Are they complaining of dry skin?
Do they fall prey to infections too often? Are they suffering from seasonal depression?
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.
Stress, fatigue, frustration and lethargy – does any of this sound familiar to you?
If so, you are among the millions of people who battle 40-hour workweeks, stuffy cubicles and long hours in front of the computer screen almost every day.
As a working person, you probably spend a larger part of the day at your workplace and yet, you have little or no control over your work environment.
While you can’t do much to change the structure of your workplace of the nature of your job, you can certainly make your office surroundings more pleasant, conducive and supportive with the help of aromatherapy.
Here, we address how stress can affect our performance and explain how aromatherapy can help alleviate these problems. All it takes is a few vials of essential oils and a few minutes of your time.
Every job comes with its own set of stressors. There are deadlines to meet, targets to achieve and that inherent sense of competitiveness that pushes us to perform better . While “positive stress” leads to motivation, creativity and increased productivity, “negative stress” can erode a person’s spirit and results in:
lack of energy
inability to cope with pressure
If you ever find yourself leaning towards the latter, you can always count on essential oils to bail you out. Mental stress can often be attributed to anguish over unfinished tasks or financial worries.
Start with a healing combination of calming, stimulating and balancing essential oils.
Combine 4 drops each of Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium and Cardamom essential oils with 1 Oz of carrier oil.
Apply this blend on the back of your neck, the solar plexus area and the soles of your feet twice a day to relax the mind, release the tension from tightened muscles and inspire you to take on new challenges with renewed enthusiasm.
You can also put 1 drop of each essential oil on a tissue and inhale directly during the day.
Emotional stress may be borne out of relationship problems, conflicts with co-workers, lack of self-esteem, parental guilt or failure to strike the perfect work-life balance.
The nurturing scent of Sweet Orange, the warmth of Ginger and the uplifting properties of Clary Sage come together to form the perfect tonic for the soul.
Combine four drops of each with 1 Oz of carrier oil and massage the solar plexus, back of the neck and pulse points on the insides of your wrists with this blend twice a day.
Using 4 drops each of these oils in a diffuser or aromatherapy burner in your office is a great way to stay relaxed, happy and positive throughout the day.
The next time you feel drained-out or drowsy when there is a whole lot of work lined up, don’t reach out for caffeine – give yourself a wake-up call with natural essential oils instead.
Fill a 1 Oz spray bottle with distilled water and add five drops each of Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils. Keep this bottle handy in your office and spray your face with eyes closed every time you find yourself slacking or losing focus.
The invigorating and stimulating properties of these oils will help you stay alert and active even during the infamous “after-lunch slump”.
Using essential oils in the workplace is effective, inexpensive and an all-natural way to boost your productivity and make the most of your work hours. It is also one of the few stress-busting remedies that your boss won’t object to and your co-workers will thank you for.
Aromandina Recommends: Energia Blend for Mental Stress, Fiesta Blend for Emotional Stress, Memoria Blend for Lethargy