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The Easy Way Out

Author: Natural-Beauty
January 8, 2013

mqdefaultWith every new year, I say to myself that this is the year to take better care of myself.  I usually start off strong by exercising every morning before I go to work and eating healthier but as the days pass by, I find myself skipping some exercise sessions and rationalizing my selection of fast food for lunch or dinner.  My problem, I think, is my lack of dedication.

The one thing I can do easily all year long is taking vitamins and using moisturizers every day.  These take the minimal amount of effort from me and can be done in a matter of seconds so there is no real excuse for me not to do it.  Plus these usually come with immediate results which would keep me motivated to do it every day.  I know it’s not much, but it is better than doing nothing.

Aromatherapy Inhalations

Author: Dr. Larita
January 8, 2013

coldDo you feel a cold coming on? Do you already have a miserable cold and feel stuffy? Aromatherapy inhalation is a method of using essential oils that will help you tremendously. All you do is add a few drops of essential oil to hot water to make a therapeutic steam. Inhaling this steam will help to open your airways and improve your breathing during colds, flu, hay fever and sinusitis. The essential oil travels up your nose through the vapor and then the tiny molecules of essential oil help to loosen blockages and sooth mucous membranes in your nasal passages. As you breath deeply and breathing becomes easier, the essential oil vapor travels farther down the respiratory passages toward your lungs. This will ease your cough and tight chest.

It is easy to do an aromatherapy inhalation at home. Half fill a heatproof bowl with near boiling water. Remove your glasses or contact lenses, add up to a total of 6 drops essential oil to the hot water, lean over the fragrant steam with a towel draped over your head and the bowl. Lift the towel every 2 to 3 minutes so you don’t become uncomfortable. Breathe slowly, deeply and steadily so the aromatic fragrance enters your nose and lungs for up to 15 minutes. You will feel the essential oils clearing your head and nose, bringing a feeling of lightness and relief.

These inhalation blends are safe for all adults except those with asthma. If you have asthma, these may be too strong for you and you should not use inhalations. Instead, you should take an aromatherapy bath to ease your breathing.

  • To ease a stuffy head, use 3 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops pine
  • To unblock the nose, use 3 drops peppermint and 3 drops oregano
  • To sooth the throat and chest, use 3 drops cedarwood and 3 drops frankincense
  • To help ease a chest infection, use 3 drops tea tree and 3 drops lemon

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