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!

Reflexology, self-love

Banish the January Blues with a Reflexology Treatment

A reflexology treatment is a great way to balance the body and beat those January blues.  Just imagine snuggling down under a cozy blanket in a quiet space with gentle music in the background, subtle aromatherapy fills the air as your eyes close and your reflexologist begins to gently massage your feet………

But how does it work?

Reflexology has been used for centuries as a form of relaxation and healing, but the modern version we use today was developed from a combination of these ancient techniques and zone therapy.   Zone therapy, which was popular at the beginning of the 20th century, works by applying pressure to one part of the body and seeing results (usually pain relief) in another.  Extensive research and painstaking effort went into mapping the organs and systems of the whole body on the feet.  Each organ, system and joint has a corresponding reflex on one or other, or both feet.

During a reflexology treatment the therapist will massage or ‘thumb-walk’ over the whole foot and by concentrating on specific areas they are ensuring all major systems and organs are covered.  The touch and massage is usually very relaxing and many people will often dose or go into a deep state of relaxation during a session.  I say ‘usually very relaxing’ as there are a few people for whom having their feet touched, let alone massaged, unfortunately has the opposite effect.  But for those who enjoy this type of treatment, there are more benefits than just the relaxing element; I mention above that the whole body has been mapped on the feet so it reasons that if the foot is massaged then so is the body!

How can this help?

By systematically massaging and applying pressure across first one foot and then the other, all systems, such as the nervous or digestive systems, all the organs and joints are receiving the benefits of massage.  These benefits include increased blood flow to the area, which cleanses and repairs and also the release of tension.  The body is incredible at healing itself but sometimes our stressful lifestyles block or hamper the body’s own abilities to fix itself.

Whilst reflexology is not a treatment to cure all ills, it is a very good indicator to show where the body is suffering (not always where we think it is).  A reflexology treatment will also give the body a helping hand to heal itself.  A body that is first relaxed and balanced can then begin to nurture and repair itself.

If this sounds just what you need, you can contact me to book your January-boosting appointment.

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

 

Medulla and friends open day flyer
Events, NYRO, Pamper, Reflexology, Reiki, self-love

Medulla and Friends Open Day THIS SATURDAY

OPEN DAY THIS SATURDAY!  Saturday 17th November 10am to 5pm

I have invited some fab therapists to join me on this Christmas open day, click here to find out what is on offer.

 

I am also showcasing the gorgeous Neal’s Yard Remedies Christmas gifts and other natural and organic products.

Neals Yard Feels like home Christmas campaign
Neals Yard Feels like home Christmas campaign

 

As usual there will be free entry, plenty of hot drinks and cake and a collection tin for Bedford Daycare Hospice.

Gaynor will also be bringing plenty of crystals for sale – pocket healing for yourself or as a gift.