Bujo August flip through & September plan with me.

Hi!

Well, it’s been a busy old summer! I’m so grateful to have enjoyed a nice holiday in Genoa and Nice with my family.ย  It was a busy holiday though, as opposed to a restful one. We got home in the early hours of Saturday morning and school began on the following Tuesday, so it was all go!

My bullet journal for August worked really well. The only thing was, I did take it out of my traveler’s notebook.ย  Ironic… I know! But my traveler’s notebook has my work inserts in it and it’s big and bulky. Normally I love it as I know I always have everything I need to hand but on my holiday, I just needed my bujo (and some pens) ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was really pleased with my “Hello August” page. My first attempt at using water colours.

Now, I’m no artist! But I really like how it turned out.

A little bit of washi tape with the Eiffel tower on it, just finished it off nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

I was happy with my usual “Staple” pages.

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However, one thing I really loved about bullet journaling compared to other planners, was the ability to just take a few pages out to journal about my holiday.

Each night I sat down and wrote about all the marvelous things we had seen, eaten, drank and experienced that day. I also took a note of how many steps I’d done and how many bites I had gained! (I refused to count beyond 30!)

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In this page I was journaling about our visit to Pisa.

I used some scrapbooking paper with a travel theme to cover the right hand page.

All I need to do to finish this off now is stick in a nice picture of us in Pisa ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

When I got back I was feeling a little overwhelmed with all that I had to do and catch up on, so this was my quote for the week!

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Knowing that September is also going to be a very busy month. I decided to plan for a minimalist spread. Using just black & silver pens & some washi tape, this is how my “Hello September” page turned out…

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So there we go! All set for another busy month ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope that this has been useful to you. I love looking at other peoples designs and inspirational ideas. If you’ve liked any of my pages please feel free to let me know. If you have any suggestions… I’d love to hear them too.

Until next time, improve your health & well being! ๐Ÿ™‚

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June the perfect month for Ylang Ylang!

When I think of June, I think of sunshine, heat and flowers out in bloom. Ylang Ylang is my essential oil for June with its intense, floral power!

This tall evergreen tree flowers all year round and produces yellow, pink and mauve flowers.

Native to Indonesia, the main producer of this oil today is from Madagascar.

The essential oil is a yellow, mobile liquid. It’s a middle note, so will hang around in a blend. It is also non-toxic and non-irritant however, sensitization reactions can occur. This means that if you use a lot of this oil, very often, you skin can develop a reaction to it. However ylang ylang is such a strong oil that it is probably less likely to be over used.

What do I use this oil for in Aromatherpy?

It is an excellent oil for the skin and scalp.ย  If one is suffering from oily skin, acne, dandruff or seborrhea it can be useful, as it is anti-sebhorrhoic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

Ylang ylang is also very good for hypertension, palpitations and tachycardia as it is hypotensive and sedative.ย  I have had success with treating a client of mine who suffered heart palpitations. She reported a noticeable decrease in the 6th week of massage with this wonderful oil the main oil of a blend. Staying with this, it is also great for poor circulation as it is a circulatory stimulant. These qualities afore mentioned also help muscular aches and pains.

Last but most certainly not least, it has a powerful affect on the mind and emotions. Depression, stress, insomnia, anger, fear, frustration all can be eased with ylang ylang essential oil for it is anti-depressant, sedative, calming and euphoric.

What other oils would I blend with Ylang Ylang?

Definitely woody oils, spicy oils, citrus oils, geranium, palmarosa, jasmine, benzoin, juniper berry and tea tree. Yes, being a strong oil, it can blend with the bigger heavier scents around ๐Ÿ™‚

Final words to leave you with for Ylang ylang?

Sensual, soothing and exotic.

Thank you for reading my offering on one of my most loved essential oils. I love it so much in fact that it is the only oil I use in my ‘Princess Sparkle’ bubbling bath bomb which is available toย buy here.26

I also use ylang ylang in my ‘Betty’s Butterflies’ soap. Here I blend it with benzoin essential oil, which is available to buy here.

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My ‘Love Letters’ soap is made with my own unique aphrodisiac blend of orange, ylang ylang and benzoin. This is also available to buy,just click here.

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Please let me know if you use ylang ylang essential oil, either in the bath, to burn or in a favourite product. I’d love to hear all about it and perhaps learn something new too!

Until next time… Improve your health & well being ๐Ÿ™‚

ย  ย  ย  Janice x

 

 

My new exciting soap! Chatting & Cutting :)

Well, this time last week I was making this…

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…. A very new, exciting soap!

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Yeah… don’t laugh! I know I look funny lol! There is a lot of safety involved when making soap.ย  However, the soap as you can see is a pale cream colour.ย  That’s because it is made with cow’s milk :p

Cows milk has lots of benefits when used in skin products. That’s why we see so many of them. It contains large fat molecules which moisturize the skin. It is also a good exfoliant for the skin. Furthermore it’s been proven to be very gentle, especially to sensitive skin ๐Ÿ™‚

This week, seven days later, I’m taking the soap out of it’s mould. I cant really take it out any earlier. Normally this type of soap can be taken out of its mould 24 – 48 hours after it has been made. This soap however, being made with cows milk, is much softer.

Another thing…. it’s colour has changed significantly. It’s turned Brown! Dark brown! This is due to the fragrance oil that I have used, which happens to be perfect because it’s a fragrance that smells like chocolate truffles! The benefit here is that I don’t need to add any colourants ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s amazing though, that when I cut into the soap, I discover that the middle is a pale yellow almost orange colour. This is because the middle, inside of the soap hasn’t been exposed to the air. In as little as a day or two this soap will be dark chocolate brown all over! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The soap is now placed on a stainless steal curing rack and will cure for between 4 – 6 weeks, in which time I will be keeping an eye on it, weighing it and turning it.

I will be back to blog a little more about this soap as I reveal who it is being made for, so please follow my blog to find out more as the mystery is revealed! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have made a YouTube video of this blog. If you would like to watch it please click here. I could do with a bit of loving on the old YouTube channel as I’m still relatively unknown over thereย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Until next time… Improve your health & well being ๐Ÿ™‚

Janice x

Bullet Journal – Flip through of May & June set-up :)

I’ve moved to a TN! Otherwise known as a traveler’s notebook! It’s something I’ve been considering doing for a while now.

The traveler’s notebook allows me to have booklet inserts AND my official bullet journal all together. I have a booklet for creating. My doodles and hand lettering go in here. I have a booklet for my business and one for accounts. It’s fantastic having everything all in one place and its so easy to take inserts out or switch them up.

If you would like me do a blog/video on the traveler’s notebook just let me know in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

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So, May was a bit of a washout for me. I awoke on the 7th with a trapped nerve. The pain was unbelievably excruciatingly painful! I was literally in bed, a complete, useless human being for a good week. After I got in control of the pain, I was able to start doing a little bit. I’m glad that I’m feeling much better now but May in general was a bit of a washout!

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However… when I was making this blog/video I realized, looking in my bullet journal, that actually it wasn’t a complete wasted month after all. For my gratitude log reminded me of all the blessings in my life, like my family who loved and looked after me while I was unwell. My habit tracker, (although manyย  habits were scored out during my first week of pain) quickly picked up and it wasn’t until I flipped through my May tracker spread that I realized just how quickly I did begin to recover.

I have a few pictures here of May & June but my YouTube video shows all my spreads. If you’d like to see that then please click here.

My bullet journal has been a joy. One that has kept me going and made me realize that actually, all is not as bad as it may seem ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of my spreads for May

Yeah… the grey sections were ill/ugh days! But it wasn’t too long before I started having happy ones and even productive ones! The mood mandala is not quite finished yet but sometime when I’m sitting colouring with my wee girl I’ll come in and finish it off ๐Ÿ™‚

The picture on the right is a quarterly memories page. So memories from April to June ๐Ÿ™‚ It reminds me of all the good things these last couple of months. Memories to record and look back on and treasure ๐Ÿ™‚

I even got my bullet journal all set up for June! June is such a busy month from me. I mean I have 3 kids… 17, 13 & 7 years old. At this time of year there are always school trips, sports days… ah, the list goes on and on! So I really wanted to keep June’s spreads nice and simple…

Here we see my “Hello June” page which is side by side by my gratitude journal. Then I have an example of a weekly spread. This layout really works for me. I can see the things I need to get done this week, the things that I need to think about that are coming up next week, anything I need to purchase,ย  our meals for the week and all my tasks and appointments.

I also love to put something special in the top left corner. Something pertaining to that week. It could be an inspirational quote, a picture, a doodle… this is what I love about bullet journalling… its so flexible!

I’m no artist but I like my pages looking nice and attractive like the next person ๐Ÿ™‚ And just because I’m not particularly artistic, doesn’t mean I can’t try!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ This month I’ve let some nice patterned paper and some washi tape do all the work for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this post. Perhaps it gave you some inspiration? I’d love to see your spreads too! Please connect with me. I’m on Facebook, twitter, Instagram & linkedin but my Facebook page is where I feel most at home… ooh! and don’t forget YouTube! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care and improve your health & well being ๐Ÿ™‚

Janice x

Grapefruit soap, chat, slicing & demo

My product of the month (April) is Grapefruit soap. I have made a YouTube video where I chat about it’s design, slicing it up and giving it a sink test.ย  If you would like to see that then please click here.

I know that many of my clients like to read rather than watch YouTube videos. Perhaps if you’re on a train or in a more social setting it is more convenient and less data usage ๐Ÿ˜‰

My grapefruit soap is a really nice gentle soap. Some citrus oils are apt to being very strong, but grapefruit is light, gentle and for a top note essential oil – lasts in the soap. For more information on the benefits of grapefruit essential oil please click here for the video ๐Ÿ™‚

There are only 2 soaps in my range with this design. (Clear yellow soap with white embeds).ย  Patchouli & lavender is the other, except it’s purple clear soap with white embeds. The design is great, for there are never two bars the same and this makes them unique ๐Ÿ™‚

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As you can see from the bubbles and lather on the soap above, the sink test passed with flying colours ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of bubbles, good lather and cleansing but not stripping the skin of its much needed moisture.

If you would like to buy this soap or see what other products I hand make. Please visit http://www.advantagearomatherapy.co.ukย  All my soaps areย fully insured & certified to comply with EU legislation by chartered chemists.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey. I look forward to sharing with you again in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

Janice x

Lavender, my essential oil for May

When I think of May, I can’t help but think of flowers. When I bullet journal its always full of flower doodles throughout my May pages.

It seemed a natural choice for me, coming out of spring and embarking upon summer to use and chat about one of the most famous of essential oils… Lavender ๐Ÿ™‚

Lavender comes from lavendula, the Latin of which is Lavare, which means to wash ๐Ÿ™‚

Most folk know that lavender is a bushy evergreen shrub with purple spiky flowers.ย  Native to the Mediterranean region, the biggest producers of the oil today are in Bulgaria and England. It is however, the oil from France which is of the best quality.

There are 30 species of lavender around the world, however it is lavandula angustifolia which is the species used in massage.

Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from the freshly cut flowering tops and is a colourless or pale yellow liquid, which has a fresh, strong, floral fragrance.

One of the most well known of essential oils, lavender enjoys the status of being the most popular and versatile essential oil in aromatherapy. No wonder! It is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Furthermore it is suitable for all skin types and good for so many conditions, however because of this, it’s also one of the most commonly adulterated essential oils. Often this oil is substituted with or has lavandin oil added to it. (Lavandin is a hardier, bushier species which is easier to grow).ย  Often the addition of synthetic lanalool & linalyl acetate or that from other natural sources.ย  It is always important to make sure that you are buying Pure lavandula angustifolia, especially when it is for the purpose of massage.

It would be easier to tell you what lavender doesn’t blend well with. No actually it would be harder to tell you what lavender doesn’t blend well with because you can blend lavender with just about every other oil! The only thing I’d say is that the good stuffย  (high quality, pure lavender essential oil) is strong, so I’m always careful of the quantity I use in a blend as it can easily overpower a blend ๐Ÿ™‚

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For the skin

A fantastic oil for the skin. Conditions such as skin inflammation, such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, boils, wounds & sunburn. This oil is antiseptic, analgesic, cytophylactic, antiphlogistic & cicatrisant. It’s also a paracitaside, so great for lice & scabies. It helps to prevent itching and will helpย  prevent itching and infection with bites and stings.

For the muscles & joints

Being analgesic, antispasmodic, rubefacient and and anti-rheumatic, this oil helps with aches and pains, relief of rheumatism, sciatica and arthritis.

For the nervous system

Being a nervine, cephalic and sedative, lavender essential oil can help with stress that causes spasms, cramp pains, nervous tension, irritability and mental distraction. The beauty of this oil is that it won’t interfere with productive stress which is a normal part of life, but will help with excessive stress.ย  While I’m on the subject… it has a similar effect on the mind and emotions. If you’re exhausted it will stimulate and pick you up. However, if you are stressed out of your mind, it will relax and sedate you. Many people use this oil for insomnia. A few drops on your pillow at night can help to relax and help you drift off into a peaceful sleep ๐Ÿ™‚

For the reproductive system

Being analgesic, an emmenagogue and anti-spasmodic, this is a very effective oil for the relief of period pain. There have been clinical trials showing that lavender essential oil is the most popular oil during childbirth. It reduces maternal anxiety, it’s pain relieving and helps to lighten ones mood ๐Ÿ™‚

For the respiratory system

For colds and flu, bronchitis, throat infections, catarrh conditions, and asthma of a nervous nature.

For the circulation

Will help to improve circulation and lower blood pressure.

Finally

If lavender were a person, it would most definitely be a mother.ย  For just as a mother cooks, cleans, nurses, teaches, is councilor and cares for every aspect of her child’s needs, so too, lavender takes care of many conditions of the body and mind at the same time.

My last words on lavender essential oil?

Cooling, soothes & supports, calming, relaxing, anti-depressant, upliftingย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope that you have enjoyed my summation of lavender essential oil.ย  I hope that I’ve been able to tell you something you didn’t already know about this well known oil.

Please let me know if you use lavender and if you do, how do you find it to be most useful, massage, in a diffuser, in a bath or on your pillow at night? I’d love to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time… improve your health & well being ๐Ÿ™‚

My essential oil for April

Confusing title? Yes, this was my essential oil for the month of April. Unfortunately I was struck with a trapped nerve, completely out of the blue! It stopped me in my tracks and it still hasn’t gone away, however I’m pretty determined to keep up with my schedule so I’m a gonna bring it to you even if a little late. It’s too good an oil to miss!

Grapefruit essential oil, it’s seriously one of my favourite oils. We get the oil through the cold process method which extracts the oil from the small sacs within the peel of the fruit. The tree from which it comes is pretty beautiful as well. Large dark glossy leaves and beautiful white flowers turn into the fruit which we all know and love.

Originating in the West Indies, the main countries of production now are West Indies, USA, Brazil, Israel & Nigeria.

One of the things I love about grapefruit oil is that it is non toxic, non irritating & non sensitising. This makes it suitable for all skin types. In my research of this oil I found that some sources listed this oil as photo-toxic and other sources claimed that it isn’t. The conclusion that I have arrived at is that there is only a very minimal, weak chance of photo-toxicity as the amount of furocoumarins are only a trace amount. All citrus oils have a tendency to be photo-toxic however grapefruit is one of the safer, less risky oils.

What is grapefruit essential oil good for? Its great for the lymphatic system. Conditions such as cellulitis, obesity and water retention. This oil is depurative and so helps to detox the body. It’s also a great oil for the skin… all skin types in fact, but especially oily skin. Due to its tonic effect on the skin and scalp, it’s great for oil and acne prone skin being antiseptic and astringent. For the mind and emotions it’s also a very gentle but effective oil as it is uplifting, reviving, good for treating stress, depression and nervous exhaustion as it is an anti-depressant.

What other oils would I blend grapefruit with? Well it always depends on your client however this oil blends very well with all other citrus oils, herbal oils, spices and oils like palmarosa, rose, jasmine, cypress, ylang ylang, geranium & lemongrass.

If grapefruit were to be aligned to a person, or given a personality, it would be a warm happy person who is bursting with energy, who loves life and people ๐Ÿ™‚

Final words on grapefruit that describe it well would be:- revitalising, refreshing, cheering, uplifting, cleansing, stimulating self esteem, cooling, decongestant.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog on grapefruit essential oil. If you would like more information on the treatments and products that I make (one of which is a grapefruit soap!) then please visit my website http://www.advantagearomatherapy.co.uk

Also feel free to connect with me you will find me on facebook, linked in, twitter and you can see the video version of this on my YouTube channel.

Until next time… take care and improve your health & well being ๐Ÿ™‚