herbal tea

12 October 2017

Prepare for Winter A Vogel Echinaforce Hot Drink for Cold & Flu
A couple of weeks ago, after coming home from our holiday in Majorca, I caught a cold. When I’m poorly I often supplement medicines with herbal remedies. I do this with colds because I’ve had some nasty experiences with cold & flu tablets available at the chemist. I’ve been known to trip out on that stuff so I avoid.

The general advice for treating colds is to drink plenty of water and keep warm. I’m not someone who drinks tea or coffee so I’ll usually resort to a hot chocolate or add hot water to cordial. I bought A Vogel Echinaforce Hot Drink when I visited Cariad Wholefoods because I liked the idea of having a natural alternative to Lemsip. Echinaforce Hot Drink is a concentrated solution containing fresh extracts of Echinacea herb (95%) and root (5%), and Elderberry juice. It doesn’t have a particularly strong flavour but I found the drink very pleasant. You can take pain relief medication alongside so I took paracetamol when required.

I’m hoping that I won’t get another cold this winter but if I do then I will happily take this hot drink. Even if it is just a placebo effect, I think it’s comforting and made me feel a little better in the short term. Making the drink up was a good excuse to walk away from my desk, put the kettle on and take a little time out.

Sarah x

24 January 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Natural, Organic and Vegan
I know not everyone likes Valentine's Day and I understand it's very commercial but I'm a sucker for an excuse to receive gifts. There is nothing stopping you gifting to yourself. This little list of ideas has purely been generated from scouring the internet and looking for items I might like to receive.

11 December 2012

Clipper Tea Organic Burst
I knew Raspberry Leaf was used for preparing for labour but had not realised it can be good for PMS. From what I have read it may assist in reducing cramps and heavy bleeding. I gave it a whirl alongside my prescribed medications and I did notice I reduced the number of pain killers I took. Obviously some more testing is needed but I was impressed enough to want to try it again, after all tea has got to be better for my stomach than pills.

I have been following Organic Burst on Twitter but it was not until I read Buff Beauty's post about Maca that I took the plunge to buy it. I had not realised that Maca has been found to be beneficial in reducing Menopausal and PMS symptoms. I took this religiously for a week but then lost interest because I dislike the taste. It comes in a powder form and I have to find a way of masking the flavour. So far soya milk with Strawberry Nesquik is the best solution. I also dislike that it doesn't dissolve easily in liquid. Despite this I am going to give it another try so I will keep you updated on my progress.

I'm researching cloth and organic cotton pads as I have problems with Always and Bodyform scenting their towels. Why do they think I want my lady parts to smell like air freshener? I have read some women believe the toxins in non-organic pads are the cause of problematic periods. At the moment the frustration I have with organic pads is I can only see them online. I have been put off ordering because of delivery charges. It would be much easier to throw them in my trolley when doing the weekly shop at local supermarket. The other issue that holds me back is the price. Understandably the cost is higher but heavy periods means I buy mainstream brands in bulk when they are on special offer at the Supermarket. I think if I can combat the heavy periods with an alternative treatment it may give me the push to buy natural and organic pads. In the meantime, if you have any brand recommendations for period care items then I would be happy to hear them.

Sarah x


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