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Sweet & Spicy Lotion Bar

sweet spicy lotion bar

Sweet & Spicy Lotion Bar
Cardamom & Cinnamon
with Vitamins & Essential Oils

Normal/Oily  Skin Types

Sweet & Spicy Lotion Bar is hot and stimulating remedy with warm-spicy and tenacious aroma. Restores a taste and vigour for life. Adds the fire of courage to the belly. Stimulates circulation. Balsamic, green – woody, sweet-spicy pleasant note.

Ingredients: Cardamom essential oil*(Elettaria cadramomum), Cinnamon bark essential oil*(Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Sweet orange essential oil* (Citrus sinensis), Elemi essential oil*(Canarium luzonicum), Cacao butter*(Theobroma cacao), Shea butter* (Butyrospermum parkii), Coconut oil* (Cocos nucifera), Beeswax* (Cera alba), Vit E.

* Organic ingredient

70ml

 

♥ Cardamom It has been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Digestive sweet spicy lotion barstimulant. Cephalic and a gentle tonic ofthe nervous system. Recommended for nervous exhaustion and depression. General tonic ofthe body.

♥ Sweet orange Antidepressant, digestive, antiseptic, lymphatic stimulant, antispasmodic, sedative. It can be used to help sleep and alleviate tummy upsets.Beneficial for soothing dry, irritated and acne prone skin, aging and rough skin

♥ Cinnamon Cinnamon bark is regarded as one of the strongest antimicrobial agents known. Useful for resisting viral infections. Can help relieve aches and chills in the early stages of colds and flu. antiseptic, stimulant, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, stomachic, anaestetic. Recommended for people who are devitalised, and suffering from nervous depression.sweet spicy lotion bar

 

♥ Elemi Elemi resin was used by the Egyptians for elbalming. Antiseptic, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic, tonic. Beneficial for the treatment of chronic skin conditions such as ulcers, fungal growth and infected wounds. Recommended for aged skin, infected cuts and wounds, inflammation and wrinkles.

 

♥ Cacao butter  Cocoa butter contains compounds called cocoa mass polyphenols, which some studies sweet spicy lotion barhave found can help diminish signs of aging, plus soothe sensitive skin suffering from eczema, dermatitis, skin irritation, inflammation or rashes.

♥ Shea butter Super high in Vitamins and uniquely Vitamin F. Helps treat minor skin irritations. Reduce blemishes and scarring. Helps restore elasticity to skin .

♥ Coconut oil Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer. The combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and hydrating properties make it truly unique.

♥ Vitamin E Full of antioxidants. Vitamin E can neutralize the effect of free radicals that damage healthy skin cells and lead to dryness.

♥ Beeswax An excellent skin softener that helps maintain a smooth skin texture. Its rich vitamin A content and emollient properties help in the healthy development of skin cells. It is a natural moisturizer that not only treats dry skin, but also helps prevent it.

Safety! Avoid if you are pregnant. Any individual suspected of having allergic contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis needs patch testing.

How to use: As you rub the Sweet & Spicy Lotion Bar between your hands, or directly on dry skin areas, your body temperature melts a small amount of the nourishing oils and butters which are absorbed into the skin.

Skin type: Suitable for normal and oily skin. Applied to the skin, this Lotion Bar is soothing, nurishing and moisturising.

Sweet & Spicy Lotion Bar  is Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives.

Cruelty free.

Request a custom order and have something made just for you!
Please contact me on shamamatherapy@gmail.com

I describe and promote my products in good faith. The information provided about the beneficial properties of all of my products is derived from the use and characteristics commonly attributed to it.

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VITILISING BODY LOTION

vitilising body lotion

VITILISING BODY LOTION
Grapefruit & Bay Laurel
with Vitamins & Essential oils 

Combination/Oily Skin

Vitilising body Lotion invigorates and refreshes the body, leaving it feeling toned and firm. Regulates serum production. Cooling, cleansing and decongesting. Stimulates self-esteem, creates euphoria. Posses uplifting and reviving effect on the mind. Fresh, citrus-sweet aroma with balsamic-woody undertone.

 

Ingredients: Grapefruit essential oil* (Citrus paradisi), Cedarwood essential oil* (Cedrus atlantica), Bay laurel essential oil* (Laurus nobilis), Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Jojoba oil (Buxus chinensis), Apricot Kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca), Pumpkin seed oil (Cucurbita pepo), Unrefined Shea butter*(Butyrusperum parkii), Unrefined coconut oil* (Cocos nucifera), Beeswax* (Cera alba)Glycerine, Melissa floral water (Melissa officnalis), Vit E.

* Organic ingredients

150ml

♥ Grapefruit Antidepressant, antiseptic, depurative, diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant. Beneficial for vitilising body lotiontreating oily skin and acne, and has a tonic effect on the skin and scalp.

♥ Bay laurel Antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, expectorant, digestive, tonic. Recommended for conditions such as ulcers, boils, acne and abscesses.

♥Cedarwood Antiseptic, astringent, antiseborrheic, diuretic, expectorant, sedative. Recommended in hair and skin care for improving oily skin, acne, dandruff and seborrhea of the scalp.

♥Geranium Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrisant, diuretic, deodorant, tonic, healing. Recommended for conditions such as eczema and psorisis. It has excellent regulating effect on nervous system. It is sedative and uplifting.

 Jojoba Rich Golden and Cold Pressed, the finest Jojoba mimics the natural sebum in the skin.The oil vitilising body lotionmakes for excellent skincare products which moisturise, nourish and protect. Suitable for all skin types. Research indicated jojoba oil is beneficial in the treatment of dry scalp and and psoriasis or eczema. It posses serum regulating effect.

♥ Apricot Kernel Highly nutritious, a good source of trace minerals and rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids that promote hair growth. Excellent emollient, easily absorbed. It reduces dry scalp problems.

♥ Pumpkin seed Rich in Vitamin E, Zinc, Omega 3, Omega 6 as well as antioxidants. This, therefore makes Pumpkin Seed Oil have excellent moisture retaining properties that fight free radicals to maintain a Youthful appearance. Natural content: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Rich in protein, linoleic acid, minerale

♥ Shea butter Super high in Vitamins and uniquely Vitamin F. Helps treat minor skin irritations. Reduce blemishes and scarring. Helps restore elasticity to skin .

♥ Coconut oil Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer. The combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and hydrating properties make it truly unique.

♥ Melissa floral water Astringent, whilst providing calming revitilising body lotionlief to the senses. The word ‘melissa’ is Greek for honeybee and it is very likely that the plant was named for its ability to attract bees. lemon balm is also high in flavonoids, which have an antioxidant effect. Other skin benefits can be attributed to the herb’s tannins, which are astringent and contribute to the lemon balm’s antiviral effects.

♥ Beeswax An excellent skin softener that helps maintain a smooth skin texture. Its rich vitamin A content and emollient properties help in the healthy development of skin cells. It is a natural moisturizer that not only treats dry skin, but also helps prevent it.

Skin type: Suitable for oily/combination skin. Applied to the skin, this massage oil is soothing, cooling and moisturising.

Safety! Avoid if you are pregnant.

How to use: Apply evenly and massage into your skin.

Vitilising Body Lotion  is Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives.

Cruelty free.

Request a custom order and have something made just for you!
Please contact me on shamamatherapy@gmail.com

I describe and promote my products in good faith. The information provided about the beneficial properties of all of my products is derived from the use and characteristics commonly attributed to it.

 

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NURTURING BODY LOTION

nurturing body lotion

NURTURING BODY LOTION
Palmarosa & Carrot Seed
with Vitamins & Essential oils 

Dry/Sensitive/Normal Skin

 

Nurturing Body Lotion is soothing, cooling, hydrating and moisturizing. Antiseptic, Emollient, Anti- inflammatory, Sedative, Antidepressant. Helpful for eczema and psorisis. Harmonising, peaceful and soothing to the spirit. Sweet floral-rosy aroma with woody-earthy undertone.

Ingredients: Palmarosa essential oil* (Cymbopogon martini), Sandalwood essential oil(Santalum album), Roman chamomile essential oil*(Anthemis noblis), Carrot seed essential oil (Daucus carota), Safflower oil (Carthamus tinctorius ), Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), Apricot Kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca), Calendula oil* (Calendula officinalis), Unrefined Shea butter* (Butyrusperum parkii), Beeswax* (Cera alba), Unrefined Coconut oil* (Cocos nucifera), Glycerine (Coconut derived), Rose floral water (Rosa damascena), Vit E.

* Organic ingredients

150ml

♥ Palmarosa It has an excellent antiseptic and hydrating property, helpful for dry, undernurished skin conditions. Rich in anti-aging properties. It has a calming yet uplifting effect on emotions.nurturing body lotion

♥ Carrot seed Used to improve the complexion of the skin and has been discribed as one of strongest revitalising essential oils. It is recommended for dull, pallid, lifeless and tired skin which is tired from environmental stress. The oil is detoxifying, cleansing and refreshing. It’s effect on red blood cells, helps to add tone and elasticity to skin.

♥ Sandalwood – It is soothing, cooling and moisturising. Used for dry skin conditions caused by lost of moisture and inflammations. Can be used to relieve eczema and psorisis. It has relaxing effect on the nervous system and may be used for hot, agiatated emotional states that lead to headache, insomnia and nervous tension.

♥ Roman chamomile It is considered as one of the gentlest of essential oils and isnurturing body lotion particularly beneficial for treating children. It is important for the treatment of eczema and dry, itchy conditions. The sweet scent of Roman chamomile is soothing and calming. It can be used in treating colic, dyspepsia and indigestion. It may be used to alleviate the pain associated with teething infants.

♥ Safflower oil One of the highest natural sources of Oleic acid and therefore helps to rejuvenate damaged skin and provide a moisture shot for dry skin, so that even dry skin feels smooth.
Natural contents: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, B6, Vitamin E, Rich in linoleic acid and minerals.

Evening primrose oil – Rich in essential fatty acids, one in particular, GLA. GLA is an omega-6 fatty nurturing body lotionacid that the body can convert to substances that reduce inflammation and cell growth. Studies prove that evening primrose oil is remarkably effective in  relieving many symptoms of eczema, including itching, redness, and edema. Rejuvenates, reverts aging, hydrates. Helps in adding moisture to the skin and promoting healthy maintenance of collagen, it improves skin elasticity and prevents premature sagging as well as wrinkles and fine lines.

♥ Calendula oil It helps soothe the area and reduce the pain. It works well on sprained muscles or bruises; its anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Calendula oil also helps treat spider veins, varicose veins, leg ulcers, and chilblains.

♥ Coconut oil Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer. The combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and hydrating properties make it truly unique.

♥ Vitamin E Full of antioxidants. Vitamin E can neutralize the effect of free radicals that damage healthy skin cells and lead to dryness.

♥ Apricot Kernel oil Highly nutritious, a good source of trace minerals and rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids that promote hair growth. Excellent emollient, easily absorbed. It reduces dry scalp problems. Natural content: Vitamin A Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6 Vitamin E (small amount), Salicilyic Acid

♥ Shea butter Super high in Vitamins and uniquely Vitamin F. Helps treat minor skin irritations. Reduce blemishes and scarring. Helps restore elasticity to skin .

♥ Rose floral water Direct from the Bulgarian Valley of Rosesbody lotion, Bulgarian Rose Water is soothing, stimulates the regeneration of the skin, hydrating, refreshing and naturally fragrant. Rose Floral water is chemical and alcohol free for natural skincare.

♥ Beeswax An excellent skin softener that helps maintain a smooth skin texture. Its rich vitamin A content and emollient properties help in the healthy development of skin cells. It is a natural moisturizer that not only treats dry skin, but also helps prevent it.

How to use: Apply evenly and massage into your skin.

Skin type: Suitable for dry, sensitive, demaged and normal skin. Applied to the skin, this Body Lotion is soothing, cooling and moisturising and primarly used for dry skin conditions caused by loss of moisture and skin inflammations. It may be used to relieve eczema and psorisis.

Nurturing Body Lotion  is Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives.

Cruelty free.

Request a custom order and have something made just for you!
Please contact me on shamamatherapy@gmail.com

I describe and promote my products in good faith. The information provided about the beneficial properties of all of my products is derived from the use and characteristics commonly attributed to it.

 

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Massage with oils – the importance of external oleation.

The word for oil in Sanskrit, sneha, is also the word for love. So massage ritual is essentially spreading love and nourishment to all of the tissues in the body, as well as to the mind and senses.

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”

Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89
(One of the Great ancient texts of Ayurveda)

External oleation of the skin is becoming more important as our population ages.

The main reason to massage the body with the oil is to remove toxins from the deep tissues. It also works to purify, nourish, and tone the body on a deep cellular level.

How should we use this information to achieve our aims?

  1. Reduce the frequency of bathing, showering, and cleansing. The water should be kept at the coolest temperature practical, and one should get out as soon as possible. Sponge bathing should be encouraged.
  2. Apply an oil directly on skin that is still damp. 
  3. Self massage 30-60minutes before bath or shower.
  4. Keep room temperature low. Humidity should be kept as high as possible without causing damage.
  5. Limit the exposure to soaps, detergents, solvents, and water. Such products dry the skin and alter its pH balance. Overdrying should be avoided. In addition, friction from washcloths, rough clothing, and abrasives should be avoided.
  6. Use natural, pure, cold pressed, unrefined oils frequently. Use best quality oils that you can find.  Your skin is your biggest organ, and everything you put on it absorbs directly into your bloodstream.
    Dry skin – use carrier oils as often as possible 4-5 times a day.
    Oily skin – once a day.
  7. Use oils according to your skin type and needs. 
    Dry/Mature Skin Avocado, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Olive, Rosehip Seed, Sweet Almond, Evening Primrose, Calendula, Camellia Seed, Olive, Sesame, Macademia, Argan, Tamanu

     

    Normal Skin Apricot Kernel, Peach Kernel, Jojoba, Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Sesame, Hazelnut, Pomegranate

     

    Oily/Acne Prone Skin Jojoba, Neem, Apricot Kernel, Coconut, Tamanu, Sesame, Hemp Seed, Black Cumin Seed, Rosehip Seed, Pumpkin Seed

     

  8. Avoid synthetic products. Synthetic moisturizing creams can be too dense on the molecular level to permeate the tissue adequately.

Benefits of applying oil to the body:

  • Improves softness, strength and color to the bodymassage with oil - external oleation
  • Helps in removal of waste products/toxins
  • Decreases the effects of aging
  • Improves sense organs
  • Nourishes the body
  • Increases longevity
  • Benefits sleep patterns
  • Benefits skin
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Imparts a firmness to the limbs
  • Imparts tone and vigor to the tissues of the body
  • Stimulates the internal organs of the body
  • Increases circulation
  • Pacifies dry, sensitive skin.

A full body oil massage, calms the mind, leaving you feeling grounded yet focused and alert, and balances emotions.

If you live in York and are looking for massage: Aromatherapy and Ayurveda – contact me on (+44) 7908352770 or shamamatherapy@gmail.com

When I was in India, studying Ayurveda, I also learnt how important it is to massage a baby from its early days.

What is baby massage?

Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body with your hands. Use pure, unrefines, cold-pressed oils only on your baby’s skin. As part of your massage routine, you can gently manipulate your baby’s ankles, wrists and fingers. You can talk softly, hum or sing to your baby while you are massaging.

Benefits of baby massage:

Massage may help your baby to:

  • develop mentally, socially and physically
  • stay relaxed
  • cry less
  • sleep better
  • improve weight gain
  • aid digestion
  • improve circulation
  • ease teething pain

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Aromatherapy

aromatherapy

“My elders have said to me
that the trees are the teachers of the law.
As I grow less ignorant
I begin to understand what they mean”

                   – Brooke Medicine Eagle

 

 

From the beginning we have been surrounded by the presence of plants. Plants, animals and people have coevolved over a long period of time. Their relationship reflect matualistic interdependencies that cannot be viewed in isolation from one another.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is an Art of using naturally extracted aromatic essence from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to balance, harmonise and promote the heath of the BODY, MIND and SOUL. It enhances psychological and physical well-being.

The inhaled aroma from these essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.

Benefits of aromatherapy and massage

Aromatherapy can help people in many ways. It is a natural way to improve your health and
calm your mind. Aromatherapy can:aromatherapy

  •  Enhance mood and general feeling of well-being.
  •  Improve blood and lymphatic circulation.
  •  Strengthen the immune system, resistance to disease and combat infections.
  •  Promote deeper and easier breathing.
  •  Help to deal with different emotions,  such as anxietydepression and grief.
  • Promote healthy skin care.
  • Stimulate all the senses to help increase sensory awareness through touch, music and smell experiences.
  • Soothe the tension and pain of the muscles, improve flexibilitymobility and co-ordination.
  • Encourage restful sleep.
  • Improve digestion – massage to the lower back and abdomen can help the colon work more comfortably and naturally.

Aromatherapy is a continuous exchange, process of giving and receiving. Aromatherapy allows individual to find his/her inner harmony and peace.

Natural Cosmetics

Forest Beard Oil

Forest Beard Oil
with Vitamins & Essential Oils

Eliminates Itching & Dandruff – Softens & Conditions – Treats Acne – Reduces Irritation & Replenishes the Skin – Beautiful Subtle Scent. Antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant.

Ingredients: Petitgrain Essential oil* (Citrus aurantium subsp. amara), Pine Essential oil* (Pinus sylvestris), Cedarwood Essential oil (Cedrus atlantica), Thyme Essential oil* (Thymus vulgaris), Sage* (Salvia officinalis), Jojoba oil*(Simmondsia chinensis), Apricot Kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca), Vitamin E

*Organic ingredients

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Aromatherapy – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits.

cedar tree

Cedar tree in Toyama, Japan

“My elders have said to me
that the trees are the teachers of the law.
As I grow less ignorant
I begin to understand what they mean”

                   – Brooke Medicine Eagle

From the beginning we have been surrounded by the presence of plants. Plants, animals and people have coevolved over a long period of time. Their relationship reflect matualistic interdependencies that cannot be viewed in isolation from one another.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is an Art of using naturally extracted aromatic essence from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to balance, harmonise and promote the health of the BODY, MIND and SOUL. It enhances psychological and physical well-being.

The inhaled aroma from these essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.

Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of aromatherapy and massage

Aromatherapy can help people in many ways. It is a natural way to improve your health and calm your mind. Aromatherapy is not limited to cure the physical illness, but embraces the spiritual wellbeing. Aromatherapy can:

  • Enhance mood and general feeling of well-being.

  • Reduce stress

Stress is multidimentional syndrom because it involves mind, body and emotions. The success of aromatherapy comes from its multidimentional holistic approach by treating and looking at a person as a Whole, addressing physical body, mind and soul. Aromatherapy utilises the pharmacological, psychotherapeutic and metaphysical properties of essential oils.

A Japanese study found that inhaling essential oils can modulate your sympathetic nervous system activity. Certain oils were found to be stimulating, while others were found to be calming. Let’s have a look at some of the studies:

Black pepper, fennel, and grapefruit oil caused a 1.5-to 2.5-fold increase in sympathetic nervous system activity (as measured by an increase in systolic blood pressure)

– Rose and patchouli oil resulted in a 40 percent decrease in sympathetic nervous system activity

– Pepper oil induced a 1.7-fold increase in plasma adrenaline concentration, while rose oil caused adrenaline to drop by 30 percent

– Other oils have been shown to measurably decrease stress hormones—inhaling lavender and rosemary were shown to reduce cortisol levels.

  •  Improve blood and lymphatic circulation.

Essential oils affect the circulatory system by dilating the blood vessels, thereby allowing the blood to flow. Essential oils used for poor circulation will stimulate blood flow in the veins, lymph movement in the lymphatic system and help shift the toxin build up throughout your body.

Recommended oils for stimulating circulation locally to the area where they are applied include Nutmeg, Cinnamom, Clove, Black Pepper, Ginger, Thyme and Rosemary.  Myrtle, Lemon and Cypress have been used to strengthen and dilate capillaries and increase circulation. Helichrysum, Clove and citrus oils are natural blood thinners, balancing the viscosity or thickness of the blood.

  •  Strengthen the immune system, resistance to disease and combat infections.

Research has shown that 45 minutes of massage increases your body’s white blood cells, therefore strengthening your immune response and reducing inflammation.

Essential oils contain each of the plant’s healing nutrients including trace minerals, vitamins, hormones, amino acid precursors and other components. They give the plant the ability to destroy infections, stave off infestations, initiate and maintain growth and repair structural damage. When essential oils are applied to human skin, they carry the same healing force as they do to the plant.

Antibacterial effects of essential oils such as peppermint oil, tea tree oil, thyme oil can provide an effective antiseptic solution against oral pathogens.

  •  Treat respiratory infections, promote deeper and easier breathing.

The best method of using the essential oils for the ailments of respiratory tract is by chest and back massage, inhalations, compresses, diffusers and burners. Essential oils have well documented antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antitussive, demulcent, expectorant and immunostimulating properties. Clove and oregano are one of many essential oils in which no bacteria, virus or fungi can live.

In a study published in June of 2014, researchers reported on the anti-inflammatory effects of lavender essential oil as a treatment for asthma.

  •  Help to deal with different emotions,  such as anxietydepression and grief.

Lavender is used with positive effect in the treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions. Lavender improved associated symptoms such as restlessness, disturbed sleep, and somatic complaints and has a beneficial influence on general well-being and quality of life. Onother study on lavender essential oil revealed that lavender can cause significant decreases of blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature, which indicated a decrease of autonomic arousal.

Aromatherapy massage exerts positive effects on anxiety and self-esteem.

Aromatherapy treatments have a wonderful energising, uplifting effect on the nervous system and help lift the Spirit. Essential oils can help balance, relax and restore the nervous system. Inhalation aromatherapy with lavender aroma has ben proved to reduce anxiety in patients with myocardial infarction.

  • Soothe the tension and pain of the muscles, improve flexibilitymobility and co-ordination.

Essential oils have anti-inflammatory, rubefacient, analgesic, antirheumatic and detoxifying properties that can provide considerable amount of pain relief. Such oil can relieve local inflammation, so the swelling is reduced. Some essential oils will bring warmth to the tissue. Detoxifiers cleanse and purify the bloodstream and restore healthier functioning.

  • Promote healthy skin care.

    The benefits of essential oils in skin care:geranium

  • Antiseptic properties
  • Help eliminate waste – Detoxification
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Regulating sebum production
  • Reducing stress
  • Improve muscle tone and blood circulation
  • Stimulate the growth of new cells

Essential oils have antiseptic, inti-inflammatory, antipruritic, astringent, cicatrisant, demulcent (reducing itching), fungicidal and vulnerary properties. Therefore essential oils can be very useful in skin care, because they are able to address skin conditions on variety of levels.

A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne showed that both  had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients’ acne by reducing the number of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions (open and closed comedones). The onset of action in the case of tea-tree oil was slower. Encouragingly, fewer side effects were experienced by patients treated with tea-tree oil.

Essential oils and aromatherapy has proven to be beneficial for the managment of eczema and dermatitis.

  • Encourage restful sleep.

Human studies that were published between 1990 to 2012, suggested positive effect of inhaled essential oils on sleep. No adverse events were reported.

  • Improve digestion

Massage with essential oils to the lower back and abdomen, especially over the dorsal and lumbar areas, can help the colon work more comfortably and naturally. Local compresses over the stomach are also very usuful. And it is important to remember that the first act of digestion is olfaction. The aroma of the food stimulates the secretion of saliva and digestive juices.

Because many complaints of the digestive tract result from stress (Autonomic Nervous System), essential oils and their sedative and calming nervous system properties seem to be a perfect solution.

Infection can be the cause of many digestive problems. Hypothesis is that the digestive properties of a particular herb may be linked, at least in part, to the herb’s antibacterial action. Essential oils and herbal extracts have an advantage over conventional antibiotics since they may contain several antibacterial compounds that act in different ways, so that it would be more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance

 

Aromatherapy Stimulates all the senses and help increase sensory awareness through touch, music and smell experiences.

The Science of Smell

Merely breathing in the fragrance of essential oils is a powerful healer. Inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine) thereby further regulating mood.

“Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent as, for example, ‘vanilla,’ the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deep-seated emotional responses.”

Touch

“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”
― C.G. Jung

Massage therapy is based on the touch. Massage is sharing the touch. It penetrates deeper than the skin, deeper even than the muscles and bones – a good massage can penetrate our being.

“Touch is a basic behavioral need, in much the same way as breathing is a basic physical need. When the need for touch remains unsatisfied abnormal behavior will result”

Touch makes in a body a series of reactions at the biochemical level. It stimulates the release of oxytocin(OT)  as one study shown, a hormone thought to be a primary component of many social, emotional, and behavioral human functions. OT is known to facilitate social bonding, and touch in humans appears to sustain social bonds and to increase cooperative behaviors.

The release of oxytocin during physical massage may add to the number of benefits that massage can offer. Massage may promote prosocial behaviors such as trustworthiness, generosity and empathy.

How touch can help? One study investigated the effects of sleep and touch therapy accompanied by music and aromatherapy on the symptoms of fibromyalgia in women. Common symptoms include: pain, morning fatigue, restless sleep, sleeplessness, and depression. The Touch-Music-Aroma and Sleep-Music-Aroma interventions reduced with statistically significant change FMS symptoms in patients and were effective in decreasing the level of depression in women participating in the study.

Music

Some therapist/clients will chose to work in silence. Others, like me like to benefit from therapeutic music.

Aromatherapy for healing the Spirit.aromatherapy - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits

Aromatherapy and Massage is a way to rest in our source, where our bodies and minds and personalities and feelings come into harmony. That is, we are no longer divided. This harmony may not immediately arise in its deepest possible way, but this is where the journey begins.

Aromatherapy is a continuous exchange, process of giving and receiving. Aromatherapy allows individual to find his/her inner harmony and peace.

I would encourage you to look at aromatherapy as a way to investigate. A way of investigating for yourself – in your own body, in your own mind, upon your own experience. That you start to relinquish control and allow everything to be as it is. When you allow your experience to be exactly as it is without trying to change it.

I’ve witnessed clients change – the light in their eyes after the massage, the way they hold themselves, the tone of their voice, their level of self-awareness, confidence, purpose, and clarity. And that is for me the most valuable proof that aromatherapy really works.

 

 

 

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