Saturday, July 27, 2013

Corporate Christmas Gifts

Christmas gifts 2012
Christmas gifts 2013 Christmas at WA+G is a hectic time of the year,making sure we have enough wrapping paper to boxes to fill with all the wonderful Warm Buddy products,to having enough rolls of scotch tape.

Christmas Gifts Vancouver BC

Christmas is a special time of the year for us as Warm Buddy products make great Christmas gifts .
Warm up animals, heat packs heat wraps and our gifts selection are favourites each year.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The complete beginner’s guide to lavenders


Do you remember as a child walking past lavender and pulling off a few of the flowers and squeezing them between your fingers and smelling the sweet aroma all the way home?
Now when you do the same thing in milliseconds it takes you back to your childhood.
A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people's moods and even affect their work performance. Because the olfactory bulb is part of the brain's limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it's sometimes called the "emotional brain," smell can call up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously.
That is one of the beauties of Aromatherapy it transcends all boundaries.

Here are some of the other benefits and uses of Lavender:

Possible Uses:

Acne, allergies, anxiety, asthma, athlete's foot, bruises, burns, chicken pox, colic, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, dysmenorrheal, earache, flatulence, headache, hypertension, insect bites, insect repellant, itching, labor pains, migraine, oily skin, rheumatism, scabies, scars, sores, sprains, strains, stress, stretch marks, vertigo, whooping cough.
Here are some of the many uses of lavender essential oil:

Relaxing nervous tension (Stress):

Lavender aromatherapy has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects on the nervous system. It helps with migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Just dab a few drops on your temples, neck and wrists and sniff throughout the day. Of put a few drops on a cotton ball and keep close by.

Better sleep:

Because lavender aromatherapy is so relaxing and calming, it helps induce sleep and is often used for insomnia. Put a few drops on your pillow at bedtime, or in the bedroom,use a diffuser.

Muscle tension:

Lavender's relaxing and anti-inflammatory qualities make it an excellent remedy for muscle pain and tension. There's nothing more wonderful than a taking a hot bath with lavender essential oil to soothe and relax sore or overworked muscles or rheumatism. Be sure to add the lavender oil to bath salts or epsom salts first so they will mix with the water.

Menstrual pain:

Gently massage lavender over the lower abdomen, in a circular motion for menstrual, pre-menstrual or menopausal tension.

Respiratory infections:

Lavender aromatherapy is extensively used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, asthma, bronchitis, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, etc. It can be diffused into a vapor or applied topically onto the neck, chest and soles of the feet.

Lavender Skin Care:

Lavender essential oil is ideal for skin care because it is gentle, yet effective. It moisturizes, helps skin maintain elasticity and prevents the build up of excess sebum – a skin oil that bacteria feed on. It helps skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rashes and helps minimize stretch marks. It is also beneficial for cleansing cuts and wounds as well as burns and sunburns as it stimulates healing. It is also helpful for bruises, hives and insect bites.

Hair Care:

Lavender essential oil is useful for the hair and scalp as it conditions the scalp and prevents the build up of excess sebum. It's antiseptic qualities disinfect the scalp, help dandruff, hair loss and prevent and treat head lice.


A massage with lavender essential oil is a supremely relaxing and aromatic experience. Both sore muscles and joints respond to lavender's anti-inflammatory and relaxing effects.

Freshening Closets:

In ancient days, small bundles of dried lavender were placed in closets to help keep clothes smelling fresh and keep moths away. You can do the same today by hanging sachet bags inside your closet or placing them between your sheets, in the laundry room and on your pillow. Or you can hang ceramic pieces that you've infused with lavender essential oil.

Calming Children:

Lavender aromatherapy is ideal for restless children and babies because it it so gentle and calming, yet powerfully antiseptic. Also because of lavender's gentleness, it can be used "neat" (full-strength) even on baby's skin without dilution.


Put a couple of drops of lavender on a piece of cloth and place this in your drier; it will make the clothes smell oh so fresh.

Blood Circulation:

Lavender essential oil is also good for improving blood circulation in the body. It also lowers blood pressure and is used for hypertension.


Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it increases the mobility of the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and thus aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.


Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to diseases.

Skin Care:

The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other

Lavender Bath

Excellent for aching muscles, relaxation, stress relief. Add 6-8 drops Lavender essential oil after running the water and vigorously agitate water. Add the drops to a capful of milk or Epsom salts and then put in the bath as this helps to disperse the oils through out the water. This is a great way to receive the benefits of Lavender oil. Lie back and enjoy!

Lavender Shower

After wetting your hair, add 3 drops Lavender oil to a capful of water and tip onto your head. Stand under running water and allow oils to rinse off. Cup your hands over your face and breathe in the vapours. Add oils when shampooing your hair and rinse off as normal.

Lavender Vaporisation

Fill the top dish of an 'oil burner' or 'vaporiser' with water and add 6-8 drops of Lavender oil. Place a lit tea light candle in the space provided underneath the dish. This is a very good way to receive the benefits of the Lavender oil. Use in the bedroom or living room. Vaporisation is especially good to use when you have a cold or feel unwell. Keep burner away from draughts and open windows. Hint: use warm water in the dish for quicker results.

Lavender MassageLavender Massage

This is a particularly effective way to apply the oils when you have tight and sore muscles or have sustained an injury. The oils will be absorbed quickly into the blood stream, thus assisting the body and mind. NEVER massage UNDILUTED oils, always use a good quality vegetable or carrier oil. Add 5 drops of Lavender oil per 10ml of vegetable oil. Use 1-2 drops for babies and the elderly. Only use lavender with babies.

Lavender Tissues/Handkerchief

Good for instant relief from flu, sinusitis and anxiety. Use 1-3 drops Lavender oil and inhale immediately as required.

Lavender Steam Inhalation

Great for colds and flu or as part of a skin/careacne regime. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head and breathe in the vapour. Keep your eyes shut. Continue to breathe deeply for a few minutes, occasionally removing the towel and your head from the bowl.

Lavender Bush / Plant

Lavender Hand/Foot Bath

Great for tired feet, fatigue or sore/dry hands. Add 4-6 drops Lavender oil to a large bowl of warm water and soak for approx 10 minutes. Then apply a Lavender lotion for added benefits.

Lavender Compress

In a bowl or warm water add 6-8 drops Lavender oil and swirl around. Soak a cloth then gently squeeze out and apply to area of your body you wish to treat. Use cold water for treating new muscular injuries or sprains.

Lavender direct for Burns

After running cold water on the burn for approx 10 minutes, put a few drops of neat lavender oil onto the burnt area (including sunburn). This will greatly assist the healing process. ONLY use lavender. Remember serious burns must be seen to by a doctor.
The dosages mentioned are recommended for average sized adults. For the elderly, disabled, the very sick or young children, half the dose is recommended.

Business cards and Stationery:

When you give out business cards or stationery why not make a more memorable statement.
Take a tissue and place a few drops of lavender oil on it, then take a freezer bag and place your business cards, stationery, Christmas cards in the reseal able plastic bag then put the tissue with the lavender oil on it into the bag and seal it, leave it for a day or so, the lavender aroma will be absorbed by the paper.
Lavender should not be used during the early stages of pregnancy. Use Lavender with caution if you have low blood pressure.

Some oils can cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals. Lavender is one of the few oils that can be used neat,it does not have to be diluted with a carrier oil,to get better coverage when massaging it is best used in a carrier oil.

When using a new oil for the first time, do a skin patch on a small area of skin. Place a small amount of the diluted essential oil (never use essential oils undiluted on the skin, however, Lavender is an exception to this rule as is tea Tree oil.) on the inside of your elbow and apply a bandage. Wait 24 hours to see if there is any form of reaction. Even if a particular essential oil is not known to cause irritation, this step should not be ignored. Even if oil does not irritate you, it still can irritate someone else. It is important that you always keep that in mind.

Aches and pains: We have been using lavender in our body wraps since 1995, as the therapeutic benefits of the heat and lavender help to relax muscles and keep you calm.
Lavender is also antimicrobial, anti-infectious and antiseptic, making it effective in the treatment of wounds and as a front line defense against respiratory infection. It is tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive systems, lowers blood pressure and helps thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins. Lavender is indicated for muscle spasm, sprain, strain, cramp, contracture and rheumatic pain. It is sedative to the central nervous system and relieves headache, nervous tension, and insomnia; it can also help balance mood swings. Spiritually, lavender is said to balance the physical, astral and etheric planes.
Because of lavender's many therapeutic properties, if I were stranded on a desert island with only one essential oil, it would be lavender (it also takes the itch out of insect bites and helps heal sunburn!) But what other essential oils can be called in to use here in civilization? What should you use if your client does not want the deep relaxation or sleep-inducing effect of lavender, or if they have a tendency toward lowered metabolism or low blood pressure? What if they need to relax because they are about to take an exam, give a presentation or walk down the aisle?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Corporate wellness gifts

We have put together some combination packages of our most popular Warm Buddy Aromatherapy Warm Gifts at special prices.corporate gifts
At these prices you can afford to pamper and indulge yourself, give yourself some, you time.
Fill the bath, use some of your favourite oils and bubble bath and our bath salts and relax. After.. you can use our sumptuous bath robes and our warming slippers to add that extra bit of comfort.
Shopping couldn't be easier or faster. We ALWAYS have all the Warm Buddies in stock,, So you will never be disappointed..

Customers often ask us how we gift wrap for shipping through the postal system here is how we do it.

Corporate Wellness Gifts

Corporate Gifts
  • Are you looking for  corporate wellness gifts,then let us know how many of these packages or any of our other products you require and we would love to prepare a quote for you, please send us an email with your requirements.
  • Say thank you to staff and clients with a natural wellness, gift that will be appreciated for many years.
    Corporate wellness gifts will last for years, offer healthy living choices,all made locally.

Company corporate wellness programs

  • Employee wellness programs are a growing need for office and business life across North America. Corporate Wellness is one of the the most vital investments that a company can make. Businesses that incorporate Corporate Wellness programs aren’t only investing in the wellness of their employees, but are taking preventative measures that will DECREASE the company’s health care costs and INCREASE the employees’ productivity.
  • Worksafe BC incorporated the use of our Ultra Shoulder wraps for their employees to use should they feel stressed during work.
    • Emma Chritensen their corporate ergonomist found that individuals using the wraps had a more relaxed posture while working at their workstations, their shoulders were lower, not hunched up around the ears and productivity increased.
    • Have a look at our products here and let us know here what your needs are and how many you need and we will prepare a quote for you.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Back pain relief - Hot or Cold Therapy

This is the question we are always asked..Should I use Hot or Cold therapy for a back pain problem.
Hopefully this should answer your questions:
Heat or cold also shut down the nerves that fire the pain signals—heat relaxes them, cold numbs them. When the brain doesn’t get the pain signals, it doesn’t act to contract muscles and constrict blood flow. After applying heat or cold consistently and continually for a certain period of time, the pain-spasm cycle is broken. Then, real healing can begin. - See more at:

When an injury first occurs, use ice first. This is true whether the injury is acute (caused by some trauma like lifting something heavy or sitting too long) or subacute (a flare-up of a chronic condition, like sciatica). It’s also important to use ice fast. You need to get ice to the injury within 5 minutes to get the best effect. If you’re not at home and don’t have ice handy, head to the 7-11 and buy a bag of ice. Begin treatment immediately. Apply ice for the first 48-72 hours. Use it for 20 minutes, then take it off for 20. Repeat as often as you can. - See more at:
 While the overall qualities of warmth and heat have long been associated with comfort and relaxation, heat therapy goes a step further and can provide both pain relief and healing benefits for many types of lower back pain.
Muscle spasm in the lower back can create sensations that may range from mild discomfort to excruciating lower back pain. Heat therapy can help relieve pain from the muscle spasm and related tightness in the lower back.

Heat therapy application can help provide lower back pain relief through several mechanisms:
  • Heat therapy dilates the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the lumbar spine. This process increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, helping to heal the damaged tissue.
  • Heat stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which means that applying heat to the lower back will decrease transmissions of pain signals to the brain and partially relieve the discomfort.
  • Heat application facilitates stretching the soft tissues around the spine, including muscles, connective tissue, and adhesions. Consequently, with heat therapy, there will be a decrease in stiffness as well as injury, with an increase in flexibility and overall feeling of comfort. Flexibility is very important for a healthy back.
Cold Therapy

Do you know when to use ice and when to use heat on a sports injury? Most athletes know to apply ice to an acute injury, like a sprained ankle, but aren't so sure when to use heat. The following guidelines will help you sort it out.
Acute injuries are sudden, sharp, traumatic injuries that occur immediately (or within hours) and cause pain (possibly severe pain). Most often acute injuries result from some sort of impact or trauma such as a fall, sprain, or collision and it's pretty obvious what caused the injury.
Acute injuries also cause common signs and symptoms of injury such as pain, tenderness, redness, skin that is warm to the touch, swelling and inflammation. If you have swelling, you have an acute injury.
Cold therapy with Warm Buddy cold packs is the best immediate treatment for acute injuries because it reduces swelling and pain. Ice is a vaso-constrictor (it causes the blood vessels to narrow) and it limits internal bleeding at the injury site.

What should I use for these treatments?

Warm Buddy have been manufacturing their range of heat packs that can be used for hot or cold therapy since 1995.
These are reusable, I have been using mine for 11 years now and use it daily, I also keep a separate one always in the freezer to use on fresh/new injuries and one for use in the microwave.
Our Sports Therapy wrap is by far the most popular of our hot/cold packs, it has the longest heat holding time and has a weight that really helps work the heat into the muscle tissues to relieve the aches and pains fast.
Back pain relief
Sports therapy wrap for all your aches and pains

 We have a complete range of heat packs that will meet all your needs, be it neck pain, PMS, headaches, lower back pain, also check out the rest of the Warm Buddy family of pain relief products.

We have also introduced a low fixed shipping rate as we are always aware that shipping costs can add up to a high percentage of the purchase.

Also to help you on the way why not use our introductory welcoming discount coupon code, this will help offset the shipping cost.

So in a nutshell use cold therapy for a new injury to reduce any swelling and hot therapy for old injuries, aches and pains.

Remember to keep muscles warm prior to any strenuous exercise as this helps reduce muscle injuries to start with..
Have a happy and safe summer.
Heat or cold also shut down the nerves that fire the pain signals—heat relaxes them, cold numbs them. When the brain doesn’t get the pain signals, it doesn’t act to contract muscles and constrict blood flow. After applying heat or cold consistently and continually for a certain period of time, the pain-spasm cycle is broken. Then, real healing can begin. - See more at:
Heat or cold also shut down the nerves that fire the pain signals—heat relaxes them, cold numbs them. When the brain doesn’t get the pain signals, it doesn’t act to contract muscles and constrict blood flow. After applying heat or cold consistently and continually for a certain period of time, the pain-spasm cycle is broken. Then, real healing can begin. - See more at:
Heat or cold also shut down the nerves that fire the pain signals—heat relaxes them, cold numbs them. When the brain doesn’t get the pain signals, it doesn’t act to contract muscles and constrict blood flow. After applying heat or cold consistently and continually for a certain period of time, the pain-spasm cycle is broken. Then, real healing can begin. - See more at:
Heat or cold also shut down the nerves that fire the pain signals—heat relaxes them, cold numbs them. When the brain doesn’t get the pain signals, it doesn’t act to contract muscles and constrict blood flow. After applying heat or cold consistently and continually for a certain period of time, the pain-spasm cycle is broken. Then, real healing can begin. - See more at: