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Aromatherapy Favorites – Eucalyptus

Aromatherapy has been around longer than most people would expect, with the word first being coined in 1928 by a French chemist called René-Maurice Gattefossé when he discovered the effects of putting his burning arm in some lavender oil during an accident at a lab in which he was working. However, it's only in recent years that oils like eucalyptus have really been catching on with aromatherapists. There are a few reasons why eucalyptus aromatherapy is starting to become so popular. But, before going too much further, here's a brief definition of what aromatherapy is all about: it's a holistic approach to treating spiritual, physical, and physiological problems through the external use of essential oils. This could include adding them to a warm bath, applying directly to the body through massage, or breathing in the vapors. As you can see there are a number of ways that it can be applied. Eucalyptus aromatherapy has an advantage over the other more traditional forms of aromatherapy in as much as it's already recognized as having beneficial properties. In its undiluted oil state, eucalyptus is currently being used to help with joint and muscular pains, sprains, poor circulation, rheumatoid arthritis, and sinus problems. With those credentials, it's easy to see how eucalyptus could have a number benefits over other oils being used in aromatherapy. Eucalyptus is also widely used in many decongestive medicines, so it makes it a must if you're looking for an oil that you can vaporize in order to inhale it and clear your hay fever, sneezing attacks, respiratory problems, flu, and headaches. The easiest way to vaporize and inhale the eucalyptus is to take a bowl of boiling water, add two drops of eucalyptus oil, and then cover your head and the bowl with a towel and inhale the vapors - but remember to keep your eyes shut while you're doing it. Eucalyptus, while being nontoxic, can be an irritant, so you don't want to get any undiluted eucalyptus oil on your skin, and you certainly don't want to open your eyes when doing your eucalyptus aromatherapy inhalation because it will have a burning sensation on them. There are many forms of eucalyptus aromatherapy that you can use quickly and easily yourself. If you do decide that you want to try out the inhalation method, then be careful not to get any undiluted eucalyptus oil on yourself. If you chose to use it to rub on yourself topically, then blend it with something like jojoba oil. Eucalyptus is a fantastic ingredient in any medicinal or therapeutic remedy - and eucalyptus aromatherapy could be just the thing you're looking for to help you with a few of your aches, pains and mild breathing complaints.


Home Fragrance With Natural Soy Candles

In times past, candles were purely a utilitarian item. They had one purpose to fulfill, and that was to provide light. Candles were first made from animal fats, and then beeswax and paraffin. Today we have the next evolution in candles, which is a natural soy candle. Soy candles are made from the oils found in soybeans, so they are completely natural with no petroleum by products. For centuries, candles have been used for many purposes including decoration, celebrations, mood lighting and aromatherapy. One of the best candle choices for aromatherapy is natural soy candles. These candles have the ability to diffuse their aroma throughout the room slowly, therefore they never put too much scent into the room and become overpowering. Soy candles also put out almost no soot, so the fragrance you get isn’t mingled with other scents from the burning of the candle. When you make the choice to use natural soy candles, you are making a wise choice for many reasons. They have the lowest impact on our environment of any type of candle on the market. Since they come from a completely renewable natural resource, the use of soy candles does no put extra strain on our ecosystem. They are biodegradable, which means they break down naturally into harmless materials, making them safer to use than those made of paraffin, which is a by product of the production of kerosene. The use of aromatherapy goes back for thousands of years. It has long been thought that there is a connection between the sense of smell, and how a person feels. Some scents, such as lavender have been proven to have a calming effect on a person’s mind and body. Other types of aromatherapy can enhance the person’s mood to a more invigorated state, which can be useful in the workplace, and act as an antidepressant in some individuals. Care must be taken when using different types of essential oils for aromatherapy sessions. You don’t want to mix certain essential oils with one another, or you won’t get the results you desire, and you could even make yourself ill. Candles can also set the stage for romance. The mood is set and enhanced in both the ways the aromas are used, and the effect the lighting has on the setting. Candles have long been connected with the affairs of the heart, and are used in many types of wedding ceremonies. For the wedding, many brides choose a specific aroma they would like to diffuse throughout the ceremony, which will cause those in attendance to recall the ceremony later when they’re exposed to the same scent. Natural soy candles make the best choice in aromatherapy candles, as they have all the necessary attributes needed to diffuse the fragrance of the essential oils locked inside them. They burn slower, and without the bothersome soot which can interfere with the pleasant scent of the essential oils. You can find natural soy candles in many scents, shapes, colors and sizes, so you’re practically assured of finding the perfect candles for your aromatherapy sessions.


Work Better at Home with These Relaxation Techniques

Are you waiting for a long hectic day of work to end before you take time to relax? Many people plow through their day, let the stress build, then hope to repair the damage later. The method of postponing stress relief until the end of the day is not the answer. To truly combat stress and the harm it causes, we need to practice relaxation and stress relief throughout the day. Building relaxation techniques into our daily routine can be challenging. People who work at home often lose track of time and only know the stress has gotten out of control when the stiff and sore muscles, headaches, and other ailments surface. Rather than put relaxation and stress relief off until later, let's find some simple methods that we can add to our schedule throughout the day. Here are a few basic techniques to try right in the comfort of your home office. Deep Breathing If stress is causing you to get anxious, nervous, agitated, or even angry, deep breathing may be the perfect relaxation therapy for you. Deep breathing from the abdomen, as opposed to shallow breaths, increase oxygen intake. More oxygen in the lungs and body produces more calm. To practice deep breathing, find a comfortable place to sit in your office, sit straight and breathe in deeply through your nose and out slowly through your mouth. If you are breathing correctly, your abdomen should expand rather than your chest. It may be easier to lie down to do this technique. Set a small notepad on your stomach, and, if you are breathing deeply, you should see the notepad rise and fall. This takes some practice but the results are almost immediate once you learn it. Rhythmic Movement People respond to stress differently. Rather than getting nervous and anxious, you may become depressed and withdrawn. Your thoughts may seem sluggish or cloudy, and you may not be able to make a decision. If this describes how you respond to stress, you may need to include some rhythmic movement into your day. This can be something as simple as getting up off your office chair and walking around. However, many people find jumping rope or doing exercises on a floor-ball rejuvenating. Don't wait for the stress to overwhelm and paralyze your thoughts. Instead, add some rhythmic exercising movements into your daily routine, even several times, to keep alert and drive stress out of your day. Muscle Relaxation If you feel stress in your body, suffering from neck pain, back pain, and headaches, muscle relaxation may be helpful. This method involves some practice, but once you have a familiarity with it, you will begin to look forward to the relief it brings. More than just shaking your shoulders loose or turning your neck in a circle, this is a technique focuses on individual muscle groups. The most common way to move through the body is by starting with your feet, tensing the muscle in one foot, then relaxing, and repeating with your other foot, then moving up each leg, tensing and relaxing as you move up your body until you reach your face. The critical technique for this method is focus. You will focus on one muscle group at a time (foot, calf, thigh, hips, stomach, chest, etc), tensing and relaxing. With time and practice, this method of stress relief can help reduce body pain. All of these techniques for stress relief can be done in the comfort of your home office; even a small home office. Remember to schedule time during the day, every day, to do some form of relaxation in order to deal with stress before it creates long lasting health problems.


Improve the Feng Shui in Your Home

Feng Shui is an old Chinese study that believes human beings and the environment they are surrounded by (their home, workspace, etc) are full of tangible but invisible energy. This energy is known as ‘Chi.’ Here are 10 tips you can use to start incorporating Feng Shui into your life right away. 1. Clear the clutter! This is the number one most important Feng Shui tip! When it comes to Feng Shui and keeping positive energy flowing throughout your space, it’s important to keep things clutter free and clean. If you don’t, energy can get stuck and become stale, which in turn produces negative energy. So, keep things picked up and put away every day. 2. Front Door. The front door plays an important part to the flow of energy (also known as Chi) as this is where it enters from. It needs to flow freely through the rest of the house. So it’s important to make sure that you keep this area clutter free and well lit. 3. Color. Your mood is greatly effected by color. So, when it comes to Feng Shui you should choose colors (wall paint, décor, candles, fabric, etc) that will give off a pleasant energy (chi) flow. Please note that certain colors work in some rooms but not others. This is because every color has a unique quality meant for something different. 4. Feng Shui & Romance - Pink. Pink is considered a sentimental color. When going pink make sure this includes your bed sheets! Why? Because pink bed sheets create a rise in what is called subtle yang energy. When this energy is raised it enhances feelings of romance and love. 5. Close the toilet lid. Not only is closing the toilet lid good manners (and one you should teach every family member to follow), it helps prevent losing valuable chi (energy). What exactly does that mean? Every time your toilet is flushed, not only is a large amount of water lost so is a large amount of chi. You can help retain that energy in both your home and life by simply keeping the toilet lid closed. 6. Furniture layout. One of the main points of Feng Shui is all about the arrangement of your furniture. The living room sofa should face the front door, your bed should be placed so your feet face away from the door, and all furniture should be arranged so that energy can freely flow throughout your home. 7. When sleeping don’t have feet facing towards door. In Feng Shui, this is known as the ‘coffin’ position and doesn’t need much more explanation than that! When your bed is located in the room so your feet face the door, it also means you are in the high trafficked area of the room. This will ultimately leave you feeling un-rested because it doesn’t promote full relaxation. 8. Feng Shui involves five main elements. The five elements are water, wood, fire, earth and metal, and each is represented by a color. Paying close attention to the colors you use in your home – and avoiding mixing certain colors or elements – can help improve certain areas of your life, such as your career, your creativity, and your family relationships. 9. Clear away any clutter and trim over grown plants in all yard areas. Clutter and overgrown, weedy areas restrict the flow of energy and cause areas of your home to become stale, resulting in the build-up of negative energy. 10. Your stove. It’s important to keep your stove in good condition and clean at all times because in Feng Shui it promotes the energy of prosperity. There are hundreds of Feng Shui tips but these 10 are some that are believed to be more important and should be incorporated into your life as soon as possible.


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