Are they complaining of dry skin?
Do they fall prey to infections too often? Are they suffering from seasonal depression?
As a spa owner, you have the additional responsibility towards your clients’ wellbeing, and what could be better than offering them season-specific treatments that make them feel pampered and special?
In one of my recent articles in Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, I have discussed a new treatment, which I call the ‘Winter Body Wrap’ because it engulfs the body and spirit in warmth and comfort while facilitating deep healing. Let’s look at the key ingredients and how they work together to tackle all winter-related problems.
To learn more about the treatment protocol and how it will benefit your clients, please read the full article by clicking on the link below.
So tell me, how are you going to pamper your clients this winter?
Sometime ago, I wrote an article on winter body wraps for Les Nouvelle Esthetiques.
While the article was directed at spa professionals, you too can try out a simpler, DIY version of this wrap all on your own at home.
Now that the weather is cold, many of us face annoying problems like dry skin, infections and seasonal blues. Moreover, during this time, we want something that can warm us, comfort us and lift our spirits. If you do not have the time to visit a spa, just try this easy aromatherapy recipe – it pampers the skin and gives fabulous results.
I recommend the Winter Blend because it contains just the right mix of ingredients that are needed to fight off winter-related problems, and all in measured quantities. Here’s how it works:
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Boosts the immune system and protects the body against disease-causing organisms. Also energizes the body when you feel dull and run down.
Grapefruit Essential Oil: Has a refreshing and cheerful scent that instantly brightens up the mood and chases away the blues. It’s natural diuretic properties help in curbing water retention and minimize the appearance of cellulite.
Lavender Essential Oil: A versatile oil that fights depression and germs with equal fervor. Relaxes and calms an anxious mind.
We are going to choose Jojoba oil as a base for its super skin-hydrating properties. Not only is it great for dry, flaky skin, it also cleanses the pores without blocking them. The best part about Jojoba oil is that it suits all skin types.
Sea Salt works as a natural exfoliator that is not too harsh on the skin. It removes layers of dead skin, revealing soft, youthful skin underneath. It also replenishes the skin’s natural mineral content.
What Is The Procedure:
Simply mix 1 cup of Sea Salts with ½ cup of Jojoba Oil and 20 drops of the Winter Blend. Use this mixture as a scrub in the bathtub or shower.
This recipe does not require too many ingredients and hardly takes up any time. You can easily work it into your routine and practice it regularly throughout the winter months. In fact, it even makes for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones.
Do try it out and write in to share how it helped you.
I have always loved Geranium Essential Oil for its sweet flowery fragrance, and because of its versatility, it is undoubtedly among my favorite essential oils.
The best thing about Geranium essential oil is that it can be used for so many things, and suits everyone. Women in particular will love Geranium for its beauty-enhancing and balancing properties. I discovered them long ago, which is why I have used it in several of my women-centric products such as Alivio Circulation Body Oil, Hair Elixir For Dry Hair, Radiare Essential Oil Blend and Woman’s Help Body Oil.
Geranium is actually a generic name given to all the plants that come under the genus Pelargonium (this is different from the genus ‘Geranium’ which is distantly related and has similar looking leaves).
Although the plant has its origins in Africa, it was first cultivated in Algeria in 1847 to cater to the French perfume industry. Seventeenth-century Europeans have been known to propagate Geranium in their greenhouses, and the resulting hybridization has created more than 600 varieties and subspecies of the plant.
Geranium’s marvelous therapeutic uses range from healing wounds to repelling insects.
The oil possesses potent astringent, antiseptic, antifungal and diuretic properties, which makes it an effective remedy for urinary tract infections, sore throat, oral ulcers and yeast infections.
Geranium’s most common and widespread use is in the realm of skin care and grooming. It can nourish dry skin, relieve itchy scalp conditions and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Many people like to use Geranium essential oil as a room freshener because of its delightful fragrance.
Geranium is both analgesic and antispasmodic. It can provide relief from nerve disorders such as neuralgia and rheumatic arthritis. It is also helpful in treating chronic anxiety and nervousness.
A natural phlebotonic, Geranium can also relieve haemorrohoids, varicose veins and excessive menstrual bleeding. Its effects on infertility and menopausal symptoms make it a particularly useful oil for women.
A natural diuretic, Geranium essential oil stimulates the lymphatic system and aids elimination of excess water from the body. It is helpful in minimizing cellulite and edema of the ankles.
Geranium oil has excellent cytophylactic and hemostatic properties which speed up the healing of wounds, burns and bruises.
As an effective anti-inflammatory, Geranium has also found use in the management of eczema, psoriasis and acne. The oil is specifically recommended for dry, oily or combination skin because of its astringent properties.
It balances the production of serum and helps prevent skin breakouts.
Geranium oil has a regulating effect on the nervous system and can help dispel depression, nervous anxiety and fear.
Its scent is positive and uplifting, which instantly calms the mind and restores emotional balance. This is why it is indicated for both acute and chronic anxiety.
Workaholic people who have lost touch with their inner self will find this oil very useful as it stabilizes the mind and enhances sensory perception and imagination.
Geranium oil is a tonic for the adrenal cortex which regulates the release of hormones. The oil helps maintain hormonal balance specifically in cases of puberty, premenstrual phases, menopause, sterility and menstrual irregularities. It also provides relief from symptoms of PMS such as fluid retention and breast engorgement.
As a supporter of the adrenal system, it is especially helpful in managing chronic exhaustion and fatigue. Since hormones have a direct effect on our moods, Geranium can effectively combat depression, nervousness and weariness which are usually symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Its sweet, friendly scent can dilute feelings of aggression, anger, and irrationality, while promoting harmony and equilibrium in relationships.
It enhances one’s sense of humor and encourages mutual understanding between sexes.
Geranium’s exotic floral-spicy aroma also works as a powerful aphrodisiac, enhancing sensuality and intimacy between a couple.
Since Geranium oil is non-toxic and hypoallergenic, it can be used by anyone. You can choose just about any therapeutic method to enjoy the benefits of Geranium, including diffusers, bath, compresses, direct inhalation and massage. Here are some recipes to try:
© Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2013 – Aromatherapy blog – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
No matter how old you are or what kind of shape you’re in, you’ve probably battled cellulite at some point. Everyone has! Personally, I got tired of being ashamed to wear a bathing suit or short shorts, so I decided to challenge myself to reduce the appearance of cellulite in six months. I started in January, and once June came along, I was wearing short shorts and feeling great about myself!
With coffee and essential oils!
The caffeine in coffee dehydrates your system. While that may sound like a bad thing, it’s actually good for your cellulite battle. That’s because cellulite occurs when clumps of fat push up against the connective tissue underneath your skin, and the end result looks like cottage cheese. (Women tend to have thinner skin, so their fat cells are a lot more noticeable. That’s why you see so many women complaining about their cellulite!) If you can break down those fat cells, though, your skin will look smoother. Luckily, dehydrating the cells will do just that — at least on a temporary basis.
If you want to give your skin an even bigger boost, massage your problem areas with Detoxing Body Oil every day.
Then, once a week (after you’ve just finished scrubbing), wrap your problem areas with plastic wrap (Yes, the same stuff that’s sitting in your kitchen drawer!), and leave it on for 30 minutes. This will make your skin look even smoother!
The key to winning the cellulite fight is to be consistent. No matter how bad your cellulite may be, it’s never too late to try and get rid of it — as long as you’ve got the right plan. The sooner you commit yourself to this coffee scrub ritual, the sooner you’ll be ready to slip into those short shorts!