My Story, where did it all start?

My Story, where did it all start?

So, where did my love of aromatherapy and natural skincare begin?

Well, skincare has always been a passion of mine. 

Stress affects my skin in many different ways and from a very young age I had bad skin – breakouts, eczema and sensitivities.

These days it’s mostly good because I look after it with daily, weekly and monthly skincare rituals. 

Also I, mostly, look after it from the inside too by eating well and drinking plenty of water, herbal tea and supplements if needed.

And I take time out to relax, to nurture my soul. Walking, journaling and deep breathing are a few rituals I do almost every day.

I believe it takes all three to get your skin calm and clear and glowing – skincare, diet and self care. They all work together to keep us well.

I was over the moon when I discovered aromatherapy and natural skin care over 20 years ago. I’d been interested in natural remedies and therapies for a long time and when I started using essential oils I fell in love with them.

My collection slowly grew and I started to learn more about them through books, short courses and the experience of using the essential oils in different ways.

I found they helped me manage stress by calming and bringing my mind, body and soul into harmony.  This in turn helped my skin, as well as the fact that the oils have properties that supported my skin to come back into balance and to heal.

This love of aromatherapy led me to studying and ultimately creating my business. I was in my late 20’s at this point and really thought I’d never find work that was meaningful to me. 

I saw the healing power of these precious essential oils first hand and I wanted to be able to help other people in this way.

It also led me to creating my own essential oil blends and a skin care range to use in my facial treatments that I now retail at the wellbeing studio and online.

I continue to learn more and more all the time and I still love it!

So that’s how I came to create this beautiful business that I love. I feel so lucky!

I love helping people so if you have a questions don’t hesitate to pop it below and I’ll answer is as best as I can.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx
The Meaning of Winter + 2 Essential Oils to Balance and Warm

The Meaning of Winter + 2 Essential Oils to Balance and Warm

We are well and truly into Winter now so I thought it was a good time to chat about this beautiful season.

While it’s not my favourite season, in fact it’s my least favourite, I have learnt to embrace it in my recent years of living in Canberra. One thing I love about living here is the distinct seasons.

After the beautiful letting go season of Autumn, Winter allows you to go within and seek what will unfold for you next.

Winter is the season of stillness. A time to reflect, deeply nurture yourself and restore your mind, body and soul. 

A time to quiet and calm the mind, to feel a sense of deep peace. With this comes clarity and a renewed connection to yourself.

From this place you can regain your strength and patience and connect to your own unique creativity. Winter gives you the opportunity to develop new ideas and lean in to the things you really desire for yourself. 

You can use winter as a time to discover the new possibilities that are within you and start developing these possibilities and setting Intentions. Start getting clear and visualise how they will unfold.

We see the many facets of Winter in nature – the innate beauty in the cold air, the ice, the snow. There is a gentleness and softness to snow and at the same time we see the harshness in the freezing temperatures or storms. We can also see the fluidity of Winter – water turns to ice, signifying a transition, which is exactly what you can use the season of Winter for.

Winter is a time for reflection, nurturing and restoration on all levels – mind, body and soul.

There are many essential oils to guide and support you through Winter. I have chosen two to use in my Winter seasonal signature treatment that I’d love to share with you here…

2 Essential Oils For Winter

Bergamot (Citrus aurantium var bergamia)

For balance, joy, strength

Bergamot is truly balancing. It’s uplifting yet sedative nature make it perfect for  helping toreduce anxiety and depression.

It is strengthening and soothing, gentle and joyous, refreshing and restoring.

It is particularly good for burn-out and stress.

It brings relaxation, rejuvenation and positive energy. 

It is great for motivation, strength and a sense of fulfillment.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

For warmth, confidence and  grounding

Ginger is grounding, soothing and calming.

It is a physical & spiritual cleanser. It is emotionally lifting. 

It promotes self-confidence, courage and clarity.

It warms the body and promotes circulation. It soothes tired sore muscles. 

It fights fatigue, increases vitality and endurance.

It helps reduce symptoms of colds, coughs & sore throats.

Both of these essential oils will help support you through the Winter months physically, emotionally and spiritually.

What does Winter mean to you? Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Ways to Bring More Mindfulness Into Your Life

Ways to Bring More Mindfulness Into Your Life

I was asked by someone on my Facebook page to talk about how to bring more mindfulness into your life. Great question! And one I’m sure a lot of you are thinking about at the moment.

Firstly, let’s talk about what mindfulness actually is.

The dictionary says it is a state or quality of being mindful or aware of something. A technique in which one focuses ones full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations but not judging them.

I think of mindfulness as being completely present and experiencing all of your senses – sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. I also think of it as being in a space where you are tuning into your intuition and  being intentional with your thoughts and actions. To me it creates  a sense of acceptance, my word of the year, and peace.

What does mindfulness mean to you?

I think there are two main ways to bring more mindfulness into your life.

1. Create Space

Creating space in your life to be more mindful will allow you to do so with ease. 

You can physically create space somewhere in your home. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, just a little space for you. It could just be a comfy chair that you sit in or a little table with a few of your special items on it – for instance, crystals, oracle cards, essential oils, books or whatever feels good for you. A calm space to just be.

You can mentally create space by clearing your mind to allow the space to connect to yourself and be more in the present moment. This could be simply spending time not doing. I think of meditation as part of mindfulness, but it also allows us to be more present and mindful.

You can create space in your calendar. What I mean by this is making time! We all have 24 hours in the day and we get to choose how we spend it. Create some time each day to check in with yourself and how you’re feeling. Even if it’s only 5 mins. Be still. Be in the moment. Feel. Be mindful of your mind, body and soul.

2. Rituals

Create rituals that are meaningful to you. Even the littles things you do everyday can become rituals when you are fully present to them. Getting dressed, making a coffee or tea, your skin care or anything you do that seems routine can become a daily ritual. I love the idea of rituals rather than routines! 

You can also introduce new rituals into your life. Diffusing essential oils in your home, lighting a candle at dinner, doing a weekly at home facial and celebrating the little things.

How do you bring more mindfulness into your life? Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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
3 Important Things To Do For You Now

3 Important Things To Do For You Now

Today I wanted to share with you 3 important things you can do for yourself during the covid-19 pandemic – a time of physical distancing and a new way of living for everyone.

1. STAY CONNECTED

This is so important. We are physically apart and it’s easy to feel isolated and disconnected. Don’t put off getting in touch with the people you care about. Call or text a friend. Arrange a zoom meeting. Watch a live video. Reach out sooner rather than later. This will not only help you but the people you are reaching out to.

2. STAY HEALTHY

Staying healthy in times of change and stress is important to help us to cope better. I find that staying hydrated and eating well and often is key to feeling a sense of clarity and balanced energy. Moving your body is also key – it’s a chance to get outside and step away from work and the things that are on your to do list. It gets you out of your head and back to the present moment.

3. AMP UP YOUR SELF CARE

I can’t convey just how important this one is and it actually includes the above 2 things. 

Self care is different for everyone. It’s essential to do what is right for you every single day. When you’re looking after your needs in ways that work for you things happen with ease and joy.

Every morning ask yourself “how do I want to feel today and what can I do to ensure that?”.

What have you been doing for yourself to stay connected, healthy and well looked after? 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

3 Ways To Connect To Nature

3 Ways To Connect To Nature

There are so many ways we can connect to nature without having to get in the car and drive somewhere or go bush!

Connecting to nature is a wonderful way to hit your reset button and come back to you. It can be incredibly healing, grounding and centring and it’s right there for you to access every single day.

Here’s 3 of my favouite ways to connect to nature daily…

1. Go outside. Look up at the sky. Feel the sun and/or the breeze on your skin. Feel the warmth or the coolness of the air. Connect to the elements of nature. If you can’t actually go outside you can do the same thing by looking out the window. Day or evening, either is perfect for this.

2. Listen to nature soundtracks – birds, rain, the ocean, whatever you fancy! Close your eyes and imagine you are in your favourite nature setting…sitting by the river, walking along the beach, enjoying the mountain air or laying on the grass in the park. Whatever it is for you. Feel your connectedness to nature.

3. Use aromatherapy. Precious essential oils come from nature and can reconnect us back to nature in just one smell! Put a few drops of your favourite essential oil in your diffuser or inhale softly from the bottle and imagine you are connected to Mother Earth and all her magic. I have some beautiful blends that might help you.

How do you connect to nature? And how does it make you feel?

Let me know if the comments below.

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
10 Things To Do At Home To Switch Off

10 Things To Do At Home To Switch Off

Today I wanted to share 10 super simple suggestions to switch off at home.

These are things I’m sure you already know.

However,  I believe it’s great to be reminded not only to switch off and relax but how.

Sometimes we think it’s complicated, but it’s actually the simple things that are often the most effective.

Or perhaps you think don’t have time to switch off. If that’s the case it’s even more important for you!

So read on and do the one thing that appeals to you most…

10 Things To Do At Home To Switch Off

1. Read

Grab that book or magazine you’ve been wanting to pick up and start reading!

2. Go For A Walk

I guess you’re not technically ‘at home’ when you’re doing this but, if you are at home there’s nothing better than a walk outside to clear your mind and switch off.

3. Have A Bath

Some time out just for you. Relax in a warm bath to soothe your soul – light a candle, pop in a hair mask and tune out.

4. Meditate

Even just 5 minutes a day will help keep your mind clear and calm.

5. Bake

Is there anything better than the aroma of cookies or a cake baking in the oven? Try a new recipe or an old favourite.

6. Listen To Music

Listen to an old playlist, or create a new one. Or perhaps something relaxing is what you need right now. Or just on your favourite song and enjoy!

7. Do a jigsaw puzzle

Focusing on a jigsaw puzzle can certainly take your mind off things – especially when you can’t quite figure out where that next piece goes! You could even try a jigsaw app! but be warned, it’s addictive! 

8. Write

Do some journalling everyday to get your thoughts out. Or why not start a blog or do some creative writing. If the words are coming to you try doodling or drawing.

9. Connect with someone who makes you laugh.

Laughter is the best medicine, as they say. And it certainly helps you switch off and feeling lighter and more joyful.

10. Use aromatherapy.

Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil blend to your diffuser to create a relaxing atmosphere and ENJOY!

+ a BONUS, because how can I stick to just 10?!

11. Do something new! ANYTHING!

Try a new hobbie. Cook a new recipe. Walk a different path – literally and figuratively! Your brain gets to concentrate on something different and switch off from the everyday!

Some other ideas… knitting, gardening – indoor or outdoor, dancing, hiking, colouring/painting, crossword puzzles, play a board game…

What do you do to switch off at home?

Let me know if the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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