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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week 2018

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    Today is the start of Rhematoid Arthritis Awareness Week run by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.  

    Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto immune condition, where the body attacks the lining of the joints.  This causes inflammation, pain and stiffness.If left untreated, the joint can lose its shape and alignment and lead to permanent disability. 

    Key Facts

    • Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of any age. Around three quarters of people with rheumatoid arthritis are first diagnosed when of working age and women are three times as likely as men to have the disease. 
    • Rheumatoid arthritis is an often misunderstood disease, confused with osteoarthritis which is commonly a wear and tear disease generally affecting the older population. 
    • More than 400,000 people in the UK (around 1%) have rheumatoid arthritis costing the NHS approximately £560 million per year. The National Audit Office estimate that the total cost of RA to the UK economy is £4.8 billion per year

     

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    The conventional medical approaches to treating RA include medication and sometimes surgery.  To complement this, there are also holistic treatments and natural health products which can help to ease inflammation and pain.

    Holistic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    In terms of the treatments I offer, the most useful is Aromatherapy massage

    With aromatherapy massage, there are a number of beneficial effects for sufferers of RA:

    1) pain relief and decreased stiffness, increased mobility in the joints from the massage

    2) reduction of inflammation due to the use of essential oils in the massage oil.  Essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream during an aromatherapy massage and so continue to work after your treatment has ended.

    3) improvement in mood levels due to the release of the "happy" hormones during massage

    Please note, during an acute flare up where the joints are very painful, massage would not be advisable.  In such cases, I would advise Reiki as this doesn't involve any massage or manipulation of the body, is deeply relaxing, can bring pain relief and can also help to improve mood levels.  Reiki can also be carried out in a comfortable chair for those who find it painful to lie down on a massage couch.

    Products for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    I also create customsied organic Aromatherapy massage oils for clients and these are available in 100ml and 250ml sizes.  Following a consultation, I bascially choose a blend of essential oils which are suitable for your condition.  This massage oil can then be used preferably after bathing on a daily basis or as and when needed.

    Neal's Yard, who I work with as an indpendent consultant,  also sell a range of useful ready made products which could help with RA.  Those include:

    Bath Products: Seaweed and Arnica, Aromatic Bathing Oil

    Massage Oil: Ginger and Juinper (sometimes only available during autumn/winter) or Aromatic body oils

    Body Butters: Aromatic Body Butter

    Joint Supplement - which promotes healthy joints and muscles. *If you are taking other medication, please refer to your GP before taking any supplements.

    DIY Make Your Own Products

    If you are interested in making your own organic aromatherapy products, Neal's Yard who sell a range of unscented base products and organic essential oils.

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    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.

    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

    Some of the most useful essential oils for Rheumatoid Arthritis include:

    Inflammation: Lavender, Chamomile

    Pain & Stiffness Relief: Lavender, Chamomile, Sweet Marjoram, *Black Pepper, *Ginger - *these are warming, stimulating oils so may not be suitable during acute inflammation flare ups and more suited to ease stiffness.

    Mood Uplifters: Orange, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Blends of essential oils: optimism, calming.

    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.

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    Well that's all folks, I hope you have found this post useful and do remember to check out the Rheumatoid Arthritis Society website as well. There is lots of useful tips and helpful information for people who have this painful and debilitating condition.

    Until next time

    Zoe

    x

    Further Reading:

    The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain

    The Impact of Massage Therapy on Function in Pain Populations

     

     

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  2. Aromatherapy Awareness Week: My Top 5 Essential Oils

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    This is my final post for Aromatherapy Awareness week this year and the most difficult one to write as just like my skin care products, nail polishes and lippies I love LOTS of essential oils!

    Anyway, after some serious pondering I decided to just choose the ones that I use most both at work and also personally. They are not listed in any particular order, lol.

    Frankincense - I use this in a lot of my DIY skin care products as it is perfect for mature skin, fine lines and wrinkles.  I also diffuse it in my Lumie Clock at night time before I go to bed as it helps to deeply relax my mind which can get a bit chatty when I want to sleep.  I also diffuse it when I am doing my night time yoga before bed time.  I also use Frankincense in my DIY room sprays as it "cleanses vibes" which do collect around the home and especially in my treatment room.  So all in all, I love Frankincense for its anti ageing, meditative and spiritual purification properties!

    Orange (Sweet) - I love this essential oil as it is so versatile.  It can be used to uplift and yet relax, you know when you feel a bit fed up but anxious at the same time.  It is also the perfect essential oil to add to essential oil blend experiments that turn a bit sour!  So if you are ever feeling creative and making a room spray or anotehr product and it goes wrong and smells awful, add a few drops of orange essential oil, it works a treat.

    Lemon - this is another staple that I use in purfication room sprays, not just for people "vibes" but also to cleanse my environment of any lurking bacteria.  Lemon is also a lovely addition to detox massage oils.  It is also very refreshing and uplifting and helps me to concentrate when I have to focus on writing blog posts or doing other such tasks that need my concentration.

    Roman or German Chamomile - this is my go to essential oil for making balms or massage oils for inflammation in my knee joints.  I also use my own DIY chamomile facial oil to buffer any potential skin irritations when I am using skin products that can be a little aggressive such as Vitamin C or Retinol.  Chamomile is also very emotionally soothing and calming.

    Geranium - this is my favourite essential oil for hormonal psychotic female  monthly imbalances.  It helps to keep my mind and emotions on a more balanced and on an even keel so I diffuse this day and night time.  I also use it massage oil blend for the same reason.  I also love the aroma, it is so clean and floral without being sickly sweet.

    Here is a little more information about other ways you can use these 5 essential oils

    Essential Oil Properties
    Frankincense
    • Skin – blemishes, dry or mature skin, scars, wounds, wrinkles
    • Respiratory – asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis
    • Genito-Urinary – dysmennorhoea, metrorrhagia (uterine bleeding outside of the menstrual cycle).
    • Immune – colds, flu
    • Nervous – anxiety, nervous tension, stress related conditions, slows down and deepens the breath, meditative
    Orange
    • Skin – dull and oily skin
    • Circulation, Musculo-skeletal – water retention, palpitations
    • Respiratory – bronchitis, chills
    • Digestive – constipation, dyspepsia, spasm
    • Immune – colds, flu
    • Nervous – tension and stress related conditions
    Lemon
    • Skin – acne, anaemia, brittle nails, boils, chill blains, corns, cuts, greasy skin, herpes, insect bits, spots, varicose veins, warts
    • Circulation, Musculo- skeletal – arthritis, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, poor circulation, rheumatism
    • Respiratory – asthma, throat infections, bronchitis, catarrh.
    • Digestive – dyspepsia
    • Immune – cold, flu, fever and infections

    Chamomile 

    (Roman or German)

    • Skin Care – acne, allergies, boils, burns, cuts, chill blains, dermatitis, eczema, inflammations, insect bites, rashes, sensitive skin,
    • Circulation, Musculo-skeletal – arthritis, inflamed joints, muscular pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, sprains, muscle cramps.
    • Digestive – cramps, dyspepsia, colic, indigestion, nausea
    • Genito-urinary – dysmenorrhoea (painful periods), menopausal issues, menorrhagia (excessive blood loss during menstruation).
    • Nervous system – headache, insomnia, nervous tension, migraines, stress related conditions
    • Miscellaneous - Earache, teething pain, toothache
    Geranium
    • Skin – acne, bruises, broken capillaries, burns, congested skin, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, oily skin, mature skin, wounds
    • Circulation, musculo-skeletal – water retention, poor circulation
    • Respiratory – sore throat, tonsillitis (external use only)
    • Genito-Urinary – PMT and menopausal issues
    • Nervous – nervous tension, stress related conditions, neuralgia (nerve pain)

     

     

    As I mentioned previously, I use Neal's Yard organic essential oils as they are very high quality and I trust the company.  If you would like to know more about their aromatherapy products, please visit here.   They also sell a range of unscented Create your own products: face and body lotion, ointment, body and hair wash and bath oil, which you simply add your chosen essential oil(s) to.  

    If you would like an aromatherapy pamper or relax I provide varous holistic and beauty treatments which use aromatherapy products: massage, neal's yard organic facials, reflexology and hopi ear candles.  I also make customised organic aromatherapy oils with essential oils to meet your individual needs.

    Well that is all, I hope you have enjoyed these posts for Aromatherapy Awareness Week.

    Until next time

    Zoe

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