Essential oils & their uses; Clear your cold

Essential oils & their uses; Clear your cold

prodotti-75331-reldb1c9dd58cab42d5bc859a6d0ab74602gold2The common cold is an ailment we all suffer from on occasion and usually when we least need the hassle that it brings. I am keen to get on with renovating our new house (see previous post) but with a cold in tow I am less inspired to get up and go. The best things about a cold are the small things like the continuous sniffling oh and err.. not being able to breath!! I have a cold at the moment and I do all sorts of things to combat and relieve the congestion when its my turn to carry said ‘burden’. One of those things is running a warm bath and adding some cleansing essential oils. The idea is that the steam and soothing properties of the oils will help to shift the sinus blockages and relieve that often unbearable pressure. Other than being helpful in combating my cold & flu symptoms, the warmth of the bath relaxes all your aching muscles which is so ideal after a long day!

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   Once I had run the water and got a good temperature (not too hot) I added:

4 drops of Thyme – Soothing and warming for the chest and clearing to the lungs, this oil is very anti-microbial and anti-fungal.
4 drops of Rosemary – Stimulating and revitalising, helping to clear the mind and invigorate the body. Good for boosting circulation. Excellent in hair care and useful for toning the skin.
4 drops of Eucalyptus – Very powerful antiseptic which works well for the respiratory system by opening up the airways and clearing mucus. Can be helpful for easing aches and pains and supporting the lymphatics. Useful for clearing grief and for purifying the atmosphere. Clears the head.

Laura from NHR organic essential oils gave me some helpful advice regarding oils and the importance of diluting them with a base oil to avoid burning or irritating the skin. She sent me a link to this great blog which holds some amazing advice for using essential oils effectively to great benefit. This particular post talks about how many drops to add and when to add them for the perfect bathing experience..

Within minutes of being in the bath I felt like a new person and my cold shifted and my discomfort eased. I got dressed into warm clean clothes and boiled the kettle to make a honey and lemon tea. I slept so so much better than I have been it was a complete success and set me up for a good start for today.

When buying essential oils, be sure you buy them from a trusted source and, where possible, buy organic. Non organic are likely to contain extra ingredients of which may counteract or inhibit the beneficial properties of the essential oils. I buy mine here – NHR Organic Essential Oils. You can order them online but they are based in brilliant Brighton and have a huge range of organic essential oils which come in their own metal cases with helpful descriptions on. The metal casing also helps the oil last longer as they are best kept in a cool dark place.

I found another post by a fellow blogger which had lots of flu fighting ideas. See it here – Pioneer Settler. She suggests, for example, using tea tree in your bath which is another good choice. I am also intrigued by the catnip tea, I would never have thought of it but if it tastes as good as it makes cats crazy, then I’m up for trying it!

If you by any chance have the next cure for the common cold, please do get in touch as I would be incredibly pleased to meet you and hug you for AT LEAST ten minutes!

Over and out for now oh healthy ones 😉
xxx


N.B. Please read the label as some essential oils are not suitable to use if you are pregnant.  

 

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Its a House Thing; My New Crib

Its a House Thing; My New Crib

Well it has been a while, a few days.. I realise! I apologise and actually I bring good news, great news! I am buying a house! Woohooo! A great little house, in need of a face lift and here she is..

My little home

I am feeling accomplished as it has been a dream for me for a while. I have so many plans already, she’s gonna be transformed and I am excited to be at the helm of these transformations. It’s currently a complete empty shell, a little run down and has tonnes of potential. It’s so exciting for me and I hope to share with you some of my experiences of the house-buying/house-doing-up process.. Honestly it has taken such a slog to get to this point. So really I have decided to dedicate todays blog post to celebrating the first, ‘big step’ done! 😀

I couldn’t do a blog post without sharing some of my top tips for house buying, and they are:

1. I strongly recommend that before you start looking, you write a list of your key features for your dream house. I have to admit I had to look around a little to work out exactly what I wanted but as soon as I knew I wrote it down so that I could compare it with any potential house. It seems funny, but it is easy to go of course especially if you are desperate to buy. 

2. Look within your budget. Talk to an advisor, or more than one is even better if you have the time. See what your boundaries are price wise and stick to them. Its likely you have saved up some deposit money (if you haven’t, then this should be your first step) and generally I tried to think along the lines of being able to put down 25% deposit in order to get a comfortable mortgage but there are tonnes of deals out there so a mortgage advisor is your friend here. Remember to ask them if they are ‘whole of market’ as that means they check EVERY offer not just for one or two places which limits your chances of getting the best deal.

3. Be patient. We have been looking for over a year and thats not unusual. Sometimes it can be really quick and in our case, sometimes not! It has been a painstaking journey, however we are almost there. I vowed to myself to not buy anything that wasn’t right, so that means not jumping the gun. Houses frequently pop on and off the market. Generally speaking the market dies down before Christmas and picks up again around March time when the weather starts warming up. If there is nothing around just yet, it just means you have more time to save some money towards your perfect property! Every cloud.

4. Don’t forget the fees. I didn’t realise how much ‘extra’ there is to pay over an above your deposit. Stamp duty, legal fees, searches and the mortgage fee itself (you pay the bank an upfront fee to burrow money of which you will pay a hefty price for.. yep!!) So don’t forget to set aside some money for these things. I would say between £4-8,000 will be ample for most first time buyers.

5. Finally, check out blogs and online websites for help and advice. I have shared with you just a few things, there is a plethora of information out there! Search tags such as ‘first time buyer’ and ‘house buying’ to find fellow bloggers on the same journey, just like me!

I decided to write these points in purple as a kind tribute to the previous owners of the property, who had decorated with a pretty lavender coloured theme throughout. They even put up glittery wall paper – I kid you not! I will have to make sure I get some evidence of this for you as it was a first for me! Please feel free to comment and share your experiences of house buying, any advice is welcomed!!

Love you all! x ❤

Win at Life; Top Tips

Win at Life; Top Tips

Hello to you, sweet.

As you may know by now, I love organising and sorting things. There is always so much to organise and a plethora of ways in which to do so. Seems like a rather mad thing to do really, spending your life shuffling things and putting them into various boxes/files/containers and re-aligning your wardrobe to meet your needs. Certainly (generalizing a bit here) male minds would say “have less stuff, then there’s less to organise”. Nice try guys. Its a simple concept however not a concept (again generalizing) most women will take you up on.

So why do we do it to ourselves? Well because we are intelligent beings and have become accustomed to material things. Nice things. Big things. Things that require stacks of paperwork. In order to manage these, we develop methods and take on more stuff to help us help ourselves manage. It is madness really.

Well anyway, I like to think that I am good at finding happy mediums. I completely agree with the statement that ‘less is more’; this is something I have learnt from my Mum who has shown me the way many a time.

So I want to share some top tips to win at life:

Always save at least 10% of anything you earn.
One of the best ways to do this is set up a direct debit. Saving can be boring but you honestly don’t miss it as it’s gone before you even get a chance to spend it. Forget about this money, you will be surprised at how quickly it grows and don’t be tempted to dip into it. Ideally have a goal or two to save towards.

Save another 10% of your earnings into a style account.
If you are serious about your wardrobe, saving 10% into a separate bank account will allow you to spend money on your wardrobe when you find things you love but wouldn’t normally buy. It’s worth it. A separate account with its own debit card is key.

Buy things when you see them and buy better quality over quantity.
This may require a certain amount of self-control. When you see items that make you swoon and that really, really suit you (and if you have the money in your newly set up ‘style account’) buy it! 🙂 We all fall into the trap all too often of buying cheaper items that ‘will do’ because ‘its a good price’ and then either… never wearing them/buying duplicates/wearing boring outfits. Our outfits should reflect something about us and I think there’s room for people to have lots of fun here and enjoy the process of putting an outfit together. So flamboyant coats, pretty dresses, colourful shoes. Whatever they might be, buy them. One off pieces are important. Check out charity shops, look for quality items, natural fabrics like cotton, silk, cashmere and wool. Don’t get me wrong, good quality does not have to mean expensive. Plus sometimes its good to have a couple of cheap t-shirts and things in your wardrobe.. to paint the house and do dirty work in! Otherwise go dress up and have fun!

Here are some of my outfits and styles that I have enjoyed and not all of them have been expensive or cheap:

 

Buy a filing cabinet – you will not regret it.
Papers pile up around you and you have no idea where you put that really important document. Get a filing cabinet and name each folder and file papers in each file when they pop through the post or you print an important email. There are lots of options when it comes to buying filing cabinets. My personal favourites:
Bisley Cabinets
They come in all sorts of sizes and colours and you can even grab a pretty vintage model if you look carefully.
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Vintage filing cabinets. Beautiful yet practical!
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If you feel creative you can even use other furniture.
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Now I mention this here because it’s important to keep a multitude of files and one of those files should be a receipts folder. Store all those receipts, for clothes, expensive or electrical items. You never know which ones you will need to refer to.

One thing I am planning to do, and want to do even more now, is to sort my wardrobe and photograph various outfits to create a folder of ideas for future reference. It will help me get better at dressing myself too and will show me the gaps of which I need to buy things to complete outfits.

I will blog about this process and let you know how I get on and share my tips and the ‘how to’ when sort clothes and building outfits. Plus I have a great idea for what to do with those clothes that don’t make the cut.

This honestly makes me so excited.

Love from,
The Organisation “Freak”

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