o you live a life that`s fulfilling to you? One that makes you happy, and meets your own needs? Or are you caught, like most of us, in this circle of survival, living the same routine day-in, day-out, unaware that you are letting precious time pass through your finger tips? As you go about your everyday life, there is one thing I ask of you. Open your eyes, open your ears and open your minds to the life you are living. I want you to ask yourself, every single day, if you are happy, if you are content in your life, and if any changes need to be made. I want you to answer this question truthfully, because in the end of the day, when everything is done and over, you are the one who has to live with the decisions you make... You are the one who controls your own happiness.. And you are the only one who knows what to do... We're all guilty of thinking in the negative instead of the affirmative. We're busy not wanting things. That's fine and normal, but there is no action associated with not wanting something. You can't decide to do something because you don't want another. That's not how it works. That'll just keep you on the couch, doing nothing. Fear is harmful for two reasons: A) It keeps you unmotivated. A negative goal isn't something you can go to action on. But what's more, there's B) It's draining and exhausting. Living in fear sucks. It keeps you in a state of perpetual worry instead of action. When you're drained and exhausted and worried, you are not going to be motivated. There's no two ways around it. Now that we have you thinking in the positive, you gotta know what you're getting positive about. Instead of, "I don't want to be homeless, poor, and live my life in a state of abject poverty," you're thinking, "I want to be financially secure." Awesome! Now -- what's your plan to achieve that? Well, for that specific example, you'd create some type of income plan. It would involve making a budget, possibly going back to school, or expanding your business. You have concrete steps toward your goal. But for whatever you're facing -- be it weight loss, doing well in school, or following through with a dream -- you need to figure out what it is you want and just how you plan on doing that. If you really want it, it won't be all that hard to figure out. If you have a ton of things on your to-do list, sometimes it becomes daunting and you end up putting the list away and "tackling it later." But if you have one thing on that list of yours, that's it. That's doable. It's doable and you can focus on it -- spreading yourself thin over a dozen won't do you or
your goals justice. You can't focus yourself if you're not focused on a specific goal. Break it down into small pieces as much as possible. If your goal is to shave 5 years off your appearance, attack it bit by bit. Start off with a new workout routine and get that down. Then, move to a new makeup regimen. Then, tackle your wardrobe. If you don't parse it out, your brain will raise it's arms (if brains had arms) up in surrender and you'll be left with no idea where to go or what to do. Straight up, doing something you flat out despise won't be something you keep up with. The second you can drop it like a bad habit, you will. For that reason, whatever you're doing -- be it saving up money for that new car or losing 15 pounds -- you gotta make it enjoyable. The more enjoyable it is, the more you'll do it. The more you'll do it, the better you'll get at it. The better you get at it, the quicker the end result will come. Where there's a will, there's a way. Do you hate running? No problem. Take a kickboxing class -- the weight will fall off that way, too. Horrible at writing papers? Change to a topic that drives you. Can't save money to save your life? Switch environments. Your world is malleable -- what you make of it can change your motivation entirely On the outside, this kind of sounds silly. How could reading about something that you think about all the time really get you motivated? But it does. Hearing other people's success stories (especially when they make it sound super simple), gets your brain thinking, "Hey! There's no reason I can't do that, too!" You all of a sudden become logical. So stop Facebook stalking your high school peers and get to doing something useful. You may think reading stories of people who have succeeded in losing 100 pounds may make you feel overweight and accomplished (for example), but if anything, you should feel driven, empowered, and armed with resources. You can learn from these people! And if their success doesn't resonate with you, at least it can bring out your competitive edge. Let's be honest: results just don't come soon enough. It takes years to make money from a new business, it takes months to reach weight loss goals, and it takes a virtual lifetime to be happy with yourself. That's just about the opposite of instant gratification. To overcome this unfortunate fact of life, give yourself rewards. Life sure isn't going to do it for you, so you might as well will. Don't just use rewards for the big end goal. Set up checkpoints for yourself and give rewards at those smaller successes, too. Lost 5 pounds? Great! That warrants a massage. Aced your last three tests? Super! A night out it is!
Finished the first half of your book? Wonderful -- now it's time to go shopping. When we think about something we want, a necessary part of that is realizing we don't have it. That can turn into a whirlwind of negativity, starting us down the path of self-pity, lethargy, and ending in a box of w(h)ine. Don't go there! Think about what you do have, what you're grateful for. Only then can you make what you have better. Make of list of 10 things you have and are thankful for. Go through it every day (and then come up with another one when you think of more). Focusing on what you have done, made, and are will instill in you a sense of confidence. When your attitude is, "Heck yeah, I can do this!" (looking at your past accomplishments will prove to you you can!) it makes the goal a lot easier to reach. While you are transforming into a super motivational hero, and you are happier than you have ever been before, remember the reasons why you began this journey in the beginning, remember who you were then, and always remember who you always were deep down. Don`t have shame in failing... Have shame in not attempting. You are strong. You are beautiful. You deserve happiness. Dream your biggest dreams, make your biggest wishes, and believe that one day, however far away, they can come true!
THAT VERY MOMENT THAT VERY MOMENT, THE VERY FIRST TIME, THE INTRODUCTION TO THE START OF THE REST OF YOUR DAYS. SO MANY EMOTIONS CONDENSED INTO ONE SPLIT SECOND. THE OVERPOWERING JOY, THE COMPLETE LOVE SHARED BETWEEN YOU, AND THIS MAGICAL BEING. A MIRACLE. ONE THAT ONE YOU COULD EXPERIENCE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. THE TREE`S STOOD STILL AND NOT A SINGLE LEAF DANCED, AS TIME CEASED TO BE AN ELEMENT. ALL THE SORROW, THE PAIN AND NEGATIVITY IN THE WORLD WAS AT PEACE FOR ONE SECOND. FOGOTTEN. ELIMINATED. A NEW LIFE HAD BEGUN, AND THE BEAUTY OF THIS CHILD WAS THAT OF THE LIFE THE CHILD WOULD LIVE. PERFECT. -AOIFEROSE O`BRIEN
ESSENTIAL OILS – PART 2 y, how the month has flown! I hope shopping bills have decreased and homes are filled with gentle aromas following last month’s Essential oils - Part 1. I have been busy launching my Skincare line in Health Shops all over the South East. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by essential oils all the time. Today I made a batch of Antiageing facial oil. It is almost good enough to eat with oils of Rose, Palmerosa, Frankincense and Benzoin. You can buy some in Evolv in Enniscorthy and in Only Natural in Wexford Town. Mrs. Bee’s Healthy Options and Smallchanges in Gorey stock it too. I can’t talk about using Essential oils in Skincare without mentioning Holos Skincare from Nature, a range I have created, made with pure essential oils and other natural ingredients. If you like aromatic cleansers, facewashes, face creams, exfoliants, hand creams and oils, you should check it out. My favourite Essential oils for skin are Rose, Frankincense and Palmerosa. They are the core oils of the Love Your Skin line in the Holos range. You can add any of these essential oils to your skincare regime by placing drops in your own skincare products. The products need to be fragrance free and as natural as possible so that the essential oils will be absorbed. Because the molecules in essential oils are so tiny, they can be absorbed into the skin and so benefit the skin. If you purchase a bottle of rose essential oil in your local health shop, you can add a drop to your moisturiser before you massage it into your skin. Rose is good for dry and mature skins, it also helps to bring down any red inflamed areas and it smells divine. Adding a drop of frankincense to a plain moisturiser and dabbing around the eyes will make a lovely eye cream. In Aromatherapy Frankincense is believed to be a lovely antiwrinkle cream. It is believed that Cleopatra used Frankincense! It has certainly been found in the pyramids of Egypt so it may indeed be true! Palmerosa is a wonderfully hydrating essential oil so a drop of this for hydration of the skin and for giving it that healthy glow. To wake up the body and to enhance circulation of the skin, citrus oils are best. You could place a drop of Lemon, Orange or Grapefruit in your body lotion. Grapefruit is said to work on cellulite. Essential oils are probably best known for their use in
Aromatherapy massage. They are mixed with carrier oils like Sweet Almond, Coconut, Grapeseed or another vegetable oil. I use a mix of Lavender, Chamomile and Rose for relaxation when clients come for a relaxing distress Massage. I use Lemon, Grapefruit and Geranium when they want to be energised. These blends form the basis of Holos Good Night and Good Morning Body oils. For sore tense muscles, I use Black pepper, Ginger and Marjoram. These will warm up the muscles and encourage circulation. The oils combined with massage are a recipe for perfection and will transport you off to another land. If you are not lucky enough to have a massage therapist or a willing partner at your disposal, taking a little time to massage the oils in yourself will still be of benefit. Remember never to use the essential oils neat, they have to be diluted in a carrier oil such as the ones I suggested above. In 50ml of a carrier oil, you can use up to 30 drops of essential oil. Essential oils are not only beneficial for the skin, they are also excellent for the hair. You can place 100 drops of essential oil into a 250ml bottle of natural, unfragranced shampoo and shake, or as you pour the shampoo on your hand, you can place 5 drops into it and massage into the hair. Another way of introducing essential oils to the hair is to do a treatment. Use a carrier oil, coconut is lovely for hair. Drop 2-3 drops of essential oil into 5ml of coconut oil and massage into the hair and scalp. Leave for a few hours or even overnight and then wash as normal. Lavender is a great all rounder essential oil for the hair and is good for all types. Rosemary is beneficial for oily hair, Sandlewood for dry hair. A blend of Lavender and Rosemary is good for dandruff, and Lavender and geranium for normal hair. Just think of how gorgeous you will smell after all of this! As an anti- lice spray for kiddies going to school, I mix 50ml of water with 30 drops altogether of teatree, Lavender, Geranium, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. Use 6 drops of each essential oil and store in an amber bottle in a cool dark place. Spray on your child’s hair going to school every day. They will smell great and be protected. When you think first aid, you think bandages and savlon. I think teatree, lavender and lemon. When a cut needs to be cleaned I add a drop of teatree onto a wet cotton pad and clean the cut. You can place teatree on a cotton bud and dab on a spot or coldsore to help kill it off. Make sure that
you only dab on the affected area as teatree will burn unaffected skin. For minor cuts that are bleeding, I use a cotton pad dabbed with neat lemon oil to help coagulate the blood and stop the bleeding. When I get a burn I literally pour neat Lavender onto the burn and it speeds up the healing process and also helps to ease the pain of the burn. In fact in 1910, a French Chemist called Gattefosse badly burned his arm in his laboratory, his instant reaction was to plunge his arm into the closest liquid he could find, It happened to be a vat of pure Lavender. He was amazed at the effects the Lavender had and so Modern day Aromatherapy was born! Essential oils had been around for a long time at that stage but had lost notoriety with the invention of synthetic versions of oils. These synthetic versions had none of the benefits of the real thing and people not knowing the difference between the two, lost faith in Essential oils. Gattefosse dedicated his work to rebuilding that trust in Essential oils again. I am very thankful for that! Lavender is a very versatile Essential oil and has so many uses. I have outlined some above and in last month’s article but one thing I haven’t mentioned is its use for headaches. Place 2 drops in 1 ml of carrier oil, olive oil from the cupboard will do, and massage into the temples. If you feel hot as well as having a head ache, use peppermint in place of Lavender. Essential oils have endless uses and once you start using them, you won’t want to go back. The ones that no home should be without are Teatree because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties and use on cuts, spots, coldsores, and in cleaning products. Lavender is a must to help you with sleep and distressing, for burns and for general skin healing. Eucalyptus is a necessary one for the colds and sinus problems of the Irish household. All the others mentioned will enrich your life and if nothing else will at least make your life aromatic!
By Niamh Hogan 086 3183369 www.holos.ie Facebook – Holos health and wellbeing Twitter – @Niamhhogan Niamh
South East of Ireland and is a Natural Health