Displaying items by tag: aromatherapy

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:43

The Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has been used for centuries, this natural product has many uses, including many wonderful beauty and skincare benefits.

Our Virgin Coconut Oil comes in a solid form, when heated it will soften, even better it is 100% natural!

Monday, 22 May 2017 14:41

Natural Summer Beauty Must-Haves with AA Skincare

Festival and holiday season is now in full swing! Packing all your toiletries when travelling can be a bit of a nightmare especially when you

Monday, 16 January 2017 12:10

AA Skincare’s Plant-Inspired Shower & Bath Gels – What Makes Them Unique?

Following the success of our plant-inspired shampoo range, we have launched 5 natural plant-inspired shower & bath gels. Featuring holistic, Ayurvedic herb powders to boost skin health,

Friday, 14 October 2016 14:11

So Fresh and So Clean!

 

Tomorrow is World Handwashing Day!A day dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives.’ – WaterAid. 

Many infections are spread when hands are contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:58

New season, new face mask!

September is here meaning back to school and college for many of you. This time can be very exciting, but it can also be very stressing for some. With heavy workloads and the change in weather, it can really take its toll on your skin causing it to break out, become oily and very problematic.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 08:28

Naturally Effective Alternatives to Microbeads

With around eight million tonnes of plastic waste entering our oceans every year, there is a push for the UK government to ban plastic microbeads in beauty and personal care products - following the example set by the US and other countries around the world. Two thirds of Brits are in favour of a ban,

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 08:54

Happy Aromatherapy Awareness Week

Happy Aromatherapy Awareness Week


6th – 12th June 2016

This week is Aromatherapy Awareness week (6 -12 June) - a chance to celebrate and promote awareness of the wonderful properties essential oils have to offer.  Our sense of smell is so intrinsically linked to our emotions, it is not surprising essential oils can affect our mood and help to promote emotional wellbeing in our lives.
Although the term ‘Aromatherapy’ was only coined around 100 years ago, since our species evolved we have utilised the natural benefits of plants and oils. Essential oils are simply the ‘essence’ of the plant, enabling us to extract and utilise its natural properties more easily.


As Amphora Aromatics has been sourcing and supplying essential oils for over twenty-five years (we’re now one of the UK’s largest suppliers), this is an exciting time to celebrate aromatherapy and share some of our knowledge of and passion for essential oils.


The world of aromatherapy is ever growing, with treatments increasingly available. Alternative therapies are in great demand in our fast paced, often challenging modern lifestyles, as many of us seek ways of managing and reducing stress.  Aromatherapy can offer a gentle, yet effective way to do this, through practicing mindfulness and relaxation.


How can essential oils help?


Essential oils can help us feel energized, relaxed, joyful - or even act as a natural aphrodisiac.
And it’s not just the psychological benefits essential oils have to offer. They can also help treat physical symptoms, such as muscle strains and aches as well as have amazing skincare and hair care benefits.


Essential oils incorporated into skincare can help to reduce acne and skin conditions such as psoriasis, as well as help to hydrate and rejuvenate mature skin types and dry skin.  Aromatherapy massage is also a popular alternative treatment to help reduce pain associated with arthritis and muscular aches.
And, essential oils can be incorporated to your household cleaning regime, help out in the garden and make a great addition to a first aid or travel kit.


We’d love you to join us this week to celebrate everything aromatherapy has to offer. Keep up to date with our social media pages and we’ll be running special giveaways and competitions, as well as running special offers on our website.


Happy Aromatherapy Awareness Week!

 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:44

5 Essential Oils to Help Tackle Arthritis Pain

May is National Arthritis Awareness month. It is thought nearly 10 million people each year in the UK will seek help from their GP concerning arthritis related conditions. It can effect anyone regardless of age and gender.


The symptoms vary based upon different types of arthritis

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 13:33

New Year, New You

New Year, New You


Aromatherapy for Health and Wellbeing.

January can be a challenging time of year – its cold outside and many of us are returning to work after a Christmas break in which we may have overindulged in food and drink. The New Year often brings with it a pressure to take on new resolutions and make improvements and changes to areas of our lives.
Often this involves making improvements to our health and wellbeing. Many of us will be flocking to the gym, cutting down on alcohol or stocking up on fruit and vegetables to give ourselves a healthy boost for the New Year.


If health and wellbeing is big on your agenda this year, you may be interested to find out how incorporating aromatherapy and essential oils into your day to day life can make significant differences and help you along your journey to a new, healthier you!
There are endless benefits of using essential oils to promote health and wellbeing. Over the next month, we’ll be giving you some tips, ideas and advice on how to can make the most of them and really feel the great benefits they can offer.


It may be using relaxing oils such as Lavender and Frankincense to ease stress levels and promote mindfulness in your life. It may be making the most of invigorating and stimulating oils such as Peppermint and Rosemary or to energize you before a gym session (there are also many to help you recover after an intense exercise session too). Essential oils can also work wonders at helping detox the skin after a time of indulgence and help protect against the harsh winter weather.
Watch this space over the next weeks for lots of tips and simple recipes to come!

 

January can be a challenging time of year – its cold outside and many of us are returning to work after a Christmas break in which we may have overindulged in food and drink. The New Year often brings with it a pressure to take on new resolutions and make improvements and changes to areas of our lives.
Often this involves making improvements to our health and wellbeing. Many of us will be flocking to the gym, cutting down on alcohol or stocking up on fruit and vegetables to give ourselves a healthy boost for the New Year.
If health and wellbeing is big on your agenda this year, you may be interested to find out how incorporating aromatherapy and essential oils into your day to day life can make significant differences and help you along your journey to a new, healthier you!
There are endless benefits of using essential oils to promote health and wellbeing. Over the next month, we’ll be giving you some tips, ideas and advice on how to can make the most of them and really feel the great benefits they can offer.
It may be using relaxing oils such as Lavender and Frankincense to ease stress levels and promote mindfulness in your life. It may be making the most of invigorating and stimulating oils such as Peppermint and Rosemary or to energize you before a gym session (there are also many to help you recover after an intense exercise session too). Essential oils can also work wonders at helping detox the skin after a time of indulgence and help protect against the harsh winter weather.
Watch this space over the next weeks for lots of tips and simple recipes to come!

 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:14

5 simple homemade aromatherapy gift ideas

 

The idea of making your own bespoke gifts may seem daunting, but it really can be made so simple. There are many ways of creating unique, personalized gifts using as little as two or three ingredients. Making your own toiletries and cosmetics is a great way to get creative with scents and colours, plus when they are homemade, you can rest assure there are no nasty chemicals and unwanted additives that you may find in a finished, store bought product. It’s also a great chance to learn lots of recipes so you can make them again, plus it’s a great way to save money!!


(1)    Whipped body butter

This luxuriously rich, all natural moisturizer makes a gorgeous gift (or it’s also great to use on yourself for some home pampering sessions).

It contains some lovely ingredients which help nourish and protect the skin (ideal for use during the colder months of the year).

What’s more it smells and looks delicious (although do not attempt to eat it!).

Take:

½ cup of Shea Butter
½ cup of Cocoa Butter
½ cup of Virgin coconut oil
½ cup of carrier oil
30-35 drops of Vanilla Extract Oil (or an essential oil of your choice).

Simply combine all the ingredients, except the essential oil, in a *double boiler and gently heat on a low temperature. Keep stirring until they become liquid.  Once this is done, allow the mixture to sit for roughly 15 minutes and then add your essential oils.

Next place the mixture in the fridge and allow it to set.

Once this is done, use a mixer to gently whisk the mixture into a fluffy consistency (or until you are happy with it). This may take up to 5 minutes.

When your mixture is ready, simply scoop into your desired container (a glass kilner jar would be ideal).

*To make a double boiler, simply fill a regular saucepan with water and set to the desired heat. Next place a glass mixing bowl on top to put the ingredients in. This allows you to melt down the ingredients more slowly s they don’t burn or seperate.

(2)    Luxurious Bath Melts

These make the perfect gift for the winter time when we most enjoy taking a long, hot bath. The great thing about these bath melts is that they contain a number of natural ingredients with excellent moisturizing properties, which help to nourish the skin during the cold winter months.

Shea Butter (50g)
Cocoa Butter (50g)
Essential Oil 30-40 drops (we’d recommend relaxing scents such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang or Sandalwood).
Silicon moulds (these can often be found in a homeware store in the kitchen section and they come in all sorts of different shapes to choose from).
Dried flowers/herbs (optional).

Using a double boiler, gently melt down the Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter until it becomes a liquid form. Next add your dried herbs (if you are using them).

Add 3-4 drops of essential oil in each of your moulds and then carefully pour your mixture on top.

Simply leave your mixture to set in the moulds (you can pop them in the freezer to speed things up). When they have solidified, gently remove them from the moulds and store them in a cool place.



(3)    Sensuous Solid perfumes

Solid perfumes make the ideal stocking filler; you can get really creative in blending oils to suit your preferences and they are really easy to make. The lovely thing about solid perfumes is that they can be made with 100% natural ingredients (and you can also avoid using alcohol which may be used in traditional spritz perfumes).

For the basic ‘how to’, check out our blog from last year:

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/297-diy-solid-perfumes

For some recipe ideas, you can try the following:

Sumptuously Sweet Vanilla Solid Perfume

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/298-sumptuously-sweet-diy-vanilla-solid-perfume

Citrus Zing Solid Perfume

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/299-diy-citrus-zing-solid-perfume

Exotic Ylang Ylang, Orange & Sandalwood Solid Perfume

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/301-exotic-ylang-ylang-orange-sandalwood-diy-solid-perfume

DIY Solid Perfume for Men

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/302-diy-solid-aftershave-pour-homme



(4)    Exfoliating Salt Scrubs

Salt scrubs are incredibly easy to make. They can be made from as little as two ingredients and they make the ideal gift for anyone who loves a good pampering. They can be used in the bath or shower to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

For some simple recipes and ideas, check out some of our previous blog posts:



Lemon & Lavender Salt Scrub Recipe

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/381-lemon-lavender-salt-scrub

Tropical Lime & Coconut Salt Scrub Recipe

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/382-tropical-lime-coconut-salt-scrub-recipe-ideal-for-giving-your-feet-a-spring-time-treat

Invigorating Grapefruit & Peppermint Salt Scrub Recipe

http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/380-spring-cleaning-your-skin


(5)    Aromatherapy Lip Balms 

Lip balms make the perfect stocking filler!! They’re incredibly easy to make and they are a really useful gift for this time of year when our lips are subject to cold weather conditions, often leaving them dry, damaged and chapped.

This ever so simple recipe is 100% natural and contains some gorgeous ingredients which really help to nourish and protect the lips.

You will need:

A small container (a small glass jar or metal tin the size of 15 – 20ml is ideal)

Virgin Coconut Oil (1 tablespoon)

A carrier Oil of your choice (2 tablespoons)

1 ½ tablespoons of Beeswax pellets (for vegan options you can try Soy wax flakes).

15 drops of Essential Oil

These measurements will fill roughly 3 of the 15ml jars or tins; you can obviously increase or decrease the measurements depending on how many you make.

*Tip – because the mixture tends to solidify very quickly, I found it is best to do 2-3 jars at a time to make life easier (and less messy).

Using a double boiler, gently heat up the beeswax, carrier oil and Coconut oil until it has melted.
Next turn off the heat and add the essential oil(s) and gently stir them in.
Your mixture is now ready to pour into your containers.
Simply allow your lip balms to dry naturally (they will solidify fairly quickly, but you can speed the process up by popping them in the fridge for a few hours).

*Some recommended essential oils to use in lip balms:

Peppermint
Lime
Lemon
Grapefruit
Orange

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and we hope you have been inspired to create your own homemade, all natural gifts.

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