Queenly tips for home retreating
Using eucalyptus oil
A home retreat tip by Mozambique-born artist Berny Serrão, creator of Paraiso Escondido in Portugal
One way of helping ourselves to heal and find inner strength during times of crisis is to reconnect to the beauty of the natural world where we might have been taking nature for granted. For me this especially applies to the eucalyptus trees that surround Paraiso Escondido and that are strewn throughout the Portuguese landscapes where we live.
We as a nation have over-planted these trees over the years, but because of the wild fires that have ravaged Portugal, and because the trees burn quickly, people have developed a hatred towards them rather than focusing on why they were planted in the first place and all the beautiful health benefits that have offer.
To reconnect to these benefits during the Coronavirus crisis, I have walked often in our little eucalyptus forest to clear my mind and meditate, and have been using the oil inside my home mixed with a little water in both an oil burner and an electric diffuser.
So what are these magical benefits?
Eucalyptus trees are prehistoric, dating back at least 60 million years, and there are over 700 varieties of them in the world. The Aborigines call them Healing trees or Holy trees, because they use both the leaves and the bark in their healing medicines, natural rituals and treatments.
The active chemical components produces a purifying, cleansing, clarifying and immune boosting oil that’s ideal for using on skin and in aromatherapy. Mixed with some coconut oil it can comfort sore, tired or aching muscles in full body massages, and also has a a warming effect on the skin.
The oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious, so it can also reduce or eliminate harmful surface and airborne bacteria and infections upon contact – I use it to clean our natural cork yoga matts.
Cooling, refreshing, and energizing, eucalyptus oil can be used to energise, sharpen and focus the mind – which makes it a great oil to burn during home schooling, home working and for meditation – and to brighten negative moods.
Eucalyptus essential oils can also be used to clear congested nasal passages.
Note, Eucalyptus essential oils are readily available in health shops – I personally recommend the Eucalyptus Radiata version over the more traditional Eucalyptus globulus, because it is lighter in smell and relatively gentle, making it suitable for children.
Photo by Jazmin Quaynor on Unsplash
Plan ahead for a trip to Paraiso Escondido
Paraiso Escondido has been carefully planned to be a place where you can revel in the slow life. Lovingly run by its owners, whose philosophy is living in harmony, retreats are personally designed for your needs and can include art classes, wine tasting and coastal sports as well as yoga, qigong, treatments and healthy eating. The 10-bedroom vibe is African lodge meets Asian temple, and the experience is crafted to stimulate the senses and immerse you in the abundance of local nature – there’s a tranquil spa, scenic yoga studio and refreshing swimming pool too.