Going on holiday is wonderful but coming back home is too. I just love getting back to my dogs and seeing them all excited. They jump all over each other and bring me their toys… apart from Rosie. She just casually wags her tail, as if to say “Ok, I see you, you’re back, no biggie”. She’ll then just casually walk around watching the other dogs go crazy. Perhaps she’s thinking “Traitors… I told them to keep their cool and distance when she got back so that she feels guilty for leaving us”. I then look at her and the guilt creeps in followed by a lot of apologizing and cuddling. This lasts for about 5-10 min then she’ll literally start shouting at me as if to say, “how dare you leave me/us (mainly me obviously) AGAIN!”. After she’s gotten that off her chest we are just fine. If I offer her a treat the whole process speeds up, and I’m forgiven much faster. She makes me laugh. I’m going to see my family at end of February but I haven’t told her yet…
Returning home is always nice… back to normal, back to my work I love and back to my routines. The problem is that after being totally relaxed for two weeks the reality can hit really hard and it isn’t long until we feel like we haven’t had a holiday at all. Usually a few drops of peppermint and geranium essential oil helps us to deal with the shock.
Peppermint essential oil can help with headaches and migraines, fatigue, muscle pain and joint pain. All these can occur as part of jet lag. Peppermint is brilliant if you have problems concentrating or have mental fatigue. It prevents congestion of blood supply to the brain, helps clear up any circulatory congestion that’s in the body and calms the nerves.
A cold compress of peppermint oil applied to the forehead and temples can also help relieve headaches. All you need is a clean cloth, for example, a flannel or handkerchief, 200 ml of cold water (you can even add some ice cubes) and 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil. Stir the water, dip the cloth in and then wring it out well to prevent dripping. Apply the cold cloth to your forehead and temples. Once you feel the cooling effect is gone, repeat the process.
The wonderfully smelling geranium essential oil has excellent regulating effects on the nervous system and helps relieve stress, nervous tension, depression, headaches and anxiety. Geranium can also help with fluctuating hormones and can be used to relieve premenstrual tension and menopause. Inhaling leafy-rosy smelling geranium calms the mind and eases frustration and irritability. Try it next time you feel tense.