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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:21

Body Brushing – Increase Circulation and Help to Reduce Cellulite

Hi everyone – Sophie here again with my latest blog. I am going to be going into more detail about how useful our Wooden Cellulite Brushes and our Body/Brush Massagers can be in skincare. Click to discover more.  

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:59

5 Simple Ways to Make Aromatherapy Part of Your Life! Part 5 – All-Natural Energy Boost.

To conclude our series looking at how to make Aromatherapy part of your everyday routine we have some great ideas for boosting energy the natural way. Click to learn more. 

Friday, 16 January 2015 10:57

5 Simple Ways to Make Aromatherapy Part Of Your Life! Part 3 – Natural Pain Relief.

In this series of blogs we’ve been looking at how straightforward it can be to benefit from basic Aromatherapy in your every-day life. This post looks at natural pain relief – click to read more.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:45

5 Simple Ways to Make Aromatherapy Part of Your Life! Part 2 – Natural and Easy Home Aromas.

There are many ways to easily incorporate Aromatherapy in your every-day life. Today we look at how straightforward it is to replace those chemical packed air fresheners and home aromas with beautiful, natural pure essential oils

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:25

5 Simple Ways to Make Aromatherapy Part of Your Life! Part 1 - Sleep.

  Last week we looked at how Aromatherapy can offer some assistance in achieving some of the most popular New Year goals. This week, we thought we’d take a look at how you can make choosing Aromatherapy

Monday, 12 January 2015 10:56

Easy DIY Natural Nail Care - Nourishing Growth Blend

Hello again! Sophie here with my latest natural nail care blog. This time I’ll be detailing a blend to help nourish and grow healthy, hydrated nails.

My previous blog was all about weak, brittle nails and gave you a gorgeous blend to help strengthen them. This time I’ve got a lovely nail growth blend that will nourish your nails and help them to grow strong and healthy.

It’s very easy to get hold of nail hardeners in cheap pharmacies etc. They claim to give you long, healthy nails quickly (and most of them do), but have you ever wondered what's used in these nail care products to make our nails so hard? Well, some of them contain a substance called Formalin which is made from dissolved Formaldehyde. Prolonged use of nail hardeners containing Formalin is not recommended as it can actually corrode the nails and leave them split and damaged.  

Of course, just having hard nails does not necessarily mean you have healthy nails. If they’re too hard then they can be become brittle and break. The healthiest nails are flexible.

You’ll be amazed to find how easy it is to make your very own blend using only natural ingredients including pure essential oils. Natural ingredients for healthy, long and flexible nails.

First we need to consider the perfect base oils. Grapeseed Oil is a good choice – it’s full of Vitamins and antioxidants that help to protect and restore nails. Jojoba Oil works well alongside the Grapeseed to provide extra nurturing, hydrating and nourishing properties.

Lavender essential oil protects and heals, Rosemary will stimulate and promote blood flow to the nail bed and Carrot Seed oil helps to maintain moisture balance.

Here’s a great all-natural blend that will help nourish and protect your nails:

Ingredients:

30mls of Grapeseed Oil

10ml of Jojoba Oil

2 Drops Carrot Seed Oil

3 Drops Lavender

2 Drops Rosemary

Method:

Mix the oils together in a small dark glass bottle. Shake the blend before each use to ensure the oils are mixed well before application.

How to use:

To apply, dab a small amount of the blend on the cuticle, then in circular motions gently massage over the entire nail. For best results, give the oils as long as you can to soak into the nails before washing your hands. Bed time is perfect. 

As with all natural ingredients or blends that you’re using for the first time, it’s important to ensure that you won’t react badly when they’re applied to your skin. To do this, it’s very important that you carry out a skin patch test before full application.

Simply apply a small amount to the inside of the elbow and leave for 24 hours. If irritation occurs, rinse the area well and then test each ingredient individually to work out which one(s) is causing the problem.

Simply replace this ingredient with another oil with similar properties. Please don’t be put off if you do have a reaction - there will be a blend that is right for you.

Thank you for reading! My next blog will be focusing on cuticles. I’ve got a gorgeous cuticle balm recipe which helps to treat and prevent dry, sore cuticles. 

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Friday, 09 January 2015 14:48

New Year, New You! Energising Essential Oil Blends to Get You Going at the Gym!

Hello and thank you for reading my blog. This week we've been giving you lots of tips and ideas to help with various New Year's resolutions. Today I have some great ideas for those of you who are starting a new exercise regime. Click to read more.

If your aim this year is to get in shape then you may have decided to join a local gym, take part in exercise classes, take up yoga or join a sports team. There are so many fun ways of staying active that there’s something to suit everyone and although it is always challenging, at least we can find ways of making exercise enjoyable. 

It will all be worth it when you start to reap the wonderful benefits from it. I hope you’ve got off to a good start if this is one of your goals for 2015! 

As with all new starts, one of the hardest parts is to get going in the first place. In these dark, winter months it can be a challenge for us to muster up the energy or motivation to get out for a run, get down to the gym or get up extra early for a yoga class.

Stimulants found in caffeinated drinks can offer us a quick fix, but we often find ourselves paying for it later when the energy levels crash.   

For a natural alternative you can gently boost your energy levels with the use of essential oils. Aromatherapy can not only offer you a boost of energy, motivation and inspiration but there are also many oils which are valuable in treating sore and aching muscles. 

An aromatherapy bath could be just what you need after a long session at the gym to help you revive and rejuvenate. Even better, maybe you can persuade your partner to give you a lovely soothing Aromatherapy massage. Either way, it’s a lovely way of soothing achy muscles and giving yourself a little treat at the same time

So, essential oils can be of great benefit before, during and after exercise.  With that in mind,  we thought we’d give you a few blends to help you kick start your new fitness regime! 

Get up and go!

3 drops Lemon – Fresh, uplifting and energizing. Lemon is a great oil to offer that lift you may be in need of. Inhaling its aroma will help promote clarity of thought and stimulate the mind. Its calming affects can also help beat feelings of anxiety or stress you may be experiencing when starting something new.

2 drops RosemaryAn oil renowned for its stimulating effects, Rosemary is the ideal oil to help you get up and go. It’s a great oil to help you de-stress (maybe to convince yourself that the idea of going to gym really isn’t that bad!?) and it’s a useful oil to use as a decongestant, helping you to breathe more easily which can be helpful during a strenuous exercise session. A great oil to keep with you at all times – simply inhale once or twice directly from a bottle as and when desired. 

1 drop Peppermint – One of the most invigorating oils. The fresh aroma of Peppermint is an incredibly stimulating scent, helping to awaken the mind and energize you. It is a cooling oil which promotes mental clarity and alertness. It’s also naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic, so it’s a great oil to use in massage either before or after sports to help protect and restore your muscles. 

When combined with good nutrition, sufficient rest and a proper warm up session, essential oils can offer wonderful assistance to your workout. 

Next, we have a blend to use after your workout.

Revive and restore - a post work out blend to help you recover.

 

Of course the most effective way of reducing injury is to ensure you stretch well before and after every session, stay hydrated throughout and try not to push yourself too hard.

Essential oils with warming properties can also offer valuable assistance with your recovery. Many contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, helping your muscles to recover effectively. 

You can use this blend either in a well-deserved warm bath or dilute in 15 mls of a carrier oil such as Grapeseed or Sweet Almond and use to massage over the affected areas.

3 drops Juniperberry – the detoxing effects of Juniper will help draw out impurities and help to stimulate circulation. It’s believed to be useful in treating cramps and sore muscles, whilst its stimulating affects will help combat post-workout fatigue 

2 drops Black Pepper – Renowned for its warming properties, Black Pepper is a naturally effective treatment for sore joints and muscles. Its anti-spasmodic properties offers relief from cramp and soreness of the muscles. It’s commonly found in many muscle & joint massage and gel blends. 

1 drop Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory which makes it ideal to use on tired and over worked joints and muscles. Its invigorating aroma will help you to breathe easy after an intense work out session and its stimulating properties will help you keep those energy levels up throughout the day.

I hope that you’ll enjoy finding a way to incorporate some basic Aromatherapy into your workout routine. 

If you’re finding yourself constantly on the go, you may prefer to use a pre-blended product. Here at Amphora we have a great range of ready to use products specifically designed for treating tired and overworked muscles. This includes our ‘Athletic’ and ‘Muscle and Joint’ products which come in the form of a massage oil, bath oil or body lotion

Or you might like to consider our bestselling ‘Muscle and Joint Gel’ which is ideal for applying directly to problem areas to gently ease pain and warm the muscles. 

If you’re getting fitter this year then stick at it, enjoy and look forward to those positive results. Keep your mind on your goal and you’ll be surprised how quickly you reach it :)

 

 

Friday, 09 January 2015 10:17

New Year, New You! Essential Oils to Motivate and Inspire Your Start to 2015. Today: Oils to Help Promote Healthy Eating and Weight Control.

Hello again and thanks for taking the time to read my blog! This week we've been giving you some great ideas to help you with various New Year's resolutions.

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 15:28

New Year, New You! Essential Oils to Motivate and Inspire Your Start to 2015. Today: Oils To Help You Quit.

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions often involves giving up or cutting down on things we know are bad for us.

The top 3 things to give up are probably alcohol, cigarettes or chocolate but whatever you’re trying to break free from, essential oils can help!

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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:59

Easy DIY Natural Nail Care - Strengthen and Defend.

Hi all, Sophie here. Happy New Year to each and every one of you :) My latest blog is all about strengthening your nails to help keep them looking healthy. 

I hope you enjoyed my previous series of blogs on natural skincare (Click here to see all of my blogs so far.)

My next few blogs will be concentrating on natural nail care.

Beautiful, pristine nails make anyone feel good, but finding the time or money to be pampered at salons can be difficult.

Even if you opt for a home treatment, many products available on the market can contain a lot of harsh chemicals which may strip and dry out the nails causing them to split and flake.

It is especially important to look after nails in the colder weather as our nails need moisture and protection just like our skin and hair. 

One of the most common problems is weak, thin and brittle nails. This causes nails to snap and break easily, which leads to further problems with cuticles etc.

Using a naturally hydrating and strengthening treatment oil on them a few times a week can be a really quick and easy way to help strengthen and hydrate your nails, allowing them to grow and look a lot healthier.

Natural ingredients that that benefit weak nails:

Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils can help restore moisture, reducing breakage.

Argan Oil is full of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that deeply hydrate and strengthen dry, brittle nails.

Wheatgerm Oil is naturally rich in Vitamins A, D and E and is full of Vitamins and essential fatty acids which helps to protect nails.  

Here’s a lovely, easy to make cuticle oil blend which is great for nails that are already weak or as a strengthener during colder weather:

Ingredients:

30mls Argan Oil

2 drops Wheat germ Oil

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil

Method:

Blend the oils together in a dark, glass bottle and  shake well before each use. If you have a wheat allergy and need to stay away from using wheat germ then try Coconut Oil instead. It also contains important nutrients that will help strengthen nails.

Application:

Apply 1-2 drops of the oil blend to the cuticle and gently massage over the entire nail. For best results apply the oil before bed when you know you won’t be washing your hands for a few hours. This will give the oils a decent chance to get to work on your nails.

Carrying out a patch test before using the any natural blend for the first time is always important. Apply a small amount to the inside on your elbow and keep an eye on the area for the next 24 hours. If any irritation occurs, simply rinse the area well with water. You may need to test each ingredient individually to establish which one may be causing you to react to the blend.

Thank you for reading! I'll be back soon with another great blend to help you keep your nails in tip-top condition.

If you have any questions or would like some tips on any recipes or any suggestions on topics you would like me to cover then please get in touch. My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'm always happy to hear from you and help however I can!

 

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