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  1. Aromatherapy Awareness Week: My Top 5 Essential Oils

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    Aromatherapy Awareness Week my top 5 essential oils

    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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  2. Review of Neal's Yard Frankincense Anti Ageing Range

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    Neal's Yard have a great range of Frankincense skin care products, which are most suited to mature or prematurely ageing skin.

    The Frankincense range is extensive and it can get a little confusing as to which products are most suited for your skin.  So I decided to write this short post to help you choose the best products for you.

    All of the Frankincense products contain anti ageing ingredients plus the natural organic essential oils used in the formulas are also very useful for stress, anxiety and tension.  When you apply products containing essential oils onto your skin, they are absorbed into your bloodstream and so have thereapeutic properties above and beyond skin care benefits.

    NYR Essential Oil Absorption

    Here is a summary of the different Frankincense products for mature skin:

    Rejuvenating Frankincense - early signs of mature skin

    Rejuvenating Frankincense

    Frankincense Intense - lines, wrinkles

    Frankincense Intense Range

    Frankincense Intense Lift - lines, wrinkles and loss of collagen and elastin which leads to sagging skin

    Frankincense Intense Lift Range

    If you have normal or dry mature skin, I would advise that you use the frankincense cream cleanser, serum and a moisturiser.

    If you have oily or combination mature skin, I would adivse that you use the frankincense facial wash (unless you just prefer a cream cleanser) and just one of the frankincense serums.  During the winter time you could also add one of the Frankincense creams if you have patches of dry skin.

    For mature sensitive skin, I would recommend the Soothing Starflower Cleanser,  White Tea Facial Mist  plus one of the frankincense serums and/or creams.

    Neal's Yard frankincense products are available to buy individually and also as collections.  There is also a mini "try me" kit available.

    The Frankicnese anti ageing products I use:

    I am 47, have fine lines around my eyes and wrinkles on my forehead and my skin type is dry/oily combination. I am a skin care junkie so do switch my products up regularly a) so my skin dosn't get used to using the same products all the time and b) because I love skin care products lol. 

    Anyway of the Neal's Yard range, I use the frankincense cream cleanser, toner, frankincense intense serum and frankincense intense moisturiser.  These products cater to my dry skin and target my fine lines and wrinkles.  My T Zone is not that oily so using the lightweight frankincense intense cream doesn't turn me into a grease ball.  Whilst the Frankincense intense cream is lighweight and easily absorbed, it also provides me with sufficient moisture during the winter time when my skin becomes more dry. 

    Other Frankincense products

    If you are interested in the nutritional side of ageing, there is also the Frankincense Boost supplement.

    Frankincense Beauty Boost

    • Boosts beauty from within
    • Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation
    • Biotin and zinc help maintain healthy skin
    • Selenium and zinc help maintain healthy hair and nails
    • Copper contributes to normal skin pigmentation
    • Free from fillers and binders
    • Suitable for vegetarians and vegan

    Note: this supplement is not suitable during pregnancy or lactation.  If you are taking any medication or receiving current treatment, please consult with your GP or Consultant before taking any supplements.

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    If you are local to me and are interested in having a get together with friends/family, I run a Age Well, Stress Less workshop which features many of the Frankincense products.  I also offer Anti Ageing Facials with Neal's Yard Frankincense products as well.

    I hope this post has been of some help to you and if you would like a free skin care consultation, please visit my downloads page, download, fill in the form and email it back to me.

     

    Until next time

    Zoe

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