Mother Nature constistently provides us with everything we need to survive well, with food, clean air and water, the means to make shelter and keep warm and the cures for most of what ails us, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I believe that everything we need to create, maintain and sustain good, healthy life is already right here on our planet and in our seas, in the form of plant and marine life, some of which we don't yet know the power of, in its ability to support our health. It's truly exciting - what we have yet to discover about what's already here to help us.
Aromatherapy & Herbal Medicine have been in existence for thousands of years. In its earliest form, aromatic fumigations were used in rituals such as funerals and religious ceremonies, back in the ancient world. The Egyptians were using aromatic medicine at least six thousand years ago. The ancient Greeks used plants and flowers for medicinal purposes and they went on to document the knowledge it gave them, much of which is still relevant to the use of aromatherapy today. Before the advent of the big drug boom, millions of people all over the world were successfully treating a raft of complaints and illnesses with natural remedies.
It's important to appreciate that since the body is self-healing, Complementary Therapies are not cures. They are reminders to the brain and body, triggering a perhaps forgotten but immensely powerful self-healing response.
Acne, psoriasis, eczema or rosacea are just some examples of the kind of conditions that aromatherapy can successfully treat and help manage. This is relevant to sleep because prolonged poor sleep is closely linked to skin disorders, which are our main baromater of health.
Aromatherpy & Herbs work synergistically; each provides not only its own powerful healing properties but also works to enhance the therapeutic benefits of each of the others. The whole becomes more than the sum of its parts, and what that produces is a treatment product that can significantly improves the skin from the inside out.
At one time or another, most of us will experience some form of mild digestive dysfunction, maybe something bowel-related, such as diarrhoea or constipation, or stomachic, like indigestion, heartburn or acid reflux. Often it's just the result of something disagreeable, different or spicy we've eaten. But for too many people, digestive problems are chronic, and most don't realise that there is a direct link to how well they sleep!
Complementary therapies can alleviate a raft of digestive issues which can be a very complex area of dysfunction. Please click the button below to find out more.
A raft of illnesses and diseases fall into the category of having inflammation at their core or as exacerbating factors. Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, asthma, allergies, autoimmune diseases, headaches, sinusitis, tonsillitis, infections and the heart, to name a few. The body's immune response takes care of us, but sometimes when it has been compromised, it needs a little help, and drugs are not always the best - or preferred - way of tackling different inflammatory issues. That's where complementary therapies can provide targeted effective support and also help to promote better sleep so the body has the best chance of repair.
Many people are taking different medications that are no longer working effectively for them, if they ever really worked at all. Prescription painkillers, sleeping tablets, antidepressants, blood pressure or cholseterol medicines are taken in huge quanitites by people who don;t want to be taking them anymore. But in many cases they don't know what else to do, or they are afraid to stop taking them because they don't know what might happen if they do.
A lot of medications interfere directly or indirectly with sleep quality.
There is no point in taking medicines that don't work, or make people feel worse. Complementary therapies can provide support to come off these drugs.
Hormones run riot at different times in our lives. Women in particular notice very definite changes in their hormone levels at puberty, when pregnant, menstruating and as they go through perimenopause and menopause proper. The effects are sometimes physically difficult to manage and can also be incredibly taxing emotionally.
Sleep is the biggest casualty in fluctuating hormones. But it is also the biggest help in hormone regulation and healing the mind and body from the fatige associated with hormonal fluctuation.
Complementary therapies can play a huge supportive role in maintaining hormonal stability, elevating mood, and alleviating physical symptoms.
Stress is the Number One killer in the western world, and has been for some time. Modern life for many people means they'e in a constant state of stress, without enough of a chance to truly relax, unwind, and disengage from everything they have to deal with in day-to-day life. When an extra stressful event occurs, the brain and body can be ill-equipped to deal with it, and stress overload isn't far behind.
Stress adversely affects physical and mental health and actively prevents people from sleeping, but ironically it is sleep that acts as the most effective weapon against it!
Complementary therapies provide good support in calming a stressed and overloaded mind and body.