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Coffee’d out!

It’s so easy to get hooked on hot cups of coffee in the winter – but they’re not the best friend to your skin.

Here’s an alternative:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 teaspoons freeze-dried dandelion coffee
  • ¼ teaspoon raw honey
  • Dash of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ glass raw milk heated but not boiled
  • Hot water

PREPARATION:

  1. Place freeze-dried dandelion  in large mug.
  2. Add dash of hot water and stir to dissolve.
  3. Add raw honey, and mix well.
  4. Add dash of vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Fill with the hot milk and top up with hot water

Enjoy!

The Journey

The Journey

by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations, though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
but little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Skin brushing

Skin Brushing – What’s not to love!

I know, your mornings are already filled with ‘action’ from the moment you get out of bed to the moment you arrive at work, so the last thing you need is something extra ‘to do’.

These extra 5 minutes can make all the difference to your health AND your skin.

‘ Why’ you’re asking….well, your skin receives a third of all the blood that’s circulating so whatever is in your blood will be delivered to your skin. And your skin is your largest organ of detoxification.

So skin brushing makes sense.

Not only does it make sense but you will actually feel the benefits.

Dry body brushing sheds the old dead skin cells and allows new cells to come to the surface. That means you have smoother and clearer skin.

You improve blood circulation to the area and you encourage lymphatic drainage. Your lymphatic system is like the hoover in your body – it transports lymph, a clear and colourless fluid that contains the white blood cells which help your body get rid of toxins, cellular waste and other unwanted materials.

What is the one problem that practically every single woman complains of? It doesn’t matter whether she’s tall, short, sporty and fit, fat and lazy, loves raw food or lives on carbs. The answer is cellulite. Skin brushing really helps to smooth out those dimpled areas on your legs.

Dry skin brushing opens up the pores and allows your skin to ‘breathe’ so no more clogged pores and flaky skin.

How often should you do it?
Every single day. Your skin needs to be dry so the ideal time is just before a shower. If you stand on a mat or large piece of paper, you can see how much skin comes off – yes, it sounds disgusting looking at all your dead skin, but it’s interesting to see how much comes off – you’ll most likely be horrified! A complete skin brush should take no more than 5 minutes.

Direction of brushing?
Brushing should always be towards the heart because lymphatic fluid flows towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
Make long, sweeping movements starting from your feet and moving up the legs on both sides towards your heart. Brush from fingertips up towards your chest. Over your stomach, brush clockwise so that you follow the direction of your colon. Areas not to be brushed are your face, throat and any areas where the skin is broken or inflamed. Be aware of the softer more sensitive skin around the chest and breasts and never brush over sun burnt skin or skin cancer.
Be careful not to brush too vigorously! It’s not meant to be red or irritated.

Type of brush
Use a brush with natural bristles, not synthetic. The bristles need to be stiff but not too hard and it’s useful to have one with a handle you can attach for the difficult areas to reach on your back.

After you’ve finished
Make sure you have a shower to wash away all the loosened dead skin cells. If you alternate hot and cold water you increase circulation to the skin. Finish with cold water.

The benefits you’ll feel far outweigh the extra 5 minutes you need every morning.
You can help both your health and your skin. Often we don’t realise how important our health is until we lose it.

The Invitation

The Invitation

by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Stress and Skincare (part 2)

Most of us live with stress, the issue for our health and our skin is how we handle it; stress and skincare are partners  – we need to understand the relationship.
Not only does our skin suffer but adrenal exhaustion from too much stress can trigger allergies, food cravings, poor sleep, depression, weight gain, low blood sugar, compromised immune system, you’re tired all the time, you get coughs and colds that never go and more. A tired body = tired skin.

So what can you do about stress? It might seem a silly question because for most of us we’re all leading incredibly stressful lives and of course we can’t make changes if we don’t first identify what the stresses are and therefore what we need to change.

Apart from the obvious culprits of emotional and mental stress, it’s good to think about the basics ie lifestyle and dietary choices. If you think your health and your skin is compromised by your diet, then it’s never too late to make changes!

One of the first places we see the signs of ageing is in our skin.  Stress and skincare are intimately linked. The accumulated effects of doing all those things we love to do – getting a sun tan, eating chocolate and ice cream, drinking delicious wine, enjoying a long cool, fizzy drink in the summer can all add up to creating inflammation and free radical damage which is now known to contribute to the ageing process. But there are lots of things we can do to help slow down this ageing process and which will, at the same time, help to make us generally healthier. This has to be good news!

While there’s no magic pill that can make you look 20 years younger, you can help your skin in a number of ways – staying out of the sun, not smoking and eating a healthy diet.

Where are you on this stress curve?
Photo: STRESS AND YOUR SKIN    PART  2 </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Most of us live with stress, the issue for our health and our skin is how we handle it.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Not only does our skin suffer but adrenal exhaustion from too much stress can trigger allergies, food cravings, poor sleep, depression, weight gain, low blood sugar, compromised immune system, you're tired all the time, you get coughs and colds that never go and more. A tired body = tired skin. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>So what can you do about stress? It might seem a silly question because for most of us we’re all leading incredibly stressful lives  and of course we can’t make changes if we don’t first identify what the stresses are and therefore what we need to change.  </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Apart from the obvious culprits of emotional and mental stress, it’s good to think about the basics ie lifestyle and dietary choices.  If you think your health and your skin is compromised by your diet, then it’s never too late to make changes! </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>One of the first places we see the signs of ageing is in our skin. The accumulated effects of doing all those things we love to do - getting a sun tan, eating chocolate and ice cream, drinking delicious wine, enjoying a long cool, fizzy drink in the summer can all add up to creating inflammation and free radical damage which is now known to contribute to the ageing process.  But there are lots of things we can do to help slow down this ageing process and which will, at the same time, help to make us generally healthier.  This has to be good news! </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>While there’s no magic pill that can make you look 20 years younger, you can help your skin in a number of ways – staying out of the sun, not smoking and eating a healthy diet. Where are you on this stress curve?

Stress and Skincare

You might have seen an article in The Times on Saturday 28th September talking about stress and its impact on our health. But what about your skin, stress and skincare, what’s the connection?

Stress and skincare are intimately linked, how many of us get flare ups when we’re under stress?  Today we are bombarded with stresses never before experienced in history. These are just a few of the ‘energy thieves’ we learn to live with: Emotional stress, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, sugar, caffeine, acute and chronic infections ie yeast/bacterial/parasites, fear, anxiety, depression, poor diet and junk food to name just a few!

Stress, no matter where it comes from, affects us on MANY levels. Stress is coped with by your adrenal glands and depending on the level of stress they have to deal with, the rest of your body will try to compensate and adapt – we’re hard wired to survive!

Stress and skincare  go hand in hand; the hormones involved, in particular adrenalin and cortisol, can impact your skin directly and indirectly.
Adrenalin diverts blood away from your skin so it doesn’t receive proper nutrition.
Emotional stress stimulates hormonal changes and you break out in spots.
Stress causes muscle tightness and slows down the blood flow to your skin.
Excess cortisol lowers your immune system and your skin is more prone to infection.

Most of us live with stress, the issue for our health and our skin is how we handle it.