10 keys to happier living

10 keys to happier living – Happiness is a political issue

Their Motto is: Join the movement. Be the change.

Yesterday, at an Inspirational Talk held at the Barbican Centre London, Richard Layard, author of best-selling book Happiness and leading economist, made yet another impassioned case for happier living alongside Professor David Clark, professor of psychology at Oxford University and expert on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Visit http://www.actionforhappiness.org to learn about what they are doing to spread this belief. I was definitely inspired by their dedication, knowledge and assuredness.

Action for Happiness also gives out a simple guide…below…making it easy to get and do Happy.

Do you have any tips that work for you? Share them with us!

Action For Happiness

3 things to sustain you through the week

relax Try this simple recipe for a sea bass meal –http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/salt-crusted-sea-bass-with-rosemary-lemon

Serve with: New potatoes – skin removed after cooking alongside steamed fine green beans. Make a tasty dressing for potatoes – by mixing chopped fresh chives and thyme with dried oregano (a spoonful each). Add the grated peel of half a lemon, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 6- 8 of extra virgin olive oil. Crushed garlic (1 clove) is optional. Season with salt and pepper then add the potatoes and beans and mix well.


Relaxation Tip

Relieve stress and relax and invigorate your upper body muscles with Yoga Lion Pose. Yoga practitioners say this pose effectively gives you an outlet for this negative energy. This posture gets its name from the way you stick your tongue out as far as possible and the way you hold your fingers splayed out, resembling a roaring lion.

Learn how to practice here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lGbSkrqTME

I find that just sitting comfortably or standing straight with hands on knees while practicing is also helpful.


Relaxation Tip

Frankincense Essential oil can be comforting and useful for helping overcome stress. Easy ways to use it include applying it topically, inhaling, dabbing a few drips onto your pillow at bedtime or even in your bath or face and body creams.

This is how to beat Monday morning blues

starting point

Start the Week…with stamina- inducing tips from long distance runners…

Stay hydrated by programming yourself to reach for water at very regular intervals.

Maintain good blood glucose levels by selecting food, snacks and drinks e.g. complex carbohydrates. Some people swear by half an avocado dressed with a little lemon juice and pinch of salt – as a pick me up.

Feed even when you lack appetite or have little time.

Eat a variety of foods to avoid flavour fatigue.

Be wary of sugary drinks whether promoted as ‘sports or soft’ drinks.

Consume enough calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium in your diet and adequate electrolytes particularly sodium.

Doses of caffeine can boost performance and alertness but is usually best when taken after a meal to aid digestion.

Be flexible and open-minded and reach out to your support crew whenever needed.


3 herbal energisers to start the week with

useful daily herb teas

Start the week with these useful daily herbal teas…

Green Tea – a stimulant that contains caffeine and is a healthy alternative to coffee or ordinary tea and does more than just keep you awake.

Compounds in green tea can improve brain function, physical performance and health as well as being active against bacteria.


Peppermint and Licorice Root Tea – a cup during the day when you start flagging is marvelous.

Peppermint herb tea opens up the circulation and refreshes the head, mind and body. Its oil is used to relieve various aches and pains.

Combine with a little licorice root for a delicious drink to improve the function of the adrenal or ‘stress’ glands and help soothe the stomach after meals.


Lemon balm and Chamomile Tea – works well when taken at night after dinner or just before bedtime.

It is a nice combination of herbs that are known to calm digestion and nerves and increase overall relaxation.

Tip – Herbal teas keep your body hydrated throughout the day, which is important for healthy organ function. You can buy loose organic herbal teas and combine them to your taste or have these combinations prepared for you.


Refreshing spray to lift your skin and mood

Cooling Mist

This organic aromatic water is our hero product so says clients’ feedback!

“Well balanced and effective “

“Aroma is minty and cooling”

“Sensation on the skin is fresh”

“Really does calm the mind and cool the skin”

This blend seems to work great as a mood lifter, aftershave spray and “hot flush” spray for menopausal women.

Comprises of fresh geranium and peppermint leaves distilled in spring water until enriched with both the essential oil and the water-soluble volatile components.

Best Healing Cream for cracked lips, nappy rash, bruises, surgery cuts and wounds.

healing cream

This Granary Herbs Healing Cream works wonders on the skin! Contains Essential oils – Rose, St John’s Wort, Echinacea, Calendula and, Oil of Tea Tree.

Use twice a day until area is healed. Then apply Lavender oil to ensure no scar tissue remains! Buy from www.granaryherbs.co.uk.

How to stay mentally alert when stressed

If you need help with concentration and focus, Bacopa herb contains compounds, which have proven to support mental performance and concentration.

As a tonic it supports memory and brain function and promotes clarity. Some years ago I found this tonic really useful during exams especially when mixed with Gotu kola and Rosemary.

Use top quality liquid medicine or standardized tablets for up to 3 months for effectiveness.

Scientific research on Bacopa can be found here :






Kitchen Table Wisdom-Life is for the Well

“One of my patients who has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome spent several years seeking help for her symptoms, going from doctor to doctor obsessed with the minute details of her physical problems, which she tracked on a daily journal. She no longer does this. What she had thought was that you had to be without symptoms to enjoy life, to go to the theatre, to have children, to love. It was as if life was only lived by well people.

In meditation, it came to he that her chronic disease was not stopping her from participating in life, but the meaning she had assigned to it, that she could not participate in life because of it, was far more limiting than the disease itself. She was surprised to learn that there was absolutely no reason why if she felt weak or was in some pain, she couldn’t still go to the theatre.

It might take longer to get to her seat. Once there, if she felt too poorly, she might have to leave early. She might even miss the last act. One never knew. But the meaning she had assigned to her symptoms was causing her to miss the whole play.

She has stopped pursuing the perfect health she once had and does what she can to strengthen her body in simple, natural ways. Instead of seeing four or five doctors a week, she now consults her doctors for only serious problems. She has discovered that by being willing to begin without being certain of the outcome, she is often able to do a great deal more that she would have thought.

Laughingly, she says that she has made a substitution in the cross-stitched sampler that hangs on the walls of her inner life. It used to say, “Life is only for the well.” Now it says, “Anything worth doing is worth doing half-assed.”

Excerpt from ‘Kitchen Table Wisdom’ by Rachel Naomi Remen.

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Herbal tonic for the heart and blood vessels – Hawthorn


Hero herb: – The Heart and Vessel Tonic

Hawthorn is a traditional western herbal remedy for health conditions connected with the heart and blood vessels. It is found growing naturally in parks and bushes.

Hawthorn has been researched and put through several scientific trials and studies. Check out some of them here. It has proved an effective remedy and a great support for most cardio diseases.

 What does it do:  When taken regularly and as prescribed by a professional health practitioner :

  • Can improve circulations
  • Can reduce angina attacks and its symptoms
  • Can reverse age-related heart issues
  • Can be used to reduce or minimise heart–related disease
  • Can act as a tonic

What parts are used: The whole plant is used in herbal prescriptions i.e. leaves, flowers and berries.

What does it contain: Flavonoids, lots of acids and procyannadins amongst other compounds.