How Essential Oils Can Help With Digestive Balance.

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“Stress can often lead to changes in our digestive system, sometimes making our system sluggish other times speeding it up. Looking after your stomach is very important for your overall health” explains Jo Kellett, Tisserand Aromatherapy Wellbeing Collective Essential Oil Expert.

With more and more people searching for natural alternatives, Jo gives her guide on the best essential oils that can provide a natural digestive tonic, or can be applied to the stomach to aid in digestive balance.

For a classic Fix:

Peppermint, Mentha piperita. One of its main actions is an anti-spasmodic, it relaxes the smooth muscles of the digestive system to bring relief to abdominal pain and spasms.

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For over indulgence:

Grapefruit – Citrus paradise. Helpful after eating rich food and when the digestion is sluggish.

For system soothing:

Ginger – Zingiber officinale. A digestive tonic, soothing for all imbalances, from constipation to diarrhoea.

For when you feel it in your stomach:

Cardamom – Ellettaria cardamomum. Good for when the digestive system is directly affected by the emotions, also an effective anti-spasmodic.

For nerves:

Neroli – citrus aurantium. Like Cardamon this essential oil is wonderful for a ‘tense’ tummy, e.g. pre-exam nerves, interview, etc.

How to use:

A blend for physical symptoms

Add 1 drop of Peppermint, 1 drop of Ginger and 3 drops of Grapefruit to 10ml of base oil and massage into the abdomen, circling around the navel in a clockwise direction - this is following the natural path of the large intestine.

A blend for an emotional stomach

Add 3 drops of Cardamon and 2 drops of Neroli to 10ml of base oil and massage into the abdo- men, circling around the navel in a clockwise direction – again following the natural path of the large intestine.

Tisserand Aromatherapy Essential Oils are available from Tisserand.com

Grapefruit Organic Pure Essential Oil, 9ml, £6.30

Ginger Organic Pure Essential Oil, 9ml, £12.25

Cardamom Ethically Harvested Essential Oil, 9ml, £19.60

Neroli (Orange Blossom) Ethically Harvested Pure Essential Oil, 2ml, £37.20

Peppermint Organic Pure Essential Oil, 9ml, £6.60

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The Best Winter Superfoods

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Its January, its cold, its gloomy and we're all feeling the guilt from over indulging at Christmas however with the right nutrition we can banish both the bloat and the blues and get the New Year off to a healthier, happier start. Shape.com  has the low down on 8 of the best winter superfoods to see you through the cold winter months.

If your plate was a crown, there's no doubt that veggies would represent its most precious jewels. They're responsible for reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers as well as helping manage your weight and yet still many of us just don't eat enough! In winter, when salads are not as inviting as a warm comfort-food meal, you can get to the root of this deficit by adding some root veggies to your diet. These superfoods grow underground and absorb nutrients from the soil. Don't be fooled by their rough exterior—root vegetables are some of the healthiest and most delicious foods around! So when the temperature drops, warm up with these produce picks to get a jump start on your daily veggie quota.

Beets

This brightly colored root vegetable is chock full of essential nutrients including folate, vitamin C, potassium, and iron, all of which help boost immunity, aid nerve and muscle function, and support natural detoxification. Beets also contain potent antioxidants called betalains, which have disease-fighting anti-inflammatory properties.

Try it: Fresh beets make a great addition to any salad, or make them the star of the plate by pairing slices with goat cheese and pine nuts. But be careful when handling raw beets. Unless you want your hands to match your pink sweater, you'll want to wear gloves to prevent stained fingers.

 

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Ginger

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You might not think of this sushi sidekick as a vegetable, but ginger is a powerhouse root veggie that's packed with medicinal qualities such as antimicrobial properties and anti-nausea benefits. Additionally, a chemical in ginger called Gingerol helps decrease inflammation and blocks nerve pathways that process pain.

Try it: Aside from steeping powdered ginger in your tea, you can add fresh ginger root to your vegetable stir-fry to give your plate some extra zing.

 

Carrots

Carrots also contain loads of vitamin A for healthy eyes, on top of fiber for good digestion. Plus, this crunchy veggie carries vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, iron, and potassium, all of which are important for fighting off germs during cold and flu season.

Try it: Carrots are so popular because they're tasty raw as a snack, and cooked as a side dish. Blended, carrots also make a great base for creamy soups without the, well, cream (like in this Spicy Curried Carrot Soup).

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To read the full article please visit shape.com

Neom Holiday Heroes

The summer is officially here and that means one thing....Holidays!!!!! It also means there's a certain amount of stress when it comes to packing. With highly priced luggage allowances, carry on plastic bags and 100ml liquid rules, deciding on the essentials can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you're anything like me and you want to take all of your favourite products. Well fear not help is at hands from the lovely folks at Neom.

Neom Organics have created two travel collections to enhance your wellbeing journey. The Holiday Heroes Kit and Wellbeing Discovery Kit both include powerful therapeutic minis packed full of the purest possible essential oils, to keep your skin feeling nourished and hydrated, whilst providing true wellbeing benefits; to relieve stress, aid sleep, boost your energy and lift your mood. 

Holiday Heroes

Travel calm from take-off to touch down with the new Holiday Heroes Kit, comprising of six holiday essentials. Create calm and banish any pre-flight nerves with the Nourish, Breathe and Calm Hand Balm and spritz the Energy Burst On The Go Mist on touch down to instantly re-energise. Prep your skin and mind for a relaxing day in the sun with the Great Day Body Scrub and keep skin glowing with the Great Day Bath and Shower Wash. The Great Day Lotion will help to nourish skin, whilst the Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist helps you drift into a deep night’s sleep, wherever your travels take you.

Holiday Heroes £45
Holiday Heroes contains: 10ml Nourish, Breath & Calm Hand Balm, 5ml Energy Burst On The Go Mist, 50g Great Day Body Scrub, 50ml Great Day Bath and Shower Wash and Lotion and a 5ml Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist. 
 
 

Wellbeing Discovery Kit

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The Wellbeing Discovery Kit is a curated collection of Neom’s 5 best sellers to start you on your wellbeing journey. Begin your day with the Great Day Body Scrub to lift your mood, whilst nourishing the skin. On the go, practice some quick mindful breathing techniques and boost positivity with the Nourish Breathe and Energise Hand Balm. The Real Luxury Body and Hand Wash and Lotion will help provide stress relief after a busy day and the Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist will prepare you for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Wellbeing Discover Kit £36
Wellbeing Discovery Kit contains: 50ml Great Day Body Scrub, 10ml Nourish Breathe and Energise Hand Balm, 50ml Real Luxury Body and Hand Wash and Lotion, 5ml Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist
I absolutely love these kits!!, I'm a huge fan of Neom anyway and so these handy kits mean I can take my favourite wellbeing products on holiday with me. I love using the On The Go mist on long haul flights to settle me before take off and then again when we land to energise. My personal holiday hero though is the Real Luxury body & hand wash from the wellbeing kit. Packed with aloe vera, my skin feels super soft after using in the shower and the fragrance leaves me feeling uplifted and ready to start the day!" 
Available at www.neomorganics.com /Leeds, Wimbledon and Kings Road stores. 

10 Best Low Carb 'On The Go' Snacks.

We've all heard that a high protein, low carb diet is the best for slimming down for the summer, but with so many carbalicious snacks, sandwiches and even salads (I'm thinking the mayonnaise laden pasta versions) filling the shelves at your nearest boots, tesco express and sainsburys local etc it can make eating healthily on the run particularly difficult. However the lovely lot at LIVESTRONG have compiled a list of the 10 best low carb on the go snacks to keep you satisfied without caving in to the crisps.

Sweet and savory while still keeping the carb count down? Yes, it’s possible. Cottage cheese is a nutritious, low-carb staple. Three quarters of a cup with four thinly sliced strawberries supply 15 percent of your daily calcium needs and almost half of your vitamin C requirements. You can vary the flavors by swapping out the strawberries for blueberries or raspberries, and also try seasoning with cinnamon or adding vanilla extract for extra sweetness. CARBS: 10 grams.

Prefer to make your munchies from scratch? Good idea: You’ll know exactly what you’re eating -- no added sugars, preservatives or other crazy ingredients you can’t pronounce. Sharon Richter, a New York-based registered dietitian from HealthiNation, recommends turkey roll-ups as a simple snack you can prepare ahead of time and then stash in your bag for later. To make them her way, take a slice of turkey and wrap it around a pickle slice along with a very thin slice of avocado and tomato. The lean protein and monounsaturated fat combo will keep you feeling full longer -- and less tempted by the office vending machine. CARBS: 9 grams (for three roll-ups).

Lifeway’s BioKefir isn’t quite a smoothie, but that’s the best way to describe this dairy drink that looks, tastes and smells like one. Made of kefir, which is similar to yogurt but a richer source of live and active probiotics (the healthy bacteria that can boost the immune system and aid digestion), these 3.5-ounce shots have as much protein as a whole medium egg. Two flavors worth having on hand at home or work are BioKefir Blackberry, which contains 30 percent of your daily calcium needs, and BioKefir Pomegranate Blueberry, which meets 100 percent of your vitamin C needs. (lifewaykefir.com) CARBS: 10 grams.

A childhood favorite is new again. For a quick, high-protein energy boost, try the totally portable ants on a log. Peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats and satiating protein. The key is to use natural peanut butter made with just peanuts (and salt, if desired) -- avoid butters with any added oils or sugar. Celery gives you a satisfying crunch, and the raisins add a touch of sweetness. CARBS: 10 grams (for two logs).

Forget the portion police! With Sabra’s Classic Hummus Singles, it’s OK to clean out the container in one sitting (something that’s been known to happen when somebody cracks open the family-size version too). This two-ounce pack is just the right amount to satisfy a savory craving and keep you full until your next meal, especially when you use it as a dip for peppers or celery. (sabra.com) CARBS: 9 grams.

To read the complete article please visit LIVESTRONG.

The Vegan Protein Boost Your Breakfast Porridge Is Missing

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and choosing the right one can not only boost your metabolism and brain power but also give you that extra energy boost you need to see you through to lunchtime and prevent you from reaching for those naughty 11am treats. With the majority of nutritionists agreeing that protein is the way forward for staving off hunger pangs, Sheela Prakash at thekitckn.com has the perfect recipe for adding an extra serving of this superfood group to your usual morning porridge and whats more its gluten free!.

"If you're looking for a way to make that morning bowl of oatmeal have even more staying power, you may have already tried to fancy it up. Maybe you've cooked it in milk or topped it with a fried egg, but there's still another way to boost the protein content of your breakfast cereal and it starts by swapping out those oats all together.

Why You Should Be Eating Quinoa Flakes for Breakfast

Quinoa flakes are a solid swap-in for oats or other more common hot breakfast cereals. Made from quinoa seeds that have simply been rolled out flat, they are a great plant-based source of protein and they're naturally gluten-free. While oats contain protein too — and in fact, they contain a similar amount — the protein in quinoa flakes is extra valuable because it's a complete protein. That means it contains all the essential amino acids the body can't make on its own and needs for energy and more. The protein in oats is incomplete, so it contains only some of these essential amino acids.

Since the flakes are so small, they also cook incredibly fast. In fact, stovetop instructions for preparing the flakes as a breakfast cereal requires just 90 seconds of cooking time! Their texture is similar to instant oats because of their size. Try a half-and-half mix with your favorite oatmeal or go for a full whole bowl. Either way, you'll get a hearty, cozy bowl of breakfast porridge that will keep you satisfied.

From there you can top them just like your favorite oatmeal. So if the aforementioned fried egg sounds tantalizing, by all means, add it in! But since you're already getting a generous dose of complete protein, you can keep this vegan with the addition of almond milk, dried fruit, and a dash of cinnamon and brown sugar."

To read more articles like this please visit www.thekitchn.com

Lets get Physical - Activewear for under £35

New Year, New You? Well if part of your lifestyle overhaul is stepping up your game in the fitness stakes we've got you covered with our pick of the best activewear available online and in store for under £35!

Clockwise from top left: Nike Trainers £32, John Lewis Support Bra £30,  Weareall Workout Leggings £8, Reebok Gym Bag £22, Green Lamb Hoodie £30, Boohoo Trainer £15, Adidas Sports Bra £14, Bonds Capri Leggings £35, Boohoo Sports Bra £12, River Island Joggers £15, HM Trainers £20, Puma Backpack £20, New Look Reflective jacket £27.99.

 

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