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Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy is both an ancient art and a modern science, however products using the term ‘Aromatherapy’ found on supermarket shelves, should not be confused with the therapeutic work of a qualified Aromatherapist.

Aromatherapy can treat a variety of conditions and also help manage symptoms and act as a an additional therapy to modern medicine.

Some examples:

  • mood disorders
  • reproductive issues
  • ENT infections
  • bronchitis and respiratory conditions
  • autoimmune disease including rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis
  • digestive disorders
  • aches and pains including arthritis
  • skin conditions
  • detoxification
  1. Natural mosquito repellent: Combine one drop each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil to make natural bug spray and rub on exposed skin.
  2. Reduce anxiety: Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.
  3. Detoxify the air: Add peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a litre of paint to dispel fumes.
  4. Body butter lotion: Mix coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
  5. Homemade lip balm: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
  6. Relieve tension: Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub together, and cup your hands to your nose and let the smell flood your senses.
  7. Massage therapy: Use a few drops of cedarwood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
  8. Immediate relaxation: Apply 2-4 drops of chamomile, lavender and peppermint essential oil to your temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
  9. Detox bath: Mix lavender oil, epsom salts and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
  10. Improve depression: To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations and diffusers to improve mood.
  11. Yoga and Pilates: To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats
  12. Strengthen nails: Mix 10 drops of frankincense, myrrh and lemon essential oils into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, then rub on cuticles.
  13. Migraine headache relief: Try combining a few drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil and apply to temples to help with headaches and migraines.
  14. Reduce cough or sinusitis: Eucalyptus oil is known for its powerful ability to fight coughs and open airways. Add a few drops into steaming hot water or diffuser. Inhale to help clear nasal passage.
  15. Repair broken bones: To support healing of broken bones, apply helichrysum, fir and cypress essential oils.
  16. Heal burns: Mix lavender oil with aloe vera to treat burns.
  17. Soothe bug bites: Use lavender oil for bug bites and stings.
  18. Improve digestion; Take ginger oil, peppermint oil and fennel essential oil to support digestion and healing leaky gut.
  19. Kick a cold fast: Take three drops of oil of oregano and frankincense three daily for one week.
  20. Treat bruises; Use essential oils as a hot compress to treat bruises or other wounds. Add five drops of lavender and five drops of frankincense to four cups of hot water and soak. Apply to affected area

 

Hazelnut Time

 

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Hazelnut oil is a excellent skin moisturiser, in which  consists of linoleic acid, a substance not made by the body, yet that helps prevent water from evaporating. Consuming hazelnuts as well as hazelnut oil encourages healthy skin, as can using it straight like a moisturiser. You may also include a bit of hazelnut oil into a warm bath for the great healthy soak.

As a calming after shave, rub in the additional teaspoon of the stuff right after rinsing off.  Hazelnut oil can easily soothe chapped lips. Help make your own balm by combining hazelnut oil and melted beeswax in the 1:1 ratio . You can also moisturise your cuticles by soaking in hazelnut oil combined with water, or even use hazelnut oil straight to cuticles before you apply polish or buffing nails.

Hazelnut oil is a great unique way to flavor salads or lightly fry foods.  Hazelnut oil is known to be gentle on the digestive system, and also is said to help avoid gall stones as well as calm ulcers.  Hazelnut oil consists of many nutrients and vitamins, and it’s also packed with antioxidants, that many think help protect the body from cancer.

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Lifestyle special

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A woman who is a great example of living a healthy and courageous life is healthy lifestyle ambassador Jessica Aincough. She has lived through her darkest moments after being diagnosed with cancer and now wants to help others lead a healthy lifestyle. She believes part of her journey was to overcome her own fears when deciding to take up public speaking, to talk about her issues and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Her main intention was to get out of her comfort zone and show people the fun, humour and realness of her speeches. She believes that you don’t need to give up completely on the good things in life in order to live a healthy life, as it’s about balance and looking after yourself. She describes there was a time when she couldn’t go out and have fun without taking drugs and alcohol and just couldn’t go sober. It took her a few years to realise that to get to her own place’ is about really being present in the moment and believes now it’s much more fun this way. Her overall view on health is that is about having self- respect for your own body and its needs. By experimenting with different theories and then finding what’s right for you.
As inspiring as she is, you too can live an inspired life by overcoming your difficulties and coping with the level of stress you are under day to day. Stress can be accompanied by the importance of living fearlessly and looking after yourself. We can beat stress, but it’s up to us to explore and create new opportunities for a happier life, that shows from the inside and out.