Wellbeing Wrap is a round up of what’s hot in the world of wellbeing, along with practical tips, things you can try out, and lots more… This week’s theme is ‘healing’

In this week’s blog:

Essential oils to Heal
Cooling yogi Breath
Healing Crystal – pick of the week
Holistic therapy – pick of the week
A Meditation to Heal
Book lovers corner

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Essential oils to Heal

I’m going to share a few of my favorite essential oils that can be used for healing the  body, along with some ways that you can use them.  In ‘Edition 1‘ I shared a selection of essential oils to promote relaxation, included in there were good oils to heal the mind, so you might like to take a peek at that too.  Here’s this week’s pick:

English Lavender, Lemon & Tea Tree Lavender is a favorite go to essential oil of mine, and is great for healing mind and body.  Lemon and tea tree are great accompaniments for skin related problems; here are three ways you can use those oils:

  • After sun care: 
      Cooling bath – 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of camomile for extra healing. Best used with a lukewarm bath
      Soothing gel – 5ml aloe vera gel mixed with 5 drops of  lavender essential oil.  Rub in your hands and apply liberally
      After sun spray – 250ml still spring water mixed with 20 drops of  lavender essential oil – pop into a clean bottle that has a spray nozzle.  You can store it in the fridge to give a boost of cool to the skin.  Shake well before applying
  • Minor cuts, and grazes: if you’re 100% sure they’re not serious, you can wash & clean the area with water (boiled then cooled water will be sterilised), with 2 drops each of lavender oil and tea tree oil – use this to clean around the wound.
    You can apply pure lavender oil around the injured area and put a couple of drops onto a piece of gauze and cover the wound.  Replace the dressing 2-3 times a day
  • Acne: 
      Facial sauna – add 2 drops of lavender and 1 drop of lemon essential oil to hot water and put your (clean) face over the bowel – cover your head with a towel and keep your eyes closed.
      Dabbing lotion – mix together 10ml witch hazel, 1 drop of lemon, 3 drops of lavender and 2 drops of tea tree essential oils.  Using a clean cotton bud just dab the lotion onto the affected area.

Eucalyptus helps to clear the head and ease breathing, very much welcome during the seasons that bring cold bugs, but also great if you suffer from a blocked nose through allergies.  Here’s a few ways you could use it:

  • Decongestant inhalation – add 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil with 1 drop of cypress oil to around 800ml of steaming water; put your (clean) face over the bowel, cover your head with a towel and keep your eyes closed.  Steam for around 5 minutes – WARNING – do not use this method if you suffer from asthma.
  • Loosening & soothing ruba fantastic traditional remedy that smells great and will help to loosen catarrh and sooth tickly coughs; add 6 drops each of eucalyptus oil, cypress oil and frankincense to 30ml of grapeseed oil.  Shake well and massage onto the chest and back, use at bedtime and in the morning.
  • Cold sore gel – Add 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to 25ml of aloe vera gel, mixing thoroughly in a clean pot.  Apply with clean hands 3-4 times a day, for as long as required.  Always wash your hands after applying as cold sores spread easily.
  • Soothing tea – add 15g dried eucalyptus leaves to 600ml of boiling water and allow to infuse for 5-10 minutes.  Drink and enjoy. 

Other ways to use your essential oils:

  • Burn in an oil burner
  • Add to a diffuser
  • Add 3-5 drops into a bath
  • Put a few drops under your pillow
  • Add a few drops to pine cones or potpourri  
  • Add to a massage carrier oil for a neck, back, and shoulder massage

Always check the label on oils to learn how they can be used.  It’s important to understand the restrictions too, some cannot be used with certain conditions, pregnancy, on children, and so on.

Neal’s Yard essential oils, carrier oils, massage blends, roll on remedies, salves, aromatherapy room sprays and diffusers can all be bought direct from Alison at the Flourish therapy room or from Alison’s shop.

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Cooling Breath

This yogi breathing technique can be done seated or lying down.  If you are a pitta dosha, like me, this is a good technique for you.

Benefits: This breathing helps to relax the nervous system, has a cooling effect on the body, soothes eyes and ears, and is good for the liver and digestion.

Caution: Don’t practice if you have high blood pressure or if the environment is very hot or cold.

  • Start by breathing a normal breath for you
  • Stick your tongue out and curl it into a tube
  • Breathe in slowly through the curl in your tongue so that you can feel the cool air enter your mouth
  • Pull your tongue back in and close your mouth 
  • Breath out through your nose
  • Repeat for as long as you like

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Healing Crystals

I love working with crystals.  Ever since I was a child I had a fascination with rocks, fossils, pebbles, and beautiful stones; crystals were no exception.  Still today, if I visit the seaside, you’ll find me combing the beach for interesting finds and packing particularly eye catching rocks and pebbles into my bag or pockets. 

I understand that for some people crystal work may seem strange and a perhaps a little nonsensical, but in truth it’s just about the vibrational energy that the crystal holds.  Different formations were created under different kinds of pressure and this leaves it’s (energy) mark on the crystal.  

When it comes to ‘healing’, there’s a number of different crystals you can use and it rather depends on what you’re trying to heal.  For this blog I’m going to concentrate on healing the heart (the emotional heart), with one particular crystal, rose quartz. Rose quartz started its life through volcanic action; when the magma (melted rock) cools, it causes some elements and minerals to become purified and others to bond together. Silicon mixes with oxygen and begins to form a quartz crystal.

The energy vibration of this beautiful semi-precious stone is said to promote compassion and peace, tenderness, unconditional love and healing of the heart.  I use this stone on the heart chakra (on the breastbone in the centre of your chest), with clients for balancing and healing treatments.  

Choosing your crystal – I believe it’s better to buy your crystals from a place where you can look, feel and get a sense of the crystal you want to buy.  There are plenty of shops you can purchase crystals from.  Look at the selection and sense which draw you to them, hold the crystal in the palm of your hand for a moment and make your decision based on your intuition.

Cleansing your crystal when you first buy a crystal it will hold energy from all of those who’ve handled it, so it’s important to cleanse it before you use it.  There are many ways to cleanse crystals, the easiest is to drop the crystal into clean water (if you can get water from a natural source, even better).  Leave the crystal for 24 hours.  Allow it to dry naturally.  Give the water back to the earth.

For a top-up cleanse you can use the same method and reduce the time to 2-4 hours, after each use/treatment.

For a deep cleanse and re energise, leave it out under a full moon.

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Holistic treatment of the week

In this week’s theme of ‘heal’, my holistic treatment pick would be reiki healing.  I adore giving and receiving this treatment, and the results constantly blow me away.  Reiki is one of the energy medicines, if you like, and is used to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.  Practitioners of reiki have all been attuned to reiki energy from a master, and will carry out the treatment either hands on, hands off, or  distance (at level 2 practitioner).   

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A meditation to heal

If you read my blog on a regular basis you may recall this from ‘The healing power of meditation’ – I’m going to share it again as it’s such a good meditation to bring about healing.  

This meditation focuses on reiki energy filling and healing your body

  • Sit in a chair where your feet can touch the floor, you’re upright and comfortable.
  • Reach your hands into the air above your head and hold there whilst you take 3 deep breaths
    • Breathe in through your nose for the count of 3 so that your ribcage expands with air and your breath goes right down to your stomach. 
    • Hold the breath for the count of 3
    • Breathe out for the count of 3 – breathing through your mouth whilst making a continuous whoosh sound 
  • Lower your hands slowly down past your face and rest them palm up on your thighs
  • Close your eyes
  • Imagine the bright light of reiki coming down and through the crown of your head whilst you continue to breathe deeply and evenly
  • Imagine the light filtering down through all of your body, know that is it cleansing and purifying your body, healing your body.
    • Do this for the count of 5 breaths
  • Imagine the light has filled your whole body, every cell.  Now as you breathe deeply for the count of , imagine that the bright light of reiki is coming out of your skin as you breathe out, harmonising everything around you.  Bringing peace and healing
  • Now let go of the image and take 3 deep breaths
  • Become aware of your surroundings, your body in contact with the chair, your presence in the room
  • Slowly open eyes, take a minute and be mindful of how you now feel

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Book lovers corner

This week I’m going to shamelessly give a shout out to my own book that was published this month, ‘The Little Book of Wellbeing’.  It took around 6 months to write, and has been 30 years in the making.  Here I share a little bit of my own journey into wellbeing, and in particular my own routine crafted over the past two years, along with practical things you can try, tips, helpful resources, and links to information and books from those who have inspired me along the way; including Hazel Wallace aka The Food Medic, Dr Michael Mosley, and Andy Puddicombe – aka Headspace.

It’s a steal at £6.49, which only covers the printing cost.  My aim was to share this more widely, not to make money.  You can grab a copy on Amazon here

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