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CALMING SCENTS FOR YOUR GARDEN AND WELL BEING…

For hundreds of years, people have believed that scents have the power to boost your mood, health, and well being. Now, a scientific study has proved that this is the case.

Parts of our brain that process smell, memory, and emotions are closely related, and scents can affect our brainwaves in powerful and measurable ways according to a recent article.

Lavender for example helps with a cognitive performance for our mood and sleep and also as a muscle relaxant and migraine reliever. This happens due to the lavender’s pleasant smell leading to a positive emotional response. Evidence also suggests that physiological effects, including the scent interacting with brain receptors and neurotransmitters to promote relaxation.

Country Living wrote “Aromachology is the study of the influence of odours on human behaviour,” he told Mail Online. “Using memory association we can pair certain smells to different emotions.

“For example, if you have felt most relaxed whilst on holiday, the smells you have experienced at that very moment can be replicated at home and help trigger a similar sense of calm.”

Their top six scents to choose are Sea Breeze, This fragrance is linked to holiday time and relaxation. Because of this association it is great for soothing an overactive and worried mind.

Ylang, Ylang, Perfect for soothing an argument, ylang ylang is known for its relaxing properties. “The pure essential oil of these blossoms has been found to aid issues of palpitations, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure.

Lavender, which I have already written about and is a very popular choice.

Lemon, Citrus scents work wonders at calming work stress. Lemon and other citrus fragrances improve concentration and have calming properties.

Grassy Notes, A lot of people love the smell of freshly cut grass as it reminds them of happy, summer days. This is why scents with grassy notes can have a positive impact on your mental state. A hectic shopping trip can be helped with this specific smell.

And finally, Rosemary, A stressful supermarket shop can be eased by rosemary. It can improve your memory and reduce feelings of mental and physical tiredness due to its stimulating properties.

When designing your own therapeutic garden, think about whether you want an area for relaxation, which might include planting some of the above or marjoram, or damask rose or an area to increase your concentration so you could then add peppermint or a trellis of jasmine.

I have just planted a row of lavender just under my dining room window which is near my front door as I thought a smell coming into the house of lavender would be lovely as well as smelling it while dining. As usual, here are a number of books available on this but my favourite which I bought recently is the RHS Your Wellbeing Garden by Professor Alistair Griffiths and award-winning garden designer Matt Keightley.

Learn how connecting with nature can reduce stress and improve wellbeing. You don’t even need a garden – even a balcony or houseplants can help to boost your mood. Every recommendation is backed by scientific research, drawn together by the team of RHS scientists and experts. Favourite garden designer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Matt Keightley then suggests how to translate the science into ideas for your green space.

With this groundbreaking book, find out how, in sometimes very simple ways, you can create an outdoor space that nourishes your mind and body, and is good for our planet too.

 

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M.E. MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS AWARENESS WEEK 6th-12th MAY. 2019…

ME Awareness Week will run from 6th to 12th May 2019 with many activities focused on ME Awareness Day itself (Sunday 12th May). The focus of the ME Association’s awareness campaign for 2019 will be the Real M.E.

Promoting REAL stories and photos from REAL people, telling the world about the REAL disease that is M.E!  We’ll be sharing many of the hundreds of photographs and stories that you have sent to us, showing how this cruel disease can vary so much in intensity and severity both from person to person and even from one minute to the next for each person affected.

ME Association fundraisers are busy working up their madcap ideas for how they will Go BLUE in 2019.

Why BLUE?  Because blue is the internationally accepted and recognised colour of M.E. Awareness. How you GO BLUE is entirely up to you… How far you go BLUE is also entirely up to you. Just do all you can to colour in this cruel invisible illness….

Here are some ideas from ME Association -BLUE faces, BLUE hair, BLUE nails, BLUE themed raffle, BLUE profile photographs on social media, BLUE tongues, BLUE balloons tied to garden gates, Bake sales, plant sales, tea parties, supermarket and shopping centre collections, walks, concerts, orienteering, fun days… of perhaps a virtual BLUE Sunday.

People with M.E. disappear from society and can easily be forgotten and overlooked. Our mission for ME Awareness Week is to rectify that with our Real M.E. campaign. With your help.

Please share REAL stories and images far and wide between 6th and 12th May.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a long-term (chronic) fluctuating illness that affects many parts of the body, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. It may be diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

What is M.E.?

Symptoms vary from person to person but can include:
Physical and mental exhaustion (fatigue), which feels very different from ordinary tiredness
Post-exertional malaise: this means that any physical or mental activity can bring on an increase in symptoms, but not straight away
Intense muscle or joint pain
Inability to speak or concentrate
Extreme flu-like symptoms
Sleep disturbance
Dizziness and/or nausea
Hyper-sensitivity to light and sound.

Many people still believe that M.E. is all in the mind. This is simply untrue. Research has found potential biomarkers (physical evidence) for M.E. but much more research needs to be done to confirm the cause (or causes) and a cure.

Why should you care?

M.E. can affect anyone. It doesn’t care how old or young you are, or where you come from. People of any age, including children, can get M.E. It currently affects 1 in 250 people in the UK alone.

Some manage to struggle on with their lives. Others spend most of their time bedbound or housebound, unable to perform basic functions unaided.

One of the biggest frustrations expressed by people with M.E. is that family, friends, the media and even doctors often don’t believe their illness is real, or fail to understand just how debilitating it is. With your help, they can change this.

 

 

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‘KRIOTHERAPY’, THE LATEST FEEL-GOOD THERAPY FOR FIBROMYALGIA AND MUSCULAR PAINS…

Kriotherapy (sometimes spelled Cryotherapy) is the latest feel-good therapy which has apparently been known to heal muscular injuries, chronic aches and pains, help alleviate arthritis, and boost circulation, the immune system, and help fatigue, insomnia and the central nervous system !!

It involves spending two to three minutes at a temperature between -60C and -135C depending on your size and fitness level. It is stated that it is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia and no-one should undertake it until a full medical history has been taken.

You are put in front of a fan to dry out your body thoroughly then put into a cabinet where the dry ice begins to seep in while you acclimatise to the -60C, then another door opens and where you are in a -135C atmosphere. After three minutes you are put through paces to help the released blood (which is sent out to protect vital organs in freezing temperatures) surge through your body, with ten minutes on the treadmill, an exercise bike and exercises.

The fact that you are cold, then warm apparently makes the blood swirl into action to help heal.

 

According to an article in Treatwell, writer Charlotte wrote about the treatment at Champneys Health Spa in Tring.

“Instead of trying out the usual Massage or Facial, we decided to test something different in the name of health & wellness – Kriotherapy. Becoming human ice-cubes doesn’t sound too appealing but in the end we had the most fun we’ve had in ages, and left with the softest skin we’ve ever had.

The Venue

The fountain outside made us immediately unwind (and so did the complimentary fruit juice), and the smell of Elemis products got us in the mood for some pampering right away. Walking through the corridors, Champneys Tring is full of things to do and offers a homely feel even though you’re wearing your robes in front of complete strangers. You’re welcomed the very second you step through the door and everyone offers a polite ‘Hello’, even the guests!

The Treatment

Kriotherapy isn’t a treatment for the faint-hearted or the fashion-conscious. We didn’t walk around in our designer bikini, rather some very attractive shorts, a crop top and some clogs (don’t say we didn’t warn you…), but it’s supposed to be a brilliant therapy for those with sports injuries or who suffer from depression, fatigue, psoriasis and insomnia.

The qualified cryotherapist, Renata, gave us a brief examination, taking our pulse and blood pressure to make sure we were fit enough to handle the freezing chambers. If you have high or low blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, or are claustrophobic – it’s best you steer clear from the thrilling treatment. Renata then handed us our outfit – if you’re a fashionista who would never be seen dead in a white woolly crop-top, Kriotherapy might not be your favourite treatment! We wore two pairs of white shorts, two crop-tops, two sets of white hockey socks, and a headband to protect our ears from frostbite (eek). Then Renata told us to make fists with our hands whilst she covered them with gloves and tugged on some bandages over our elbows and knees.

We started to get a little nervous once we were dressed up, but Renata ensured us it was all for our safety. We also stood in front of a fan for a few seconds to dry any perspiration or water lingering on our skin, to ensure any water didn’t freeze and burn our skin inside the chambers.

Once we’d fixed a mask over our nose and mouth and all our extremities were covered up we were led into the first chamber, which is at a chilly -60c. After 30 seconds of acclimatising we jumped straight into the second chamber, which sits at a very frosty -135c. Squealing and laughing, we spent the next 3 minutes marching in circles, jumping up and down, laughing, giggling, anything we could do to keep warm in the freezing temperatures. Renata stood in the warmth holding a timer so we knew how long we had left, and held her thumbs up as we counted down the last 10 seconds between giggles.

After tumbling out of the chamber, we cycled on an exercise bike for a couple of minutes, then spent 15 minutes on a Powerplate to get the circulation going and our rosy body back to its usual colour. Whoever said feeling great didn’t require a bit of hard work?

The Result

Whilst we felt a little embarrassed in our outfit, the treatment itself made our skin feel the softest it’s ever felt and those big gulps of freezing air did wonders for our breathing. Any aches and pains we had previously had gone and we were left excited for a good night’s sleep later. We had been nervous about the freezing chambers, but Renata put our mind at ease and we ended up giggling throughout the whole thing.”

I’m not sure if I’d fancy this and wonder if ice packs, followed by warm packs, would hit the spot just the same? I think I would rather have another type of treatment at this amazing Spa in Tring.