Nourish your senses – Bergamot essential oil

If you have ever sipped Earl Grey Tea you would have tasted a citrus smoky flavour, which is the unique aroma of Bergamot. It was first sold in Italy and named after the Italian city of Bergamot, used in beverages and toiletries, especially Eau de Cologne.

Citrus Bergamia is a 15 ft tree with long green leaves and white flowers.  The essential oil is squeezed from the peel, which resembles a nobbly looking lime, using the distillation method.  It demands a special climate and soil, usually grown in Italy and Morocco.

Bergamot is a light, refreshing and uplifting oil with floral overtones.  It is used for skincare, digestive complaints, urinary tract problems and emotional challenges.

In skincare it has antiseptic and healing properties to benefit acne, eczema and oily skin conditions, especially when linked to stress.  Bergamot can be used in a compresses for infections and boils and excellent for cold sores, when combined with Eucalyptus.  Note, strong sunlight should be avoided after use, as skin may burn and can irritate sensitive skin.

It works well on the digestive tract, aiding conditions such as indigestion, flatulence and loss of appetite.  A drop of Bergamot can be added to black tea.  A valuable oil for urinary tract infections such as, cystitis and other bladder problems.

In massage, Bergamot is a wonderful oil which can be used as a sedative, yet uplifting, making it excellent for any emotional problems such as, anxiety, depression and nervous tension.

Blends well with: Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Juniper, Coriander, Cypress and Eucalyptus.

Mairead x

Nourish your body – Sleep Awareness

 

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We all know the vital importance of a good nights sleep in boosting your mental wellbeing. Continual poor sleep can have detrimental effect on our lives.  This can result in us feeling constantly tired, suffering from poor concentration/co-ordination, irritability, and generally feeling low, making us unable to function properly and carry out important daily tasks.  This can be dangerous in certain jobs which require good concentration.

I am one of those lucky people who has generally no problem getting off to sleep and can get back to sleep easily when (or if!) I wake during the night.

However this was not always the case.  Previously suffering from depression and severe anxiety this resulted in me having an extremely poor sleep pattern.  In fact some nights I got no sleep at all and others a few hours when at my worse.  I then developed an anxiety around not been able to sleep.  It was a vicious circle I was in and needed to get myself out of it, as my health and wellbeing was really suffering.

Once I began to get myself back on track, my sleep  started to improve over time.  I gradually taught my brain to switch off at bedtime and fill it with happy thoughts.  I told myself bedtime is for sleeping and nourishing my body in preparation for daytime and I realised that worry is such a waste of precious time and energy.  I now try to fill my life with things which make me happy and smile, leaving very little time for worry!!

Here are some of the things I found  which helped me personally.  Each persons situation is individual, and it is important if there is a reason for you not sleeping well, it is tackled or resolved if possible.

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Spring Offer – Receive 10% off a bespoke aromatherapy facial

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With the first signs of Spring underway, it is time to shake off those Winter blues and enjoy in the delight of what Spring has to offer.  With longer days and an amazing display of colourful flowers, providing a ray of sunshine!  So why not put a spring back into your step and take advantage of this seasons special offer.

Spring clean your skin with a nourishing bespoke Aromatherapy facial, to boost dull and de-hydrated skin, providing a pick-me-up after drying winter conditions.  A regular facial is a perfect booster to your daily skincare routine, helping to restore, replenish and nourish the skin, resulting in a fresh glowing complexion.  Of course not forgetting some ‘me-time’ to escape!

This facial includes, a hand, arm and scalp massage, with the little extra comfort of hot facial towels.  Each treatment is adapted to suit individual client skincare needs, giving optimum benefits.

(Bespoke Aromatherapy Facial – offer valid until 22nd March 2016)

Mairead x

Nourish your body – sore throat and laryngitis remedy

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With the change in seasons many of us can feel under the weather with colds, coughs or viral infections, especially a sore throat or laryngitis.  I personally find the use of essential oils in steam inhalation and  chest rubs or having hot drinks are the most effective remedies.  Also inhalation  has the added bonus of drawing out impurities from the skin, resulting in a clearer complexion!

Sore Throat and Laryngitis Remedy

  • steam inhalation – filling a bowl with hot water and add the following oils: 3 drops Lavender;  2 drops Chamomile and 1 drop Thyme.  Cover head with towel and steam for 10 minutes, twice daily if possible.
  • Chest/ neck rub – massage over chest, neck and behind ears with the following oils:  3 drops Chamomile; 2 drops Lemon and  1 drop Thyme.  Add to 50 ml of carrier oil (almond or grapeseed) or an unscented lotion.
  • Hot drink: in order to ease soreness make up a drink using hot water, with half a squeezed Lemon, a spoon of honey to taste and  I also add some grated ginger.

Have a go at these remedies and you such see an improvement.  Let me know how you get on.

Mairead x

 

 

 

 

Nourish your senses – Rose essential oil

This month I’m going to explore Rose essential oil, truly one of the most exquisite and expensive oils, described as ‘the queen of flowers’.  The finest and most expensive rose comes from Bulgaria, ‘Rosa Damascena’ – known as Rose Otto.

‘Rose Centifolia’, also known as cabbage rose, is produced in Southern France.  It smells sweeter, is not as potent and used more in perfumery.

The expensive price tag reflects the quality and the quantity of blooms  to produce Rose oil.  It takes 30 Roses to make one drop of essential oil, making it obvious why it is one of the most precious oils.  Harvesting flowers is done by hand in the morning before sunrise and distilled the same day.

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Foodie Bites – Raw Chocolate Coated Flapjacks

 

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I have made these flapjacks many times, with slight variations and found this recipe works well.  A no bake, high energy treat when in need of something sweet, which is a healthier alternative to sugary flapjacks.  This is an adapted recipe from  Mr Prempy’s, a raw cake business, run by two friends based in London.  They are free from dairy, gluten, refined sugar and eggs, making them perfect for those on a restricted diet.

Chocolate Coated Flapjacks

120g dark chocolate, melted (good quality)

200g dates

75g ground almonds

50g desiccated coconut

15g cacao powder

20g brazil nuts

Place the dates, ground almonds, coconut, cacao powder and brazil nuts in food processor.  Process until the mixture resembles a crumbly texture.  You can add a drizzle of maple syrup if you like the mixture sweeter.  I have increased the amount of dates instead.  Empty the mixture into a small baking tray, lined with baking parchment and press down evenly.  Melt chocolate and pour over mixture.  Place in fridge until it becomes firm, about two hours. Remove from fridge, slice and enjoy!

Mairead x

 

Nourish your senses – Benzoin essential oil

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For thousands of years Benzoin has been used in the east for incense, inducing meditative states and warding off evil spirits!  More recently it was an ingredient in ‘Friar’s Balsam’, referred to as gum Benzoin, a component in a traditional cough medicine.  Today it is used as a fixative in perfumes.

The Benzoin tree is cultivated in Java, Samatra and Thailand.  The sap is  extracted from the tree, by making a deep incision into the bark, catching the resin as it oozes out.  Therefore it is not strictly an essential oil and more of a resin, with a warm, creamy vanilla like aroma.

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Nourish your body – Receive 10% off Reflexology

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With a new year we are all in need of some nourishment and pampering, and an injection of some “feel good factor”!

Reflexology is an extremely nurturing way of restoring the bodies natural equilibrium, with the added bonus of inducing deep tranquil relaxation. The perfect remedy for those winter blues!

Reflexology  works on the principle that reflex points on the feet correspond to every organ, gland and area of the body. By working on the feet, this stimulates the thousands of nerve endings and reflex points to revitalise and replenish the mind and body, so energy flows more freely and boosting the bodies self healing process. Thus, at a physical, mental and emotional level a person becomes more balanced and as reflexology has a accumulative effect, benefits will be most noticeable after four to six weekly sessions.

(Reflexology 10% off, valid until 18th February 2016)

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Mairead x

Hello January

I would like to thank you for all your kindness and support during 2015. May 2016 be filled with lots of fun, laughter and bring you peace and good health.

With a new year we can all feel obliged into making resolutions to follow a strict regime, rather than filling our lives with things which bring happiness, therefore improving our wellbeing. For me a healthy and happy life is about balance and doing things which bring inspiration and surrounding myself with people, which make me smile.

So lets take a leap into 2016, be good to yourself and make your general wellbeing a priority.

Mairead x