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AROMATHERAPY for JOY & CALM at Christmas

 

aromatherapy xmasAre you one of these people who overthinks the whole Christmas day?
Planning every last detail and so highly strung about everything going well that you forget to enjoy yourself on the day or are you the last minute dash to the shops for late night shopping crazy person? If you identify with either of these personas, you may enjoy a little Aromatherapy in your life.

The following essential oils are perfect to attract a little calm and joy into your life.

Bergamot is balancing to the nervous system and provides a feeling of centredness and confidence.
Geranium is a joyfully uplifting and vibrant oil, providing refreshing and mood enhancing properties.
Lavender is well known as a relaxant for stress and can bring a sense of peace and calm.
Lemon provides a clean and refreshing scent which is balancing to our nervous system and can improve our mental clarity and mood.

* Use one or more of the above oils in your vapouriser (3-4 drops) or add to your favourite massage oil base (1 drop essential oil to 5 ml almond/olive oil etc) and apply to feet or arms, neck and shoulders.

This is a guideline only,always do a skin patch test first and seek medical advice if you are pregnant.

7 WAYS TO LESS STRESS THIS SUMMER

59816608_2189746934423759_5024553704104132608_n (1)During my Naturopathic consultations, one question I always ask is “are you feeling stressed”? Most people respond with a ‘yes’!

‘So how do you manage stress in your life? What do you actively do to create balance and peace in your day?

Heres a list of things you can do to calm your nerves, reset your body and mind and enjoy a sense of peace.

 

bunch of lavender flower isolated on white close-ups

Hydrotherapy and Aromatherapy

Great on their own but put them together and you get transported to relaxville in seconds.

Ahh the stuff of spa places you might say, but you can do this at home or at the beach.

Soaking in salt water has wonderful benefits . It helps relax the body and drain away toxins. Even if you can’t get into the bath or get to a beach, you could soak your feet at home. Espom salts work great.

Essential oils come from plants and have great therapeutic actions. They can work wonders on a stressed mind or body. Lavender and bergamot are great for calming anxiety and relaxing.

To help balance mood geranium and orange essential oils work well and to create more balance grapefruit and may chang are awesome.

As a rough guideline in a bath 10 drops in 1 tbs of milk (disperses the oil)

In a foot bath, 3-5 drops essential oil.

*Nb Essential oils may be contraindicated in some conditions ie asthma, eczema, pregnancy, high blood pressure.

Please consult your natural health practitioner for further advice if you are unsure.

IMG_2404Spending Time on your own

In such a busy world this really a necessity and a very fruitful activity for managing stress.

Scheduling’ me time’ can be viewed as a commitment to yourself , a way to be kind to yourself and nurture your own needs.

You can utilize the time to generate a more joyous and positive space to continue your day with more clarity and ease.

It keeps us in touch with our inner awareness and helps direct us more consciously. So whether it’s reading a book or taking a swim or practicing any of the other suggestions in this article, it will add peace and joy to your day.

 

iStock_000000967004XSmallFlower essences

This is a therapy which I use a lot of in clinic.

These liquid drops are taken orally twice daily.

They are wonderful for addressing stress as they work on the emotional realm. These remedies are taken as oral drops and effect change in our mental and emotional patterns.

Each bottle can address several different issues for example anxiety about exams, feelings of inadequacy, for people who can’t slow down, for sadness and grief.

*flower essences are often used in conjunction with other supports to effect long lasting change and can be used safely with  existing medications.

You can book a 30 minute flower essence consultation or discuss at your next appointment.

More info on flower essences

IMG_2513Yoga

Yoga has so many benefits, I cannot name them all but for starters, Increased sense of well being, strength, flexibility and strengthening of the immune system are some of my favourites..  It is easy to  attend classes with so many available nowadays . I have never known anyone to come out of a yoga class feeling stressed. Getting connected to the body, breath and our inner workings is a wonderful way to recognize stress patterns and encourage relaxation.

woman getting a head and shoulder massage

Bars

Have your Bars run.  What? You say.

Bars is an energetic therapy which is part of access consciousness. It consists of holding a series of points on the head that help to clear thought patterns that we have locked in and keep repeating. The benefit of having bars run is it’s very relaxing and the result can be a feeling of space where we are better able to cope with stress and see new ways to look at things. A session goes for around about 1 hour. More info on Access Consciousness Bars

similan retreatNature

Living in a city can sometimes be challenging. Humans need to be connected to the earth. The higher we build apartments and the more electromagnetic changes we have around us make it difficult to stay well mentally and physically. We are constantly overstimulated with light and frequencies from our phones and other devices.

Do you ever wonder why it feels so good to be near the ocean? There is an abundance of negative ions in the air. As is the case in nature. Houses, offices and apartments do not have this charge.

Taking a few minutes to walk on the grass, sit under a tree, play outdoors with your pet in the sunshine or taking a swim in the ocean are all ways key ways to cultivate stress free living.

IMG_2487Meditation and Mindfulness

Whether you focus on your breathing for a few minutes or consciously be aware of the ‘now’ in whichever activity you are occupied with you will begin to notice a calm space. When you are not worrying about the past or the future, the ‘now’ space will help you be in tune with yourself where balance and peace reside.

To help you find this ‘space’ Dragonfly has Free guided meditation exercises. Free meditation click here 

 

 

SPA Bliss at home

Spa Bliss at HomeCreate your own spa experience at home. Just add water! And maybe a few of the following ingredients.

Equipment

Bath, water, candles, matches, oil vapouriser, towels, essential oils, milk,  sea salt fine crystals, sweet almond oil, epsom salts, rose floral water  and relaxing background music.

Now what do I do?

Light the candles,turn out the lights, put on some nice music. and put 5 drops of your favourite essential oils in the oil vapourizer and light it.

Put some sea salt in a small bowl and pour some almond oil (3tbs) into small bowl.

Pour 2 tbs of milk into a dish. Put a generous handful of epsom salts into another dish.

Choose from the bath blends below and add the essential oils to the epsom salts.

Choose from the following bath blends

Insomnia blend:  2 drops lavender, 1 drop marjoram, 3 drops rose

Romance blend 2 droops Sandalwood, 2 drops jasmine and 1 drop ylang ylang

Relaxing blend: 3 drops chamonile, 2 drops rosewood and 2 drops geranium.

Muscular release blend 1 drop peppermint 1 drop eucalyptus and 1 drop lavender.

CAUTION: In case of pregnancy or lactation seek professional advice before using  these recipes.

Now you can draw a bath and remove your clothes.

Pour a small amount of almond oil into your palm and take some sea salt and mix in your hand to form an exfoliating mix and begin to rub on your arms. The salt should stimulate the circulation and the almond oil will moisturise and soften your skin. Continue this practice until you have done your whole body (not the face)

For the face, make the mixture with less salt and more oil to avoid irritating. (always avoid the eye area)

Now pour the milk into the bath and follow with the epsom salt mix.

Slowly sink into the bath and put a small towel or bath pillow behind your neck so you can relax and soak.

Any salt on your body will dissolve in the bath.

When you are feeling blissed out like a puffy white cloud you can get out of the bath and pat yourself dry leaving some of the almond oil on your skin.

Splash the rose floral water over your skin to tone and refine and  apply a small amount of almond oil to the face to soften and moisturise

Then blow out the candles and it’s off to bed.

Happy Feet Foot Bath

iStock_000000137472XSmallHAPPY FEET FOOT BATH

To rescue tired and lethargic feet from long periods of neglect

Ingredients:

            1 large bowl or basin

            (luke warm water)

            2-3 drops of essential oil

            Oil Dispersant or milk

            Marbles or pebbles

      Directions:

                        Add the water to the basin with the marbles or pebbles, and then

                        add your essential oil and milk,

                        agitate the water and soak feet for 10-15 minutes and relax.

Choose from:

                        Sore and tired feet Peppermint  essential oil

                        Anti fungal– Tea tree or Patchouli

                        & massage feet by rolling around on marbles or pebbles.

                        & dry feet and massage in some oil or lotion with added essential oil   

                        like peppermint, citrus, pine, geranium etc

Self Foot Massage

* Sitting down, raise one leg and rotate the ankle five times in each direction.

* Rest your foot on the other leg, make a loose fist and use your knuckles to massage the sole of your foot.

* Use your thumbs to massage the sole of your foot working in lines. Repeat 3 times.

* Massage each toe separately and stretch the toe by tugging at it gently.

* Stretch the top of the foot by bending the toes toward the sole.

* To finish  stroke the foot one hand after the other from toe to ankle.

and Hello Happy Feet!

Nb: Essential oils are potent. If you are pregnant or have low blood pressure or eplilepsy, consult you natural health practitioner before using this recipe.

Please remember to keep your essential oils out of reach from children or pets.