WEGO HEALTH AWARDS – BEST IN BLOG SHOW & BEST IN SHOW FACEBOOK…

Back Pain Blog has been nominated for two awards from WEGO Health, Best in Blog Show and Best in Show Facebook. I would love you to support me and endorse me for either of the above nominations. You simply pop over to my Profile Page and click on the thumbs up sign next to each nomination. I feel honoured to be nominated for Best in Blog Show and Best in Show Facebook.

Endorsements are open for the 9th annual WEGO Health Awards. Endorsements were created to give community members the chance to share their perspectives and support on who the top patient leaders truly are.

So WEGO Health invite you to browse the WEGO Health Awards nominee directory and start endorsing the patient leaders you believe deserve to be recognized!

WEGO Health day “join them and help celebrate the inspiring and impactful nominees. Feel good while honoring these Patient Leaders and then join in on the festivities. If you know someone who deserves any of the awards at WEGO Health then pop down to their website and nominate someone and make their day. If you think I am worthy of this award I would be delighted if you could endorse me. Just click on this Wego Health link and click on the thumbs-up sign.” Thank You.

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.