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Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil

5 Aug

The essential oil of Frankincense is quite popular in our modern era. And, with good reason. Frankincense has been valued since ancient times for its medicinal, aromatic, cosmetic and spiritual applications. Today, we know that this essential oils is naturally beneficial for:

  1. Better respiration
  2. Anti-Inflammatory properties
  3. Helping to relieve stress and anxiety
  4. Helping to support the immune system
  5. Skin care

Below I have shared a couple of recipes that have been popular with attendees to my sessions on the Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil. Our next class is scheduled for August 12th at our Annapolis location starting at 5:30pm. These classes are free. Your Body Needs…Frankincense is sold undiluted in 5ml or 10ml, it is organic and from a sustainable source. You will love the quality of our Frankincense.

Stop the Noise Blend.

To help slow down and deepen breath.

  1. Bath: Add 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops clarysage and 2 drops lavender essential oils. Take deep breaths as you inhale the aroma.
  2. In a diffuser: Add 4 drops frankincense, 3 drops clarysage and 4 lavender OR 4 drops frankincense, 2 drops rose, 2 drops ylang ylang and 3 drops orange essential oils.

Anti-Inflammatory or Joint Conditions.

  1. In 15ml of cold pressed carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, safflower) add 5 drops of frankincense, 7 drops of lavender and 2 drops of thyme essential oils. Apply as needed.
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Aromatherapy for a Good Night’s Sleep

22 Mar

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We have all been there.  Long nights  laying there with thoughts zooming around in your head, your mind won’t stop, the to-do list just keeps going and going with endless thoughts churning like an ocean during a storm.  You simply cannot sleep and time keeps ticking by leaving you awake while the world is at rest.  A sleepless night is miserable to say the least.

In order to function and perform daily tasks we need good quality sleep.  We spend an average of one-third of our lives asleep.  Sleep is necessary in order to recharge our minds and our bodies.  According to Harvard Medical School the average American adult gets 6.9 hours of sleep on a weeknight and 7.5 hours of sleep on  weekends and about 70 million of us sleep poorly and for more than half of Americans poor sleep is a long-term problem.  Sleep helps with memory function, attention and awareness to our surroundings, reduces stress, makes us less prone to accidents, increases  our creativity and more.  If you are not getting adequate sleep or if you want to enhance your sleep, the use of essential oils can truly help.

How Aromatherapy Can Help

Diffusing certain essential oils in your bedroom can help you get the restful sleep you need.  Essential oils will not cure insomnia or the cause of it however, using essential oils with therapeutic properties for calming the nervous system can help to promote a good night nights sleep.  Many of us are familiar with tea light diffusers however nebulizers (electronic diffusers) are perfect to use while you sleep; there is no candle and they turn off automatically.  You can fall into a slumber and not worry about a thing!

Here’s a list of essential oils to use for a restful nights sleep:

Chamomile, Roman– Helps to promote calm and restful sleep.

Clary Sage– Balancing to the mind, calming.

Frankincense– Helps to reduce anxiety and stress.  Also

helps with the respiratory system.

Lavender– Calming.  Helps to reduce mental stress and anxiety.  Very helpful for insomnia.

Neroli– Has sedative properties, soothing.  Useful in times of insomnia.

Orange–  Calms the nervous system.

Rose– A sedative for the nerves.  Helps to alleviate irritability and insomnia.

Sandalwood– Helps to relax the nervous system.  Useful for insomnia.

Aroma Blends for a Good Nights Sleep

Here’s a few sleep inducing blends to get you started.  These blends are based on using a nebulizer– in each case add distilled water to your nebulizer along with the essential oils.

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Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

  • Place an aromatic blend in your nebulizer about 15-20 minutes before turning in; the aroma will fill your room before you get there making it a sanctuary for sleep.
  • Take an aromatic bath using essential oils listed above.  Use no more than 6-10 drops total in your bath.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages after noon.
  • Avoid rigorous exercise at least 3 hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid falling asleep with the television on, better yet, remove the television from your bedroom completely.
  • A few minutes of meditation can help and gentle yoga stretches can also help you relax after a busy day.

Take time to wind down before bed so your body has time to switch gears from the activity of the day.  Perhaps spend some time reading or writing out your to-do list for tomorrow.  Find a routine that works for you.  You may find that you look forward to bedtime with the use of a nebulizer and essential oils and wonder how you lived without it!  Combining the use of aromatherapy with an evening routine to wind down is a healthy habit in which you will be rewarded with shut-eye, a well rested body and mind to take on the day!  Good night and sleep well everyone!

 

Baby it’s Cold Outside- Winter Skin CareTips

21 Jan

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Your skin, the largest organ of your body, protects you, absorbs nutrients, provides insulation and so much more.  With exposure to drier air and colder temperatures skin loses oil and water it needs to stay healthy and supple and becomes dry, irritated, cracked or itchy.  Here are some tips to help your skin as the journey through winter continues.

In the Bath:

  • Avoid long hot showers.  As tempting as it may be to take a hot shower or bath to warm up, use lukewarm water only.  Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils.  The hotter the water and the longer the shower the more oil your skin loses.
  • Dry skin brushing.  Do this once a week to help stimulate your skin’s natural oils.  Use small swift circular motions towards the heart.  Dry brush skin right before your shower or bath.
  • Use natural soaps that are gentle to your skin such as Your Body Needs… Goats Milk Soap, Lavender Soap and Peppermint Eucalyptus Soap.  Avoid commercial soaps, these tend to be drying to the skin, and are loaded with synthetic fillers and fragrances.  You can even make your own body washes using unscented castile soap, essential oils and sweet almond oil!
  • Exfoliate in the shower once a week.  Create your own sea salt and sugar scrubs using sweet almond oil and essential oils.  These scrubs rid the skin of dead cells and add lipids back into the epidermis.
  • Always, always, always apply body oil after a shower or bath.  You can create your own blends, or if that is a daunting task, use Your Body NeedsClassic Blend Body Oil.  Apply body oil when skin is still slightly damp, this way your skin will be both hydrated and moisturized.  

Give Your Hands a Hand:

Our hands are exposed to everything!  Give them the extra care they need.

  • Hand washing and detergents are drying to your skin.  This doesn’t mean you have to stop washing your hands!  Remember to apply moisturizer to them frequently such as Your Body Needs Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream.  This cream is truly a winter- time staple!  Never leave home without it!
  • Keep your hands protected from the elements by wearing gloves or mittens.
  •  Avoid hand sanitizing products that contain alcohol.  Alcohol is extremely drying to the skin.  Can’t live without your hand sanitizer?  Make your own using essential oils such as Tea Tree, Thyme and Lavender mixed with distilled water and aloe vera gel.  Place ingredients in a 2 ounce spritzer bottle and take it with you!
  • Wear gloves when washing dishes.  This will protect your hands from being over-exposed to hot water and detergents.

In the Laundry:

  • Check your detergent.  Do not use anything that contains synthetic fragrances.  Instead, use varieties that are free of perfumes and dyes.
  • Avoid scented dryer sheets. If you do use dryer sheets, again, make sure they are free from fragrances.
  • If you miss that fresh laundry scent add a damp cloth with a few drops of Tea Tree or Lavender essential oil and pop it in the dryer along with your clothes!

Other Ways to Help Your Skin:

  • Don’t forget your feet; they get dry too!  Be sure to use a pumice stone on callused areas and apply Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream to them before going to bed.  You will have smooth feet in the morning!
  • Using heat in the home is unavoidable however that adds to the drying of your skin.  Use a humidifier to replace lost moisture in the air.  Not only will your skin benefit, your sinuses will too!
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.  Water helps all systems of your body, skin included!

Protect and take care of your skin.  Nourish it by using natural products; your skin absorbs everything you put on it into your body.  Your skin is the only organ of the body that is directly exposed to it all! Nourish it, protect it and it will protect you!  Stay warm and mosturized everyone!

Want to learn more about taking care of your skin?  Attend our workshop, “Love the Skin You’re In” on Tuesday February 19th at 6:30 PM. You will learn how to use essential oils in skin care and create a body oil and an exfoliating salt scrub.  Call the office or stop by the studio to register.

Gifts of Comfort & Joy

17 Dec

If you are still looking for the perfect gift or for a little something Your Body Needs… has what you need to fill those stockings with cheer!  We have an array of beautiful gift packages that have been created and assembled here at the studio. We are pleased to bring you bath fizzies and fizzy bath salts this year as well as beautiful dried flower buds of lavender, rose and chamomile. Everything smells so good and looks amazing. Come on in and find something for everyone on your list and give beautiful gifts that will bring comfort and joy to all!

Stocking Stuffers

We have a selection of products perfect for little gifts or for stuffing those stockings!

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Little Somethings:  Packaged with a waffle weave face cloth, natural wooden soap dish, face brush and lavender soap.  These are a favorite every year!

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Bath Fizzies: Come in a variety of shapes from stars, snowmen, angels, doves and more.  These are fun and whimsical and make the perfect gift for anyone.  They smell great and leave your skin feeling soft and nourished after taking a bath!

There are two varieties to choose from “All is Calm” featuring  a blend of Lavender, Orange and Clary Sage and “Peace on Earth” is a blend of Patchouli, Frankincense and Clove Bud.

We also have Bath Salt Fizzies too!

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The Gift Packages…

Body Beautiful Gift Package

Body Beautiful Gift Package

Body Beautiful is packed with everything for your skin.  Classic Blend Body Oil, Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream, Bath Fizzie Ball (made with essential oils of rose, ginger and mandarin) and finished off with beautiful chamomile buds.  This is such a delightful gift to give!

Visions of Sugar Plums

Visions of Sugar Plums

Visions of Sugar Plums is the ultimate gift for de-stressing.  This wonderful package contains beautiful loose chamomile flowers, a nebulizer, essential oils of Lavender, Mandarin and Roman Chamomile and an herbal eye pillow.  Perfect for getting that great night sleep; you  will have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head in no time!

A Rosy Holiday (center)

A Rosy Holiday is a beautiful gift to give.  The dried rose petals smell amazing and catch the eye.  This package contains Classic Blend Body Oil, a facial brush and a heart-shaped bath fizzie made with essential oils of Rose, Ginger and Mandarin.

Staff Picks…

Rose and Janet C:

Visions of Sugar Plums.  What Rose says,  “This would be an awesome give to receive even if the person doesn’t know anything about aromatherapy.  It is packaged beautifully, anyone would be happy to get this as a gift!”

What Janet C says, “I like that the nebulizers are easy to use and clean.  Also, it is nice to be able to mix oils and create blends to diffuse around the house, especially during the holidays.  I would love to receive this package!”

Chris & Janet D:

The Blending Package.  What Chris says, “I like the base of almond carrier oil, it does wonders for my skin.  I like the that the package has everything in it to make blends and I really like the combination of of Ginger, Rose and Mandarin essential oils .”

What Janet D says, “These have everything in them you need to blend.  They make a great introduction for those starting out on the path of blending.  Everything is kept tidy in the zip bags.  The zip bags makes them very portable, take them with you when you travel!”

Nikki:

Body Beautiful.  “I would love to receive this package.  It has the necessities for skin care especially during the winter months.  Classic Blend Body Oil, Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream (I never leave home without it) plus a bath fizzie!  The chamomile buds make the package extra special.  I would use the buds for tea and along with the fizzie to soak in the bath.  This package is beautiful!”

Corey:

Home for the Holidays.  “I enjoy using my tealight diffuser so I picked this package.  It comes with essential oils of Ginger, Cinnamon and Orange which smell good together.”

Corey is also a fan of our Muscle Therapy Cream.  The blend of six essential oils (Peppermint, Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper, Clove Bud and Thyme) really helps to take the ache out of overworked muscles.  Muscle Therapy Cream makes a great stocking stuffer!

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

If you still don’t know what to give massage gift certificates always make the perfect gift!

Happy Holidays Everyone!  See you in the new year with the essential oil of the month!

Take care and be merry!

December Essential Oil of the Month…Juniper Berry!

3 Dec

Botanical Name: Juniperius communis

Source: Berry

Overview:

Juniper berry essential oil has a fresh, woodsy and cleansing aroma.  It is an energizing essential oil which makes it a good choice to use this time of year as the days get shorter.  Diffuse juniper berry essential oil in your home for an energizing and outdoorsy feel.  Try blending with peppermint and cinnamon essential oils to create a cheerful ambiance in your home.

Juniper berry essential oil is known for its detoxifying qualities.  Because of juniper berry’s warming and circulatory benefits it helps to get the blood flowing and rid the body of wastes.  Juniper berry essential oil also helps to reduce muscle aches and pains and joint stiffness.

Try juniper berry in your massage this month with our Winter Wonderland massage blend.  This month our massage blend features juniper berry, black pepper, cedarwood and peppermint.  This blend will help to give you energy, detoxify and relieve muscle soreness.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes

Detoxify Salt Scrub

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sea salt

Juniper berry essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

15mls (1 Tablespoon) Almond oil

Directions:

1. Place sea salt in a medium bowl.

2.  Pour the almond oil over the sea salt and mix together with a spoon until blended.

3.  Add juniper berry essential oil and mix well.

4. Add grapefruit essential oil and mix well.

Once all ingredients are incorporated and mixed well, place in a jar to use in the shower.

To use:

Use in shower on wet skin.  Start from the ankles and work your way up, working in circular motions.  Rinse off. (I suggest using salt scrubs after you have washed your body that way the you get the benefit of the oil staying on your skin to mosturize.)  After your shower pat skin off and on damp skin apply our Classic Blend Body Oil.

Use salt scrub one time a week; you do not want to over exfoliate.  Do not use on freshly shaven skin or on cuts or wounds.

Winter Ambiance Diffuser Blend

5 drops Juniper berry essential oil

4 drops Cinnamon essential oil

3 drops Peppermint essential oil

Add water to a tealight diffuser or nebulizer, add essential oils and enjoy!

 

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of December receive 10% off your Juniper berry Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

The Holidays are Here Again; YBN Has the Essentials!

20 Nov

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year once again; time does move quickly!  There has been a lot of excitement in the studio!  We have been busy creating packages for the holiday season, holding  Gift Making for the Holidays workshops and we are having an Open House next week.

Enjoy a stress free holiday shopping experience at Your Body Needs… and know that at the same time you are supporting a local business!  Give gifts with confidence; Your Body Needs… only uses pure essential oils and quality ingredients, you won’t find synthetics here.  Be sure to visit us during this season, don’t miss out and we always love to see our wonderful customers.

Open House: 

Join us on Wednesday November 28th from 6:30-8:30 PM for our open house. This will be a fun evening with food, discounts and prizes!

Gift Making for the Holidays Workshop

Our Gift Making workshop has been a big hit!  You get to have fun putting together gift packages and create products using pure essential oils.  Enjoy an evening of fun and knock out your gift list at the same time without all the stress!

November Dates: Tuesday 27th 6:30 PM & Thursday 29th 6:30 PM

December Dates: Tuesday 11th 6:30 PM & Tuesday 18th 6:30 PM

Gift Packages

We have put together an assortment of gift packages that are ready for you to come in and scoop up!

This years packages…

A Rosy Holiday: Includes YBN’s Classic Blend Body Oil, Facial Brush, heart shaped bath fizzie (made at YBN using Rose, Ginger and Mandarin essential oils), and beautiful dried rose buds.

Body Beautiful:Includes YBN’s Classic Blend Body Oil, YBN’s Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream, bath fizzie (made at YBN using Rose, Ginger and Mandarin essential oils) and aromatic loose chamomile buds.

   

 Visions of Sugar Plums: Includes an electric nebulizer, lavender herbal eye pillow, YBN’s essential oils of Lavender, Mandarin and Roman Chamomile, and loose chamomile buds.

 Home for the Holidays: Includes a tealight diffuser, YBN’s essential oils of Cinnamon, Ginger and Orange and cinnamon sticks.

Bath Fizzies: We have an assortment of bath fizzies available this year too.  These have been hand made right here in our studio!  They come in a variety of holiday shapes, make great stocking stuffers and not only are they fun to use but they make your skin feel great!  And well, there is nothing quite like taking an aromatic bath!

 And other essentials….

Going clockwise from top left: Blending Kit, Little Something (packaged with lavender soap, facial brush, waffle weave face cloth and soap dish), Fizzie Bath Salts, and assorted aromatherapy items (bamboo essential oil storage box, bamboo essnetail oil travel box, car diffuser, Breathe Deep Essential Oils for Yoga kit and candles.  Lots of goodies!

At Your Body Needs… we are truly thankful to have all of our wonderful customers.    We tend to become a bit busier this time of year, however, remember to schedule a massage, and maybe even attend a Meditation and Aromatherapy Workshop.  Remember to take care of yourself during this holiday season.  Stay healthy and happy everyone! As always, if you have any questions feel free to call us at 443-292-4395 or email us at info@yourbodyneeds.com.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.

November Essential Oil of the Month…Black Pepper!

2 Nov

Botanical Name: Piper nigrum

Source: dried, unripe fruit (berries)

Overview:

The aroma of black pepper essential oil is warm and spicy and perhaps you could say a benefit of its aroma is it will not make you sneeze!  While black pepper essential oil is not typically popular to use in diffuser blends it can help to pack a spice “punch” when blended with other spice oils such as clove bud and cinnamon.   In addition to blending well with other spice oils black pepper essential oil blends nicely with citrus and floral essential oils.  Be sure to schedule your massage this month to experience black pepper essential oil blended with florals.  Our massage blend of the month, “Autumn Comfort” consists of black pepper, lavender, geranium and clary sage essential oils.

Therapeutically black pepper essential oil is analgesic, antiviral, stimulating and helps increase circulation.  The analgesic, warming and circulatory qualities of  black pepper essential oil make this essential oil ideal to use with massage.  Black pepper essential oil is excellent to use to reduce pain associated with sore muscles, arthritis and sciatica.  Black pepper is also beneficial to the respiratory system; you can even use it in a massage blend to rub on your chest when suffering from the common cold, flu or bronchitis.

An interesting bit of information associated with black pepper essential oil is it has been shown to be a helpful aid for those trying to quit smoking.  The aroma of black pepper essential oil has been found to reduce cigarette cravings.  Some have found it helpful to carry a bottle of black pepper essential oil with them while quitting this habit and when cravings arise, simply breathe in the aroma instead of pulling out that cigarette.

Don’t forget to book your massage this month and experience black pepper in our blend of the month,”Autumn Comfort”.  Call the office today to schedule your appointment.  443-292-4395.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

Bruise Healing Blend

To one ounce of grapeseed oil add the following:

5  drops Black Pepper essential oil

2 drops German Chamomile essential oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

Massage into bruise 2-3 times a day to promote circulation and healing.

Sore Muscle Aroma Bath Blend

4 drops Black Pepper essential oil

2 drops Rosemary essential oil

1 drop Ginger essential oil

1. Draw a warm bath.

2. Add essential oil drops right before you get in the tub.

3.  Soak away your sore muscle pain!

 

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of November receive 10% off your Black Pepper Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

October Essential Oil of the Month…Ginger!

1 Oct

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

Source: Root

Overview:

The aroma of ginger essential oil is one that is pungent, warm and spicy.  The warm and spicy qualities this essential oil has makes it perfect for autumn!  Ditch your synthetically fragranced candles and have fun creating diffuser blends this fall for your home. Ginger essential oil blends well with citrus oils and spice oils such as clove bud and cinnamon.

Ginger essential oil is perfect for use in massage because one of it’s therapeutic properties is analgesic (pain reliving).  At Your Body Needs ginger essential oil is an ingredient found in our Muscle Therapy Cream and Muscle Rub (which is one of the aromatherapy blends you can choose for your massage session).  Ginger essential oil also helps increase circulation making it ideal to use for muscle pain, arthritis pain and for treating cold hands and feet.  Another benefit of ginger essential oil is it can help to boost energy levels, combat nervous exhaustion and mental fatigue because it is stimulating.  For those out there that suffer from travel sickness this essential oil is for you since ginger helps to relive nausea!

Ginger essential oil is handy to have in your essential oil stash.  Use it for circulation, muscle pain, arthritis pain, to relieve nausea and to help reduce coughs and colds.   Add ginger essential oil to your life this month and reap the benefits it has to offer!  And don’t forget to schedule your massage appointment to experience ginger essential oil in our Blend of the Month: “Fall into Autumn” or in our Muscle Rub blend.

Uses & Facts:

Recipes:

Warm My Cold Hands and Feet Blend

Use this blend as a massage oil for your hands and feet to get the circulation going!

2 drops Ginger essential oil

3 drops Black Pepper essential oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

Add one ounce of grapeseed oil and mix both essential oils and grapeseed together and massage into hands and feet.  Better yet, after you make the blend find a willing participant to massage your hands and feet for you!

Cold and Flu Blend

2 drops Ginger essential oil

3 drops Thyme essential oil

7 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

This can be used as a diffuser blend in your home to dispel germs.  You can also use this as a massage blend and rub on the chest to ease cold and flu congestion.  To use as a massage blend add the above drops to one ounce of grapeseed oil and blend together.

Autumn Home Diffuser Blend

3 drops Ginger essential oil

4 drops Cinnamon essential oil

5 drops Orange essential oil

Place oils in a diffuser or nebulizer, add water and enjoy the scent of autumn in your home naturally!

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line! For the month of October receive 10% off your Ginger Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes!

Spotlight on Prenatal Massage at Your Body Needs…

20 Sep

Prenatal massage is one of the massage treatments offered at Your Body Needs.  Massage during this exciting time is truly beneficial throughout the entire pregnancy (as long it is not a complicated pregnancy, in which case you would need approval from your physician).  Prenatal massage provides relief to aches and pains that accompany your changing body during this time.  At Your Body Needs the massage session is catered to your needs and your comfort; this is always our number one priority.  We understand your body is going through changes both physically and hormonally.  Massage therapy provides relief to many of the normal discomforts often experienced during pregnancy.  During your session you are positioned with pillows and support for your comfort.  We even have a “Prego Pillow” which allows full term mothers to lay face down for a portion of your massage; this is a favorite by many moms!  Aromatherapy  is available for use in prenatal massage.  You can choose from our in studio created blends of lavender or lavender & chamomile; both of these blends are safe for the mother to be and have soothing and calming effects on the mind and body.  Everything you do is experienced by your baby, receiving massage during this time benefits both of you!

Benefits of Prenatal Massage:

  • Provides stress reduction.
  • Helps to relieve muscle tension, especially in low back, upper back, shoulders and neck.
  • Helps to relieve headaches.
  • Helps relieve nasal and sinus congestion often associated with pregnancy.
  • Helps to improve circulation which allows more oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to cells of both mother and baby.
  • Eases tension in feet.
  • Moisturizes and nurtures your skin.
  • Massage provides relaxation which in turn can enhance your quality of sleep.
  • Helps to reduce edema.

YBN Products for Mothers and Baby:

Your Body Needs creates hand blended pure aromatherapy products with both the mother to be and baby in mind!

Stretch Mark Prevention Oil:  This is a must have for moms!  Use this body oil throughout your entire pregnancy to keep your skin soft and supple.  Don’t just take our word for it, check out the reviews!  This body oil is specifically formulated to help the skin keep its elasticity and to stay moisturized.  Stretch Mark Prevention Oil is made with a blend of LavenderMandarin and Neroli essential oilsSweet Almond oil and Wheat Germ oil.  Not only does it help to prevent stretch marks naturally, but in applying the oil it gives you a chance to feel taken care of and nurtured.

Better Baby OilThis is a must have for baby!  Avoid those other products out there on the market, they most likely contain mineral oil; an absolute no-no for anyone’s skin!  Your Body Needs… Better Baby Oil is all natural and will keep your baby’s skin nourished.  Our baby oil is blended in almond oil with essential oils of LavenderMandarin and Roman Chamomile.  These essential oils are soothing and calming, use at bedtime to help baby sleep through the night.

Continued Care:

Massage therapy offers benefits to moms both before and after the birth.  Continue to receive regular massage, after-all once that little one is here you can benefit from time to yourself.  Receiving massage post-partum helps you to regain strength more quickly and helps reduce post-partum stress.   Continued self-care is beneficial and the effects of massage therapy are cumulative; your body does need and benefits from massage!

August Essential Oil of the Month…Eucalyptus!

31 Jul

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globulus

Source: Leaves

Overview:

Eucalyptus is a versatile essential oil that no home should be without.  Eucalyptus essential oil has many therapeutic properties and can be used as an analgesic, decongestant, antiseptic and febrifuge (cooling to the body).  One of the main chemical makeups found in this highly versatile essential oil is eucalyptol.  Eucalyptol is found in over the counter chest rubs; why not just make your own using eucalyptus essential oil along with a carrier oil?

Its uses range from relief of muscle aches and pains, to headaches and even respiratory problems.  This essential oil also works well as an insect repellent and helps treat insect bites and stings.  Perhaps eucalyptus essential oil is most known for its ability to ease and clear congestion.  Eucalyptus helps in the cases of cough, cold, runny nose, nasal congestion, bronchitis, asthma and sinusitis.  Diffuse eucalyptus in the air and it not only disinfects the air but also provides a refreshing and cleansing benefit.  Do you have eucalyptus in your essential oil collection?  If not this month is for you!  Purchase eucalyptus essential oil either in our studio or on-line and receive 10% off this must have essential oil!

Uses & Facts:

Be sure to schedule a massage using our blend of the month “Natures Dream”.  This blend is a combination of eucalyptus, lavender, Roman chamomile and juniperberry essential oils.  Call today to schedule your massage.

Recipes:

Room Cleansing Diffuser Blend

3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

5  drops Lemon essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

Add essential oils and water to a tea light diffuser or nebulizer.  Enjoy the aroma!

Sinus Clearing Steam Inhalation

2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

boiling water

Place the essential oils in a bowl.  Add about a cup or so of boiling water to the bowl.  Place a towel over head and breathe in the steam.  Be sure to close eyes.  This is a great inhalation to do whenever you are feeling congested whether it be from sinus, allergies, or due to common cold.

Come on in and shop our studio or on-line!  For the month of August receive 10% off your Eucalyptus Pure Essential Oil purchase!

As always, check out our website at www.YourBodyNeeds.com for more information and recipes