Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all well and having a great week so far. So, how are you feeling? I’m aware that your children will have gone back to school – primary or secondary – and you may have an empty house again. One child may have gone to school but you still have a toddler at home so life is busy and full-on. Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, I hope the week is going well for you and you are managing to get some time to yourself to do a little meditating or journaling.

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In my blog post today, I’m going to continue on the journey through my little box of essential oils. Today I will be looking at the very lovely Rose, Peppermint, Litsea, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine oils.

Rose

An easy to distinguish oil which finds itself in all sorts of cosmetic products and items around the home. These products can cheapen the scent by making it feel a little over familiar. This is a shame as the true scent is stunning and has some amazing properties for calming and stress relief when mixed with a grapeseed oil and applied to the skin. I use a few drops of rose in my bath and shower (mixing it with Naturally Thinking Bath Foam or Shower Gel) and I massage my feet with it at night mixed with a little avocado oil and wrap them in a towel.

Peppermint

This is a great oil for the home and can be used in the kitchen to give the place an uplifting smell. I also use a few drops of this when I bathe my feet and I take in the freshness of the peppermint. There’s a great product from Naturally Thinking called Extreme Ice Lavender and Peppermint Foot Gel which is made with peppermint oil. and is great for that zingy feel.

Litsea

One of my favourite oils for out and about. This is one that I apply to my scarf and wear during the day as I find it so uplifting and I get some lovely comments about how it smells on me. I also add it to my notebooks and put some drops onto a kitchen towel for my purse. I love how the smell of lemon surrounds me and makes me feel positive and happy.

Ylang Ylang

One that I use with rose when I am having a calming bath in the evening. Some find it quite sickly and heady which is  why I often mix it with other oils so it appears as an accent rather than a main event.

Jasmine

Lastly, my beautiful Jasmine. Expensive but worth it for special occasions when I want to treat myself. This is a great oil for the skin and I add a couple of drops to a mix of rose and ylang ylang prepared in a grapeseed oil and applied for a calming massage or reflexology session. Smells amazing.

What’s in your Self-Care Toolbox?

I hope you have a chance to buy some essentials oils for your little  ‘Self-Care Toolbox’,  items that give you a wonderful feeling of calm when you are in the presence of them. Essential oils will make a great addition to this list as they have wonderful qualities to promote a sense of peace and wellbeing.

In my next blog post, published on Sunday morning, I will be looking at the treats that I keep in my toolbox. One of the things I do to look after myself is to take extra care of my feet and in tomorrow’s vlog post, I will be talking about giving those feet a little treat!

Until then…..have fun!

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