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Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Massage blend Ingredients:

60 ml of carrier oil (grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil is ideal)
5 drops Juniper Berry
5 drops Eucalpytus
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Chamomile

Blend the oils well together and store in an airtight dark coloured glass container.  Use this blend to gently massage into arthritic joints using a small amount of oil.  If you experience any discomfort, discontinue use and consult your GP.

Bath ingredients:

2 drops Lavender
2 drope Rosemary
3 drops Eucalpytus

Sprinkle the drops into the water and swish around thoroughly before getting in.  Have the water warm, not too hot.  If pain is severe add a further 2 drops of Roman Chamomile.

You can purchase your oils from my Neals Yard Organics online shop by following this link.

Thanks for reading.  Do let me know how you get on with the recipes.

Sue Sig

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Stress Relieving Aromatherapy Recipes

stress relieving aromatherapy recipesStress Relieving Bath Oil:

There isn’t always time to book an Aromatherapy Massage, so here is something you can make easily at home.

Massage blend Ingredients:

125 ml of carrier oil (grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil is ideal)
12 drops Lavender
2 drops Cedarwood
25 drops Sandalwood
or
10 drops Bergamot
10 drops Geranium
20 drops Frankincense

Blend the oils well together and store in an airtight dark coloured glass container.  Keep in a cool dark place.  Run a warm bath, not too hot or the oil will just evaporate too quickly.   Once the bath is run add 1 tablespoon of the ready mixed oil making sure to shake well before adding to the bath.  Swish the oil around in the bath water well with your hand before getting in.

Make sure that the doors and windows in the bathroom are closed so that you get full benefit from the aroma. Enjoy!

You can purchase your oils from my Neals Yard Organics online shop by  following this link.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog.  I would love to hear if you tried these recipes out.

Thanks for reading.

Sue Sig

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Essential Oils to Beat Insomnia

Essential oils for insomnia

Aromatherapy Recipes for Insomnia

Wouldn’t it be nice to sleep like this baby?  There are times when we just can’t sleep for whatever reason.  I have put together a few essential oil recipes for when insomnia strikes.

Bath:

Run a warm bath – not too hot because then the oils will evaporate too quickly.  When the bath is ready, add the oils above and swish round with your hand before getting in and relaxing before bedtime.

Massage:

If you have someone to give you a massage that’s great, but if not then simply make up this mix and rub it into your arms and chest so that you get the benefit of the aroma as you drift off to sleep.

Cotton Wool Ball:

Put the oils into a dark coloured glass bottle and shake well.  Add a couple of drops to your cotton wool ball or tissue. Place the tissue or cotton wool ball inside your pillow slip or near to your pillow when you go to bed.
You might wonder why not just drop the oils onto your pillow slip, but you wouldn’t want the risk of getting the neat essential oils in your eyes or directly onto your face so always drop them onto a cotton wool ball or a tissue.  Keep off polished surfaces as it could take off the sheen.

Diffuser:

A note of caution, do not use too many drops of essential oil with the mistaken idea that this will enhance the sedative qualities – in fact too much of an essential oil  can have the opposite effect.  Avoid oils such as rosemary, grapefruit and peppermint as these will keep you wide awake.  Always take care with essential oils, although they are a natural product, they are also very potent.

Read more about insomnia here.

Thanks for reading.

Sue Sig

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Essential Oils to Repel Insects

Essential Oils to Repel InsectsEssential Oils To Repel Insects:

Insects can be a right pain at this time of year.  I much prefer them outside the house to inside the house.  Earlier on today I was queuing in the bank when I felt something tickling my leg, I don’t know what sort of insect it was but it had a good chomp on my ankle and now I have a bite.  Luckily I had some Tea Tree oil in my handbag.  Meantime there are ants everywhere, not to mention flies which are coming through the open doors and windows during the good weather.  Not that I am complaining about the good weather you understand – us Brits have to take the good weather when we can, seeing as some years summer seems to pass us by.

Essential oils can be helpful to persuade pesky pests to go the other direction:

Ants

they don’t like Peppermint essential oil.  Arm yourself with some cotton wool balls onto which you have sprinkled a few drops of Peppermint and place them in the areas where you think they are coming in.  Generally ants follow the same trail so if you can spot where the trail is, put a couple of cotton wall balls on the trail.

Spiders

I am not afraid of spiders, they don’t bother me, but my sister really doesn’t like them.  To keep spiders away put a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil onto cotton wool balls and place in your cupboards and clothes drawers or anywhere else spiders may lurk.

Moths

Keep moths out of your wardrobe by sprinkling a few drops of Frankincense, a few drops of Juniper and a few drops of Cedarwood onto cotton wool balls and place or hang on the clothes rail. You can also put the drops onto a piece of kitchen roll.

Insect Repelling Essential Oils for the house:

Prevention is better than cure, as they say, and in generally insects dislike lemongrass or citronella.  You can buy citronella candles.  A diffuser is a good idea as this method causes the essential oil droplets to become airborne reaching the whole room.  You can also use a plant sprayer and dilute the essential oils in water and spray liberally around the room avoiding polished surfaces.

Insect Repelling Essential Oils for the body:

If you are looking to put something on your skin to avoid insects then lavender is always a great choice.  The easiest way to use this is to put 30ml of massage oil such as sweet almond in a bottle and add 30 drops of lavender.  Use this lotion before you go out to repel insects whilst smelling nice at the same time.

One of my Aromatherapy bibles is this super book –  The Fragrant Pharmac by Valerie Ann Worwood. It is full of fantastic recipes and I will share a couple with you below:

 

 

Insect Repelling Blend:

  • Thyme 4 drops
  • Lemongrass 8 drops
  • Lavender 4 drops
  • Peppermint 4 drops

You can multiply these ingredients up to make a quantity, ie  x 4 (16 drops Thyme, 32 drops Lemongrass, 16 drops Lavender, 16 drops Peppermint) if you wish.  Place the blend into a small dark coloured bottle and shake. A dropper bottle is great if you have one.

Here are some ways to use the blend:

  • 2 drops on a cotton wall ball leave it somewhere near your bed at night time to repel mosquitoes.
  • Cut up lengths of ribbon or tissue paper and put one drop on each piece and hang around the area you are sitting – if you are outside on trees or balcony for instance, or above a window.
  • Use 2 drops in 1 dessertspoon of massage oil such as sweet almond oil or jojoba oil for a body rub or add the neat essential oil to any unperfumed body lotion or cream.
  • Add 5 drops to 1 tablespoon of witchhazel and dilute in 4 tablespoons of water. Shake and splash on your body.  Always avoid eyes.  Alternatively you can use vodka instead of witchhazel!
  • Put a few drops in a diffuser.

Too late – already been bitten? 

When you are out and about it is easy to get bitten or stung by mosquitoes, horse flies, wasps, and other little beasties.  They can be irritating, itchy and hurt.  I always keep a bottle of lavender handy.  Make sure to remove the sting if applicable and apply neat lavender to the bite or sting.   You can do this with a cotton bud or just the tip of a clean finger.

If you suspect a tick bite, though, or if the bite looks infected it is best to seek medical advice.

Here’s a Disinfectant Wash blend you can create and keep handy:

Disinfectant Wash Blend

  • Lavender 10 drops
  • Thyme 20 drops
  • Eucalyptus 10 drops

Keep these in a dark coloured bottle (with a dropper if you have one) and when needed simply add a few drops to a bowl of luke warm water to wash/dab the affected area.  Again, keep out of eyes.

If you don’t have the blend ready made, then just add the following to a bowl of water:

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Thyme
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus

Also, you might like to refer to my Aromatherapy First Aid Kits blog for further reading.

All oils can be purchased through my online shop or from any reputable essential oil retailer.  Go for organic wherever you can. It’s worth paying a bit extra and the oils last for ages.

Once you are bitten by the essential oil bug (excuse the pun!) you will never look back.

Give it a go – let me know how you get on.

Thanks for reading.

Sue Sig

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Body Image and Massage

Body Image and MassageBody image and massage

Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like. For many people it’s a minor issue, no big deal. But some people have a major issue with their body image. It affects how they live, restricts what they do, and ultimately their happiness.  Sadly some people’s body image is such an issue that they don’t think anybody else can accept them.

The paradox here is that massage can really help with body image issues. I remember when learning massage we were all ridiculously nervous about taking off our clothes and letting somebody else touch us. It didn’t take long for us to discover that bodies are just bodies and become much more comfortable with our own. We also experienced how good receiving a massage made us feel. Something unexpected happened – when our bodies felt better we felt better about our bodies. By the end of the course we were all very relaxed about our bodies.

I have many women come to see me who are concerned about getting undressed because their legs might be hairy, or they think they have a lot of cellulite, or they are worried if they are overweight, that their skin is dry, they may have psoriasis, or eczema. Here’s the thing.  Therapists don’t notice and they aren’t interested. What we are interested in and totally focussed on is making you feel better.

Here are the options as I see them:

1. Don’t get a massage.  This is the easiest because it involves doing nothing. The risk is low since you are not letting another person see or touch you at all.

The reward is zero. You didn’t get a massage so your body doesn’t feel any better, and you still have the stress you had before.

2. You get a massage. A great massage. And the therapist does nothing to make you feel uncomfortable about your body. In fact, you feel pretty good about your body after the massage and realise your worries were unfounded.

In this option your risk is low. I don’t care how your body looks. That’s none of my business. I just want to help it feel better. Your reward is high. Again your body will feel better from the massage and you can start feeling better about it.

3. You have a Bowen Therapy session instead.
If you have been avoiding massage because you feel uncomfortable about your body, then I have a simple option for you.  Have a Bowen Therapy treatment with me instead.  Bowen is not the same as massage, there is no oil involved and no massage, but it is extremely relaxing and there is no doubt about it’s ability to benefit people with all sorts of issues such as back and neck pain.  The bonus is that it can be done through light clothing.

Our bodies all have their story to tell.  You may be dealing with something that you can’t control, such as a medical condition or an injury or accident. You may be in a lot of pain or are limited in what you can do physically. I don’t make any judgments about you.

I’ve worked on hundreds of people. Each body is interesting and to me every body is beautiful and I’ve yet to come across one that has not benefitted from a treatment whether it is massage or Bowen Therapy.

If you have been avoiding massage because you feel uncomfortable about your body, then I have a simple option for you.  Have a Bowen Therapy treatment with me instead.  Bowen is not the same as massage, there is no oil involved and no massage, but it is extremely relaxing and there is no doubt about it’s ability to benefit people with all sorts of issues such as back and neck pain.  The bonus is that it can be done through light clothing.

It’s my job to help you and your body feel better. That’s it. Together let’s find a way to help you relieve your pain and stress. Don’t let your body image keep you from feeling good.

Thanks for reading.

Sue

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3 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care

3 tips for neck and shoulder pain3 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Appointments

People with neck and shoulder issues sometimes have their pain return before their next Bowen or aromatherapy appointment. Work, play and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while working on the computer or any of the other million things you do.
 
What can you do between appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Here are some ideas.
 

Take a Break:

Take short breaks as often as you can if you sit at a computer all day. Move your shoulders around and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Ideally you can get up and move around a bit. But even if you’re chained to the desk, there are some simple exercises you can do which will help you to keep flexible.

Self-massage:

Try it, you might be surprised how much it helps! It’s not complicated, just grab a tennis ball and check out these techniques.
 

Choose the Right Pillow:

You spend about a third of your time in bed, be sure it’s cozy for your neck. Side-sleepers have different needs than belly-sleepers. The right pillow at night can help you all day.
 
A few minutes of self care every day, little changes, can make a huge difference in how you feel. See you at your next appointment!
Thanks for reading.
Sue