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Aromatherapy


The Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy may be something new to a masseuse, but it's certainly not a new way to help heal the body. Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, natural oils as well as other plant substances, were added to a bath, a massage and used for healing things like congestion and stress.Today, this practice continues. Taking a page from the history books, many masseuses are turning to natural, chemical-free essential oils as a way to soothe, relax and de-stress their clients.

A massage in a professional environment

You can use these essential oils for your clients in several different ways. Many in the business like to put them in diffusers or oil burners and fill the room prior to the patient ever going in. This way the scent is in the air and the effects can take place within just a few minutes. As the oils permeate the air they caress the body by slowing down the constant thoughts that keep you from relaxing, This sends you into a happy place where the world seems a little bit easier to handle. They can also be applied topical or inhaled (best from a safe distance). A rigorous massage with these oils also helps to soothe and take the soreness from overworked muscles.

Home use of Natural Oils

On a personal level, if you were looking to do this yourself from the privacy of your home, you can. Most natural oils come in a concentrated state, meaning that you would need to dilute them for safe use. Many local and online retailers sell massage oils. The packaging will give you complete instructions for proper handling. Generally, you would blend them with another oil such as jojoba, olive or coconut oil. Some people put them lightly on their clothing or bedding to relax, while others simply apply the oils to their hands and breathe in the aroma. So long as you use the essential oils in their natural state, the benefits in most forms are the same.

Common essential oils often used

One of the more popular oils is Lavender. It has a soothing aroma and it's a great way to fight stress. As an added bonus, using a lavender oil also helps to fight the common cold and migraines. If you're feeling a little blue, try filling your burner with Jasmine. It has a sweet, uplifting smell that helps to defend off depression, reduce stress and respiratory problems. Cooling and refreshing, peppermint is a great way to give yourself a boost of energy. Lemongrass has the scent you love, clean. In addition to making you feel pure, it also helps to improve your level of concentration, improve your digestion and helps to reduce symptoms arthritis and heal acne. There are many others with wonderful benefits like rosemary, geranium and chamomile.

Live better and feel better

While aromatherapy may offer temporary relief to stress, depression and aches and pains, a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables whole grains and lean meats, along with regular exercise, is beneficial to sustaining a happy and fulfilling life. Combine this with meditation and your aromatherapy and you'll be ready to tackle whatever life might send your way.

Natural oils have been a part of mankind for centuries. Next time you want to enjoy a little "me" time pour some into a diffuser, your bath or rub some into your skin and simply relax. Or, if you want the full treatment, visit a massage therapist and request essential oils. This way you'll get the total effects in an environment created just for you.

House & Home : Ways to Stage a Property to Sell


As I've mentioned before, we are planning to sell our house once renovations are complete...soon the work will be finished and it will be time to sell, something that I have borne in mind when decorating and furnishing the house.
  
Whilst I wanted a comfortable home for us, I was always mindful of how it would look to potential buyers. As a result, this house should not need much staging before it is put on the market. 

The other day, it struck me that most of you who plan to sell in the coming months will not be in that situation. In all likelihood, you decorated and furnished your home entirely to suit the needs of you and family, which of course, is only natural, and is the only way to ensure that you enjoy your home while you are living there.

Why stage? 

However, when you decide to sell you do need to think a little differently if you want to sell fast, and get a good price. You will need to make changes and stage your home to appeal to potential buyers.

Numerous studies have shown that staged homes sell for more, and that they often sell faster. You can find out more about why that is by looking at the infographic I have linked to here. 

On average, a staged property will sell for 6 or 7% more than similar homes. That figure alone is a compelling reason for you to stage your home before selling it.


Looking upon staging your property as an investment

In the past, staging a home would have been tricky. Until recently, it has been hard to find anyone to do it, and, as a result, home staging was quite an expensive service. In addition, the cost of housing was relatively low. This made it hard for the owner of an average sized home to justify the cost of staging their home.
  
Now that house prices have risen sharply in most parts of the UK, you can easily cover the cost of staging your homeIn fact, in many cases you will make a bigger profit by doing so. Home staging is no longer something that only owners of big homes should consider. It now makes financial sense for most property sellers. 

The easiest way to stage a property

It is also extremely easy to do. If you lease your rental furniture from Emblem Furniture, all you need to do is to fill out the quote form, or pick up the phone. In less than half an hour, you can arrange for them to arrive at your house and dress any room you want with new furniture, rugs and accessories.  

Any items of furniture you already own and want to use in your new home can easily be stored. There are firms out there that offer inexpensive storage, or you can ask a friend to store it for you for a few weeks. 

As you can see, staging your home is a great way to make sure that it sells fast, and secure a good price for it. 
Sponsored post, edited by me. Photos via Pinterest.

A Little Home Improvement & A Bit of Help.


Teenagers (specifically my own) & Houses (again, my own Victorian house renovation project) appear to have occcupied 99.99999% of my thoughts these past 2 years or so, I have thought/dreamed about/planned/cried into many many cups of coffees over both of them....
more so the house, but you get what I mean.

One step forward, one, sometimes two, back has been the story with the house....one job invariably leads to several more - and a whole lot more £££, in my experience.
Would I want to live in a brand new house...not really, but there have been days when it seems very appealing.


The house is a project, we are doing all this work in order to sell it, it's a stepping stone....and I've watched enough TV shows to know that you shouldn't get too attached to the house & to only invest money that you will get back ie, a loft conversion etc etc.

I've managed to do this on the whole, but the house has seemed like such a huge & demanding exercise, that often I haven't been able to see the wood for the trees.



Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is & ears is invaluable & I've experienced that a couple of times recently....
over the Easter weekend, I was asked to team up with MoneySupermarket & Home Improvement Guru Jo Behari as part of a project about home improvements & insurance.

I had several rooms that I was trying to finish & a phone consultation with Jo proved to be just what I needed to get me to think about what I was trying to achieve.


Jo was able to give me advice on the following :

* the loft : now finished, this is to be my 10 year old son's room
* the old bathroom : located on the ground floor, once we moved the bathroom up one floor, this room became a dumping ground
* the kitchen : a horrible & very dated room, our planned kitchen extension is not going ahead & so it needs an inexpensive & fairly quick makeover.

Jo came up with some brilliant ideas, things that I just wouldn't have thought of, using some products that I didn't even know existed....
we discussed all three rooms & I came away feeling inspired & confident.

3 weeks on & the loft is complete & my son moved in yesterday....
the old bathroom is now a breakfast room, is almost finished & is such a useful space
& I've bought all the products I need for a kitchen makeover (& will share that in another post soon).

I will say though that discovering self-adhesive vinyl tiles & one coat tile paint has been a revelation!

I had a lot of fun completing these projects, partly because Jo had given me vision & direction. I attempted things that I probably wouldn't have done & that in itself gave me confidence - as did my new toolbox, it's been a revelation & I can't believe that I was ever afraid to tackle anything!

What I've also learned is that it only takes a few projects to be completed & all of a sudden, you feel as though you're getting somewhere & it's not quite as overwhelming as you thought....
there is light at the end of every tunnel :)

Research commissioned by MoneySuperMarket showed that over 50% of those making improvements to their home would not inform their insurance provider about any renovations.
Making improvements can have an effect on your home insurance policy and it is worth a phone call to your insurer to check this out.

Jo's DIY tips can be found here  

This post was written in collaboration with MoneySuperMarket....
all thoughts, views, words & renovation work my own ;) 

all images via Pinterest

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