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Hay Fever

General Health & WellbeingPosted by Jadwiga Tue, May 21, 2019 03:38PM

Watery, itchy, bloodshot eyes, blocked up or runny nose, sneezing or fatigue....?

These are just some of the symptoms allergic rhinitis otherwise known as hay fever can bring as the months start to get sunnier.

Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to airborne substances. The body’s immune system becomes overly sensitive and over reacts to the substance, causing histamine to be released, this histamine causes the symptoms associated with hay fever.

What substances can cause allergic rhinitis/hay fever…?

Tree pollen: late March – mid May

Grass pollen: mid May - July

Weed pollen: late June - September

As well as mould spores, dust mites, pet hair/dander,

I’ve put together a few natural tips you can try at home to help combat hay fever, so you can have your best summer ever:

1. Omega 3. The “bunged up” sensation is caused by the mucus membranes in the nose becoming inflamed. Foods such as chia seeds, salmon, mackerel and walnuts are rich in omega 3 which is a great anti-inflammatory.

2. A spoon of local honey a day could help desensitise your immune system to the local pollen helping to reduce symptoms.

3. 2/3 cups of green tea a day. Green tea is reported to boost the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant and may also be able to help reduce inflammation.

4. Your 5 a day is full of allergy fighting flavonoids, as well as antioxidants and vitamin c for the immune system. Did you know vitamin c is also a great natural antihistamine.

5. Fresh pineapple contains bromelain a good natural anti-inflammatory a refreshingly juicy way to help with the “bunged up” sensation helping you to breathe easier.

6. Lower your stress, stress can really affect your immune system.

7. Garlic a natural anti histamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and decongestant...!!!

8. Spices....a good chilli or anything spicy containing chilli peppers can help to unblock the nose, capsaicin found in chilli peppers, helps to break down mucus causing it to flow.

9. Rinse your hair regularly to get rid of any pollen which has got trapped

10. Brush or bathe cats and dogs regularly to reduce the pollen coming in on their fur

11. Avoid histamine producing foods and drink such as pickles, cured and smoked meat, nuts, alcohol and cheese

Starting from the beginning of June I’m going to be offering a new treatment aimed at helping people suffering with allergic rhinitis/hay fever. The treatment will be combining reflexology, aromatherapy and facial massage.

So how can this blend of treatments help...?

Reflexology is wonderfully relaxing and can help boost the immune system as well as relieve and open congested sinuses, reduced stress, help to clear a stuffy head and reduce inflammation.

I’ll also be using a special blend of aromatherapy oils that act as a natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and decongestant

Whilst the facial massage tops your treatment off deeply relaxing you, helping to reduce stress, to clear the sinuses and bring relief to itchy eyes.

This new treatment is £35 get in touch to find out more or to book your treatment.

I hope you enjoy trying out these natural tips and have lots of success with them let me know how you get on….!!

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6 Tips To Overcome Anxiety

General Health & WellbeingPosted by Sally-Anne Fri, January 25, 2019 01:05PM
By Anne Marie Allen Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner & Massage Therapist

If you have anxiety, you’ll know how debilitating it is and how it can totally take over your life, and being told not to worry about it or it’ll be fine really doesn’t help.

Anxiety can be so crippling that it’s the only thing on your mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can interfere with your sleep, social plans and take over your life.

If you have anxiety you may feel:

• Panic

• Palpitations

• Sweating

• Worried about being judged, embarrassed or ridiculed

• Over thinking

• Self-conscious

• Fixated about everyday events

• Unrealistic excessive worry with little or no reason

• Uneasiness

• Sleep problems

• Shortness of breath

• Tense muscles

• Dry mouth

• Not feeling calm

• Dizziness

• Dry mouth

It can be hard to get across and explain to friends and family the weight and depth of how your feeling.

Therapies such as reflexology can help using pressure on reflex points such as adrenal glands, brain, pineal, pituitary can help relieve anxiety. I often do reflexology with clients who suffer with anxiety in varying degrees, and they always feel the benefits after a having this treatment. If you can't access reflexology, here are a few tips to try at home:

1. Distract yourself - When you’re feeling anxious you just wish your head had an off button so you can turn the thoughts off for a little while…Well that’s tip number one, do anything to distract yourself: gardening, read, a puzzle, go to the cinema, surround yourself with friends, do anything and just get out of your head for a while.

2. Exercise - Start a new exercise, this has a two-fold effect meaning concentrating on the steps in a Zumba class or the poses in a yoga class helps you to stop thinking of anything else anxiety based and the endorphins help you to feel good too.

3. Super Mood Boosting Foods - Check your diet to ensure that it’s not too full of processed foods or caffeine and then up your intake of nuts, soy, milk, yoghurt especially live, dark green leafies, dark orange vegetables, soup, legumes, citrus, wheatgerm, berries.

4. Meditate - Meditation research has found it helpful for relieving anxiety even five or ten minutes a day can help.

5. Balance - I’ve used reiki a lot with anxiety and it often provides welcome relief,. When you have a reiki treatment your whole mind, body and spirit are balanced along with your chakras and any blocked or stagnant energy is released leaving you feeling lighter, clearer and more like you. If you’re not trained in reiki you can try a reiki treatment with your local practitioner. If you find it beneficial you may like to learn how to do reiki yourself.

6. Aromatherapy - Bergamot essential oil is wonderfully calming and relaxing and is often used to help anxiety and depression, to use it at home you can add it to your oil burner, sprinkle it on a tissue or add it to your bath.

If your interested in trying reflexology, reiki or in purchasing some bergamot essential oil contact me at Acorn Natural Health Centre on 01773 687 349 or book online at

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5 Signs You Are An Empath

General Health & WellbeingPosted by Sally-Anne Fri, December 14, 2018 02:49PM
By Sally-Anne Marler - Intuitive Card Reader & Angelic Reiki Practitioner

There has been lots of talk about Empaths and Energy Vampires recently - some of the top specialists on this subject include Dr Christiane Northrup and Judith Orloff to name a few. So what do these terms refer to and what do they mean?

Essentially it's all about energy! How your energy can be affected by other people, situations, events - even certain foods, drinks (especially caffeine and alcohol).

Some people that fit into the empath category may have been called overly-sensitive or highly sensitive by others. These people have natural empathy for others, but what makes someone an empath - is that they can usually feel the feelings of others, or at least pick up on them to some degree. This isn't about taking on social cues and reading non-verbal communication. It's about being able to tell what someone is really feeling (usually by feeling it themselves through a felt-sense)...behind the mask, the facial expresssions and the words they are using.

An Energy Vampire - is someone who can leave Empaths feeling tired, drained, overwhelmed, or even a little bit sad for no apparent reason. They often have narcissistic tendancies, can be very good manipulators but charmers on the outside. They tend to blame everyone else for everything, have gaslighting behaviours (making you question yourself, your choices, what really happened etc). They can only see how something affects them - and so have very little empathy.

The danger is when you get a relationship dynamic between an Empath and Energy Vampire. More so for the Empath for obvious reasons. Being in one of these relationships long-term can have detrimental affects to your mental and emotional health.

I have many clients that fall into the Empath category. Their energy is greatly affected by the energy vampire - I've been in this situation several times myself as an empath and know only too well how dangerous it is. I work with clients to help them feel a bit clearer, lighter and stronger energy wise.

Here are the top 5 signs you're an Empath:

1. You know that you can pick up on other people's feelings and may either internalise this as your own feelings or suddenly notice a change in your mood around certain people.

2. Being around a lot of people at the same time leaves you feeling tired and overwhelmed. This might mean you tend to avoid big social get togethers.

3. You may have developed an intolerance to certain food groups and be more sensitive to things like caffeine or alcohol. Your immune system will have taken a hit and it can manifest in this way. If this is the case, always seek medical advice in the first instance.

4. You're intuitive. You have a sense of knowing, or you may have a strong gut feeling about certain things. You might be highly visual or can just feel really in tune with your guides/angels/the universe.

5. You're a giver. Let's be honest, being on the receiving end of anything isn't really your strong suit is it. You find it easier to give because you want to help and sometimes feel like you don't deserve to receive. Asking for help, taking a compliment or being open to new and exciting opportunities may be hard for you.

I hope you've found this useful and if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me: I offer intuitive readings and angelic reiki to help you gain the insight, guidance and support you need going forwards.

Sending you much love from my heart to yours.
Sally x

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7 Top Tips To Help Dry Skin This Winter

General Health & WellbeingPosted by Sally-Anne Fri, December 07, 2018 01:59PM
By Anne Marie Allen Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner & Massage Therapist

Cold weather and heating means most of us can feel our skin getting dryer, this can make our skin look dull and feel tight, other signs of your skin becoming dry can include:

- Fine lines

- Cracks appearing

- Rough feeling and looking skin

- Itching

- Tightness

- Dull looking

- Redness

- Peeling or flaking

Luckily we don’t have to put up with it, a few simple changes to our daily routine can make all the difference:

1. Drinking more water, car heaters, house fires and radiators are drying your skin out, drinking more water helps skin to stay plump and beautiful.

2. It’s tempting on a cold day to have a hot shower or bath but try opting for a warm bath instead as hot water drys skin out.

3. Moisturise during the day and at night, a few times a week - treat yourself to a really intensive moisturiser overnight. My bathroom cabinet must haves are Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm and Rosehip oil they smell beautiful and are both super moisturising. I apply one of these just before bed and leave it on all night, in the morning my skin is super soft, it’s well worth investing in.

4. Essential fatty acids found in nuts, fish and flaxseeds are a great way to keep skin hydrated, looking plump and young. Flaxseeds are a great choice to sprinkle in smoothies and on yoghurts - it’s not got much taste so it blends in beautifully with your food without taking the taste away.

5. Exfoliate, excess dead skin cells prevent moisture from sinking in properly. Exfoliating once or twice a week then moisturise immediately after to see softer, smoother skin.

6. Waters not the only way to hydrate your skin - water rich foods such as watermelon, celery, apples, oranges, kiwi, tomatoes, cucumber will help to keep skin hydrated and with the antioxidants contained inside these foods they’ll help to protect your cells from damage too so it’s a win win situation!

7. Regular facials which include exfoliation, steaming and face masks can help to keep your skin hydrated, nourished, clear and younger looking.

I offer holistic facials using Neal's Yard Products, please feel free to book in for one of these facials, helping your dry skin by giving it the hydration it needs.

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