What is aromatherapy all about?

What exactly are essential oils and how are they extracted? Here Yogi Tea present us with the principles of aromatherapy and tell us how you can use natural fragrances for your mind and spirit.

Aromatherapie

In aromatherapy, natural fragrances are purposefully used to mobilise the body’s innate powers of self-healing. This is achieved by using the essences of plants, encapsulated in essential oils. Aromatherapy is a form of herbal medicine and is regarded by experts as a safe and reliable natural remedy. We at Yogi Tea view aromatherapy as the symbiosis between efficacy and a sense of wellbeing. Essential oils are essences containing a concentrated form of the plant’s medicinal properties. The essences are made from a great variety of plants using steam distillation, extraction or pressing processes, and are therefore especially intense in aroma and very precious. They exert their effect on mind and spirit via their fragrance, and can thereby influence our mood and sense of wellbeing.

Essential oils vary greatly in quality. Only pure essential oils should be used in aromatherapy. Organic is the best choice to also help protect the environment. Synthetic oils and products labelled as “nature identical” should in turn be avoided.

The range of applications for essential oils is as diverse as nature itself. For example, lavender oil can have a calming effect and help with insomnia; the tangy fragrance of lemon oil is stimulating and can have a mood-enhancing effect; fruity mandarin oil relieves stress and is warming; while fresh mint inspires the mind. Whether it’s for relaxation or general wellbeing – the use of concentrated plant-power in the form of essential oils is an important part of naturopathy.

Did you know that aromatherapy dates back to Antiquity? The ancient Egyptians regarded the fragrances of plants as gifts to their gods and as symbols of godliness, purity, power and might. In the 11th century, the Arabs then brought the knowledge of aromatherapy with them to Europe and people began to cultivate medicinal herbs in the gardens of monasteries and abbeys. In the early 20th century, the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé began to study the medicinal properties of essential oils. Aromatherapy thus became an important component of herbal medicine.

Thank you to the Yogis of Yogi Tea for this fascinating article about the beautiful scents of aromatherapy. You can read the original article here.

Managing Stress – Flower remedies

Our range of Australian Bush Flowers is very popular and provides support to emotional wellbeing. It has been (and continues to be) a valuable tool to help many people through the recent unusual times.

This article is from the creators of Australian Bush Flowers and is focused on the feeling of overwhelm and stress.

It is easy to feel consumed by mental and emotional pressures. There are times in everybody’s lives where we can feel it is hard to switch off, because the mind is constantly active, and this can make us feel drained and overwhelmed.

It’s okay to admit you struggle, but it is essential to off-load your stress and taking actions to better your emotional wellbeing.

Here at Australian Bush Flower Essences, we aim to help you to connect with your inner self, ultimately improving both your emotional and mental state. We target your health needs with natural remedies combined with our bush flower essences. Uncover the transformative power of nature.  

Finding Time for Yourself is Crucial

To cut down on stress levels and ensure you have more quality “me time”, it is key to simplify your daily routine across – work-family – lifestyle – current situation and things you can’t resolve. Multi-tasking can also overload your brain, leading to impatience, irritability, overwhelm, forgetfulness and a weaker immune system.

Natural remedies which will do wonders to your emotional wellbeing:

Paw Paw is THE essence for addressing overwhelm and is in both the Calm & Clear Essence and Cognis Essence combinations for this very reason.

Paw Paw has incredible properties that can help you overcome these overwhelming negative emotions, and allow you to access your Higher Self, so that you may assimilate new ideas with calmness and clarity. Calm & Clear helps you wind down and better manage your responsibilities with your life and relationships. Cognis help those whose minds wander during times of stress and those who feel confused or overwhelmed.

If you like to meditate, Meditation Essence can be a great essence for you. This natural remedy helps you awake your spirituality through meditation, access your Higher Self and inner guidance that will provide you with greater intuition.

Why use Australian Bush Flower Essences?

· Clarity – Using the essences should help you gain a clearer state of mind. This means you can focus on tasks in your life without clouding judgement, whilst also exploring new emotions that were hidden to you before! Let us help – try > Calm & Clear Essences, Cognis.

· Guidance – You can use the flower essences for guidance through the struggles of modern life. This is due to the imbalances encountered in life, and the essences’ abilities to help you centre yourself. This influences your mental, emotional and physical well-being. We love these – try > Space Clearing.

· Reach the Higher Self – The benefits can be similar to meditation, where your body releases negative thoughts. This allows positive virtues such as joy, love, and faith to enter the body and reach the feeling of the higher self – enabling healing! Let us suggest something great for you! – try > Meditation.

· Relief – The aim of the products is to battle stressful parts of your life. This allows you to reconnect with your soul and gain relief from the alleviation of your stresses. We LOVE these – try > Emergency Flower Essences.

· Rejuvenation– Your body will feel like it has been re-started with a fresh mindset and new energy. This makes every day easier when motivation is key to success – whether that be excelling at work or simply getting out of bed in the morning with a spin of positive thinking. Let us guide you – try > Dynamis Essences.

·Health Balance – Many people use the benefits of natural remedies that may help with symptoms of health concerns both physically and mentally. This can range from harmonising menstruation and menopause, to help to improve the feelings associated with mood swings, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder. These work wonders! – try > Woman Essence Drops.

Working on your wellbeing – Rescue Remedy

As lockdown continues, so too do the challenges for our health and wellbeing, but there are plenty of simple holistic steps you can take to help yourself.

And here, natural health experts from Rescue Remedy offer their wellness tips to ease stress and boost emotional wellbeing:

  • Smart goals: Smart goals are a way of breaking down aims into five bite-sized categories – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-related – to help make targets doable. Every weekend, carve out 15-20 minutes to work out your aims for the week ahead and break them down into each category. Write them down somewhere that you can tick off when you have completed them. Ticking off completed goals is a great way of seeing how much you’ve achieved and feel positive if you’re feeling low. Here are few things that we have been ticking off our list: workout three times per week, have a bath once this week, walk 10,000 steps every day, read a chapter a night, turn off your phone after 8pm, meditate for five minutes a day.
  • Mindfulness: Here are a few ways that you can weave it into your daily routine. Morning: Try to wake up 20 minutes before your household to practise. If that’s not feasible – and we know how hard it can be – practise this while you’re in the shower or making a cup of tea. Count to four as you breathe in and four as you breathe out. Repeat while you scan your body, focusing on how your toes and feet feel, moving up the legs, hips, back, shoulders, arms, neck, face, jaw and head. During the day: The trick to being mindful during the day is remembering to practise while you are busy. Whether you’re buried deep in work, making lunch for the family or simply popping to the toilet, bring your mind into the present by asking yourself what you can see, smell, feel, taste or hear. At night: When the kids are tucked up and you finally have some time to yourself, make sure you’re really spending it on yourself. The small act of taking pleasure in lighting a candle, getting comfy under a blanket, repeating your positive affirmations, or simply enjoying a few squares of chocolate, will bring you into the now. Try to spend your evening in the now and not worrying about tomorrow.
  • Nutrition: As the saying goes, ‘you are what you eat’. This doesn’t only refer to how food affects your body but may also affect your mind. Having a good diet could help boost your mood, help you think more clearly and give you more energy. Eat regularly; three balanced meals a day will help you to stay away from the (sometime unhealthy) snacks. Eat a balanced diet, eating a mix of fibre, protein, ‘good’ fats and vegetables will help you maintain your energy levels throughout the day. Drink enough – water is great, but you can also enjoy herbal tea and diluted fruit juice to keep you on top of the recommended eight glasses a day.
  • Fitness: It’s hard to stay motivated at the moment, so it’s important to remember that any movement is good movement. Don’t be hard on yourself and remind yourself that you are the only person who can take the pressure off your shoulders. If you have a little more time, it’s important to get your heart rate up. While running isn’t for everyone, try to explore your area by foot and add in a power walk if you want. Otherwise, enjoy an online HIIT class; there are a huge amount of YouTube videos out there that cater for every fitness levels and any injuries you might have. The main thing with fitness is to try to enjoy it!

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Coconut oil teeth whitening

I’m sure that you’ve heard by now about the many wonders and uses of coconut oil, but have you heard about coconut oil teeth whitening? We’ve recently been trying out these coconut oil pulling kits from Coco Baci and wanted to share the thoughts of one of our guest bloggers with you. Coconut oil has numerous nutritional health benefits and using it for oil pulling has claimed to improve oral hygiene. These kits offer an all natural teeth whitening course, whereby you use a sachet of the oil mixture daily and swirl the oil around your mouth for 10-15 minutes before brushing. I know you might be thinking that 15 minutes walking around with coconut oil in your mouth seems like a rather long time, but you could do this whilst you make breakfast, get ready for work or take a bath and our blogger found it to soon become second nature. Read a little more about Charley’s experience with the products below:

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