Holistic, NYRO, Product of the month

October Product of the Month – Organic Elderberry Syrup

Organic Elderberry Syrup is a must have at this time of year, especially if you don’t have the time to make your own.  Elderberries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium as well as anti-oxidants.

These nutritional components are great for helping our bodies protect themselves from the stresses and strains of everyday life including helping us fight off colds and ‘flu.  The syrup can be used to ease the symptoms of colds, but also as a preventative by helping to boost our immune system and defences in the first place.  I took this through the autumn and winter last year and managed to avoid the bugs!

Vitamin A is great for the skin, helping to soothe troubled skin conditions, such as acne, and even reduce liver spots and ease lines.

Other benefits have been suggested as a help for cystitis or UTIs, digestive health and allergy relief.

I love mixing this delicious herbal cordial with warm water and serving to my clients after their treatment alongside the usual glass of water.

The Neal’s Yard Elderberry Syrup is free from GM and is made from 100% organic ingredients!

Wheel of the Year

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox by reaping the rewards of your hard work

The Autumn Equinox is the point in the year when the days are getting shorter and the dark and light are of exactly equal length – a point of perfect balance.

It’s a time when the berries are like bright in the hedgerows and apples and plums are sweetening on the trees.  The sap in the trees returns back to the roots for the winter, creating vivid colourful displays as the leaves begin to die.  The cycle of the natural world is coming to an end as the growing season closes and the sunlight wanes.

But it is a time of great gratitude.  A time to be thankful for the harvest and to reap the rewards of the plans we set in place earlier in the year. Like many of you I set goals at the Winter Solstice, at Imbolc and the Spring Equinox.  My goals mainly focused on my business as you’d expect but there were also other underlying goals that I hadn’t set with clear definition (now there is a lesson in clearly setting goals with detail!) which are coming to fruition around this time.  The health goal and work I’ve been doing with my Heart Chakra are both showing results in their different but still very positive ways.  The business goals have exceeded my expectations and it’s wonderful to see these long term plans such as my work at Twinwoods and Verve Wellness Studio at Bedford Heights coming on line now too.

I have many things to be grateful for in my life – my health and my business, my friends, family and new people coming into my life; and whilst I often take time for gratitude, today I will do so with more definition and from my newly opened Heart Chakra.

In love and light

Ax

NYRO, Pamper

September Product of the Month – Lengthening Mascara

Lengthening Mascara

I don’t know about you, but over the last few years I have been very concerned about the make-up I wear as well as the skincare I put on my body.  Whilst Neal’s Yard no longer do a range of make-up they did keep this, their most popular product and I am so glad they did!

I have been using it now for a couple of years and would not change.  One coat gives a lovely daytime coverage or leave it to dry before adding a second coat and it gives the perfect extra coverage for evening eyes.

It’s the only mascara I’ve tried that doesn’t hurt my sensitive eyes or damage my eyelashes and above all it smells of CHOCOLATE!  Seriously, it does and that comes from one of the main ingredients Carnauba wax.  Here is what Neal’s Yard have to say about it.

NYRO, Pamper, self-love

July product of the month – Beauty Sleep Concentrate

People often ask me which is my favourite Neal’s Yard product and that’s a very difficult one to answer.  You see it changes with the season or when I try something new or when I rediscover something I haven’t used for a while.

I should, however, be able to narrow it down to just one product a month!  This product will be available to test in my treatment room, so please ask if you’re having a treatment and I’ll also be doing a quick review in my monthly newsletter and a slightly longer one here on my blog.

Image of Beauty sleep concentrate bottle on pillow

With shorter nights during the summer, every moment of sleep counts and this little beauty (no pun intended) is a double hit.

The blend of ylang ylang, orange, clary sage and patchouli oils within help evoke a feeling of peace and well-being.  The aromatherapy of these oils creates space in the mind which allows for a restful and restorative nights sleep.

The light, serum-like moisturiser contains narcissus bulb and grapeseed oil which naturally help to lock moisture into the skin without leaving a heavy or greasy feeling.  You can read more about it on the Neal’s Yard website here.

Apply 2-4 pumps after your evening cleansing routine (whatever that may be) and you can use after a serum or just on it’s own.  I find that at this time of year two pumps is sufficient to cover the face and leave my skin fresh and hydrated in the morning.  Don’t forget to hold your hands up to your face after you’ve applied it and breath in slowly and deeply to get the maximum effect of the aromatherapy benefits.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about the products I feature so please feel free to leave comments below, but I’d also love to hear about your favourites so do get in touch and if you send a photo then I may feature it and send you a little thank you present.

Holistic, Lifestyle, self-love

Hayfever

Holistic Alternatives for Hayfever?

For many there will never be an alternative to conventional hayfever medication but I have tried hard this year to see what holistic alternatives I can find.  Much of what I have found does not treat the symptoms directly but works to prevent contact with or absorption of the pollen as well as things to soothe the symptoms.

So far this season I have had far fewer symptoms and therefore have been able to reduce the amount of over-the-counter medication I would normally have taken by this stage in the season.  There is a place for conventional as well as holistic solutions so reduction is definitely something I am pleased with.

  • Keeping windows closed and not drying your clothes out of doors will reduce the amount of pollen you are exposed to
  • Wearing sunglasses (even if it’s not very sunny) will prevent a good deal of pollen getting into your eyes
  • Spreading an oil based balm under the nostrils will help to catch the pollen before it enters the nostrils.  This advice often suggests a petroleum jelly (Vasolene) but if you are looking for a petro-chemical free alternative there are a growing number on the market
  • Building up the body’s immunity by eating foods high in Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fatty acids and other anti-oxidents, will help the body to fight the histamines which cause the unpleasant reactions that hayfever sufferers are so familiar with.
  • Avoiding foods which create a build-up of mucus such as dairy and sugar.
  • Quercetin has unique biological properties that may improve overall health and disease resistance, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects and is believed to prevent the release of the inflammatory chemical histamine.  Quercetin is found in many foods including nettle, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and even red wine, as well as in supplements.
  • Anything that cools on the outside helps to cool on the inside – natural products with aloe vera, white tea or rose will help to cool and soothe symptoms or use a cooling eye pack kept in the fridge and applied when needed.  Some Neal’s Yard products that can help:
    • White Tea Toning Eye Gel can help to reduce the puffiness that accumulates with irritable eyes and blocked sinuses
    • White Tea facial mist or rose water in a spray bottle can help to cool the skin and bring general comfort (an absolute must in my handbag and the products that got me into NYRO!)
    • Eucalyptus salve (or essential oil) in hot water and inhaling the steam can help to clear stuffy noses and congested sinus discomfort
  • Regular reflexology – I’ve noticed this year with my regular reflexology clients who are suffering from hayfever symptoms and are showing an imbalance in the nose/eyes/sinus reflexes, that regular treatments are easing their immediate symptoms and reducing the intensity of their symptoms overall.
  • Eating local honey is often recommended as the bees are collecting pollen from the flowers and plants in your vicinity to make their honey.  Eating this then acts like a vaccination by building up your immunity to the local pollen.  One teaspoon a day is recommended and now that we have neighbours with bees who are very busy in my garden, I’m currently putting this to the test – I’ll let you know how I get on – yum!

Unfortunately for those with an intolerance to pollens there is no getting away from the symptoms of hayfever.  However, there is much we can do to reduce our exposure to the pollens and even to help build up our body’s defence system so that it doesn’t produce so much histamine in response to the pollen.

Please leave me comments below and share the preventions or remedies you use.  You could also share how you get on with some of the suggestions above.

Here’s hoping you have a beautiful and low-symptom summer!