How To Have Fabulous Feet

How To Have Fabulous Feet

pedicureToday it’s all about fabulous feet!

They carry us around on a daily basis and yet we so often neglect them.

Do your feet need a little pampering? And perhaps a bit of colour to brighten them up?

Well today I’ve got a complete step-by-step guide for a do-it-yourself pedicure…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bowl big enough to soak your tootsies in.
  • A few drops of essential oil, I suggest peppermint for cooling and refreshing or lavender for relaxing.
  • An organic foot scrub and/or foot file. I use my Tranquillity organic sugar scrub.
  • Some nail clippers, nail file, cuticle pusher and nail buffer. You may also like to use a cuticle removing product.
  • An organic body lotion. I use my Tranquillity Body Lotion.
  • Nail polish remover, cotton wool pads.
  • Nail polish – base coat, colour, top coat, and a quick dry product is also a handy thing to use.

 

What to do:

  • Fill your bowl with warm – hot water and add a few drops of your chosen essential oil.
  • Pop those feet in, sit back, close your eyes and relax for 10 mins. This is a great time to do a mini-meditation!
  • Next, give yourself a foot scrub, paying attention to heels and any areas of rough or hard skin. Rinse off in the water. Dry your feet thoroughly.
  • If you need to you can now use your foot file in a circular motion to remove any rough patches on heels and other areas.
  • Trim and file your nails. Make sure you file in one direction only.  Filing in a back and  forth motion will weaken your nails.
  • Push your cuticles back, if you haven’t done this in a while you may need to use a cuticle treatment or remover.  Now, lightly buff nails.  Wipe feet thoroughly to make sure they are clean and dry.
  • Apply some body lotion to your feet and take your time massaging it in – why not get someone to do this for you!!! There’s nothing like a foot massage to relax and soothe your soles and your soul!

 

Now for some colour…

  • Thoroughly clean your nails with polish remover. Don’t skip this step!  It’s super important to have a clean nail to apply your polish to.
  • Apply one coat of base coat, then 1 – 2  coats of colour  and finish with 1 coat of top coat.
  • Allow to dry completely,   It’s a great idea to use a quick dry product if you have one – it helps to dry the polish quickly and you’re less likely to smudge your nails.

 

YAY!!  beautiful relaxed feet and lovely looking toes!

I LOVE Zoya products, they’re salon quality and free from toxic ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and camphor. They make an Anchor base coat, Armour Top Coat, Hurry Up drops to assist in quick drying through all layers of polish, a great remover and they have a huge range of colours.  I make a beautiful scrub and body lotion that are great for pedicures.  All the other bits and pieces should be available from your local chemist or beauty salon.

What do you most love about pedicures?  And what’s your favourite nail colour this season?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and any questions you have in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Grief and 10 Essential Oils to Help

Grief and 10 Essential Oils to Help

aromatherapy for grief

Grief can be IS such a hard thing to cope with

and we all have our own way of dealing with it

I’ve been thinking about grief a lot lately. Mostly because my two very precious pussycats passed away within six weeks of each other late last year and partly because my acupuncturist brought to my attention that my persistent cough would probably go away when I {finally} sell my house, which is proving to be a long process. I’m sure there’s a lesson in that! He wasn’t aware of my cats dying when he said this. He understandingly saw the annoying situation of not yet selling our house as giving me grief.

The respiratory system symbolises grief so it really is no wonder my cough won’t go away. I’ve lost 4 of my fur babies in the last 5 years. Yes, they had the absolute best life a cat could have but it doesn’t stop the hurt and heartache of not having them around anymore. It sucks big time and that’s all there is to it.

Now, I know some people might be reading this and thinking ‘they’re cats, you’ll move on, get another one in time, it’s not like they were humans’.  I type that with tears streaming down my face…

To some people the death of a pet might not seem much but to others it can be one of the most painful things imaginable.

That’s the thing about grief, it’s different for everyone. But it’s part of everyones life so I thought, even though it can be upsetting to think and write about, I’d share some things that might be helpful.

What I know from experience is this…

Grief is such a hard thing to cope with and we all have our own way of dealing with it.  We not only grieve when someone we love dies, but at the end of a relationship or a chapter in our lives or when a big change occurs.

We can also feel like something or someone is ‘giving us grief’ in our lives. Have you ever heard someone say ‘that person/thing/situation is giving me grief for not doing/being {insert applicable term and reason for feeling this way}’.

Some of the ways to work through grief include (but are certainly not limited to) crying, meditating, writing, drawing, photography, talking. Do whatever helps you and most importantly look after yourself, nurture yourself, eat well and try to get a good nights sleep or rest when you can.

Another very helpful tool is Aromatherapy. Choose whichever essential oils feel right for you.

Here are my top ten suggestions.

Essential Oils for Grief

Basil – very useful for anxiety, fear, confusion and hysteria, it helps relieve fatigue and gives strength, purpose and clarity to the mind.  It provides protection during change when nervous exhaustion, vulnerability or low immune system may be present.

Bergamot – is very soothing, strengthening and balancing to the emotions.  It helps in letting go and relieving loneliness, sadness and grief.

Cypress – Helps with painful transitions like bereavement or the end of a close relationship.  It is great when you constantly feel like bursting into tears.  It enhances the process of letting go and acceptance.  It strengthens an overburdened nervous system.  Is very soothing and cleansing for the spirit.  It provides a deep sense of calm.

Lavender – helps to alleviate depression, stress, shock, panic and hysteria.  It is calming, balancing, sedating to the nervous system and enhances spirituality.

Neroli – one of the best anti-depressant oils, it is calming and soothing, stabilising and strengthening.  Enhancing peace and love it helps overcome sorrow, trauma and loneliness.

Roman Chamomile – deeply soothing, calming and healing especially when you are feeling sensitive.  Great for an overactive mind, eases worry and helps with insomnia.

Rose – is comforting for the heart and soothing to the emotions. It helps ease sorrow, emotional stress, grief, loss, loneliness and sadness.  It nurtures the mind, body and soul.

Rosemary – a great tonic for the nervous system. Very strengthening, centering and stabilising. It helps reduce sadness and restore clarity.

Rosewood – has a calming, yet uplifting effect which is great for emotional exhaustion.  It is perfect for healing of the spirit and soul, bringing balance and an open heart.

Ylang Ylang – helps ease severe tension and associated depression.  It enhances tenderness, acceptance and serenity.  It gives you a lift, helping to restore confidence and a passion for life.

Other essential oils for grief include vetiver, pine, melissa, marjoram, palmarosa, grapefruit, petitgrain…or whatever you are attracted to.

I find inhalation the best method of use for grief

inhale directly from the bottle,

place a few drops on a tissue to inhale as you need to,

add 10 – 15 drops to your oil burner to infuse the aroma throughout the room, or

place a drop on your pillow to help with sleep and rest.

Using essential oils in the bath is also very helpful –  add a few drops to a warm bath, making sure you thoroughly disperse them in the water.

I hope this information has been helpful for you.

Remember, whatever it is you’re feeling is ok. And if you are going through the grieving process and feel you are not coping please seek professional advice, there is always someone who can help you through it.

You can also find some helpful info about grief here and coping with grief here on the GriefLink website. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Head to the comments below and let me know what’s helped you get through the grieving process.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

10 Ways To Stay Stress Free

10 Ways To Stay Stress Free

10 Ways To Stay Stress Free

2015 is well and truly upon us now.  You’ve had a little break. You de-stressed. You’re relaxed and ready to take on the year.

…or at least you thought you were.

You’re back at work and perhaps you’re realising just how much there is to do.

You might be wondering how on earth you’re going to stay stress free and create that balanced life you’re craving.

The good news is that it is possible.

Just remember that ‘balance’ is what you desire it to be and will be in a constant state of flow as things come and go and change in your life. What I’m saying here is that there is no set formula. We are all individuals, different things work for different people, so experiment to see what feels great for you .

In the meantime I’m going to share will you 10 of the things that help me stay stress free.

10 Ways to help you stay STRESS FREE

1. Eat well and eat regularly. Eating nourishing food that suits your body is a must to stay stress free, as is eating regularly – when your blood sugar drops it can be an instant downer on your mood.  I always start the day with a smoothie to energise my body. Lunch is usually pretty light for me – left overs from the night before or something easy to fit in around my work schedule. And dinner is usually full of veggies and some protein.  Tune in to your energy levels and your body’s needs.

2. Be organised. I don’t know about you, but for me organisation = a clear mind and waaaay less stress. Things always seem to go more smoothly when I’ve got things organised. Take some time at the beginning of each day to get organised. Or, as I like to do, each evening prepare for the next days events.

3. Get plenty of rest. This isn’t always an easy one but well worth the effort. Take regular breaks during the day to keep your energy up and avoid fatigue. Get enough sleep. Are you a morning person or a night owl? work around what suits you best and you’ll more easily be able to get the sleep you need.

4. Move your body. I’m going to be honest here and say I’ve been very slack on this front the last few months. I can make lots of excuses, some real, some not so real! But I’m committing to more regular movement. I love my evening walks to get out in nature and release the days stress. I’m also going to include mini some yoga sessions in my week. What’s your favourite way to move your body?

5. Love your work. I’m lucky that I have the best job in the world. I absolutely love what I do – my clients, the treatments, developing my wellbeing and lifestyle coaching and, yes, I even love the study I’m doing!  Loving what you do definitely reduces how much stress is in your life. If you feel like you’re stuck in a job you don’t like, concentrate on the positive things while you’re searching for your true purpose. This might be the great people you work with, the hours, the proximity to home, the money or the flexibility. When you concentrate on the positive your whole life can change and the stress just melts away.

6. Be around positive people. This one is super important for me. Choose to around those that lift you up, inspire you and encourage you to be your best and follow your dreams. Reduce (or eliminate if possible) your time with anyone who is negative about themselves and the world. It’s draining and remember, like attracts like. More positivity in your life means attracting even more of it into your life which has to mean less stress.

7. Do something fun every day. It can be absolutely anything. A hearty laugh. A phone call to a friend. A coffee at your favourite cafe. Reading. Cooking. Lunch with the girls. Your favourite tv show. A glass of bubbly. Whatever is fun for you, do it and do it everyday.

8. Meditate. My life is so much calmer with meditation. Sometimes it’s only 10 mins a day, sometimes more. For me meditation reduces stress and anxiety in my life so it’s a must do, a non-negotiable. It clears my mind, calms my nerves, helps me sleep better, grounds me and keeps me in the present moment.

9. Get Regular massage. Or your favourite treatment. Self care is a necessity to wellbeing and definitely a way of staying stress free. There are so many benefits of regular massage, I talked about some of them here.

10. Use Aromatherapy. I couldn’t leave this one out. Essential oils are part of my daily life. They have so many benefits, one of them of course is helping us deal with stress. There are so many essential oils to use reduce stress. At the moment I’m loving geranium and  sandalwood. Find out about some of the others I love here.

So that’s my 10 tips. I’d love to hear what you do to stay stress free. Head to the comments below and let me know.

And if you liked this article sign up to my Newsletter below – you’ll also receive my e-book, Balance and Beauty, which is full of tips, aromatherapy blends, daily rituals and affirmations to help you restore balance and beauty to your life.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

 

Soul Salt Scrub

Soul Salt Scrub

soul salt scrub ingredients

At this busy time of year it’s so important to look after yourself and what better way than to make your very own home made Soul Salt Scrub.

Soul Salt Scrub

Ingredients:

 

What to do:

  • Combine carrier oil and Soul 100% pure essential oil blend, stir gently.
  • Add himalayan salt and stir to combine.

 

How to use:

For smooth, moisturised skin:

  • Using small amounts at a time apply to damp skin in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin.
  • Work your way from the feet up, applying to your entire body. I don’t recommend using on your face as the salt can be too harsh.
  • Rinse off under the shower.
  • Pat skin gently with a towel to dry.
 (note: be a little careful in the shower as sometimes the oil can make it a bit slippery)
 
How great does your skin feel?

The salt exfoliates dead skin cells and the oil soothes and moisturises your skin.

Plus the essential oils harmonise, refresh and centre your whole being.

You can get your Soul Blend here or use whatever oils you’re drawn to.

Have you made a salt scrub before? Try this one and let me know how you go in the comments below.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

Aromatherapy For Stress

Aromatherapy For Stress

Stress Busting Essential Oils

What is stress?

The definition of stress from the Oxford Medical Dictionary is any factor that threatens the health of the body or has an adverse effect on it’s functioning such as injury, disease or worry.

When most of us refer to stress we are talking about the emotional strain or tension that we suffer during demanding or high pressure situations.  At these times we may feel worried, anxious, fearful, agitated and often unable to cope.

We all have a different stress threshold and some of us cope better with certain things than others.  Our response to stress depends on the state of our health, diet, previous experiences and the support network we have around us.

Stress affects us at all at different times in our lives

As long as it’s short term the body and mind returns to a balanced happy state.

However, if we suffer long term stress it can have a negative effect our health.  Insomnia, emotional and physical exhaustion, hormonal imbalances and depression are just some of today’s stress related dis-eases.

Aromatherapy can help you during stressful times

It can help alleviate feelings of stress and bring about positive feelings to help you cope with demanding situations.

Inhalation is a fantastic way to use essential oils in times of stress. Inhale essential oils directly from bottle, place a few drops on a tissue or on your pillow at night.  Add 6 – 12 drops to your oil burner. You can also use a face, body or room mist.

Essential oils can also be used in a relaxing bath or in a base oil for massage. Massage is particularly good as it deeply relaxes and improves your general well-being.

Aromatherapy for stress

Choose essential oils that calm and soothe your body, mind and soul. That uplift you and bring you joy.

These are my top ten stress-busting essential oils:

Bergamot: it’s sedative yet uplifting qualities balance the emotions in times of stress.  It soothes the soul and strengthens the spirit.  It is gentle, positive and joyful.

Chamomile (Roman): is deeply calming especially for those who are emotional and sensitive, over-think things and worry a lot.  It also reduces insomnia brought on by stress.

Cypress: strengthens the nervous system, cleanses the spirit and restores inner calm.   It soothes and balances the emotions.  It is great for stress brought about by change.

Geranium: is balancing on the nervous system and the hormones, helping to reduce stress and restore harmony.  It enhances mood and helps bring about a sense of contentment and comfort.

Lavender: it’s sedating effect helps to ease stress. It is also balancing and one of the most calming and relaxing oils for the nervous system as a whole, assisting on both a physical and emotional level.

Lemon: is a happy oil – sunshine in a bottle!  It is uplifting and strengthening for the spirit.  Very refreshing and clearing for the mind.  It brings about laughter, joy and optimism.

Rosemary: is an excellent tonic for the nervous system.  It is strengthening and stimulating for the mind, helping to bring about a sense of clarity.  It assists in times of nervous fatigue and apathy, enhancing positive energy and confidence.

Sandalwood: is one of the best grounding, soothing and calming oils making it perfect for treating stress.  It helps reduce tension, overcome feelings of isolation, bringing a sense of tranquillity, warmth, healing, hope and love.

Vanilla: is soothing and calming, bringing a sense of peace and positivity to ones soul. It’s relaxing properties ease restlessness and insomnia and help to elevate your mood.

Ylang Ylang: is sedating in times of severe tension bringing joy, serenity and comfort.  It enhances self-confidence, tenderness, care for oneself and encourages a passion for life.

You can use these essential oils alone or in a combination. You’ll probably find you like different ones at different times. There is no right or wrong choice, if it makes you feel good then that’s the oil for you!

I urge you to see your GP or natural health practitioner for advice and treatment if you are suffering from long term stress or feel that you aren’t coping with any situation you are in.

What is your favourite stress-busting essential oil? Head to the comments below and let me know.

In health and happiness, Dee

Information comes from my own experience with clients, my personal journey and from The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia.

Introduction To Aromatherapy Video

Introduction To Aromatherapy Video

I created a new video for you.

Whether you’re new to aromatherapy or have been using it for a while, this Introduction To Aromatherapy video gets back to basics. I explain just what aromatherapy is and a few of the benefits of using it in your everyday life.

Watch my Introduction to Aromatherapy Video:

Do you use essential oils?

Head to the comments below and tell me what your favourite essential oil is.

And subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep up to date with my new videos as I publish them.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

Welcome To maa organics Video

Welcome To maa organics Video

Last week I created my first ever video for you.

You may have already seen it on my facebook page but I wanted to share it with you here on the blog and tell you why I took the leap to connect with you in this way.

In this video I tell you a little bit about me and what I do at maa organics. At the end I ask about you. I really would love to know what you’re passionate about and one thing I could help you with. So please share with me in the comments or email me at info@maaorganics.com.au.

Watch my Welcome To maa organics Video:

So, why video?

Despite being nervous and scared to put myself out there – my face, my voice, to me that’s pretty damn scary!, I wanted to create a more ‘real’ connection with you. To show my passion and love for what I do that is sometimes hard to put into words on a page.

It is my hope that I can share lots of information in short, easy to digest videos that will help you on your wellbeing journey.

Is there something you would like me to create a short video about?

Head to the comments below and let me know.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

5 Ways To Boost Your Vitality PLUS 3 Aromatherapy Blends

5 Ways To Boost Your Vitality PLUS 3 Aromatherapy Blends

Boost Your Vitality

It’s the end of the week and you feel exhausted.

Or maybe it’s the beginning of the week and you’re struggling to get started.

Do you often feel tired and low on energy?

You are not alone. The good news is that there are things you can do yourself to boost your vitality NOW.

Here’s 5 Ways To Boost Your Vitality

  1. REST your whole being. Rest is so important.  If you are feeling tired your body is probably telling you to rest, along with your mind. Listen to your body. Listen to that voice in your head. Take some time out to nurture yourself. Have a warm bath. Give yourself a face mask. Get to bed earlier.  When you allow your body and mind to regenerate you will feel more positive and energetic. Your vitality will return along with your love and enthusiasm for life.
  2. NOURISH body. Listen to your body. What do you feel like eating? Eat healthy fresh food. Lots of colourful fruits and vegetables. Cut down or eliminate, if possible, processed foods. Drink lots of water. And try some herbal teas like ginger, lemongrass or peppermint.
  3. MOVE your body. Be gentle and kind. You don’t have to go for a 5km run or sweat yourself silly if you don’t feel like it. Of course, if that is what you need then do it. But you might want to do a yoga class or a walk in the park. Any movement that feels good for you is perfect. It will get the energy flowing through your body, stimulate your lymphatic system and make you feel a whole lot brighter.
  4. BE PASSIONATE. Do one thing that lights you up everyday. Fully embrace and enjoy it. It can be as small or big as you like. When you do something you love your energy soars. Give it a go today!
  5. 100% PURE ESSENTIAL OILS, of course! There are so many to choose from to boost your vitality – basil, cypress, ginger, grapefruit, juniperberry, lemon, lemon myrtle, lemongrass, lime, orange, peppermint, to name some of my favourites. Choose whatever you are attracted to. There is no right or wrong here. Use one or make your own blend. I’ve included some suggestions below.

3 Aromatherapy Blends To Boost Your Vitality

These are just a few of my favourite combinations for vitality and positive energy. I love using these blends in a bath or as an inhalation.

  1. Lime + Basil: to strengthen, uplift your spirits and enhance positive energy and creativity.
  2. Grapefruit + Cypress + Juniperberry: to cleanse and clear mind, body and soul.
  3. Lemon + Peppermint: to clear your mind and add some sunshine to your day.

What is one thing you will do to boost your vitality today?

Head to the comments below and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

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