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Home Spa Treatments: Aromatherapy

Many people misunderstand aromatherapy as a complex treatment that requires specific attention to mixtures, measurements and blends – but as home treatments go it really couldn’t be any easier. To get started, you first need to decide on what kind of “effect” you’re looking for and the type of aromas you enjoy. The wealth of market choice is extensive, with different types of scent to suit all tastes and needs. Some of the more popular scents include lavender, peppermint, lemon, thyme and jasmine all of which have relaxing or stimulative properties.

Where does it come from?

Aromatherapy utilises concentrated essences and oils taken from plants and other organic materials that can be blended with water or burned to release their aromatic properties. The scents released in the aroma helps to stimulate the part of your brain that processes smell, affecting the system that controls emotion – This helps to releases naturally relaxing endorphins. It’s these aromatic properties that so many people utilise for an endless array of health benefits.

What can aromatherapy do for me?

Aromatherapy has been known to help treat conditions such as stress, depression, sleep deprivation and digestive problems to name just a few. You can utilise aromatherapy oils in a number of ways such as adding a few drops to your relaxing bath or an oil burner in the home for an aroma infused atmosphere. Some luxury steam shower cabins utilise aromatherapy intakes as standard features, whilst some spa centres use aromatherapy oils with certain types of massage to help accentuate the sense of relaxation.

How do I get started?

Aromatherapy is something that anyone can try, as it’s relatively cheap to get started. All you need is an oil burner and an aromatherapy oil of your choice and you’re set to go. For more information on aromatherapy oils, there’s plenty of great reference books worth a read. To get you started, we’d recommend The Aromatherapy Bible by Gill Farrer-Halls – it’s packed full of great ideas and information on different essences and how they can effect you.

Keep healthy this Christmas!

It is a well known fact that more people are ill over the winter season than any other as “cold-related” illnesses run rampage throughout the population. It’s important to remember that keeping our bodies natural defences running at maximum is key in fighting through this festive time, whilst maintaining good physical and mental well-being. Here are our top tips this Christmas!

  • Eat well, Rest Well – Make sure you are taking on board your 5 portions of fruit and veg each day, whilst getting a good nights sleep each day. This will keep vital vitamin supplies high for your immune system, especially vitamin C. A nice relaxing bath before bed, accompanied with aromatherapy will help you rest better.
  • Wash your hands – Regular washing of your hands with soap and warm water will help against carrying infections. Lathering for at least 30 seconds will reduce the risk of spreading infections.
  • Keep Warm – It is important, and often overlooked, to keep warm when the temperature starts falling. If your body is wasting vital energy maintaining your core temperature, your body can’t use energy fighting against germs. If you lucky enough to have access to a sauna, utilise it daily to sweat out any toxins your body may have taken on board.
  • Vaccinate – The flu vaccine is free if your over 65 so it is recommended that is taking advantage of. Contact your local GP surgery for more information.
  • Keep Hydrated –  As our homes get warmer over the cold periods, the air tends to be a lot dryer. It is important to take on board as many fluids as possible to ensure your body is well hydrated.
  • Keep your distance! – When someone sneezes or coughs in your vacinity, germs tend to spread very quickly. It’s a good idea to keep a tissue handy to cover your nose and mouth whenever possible – catch it, bin it, kill it!

For more detailed information on keeping healthy this season, contact your local GP today. Remember stay healthy – stay happy!