As a fully qualified aromatherapist I always explain to my clients, that aromatherapy is an amazing, powerful therapy but must be used correctly.
Please be careful with information online coming from sales consultants instead of qualified aromatherapists.
In this interview we talk about why Simona became an Aromatherapist, what her job involves and why she decided to expand and start making products available to all.
Order a bottle to try, and enjoy its beautiful aroma and amazing benefits!
I created two soothing, cooling holistic and natural recipes for facial application.
With summer time here now, from time to time we might suffer from sun exposure reactions, which obviously can be caused by prolonged stays in the sun without skin protection when the heat is so unbearable that we may end up with heat rash and sunburn or an allergic reaction to the sun which can be caused from many different reasons. All of these are extremely uncomfortable and share similar or the same symptoms such as itchiness, redness, pinkness, pain, burning, even swelling on our face which is a particularly sensitive area.
In the worst scenario when reaction is really bad, people can suffer from serious skin damage, painful blisters, scaling, crusting or bleeding, lumps filled with pus, fever. In this case do not wait to seek medical help.
Please be careful and self loving while you are enjoying the summer!
Stay well hydrated.
Use sensible sun protection which is reapplied regularly especially when you go swimming.
Avoid the sun completely in its strongest hours if you can.
Always search for the shade.
Wear head protection.
Do not over do it sunbathing and make your health a priority.
Recipes by Simona Raso Stefanisko
(Please watch the videos for detailed instructions.)
Cooling, Refreshing and Hydrating Cucumber Mask
A small chunk of cucumber as you can see in the video around 10 cm long (best to use cold from fridge)
4ml of sweet almond oil (or grapeseed, if you suffer from nut allergy) mixed with 1 drop of peppermint essential oil
Once this is blended together add 2 drops of lavender essential oil and stir.
You can apply this mask twice a day morning and evening. Store in the fridge no longer than 48 hours, then make a fresh one.
Cold Tea Compress
1 tablespoon of herbal mix from fresh or dry chamomile
Several leaves of Melissa fresh or dried
1 cup cold filtered water
4 drops peppermint essential oil
Make a tea from the herbs and let it cool down. Once cool, mix it with the filtered water and add the essential oil, then stir. If your compress solution is not cold enough put it in the fridge for a while.
You can apply this compress several times a day or overnight. Also you can use it on other parts of your body which need cooling and soothing.
*TIP* After you wash your face after any of the cooling remedies you can apply this facial homemade cooling blend.
Here is the recipe:
10 ml sweet almond oil (substitute this if you suffer from nut allergy)
3 drops of peppermint essential oil
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Let me know if you enjoyed any of the recipes.
Here's a quick introduction to the chakras from our course Chakra Balancing with Aromatherapy:
It can be so lonely to be disconnected from our true self.
We become love addicts and lose ourselves trying to find love on the outside when it is within us all along. By not abandoning ourselves, by really being with ourselves through practicing presence, and in turn healthy boundaries, we start to heal our codependency.
To learn more about presence and self love take a look at our online interactive course The Art of Self Healing Through Self Love.
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Simi & Sara
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in our brain which is so important for our sleeping cycles, right?
That is usually the general knowledge people have.
However did you know that our digestive system produces a few hundreds times more melatonin than our brain? How amazing is that.
Why is this powerful hormone so essential for our health? I will share with you just a few benefits and some interesting facts which are definitely worth mentioning.
When our body produces a healthy amount of this antioxidant and anti-inflammatory hormone we can benefit from the following:
- protection against cancer
- cardiovascular system, nervous and digestive system protection
- reduction of blood pressure
- good sleep quality
- good immunity
- it aids eye functioning
- reduction of inflammation
- slows ageing
What is affecting the production and levels of melatonin in our body?
Not enough sleep
Blue light from screens such as tablets, laptops, phones
Did you know that.....
People who suffer from sleeping disorders and therefore don’t have enough melatonin might have night acid reflux.
Melatonin regulates movement (peristalsis) of the digestive system.
Melatonin deficiency is linked with gastritis, gingivitis and mouth ulcers.
Melatonin helps with recovery after stroke.
Melatonin might help with tinnitus.
Melatonin is an effective complementary help for cancer patients.
Melatonin reduces the formation of gall bladder stones.
How to supplement melatonin deficiency?
You can apparently get it in tablets but we highly recommend you consume it in a natural way, eating plant based foods.
For example: walnuts, bananas, olives, cherries, pineapples, oranges, grapes, plums, barley, oat...
The general recommended dosage by physicians is max 5mg daily but of course it depends on your health situation. Please be aware that artificial melatonin (as a nutritional supplement) may interact with your medication and certain health issues and needs to be avoided. Please consult your doctor.
I hope this article will inspire you to look after your melatonin levels.
Always wishing you great health!
A time comes in your life when you finally get it...
When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you
stop dead in your tracks and somewhere, the voice
inside your head cries out - ENOUGH!
Enough fighting and crying, or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes, you begin to look at the world through new eyes.
This is your awakening...
You realize that it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world, there aren't always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you and in the process, a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are ... and that's OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.) And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the process, a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.
You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn't do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it's not always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the process, a sense of safety & security is born of self-reliance.
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and in the process, a sense of peace & contentment is born of forgiveness.
You realize that much of the way you view yourself and the world around you, is a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. You begin to sift through all the junk you've been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and how much you should weigh, what you should wear and where you should shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live and what you should do for a living, who you should marry and what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising children or what you owe your parents. You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.
Values you've outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with and in the process, you learn to go with your instincts.
You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive and that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a "consumer" looking for your next fix.
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a by gone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.
You learn that you don't know everything; it's not your job to save the world and that you can't teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.
Then you learn about love. Romantic love and familial love. How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arm or the child that bears your name.
You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes.
You learn that just as people grow and change, so it is with love; and you learn that you don't have the right to demand love on your terms, just to make you happy.
You learn that alone does not mean lonely. You look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10 and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head and agonizing over how you "stack up."
You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK and that it is your right, to want things and to ask for the things that you want and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands.
You come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won't settle for less. You allow only the hands of a lover who cherishes you, to glorify you with his touch and in the process, you internalize the meaning of self-respect.
And you learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. So you take more time to rest. Just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul; so you take more time to laugh and to play.
You learn that for the most part in life, you get what you believe you deserve and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen, is different from working toward making it happen.
More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it's OK to risk asking for help.
You learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time; FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears, because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear, is to give away the right to live life on your terms.
You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. You learn that life isn't always fair, you don't always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions, you learn not to personalize things. You learn that God isn't punishing you or failing to answer your prayers; it's just life happening.
You learn to deal with evil in its most primal state; the ego. You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted; things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about; a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself, by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never ever settle for less than your heart's desire. You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind, and you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.
Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.
by Sonny Carroll
Chakras are energy centres, spinning wheels of light. The outside world is a reflection of our inner world and chakras act as energy vortexes, giving energy out and drawing energy back to us as. With our heart balanced and open, love flows out and back to us.
When any of our chakras are out of balance this affects us energetically, emotionally and physically. The body is a whole, and balancing one chakra will positively affect the other chakras, especially when it’s the heart we are supporting. We think of the brain as the control centre of the body, but I believe that the heart is the main centre, and so did the lovely Rumi who said;
“God is within your Heart. Look into your Heart. All the answers you need are already hiding inside of you.”
The heart chakra is located in the chest and is the bridge between the lower chakras and higher chakras. It is the love, and therefore healing, chakra.
Signs it is unbalanced can include jealousy, codependency, feeling needy, unhealthy boundaries, empathy and relationships, fear of getting hurt, as well as physical ailments such as poor circulation, heart and lung conditions and lowered immunity. The physical manifestation of dis-eases associated with the heart chakra tend to be linked to emotions such as sadness and grief. Depression and numbness can occur when we are not listening to ourselves, possibly we have barricaded our heart in fear of getting hurt. The following high vibration, pure oils can support our heart chakra to blossom:
Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Angelica, Hyssop, Melissa, Frankincense, Neroli, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Marjoram, Lime, Peppermint, Rose, Thyme, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
Choose whichever you feel drawn to, breathe in and rub clockwise onto your chest.
Make sure all of your essentials oils are diluted in 5 ml grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil (avoid this if you suffer from nut allergy) use 2 drops of essential oil.
A balanced heart chakra brings us acceptance, forgiveness, unconditional love, compassion and peace. Anahata in Sanskrit means unhurt, unstuck and unbeaten.
Nurture each chakra and in turn the whole, to align and become your greatest version.
Excerpt from our course Aromatherapy & Chakra Balancing; Harnessing the Wisdom of the Plants for Optimum Happiness and Alignment coming soon.
SIMONA & SARA