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The benefits of massage therapy

Many people who have had a nice relaxing massage often wonder if there are other benefits too, and many people who have never had a massage, wonder what all the fuss is about. In which category are you?

There are many benefits to a massage, but we can divide them all into 4 categories.

Lower Stress & Improve Mental Health

Long term stress is known for its adverse effects on your physical and mental health, and massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to manage stress. There has been considerable research into the effect of massage therapy on stress. In short, during a massage, your heart rate will decrease, your blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and cortisol levels will all drop. Not only will this leave you relaxed physically, it will also assist greatly towards a feeling of calmness and serenity. With this comes the added benefit of less tension headaches and backaches.

Massage Therapy with the right combination of essential oils can be a powerful tool to manage anxiety and depression. A massage will leave you calm and thinking clearly.

Massage therapy has been shown to relieve depression, especially in people who have chronic fatigue syndrome; other studies also suggest benefit for other populations.

Andrew Weil

Increase Immune Function

During a massage, there is an improvement in blood circulation and lymph drainage. Both of these will result in a flush of toxins out of your body, thus improving your immune system. Interesting studies have been done to research the effect of massage on pregnant woman, on HIV men and more, and massage has shown a positive contribution to a stronger immune system every time. Add to that the strong boost you can give your immune system with the right combination of essential oils!

“Massage is considered to be an effective method to strengthen the immune system, as it combines essential oil application with touch, entering through the largest organ in our bodies, our skin.”

Amy Leigh Mercree

Pain Management

In our modern world, pain medication make pain management a lot easier than several 100 years ago, but with that comes a myriad of adverse side effects. This has lead to a recent ongoing study comparing pain management through opioids, with massage therapy. Massage Therapists around the world know from experience how much massage therapy can help to relieve pain and we are all eagerly awaiting science to confirm it. Whether you are suffering from muscle, joint or nerve pain, massage therapy is a wonderful alternative to painkillers. Discuss your needs with me before the massage to ensure I use a blend of oils specific to your condition.

Given the … multidisciplinary philosophy, I was surprised by the absence of alternative pain approaches – the whole spectrum of cranial-sacral massage, healing-touch therapy, and other hands-on skills that are a lifeline to many people with chronic pain. Alternative therapies are hard to evaluate, but that’s no reason not to explore them.

Marni Jackson

Improve Physical Fitness

You don’t have to be a career athlete to appreciate how much massage therapy can contribute to your physical wellness. Several studies have shown that regular massage therapy will contribute to the prevention of injuries in any sport. And if you have injured yourself already, a sports massage will help you to recover faster. Even if you are a couch potato, massage therapy will contribute to your mobility, thus contributing to your health.

A business man needs a laptop. Athletes need massages and the right diet.

Lolo Jones

Book your massage

If you have a specific health challenge, discuss it with me. Weekly Massage Therapy combined with Aromatherapy will be extremely beneficial. Even if you do not have specific health challenges, a weekly relaxing massage will keep you in top form.

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but a massage a week, will keep you at your peak!

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Aromatic Covid Support Pack

Covid is no longer something that only happens to other people. We have all been affected by it in one way or another. Some of us have experienced it first hand. Some of us have been fortunate enough to avoid it thus far. But all of us know somebody who didn’t win the fight against this dreadful disease.

A week ago I sat crying with the news of another death of a friend. And I wondered what I will do when Covid knocks on my door. I sat and thought what my strategy would be. Obviously, being an Aromatherapist, essential oils will be the first things I grab.

I sat and thought exactly what I will do and how I will do it, and that is what I am offering you now – the Covid Support Pack. I am not saying this will be the only medication you need; that would be ludicrous. You still have to consult your doctor and follow his or her protocol. I am not saying this will cure you instantly; aromatherapy doesn’t work like that. But I can confidently say, that this WILL help your body in the fight against Covid.

All of these products that I have now bundled together in the support pack, have been used by people suffering from Covid and the feedback has been very positive.

This support pack consists of the following products:

Aromatic Immune Support Oil (200ml)
To support against bacterial infection, viral infection, and inflammation. Apply a thin layer to the entire body, excluding the face. In extreme cases such as Covid, use twice daily for four consecutive days, once daily for three consecutive days. Discontinue use for 3 days before starting the next cycle. Two different blends are available, to make this pack available to pregnant females as well. 

Aromatic Inhaler – Nose Support
To drain sinus cavities and keep them clear. Use every 30 minutes for six breaths, alternating between nostrils, while doing diaphragmatic breathing. SAFE IF PREGNANT.

Aromatic Inhaler – Lung Support
To clear the lungs of phlegm. To keep airways open. To promote healing. Use every 30 minutes for six breaths, alternating between nostrils, while doing diaphragmatic breathing. Can be used more frequently if needed. SAFE IF PREGNANT.

Aromatic Inhaler – Head Support
To provide relief from headache. Use as required, for ten minutes at a time, alternating between nostrils, while doing diaphragmatic breathing. SAFE IF PREGNANT.

Nebuliser Drops for Nose Support
Stronger than the Nose Support Inhaler. Contains 30 drops – enough for 15 nebulising sessions. Use only 2 drops in your nebuliser with a bit of saline solution to drain sinus cavities and keep them clear. Use once daily. SAFE IF PREGNANT.

Nebuliser Drops for Lung Support
Stronger than the Lung Support Inhaler. Contains 30 drops – enough for 15 nebulising sessions. Use only 2 drops in your nebuliser with a bit of saline solution to relieve the tight chest and help the lungs to clear. Use once daily. SAFE IF PREGNANT.

The normal selling price of the complete pack is R729.

Now available for only R650

Click HERE to buy.

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Aromatic Inhalers

I am so excited to share this new range with you! The sinus inhalers have been flying out of the studio since I started making them, so it only made sense to give you more inhalers to choose from. But you are probably wondering what this is exactly and why it works…. So let’s start there….

Inhalation of aromatic substances is very effective and generally very safe. Diffusers are quite trendy at the moment, but they can be very costly and they are not portable. Nasal inhalers are a much cheaper and easier option. Inhalation is effective because of two reasons:

  • The aromatic substances are inhaled, absorbed through the respiratory tract and the lungs, and then circulated through the body by the blood stream.
  • The olfactory system, which includes all the organs and systems related to your sense of smell is directly linked to your limbic system, that part of the brain involved with feelings, emotions etc. An aromatic substance can thus influence your limbic system within seconds of inhaling it.

The inhalers I make, contains ONLY pure essential oils, nothing else. With these inhalers, you can have a mini pharmacy in your pocket and there are a whopping 10 inhalers to choose from!
 

Brain Support: This blend will motivate you, and help you to concentrate and maintain your focus.

Mind Support: This blend will help you cope with stress, anxiety and depression.

Nose Support: This blend has proven itself already. This is the sinus inhaler I have been giving with sinusitis treatments. But there is an improvement to the blend! It will relieve that horrible stuffy nose that comes with a cold, flu, sinus or hay-fever.

Immune Support: This blend will boost your immunity and help your body deal with sickness, including viral infections. It will also help you to recover faster.

Lung Support: This blend is designed to assist with a tight congested chest and coughing.

Head Support: This blend will provide relief for any headache or migraine.

Energy Support: This blend will give you that much needed boost when you need it most. 

Sleep Support: This blend is for those restless nights when the sandman is held up somewhere. It is an absolute must when traveling.

Stomach Support: This blend will provide relief for general nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness.

Love Support: This is a gentle aphrodisiac to boost the passion and energy.
 

Each inhaler can easily last up to three months with daily use, as long as the cap is replaced securely after each use. All of them are safe during pregnancy as well.

Click HERE to start shopping. You can collect your products from the studio between 08h00 and 0845 from Mondays to Saturday, but only with prior arrangement. You can also purchase them in the studio when you come for your next treatment. If you are stuck at home, there is a courier option available on the website.

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Rungu Massage

I am excited to tell you about a new massage available from Essentiaroma. The Rungu Massage.

A Rungu (Swahili) is a wooden throwing club or baton bearing special cultural importance in certain East African tribes. It is especially associated with Masai morans (male warriors) who have traditionally used it in warfare and for hunting as a throwing club. It is also a popular souvenir among tourists.

In a Rungu massage, the Rungu is used to perform the massage with. Rungu massage is a long stroked, deep pressure massage that reduces pains and aches, improves blood circulation, lymph drainage and muscle toning and provides immediate relaxation. The shaft can be used in long stroking movements, while the balls can be used to target specific areas for instance, muscle spasms. This massage is excellent for sore, stiff or aching muscles, but it also improves your sensory nerve perception and blood circulation. It increases drainage in the lymphatic system, and contribute to a release of endorphins, promoting a deeply relaxed feeling.

At Essentiaroma, I don’t only use the Rungu sticks shown above, I also use smaller ones I had custom made. This will ensure a pleasurable experience all over!

Although the pressure is easily adjusted making the massage suitable for all, it is highly recommended for those who love hard pressure massage as the dynamics of the sticks make this very easy for the therapist to achieve.

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Let me whisper to you… your perfume is a secret poison…

I remember my first bottle of perfume as if it was yesterday. I was a young girl and my mother bought me a beautiful blue bottle of perfume. Blue Grass was the name. It made me feel all grown up!

Unfortunately, perfume today isn’t the same as it was. When regulations on products started, the perfumers were acquitted of having to list all the ingredients on the label; they claimed that it would give away their recipes. They were allowed to only list ‘fragrance’. That could be anything. In the beginning al was fine as the ‘fragrance’ was a mixture of plant oils. In our day and age however, ‘fragrance’ is a dangerous, uncontrolled cocktail of chemicals, many of them dangerous to your health.

Your skin is your biggest organ. Your skin will absorb whatever is next to it. You can test this for yourself. Take a clove of garlic and cut it in half. Use the cut side and rub it around on the sole of your foot. Within about 20 minutes, you will taste garlic in your mouth.

So what is really in perfume? More than 95% of the so called ‘fragrance’ consist of petrochemicals such as benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and a slew of other known toxins. Suddenly it doesn’t sound that nice anymore does it? Many of these ingredients have an adverse effect on hormone production, and they are often carcinogenic as well. And then we wonder why sickness and disease are increasing at such a staggering rate.

Fortunately, we have an alternative. Actually, we have many!

You can make your oil perfume with a few basic ingredients and some essential oil. You will need the following:

  • Olive Oil
  • Wheatgerm Oil to act as preservative
  • Some essential oils

A roller ball bottle is perfect for this job. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils of your choice to the bottle. Top it up with olive oil and wheatgerm oil in equal amounts.

Here are some combinations you could try:

For a light citrus perfume:

  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Orange
  • Mandarin
  • Petitgrain
  • Neroli

For a floral perfume:

  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Rose
  • Neroli
  • Ylang-Ylang

Here are a list of articles you can read on this topic. Trust me, it’s worth your time. Read them. If you want to make a better choice in perfume, let me know! I will help you.

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Petroleum Jelly DIY

Petroleum jelly or petrolatum has been a household name for as long as I can remember. This mixture of mineral oils and waxes was discovered in 1859 by Robert Augustus Chesebroug who saw the oil workers treat their burns with the gooey jelly found on the oil rigs. It is a by product of the oil industry which means it isn’t derived from a sustainable source, in other words, the manufacture thereof is not environment friendly.

The jelly is generally regarded as safe as it is refined to remove all carcinogenic substances. Unfortunately, for the average consumer, there is no way to check and see whether this is really the case. If you want to use it, you have to trust the company that sells it. Unfortunately over the last few decades, many a product that was claimed to be safe, has turned out to be the exact opposite. The original petroleum jelly, Vaseline, claims to be highly-refined, triple-purified and non-carcinogenic and non-comedogenic.

Petroleum jelly is often used to moisturize the skin. It actually has no moisturizing properties of its own, and it isn’t absorbed into the skin. It forms a barrier over the skin which seals in the body’s own moisture. This is however not the best choice as it causes a drying of the pores due to a lack of air and moisture from external sources. It also seals in any surface dirt on the skin, causing blackheads. People suffering from any skin condition, for example acne or rosacea, should avoid petroleum jelly altogether.

Luckily for us, we have some natural, DIY options.

For the base we are going to use raw beeswax and olive oil. Beeswax has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; it will encourage healing of any wounds. It also forms a protective barrier between the skin and the surrounding environment, but it does so without clogging the pores. Too add to the wonder, beeswax is high in vitamin A, which means that cell reconstruction is supported. This is why beeswax is a common ingredient in skin care products. Olive oil is equally impressive. The application of olive oil on the skin can block about 20% of harmful UV rays by boosting the skin’s natural sun-blocking proteins. It also contains a fat called squalene which is the skin’s most important protective fat. Olive oil moisturizes dry skin and it protects against premature ageing. All of this sounds so much better than applying a by-product of the oil industry to your skin!

Ingredients

  • Raw beeswax (you can buy these from Isivuno)
  • Cold extracted olive oil

Method

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. You can also add the beeswax to a glass jar and place that in a pot with cold water. Place on the stove and bring to the boil. Leave it boiling until the beeswax have melted.

Combine one part beeswax and four parts olive oil in a glass jar. Measure in volume, in other words, milliliters or fluid ounces. If for instance you measure out 10ml of melted beeswax, 10ml is your one part. You would then need to add 40ml of olive oil which is equal to four parts.

Add 1 drop of essential oil for every ml of the wax and oil mixture. Using the previous example of 10ml beeswax and 40ml olive oil, you will need 50 drops of oil (1 drop for each ml).

Leave to cool down to room temperature.

The raw beeswax are roughly chopped and added to a glass mason jar. This is placed in a pot of water and left to boil for a while so that the beeswax can melt.
Melted beeswax and cold extracted olive oil.
Depending on the temperature of the day, you might need to reheat to ensure proper mixing, once everything has been added to the container. The beeswax sets extremely fast and is very sensitive to the addition of a cold oil. In this photo you can see how it solidifies when the cold essential oils are added. Just pop the small jar back into the same pot for a couple of minutes until fully melted down again. Give it a good shake and leave to set.

Essential Oil Suggestions

To make a powerful HEEL BALM, add equal drops of the following oils:

  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus

This minty balm will not only keep your heels soft, it is a wonderful foot treatment at the end of a long day.

To make a soothing BUM CREAM, add equal drops of the following oils:

  • Tea Tree
  • Lavender

For a nice CUTICLE CREAM that will stimulate nail growth too, add equal drops of the following oils:

  • Frankincense
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon

When you stick your finger in, it feels stiff, but once you start spreading it, it feels the same as petroleum jelly, just so much more healthy!

Choose natural. Choose products without possible side effects.

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Healthier Choices

Being brutally honest, there are many aspects of our lives for which we don’t really have a choice, as horrid as that may sound. If you want to succeed in a business today, you have to engage on social media. No choice there. If you want to have a cell phone, you have to accept that a big brother somewhere will gather information on you, whether you gave consent or not. Many aspects of our health are legalized and we don’t have much say in the matter. This list can go on for a long time, but there are some good news. In certain aspects, you DO have a choice! And you have to choose wisely.

The phrase low tox living is fast becoming the new buzz, with good reason. Right across the world there is a growing awareness of the effects our modern lifestyle has on the environment. Many people are re-evaluating their lifestyle choices and consciously seek out the healthier options, not just for them but for the environment too. At the end of the day, each one of us has a responsibility. We might not be able to change the air pollution in the entire world, but we can choose how we contribute to it. Often times the global state is so overwhelming that we just want to give it up for a bad job, but that is exactly what we shouldn’t do! The more people make better choices, the better our future and the future of our planet becomes.

I have chosen to use natural remedies if at all possible, rather than allopathic medication.

I have chosen to replace my beauty products with natural DIY products that doesn’t contain harmful chemical substances.

I have chosen to replace the cleaning products in my house with natural DIY products that do not contribute the pollution in any form whatsoever.

What will you choose?

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