Christmas Fragrances For Your Home

Many years ago I was gifted a Crabtree & Evelyn pack that contained their Noel fragrance oil.

Every year on December 1 when I put up the Christmas tree, the oil goes in a burner and fills the house with the most delightful fragrance.

Thankfully last year I stocked up and bought a new bottle as well as their other festive scent, because the oils are no longer available for sale according to their website.

You can get Noel in candles, a diffuser and a room spray, thankfully.

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A couple of days ago, one of my besties and I had a rare working week day off and we headed to Chermisde to shop and have morning tea.

We went into the Body Shop as my friend wanted to get some new skincare.

Whilst she was trying lotions I was checking out their Christmas range which included 3 fragrance oils. There was plum, apple and cranberry options.

Unfortunately I did not like any of them. They all smelt a little bit ‘fake’ to me.

Walked out with a sad face!

What I did discover was a new Perfect Potion pop up style shop.

I love their products, as they are created with true essential oils and this aromatherapy addict simply loves the real stuff.

Christmas scent for your home.

They have a Noel blend too and it is awesome.

A delicious blend of sweet orange, bay, pine, lime, clove and nutmeg…..winning!

I always like to use my oils in a burner as they help the oils diffuse around the whole house. You can just pop a few drops on a cotton wool ball and place in a small bowl for a more subtle scent.

If you struggle to get that festive feeling happening, fill your home with Christmas fragrance, it works a treat.

Do you scent your home at Christmas time?

What is favourite fragrance?

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10 Easy Ways To Brighten Your Day!

The world is in shock after hearing of the death of Robin Williams.

Not from natural causes but by his own hand.

How can such a talented man who brought so much joy and entertainment to the public be so tormented that he could not go on for even another day? We will never know what was truly going on inside his head, whether real or imagined, it is still such as waste of a talented human being.

You can never judge a book by it’s cover. The exterior face that many will see, can hide untold depths of despair. The human mind is miraculous but can also be unbelievably cruel.

We all go through hard times at some stage in our life, but to choose and find the strength to actually end it, is such a terrible waste and causes incredible pain to those left behind.

Depression can strike anyone at anytime. Whether it grows from a small incident or a major trauma, it is all the same, you might as well be locked in a jail, it is just the walls trapping you in only you can see.

There have been people in my life that have chosen this path. Their demons won.

Every day we wake up in the morning is another blessing. Every day we wake up we can choose to let the demons win another round or we can choose to get help and find ways to kick the demons in the ass!

Even the smallest steps of a positive nature fuel the power of self love and self care. You starve your demon and reduce it’s strength.

You are worth it!

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Try one or all of these tips to help move stuck and negative energy that is weighing you down.

1. GET SOME COLOUR IN TO YOUR LIFE – Most uniforms are black or blue, they might look classic and classy, but these heavy colours drag your energy down! Even if you don’t wear a uniform, how often do you wear black because it is slimming? Get some brightness into your life, even if it is just your lingerie. Think red, hot pink, orange and yellow, to bring powerful fire energy in to your day. Wear green and pink to boost your heart energy connection. Self love at it’s best.

2. CHOOSE WHO YOU SPEND TIME WITH VERY CAREFULLY –  Stop spending time with anyone that does not support and uplift you. Friends and family that are so focused on their own issues and always manage to turn the conversation around to their problems will only drag you down. Come up with any excuse or tell them the truth, you cannot afford to get dragged down with them! Put you big girl panties on and make sure all your interaction with others will benefit you! (That is one of the reasons my ex is just that – never supportive, too busy living in his own world of doom and gloom and I didn’t want to put up with that crap anyone).

3. CRANK UP THE VOLUME – Fill your ipod with powerful and uplifting music. Make sure you get rid of any songs that trigger negative memories from the past. Pop your headphones in and let the music boost your energy. Dance, bop, walk or just tap your feet. Music is the only thing that can activate both the left and right hand sides of your brain at the same time. Logical left and creative right will work in harmony together. Moving will also help pump ‘happy’ hormones through your system. Oh yeah!

4. DRINK WATER, WATER AND MORE WATER – Hydrated cells are happy cells. They are all plump and functioning at their very best when you drink lot’s of water. Flushing out toxic build up is an added benefit. Alcohol will dull the pain and coffee will give you an energy buzz, but a tired and unhappy body has to work really hard to process these. Drinking more water will also lubricate joints and help your brain work at it’s best. Keep sipping all day long. Yes, you will run to the loo a lot, but that is a small price to pay for better looking skin, and a happier bod.

5. BRING THE GARDEN INSIDE – Fresh flowers will uplift your space instantly. Clippings from the garden or a beautiful fresh bunch from the florist will do the job. Just make sure you throw them out as soon as they start to droop. Indoor plants used to be a must have item in every home, but unfortunately they fell out of favour. Indoor plants improve the air quality and can absorb negative energy. Just make sure you choose plants with round leaves. Spikey leaves actually create negative energy. Grab some pretty planters and get some greenery indoors!

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This is my little reminder to start everyday with a smile!

6. EASE UP ON SUGAR – Devouring a block of chocolate or a packet of Tim Tams is a fun thing to do when you are feeling bad, but sugar has an incredibly inflammatory effect on your body. This is causes pain and discomfort, and you sure don’t need any more of that. Flood your body with fresh food, anything that takes your fancy. If you must have chocolate or something similar, pick the best quality and have a little bit rather than the whole lot. Sweet tooth’s, I feel your pain, but it is worth the effort.

7. SCENTALICIOUS SUPPORT – Pure Essential Oils are a powerful but simple tool that can uplift our spirits from simply taking a few deep inhalations. There are plenty of specialist blends that you can use to treat severe depression and anxiety, but the easiest way to uplift your spirits is to use oils from the citrus family. There are plenty to pick from Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Neroli, Lime, Tangerine and Mandarin. Use them in a burner, dab a couple of drops on a tissue and tuck it in your bra, or add them to a nice warm bath. Add some Lavender for it’s soothing and calming qualities and simply breathe.

8. BRAIN DUMP – Grab a large sheet of paper and a pen. Start writing. Every single thing that is annoying you, angering you, frustrating you. Let the words flow. Don’t judge, just let it flow. Keep writing till nothing more comes to the surface. Take this piece of paper outside and set it alight. Release your woes to the universe instead of bottling them up inside.

9. GET GRATEFUL – When you are having a bad day, week, month or year, one of the hardest things to do is feel grateful. Gratitude is such a powerful positive energy. With a smile on your face start giving thanks for anything good. The sky, the sun, running water, a bed to snooze in, food in the fridge, shoes on your feet, absolutely anything that is always there for you and you would not want to be without. Spend a few minutes everyday focusing on gratitude, as it is impossible to feel lousy when you are thankful.

10. TALK – Get it off your chest. You need to talk to someone. Pride and embarrassment will often stop us for talking about our troubles, or you simply don’t want to be seen as a whining Nellie. If you can’t turn to family or friends for a good blab, there are plenty of professionals that will help and guide you. Lifeline and Beyond Blue would be a great place to start. You don’t need to go through anything alone. A good natter and a cry can be very healing and relieve built up stress.

We all have to face some yucky stuff, that is life.

BUT we do get to choose whether we dwell on it continuously or find ways to move past it.

Don't let the negative committee move in permanently

Have a wonderful day, you deserve it!

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Is Placing All Your Faith In Modern Medicine Bad For Your Health?

Modern medicine has made huge progress in improving our health and extending our life span, but is our total faith in modern pharmaceuticals causing more problems for us to deal with?

Do you run to the doctor or pharmacy for every ache and pain, or do you have some natural therapies that you try first?

Almost two decades ago, my first daughter made her early arrival into the world and I was instantly besotted. I only wanted the best for her and her health. Like most little ones, she had her fair share of sore throats and ear infections. I would run to the doctor’s for anti-biotics so that she would be well again as soon as possible.

At the same time I started to do some research into possible natural treatments for these common childhood ill’s as I had read enough about giving children too many drugs and that natural resistance to common bugs and viruses are reduced if the body never has to fight them.

I discovered the amazing world of Aromatherapy, herbs, vitamins, massage, reflexology and all sorts of other natural therapies that have been used for centuries to maintain good health!

Now don’t think I am going to spend the next few hundred words telling you to never go to the doctors again, because I won’t! I have great faith in my doctor for things that I know need medical intervention. You won’t see me trying to mend a broken arm with essential oils and a bandaid!

Now don’t think I am going to spend the next few hundred words telling you to never go to the doctors again, because I won’t! I have great faith in my doctor for things that I know need medical intervention. You won’t see me trying to mend a broken arm with essential oils and a bandaid!

What I would love to do, is open your mind to the possibilites that are available to anyone and why you should consider looking into alternatives that will not only save you money but can help you improve your health or help you maintain it.

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Nobody wants to be in pain. It makes perfect sense to take action and get help to fix what is wrong.

A quick trip to the doctors will normally result in a prescription for medication, but when you take the tablets home, do you actually sit and read the leaflet that lists all the possible side effects that might occur when you consume that drug. This is the biggest issue with modern day pharmaceuticals, they cause problems whilst fixing another. Obviously if you have a life threatening condition, looking to alternative medicine for a quick fix is just down right dangerous and you would have rocks in your head if you took that path.

Insomnia is a nasty beast that attacks all of us from time to time. Lack of sleep is so debilitating, and any mother of young children will vouch for how horrible it is to function when you are bone tired. Medication can be prescribed to help induce sleep, and that is a godsend, but those drugs can take hours to leave your system the next day making it unsafe for you to drive. With a few small dietary changes and pure essential oils massaged into your feet each night, will help your body find it’s own natural sleep pattern, drug free.

Stress affects us all at times. We live busy lives and try to achieve so much every day. Stress can be very detrimental to our health both mentally and physically. Medication can artificially trick the body into relaxation but at a cost of other side effects. Adding a magnesium supplement, finding a little ‘me time’ everyday, cutting back on foods that contain stimulants and pure essential oils can naturally increase the amount of seratonin that is moving through your body and this happy hormone will help you deal with everyday pressure so much easier.

One of the most versitile pure essential oils that should be in every house is Lavender. This oil can be used for a multitude of things such as bites, burns, colds, stings, flu, dry skin, nausea, sunburn, hayfever, nosebleeds, relaxation, stress relief, sleep, calming, viral attack, cold sores, acne and more. The list goes on and on. This one little bottle is one of the best aids you can have in your medicine chest.

Pure essential oils are natures pharmacy that modern technology has managed to capture in a bottle. Whilst some essentials must be used with caution during pregnancy or with people suffering from high blood pressure for example, investing in a book from your local bookstore will help you discover how easy and wonderful essential oils truly are. You can slash your medication bill by using pure essential oils for many common ailments.

With so many people turning to convenience foods to put food on the table, and with crops being grown in nutrient deficient soils, it is no wonder that our bodies are lacking in the basic nutrients required for good health. Even the simple step of adding a good quality multi-vitamin to your day, can have profound benefits for your general well-being. Consult a qualified naturopath if you would like to discover more ways of assisting your health naturally.

Good health is one of the greatest gifts we can travel though life with. The body can heal itself in amazing ways if given the right conditions. Letting natures gifts help us achieve this is great for the bank balance and our longevity. Start in small steps. Borrow a few books from the library and start learning. Your health will thank you for it.

I would love to hear your views on natural medicine, and if you have any favourites that you would like to share, please do!

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