Spring Health & Beauty Tip 11 – Sugar Scrub

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Exfoliate your skin in the sweetest way

Spring health & Beauty Tip 12 – Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

Exfoliating is great for your body as well as your face.  The fantastic news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy products, you can make delicious products at home.  I personally LOVE this recipe.

Mix some Sugar with a little Olive Oil into a stiffish paste.  Add a drop of Geranium essential oil (Lavender will work well too if that’s what you have).  And that’s it, a delicious Sugar Scrub.

Warm-Vanilla-Sugar-Scrub-3

In the shower, scrub, rinse, done!  You are all exfoliated and soft, no trouble!

If you prefer a Salt scrub, swap the sugar for Salt.  I personally find that Himalayan Salt has the best result and makes the skin feel best.  But I am assuming that you already have Sugar in the cupboard so may be best?!

Happy Scrubbing x

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What’s the Deal With – Aromatherapy?

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We hear the word Aromatherapy and Essential Oils quite a lot nowadays.  From shower gels to washing powder everything seems to have the words ‘contains essential oils’ or a list of plant extracts on it.  It can seem a little confusing when we are talking about true Aromatherapy and Essential Oils.

What Exactly Are Essential Oils?

The oil (it’s not always an oil to start with) is extracted through various methods from different parts of the plant.  This could be the leaf, bark, petal, twigs, roots, leaves, seeds, any part.  Different plants keep their life force in different places.

Some would consider essential oils the ‘heart’ or ‘life force’ of the plant.  The reason being that it is this special part of the plant which has the ability to change the chemical compound of the plant, telling it when to drops its petals and grow new leaves.  When these essential oils interact with us through our senses, they have the ability to alter our chemical make up too.  It truly is all very clever!

Lovely Lavender Fields

Lovely Lavender Fields

What Exactly is Aromatherapy?

Directly translated ‘Aroma’ means pleasant scent and ‘Therapy’ means treatment.  Aromatherapy it the name for the application of these essential oils, through a variety of means, letting the essential oils promote health and wellbeing both physically and mentally.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils

How Can I Use Aromatherapy?

You can absorb essential oils through the skin or by smell.  The most common way is Massage and most Aromatherapists will be qualified in Massage, which is fab because then you get all the benefits of the massage as well.  You can also put the oils in burners or vaporisers, a couple of drops on a hot or cold compress, or a few drops in the bath.  If you are adding oils to the bath, you can dilute then into some full-fat milk as essential oils don’t mix with water.

Pop 3 drops of essential oil onto a cotton wool pad & place on a warm radiator. The heat will cause the oil to evaporate and fragrance the room.

A Few Things to be Aware of;

Aromatherapy is generally a safe treatment but there are things that you should be aware of and certain conditions that you should not have Aromatherapy treatments…

  • Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin & should be diluted into a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil or Grape seed oil.
  • Essential oils are highly flammable.
  • Always keep away from animals and children.
  • They can be highly toxic if ingested.  They should never be taken orally.
  • If you have highly sensitive skin or allergies you should carry out a patch test first.
  • If you are pregnant I would always recommend seeking advice from a qualified Aromatherapist.
  • Aromatherapy is best avoided if you have epilepsy, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, spastic conditions, dysfunction of the nervous system, recent operation, varicose veins, fever, infectious disease, cancer, thrombosis or embolism.

If you are unsure you can always contact an Aromatherapist and ask for advice.

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 16

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Lovely Lavender

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 16 – Lavender Oil

This is known to Aromatherapists as the all-healing oil, it is the most wiudely used essential oil.  It is good for everything and goes well into any blend so Aromatherapists love it and you should love it too!

Lavender is paricularly renowned for it’s calming and soothing effects.  Lavender can help with sleep, stress, insomnia, aid relaxation.  It can also help heal wounds and burns including sun burn.

Some of the wonderful ways you can use Lovely Lavender…

  • Put a few drops in a vaporiser or oil burner and inhale the lovely smell.
  • A couple of drops in a warm bath and a long soak will soothe away stress physically and mentally.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, pop a couple of drops on your pillow or a tissue that you keep on your pillow (favorable if you have expensive linen as oils can stain).
  • Headaches and migraines can be treated with a cold compress – flannel soaked in cold water – with a couple of drops of Lavender on it.
  • Obviously you can never beat a massage!
Lovely Lavender

Lovely Lavender

You should always be careful when using essential oils as they can have side-effects and be contra-indicated to certain conditions such as pregnancy, epilepsy and long-term health conditions such as cancer.  It is always best to consult an Aromatherapist if you have any questions.

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 9, 10 and 11

Complementary Therapies, Health and Beauty Tips, Journey Back to Health

I have missed a couple of days (life getting in the way) so you are getting 3 for the price of 1 today.

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 9, 10 and 11 – Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies are not only my speciality, they are also amazing. Right now I am talking specifically about Massage, Reflxology and Aromatherapy.

9. Massage
Yes massage is good for the health – isn’t that the best news?!  You actually have a reason to go for a massage! Massage stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems, meaning it helps blood deliver all the good stuff to your cells and takes all the crap away, keeping you nourished on a cell level. It helps to relax you and we all know the damamge that stress can do to your body. Unknotting muscles can help with your posture and with headaches. Basically go and get a massage, your body needs one!

10. Reflexology
Like massage it assists the circulatory and lymphatic systems and stress. Reflexology treats the body from the inside out. For a more comprehensive article on how Reflexology can help, view my Time for a Reflex Detox article here.

11. Aromatherapy
There are essential oils for everything. The best thing to do is contact an Aromatherapist (such as myself) and find out which ones are best for you specicifically. But its January so we are thinking detox!  Grapefuit oil is a winner for stimlating the systems and getting everything moving.  You should never put Aromatherapy oils directly onto the skin put you could add a drop or two to your body lotion in the morning and massage it into the skin.  That lovely summer citrus smell alone will get you motivated… especially in this weather!

Enjoy x