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The word therapy can scare people sometimes. The thought of entering a room where your deepest darkest secrets might be uncovered or even worse you might find out you have problems that you never even knew about before!

Believe me I can understand these fears because I have experienced them myself and putting yourself in that position can make you feel vulnerable and insecure. What I have realised though down through the years is that therapy in that sense is not always the ultimate answer. Yes it can help you take the first step towards wellness and that first step on the ladder can generally be the hardest, but good health is something that needs daily attention and heading to a therapist once a week is not going to solve your problems if you are still living a destructive lifestyle outside of therapy.

Simple everyday things like dancing and singing are examples of great therapy that we can include in our daily life. Art is therapy, friendship is therapy, meditation is therapy and self-care is therapy. How about a bubble bath, a walk in the park, coffee with friends or if you’re a parent enjoying a cup of tea by yourself! To me therapy is anything that contributes to a positive and balanced lifestyle.

We all encounter challenges on a daily basis so we need to find tools to help us cope that work for us personally and sometimes you need to try a lot of tools before you find the one that works for you.

For example if yourself and a friend were given a box each containing 100 keys and you were told that only one of the keys could open the door. What would you do?

You would have to try the keys one by one in an effort to find the one that unlocked the door. You might be lucky and pick the right key first time round or you might have to try 99 keys before you finally find the one that works and the same applies to life.

What works for one person will not work for another and you need to find what works for you. Different things will work on different days but the most important thing is to have fun along the way.

20 THERAPEUTIC THINGS FOR YOU TO TRY:

  1. Buy yourself flowers
  2. Take a bubble bath
  3. Swing on the swings in the playground and see how high you can go (my favourite!!)
  4. Listen to your favourite music
  5. Have a disco
  6. Sing your heart out
  7. Read your favourite book
  8. Have a cup of tea and your favourite treat
  9. Organise a get together with friends
  10. Meditate
  11. Colour (yes adult colouring is wonderful)
  12. Knit or sew
  13. Laugh!! At yourself, a funny movie, a silly book
  14. Go for a walk
  15. Cook your favourite meal
  16. Take a nap
  17. Journal- yes, write down your ideas, dreams, hopes and worries. I find writing one of the greatest forms of therapy
  18. Write that thank you card to someone special (There is always someone we need to thank!)
  19. Try yoga or Pilates
  20. Give yourself a compliment

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When I first began using essential oils I was immediately drawn to peppermint. It is both refreshing and uplifting and to this day it is still my firm favourite. Peppermint is a universally loved essential oil, well-known for its medicinal benefits. Along with Lavender it is probably one of the most versatile and commonly used oils globally.

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus. Peppermint can also be found in Greek mythology and the ancient Romans would bind the plant to their crowns to stimulate the mind. A good quality peppermint oil will have a high menthol content and can be used to help alleviate stomach upset and to clear sinuses.

How do I use peppermint essential oil? My top 10 uses

  1. Relieves headaches

Rub a little on your temples for pain relief

  1. Improves mental focus

Mix peppermint with wild orange & inhale deeply to feel more focused and alert

  1. Soothes digestive complaints

Rub some on your tummy or take a drop internally if feeling bloated or unwell.

  1. Natural breath freshener

Who needs chewing gum when you have peppermint to freshen bad breath

  1. Energy booster

Before a workout, inhale peppermint or add it to water to feel energised and refreshed.

  1. Sinus aid

When congested or struggling with allergies, inhale peppermint to clear sinuses

  1. Cool down

Peppermint has a wonderful cooling effect so when dealing with a fever or feeling overheated; apply peppermint topically to reduce a temperature.

  1. Anti-Nausea

Add a drop or two of peppermint to water or place a drop in your mouth if feeling nauseous. Great for when you feel car sick!

  1. Muscle Pain

Peppermint can help relax muscles so mix it with coconut oil and rub into calf muscles after a workout or a long day on your feet.

  1. Cravings

Stop the munchies by inhaling peppermint or placing a drop under your tongue

*Beat the afternoon slump with this*

‘Focus Blend’

-15 drops peppermint

– 20 drops wild orange

Combine in a 15ml glass roller bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil. Apply the mixture to the back of your neck, base of your skull, forehead & temples for an energising boost!

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

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Lack of sleep can lead to a myriad of health problems both physically and mentally. We all know that not getting enough sleep can cause irritability and decreased focus but if continuous can lead to more serious health issues such as poor digestion, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, compromised immunity and even depression. Any sleep deprived new parent would agree that a continuous lack of sleep is a particularly cruel form of torture. No doubt we have all, at one time in our lives, experienced feelings of frustration when lying in bed counting the hours left until dawn, wondering why your brain just won’t switch off. You’re not alone. According to an Amarach study, one third of Irish adults say they don’t get enough sleep. The bad news is the problem can get worse with age as our sleep patterns tend to change once again. The good news is there are natural remedies that can safely and effectively help you sleep.

Remedies in the form of essential oils can promote ease in falling asleep, staying asleep and achieving a more restful sleep. There are numerous benefits to using pure therapeutic grade essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep.

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Top 4 Essential Oils for Sleep

  1. Lavender

Lavender serves in all things calming and is likely to be the most used essential oil globally. It’s widely known that Lavender promotes emotional balance and is commonly used for sleep issues. Before bed, apply Lavender topically to the soles of the feet or diffuse in a room

  1. Vetiver

Vetiver is a natural tranquiliser and known as the oil of ‘tranquillity’. If suffering from insomnia, apply this oil to the bottoms of your feet or to the spine. Diffuse vetiver in the bedroom at night to aid a restful night’s sleep.

  1. Majoram

Majoram blends well with Lavender and is another great oil for emotional balance. It has a calming effect and helps ease feelings of anxiety. If feeling stressed about sleeping, apply Majoram to the back of the neck and soles of the feet before bed

  1. Roman Chamomile

Roman chamomile is often used for overexcitement which makes it a popular choice for parents. Diffusing at night promotes emotional balance and helps with insomnia.

Sleep Promoting Bath Recipe

To help you fall asleep, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to 1 cup of Epsom salts then dissolve in a warm bath. Lavender promotes sleep and Epsom salts provide a good source of magnesium to promote relaxation.

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep so you can feel energised every day.…

 HONEST ABOUT HEALTH

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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I love every day including Monday but I was extra tired this morning as I worked all weekend and I really didn’t feel like my usual chirpy self. On top of that we woke up late, but I have a rule on days like this, which happen to us all and that rule is

• I have to try harder.

I have lots of different methods I use but this morning I had a 5-minute disco and then I went into my room and screamed into my pillow. Why did I scream into my pillow? Well, James wouldn’t get dressed, I stubbed my toe (not once but twice) and I spilt milk. So as crazy as it sounds I went into my room and screamed into my pillow and I instantly felt better. When I do this it releases tension and I find myself laughing and I feel lighter. Have you ever felt like you just wanted to scream? Well if the answer is yes then just do it! Just try not to do it near anyone who might report you for being crazy!

After I dropped James to school I sat and wrote my gratitude list because the best time to write your list sometimes is when things are going wrong. I decided on my daily affirmation, which for today was

“Today is a great day”

and do you know what it worked, today was a great day. Sometimes positivity comes easy but today was a little life lesson that reminded me that sometimes you have to try a bit harder but it was worth it in the end

Ali xxx

Essential Health Lemon

Sometimes the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle can feel overwhelming. When we feel unwell it’s hard to know where to begin or to find the motivation to make big changes. When I first discovered essential oils, I loved how simple they were to use and how easy it was to add them to my daily routine. Small changes can make a big difference. Did you know there is an essential oil that can give you beautiful skin, boost your mood AND clean your house?

It takes approximately 45 lemons to produce a 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil. Essential oils are natural extracts from the seeds, stems, flowers, roots and bark of plants. Choosing certified pure essential oils that are natural and therapeutic grade; will provide you with the safest and most effective health benefits. Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Is lemon water part of your daily routine? Instead of chopping up lemon wedges first thing in the morning, I now add a drop of lemon essential oil to my water – much simpler and far more effective! Adding lemon to water aids digestion, helps to rid the body of toxins, boosts immunity and helps you feel energised.

Some of the key therapeutic benefits of Lemon Essential oil:

  • Cleanses and Purifies
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Promotes a positive mood
  • Aids in digestion and metabolism

Here are some ways you can incorporate lemon in your daily life

  1. Energising

Massage over your shoulders & feet for an energising boost. Feels wonderful right after your morning shower plus you’ll smell amazing

  1. Sore Throat

Add to your hot water & honey mixture. The lemon will fight both bacteria and viruses & help you recover quickly

  1. Anxiety

Anxiety is something we all feel from time to time. Rub 2-3 drops of lemon oil in your cupped hands then inhale deeply. The scent will lift your mood and help clear your mind.

  1. Cold sores

When you feel run down and the familiar tingle begins, douse it with a few drops of lemon oil

  1. Beautiful skin

Create your own homemade exfoliant by adding 4-5 drops of lemon oil to oatmeal & water

  1. Detox

Add to drinking water or rub on ears & ankles to cleanse and balance pH. Make some refreshing homemade lemonade by adding lemon to sparkling water.

  1. Cleaning

Avoid harsh chemicals and create your own stain remover for clothes by combining ½ cup white vinegar with 20 drops of lemon essential oil.

Lemon essential oil is a wonderful oil to have to hand at all times. It can uplift your mood and improve your health in a natural and practical way! Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about getting started with essential oils…

 

Honest about Health

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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As children growing up we can become what we hear and quite often we hear negative things about ourselves that we own and then they become a part of us.

As a young model I got a lot of positive comments but if one photographer or casting director said something negative that is what I would hold onto. I remember a very well known photographer telling me I had man hands that were unnatural and then a designer who told me was body was completely out of proportion and my legs were actually quite short for my height and I seemed to have an abnormally long torso! Of course every time I went to a casting I would try to hide my hands and if tops were too short on my upper body I would think to myself “well Alison that’s because your body is disproportionate”

At 37 this evokes so many emotions for my younger self but primarily sadness that I carried around such nonsense for so long but what it also shows is how people can be very irresponsible with their words and as the saying goes “be sure to taste your words before you spit them out”.

Words can stay with you forever and anyone who has been in a relationship of any kind and experienced emotional abuse will know exactly what I mean by this.

So for this, my first ‘MINDFUL MONDAY’ lets all try and be kinder and nicer with our words about each other and ourselves. Our words have both meaning and strength.

This week write a list of 10 things you like about yourself. They can be big things or small and they don’t necessarily have to be about your looks so for example:

  • I love my smile
  • I love my legs
  • I like my hair
  • I love my sense of humor
  • I like my musical talents
  • I’m a great dancer
  • I’m artistic
  • I can say NO when I need too
  • I’m honest
  • I’m a great mum!! (yes say it loud and proud)

Have fun with your list and have on your journey of becoming the most complete and best version of YOU!

Ali xxxx