Winter Skin Care

podcast of July 14 here

Did you know you can make a face mask out of just about anything you have in the kitchen?
First up – the honey pat – this is an amazingly effective skin soothing & softening treatment. Best to do this in the bath – they can be a bit messy!
All you will need is about half a tablespoon or so of any honey. Manuka would be great if you have acne. 
So – put the honey on your fingers, and apply to a dry face with tapping motions. Do this until you are sticking to your face, leave for 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse off. Don’t worry about having a sticky bath, it’s a very small amount.
If you have ground LSA (that’s Linseed, Sunflower & Almond) for your smoothies or porridge, you can make it into a very suitable and effective mask, to 2 tablespoons add a little extra-virgin olive oil, enough to make a spreadable paste, then apply to dry skin. 
You can use yoghurt if you aren’t keen on oil.
If you don’t want to do this in the bath, just spread a towel over whatever you are going to lie down on.

Body Scrubs

body scrub ingredients include salt – all kinds of salt – probably not rock salt though – bit rough! if you are keen, you can infuse your salt with all sorts before you make your scrub/polish – thyme & lemon zest, lemon, Lime, Mandarin zest, lavender flowers, calendula petals,  bay leaves, juniper berries for detoxing. Have google to find ideas & recipes.
Spent coffee from your local cafe – grab a bag, make some scrub and put the rest on your garden or compost.

This is one I use regularly – grind up some whole oats, mix that with 2 parts raw sugar, add enough of your extra virgin olive oil to change it’s colour, and voila! Put a jar of this near the shower, and use 2-3 times a week. It will exfoliate and moisturise at the same time. If you have any essential oils, they make a great addition  – Geranium, Palma Rosa, Cedarwood are all good choices for dry skin. 
mature skins love Geranium, Clary Sage, Petitgrain, Rosewood, 
try Cedarwood for manly skin.

What is Naturopathy?

podcast of June 30

today you’ll hear a ‘re – minder’ to pay attention to your life – its moments and just how good they really are.
Then – a wee introduction to Naturopathy, from King Henry VIII’s 1154  Herbalist’s Charter, which is still in effect in England – to Hildegard of Bingen, the incredible visionary Abbess who lived in the 12th century. Right to us today, looking after ourselves wholistically….

I talk about Reflexology, Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy, Herbal medicine, Supplement Therapies, and Bach Flower Remedies.

From the Aromatherapy section, here is

 Feet Treat

Rejuvenate tired and sore feet after work by adding 5 drops of Lemon oil and cup of Epsom salts to a foot bath. This method also supports the body’s natural lymphatic drainage processes.