MY BOOK REVIEW OF THE MONTH – THE BLUE ZONES: LESSONS FOR LIVING LONGER FROM THE PEOPLE WHO’VE LIVED THE LONGEST…

My book review for this month is a book you will not want to put down. A New York Times Best Seller – The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest by Dan Beuttner.

National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in The Blue Zone, places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. In this dynamic book, he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

This book had me hooked from the beginning and is one you will read to the very end. Some of the fascinating people Dan writes about in the book include a 94-year-old former and self-confessed ‘ladies man’ in Costa Rica, a 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa, a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day.

It’s such a brilliant read! It’s one of those books that you buy and read within the span of a few days because it is just that good ! The straight forward advice makes you think about your own lifestyle and how to make you feel happier.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF LAVENDER…

As I am sure you have seen from previous posts I have written on Lavender that I am a bit partial to it. Well, according to The Federation of Holistic Therapies, in an article in Natural Health, it has many many health benefits.

It was first introduced to Britain by the Romans and is said to get its name from the Latin word ‘lavare, which means to wash or cleanse.

In aromatherapy, the lavender essential oil is highly regarded for its soothing and balancing effects. When used at bedtime, lavender helps to calm the mind and promote sleep.

It’s also used to soothe aches and pains and skin problems and as an insect repellent.

It lends a delicate flavour to casseroles, scones, roast lamb, and even ice-cream. It is a tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive system, it can lower blood pressure and can help to thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins.

It’s good for muscle spasm, sprains, strains, cramps, and rheumatic pains. It can work as a sedative to the central nervous system and can relieve headaches, nervous tension and insomnia, mood swings and PMS and even keep the moths away (we have loads at the moment).

It’s a front-line defense against respiratory infections.

Looking through the Internet brought me some brilliant websites which have some good products to help you sleep including slumber gel, which you apply to your temples and pulse points.  Mayfield Lavender had some really unusual teapot oil burners and Not on the High Street is another good site with unusual gifts like this Lavender Gift Set.

Norfolk Lavender has an array of fantastic candles, bath bombs, and an aromatherapy lavender stress gel with camomile and Norfolk lavender.

Faith in Nature (which has dozens of stores up and down the country) has refill stations for many products and in their range is a Lavender & Geranium Body & Haircare which you can just keep going back to fill up doing your bit for the planet.

Of course, you could grow your own lavender and could use it in so many things from adding to food, filling bags for your wardrobe to keep the moths away, using in bean bag making, sprays for your pillow and for spraying your ironing ( my favourite). If there is one thing I can remember about my Grandma it was her smelling of this lovely herb.

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE DEVELOPMENT OF THE THERMAFLX GARMENT FOR BACK PAIN…

Ross Lorberbaum a long time back pain sufferer, like myself, contacted me about his launch to “Kickstarter”, to raise funds for a full body hot and cold therapy garment they have developed. Here are the full details on how the ThermaFLX garment can help you.


ThermaFLX brings you the ability to take full advantage of hot and cold therapy anytime and anywhere. ThermaFLX Hot & Cold Garments allow the user mobility, ease of application, and evenly distributed hot or cold therapy to any combination of major muscle groups. Our compression fit garments bring a unique and much needed solution to applying hot and cold therapy.

Whether you have an upper or lower body injury, stiffness, muscle pain, aching, back problems, or muscle spasms; ThermaFLX was designed with you in mind!

When you head over to their page there is a video on how to use the ThermaFLX to get the full benefit of the garment.

ThermaFLX Hot & Cold Packs bring the best of both worlds, offering you access to the full benefit of either hot, cold, or contrast therapy. Our packs were made with a focus on quality, longevity, and ability to maintain the proper temperature to meet the demands of your therapy.

Use our all-in-one packs for heat applications by throwing them in the microwave, or for cold applications by throwing them in the freezer. There’s no need to have different packs for different situations. ThermaFLX packs can handle them all!

Our team knows what it means to have no way to apply hot & cold therapy on the go. We’ve all been stuck on the couch laying on an ice pack for what seems like eternity. We couldn’t help but think there had to be a better way to apply hot & cold therapy.  

We set out to start developing ThermaFLX products well over a year ago as a small side project. It quickly turned into a full-blown passionfor our team. We’ve been through countless product design iterations to ensure we bring our customers the quality and functionality they deserve. Mediocre is not something we were willing to accept. The more individuals we connected with, the more we felt a sense of duty to bring these products to the market.

Check out the ThermaFLX story on “Kickstarter” to maybe help them and you kick start their journey to pain relief for many with the ThermaFLX garment.