April 2019

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Finding Balance

I am always on the lookout for new ways to improve my health and wellbeing. Is this because, as a Libran, I am constantly seeking to balance the scales that represent my life - my work, my finances, my spiritual and emotional wellbeing, my weight, my health and so on? Or may it be that, like everyone else, I am just trying to get on with things as best I can and not launch myself off the scales (too often)? 

Either way, when I heard that a Tap and Breathe your way to Balance
workshop was being hosted by two knowledgeable and inspirational ladies, I was keen to go along and see what it was all about. This is how I found myself sitting in a village hall on a chilly Saturday afternoon in January, together with my husband Nick (who came along for the ride with, to be fair, minimal fuss) and a group of about twenty or so others.  

I knew immediately that we were in good hands with Yoga Instructor and Coach Kate Woodward (www.gingertonic.co.uk) and Lou Tassell, an Integrated Wellness Specialist (www.optimalvitality.co.uk).

The workshop was designed to provide us attendees with tools  - breathing techniques and "tapping" techniques (also known as Emotional Freedom Technique) - for balancing our emotions. Boy, you've got your work cut out with me, I thought! 

Over the course of a few hours, I sat down together with the other attendees to tap into (see what I did there?) new ways of recognising and releasing unwanted emotions. Not wanting to distract in any way from the breathing techniques that were introduced during the workshop (my favourite part overall was, in fact, the energising Wim Hof breathing technique we practised, under Kate's expert guidance), I have to admit that this tapping business is quite something. It is said to be one of the fastest and easiest ways to release unhelpful emotions and inner voices such as anxiety, worry and overwhelm. And it works! That's right - using your fingers to tap certain parts of your head, chest and underarm can help release tension and reduce unhelpful emotions that are holding us back. Who would have thought?!

 
Wim Hof, the Ice Man, just taking a moment to breathe. 
I was recently chatting with Kate, telling her how much I enjoyed the workshop. Her view is: "If you think your physical and emotional health is a matter of luck, think again! Research is now proving, beyond a doubt that what we are what we think, what we eat, what we do and how we breathe! Tapping is one of the fastest ways to release undated, trapped emotions from the body and breathing is literally the fastest way to instantly change your emotional state."
 
If you'd like to learn the science behind these techniques and more importantly, learn how to use breathing and tapping in the moment to give you tools to take more control of your physical and emotional wellbeing, I would highly recommend attending one of Kate and Lou's workshops! The next workshop will be held in Surbiton on the 29th June between 2-5pm.
 
And last but not least, if you think I'm talking a load of mumbo jumbo about the whole thing, I have found this blog written by someone else who attended the same workshop as me (and - spoiler alert - really enjoyed it, too). Follow this link to read what Sally Brockway thought of the workshop: The Tao of Tapping
 
Sixty Second Snippets

Sylvia and I have started posting a series of short videos in our Dotty's Oils Facebook Group. Our Sixty Second Snippets will be posted weekly and will provide information about where dōTERRA essential oils are sourced, what they can be used for and how much they cost. If you are not a member of the Group, why not join us? 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/859259690908520/
Tried and Tested with Sylvia 
 
It's official - Spring has sprung and this week’s weather has been wonderful! Time to start spring cleaning and with this in mind, I tried out a new recipe for toilet blocks.
Toilet Blocks 
(Makes approx 50 Blocks)

330ml/11 fl oz Bicarbonate of Soda
125ml/4 fl oz Citric Acid
30-40 drops Essential Oil* 
1-2 tbs Water
Ice cube trays (preferably those with a silicon base so they will pop out easily)

 

*I used Lemon and Spearmint essential oils, but you could use any combination. I would also recommend On Guard, Bergamot, Peppermint, Melaleuca and Wild Orange.

Mix the bicarbonate of Soda, Citric Acid and essential oils together. Add the water, starting off with 1 tablespoon. Only add the other tablespoon of water if needed. The mixture should resemble slightly damp sand. Press into the ice cube trays but do not overfill. Now this is the fun bit - the mixture will fizz and you’ll need to press it down HARD! Keep pressing it down until settles and leave to dry for 1-2 hours. Remove from the trays and store in an airtight container. Use as required. 
 
This is a great recipe to try out with children, especially with the Easter holidays coming up. They’ll love the chemical reaction and can help to squash the mix into the trays. My bathroom smells fresh and clean with the added bonus of knowing that there are no toxic ingredients in the product.

My second recipe this month was an Earthy Aftershave. 
Earthy Aftershave

185mi/6fl oz Witch Hazel
1tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
10 drops Sandalwood 
5 drops Peppermint 
3 drops Rosemary
2 drops Melaleuca 

 
Place all the ingredients into a small bottle and shake well. Pat onto skin for a natural, great smelling antiseptic and anti-inflammatory aftershave. 
 
A big thank-you goes to my husband Mike who tried out the Earthy Aftershave. Here's what he had to say: 'Well it is definitely different. If you are looking for an aftershave that is different from the rest of them, then this is the one. You won’t get the after burn and the warm glow which comes with a wet shave. You will get a cold refreshing splash along with an earthy smell without the tautness to your recently shaved skin. It probably works better for a dry shave than a wet shave".
 
Upcoming Workshop Dates
 
Why not come and join one of our group workshops to learn more about using essential oils to improve your health and wellbeing? Workshops are free, last approximately an hour and start at 7.30pm.

16th April, 10th May and 6th June in Ystrad Mynach

16th April, 9th May and 19th June in Surbiton

Follow this link to book your place:

https://www.dottys-oils.com/workshops

April Promotions

The Product of the Month is Air Touch (a great roller bottle to keep handy for when your airways need clearing - I apply mine to my chest and directly under my nose).

Save 10% when you purchase TriEase Softgels (a seasonal blend I use to keep my hayfever in check).

Receive the FREE product of the month by placing an LRP order of 125 PV or more between 1-15 April 2019.

 
200 PV Promotion - Offer Extended

Receive Deep Blue 5ml and Deep Blue Rub (worth £60) for free when you place a 200 PV order between the 1st and 15th April. Your order can be a one-time order or an LRP order.
What’s In Store Next Month?

I will be delving into which oils are good for relieving pain. 

Sylvia will be testing a recipe for Lemon and Lime Bars and Toner Face Pads. She will also be reporting on the success or otherwise of the Allergy Relief Roller - the trial is still ongoing, although first impressions are positive!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter. See you in May!
 
Rina Bailey

Wellness Advocate 
Mobile: 07816113083
E-Mail: rina@dottys-oils.com
Website: www.dottys-oils.com
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