When it comes to our teeth, most of us could do a little more. Heck, the majority of us could say that about anything when it comes to health. But, teeth are often a primary source of neglect due to our dislike for dentists. How often do you try to forget about them between those annual checks? Most of us ignore niggles, stains, and swellings far more than we should.
In truth, though, this ignorance is the main reason those visits are such a source of anxiety. It’s possible that seeing the dentist wouldn’t be a trauma at all if we looked after things. We’d be our dentist’s favourite patient, and face no work to speak of. Bliss.
The good news is, it’s never too late to get into this habit. If you improve your care routine now, your dentist could still come around to you. Even better, many of these improvements are often simpler than we think. Brushing better is always a goal to aim for, of course. It’s also worth cutting out bad habits. Replace smoking with the latest e-liquid alternatives, and swap the wine for something a little less damaging. Then, head to your kitchen cupboard and give these natural remedies a try.
It’s everywhere at the moment, and it should be in your mouth too apparently. Oil pulling has been around for centuries and is even described in some ancient Indian texts. Yet, it’s made a significant reemergence recently, with the world going wild for coconut oil pulling. In this practice, you melt a tablespoon of oil (any type works) in your mouth and swirl it around for 5-20 minutes. Then, you spit it out, rinse, and brush. Doing this once a day is thought to have many benefits for gum and tooth health, as well as helping to whiten your gnashers. Bear in mind that it’s crucial to brush straight after. The main reason this works is that oil draws out harmful bacteria. You don’t want those crawling around in your mouth for too long afterward!
Green tea is also worth a mention here. It’s good for us in every way, so is it any surprise that it can help our teeth, too? Mainly, green tea can have a positive impact on periodontal health. This is thought to be due to catechin, which can reduce inflammation in the body. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation. So, it makes sense that those who drink green tea on a regular basis are less susceptible.
Apple cider vinegar
While not quite as stylish as coconut oil, apple cider vinegar is another thing which seems to appear often. And, rubbing small amounts on your teeth can act as a natural whitener, as well as cleansing your teeth and gums. Bear in mind, though, that apple cider vinegar is incredibly acidic. We all know that acid and teeth aren’t a good mix, so much like with coconut oil, make sure to clean thoroughly after this practice!
I bet most women have dreamt of waving a magic wand to make their fat disappear in an instant, especially those of us with mum bums and mum tums. It seems like after having kids our bodies are never the same again. They simply do not ping back into shape. Even through eating the healthiest diet possible and exercising several times a week I still have undesirable areas of fat on my body. Lumps and bumps that just don’t want to seem to shift. If you don’t want to wait for the healthy regime to get rid of those pesky cells, then there is a way to make fat disappear by freezing it with a method known as CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting uses a technology called Cryolipolysis to freeze the fat cells away. There are no needles involved, no surgery and no damage to any surrounding tissue or skin. There are minimal after effect, so you may be able to continue with your day as normal after a treatment. Some people experience redness or slight swelling, so if it’s on your face you might want to take a day off work.
How does it happen?
‘CoolSculpting uses a pack to deliver controlled cooling to a targeted area of fat cells for one hour. During this time the fat cells freeze, causing them to die. Over time the body naturally removes these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you; and a very simple way to lose belly fat and more.’
It sounds too good to be true!
Pulse Light Clinic in London offer this treatment which they say is a non-surgical or invasive treatment and can take from around 40 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the area of the body being treated. The areas suitable are: under the chin, bra fat, back fat, flank (love handles), abdomen, under the buttocks, inner and outer thighs.
Need more convincing?
There’s minimal discomfort during the process.
The fat cells that are treated are gone for good.
There’s an average of a 20% reduction in fat cells per treatment (though results can vary person to person)
FDA cleared, safe & effective
If you’re wondering what people look like before and after the treatment, here are some real life examples:
Pulse Light Clinic in London offers a free consultation where you’ll be able to discover if the treatment is right for you. You can contact them at one of their two London locations:
Bank / Liverpool Street Clinic 0207 523 5158 1st Floor, Peek House, 20 East Cheap, London, EC3M 1EB
Oxford Street / Tottenham Court Road Clinic 0207 205 4085 5 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DG
Sometimes I really don’t represent being a female very well. I honestly find getting myself ready in the morning and before bedtime such a bore. I’m not someone who can spend hours in front of a mirror perfecting her makeup and enjoying the process. I’d honestly rather be using my time more wisely. To blog, make money or exercise usually. I tell Ben ‘time is money’ and he tells me I sound like some crazed entrepreneur. It’s perhaps why I’ve spent less and less time getting ready since becoming a parent and even adopted wearing no makeup at all in recent months; true natural beauty, or rather one very tired and haggard looking mama. The days I do bother to put makeup on will be the only days Ben says I look really good (even though he’d usually ask me why I put all that rubbish on my face and tells me I don’t need it, ha!)
With all that being said, there is still one thing I do enjoy when it comes to getting ready in the morning. That’s a long hot shower! There’s nothing quite like it. Not just for getting clean, but for having ten minutes to myself kid- free in a relaxing enjoyable environment. And to make my showers as pleasurable as possible, I choose to use the most natural based and scrumptious smelling products I can get my hands on.
Why I choose natural beauty products
I choose the most natural based products I can find for both my protection and our environment. Everything we use on us ends up in the environment and many mainstream products are filled with nasty toxic chemicals that pollute the water, kill marine life and end up contaminating our own water supply. Not only are these toxins causing damage to the environment, but we’re smearing them all over our skin and hair allowing them to seep into our skin and around our bodies, causing who knows what damage. I’ve written before about the dangers of parabens; see What’s in my natural makeup bag and Why I'm mad at Calpol
There are numerous articles online suggesting the average woman applies 168 artificial chemicals to her body every day. This just cannot be good. I know many companies argue they use ‘safe’ amounts of these toxins (if there ever is such a thing as a safe amount), but even if it is safe in one product used once in a while, most women use several products several times a day. I’m sure the build-up of these chemicals in our systems and the constant use cannot be good. It’s also interesting to note that companies who do independent testing of ingredients in beauty products, such as Whole Foods, will refuse to sell anything containing anything from a list of over 100 ingredients because of their potential harm. Yet these ingredients will be widely used in cosmetics elsewhere. If their studies are finding these dangerous, why are other companies allowed to use them? It seems to me the beauty industry and its ingredients are not regulated properly at all.
For a few years now I’ve refused to use anything containing parabens or SLS and actively search for products with high natural based ingredients. The extra searching and extra cost for high quality natural safer products is totally worth it in my opinion. Every now and then I get an amazing opportunity to try a natural beauty product to review for my blog. It’s a great chance for me to sample a product I’ve never tried before and to learn of a new inspiring brand.
Natural Beauty Product Review: NEEM Sweet Orange and Cedarwood Shampoo from Tri-Dosha
A couple of weeks ago I was kindly sent a shampoo to try from a website called Tri-Dosha. The shampoo is from their NEEM collection and promises to be a soothing blend of sweet orange and cedar wood. It’s in a 250ml sized bottle with a handy pump dispenser. Pumps are always great for making sure you only uses exactly how much you need and don’t waste any by pouring lots out accidently! It would be good if it came with a screw top version too as I’d love to take it to the gym. I can’t seem to lock the top again to be able to take it with me. Though this may just be me…
The first thing to hit me was the delicious sweet smell. It’s an all year round smell - citrusy for refreshing summer showers, but the orange is also the perfect Christmas scent too. It smelt delicious and built up as the shampoo foamed up in my hair. Yep, it foams up! Many of the natural shampoos I use seem to disappear into my hair with no foam so I have to use more, but this Neem shampoo foams up more and more creating a stronger aroma and meaning less is needed than many other brands. A few pumps is plenty enough for my mid-length hair.
When the shampoo’s rinsed out, my hair feels instantly squeaky clean. I know this can be a sign of shampoo still in the hair, so I wondered this at first, but I’d rinsed for plenty long enough and my hair still had that amazing clean feeling just by touching it in the shower. I was right and it was all washed out properly and just amazingly clean hair!
I’ve been using it a couple of weeks now and my hair looks in great condition. I have oily hair and usually after 1-2 days it looks pretty greasy around the roots, but it’s been looking healthier and less like it needs washing so quickly.
What are the benefits of neem seed oil for hair?
The shampoo is from their NEEM range and contains neem seed oil. The oil comes from an evergreen tree in India not surprisingly called neem. It’s rich in anti-oxidants and is well known for its anti-bacterial properties.
Here’s a roundup of neem’s benefits for hair:
Improving scalp health
Increasing hair strength
Promoting hair growth
Conditions dry and damaged hair
Please note, if you are pregnant or trying to conceive you should avoid neem containing products.
Why buy from Tri-Dosha?
One of the best things about buying from natural beauty companies are the values they hold. They actually care about the ingredients you use and what you’re putting on your skin. Many large conventional companies seem to only care about using the cheapest ingredients and making the most profits. I feel much safer buying from smaller independent companies who are trying to do good. Tri-Dosha seem to feel the same way I do about products and they say:
‘We really care about what goes on your skin. We know it’s a bit of a cliché but you are what you eat - and it’s the same for the products you use.’
It’s exactly how I feel. I believe it’s so important what we put in our bodies and on our bodies. It can affect our health now, but over time it will affect our health in the future. Thankfully all of the products sold at Tri-Dosha contain no nasties. They are free from animal testing, artificial fragrance, petrochemical, SLS/SLES, and parabens. The shampoo I used contains 65% naturally dervied ingredients. The essential oils used are ethically sourced and are an important holistic ingredient affecting not only the body, but the mind and soul too.
Sweet Orange & Cedarwood Soothing Shampoo £ 10.45 250ml / 8.8fl oz Our pure gentle daily shampoo is laced with a natural protein of neem which nourishes, cleanses and fortifies all hair conditions. Complementing this is a signature blend of cedar wood, chamomile and sweet orange to guarantee a calming and soothing aroma.
*I was sent this product in exchange for my honest review
As the new year is quickly approaching, many of us are thinking about the resolutions and changes we want to make for the year ahead. Whether you’re thinking about giving up a vice, losing weight or travelling more, the new year is the perfect time to set intentions and make changes.
The hair experts at Crown Clinic have been thinking about the simple lifestyle changes you can make so that 2018 is your best hair year yet! Take a look at their top tips for how a healthier lifestyle in 2018 could affect your hair.
Stress impacts us all at one time or another, and can have an impact on all aspects of our health. Your hair is no exception to this, and for many people, their hair can be particularly susceptible to stress.
If you’ve gone through a period of intense stress, you may find your hair beginning to thin, or even a grey hair or two emerging. Although it’s impossible to remove stress from our lives completely, you can manage your stress levels with techniques such as mindfulness, meditation and gentle exercise.
Change your diet
We all know the importance of having a healthy, balanced diet to stay on top form. Your diet is also really important to maintain a full head of hair.
It’s key to make sure you’re eating a wide range of healthy foods, to ensure your hair gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs. Restrictive diets may negatively impact your hair health, and eating a diet that lacks iron may result in conditions that cause hair loss. As well as eating a balanced diet, make sure to stay hydrated for glossy, healthy hair.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is incredibly important for health in general, and all of us should be aiming to get between six and nine hours each night. Whilst we sleep, our bodies restore themselves, healing from the activities of the day and preparing for anything that may come your way. This healing and restoration is important for hair health too, and you’ll find that the more sleep you get, the better your locks will look.
Not only is exercise a great way to unwind and de-stress, it’s also great for your hair too. Cardiovascular exercise, such as running, helps to build your heart health, and increase blood flow to all areas of your body. This increased blood flow helps to carry oxygen and nutrients to your scalp, giving your hair a boost.
These simple tips will help you not only to feel a little healthier in 2018, but will help to perk up your hair too, for luscious locks for years to come!
Being eco-friendly is becoming more and more popular as we realise we need to live sustainably to protect our planet for future generations. It’s also a great way to look after ourselves too by creating a healthier environment to live in and using healthier toxic free products in our homes and on ourselves. Not only this, but becoming more eco-friendly is also much friendlier to your wallet. There are lots of ways you can live a more sustainable lifestyle that will also save you money in the long run.
Here are six ways you can be eco-friendly around the home and save money at the same time:
Do you clean your face every evening and morning with cleanser and cotton wool? I do love using cotton wool pads (the Fairtrade from the Coop are my fave), but it’s so wasteful. They end up in the trash and then in landfills. I get through a chunk a day to both cleanse and tone my face two times a day. To stop being so wasteful I’ve started using a flannel in the shower to wash off the cleanser instead. Flannels last over and over and just need a good wash now and then. I’ll rinse in hot water in the shower after each use and hang to dry so I can use it the next day. Using water also makes my face feel even cleaner than just using cotton wool and cleanser. I’ve even seen washable cleansing pads about that are smaller and can be used water free, totally in the place of cotton wool. I’d usually get through a pack of cotton wool per week, so using a reusable alternative is a great saving.
I went through a massive phase of using cleaning wipes for everything. They are super convenient, but also very costly and terrible for the environment. Most of the plastic wrappers are not recyclable and all the cloths end up in the bin and landfill. Plus it’s easy to grab way more than I really needed out of the pack and waste a load every day. Now we use a spray and cleaning cloths to clean around the house. The cloths can be reused so many times and it’s an awful lot cheaper than repeatedly buying packs of wipes. You can even turn old worn out clothes into rags to use as cleaning cloths.
Eco friendly concentrated spray
To go with our cleaning cloths we use eco-friendly nontoxic spray, usually by Method, but we’ve also used concentrated spray. You buy concentrated liquid or sachets from companies like Natural Collection and add water yourself. This greatly reduces the amount of plastic production and waste as you can reuse the same plastic bottle over and over. You just add the concentrated mix, top up with water and save money in the process as it’s much cheaper than continuously buying eco-friendly one use bottles of cleaner.
Ecoegg sell a roll of reusable bamboo towels which we use in place of kitchen roll. With two young children we found we were buying paper kitchen towel every single week and getting through a mountain of the stuff! I’m so pleased I looked into an alternative as we now use bamboo towels every day instead, saving a stack of cash and stopping so much landfill waste. The bamboo towels can be used with spray to clean or on their own to mop up spills. They can be washed up to 85 times according to the pack, but we’ve probably washed some many more times. They go bobbly after washing, but this doesn’t affect their performance. They say not to tumble dry, but we do.
Ecoegg also make reusable laundry and tumble dryer balls. The laundry balls last for up to three years depending on the size you buy. The dryer balls last forever and can be used on their own with no additional costs or incense refills can be purchased to give the clothes a light scent. The laundry balls need topping up with pellets, but these will work out so much cheaper than using regular detergent and fabric softener every day.
One thing we switched to a long time ago is reusable drinking straws. I’ve seen many argue that straws are unnecessary, but I personally like to drink my smoothies through a thick straw. We did at first switch from plastic straws to paper straws as these seemed a little more environmentally friendly. I’m sure you’ve all seen the horrid pictures of animals with plastic straws stuck in their noses. But even better than paper straws are reusable straws. We have a few thick plastic ones that can be reused, but also some steel metal straws which will never wear out. Lifetime straws that will save you money and stop so much waste.
I hope this blog post has inspired you to make some simple switches around the home to save money and be more conscious of what you’re putting into the environment.