play with – and how glad I am that I did! These pretty pink salts are so versatile! They are balancing, energising and detoxing for the body whilst also being great for use with essential oils – whether aiding absorption into our bodies via an aromatherapy bath, or just for supporting the diffusion of scents into a room. With winter fast approaching, I had it in mind, whilst I was creating my blends, to think about how these salts can support our health at this time of year - so read on for some creative, natural healing ideas to prepare you for the 'cold' season ahead!
Winter can be harsh on your skin with biting winds, cold temperatures and central heating stripping it of its natural moisture. Try our winter skincare recipes to nourish your complexion and protect against winter stresses.
Basil essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum), otherwise known as “Sweet Basil”, has a sweet, fresh, herbaceous aroma with rich, warm anisic undertones. It is distilled from the fresh leaves of the herb grown principally in France, Egypt, Madagascar and the Comoro Islands – with its constituent elements varying greatly depending on its origin.