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Introducing The Soon to Be Released Listen to Nature Range

NEW Listen to Nature Essential Oil Kit AVAILABLE SOON.

Have you noticed the moon lately?  When was the last time you lay on the grass and watched the clouds float by?

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock, The Use of Life.

It takes time to slow down and untangle our busy mind from our hectic daily schedules and just stop and listen to nature. I am sure you have noticed that you feel better after spending some in nature.  Researchers have actually found that as little as 20 minutes exposure in nature can have profound therapeutic effects.

My inspiration to create the listen to nature range has come from two beautiful terms Shinrinyoku and dadirri. The Japanese word Shinrinyoku – which literally means ‘forest bathing’ or ‘taking in the forest’. Bathing in the forest refers to taking in the forest through all our senses. Dadirri, is an Australian Aboriginal term which means deep listening and quiet still awareness. It refers to ‘tuning in’ and connecting with nature in a spiritual and meaningful way.  Dadirri is from Ngan’gikurunggurr and Ngen’giwumirri languages of the Aboriginal people of the Daly river region, 220 km south of Darwin, NT.

Both these terms understand the unique biophilia that exists between nature and ourselves.

Essential oils can also have a profound effect on our psyche and play a very important biological, emotional and spiritual role in reconnecting us with nature. They can touch our heart and make us more keenly aware of the beauty around us.

Allow these five beautiful essential oil blends to awaken your awareness and connection to nature.


Walk in the Forest Blend
… and into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. – John Muir.

Feel awake, invigorated and as you experience the vitality of the forest when you take a walk in the forest. Allow the revitalising aromas of lemon, bergamot, sweet orange, geranium, lavender, rosemary, sage, Virginian cedarwood and Siberian fir CO2 to rejuvenate your energy levels and bring strength to each new day.

My heart leaps to my mouth at the sound of the wind in the woods. I whose life was but yesterday so desultory and shallow suddenly recover my spirits.
 Richard Higgins, Thoreau and the Language of Trees.


Listen to the Rain
Pluviophile (n) a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Soothe your restless soul and find harmony and tranquility when you listen to the rain. Take time to pause and feel the calm energy of the rain when you inhale the musty, woody and earthy aromas of Atlas cedarwood, patchouli, Santalum spicatum and vetiver and the revitalizing aromas of grapefruit and lavender.

Some people feel the rain, others just get wet. – Bob Marley.


Watch the Clouds Float By
A parade of clouds and little puffs behind them, they follow as their mother. – Julia Hartwig, Spojrzenie

Allow your mind to drift away into a dreamy landscape as you watch the clouds float by. The fresh aromas of grapefruit, Atlas cedarwood, fragonia, frankincense, Bourbon geranium, lemon, petitgrain, rosemary, and spearmint essential oils allow you to drift away and surrender your conscious awareness to your dreams.

What is eternal is the cloud drifting slowly out of sight. – Mary Rubin


Bask in the Sunshine
I am alive, and drunk on sunlight. – George R.R Martin, A storm of swords.

Allow the joyful vitality of the sunshine warm and gladden your senses as you bask in the sunshine. Infuse yourself with the warm, sunny and effervescent qualities of bergamot, ginger, pink grapefruit, may chang, mandarin, petitgrain and sweet orange essential oils that will cheer your soul and gladden your heart.

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air of your imagination. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Gaze at the Moon

Selenophilia (n.) love loving the moon and finding it soothingly captivating.

Allow yourself to feel pensive and reflective as the moon enchants and captivates your soul. This intoxicating blend of Atlas cedarwood, clary sage, lavender, lemon, myrtle, petitgrain and rosemary essential oils will illuminate the mysteries of the soul.

The moon stared at me through sprinkled night time stardust and alone I smiled. – Jay Long.

Listen To Nature features 5 x 10mL pure essential oil blends available as a kit or individually. 

Who is the Green Goddess?

Who is the Green Goddess?

You might have heard us talk a lot about the ‘Green Goddess/God’. But have you ever wondered who the Green Goddess/God truly is?

The Green Goddess is on a journey of self-discovery. We believe there is a Green Goddess/God in all of us!

When you embody the essence of a Green Goddess/God you embody positivity, thoughtfulness, empathy and creativity. You strive to be more socially and environmentally aware. Our Green Goddess/God essence encourages us to lead a life nurtured by nature and our respect for the delicate balance of the environment deepens.

It inspires passion within us to support sustainability and cruelty-free living. When we live in harmony with our inner Green Goddess/God we feel inspired.

Whether it’s through sourcing the highest quality certified natural and organic ingredients, or through our certification with Choose Cruelty Free, at Perfect Potion, we strive to consistently live by the Green Goddess/God qualities.

Our commitment to living lightly on the planet is reflected in our ongoing efforts to reduce plastic and ensure sustainable packaging and through the incorporation of recycled timber and natural building elements in our stores. Complete with sustainable, energy efficient technologies, our Brisbane-based head office also beautifully reflects our nature-loving ethos!

Not only do we embody the green goddess philosophy in the processes and delivery of our products – we have gone the extra step by dedicating a range of products dedicated to awakening and embracing the Green Goddess within. This range epitomises the spirit of all Green Goddesses. It nurtures and comforts, promotes self-awareness, wellbeing and encourage connection with the beauty of nature.

The Story Behind Green Goddess Blend

The Story Behind Green Goddess Blend

In 2011, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Perfect Potion, Sal dreamed of doing the incredible – of creating the ‘perfect’ Perfect Potion signature scent. He wanted to create a blend that epitomised the essence of Perfect Potion and of our customer – the Green Goddess. From Eros to Happy and Calm, Sal had plenty of aromatherapy blending experience, but the task of creating the Green Goddess Blend ignited waves of nerves and hesitancy.

He decided to ask the Perfect Potion team for help and began a team competition. The brief given? To create a blend that represents the heart of Perfect Potion!It is incredible what happens when so much love is poured into a single blend. Over 39 entries flooded in. Each filled with mesmerising beauty and potential. After analysing and testing the blends, it became clear that picking just one would be impossible! It was in the middle of the night when Sal decided to merge all the entries together. The Green Goddess Blend became a fusion of all the essential oils chosen by each team member, creating a blend that was truly a team effort!

Green Goddess Blend captured the spirit of all green goddesses and the Perfect Potion team. The synergy of pure essential oils encourages you to appreciate the essence of nature, it nurtures, comforts, and promotes self-awareness and wellbeing. Originally designed as a limited edition blend, Green Goddess became so well loved, that we had to make it part of our permanent range. Since its launch, the blend has been incorporated into a luxurious body wash, body lotion and gorgeous, heart-warming perfume.

How to Use Perfect Potion’s Chakra Blends

How to Use Perfect Potion’s Chakra Blends

Our Chakra Essential Oils Kit contains seven 5ml chakra blends made from the finest quality aromatherapy grade essential oils. This blog shares the many ways you can use this kit for chakra healing!

*Balance blend: base chakra
*Allure blend: sacral chakra
*Harmony blend: solar plexus chakra
*Compassion blend: heart chakra
*Expressive blend: throat chakra
*Insight blend: third eye chakra
*Cosmic blend: crown chakra


Massage
Massage is fundamental to the practice of aromatherapy. Select the most appropriate chakra blend and add approximately 5 drops to every 10mL of carrier oil. Patricia Davis recommends that you omit any deep strokes and concentrate on light effleurage and long sweeping strokes. Let your hands come to rest on any area of the body that feels as if it needs special healing. You should also pay particular attention to extremities: hands, feet and head, drawing off any negative energy present. Don’t forget to give your hands a brisk shake each time you do so. At the end of the massage include some strokes that do not touch the surface of the body – hold your hands just above your friend’s body and move them slowly, sensing any areas that are cold, hot, blocked or troubled in any way. Always finish with some long, sweeping strokes from below the feet to above the head, just above the body. End by holding your friend’s feet for a minute or more, to ground their energy and allow a gentle return to the everyday reality.

Ritual Baths
You should create the appropriate ambiance for your bath. Choose a quiet time, light a candle, keep the lights dim and add three to five drops of the appropriate chakra blend to a tablespoon of dispersing bath oil, then add this to the batch ensuring it is mixed in well. Enter the bath and lie still for 15 to 20 minutes. The time should not be spent for washing, if you need to clean, do this before you get into your bath. Ritual baths can be used to “clear” after a bad experience, or to clear the aura after being in a crowded place, where you may be in proximity to energies you would not welcome into your space.

Anointing
This means placing a drop of the chakra blend directly on the body. This is a very ancient practice, commonly used in many religions and spiritual traditions. Usually the oils are applied to areas of the body that hold some symbolic significance, such as the head, the chest, hands or feet and to the areas that correspond to the chakras. We typically recommend diluting essential oils with a base oil prior to applying to the body. Add 5 drops to every 10ml of pure vegetable oil to use as a massage/annointing oil.

Inhaling
Simply inhaling the chakra blend from the bottle is one of the most effective ways of changing our state of awareness. Sniffing the oil direct from the bottle can be overpowering, so you may just add a drop to a tissue or handkerchief. Inhaling is the best way to assist meditation, visualisation and strengthening affirmations. Inhale the blend before the visualisation, meditation or affirmation and inhale deeply again at the end to anchor the experience.

Crystals and Gemstones
According to Patricia Davis, crystals will enhance the action of the essential oils that you are using. The quartz crystals and gemstones can be used for the purpose of healing, energising and gaining access to higher dimensions of consciousness. Davis says that crystals will enhance essential oils by amplifying the aroma. She says that just one drop of an essential oil on a crystal will perfume the entire room. Coloured crystals and gemstones are attuned to a narrower range of vibrations that corresponds to their colour. They can be used to influence chakra energy and are selected according to their colour correspondence with the chakra. Clear quartz crystal can be used with any chakra blend and can resonate with any of the chakras. You may simply carry the gemstone or crystal with you or the appropriate crystal can be placed around the chakra as a way of balancing the chakra.

Diffusing 
Add 5-7 drops of your favourite Perfect Potion diffuser to fill your space with your chosen blend.

Emgoddess Online Training Course

Around 18 months ago, I launched my book, Emgoddess – Self-discovery guide for women, and a series of workshops designed to help women understand more about their bodies and to embrace the four phases of the menstrual cycle. To support you through each phase, I also developed a range of beautiful essential oils with Perfect Potion to enhance the strengths each day brings you.

Many Perfect Potion green goddesses joined us at our instore Emgoddess workshops where we stepped through how Emgoddess works and how you can easily chart your cycle and see the patterns that appear over a few months. With this knowledge you can understand which days are the best for taking on that project you have been wanting to do and which days to pack less into your diary. You understand the WHY. Why you feel the way you do, when you do and then give yourself the space to get on with your life rather than beating yourself up over the small stuff.

This program has been working so well in face to face workshops with more than 700 women of all ages from young teenagers to women entering menopause. This year we are developing the program into an online program, so women from everywhere in the world who wish to access the program can.

The course is due to be released within the next few months, so if you are interested, register your interest in the course here and you will be the first to know when it is available.

Embrace, emerge, embody and be empowered with the knowledge of Emgoddess! – Sharon Wood

Watch Sharon explain more about the upcoming Emgoddess online course here.

The Star Ingredients Behind our Nourish Range

Cherish your skin, nourish your soul.

Make the act of moisturising about more than just preventing winter skin woes– let it become a sacred time for Nourishing body, mind and soul.

 


Why Nourish Range should be part of your moisturising routine…

Nourish Double Cream, Hand Cream and Lip Balm are some of our richest, most luxurious skin lovers. Nourish is designed to help with all your winter skin woes – cracked lips, dry hands, parched skin. The range also features a beautiful array of uplifting essential oils to turn your top-to-toe moisturising routine into a sacred ritual of love, mindfulness and nourishment.

The star ingredients and how they benefit you…

Apricot Kernel Oil: Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in oleic acid and linoleic acid, both of which are valued for their ability to soften, smooth and revitalise. This skin softener also boasts high levels of vitamin E to enhance your skin’s elasticity, clarity and suppleness.

Nabali Olive Oil: Olive oil has been adored for generations as a deeply healing moisturiser with powerful regenerative abilities. If your skin gets dry and scaly in winter, turn to nabali olive oil for incredible smoothness and softness.

Avocado Oil: Avocado oil is an absolute winter skin saviour! It’s thick enough to provide your skin with a protective barrier, but its nutrients still penetrate your skin’s deepest layers. It contains powerful levels of antioxidants, in particular vitamins E and C, which neutralise free radicals and gift glowing radiance.  Avocado oil also contains sterolins – a natural steroid said to soften and hydrate the skin and leave it feeling silky smooth to the touch.

Shea Butter: Extracted from the nut of the mystical African shea tree, luscious and dreamily indulgent shea butter is an unparalleled moisture-boosting miracle! It leaves skin supple, soft and protected against dryness and the elements. Shea butter also possesses potent antioxidant compounds to help fight free radical damage, slow the signs of aging and improve the overall radiance of your skin.

Rosehip Oil: This healing oil is like a supercharged, antioxidant-packed, multivitamin for your skin! Rosehip oil is overflowing with replenishing essential fatty acids to soften, hydrate, regenerate and improve the condition of dry and damaged skin.

Sage Essential Oil: Sage essential oil is reputed to be highly regenerative in skin care. It’s known for its wealth of stimulating, softening and healing properties.

Frankincense Essential Oil: Regenerative and healing, frankincense essential oil is a deeply spiritual and sacred oil that is also said to improve skin tone and help heal wounds.

Petitgrain Essential Oil: The sweet floral scent of petitgrain revitalises the spirit, it’s reminiscent of orange blossoms and is known to have a beautifully balancing effect on one’s mood.

Sweet Orange: Certified organic sweet orange essential oil opens the heart to a bubbling spring of pure joy, light heartedness and radiating warmth. It’s suitable for delicate skin and its cheery scent brings delight and a hint of deliciousness.

 

 

 

Limited Edition Essential Oils

Defining the quality of essential oils

Whether for professional or home aromatherapy use, essential oils of the highest quality should be used.

How do we define the quality of essential oils? The main challenge is that essential oils are not just used for aromatherapy purposes. Essential oils are extensively used in:

  • food flavouring
  • perfumery and fragrances
  • pharmaceutical preparations
  • chemical manufacturing

Each of these industries has developed its own set of criteria for defining the quality of an essential oil. It has been suggested that the quality of an essential oil should be based on knowing whether an essential oil is going to work in a therapeutic way. This makes a lot of sense but it does open the door to a new set of challenges. What defines the therapeutic activity of an essential oil? If we strictly follow this guideline, we may be required to adopt the standards adopted by some of the pharmacopoeias such as the British Pharmacopoeia, which means that many of the essential oils may need to be blended or rectified in order to comply with the pharmacopoeia standards.

Therefore, it is not surprising that some essential oil companies have decided to establish their own internal standards such as ‘therapeutic grade’. Some in the industry suggest that this term is misleading, but claim it is a failure of the aromatherapy essential oil trading associations to issue guidelines for essential oils that has led to this situation.

I agree with Harris who suggests that the ideal definition of quality for essential oils in aromatherapy should be: (1) preferably but not necessarily organically cultivated, and (2) that is supplied with the full chemical analysis of its constituents1.

Holmes also suggests that essential oil users often ignore the documented evidence provided in certificates of analysis such as the results of simple analytical tests (e.g. specific gravity, refractive index and optical rotation).2 Even the most important sensory-based method of organoleptic examination is often overlooked.

I have always been passionate about sourcing the highest quality essential oils. Thirty years of experience as an aromatherapist, educator and supplier of essential oils has helped establish Perfect Potion as the leading specialist in its field. It is, therefore, very exciting for us to launch a new platform to help you understand our essential oils.

By simply going to the link below and typing in the batch number of the essential oil you have purchased from Perfect Potion, you can access the Certificate of Analysis (C of A) of that batch of essential oil.

http://www.perfectpotion.com.au/news/certificates/

The C of A gives you vital information regarding the correct identification of the oil – the botanical name, the country of origin, clearly identifying if it is certified organic and the method of extraction.

It also describes the appearance and organoleptic qualities of the oil as well as the specific gravity and refractive index. These analytical tests can be very useful to identify if the oil has been adulterated.

We also include a detailed chemical composition of the essential oil. For those who have studied essential oil chemistry, this will give you a good indication of the potential therapeutic qualities of the oil. In future blogs, I will provide more information on how to interpret the chemical composition of the essential oils.

 

 

Perfect Potion limited-edition essential oils

Occasionally, I come across essential oils that leave you breathless because they epitomise the flawless beauty of nature. Our most recent batches of certified organic Roman chamomile, clary sage, Bourbon geranium, neroli, vetiver and ylang ylang complete are such oils. While all of our essential oils are certified organic and of such discerning quality, these oils are so unique that I have decided to make them part of a limited-edition range.

It is no wonder that Fischer-Rizzi once described essential oils as heavenly scents that touch your heart, making you keenly aware of the beauty that surrounds you and opening the door to your soul.

Roman chamomile

This batch of Roman chamomile is so rich in esters. Esters provide the essential oil with a delightful fruity aroma, which is so soothing and relaxing. I have not smelt Roman chamomile that is so fruity and sweet for so long.

Botanical name Anthemis nobilis

Country of origin Morocco

Status ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This Roman chamomile oil is a pale yellow mobile liquid with a very diffusive aroma with little tenacity. It is a top note. This Roman chamomile oil has a sweet fruity and apple-like top note, a sweet and herbaceous body while its dryout is herbaceous and dry.

Chemical composition – Isobutyl isobutyrate 4.5%, isobutyl methacrylate 2.3%, α-pinene 6.45%, β-pinene 0.61%, isobutyl methyl butyrate 1.45%, isobutyl isovalerate 0.19%, isoamyl isobutyrate 0.63%, 2-methyl butylisobutyrate 3.01%, p-cymene 0.22%, isobutyrate angelate 12.65%, methyl allyl angelate 9.05%, butyl angelate 0.47%, trans pinocarveol 8.76%, methyl butyl angelate 4.58%, isoamyl angelate 8.28%, pinocarvone 2.74%, borneol 0.34%, myrtenal 1.04%, methyl amyl angelate 10.08%, germacrene D 0.52%.

Limited edition – 300

Size – 2 mL

Price – $49.95

Clary sage

There is such a pleasant, fresh, warm aroma to this batch of clary sage oil. It has the most euphoric and uplifting effect that I have ever experienced from clary sage.

Botanical name – Salvia sclarea

Country of origin – France

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This clary sage oil is a pale yellow liquid with a very diffusive aroma. It is regarded as a middle note. It has a fresh, fruity and amber-like top note, a floral and herbaceous body while its dryout is balsamic, dry and woody.

Chemical composition – α-pinene 0.1%, β-pinene 0.14%, β-myrcene 0.73%, limonene 0.3%, cis-β ocimene 0.31%, trans-β ocimene 0.5%, linalool 17.09%, α-terpineol 1.4%, nerol 0.29%, geraniol 0.76%, linalyl acetate 67.44%, neryl acetate 0.48%, β-caryophyllene 1.28%, germacrene D 2.38%, sclareol 0.82%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $34.95

Geranium, Bourbon

Geranium from Madagascar is considered the finest quality geranium and is also known as rose geranium oil. I am often asked “Why don’t we stock rose geranium?” This is a trade name that has no real meaning. I prefer to use the technical name for the oil, but if there were a rose geranium, this would be it.

This batch of Bourbon geranium oil has the most delightful, sweet, rosy and herbaceous aroma.

Botanical name – Pelargonium graveolens

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This batch of Bourbon geranium is green-olive coloured oil with a powerful diffusive aroma. It is referred to as a middle note.  It has a fresh, green and leafy top note, with a rosy, minty and herbaceous body, while the dryout is sweet and herbaceous.

Chemical composition – limonene 0.26%, linalool 4.28%, cis-rose oxide 0.78%, trans-rose oxide 0.33%, citronellal 0.09%, menthone 1.45%, isomenthone 6.4%, α-terpineol 0.23%, citronellol 22.33%, geraniol 15.28%, geranial 1.03%, citronellyl formate 10.13%, geranyl formate 6.57%, geranyl acetate 0.36%, neryl acetate 0.02%, β-bourbonene 1.13%, guaia-6,9-diene 8.26%, α-humulene 1.55%, germacrene D 1.14%, geranyl isobutyrate 1.09%, geranyl tiglate 1.51%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $29.95

Neroli

When I first inhaled this batch of neroli, I felt like I was walking on sunshine – it sends a tingle down my spine! The scent of this batch of neroli oil is so refreshingly divine – it rejuvenates and awakens the soul.

Botanical name – Citrus aurantium var. amara

Country of origin – Morocco

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This neroli oil is a pale yellow liquid with a light floral aroma with little tenacity. It is referred to as a top note. This neroli oil has a refreshing light, floral top note with a sweet, floral, herbaceous green body and a pleasant floral dryout.

Chemical composition – α-pinene 0.59%, sabinene 0.59%, β-pinene 8.08%, β-myrcene 2.35%, α-terpinene 0.21%, limonene 16.98%, linalool 38.4%, α—terpineol 5.13%, nerol 1.27%, geraniol 3.45%, indole 0.16%, methyl anthranilate 0.24%, neryl acetate 1.55%, geranyl acetate 3.13%, β-caryophyllene 0.72%, α-farnesene 0.23%, nerolidol 2.17%, trans-farnesol 1.42%.

Limited edition – 200

Size – 2 mL

Price – $89.95

Vetiver, Bourbon

When I came across this batch of vetiver, I almost cried. It took me right back to my childhood memories growing up on the farm. It has such a lush, rich earthy sweet aroma. For such an earthy oil, this was so surprisingly refreshing and rejuvenating.

Vetiver is one of the most chemically complex of all essential oils. This batch of Bourbon vetiver oil is very rich in sesquiterpene compounds, giving the oil its intensity, depth and complexity, reminiscent of roots and wet soil.

Botanical name – Vetiveria zizanioides

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This batch of Bourbon vetiver is an amber to brownish coloured viscous liquid. It is referred to as a base note. This vetiver oil has a sweet, heavy and woody top note, with an earthy and woody body while there is no change in its dryout.

Chemical composition – isoeugenol 0.49%, nootkatene 0.63%, γ-vetivenene 3.09%, α-calacorene 0.72%, β-vetivenene 3.09%, vetiselinenol 1.85%, khusimol 8.19%, isovalencenol 1.35%, β-vetivone 4.11%, α-vetivone 5.36%.

Limited edition – 300

Size – 5 mL

Price – $34.95

Ylang ylang complete

Now those of you who have attended my classes will know my signature essential oil – yes, it is ylang ylang. Even those who are not such big fans of the intoxicating and rich floral aroma of ylang ylang will fall under the spell of this batch of ylang ylang complete.

This batch of ylang ylang complete oil has a scent that is heavenly, sweet and floral. It epitomises the character of ylang ylang that is charismatic and sensual.

Botanical name – Cananga odorata

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – Ylang ylang complete is a yellow somewhat oily liquid with a powerful, intense aroma. It is referred to as a middle note. It has a powerful, intense, sweet and floral top note, followed by a rich, slightly medicinal and floral body while its dryout is pleasant, soft and powdery floral.

Chemical composition

α-pinene 0.2%, camphene 0.32%, methyl-p-cresol 2.9%, methyl benzoate 1.69%, linalool 8.88%, benzyl acetate 1.53%, geraniol 1.35%, linalyl acetate 0.02%, eugenol 0.46%, α-cubebene 0.12%, geranyl acetate 7.84%, methyl eugenol 0.03%, β-caryophyllene 14.61%, farnesol 1.21%, benzyl benzoate 5.47%, benzyl salicylate 1.55%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $27.95


References

1.Holmes P. Aromatica: a clinical guide to essential oil therapeutics – Vol. I. Singing Dragon, London 2016. 

2. Harris B. Editorial. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 2006; 16(2):55.

 

 

 

 

Natural Mama Therapy

Holistic Self Care Tips for Natural Mums

As a mother, finding time for you can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Feelings of stress and overwhelm are considered a typical side effect of parenting, possibly because stress and anxiety can result from not having enough time for self-care. We love to pamper our cherished mama customers. Below we share some helpful self-care tips and practical rituals from the author of Hippie Mama, Rita Balshaw. These tips are simple, affordable and don’t even require leaving the house!


Shower Sanctuary

After a long day, nothing beats a warm, cleansing shower. There is something very sacred about pure water running over your skin washing away the stresses of the day. It can often help make everything feel a little better.

You will need:

Place the candles in your bathroom and light. After undressing, turn on the shower and use your selected essential oil to place a few drops on the shower floor (tiled floors only to remain on the safe side). Acknowledge how the warm water feels on your skin and take a few rounds of deep breaths.

Enjoy the steamy, fragrant goodness. After drying, apply an aromatic, plant-based body oil such as Pure Rose Body Oil, Skin Elixir Body Oil or Chakra Balancing Massage Oil.They all contain feel-good essential oils to leave you nourished and blissful.

 

Foot Haven

A detoxifying foot-bath is a great way to release excess toxins from the body. This self-care ritual has been practised for thousands of years in ancient folklore medicine. Make your own detoxifying foot bath with pure green clay, purifying essential oils, and mineral salts. This foot haven can be experienced whilst your little one is napping or whilst you’re watching them play!

Add all ingredients to a bathtub or foot spa with plenty of warm water. Soak your hard-working feet for as long as desired. It is really important to drink an alkalising beverage after any detoxifying therapy. A large glass of warm lemon water with a pinch of turmeric powder is a great option.

 

Herbs for Health

When mums are feeling stressed, some common go-tos are wine, chocolate, and coffee! I would like to add a more nutritious support to the list. Herbs! Both in tea and extract form. Tea drinking is herbal medicine in its simplest form and can do wonders for your health and wellbeing.

The most appropriate herbal teas to take when you are feeling overwhelmed are those that are calming, sedating, and that balance the nervous system. Relax, Sweet Dreams, Vata, Pitta and Bon Appetite blends are my top picks.

 

Legs Up The Wall

Keep a yoga mat in your living room or child’s bedroom. Whenever you get the chance, lay on it! Viparita Karani yoga pose, also known as legs-up-the-wall pose, promotes circulation and a pleasant rebalancing effect. This restorative posture is especially beneficial if you are feeling stressed, fatigued, have lower back pain or are experiencing jet-lag.

 

Digital Detox

Feeling icky and disconnected? Start each day with a purifying beverage. Try a green smoothie, warm lemon water, or grapefruit juice to cleanse and hydrate your body. It is incredible to think that the average person spends about nine hours a day in front of a television or computer screen! Spend at least one hour a day in nature, ensuring you get the right amount of sunlight and fresh air. Boost your wellbeing by eliminating the use of all electronics at least two hours before bed and one hour after waking. You will sleep better and wake feeling clear and refreshed!

 

By Rita Balshaw

Author of Hippie Mamas, a guide to holistic parenting


Want to learn more?

We are very excited to announce certified doula, natural therapist and author of Hippie Mamas Rita Balshaw will be in store at Perfect Potion Warringah hosting a morning of Q&A, book signing and mini workshops on all things aromatherapy for mums and bubs!

If you have an interest in natural therapies and want to learn more about how to adapt these to all aspects of motherhood then this is the event for you.

Meet Rita personally in store and experience aromatherapy first hand through mini workshops and rituals.

All mamas and bubbas welcome!! Click here to find out more.

 

Create Your Own Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend

Sal prepared three aromatherapy diffuser blend recipes for you to try…

Positive Vibe Blend

1 drop Lemon Myrtle
2 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Bergamot

Space Cleansing Blend

2 drops Lemon
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Fragonia
1 drop Juniper Berry

Calming Blend

2 drops Lavender
1 drop Ylang Ylang
2 drops Sweet Orange


Method:

Fill your aromatherapy diffuser with water and add 5 drops of essential oil.

Return to the aromatherapy blending and essential oil safety page.

Create Your Own Aromatherapy Cream

Sal prepared three aromatherapy cream recipes for you to try…

Refreshing Foot Cream

3 drops Peppermint
4 drops Lavender
3 drops Lemon
50g Moisture Cream Base

Skin Repair Cream

2 drops Everlasting
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Frankincense
20 drops Calendula Infused Oil
1 tsp(5mL) Rosehip Oil
45g Moisture Cream Base

Replenishing Hand Cream

9 drops Lavender
1 drop Rose Absolute
20 drops Calendula Infused Oil
50g Moisture Cream Base


Method:

Combine 10 drops of essential oil and 10mL of jojoba oil in a roller ball bottle.

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