Monday, May 11, 2009

Woof, Woof, for Lavender Shower Gel

Yesterday, our dog Macualy was due for his bath. Our little guy loves getting a warm bath and is an angel in the tub. My husband informed me just before bath time that he was out of the lavender and chamomile dog shampoo. I told him to grab one of my lavender shower gels and use that instead of buying more dog shampoo. The ingredients in my shower gels are made with organic plant ingredients and don't strip the skin of moisture. After Macualy's bath I asked Michael how the shower gel worked compared to the dog shampoo. I was surprised, and not so surprised when Michael told me that his hands felt softer after Macualy's bath in comparison to using the dog shampoo. He also surprised me by saying that he would like to try one of my shower gels now. Michael has always been a natural soap bar kind of guy. As for Macualy, he got cleaned up really well,smells terrific, and I observed that he was not as itchy afterwards as he was with his dog shampoo.

Now, I am not telling people that my organic shower gels have gone to the dogs, but if you want to save some $$ and share a lavender shower gel with your beloved dog, then pick one up today because they are on sale for $5.00 each!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Use of Aromatherapy Candles

There is just something about candlelight that attracts us. We will turn off electric light to simply enjoy the ambiance of candle light. The candlelight itself produces a calming a soothing effect on us and when essential oils are added, the effect will become intensified.

The mental and emotional effect of essential oils remains the same whether they are being used in aromatherapy massage, in warm bath water, as compresses or the aroma is simply being inhaled from a tissue or cotton ball that has a few drops of an essential oil on it. The therapeutic effect of the essential oil remains the same no matter what delivery system is used.

It should be noted that a scented candle and an aromatherapy candle are not one and the same thing. A scented candle is just what it says it is. It is a candle that contains scent and nothing more. An aromatherapy candle contains essential oils that will produce scent of course but will also produce the desired therapeutic effects of the essential oil.

Aromatherapy candles that contain the essential oil, lavender, will help to relieve stress and anxiety. Lighting an aromatherapy candle after a really stressful day can help to calm and soothe those frayed nerves and relax your tired mind. Lavender promotes a sense of peace and that is just the ticket after a really tough and stress filled day.

If insomnia is a problem, light a small aromatherapy candle that contains the essential oil, sage. Make sure that you extinguish the candle before actually falling asleep, though.

An aromatherapy candle that contains the essential oil of chamomile is another excellent choice for the purpose of relaxation and unwinding after a hard day.
If you aren’t feeling well because you have a cold, try lighting an aromatherapy candle that contains the essential oil, eucalyptus. The clean but medicinal scent will soothe you and the therapeutic effects will help you to breathe easier and also boost your immune system.

If you are suffering from muscles aches, headaches or digestive problems, light an aromatherapy candle that contains the essential oil of peppermint. The aroma will settle you and the therapeutic effects will calm you stomach and relieve your aching head or your sore muscles.

Aromatherapy candles
can be purchased that contain many essential oils as well as combinations of essential oils. It is important that you ascertain that the candles that you buy do in fact contain real essential oil and not just scent.

Have a great weekend,

Anne Keefe