Aromatherapy for Brides, By Blossom Kochhar Part I
Aromatherapy is a wonderful option as a pre-bridal treatment for hair and skin. It uses essential oils and other aromatic compounds that help in detoxification and rejuvenation of the skin and providing that shine and health to lifeless hair. We spoke to Dr. Blossom Kochhar ,world renowned aromatherapist, aesthetician, cosmetologist and educationist who gave us a 4 week Guide Book to achieve the perfect bridal look through aromatherapy.
Detoxification involves removal of all toxins from the body, internally and externally.
Hair : During the four weeks of this treatment it is recommended that the hair drier be abandoned. Your hair will be at the receiving end of the onslaught of this 'natural elements destroyer' very frequently during the first few months after marriage. So strengthen your hair and use these four weeks to making it healthier.
A head massage with hot oil - a mixture of caster oil, olive oil almond oil and coconut oil in equal measure, infused with a few drops of an essential oil like ylang ylang, is known to be good for the hair and acts as an aphrodisiac.
Glycerin and with malt vinegar are also added to balance the acid content in the hair. This massage, followed by a hot towel wrap, helps the oil to penetrate into the scalp.
Face : A pearl facial will exfoliate and clear your skin of all blemishes. Pearl has excellent detoxifying properties - it deep cleanses and is known to be very cooling.
Hands and Feet : On each visit to the Aromatherapist, a manicure and pedicure is de rigueur. The pedicure involves using a wax pack to remove dead skin, soothe cracked heels and soften your feet.
Soak your feet in warm water to which rock salt, lime juice and shampoo have been added. After a good long soak, scrub the feet and apply night cream before going to bed. The following morning, application of a moisturizer on the feet after a bath is advised. Start the nail cultivation therapy as well. Apply a coat of transparent nail polish every day for a week until you go back for your next manicure and pedicure.
Diet : The prescribed diet will include a drink comprising of honey and lime juice added to hot water every morning. Stick to a fruit or vegetable diet for at least two days every week.
It is best to eat a pure vegetarian diet during this first week of detoxification. Consuming a minimum of eight to ten glasses of water every day will be beneficial.
Body : The Aromatherapy massage commences with an exfoliating mudpack applied on your body. It is scrubbed off when semi-dry, with special emphasis on the elbows, knees and all corners of the body. This get rids of all the dead skin.The seaweed wrap known for its exfoliating properties is the next on the plan. Meditate and breathe deeply. Inhale to the count of seven, hold for a count of one and exhale to the count of seven. Gradually advance to inhaling to the count of seven, and holding for a count of three and exhaling to the count of seven. Physical exercise to activate a healthy blood circulation is must.
Detoxified and cleansed, the body is ready for re-mineralizing and replenishing the body with minerals lost during the detoxification process.2
Hair : A hot oil massage, followed by a hot towel wrap is suggested.
Face : Light cleansing, followed by a vitamin E cream and seaweed gel massage. A fruit pack of mashed seasonal fruit and milk powder. A papaya face pack is excellent for dry skin.
Hands and Feet : Continue the procedure advised for the first week.
Diet : Emphasis on fruit and vegetables to pump extra minerals into the body are recommended.
Body : After going through the aromatherapy massage, enjoy a re-mineralizing wrap of Arctic Algae. Apply the body pack of mashed bananas mixed with honey and milk powder which is ideally left on for 30 minutes and washed off.
Longer, deeper breathing is recommended along with stepping up the exercise regimen. Addition of vegetable oil and few drops of essential oil in your bath water are suggested.
About Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson-Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products Pvt. Ltd
Blossom Kochhar is a world renowed aromatherapist, aesthetician, cosmetologist and educationist whose immense knowledge paved the way for an extensive range of safe and natural beauty solutions. AROMA MAGIC is a creation of Dr. Blossom Kochhar who introduced aromatherapy oils and cosmetics in India in 1992, with a range of reliable products that provide effective solutions to skin and hair problems . Apart from writing books on health, beauty and aromatherapy, she runs India’s finest chain of hair and beauty education institutes under the banner of Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts And Design (BKCCAD). Website