Home Remedies: Aromatherapy

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As the years have gone by I have found myself facing many unavoidable anxieties. Finding natural ways to release stress and calm myself have come greatly by the use of my senses. Touch: Smell: Taste: Sight: Sound.
I have found multiple comforts in each. Although one I have focuses on is smell and Aromatherapy.

There’s something about a soft and subtle scent which produces physical and emotional health benefits in which I find comfort. Although finding creative and simple ways to incorporate these scents into our daily lives can be a struggle. Therefor; I have created a list of Essential Oil’s I have personally used along with their Health Benefits. Also fun and easy ways to make these oils accessible!

Essential Oils & Health Benefits:

Lavender:
Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Allergies, Asthma, Labour Pains, Migraine.

Eucalyptus:
Stress, Memory, Arthritis, Poor Circulation, Muscle Aches, Sinus Pain.

Basil:
Fatigue, Exhaustion, Memory, Concentration, Colds, Muscle Pains.

Chamomile:
Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Irritability, Insomnia, Stress, Allergies, Arthritis, Colic, Headache, Nausea.

Sage:
Anxiety, Fatigue, Exhaustion, Fear, Stress, Asthma, Labour Pains.

Jasmine:
Stress, Depression, Fear, Fatigue, Exhaustion, Anger, Labour Pains.

Peppermint:
Fatigue, Exhaustion, Memory, Concentration, Nausea, Fever, Asthma, Colic, Headache.

More essential oils and their benefits can be found here:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/list-of-essential-oils.html

Using these essential oils through massage or mixed with lotions, is a common and soothing way of use. Although, there are other tricks I have found that have been possibly more useful and more accessible with a busy schedule.

Epsom salts in your bath; simple yet so soothing! Adding a few drops of your essential oils into a cup of Epsom salts; doing so will pair the aromas with the soothing uses of salts and warm bath water! Epsom salts are rich with both magnesium and sulfate; which alone can help with arthritis and joint pains. Paired with the emotional and physical scents and touch of a warm bath, there’s no going wrong with health beneficial relaxation!

Although, let’s be honest; not all of us have time in the day to relax in a nice long bath. Making my next solution a great one! Making an Aromatherapy Rice Bag! These are easy and almost always useful; easy to pop into the microwave and have relief in a few minutes no matter where you are or what time it is. Whether you place bag and placing it on a sore neck or back: tuck the warm bag into the bottom of you blanket during a chilled night: or just heat it up simply for the aroma. You can’t go wrong.

My mother made me my own aromatherapy rice bag a few years ago and it works wonders! Adding a few drops of your favourite, or most health beneficial oil, to the rice before finishing making your rice bag can provide endless relief. The internet has made it so useful and the following are a few links to instruction on how to make your own.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/86874-make-aromatherapy-rice-bags/

http://justsomethingimade.com/2009/02/homemade-lavender-heating-pad/

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Home Remedies: Preventing Stretch Marks

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Throughout the past eight months I have experienced many pests brought along with the word Pregnancy. One of these pests is expected and practically unavoidable. Stretch marks!

Now, when I first brought up the subject and initial fears around these permanent marks I was told “There’s nothing you can do, you may as well accept them.” Although, accepting these tiger stripes was not the issue, the issue was trying to prevent my porcelain white skin from producing terrible tears through my abdomen.
The hunt was on! If no-one was to assist me in my search, I was doing it alone. After many trips to multiple Health Food stores: speaking with doctors: speaking with other expectant/new mothers: researching the web; I had finally found a possible solution! 

For only a mere $20 I purchased myself a jar of Now Solutions All Natural Raw Shea Butter. Shea butter is derived from tree nuts of the karite trees and is grown in Western and Central Africa. It is known to replenish oils and deep condition. 
Although, don’t be mistaken by the word butter! The contents of the jar are not a smooth and creamy solution; rather, a grainy off-white packed substance that looks almost of sugar. The touch is not one of butter either. The feeling is an odd soft yet grainy feeling that slowly melts to an oil between your fingers.
Now, every evening after my nightly shower starting from the beginning of a small belly forming (roughly 14 weeks along) I had begun to rub this oil across my stomach. Routinely I have been placing this butter across my stomach; now at 33 weeks along I have still to yet produce any stretch marks where I have been replenishing my skin with oils. My skin has stretched like I wouldn’t believe and my stomach protrudes from my body; yet, no stretch marks.
Although this natural oil works amazing on its own; I have also found recipes combining Shea butter with other oils and natural products to produce a butter that of which provides many different healing agents!

Fellow blogger shares her recipe here http://www.jellibeanjournals.com/pregnancy-belly-butter-recip/