“Using essential oils- what we should all know” by Mary McDermott.7th November 2019
Lots of us already use essential oils- in our bath or on our skin, in cleaning products, and in burners or diffusers. But how do we choose what is best?
And how do we avoid causing harm through lack of knowledge? And where do we start?
Mary gave an overview of essential oils and carrier oils, which in themselves have benefits, and how to use them, including some of the contraindications and safety aspects.
She advised us about what strengths to use, generally maximum 2.5% on body and up to 1% on face, less strong in specific circumstances, and how to easily calculate amounts when making up our own oils, and what do do if we have a reaction or irritation from an oil or get some in our eyes.
She gave us ideas about choosing carrier and essential oils for our personal needs and making up mixes- aiming to have a maximum of 3 oils and taking into account all the symptoms and problems we wish to tackle and combining base, middle and top note oils.
I certainly feel a lot better informed and have learnt some really essential stuff.
Life Balancing and Body Mapping 23rd May 2019
A very interesting evening led by Sue Taylor
The first part of the evening was an exercise on life balancing where we learnt how simple changes to our routine can improve our quality of life. Working in pairs we dowsed to find our life balance as a percentage. Most of us found this had risen after the exercise . Everyone’s needs are different and the first task was to find our priority area that needed balancing be it work, play, rest, sleep, exercise, nutrition, mental stimulation, breathing or geobiology.
Once this had been established we dowsed to see what we could specifically do to balance our priority area. We found this can be easily incorporated into our everyday lives,as simple as spending a bit more fun time on the beach or by just eating an egg at breakfast for a few weeks.
After the break we undertook a body mapping exercise. This put our art skills to test by drawing an outline sketch of our body. It didn’t matter too much about the quality of this, thank goodness! There were 5 areas to concentrate on – feet, legs, heart, hands and head. Each related to a specific question for example the legs question was what do I like doing? With our body sketched we were led by Sue in a quiet meditation to help us note down, either written or drawn, for each body area the first things that came into our head. A drawing of a flower would represent a love of gardening. Once all 5 areas had been completed we were then able to discuss our body map with our partner to show that by communicating our feelings, thoughts and ideas we can connect and help each other and our understanding of ourselves. We found these discussions helped add extra meaning to our body map.
A really hands on evening. Thank you Sue.
Ian and Yvonne