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Reduce Insomnia: Fall In Love With Falling Asleep

Do you love to sleep, but hate falling asleep? Do you dread lying in the dark with your own thoughts, not knowing how long you’ll be there waiting to sleep?

These thoughts can actually cause insomnia. What you want to do instead is create a bedtime experience that will become a habit. A healthy bedtime routine.

What NOT To Include In Your Bedtime Routine:

Blue Light – Your circadian rhythm is controlled in-part by the wavelength of light in the blue part of the spectrum of light. Screens such as your TV, laptop and mobile phone emit blue light. Some of these devices have an option or app to filter out blue light, which will prevent the screens from waking up your brain while you wind down before bed.

Caffeine and Alcohol – Both caffeine and alcohol are drugs that have different effects on your sleep cycle. Caffeine is a stimulant drug which acts to prevent you from falling asleep. The effects of caffeine can remain the system for 7-10 hours after consumption, which is why many people choose not to drink caffeine after 10 am. Alcohol can both cause insomnia by affecting your circadian rhythm, causing a jet-lag type of feeling and also reduce your sleep quality by exacerbating sleep apnoea symptoms and snoring.

What To Include In Your Bedtime Routine:

A Relaxing Atmosphere – no screens, nothing that will remind you of work. You might prefer to have dim or no lighting, to allow your eyes to rest. Low light levels in the evening also helps to regulate your circadian rhythm.

Cool Down – When your core body temperature decreases by a few degrees, this is a signal to your brain that it’s time to fall asleep.

Meditation – Some people find that meditation can help to slow your heart rate and your breathing, which signals your body to rest and relax.

Journaling – write down your thoughts and feelings so that they stop swirling around in your mind while you try to sleep.

Aromatherapy – Reduce anxiety and wind down before bed with Aromatherapy Clinic Relaxing Blend. Include a few drops of essential oil to your bath or shower before bed for a truly elevated bedtime routine.

Reduce or eliminate snoring with our Aromatherapy Clinic Anti Snoring Blend!

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Aromatherapy Clinic Founder’s Story

The founder of Aromatherapy Clinic, John, created the company after discovering a remedy for his own snoring problem…

Rewind back to the early 2000’s when John had dreams of becoming a professional massage therapist. He had enrolled in a tertiary education course in massage. This course also included a module on aromatherapy and essential oils. Soon after discovering the world of essential oils, John began researching the properties of different essential oils and noted the use of essential oils throughout the Old and New Testament of the Christian Bible.

One morning, after a night of mixing different essential oils together, John’s wife told him that he didn’t snore the night before. John’s wife, Marisa, is a light sleeper and her sleep is regularly impacted by John’s very loud snoring.

John went back to the oils he was mixing together and tested proportions of the different ingredients, both on himself and also on friends and family. About 90-95% of people who tried the final blend have experienced a reduction in their snoring and sleep apnoea symptoms. This blend has become the Anti Snoring Blend.

Did you know? Snoring and sleep apnoea reduces sleep quality because you continually wake yourself up during the night, preventing deep and restful sleep. The deeper stages of sleep are for your body to repair and grow. People who snore or have sleep apnoea often wake up feeling like they haven’t had enough sleep, leading to increased irritability during the day, inability to focus on work and lower quality of life.

The Anti Snoring Blend has helped countless people improve their sleep quality and their partner’s sleep quality too!

You can find your Aromatherapy Clinic therapeutic blends, all created by our aromatherapist John, at our online store or shop directly from eBay Australia.

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Elevate Your Bath & Shower Experience With Aromatherapy

Essential oils can be used in the bath or shower to bring Aromatherapy into your regular routine and elevate your bath and shower experience.

Choose your preferred essential oils

Select undiluted essential oils as these will diffuse the aromatherapy more effectively throughout the room. If using essential oils on the skin, it is recommended to dilute the oil 1:1 in a carrier oil such as olive or jojoba oil.

Choose essential oils that have relaxing properties such as our Relaxing Blend. Or you can use aromatherapy to wake you up before you start your day, for example, our Energising Blend is perfect for a morning shower.

Shower method: Apply your chosen oils to the outside edges of your shower, outside the area where the water is flowing. Heat and steam will allow the scents to disperse through the air.

Bath method: Add oil directly to the bath water and swirl to mix. Essential oils will not dissolve in water because oil and water are unable to mix due to their molecular structures. If you have sensitive skin, it is important to dilute the essential oils before adding them to the bath, just in case they come into contact with your skin.

Most essential oils also have been shown to have antimicrobial properties, so they are perfect for use in the bath and shower to keep you healthy.

Aromatherapy has many applications! For a taste of what is possible with aromatherapy, have a look at all of our unique therapeutic blends as natural remedies at our online store.

Aromatherapy Clinic range of original essential oil blends in product boxes
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Secret Benefits of Using Anti Snoring Blend

Aromatherapy Clinic’s in-house aromatherapist designed the Anti Snoring Blend using the properties of a specific set of essential oils. Together, they help to reduce the symptoms of snoring by preventing relaxation, and therefore, vibration of the muscle in the back of your throat while you sleep. Without Anti Snoring Blend, your throat muscles will relax and vibrate as soon as you drift off to sleep, which creates the familiar snoring sound.

The additional benefits of using Anti Snoring Blend:

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What Do The Aromatherapy Clinic Blends Smell Like?

If you’re shopping online it’s not easy to have the full idea of the product before it reaches your hands. This article is to help you experience the Aromatherapy Clinic blends while you browse through our range of healing essential oils. All of our therapeutic aromatherapy blends have a specific proportion of each ingredient to target the specified ailment, so they were designed to treat and heal you, not to be a perfume with a scent profile. But if you would like to know what the blends do smell like, please read on…

ANTI SNORING BLEND

The Anti Snoring Blend smells sweet and floral with woody-musky notes from the cistus essential oil. There are sweet top notes of Ylang Ylang and Patchouli. The citrus oils used in this blend come through in the middle notes of the aroma.

ECZEMA BLEND

Our Eczema Blend mainly smells like chamomile, soothing and calm. The floral notes of geranium and patchouli are also present in the middle and base notes.

ENERGISING BLEND

The top notes of Energising Blend are citrus and thyme followed by middle notes of peppermint. Then the base notes of warming black pepper follow through.

IMMUNE BOOSTER

Immune Booster bottle and box

Our Immune Booster smells medicinal. The scent is mainly woody and spicy from the cinnamon with gentle floral notes from the frankincense and myrrh.

JOINT BLEND

Joint Blend bottle and box

The Joint Blend initially smells medicinal, then the warming and spicy notes of clove, cinnamon and black pepper come through to soothe and comfort you.

MONTHLY COMFORT

Monthly Comfort bottle and box

Monthly Comfort Blend mainly contains spikenard which is a ancient oil used for its medicinal and ceremonial purposes. The use of spikenard has been documented throughout history across India and Europe.

MUSCLE PAIN REMEDY

Muscle Pain Remedy product bottle and box

Our Muscle Pain Remedy blend smells herby and minty at first the follows with warming spices. It feels calming and soothing.

RELAXING BLEND

Relaxing Blend smells sweet and floral due to the main oils lavender and ylang ylang. The base notes of bergamot gives a rich floral feel after the top notes have faded and cedarwood rounds out the scent.

RESPIRATORY BLEND

Respiratory Blend Box

Our Respiratory Blend hits you in the nose with eucalyptus and tea tree, then lures you in with the spearmint and peppermint middle notes. It’s very refreshing.

SINUS CLEARING BLEND

Sinus Clearing Blend bottle and box

The Sinus Clearing Blend begins with spearmint top notes then you detect the eucalyptus in the middle notes. Finally, the base notes are predominately herbaceous rosemary and then gentle lemon citrus at the end.

AIR FRESHENER

The undiluted bottle smells slightly different compared with the spray bottle due to the solubiliser in the mixture. Oils don’t mix with water so the solubiliser allows the product to be sprayed into a mist. The undiluted bottle has top notes of citrus with minty middle notes and woody base notes. I think this blend of oils could also work well as a deodorant as these oils prevent the body odour-causing bacteria to survive on your skin. Remember, before applying to sensitive armpits, the undiluted oil should be diluted 50/50 in a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut or olive oil.

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Ancient Essential Oils Still Healing Today

You’ve heard of Frankincense and Myrrh but what about Spikenard?

Spikenard, mentioned in the Christian bible as, “very precious oil”, was expensive and highly prized in the times of the Old Testament. It was used for healing many ailments, including menstrual cramps, as this oil is a powerful antispasmodic, meaning it suppresses muscle contractions and spasms. Additionally, it soothes the mind due to its sedative properties and reduces inflammation. These are the reasons why it is the main ingredient in our Monthly Comfort Blend.

Now back to Frankincense and Myrrh. Apart from being tricky to spell, they’re both used in immune health. They both have been shown to protect the body by killing bacteria and fungi, and boost our immune system by increasing the function of white blood cells while reducing inflammation. We use both Frankincense and Myrrh in our Immune Booster to prevent you from becoming sick, but if you are sick the Immune Booster will reduce the length of time you are sick.

If you have any aromatherapy related questions don’t hesitate to email us: info@aromatherapyclinic.com.au

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The Connection Between Hay Fever & Your Immune System

What is Hay Fever?

A portion of the world’s population experiences hay fever around spring time. This percentage varies between counties but the CDC reports approximately 25% of people in the USA have seasonal allergies, aka hay fever. Hay fever symptoms include; itchy eyes, runny nose, blocked sinuses, sneezing, coughing and excess mucus production. These symptoms are associated with histamine production from your immune system. Basically, plant pollen levels increase in the air during springtime so we breathe more pollen into our airways, which triggers an immune response in people who are allergic to pollen. The immune system detects that the body is “infected”, but we understand that the body is actually just having an allergic reaction to pollen.

How do you stop Hay Fever?

Some allergies are genetic and some people with no family history of allergies may develop allergies. What we can do is help our immune system and its response to the allergen, ie. the thing that causes the allergy. As the human body produces histamine in response to a perceived threat to our vital organs (the allergen) some people are able to manage allergy and hay fever symptoms using antihistamines. Antihistamines are medicines that work by blocking the body’s immune response to histamine. There are both man-made and natural anti-histamines.

Aromatherapy can also help ease the symptoms of hay fever, colds and flu, while helping your immune system to work for you, not against you.

The one aromatherapy blend that has helped my family find relief from hay fever and also to prevent colds and flu, is the Immune Booster. Follow this link for more information on the Immune Booster and where to find it.

Write a comment below with your favourite alternative therapies for hay fever.

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The Difference Between Your Upper & Lower Respiratory Tracts

The respiratory tract of humans, and other animals, is separated into two sections based on the position and function of the organs involved.

The main difference between your upper and lower respiratory tract is that your upper respiratory tract mainly controls the transfer of air to the lower respiratory tract while the lower respiratory tract is mainly involved in controlling the movement of gasses into and out of the body.

You will notice that mucus is produced in both the upper and lower respiratory tracts as it is an important part of our immune system. Mucus captures foreign materials; such as dust, bacteria and viruses so that they are easily expelled from the body without causing an infection.

Your body may sometimes produce excess mucus which can cause symptoms such as breathing difficulties, coughing and wheezing.

Additional fun fact: The immune system has multiple barriers in place to prevent potential infections; especially at the sites of entry such as your nose, mouth, respiratory tract including the lungs, skin, eyes, etc. In addition to mucus, these barriers include enzymes, hairs, cilia, symbiotic microorganisms and much more.

For a natural way to clear and soothe your upper respiratory tract use Sinus Clearing Blend by Aromatherapy Clinic on your chest like a vapour rub, inhale directly from the bottle or add to a steaming bowl of water and allow the vapours to soothe your blocked and irritated airways.

For lower respiratory tract congestion and a chesty cough I recommend Respiratory Blend by Aromatherapy Clinic.

For aromatherapy-related questions please send us an email info@aromatherapyclinic.com or use the handy form on our website.

Thank you for reading. We are here to help you on your journey to better health.

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5 Natural Remedies For Common Ailments

Headache

Apply 2 or 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil into the skin on the very top of your head and rub in with your finger.

Hangover

Massage a few drops of Grapefruit oil on your temples.

Stomach Ache

Massage your belly gently using diluted Peppermint oil.

Sore Throat

Throat gargle with one spoon of Swedish Bitters drops diluted in a half glass of water. (Swedish Bitters can be purchased from health shops or some chemists).

Wounds

To speed up wounds healing use a fresh leaf of Aloe Vera and squeeze the juice on the wound often. Aloe Vera acts also as an antiseptic.

IMPORTANT !!! Always dilute essential oils when applying directly on skin.

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