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Fiver Fest is here

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This year I am joining in with Fiverfest and offering a 30-minute aromatherapy or indian head treatment for only £5.00. You pick. Back, hands and feet, head. The choice is yours!

Book your appointment to come between the 8th and 15h June to take advantage of this offer.

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Jasmine

Jasmine

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

Name- Jasminum officinale

Contraindications- It is an effective sedative, so caution needs to be taken here. It should not be used by pregnant women. (With the exception of during established labour under the guidance of a professional as mentioned below.)

Uses/good for- Can ease mild depression and gently lift the mood. It can be a useful oil for birth/labour and for new mothers, but for this it must be used under the guidance of a trained professional. Jasmine is also an aphrodisiac, which is why it is often seen in bridal bouquets.

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Basil

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

Name- Ocimum basilicum

Contraindications- Avoid during pregnancy.

Uses/good for- Basil is great for focus, and is one I often use in study/revision blends. It is also good for respiratory problems such as coughs and colds, and sinus congestion. It can work as an insect repellant as a change from citronella.

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Spearmint

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

Name- Mentha spicata

Contraindications- There are no specific contraindications for Spearmint, other than the usual suggested reduction in dilution if pregnant or using with a child. Despite Spearmint being used in many foods, as with all essential oils, it is NOT safe to take internally.

Uses/good for- Spearmint is gentler than Peppermint, thus can be useful with children and those with sensitive skins. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which make it useful when treating infections. Spearmint is also calming on the digestive system, particularly useful for flatulence and bloating. Spearmint is also a mood booster, and can help with concentration and focus.

 

 

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Orange

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

Name-Citrus sinensis

Contraindications- Phototoxic, so do not use if the skin will be exposed to strong sunlight or a tanning bed after use.

Uses/good for- Useful for inflammation, and digestive discomfort. Orange, in common with other citrus oils, is a mood lifter, and can help when feeling down emotionally. It is gently calming and can reduce anxiety.

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Geranium

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

Name- Pelargonium graveolens

Contraindications- Avoid when pregnant.

Uses/good for- Main use is for menstrual and menopause problems, but also good for balance when things are out of sync (mentally, emotionally and physically). Also useful for fungal and bacterial problems, and skin problems such as eczema.

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Myrrh

Myrrh

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Part of a regular series of posts about essential oils. All information here is for information only, and oils should be used in consultation with a trained professional. Never take essential oils internally.

As we are still in the festive season I thought this month I would talk about Myrrh. It comes from the dried resin of the Commiphora myrrha tree, and is native to the Middle East and Northern Africa. It has a long history of use, including as part of the embalming process in Ancient Eygpt, and to help Greek soldiers feet to heal

Name- Commiphora myrrha

Contraindications- None.

Uses/good for- Myrrh is good for respiratory problems, especially coughs and colds, and can relieve congestion. It also supports the digestive system, and can help with upset tummies, indigestion, and diarrhoea. It can also help wounds heal faster.