Forest Therapy – Healing amongst the trees

Imagine a space where the air feels fresh and clean yet you are not in the shower or bath tub, but bathing deep amongst the trees.

There is actually such a practice in Japan; it’s called Forest Bathing. It’s proven to lower heart rate blood pressure, reduce stress, restore attention, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing, which can also contribute to improved sleep.

I’ve always loved being amongst the trees. Connecting with nature brings a feeling of peace and tranquillity; when I rest with my back against a tree, I listen to their boughs swaying in the wind hearing the creaks and cracks. I believe its their voice; their way of communicating with us.

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Each tree is an individual. Each has their own voice. So very different and yet so very much like us in their own way; their spirit, essence, texture, size, shape and strength can teach us how to be intimate with nature, feeling their gentleness from within.

As I listen I tune into their energy and vibrations, softening any negative stress felt by the brunt of everyday life; slowly releasing a wonderful feeling of contentment that can be achieved as our rhythms become synchronized with theirs.

Taking time out to be with nature helps bring me closer to my own spirit. I’ll usually take one of my favourite essential oils, Sacred Mountain, when I’m planning a Forest Bathing session. This beautiful aroma helps me to reconnect to deepest memories, at a later time.

Connecting to all things nature helps to heal us emotionally; we are made of the same stuff, giving us a chance to remember who we really are. I believe both that each of us has a purpose and we each have gifts to offer the world, and nature can help us to discover both.

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As I randomly explore, wandering amongst the trees it’s like a wonderful adventure. This takes me back to when I was a child to one of my very favourite books. It’s called “Johnny & Sophie on Holidays”; I still have this book and every time I have one of these Forest Bathing experiences, I pick up the book again and gaze through it with such fond memories of my childhood. I always believed that I was Sophie!

There is one particular page that I loved more than any other, where Sophie was lying down next to a tree on a bed of grass with small white flowers; she is gazing up to the sky with her arms behind her head and her legs crossed wearing a little tartan skirt. I could see her cute little white knickers and white boots. I would stare for hours, looking deeply into this page for such a long time, as if I was looking at myself, visualising it was me living this experience – and now I am!

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The book was about a brother and sister holidaying in the South of France. They were staying with their parents on a farm in the country and they were allowed to spend a lot of time exploring on their own. Johnny was very fond of nature study and loved to explain things to Sophie.

They explored the trails and cliffs, streams and waterfalls. They paddled down the river in a canoe, walked through the woods where they would see dragonflies, all kinds of birds, beetles, fish, farm animals and even bats!

This book has always inspired me and continues to do so. Having a greater awareness of how you feel in nature can give you great clarity and help discover the reasons why you feel that way. Nature helps you to connect with who you truly are, with your inner core, the authentic self; discovering what really matters in life.

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Nature is a great ally and teacher, guiding, helping you to create the life that you want.

  1. Nature teaches you that there is no wrong with you.
  2. Time slow down.
  3. Nature models “just enough” sustainability.
  4. You surrender comfort and control.
  5. Nature reminds you that everything lives and dies, so you can appreciate life and its natural cycles.
  6. As the noise of our crazy culture fades, your mind calms and you experience silence and stillness.
  7. You behold the beauty of nature.
  8. You remember you are connected to all living things.
  9. You remember who you truly are.
  10. You experience the divine. 

Ten Tips of Inspiration by – Kris Abrams

As well as walking in the woods there are other ways to feel trees’ benefits. ‘My granddaughter and I are tree huggers and proud of it!

Take time to simply sit and engage in the sounds, smells, sights, textures and even the taste of the air; enliven all five senses! Smell the aromas of the trees and shrubs and listen to the water moving in the streams.

If you are overwhelmed by the noise and ‘busyness’ of modern life, I recommend you take the time to Bathe in the Woods, to destress, relax, restore and reconnect.

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This practice is also known as Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing or Forest/Nature Therapy.

If you cannot get to a forest in busy times my suggestion is to diffuse some essential oils.

Aromas and smells are a great way to reconnect you to a past memory. As I mentioned earlier, I use a drop of Sacred Mountain essential oil, one of my favourites, when I go Forest Bathing. When I can’t get out, I’ll diffuse this favourite, and it’ll take me back there in seconds. . .

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These are my favourite Forest Bathing essential oils:

Sacred Mountain

Believe

Idaho Balsam Fir

Marjoram

Idaho Blue Spruce

Frankincense

Cedarwood

Sandalwood

Live harmoniously with nature every day!

Contact Cheryl Grealy

♥ To order or learn more about these Essential Oils visit:  aroma-angels.com

♥ Email:  cherylgrealy@gmail.com

♥ Mobile: 0410667462

 

DIY BATH BOMBS!

There is something incredibly relaxing about a warm bath and these PURE Natural handmade Bath Bombs & Salts definitely take relaxation up a notch!

Your body has a way of telling you what’s good for you; there’s nothing like a relaxing soak in a warm bath or sinking your feet into a bowl of bliss.

Kids and adults love them; and while they can cost from $9 to $12 each to buy, with my recipe you can make a whole batch for way less!

They’re a fun activity with the kids, they make great gifts, or, just purely for you and save some money too!

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Creating & Crafting recipes infused with wonderful notes of therapeutic essential oils. If you’re after a really luxurious bathing experience, these bath beauties are just the bomb!

Bath bombs have skyrocketed in popularity lately with thousands of options available (though I’d only recommend natural options like these, all made with love at . . .

♥ “THE SNUGG ROOM!” ♥

In my research from bath bomb retail stores and online, I discovered in the reviews, that whilst there was a lot of positive feedback, there were also some concerns as well.

I started making these for my Granddaughters . . . and I have four of them aged from 18 months to 11 years old!

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The reviews that concerned me were:

They are way too big!

The colours or dyes would stain the bath.

The fragrance gave me a headache after, way too strong!

Our skin is like a big sponge; it absorbs everything including toxic chemicals and I wanted to make a natural version of bath bombs, so I knew what was in them!

“Not to mention picking glitter out of places that should never sparkle.”

They are simple to make with kid-safe ingredients and are completely versatile.

Between you and the kids, think of ways to mix up the scents, colours, and other customizations.

So if you have sensitive skin, introduce slowly and stop using if any irritation or reaction occurs.

A dermatologist Amy Wechsler in New York City says . . . some of the ingredients can be irritating, especially the fragrances and dyes.

I’m very mindful about all the products I use on my skin and to take very good care of my granddaughter’s health & wellbeing too.

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Ingredients You’ll Need…

Each batch of Bath bombs only takes a few minutes to make, so it is important to have the ingredients on hand and measured before you start. Most of the ingredients are pantry supplies in many homes, but make sure you have these on hand.

Baking Soda

The backbone of this recipe is alkalizing baking soda. It is a necessary complement to the acidic citric acid and part of the fizzing reaction! Kids love that the best!!

Citric Acid

The more obscure ingredient in this recipe that a lot of people don’t have on hand is citric acid. It is necessary for the fizzing reaction that makes bath bombs feel like bathing in champagne.

Corn Starch or Arrowroot

Corn starch provides the silky feel that we all love from bath bombs. This also holds everything together. In this recipe, arrowroot also works but doesn’t provide quite as silky of a finished product.

Cream of Tartar

What does cream of tartar do in bath bombs?

In bath bombs, cream of tartar acts as a binding agent, making the bomb harder and stronger.

Oil and Liquid

These are all very versatile and you can pick any combination that you have on hand. You’ll need some kind of:

  • Oil: Pick simple oil like vegetable, olive, almond or coconut oil or get even fancier with Young Livings V6 vegetable oil, argon or apricot oil.
  • Salt: Stick to basic salt or take it up a notch with Epsom salt or another of my favourites, Himalayan Salt (Fine version works best) not ROCK!
  • Liquid: Basic water works, but I also love using a dash of witch hazel for some extra skin soothing.

Scents and Colours

This is where the options get endless. Use your favourite essential oils, I only use and trust Young Livings brand, you can also add dried herbs, flowers petals like lavender or rose or make them scent free. I personally love to use edible colour powder that is used for making chocolates, I purchase these from Suntralis Foods at Lonsdale South Australia. You can even add some natural dyes to change the colour. (See recipe for suggestions)

Other Equipment

These are easy to make with measuring cups and your hands, but for a fancier and more uniform product, it helps to also have:

  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Moulds – For the easiest version just form these into balls with your hands, but if you are making as gifts or just want fancier shapes, moulds are the way to go!
  • I have and use metal and plastic round moulds.
  • You can even use Muffin, Cupcake, Donut, Chocolate tins/moulds which also make a pretty good shape!

 SO Let’s GET CREATIVE . . .

BOMBS AWAY!!!

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How to Make – In Four Easy Steps!

(This mix will make approx. 4 standard size round bath bombs)

STEP 1

To a glass or stainless steel bowl add all dry ingredients . . .

1 cup baking soda

½ cup citric acid

¼ cup Epsom salts – Optional to add!

½ cup corn flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

  • A sprinkle of food grade colour powder, food colouring or natural spice like . . . ground cinnamon, ginger, all spice, turmeric, Chinese five spice etc.

Mix well together.

STEP 2

Add wet ingredients

20 mls Distilled Water & Dash of Witch Hazel (filtered water is fine to use too!)

10 – 12 drops Essential Oil (See recipes below) ⇓

1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil (My favourite) or other oil mentioned above. ⇑

STEP 3

Mix well – you want it to get to the consistency of damp

(NOT WET) sand. If the mix is too wet, this will start to activate the mix.

The mix should be able to hold its shape when you squeeze it together, but break apart when you drop it into the bowl.

STEP 4

To form the bath bomb, add a heaping pile of sand mix to each half of the bath bomb, don’t pack the mixture into the mould, lightly press the mix into the mould then add some more mix at this point,  just loosely pile it into a mound.

You want to make a light (not dense) bath bomb that will float on the top of the bath water.

TIP: Add some sprinkles, coloured Epsom Salts or lavender flower etc. to one side of the mould prior. This will jazz-up your bombs up a bit, be as creative as you wish! (pictured below). 

Press the two halves of the bath bomb mould together.

Unmould the bath bomb – it should pop right out, but if it sticks a little, give the mould a tap with the back of a spoon to help release.

Place the bath bombs on some paper towel or bubble wrap (on the smooth side) and allow to dry; if you are very new to this, and not sure if it’s going to fall apart, leave in the mould to dry overnight or release in a few hours!

Allow at least 8 hours to dry thoroughly prior to using

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Bath Bombs Combinations

Pop-Up Pampering . . . 16 Essential Oil Blends for bath bombs (Or create your own)

Relax – 5 drops Lavender 5 drops Cedarwood

Sea Breeze – 4 drops Stress Away, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Lime, 2 drops Spearmint

Sweet Dreams – 5 drops Lavender, 3 drops Stress Away, 2 drops Copaiba

Un-Wind – 5 drops Stress Away, 5 drops Lavender

Happy Pill – 2 drops Joy, 2 drops Geranium, 2 drops Lavender, 4 drops Orange

Inspires Happiness, Tough day at the Office 4 drops Lemon, 3 drops Orange, 2 drops Lime or 2 drops Grapefruit

Pure Bliss Coconut – 8 drops Stress Away, 2 drops Copaiba & 1 tablespoon coconut oil, Oatmeal or Coconut flakes for decoration

Brain Drain, Encouraging, and Balancing – 1 drop Juniper, 3 drops Cedarwood, 1 drop Grapefruit, 2 drops Lavender, 1 drop rosemary, 2 drops Lemon

Tutti Fruiti – 3 drops Grapefruit, 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Orange, 2 drops Lime, 1 drop Clarity

Love Spell – 6 drops Joy, 2 drops Spearmint, 2 drops Ylang Ylang

Fresh Blitz – 4 drops Peppermint 4 drops Spearmint, 2 drops Lemon

Achy Muscles – 4 drops PanAway, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Copaiba

Luscious Lavender – 10 drops Lavender

Lime Coola – 6 drops Lime, 2 drops Stress Away 2 drops Lemon

Energy Boost – 7 drops Lemon Grass, 2 drops Lemon, 1 drops Peppermint

Irresistibly Spicy Scent – 6 Drops Thieves, 4 drops Stress Away

Lavender Bath Bombs

Bath Pampering . . . smelly fun!!!

Bath Bomb Classes CLICK HERE

Please feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions below.

 

This is one of my passions, that I love to share with others!

IMG_8356-Edit_2Make Your Own Aromatherapy Products including . . .

Bath Bombs, Crumbles & Salts!

Make your own! DIY is trending all over the internet these days!

WHO, WHY or WHAT inspires you to learn how to make your own products?

“What are you looking to accomplish?

These are just some of the questions I ask people when they attend my classes!

“So what are the advantages of making your own ‘Aromatherapy Products”?

Here’s what most people said when I asked them that question:

  • To save money
  • To know what’s in their products, (are they chemical-free?)
  • Gift Giving
  • Fetes at schools
  • Just for fun!
  • Markets!

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I also added a few more ideas from my own personal experience:

  • Charity Events
  • Bombonaries
  • Personal Self-Care Rituals
  • Having fun with the Grandchildren
  • Sensitive to products that contain toxic ingredients? (I’m always looking for alternatives).
  • Growing your own ”Home Business”

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What you will learn in my classes are . . .

  • What are essential oils?
  • How to use essential oils.
  • Essential oil safety.
  • How can we use them in our everyday life?
  • Discover and FEEL the difference!
  • Learn about Young Living quality, and, their ‘SEED to SEAL’ Commitment.
  • Essential oil grades.
  • Essential oil quality.
  • Introduction into the most extensive range of essential oils and blends.
  • How to apply essential oils topically (direct to the skin).
  • How to use culinary essential oils in your food & drinks.
  • Top three essential oils for hair, skin, and relaxation!
  • Emotional Wellness.
  • Why you should always diffuse (and NOT use an oil burner).

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How to make . . .

  • Bath Bombs
  • Sherbert Crumble
  • Ombré Bath Salts
  • Sugar Scrub
  • Home & Body Spritzers
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Chest Rub
  • Massage Oils
  • True Grit (like Gumption™)
  • Furniture Polish
  • Signature Perfume
  • Aura Chakra Spritz
  • Lip Gloss
  • Thieves House Hold Cleaner
  • Carpet Deodoriser
  • Nourishing Facial Serum
  • Delicious Infused Chocolates
  • Basic Recipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Infused Confetti for personal gift cards
  • Infused Playdough

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