Belenos Therapy

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Benefits of Aromatherapy and Massage

Did you know...?
The origins of Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils can be traced through the religious, medical and social practices of all the major civilisations. The Egyptians used candles and  incense for religious purposes, and oils and resins for embalming and preserving corpses.

The Greeks and Romans used aromatics widely in ceremonies and the oils played an important role in the rise in popularity of
bathing and massage.

Today we are still using essential oils and Aromatherapy, in natural skin care massage,bathing,facials and home fragrance.
Essential oils work in two main ways, as an ‘aroma’ through the respiratory system and by absorption through the skin
As well as the fantastic natural aroma from essential oils it can help with
  • Relaxation and stress 
  • Lift your Mood
  • Relief of minor discomforts
  • Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems
Aromatherapy is not a cure for illnesses but can be an effective alternative to alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them minor ailment.
All essential oils contain natural therapeutic properties such as aphrodisiac, antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal. Tea Tree a popular antifungal oil can help to enhance the protective function of the skin. Certain oils can such as Chamomile can calm and soothe the skin and others such as Lavender essential oil  help the skin cells to regenerate.
When using an Aromatherapy product the  essential oils used absorb into the skin and blood stream.  The advantages to massage/topical application of diluted essential oils is that they can go directly to the spot where you need them the most...you may want to use a blend suitable for period pains by massaging in the tummy area,or if you have aching muscles into the sight of discomfort.

Did you know...that Massage is one of the oldest and simplest forms of medical care used to ease pain and anxiety and promote good health.

Massage is the kneading and stroking of the body's soft tissues the skin and muscles
with varying degrees of pressure, and is incorporated in a number of traditional health systems such as Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
Practitioners of modern complementary therapies like aromatherapy and reflexology use various massage techniques.

What does it do?

Gentle massage affects the nervous system through nerve endings in the skin, stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural 'feel good' chemicals, to help induce relaxation and a sense of well-being, to relieve pain and reduce levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline.
It helps reverse the damaging effects of stress by slowing heart rate, respiration and metabolism and lowering raised blood pressure.

Stronger massage stimulates blood circulation to improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissues and helps the lymphatic system to flush away waste products. It eases tense and knotted muscles and stiff joints, improving mobility and flexibility and circualtion
The most common massage techniques include effleurage, a light, firm and gentle stroking; petrissage, firm kneading and rolling of the tissues; frottage, or friction, deep direct pressure to release muscle tension; tapotement, hacking, tapping and clapping over the muscles and fleshy parts of the body.

It is easy to think about the sensual pleasure of getting a massage. We think about how nice and relaxed or pampered we will feel, or how it will help us feel rejuvenated.
Many people neglect to think about the deeper psychological benefits of getting a professional massage on a regular basis.
Rates of psychological illness continue to increase.
Presently, more people from Western nations will experience depression at some time in their life.
But there are definitely ways to alleviate this problem, and they all start with taking care of ourselves properly.
One of the best ways we can do that is by regularly treating ourselves to the "luxury" of a massage,even if this is done by a professional or a loved one using quality massage blends designed for certain syptoms or conditions.
Not only because it is relaxing and nice to feel treated, but also because of the profound health benefits you will receive.

Regular massage therapy dramatically decreases depressive episodes? It also decreases feelings of anxiety and nervousness, and help to alleviate the types of symptoms that anxiety can bring about.
People who receive regular massages also sleep better.... better sleep is associated with better mental health and better overall cognitive functioning. The better you sleep, the better you are able to learn new things .
You'll experience improved concentration and higher energy levels.

At www.belenostherapy.co.uk we have a great range of essential oil and Aromatherapy Massage and bathing oils that will suit all moods and lift this spirits.

My Skin and Essential Oils

Know Your Skin Type 

Our Skin is a living organism that is constantly under threat and being damaged by ever changing environments. Throughout our lifetime our skin type will change, and react to certain factors, such as chemical use, using artifical and synthetic oils, diet, life style, weather , artificial lighting ,sun damage, pregnancy and of course age.
Your skin can even change between season , this is usually obvious as we change from summer to autumn/winter as we crank up heating .Your skin can also without warning become sensitive at any time,to certain products or materials you have used without problem in the past. 

Did You Know...? that up to 60% of what you apply on the skin can be absorbed.
We are now all aware of what we eat and the effects it has on our everyday lives, so we now  need to think about natural skin care products too. The skin is the largest body organ ,which is why we recommend you try using natural SLS free Shower gels & Handwash products.
Men and Women are now using over 15 skin care products daily. Using Paraben free creams & lotions,Cold Pressed oils  limits the amount of artificial & toxic chemicals your skin absorbs. Start today buy trying our paraben and glycol free creams

To identify what is best for this delicate organ you must know your skin type and use the correct oils.

Skin types usually fall into these categories:

    * Dry
    * Oily
    * Combination (a combination of dry and oily)
    * Sensitive
    * Problem
    * Dehydrated (not to be confused with dry)
    * Mature.or aging

Dry Skin: will feel tight and some times sore , is can be  prone to fine lines,and will age quicker.Some dry skin can become flaky and can irritate causing a burning sensation.

Oily Skin - Oily skin usually appear oily or greasy and will usually show signs of larger or open pores.Can be prone to spots and black heads and may have previously suffered with acne,however oily skin does age slower than other skin types.

Combination skin - Combination skin is a skin which has a two types - an area where the skin appears and feels very greasy and another area that can be dry,this is usually the T zone forehead nose and chin is oily and the checks are drier.Did you know..that if you have combination skin it can be beneficial to use make up for oily skin on T-zone and use make up for dry skin on outer area.

Dehydrated skin - is not the same as dry skin,dehydrated is skin that appears creased sore and sometimes flaky,it can effect all skin types and is usually is a result of too much sun,environmental damage,and too much alcohol!

Sensitive Skin - can be anything from skin that is very sore to dry problems to skin that reacts badly to certain chemicals,allergens or solutions.It an flare up under stress and sometimes is associated with skin complaints such as eczema.

Mature and aging skin - We will eventually all experience this type of skin.Fine lines appear around eye,mouth and forehead.Many factor speed up the process including sun damage sun beds smoking and diet,so to avoid the worse look after your skin before its too late.

All the above does not just apply to face but other parts of the skin such as neck,chest and hands.

Which oils should you use.

Dry.. Try
 Essential oil of chamomile, lavender essential oil , geranium, rose, neroli, ylang ylang, jasmine and frankincense  
 Cold pressed carrier oils - sweet almond, jojoba, avocado, wheatgerm, evening primrose, borage, apricot and peach,melon seed oil

Oily..Try 
Essential oils of - lavender, geranium, cedarwood, bergamot, tea tree, cypress, juniper berry, palmarosa, myrtle, mandarin, petitgrain, niaouli.  
Cold pressed carrier oils - jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond,rosehip carrot seed infused oil,calendula, 

 Combination... Try 
 Essential oils of  - lavender and geranium, palmarosa, chamomile, rose,neroli, mandarin, petitgrain and frankincense;
Cold pressed carrier oils sweet almond,argan,jojoba, apricot kernel and evening primrose oil,macadamia nut oil,hazel nut oil,rosehip seed oil
 
 Problem Skin Try... 
 Essential oils of - lavender, geranium, chamomile, tea tree, palmarosa, mandarin, bergamot, cedarwood, cypress and juniper berry;
 
Cold pressed carrier oils - jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond,hemp seed oil,neem oil, and carrot-seed oil,calendula,rosehip 

 Sensitive Try.. 
 Essential oils of-  lavender, geranium, rose,neroli, mandarin, petitgrain and frankincense; 
Cold pressed carrier oils - sweet almond, jojoba, calendula,avocado oil,hemp seed oil, evening primrose oil.

Dehydrated Try 
 Essential oils of  - chamomile, lavender, geranium, rose, jasmine, and frankincense; 

 Cold pressed  carrier oils - sweet almond, jojoba, avocado, rosehi,borage,wheatgerm, evening primrose, borage, apricot and peach kernel oils 

 Mature..Try 
 Essential oils - chamomile, lavender, geranium, tea tree patchouli, palmarosa, rosewood, sandalwood, frankincense and rose; 
Cold pressed carrier oils - argan,sweet almond, jojoba, avocado, wheatgerm, borage seed oil,macadamia,baboa,plum evening primrose,rosehip seed oil, borage, apricot and peach kernel oils 

At www.belenostherapy.co.uk you can find a range of essential oil skin care for most skin types.

Essential Oil Safety

The information contained throughout our website is for general information purposes only.

Products sold are for symptomatic relief only, and are not to be used or considered as a cure or in place of any current medication you have been prescribed by your GP.

Always check suitability of any product before using if you have a medical condition, or taking any prescription medications, pregnant or breast feeding. Please read all product usage and safety instructions thoroughly.  

Diabetics should be advised to check with health professional before using any products of feet.


You should not use the information found throughout our website for diagnosing or treating a health problem or condition. You should always speak with your GP or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement.


Always apply a test patch on skin before applying any oil,cream or lotion
...even if you have used the product in the past.

NEVER apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin except in an emergency; for example to cuts, burns or insect bites,and this only applies to certain essential oils.A single drop of undiluted Lavender, Tea Tree or Chamomile Roman oil can be used to soothe and protect from infection - but you should only apply them neat once or twice.
Some individuals can become sensitised to neat Tea Tree oil if it is applied repeatedly.
Undiluted essential oils should be kept away from the eye areas.Keep essential oils out of reach of unattended children, pets.And avoid contact with clothes and polished surfaces.
And never, ever, use undiluted oils on children under the age of 3..
Pregnancy

If you are pregnant you must seek the advice of your doctor, midwife or aromatherapist before using any essential oils. Once your doctor has given their approval they should be used only after the first trimester, and then at only a 1% concentrationon, half the normal strength. It is also a good idea to seek the advice of your supplier or qualified aromatherapist to ensure that the essential oils you want to use are not contraindicated during pregnancy.
Essential oils best avoided throughout your pregnancy include
 • Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) 
• Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
• Sage (Salvia officinalis)
• Savin oil (Juniperus sabina) -


Children
Essential oils should be used at a fraction of the usual concentration, and the correct procedure is to calculate the amount of essential oil to be used by the body-weight of the infant:
• 1 to 2 stones - 1 drop of essential oil
• 2 to 4 stones - 2 or 3 drops of essential oil
• 4 to 6 stones - 4 or 5 drops of essential oil

Adult dosage

Normal recommendations for dilutions of essential oils
You can use up to 5 different essential oils (but up to 3 is ideal when home blending)Add up to 5 drops to 10ml of carrier oil,base cream or lotion,2-3 drops if skin is sensitive.
When bathing use 3-5 drops and agitate water well before entering bath water.
Only ever use 2-3 drops of any citrus oil for bathin
g.

Photosensitivity
Some essential oils are mild lphoto sensitisingng and should be either avoided or really used at a low level prior to sunbathing or using a sunbed,and it is recommended that you avoid direct sunlight or sunbeds  for up to 6 hours after use.
• Angelica root oil (Angelica archangelica)
 • Bergamot oil expressed (Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia)
• Bitter Orange oil (Citrus aurantium)
• Cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum)
• Lemon oil cold pressed (Citrus limonum)
• Lime oil expressed (Citrus aurantifolia)
• Tagette oil (Tagetes minuta) Irritants
 Some essential oils can irritate the skin if used in too high a concentration or for a long period of time. The essential oils below represent the most commonly known among this group.
 • Bay Leaf oil (Pimenta racemosa)
• Cinnamon bark oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
• Clove oils (stem, leaf, bud) Syzygium aromaticum
• Litsea Cubeba aka May Chang oil (Litsea cubeba)
• Origanum oil (Origanum vulgar)
• Tagette oil (Tagetes minuta)
• Thyme white and red oil (Thymus vulgaris)
• Use no more than 3 or 4 drops of citrus oils in the bath since some may irritate sensitive skin.
Some essential oils should not be used in aromatherapy due to the danger of toxicity, severe irritation, sensitisation or other serious health risk. Most responsible aromatherapy suppliers do not offer such oils, but those listed below do find their way onto the market(especially at very low prices on market places) and should only ever be used by those have undergone the necessary specialist training.
• Parsley herb oil (Petroselenium crispum)
 • Pennyroyal oil (Mentha pulegium) • Savin oil (Juniperus sabina) • Tansy oil (Tanacetum vulgare)
 • Wintergreen oil (Gaultheria procumbens)
 • Wormwood oil (Artemisia absinthium)

Epilepsy

Anyone who has history of epilepsy should avoid the essential oils below.and caution should be taken when using other essential oils,always check with your GP or health professional if you are unsure if any oil suitability.
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Hyssop
  • Pennyroyal 
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
Other medical complaints.
Hypertension (High Blood pressure)
Although essential oil and massage can help lower blood pressure there are some oils that should NOT be used.
  • Hyssop
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Sage
  • Thyme


 Flammability
Many essential oils are flammable, so never use or put your bottles of essential oil near a naked flame, fire, or any source of ignition.
If you are in any doubt always ask the aromatherapist or retailer you are purchasing from a bit more about the oil, for your own safety always ensure that you are not purchasing diluted or adulterated essential oils. Never be afraid to sk them what they base their claims on, and their experience.. an experienced aromatherapist will be able to answer your questions clearly and with knowledge, and if any oil is unlikely to help or  is not suitable…a good aromatherapist wont pressure you to buy it ! 
 If you are unsure of any product or need further advice please feel free to contact us.
 The information contained throughout our listings is for general information purposes only.

All our products sold are for symptomatic relief only, and are not to be used or considered as a cure or in place of any current orthodox medication you have been prescribed by your GP.
It is advised that you always check suitability of any product before using any of our essential oil products if you have a medical condition, are taking any prescription medications pregnant or could be pregnant orbreast feeding.
Please read all product usage and safety instructions thoroughly.


You should not use the information found throughout our listings for diagnosing or treating a health problem or condition.

Always apply a test patch on skin before applying any oil.



References

Aromadermatology. Aromatherapy in the treatment and care of common skin conditions'. 2006, Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing.



Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Argan Oil cold pressed Oil

Buy Argan Oil from www.belenostherapy.co.uk
Argan Oil contains  anti-aging and restructuring properties coupled with a high Vitamin E content which make it a wonderful skin and hair care product. 
Cosmetic argan oil stimulates the blood circulation,it hydrates and revitalise the skin. Often found in expensive skin care. It helps to moisturise your skin, can help repair and strengthen nails and soften cuticle.
 
Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree,native to Morocco, that is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. Argan Oil is one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small and very specific area of the world that the tree grows in. It is rich in essential fatty acids,making it an ideal oil for use in cosmetic and natural skin care. One of the main properties of argan oil is omega-6 which when used effectively can contribute to the barrier function of the skin.
 
There are many uses for argan oil in skin care

  • Argan oil can help treat acne, treating eczema and other skin problems
  • Helps in preventing stretch marks.
  • Argan oil can be used alone as a general luxury massage oil for it deep nourishing properties.
  • Rich skin nutrition for dry sun damaged skin
  • Massaging into the joints to treat mild rheumatism.
  • Healing scars
  • A gentle safe Massage oil for babies and infants
  • Hydrates hair and scalp encouraging a  smoother, softer feel to the hair. 
Argan Oil Facial

20ml Argan Oil
30ml Kukui Nut  Oil
15ml Rosehip Seed Oil
3ml Vitamin E Oil (undiluted)
10-12 drops Essential Oils (optional of choice)


 BUY ARGAN OIL ON OFFER NOW AT www.belenostherapy.co.uk