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How Aromatherapy can boost your confidence - yes really! xxx

March 16, 2017

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 We really wanted to share this lovely uplifting article is written by Fay Pottinger, co-founder of Scentered Aromatherapy Balms and Candles (scentered.me) as the advice she gives is so simple and so effective.

 

 “Everyone recognises that faltering feeling, a niggle of self-doubt which grows and grows until it starts to feel really uncomfortable. It happens to the best of us, but lack or loss of confidence can be overcome through building self-belief and becoming more comfortable with yourself. At times this might seem really elusive but it’s far easier than you think, and, with a little aromatherapy wisdom, you can be the calmest, most confident person in the room.

 Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilising naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. Sometimes it is called essential oil therapy because, over the centuries, it has been found that particular aromas can have a deeply beneficial effect on our health and well-being.

 Have you ever noticed how the scent of a flower which grew in the garden of your childhood home can take you back in time? Of all the senses, smell can be the most powerful at evoking feelings, emotions and memories.

 Oils that are grounding help us feel stronger and more comfortable in our own skin, promoting feelings of self-confidence and self-esteem. Think warm, woody tones such as sandalwood and cedarwood.

 Citrus oils such as grapefruit and orange are naturally uplifting, boosting our general mood and positivity, which leaves us feeling happier about ourselves. Clary sage and rosemary promotes mental clarity, which reduces negative mental chatter, leading to a stronger sense of purpose, focus and action – great for helping with confident decision making.”

 

Why not try out this exercise as suggested by Fay:

  1. Sit down in a comfortable position on a chair, bench or on the floor, whichever suits you best

  2. Dab your chosen aromatherapy oil onto a tissue placed on your chest and inhale

  3. Take long deep breaths right into your belly and exhale slowly, notice the belly rising and falling with every breath

  4. A slow exhale is important. Common in mindful and yogic breathing techniques, the taking of a short inhale with a longer exhale stimulates the vagus nerve to calm the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) and activates the parasympathetic nervous system to make us feel relaxed

  5. As you start to focus and observe your breath, you will feel more relaxed as your nervous system and your mind starts to calm. Take a couple of minutes just to repeat this until you feel completely distressed and you will be able to focus with confidence on the tasks in hand

 

 

How simple is that?! Why not give it a go?! However busy we are we can all dedicate a minute or two of our day to feeling better!

 

Good luck! Lots of love and kind regards,

Kirst xxx

 

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