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Summer is an amazing time of the year, full of long days and balmy nights that gives us more time to spend with friends and family and enjoy the great outdoors.   Although Summer may be a little different this year, the warmer, and often changeable weather can still take its toll on everything from our skin to our overall health and wellbeing. Summer can often bring with it a plethora of issues including hayfever, skin irritations, difficulty sleeping, lack of energy, and concentration. Luckily we have some handy tips and product recommendations to help ease those unwanted symptoms of...

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As an advocate for all things eco friendly, I have become a go to for friends, family, and even strangers to recommend products, from sustainable alternatives for cleaning to plastic free travel accessories. But the thing I get asked about the most is beauty – skincare specifically. We live in a world where marketing bombards us every moment of the day, whether we are driving to work, walking through town, surfing the web, or watching our favourite television programs. Product placements and advertisements tell us the latest cream we need to plump, tighten, and smooth; the best new serum to...

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  When we think of lavender, I'm sure the first thing that springs to mind is the calming scent that is perfect to get a great night's sleep. But did you know that Lavender has a wealth of other benefits for our health, skin, and overall well being? Lavender has been used for medicinal purposes since the middle ages however the first documented use of lavender as a healing ingredient is actually much earlier, with reference to Spikenard (Greek for Lavender) in the bible. Throughout periods of history, and over each continent, lavender has been a key ingredient that has...

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aromatherapy, herbal tea, peace and calm, tea ritual -

Who doesn't love a cup of herbal tea! My love for herbal tea began when I was at university in 2005. I discovered green tea, and my obsession spiraled from there!!  I love the ritual of making a cup of tea. It's not just about pouring hot water over the tea bag. To me its a part of self-care for myself. Firstly I choose which mug I'd like, preferably a larger one for herbal. Then I choose which tea Id like, which will depend on the time of day, my mood and how I am feeling at the time. This is why...

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Calm My Mind - Words from a student midwife. I sit down, chairs lined up beside me, another assessment, if I pass this I am one more step closer to qualifying as a midwife. Deep Breath. It’s my sign off placement interview, I must show what I have learnt, how I have grown and what I now know. Deep Breath. I pull on my uniform, ensure my fob watch is in the correct place, pens and notebook in pocket, hair tied up, Deep Breath. My first shift on this placement.  Do I remember enough?  What will I be faced with? ...

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