Not all fat is bad – some are “Essential”

Types of fat

The main types of fat found in food are saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Most fats and oils contain both saturated and unsaturated fats in different proportions.  As part of a healthy diet, it is generally agreed that we should try to cut down on foods and drinks high in saturated fats and trans fats and replace some of them with unsaturated fats. However, frequently eating more energy than you need, whether it’s from fat, carbohydrate or protein, increases your risk of becoming overweight or obese, which can increase your cholesterol. Continue reading

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Sole Trader Therapists Beware…

Be very careful what you say “maybe” to as it could be considered to be a contract!

A couple of weeks ago I was approached by a small local newspaper to do an advert. In amongst everything else going on, it wasn’t something that was on my radar and yet I didn’t want to completely dismiss it as in a few weeks time, I would have my therapy room up and running again and it might be useful.  I hadn’t been reading my emails properly for some time and my inbox was full of unanswered, unread mail that I just didn’t have time to get to! Continue reading

Sorry I’ve been quiet on my blog… here’s the reason!

As many who have been following my Facebook page will know, my lovely mum is very poorly and we have been lucky to be able to look after her at our family home and are grateful for the opportunity to spend some quality time with her.

As you can imagine, I’ve been using essential oils…. a lot! I have mixed Immortelle, Frankincense 19297_10155213419280273_4817676757380708914_nand Myrrh into a base of aloe gel to heal the pressure sores she has at the base of her coccyx as a result of being so painfully thin now. Combined with baby barrier – the skin has remained intact.

I’m also very keen not to catch a cold – so we’ve been using aroma diffusers around the house as a preventative measure.

A couple of days ago it felt very much like I was heading towards one, so I decided to get my Aria diffuser going 24/7 with the NYR Organic Defence Blend – the newest pre-blended essential oil which is effective against most common bacteria and viruses. I like the Aria for this purpose as it is much bigger than the Zen and will diffuse all night whilst I am sleeping and if, like me you need to sleep in the dark, the light switches off and it is completely dark.

Thankfully so far so good – dosed up with vitamin C and Elderberry syrup 🙂

 My mum has a Zen Soto in her room and I’ve been using the Festive Blend because this has Frankincense, Clove, Cyprus, Cinnamon and myrhh a fabulous combination for someone who is sufferinFestive room spray & oilg from COPD and the associated anxiety due to her condition. She loves the light and says the diffusion of the oils helps her to relax. I think the oils have really helped with keeping her chest free of infection as well as helping to humidify the room to help with the associated throat dryness due to 24/7 oxygen therapy. Mum has also developed a liking for eucalyptus pastilles which also help with dry tickly throats.

 

I hasten to add that all of this has been done alongside the prescribed medication and with the knowledge of the medical professionals that are responsible for her.  I guess as close as you get to integrated healthcare!  Personally, I think there have been a few raised eyebrows and I very much hope that complementary therapy may be viewed in a different way!  

This blog is very much my own view based on my experiences and should not be used as medical advice.  

 

Join NYR Organic for just £60 – why this might interest you if you are a therapist!

11742757_10153035280285959_6690442582167151118_nI have been a consultant with NYR Organic since February 2012 and I joined initially for the 25% discount for my personal use as I had loved the blue bottles for many years!  At the time I was also training to be a therapist as I’d decided that there was no likelihood of me ever returning to my previous job as a deputy head in a primary school!  I had no idea how to run a business and was very much out of my comfort zone…  However, one thing I did know – that I loved the quality organic products, the ethics of the company and the holistic focus.  At the time, I had no idea how useful joining NYRO would be – both personally and professionally.  Continue reading

Skin healing properties of Immortelle – Helichrysum italicum

19297_10155213419280273_4817676757380708914_nLast week I read a report on the amazing skin healing properties of Helichrysum italicum and so I put it to the test on my dad who is 84 and has had an undiagnosed skin condition on his lower back which comes and goes, but never completely heals up. So I prepared a 2% blend with some of the amazing Immortelle essential oil in the NYR base lotion, and added a bit of lemongrass just in case there create face & bodywas anything fungal going on too and gave it to him to apply 3 times a day. Within a week his skin has almost completely healed and needless to say he is very happy and I have lots of daughter brownie points 😉 Continue reading

Why arnica salve is one of my favourite NYR products

StoreImageServerThis amazing little pot has been my saviour on many occasions and I have used it myself for a whole variety of purposes.  I recommend this to almost all of my clients – particularly if they are suffering pain and inflammation and I have always got at least 5 pots on the shelf as clients find it a great product to use at home being highly effective and so easy to apply. Also a very popular product amongst my therapist and non-therapist team members and one customer who is a reflexologist uses this product a lot in her treatments.   Continue reading

Staying safe in the sun – Protection from UVA/B

10996762_10153001499530959_4913050493436616880_nOver the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of studying, reading and researching – listening to the views of those much more experienced and knowledgeable than myself and forming my own opinion…  So this blog is exactly that – my opinion.  You can agree or disagree.. do your own research, it’s very empowering! Continue reading

Bellabaci Cupping

BellabaciSometimes we therapists have to be reminded to look after ourselves!  Recently I’ve noticed that my wrists are feeling sore after doing deep tissue massage with clients who might be needing work on their shoulders and back – and suddenly this course appeared in my Facebook timeline on the Teach Therapy page!  So… no time like the present!  I’ve paid my deposit and looking forward to using this therapy once I’ve completed the course on July 20th.  The great thing is that I can use it on myself too! Continue reading

Have you “pulled a parsnip” lately? You might want to read this…

IMG_3819Several years ago, I spent a Sunday afternoon tackling a very overgrown patch on my allotment.  Some parsnips that had been left behind from a previous season had gone to seed.  They were very tall and I removed them by tugging the huge stems after having snapped some of them in half. The following day my forearms had huge water filled blisters and it took me ages to work out what had happened.  I thought that I’d burned my arms on the oven, the blistering was so severe, but clearly that hadn’t happened as surely I would have felt it?!  After doing some research, I stumbled upon some information about parsnips and other plants in the same family and something called phytophototoxicity. Continue reading