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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

What is aromatherapy?

Walk into a chemist in any town today and, along with familiar items such as shampoo and cotton buds, you are likely to find a bewildering array of little brown bottles containing small amounts of essential oil, each claiming to have their own specific therapeutic qualities, some will help you to relax, some help to stimulate, some improve the appetite, and some improving stiff joints.

The principle of Aromatherapy involves the use of one or more of these essential oils, which are extracted from the root, stem, flower or any other part of a plant, to treat individual or collective ailments. The oils can be absorbed by the body in the form of massage, compresses skin creams, by bathing or saunas or by inhalation in the form of burners, sprays, and candles.

How old is aromatherapy?

The practice of using these oils to balance the mind and body goes back many thousands of years. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Indian civilizations are known to have used oils extensively and, as the centuries progressed, the use of oils in the perfume industry grew steadily. The wonderfully effective march of orthodox medicine over the past hundred years meant the effects and benefits of essential oils were generally forgotten in the west, becoming the preserve of the Hippy Dippy culture.

However, over the last few years, there has been a remarkable resurgence of interest in these misunderstood yet powerful natural remedies. As a society we are perhaps becoming less and less willing to pop pills hoping our problems go away, lots more of us are seeing our own difficulties in a more Holistic light, that’s to say we are becoming much more aware of the whole picture, mind body and spirit.

What happens in a typical session?

When visiting a qualified aromatherapist, the chances are you’ll be visiting for a massage. The first session is likely to take between one and a half to two hours and the therapist will sit down with you and take a detailed medical consultation helping them to understand your past and current medical history. The Aromatherapist would probably take particular interest in how you feel on the day, what aches and pains you have, whether you are happy, sad, lively or lethargic and what you want to achieve during the session.

A blend of essential oils will be discussed and these oils will be mixed with base or carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, wheat germ or grape seed. This blend will be specific for you and your condition on that day. If you go to see the same Aromatherapist regularly they might decide to subtly change the blend each time you visit.

The therapist would generally leave the room to wash their hands whilst you climb up onto a couch and cover yourself with a large towel or two. Aromatherapy massage differs from the more conventional Swedish or sports style in that there is very little deep muscle work because the blend of oils should do the work for the therapist. Instead, it’s likely to be slow, soft and rhythmic. The body absorbs the essential oils and they start to work, relaxing the muscles, stimulating the mind, improving appetite and so on. The therapist will generally take your lead as to whether to talk during the session; some clients like to chat and others prefer peace and quiet or a little light music. The room is likely to be calm, warm and dark, helping to relax and sooth. The actual massage might take up to an hour and a half; at the end, the therapist would leave the room to wash enabling the client to dress.

On returning the Aromatherapist is likely to offer some advice for the next twenty-four hours – helping the client to get the very best from the treatment. Longer term advice tends to begin after a few sessions, as the therapist and client begin to establish trust and rapport. Professional treatments rarely stop once you leave the clinic, most good therapists will offer advice on longer-term preventative steps the clients could take to improve their quality of life.

Who is aromatherapy suitable for?

Often the question is asked as to who aromatherapy is suitable for? In my experience, this would be most people!

There are of course certain conditions where essential oils are not recommended. One of the worrying aspects of the wide availability of essential oils is that these cautions are often brushed aside. For example, some oils are particularly unhelpful for epileptics, people on specific medications, those with sensitive skin, those with blood pressure difficulties, heart conditions, or kidney damage. Many oils should be avoided totally during pregnancy.

The adage “if in doubt leave it out” seems to be very appropriate for aromatherapy! The alternative seems to be visiting a qualified professional aromatherapist and getting the job done right the first time!…

The Top 3 Benefits of Micro Needling

micro-needling

Have you ever heard of micro-needling? It’s a process that may be performed by an esthetician or at home with the right tools. Micro-needling involves the use of a roller with tiny, thin needles attached to it. The roller is gently pressed against the skin and rolled on the skin both up and down as well as side to side. The micro needling process is known for its ability to induce collagen production and leave the skin looking fresh, smooth, and rejuvenated.

Many micro-needling rollers are available online. While you can purchase a roller and perform the needling process on your skin, you should make sure you know how to do it properly or go to a professional. You don’t want to press down too hard on the skin. When done the right way, the micro needling process will leave your skin looking amazing while reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and even stretch marks.

May Reduce the Appearance of Any Acne Scars

If you’ve suffered from acne for several years, there is a chance you’ve got some scarring on the skin. Several different types of acne scars tend to appear on the surface, including rolling scars and ice pick scars. If you’d like to reduce the appearance of these scars so that they’re not nearly as noticeable, you may want to start the micro needling process. You could even start to see progress after the first treatment.

It’s highly recommended to only use the roller on your face once a week. You don’t want to overdo it and cause any pain or discomfort to your skin from going over it so much with these thin needles.

It Boosts Collagen Production For More Youthful Skin

Even if you don’t have acne scars, you can still benefit from using a roller on the skin and going through with the micro needling process. Because the needles puncture the skin and promote healing while boosting collagen production, regularly using the roller on your skin is a great way to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. You may be able to prevent deep lines and wrinkles from forming on your skin by using the roller.

It’s Something You Can Use on Stretch Marks

Do you have stretch marks? These marks can appear on your body during pregnancy, puberty, and at times when your body is going through changes. Not only does micro-needling reduce the appearance of acne scars, but it also works to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, regardless of how long you’ve had them. The best way to see the difference micro needling can make for your stretch marks is to take pictures before you start using the roller and then continue to take pictures after each treatment to see the positive changes that occur.

Would you like to have skin that looks healthy and flawless? If so, micro needling may be right for you. Although needles are used, the process isn’t painful, and it’s something you should try if you’d like to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks while improving the appearance of your skin.…

Facts About Folic Acid And What It Can Do For You

Folic Acid

If you want to know more about folic acid, you’ve come to the right place. Folic acid is a B vitamin and is very important because it helps the body to create new cells. Everyone needs it in their body, in fact.

Folic acid is something that a pregnant woman should be taking. The reason why is because it helps to keep significant birth defects at bay. Namely, it keeps the baby’s brain and spine from being likely to have problems. A woman needs to take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day to be healthy during pregnancy. You need to try to take this vitamin a month before you plan to become pregnant and during the pregnancy. In fact, women, in general, should take folic acid to help the body create new cells.

Health Concerns

If you don’t have enough folic acid in your body, then you can face a lot of health problems. For instance, you can end up getting diarrhea, depression, a sore or swollen tongue, heart palpitations, irritability, and mental confusion. There are more problems that a lack of folic acid can cause, and that’s why you want to eat foods that have it in them. You can find folic acid in leafy vegetables or breakfast cereals. Look at the labels on foods you buy, and you should be able to get an idea of how much folic acid is in each serving.

Folic acid can help to prevent different health problems, as well. Research has shown that if you have a diet rich in folic acid, you don’t have as much of a chance to develop heart disease, depression, age-related eye issues, and strokes. There are also studies that show that it can help to keep cancer at bay as well as anemia and other disorders that can come up. It’s safe to say that you need a diet that has folic acid in it no matter who you are if you want to be a happy and healthy person.

Now you know more about folic acid and what makes it so important to take. It’s a great vitamin, and it can be found in most stores if you need more in your day to day life. Do your research on the different brands of it, and you’ll see what works best for most people.