Monday, March 15, 2010

Hi folks, just saying, well, hi. It's the busy assignment period at the moment when everything is due all at one go. I thank God that i've got a 2 week break from practicum so that gives me time to get my stuff done as well.

IBS has been acting up again, with the feeling of bloatedness after meals. Classmate advised me to avoid citrus fruits in particular, and to drink apple cider with water as a supplement to aid digestion. He suspects that i might not be able to breakdown fructose and/or lactose, as well as starch, efficiently. Lately i've also not been watching my diet as strictly as i used to, so i guess i've been suffering the consequences. Been giving in to whatever my brain says it wants to taste and been eating more than my stomach can take. Ah well.

Oh, and i discovered the brand Aesop recently! Ok, i know it's been around already but i've always thought it to sell their products at high and unaffordable prices. But one day while at Taka, i decided to step into the shop and, well, i was transported. The scent of aromatic botanicals gently enveloped my being and the rich, full notes and beats of the music playing overhead just brought me to a different plane altogether.

Fell in love with the stuff there because of its focus on using the goodness of nature, without too much of all that chemical stuff. And best of all... i found a GERANIUM body cleanser AND body balm! HAPPINESS. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the scent of geranium. It makes me high, i tell you. I've got a facial moisturiser (into my 2nd bottle already) from Nuxe Paris (this brand can be found at John Little/Guardian pharmacy/Sasa) that contains geranium oil and every time i apply it on my face, i always take a moment to savour the scent with my fullest attention. I put my fingers to my nose, close my eyes, and take a deep, long breath. The fresh, rosy and slightly citrus-sy fragrance fills my consciousness and it's undescribable.

One website describes it as "uplifting and gently inspiring -- or evoking a sense of calm and tranquility."

Ah... :)

10 comments:

zzen said...

dun lax on ur ibs. it must be managed carefully. i dun tink is wise to take apple cider etc food, without seeking yr's doc advice. all this are alternative remedies, i believe some docs will doubt whether it is supported by evidence. just like some doc say choco dun cause pimples..etc u get the idea.

joline said...

zzen:

yeah i know what you mean... i tend to hear about this drinking of apple cider thing quite often from different people though. haha. i don't intend to go to a doc just to ask this one question. maybe the next time i fall sick... then i'll ask. heh. or, i could check webbies.

Lucille said...

be bee...I'm recently into aroma essential oil stuff too...discovered an essential oil shop with products at affordable prices cos they are all manufactured in thailand...It's called LemonGrass house...

joline said...

Lucille:

Oooo...! Yay! I've got a kaki now. I've always loved burning essential oils and using it for massage as well (combine it with an unscented base oil). Always rather captived by smells. :D
always very tempted to buy those really pretty ceramic/metal oil burners that look so exotic.

Which's your favourite?

joline said...

Lucille:

Does that shop have a shop front in Sg or is it an online store?

zzen said...

i got body shop black tea aromatherapy. but nv used liao, cos my dad said like chao ta smell. from the bottle smells nice la, but actually very strong smell with burning. i m saying u shud accumulate or write down a whole list of qtns to ask ur doc when u go see him. ask as much as u can.

joline said...

zzen:

black tea aromatherapy?
is it a home fragrance thing or essential oil?
and do u add water?

zenn said...

it is those oil add water then use burner one. but i add already still very strongsmell....my family buay tahan leh....essential oil means apply on body, like perfume concept rite? oh no, but i have victoria secret and bath and works(issit called this) body splash....my sis got buy...very fruity one...u can go try....if u like those fruity smell....they have pretty nice ones.

Lucille said...

I did consider burning essential oils, but the fumes are bad for our body...I think the only safe equipment is the electronic diffuser...not cheap though...and made in Germany...

I kind of like Ylang Ylang and coconut... :)

Lemongrass stores can be found in Liang court and Somerset 313...they're opening a third outlet soon, but don't know where yet...

joline said...

Lucille:

oh, i didn't know that the fumes were bad. :-S
ok, maybe for long term usage, the diffuser might be a better idea. Thanks. :)

you like ylang ylang and coconut combined or on its own?

OH!!! OK!!! HEH, i will be going to Liang Court tomorrow... (work)