June Shopping Haul Continued: Health Food Edition

June Shopping Haul Continued: Health Food Edition

 A few days ago I posted my fashion haul for June. I bought a few more bits but these were health food related so I thought it best to do a separate post.
So without further ado, my June health haul..

➀ Heath & Heather Tea ➀
I reviewed this lovely tea company in an earlier post as I was given some of the honey & chamomile tea as a gift by a good friend. I was eager to try another flavour as well as this delicious number because it was so yummy it set the bar high so I knew they were good at mixing leaves into beautiful blends.

☞ Lavendar & Echinacea; The ins and out on the new find:
Lavender tea promotes relaxation and aids digestion. Bonus.
It is a perfect ‘any time of the day tea’ due to its lack of caffeine.
The tea bags are not bleached. Big Bonus.
The colour of the water turns a beautiful shade of pinky red because of the blackberry extracts. Perfect for your red/pink themed tea party. Yey!
Like most herbal teas the tea has a lovely calming effect.

➁ Neal’s Yard Wholefoods Bombay Mix ➁
Our parents food tastes have a big influence on our own; one of the snacks my mother used to have quite a lot was Bombay mix. The slightly spicy, crunchy assortment of delights with the occasional sweet. I haven’t had any for a while because, well I haven’t. So I had them. I enjoyed them; but I clearly have moved my taste buds on to new things. One of the things that I used to love the most was the small sweet raisins and these didn’t really have any sweet bits in them. Disappointing. Added to this, I shouldn’t eat peanuts and I would say 5% of the mix is peanuts. Oh.
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➂ Meridian Almond Butter ➂
This product leads nicely on from the last. I cant eat peanuts, I love peanut butter but shouldn’t eat it. Make way for the almond butter!
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It is bloomin’ delicious! I normally buy the smaller 170g glass jars of almond or cashew butter so when I stumbled across this huge 1kg tub of the glorious stuff I hauled it onto the pay desk. I can not rave about it more. The ingredients are quite frankly, minimal. Minimal ingredients when it comes to food is great news. The less your food is played with, the better. I have snipped the ingredients from their website and check out the dietary attributes – no milk, eggs, gluten, soy, fish.. it goes on. BEST of all, no nassttyy palm oil. If you want to know more or see more of their amazing range of products, here’s your link.
I can’t wait to try out some of their seed butters – sunflower or pumpkin as I have not seen these anywhere yet.
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➃ Neal’s Yard Wholefoods Porridge ➃
Ah porridge, you are so plain and basic yet such a good staple. Porridge has to be about one of the only foods I enjoy plain.. yeah come to think of it, its the only food! I haven’t used this porridge yet but I have included it here as it is one of my staple health food purchases. Why not? Its quick, easy, cheap, healthy, filling, versatile. Have it cooked or part cooked, put it in yoghurt, add it to baking.. I ❤ you porridge and here is my shrine.

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Essential oils & their uses; Clear your cold

Essential oils & their uses; Clear your cold

prodotti-75331-reldb1c9dd58cab42d5bc859a6d0ab74602gold2The common cold is an ailment we all suffer from on occasion and usually when we least need the hassle that it brings. I am keen to get on with renovating our new house (see previous post) but with a cold in tow I am less inspired to get up and go. The best things about a cold are the small things like the continuous sniffling oh and err.. not being able to breath!! I have a cold at the moment and I do all sorts of things to combat and relieve the congestion when its my turn to carry said ‘burden’. One of those things is running a warm bath and adding some cleansing essential oils. The idea is that the steam and soothing properties of the oils will help to shift the sinus blockages and relieve that often unbearable pressure. Other than being helpful in combating my cold & flu symptoms, the warmth of the bath relaxes all your aching muscles which is so ideal after a long day!

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   Once I had run the water and got a good temperature (not too hot) I added:

4 drops of Thyme – Soothing and warming for the chest and clearing to the lungs, this oil is very anti-microbial and anti-fungal.
4 drops of Rosemary – Stimulating and revitalising, helping to clear the mind and invigorate the body. Good for boosting circulation. Excellent in hair care and useful for toning the skin.
4 drops of Eucalyptus – Very powerful antiseptic which works well for the respiratory system by opening up the airways and clearing mucus. Can be helpful for easing aches and pains and supporting the lymphatics. Useful for clearing grief and for purifying the atmosphere. Clears the head.

Laura from NHR organic essential oils gave me some helpful advice regarding oils and the importance of diluting them with a base oil to avoid burning or irritating the skin. She sent me a link to this great blog which holds some amazing advice for using essential oils effectively to great benefit. This particular post talks about how many drops to add and when to add them for the perfect bathing experience..

Within minutes of being in the bath I felt like a new person and my cold shifted and my discomfort eased. I got dressed into warm clean clothes and boiled the kettle to make a honey and lemon tea. I slept so so much better than I have been it was a complete success and set me up for a good start for today.

When buying essential oils, be sure you buy them from a trusted source and, where possible, buy organic. Non organic are likely to contain extra ingredients of which may counteract or inhibit the beneficial properties of the essential oils. I buy mine here – NHR Organic Essential Oils. You can order them online but they are based in brilliant Brighton and have a huge range of organic essential oils which come in their own metal cases with helpful descriptions on. The metal casing also helps the oil last longer as they are best kept in a cool dark place.

I found another post by a fellow blogger which had lots of flu fighting ideas. See it here – Pioneer Settler. She suggests, for example, using tea tree in your bath which is another good choice. I am also intrigued by the catnip tea, I would never have thought of it but if it tastes as good as it makes cats crazy, then I’m up for trying it!

If you by any chance have the next cure for the common cold, please do get in touch as I would be incredibly pleased to meet you and hug you for AT LEAST ten minutes!

Over and out for now oh healthy ones 😉
xxx


N.B. Please read the label as some essential oils are not suitable to use if you are pregnant.  

 

Its time for me to say ‘Hello!’ and admit something…

Its time for me to say ‘Hello!’ and admit something…

Hello there lovely person,
So here it goes..

Who am I and Why am I here…

I am a mid twenties female from the South East of England. Born and bred in Essex, however you would never see me appearing on the likes of TOWIE. That ‘aint me.

I am an organisation “freak”, a girl obsessed with keeping things in order and looking good whilst doing it and I want to share with you all how I manage to manage myself. Yes. everything from how I keep track of everything I have ‘to do’ to what I eat to stay shiny, fit and in shape right down to beauty and lifestyle advice and reviews on my favourite products. I want to share all of this with you to develop myself and hopefully learn some things from my readers. So if you are intrigued in anyway, welcome 🙂

I will be starting a youtube channel up and otherwise you can reach me on instagram (currently my picture is me with a big red lipped smile) or twitter (again another cheesy grinned picture) or pinterest.

Love. ❤