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Practice Safe Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has gained huge popularity over the years since I first started studying it in 2001.  The benefits of essential oils are many and over time I have witnessed clients reap huge benefits from this natural therapy. However, unfortunately with the rise in their popularity unscrupulous companies have advocated the inappropriate use of essential oils and have not been clear with their customers about their potential risks when not used properly.

 Firstly, essential oils should never be ingested under any circumstances.  Even in small undiluted quantities essential oils can be highly potent.  Ingesting them can interfere with medications, they can be highly toxic and result in liver, respiratory issues to name but a few.  They can even be potentially life threatening.

 Essential Oils should never be used neat directly on the skin. Regular use of undiluted essential oils on the skin can result in irritation, burning, and at worst desensitisation.  It is always important to blend your essential oils with a fixed oil before applying to the skin.  We love sunflower, jojoba, coconut and for a special skin treat rosehip oil.

 Used in the correct way essential oils in your home can have wonderfully powerful and therapeutic benefits. We recommend taking a less is more approach and reading up on the benefits as well as the risks of oils that spark your interest.  If you are still in doubt consulting the expertise of a qualified aromatherapist would be our recommendation.  An experienced aromatherapist can blend a bespoke solution tailored to your individual needs. And when making essential oil purchases, we recommend selecting from reputable European suppliers.  Alternatively choose pre-blended aromatherapy solutions, here at Bramble & Blossom we have thoughtfully blended aromatherapy remedies for you to choose from sleep solutions through to mood-boosting mists there is something for all aromatherapy enthusiasts in our ranges.

 If you have any questions on essential oils, we would love to hear from you. Use the contact us form on our home page.  In the meantime, we hope you continue to enjoy essential oils safely.

Karen & the team x

Beat the summer heat with aromatherapy solutions.


Flagging in the hot weather? We know how you feel.  We are really appreciating the warmer weather at the moment; it’s been lovely catching up with much loved friends and family in our gardens.  However, if you are like us here at Bramble & Blossom, you may have been struggling to keep cool.  These are our top two essential oils for keeping cool and super chill in warmer climes.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is wonderfully cooling; it also has a smidge of sweetness.  We love blending it with a peppermint hydrosol (flower water) and popping it in the fridge to make it extra cool. Once chilled we mist liberally in our workspace.  Some studies even show that peppermint can improve cognitive function and concentration.  Definitely one to use when you are feeling pooped in a warm office.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon packs a zesty punch and can have an invigorating effect.  It is a wonderful ariel disinfectant and is perfect as an antimicrobial home spray.  Like peppermint it is known for improving concentration. Here at Bramble & Blossom we blend both as the main ingredients for our energising mist. 

Whilst these are our favourites, we also recommend eucalyptus (blue gum), spearmint and anything from the rutaceae plant family (sweet orange, mandarin, petitgrain etc).

We hope this helps you to stay cool and enjoy all the benefits summer brings the soul!

Practice True Self care and… cut the waste from your bathroom.

Practice True Self care and… cut the waste from your bathroom.

 

How often have you looked in your bathroom cupboard and wondered why it is so full and why there are so many products in there that you have barely used, half finished bottles of toner?  18 different colours of nail polish? And be honest how many pairs of nail scissors are you hoarding?  You are not alone.

Cutting down on the consumption of personal care products is a  great place to start.  Think about what you need.  Do you really need a day cream an eye cream and a night moisturiser?  Really? 

First things first, take some time to sort through your vanity cupboard and make-up collection.  Making a pile for the items you use more than once a week and another for those infrequently used and another for those you have simply forgotten about. Chances are you will end up looking at a larger pile of items that you hadn’t realised were lurking in the cupboard, barely used and forgotten about.  Using time to thoughtfully declutter can be a transformative experience. Removing items from our space that we no longer require nor have a use for can feel liberating.  You’ll have much tider and better organised cupboards too, which will make you feel good.  Win Win, just don’t forget to recycle the empties or stash them in a box under the stairs, they will make great receptacles for refills.

Once you’ve challenged yourself and decluttered, The hardest part  is understanding why the mountain of products got there in the first place and setting yourself the challenge of not repeating these unsustainable behaviours.  

These are our top tips for rationalising your self-care and beauty purchases.

  • Ask yourself do you I really need it? Or am I just busting to buy the next new thing?

  • Don’t buy a new item until you have finished something else.

  • Do not indulge in more than 1 moisturiser at a time.  (Please.. there really is no need.  Take our luxury beauty balm for example. It covers a multitude of uses, just check out our customer reviews).

  • Source products that come in reusable or easily recycled packaging

  • Seek out a refill shop and refill your shampoo and shower gel bottles.

  • Make your own.  Its as restorative as baking, we promise!

Making your own skincare products is another way of embracing sustainable practices.  Not only does creating your own moisturiser or soap to your own preferences feel good, it provides you with a supply of product that you have tailored to your own needs and you will have a far greater appreciation of because it was you who crafted it.  

If you don’t have the time or inclination to whip up a batch of soap or create your own lip balm.  Its cool, we get it!  And we have your back, along with some great independent, eco-friendly brands out there.

Selfcare For Super Mums

Selfcare For Super Mums

Time for you?  Self-care Sunday? For some of us, especially busy mums, time to indulge in some “me time” can seem like the unobtainable, the item that inevitably rolls to the bottom of the to-do list, if it had ever made in there in the first place.

But time for yourself is crucial it’s not an indulgence.  We need to be as mindful of our own needs as those of our own children.

So how?  It’s important not to pile the pressure on yourself, ideally time for you should be scheduled into your day.  However, if that isn’t achievable, it can be divided up into manageable little nuggets of time.  Taking 5 minutes to lie on your bed and meditate, focus on your breathing or even to just stop and listen to some uplifting bird tweets can be incredibly therapeutic.  

Locking the bathroom door after the children have been put to bed to relax into a bathing ritual or home spa can be restful and mood-boosting.  

One of our current favourites in lockdown is doing a quick 10 minute morning yoga video, there is a wealth of great content out there, it can really set you up and set your mood in a positive frame for the rest of the day.

Another really important argument for taking self-care seriously is to set an example for your children.  Modelling positive self-care behaviours, teaches them that mum looking after herself  is just as important as her role in looking after them.

So what are you waiting for?   It’s time to re-prioritise that to do list and put yourself at the top!