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  1. Stress Awareness Month: De-Stress with Neal's Yard Organic Products

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    Stress and Neals Yard Organic Products

     As April is the Stress Awareness month, I have written a series of posts to help you manage stress. 

    Stress can build up for a number of reasons and tends to be caused by a variety of circumstances such as:

    Too much to do   Lack of Time          Financial Worries                Workload
    Job Uncertainty   Family Troubles     Relationship Breakdowns   Bereavement
    Moving Home     Urban Life              Conflict at work or home    Isolation
    Redundancy         Retirement              Going to University            Planning a Wedding
    Pregnancy            Becoming a Parent  World problems and so on…

    Long term chronic stress manifests itself in many different ways and can have a negative impact on our physical, mental and emotional health.

    Some of the common effects of long term stress include:

    Headaches, Physical and Emotional Tension, Muscular Aches and Pains, Digestive upsets, Exhaustion, Hyperactivity, Anger and Irritability, Feeling Overwhelmed, Anxiety & Depression Over thinking Insomnia, Loss of Concentration Reduced ability to make decisions, Brain Fog and more.

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    NYR Independent Consultant

    Top Picks for Stress Relief

    I have chosen these products to help to relax your mind and body, whilst calming your emotions.  In addition I have also chosen some products which help with other symptoms of stress such as fatigue, sleep issues, digestive complaints, skin irritations or low mood.

    Many of the Neal’s Yard products contain organic essential oils, which when applied to your skin or inhaled enter into your system.  Each essential oil has multiple health physical, psychological and emotional conditions. 

    Aromatherapy

    Any of the essential oils listed below to calm the mind, calm the body, to lift the mood or to ease digestive upsets which can be caused by short or long term stress.

    Essential oil blends:  Calming, De-Stress, Focus (for brain fog caused by stress), Night Time (for sleep issues), Optimism (for low mood), Vitality (for fatigue caused by chronic stress).

    The essential oils can be used in any of the electric diffusers or an oil burner with a tea light candle.  If you get a cold or head congestion you could also place 3 drops of essential oil in a bowl of hot water, put a towel over your head and steam for 5 to 10 mins.  This method is not suitable for people with respiratory conditions. 

    Your essential oil will come with an information leaflet which contains the correct dilutions.  If you are local to me (Stockport SK1) I also run a Level 1 Workshop in using Essential oils safely.  Neal's Yard also sell a book called Essential Oils which is a useful reference guide.

    Remedies to Roll: Energy, Study (for brain fog and focus), Night Time, Relaxation – these are all handy pocket sized rollerball remedies that you can use on the go.

    You can also use the essential oils in your own customised products, for that you will need the Create base products listed below.

    Create Organic Face and Body Lotion

    Create Organic Ointment - which is a cream texture 

    Create Organic Bath Oil

    Create Organic Hair and Body Wash - please bear in mind that if you use essential oils in a product that you apply and wash off soon after, the essential oils will not have chance to absorb into your bloodstream.

    In terms of unscented oils to use for facial or body oils, there is Almond, Grapeseed, Argan or Rosehip.  You can also use the Omega 3.6.9 and Beauty Oils which are actually an internal supplement but perfectly safe to use on the skin.

    If you live local to me I can also order the Create Unscented Massage oil  for you as this isn't available on my personalised website.

    NYR Create your own range

    Supplements:

    • Vitamin B – to boost energy levels
    • Beauty Sleep – for sleep issues
    • Vitamin C Boost with Wild Rose Hip or Quercetin and Nettle, all help fight infections which you can be more susceptible to as chronic stress lowers your immunity.
    • Pro Bio Boost (capsules), Organic Fibre Blend (powdered supplement) if stress affects your digestive system.
    • Cognitive supplement – for anyone who is studying intensely which can be very stressful.

    Herbal Remedies:

    Stress can aggravate skin conditions such as Eczema.  These products will help to soothe and calm the skin on the body.

    • Calendula and Oat Lotion, Calendula Cream, Stellaria Cream, Lavender and Aloe Cooling Cream.
    • You could also use Create Unscented Face and Body Lotion or Create Ointment and mix them with Chamomile and Lavender essential oils.

    If the skin on your face becomes aggravated, irritated or inflamed then the Starflower and WhiteTea Range are ideal as they are soothing, calming and made specifically for sensitive and irritated skin.

    De-Stress Ritual

    Bathing:

    •  Seaweed and Arnica Foam Bath or Aromatic Foam bath – for aches and pains.  The Aromatic Foam Bath is also a good stress reliever.
    • Geranium and Orange or Rose and Pomegranate Bath oil to nourish and relax.
    • Create unscented bath oil with any of the essential oil blends mentioned above.

    To enable the essential oils to absorb into your skin, it is best to take a bath rather than a shower where the product is washed off soon after application.  Taking a bath is also a very soothing, relaxing activity if there are no distractions from kids or people you may live with!

     Body Products

    • Jasmine and Ylang Ylang Body Oil or Body Cream – this is a very sensual blend so helpful when stress makes you feel frozen and distant even from yourself!  Other useful products include Beauty Sleep Body Butter, Geranium and Orange Body Balm, Rose Body Cream, Frankincense Body Cream or Aromatic Body Butter.  The Lavender, Geranium and Orange and Frankincense and Mandarin Body lotions are also very relaxing.
    • Create unscented face and body lotion with any of the essential oil blends mentioned above.

    As you can see there is a wide variety of products you could choose to de-stress.  I would advise that you choose products which you can easily integrate into your everyday routine.

    Stay tuned for my final blog post for Stress Awareness Month.

    Take care, until next time

    Zoe

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    Note: If stress is causing you physical and/or mental health problems, please also visit your GP.  If you are curently taking any medication or are receiving medical treatment, please consult with your GP or consultant before taking any supplements.

    Before using essential oils to make your own face or body products, please make sure that you follow the correct health and safety information. Certain essential oils are not safe to use for certain health conditions and also may interact with some medications.  I would advise that you either purchase a good quality aromatherapy book or seek professional advice from an aromatherapist.  I offer a mini workshop which covers all the basic health and safety information.  Always use the correct dilutions in a suitable base product and test patch for 24 hrs if you have sensitive skin.  If you experience any irritation, discontinue use and seek medical attention if required.  Keep essential oils away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight. Store out of reach of children, vulnerable adults or pets.

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  2. Stress Awareness Month: De-Stress with Aromatherapy

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    Stress and Aromatherapy

    This is my second post for Stress Awareness Month where I will be sharing useful information to help you manage stress.

    Stress can build up for a number of reasons and tends to be caused by a variety of circumstances such as:

    Too much to do   Lack of Time          Financial Worries                Workload
    Job Uncertainty   Family Troubles     Relationship Breakdowns   Bereavement
    Moving Home     Urban Life              Conflict at work or home    Isolation
    Redundancy         Retirement              Going to University            Planning a Wedding
    Pregnancy            Becoming a Parent  World problems and so on…

    Long term chronic stress manifests itself in many different ways and can have a negative impact on our physical, mental and emotional health.

    Some of the common effects of long term stress include:

    Headaches, Physical and Emotional Tension, Muscular Aches and Pains, Digestive upsets, Exhaustion, Hyperactivity, Anger and Irritability, Feeling Overwhelmed, Anxiety & Depression, Over thinking Insomnia, Loss of Concentration Reduced ability to make decisions, Brain Fog and more.

    How Can Aromatherapy help with Stress?

    Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy which uses natural fragrant oils that are extracted from herbs, flowers, plants and trees, they are called essential oils.  They are natural concentrations of various parts of these fauna and flora.  The oils are very powerful and so are only used in tiny amounts in: face and body oils, aromatic baths, inhalations, electric or candle burners and various cosmetic preparations. 

    Each oil has its own unique fragrance and therapeutic properties, useful in the treatment of a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional conditions. For example, lavender essential oil can be used to treat many skin conditions, headaches, aches and pains, fatigue, flu, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia etc 

    Essential oils are highly versatile, working both on the physical body and on our psychological and emotional natures.  This makes aromatherapy one of the best treatments for holistic health in it has positive effects on all aspects of our being.

    Depending on the method used to intake the oils; they are either absorbed into our system via the Skin (massage) or our Lungs and Nasal passages (inhalation).  Note, if you use essential oils in a wash off product e.g shower gel, facial wash, soap they are not on the skin long enough to absorb fully.  You will have minimal absorption through inhalation only but not through the skin

    NYR Essential Oil Absorption

    How can I use Essential Oils?

    • Diffuse them in an oil burner with a tee light or electric diffuser
    • Add them to unscented base products e.g. massage oils, bath oils, creams, lotions, bath salts etc.
    • Apply a few drops to a tissue and inhale
    • Add 6 drops to a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and inhale the steam (not suitable for those with respiratory conditions)
    • Mix 3 drops in a tablespoon of unscented bath oil and add to a bowl of warm water to soak your feet or inhale with a towel over your head.

    Which are the Best Essential Oils for Stress?

    To calm your mind and emotions: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Sweet Marjoram, Roman and German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Patchouli and Geranium.  Lemon helps to clear the mind when you have brain fog.

    To uplift from a low mood: Bergamot, Orange, German or Roman Chamomile, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, *Lemon, Frankincense, Myrrh, *Cypress, Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, *Juniper, *Thyme, *Ginger and Geranium.  Those marked with a star will uplift and raise your physical energy levels and those without a star, will uplift and relax.

    To relax your body: *Roman or German chamomile, bergamot, orange, ylang ylang, *lavender, clary sage, *sweet marjoram and geranium

    Those marked with a star are also useful for aches and pains so use them in bath oils or body products.

    NYR organic

    Neal's Yard (who I work with as an Indpendent Consultant) have a fantastic range of Aromatherapy products:

    Electric Diffusers to diffuse essential oils into your home or work place.  There is also the Osaka diffuser whichyou can use in the car

    Organic Essential Oils - invididual oils and blends such as Night Time (for sleep issues), Vitality (for low energy levels and mental fatigue), De-Stress, Calming, Optimism (for low mood) and Focus (useful for brain fog or lack of concentration).

    Your essential oil will come with an information leaflet which contains the correct dilutions.  If you are local to me (Stockport SK1) I also run a Level 1 Workshop in using Essential oils safely.  Neal's Yard also sell a book called Essential Oils which is a useful reference guide.

     

     Neal's Yard Organic also sell a fantastic range of unscented products called the Create range.  You can add your own essential oils to these products to make a unique, customsied organic products for your needs.  

    NYR Create Range Combo

    In terms of unscented oils to use for facial or body oils, there is Almond, Grapeseed, Argan or Rosehip.  You can also use the Omega 3.6.9 and Beauty Oils which are actually an internal supplement but perfectly safe to use on the skin.

    If you live local to me I can also order the Create Unscented Massage oil  for you as this isn't available on my personalised website.

    Ok, that's all folks. Stay tuned for my final post on stress relief which is coming later this week

    Until next time

    Zoe

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    Note: If stress is causing you physical and/or mental health problems, please also visit your GP.

    Before using essential oils to make your own face or body products, please make sure that you follow the correct health and safety information. Certain essential oils are not safe to use for certain health conditions and also may interact with some medications.  I would advise that you either purchase a good quality aromatherapy book or seek professional advice from an aromatherapist.  I offer a mini workshop which covers all the basic health and safety information.  Always use the correct dilutions in a suitable base product and test patch for 24 hrs if you have sensitive skin.  If you experience any irritation, discontinue use and seek medical attention if required.  Keep essential oils away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight. Store out of reach of children, vulnerable adults or pets.

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