Are 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.
This post is inspired after attending my local boot camp. Usually on the day after is when I feel the physical aftermath of a good workout.
Here’s 8 Natural ways to soothe tired and aching muscles post exercise.
- Essential oil ie lavender with coconut oil kept in a jar in the fridge can be wonderfully soothing as an ointment/massage balm to target areas of discomfort. Lavender has pain-killing, circulatory and sedative properties . Massage a small amount into the affected areas.
(Avoid lavender if you are pregnant or have low blood pressure)
Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil to a 50g jar of slightly melted coconut oil and mix through. (to melt coconut oil place on low heat for a minute or it may be melted at room temperature if it’s a hot day.)Cover with a screw top lid, label clearly and keep in the fridge.
- Heat is traditionally used to treat acute muscle tension. The heat confuses the pain signal to the brain and provides extra circulation to the area. Use a heat pack or warm shower.
- Ice is traditionally used to reduce swelling to injured body tissue. Using ice packs for short periods is beneficial for fast recovery.
- Magnesium supplementation is useful for maintaining fit and healthy muscles. For particularly tight muscles due to exercise, posture and stress, this is the choice mineral. For more specific information on dosages and cautions for your body. Contact me for a nutrition or naturopathic appointment.
- Arnica cream is my all time favourite. It is a homeopathic preparation from a plant which is suitable for bruising, strains, sprains and muscular pain. If you have had a massage from me before, you will know that it is used religiously at the end of a treatment to improve recovery time.
- Rosemary essential oil diluted in a base oil like almond oil ie 1 drop (eo) to 10ml (base).Rosemary has wonderful circulatory properties which help muscle recovery. (avoid rosemary if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure)
- Massage: You can combine a few of the above with this to improve your chances. Remedial Hot stones are awesome for post exercise recovery. Dragonfly Natural Therapies offers this service
- Ginger taken in food and drinks is a wonderful circulatory stimulant and many studies have shown that it is effective in pain relief for joints and muscles.
*There are many reasons why the body may have muscular pain. If you have ongoing symptoms, please check with your health practitioner for further advice.
*The above information are guidelines only. Please use your own judgement and knowledge of your body to decide if this is beneficial for you.
*With any topical treatment, test patch your skin for sensitivities before applying liberally.