Last Posted: 10-Mar-2018 | Total Posts: 24
Last Posted: 10-Mar-2018 | Total Posts: 24
Im Sharen Turner a fully qualified Aromatherapist & Feng Shui consultant, and the founder of Secret Scent. I started at SYAMA – Sunrise Yoga and Meditation Academy, as I wanted to further my knowledge for both my modalities Aromatherapy & Feng Shui. Learning more about chakras, yin & yang yoga terms, elements within the body to help with my Aromatic blending & Feng Shui consultations.
I wasn’t much of a yogi but more a yoga latte, after my first SYAMA experience I discovered “santosa” contentment, being at peace with what is, which immediately become something I wanted to create in my life & in my yoga practice to help others, so I designed a blend which did just that, Santosa .
I became addicted to YOGA as I loved the people & the practice as well as what it taught me spiritually & mentally, and to become disciplined for which I am very grateful.
Chakras are the energy centres in our body, energy is “VIBRATION” also known as chi in Feng Shui & each essential oil has a chakra & colour vibration.
Essential oils are used to enhance the vibration of your intentions through physical senses of touch & smell, by adding the ritual of anointing the body with the essential oils it enhances our intentions. Eg if your intention is HEART centred, you would apply the Om blend to empower your intention, the scent would be a physical reminder to help manifest your heart s desire.
How it works is the Aroma enters your nose travels through the cranial nerve to the olfactory bulb which is part of the limbic system “ the emotional centre of the brain” which activates a positive connection “ trigger response “ to your intention and is activated once re applying in future a positive emotional experience into your conscious awareness by recalling the original aroma, it triggers” the set intention which can impact mood & behaviour.
So yoga lovers as you enter a calmer more relaxed & contented yoga practice by applying the essential oils it will not only raise your vibration but also initiate an associated learning experience. So next time you apply this same oil blend the aromatic scent will bring you back to the mood you experienced at Govinda valley in tonight practice.
Winter time is the Yin time of year in Feng Shui, a time for stillness, hibernation, recovery & nurturing whilst earth rests and prepares to sustain life for another year. It is the perfect time to create a harmonius home so the home will support you in staying grounded and joyful throughout the season.
Cold weather, short days, long nights, winter is the darkest season very Yin. The universe’s energy has shifted. Feng shui tips for winter, cook warm healthy soups, enjoy aromatherapy baths & relaxing massages, keep warm with a fire place, clear out the clutter, get rid of stagnant negative energy & let go of the old to create the new chi to flow freely
According to FENG SHUI, the balance of YIN and YANG energies is an important goal in our homes to feel at peace. So when we enter this time of the year AUTUMN that is more YIN (cold, still, and dark) we crave the balance of YANG (warm, active, and bright).
Autumn is governed by the element of METAL which is a cold and contracting energy associated with creativity, communication, inspiration and symbols. The emotion associated with metal is grief.
Because the YANG energies are now weakening and the chi is now YIN in nature, it is a perfect time to gather in your energy, reflect and SLOW down!
YANG denotes birth and rising to maturity, whilst YIN represents a declining phase. It can be clearly seen with the changing of the seasons; the YANG phase brings birth during spring and major growth during summer. The yin phase of AUTUMN and winter see a decline, in order for life to start over again.
Secret Scent - nuturing your body and the environment.
Secret Scent, an Australian owned, aromatherapy-based business proudly hand make
all their products without any harsh chemicals that can potentially poison your body
and the environment.
POINTS TO CONSIDER:
The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals - more than a chemistry lab at the turn of
the century. We put many of these products in our hair, on our face and skin, which is our largest
organ. Is it any wonder the incidences of allergies and diseases such as cancer are skyrocketing?
birth defects. Do we really know what the long term outcome of having all these chemicals in
our household and toiletry bag is going to be?
HERE’S JUST SOME OF THE CHEMICALS FOUND IN REGULAR SHAMPOOS/CLEANSERS:
Sodium Laurel Sulfate Used to degrease car engines Carcinogen, toxin, genetic mutagen
Propylene Glycol Main ingredient in anti-freeze Throat irritation, kidney problems,
necrosis (cell death). If swallowed,
can serious health problems,
Parabens A common ingredient in Can mimic the hormone oestrogen,
many beauty products which is known to play a role in the
development of breast cancers.
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) report into chemicals used in personal care
“continual introduction of these benzoates (parabens) into sewage treatment systems and directly to
recreational waters from the skin leads to the question of risk to aquatic organisms.”
Scientists in Europe have found other endocrine-disrupting body care chemicals in the bodies of
fish that humans are eating, and in human breast milk.
All of Secret’s Scent’s products are 100% natural.
PURE HEART YOGA RETREAT -FRANCE blog about Secret Scent 5 WAYS TO CREATE BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE WITH AROMATHERAPY
5 ways to create
Balance in Your Life - Week 1
Over the next 5 weeks my Blog will cover “5 Ways to Create Balance in your Life” with a new topic each week. The turmoil of life; within us, around us and far reaching can often cause us to feel overwhelmed and unbalanced. Join me for the next 5 weeks as we look at ways we can bring Balance into our lives and those around us.
Having Balance in our lives can be challenging as we juggle work and/or study deadlines, the myriad of activities in a household at any one time, not to mention the endless list racing through our mind. This outer world busyiness can also affect our inner world, causing an imbalance with our emotional and spiritual self.
Creating balance of body/mind will not happen by just wishing for it. Instead it takes conscious effort to look for and work with tools that can support us in our efforts to create the changes that will bring us a greater sense of balance.
As an avid user of Essential Oils in my home, for myself and my children this is probably a good place to start.
- ©Essential Oils/Aromatherapy
- Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy using Essential Oils to help improve the quality of life on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Essential Oils have the power to influence your moods and feelings and are increasingly being explored by the scientific community for the treatment of a variety of diseases.
- Introducing Essential Oils into your life can be as simple as spraying a room with a wonderfully aromatic scent, or perhaps a few drops onto a tissue and tucked under your pillow for a calm night sleep. Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years for a multitude of purposes and it is fantastic to see a resurgence of these oils as an option for our wellbeing and health. Our grandmothers ironed bed linen with lavender spray to help remove wrinkles and scent the linen as it was also believed to deter moths in the cupboards. And, medicinal gardens can still be found today around old hospitals and monasteries where the essential oils extracted from the plants were used for health and wellbeing.
- As with so many things in our lives today, the choice of brands and then types of oils is immense. But most of the hard work has been done for us, as we can buy pure Essential Oils for specific purposes complete with explanations and Blends for all situations. Whatever you are looking for: Balance, Bliss, Calm, Energy, Focus, Confidence… it is there in a little bottle of oil and it truly works.
- Over the years I have used a number of Essential Oils but two that I can highly recommend are Secret Scents Aromatherapy and Neal’s Yard Remedies. I have used Secret Scents for many, many years whilst living in Australia, and more recently Neal’s Yard now that I am in France. They are both family run businesses but more importantly they are fully transparent in what their products contain.
- Secret Scent Aromatherapy provides 100% natural skin care and therapeutic products and each item in the Secret Scent Aromatherapy range is hand blended by leading and highly qualified Aromatherapist, Sharen Turner, in Sydney Australia.
- Neal’s Yard Remedies list online all the ingredients used in their products, also benefits and uses, with a product range that includes skincare & wellbeing.
- Below are a few Blends that can assist with bringing Balance into our life.
- Sharen from Secret Scent Aromatherapy has blended Bergamot, Neroli, and Rose Geranium together perfectly in a ready to use vial called Balance – or you can grab your own personal supply in a handy roll on pen that you can apply directly to your own pulse points (temples and wrists) in times of stress. This gorgeous blend will help bring balance to you and those around you.
- A beautiful new addition to Secret Scents range is the Yin & Yang Blends. The Yang oil is used when you feel lethargic, weak, or fatigued. Essential oils of Cypress, Petitgrain, Spearmint & Kaffir Lime. The Yin oil when you feel nervous, stressed or anxious. Essential oils of Patchouli , Pine, Geranium & Vetiver.
- I love any Essential blend with Geranium and the Women’s Balance from Neal’s Yard Remedies as well as being for imbalances during menstruation and menopause, will generally take the edge off your emotions giving you inner clarity and poise. Ideal for vaporisation and can be used diluted on the skin, containing Rose and Geranium.
- Looking forward to seeing you again next week as we explore how we can use our Breath to help bring Balance to our body, mind and spirit.
5 ways to create
Balance in Your Life - Week 2
I hope you have had a wonderful week enjoying the benefits of Essential Oils and discovered some favourites that work well for you. Today we are looking at the Breath and how we can use our Breath to bring Balance into our life and those around us.
Breath is life, and without it we have no life. But just as importantly is the ‘quality’ of our Breath which we will cover in this blog. Over the past week if you didn’t use your Essential Oils in a diffuser or burner you have missed out on an amazing experience of breathing in the wellbeing of the air around you.
Let’s do a quick exercise using an Essential Oil in either a diffuser or oil burner. If you don’t have either of these place a few drops of Essential Oil into a bowl of warm water and place your face near the bowl to breathe in the vapour.
Begin inhaling and travel with the breath, in through the nose, down the back of the throat and deep into the abdomen – that spot behind your naval, from the navel to the ribs, allowing the breath to expand the diaphragm, the upper chest the sternum, and finally into the collarbones as they lift gently.
Exhale by reversing this action; contract your abdominal muscles as you exhale from the abdomen slowly, releasing the breath from the upper chest, ribcage, diaphragm and feel the warm air leaving your nostrils.
You can place your right hand on your abdomen and your left hand on your rib cage to help direct the breath on its journey.
Can you feel a shift in your overall being? Or perhaps a sense of peace as your heartbeat slows and the harsh edges of life soften. That is your Breath bringing in that shift and Balance back into your life.
Recent studies have shown that a three part deep breath, rather than a shallow breath, allows you to take in and give out seven times as much air—that means seven times as much oxygen, seven times as much prana, and a more energised and balanced you. And without being really conscious of it, because you are focusing on a deeper breath, you have found your mindful breath.
But what is mindful breathing? Being mindful of your breath simply means observing and opening your awareness to your breath: to your breathing in and your breathing out, without controlling or judging it in any way, letting it be.
Becoming aware of our mindful breath, allows us to more easily focus on our breath in daily activities of life. It will assist with managing stress, increases the self-awareness of your mind and body, improves your emotional wellbeing and relaxes the body, allowing you a more ‘’restful’’ sleep.
When you begin to practice mindful breathing it is best to take yourself to a quiet place and close your eyes, so you can focus on your breath without any distractions. After some practice you will find it is like second nature.
I found I could take my mindful breath practice outside when I was in a queue at the supermarket. I would move myself into Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and find something ahead to focus on and just go with the breath.
It’s as if you just ‘click into’ mindfulness mode and then you can expand your mindfulness to anything that you wish. It’s a wonderful process and journey of re-discovering your body, reconnecting with your mind and rejuvenating your spirit.
Mindfulness Breath brings Balance back into your life. Once you have begun to look for more Balance in your life, you begin to find that your perspective on situations outside your control has a whole new outlook. Predicaments that appeared overwhelming suddenly are no longer important, something someone said that really annoyed you, and you couldn’t let go, is longer even an issue.
On the other side of the coin, people and situations that you should focus on have more clarity and you can see the relevance. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and your feel a shift of burden off your shoulders. The clarity of mind, that mindful breathing brings, enables you to see a clearer picture, the big picture without the haze and noise.
Enjoy delving into the Balance of your Breath over the next few days and I look forward to bringing the next chapter of our series, unfolding the joys of Relaxation – predominantly around the bathroom and bathtub – my most favourite way to relax!
- ©Relax – in the bathtub
- ©Yoga and Meditation
Sharen Turner discovered aromatherapy whilst travelling in Africa in the late 80s. An African friend of hers was growing roses to make essential oil and Sharen was intrigued.
“It started as a hobby making foot cream whilst studying podiatry, then a few friends asked me to make a spritzer and my interest grew.”
Her travels took her to London where Sharen stayed to study aromatherapy in earnest.
On her return to Australia in the mid 1990s Sharon established Secret Scents Aromatherapy, turning her passion for aromatherapy into a successful business.
“Now I have over 65 aromatherapy products for sale. The products are made of the highest quality carrier oils, the purest essential oils, natural extracts and floral waters.”
Secret Scents Aromatherapy has been a vehicle for Sharen to turn another of her passions, feng shui, into a flourishing business venture. Based on the ancient Chinese art of harnessing positive energy known as chi, feng shui is about harmonising your life with your environment.
Sharen offers feng shui consultations, advising clients on how to bring positive energy to their home and office environment. She walks the talk and has used the principles of feng shui in her own life and in the development of Secret Scents.
“Things just slowly fell into place with good feng shui as I needed them to happen.”
Sharen always aims for a feng shui balance, and makes sure she has time to indulge in her other interests. She loves dips in the ocean, beachside yoga, food, wine and good coffee.
Like the sensible business woman that she is, Sharen outsourced those things that she found the most challenging in the development of Secret Scents Aromatherapy. She hired another ShireWomen business member, Trina Johnson of Fruitful Creative, to design product labels and the Secret Scents Aromatherapy website.
Sharen’s advice for others considering starting a business is“love what you do, and you’ll never feel like you’re at work!”
YIN AND YANG PRINCIPALS
In еѕѕеnсе, Yіn/Yаng аrе rеlаtіvе tеrmѕ uѕеd tо dеѕсrіbе еvеrуthіng in уоur lіfе. Everything in nature, аrоund уоu аnd in уоu, hаѕ thеѕе energies. Nоthіng is purely Yin оr Yаng but соntаіnѕ bоth еnеrgіеѕ іn vаrуіng аmоuntѕ. Yоu cannot hаvе оnе wіthоut thе оthеr. Neither оnе іѕ bеttеr, wіth bоth bеіng needed fоr bаlаnсе аnd wеll-bеіng. Thе bаѕіс іdеа of Yin/Yang іѕ that the оnlу соnѕtаnt іn your wоrld іѕ continual change. In оthеr words, nоthіng remains the ѕаmе; no dіѕеаѕе, nо condition, nо emotion, absolutely еvеrуthіng іѕ соntіnuаllу сhаngіng. In thе ѕаmе wау, Yin/Yang are in a natural соnѕtаnt state оf сhаngе, complementing аnd presenting opposing forces to each оthеr.
Yіn еnеrgу mаіntаіnѕ аnd endures, іt is nоurіѕhіng and ѕuрроrtѕ growth and development. Rеflесtіоn аnd ѕtіllnеѕѕ сrеаtе Yіn еnеrgу. Yang еnеrgу іѕ creative and gеnеrаtіng, іt dеvеlорѕ аnd еxраndѕ; it іѕ aggressive, dynamic аnd full of movement. The роwеr оf Yаng еnеrgу іѕ whаt drives сrеаtіvіtу. Passion аnd fire fuеl Yang energy. Thе Yin/Yang еnеrgіеѕ within your bоdу and within each organ need tо bе bаlаnсеd fоr уоur bоdу to funсtіоn іn hаrmоnу. If thеrе is an іmbаlаnсе wіth your body’s systems, wіth еіthеr too much Yіn or tоо muсh Yang, уоu wіll experience dіѕhаrmоnу оr dіѕ-еаѕе. Tо асhіеvе wеllnеѕѕ, you need tо bаlаnсе work (уаng) аnd play (уіn); аnd іndulgеnсе (уіn) аnd discipline (уаng).
Yin and Yang oil is a product of Feng Shui consultations. Uѕе thіѕ Yіn оіl whеn you feel nervous, ѕtrеѕѕеd оr аnxіоuѕ оr tо bаlаnсе аnу excess уаng іn thе mind/body. It іѕ an еѕѕеntіаl оіl of раtсhоulі, pine, gеrаnіum & vеtіvеr infused in jоjоbа oil. Uѕе thіѕ Yang оіl when you feel lеthаrgіс, weak, fаtіguеd or thе nееd tо bаlаnсе any еxсеѕѕ Yіn in thе bоdу/mіnd. It Is аn essential оіl of cypress, реtіtgrаіn, ѕреаrmіnt & kaffir lіmе іnfuѕеd іn jojoba оіl.
Arоmаthеrару іѕ a routine of utіlіzіng thе frаgrаnt оіlѕ which hаvе bееn rеfіnеd frоm рlаnt rооtѕ tо саuѕе a fееlіng of well bеіng bоth рhуѕісаllу аnd mеntаllу. Arоmаthеrару takes аdvаntаgе оf thе basic humаn instinct tо treat dіѕеаѕеѕ, рrоvіdе well bеіng, ѕkіn саrе аnd rеlаxаtіоn. It can be ѕееn as thе thеrареutіс uѕе of essential оіlѕ fоr рrеvеntіоn аnd/оr аuxіlіаrу and positive trеаtmеnt оf physical, рѕусhоlоgісаl аnd еnеrgеtіс рrоblеmѕ. Thе true Arоmаthеrару соnѕіѕtѕ оn thе thеrареutіс application of 100% essential оіlѕ іn bаthѕ, massages, compresses, dіffuѕіоnѕ, іntеrnаl use, еtс.
Aссоrdіng to "The Illuѕtrаtеd Enсусlореdіа оf Eѕѕеntіаl Oіlѕ", thе fаvоrеd tесhnіԛuе оf аrоmа thеrаріѕtѕ is the mаѕѕаgе, bесаuѕе it еnѕurеѕ that the оіlѕ аrе absorbed in thе ѕkіn аnd іntо thе blооd ѕtrеаm. Arоmаthеrару еmрhаѕіzеѕ the importance of rubbіng the oil іn the ѕkіn. Arоmаthеrару is known fоr bringing well-being and stress rеlіеvе tо реорlе, but thіѕ is only оnе оf its роѕѕіblе benefits. Thіѕ thеrару саn аffесt thе body сhеmіѕtrу; thе emotions аnd аttіtudеѕ; and thе аbіlіtу оf the body to function. Some other activity with closely related effect on the human system are Yoga and Tai Chi.
Therapeutical uѕеѕ fоr Aromatherapy include reduction оf раіn, іnflаmmаtіоnѕ аnd ѕраѕmѕ, Stіmulаtіоn оf thе іmmunе ѕуѕtеm, hormone рrоduсtіоn аnd blood сіrсulаtіоn, Skіn infections, Hеаl of rеѕріrаtоrу аnd digestive problems, Emоtіоnаl рrоblеmѕ, lіkе dерrеѕѕіоn аnd panic.
Feng Shui your workspace.
By Danielle Tinkler.
Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Schway) is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging the physical objects in your environment to attract positive energy, which then attracts the flow of chi (life force energy) within a space. Establishing and maintaining good feng shui in any business location means that there is a better chance of productivity, profit, and overall smooth sailing within work relationships – be it amongst your staff, or with your customers / clients.
Sharen Turner – business owner, Aromatherapist, and experienced Feng Shui practitioner gives us the low down on how you can make a few subtle changes around your office or workspace to attract this positive energy yourself, and make your business benefit in the process. We’ve put together a helpful list of do’s and don’ts that are super-easy to implement, and I bet there are somethings you might never have even realised!
When choosing the location for your workspace, you must be mindful of your own first impressions. Your location has to simply “feel right”. Are you immediately comfortable in that environment, or does it bring you down by being a bit dull and dreary? Obviously you have to be open to the space’s potential, but don’t get swept away with the excitement of finding a new place. Make sure that you remain judgemental, and look at all of the pros and cons objectively.
Busy streets are ideal for any business that deals directly with the public, while quieter streets, and the rear of buildings are better options for those that require good concentration and high productivity.
When you display your company logo or your motto, never position this down low or on the floor as it is symbolically not good at all. You don’t want to be constantly walked over in business, but instead you want your business to be held in high regard – so therefore, you need your logo to be positioned this way also.
A clock above the front entrance reminds staff to be on time, and should also keep appointments with clients running smoothly as well. You should aim to have a good balance of ying and yang when decorating your workspace – by this we mean balance light and dark colours, soft and hard surfaces, and smooth and rough textures within your furnishings. Add natural elements wherever you can, such as plants, and natural sunlight. And avoid placing mirrors in your office, as these can reflect negative energy from your clients and then project these vibes onto you and your colleagues.
Remember your back at all times, as this represents support. You should always have a comfortable chair with a high back for good support. Uncomfortable or flimsy chairs are not good for the long term health of your back, neck and shoulders. Sitting with your back to a wall also promotes a supportive work environment.
Try to sit in the corner that is farthest from the entrance, as this indicates a commanding position (the best positon for the boss or leader to be in). Do not sit with your back to a door or a window, especially if you conduct your business from home – as symbolically, work and money is said to come to you through a door. Don’t arrange your workspace so that you look directly towards a corridor, stairs, or the toilet, as the positive energy can flow right away from you in this case.
Don’t sit at your computer with bad lighting as this won’t be productive at all, but also (and surprisingly) don’t place your desk underneath a skylight – as this will disperse the chi straight up through it.
And lastly, de-clutter
Make sure that you keep all electrical cords to your office equipment well hidden, as this eliminates clutter and encourages the free flow of chi. A big de-clutter is the original rule for feng shui, as this helps ensure that your office functions well, and the chi flows well to enhance performance.
So it seems that organisation and a tidy space really is the key to the positive flow of chi.
“When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for good, orderly direction to enter” – Julia Cameron
Sharen Turner is a qualified Aromatherapist and Feng Shui Practitioner boasting skills, training and experience that has spanned over 18 years, both in Australia and abroad.
Based in the southern suburbs of Sydney, this “urban bohemian” thrives on the values of honesty, integrity, and giving back to the community. Her favourite things include ocean dips to cleanse the aura, quality coffee to start the day, and of course, her mum!
For more info on the principles of Feng Shui and its benefits, you can get in touch with Sharen via her website – right here at Secret Scent Aromatherapy.
Rosehip Oil and Facial Products
Rosehip Oil - Simply the worlds best beauty product.
My beauty routine has changed a lot over the years. I don't know about you, but I find after a period of time using the same products on my skin, my skin turns a little dull... It's like my skin is bored. It's gotten all too used to the current regime, and needs to be shaken up a little.
I blame this on the seasons, I blame it on my hormones, and sometimes I blame it on my age. But one thing is for sure, no matter how much I swap and change my products about there is always one thing that remains as my staple - and that is Rosehip Oil.
Rosehip Oil is my never fail, multi use little magical potion that works wonders for men and women of any age. I started seeing the wonders of Rosehip Oil after a 2 year stint working as the practice nurse in a cosmetic surgery clinic in my mid 20's. After learning about and treating such a myriad of skin conditions during my time in this role, there was always one product that I would swear by - Rosehip Oil. Aside from surgery, or quite costly and timely non-surgical cosmetic procedures, Rosehip Oil was the one do-it-yourself treatment that would get quality results with just about any condition our clients could throw at us.
Originating in Chile, and made from the actual berry-like (fruit) bud that gets left behind after the petals fall from the wild rose bush; Rosehip Oil is an organic product that is rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9), as well as powerful antioxidants.
So what can Rosehip Oil do?
Quite simply, with regular use Rosehip Oil makes your skin just glow - like a well hydrated dew drop.
It helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
It hydrates and moisturises.
It helps even up skin tone, and keeps it firm.
It is particularly good at lightening and fading stretch marks, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, burns caused by laser marks, and some scarring.
It helps heal sun burn and sun damage by encouraging skin cell regeneration and repair.
Rosehip Oil helps balance oily or combination skins, and reduces any greasiness.
How does it actually work?
As mentioned earlier, Rosehip Oil is jam packed full of powerful, organic goodness, including:
Linolenic Acid - known as Omega 3, which is a fatty acid required for the proper structure of our skin cell membranes, and helps provide essential moisture to the skin.
Linoleic Acid - known as Omega 6, which is an essential fatty acid that helps provide a natural barrier to external environmental damage.
Oleic Acid - which is known as Omega 9, a fatty acid that helps repair damage to the tissues, and then regenerate the damaged skin - improving the overall skin condition.
Then we get the bonus of Rosehip Oil being one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C available, plus also a natural source of Vitamin A - both being antioxidants that can neutralise or inhibit the destruction caused by many of the free radicals that can harm our skin cells, simply as a result of modern living. Vitamin A is also listed as probably the most important ingredient when it comes to anti aging - and yet it occurs in Rosehip Oil naturally.
And the best way to use it?
Rosehip Oil is absorbed more effectively on damp skin, so I suggest using a gorgeous face spray such as Secret Scent Aromatherapy's Rose Water and Cucumber Facial Spritz. This can also help with balancing combination skin such as an oily T-zone.
Once your face has been spritzed and hydrated, place a drop of Rosehip oil on the fingertip pads of your pointer, middle and ring fingers (less than 0.5ml total). Touch your fingertips together, and then lightly dab the oil to the face starting on the forehead then working down to the sides of the eyes, under the eyes and across the nose, down the cheeks, sides of mouth, chin, and finally to the neck.
When the skin is damp the oil will blend and absorb in a more even fashion, which is why a little bit can go quite a long way. Rosehip Oil is a great alternative to many facial serums, and a much more cost effective option too - which is always a plus - so it makes sense to use it in the same way.
After the spritz and oil combo has absorbed a little (which is probably less than about 30seconds), you can apply your favourite day cream - I just can't go past Secret Scent's Facial Cream featuring a little blend of Neroli, Sandalwood and Lavender. With just the right amount of hydration for the day it creates a soft and supple base for my make up.
Or for ultra hydration, do this as a night-time ritual also using Secret Scent's Ginseng Night Repair Cream. Which is a highly concentrated intensive moisturiser that is enriched with even a little more Rosehip Oil in its base - giving you the added benefits of cell repair and renewal while you sleep.
The benefits of this wonderful oil just don't end at the face either. It helps with healing body scars, minor cuts, it strengthens fingernails, and it can help nourish your hair - but that's a whole other story.
For now, I'm just obscessed with the facial benefits it provides - which is why I go to the extent of saying again and again, that Rosehip Oil simply is the worlds best beauty product.
FENG SHUI HOUSE NUMBERS
To find out your house number add all digits together to form one numeral, e.g.: if your house number is 313, add 3 + 1 + 3 = 7
Of course, these are just the basic interpretations of house numbers in Feng Shui. An experienced feng shui consultant can read specific energy patterns from the combination of your house numbers. If you have house number 4, don't panic! Please do not interpret the meaning of numbers directly, rather they can be looked at as a part of the overall Feng Shui of your house.
WHAT DOES YOUR HOUSE NUMBER MEAN IN FENG SHUI?
1 - Independence, new beginnings, oneness with life, self development, freshness
2 - Good for two people, balance of yin & yang, peace & harmony, co-operation, stability
3 - Trinity, mind, body & spirit, expansion, self expression
4 - Death, ending, completion. Four sacred directions (American Indian)
5 - Free, active, physical, energetic, adventure, transformation
6 - Self harmony, compassion, love, arts, practicality
7 - Inner life, mystical number, chakras, personal growth, solitude
8 - Infinity, material prosperity, abundance, flowing chi, blessings
9 - Humanitarianism, completion, wisdom, gratitude