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Healing with Fennel

Cleansing with Fennel

Fennel has a strong and distinctive smell that can help to suppress your appetite and ease digestive disorders.
Warming and stimulating fennel has a long tradition as a digestive tonic. The seeds of the herb are crushed to give a strongly scented, sweet, peppery oil. Fennel has potent properties. Used sparily, it has an enlivening, energising and revitalising effect on the mind and body.
Fennel’s main action is on the digestion, where it has a regulating and ‘unblocking’ action. It is effective in relieving nausea, indigestion, constipation and flatulence.

Fennel for your Detox regime:
Use fennel to detoxify your body as it acts as a tonic for the kidneys, liver and spleen. It is also a diuretic, promoting the flow of urine and helping to reduce fluid retention in tissues – as such it is especially useful before menstruation. Fennel also regulates periods and stimulates the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.

Circulation Stimulant:
Stimulate sluggish circulation with fennel to gain relief from the building up of toxins and fluids.
Ease swollen feet:
Cypress acts as a tonic to the circulatory system, complimenting fennel’s ‘movin’ action. Ease puffy, swollen feet and ankles with a massage blend of:
• 5 drops fennel
• 5 drops cypress
• 20ml of grapeseed oil
Relieve painful gout:
Treat gout by gently massaging the affected are with:
• 3 drops fennel
• 6 drops juniper
• 6 drops lemon
• 25mls of grapeseed
this blend stimulate circulation and helps to clear away accumulated toxins.

Detoxifying Fennel:
Make use of fennel’s diurectic action to clean your urinary system.
Water Rentention:
Relieve symptoms of bloatedness due to water retention by massaging the abdomen and lower back with a blend of:
• 3 drops fennel
• 5 drops juniper
• 10 drops lemon
• 2 drops peppermint
• 25mls of sweet almond.
A massage blend of the following oils aids lymphatic drainage of the tissues.
• 3 drops of clary sage
• 6 drops of fennel
• 2 drops of geranium
• 2 drops of rosemary
• 25mls of grapeseed.
Diurectic Bath:
Aid your body’s ability to detox by adding to your bath water:
• 2 drops of fennel
• 3 drops of lemon
• 3 drops of juniper
Digestive Aid:
Tone, soothe and regulate the body’s digestive processes with fennel.
Ease Gut Cramps:
For relief from digestive cramps, make a warm compress by soaking a flannel in a bowl of water containing:
• 3 drops fennel
• 1 drop peppermint
• 6 drops rosemary
Apply across abdomen and use a hot water bottle to retain heat.

Soothe Indigestion:
Relieve indigestion with a chest and back massage blend containing:
• 3 drops fennel
• 5 drops orange
• 3 drops sage
• 25ml grapeseed
All three of these essential oils work to calm and balance the digestion- but don’t massage immediately after eating as the massage itself can disrupt digestion.

Oestrogen substitute:
Fennel is a natural source of a plant hormone that mimics the female hormone oestrogen.
Regulate Periods:
To treat irregular periods, apply a compress containing the following oils added to a bowl of water to the abdomen.
• 2 drops basil
• 2 drops fennel
• 2 drops Melissa
As a general tonic for the female reproductive system, massage the stomach and back with
• 4 drops cypress
• 4 drops of clary sage
• 2 drops fennel
• 30ml of sweet almond
Nursing Mothers:
Promote the flow of breast milk by massaging the breasts with:
• 5 drops of fennel
• 30ml of sweet almond.
• BE SURE TO REMOVE OIL BEFORE FEEDING.

The magic of Marjoram

Healing with Marjoram.


Marjoram is a garden herb that has remained a culinary favourite for thousands of years; it has wide-ranging therapeutic properties, too.
The warm and penetrating aroma of marjoram is both relaxing and restorative.
It’s peppery and spicy fragrance has camphorous undertones that evaporate to leave a soft, sweet scent. This garden herb can also be used for a wide range of healing therapies.
Marjoram alleviates aches and pains, making it an excellent massage oil for stiff tired muscles. It can be used as a sedative to promote a restful night’s sleep, and it’s relaxing action provides a remedy for headaches.

Soothing for the stomach:

The herb aids digestion by stimulating and strengthening the muscles of the digestive tract. It relieves intestinal spasms, heartburn and flatulence. Its application in an abdominal massage eases cramps and it is valuable for treating the symptoms of PMT.

Marjoram for Menstrual issues.

Marjoram is a valuable aid to women who suffer from menstrual problems. Use the warming action of this oil to calm period pains and relieve the symptoms of PMT.
• Relax your body by stepping into a deep warm bath containing 4 drops of marjoram oil and 3 drops of chamomile oil. The synergistic blend of oils will calm uterine spasms.
• Another method of easing painful periods cramps with marjoram is to apply a hot compress made by adding 3 drops of marjoram oil and 2 drops of clary sage oil to a bowl of hot water. Soak a flannel in the dilution for a few minutes and then rest it on your stomach. Place a hot water bottle on top of the compress to retain the warmth.
• Balance mood swings and feelings of agitation associated with PMT with a full body massage. Add 4 drops each of marjoram, lavender and rose oil to 25ml of sweet almond oil.

Marjoram Oil for stiff muscles:

Massage away muscular stiffness, aches and pains and bring back movement back for stiff or rheumatic joints.
• Relax cold muscles before exercise with a brisk rub, adding 4 drops of marjoram oil and 3 drops each of basil and pine oil to 20ml of grapeseed oil.
• Alleviate muscular aches my massaging the affected area with 5 drops marjoram, 4 drops ginger and 3 drops of vetivert to 25ml of sweet almond oil. This remedy is particularly effective for treating lower back pain.
• In winter, boost circulation by relaxing in a hot bath containing a blend of warming oils: 2 drops each of marjoram, benzoin and clary sage.

Soothe the mind:

Ease anxiety and tension with marjoram’s sedative action. Its calming effect will aid relaxation and dispel tension headaches and insomnia.
• Soothe nervous tension headaches by massaging the forehead, neck and shoulders with 4 drops marjoram and 2 drops each of lavender and peppermint oil with 10ml of sweet almond oil. Both Marjoram and lavender are relaxing and the peppermint offers potent pain relief.
• Dispel insomnia by massaging the soles of the feet each night with 2 drops of marjoram and lavender to 10ml of grapeseed oil. These sedative oils are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.

April Newsletter

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the chocolate feast. If you need some detox and relaxation, you know where we are. We have so much on this April & May, I’m bursting to tell you.

It’s exam season coming up, which can be a pressurised time for both those taking exams and family members supporting them! We know, it’s like you are taking the exams too! We have lots of support to offer during much needed rest breaks, from message, reiki, reflexology to acupuncture. All available to nurture your body and soul and have you bouncing back to the study desk.

To our wonderful clients who made March a joy to be holistic therapists, we look forward to welcoming you back in April. To those who have yet to visit us, we look forward to welcoming you to your new holistic home.

For all you therapists out there who have taken a career break and want to re hone your skills, we have refresher workshops in reflexology and massage coming up in April.

So until the next time.
See you soon

Claire xx

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March Newsletter

Spring has sprung ish!


As I sit here writing this, there is a red weather warning going on outside. Definitely not the start of spring that I was expecting.
Sometimes it takes a national emergency warning to make us stop the every day hustle and bustle and go back to just being. I have had three snowball fights, copious amounts of tea, endless giggles with my kids and still managed to get the newsletter done, website updated, clients scheduled for next weeks appointments and once this is complete it will be time to light the fire and sit on the couch with my kids and my very patient husband and chill.
To me, this is not a bad start to Sping.

I hope you all have an amazing month ahead and below you will find out how we can help make that happen.

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Brand New to the centre

We are delighted to offer you our newest product the BeWater range of beautiful BPA free, water bottles coupled with the beauty of Crystals.

There are 12 bottles in the range all striking in their own right.

 

Awareness

Sodalite and Rock Crystal €30

Sodalite is a striking and beautiful gemstone that is long associated with clarity, awareness and truth. Supported here by gorgeous clear Rock Crystal, the Sodalite is all about strength in your own truth and convictions.

Sodalite can give you strong physical boost and replenish your natural thirst. You may experience improvements to your bladder and kidneys, fresher skin healthier eyes and better hydration, which is essential for well-being and vitality.

 

 

 

Balance

Amazonite and Rock Crystal  €30

Amazonite has a startlingly cool green colour and captures the energy of self-determination, inner harmony and balance in your life. Its energy is peaceful and relaxing and is also associated with trust. These properties are boosted by the magnifying effects of the Rock Crystal.

The reported benefits of these stones are broad and cover brain wellness; joint and muscle strength, liver support; hormone balance and improved metabolism. A beautifully broad approach to all over wellness.

 

 

Elements

Ocean Agate, Amethyst, Fossil Wood, Rose Quartz and Chalcedony €32

This range is a beautiful all-rounder. Each of the stones matches one of the elements used in Chinese Medicine and when all of these elements are in balance and flowing freely in your body, wellness and vitality result!

Ocean Agate is associated with hope and renewal, Rose Quartz with love. Fossil Wood offers stability through change, Amethyst brings inner peace and Chalcedony is the crystal for inner flexibility and flow. Bringing these five diverse, beautiful and powerful stones together creates gem water that is fresh and vitalising to your entire being.

 

 

Glow

Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Aventurine Quartz €30

This mixture of three powerful stones packs a punch! Rose Quartz embodies love, Amethyst inner peace and Aventurine peace and rest. This makes Glow water all about the Zen.

The health and wellbeing benefits of these three gemstones are said to include heart health, skin health (hence the Glow), relief from stress and the promotion of restful sleep. It’s the perfect combination to bring a little peace to your life and to create a little shine.

 

 

Harmony

Rose Quartz and Rock Crystal €32

This mixture is all about the Rose Quartz, the gemstone of love, harmony and connection; along with Rock Crystal, which is a great distributor of energy and has strong balancing and clarity characteristics. The mixture has a type of softening energy and promotes love and harmony.

Its health and wellbeing properties are known to include support of the heart and arteries and good blood circulation throughout the body. Rock Crystal is known for promoting hydration, which is great news for the vitality of your hair, skin and nails.

 

 

Passion

Garnet and Rock Crystal €32

Few gemstones are as striking as the Garnet with its deep shades of red stirring images of passion. This gemstone embodies will power, strength, courage and hope and is tipped for good quality of life and a boost to your energy.

Garnet is believed to support good circulation, strong muscles and improved metabolism and is thought to greatly improve your immune system function. Rock Crystal is an all-round health enhancer and also magnifies the effects of the Garnet – what a great combination.

 

 

Clarity

Amethyst and Rock Crystal €32

Rock Crystal is an amazing all-round hydrator and is known for amplifying the action of other gemstones. This makes the Amethyst the star of this show. Striking in its deep purple colour, Amethyst is associated with awareness, a sense of justice and inner peace.

It has a strong and still energy and on a physical level it is said to protect the brain, nerves and skin. People say that it can ease pain, swelling and bruising and relaxes tension. This makes Clarity water a powerhouse gem water!

 

 

Vision

Dumortierite and Rock Crystal €30

Dumortierite comes in varying shades of dusky blues and greys. It encompasses a host of characteristics such as clarity of thought, control, patience and wisdom. Mystics believe that it nurtures the Divine Mind.

Both Dumortierite and Rock Crystal are said to boost mental clarity, relieve headaches and improve digestion, so this combination gives you the boost of vitality you need!

 

 

 

Courage

Carnelian and Rock Crystal €32
Bold in orange, Carnelian is associated primarily with courage. It is also said to open your social bonds creating the will to help and to connect with others. Ancient warriors wore Carnelian around their necks for courage and physical power!
Rock Crystal, along with promoting general hydration, also strengthens the properties of the Carnelian. This mixture is all about the blood. It is believed by many to stabalise circulation and blood pressure and to help with Rheumatic complaints.

 

 

Liberty

Obsidian and Rock Crystal €30
Obsidian is the stone for self-awareness, improving both your internal and external vision. Combined with Rock Crystal, which can promote awareness and understanding, this mix is designed to centre around you.
The physical strengths of Obsidian are believed to include relief from pain, tension and anxiety as well as improvements to your circulation. It is also thought to benefit the stomach, intestines and muscle tissue. With the powerful hydration effects of Rock Crystal, Liberty Water will boost your body and free your mind!

 

 

 

Vitality

Magnesite, Red Jasper and Rock Crystal €30
Two of these stones seem to stand in stark contrast to each other. Red Jasper is associated with strength and exertion while Magnesite represents relaxing and letting go. By balancing these two dynamics in our lives we create vitality.
The physical aspects of wellbeing that this combination are believed to promote include: good circulation, healthy digestion, metabolism and detoxification. This means that the mix promotes good physical health and vitality as well as emotional balance – double goodness!

 

 

 

Magic

Red Jasper, Sodalite, Tiger’s Eye, Green and Yellow Aventurine €30
Magic water for kids brings both the delightful colours of five gorgeous gemstones together, as well as their vitality promoting benefits. With Red Jasper for courage, Green Aventurine for peace, Yellow Aventurine for balance, Tigers Eye for insight and Sodalite for truth, this combo has it all.
These stones have been associated with health improvements in everything from digestion and metabolism to glowing skin and healthy sleep. More than anything, the delight in drinking Magic Water will boost your child’s hydration and lift the health of their entire body!

 

 

 

 

 

Aromatherapy for your Memory

Aromatherapy for Waking your mind.

Modern life often overloads your mind with information and causes mental fatigue.

Refresh your cognitive faculties with stimulating aromatherapy oils.

 

 

 

The most common causes of mental fatigue are overwork and stress, which can make your mind feel deadened by too much stimulation.  This often results from studying for exams, working long hours, a chaotic home life, or just performing tasks.

Temporary solutions:
Apart from taking regular breaks to avoid overworking your mind, essential oils can help ensure you stay focused and do not overload yourself.  These should only be used in short term, for when you need immediate relief.  Long term, you need to consider other factors such as getting enough sleep, exercise and taking time out.  The best ways to use oils to awaken your mind are through inhalation, vaporisers and applying to pulse points.

Blending Oils for waking your mind.

All of these blends should be made using 35ml of the base oil of your choice and later dispatched into easy-to-carry bottles.

Overcoming Mental Fatigue:

2 drops Basil

2 drops peppermint

2 drops rosemary

4 drops cypress

Like everyone, you’ll experience periods in your life when you have to apply yourself to the max and your mind becomes mentally fatigued.  As work is often unavoidable, you have to take steps to keep your mind fresh and alert

1.       Steam inhalation is a good way to do this, as it invigorates you and gets the oils into your system quickly.  You’ll get the full benefits of their effects as soon as possible.

2.       When you are away from home put a few drops of the blend on a tissue or apply to your pulse pints when you need fast relief.

Revision Blend:

5 drops lime

2 drops rosemary

3 drops frankincense

Studying for exams is a very taxing process, especially as you get older and lose the habit of study.  Revision requires mental alertness and the ability to maintain focused concentration; using the revision blend while studying will help you to maintain mental alertness.

1.       A vaporiser will keep the atmosphere in your study environment fresh and its fragrance will continually stimulate your mind, encouraging you to pass your exams.

2.       On the actual day of the exam, take a small bottle of revision blend to apply to your pulse points when you start to feel tired.

Stimulating your Mind:

3 drops lemon

2 drops sage

3 drops geranium

2 drops frankincense

When you are feeling ill or overworked your mind tends to slow down and needs stimulation. By combining the ‘stimulating your mind’ blend with massage, you can make yourself feel more alert and avoid storing stress in your upper body.

1.       Massage the blend gently into your neck, shoulders and temples.  If you are at work, apply it to your pulse points at the wrists.  As you write or type the action will help the oil to circulate and stimulate your mind faster.

2.       If you have your own office space you might want to vaporiser to keep the atmosphere fresh.

Jetlag Blend:

1 drop eucalyptus

2 drops grapefruit

3 drops lemon

2 drops geranium

2 drops cypress

After a long flight you may feel mentally exhausted.  The best way to deal with this is to allow your body to rest and recover naturally.

1.       A relaxing bath is an ideal way to enjoy the beneficial effects of the essential oils.  The time out will also give your mind the opportunity to rest and clear out ‘bust thoughts’.

2.       You can use the blend as a preventative measure by applying to your pulse points while travelling, to minimise the effects of jetlag.

 

 

 

Your Health is your Wealth

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Indeed, health is wealth. Every now and then, it is important to remind ourselves that we need to take good care of ourselves. There is a reason to stay healthy. Being healthy can decrease developing medical conditions.

As the WHO defines health, remaining healthy means a holistic well-being. Caring for our minds is as important and crucial as caring for our bodies. One cannot be healthy without the other.

For this 2018, let us love ourselves more by considering these tips:

  • Visit your GP, eye doctor and dentist for regular check-ups
  • Be faithful in taking your medicines and also drink vitamins
  • Protect your skin especially from the sun
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy
  • Drink more water and fewer sugary drinks
  • Get enough sleep
  • Practice safe sex
  • Don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake and avoid drugs
  • Wash your hands – viruses are spread through contact
  • Practice self-care (no need to feel guilty)
  • Love yourself more and others too
  • Be friendly and be kind
  • Listen to others
  • Talk and share your feelings
  • Say “I love you,” “Thank you,” “Please” more often
  • Have fun – relax and rest
  • Call a friend
  • Learn something a new
  • Balance your time between work and play
  • Count your blessings and be grateful
  • Ask for help when needed

Essential Oils for Hair Loss

Treating Hair Loss with Essential Oils

A recent study has revealed that Aromatherapy with essential oils can help in the treatment of hair loss, alopecia and bald spots due to hormonal issues.

Massaging in certain essential oils along with carrier oils like jojoba or grapeseed daily for 7 months showed a significant improvements.

Here is the list of essential oils that can help:

Thyme Oil:

Often added to hair care products, thyme oil is known to rejuvenate hair follicles and thus prevents hair loss.

It is also used as an excellent skin Softener

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil is on the best oils for improving hair growth.  This oil increases cellular metabolism that stimulates hair growth thereby aiding in the treatment of baldness.

Lavender Oil

When lavender oil is massaged on the scalp it improves blood circulation and thus promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.  Moreover it also moisturizes the scalp and balances sebum.

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood stimulates the hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp when massaged everyday into the scalp.

After the birth of both of my sons, I lost a lot of my hair resulting in bald patches at the front and back of my scalp.  I used this blend in a grapeseed carrier oil and within about 7 months my hair was so much more healthier and thicker.  My scalp was flake free and a lot calmer.

How To:

  1. Add 20ml of Grapeseed into a plastic BPA Free bottle then add 3 drops of each of the above oils.
  2. Massage into scalp for at least 5 min every evening if possible, or at least twice a week.  It is easier to do it in the evening time so yo can leave it in over night.
  3. To remove, just add your shampoo ideally a sensitive scalp brand, to dry hair and massage in to break down the oils in your hair, then wash as normal.  It may take two washes to remove all oils but do try not to over wash your hair, as this may result in further damage.

Let me know how you get on.

Claire

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*****Please not that if you are pregnant or breast feeding these oils are not suitable*****

The hidden meaning of our new Logo

People have been asking why I have chosen the humble Dandelion has part of the new logo and website design.
I think below explains beautifully what we, at River Holistic believe and strive for, for all of our clients.

What Does the Dandelion Flower Mean?
The common and humble Dandelion has a surprising amount of different meanings. The Dandelion means:

Healing from emotional pain and physical injury alike.
Intelligence, especially in an emotional and spiritual sense.
The warmth and power of the rising sun.
Surviving through all challenges and difficulties.
Long lasting happiness and youthful joy.
Getting your wish fulfilled.
Since the Dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it is no wonder that people say the flower symbolizes the ability to rise above life’s challenges.
Xxxx
Claire

December Newsletter

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM US TO YOU!

We can not believe that the big man with the bright red suit will be visiting soon, it has been another amazing year here at the centre.
We had our open day on Saturday, it was such a lovely day meeting new people and showing them around their new Holistic Home.
Our opening hours for the Christmas season are:
Open as normal until Christmas Eve were we will close at 3pm 🙂 ,  then we are off with our loved ones until 10am on Tuesday the 2nd of January.

Finding imaginative gifts that express sincere caring for friends and loved ones is always challenging. The gift of rest, relaxation, health and restoration are what our Gift Vouchers and products available at River Holistic can mean to someone.
All of our gift vouchers are redeemable against any of our therapies, classes and workshops.
We would be happy to help you choose the right gift for your loved one, so just call in and we can make it even more special.
We only have a limited number of Salt Lamps left in stock in our little shop, so let us know if you would like us to pre order one for you.
We are now proud to be stocking the MyMood USB diffusers which are amazing little stocking fillers, and perfect for that friend who you never know what to get.

SO HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM EVERYONE HERE AND WE WILL SEE YOU ALL REAL SOON,
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CLAIRE

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