News

Cold Vs Heat

Cold Vs Heat

Hot or cold pain relief? I’ve often wondered what works best. Cold relief has often felt like a temporary fix, in times when swelling needs to be reduced or to numb a burning sensation. Heat feels like it goes deeper to the muscles and is better when used for joint pain etc. In short we use heat for muscle pain and stiffness and cold for inflammation and swelling. What we know scientifically is that cold slows blood flow and heat increases blood flow but both seem to ease pain. It depends on the kind of pain and at what temperature your body finds relief for that pain.  

Aroma Home's body wraps can be applied to the body hot or cold. I find this useful especially in the case of a headache, where i would find better relief with a cold compress for a migraine or vascular headache. However with a tension headache i would want heat on my tight neck or jaw muscles to relax them and ease the tension. 

    

Heat me / Freeze me 
Aroma Home Microwaveable Body Wrap from £9.99

A neck warmer or body warmer is good heat relief for sore muscles and tension headaches as well as for general shoulder/neck relief but they don't have the advantage of both cold and hot relief like the body wrap. Our microwave warmers will always be just at the right temperature, although you might feel you want it to be hotter at times these products work best at warm temperatures. They are not designed to burn you!

 

Hot Relief Only - Rose & Neroli Scented Cord Microwave Neck Warmer-£12.99

At the end of the day it seems like it comes down to personal preference! Which is just as well we have the option for both in one handy product! Body wraps are one of the best medicine free pain reliefs around! If your using the wrap warm then we recommend using it for a longer period of time to feel the benefits. Cold relief however is applied for a much shorter amount of time. We would recommend applying for about 15 minutes but there's no harm in leaving it on for longer. 

 

 

The Hottie of Our Dreams

The Hottie of Our Dreams

The hottie of our dreams, the fantasy hottie has landed! The latest from our hotties range is a collection of fantasy soft toys, each character a unique and adorable animal. This month we are thinking what do children really think about their special teddies? We are delving into the imaginations of children and will be looking at how to keep nightmares at bay!

Why should children sleep with a stuffed toy?

There have been many studies into whether children believe their teddies have thoughts and feelings. Some studies support this and others don’t. Our microwave hotties for kids have been designed in a variety of cute animal characters. All with faces and names. From the classic teddy to unicorn and rabbit to name but a few! Teddies are not just toys they are designed to be friends. These kinds of toys essentially serve as attachment objects for your child, making mile stones like transitioning to sleeping in their own bed easier. If the toy has a face etc then the child is more likely to feel like their stuffed toy has thoughts and feelings. These emotional attachments that get formed can last well into adulthood. We all have that one toy we still have a strong bond with!

owl hottie

When you choose a new toy for your child think what your child needs from the toy, if your child is very imaginative and always talking to his/her toys then a character toy is definitely a perfect match. For children who aren’t looking to inject life into there objects, a blanket or pillow can also be a comforting aid in soothing them to sleep. We created a range of products such as pillow friends, neck pillows which also are designed with the same goal in mind, super soft and snuggly for sweet dreams!

Our dreams aren't always sweet fantasy's though especially for children dreams can turn to nightmares. Pre school ages is the most common age for children to have nightmares but even in our older years and as adults we have the occasional times where fear takes hold in the night.

What causes nightmares?

- Sometimes they are a reaction to traumatic events such as injury or even watching something scary!

- Events or situations in waking life which are unsettling or involve change such such as moving school or family tensions. There might even be a theme in the dream that reflects what the child is going through.

- Being over tired and other sources of stress can trigger nightmares. Nightmares generally occur when our brain is working through something and making sense of it, this is part of normal developmental anxiety but if they are occurring all the time then there might be sources of stress at play.

Relaxation surrounding bedtime is key

Aroma home’s hotties are not only fun and fluffy but have been specifically made to relax and soothe for a betters nights sleep. All our hotties are fragranced with lavender, this is an essential oil for relaxation. The health benefits of lavender is a topic which we covered in our previous blog post :)

Our hotties have a microwaveable insert which once warmed up and placed inside the toy makes them perfect for warm cuddles. Just like the warmth that a real living animal brings!

A study of Israeli children during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War by researchers at Tel Aviv University found that children who were given a "Hug Puppy" had fewer nightmares and other stress-related symptoms than kids put on a waiting list. The children were either told that they should protect the puppy or that the puppy would protect them. When your child wakes up from a nightmare having a toy there is the first thing that will reassure and comfort them when they awaken.

pillow friends

A better nights sleep will increase happiness, function and mood, which is essential for wellbeing. It’s important to develop good coping strategies and be in a healthy sleep pattern. Our top three recommendations are as follows

1- A regular bedtime and waking time

2 - Wind down towards the end of the day. For children this could be bath time, bed time stories and cosy bedding etc… Set the mood for sleep!

3 - Cuddles. It’s simple really. Cuddles make everything better especially as we go to sleep.

Sweet ‘Fantasy Hottie’ dreams lovelies!

Flamingood Holiday Vibes!!

Flamingood Holiday Vibes!!

To celebrate the launch of our flamingo collection we are giving you a guided tour of our best travel accessories in this collection as well as the hottest flamingo inspired holiday destinations and tips!

The accessories you shouldn't fly without

We've brought together two of the most popular travel accessories so now you can travel in style and comfort, and ensure a bit of shut-eye on your flight. There is nothing worse then falling asleep on the plane only to find yourself waking up in pain, with a stiff neck and numb lower back. Our neck pillow provides excellent neck support, it's U-neck keeps your head securely in place. It contours to any neck and jaw line for a super cosy and comfortable fit. The matching eye mask is designed to provide you with the ultimate relaxing eye mask experience. Filled with lavender to soothe and alleviate any stress or anxiety in nervous flyers. The reverse is soft and silky, these soft eye pillows are great for blocking out the bright lights and rowdy seats around you, setting you up for a deep sleep. 

Destinations for Flamingo Spotting

If you think you have to travel as far as Africa or South America to see these exotic birds then think again. Flamingo's have colonised some parts of Europe. Portugal, is not only a popular family destination but its also a great place to see Flamingos, visit the port town of Setubal where Flamingos paint the town pink at the nearby Reserva Natural do Estuario do Sado. If your heading to Italy then try heading a little out of the Sardinian town of Cagliari to play on the beach and watch out for the long legged pink dancers! Flamingos are water birds, you can spot them in the fishing villages of Mexico or the lagoons in India. 

 Passport Holder and Luggage Tag

One way to make sure you don't lose your passport or luggage is too add a dash of pink. Our Passport holder with luggage tag makes for a great gift for all those summer birthdays, when the holidays are also drawing near. Kill two birds with one stone but just make sure its not a flamingo! 

 Why are Flamingos Pink?

It's not cos they spend too much time in the sun, Flamingo's are born with grey feathers! They are not actually pink but their diet of shrimp and algae which is high in carotenoids pigment which makes them pink! We wish our diet gave us a tan all year round! Lucky flamingos!