Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Isn’t it a little unnerving that doctors call what they do practice? I mean, we know practice makes perfect. But in a health or die scenario, we’d probably opt for the “perfect” option. Doctors are great at what they do, but there isn’t an awful lot that they can do to aid us in our New Year detox. In fact, there’s not an awful lot that anyone can do to aid us in our New Year detox.
Many people detest the phrase “New Year, New Me” and for good reason. But whether you love it or hate it, the New Year is a perfect time to give yourself a little boost. Eat a few more bananas, walk an extra few steps, spend more time doing things that make you happy and less time on things that don’t. But there is one trick that SO many people are missing in their search for the perfect New Year detox. And that, my friends, is aromatherapy.
Healthy Outside, Healthy Inside
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their incredible health benefits. And yet today, we keep on buying into the next big health fad that promises you a 2-inch waist and a “seen from space” glow. These products are often packed with nasties that keep you on the toilet for prolonged periods of time. You may lose a little bit of weight. And you may indeed feel “detoxed.” But that is because your body is being pounded with laxatives.
Regardless of what fad you temporarily tap into, the most successful of health kicks and detoxes are long-term and usually follow the same trend. Eat better and move more. Although, there is one more thing that we are thankfully focussing on more and more. And that is a healthy mind. It is forecast that 1 in 2 people will soon suffer from a mental health condition. How on earth are we supposed to focus on being healthy if we are constantly feeling mentally tested? And not in a good way. This is where aromatherapy comes in. There is a reason essential oils have been used for thousands of years. Because they work. And they are natural. And they aren’t filled with laxatives.
Most people still don’t know about the benefits of aromatherapy. And once you start feeling the benefits of using essential oils, you won’t look back. We have clients that have been buying the same oils for years because they literally cannot live without them. But seeing as we are focusing specifically on the New Year Detox, we’ve put together a list of the essential oils you’re going to need to well and truly kick New Year’s healthy bum.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Not completely unlike that sweet smell of candy canes, peppermint essential oil has a vibrant scent which can leave you feeling alert and alive which is perfect for those early morning workouts. Its scent is a natural appetite suppressant and it can also prevent bloating and indigestion.
You know sometimes when you wake up in the morning feeling almost nauseous with tiredness? And you just can’t be bothered facing the day and definitely cannot cope with going out in the freezing cold for a morning walk. Pop some peppermint oil in a burner for 15 minutes whilst you relax your mind and voila, good vibes.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
The holy grail in detoxing oils. Grapefruit is an appetite suppressant. If you have a small glass of grapefruit juice or if you eat a little bit of grapefruit before a meal, you will consume less during that meal. Why? Nobody really knows. But it certainly isn’t to be snuffed at. But how can simply the smell of grapefruit help you feel healthy? And how can it benefit your new year detox?
Grapefruit contains a compound called nootkatone. Nootkatone is what gives grapefruit its pungent and refreshing scent. But nootkatone or the scent of grapefruit can help to speed up your metabolism. And we all know somebody who can eat absolutely anything but not put any weight on because they have an enviable metabolism. Combine grapefruit essential oil in your burner with a healthy diet and you could supercharge your New Year detox to an all year round healthier lifestyle.
Lavender Essential Oil
You’re probably thinking, “Lavender? For a New Year detox? Isn’t lavender the essential oil that makes you feel super tired?” And you would be correct. Lavender has been used for thousands of years to help people relax. And for that exact reason, it can be seen as a major appetite suppressant. Especially if you’re a stress eater. If you find yourself particularly stressed out, you’re more inclined to eat your body weight in apple pie. But if you can spend just 15 minutes in a room with lavender in an oil burner, or if you can pop a few drops in your bath, you might just eat the apple and not the pie.
Lemon Essential Oil
Popping a slice of lemon in your water can help suppress your appetite. It can also wake you up and stop you feeling lethargic. But in essential oil form, it is all the more beneficial. We call citrus scents “sunshine oils” because they can help you feel as you would, in the garden, on a warm summers day. As well as helping with heaps of health conditions including athletes foot, varicose veins, warts, and insomnia, this essential oil is fantastic for your mental health. Healthy body, healthy mind? We think healthy mind, healthy body.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot should be used on days when you’re feeling just a little bit “meh.” It is another amazing oil for your mental health. It has been shown to increase energy levels and improve mood. If you feel good inside, you can start to work on feeling good outside. Bergamot workouts aren’t widely known, so get in there early and reap the benefits all year round.
Aromatherapy New Year Detox
Bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils are all available to buy on our website, amongst lots of other great essential oils. If you still feel a little unsure about where to start with aromatherapy, please do get in touch and we would be happy to advise you on the best essential oils for you. Alternatively, we will soon be running aromatherapy courses for complete beginners. Watch this space.