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Hygge Beauty Rituals: Crystal and Aromatherapy Bath

Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Soothing Aromatherapy Bath

The beauty ritual in Part 1 an herbal facial steam, Part 2 an aromatherapy foot bath, Part 3 massage softening hand and foot salve. This hygge beauty ritual is a crystal and aromatherapy bath. Healing treatments with water are called hydrotherapy. You can do a simple hydrotherapy treatment at home if you have a bath tub. If you don’t have a bath tub, do a foot bath. Bath’s are the perfect remedy when we need to relax, revive and regenerate but most times we are so tired or stressed we zone out by going on our cell phone or watching TV. Taking a bath is a wonderful experience and the art of bathing has been in every culture. Take the time to schedule a bath; write a note and place it on the counter and include it on your calendar with a reminder. To make it easier, ready all your ingredients in advance or have a bath bin or basket with your healing bath ingredients.

HYDROTHERAPY: HEALING WITH WATER
A bath is one of the best ways to relax, restore and rejuvenate your body. When you soak in a bath, the pores in the skin open and like a sponge soak in the healing properties of the herbs and ingredients you have put in the water. High quality, natural and organic ingredients should be used. Skin is a major and the largest organ; it absorbs and eliminates. Herbs, salts, plant milks, essential oils and plant oils help to nourish, moisturize and soften the skin. They also pull out toxins from the body.

A warm bath relaxes the body and helps to invoke a peaceful night’s sleep. A bath can also be invigorating by using cooler water and invigorating herbs and essential oils. A footbath is the next best thing to a bath. Add flowers to the water for a touch of beauty.

Bath temperature makes a difference on the effect on the body. Take a 20-30 minute bath for the best results. Bath temperature should be around 100F/38C – 102F/39C degrees, 2 – 4 degrees above your body temperature.

92F/33C – 97F/36C degrees: lukewarm bath for rejuvenation, inflammation, poison oak and rashes.
97F/33C – 101F/38C degrees: normal bath for relaxation.
99F/37C – 108F/42C degrees: hot bath to increase circulation, remove toxins from the body and relieve pain and insomnia

SET UP A SANCTUARY
Light Candles
Play Soft Music
Surround Yourself with your Favorite Flowers

CRYSTALS FOR THE BATH
Crystals raise the vibration. Everything is energy. Flowers, herbs, crystals all contain energy. This energy is infused into the bath water. Choose a crystal that you are drawn to and place it in the bath water.
Amethyst
Citrine
Rose Quartz
Quartz

AROMATHERAPY FOR THE BATH
A single essential oil can be used if you don’t have many essential oils. Essential oils are oil soluble, it is best to add them to some plant oil before adding to the bath water. Add 4-10 drops essential oil to 1 tablespoon plant oil (avocado, olive, sunflower, etc.). Depending on the essential oils and you, customize the amount to what suits you. Less is better. Start with 4 drops and increase to 10 drops.

All is Well
4 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil 

Relax and Soothe 
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS
Plant Milks 1 cup
Coconut Milk 1 cup
Coconut Milk Powder 2 tablespoons
Hemp Milk 1 cup
Almond Milk 1 cup
Macadamia Milk 1 cup
Salts
Himalayan Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Pacific or Atlantic Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Dead Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Epsom Salt 1/4 cup
Baking Soda 2 tablespoons
Herbs
Calendula 1 tablespoon fresh or dried 
Chamomile 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Lavender 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Roses 2 tablespoons fresh or dried

Read Part 1 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam here

Read Part 2 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath

Read Part 3 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Massage with Softening Hand and Foot Balm

CREATE YOUR OWN NATURAL SPA PRODUCT LINE
Enrollment is open for the Winter Session Guided and mentored online professional course with cosmetic formulator, herbalist and aromatherapist Joan Morais. Enroll today here…

 

Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath

Part 2: Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath 

Hygge Beauty Rituals Part 1 shares about the feeling of coziness and comfort, Hygge.
An aromatherapy foot bath affects our entire body and imparts a feeling of comfort, wellness, relaxation and revitalization.

OUR FEET
Our feet are one of the most neglected areas of our body. We take them for granted. Our feet hold us up, balance our bodies and get us to where we want to go. We stuff our feet into uncomfortable shoes which result with corns or bunions and can be painful. Only when our feet are in pain do we realize how much our feet do for us. Our feet are the foundation of our body and the foundation to our health.

FOOT BATHS
Foot baths refresh, revive and invigorate not only our feet but our entire body. When your nerves are frayed and your energy is low, a foot bath will boost your energy, soothe your spirit and soften your feet. Foot baths work great for sore, swollen and aching feet especially after hiking, walking or bike riding. Foot baths work well for heat headaches. It pulls the hot energy out of your head down and out through your feet. Try 4 drops lavender and 2 drops peppermint essential oil.

You can always fit a foot bath into your busy schedule, you can take a foot bath while watching TV. Although, it’s better to create a spa space to relax and revitalize your entire self. Listen to some relaxing music or music that makes you feel good, burn some candles,  read a magazine or a book, have a cup of ginger tea, a glass of sparkling fruit water or just look out the window to nature and daydream. Keep a pad and pen by you to jot down inspirational ideas.

When your feet are in water you won’t get up to do the many things on your to do list and instead relax and just be. When we do good things for ourselves the list gets done quicker and easier.

THE CONTAINER
Use a metal tub, a big cooking pot, a plastic washing basin or sit on the side of your bathtub. Make sure the container is deep enough so that your ankles will be covered with water. Place a towel under the basin and one to the side to dry your feet. Foot baths are great to do outside on a warm day.

AROMATHERAPY FOOT BATH
1 tablespoon plant oil (avocado, safflower, sunflower, olive, almond, apricot)
2-6 drops essential oil (lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree)

optional additions:
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon dried herbs/flowers
1/4 cup fresh herbs/flowers
1/4 cup plant milk
1 tablespoon coconut milk powder
1 tablespoon baking soda

In a small mixing container add  2 tablespoons of safflower oil, sunflower oil, olive oil or a plant oil you have in your pantry and add up to 6 drops of essential oil and mix well. Essential oils are soluble in oil, not water. It is best to add them to plant oil first and then disperse into the water. This will help to minimize direct contact to essential oils. Direct skin contact with essential oils may cause sensitivity to the skin. You can add 2 tablespoons of your favorite sea salt, dried or fresh herbs and flowers and/or baking soda. Fill the foot basin with warm to hot water; a temperature that feels good to you. Add the essential oil mixture to the water and stir well. Make sure the water is not too hot before putting your feet in. Soak feet for 15-20 minutes.

ESSENTIAL OILS
These essential oils are great for the feet plus you receive the added benefits from the aroma of the essential oils.

Lavender essential oil is calming and soothing. Use for sore, swollen feet and heat headaches.
Lemon essential oil refreshes and revives. Use for hot, sore and swollen feet.
Peppermint essential oil is refreshing and reviving. Use for sore, tired, hot feet and heat headaches.
Rosemary essential oil refreshes, revives and stimulates circulation. Use for sore and swollen feet.
Tea tree essential oil is antifungal. Use for fungus or athletes foot.

MASSAGE YOUR FEET
There are so many therapeutic benefits to massage the feet. There are areas in the feet that correspond to other areas in your body. Search and learn about reflexology. After your foot bath, lovingly massage your feet with a foot salve. Foot salve recipe coming soon in this series.

HYGGE BEAUTY RITUALS SERIES
Read Part 1 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam here

Read Part 3 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Massage with Softening Hand and Foot Balm

Read Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Crystal and Aromatherapy Bath (coming soon)

CREATE YOUR OWN NATURAL SPA PRODUCT LINE
Enrollment is open for the Winter Session Guided and mentored online professional course with cosmetic formulator, herbalist and aromatherapist Joan Morais. Enroll today here…

psoraisis

How I Cured My Psoriasis | By Joan Morais

psoraisisHow I Cured My Psoriasis | By Joan Morais

Anyone who has suffered from a skin ailment, psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis understands how it affects our daily life and can consume our day. Here is my story on how I cured my psoriasis.

Living with Psoriasis

I lived with psoriasis for over four years. My dad had psoriasis. His dad, my grandfather, also had psoriasis. Every day my psoriasis worsened and spread. The unsightly look of the plaques, the extreme itchiness and flaking of the plaques was so stressful and emotionally draining. It affected what I would wear, I didn’t wear any dark clothing, the flaking from the plaques would clearly be seen. The itchiness was enough to drive me crazy. Anyone with a skin disorder can understand this.

I am an aromatherapist, herbalist and into natural health. I tried so many different natural ways to try to heal my psoriasis. I researched and read numerous books on psoriasis. I experimented with removing wheat, soy, nuts and nightshade vegetables out of my diet and reduced consuming dairy products. I used aromatherapy sprays, drank herbal teas, took herbs, applied salves and lotions and soaked in sea salt and herbal baths to soothe my itchy skin. I worked on the emotional pattern of psoriasis. Nothing I did made a lasting impact on the symptoms of psoriasis. My psoriasis kept getting worse and got too much for me.

I finally went to my medical doctor and received a formal diagnosis of psoriasis and was prescribed medication. I was hoping there was something new on the market that would help without the horrible side effects from the medication. However, I knew I would not take the medication after reading the side effects and hearing stories from people on what happened to them from taking the medicine. I lost hope and succumbed to believe that my psoriasis is something that could never be cured. I would have to suffer and deal with it my entire life.

Out of the Blue Everything Changed

My daughter came up for a visit for about a month. I was vegetarian at the time and I was just getting into cooking. I never learned how to cook or cared to cook but recently was intrigued to learn how to cook. My daughter was interested in eating and cooking vegan out of compassion for animals. She shared with me about the unbelievable atrocities done to animals in factory farms. I watched documentaries and hidden videos on factory farms. I researched factory farming and how animals were slaughtered. It kept leading me deeper and then I uncovered the horrible things done in the dairy and egg industry.

We cooked and baked vegan. It was so fun and everything was delicious. I realized I didn’t need eggs in baking or cheese on pizza. It was all so clear to me how unbalanced our country has become by having animal products in everything! Through marketing and TV commercials we were brainwashed to consume more animals products so the beef, pork, chicken, lamb, dairy and egg corporations could make more money for themselves without a care for human health, cruelty to animals and environmental health. The United States eats more animal products than any other country and anytime in history. As I read labels I was shocked. Gelatin for instance is made from the skin, bones, and ligaments from horses, cows and pigs.

My Psoriasis Disappeared

When I started eating vegan all of a sudden my psoriasis disappeared very quickly. It truly was shocking. Every plaque and discoloration on my skin was gone! After suffering for years from psoriasis and have it affect every moment of my daily life and then for it to disappear was a miracle! It has been over five years and I have no symptoms or signs of ever having psoriasis. It was food related; a reaction from eggs and dairy. When the body is sensitive or allergic to an ingredient, the organs are on overload and can’t process the toxin and therefore it comes out through the skin.

Our body is very intelligent. All we have to do is pay attention and listen to it. Don’t fall into the trap and listen to the mainstream and the mass majority. What we have been told may not be true for us. As a child, I held my nose drinking milk. I detested milk, butter and cheese. I didn’t like eggs and would gag to eat them. Maybe my body knew since a child it was not good for me. And going against my body for too many years built up too many toxins in me and my body couldn’t process it anymore.

I love cooking and eating vegan. I feel great and have a tremendous amount of energy and I am almost 60 years old.

If you would like to learn more and resources on eating vegan go here:

Joan’s Story: How I Became Vegan

or follow my vegan cooking and eating on Instagram:

@joansveganeats

psoriasis and eczema

Skin Conditions | Psoriasis and Eczema

Skin Conditions | Psoriasis and Eczema

Psoriasis and Eczema are two common skin conditions that affect many people, including children. Both skin conditions can have similar symptoms and are commonly confused for one another. Read on to learn about psoriasis and eczema.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is when skin cells build up and will form red, patchy scales. It is considered a chronic disease that comes and goes with no cure*. There are ways to manage and reduce symptoms. Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • itchy, red patches
  • dry, cracked skin that can bleed
  • silvery, white scales on the skin
  • swollen, stiff joints

Psoriasis can appear as a few patches or can cover a large area. It often flares up for several weeks or months then disappears for some time. It can also go into complete remission.

Causes of psoriasis are not completely known, however it is thought to be an immune response. In psoriasis, cells attack other healthy cells by mistake. This triggers an overproduction of skin cells that build up to form psoriasis. Those with a family history of psoriasis are more at risk to have it. It typically first shows up between the ages 15- 35. It is rare for babies or children to have psoriasis.

Psoriasis is often starts or worsens because of a trigger. Identifying one’s triggers is an important step in the treatment and remission of psoriasis. The following are common triggers:

  • stress
  • smoking cigarettes
  • heavy alcohol consumption
  • injuries to the skin or skin infections
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • some medications

Psoriasis is often treated with creams and ointments and for more severe cases with oral medication or injections.

Eczema

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, makes your skin red and itchy. Just like Psoriasis, it is chronic, flares up then goes away and a cure has not been found. Eczema is the skin’s inability to protect itself from environmental factors, irritants, and allergens. Symptoms include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchiness
  • Red patches especially around hands, feet, neck, and inside the bends of elbows and knees
  • Thickened, scaly skin
  • Red bumps that ooze fluid
  • Stinging and burning feeling on skin

Eczema often begins before age 5 and can continue into adulthood. About 20 percent of babies and young children experience eczema with most developing symptoms within the first year. In babies, eczema tends to show up on the scalp, cheeks, arms and legs. Many children outgrow eczema by age 2. Food allergies can contribute to eczema in children.

Eczema is very itchy and scratching can cause problems. Scratching can cause thickened and darkened skin that scars over time.

Like psoriasis, eczema is more likely if there is a family history. Allergens or irritants in the environment can also trigger it. This includes pollen, cigarette smoke, or allergens in one’s diet. The rash is often aggravated by heat and irritants (such as chemicals in soaps and lotions). Stress can also cause a flare up of eczema.

Eczema is typically treated with topical treatment and avoiding known allergens and irritants.

*Joan’s Cure

Psoriasis and Eczema can be very difficult to deal with. Not only are they irritating and painful, they can cause a lot of embarrassment. While the mainstream medical field will say there is no cure for psoriasis or eczema, Joan was able to cure her psoriasis and has not experienced any symptoms in over 5 years. For Joan’s story on how she healed her psoriasis, come back to our blog next week for her story.

Irritants in body care products can trigger and/or exacerbate outbreaks of both psoriasis and eczema. For those looking to make more natural body care products check out our online courses and ebooks:

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Do you suffer from psoriasis or eczema? What has your experience been? Please comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Uses | Benefits

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Benefits | Uses

Ylang-ylang, pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, comes from the tropical tree known as the cananga tree that is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The essential oil is produced from the flower and has a rich, sweet floral smell. It is often used in perfume and aromatherapy due to it’s soft floral scent.

Ylang-ylang Types

Ylang-ylang essential oil is unique in that it is distilled in “fractions”, meaning it is stopped at different stages to produce different types. There is no clear “line” for when to stop the distillation to produce each type, so each distiller will make it’s own determination, creating slightly different variations. The different grades are ylang-ylang extra or super and ylang-ylang 1, 2, and 3, and ylang-ylang complete.

Ylang-ylang extra or super is the first “fraction” while the ylang-ylang complete is the full, uninterrupted distillation or a blend of all the distillation. The longer distillation does not necessarily produce a higher quality essential oil.

Ylang-ylang Benefits

Ylang-ylang has been used as an antidepressant as it relaxes the body and mind and has an uplifting effect on mood. It is also used as an aphrodisiac especially when mixed with Jasmine or Rose. Ylang-ylang has been shown to lower blood pressure and soothe sore muscles. It has also been used for symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Ylang-ylang Uses

Ylang-ylang essential oil has a rich, floral scent. It is often used in perfumes and skin care products due to this strong and unique smell. Ylang-ylang has a balancing, soothing, and softening properties and can be used for most skin types including combination, dehydrated, dry and oily skin. It is also great for dandruff and to stimulate the scalp.

Cautions

As with all essential oils, cautions should be used especially around children, elderly and animals. Ylang-ylang has a strong scent and can cause headaches and nausea with too much use. Ylang-ylang should be avoided during pregnancy.

Interested in using aromatherapy in your skin, body and hair care products? Check out the following:

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair and Skin eBook