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September 29, 2019

How to do Forest Bathing - inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku!

In this video I will show you how to do Forest Bathing. Yes you heard that right. Forest Bathing -   It really is a thing.
And can I tell you a little secret: I have been forest bathing since I was a child,  unbeknownst to me though - I grew up in the countryside surrounded by trees and meadows, nature was basically  my playground. 

What is Forest Bathing? 
I came across the term Forest Bathing  while I was studying Clinical Aromatherapy and I was really surprised that this is  was a form of therapy, for me it was always just spending some time in nature. 
Forest Therapy is healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments and it was   inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which means "forest bathing." or taking in the forest. 
And we all know how good being in nature can make us feel. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, help us to relax and to think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us.

Who invented forest bathing?
The term was coined in 1982 by the then Director General of the Agency of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Tomohide Akiyama, who stated that the people of Japan were in need of healing through nature. The idea was also part of a campaign to protect the forests.
After years of careful study, Researchers from Japan have  found that spending time in a forest can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger,  strengthen the immune system, improve cardiovascular and metabolic health and boost overall well-being.

How does forest bathing work?
The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. 
Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. 
The Forest bathing takes place at a slow, almost meditative pace. 
Take your time and look around as you stroll along on a forest path without knowing where the path is going to take you.
Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees.  

Observe the animals that might come your way. Observe the bees being busy collecting nectar from the flowers.  

Touch the trees, feel the leaves and the soil. 

Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches.   

Take slow deep breaths and smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. 


How to Make Natural Perfume with Essential Oils - for Beginners

In this video I will show you How to Make Natural Perfume with Essential Oils at home. The video is aimed for Beginners  and Novice Perfumers and would be especially beneficial to Aromatherapist who would like to venture into the world of perfume.

You will need: 
Essential Oils of your choice:
 3 Base Notes, 
3 Middle/Heart Notes 
and at least 1 Top Note.
Perfumers Alcohol ( you can also use Vodka) 
50ml Beaker ( you can also use shot glass or small glass instead) 
1 glass stirrer
Empty 10ml Rollerball bottle
or you can also get proper perfume bottle. 
We will be making 10ml pure perfume and if you  have a bigger bottle - you will have to multiply the quantity to fill the bottle ( for example 30ml bottle = 3 Batches of 10ml Perfume) 

Here is the full recipe that I have used in the video:
Base Chord:
4 drops Vanilla
8 drops Sandalwood
8 drops Benzoin

Middle Chord/Heart Chord
4 drops Jasmin
5 drops Rose Absolute
6 drops Gerenium
1 drop Clove

Top Chord
5 drops Bergamot

Hope you liked the video!

September 25, 2019

How to Make Aromatherapy/ Essential Oil Inhaler

In this video I will show you how to make an Aromatherapy stick inhaler for stress relief, anxiety and  insomnia. 

You will need the following:

I have chosen Sandalwood, Lavender and Bergamot Essential oil, 4 drops each, but you can choose any other oils that you like the smell off.

But how do the Aromatherapy inhaler work in our body?

When essential oils are carried to the top of the nose through inhalation they are diluted by inhaled air. 
Inhaled essential oils pass down the trachea into the lungs and eventually into the alveoli. Through a process of diffusion they pass from the alveoli into the bloodstream for systemic absorption. Inhalation is the fastest route for essential oils to reach the bloodstream. 

The lining of the nose is extremely well supplied with capillary blood. Essential oils carried to the top of the nose are absorbed into the bloodstream via a process of diffusion.
Inhaled essential oils, via lungs and nose, enter the bloodstream with very little change to the essential oils. Inhaled essential oils reach all organs within one minute of inhalation and the first pass effect of the liver is avoided altogether. 

The olfactory system is a molecular detector of remarkable sensitivity. It has the capacity to recognize and identify millions of odorants, even those we have never before experienced. And once we have experienced a smell it has the capacity to recognize and remember that odor.  

 In 1989 it was discovered that the amygdala plays a major role in storing the releasing emotional trauma. The only way to stimulate this gland is with fragrance or the sense of smell. 

Once called the Rhinencephalon, the limbic systems deals with the expression of emotion. Together with the Hypothalamus the limbic system initiates and governs primitive drives, which are sex, thirst and hunger and it is responsible for evoking behavioral and emotional responses such as rage, fear, sorrow, compassion, happiness, sexual attraction etc. 

One of the most important functions of the hypothalamus is the control of the autonomic nervous system and the regulation of the heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, digestive activity and levels of hormones within the body. It plays an important role in regulating the bodies  function during times of stress. 

Essential oils, because of their influence on the limbic system and the hypothalamus can play an important role during times of stress and heightened  emotional states such as grief and sadness. 

September 12, 2019

How to use Silk'n Facetite at Home - Before and After results

In this  video I will show you hot  to use Silk'n Facetite at home, you will also see before and after results. 

I use it in conjunction with NuFace Micro Current and I have had great results so far.
I suggest, you use the device 3 times a week - every second day initially and then proceed once a week for a maintenance treatment. 

Radio-frequency skin tightening is an aesthetic technique that uses radio frequency (RF) energy to heat tissue and stimulate subdermal collagen production in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin. The technique induces tissue remodeling and production of new collagen and elastin.

How to use Nuface Mini Device - Microcurrent like a PRO

This video is about how to use Nuface Mini Device - Microcurrent like a PRO at home.
I will also compare the Nuface Mini Device to the CACI Mini device which has been now discontinued.

I suggest, you use the device 3 times a week - every second day initially and then proceed once a week for a maintenance treatment. 

Microcurrent can be performed to achieve the following benefits:
  • Improve muscle tone in the face and neck.
  • Lift jowels and eyebrows.
  • Reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improve facial circulation.
  • Aid in lymphatic drainage.
  • Enhance product penetration to treat multiple skin problems.
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