Acts of self-care are a way of connecting with our emotional and physical bodies. It’s easy to keep rushing forwards onto the next thing, prioritising other people and ignoring our own needs. This is how we end up feeling stressed and depleted, anxious and uptight.
Setting aside some ‘me’ time to have a bath, take a walk or pamper with a new product is a small, simple way that we can replenish our overworked systems. Aromatherapy is the perfect companion to your self-care routine. It encourages you to pause and consider how you feel, harnessing the power of plant essences to restore your balance and your smile.
An effective way to absorb essential oils through your skin and via steam inhalation, while enjoying the natural muscle-relaxing effects of warm water. Dilute your essential oils in a dispersant bath oil or full-fat milk to ensure even distribution.
Try this blend bath for a restful night’s sleep - Rosalina, Lavender, Vetiver or this blend to revive and re-balance - Geranium, Rosemary and Grapefruit
Use your palms, thumbs and even knuckles in circular needing motions and breathe deeply and evenly throughout. Great areas to do on yourself are the feet and calves, lower back and glutes, and the neck, chest and shoulder region. Try using these oils to unwind and re-centre - Cedarwood, Juniper and Mandarin or for overworked, stiff muscles try a mix of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Ginger
Slough away dead skin and soften while absorbing some healing plant essences. You could even couple this with a foot massage. Mix 30g coarse sea salt with one tablespoon of Coconut or Sweet Almond carrier oil, one teaspoon of raw honey and 6 drops of essential oil. Makes enough to do both feet twice.
To Cool and reduce swelling try mixing Peppermint, Fennel and Sweet Orange
Take ten minutes before bed to cleanse and treat your face with a luxury face oil. Massage into the skin with gentle circular motions and inhale deeply to benefit from the aromas. Most skin types can be treated with oils, and it’s a fantastic way to nourish and repair skin.
Dry and mature skin try - English Seed carrier and choose from Geranium, Jasmine and Frankincense or mix and match
For Normal to oily skin use - Grapeseed carrier and then choose from Bergamot, Cypress and Lavender or mix and match
For Sensitive/inflamed skin try - Sweet Almond carrier and choose from Neroli, Rose and Chamomile or mix and match.
Pulse point oil
Making your own bespoke pulse point oil means you can enjoy the effects of your favourite essential oils while on the go. Applying directly to the wrists, temples and behind the ears is an effective way to absorb the oils into the bloodstream and lightly perfume the skin.
To ease stress and tension use a grapeseed carrier oil and mix with Lavender, Lemon and Honey Myrtle
To help focus and clarify the mind try Rosemary, May Chang and Frankincense
Take time to massage carefully into each area of your body. Breathe deeply and focus your attention on your breath, rather than letting your mind race away. Simply add your chosen carrier oil, and essential oils at a 3% dilution, to a fragrance-free cream base.
For skin toning and stretch marks try - Geranium, Juniper and Mandarin
For dry skin try - Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Black Pepper
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