Homemade Aromatherapy Bath-Oils

January 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Last week I revisited the subject of hydro and aromatherapy in ‘Bathing for Therapy’. The blog discussed a publication which I created some years ago, and delved deep into the how therapeutic methods can be beneficial whilst bathing.

Aromatherapy comes in many different forms from scented candles, room sprays and oil burners. However, from personal experience aromatherapy through bathing is most beneficial.

I’ve experimented in creating my own bath oils, which isn’t only fun and cheaper than shop bought alternative. They arguably have the added benefits of being custom made for specific problems. Here are traditional ‘recipes’ which are worth taking note of and make perfect homemade gifts.

Homemade aromatherapy recipes

Stimulating Circulation:

A blend which is good to use if you have poor circulation- this blend is traditionally for elderly people or those who spend lots of time sitting down. The mixes of scents hope to make you feel refreshed and revitalised.

3 drops of Geranium                                                                     

2 drops of Rosemary

Choose from and additional…

4 drops of Pine (or)

4 drops of Lemon (or)

3 drops Black Pepper (or)

3 drops of Ginger

Method:

Blend together Geranium and Rosemary and then add one or two alternative oils according to how you feel. I would add Lemon and Pine as these have properties which intend to make you feel uplifted and refreshed.

Once blended (ensure the water is warm and not hot) get into the bath and relax. Whilst bathing take time to think about your breathing, take long deep breaths to ensure that you are benefiting from all of the armours.

Cold and Flu:

This blend is to banish nasty colds and flu symptom. It’s definitely worth trying if you want to drive out away those January blues.

6 drops of Tea Tree

7 drops Lavender

1 drop Thyme

2 drops Eucalyptus

Choose from additional…

6 drops Bergamot (or)

6 drops Cedarwood (or)

2 drops Black Pepper (or)

1 drop Basil (or)

1 drop Peppermint (or)

Method:

Simply blend together Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Thyme then add one of the additional oils. I’d opt for Peppermint as its strong scent traditionally soothes but also breaks through any blockages which are common with cold and flu symptoms. Peppermint is also an essential oil basic and therefore easy to get hold of and affordable- bonus!

Recommended website for more homemade recipes: Easy Aromatherapy Recipes

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Bathing for Therapy – Relaxation with aroma and hydro therapy.

January 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Some years ago I worked alongside former nurse Helen Passant and together we created ‘Bathing for Therapy’. A handbook which discusses the methods and techniques that can be used to create the most relaxing bathing experience.

A field which I know is extremely beneficial to many of my customers, the book was a huge hit upon its release and we continue to receive praise for the publication even today. So I thought that revisiting the subject here on the blog would be a rather nice idea.

Bathing for Therapy cover

I often get asked how to create the easiest and most relaxing bath time and my immediate response is to consider your own needs as these are incredibly important to easy bathing, especially within the elderly. Remember that there seems little point relaxing in a bath if you’re stressed about how you’re going to get out safely.

Investing in a hydrotherapy spa bath is a good option for those who suffer from extensive aches and pains as the water pumps soothe and massage. Bath-Knight’s walk-in bath range offers easy access baths in a variety of sizes, styles and functionalities that work according to your specific needs. And of course the Bath-Knight band is designed to allow those hydro bubbles through.

Alternatively aromatherapy is a great way to achieve easy bathing within a more typical bathing environment (remember there is no stopping using both aroma and hydro therapy together). I’ve found that many people gain greatly from aromatherapy and it tends to becomes part of their routine.

The Perfect BathWhen I was training for a charity walk last year (unfortunately I was unable to compete due to an injured foot) I regularly bathed using essential oils such as lavender, lemon grass and Chamomile to massaging my aches and pains whilst in the bath.

I discovered that aromatherapy can be as easy as you like. If you’re cautious at first simply add a drop of bath oil to your bath and relax. When you become more comfortable use a mix of blends and rub problem areas (if needed).  It is incredibly effective and can help with a variety of complaints and health issues which are difficult to cure.

Bathing for Therapy back coverJoint aches, poor circulation, varicose veins, high and low blood pressures and skin problems are all problems which can be eased with a cause of aromatherapy. To ensure that you target your problem area with the most suitable oils I’d recommend doing a little research beforehand. Chemist and pharmacists are reliable sources. Additionally the internet is full of sites specialising in hydro and aroma therapy. I would suggest reading Holistic Healing with Liz McWatt who offer plenty information on Aromatherapy.

The beauty of aromatherapy is it can become personal to you. Be open minded to different treatments by making your own recipes – I’ll be blogging about some of my favourites next week. Homemade recipes are often cheaper than shop bought counterparts and work just as well.

If you would like to recieve a free copy of the Bathing for Therapy Handbook email blogging@bathk-knight.co.uk with your details and we’ll be sure to send you a copy.

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