Lavender Essential Oil And Its Uses.

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Lavender a common and useful essential oil. Going back to my earliest memories lavender has been in my home, and has always been a comforting essential oil for me.
I picked up some books flicked through the pages as I hoped to find out a little more information about my favourite go to essential oil lavender. I am a novice when it comes to essential oils, however I have come to enjoy using them and finding ways in which they improve my daily living.
Lavender has some useful properties which are as follows:
  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Balancing
  • Calming
  • Healing.
Lavender has been my go to essential oil in times of stress or difficulties sleeping. I love  lavender infusions drifting throughout the house, lavender baths and a few drops of lavender on my pillow which leave me feeling calm and relaxed. I have enjoyed lavender soaps, talcum powers, and body lotions over the years.Lavender pillows have filled  my drawers and been spread throughout the house, contributing to a calming relaxing atmosphere in my home. For years I have loved using lavender, and have found it an affordable essential oil to purchase.
Lavender is good for treating insomnia just put a few drops of lavender on some cotton wool and place it in your pillow slip, this works well.
Lavender also has a reputation for being useful for the  nervous system, as it helps to balance the  nervous system, relieves emotional stress and anxiety, and can assist with depression. This is because lavender has properties that balance emotions, as well as calming emotions.
Lavender is also very good for headaches especially if you use it when you feel a headache coming on, I usually dilute a drop of lavender oil into some carrier oil for example almond oil and rub it into my temples, this helps to relieve the headache.
Lavender is also good to have in the first aid kit, it has antiseptic and healing properties. So it can be used on scratches, cuts, bites and wounds. I didn’t realise this, so I have not used it for this purpose. 
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Lavender is wonderful for self-care you can put a few drops in your bath, or even use lavender based body products. Lavender is good for healing damage skin and inflammatory skin conditions, as well as give you a sense of calm and relaxation. I am always careful to put essential oils into a carrier oil such as almond oil, or mix a few drops in a natural base body lotion. Always test a small skin test patch for allergies, with the diluted essential oil in the carrier oil or lotion before using more liberally. 
Lavender can be use to bring about a calming and relaxing atmosphere to your home. This can be done through infusing it in an oil burner, lavender bags around the house, lavender growing under your windows, and also lavender candles.
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Lavender has many more uses. As I mention earlier on I am not an expert in the use of essential oils, just an interested novice who loves to use them.
Some useful books are  as follows:
  • Change your mood with aromatherapy by Denise Whichello Brown
  • Aromatherapy and your emotions- How to use essential oils to balance body and mind,  by Shirley Price
  • Aromatherapy- A complete guide to the healing art by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  • Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  • Calm Kids a guide to natural therapies for children by Jennifer Jefferies.
Please share what your favourite essential oil is and why, and what circumstances you use it for?
Wishing you all a wonderful day!
FRAN DISHON
Disclaimer: I am only a novice in the use of essential oils, I have no expertise in this area and the informational is from my own personal experience and research from books. Always be cautious when using essential oils and beware of any side effects. 
 

Take Time Out To Sit And Rest!

 

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This week I have noticed how tired I am, so dreadfully tired. My body has been demanding that I take time out to rest. Yet I have been feeling guilty about my lack of productivity. Life so fast these days, sometimes I am scared to stop because their might be too much catching up to do. Or worse still take time out to rest; oh no that is just being super lazy. Well my body is demanding I laze about and rest.

 

My wake up call came yesterday! The universe showed me its wisdom. Firstly I ran into a lady who was so tired, she stated she was tired, she looked tired and I could feel her tired energy as I stood beside her. Secondly another lady was telling me how being stressed had resulted in her illness, she has been unwell for weeks now. Finally my Mum told me I sounded tired on the phone, she can always tell those sorts of things. So I listen, because pushing through the tiredness is only going to make me sick and unhappy. No I don’t want to be the Unhappy Suburban Chick, so I had better rest and relax.

 

I breathe in———– rest.

I breathe out———- relax.

 

It is sometimes a struggle for me to say no to things. A struggle to balance obligations and those things I want to do. Sometimes it a struggle to accept that I am so imperfect, that I have flaws, and that I struggle with year 8 Mathematics. Mr. Serious told me I don’t know much. These days I go about my content with my imperfections, and try to and enjoy my ordinary everyday life. These days I acknowledge the importance of taking time out to rest.

 

I enjoy my armchair, I enjoy my music, I enjoy reading and sipping cups of tea and I enjoy my guided meditations. Sometimes I enjoy simply sitting and gazing out the window. Sometimes it is a walk in the park. If I choose I can always find a way to stop, and find time in my day to rest and relax.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Weekend Reality, Off TO Work I GO!

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Mussing of the day!

It is finally one of those days where you can go outside and enjoy the warm breeze and sunshine. So that is where I am outside, drinking my coffee, and tapping out some words on my computer. I don’t have long to do this; the reminder on my computer says work today. Yes soon I will be heading of too work. In-fact on these mornings I often don’t want to get out of bed and face the day. I know I will need to run around the house cleaning up before I go. Then I work. When I get home I run around the house cleaning up again. Yes it is one of those days, and I wish I could just stay outside and enjoy the sunshine. Off to work I go!

Recommended Resource! 

Considering I don’t have much to say today here is a post by Leonie Dawson on 50 lessons from a decade of blogging. This is my recommended read for the week, especially with blogging being the focus of the month with the Ultimate Blog Challenge happening.

Weekend Wish List.

This is limited this weekend as I am working and that will take up a lot of my time.

  • enjoying coffee outside in the sunshine and creating my blog post each day.
  • finding some time to do some reading, maybe on my tea break.
  • doing a relaxing and inspiring guided visualizations
  • allowing the house to get a little messy and being ok with it

What is on your weekend list? Dose anyone else working this weekend, how do you balance work, social events, and family whist working weekends?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

Taking Time Out!

TIme Out

 

Taking time out is so much easier when you home environment allows such possibilities. My days are busy attending to my kids, attending to the house, and running around after others. I try to take time out each day to journal my thoughts and ideas on the page. Having a comfy chair in a nice quiet cosy spot, the sweet smell of a burning candle, the gentle crackling that it makes, and the beauty of some flowers that add instant colour to the room all get me in the mood. It is the favourite cup and saucer calling with a hot brewed tea in, waiting to be consumed with delight. It is the quietness, that allows me to quieten my thoughts and focus on the positive. It is that powerful idea, that it is ok, it is essential to just take time out. From the external environment of my home to the internal environment of my thoughts, it becomes easy for me to take time out.

So does your environment and attitude encourage you to take time out?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

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Journaling- Self-care Tip No. 3

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Todays self-care tip is set aside some time for journaling. Relax and enjoy the experience of journaling. It can be like spending time with a loyal friend each day. 

 
Here Are 5 Journaling Tips To Get Started.
  1. Have a regular journaling time it helps to build disciple and routine. It also provides comfort. For me I get great joy out of doing my journaling in the mornings. By picking a regular time I find I am more consistent and more likely to journal each day.
  2. Develop a ritual.  It could be to meditate prior to journaling, or do some breathing and centring exercises. It could be burning a candle, or playing a certain type of music. It could be having a cup of tea, coffee or ice water. Having a ritual helps to define the time for  journaling.
  3. Finding a space. It may be a quiet space. It may be a cafe. It may be the park, even your car. As long as it is a space that allows you to open your mind and put it on the page. Personally I like a quiet space. Sometimes I am lazy and journal in bed, often I journal in my lounge, in a nice quiet room on a comfy lounge chair. Sometimes on a nice day I take my journal to a nice quiet spot in the park and journal there.
  4. Sometimes the words just are not there and there is nothing but a intimating blank page. In this case it is useful to use a prompt. A prompt can be a picture, a question or even a quote. I usually like to date my journal, write the day, and time and start of where I am journaling. If I am still stuck I will ask the question: How do I feel today?  You can use any prompt you desire, it just has to be something to kickstart the journaling process.
  5. Journaling is a process, it dose not require you to think about grammar or spelling. There is no right or wrong way to journal. There is only your own way. So enjoy it and do it because you love the experience of journaling.

Finally I would just like to say, always be kind to yourself. Journaling is an act of self-care, it is about personal reflection and expression. So be kind, do not judge your work. 

Enjoy and have fun!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Wishcasting Wednesday!

Credit: Jamie Ridler at: http://jamieridlerstudios.ca

Credit: Jamie Ridler at: http://jamieridlerstudios.ca

Yes it has been a while since I have done Wishcasting Wednesday, I just got busy, distracted and in a bit of a low  slump. Time to get back to doing the things I love.

It is Wishcasting Wednesday , which is held by Jamie Ridler at her website Jamie Ridler Studios at  http://jamieridlerstudios.ca

This weeks question is as follows:  What nourishment do you wish for?

I went for a wander through the McCelland Gallery and Sculpture Garden, I noticed this sculpture which was playing music out of it, it was just so delightful to walk through the gardens with this music weaving its way through the gardens. It was like musical chiming. I found this experience quiet nourishing for my soul.

Can be found at the McCelland Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Can be found at the McCelland Gallery and Sculpture Garden

I wish to be nourished by taking care of myself, eating delightful nourishing foods, sleeping soundly in my comfy bed, going for more adventure walks, drinking more water, doing guided meditations, having fun with family, and journalling.

I also wish to be nourished for by flowers in the garden, home-grown vegetables, the wind, the sun and just spending some time outdoors.

I wish to be intellectually nourished for by new learning experiences and new conversations with people.

I wish to be intellectually nourished by reading books and great books just coming my way.

I wish to nourish my inner child by taking time out and having fun.

I wish to be nourished by lots of laughter and joy in my life.

I wish to be nourished with  colours, fragrance and music, I wish for more of all these in my house.

I wish to take time out for myself and really smell the roses, and just notice how really good my life is.

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What you wish for yourself, I wish for you also!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

The Reading Corner~Self-care Tip No.2

The Reading Corner,

I love the feel and smell of a real book!

I love the feel and smell of a real book!

After a busy few days of work I found myself just falling in a heap. Just feeling exhausted! I realized that I just needed to slow down and rest. I sat in my comfy lounge chair, which is in a nice quiet corner. I sat for a while reading a book, sipping my tea. A beautiful way to simply slow down life and enjoy the simple pleasure of reading.

 

Important things to remember each day! 

Be Kind to others and be kind to myself! Be Kind, and indulge in a little self –care.

 I am responsible for caring for others, in order to do that I must care for me.

 

So be kind to yourself. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

Self Care Tip ~ Breathe

Breathe!
It is spring and the flowers our out.

It is spring and the flowers our out.

Breathe!

Shallow breathing is part of the stress response, whilst abdominal breathing helps to control the nervous system and encourages the body to relax.

Breathe !

Take 10 minutes out of your day, set the alarm and find a quiet place.

Sit up comfortably, and put you feet firmly on the ground, back straight, relax your shoulders.

Breathe! Raise your ribcage and expand your chest. Place on hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen.

Breathe! Just notice how your upper chest and abdomen are moving whilst you breathe.

Breathe! Concentrate on your breath and try to just gently breathe in and out of

your nose.

Breathe! Concentrate on breathing slowly with your abdomen.

Breathe! With each abdominal breath your diaphragm is working more efficiently.

Breathe!  With each breath allow any tension in your body to simply slip away.

Breathe!

This is just a simple breathing exercise that can help bring a sense of relaxation. Something I really needed today. I am feeling sore after having some minor surgery to my left eye. I am feeling stressed because Little Miss Popularity is at the Vets having some dental surgery.  Plus I still have to continue with all the activities of daily life. So now that I am calm and relaxed I can go pick the boys up from school and hopefully pick up our beautiful fluffy dog