Most of us associate basil with a hearty bowl of spaghetti Bolognese, but outside of the kitchen, this humble herb has been used for centuries to treat a range of common ailments.
A native of Asia, basil has a long history of use in Ayurveda, the traditional health system of India, for the treatment of coughs, colds and other respiratory problems. It has also been used as a traditional remedy for digestive complaints such as flatulence, indigestion, nausea and stomach cramps.
In terms of boosting mental health, basil is said to have a positive action on the nervous system, helping to reduce mental fatigue, ease headaches and improve concentration.
In contrast to prescription drugs such as diazepam, a recent study even suggests that basil – including the essential oil – can help to reduce anxiety without any sedative side effects.
So I thought I would write about anti-ageing this month as it’s been on my mind for a while now.
What exactly is “anti-ageing” anyway? What does it mean? Why should we be? How can we be? These are all questions coming into my mind whilst thinking about this subject.
I know there has been a lot of murmurings in the beauty industry about the term anti-ageing. Should the term anti-ageing be banned completely from the beauty and cosmetics industry. Is it dated? Is it offensive? Does it send out the wrong message?
Why should we be anti it? To be honest even if we are, there’s really not much we can do about it is there…. is there?
August seems to be busy month no matter who you are or what you do. Parents have children off school and lots of people take their holiday either flying off abroad, staying closer to home or even staying at home (staycation). It has been, so far, very busy.
So I feel like I’ve had a bit of a transitioning period lately. Completing my courses after 9 months of hard work and exams, and then realising I actually need, and would like to, put my new found skills of Reflexology and Aromatherapy into practice.
What a glorious summer we’re having so far ….. and long may it continue. I know is really warm, and some of you may be suffering, but having had such a long cold winter we really should make the absolute most of the warmth. It won’t be here forever!
It’s that lovely time of year when people gather together for holidays, birthdays, hen parties, anniversaries or just because they haven’t seen one another for some time. The summer certainly makes us want to do things.
Aromatherapy is one of the most gentle and versatile of the complementary healing arts. It harnesses the natural therapeutic powers of essential oils to relieve a whole host of physical and emotional complaints ranging from stress, anxiety and fatigue through to insomnia, aches and pains and problem skin conditions.
Essential oils are extracted from aromatic flowers, leaves, bark, roots, fruits and berries. They are complex substances that have many different properties. Like any other medicine, essential oils have a powerful effect and can chemically alter the body, albeit in a completely natural way! The oils enter the body via inhalation and by absorption through the pores of the skin. Once inside they enter the bloodstream and travel to different organs and body systems where they begin to trigger healing.
It’s really important as a therapist to understand what it actually feels like to receive the treatments you give. It is also, of course, a welcome and often well-deserved treat, or sometimes a necessity. However, as I am sure most therapists will tell you, we don’t actually get many treatments as we are usually too busy!!
However, recently a lovely therapist had offered to give me a reflexology treatment (as I have been training in it) and, having taken her up on the offer, I thought I would share my experience with you.