For the longest time I have wanted to invest in a Himalayan salt lamp but never quite got round to it. Well the universe is always listening to your heart’s desires as they say and I recently had proof of this when on my recent trip to visit family I was gifted the most beautiful Himalayan salt lamp. To say that I was ecstatic would be accurate. This lamp is a welcome addition to my home especially in my bedroom where it lives and comes with many benefits for health and well-being which I want to share. It is amazing that this little lamp comes with so many benefits and I’ll go into these below;
. Purifies the air: It pulls water molecules out of the air which contains allergens, pollutants, bacteria and mold.
. Reduces air borne infections and electromagnetic radiation by balancing negative and positive ions which in turn reduces electromagnetic radiation.
. Eases allergy symptoms and provides asthma relief.
. Improves your mood
. Promotes better sleep.
. Increases energy levels .
. It is a environmentally friendly light source.
Have you got or used a Himalayan salt lamp?
As the weather teases us with getting a bit better here in the UK and we get the days are getting a bit lighter with the promise of spring arriving, I have been thinking about incorporating some new products into my facial skincare routine. I currently have a few problem areas on my face with a few dry spots beneath my eyes which I have been wanting to treat for some time now. I had a few requirements which are the usual non toxic, made with natural and animal frindly ingredients. In addition to the standard requirements for me I wanted the product(s) to be made in the UK and also be at a price point that was affordable so as to be sustainable for me to carry on using them for the forseeable future.
Enter Evolve a brand of skincare products that encompasses all of the things I mentioned before and more. The two products that I have chosen to start with are the rainforest rescue blemish serum containing williow bark, acai and copaiba for combination to oily skin and the daily renew facial cream which contains peptides, argan oil and hyalluronic acid. I felt that these two products were exactly what I needed for my dry thirsty skin. After using these two products consecutively for 3 weeks and I can say that I can see a marked improvement in the condition of my skin. My dry patches have all but disappeared and my pores are definitely less visible too. The fine lines that I have had around my eyes have also diminished.
All in all I can say that I am very impressed with Evolve, their ethos as a company and their products so far. I was happy that my order arrived on time and also as a little treat I received a few samples of their other best selling products which I am yet to test. I'm so happy to get my skin ready for spring when it finally arrives.
Have you heard of or used any products from Evolve?
Lately I've been seeing adaptogens popping up everywhere and I thought that it was about time I touched on the subject. What exactly are adaptogens you may ask? well adaptogens are compounds that are found in different herbs, roots and mushrooms. These compounds help the body to deal favourably with stress and stressful situations like anxiety, fatigue and lack of focus. Adaptogenic compounds may seem like a new concept but these compounds have been around for thousands of years in Ayurveda.They help the body by returning it to a balanced state and normalising body functions, targeting and reducing mental and physical stress specifically. Adaptogens help to control the body's response to stress by bringing your hormone levels back to normal and prevent adrenal fatigue. Some examples of adaptogens are
Reishi: A potent fungi and Chinese herbal mushroom, helps boost the immune system to fight viruses and anxiety
Ashwaganda: This Indian herb helps to keep a focused mind, lowers cortisol which in turn eases anxiety and boosts the immune system. It also helps to promote weight loss.
Cordyceps: Another mushroom adaptogen, it isn't a stimulant and helps to maintain constant energy levels. great for an afternoon pick me up or can be used for a workout.
Maca: This is a Peruvian herb that helps to increase stamina, strength, energy and endurance. It has anti anxiety and antioxidant properties as well as helping to regulate hormones. Maca is able to help you wake up if you're feeling tired or calm you down if you're feeling wired.
These are just some examples of the many adaptogens out there and an idea of how they affect our body. Adaptogens come in various forms like capsules, tinctures, powders and teas that can be consued in a hot drink or added to smoothies if preferred. Although some people take them every day and every week, It is advised that you take a break of a day or a week in between taking adaptogens so that you can give them a chance to work on the body properly. It is also advisable to take the adaptogen for some time for example about a month before seeing results as to how well they are working for you.
Have you heard of or taken adaptogens before?
~ E xx
Sometimes being on a healthy journey can be hard work, you know those times where if like me you have a massive sweet tooth you just crave something a little sweet and wholesome?! Well I was definitely having one of those days yesterday. In a bid to be healthy and stay on track with my goals I decided to knock up a batch of pretty yummy low carb, dairy free, grain free and gluten free but definitely not fun free cookies. They definitely turned out to be lovely chewy and flavourful and more importantly hit that sweet spot for me!
Below is the recipe for these tasty treats, if you do manage to make them please come back and let me know how you found them.
1.5 cups of almond meal
0.5 cup of raisins
2.5 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut nectar / sugar
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp almond essence
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Line a baking tray with baking paper
Preheat Oven to 180c
Mix all the ingredients listed in one bowl
Spoon 1 tbsp portions onto the lined baking tray ( I got around 12 portions)
Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until golden brown
Allow to cool and then enjoy with a glass of nut mylk, hot chocolate or your favourite cup of tea!
So I return to blogging after taking a break over the festive period and the early part of the year. The weather here in the UK has definitely been challenging, dark, miserable and grey which has inspired a lot of Hygge moments in my house! With that in mind I have taken to looking at and tweaking my nightly facial skincare routine. I was recently sent a new product to trial and decided to incorporate it into my night time routine. The product in question as you can tell from the title of this post is the Dr. Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood facial oil. According the website the product is full of vitamins and minerals that work together to rejuvenate, renew and protect the skin. It is rich in antioxidants and moisturising properties to keep your skin protected and hydrated when it needs it most. I was quite intrigued by this product not only because it is a cruelty free product (not tested on animals) it is full of ingredients that are natural and non toxic.
The oil comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a dropper and the oil is a lovely pink colour, it also has a rose and sweet aroma. The consistency of the oil itself is not like a typical facial oil and more like a rose water in consistency. I tend to apply this facial oil to my skin at night time after I have removed any makeup and cleansed my skin and before I put a night moisturiser on my face. So far so good with this facial oil, It smells lovely and sits well on my skin not being greasy or pore clogging and knowing that I am feeding my skin with natural ingredients makes me feel really good and ready to get some much needed beauty sleep. The facial oil can be purchased here at a current price of £49.90 and yes it is a little pricey but for what you get it is worth it as it will last a long period of time. This is definitely a keeper for my night time facial routine.
Have you used of any Dr. Botanicals products?
* This review is for a free sample of the oil that I was sent by Dr. Botanicals to review for which I am grateful. However all views and experiences are my own!