Natural Health Boosting Kit To Start Your Year

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Well it is the start of the year and and this is the time that we look at our health and wellbeing and look towards natural health support.

Neals Yard Remedies are promoting their products with this in mind.  These are organic and natural containing no chemicals and certainly something to consider.

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Working with a word for the year – 2016

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MOTIVATION AND FOCUS – WORD OF THE YEAR

So I am starting this year with a new word for the year. Why do I have a word on the year? This is much better, I find, than New’s Years Resolutions.

Why do you choose a word of the year? It is to help keep you focused and your motivation for the year. It can be anything you choose. How to live your life, how you want your life, how you want your business, how you want you to be……… words can be – happy, organised, abundant, peace, calm, confident, powerful, growing, freedom, love, debt free, thrive, risk, fierce, empowered, success, phoenix, courage…. Do you get the idea?

How to get your word? Well sometimes it just comes to you! Honestly it does. This has happened to me twice, last years and this years. Last year my word was ‘organised’ as that was what I wanted to be. I had to-do list’s everywhere, ideas everywhere, nothing in place, bits of paper, couldn’t find things and I needed to be organised and systems. That was when I found out about Asana. This totally changed things for me and now its something I totally recommend to everyone to help with running their business. Things are still not quiet perfect as some of my systems need to be better but will they come with a good declutter of the cabin/office!

You might see a word on FB or on the TV or in the paper that resonates with you, or you might see somebody else with a word and it just shouts out to you. We all work with intuition so you will ‘know’ when you see or hear ‘the’ word. Don’t try and think too much into it. That has happened to me this year. My word came to me with an image on FB just last month and I knew that was it, but I thought I should choose something better. I looked and searched and visualised but it still came back to that one word. I have stopped trying to find something else. This is perfect for me this year.

With this word you then need to keep it in sight.  journal that word, create a vision of that word. Maybe create a poster to put on your desk or the wall of your office, maybe by your computer. Save as a desktop picture on your computer/laptop/tablet or smartphone. Add it to your vision board and your diary. Create a sign – maybe decoupage or paint. This sets your intention for the year.

So what is my word of the year? WARRIOR Why did I choose that, well it found me. This image appeared on my timeline and my heart just grew when I saw it. The feelings I got from this image was very powerful. So that is me for this year. I will be stronger, I will step up to bigger things, I will face things that I fear and try new things.
So this is my intention for 2016 I will be a Warrior Woman.

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Are you wearing your cloak of invisibility?

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Are you wearing your cloak of invisibility?

When I am chatting with or mentoring therapists and we are reviewing their therapy practice, one of the main problems they have is getting clients. Sometimes it can be down to a few little tweaks of their vision, their mission, their ideal client or their marketing message and that normally makes it easier. Sometimes they are just telling people what they do, what they are selling – the features. They are not sharing their expertise, building relationships and trust, how they can help – the benefits.

But, I am being told many times that they are doing everything to market their business and get it out there but then when we go through I find they do not have a website, or use social media, or have a database, or send newsletters, or provide offers for their clients, or have a referral systems or do a leaflet drop. I have even talked to some who have not done any of these at all, and wonder why they don’t have clients! Now you do not have to do all of these but you do have to market and promote your business unless you have a wonderful business that works purely on word of mouth.

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Now when I have come across these therapist I have asked them are they wearing their cloak of invisibility? Do they want clients to find them? Do they want to hide in their cloak of invisibility and exist but expect clients to find them anyway and do they really want clients?

I also find therapy websites and social media pages with no photos of the therapist. None of us like to have our photos taken and I am certainly not into selfies! But, put yourself in your clients shoes. Would you book up or make contact with a therapist when you do not know what they look like or see a friendly face.

It does not all come down to how many years experience or how many qualifications you may have. As you know there has to be trust and a feeling of already knowing you before they make that appointment, whether that is built from the website, social media, newsletters, emails or phonecalls. Often the public now Google search for a therapist in their area and when your website or social media page comes up they want to see a face, not a logo.

Don’t hide in your cloak, show yourself and your business. You are passionate, caring, friendly and awesome.  Ali :) 

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Are you your business and is your business you?

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BE AUTHENTIC

Do you write a blog or newsletter? Do you find it a struggle? Does your mind go blank when you look at the screen?
I have done both for many years but have always struggled. I wanted to come across as very professional. Sharing my expertise, my knowledge, being helpful. Giving my clients what they wanted with helpful hints and tips.

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But I noticed that I was not getting much interaction with my blog posts or any click through’s in my newsletters. I was getting some but not much. Then I noticed that the blogs and newsletters where I was sharing more about me – writing as I talk (not my life story) but about small personal things such as when I go out walking, on holiday, my creative time, my love of sport (Wales, Liverpool, Newport Gwent Dragons, Washington Redskins, Newport County, tennis – you get the picture!) trips out, bucket list, books I read etc, there were more comments, more shares, more bookings……..
I learnt something very valuable here, my clients and leads were getting to know me, we were building a relationship, I was attracting my ideal clients – things that we had in common.


You can still have your boundaries and as I said you don’t write out your life story or add your daily diary but we often make great connections with some of our clients – I have been invited to a wedding from one client and lots of parties from many others. Some become friends, some stay clients. Do you become friends with them on Facebook? That is your choice. Again some of them I have and some of them know only my page or website.
It is all about being and staying authentic. Be the real you. I am not very good at writing how I say things so my passion and my enthusiasm does not come across so well. So now I voice record my blogs, newsletter articles etc and I type out as I say it. Being you, being friendly, sharing funny incidents or cute photos if you have a pet (we all love an animal story!) show you are real and that your life is normal – you may be surprised how you inspire people, you might cheer them up on a gloomy morning, you may make them smile that day or they learn from you.


You can monitor it and test it. See if you get any reaction from it. As I am a mobile therapist, when I go and visit my client’s home they sometimes ask me how the game was (I went to Wembley to watch an NFL game) or ask me to recommend a camp site in Devon, or support me when I took part in a 26 mile walk Avebury to Stonehenge for Help For Heroes. I even shared in one my newsletters this year about my son taking part in the London to Brighton Cycle Ride as I was so proud of him!
As I said don’t tell them your life story (they don’t want to know) but share a bit, be authentic, be real, be you.

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Essential Oils For Christmas

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR CHRISTMAS

With Christmas looming why not try one or all of the top Essential Oils for a ‘Scentsational’ Christmas. Here are my favourite:  Aromatherapy

Bergamot:

Mothers modern helper’ – an on trend scent (Bergamot is in all of the latest fragrances). Men like the rich fruity smell as much as women and best of all it keeps you calm and unfrazzled throughout Christmas.

For the bath – 2 drops of Bergamot, 1 of Cedarwood and 1 drop of  Mandarin.

For the lounge – 4 drops of Bergamot, 2 drops of Orange and 1 drop of Frankincense in an oil burner or diffuser or on a hanky behind a warm radiator.

For massage – 1 tablespoonful of Sweet Almond Oil mixed with 2 drops of Bergamot, 1 drop of Lime and 1 drop of Cedarwood.

Clary Sage: To really get you in the party mood. It has a similar effect to alcohol, relaxes the mind but lifts the energy levels, slightly euphoric (think red bull and vodka but without the bad stuff).

For the lounge – 2 drops Clary Sage, 2 drops Geranium and 1 drop Cedarwood.

Pre-party shower – 1 drop of Clary Sage in a tablespoonful of shower gel.

Grapefruit: For the morning after! Add to your shower gel and your shampoo (2 drops per dessertspoonful of gel). Have on a hanky in the office or make your own restorative perfume. Mix 1 tablespoonful of vodka with 4 drops of Grapefruit, 2 of Geranium, 2 of Palmarosa and 2 of Neroli (Green Mandarin can be used as a cheaper alternative to Neroli).

Tea Tree: If an over indulgent Christmas lifestyle leads to an outbreak of spots or acne apply undiluted Tea Tree 4 times daily directly to the spot, including any surrounding area that is red.

Geranium: Are you at that certain age where the thought of Christmas get you all hot and bothered. If you suffer from hormone related hot flushes try 6 drops of Geranium in the bath or use in a diffuser or oil burner with 3 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops of Lavender. Alternatively to make your own cooling shower gel add 2 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Spearmint to a dessertspoonful of shower gel or add the same quantities to a neutral body lotion (try baby aisle at supermarket) for a soft, cool skin.

Ylang Ylang and Cedarwood: Who needs miseltoe? For festive celebrations between the sheets blend 3 drops of each these sensual oils into a tablespoonful of premium quality Almond Oil and get to work (note not to be used internally as a risk of damage to condoms).

Rosemary and Chamomile: If Christmas brings sad memories why not try this gently soothing blend. Use in the bath or in a burner – 3 drops of Rosemary for remembrance and protection and 3 drops of Chamomile which in the language of flowers means ‘patience in adversity’. Ideal for gentle chill out and a nurturing comforting bath.

Cinnamon and Orange: – smells delicious and lifts the mood. Mix 4 drops of Orange(golden apple) – the cheer you up , pick you up, make you smile oil with 4 drops of Cinnamon and enjoy in an oil burner, or in a diffuser. This natural fragrance is literally 100 times more pungent than candles (which are usually no more than 2% scent) and great value too!

Peppermint and Tea Tree: To keep your loo smelling fresh during the Christmas celebrations use a few drops of these oils inside the loo roll or place on a tissue on top of the bathroom cabinet or in the waste bin – your loo will then smell like a smart spa!!!

Festive Fragrance Spray

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Festivity in a spritz!  Transform any room in an instant with the warming, welcoming aroma of golden frankincense, spicy clove and fresh evergreen cypress.

 

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Natural First Aid for Winter Ailments

Natural First Aid for Winter Ailments

Most of us feel lucky if we get through the winter without succumbing to flu, coughs, sore throats, a cold, or all four. Dropping temperatures and a lack of sunlight weakens our immune system which means we pick up bugs more easily! So, for your best chance of keeping healthy for the rest of the winter, wrap up warm, get as much sunlight as possible and try some of my natural remedies to help keep those winter ailments at bay!Aromatherapy

Arthritis
People with arthritis may experience their condition worsening in the winter months with the cold causing even achier bones and joints. For smaller areas such as knees, fingers, hips and neck use Arnica Salve.  For all over use try a blend of aromatherapy essential oils including Lavender, Ginger, Black Pepper, Clary Sage and Marjoram.  Hot Wheatie Bags can also be used – these are heated in the microwave.

You could also use Bergamot and Lavender Essential Oils in a burner or on a tissue behind a radiator to fragrance your room.

Bronchitis
Bronchitis symptoms can be caused by viruses or bacteria and is a sign that your immune system is under performing.  Tea-Tree in the bath or in a burner would be my first suggestion.  Lemon is also anti-viral and antibacterial but is inappropriate for the bath if you have sensitive skin. Diet and lifestyle issues should be considered, particularly any stress. My favourite ‘de-stressing oils’ include Bergamot,  Geranium,  Frankincense and Clary Sage.   Any of these works well with Tea-Tree or in combination.

Benzoin is also a particularly good oil for chest problems and Melissa (Lemon Balm) can also help. Avoid the ‘hot’ oils that are likely to sensitise the mucous membranes of your respiratory tract, like Eucalyptus and Menthol/Mint. Vicks and Olbas Oil both include these ingredients. For a ready-made solution try Organic Defence.

Circulation problems
These are very common in winter, especially with people whose mobility is limited. Ginger is one of many oils that may help. However, Thyme is stronger and likely to be more effective.

Chilblains
Chilblains are swellings, usually on the fingers and toes. They occur in cold weather when small blood vessels beneath the skin narrow to help keep blood warm: if they narrow too much, insufficient blood and oxygen reaches the skin. Chilblains may become infected if the skin breaks down. Try a blend of Chamomile (natures’ steroid) and Tea-Tree to help stop itching.

Coldsores
Are are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. Herpes Simplex is ‘systemic’, which means it is in all of us – usually harmlessly. However, when the immune system is compromised, it can lead to highly infectious outbreaks of blisters/sores. Tea-Tree if used regularly in the bath or on the skin will control the symptoms but if outbreaks are frequent a GP’s advice should be sought.

Nasal congestion
For nasal congestion, a few drops of Chamomile, Geranium and Lavender on a tissue inside your pillowcase or nearby can be beneficial. Chamomile has a natural anti-inflammatory action, Lavender is antibacterial and Geranium is balancing for the hormones and relaxing. Three other oils that may help are Benzoin, and Tea-Tree.   Avoid ‘hot’ oil and camphoric treatments such as ‘Vicks’ or ‘Olbas Oil’ as they are stimulants and, in the long term, can irritate the mucous membranes of the body.  Eucalyptus Salve is a good alternative.

Sinusitis
I would also suggest that when running a bath you run hot water first to create a steamy atmosphere. Add Tea-Tree and Lavender (six drops of each) to the bath (not directly under the tap). Leave the steamy atmosphere to develop for five minutes or so, and then add cold to suit and bathe for at least 10 minutes. Lavender is antibacterial and a painkiller, whilst Tea-Tree is anti-viral and also an immune system tonic, which will help your condition.

Using Your Oils

Once you’ve decided on your blend of oils use one of the following methods for treatment:-

Mix 4-10 drops with milk (to aid dispersion) to the bath.

Put 4 – 6 drops in water on top of an Aromatherapy burner.

Add 2 drops to a tablespoon full of Sweet Almond Oil and massage affected area or back.

Add 2 drops to a tablespoonful of fragrance free shampoo or bath and shower gel.

Put 2 drops onto a pillow or night clothes. Or, put the oils on a tissue and breathe in the aroma or put the oils on a hanky and lay on a nearby radiator.

Note: For children it is important to adapt the quantities according to weight. The above guidelines are based on the treatment of an individual weighing 10 stones and the quantities need adjusting down according to the weight of the child.  Oils are not suitable for use during pregnancy.

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