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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.

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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!

June Meditation programme

Have you heard how powerfully calming meditation can be?  Have your read about it online or in a magazine, or heard about it from friends and want to try it for yourself?  Or have you already joined one of our circles and wish to continue your practice in a group setting?

Come together to learn how to still the mind and find peace within.  Over the next four weeks we will go on to develop a meditation practice you can use going forward.  We will try various exercises and meditation practices so that you can find what suits you best, giving you a grounding for your own practice.

This programme will be a great way to continue your practice if you joined me for an earlier meditation Circle but will equally be suitable for those who have never practiced before.We will sit in practice for about an hour followed by (optional) tea and cake afterwards.

Dates for this programme are 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th June (these are all Mondays).

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  You can book or ask any questions using this contact sheet:

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WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands or ears. Reflexology is generally calming and may help ease stress.

The theory behind reflexology is based on an understanding that areas of the foot (hand or ear) correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to areas on the foot is thought to bring relaxation and therapeutic healing to the corresponding area of the body. Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Reflexology may sometimes be combined with other hands-on therapies to create a holistic approach to wellbeing.

What Happens During a Session?

Visiting a reflexologist should be an enjoyable experience.  Your therapist should provide a clean, comfortable and inviting room for your treatment.

A session is usually carried out in a reclining chair, or on a massage couch, and you should expect to remove your shoes and socks or tights.  Some women may feel more comfortable wearing trousers.

  • a full consultation and medical history will be taken at the start of the session.
  • your feet will be cleaned by the therapist at the start of the treatment.
  • this will be followed by working each foot in turn, applying pressure to stimulate the reflexes of your entire body.
  • the treatment ends with relaxing foot massage.
  • a glass of water will be provided along with full aftercare advice.

massage collection

Possible Side-Effects?

Reflexology is generally a safe and non-invasive treatment.  By clearing blockages or obstructions you may experience an overall body response as the body attempts to release accumulated toxins; symptoms may include

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • flu-like symptoms
  • tiredness
  • heightened energy

Symptoms usually pass within one to 24 hours and may be reduced by drinking plenty of water.

Pouring of fresh water from jug into glass on wooden table

How Else Can It Help?

Reflexology is a way of recognising and locating imbalances in the body’s organs and systems.

The human body is constantly trying to maintain a natural balance.  Sometimes due to stress, injury, a build-up of toxic waste, bad diet or poor elimination, this is not possible and the body becomes unwell. Reflex zone massage picks out these areas of imbalance and with a little work, helps them to return to normal.  It is not necessarily a cure but can help in the body rebalance itself.

Disease is caused by blockages in energy lines and treatment involves clearing these obstructions by stimulating various points along the lines. When congestions are cleared energy is able to flow freely and the body is able to achieve a state of balance.

Safety

Although not an alternative to conventional medicine, reflexology complements and can enhance conventional medicines and treatments.  It is also ideal if you’re seeking relaxation and stress relief.

Choosing a Reflexologist

Each individual therapist brings their own personality and unique way of conducting their treatments. It is important that you have a good rapport with the person who is going to be working with you. You may wish to consider the following points when choosing a reflexologist or other complementary therapist.

  • meet or speak with your therapist before booking
  • location and accessibility
  • training and experience
  • number of sessions
  • cost per session
  • other services/products

If you’d like to speak to me about anything in this article, have any further questions or would like to book an appointment, please complete the contact form below with your query or phone number if you would like a call back.  Alternatively you can find me number directly on the contact page.