Aromatherapy is an element of spa that is relatively easy to transport into every day life, but all those little bottles of potent elixirs lined up in the shops can seem a little confusing – how exactly is one supposed to use them? We don’t all have time to infuse deep bathtubs with sensuous smells – some of us have jobs, children, and sock drawers to tidy up!
The truth of the matter is that aromatherapy oils can actually be used in hundreds of different ways and Swiss Brand Nahrin provides a collection of ultimate convenience – with something for times when we have hours to spend luxuriating in the bath and times when we are running out the door for fear of missing the train to work – all with the added smug factor – it’s organic.
Wake-up call: Geranium oil has a potent, floral smell similar to the glass houses at Kew Gardens, which stimulates the adrenal cortex and the lymphatic system – so basically it gives you a bit of a boost. If you have a lot of time then a few drops in a steam bath are a very nice way to use it, but if like most people you are most in need of a boost early in the morning, the easiest way to use it is by mixing it with a moisturiser or Nahrin’s delicately scented carrier oil and using it as a body lotion after your morning shower. It also has the added bonus of repelling insects and being suitable for all skin types.
Wash ‘n Go: Again, the reality for most people, particularly in the morning, is that there isn’t enough time to soak in the bath or burn a few essential oils to ease you into the day – and this is where ready-to-go products are especially useful to give you five minutes of aromatherapy. A quick wash with Lavender Shower Gel is just the thing … known for its soothing effects, lavender also improves circulation, and in the case of Nahrin’s recipe, witch hazel and wheat germ have also been added to protect and regenerate the skin.
Soothing Soak: When you have a little more time or in particular, after a workout, Nahrin’s PLUS 33+7 essential oil blend provides a particularly good soak in a steam bath. The abundant blend of plant extracts is intended to work all-manner of miracles from improving your circulation to pain relief, aiding digestion, fighting rheumatism and being a mild aphrodisiac as well. However, it is the eucalyptus and peppermint no doubt, that are responsible for that cool tingling feeling on your skin when you emerge from the water, providing a real sense of soothing relaxation in aching muscles. Like other essential oils it can also be used in an incense burner or in an air humidifier or added to a carrier oil as a moisturiser or for massage, but when it comes to aches and pains, there’s nothing like a hot bath to make it work its magic!
Holiday Healer: When you go on holiday oils can be a bit of a faff, so we were particularly keen on Nahrin’s Mango Body Cream – mostly because it smells so good it practically had us salivating – and what better way to smell on holiday than like a human fruit salad? … Nonetheless, mango is moisturising and helps to protect the skin, while the other added ingredients including aloe vera, shea butter and jojoba oil are good for eczema, psoriasis, and contain natural sun protection factors that also support tanning (although
you would still need to use a proper SPF before going out in the sunshine!).
Pedal Perfection: Often neglected when it comes to skincare, but invariably in need of TLC are our feet – perhaps not least of all because it is a bit tricky to find something that really makes a difference to all that hard skin … but tested against the added trials and tribulations of training for a charity run and wandering barefoot along the beach, Nahrin’s Foot Cream came up trumps – characteristically of course, it smells wonderful – clean and fresh thanks to the scotch pine and eucalyptus amongst a host of other ingredients, but importantly our tester’s feet (male since you asked, which really does test the theory) were vastly prettier and better moisturised after use as well!
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