August Newsletter

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Welcome to the August newsletter where we take a look at some new products, we have a bit of a tea party as I write a section about some new infusions and we throw the focus on several common health concerns.  Because sharing is paramount, there are a couple of treats, so you will need to read carefully and yet again I have to write about the death of a product, but to balance that, I will tell you about the resurrection of another product. With all the usual news and feedback, I am now going to kick off with one of the treats, which we have done before and I make no apology for doing it again because last time it went wild, so here it comes. Let’s go:

Fabulous Skin

The ageing of skin is a multi-faceted process, which is impacted by lifestyle, dietary choices and genetics.  The cells of our bodies are programmed to have a finite lifespan.  Each time a cell divides, some genetic material is lost, so that on average thirty to forty cell divisions are usually the maximum and after this the cell is considered to be aged. In order to maintain healthy and radiant skin, you need to protect, nourish and help prevent damage to the cells of the skin. Read More…

Tackling Dry Eyes Syndrome

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Dry Eyes Syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is the inflammation of the particular part of the eye called the conjunctiva or the tear gland. This condition affects nearly 30% of the adult population and the typical sufferer is female and middle aged, and it is one of the leading causes for visits to the optician.

Dry Eyes Syndrome can be very uncomfortable and typically the sufferer may experience dry, gritty or scratchy sensations in their eyes. Other symptoms include burning sensations, constant itching, redness, blurred vision and light sensitivity. These symptoms worsen in dry and windy climate especially when the humidity of the air is low. Symptoms also worsen with prolonged use of eyes such as reading, watching television and using the computer. Whilst Dry Eyes Syndrome is not a serious condition, it can really affect the quality of daily life. Read More…

Coconuts

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Ever since man – and woman – were first cast away on a desert island, beauty-hunters have known about the powers of the coconut.  Split one of these strange-looking fruits open, and it’s an instant, whisk-you-to-a-paradise-beach experience, seducing with the lush sweetness of its flesh and milk.  But that’s not all:  for thousands of years, the coconut has been part of tropical beauty rituals:  a hair re-glosser, skin nourisher – and if Cleopatra had been living closer to a palm-fringed beach, would she not have bathed in coconut milk, rather than the asses’ variety?

More recently, the oil-rich coconut fell from favour.  It was too calorific, insisted the fat-phobic waistline-watchers.  More:  that fattiness was of the saturated variety, explained the nutritionists – which surely had to be bad news for our hearts.  (And for the farmers who grew coconuts, too:  since the mid-70s, demand for coconut oil fell, so many were forced to abandon their plantations and head for the cities, to make a living.)  Meanwhile, in body oils and hair masks, coconut’s unrivalled, skin-compatible richness was often replaced by man-made moisturisers.
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Treatment of Warts and Verrucas

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Warts are small protrusions or raised lumps, which are caused by a viral infection often arising as a result of broken skin or a compromised immune system.  The virus normally associated with the occurrence of warts is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  It is estimated that the majority of the population has been exposed to this virus at some point in their lives.  There are over 100 types of HPV viruses and usually each one is responsible for the formation of a specific wart in different parts of the body.

There are many different types of warts varying in shape and site of infection ranging from the common wart (verruca vulgaris) to genital warts. Warts can be highly contagious and hence one should not use towels and objects from people who already have warts. You can also spread warts to yourself from other parts of the body. Read More…

Under Our Skin

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For me beauty has always meant beyond the superficial. Of course, we can see it as a commercialised industry – and it is. In 2012 in the UK, we spent nearly £8,438 million on fragrance, make-up, skincare, haircare and toiletries*. But it works on many levels. In nature, beauty is about attraction and many eminent psychologists talk of the ‘hard wiring’ we have as humans to procreate – the signals of fertility being the youthful clear, unlined skin and thick, glossy hair we so hanker after.

Even if there is an underlying mating instinct going on, it doesn’t necessarily explain the whole picture these days as we manage our fertility, invest in our health and live longer. As a make-up artist pointed out to me recently, it’s not necessarily sexual attraction at work. Yes, when we see someone (or equally something) beautiful, we’re drawn in, and it somehow brings out a protective instinct. It’s rare, precious, we want to take care of it, make it last.  Read More…

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome devastates millions of lives each year.  It is one of the many disorders listed under the general term ‘Repetitive Strain Injury’. Of all the known repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most recognised and prevalent concern amongst the general population.

Carpal tunnel syndrome often develops over a number of years with no noticeable symptoms but when the symptoms do appear, they include a burning or tingling sensation in the fingers, pain and numbness in the hand, an inability to grasp objects properly and a general weakness of the hands.  There has been a noticeable rise over the last decade in the numbers of sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome and it is theorised that for many this may be related to work or recreational activities which require extensive use of the hands especially in static motions such as gripping and/or repetitive motions such as typing, clicking a computer mouse and gaming controllers.

The carpal tunnel is a passageway comprising nine flexible ligaments, the median nerve, arteries, blood and the lymphatic system, which all pass through in order to help function and movement of the fingers and the wrist.  The carpal bones line the carpal tunnel on the backside of the wrist and all the ligaments, nerves and arteries all glide past one another with ease in the carpal tunnel of regular size. Read More…