The time to explore is now
Wellness therapy enhances your health, appearance, and outlook for a more relaxed, happier, healthier you. Living your best life is indulging in self-care regimens and comfort from the pleasures of life to please the senses, calm the mind, and lift the spirit. The total wellness balance offers contentment, robust health, and mental vigor. A strong body, a focused mind and a resilient spirit is an attainable goal that we should all strive for. Essential oils is a key component of wellness therapy and encompasses bath therapy, feet therapy, massage therapy, color therapy, laughter therapy, and food therapy. Wellness therapy offers personal and spiritual awareness, a holistic approach to what the body needs, relaxation, and pampering.
Home is your sanctuary
Retreats help us to escape the outside world and focus on our world within. Every now and then we need to take time out to unwind, regroup, and replenish our physical and emotional strength. Both women and men need to escape to a retreat, from work and social obligations. We can create our own retreats at home, whether we retreat to our own bath tub to soak in an aromatic warm bath or we spend time in our garden. Our home is our sanctuary where we quiet the mind, feed the soul and drain tension from our body.
Some of the most effective beauty treatments used to enhance our features are natural products. Buying chemical laden products do more harm than good to the skin, while natural products, such as essential oils, makes us look and feel our best. Essential oils are used for face, body, and hair treatments. Essential oils promote healing and transformation physically, emotionally, and mentally. When it comes to skincare, unfortunately, there are very few things that actually work without doing long-term damage. Most creams and lotions rely on supplying the skin with some water and then a greasy substance to hold it. These moisturizers are not absorbed into our skin; rather, they sit on the top most layer to prevent water loss. While this may benefit dry skin to some extent, their inability to provide additional nourishment and various chemical ingredients negate any benefit they might have for the skin.
Essential oils, on the other hand, are incredibly rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which the skin can readily absorb. Essential oils contain many bio-active compounds that are delivered directly into the skin by carrier oils. These oils can penetrate deeper layers of the skin and integrate into the skin barrier. Over time, the nutrients present in essential oils promote moisture retention, treat pollution and sun damage, tighten pores, and promote cell regrowth to rejuvenate the skin inside-out. Their antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties help prevent almost all kinds of skin problems, including acne, boils, rashes, eczema, and other inflammatory conditions.
Furthermore, essential oils are powerhouses of strong antioxidants like flavonoids, tocopherols, and phenolic compounds that altogether help improve the elasticity of the skin and reduce premature signs of aging. The antimicrobial property of essential oils can also help manage scalp infections, itchiness, flakiness, dandruff, lice, and scalp inflammation. Their regular use is known to boost hair health in multiple ways, such as strengthening roots, hydrating hair follicles, repairing split ends, and improving the elasticity of the strands to reduce breakage. Tea tree oil is traditionally used to help clean the scalp and remove chemical buildup, which is a major cause of hair loss. Lavender, tea tree, peppermint, rose, rosemary, orange, bergamot, and frankincense are some of the most popularly used essential oils for skin and hair care.
Meditation techniques and breathing exercises improve health, strength, flexibility, and helps us to find inner peace. Meditation and breathing gets our mind still and our heart calm to reconnect with our physical, emotional, and physical selves. Meditate every day to live life to its fullest Meditation, in its entirety, can be understood as an art of awakening the innate healing potential of your own mind. If you have never tried meditation or left after a while, COVID 19 pandemic might be the right time to learn how establishing such a simple routine could transform your life. Meditation is much more than a breathing exercise; it is the easiest and most effective way to take all-around care of yourself. In other words, if you want to stay physically fit, mentally strong, emotionally stable, and spiritually grounded to your inner self, there is nothing better than breathing your lungs out and then observing your breath! The ever-growing body of research suggests its immense mental health benefits, including better sleep, improved memory, better adaptability to physical, emotional, and environmental stressors, rebuilding grey matter, and whatnot.
A recent study using brain imaging techniques found an eight-week meditation program to increase grey matter density in the hippocampus region of the brain, the region associated with emotion and learning. Furthermore, meditation is also known to bring clarity of thoughts and emotional stability – hence, a more composed you in turbulent times. Essential oils can be powerful tools for breathing, especially for beginners who often struggle with wandering thoughts. Some harmonizing scents like frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, and clary sage are great for centering your mind on a single object, in this case, breathing. The more you like the smell, the better it will help you focus on the breath. Plus, essential oils have immense emotional benefits of their own, which can help beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Inhaling essential oils during yoga and meditation sessions can also help regulate the breath as these oils are clarifying for the lungs. Their expectorant property helps clear congestion and enables you to breathe more freely and deeply.
Scientific research has shown that essential oils promote physical, emotional and spiritual health. Not only do essential oils smell good but they heal a host of maladies and conditions. Essential oils are used in diffusers to infuse the environment with a calming aroma. Aromatherapy helps us to get to a place of comfort where we feel hopeful. Steaming your face increases circulation and helps to relax facial muscles. Essential oils used in steaming work to detox our mind and release toxins stored in tissues under the skin.
Massages eases physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. The power of touch helps to reduce stress hormones, alleviate depression, relieves pain, and strengthen the immune system. Lathering yourself with aromatic oils is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to express self-love and care. Whether you are tired after a long day or want to spend some quality time with yourself, pampering yourself with self-massage is a grounding experience. Full body massage with essential oils is known to have immense benefits for the body and mind, which is why massage is often prescribed in traditional systems of medicines. It can maintain the excellence of tissues, tone muscles, purify the system by removing metabolic wastes from neuromuscular junctions, improve digestion, increase longevity, and reduce psycho-emotional stress. Aromatherapy massages are also known to strengthen the muscles against injuries and promote their recovery in cases of tissue damage.
Essential oils are also an excellent way to manage joint and muscle cramps, as they help relax muscles, boost circulation, and reduce inflammation. Frankincense, myrrh, and eucalyptus are some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory oils that are known to help with the inflammation of joints and arthritis pain. Lavender,lemon, chamomile, ylang-ylang, and peppermint oils are also popularly used in aromatherapy massages. Foot massage before going to bed is another great way to reduce stress, remove fatigue, and promote restful sleep. Use oils like chamomile or lavender that have a relaxing effect on the central nervous system.
Food and Nutrition
Comfort foods feed the soul and connect us with happy past times, family, friends, and ourselves. Teas warm the body and soothe the nerves. Chicken soup wards of bacteria, virus and soothes the soul. Organic fruits and vegetables, unprocessed meats and whole grains are vital ingredients for comfort foods. Gone are the days when comfort foods are deep fried, fatty and loaded with sugars.