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Mother nature has incredible healing and destressing powers. Nature creates an internal settling almost like a natural Valium in an otherwise synthetic world. We might have forgotten but our heart remembers. All she asks of you is that you spend time with her and when you do that she readily gives us her energy, all you need to do is receive. No matter what the season whether you are enjoying the sun, playing in the leaves or making snowmen. All connection with nature gives you a sense of comfort easing your worry and stress helping you to relax and think more clearly. In other words she teaches us to dance with life in a natural rhythm we all remember.

 

  1. “Nature tops the list of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers. The mere sound of running water has been shown to lower blood pressure.” Patch Adams

 

  1. When we spend time in nature our intuition comes alive and it evokes a feeling hard to describe in words. In Japanese they have a word for it: yugen. Yugen gives us a profound sense of the beauty and mystery of the universe.

 

  1. Do you work in an office or department store with bright lights? If so you need daylight and nature to help keep your immunity and circadian rhythm in balance. So go outside during your breaktimes.

 

  1. “Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated” Confucius

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  1. In Japan they have a practice called Shinrin-Yoku. Shinrin means ‘forest’ and Yoku means ‘bath’. It means bathing in the forest atmosphere using all your senses, sight, sound, taste, smell and touch to tune into mother nature. Spending a minimum of 30 minutes in a forest has incredible health benefits.

 

  1. Biophilia hypothesis is the concept that humans have a biological need to connect with nature. American biologist E.O. Wilson said “We are hardwired to affiliate with the natural world- and just as our health improves when we are in it, so our health suffers when we are divorced from it.”

 

  1. Contact with nature is as vital to our wellbeing as regular diet and exercise!

 

  1. DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS: A study at the Department of Psychiatry at Mie University in Japan, has shown that the citrus fragrance of the phytoncide (natural oils within a plant) D-limonene is more effective than antidepressants for lifting mood. Try diffusing essential oils in your own home or workplace to help with stress and energy levels. Lavender, lemon, orange, ylang ylang and bergamot are all wonderful to use.

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  1. BREATHING IN MICROBES: There is a common and harmless bacteria in the soil that we breathe when walking in the forest which makes us feel happier called, Mycobacterium vaccae. Its benefits were discovered by Dr Mary O’Brien, an oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

 

  1. When outside listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling through the trees

Working with and learning about firstly natural skincare products; secondly discovering professional and natural makeup, it was only natural to complete the triangle with natural fragrances.

Over the past few years, I have lost interest in dousing myself in the usual front runners of perfumes and opted for more natural and subtle fragrances. I suppose the main reasons for my change of heart would be:

  1. The amount of synthetic ingredients perfumes can contain.
  1. They can be so over powering to the senses (ever been knocked sideways by a stranger passing you who has most obviously bathed in a bottle of Eau de Parfum?).
  1. Photosensitivity: I have met far too many women with strong pigmentation on their necks where they have sprayed perfume for years for it to have only reacted to UV and damaged the skin.

Shopping for and discovering natural perfumes has awakened my senses in the best way possible and has me enjoying spritzing liberally once again. Natural perfumes simply use organic plant alcohols with 2 or 3 essential oils. Essential oils are classified as base, middle or top notes which classifies the staying power of a scent: base notes linger, top notes will disappear more quickly. Many citrus notes are top; some floral and herbs middle; base notes can be more woody, pungent. Oils have synergy so there is usually a mix of notes in a perfume.

What I love about the simple formulas is people’s reaction on smelling a scent: it stirs an emotion and takes them back to a memory of something or someone. The obvious benefit of natural perfume is the organic agriculture behind the ingredients and the non- use or need of any synthetics. Our skin absorbs so much of what we apply to it (and how many products do we apply a day?), and one must take into account what we also breathe in when we spray perfumes.

The staying power of a natural fragrance will never be as strong or as long lasting as the synthetics, but then again, spraying onto the pulses and hair and enjoying the scent won’t be so damaging to our health or the environment so I’m quite happy about a little re-spray half way through my day!

There have been controversial ingredients used by perfumeries in the past, and still possibly today, such as musks which are derived barbarically from deer and civet cats. The argument here is obviously that that is a natural derivative but I think the earth offers us enough notes in plants to leave the animals out of it. With synthetic perfumes, you just don’t always know what exactly is in them so isn’t it easier to read a label of transparency, understand it and know what you’re wearing is good for you… body and mind!

When it comes to ingredients I just can’t deny how lovely it is to read such a simple and short list:

  • Alcohol (plant)
  • Cornflower Water
  • Labdanum
  • Patchouli
  • Clary Sage (Pure Patchouli perfume Acorelle)
  • All ingredients from organic farming made from organic ingredients

Just this 2017, V.Claire Natural Cosmetics introduced natural perfumes, Acorelle.

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There are 9 perfumes divided in effects of Energizing, Balancing and Soothing… Let your senses guide you to your favourite!

Essential oils are growing more and more popular these days. And if you’re a beauty enthusiast, you’d know how in-demand they have become, especially to those who have acne prone and sensitive skin.

However, since essential oils come in a wide range of varieties, you have to know first how to find the best essential oil that can address your needs.

One of the things you have to consider is the essential oil’s purity. Since there is no strict guideline as to what makes an essential oil pure, your best bet is to buy from retailers that specialize in selling oil. They are more likely to be involved in the processing of the oil.

When buying, you should also be more thorough in checking and reading labels. Look for the manufacture and expiry dates as well as the origin of the oil. Read the list of ingredients so you’ll know exactly what you’ll be getting.

Take note of what tests the oils have undergone as well as their grades. A product that has a therapeutic grade or clinical grade is considered superior to other brands.

In addition to assessing the quality of oil, you need to know what type of oil you should invest in when it comes to your skin.

The list below can help you get started.

The oils listed help with everything rom acne to firmer skin and oils like camomile have been shown to help reduce scars too. Theres an oils for every skin ailment so find what suits you.

10 Best Essential Oils for Beautiful and Flawless SkinHannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to provide honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Check out her latest article about Best Products for Rosacea. You can find her on TwitterPinterest and Facebook

If you consistently struggle from low energy, crave sweet & salty foods, have trouble concentrating and experience dizzy spells; it’s possible you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue. The adrenals are small glands located above the kidneys which are involved in hormone production. They play a huge role in our stress response and over time can become fatigued if we’re not managing our diet and lifestyle well or constantly exposed to stress. To overcome adrenal fatigue it’s important to eliminate highly processed foods, sugar & caffeine. Instead try to nourish the body with healthy fats such as avocados & nuts, oily fish such as salmon and lots of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Lifestyle changes such as reducing stress & consistently getting lots of sleep are important. Using essential oils can also be a great way to support the adrenal glands in a natural way and speed up recovery time. Here are the top 5 essential oils for adrenal fatigue:

Basil

Basil’s regenerative and stimulant properties make it an uplifting essential oil that helps to wake up the body. Applying it topically to the bottom of the feet each morning and evening is a good way to experience the benefits consistently. Basil can help to energise the mind so is an ideal oil to diffuse in a room if struggling with forgetfulness or mental fatigue.

Grapefruit

Fresh & detoxifying, grapefruit is another essential oil that can prove really helpful for adrenal fatigue. Mixing it with basil & applying it topically over the adrenals will help support over worked adrenal glands. Grapefruit can also be added to water or placed in a vegetable capsules which will also help combat the sugar cravings that often come with fatigue.

Geranium

Regenerative and strengthening, Geranium is often used to support organs such as the liver and kidneys and to help hormonal conditions such as PMS. Applying Geranium over the abdomen or taking it internally helps to support adrenals and to balance hormones. It is also a good oil to help balance emotions and a nice floral oil that is ideal for diffusing.

Rosemary

Often used for combating fatigue, Rosemary is a great essential oil to use alongside Basil to support the adrenal glands in recovering. Muscle weakness and tension is often reported as one of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Applying Rosemary topically can also help to ease the pain of sore or stiff muscles. Diffusing Rosemary can help combat mental fatigue and improve memory & concentration.

Wild Orange

A popular recommendation for combating stress, Wild Orange essential oil is incredibly uplifting and energising. It can help with concentration and inhaling it is a good way to improve your mood and at the same time reduce stress levels. Wild orange can also help with insomnia and improving the quality of your sleep is an important way to aid recovery from adrenal fatigue.

 

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. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

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.…

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

Do you want to learn how to get started with essential oils? in this video Caroline from Honest about Health takes us through the initial steps and explains in detail about essential oils, what they are and their uses

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At the start of the year at time when there is a lot of attention on looking well and eating right, we can often underestimate the importance of caring for our emotional health. Stressful environments, hormonal imbalance, upsetting relationships and traumatic events are some of the many factors impacting our everyday emotional health. Eating well to nourish the body and brain can help to balance moods and using natural remedies is another great tool to help care for our emotional health. Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful and aromas can elicit strong and rapid emotional responses. Here are 5 essential oils to help with emotional health and balance.

  1. Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry when used topically or aromatically can help alleviate tension and stress from the body. It is a useful oil to use post trauma, when struggling to overcome fears or if suffering from nightmares or night terrors. Diffusing juniper berry in a bedroom at night is a practical way to promote a tension free sleep and experience the therapeutic benefits.

  1. Patchouli

Incredibly versatile, patchouli’s antidepressant properties make it a good selection for emotional health. It can help to uplift mood and relieve tension in the body. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years. It helps to improve circulation and is often used to help increase libido for both men and women.

  1. Frankincense

Used throughout history by many cultures, Frankincense is renowned for its restorative and healing properties. Often used aromatically or placed under the tongue to combat depression, it is known for its anti-inflammatory and antidepressant properties. Frankincense oil helps to promote feelings of peace which makes it an ideal oil to help balance emotions after trauma, unexpected events or dealing with grief. Commonly used for focus & meditation it is a wonderful oil to use topically and aromatically to ease mental fatigue and help balance emotions.

  1. Wild Orange

Uplifting and invigorating, wild orange is a wonderful oil to use every day to combat stressors and boost moods. The aroma of wild orange can help with feelings of anxiety and fear. If feeling nervous about a situation like flying or speaking in front of a group, inhaling wild orange can have a calming effect. Use wild orange topically and aromatically daily to feel calmer, more optimistic and less reactive to stressors.

  1. Lavender

Incredibly calming and useful, Lavender is renowned for its soothing and sedative properties. It is often used aromatically and topically to help balance emotions and in particular to improve the ability to express feelings. Lavenders calming properties can help with feelings of impatience, agitation, defensiveness and sadness.

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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. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

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.…

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

essential oils, stress, allergies, headaches, anxiety, natural health, holistic health, essential health, caroline jackman, alison canavan, be complete, lavender essential oilOne of the most popular essential oils used around the world, people often associate Lavender with aiding a good night sleep. A wonderfully calming blend, Lavender’s antidepressant, soothing and antibacterial properties make it an incredibly versatile essential oil with a multitude of practical uses in the home. Here are my top 10 suggestions for using Lavender:

  1. Sleep

Lavender is the first oil I recommend using on children who struggle to wind down or sleep through the night. Diffusing a drop or two of lavender in their room at night is a practical way for them to benefit from the relaxing effects. Diluting lavender and rubbing it on the soles of the feet is another good application method. Add a drop to an adult’s pillow or inhale deeply to promote restful sleep.

  1. Allergies

Hay fever and allergies can interfere with everyday life and stop people from taking part in activities outdoors. A natural and effective way to help avoid the irritating symptoms of allergies is to take lavender internally with lemon & peppermint. Add a few drops of each to water or place in a veggie capsule and consume internally. Easy & natural routine to use in the springtime!

  1. Soak away stress

More than ever we’re suffering from high levels of stress and the demands of balancing stressful jobs with busy home lives. Placing a few drops of lavender in the palm of the hands and inhaling deeply, or rubbing some on the back of the neck is a good technique to use to keep stress levels down. For adults in need of a good relaxation routine, mixing a few drops of lavender with Epsom salts and soaking in the bath is a great way to benefit from the relaxing properties of the oil.

  1. Room Freshener

Lavender is a sweet smell that many people have positive associations with. Instead of using chemical air fresheners, freshen up a room by spritzing a mix of lavender & water or adding a few drops to a diffuser. Add lavender to a cotton ball and place it at the bottom of the bin or a jar in the bathroom to get rid of nasty smells.

  1. Burns

Whether it’s a burn from the cooker or from sitting in the sun, Lavenders analgesic & soothing properties can provide a welcome relief. Applying it topically to the area can help the skin to heal and at the same time calm and ease the pain.

  1. Earache

Earache, temperature and sick feelings that often come with them are distressing especially for children. Warming lavender ever so slightly, mixing it with a carrier oil and applying it around the ear (never inside the ear) can help relieve the feelings associated with earache.

  1. Cuts & Scrapes

Create a bottle of ‘magic spray’ as first aid for when children cut or scrape elbows and knees. Mix with some carrier oil in a glass spray bottle for a handy way to apply to grazes in awkward places. Lavenders disinfecting properties will help keep the area clean and soothe the skin.

  1. Headaches & Migraines

Apply some lavender to your temples and the back of your neck for a regenerative effect. Inhale from the bottle or palm of hands at the first sign of a headache.

  1. Insect Bites

Use lavender to repel insects and creepy crawlies by spritzing around windows & doors or diffusing. If you’re unlucky enough to be bitten, applying lavender topically can help to sooth the bite and reduce the inflammation and itchy sensation.

  1. Anxiety

Apply lavender topically on the back of the neck and over your heart before situations that can induce anxiety. Avoid the chemicals in perfume and apply lavender around the neck to smell great and help with emotional balance.

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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. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

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.…

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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Here are some of the top 5 oils for detoxing

  1. Lemon

One of my favourite and most refreshing essential oils, lemon has so many day to day practical uses. Adding a drop or 2 of lemon oil to your water daily can help with lymphatic cleansing and detoxing. It is also helpful to take internally when suffering from heartburn and reflux. Inhaling it and applying it topically like a perfume will help with emotional balance and is incredibly uplifting.

  1. Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil is ideal for cleansing and helping to improve kidney function when taken internally. It is a good choice for supporting the body to detox and also assists the digestive system. Adding grapefruit to water or rubbing it on the soles of the feet aids an overall body detox. It is known to help combat sugar cravings so is also useful at a time when you’re trying to avoid adding sugar and toxins to the body.

  1. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a wonderful purifier with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is useful for digestive issues & mixes well with peppermint. Taking lemongrass oil internally can help to flush toxins out of the body and it supports the liver, kidneys, digestive tract and bladder.

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil helps with digestive complaints and is also a great detoxifier. It supports the gallbladder and liver function, organs which are important for eliminating toxins from the body.

  1. Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry essential oil is known for its detoxing properties. Taken internally it helps with cleansing, supporting the liver and assisting with elimination of toxins. Applying it topically or taking it in a capsule is also a good way to improve urinary health and avoid water retention.

Top tip: Start your day with 1-2 drops of lemon or Grapefruit essential oil in a glass of water to help your body detox in an easy and natural way.

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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. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

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.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

CELLULITE BUSTER, grapefruit essential oil, CAROLINE JACKMAN, HONEST ABOUT HEALTH, ALISON CANAVAN, BE COMPLETE, ESSENTIAL HEALTH, HEALTH AND WELLBEING, ESSENTIAL OILS, LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL, USES FOR ESSENTIAL OILS, ANTIBACTERIAL,One of the things I love about essential oils is how versatile they are. Did you know that one type of oil can help with a variety of different health complaints? It means that with just a handful of essential oils you can support your family’s health in so many different ways. Today’s spotlight is Grapefruit essential oil and here are my top 10 uses for this refreshing citrus oil.
1. Weight Loss
Grapefruit essential oil helps to activate enzymes and assists in the breakdown of fat. Its fresh smell and great taste make it an easy oil to take internally either in water or in a veggie capsule to support weight loss.
2. Detox
It helps to cleanse and improve kidney function so taking internally is useful for an overall body detox.
3. Sugar Cravings
Struggle to stay away from sweet treats? Grapefruit is known to help with sugar cravings so inhaling it from the bottle or adding it to the water you drink throughout the day can help combat cravings.
4. Acne & Oily Skin
Help to manage break outs and fight the bacteria that cause acne by applying grapefruit topically to areas of concern.
5. Adrenal Fatigue
Support the adrenal glands by applying grapefruit topically mixed with basil. Taking grapefruit internally can help support recovery.
6. Antibacterial Cleaner
Ditch the chemicals and use a natural alternative by cleaning surfaces with grapefruit & water. Grapefruits antiseptic properties will help fight bacteria, mould and contaminants.
7. Candida rescue
Helps to target and reduce excess yeast in the body and the bacteria that can cause an overgrowth of candida.
8. Hangovers
Support the liver & help the body to remove toxins and recover quickly by taking grapefruit internally.
9. Progesterone Balance
Support fertility and hormonal balance in the body by applying grapefruit topically and taking it internally.
10. Hair Care
Protect your hair from sun damage and remedy greasy roots by adding grapefruit to your daily shampoo routine.

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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. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.
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.…

-Caroline Jackman, Honest about Health
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Not many people look forward to visiting the dentist and given the amount of increased sugar consumed in the average diet, the battle to maintain good oral health is tougher than ever. Essential oils provide us with a practical and natural way to support overall oral health. Many oils which are antibacterial and antifungal in nature can help with complaints such a plaque, tooth ache, gum disease and more. Here are the top essential oils for oral health

Melaleuca

An incredibly practical and useful essential oil to have in any household, Melaleuca when applied topically on gums or taken internally in a capsule can help avoid tooth decay and cavities. Along with good oral hygiene, the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of Melaleuca essential oil make it a great choice for maintaining great gum health. Gargling with melaleuca is also a helpful remedy for a sore throat or inflamed tonsils.

Frankincense

Frankincense is an incredibly restorative and supportive essential oil which is particularly useful for wound healing and pain. Applying it topically is beneficial when dealing with sores, cuts or mouth ulcers. Headaches and teeth grinding can be eased by using Frankincense oil and it also helps with bleeding gums, infection, tooth sensitivity and toothaches.

Clove

When asked for a natural home remedy for a toothache, most people will associate cloves with reducing inflammation. Clove essential oil helps to soothe pain and protect nerves, making it ideal for easing pain when struggling with a toothache or inflammation. Antiviral in nature, clove oil is great for boosting immunity and combating infection in a natural way.

Myrrh

Another soothing essential oil, Myrrh’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great oil to use for aiding oral health. Applying Myrrh topically is helpful for bleeding gums and gum disease. Myrrh is used to combat infection and naturally helps boost the immune system. Myrrh is a great choice for aiding gum health and helpful when used topically for gum disease, bleeding gums, receding gums and infections

Lemon

A natural disinfectant, lemon essential oil is another incredibly useful essential oil to have to hand. Applying lemon essential oil topically is a great remedy for mouth ulcers and applying it to your toothbrush helps to keep it clean and fresh. Using lemon topically can benefit tender/sore gums and gargling with it can help fight plaque.

Peppermint

An ideal breath freshener, Peppermint essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties which also makes it a good choice for reducing swelling and inflammation. Gargling and drinking peppermint helps combat bad breath and is a good alternative to sugary chewing gums and mints.

‘Mouthwash’

5 drops peppermint

5 drops melaleuca

2 drops myrrh

3 drops clove

Mix oils with 100ml filtered water in a glass/jar and mix well before use.

 

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. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

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.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com