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

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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.

 

Start the week…Useful daily herbal teas

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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.

 

Best Skin and Mood Refresher…Geranium and Peppermint Cooling Mist

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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.

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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.

Need a tonic for the mind and nerves? Try Bacopa.

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 :

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153866/

http://examine.com/supplements/Bacopa+monnieri/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/128772-benefits-bacopa/

http://www.mediherb.com/product_pdf/BacopaComplexLR.pdf

http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/benefits-of-bacopa-increase-in-helping-prevent-alzheimers-and-dementia/#axzz38frtoE00

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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Hero herb: Hawthorn – The Heart and Vessel Tonic

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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.

Compounds in apples can relieve symptoms of various allergic disorders…study shows

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The saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but there seems to be more mundane benefits to eating this delicious fruit.

After finding that compounds in apples called polyphenols were able to suppress allergic rhinitis in mice, researchers conducted a study with thirty-three patients aged 15 to 65 years with moderate or severe persistent allergic rhinitis, who’d been suffering from symptoms for 3 years or longer.

Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergen, such as pollen, dust, mould or certain animal danders. Once exposed to them, the sufferer experiences symptoms such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose.

The patients were grouped, some were treated without apple polyphenols, others with a low dose of apple polyphenols, or with a high dose of apple polyphenols. Changes in the clinical symptoms were examined.

Significant improvements were observed in sneezing attacks, nasal discharge and swelling, The highest percentage of patients who showed an improvement in symptoms were those treated with higher doses of the polyphenols.

They concluded that apple polyphenols are effective in alleviating symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis. So an apple or more a day may really relieve symptoms of various allergic disorders.

The study does not include details of dosage so it  is impossible to recommend the amount of apples one needs a day to achieve relief. However, if you are one of the many sufferers of allergies, it might be worth increasing daily intake of apples. After all, they are delicious.

Find out more by reading the study results here - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17039666

 

 

Homemade Beard Oil

As beards are becoming more and more popular, I thought I’d upload a recipe for the perfect natural beard oil to keep your beard soft and the skin hydrated.

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Recipe for 30ml of beard oil

- 30ml Good quality Almond Oil – the base of your oil. Seals in moisture and reduces the drying out of skin
- 7-10 drops Tea Tree essential oil – treats the cause of dryness and flakiness
- 5-7 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil – has a fresh aroma and heals skin irritation
- 7-10 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil – treats oily skin and adds citrusy scent

(Instead of Grapefruit Oil, you could try Rosemary Oil, which has similar benefits)

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Shake well and use as regularly as possible! Cover your fingertips in the oil and rub directly on to the skin – give special attention to areas that feel the most dry/itchy.

Hot Oil Treatment

You can do this treatment once in a while for an intense moisturise and condition.

- Apply a liberal amount of the beard oil and use the same method as stated earlier to rub it in

- Soak a towel in the hottest water you can handle and wring it out

- Place the towel on your beard and relax for 10 minutes (minimum)

- When finished wipe of the excess oil and rinse with cold water (adds shine and seals in moisture)

 

Review
I used this recipe on a bearded gentleman and he has been using it daily for around 3 weeks. Here’s his review:

“For me the beard oil was a perfect combination of everything I needed. The issue for me was the rapidly changing weather in England made my beard at times itchy so the beard oil controlled that by moisturising the skin underneath and adding what felt like a layer of protection.  Finally whats great and appealing about this oil was that it didn’t give my beard that oily appearance. With oil in your beard there is a tendency to have an oily shimmer to the beard which makes it look greasy, but with this rubbed in it didn’t give make a noticeable difference. Overall it gave my beard a healthier, more maintainable outlook at a reasonable price point. Plus, you end up saving in correlation to quantity you get out of it and most importantly you get to control what you put in there, its personal to your needs.” – Aiden Jordan (Beard Owner & Enthusiast)

 Images by Aiden Jordan