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    We all know that prevention is better than cure, so pack a few essentials to keep tummy bugs at bay wherever you are.  Water free antiseptic handwash and pack of wet wipes save you from having to use unsanitary washrooms, (remember how many other people are using public facilities!)  Use Citracidal to wash fruit and veg when abroad or at home. It not only kills any germs, but also helps remove residues from crop spraying.  Garlic capsules (or just lots of garlic in food) keeps mossies at bay. A sunhat, sarong and sunglasses will prevent you from getting too much sun.  Burn white sage in a burner or on the BBQ to keep insects away). Citronella oil, peppermint oil, tea tree (few drops in a base oil) dabbed on pulse points will help keep all manner of creepy crawly biting things away! Plenty of water, water, water; especially if in a hot climate.


    First aid:

    Homeopathic; Nux Vomica 30c for travel sickness or hangovers. Apis 30c for jellyfish or wasp stings, Arnica 30c before, during and after flight helps deal with jetlag and can reduce the incidence of DVT.

    Aromotherapy;  Lavender, (use on any external problem including burns undiluted or add 5 drops to a drop of milk and add to bath water for a relaxing soak. Tea tree (again externally undiluted as an antiseptic, or put a couple of drops in a cup of water as a mouth wash. Small bottle of witchhazel with 5 drops each of tea tree and lavender pure essential oils. Use on bites, stings, scratches and spots.  Peppermint (always use diluted, in a carrier oil or cream) to freshen feet and lower body temperature. (These oils will counteract the  effects of homeopathic remedies, so don’t use both at the same time.)

    Herbal: Slippery elm powder/capsules: for any digestive inflammation, acidity, indigestion, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea or constipation. Can also be used as a 'drawing' poultice to help relieve boils or remove splinters.  Chamomile tea - very calming for most digestive problems such as IBS, indigestion, colic, bloating, acidity.  It is antispasmodic and can help ease period pain.  A relaxing herb also useful for insomnia or hyperactive and restless children. Chamomile is contra-indicated where there are allergies to the daisy family.  Ginger in various forms for travel sickness.

    Aloe vera gelly to treat just about any skin problems – scratches, scrapes, spots, rashes, sunburn... Rescue remedy handbag spray.  Arnica cream for bumps and bruises.


    Then the final Holistic touches to help you relax and unwind.

    Inspirational books (we recommend 'the Essence of Womanhood' by Susie Heath or anything by Paulo Coelho; perhaps a guided meditation CD; and a delicious Bottle of local vino (anti-oxidants of course!)

  2. At tonight's Healing Tree Network event, we will be talking about holistic holidays.  I have collated suggestions from some of our member practitioners to create a pick 'n' mix list! 
    Interestingly, the most popular suggestions have actually been things to take and do prior to actually departing.  Top of the list was a good quality pro-biotic, taken for a couple of weeks before you leave and continued whilst on holiday.  This will not only make your digestive system stronger by building up the healthy flora and making you more resistant to holiday tummy, but also help you build up your Vitamin B levels.  Add to this a Vit B complex supplement and you will become the least attractive person around - but only to biting insects.
    Citracidal drops, taken in the same way, will also build your resistance to gastric problems.
    Dry skin brushing or regular use of a sea salt shower scrub will ensure that your skin is in tip-top condition and will already have a healthy glow, especially in combination with a well-balanced diet, rich in Vit A and E - and as always, water, water, water! 


  3. I feel the need, (despite having so much to do that I keep bumping into myself on the way back), to write a bit about those wonderful people who restore your faith in human nature!  You know how you can meet taps (who fill your bucket) and drains (who empty it) - well I have a friend who has turned on her tap and topped up the bucket!  Interesting thing is - she has the busiest week she has had for months or possibly years.  Check out all the wonderful things she can do!!

  4. A quote from a popular magazine - "Dermal fillers are an effective way to restore a youthful appearance".  Or are they just a way to disguise the natural glow and beauty which comes with graceful maturity?  Why are there people who feel they can't afford to pay for holistic medicine, which can improve their lives for their whole lives, and yet, they will spend between £250 - £600 to have a few facial "imperfections" pumped full of fillers which will last between 4 and 15 months?  What is it that makes women as young as 30 feel the need to look like dolls?   Have we forgotten that true beauty comes from within?  Perhaps a few visits to all the marvelous holistic practitioners out there would make these poor souls feel so much better about themselves that they wouldn't need to hide their true selves.  Ladies, embrace your inner Goddess and the rest of the world will too!