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    boswelliaFrankincense (Boswellia carteri) is a powerful and precious essential oil that is an absolute must at this time of year. It is made from the milky white resin that exudes from small incisions made in the bark of a small African tree. The resin forms in small tear shaped amber coloured drops, that are harvested and distilled into this uniquely scented, pale yellow essence.

    Frankincense essential oil has a wonderfully warm, resinous aroma with a woody base note, a slightly spicy mid note and a lightly citrus top note. It has layers like a fine wine! It also has a huge number of different therapeutic uses.

    Like many oils Frankincense has a highly antiseptic, anti-microbial action, but with a particular empathy with the respiratory tract. It has a gente decongestant, stimulating action on the circulation and the immune system. Its warming and analgesic effects make it terrific for relieving respiratory congestion and muscular pain and tension. It is perfect for respiratory congestion where excess catarrh is an issue and is especially helpful for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colds and flu. It is a key essential oil for people with low immunity, particularly those who feel the cold easily and have poor circulation.

    Frankincense has a wonderfully restorative effect on the skin and is often used in skincare preparations for more mature skin types. It also has wonderful fixative properties, and if included in any blend or perfume, it will help extend the life of the scent.

    Emotionally it has an affinity with people who need comfort and calm, as it encourages deep breathing and relaxation. It is beneficial for nervous anxiety, stress, tension and depression and for those who have become introspective or can’t stop talking. 

    Frankincense oil will surround and comfort you just like a warm hug or a favourite old woolly cardigan.

     

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    carpal tunnelMost of us have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, but not many of us know what it is;

    The carpal tunnel is essentially an archway made of bone. When your palm is face up, the bony arch is upside down, with the top of the arch toward the back of your wrist. Across the bottom open end of the arch, a thickened band of connective tissue (the flexor retinaculum) crosses to close off the arch and create a "tunnel." This tunnel is the pathway for many of the tendons of the forearm flexor muscles (which control hand movement and grip) as they run down from their respective muscles in the forearm and into the fingers and palm. The median nerve also crosses the wrist through the carpal tunnel alongside the tendons.

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    ferrarif430This may come naturally to those who think in visual images, but it is something we should all be practicing when speaking positive affirmations.

    It is most effective when you have a little quiet time and you can sit down, close your eyes and strengthen your words with your senses.

    Let’s use the Ferrari example; Owning a Ferrari may represent the pinnacle of success for some. It may be the only affirmation they ever use because they know that they will only come to own one through reaching monetary wealth. 

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    zodiac_scorpio-yellowAromatherapy Star Sign – Scorpio (23 Oct – 21 Nov)

    Ruler: Mars pluto
    Colour: Scarlet, Red, Rust
    Lucky Stone: Bloodstone
    Element: Water
    Season: Winter
    Essential Oils: Peppermint, Lemon, Chamomile and Lavender
    Positive Qualities of Scorpio: Focus, Self Assurance, Appeal, Magnetism, Robustness, Balanced, Brave, Faithfulness, Strength of intention 
    Negative Qualities of Scorpio: Possessiveness, Impatient, Dominating Behaviour, Cunning, Pitiless, Brutal, Inability to forgive and forget, Strong sense of vengeance. 

    Scorpio Traits: The Scorpio-born are extremely mysterious individuals.

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    stresssymptomsFor many people these two words mean much the same thing, but this is not the case. Stress comes from the pressures we feel in life, as we are pushed by work and other tasks that puts undue pressure on our minds and body.

    Adrenaline ('fight or flight' hormone) is released and extended exposure to the hormone can cause depression, a rise in the blood pressure and other negative changes and effects.

    One of these negative effects is anxiety – a constant feeling of background fear that often seems to be located in or around the solar plexus. With anxiety, this sense of fear is usually accompanied by worry and apprehension, and can cause social withdrawal and nervous over-reactions.

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    anxietyThere are three common behaviours you are likely to be engaging in that impede your healing process and stop you from enjoying life without constant anxiety. Recognising these behaviours is the first step towards ridding yourself of the problems that go with allowing stress to get the upper hand.

    Habitual Negativity.

    When you are constantly negative you tend to have a tendency to see the worst in people, places, situations and things in your life.

    You probably find yourself saying things like "I can't do this!" or "No one understands!" or "Nothing ever works!" 

    You probably don't even realise you're

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    491303_12039776We are living in incredibly difficult times and things are not getting any easier. Life can sometimes seem painful and unfair, yet we struggle on hoping and praying that things will soon get better.

    But the world is becoming more crazy, more uncertain and more stressful. Nothing seems safe anymore. We are in record levels of debt. We are losing our jobs, our homes, our health and our sanity.