Using Essential Oils to Transition From Work To Home

Using Essential Oils to Transition From Work To Home

Aromatherapy can be used in so many ways to support you in your everyday life.

One lovely way to use essential oils everyday is to help you transition from work to home. This is especially useful for so many of you who find yourself in the new situation of working from home. It also works if you’re still in the office or working outside the home.

This will help you to switch off from work mode and into a more relaxed state of being.

I like to have a little ritual to signal finishing work. Tidy up my desk, a quick review of my day and write a list for the next day.

Then a little aromatherapy ritual…

Choose different essential oils to what you have used at work that day.

Choose an essential oil or blend that you are drawn to and that aligns with how you want to feel. For example relaxed, grounded, calm, joyful.

Pop a drop into the palm of one hand, gently rub palms together. Close your eyes, place your palms together in prayer position in front of your face. Inhale slowly and deeply, fully experience the aroma of your chosen essential oil. Exhale slowly and fully. Repeat 10 times. When you’re ready open your eyes and enjoy some time to relax and recharge.

Here’s just a few essential oils that you might like to try.

Remember to choose what you are drawn to though, your intuition knows what you need.

To deeply relax: roman chamomile

To centre and ground: sandalwood

To feel inner calm and peace: frankincense

To bring joy and fun: mandarin

What essential oils do you use to help you switch off? Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx
2 Aromatherapy Hair Treatments To Do At Home

2 Aromatherapy Hair Treatments To Do At Home

Giving myself a hair treatment is one of my favourite aromatherapy treatments to do at home.

What could be more relaxing than a deliciously aromatic warm oil massaged into your scalp and through your hair?

Also, it’s the perfect excuse to relax while the oils do their work. And it’s not only relaxing but helps to maintain strong, heathy, shiny hair.

Today I’m sharing 2 simple ways you can do this at home…

1. Hair Oil Infusion

What you’ll need

  • 10mls carrier oil. I recommend camellia, jojoba, sesame.
  • 3 – 4 drops essential oils (see below for suggestions).
  • 1 small heat proof mixing bowl for oils.
  • 1 slightly bigger heat proof bowl to place the small mixing bowl in for warming.
  • Hot, just off the boil water.
  • Wide tooth comb.
  • Hair wrap (or small towel).
  • Relaxing music and a cup of herbal tea or your preferred refreshment! A glass of bubbly anyone?!

How to make your hair treatment oil

  1.  Pour carrier oil into the small bowl.
  2. Add pure essential oils and stir gently.
  3. Pour water into bigger bowl.
  4. Place bowl of oils into the bigger bowl to warm.

How To Apply Your Hair Treatent Oil

  1. When the oils have warmed dip your fingertips into the oils and massage into your entire scalp and through your hair, inhaling as you go!
  2. Comb through so the oil reaches the ends of your hair.
  3. Wrap your hair in a towel.
  4. Leave for 15 – 30 minutes while you relax with a cup of herbal tea, some soothing music or even a meditation.
  5. To finish the treatment shampoo your hair.  You may need to shampoo twice to remove all the oil, towel dry, comb and style as normal.
  6. You can also leave in overnight for a truly deep conditioning treatment.

2. Hair Conditioning Treatment

This is a super simple treatment to make at home. 

Enhance your conditioner with essential oils to create a nourishing treatment.

  • Place 10mls of your favourite conditioner into a small bowl and add 3 – 4 drops of essential oils (see suggestions below). 
  • Warm and apply as above.

My favourite essential oil blends for your hair and scalp

Calm and Soothe Blend for itchy or flaky scalp: 1 drop Patchouli + 1 drop German chamomile + 1 drop lavender.

Nourish Blend for dry hair: 1 drop ylang ylang + 2 drops sandalwood

Stimulate Blend for strength and growth: 1 drop rosemary + 1 drop peppermint + 1 drop cedarwood.

Which hair blend appeals to you?  Try it out and let me know how your hair and scalp feels.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

5 Aromatherapy Inhalation Methods

5 Aromatherapy Inhalation Methods

Aromatherapy is such a beautiful and supportive form of healing. You can use it in so many different ways to enhance your everyday life.

One very simple way to do this is through inhalation.

Through inhalation your sense of smell is stimulated and your emotions and mood can be affected. Inhalation can also be effective for the treatment of some respiratory conditions.

Today I wanted to share my favourite ways to use the inhalation method to enjoy the benefits of essential oils.

5 aromatherapy inhalation methods

1. Directly from the bottle. The easiest way to experience your essential oils is to inhale directly from the bottle. Simply open, and wave the bottle under your nose. As you gently inhale the aroma will waft from the bottle! I have created a range of maa organics essential oil blends – if you have any questions about what would work best for you don’t hesitate to email me at info@maaorganics.com.au.

2. On a tissue. Place a drop onto a tissue and inhale as needed. Great to put in your handbag, have on your desk or under your pillow.

3. On the shower floor. This is a lovely way to benefit from your essential oils. Place a few drops of your favourite essential oil – invigorating for the morning, relaxing for the evening – on the shower floor, turn on the warm water and inhale the aroma that surrounds you.

4. Ultrasonic diffuser. Diffusers are wonderful to infuse your essential oils throughout the day. Follow the manufacturers directions for your diffuser to enjoy the benefits of your essential oils and have your home or office smelling great! There are so many diffusers available. I have a lovely range in my online shop – even a gorgeous one for travel when this pandemic passes!

5. Aromatherapy diffuser jewellery. This is a personal favourite of mine. There are different types of aromatherapy jewellery including pendants with bamboo pads or volcanic rock to add your essential oil to. I love it when I move and I smell the essential oil I’ve chosen for that day. I have a gorgeous range of diffuser jewellery coming soon to my online shop from Aroma Couture and a collaboration I did with Dressed For Sunday.

What’s your favourite aromatherapy inhalation method?

Let me know if the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx
5 Essential Oils For Your Home Office

5 Essential Oils For Your Home Office

This article is inspired by my great friend and client, Alison from Declutr. She asked me for some suggestions on oils to use in her home office to aid concentration and creativity.
With so many people moving to a work from home situation, it’s the perfect time to talk about this.
There are so many essential oils to support focus and concentration, creativity and inspiration. These essential oils will help you turn your home office into a space that you enjoy being in and supports you to do your best work and feel great too!
I’m going to share 5 of them with you today…

5 essential oils for your home office

BASIL

I chose Basil for it’s ability to aid concentration and clarity.

Basil helps to clear the mind and reduce mental fatigue.

It is very uplifting and enhances concentration, making it great for decision making, enhancing purpose and clarity of thought.

It’s also strengthening and tonifying for the nervous system. It is especially useful for helping to reduce anxiety, fear, confusion and feelings of weakness or vulnerability.

It is anti-fatigue and purifying to your mind and body.

It is also very protective when the immune system is low, there is nervous exhaustion or a big change is occurring in your life, giving a feeling of safety and trust.

CEDARWOOD

I chose Cedarwood for it’s grounding, deeply calming and positive effects.

Cedarwood is warming, calming, soothing and harmonising. It helps to improve confidence and is strengthening, bringing a sense of self-empowerment and self-love. It allows focus and openness which enhances caring, endurance, balance and positivity.

It’s sedative action helps to reduce stress, depression and exhaustion, allowing the mind to relax emotional tension to be released and creativity to be accessed.

It is energising without being overly stimulating – the effect is smooth, deep and long lasting, making it very supportive to the adrenals and nervous system.

It also supports the immune system and is great to use if you’re feeling run down.

LEMON

I always think of lemon as sunshine in a bottle!, an oil for happiness and fun!

It is refreshing and cleansing, uplifting and strengthening for the spirit.

It is energising for mind and body, reducing mental clutter and bringing your energy into the “now”!

It is great for clearing a fuzzy mind, increasing motivation, ambition and positive decision making.

It helps eliminate negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, apathy and stress, replacing it with optimism, laughter, stability, motivation and joy!

A very nurturing oil for promoting self-care and love. And allowing you to tap into your creativity.

It is also an immune stimulant and has cleansing and detoxifying properties.

ROSEMARY

Rosemary had to be on the list for it’s ability to enhance focus and memory.

Rosemary helps reduce mental fatigue, is stimulating for the brain, aids concentration and helps improve memory.

It brings clarity and awareness to the mind, reducing forgetfulness, confusion and indecision. 

It creates positive energy, giving emotional strength and stability.  This in turn reduces nervous fatigue, depression and stress.

It I also helps to strengthen the whole body especially when tired, run down and exhausted.

Interestingly, especially at this time, all these oils are supportive to the immune system.

I’ve also designed 5 Diffuser Blends you might like to try…

  • 3 drops Lemon + 3 drops Lime
  • 4 drops Lime +  2 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Lime + 1 drop Basil
  • 3 drops Lemon + 1 drop Rosemary + 1 drop Basil
  • 3 drops Lemon + 2 drops Cedarwood + 1 drop Basil
Experiment with your own blends. Tune into your intuition and choose the oils that you are most attracted to, If you feel like one that isn’t on this list maybe use that along with one of those that is on the list.
Do you have a favourite diffuser blend for your home office? 
Let me know in the comments below.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx

PS I’m currently doing daily Facebook Livestreasm on my Facebook Page where I talk about topics like this. I’d love you to join me. Click here to visit maa organics on Facebook.

The Meaning of Summer + An Aromatherapy Blend

The Meaning of Summer + An Aromatherapy Blend

Summer is here! The season of self-love, self-expression and self-compassion.
It’s a time to take action in alignment with your true beliefs. The light within you is ready to shine.
The seeds of Spring have fully bloomed and you can see the fruits of your labour. It’s time to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements.
As you integrate the past, present + future, you can rejoice in the present moment and allow yourself the pleasure of the abundance and beauty you have created both within yourself and around you.
Relish in the ease and fullness of life in a calm relaxed way, no push or rush.
Abundance abounds.
Embrace beauty in all forms.
Summer is a time to lean in to that feeling of connection – to yourself, to others and to nature. Lean in to the warmth, celebrate the elements of nature as you celebrate you. You are whole. You have everything you need.
Summer symbolises all of this and more.

I’ve chosen 3 beautiful essential oils to create a Summer Serenity blend to celebrate the season.

This blend of lime, rose and spearmint will help you feel cool, calm and serene.

Lime
(Citrus aurantifolia)
Lime is the star oil of the blend. It is inspiring, creative, vibrant and fun! The perfect oil to revitalise your mind, body and soul, enhance your appetite for life and celebrate your innterconnedness with nature.
ROSE
(Rosa Damascena miller)
Rose is the heart of the blend. It is refreshing to the soul, bringing joy, love, compassion and harmony. A wonderful oil for healing, soothing emotions and celebrating femininity and connection.
SPEARMINT
(Mentha spicata)
Spearmint brings a hint of cool summer breezes to the blend. It is refreshing and revitalising. It brings clarity, calm and helps you be in the moment. It strengthens confidence and enhances compassion and self-empowerment.
I’m using this for my seasonal signature treatment and my clients are loving it!
What’s your favourite essential oil to use in Summer? Let me know in the comments below.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx

The Meaning of Spring + 3 Essential Oils to Harness It.

The Meaning of Spring + 3 Essential Oils to Harness It.

Spring brings with it not only warmer days but also a sense of hope and positivity. It’s a season that celebrates new beginnings. It invites us to see the beauty of new life around us. It inspires us to try new things with new energy and connect to ourselves with joy.
After the inner stillness, reflection and restoration of Winter you can reconnect, open up and integrate your ideas. Out of the calm and clarity that has occurred throughout Winter you can begin to bring your vision and new ideas to life. You are preparing to bloom.
Spring is the the season of new life in nature and this can be reflected within yourself. You can tune into your feelings, your cravings for change and growth and see the beauty in your emerging ideas. As nature blooms, so can you.
As you welcome fresh new energy into your life, give yourself time to tune into your intuition. This is a time to embrace the new and allow yourself to try new things. It’s a time to step outside your comfort zone and celebrate your true spirit. It’s a time to set intentions that align with the change and growth you desire.
If you’re still feeling the inner quiet of Winter, you can step into the season at a slower pace, integrating the awakening elements of Spring in your own time.
As you begin to expand and acknowledge the beauty in and around you, you will be able to connect to your inner light and beauty.
Energy, inspiration and a willingness to embrace new things comes with the season of Spring and your spirit feels the joy and connection to nature.
You are ready to bloom from the inside out.

To support you thoughout Spring I have three essential oils to share with you…

LEMON
(Citrus limonum)
When I think of LEMON essential oil I think sunshine in a bottle! It is refreshing, uplifting, and nurturing. It is great for Spring because it helps bring your energy into the now. An oil for happiness and fun, it is uplifting and energising for mind, body and soul. Lemon is great for clearing a fuzzy mind, increasing motivation, ambition and positive decision making. It is strengthening for the spirit. It helps eliminate negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, apathy and stress, replacing it with optimism, laughter, stability, motivation and joy! A very nurturing oil for promoting self-care and love.
NEROLI
(Citrus aurantium ssp Amara)
Neroli is balancing, soothing and nurturing. It reconnects your mind body and soul to a place of joy – perfect for spring. It enhances relaxation and is stabilising, regenerating and strengthening. It enhances self-confidence and fulfilment. It centres your entire being and is very soothing for the nervous system bringing about a sense of calm and at the same time uplifting to the spirit. It is a great anxiety fighter and helps nervous exhaustion and shock. It is very helpful to support anyone who has been depressed long term or short term. It also helps in times of sorrow especially when accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. Neroli is beautiful as we emerge from Winter and step into Spring.
CEDARWOOD
(Cedrus atlantica)
Cedarwood is harmonising and calming. It grounds your whole being bringing self-empowerment and love. As it grounds and harmonises, it allows you to set intentions and goals that align with you and bring you joy. It helps to improve confidence. It is strengthening, warming, soothing and helps in enhancing self-love. It allows focus and openness which enhances caring, endurance, balance and positivity. It’s sedative action helps to reduce stress, depression and exhaustion, allowing the mind to relax and emotional tension to be released. It is energising without being overly stimulating – the effect is smooth, deep and long lasting, making very supportive to the adrenals and nervous system.
The three oils above combine to create my Spring Bliss blend and will support you in the season of Spring to connect to your inner light and bloom.
There are so many oils you could use in the season of Spring. Let me know in the comments what your favourite is for Spring. And always remember, it’s important to choose what you are attracted to.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

3 Ways To Overcome Overwhelm + 3 Essential Oils

3 Ways To Overcome Overwhelm + 3 Essential Oils

Life can sometimes seem overwhelming. There’s so much happening in our lives.
We can experience breathtaking, amazing, exciting and mind-blowing situations.
Our reality can feel devastating, paralyzing, sad and astounding to us.
We search for happiness and joy in what we do.
Through it all it can seem like there is so much to do, and quite often that is actually the case! In todays world most of us do have a lot to do! And the feeling of overwhelm is bound to happen from time to time.

So here’s 3 ways to help you overcome overwhelm and come back to a place of calm.

These are things we can all do and while they may not seem new or inventive, they can have a  huge impact on how you feel.

1. Talk about it. Don’t push it aside because it will come back and usually feel ten times worse than what it did originally. And don’t let it fester inside you. The thoughts rolling round and round in your head will just end up increasing your feeling of overwhelm. Sometimes just saying out loud how you’re feeling helps dissipate the enormity of it. And once you do start to talk about it you can focus on solutions and what to do next. You can clear the clutter in your mind and come up with a plan.

2. Write about it. Journalling can really help you get clear on how you’re feeling and why. Get it all out on paper. If you don’t know where to start ask yourself a few questions – How am I feeling? Why am I feeling this way? What do I believe about this situation? Is this belief true? You may be surprised what comes up, sometimes we don’t even realise what is beneath the surface. Read over what you’ve written and ask yourself – How can I reframe this? What is the next thing (one small step) I can do to feel better?

3. Meditation. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of meditation. There are many apps out there to help you. To start I always recommend Relax & Rest – it has 3 simple meditations to get you started. But even just a minute of deep breathing can ground and calm you. Give it a try next time you start to feel overwhelmed.

Along with these 3 tips you can inhale any essential oil you are drawn to that calms and soothes you. Place a drop on a tissue to carry with you throughout the day. Or use in your oil diffuser as directed by the manufacturer to create a calm environment.

3 essential oils I love for this are…

ROMAN CHAMOMILE (Chamaemelum anthemis nobile) is deeply calming making it a great support in times of stress, worry and over-thinking. It also helps when you are feeling dissatisfied and greatly improves mood. It’s sedating properties help calm and settle the mind.

CEDARWOOD (Cedrus atlantica) is warming, calming, soothing and harmonising. It’s sedative action helps to reduce stress, depression and exhaustion, allowing the mind to relax and emotional tension to be released. It has a gentle energising effect allowing a smooth, deep and long lasting feeling of balance and calm.

CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens) is cleansing, tonifying and strengthening. It nourishes an over-burdened nervous system, helping to reduce stress and nervous tension and feelings of being overwhelmed. It restores calm and is soothing to the spirit on a deep level.

What do you to overcome feelings of overwhelm? Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

4 Ways To A Happy Winter

4 Ways To A Happy Winter

Winter is here! For some us that that doesn’t instantly make us feel good and for others they begin to thrive in the cold weather.  I’m the former but since moving to Canberra I’ve embraced the seasons and found ways to cultivate a nice relationship with Winter.

It’s important to find what works for you. What makes you feel good?

Find the things that are enjoyable for you and find time for them. Embrace them.

These are the 4 main things I focus on to keep me happy in Winter…

1. Movement. I must keep my body moving during the cold months. The less I move the more I feel the cold. The more I move the better I feel emotionally – I don’t tend to get the Winer blues if I’m doing some regular exercise. I go for an {almost} daily walk. Even when it’s freezing outside I layer up with my parker, beanie, gloves and scarf and get outside. I also go snow-shoeing (hiking in the snow) whenever I can. I’m lucky enough to live only a few hours drive to the mountains so I can get out and enjoy the beauty of Winter while getting a great workout. Connecting to nature really helps me at all times of the year to reset and deeply calm my mind, body and soul.

2. Nourishing Food. Warming, nourishing foods help keep me energised during Winter. I love soups and smaller hearty meals that aren’t too heavy. I also love spices like ginger and cinnamon to warm me up and boost my immune system. When I eat well I’m more motivated to move and less likely to hibernate on the couch.

3. Connection. It’s easy to stay at home in the warmth during winter but it’s so important to get out and stay connected with our family and friends. It can seem like a huge effort, but believe me when you get dressed, get out and spend time with those you love you’ll feel a whole lot better.

4. Aromatherapy is a lovely way to support your mind, body and soul through any season. Essential oils can help to harmonise and warm your mind, body and soul during Winter.  I’ve created a beautiful Winter Harmony blend of orange, geranium, patchouli and ginger to use in my Winter Signature Treatment. Here’s a little bit about each of these delightful oils…

Winter Harmony essential oil blend

A delightful blend designed to to infuse joy and creativity, bring blance and strength, warmth and confidence and to integrate the energies of mind body and soul.

ORANGE is for joy and giving vitality and radiance to mind and body. It enhances positive energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and creativity. It allows you to unwind & de-stress, releasing anxiety, frustration and depression and allowing relaxation to wash over you. It also helps the perfectionist to take a more easy going approach! It is very useful if you are feeling sadness, apathy or loss of hope by strengthening the soul and bringing  a light-heartedness to your life. It helps create joy, love, communication and pleasure in your day, bringing with it self-assurance, courage and happiness

GERANIUM is for balance and strength. It assists the nervous system, helping to relieve stress & depression. It is also excellent for feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, indecisiveness and self doubt.  It is fortifying, comforting and calming, enhancing contentment, confidence and the ability to change. It balances hormones and soothes emotional stress while strengthening and balancing the mind.

PATCHOULI grounds and integrates the energy between mind, body and soul. It is very grounding and deeply calming, creating a true sense of inner peace. It is great for soothing anxiety and depression. It enhances your ability to tune into your purpose and feel fulfilment. A very gentle oil great for tuning into your intuition, inner wisdom, allowing laughter and love into your life.

GINGER is for warmth and confidence. It is grounding, soothing and calming. A physical & spiritual cleanse, it is emotionally lifting.  It promotes self-confidence, courage and clarity. It is warming to the body, mind and spirit making it great for vitality and endurance on all levels. 

Use this blend in your aromatherapy diffuser or as an inhalation. For your aromatherapy diffuser use as directed, usually a few drops is plenty! As an inhalation, inhale from the bottle by waving slowly  back and forth under your nose or place a drop on a tissue to inhale throughout the day.

Some other things I love about Winter are…

  • The time to slow down and reflect.
  • The feeling of lying in bed snuggled under warm heavy blankets.
  • Fresh vegetable juices with lots of ginger, turmeric and lemon.
  • A glass of red wine and raw chocolate.
  • The fashions – boots, coats, gloves, beanies and scarves! I love them all.

What do you love about Winter? Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s embrace all that Winter has to offer.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Essential Oils for Spring

Essential Oils for Spring

It’s been feeling like Spring here in Canberra – yay! There’s actually been a few days that I’ve been out without a coat! 

As you may know, with each season I create a special pamper package for the wellbeing studio. I also create a seasonal essential oil blend to supercharge the treatment. So I thought I’d share the blend here with you today.

The SPRING BLOOM blend is a combination of orange, neroli, rose, jasmine and geranium. These oils embody spring as plant and flowers bloom and the weather warms. In Spring we are open to love and harmony. We invite confidence and creativity. We are inspired to begin new things, reset and create new rituals and routines. 

Let’s explore each essential oil in the Spring Bloom Blend…

ORANGE

Orange is balancing and energising, giving vitality and radiance to mind and body. It enhances positive energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and creativity. It allows you to unwind & de-stress, releasing anxiety, frustration and depression and allowing relaxation to wash over you. It also helps the perfectionist to take a more easy going approach! It is very useful if you are feeling sadness, apathy or loss of hope by strengthening the soul and bringing  a light-heartedness to your life. It helps create joy, love, communication and pleasure in your day, bringing with it self-assurance, courage and happiness.

NEROLI

Neroli is one of the most effective anti-depressant oils. It is excellent for anyone who has been depressed long term or short term. It’s sedative action acts as a natural soothing agent for the nervous system, calming and uplifting. It is a great anxiety fighter and also good for nervous exhaustion and shock. It enhances relaxation and is stabilising, regenerating and strengthening. It enhances self-confidence and fulfilment. It also helps in times of sorrow especially when accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. It centres your entire being, reconnecting mind and body to bring about a sense of joy.

ROSE

Rose is for the heart, it is for falling in love with life and all that entails. It is refreshing to the soul, bringing joy and love to the heart. It promotes self-esteem, self-love compassion, love, happiness and enhances the feminine spirit. It is harmonising and healing, bringing warmth, peace, fulfillment and rejuvenation to the mind, body and spirit. It is also comforting & soothing in times of emotional stress. It is perfect to use in times of grief and loss. A great anti-depressant, it helps dispel fear and anxiety.

JASMINE

Jasmine brings magic, hope and bliss to your day. It helps create harmony, positiveness and calmness while enhancing confidence, self-worth, openness and optimism. It hits pessimism on the head!, reducing moodiness especially in times of stress and nervous exhaustion…almost instantly replacing a bad mood with a feeling of joy! It is also an effective anti-depressant and diminishes fear and anxiety.

GERANIUM

Geranium is a fantastic balancer for the nervous system. It relieves stress & depression, strengthening and balancing the mind. It is also excellent for feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, indecisiveness and self doubt. It is fortifying, comforting and calming, enhancing contentment, confidence and the ability to change. It is a great boost if you are feeling run down. It is great as a general overall tonic and immune support.

What essential oils are you drawn to in Spring? And how do they make you feel?
Let me know in the comments below.

And if you would like to know more about the wellbeing studio click here.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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