Gentle Art Of Self Care

Losing Too Much Hair – Find Out What You Can Do To Reverse It

Loosing Too Much Hair

It is often said the condition of our skin, hair and nails is a true reflection of our inner health. Our skin is a unique organ that can tell us what is going on within our bodies. A natural extension of our skin are our hair and nails. The condition, dryness and texture of our hair reflects what is occurring within our bodies and likewise the colour, brittleness ,and the general condition of our nails is indicative of our overall health.

Hair loss and thinning of the hair is directly affected by our lifestyle choices, deficiencies in dietary intake and hormonal imbalances. Busy schedules, not eating properly, pregnancy, hypothyroidism and autoimmune issues can all have a negative impact on the health of our hair.

Whilst I have always been blessed with a good head of hair, there was a time when my hair loss got to the point, I dreaded washing my hair or brushing it regularly.  Continue Reading

Soften Dry Skin With Your Own Olive Oil & Lemon Salt Body Scrub

Lemon Body Scrub

 

How often between doing the dishes, completing the many household chores and preparing meals, do you find that your hands begin to look dry and show age? Let’s face it, whether it be summer or winter, the constant daily grind of life takes its toll on our hands. Dry aged looking skin can also affect our elbows, knees and feet as well.

Body scrub to the rescue! A little bit of heaven in a tub!

It’s a nice way to treat ourselves to a little pampering – “self love” – that not only exfoliates dead skins away from the surface of our skin, but moisturises at the same time. Better still it is entirely chemical free, containing no toxic colours or fragrance additives. I really love using homemade body scrubs.Continue Reading

Pavanamuktasana Wind Relieving Pose In Yoga

Yoga Wind Relieving Pose

 

There is nothing worse than being bloated! The cramping and pain can be unbearable and embarrassing, you just want to stick a big pin in there to let out the gas or lets be honest, relieve yourself by doing one big FART.

A simple effective method to try and one that works for me is performing Pavanamuktasana, a yoga pose that helps to relieve excessive digestive gas (wind) from the stomach and intestines. Digestive issues are quite common with hypothyroidism and most people at one time or another have experienced painful bloating. It is important to find ways we can relieve bloating and trapped wind naturally.

 

What is Pavanamuktasana?

Pavanamuktasana is pronounced in the following way…  pah-van-ah-mook-TASH-uh-nuh, it is a reclined yoga pose that gently massages and relaxes the abdominal organs, releasing tension in the belly area and lower back. Essentially making it easier to release unwanted gas from the digestive system and why it is referred to the “wind relieving pose” in yoga.Continue Reading

Helpful Remedies To Hydrate And Relieve Dry Skin

hydrate dry skin naturally

Having problems with dry skin is extremely common. Your skin feels tight, even painful and can often be unsightly or itchy causing you to scratch all day.

Healthy skin is coated with a thin layer of natural molecules of fat, keeping it both moist and smooth. However there are contributing factors both internally and externally of the body that can lead to the development of dry skin.

  • Internally  dry skin is a common complaint for those with certain medical conditions such as with hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid conditions. It can often be brought about by sickness and certain medications i.e. diuretic in nature or even in natural hormonal changes as we get older
  • Externally  we have cold or dry air, harsh soaps and detergents, chlorinated water even itchy fabrics that can strip away the fatty oils, leaving the skin unprotected

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