Health

Rose Quartz Facial Roller Benefits

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I’m sure by now you must have come across facial rollers somewhere on your social media feed or online. It seems like jade facial rollers are having a moment and are being included in many a facial skincare routine and rightly so as Jade has been used for millennia in beauty routines in Asia. Facial rollers now come in other semi precious stones and for me it was a no brainer when I found out that you could get one made of Rose quartz. While Jade was used in the east in Asia, Rose quartz on the other hand was used in the beauty regimes of the ancient Egyptians for many reasons one of which is it’s connection to the energies of self love.

There are definite benefits to using a facial roller which I’ll go into below as well as a short how to on how to use your facial roller effectively. The benefits of using a rose quartz roller in your nightly facial skincare regimen include;

  • Improving skin elasticity

  • Reduces the appearance of and tightens pores

  • Toning the facial muscles and the skin

  • Helps the detoxification and lymphatic drainage processes

  • Helps to reduce the appearance of under eye bags and fine lines

  • Aids the absorption of facial serums / oils / treatments into the skin.

I usually incorporate the roller into my nighttime facial routine after cleansing and toning I use a serum or facial oil to help the roller glide over the skin and to help the nourishing ingredients penetrate into the skin. A favourite oil of mine to use is Rosehip seed oil. I use the roller as follows; In outward strokes rather than a back and forth motion.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

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I’ve recently been battling a cold and as I love nothing more than a natural remedy when I am under the weather, I decided to make an old but tried and true one. Enter Elderberry syrup, it has been used for years as a natural go to remedy for colds and flu and there are several reasons why. It contains high levels of vitamins A and C , is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, lowers blood sugar and encourages healthy skin. Traditionally elderberry syrup is made with honey for its antibacterial properties but if you are avoiding honey for any reason, it can be made with other plant based sweeteners like coconut nectar.

For the syrup that I made, I used dried elderberries which was perfect although you can of course use the fresh variety too. The recipe makes a lovely tasting and healthy medicine and is also good and safe for kids too. Although it’s good to remember that if you do decide to make this and use honey, that honey shouldn’t be given to children under one years of age.

INGREDIENTS 

3 1/2 cups of filtered water

2/3 cup of dried elderberries  

2 inches of fresh ginger root

1 tsp ground cinnamon powder  

1 cup raw honey ( 2 to 3 tablespoons of alternative sweetener if preferred ) 

 

METHOD

In a medium pan add the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and water and bring to a boil. 

Cover the pan with a lid but leave a rack open to allow the steam to escape

Allow to reduce for about 45 minutes (reduce the heat to a simmer) 

When the liquid has reduced by half, remove from the heat and allow to cool. 

Strain the liquid into a glass bowl and add the honey (or sweetener) 

Mix thoroughly and pour into a glass bottle or jar. 

Store in the fridge (It will last for a few months) 

 

DOSE

1 tsp to 1 Tbsp every 3 hours when suffering from a cold or the flu, otherwise just a regular once daily dose will do. 

For children the dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp (about 5ml to 10ml) 

Elderberry syrup can also be enjoyed in some dairy free yoghurt or breakfast cereal or pancakes.  

Happy cold / flu fighting!  

 

Amazing Adaptogens And Their Importance

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Holiday Checklist

With Summer finally here and with most people planning a getaway at some point this season, I thought it would be nice to put together a checklist of things that you could do in preparation for summer travels or even a staycation. Sometimes the preparation that comes with planning a getaway is half the fun and can really help to get you in the mindset of gong away and having a lovely time. Not to mention the good feeling that comes with knowing that you are thoroughly prepared and ready for your holiday.

  • Write Lists; It is good practice to write a few lists in preparation for your holiday things you can include on your list are things to pack in your luggage or things that need to be done before your trip
  • Have a self care session / Pamper day; Set aside a day or two when you can treat yourself to some pamper sessions in preparation for the holiday. Personal self care can be fun and a good way to unwind and relax after a long day. Things you can do are: treat yourself to a pedicure and manicure, have a long luxurious soak in the bath, haircare, moisturise and look after your skin, have a facial, listen to some relaxing chilled music that gets you in the holiday mood.
  • Eat Healthy; No one wants to go on holiday and feel bloated or spotty and everyone would love to look their best on holiday. It makes sense then to eat as healthily as you possibly can in the lead up to the holiday to ensure that you are looking and feeling your best in those holiday outfits and swimwear we all love. So that means more organic whole foods and less processed fare.
  • Get Organised; Planning things to wear and putting together holiday outfits can be a fun way to get ready for your getaway. It is also great for ensuring that you only pack what you really need and get rid of bulk. Getting your paperwork sorted out also gives you peace of mind that your journey will go smoothly.
  • Cosy and Clean; making sure your home and your surroundings are cosy and clean, well organised and clutter free is a great way to ensure that your return is as pleasant and stress free as possible. I mean who wants to walk through the door after a long journey home to a messy and uninviting environment? that just makes things stressful and we need a continuity of calm and relaxation on our return home from what will have been a stress free getaway.
  • Look Forward; Having a holiday to look forward to tends to put us at ease no matter what else is going on in our lives so indulge in those feelings and enjoy as it's good for your mental health.

What things do you like to do to prepare for a holiday / vacation?

Three Ingredient Energy Balls

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The other day after a rather intense yoga workout I was craving something a little sweet that would satisfy my sweet tooth yet be healthy for me at the same time. As I scoured my kitchen cupboards to find something healthy to eat and finding no luck, I decided that the only way I was going to get something that I wanted was to make it myself. The only thing with this is that I was short on time and needed this energy boosting snack to be quick and easy to make so I managed to get these ingredients together as I already had them in my cupboards. The resulting mix was sweet tooth satisfying, energy boosting, nutritious and healthy too.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup of cashew nuts

1/2 cup of pitted medjool dates

1/2 cup of currants or raisins

1 tsp cinnamon

1tsp nutmeg

1 Tbsp coconut oil

 

METHOD

Place all the ingredients into a food processor

Pulse until all the ingredients form a thick paste consistency

Scoop a little of the mixture up at a time and roll into balls

Set on a plate or tray and place in the fridge for 20 mins to set.

Take the energy balls out and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did, if you do try them please come back and let me know how they turned out.

~E xx

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Health Benefits Of Ginger Root

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Recently I have returned to using fresh ginger root in my morning detox tea routine which currently consists of warm lemon water. I have decided to add ginger to my morning detox tea thereby creating a lemon and ginger tea which I drink first thing in the morning to get my metabolism moving as well as keeping my digestive system healthy. I decided to look into the health benefits of fresh ginger root which has been used for centuries for ailments and is now being recognised in scientific circles. I have made a list of some of my favourites below.

  1. Ginger can help with weight loss by boosting the metabolism
  2. Relieves heartburn
  3. Clears the skin
  4. Strengthens the immune system
  5. Reduces menstrual cramps
  6. It is antibiotic and anti-inflammatory
  7. Prevents motion sickness.

Have you used ginger for any health and beauty related purposes?