December 20, 2011

Aroma Home Cuddle

If you love cuddling soft toys and aromatherapy then this is perfect for you. The price is just $15.80 and is reasonable for such a lovely toy.

Here are the reasons why you should have it:
  • The hippo looks so cute and instantly attracts kids to hug it.
  • The tummy can be removed and kept in the microwave for having a warm cuddle. This is really helpful when you become cold and immediately need warmth especially in winter time.
  • The lavender scent makes this soft toys is very pleasant to cuddle and calms naturally.

Aroma Home Cuddle available in other types such as Bunny, Giraffe, Lion, Bear and Gorilla.

December 9, 2011

Christmas Aromatic Scents

Nothing induces special memories like a special scent. Whether it’s the pine from a fresh Christmas tree, your grandmother’s freshly made spice Bundt cake, or great wine, the scents of the holidays are very special.

To have a festive fragrance in your home, one of the easy way is to have a Scented candles. They come in as many Christmas fragrances as you can think of. Potpourri in a decorative dish is a very easy way to add that seasonal feeling to a room. Or how about a homemade orange and clove pomander ball to add fragrance to your home?

Make this holiday season a festive season to remember with a warmly scented home that will put everyone in a holiday mood. The following article will guide you on some great fragrance oil ideas for the holidays that represent some of the wonderful scents of Christmas.

It’s about to smell a lot like Christmas with this article…!

The first suggestion that we have as a scent for the holidays is a mix of spices and floral scents. Spices and floral scents give the brain the illusion that the environment around them is lighter, therefore making the guests who smell this scent feel lighter than they actually are. Get a scented candle that has a mix of spices and floral infused into it. As an example, a candle that has a combination of natural lily of the valley scent with a drop of cinnamon oil infused into it and place it in a place where there will be many people gathered.

The second scent suggestion that we have is jasmine. Jasmine battles depression and increases confidence. If you choose to use jasmine as the scent in your home, not only will your home smell crisp, but your guests will feel happy and confident and not gloomy and negative when at your gathering. Get a candle that only has the jasmine scent infused on it. Or, as an alternative, you can burn some jasmine incense or diffuse some jasmine essential oil into the air where your guests will gather around.

Another scent to try this holiday season is the classic chocolate scent. Chocolate scent induces happy feelings in people. Get a candle that has a strong chocolate scent. If you choose chocolate as the scent for your home, not only will you create a warm environment, but your guests will also be happier, giving way for more joy and laughter.
There is Spirit Aroma Oil, an aroma oil which blends for the purpose of ritual used. Good for meditation, yoga and etc. The scent is cool, uplifting combine with earthy base. Made from Cedarwood, fir needle, cypress, sweet marjoram and lavender. If you need more traditional scents then try northern forest candle made from 3 favorite Christmas essential oils, fir needle, spruce and cedarwood. And A christmas morning blend will bring back your childhood memory.

And so there are the best scent suggestions for the holidays. Choose the aromatic scent that will set the mood for your gathering and your guests. Not only do they leave your home smelling great, but they are also warm and welcoming. So no matter which of the above scents you decide to use, your guests will definitely feel welcomed and enjoy their time at your gathering.

November 16, 2011

Tattoo healing using essential oils

An aromatologist from Wellington has come up with a different use for her essential oils which until a year ago, she was using to cure a number of ailments including depression and stress; she now also uses them to aid tattoos healing process.

Gillian Parkinson's innovative Tinkture Tattoo After Care is a secret blend of therapeutic grade essential and carrier oils which help tattoos to heal quicker as it aids infection prevention and lessens any pain, bruising and swelling that may occur when a new tattoo have been done.

She developed the solution after trying ineffective aftercare merchandise that were on the market at the time which in fact caused her arm to swell up and bruise all the way down to her wrist.

The next time she had a tattoo done, she was not willing to take any chances and so created her own concoction which she found reduced the initial swelling overnight, did not leave any bruising and healed the tattoo within 10 days which even caused the tattoo artist to be amazed. She then tested it out on a range of people and the positive reviews were the encouragement she needed to begin selling her creation.

Her new product has been so well received that it has even won consumer product category of this year's Grow Wellington Bright Ideas Challenge, which recognizes the top innovative business concepts within that region.

One Tinkture user, Char Hillerby, said that tattoos are becoming more symbolic and meaningful now whereas previously they were just a drunken sailors practice. She spoke of the product highly and complimented the fact that it spreads lightly so it does not irritate when applied. Furthermore, the fact that it is vegan is also very appealing to many people who are now opting for vegan tattoos and vegan aftercare.

November 5, 2011

How to keep you on moving..

Health experts say that certain varieties of essential oil can combat tiredness and make you feel re-energized instantly.

They advise that many people are bursting with energy in the morning but by lunchtime, tiredness and dreariness sets in and applying a dab of aromatic oil on the forehead and taking a 10 minute break will eliminate these negative feelings and make you feel invigorated.

To keep yourself alert and energetic throughout the day, fill a small bottle with water, add four drops of eucalyptus, rosemary or lemongrass oil and shake well. Then sprinkle or spray this water mixture around you, your desk and the corners of the room to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of your home made natural room spray

November 3, 2011

Essential Oils as a Cleaning Alternative

Essential oils are not just useful for aromatherapy or for their fragrance properties; they can also be used as a natural, non-toxic alternative to harsh, chemical cleaners.

Not only will this give you piece of mind that this method is not harmful to you, your family and your pets, it is also the environmentally friendly way.

You can either buy essential oils from natural shops or online and a small bottle will last you for ages as you only need a few drops!

Here is our list of five essential oils that are most commonly used as natural cleaners:

Eucalyptus - To remove germs, simply wipe down solid surfaces with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and/or make a spray with a few drops of the oil in water to disinfect the air. You can also add a few drops to your washing machine hot wash cycle to kill any dust mites that may be residing in your clothing.

Grapefruit - Add grapefruit essential oil to a vodka, vinegar and water mixture and spray on glass windows or mirrors and then wipe down with old newspapers to create a sparkling result with a smudge and streak-free shine.

Lavender - If you are having trouble sleeping, forget buying sleeping pills and soothing music CD’s, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bath to soothe and relax your mind or spray some diluted oil onto your bed sheets and pillowcases for a good night’s rest.

Lemon - Not only does lemon smell super fresh but also is great when you put a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cloth or sponge, use this to wipe your stove, sink, work surfaces and stainless steel appliances and then rinse it so that the oil can refresh your drain and pipes as well. Lemon breaks down and combats grease whilst sanitising them to result in a clean and shiny kitchen. Adding a few drops to your dishwasher can remove food smells and freshen it up.

Tea Tree Oil - This essential oil is also known as Melaleuca and is great as a mould-inhibiter so a few drops in your home’s damp areas will help to curb mould growth. You can also mix it with baking soda to create an excellent scrub for stubborn issues with sinks, baths, showers and toilets.

Hopefully, this gives you an insight into just a few ways you can use your favourite essential oils to make your own natural, anti-bacterial, fungicidal cleaning products with the added bonus of a lovely fragrant home. Not only will using these oils make you feel invigorated and calm, it may make you want to clean your house more often!

October 31, 2011

Essential oils for Fall Season

The fundamental basis of the practice of aromatherapy is essential oils which can be used to help heal, relax and balance your body, mind and hormones but which of these concentrated natural oils are best suited to the fall season?

At this time of year, it is best to look out for plant derived oils which will hydrate and protect your delicate skin from the harsh elements.

Essential oils should always be used externally but, to feel better from the inside, try drinking some Earl Grey tea which is infused with bergamot when you wake up.

For homemade skin care products, lavender, roman chamomile, carrot seed, sweet orange and palmarosa either on their own or blended together for various purposes including:

Massage - add a drop or two to some oil and rub into tired bodies to relax and unwind,

As a sleep aid - the most common method is to put a drop on your pillowcase which will envelop you and help send you into a peaceful slumber,

For inhalation in a diffuser - to create a fragrant peaceful atmosphere in your home or

In the bath - add fours drops of any one or two of the aforementioned oils with one tablespoon of Epsom salts or milk and then add to warm running water as you fill the bathtub.

Because essential oils tend to come concentrated and may be too strong for sensitive skin, it is advisable that the oil is diluted with a vegetable based carrier oil before use.

Carrier oils, which derive from the seeds, kernels or nuts of a plant, carry natural essential oils as well so this will have a double benefit and the best carriers to use are jojoba or rosehip oil for the face and coconut or sweet almond oil for the body.

Beware of Certain Essential Oils

Having an aromatherapy based treatment at a spa may seem like a relaxing, wonderful idea but you might just come away with more than you bargained for...

Aromatherapy is becoming an increasingly popular complementary therapy which is used by many people around the world as it is considered to offer numerous health benefits, such as enhancing skin condition, boosting the immune system and aiding with sleep issues. This rise in the aromatherapy trend is evident as British people alone spend approximately £126 million on this type of product and on herbal medication every year.

The essential oils, which are derived from plants and include lavender and peppermint oil, are also very popular in spa's as they are burned for inhalation, used for massages and in the baths to relieve tension, instill a feeling of relaxation and soothe aching muscles and limbs.

Scientists in Taiwan have however found that the so-called fragrant essential oils used by relaxation spas have a higher concentration of potentially harmful tiny irritant particles called secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) which are formed when the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the oil reacts with ozone in the air and these by-products may cause irritation in the eyes, nose or throat as well as nausea, headaches or even liver or kidney damage.

During the study conducted by the researchers, they tested fragrant and Chinese herbal essential oils for SOA formation in a controlled-environment under various test conditions. They then performed air sampling and analysis tests in two spa centers in Taiwan which offer massage treatments and used this information to compare the size and volume of particles released when massages were being undertaken.

It was found that the oils which produced the most number of SOA's were lavender, peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon and the scientists have warned that the negative 'impact on indoor air quality and health effects cannot be neglected'.

However, they also concluded that ventilation and layout of spas can affect and help to control levels of indoor pollutants.

Previous research has shown that these particles are also produced when scented essential oils are burned for personal use at home but not to the same extent as in a spa, where it is said that they can increase tenfold. Furthermore, in 2007, other research in Taiwan illustrated that when lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus oils were burned in an office, a large volume of these unsafe particles were released.

Those who are more skeptical about the healing properties of essential oils argue that many of the apparent benefits are caused by people having so much faith in it that they psychologically convince themselves that they feel more relaxed, are calmer and can sleep better – a case of placebo effect.

Additionally there is little scientific evidence that essential oils can actually cure wounds, boost immunity or relieve pain in fact they have, in some cases, increased asthma symptoms and breathing problems in those who have lung diseases.

Furthermore, medical nurses have stated that the oils can cause rashes and irritated skin but this is usually because too much has been put into bathwater or onto skin.

October 25, 2011

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October 20, 2011

Herbs Are Not Just For Cooking Nerds

Gone are the days when a handful of store-bought herbs thrown into a nearly cooked meal was ‘exotic’; people are now growing their own herbs and adapting them, not only to obtain their maximum flavor in cooking but for other household uses as well.

One of the main reasons for this is because people are becoming more health conscious and trying to adapt to new ways of being sustainable and green (which is beneficial to the money side as well).

One culinary lecturer from Brookville who believes strongly in the benefits of herbs uses two techniques, decoctions and infusions, to prepare her herbal concoctions.

For decoctions, seeds, bark and/or roots are placed in water, boiled and then left to simmer for 15 to 30 minutes.

Infusions, on the other hand, use the flower, leaf and stem part of the plant which is placed in gently heated water and slowly brewed, a bit like making tea.

You can make your own organic, fragrant, herbal sugar scrub by placing one cup of sugar and one tablespoon each of lavender flowers, calendula petals, basil and chamomile into a blender and blending. Then place the mixture into a plastic jar or tub and add 4 to 6 tablespoons of almond oil. This scrub is great for use in the shower and will exfoliate, energize and hydrate skin leaving it clean and smooth.

It is popular practice to use herbal concoctions for health and beauty purposes but less well known are the house cleaning properties that they offer.

Adding a few drops of essential oil such as eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass and citronella to a bucket of water and Murphy’s soap oil and using as a floor cleaner can not only make your home smell wonderfully fresh and fragrant but also keep insects away especially when used near doorways and patios. Another tip for when you clean windows is to add some lemon scented essential oil to vinegar to give them a good shine.

Rather than resorting to harsh chemicals to prevent bug problems, try a plant based alternative next time. Bay leaves are also very good for keeping meal moths at bay; place dry bay leaves in jars of flour, couscous, beans and lentils and they should stay out of your food pantry.

Gardeners can also benefit from these natural mixes – rubbing herb infused essential oils over clothing and footwear before heading into the garden acts as an insect repellent.

October 19, 2011

Make Your Own Homemade Gel Air Fresheners

Store bought gel air fresheners come in limited fragrances, don’t last very long and can be quite expensive but with a little time and effort, you can make your own so that you can have a great smelling home for less.

All you need to create your unique atmosphere are some little, clean heatproof containers or jars that you don’t mind putting on show, some gelatine, water, essential oils, salt to prevent mould and food colouring, which is optional but adds that final colourful touch. You probably have most of the ingredients at home already except for the essential oil and although this may seem like an expense, you only need a few drops so you will get more then value for your money.

To make your very own gel air freshener, you will need:

- 2 cups of water
- 4 packs of plain unflavoured gelatine
- 15 drops of scented essential oil
- 2 tablespoons salt
- Food colouring (optional)
- Heat proof glass jar

Here are what you should do:

1. In a small saucepan, place 1 cup of water, essential oil and as much food colouring as you desire – you can choose not to put any colour which will result in a clear gel, or just add a little to create a tint or add more for a strong, bold colour. Remove from the heat as soon as it begins to boil.

2. Add the gelatine and the salt into the boiled water mixture, ensure the crystals have dissolved completely then add the other cup of cold water. Stir gently but ensure that it does not foam.

3. Pour into the jar(s) and leave to set for a few days before using or you can refrigerate to cool the mixture faster (at the risk of smelling up your fridge/contents). Once completely set, punch a few holes into the lid and cover.

4. Relax in your fresh smelling room!
You can, if you wish, substitute the 2 cups of water and essential oil with 2 cups of liquid potpourri using the exact same method of boiling 1 cup with salt and gelatine then adding the second cup once it is taken off the boil.

You can also make an alternative super strong gel air freshener using:
- ¾ cup of boiling water
- 1 packet of jelly powder (which makes 4 servings i.e. instant Jello)
- 1 tablespoon Vodka
- ¼ teaspoon dish soap
- Essential oil or fragrance

Mix all of the above ingredients and set in a heatproof jar as above. The Vodka replaces the salt which prevents mouldiness.

Once you have mastered the above basic recipes, you can really get creative by adding embellishments like glass beads, sea shells or fake flowers inside the jar before pouring in the mixture or by gluing them to the outside of the jar once cooled.

You could also cover the top with netting or lace instead of lids (as long as it has holes in to allow the fragrance to release) and tie ribbons or raffia around the top to make them decorative enough to give as homemade gifts.

You could also have different colour layered gel by allowing one colour to set completely and then pouring on the next layer –the list is endless and the choice is yours.

October 14, 2011

Using Rose Petals for Herbal Water

Not only are roses pretty to look at and a common favorite, for centuries they have been used as objects of legends, symbolism, poetry, dance and celebrations as well as for food, drink, fragrance and beauty purposes.

Less common however, is the rose’s healing properties which have been also been used for many generations for anything from rheumatism, indigestion and epilepsy to coughs, colds, fatigue and even grief.

Some ancient medical texts name Gallica and Centifolia roses as being excellent medication, others suggest deep red roses are superior and in contrast, the Herbal Centre chose a pale pink fruity smelling ‘Margaret Roberts’ rose as a base for all of their soaps, creams and remedies.

Rose as a treatment for coughs and colds:

One old fashioned remedy is rose petal brandy as a cure for cough and colds.

Here’s how to try it at home – in a double boiler, add two cups of brandy from a new bottle, two cups of honey, two cups of rose petals (red are better), 12 cloves, a cinnamon stick and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes and then allow to cool. Pour this mixture back into the brandy bottle, shake and store, well corked, in a dark place until required.

It is said that if rose petals are unavailable (for example in the Winter) then rose hips are also beneficial in preventing and treating flu, coughs, colds, bladder infections and kidney pains as they contains many essential oils and vitamins (Vitamin C, beta carotene and fruit acids to name a few).

Rose hip is usually sold as a syrup made with honey and is also known for its ability as a mild sedative and to reduce inflammation and depression.

Rose as a treatment for strains and sprains:

Rose oil can be made by simmering two cups of petals in one cup of almond oil in a double boiler for 40 minutes and then straining it out into a bottle.

This oil was developed during the war to be massaged into the cramps, muscular strains and sprains and torn ligaments of injured soldiers during the war and was possibly amongst the first ‘aromatherapy oils’ to be developed.

Rose as a treatment for low mood (anxiety, depression, premenstrual tension and insomnia):

This delicious ancient tea recipe should help alleviate any negative energy as it has a soothing property to calm nerves and relax the emotional and psychological state of mind..

Put one cup of fresh rose petals (or half a cup of chopped rose hips), half a cup of lemon balm sprigs and three or four bruised cloves into a pot and pour two cups of boiling water over it.

Crush with a spoon, stir well and leave for five minutes.

Strain and sweeten with honey, if required.

Sip slowly preferably with a Vitamin B Complex tablet or capsule with two dolomite tablets.

The aroma of rose oil is also comforting and so a drop on your pillow could help aid sleep.

Rose as a treatment for skin:

To make homemade rose water boil six to eight cups of fresh rose petals in six cups of water in a heavy bottomed pot. Add a stick of cinnamon and 12 cloves and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring/crushing regularly. Cool, strain and store in a spray bottle if possible as it is very handy on car journeys etc to ease fatigue, invigorate and soften skin.

Rose water is fantastic for softening, hydrating and reducing the appearance of scar formation, sunburn and acne scars. It is also a gentle cleansing and toning product which can be used with cotton wool pads to clear oily skin and reduce acne or skin irritation.

Overall, the rose has more than just a pretty face – the therapeutic properties are just a few ways of maximizing its potential and best of all, it is natural and non-irritant.

More on rose water, you can read - Quick and Easy Recipe Rosewater

October 11, 2011

Get relief from Menstrual Pain

Menstrual pain is a common discomfort of women and according to a study it is present in 25 to 29 percent of women.

There are a lot of pain relieving treatments like herbal medicine, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation.

However, a recent study in Korea suggests that menstrual pain can be reduced with the help of famous aromatherapy too.

This study was conducted on Korean school girls to see whether essential oils had any effect on the pain.

The selection criteria for the study were to select a girl having menstrual pain which could be measured on at least six points with a Visual Analogue Scale.
Moreover, the participants did not have any systemic disease or any other kind of disease related to genital organs.

During the experiment volunteers were divided into two groups, one was control group and the second was on which the treatment had to be applied.

The massage was given to the second group once in 24 hours and the level of pain was measured with Visual Analogue Scale before and after massage and after 24 hours.

The ingredients of essential oil and the ratio in which they were used are:
Clary Sage - 1 part
Marjoram - 1 part
Ginger - 1/2 part
Cinnamon - 1-1/2 part
Geranium - 1-1/2 part
All essential oils diluted in Almond oil.

The experiment group was given this massage for ten minutes and the control group was only given acetaminophen. After 24 hours when the pain was measured again the reduction was significant in the experiment group as compared to the control group.

However it is unknown that the effect was achieved from aromatherapy oil or the massage. Or maybe it was an effect of both.

To find this out more clearly further studies should be done. But until any further study is conducted, you can use the above described essential oil to reduce menstrual pain and you will see a significant change in the level of pain.

Aromatherapy has served man kind in almost any kind of disease. It would be a great news for women if menstrual pain could also be cured with it.

October 9, 2011

Stress Reduction Research

Aromatherapy is long term known for the treatment of many diseases. A new research shows that it can also reduce the level of stress and pain. For reduction of stress and pain lavender is being recommended.

The research has been carried out by a Korean team from Dept. of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at School of Dentistry in Kyungpook National University.

The team measured the effects of lavender aromatherapy on a set of 30 individuals without any physical disease. You can read the abstract of the study at:

The level of stress and pain intensity on insertion of a needle was tested in all the volunteers and it was found to be the same. The volunteers were then divided into two groups randomly. The experimental group was given an oxygen face mask to wear for five minutes. This face mask was coated with lavender oil. The control group was also given the oxygen for 5 minutes but it was not coated with lavender oil.

After the experiment, it was noted that the stress level and needle insertion pain intensity was significantly reduced in the experimental group which had the lavender aromatherapy. This research shows that lavender oil can be used to reduce stress and pain.

October 6, 2011

Citrus essential oils to reduce fungal growth on food

New findings in Britain have shown that treating food with citrus essential oil vapor could reduce the growth of fungi on food by over 60%.

Fungi cause spoilage and poisoning of food which is a major problem for the food and import industry as well as consumers and the decay caused by lack of fungicide treatment can increase post harvest losses by up to 50%.

Until now, the use of synthetic fungicides has been sufficient but environmental risks and demands of consumer groups have required alternative treatments to be introduced including essential oils which were found to be effective but possibly detrimental to the organoleptic properties of the food.

Researchers from the University of Northampton therefore decided to explore whether the use of essential oil vapors may retain the food properties whilst also reducing contamination.

It was found that food which was exposed for fifteen minutes to Citri-V essential oil vapor, which is publicly available, displayed a significant decrease in the growth of Penicillium Chrysogenum (by 44%), Aspergillus niger (34%) and Alternaria alternate (64%).

These findings were published in Food Research International. click here to read the report

Play Clay from Olive Oil

Ok, Here is what I read.

A non toxic, gluten free clay is now combined with essential oils to make it healthier and yummy!. Mama K's play clay is perfect for children.

The ingredients used by Mama K’s are all natural. The ingredients is gluten free flour, olive oil, essential oils and vegetable colorants.

Mama K’s green play clay is made in seven different flavors: bergamot, cardamom, chamomile, geranium, lavender, lemongrass and sweet orange.

Each of the scents is suitable for aromatherapy effects: soothing, relaxing, tension easing etc.

These basic features make the green play clay first fit for children with either Coeliac disease or Autism disorders, And all it because of two reasons: they don’t contain synthetic ingredients and their aromatherapy effect helps kids concentrate on their games, turns on to a serene attitude, and also encourages them to be creative while playing.

Besides those already mention above, Mama K’s play clay doesn’t make flaky mess, doesn’t stain carpets or clothes (it is very washable), and smells great, at home as well as in the office.

The founder of the company, Mama K’s – aka Kari – has created this product - Mama K' Aromatic Clay having in mind her own three years old daughter, who was subjected to the market’s campaigns for thousands of unhealthy products.

October 3, 2011

Treat Migraine Naturally

Ministry of health has collected facts and figures about headaches in Mauritians.

According to Dr Ramalingum Muraludharan, specialist in Ayurveda medicine, almost 20% of people suffer from them be it severe or less severe headaches, found to be more common in women as compared to men. And in 70% of the cases, it is a hereditary.

What causes migraine is still unknown but the factors that contribute to the disease are diverse and can vary. Moreover, it is very difficult to measure the intensity and the treatment also differs with the person. However, if migraine has occurred due to sleep disorders physical and psychic strain, or even acute anxiety, it can be treated by essential oils and Aromatherapy.

For the treatment through essential oils refer to the method below:

Use essential oil of peppermint to soak a cloth with five drops of it. Apply it on the neck area and let it remain there for about 10 minutes. If required, repeat the process after every two hours until no more pain is left.

This treatment will stimulate blood circulation, ease head tensions and relax the neck muscles.

Another efficient solution to treat migraine attacks is to use a mixture of:
1 drop of essential oil of peppermint.
1 drop of wintergreen.
1 drop of lavender.
Apply this mixture on frontal sinus and the temples of the head.

This treatment will ease the patient and is very efficient in removing the pain.

The only precaution in using these essential oils is not to apply them too close to eyes. And while having migraine, it is recommended to lie in a dark room.

Read more >>> Essential oils for migraine

Aromatherapy Mattress

How about a good night sleep with aromatherapy mattress? Magniflex, the creator of the world’s most environment friendly and luxurious sleeping products had introduced a new mattress for aromatherapy purposes.

They say that their new lavender mattress would be a great product in the field of already accepted natural medicine. As we know lavender is known for its soothing and anti-bacterial properties and it can bring peaceful sleep at night.

This Dolce Vita Lavender mattress main feature is its removable cover which is infused with lavender oil and helps getting deep and satisfying sleep.

Lavender micro capsules have been injected in this cover using the techniques of nanotechnology. When body comes in contact with it and the pressure is applied, some micro capsules break and release the lavender aroma that helps in getting better sleep.

September 28, 2011

Making holistic medicine known around the world

I recently read an article about a new attempt at letting people know about the many benefits of holistic medicine.

This time it is a woman, Lu Pierro of Union Township (Hunterdon County) who came up with the innovative idea of asking holistic health practitioners all around the world to devote one day (this day being October 2nd) to teaching and demonstrating their art.

She has called this project "Worldwide Holistic Day", and her idea is to turn it into a yearly event. One of the ways she plans to spread the news is obviously by using the Internet, which I believe is one of the most effective techniques used nowadays to let masses know about an event.

Some people may believe that her idea is a bit far-fetched –some have gone as far as to name her project “the Woodstock of holistic events”. I on the other hand think that, if practitioners agree to take part in it, the project will be highly successful.

Lu Pierro is planning to set the example by giving some Reiki lessons for free. Bearing in mind that Reiki is considered worldwide as a healing system that works on the body’s energy centers, I would really love to be able to take part in one of her classes.

There will be open houses at various Wellness Centers around the world, as well as various instructive classes, such as yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture and the like. Also practitioners will talk about the benefits of holistic food and different relaxation techniques. You should make sure to take advantage of one of these if you are suffering from stress –something unfortunately typical these days.

Something that really interested me is the fact that Lu Pierro describes holistic medicine as a complement to modern medicine –not just as something that threatens to replace it. Focusing on the mind rather than on the actual body, the goal of holistic treatments is to engage patients in healing themselves.

I do believe that it is essential to hold on to something and keep your levels of optimism high when you are sick and want to get better, and it is my impression that holistic medicine can be instrumental in this.

Do you wonder where Pierro got her ideas from? What actually inspired her were all those people affected by world disasters (such as the earthquake in Chile). As holistic therapies focus on the reduction of suffering, she believes that they can be fully instrumental in times of crisis. I have to admit that I agree with her 100%.

Pierro’s website is Make sure to have a look at it if you want to get informed about this amazing event.

September 25, 2011

Holistic medicine extends its benefits to animals

Can you picture taking your dog for an acupuncture session? Or treating your cat with aromatherapy to calm down its nerves? This can actually be done nowadays.

Alternative medicine has now extended its many benefits to pets.

Although this is rather a new idea it is already starting to become popular among veterinarians. Holistic medicine offers a vast array of alternative treatments for pets, such as herbs, acupuncture, massage, essential oils and aromatherapy, physical therapy and the like.

Dr. Joyce Loeser is among some of the many vets who have decided to bet on holistic medicine. She claims that, the same way as people are already starting to question conventional health care for themselves, so are they looking for better options for their pets. Actually she started treating her "patients" this way nine years ago, and her business has been on the increase since then.

People used to question her ways at the beginning, but now the concept of holistic medicine is slowly but firmly starting to catch on.

Dr. Loeser cites the example of "Vinny the opossum", who was rescued by his owner Robin Castellon after suffering a dog attack. He was treated with physical therapy and acupuncture, and after almost 10 months of treatment the proud doctor is happy to announce that the little animal thrived.

Castellon used to take a trip to the vet around three times a week at the beginning; nowadays he just takes Vinny for an acupuncture session from time to time.

There are around 30,000 vets in the USA and at present only 6 per cent are applying holistic medicine.

Actually the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association has been at work since 1992; it started off with just 30 members, which looks like nothing compared to the 900 members it has now.

Little by little vets are starting to become certified in alternative practices such as acupuncture. In Florida the International Veterinary Acupuncture society trains around 120 vets every year.

Holistic vets of course charge much more than traditional ones –sometimes even three times more. But if you are considering the welfare of your pet, you might as well want to give all this a try.

Beware of salvia divinorum

Ocean City has one more time decided to take the lead at protecting its citizens’ health, this time by banning an imitation recreational drug which can be the cause of highly serious problems.

It is to be remembered that around two years ago –specifically in 2009- salvia divinorum was banned from the market in this same resort. The consumption of this drug, a hallucinogenic herb, was legal; however, Ocean city decided not to take the risk and prevent their citizens from taking it.

The drug we are talking about now is known as K2 –some people also know it as Spice or Cloud. It is actually a recreational drug which imitates marijuana and which is also smoked.

It can be found in every market sold as aromatherapy or even incense, and even though it is clearly established in the packages that human beings are not supposed to consume it, it has been proved that many Ocean City residents have been smoking it.

When questioned about it, one store clerk admitted that smoking this herb causes a reaction similar to the one experienced when smoking marijuana. It is still not clear why, while the latter is illegal, the former can be freely bought and sold, considering the effects it produces are similar.

In 2010 Ocean City representatives clearly specified in a letter sent to this herb’s retailers that all substances aimed at imitating the effects caused by illegal drugs are banned by a series of state and federal laws.

These letters were instrumental in removing K2 from the market around July 2010. It is to be wondered now why the drug was being commercialized again this summer.

A number of K2 overdoses have been reported, clearly showing that the substance is not a harmless one. Then why is it that the drug was not definitely banned?

The city Mayor sent a new round of letters to all K2 retailers, and towards the end of August the manufacturing, sale and possession of the drug was banned in Ocean City. It is still to be decided which the consequences will be for violating this ordinance.

Unfortunately it is becoming a big hard for state legislation to take effect. The House of Delegates approved a ban on K2, but this ban has not passed the Senate yet.

This is why Ocean City decided not to wait for state action, and banned it completely from all its stores, obviously having in mind the welfare of its citizens.

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September 21, 2011

What about a dog spa?

Who would say no to a day spent in an aromatherapy spa, enjoying a facial treatment and a soothing bubble bath?

This does sound like the perfect gift you can give any of your friends –they would certainly love you for it!

So, why not offer your very best friend the possibility to enjoy this luxurious escapade? Yes, I am definitely talking about your dog!

Thanks to A Dog’s Dream Doggy Day Spa, canines weighing less than 30 pounds can now enjoy a day at a spa center specifically planned for them at a very convenient price.

This new Doggy Spa which located at Pittsford’s Monroe Avenue is a combination of a day care center and a spa and boutique, offering a wide variety of fancy stuff for canines, ranging from doggy wines and doggy beer to nail polish and grooming.

And the best things is you can check up on your own dog while it is being cuddled by using a tiny camera!

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September 18, 2011

Essential tips on how to combat sleep deprivation

Who can claim to never have had any trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night? Actually, sleep deprivation is one of the most common problems people experience in our modern society.

It is not just a matter of how uncomfortable all this tossing and turning can be; insomnia and/or poor sleep can be really dangerous if not treated at all.

It has been proved that these sleep disorders can increase people’s chances of suffering from hypertension and blood clots.

Sleeping pills do bring a temporary solution to these problems; however, they can be dangerous in that they add other risks, such as memory problems, drowsiness during the day and even dangerous falls.

You surely don’t want to run the risk of falling victim to one of these problems… If you are already experiencing some minor sleeping disorders, Here are some natural, easy to follow suggestions that can make it simple for you to sleep better.

• Do not spend so much time in bed. Remember: the bed should only be used for sleeping. Your brain should not associate it with watching TV, paying bills, and, above all, you should never use your bed as your personal office!

• You should wait until you are really sleepy to get into bed. If you don’t you will most probably be tempted to start doing all the stuff previously mentioned in it.

• Have plenty of exercise in the morning, this never fails to make you feel sleepy at night.

• Do not try to stay in bed forcing your eyes closed if you cannot fall asleep. Get up and do some stuff that will make you drowsy, such as reading a (boring) book, or doing some gentle stretches.

• Aromatherapy is known to work miracles in these cases. Lavender for example usually causes a soothing effect. Other options is you can buy a pillow spray with lavender oil inside. or make it your own. Here is how -- Sleepy Time Bedtime Spray

• Stick to a regular sleeping schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time every day. Remember: your body does benefit from a consistent sleep rhythm.

To know more about sleep and aromatherapy, please Read our AromaLiving, Issue #009 -- June 2008

September 15, 2011

A healthier way to reverse Type 2 Diabetes

What is Diabetes Type 2?

Regarding type 2 diabetes two major organs are involved: the liver and the pancreas. These are the two organs that need to be healed in order for the diabetes to be reversed.

Traditional medicine makes use of prescribed drugs, such as Glucaphage and Metformin, to try and heal this disease.

However, all these drugs do is mask type 2 diabetes. There is a much more natural and healthier way to successfully heal the pancreas and liver: by means of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

There are actually 3 different Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils which have been proven to successfully treat Type 2 Diabetes in a large group of patients.

These Essential Oils do not damage your organs, nor do they cause adverse reactions such as diarrhoea, vomiting, drowsiness, abdominal pain (just to mention some of the typical harsh reactions experienced when taking prescribed chemical medicines). On the contrary: not only are they helpful in healing your damaged organs, they are known to do that without causing you any harm.

Ocotea essential oil from young living is extracted from the Ocotea tree (actually it is contained in the plant’s stem and leaves) in Ecuador. This essential oil is known to have the highest level of alpha-humulene (higher even than the levels found in copaiba); alpha-humulene successfully balances the body’s internal response to irritation. Ocotea also has Eucalyptol (which works on the lungs).

Among its advantages, Ocotea can successfully balance the pancreatic and liver enzymes, thus being a wonderful solution to diabetes. The recommended dose is 1 to 3 drops of Ocotea under the tongue 3 times a day: it has been proven to reduce glucose levels, making them drop to up to 30 points in an amazingly short time. How does it work? By lowering cortisol, which in turn lowers insulin.

Dr. Jed Adamson tested Ocotea, and some of his investigation was actually videotaped. One of his most impressive achievements was the drastic reversal of the disease in a patient who was suffering from diabetes’ most upsetting symptoms, such as cold feet, low energy and, of course, high blood sugar. After taking Ocotea for a week, his blood sugar went from 330 to 212, and then down to 140 (the normal level being 150). Absolutely impressive!

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September 12, 2011

How to get rid of bed bugs

Bed bugs are tough to eliminate because some are highly pesticide resistant, and can live for a very long time without food. Recent studies have shown that among all pests, bed bugs are unfortunately one of the toughest to control.

Among the many products available for pest control a very effective one is the spraying of alarm pheromones –which can make chemical treatments work in a more effective way; however, such pheromones are not available in the market yet.

There are also some natural products available, such as diatomaceous earth and using essential oils like orange oils, and lemongrass essential oil. Essential oils are very natural because it didn’t leave any residue and you can mixed them to reduced-risk chemicals.

September 9, 2011

How to use aromatherapy to influence the way you feel

People tend to associate certain smells with experiences they have had throughout their lives. Some specific odors have the capacity to elicit memories from the past, be they good or bad.

It is very common to hear women refer to some smells that made them feel nauseous during their pregnancy as still arising similar feelings –even though they are no longer pregnant.

Likewise, a positive experience from the past –such as a wedding, a party or a trip- can be brought back to the present by smelling an odor which was present during that event.

Psychologists and psychiatrists can –and some most certainly do- also take advantage of this strong bond, in that they can help their patients recall specific memories or events by using aromas that have a strong connection to these episodes.

Some experiments have been carried out in which the professional "trains" the patient to experience a specific feeling by linking this feeling with an aroma, in this way conditioning the patient to elicit this state at their will.

People can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy at home without the need of professional training; it is just important to bear some issues in mind so as to avoid having a negative experience.

Above all it is essential to choose natural substances rather than synthetic ones, which can even have a toxic effect. Then it would help to try and identify which odors are related to nice, soothing experiences in your life, and also which ones could bring about negative memories, so as to favor the former and avoid the latter.

There is a vast array of aromas to choose from, ranging from flowers to plants, herbs or even food. Which odors will do the trick is of course very personal, you should take your time to smell and let your feelings do the work.

Essential oils are one of the most effective tools aromatherapy uses in that they are highly concentrated, thus just a tiny quantity is required to obtain the necessary results.

They can be applied to many different uses, the most common one being diffusing them; however, they make the perfect complement in a massage or a hot bath.

Aromatherapy has been experiencing a constant growth in the last few years as people become knowledgeable about its many benefits and the simple way in which it can be applied.

September 6, 2011

Cooking with orange essential oils

Essential oils are known to be highly beneficial, and they can be applied to many different uses, such as diffusing them or turning them into the best complement for a massage or a hot bath.

Now, have you ever considered using them in an actual cooking recipe? You should definitely have a go at it! Here you can learn how to use orange essential oil to prepare just the perfect sauce to go with your fish: Seared Pineapple Salsa. Yummy, right? Try it out and enjoy!

Just cook some fish the way you always do – I recommend poaching it in the oven in a white wine sauce first.

While you are doing this gather all the ingredients you will need to make this tasty “salsa”:

¼ inch slices of a ripe pineapple
½ cup of diced and seeded red bell pepper
2 teaspoons of purée chipotle chile (you can buy canned chipotle peppers and put them in the food processor together with some cilantro)
1 tablespoon of lime juice (fresh)
½ bunch of minced cilantro (fresh)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 to 3 drops of Orange Essential Oil

Caramelize the pineapple slices by cutting them in half first and then sautéing them in a non stick pan over medium heat (no need to use oil or margarine here). Sauté until golden brown (it should take around 8 minutes).

Cut the pineapples into dices and let them cool. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend them together, and… that’s it! It is a very simple recipe, yet it will enhance the flavor –and the therapeutic benefits- of your food.

This sauce can be served together with chicken, pork or fish (it goes well with mahi-mahi, tuna or swordfish).

The Many Benefits of Orange Essential Oil

This oil is generally used as an uplifter and antidepressant. Citrus essential oils have been found to enhance immunity, reduce stress and depression, and have a soothing effect.

Orange essential oil has many medical properties; it can be used as a relaxant, anti tumoral, anti coagulant and body stimulant. It also combats hypertension, arteriosclerosis, insomnia, cancer, wrinkles and fluid retention.

More information on orange essential oils

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September 4, 2011

Need to calm your kids during the storm? Try aromatherapy!

Aromatherapy has been recently discovered that, among its many uses, it can be highly effective in helping people who are afraid of storms, especially kids.

Extreme weather conditions can be a cause of great fear among little ones, and sometimes they get so scared they are very hard to soothe. Even if the storm is not a dangerous one it can cause severe emotional strain, which for little kids could be very stressful.

Essential oils have been proved to be of help in coping with emotional stress. Indeed some of them are often prescribed to people who need to calm their nervous system, because they can promote relaxation and soothing. Among these, the most common ones are tangerine, orange and lavender essential oils.

How to use this oil?

Just drop a few drops of oil into your hands and rub them together in a clockwise fashion.
It is also recommended to take a couple of deep breaths to inhale the oil.

Another possibility is to apply some drops of the essential oil on the soles of your feet and rub them with your hand.

Those above oils also works for scared dogs as well. A light brush over their coats with oil infused hands will definitely make them feel better.

So don’t forget to have some essential oils at hand should you learn that a storm is approaching!

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