Evening beautiful people,
I do hope that every one had a lovely relaxing few day with Easter.My son had to do a long six hours of internship for his report card, so he was all day Saturday at a football field in school ,selling burgers and hot chocolate to the players. It was a bitterly cold day and he had to stand outside for 6 hours along with the players. He came home smelling like a friet winkel ( A shop/cafe where they sell fries, shakes, burgers coffee etc..) ,
It was wonderful though to be able to spend some real quality time with him the next day ,as being a 14 year old he is usually up in his room glued to his X-Box.I This time I put my foot down and did not allow him to be glued to his X box, and had to insist that he spent some time with us as a family.
Also ,few weeks ago my daughter received her foundation year certificate, and I was such a proud mama, as she has really worked very hard for it. I was in tears when she signed the certificate.She is going great guns and will be doing great things with her carreer.
Coming back to the present, you all know by now , how crazy I am about India and the gems and jewels and the hidden treasures, that you can find there if you care to dig just a little under the surface. One day I will get around to telling you about all the places I travelled to In India. My dad being in the Armed forces gave us an opportunity to see a lot of the country so I really consider myself luckier than most.
This time around I decided to do some research on Aroma therapy as I had written an article on essential oils the last time round and aroma therapy is all about essential oils.
Aroma Therapy , along with Ayurveda is one of the oldest practiced arts in India as well as China and Eygpt. Have you noticed, with many old things, going back so many years, its always India, China and Eygpt that come to the fore.
Way back in 1000 BC, people used aromatic oils and plants to adorn their bodies for physical and mental well being,as well as for religious purposes,and for mummification. With a rekindling of interest in the ‘natural way of life’ people are once again turning to aromatherapy, the most natural and beneficial of all forms of naturopathy. Aromatherapy is not to be confused with herbals or nature cure, the latter being the wider domain. Aromatherapy is the precise art of using Essential Oils. These oils are the distilled vital essence of a plant with complex hydrocarbons, and are present in flowers, leaves, grass, roots, barks, seeds and fruit rind. A single drop of this essential oil, equivalent to an ounce of living plant, is highly potent.
Aromatherapy works subtly but steadily. Needless to say, it has a holistic approach. When you smell something pleasant, the message goes directly to the brain, and then subconsciously it modifies your emotional behavior and physical infirmity. For instance, the scent of sandalwood in the mornings – a time when one is fresh and with a clean mind and spirit – is bound to bring happy associations. A whiff of sandalwood at the end of a tiring day is a good thing to refresh the mood. The smells you gather, works on your perceptions and moods.
Today aromatherapy is fast becoming the keyword in beauty and health spas, perfume and cosmetic industries the world over. One can see clearly that it is poised to be the alternative healing system of the future. So whatever be your ailment, let the fragrances of nature be the doctor! Aroma oils are known to be great anti-stress agents. But that’s not the only use these oils have. They are also used for beautification purposes..
There is more to aromatherapy than oil massages and perfumed candles. The oils used in skincare are absorbed into the skin and eventually into the bloodstream where they flow through the whole body, and have a lasting effect.There are outstanding benefits of aromatherapy but before undergoing treatment you must know some basic facts about your skin. Many women suffer from dry skin and a simple solution for that is keeping it moisturised with a suitable moisturiser.
Acne is a condition that occurs in children and adults alike. We are always anxious to get rid of acne and with the help of aromatherapy it can be treated . Tea tree and cajuput oils are very beneficial for mild acne. Vital oils like grape seed and high-quality carrier oil mixture is also an effective treatment . To produce a toner rose water mixed with a few drops of oil creates magic.A moisturiser protects the skin from moisture loss, helping to keep it soft, smooth and supple. It also protects the skin from the penetration ofgrime, chemicals and bacteria. It should be applied to the skin while it is still slightly damp after washing. This enhances the moisturising effect.
Palmarosa oils are commonly used in both skin and hair care products. These oils have moisturising and hydrating qualities and they stimulate cell regeneration.When excess exposure to the sun is a problem, massage affected areas with lavender or chamomile oil blended with carrier oil.
Tea tree and cajeput oils also can help with acne. A good carrier oil to mix with these essential oils is grape seed. You can also mix several drops with rose water to create a toner.
Sandalwood oil is effective at reducing some visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and dry skin. Rose oils, frankincense, neroli and geranium oils are also effective in treating mature skin.
Ancient man was dependent on his surroundings for everything from food, to shelter and clothing. Being so keenly aware of everything around him, and how it could be used for survival, he quickly discovered methods to preserve food and treat ailments through herbs and aromatics.
Aromatherapy, as it is practiced today, began with the Egyptians, who used the method of infusion to extract the oils from aromatic plants which were used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes as well as embalming.
Similarly, the Chinese used aromatics in religious ceremonies, by burning woods and incense to show respect to their Gods – a tradition which is still practiced today. The use of aromatics in China was linked to other ancient therapies such as massage and acupressure.
Aromatherapy has also been used for many centuries in India. Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, uses dried and fresh herbs, as well as aromatic massage as important aspects of treatment.
The Greeks acquired most of their medical knowledge from the Egyptians and used it to further their own discoveries. They found that the fragrance of some flowers was stimulating while others had relaxing properties. The use of olive oil as the base oil absorbed the aroma from the herbs or flowers and the perfumed oil was then used for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes.
The Romans learned from the Greeks and became well known for scented baths followed by massage with aromatic oils. The popularity of aromatics led to the establishment of trade routes which allowed the Romans to import “exotic” oils and spices from distant lands such as India and Arabia.
We have turned to nature to find the answers to our questions. We have realized Throughout the northern continent, Native American Indians were using aromatic oils and producing their own herbal remedies which were discovered when settlers began to make their way across the plains of the New World.
Although it has been practiced for thousands of years, Aromatherapy has only recently become popular in our culture. This is a result of a return to a holistic lifestyle, recognizing the importance of combining the mind, body and spirit to achieve optimum health and wellness.
Through research and awareness we have come to better understand and appreciate what nature has to offer us. We know the effects of “clear cutting” our forests and polluting our skies. And we ask for change. We realize that in order to sustain this earth, for the generations far beyond ours, we have to preserve, and protect it. At the same time, we know that we need to look after ourselves.
In India , the older generation knew exactly how to treat pimples, acne and other kinds of disorders and would make home made remedies that worked fantastically well. I remember my mother when I was very young, boiling neem leaves in water until it became a really thick viscous fluid and she added a bit of sugar to it. the sugar was added as the neem is a very bitter leaf which comes from the neem tree. She would then take about 8 tablespoons and add a couple of tablespoons water to the mixture and make us drink it every day. The Neem purifies the blood hence your skin tends to stay clean and clear and one is not troubled with acne or pimples.
It worked like a charm as to this day I have never suffered with any skin disorders and I always have had a clear healthy skin until now.These days I am very sensitive to skin disorders due to my illness and all the amounts of medicines that I have to swallow.Also my grandmother from my dad’s side had an arsenal of oils ad creams which she used when any of us fell ill or suffered from cuts and pains, The usual trivial tribulations of growing teenagers and kids. In fact I used to give ayurvedic massages to many guests who stayed with us in our hotel and were tired out after the treks.
I used a blend of three different oils and these oils really soothed and totally relaxed the body and took away the stress and the pain from the bones.I did that with both my children when they were born. Used my own special blend of oils and they grew up strong boned and healthy. I always try to relax every evening by turning out all the lights and just lighting aroma therapy candles or burning essential oils to relax me. In winters just these gentle flickering lights and a fire going is the best thing one can ask for.
I remember at work, the time I had just started working with this leather export house, soon after my daughter was born, we had many germans visiting us and they all used to come in carrying big bags of ayurvedic toothpastes and soaps and medicines. I once asked one of them why they bought so many hand made ayurvedic article and he said to me that the aryans used ayurveda and they were direct descendants of the germans. these days he said the people have lost an integral part of themselves and this is the way to go back into history and learn about their ancestors and their ways of life. We, the north Indians are direct descendants of the aryans as well but for us everything pertaining to Ayurveda etc.. is still alive and active. India is still a country that , while changing , still sticks to its roots and that will not change for a long time, I hope .
Well, on this note I shall bid you adieu as I desperately need my cup of coffee . So be safe in what ever you do .
Namaste and see you next time.. I love you all…