Benefits of Stretching

I recently realised that even though I sometimes practice basic yoga positions my body is not as flexible as I would like it to be, over the years I have become aware that there is a slight strain on my muscles if I try to do certain movements for example sitting down with my upper body folded over my legs. So I decided to set myself a little challenge to do the splits 🙂 I will be following the stretches from the Blogilates splits diagram which I’ve found to be very useful.

The benefits of stretching:

Increases flexibility

Improves your posture

Great for stress relief and relaxation

Blood is easier circulated to many parts of the body

Reduces the tension in muscles

Being flexible is a super important part of a healthy lifestyle and it is very easily achieved through consistent practice, I won’t set myself a strict deadline but I hope to be able to comfortably do the splits soon and then gradually move on to other challenging stretches.

                     

Uses for vanilla essential oil

The one that I have is actually blended with jojoba oil and sunflower oil but it still has that sweet vanilla scent when I use it.

Essential oils can literally be added to so many beauty products homemade or not such as:
Shampoo
Conditioner
Deodorant
Moisturiser

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You can add a few drops (5-6) to your bath water for an extra relaxing bath with aromatherapy benefits 🙂 they can also be added to carrier oils if neat and used for body massaging. Essential oils can be mixed in with homemade air fresheners for a light fragrant smell.

There are actually over 90 essential oils each with there own health benefits and they are sold in many shops, this one was from Holland and Barratts for £5.99 the vanilla essential oil has a comforting scent and can reduce the thoughts of stress and anxiety through it’s soothing qualities.

Daily Scalp Massage

Thought I would do a post to raise awareness to National Stress Awareness Day (which is today), it’s something that I find particularly important because getting stressed is so easy but it’s much more difficult to de-stress and find the right balance.

Massage your scalp daily for 5-10 minutes in the morning or night.

WHICH OIL?
avocado oil
Coconut oil
Castor oil
Grapeseed oil
Almond oil
Jojoba oil

HOW?
using the balls of your fingers, add any oil of your choice to different parts of your scalp and rub in circular motions.

Slow movements = relaxation
Fast movements = enhanced circulation in the scalp

BENEFITS?
Decreases stress
Conditions the scalp
Increased relaxation
Increased blood circulation to hair follicles
Boosts the strength of hair roots