Wake up and smell the roses…

A few sales meetings ago at Rice our theme was ‘STAY  PLAYFUL’  and for that occasion I had asked my good friend – Aromatherapist Fiona Hedigan  to prepare a scented inhaler that would make everyone playful and light in just a sniff.

This playfullness is so important – and we all have a tendency to forget about PLAY..

Fiona recorded a small audio to go with the scent  and we wanted to add it here, but somehow it did not work. Such a shame as Fiona has this amazing voice and she really transports you away… If you want the link you can write to me at chgu@rice.dk and I will email it right back to you.

We ended our long meeting day with a foot bath – where Fiona had created a special oil to lift our feet – I can strongly recommend this idea – even as a start to a dinner party…give everyone a drink and a footbath.. such a nice way to connect to yourself and to your fellow footbathers….

Pure Everyday Magic…..

And now I pass the word to Fiona

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Aroma Magic

I work as a clinical aromatherapist and see first hand, the ‘ magical’ effect oils can have on your life.

I LOVE using essential oils and want everyone to experience their powerful effects and see how they can help you; relieve stress, increase energy, boost immune system, lift the spirits, help you sleep, keep you awake, ease pains and aches, bring you joy, clear your head, keep you calm, make you smile.. the list goes on and on.

Sometimes I think we forget the power and pleasure of scent. One of the reasons why I became an aromatherapist is the way scent can evoke memories and lift the spirits for a magical moment. For me, whenever I smell roses, I am brought back to my grandmother’s garden with my cousins, aged 4, making perfume in jam jars from rose petals. The memory and the scent always makes me so happy.

What makes it special too is that it makes you stop what you are doing and take the time to breathe in the aroma. When you inhale the oil, that’s when the magic begins…
One of the quickest ways to give yourself a lift with aromatherapy is to put some essential oils on a tissue.

Some of my favourites:

To lift the spirits
2 drops of Bergamot esseenial oil, on a tissue and breathe it in deeply a few times during the day. Wonderfully refreshing, with a citrus and floral undertone, Bergamot always helps me to relax and “let go” a little. It is one of my favourites.
I also like to put the bergamot scented tissue in my car so that the beautiful aroma fills the space and makes the drive a much happier experience.

To calm down
2 drops of ylang ylang essential oil on a tissue.
Take three deep breaths breathing in the beautiful aroma of the exotic ylang ylang flower. The effect is immediate. Your anxiety lessens, your blood pressure lowers and you begin to feel calmer. This really works when you are nervous or anxious.

To focus and energise
2 drops of Rosemary and 1 drop of lemon into a tissue. Again, just breathe it in and you will feel stimulated and more alert. Really good when you need to stay awake, meet a deadline or just keep going.

Aroma Travel
I love the idea of travelling around the world in your imagination and stopping off in each place where the oils come from while you breathe in their natural fragrance. When I made a blend of fragrant oils for the RICE Stay Playful sales meeting, I called it The Magical Journey of the Senses.
Imagine…..
The exquisite aroma of rosewood oil and visualising the dark, mysterious beauty of the Amazon, home to the precious rosewood tree.
The happy, joyful orange oil and imagining orange trees wafting their fragrance on a hill sloping down to the blue, Mediterranean Sea.
Oils are also really beneficial when part of mindfulness meditation. A favourite of mine, (I have many!) is Frankincense. Very grounding and calming.
I read an article from the Aromahead blog about an essential oil distiller who went to the coast of Somalia in search of ancient groves of frankincense trees. Read the article below and take your imagination on a journey!
http://www.aromahead.com/blog/2009/11/16/a-farmer%E2%80%99s-story-%E2%80%93-searching-for-the-true-frankincense/

Just remember, Wherever you are, Stop and make time for the magic of scent.
Fiona x
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