We have recently collaborated with Westburn and Granite to design our very own tea lights. Read on to find out how the collaboration came about as Ryan introduces himself.
Ryan - As mentioned within one of our very first posts Westburn & Granite – Who we are etc. A big passion and focus within the brand is collaborating with other brands.
Collaborating, ultimately provides us with a unique opportunity and chance to learn about someone else's craft or expertise while providing them with mine, I think!.
The most recent collaboration comes with our friends from Nourishing Insights in Aberdeen. As a registered Scottish Nutritional Therapist owner Beverley and her family make up the team at Nourishing Insights. Nourishing insights are very much in the mind frame of providing the best education within the various forms of natural medicine and nutritional therapy that they offer. They want to provide a space within their shop which is relaxing and peaceful. They want to let people come along, learn and be inspired as they grow with them in knowledge.
Nourishing Insights shop and Wellness Centre are situated on 44 St Andrew Street, adjacent the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Aberdeen.
How it all came about?
At the beginning of the year I approached Nourishing Insights with the idea of meeting with Beverley. On meeting up we both shared our passion for all things natural. I also got a feel for the family orientated business they have at Nourishing, for me that was really lovely.
If you haven't noticed the world is changing and people want to stay healthy both in body and in mind. We can also be under an incredible amount of stress at times. Therefore, on the basis of these ideas we came up with our collaborative product -Westburn & Granite x Nourishing Insights - Lavender & Frankincense relaxation tea lights.
Below you can read Beverley's blog post, in which she has given you a brilliant insight into the research of the essential oils. Moreover, why they are perfect for this product. Beverley has also listed the specific times you can use your tealights in the 'setting the scene section' below. Enjoy...
‘As Rosemary is to the spirit, so lavender is to the soul’.
“Lavender has long been one of my favourite plants and the essential oils it provides offer us a wealth of health benefits. Lavender is vastly grown within the Provence region within the South of France. A part of France I personally love to visit and when I do the smell of Lavender is always in the air, it’s just divine. I always feel instantly calmed and relaxed when I smell lavender. Therefore, it was an obvious first choice for me when working with Ryan to produce our collaborative relaxing tea light product.
Essential Oils and how they work -
Essential oils have been used for millennia and can be extracted from any part of a plant. I always think, that one of the beautiful things about nature is that these oils protect the plant from harm from insects and environmental extremes. Fortunately, Lavender also protects us humans from those wee beasties, they just don’t like the smell of it!. Essential oils are made up of tiny molecules which can penetrate cells and even cross the blood brain barrier. They have a potent therapeutic effect and professions in aromatherapy ad massage have been taught the science around this. In addition, naturopaths and doctors who follow a functional medicine approach to health, recommend essential oils to support health challenges, this is due to the wealth of evidence available to them.
Lavender is known to be analgesic, antiviral, antibacterial, antidepressant and my personal favourite anxiolytic or carminative and of course sedating, among other benefits. Therefore, Lavender, as an addition within our tea light collaboration - is perfect. It sets you up for a lovely relaxing day or evening.
Personally, I often use candles when working. I find, I work better when I have a lovely smelling and relaxing candle lit, paired with some relaxing music in the background. Perfection!
Similar, to Lavender, Frankincense also has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and calming properties. Those wise men knew what they were doing when they arrived bearing gifts of Frankincense and Myrhh. Frankincense is derived from the Boswellia tree, grown in African and Arab regions. Frankincense is probably one of the most powerful essential oils in the world. Just 2 to 3 drops of Frankincense can be used to aid bronchitis and laryngitis, when added to boiling water. It also has expectorant properties and supports digestion. Interestingly the calming qualities also aid concentration and support deep meditation. In fact, much research supports its benefits for every system in the body, therefore it ticks many boxes for us. I always think we can learn a lot from history and exploring traditional uses of these wonderful oils.
For all these reasons, Ryan and I decided it would be the perfect partner to Lavender in this tea light collaboration with Westburn & Granite. Moreover, both oils work especially well and I could not be more delighted with the finished product that Ryan from Westburn & Granite has produced for us."
Setting the scene – Beverley's suggestions when to use the product.
1 - Line a candle or two up at bath time and for an extra touch of luxury, place a mug full of Epsom salts in your bath for the ultimate in deep relaxation.
2 - Lighting a candle at the dinner table can slow things down and encourage proper chewing and digestion as nature intended. Mealtime needs to be a slow celebration with time for conversation and a sense of being part of a journey to true nourishment.
3 - Reading a book in bed can be an extra calming ritual to unwind mind and body in preparation for sleep. Pair with a lit candle and allow the calming aromas to take you breath by breath to a place of inner calm before the light goes out.
4 - Working from home can often bring tension especially when working on a computer. Light a candle and shrug your shoulders a few times and feel the tension fall away. This works a treat and aids concentration.
5 - Light our tea light’s in the living room to create just the right ambience for a relaxing evening with friends.
6 - When you’ve had a stressful day and everything just seems too much, light a tea light and relax.
‘Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.’ -Buddha
Thank you to Beverley and Nourishing Insights for there input and support within the collaboration with Westburn & Granite.
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“I did Nutritional Therapy with Beverley and it was life changing. I highly recommend it!” Allison Blakely (Glasgow)
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