Himalayan Salt Baths

I used to love nothing more than a bubble bath. However I hated the prune like feel I would get on my fingers after getting out of the bath.
I discovered Himalayan Salt baths a couple of years ago. I’d honestly never even heard of salt baths until I started buying the products myself.
There are several reasons why Himalayan Salt baths are good for you

  • Himalayan Salt contains 84 trace minerals, these same minerals are present in the human body. So when you have a bath your body absorbs any missing minerals.
  • It helps to detoxify us through reverse osmosis, pulling toxins out of the body
  • Its great for anyone with muscular pains, bathing in the salt water can help reduce inflammation. Its great if you suffer from restless leg syndrome!
  • My favourite… you don’t get prune like skin after a Himalayan salt bath! It can help with eczema, acne or psoriasis as it doesn’t dry out your skin

So how do you have a salt bath?

Make sure your bath is roughly 37 degrees celsius. I have experimented greatly with the amount of salt needed for a bath and have found that approx 1/3 cup is plenty for your average size bath. I chucked 1kg of salt in once, but it made no difference. Stay in the bath for 20-30 mins and pat yourself dry.

If you want to add some essential oils in then feel free. I have been using my friend Rubys Devaiya Oils. She makes blends called Stresses Away, Aches Away and Dreams Away which are just fabulous. Her oils can be found here:
https://www.devaiyaoils.uk/store/Oil-Range-c16721900

Bags of plain Himalayan Salt and Himalayan Salt mixed with Devaiya Oils are available via my store. All my salts come in compostable bags so good for you and the environment.

Let me know what you think of Himalayan Salt Baths 🙂
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If you are on any medication or suffer from diabetes/low/high blood pressure or circulation problems please consult a doctor prior to taking a salt bath

Crystal Of the Month

January is a month for making New Year resolutions or abstaining from certain foods, drinks or behaviours.  This is why I have chosen Amethyst as crystal of the month. Purple in colour and the birthstone for Aquarians, this stone is an extremely useful one to have in your collection. It is personally one of my favourite go-to stones. So how can Amethyst help you in January? Well, if you have an addiction of any kind, Amethyst can help support you in kicking this, be it chocolate, alcohol or bad food. The Greeks used to drink out of Amethyst goblets, believing that if they drank wine out of them they wouldn’t get drunk. If you’re doing Dry January or Vegan January and trying to give something up, pop a piece of this in your pocket for the month.

Amethyst can also help enhance physical vitality and strengthen the immune system, very important after all the winter bugs! Amethyst is also said to help relieve insomnia so pop a piece under your pillow at night. Also if you suffer headaches it is said that placing a piece on your third eye chakra will help relieve this.

Let me know if you have used amethyst for any of the above and feel free to share your pictures of amethyst in the comments below. Thank you for reading and look out for crystal of the month in February..

Crystals and Christmas

I generally love Christmas. getting together with those that we love and celebrating, its normally a fabulous time of the year. However it can also be a very stressful time of year too. You can use crystals at this time of year to help you feel calmer, more energised and less stressed.

  • Amethyst is one of my favourite crystals! It will make you feel a lot calmer. Place a piece in your living room to make it feel more welcoming.
  • Rose Quartz is a crystal of love. Have a bath with some rose quartz in on Christmas Eve. Hold a piece in your pocket on Xmas Day. Have some in the dining room or whereever the whole family are going to be.
  • Carnelian can be a great energy booster. If you feel exhausted after all of the festivities carry a piece of carnelian in your pocket to give you a bit of an energy boost
  • Apache tears is a great crystal for those who may find Christmas emotionally difficult. It can help you to gently let go of the past and slowly feel better about this time of the year.

Let me know if you use any of these crystals over the Christmas period and how you get on.

Himalayan Salt Products and how they can benefit you

For anyone who missed my Facebook post a while back, here I talk about the variety of Himalayan Salt products you can buy and their benefits. Any questions please comment below. Feel free to like and share 🙂 Have a great day

Why do I need a Himalayan Salt Pipe?

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It’s that time of year again, cold, icy and chilly. Normally I don’t mind the winter too much, but there are some people out there who really suffer at this time of year with their chests, be it a lingering cough, asthma, chest infection or COPD.

This year I discovered Himalayan Salt pipes!  They are 100% natural, and a great non- drug option for helping your lungs to breathe easier. There are numerous benefits to these which can include helping with:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Smokers cough
  • COPD
  • Allergies
  • Chest infections

What is a Himalayan Salt Pipe?
A Himalayan Salt pipe is a small ceramic pipe. It comes with a small bag of salt. You place about 1/3 bag salt into the pipe and fill it. Place the plug back on the bottom. Its now ready to use.

How do I use my Himalayan Salt Pipe?
To use the inhaler you place the spout into your mouth and exhale through your nose. Its recommended that you can either do this for 15 minutes or 3 times a day for 5 minutes a time. Whatever works best for you.

How Does my Himalayan Salt Pipe work?
The salt helps to dry up any mucous thats in or around the chest area. People have been using salts for thousands of years. In Europe halotherapy is very popular. The reason they found that salt works well, was that the salt miners never had any problems with their lungs or chest infections. Whereas people who worked above ground did. When the doctors did some reseearch it was found that it was because the miners were breathing in salt all day.

How do I look after my Himalayan Salt Pipe?

  • Always make sure the pipe is completely dry before you fill it
  • Never put it in the dishwasher
  • Keep it in a dry environment, not the bathroom or kitchens
  • When washing it out just use warm water

My nearly 6 year old woke up in the middle of the night a couple of weeks ago with a croup like cough. I passed him an inhaler and he used that to help him breathe. As he is only 5 he didn’t use it for the suggested time, but over the next few days he kept picking it up and using it to help him breathe.

If you would like to order one click here
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Or if you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch

I just need to state that I am not a doctor and if you are already on medication for something, please consult your doctor before using one.


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How can Reiki help you at work?

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Whilst I was in my final year at uni I worked in a small convenience store in Manchester. I started off on the tills, then got a supervisor role, then assistant manager within about 18 months. I enjoyed retail so applied for retail graduate roles. I went for an assessment day and was given a role with a large retailer as a graduate section manager. I moved to Peterborough and walked into one of the largest stores I had ever been in. I was allocated a buddy to help me settle in. He left after 2 weeks.

The first year was tough, very stressful, long hours but I just got on with it as this is what I was meant to do. Graduate, get a job and work my way to the top of the ladder.

I got promoted to one of the largest sections in the store as a manager after about 2 years. At the same time I went for a Reiki treatment. I then went and learnt my Reiki Level 1. What struck me about Reiki was how you could apply it in your working life. There are 5 Reiki principles:

  1. Just for Today do not anger
  2. Just for Today do not worry
  3. Just for Today be grateful
  4. Just for Today be kind to people
  5. Just for Today work with diligence

These Reiki principles stuck with me when I went back to work. Part of it is about remembering to stay in the present and be mindful. The second part are just some very basic values to remember about how to treat others as well as ourselves. By using these in business can help you to become more tolerant, more patient and more aware of how our behaviours can impact on others. Having a Reiki treatment or doing it on yourself can also help to lower our stress levels.

​Have you ever worked with someone that you feel literally drains the energy from you. After spending 10 minutes with them you are tired, down and really needing a pick me up. Doing this exercise can prevent you from feeling like that. We don’t realise how much stuff we can pick up from other people just by being in close proximity to them. By learning to be mindful, aware and protecting our energies can make a huge difference to the way we work and the way we manage people.

I learnt about grounding and protection through Reiki. This is one of my favourite exercises and one I try to share with people often. You ground yourself by placing your feet on the ground and imagining tree roots coming out of your feet and going all the way down through the earth to the earths centre. When you feel as if your roots are planted imagine a warm orange light coming back up through the roots and into your legs, working its way up your body until it comes out of the top of your head and surrounds you in an orange bubble. It sounds weird but bear with me. You can also imagine yourself wearing a suit of armour, or a bubble, or wearing a cloak. By doing this you are protecting YOUR energy from other peoples. You leave work feeling less tired and drained than normal. Try it every day for a week and see how you feel by the end of the week. Let me know how you get on!
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Grief, crystals and self care

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I have been very lucky in my life so far that death hasn’t been a major thing. My grandma was the first person close to me to pass away, she was in her eighties and died on Christmas day 1999.I was 19. I was upset but it was expected. I flew to Mexico the day after her funeral to teach English. I was supposed to be there for 6 months. My grandad then died in May 2000. I flew back home as I felt it was important to be with my family and to have closure at his funeral. My other grandad passed away whilst I was at University in Manchester. My dad called me just as I had sat down for a lecture. I left the lecture and cried all of the way home on the bus.

I have been interested in the afterlife/spirits since I was a little girl. When I was about twelve I read a book about a famous medium, Doris Stokes, and since then I have always been curious. When I was 25 I went to see my first medium. She knew things about my family that she couldn’t have possibly done. This was pre-Facebook where really no one knew you! I was fascinated. My grandad came through bringing memories of my dad when he was a little boy. I started attending monthly psychic events watching how different mediums work, whether the messages they gave were accurate. I needed more proof and evidence that there was something after we die. After attending for several years and receiving various messages myself I was confident that we don’t just turn to dust and that’s it. Your soul moves on. Where it goes I have no idea. But what I have learnt is that your loved ones are with you and watching you at times when you most need them. When you are at your darkest hour and feel there is no one there. There is. It’s just that physically they can’t reach out and gave you a hug. They are with you, trying to help you.

I met Lisa back in 2005. She was living with my husband at the time. They worked together and she had confided in him that she was in an abusive relationship, wanted to leave and needed somewhere to live, but she didn’t have much money. My husband had a spare room and offered it to her. They became friends. She worked hard to get some money together to afford her own place. At one point she was working 6 days a week, combining her full time job and one day a week on reception at a local hotel.

We became really good friends. My husband helped her to find her own house. We helped her move. Then when it was our turn to move she came to help us. We would see her at least once a week. She was single and in her forties. We set her up on match.com and she met a guy called Dave. Lisa had had breast cancer around 10 years ago and recovered from it. Shortly before she met Dave she had learnt that the cancer had come back. She was obviously upset. They dated and he proposed to her after about a year. Lisa had never been married before and was so excited. She had been having chemo and had decided to shave her hair off. She got a wig sorted and was going to wear it to the wedding. There was only 6 of us, plus my 18mo, at a hotel in Brixham. The day was lovely, she was so happy. She had been worried that she wouldn’t actually make her wedding.

In 2016 she found out that the cancer was not only in her breast, but it had spread to her liver and lungs. She had several rounds of chemo but the tumours kept growing. The very last time I spoke to her she told me that she loved me. I didn’t say it back, which I regret. A week later she died, on my birthday. I’m sure it was so that I never forget her.

For various reasons I couldn’t go to her funeral.  Her husband said I could watch the funeral online if we wanted. I never even knew you could do this! My parents came down to look after the kids. I sat in the bedroom watching the funeral on my laptop. It was surreal. I sobbed and sobbed whilst they played her favourite music and read things out which described her to a tee.

Dealing with her death hit me really hard. I couldn’t stop crying and sunk into a real low. I’d never felt pain so raw. The children would ask me why I was crying and I explained to them that Aunty Lisa had passed away and we wouldn’t see her again. The children helped as it was a distraction through the day. But in those moments when they were asleep it would wash over me again and the realisation that I wouldn’t see her again/ talk to her would hit. I allowed myself to feel the emotions even though it was so painful. If I didn’t it would have made me ill.

Bottling up emotions can cause such problems physically and emotionally later. I tried to express how I felt and when I couldn’t verbalise it to others, I wrote it down, I needed an outlet. I love crystals and bought myself apache tears which I would carry with me every day. It is a stone that is said to help overcome grief It sounds odd but it did bring me great comfort. I realised that I really needed to take care of myself during this stage in my life. I gave myself Reiki nearly every day. I tried to meditate, eat as well as I could and really be kind to myself. My belief that she was in a better place also helped. A medium friend of mine contacted to say she had heard from Lisa and she was OK.

At my lowest I went to the doctor. Talking to the doctor she said you’re not depressed, but if you need to talk to someone you can refer yourself to a counsellor. I called them and got a telephone consultation. I was entitled to three free sessions. For whatever reason I chose not to go through with it. My friends really helped me through this. I was as honest as I could be with them. They listened and didn’t judge. Day by day it got easier. But it really made me think about my own life. Was I getting what I wanted out of it? What was I doing? Was I living it to the full?
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I have made some life changes since then. One of which was to re-establish my company NRG Healing. I have thrown everything into it. You could say it has been a distraction. Grief is overwhelming and so, so, so hard to go through. Ultimately there are two certainties in life, birth and death. We have to roll with the grief, feel it and experience it, for us to grow stronger and to move forward in our lives with whatever it is we need to. How we deal with it is our personal journey. I feel lucky to have had such good friends to support me through this, and to have had some tools to help me, namely Reiki, crystals and an awareness of an afterlife. However there is also support out there in the way of counselling, be honest about your feelings and tell the doctor, your friends and family how you are.

It is one year today that Lisa passed away. I still miss her and always will, but I also feel very lucky that she was a part of my life for those years and the memories will always be there.


Adopting an I Can Attitude!

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On Saturday I had no plans for the Sunday. Whilst browsing FB I noticed that a lady was giving away a ticket for an all day event in Leeds. I had no idea what it was but asked if I could have the ticket. All it said was that it was to see Richard McCann at iCan Live! I got a phone call from my friend about an hour later. She was ringing me to say that she was going to see him for the fourth time and taking her mum. I still had no idea who he was so she filled me in a bit and just told me that he was amazing and very inspirational.I didn’t even get a chance to google him before Sunday as I had my parents here. I drove to Leeds on the Sunday morning with no expectations at all except to have a great time. I arrived just in time.

I don’t want to spoil his story but he had a shitty start to his life basically. He looked for the opportunities in everything that he did to turn his life around. He is an inspirational speaker who has travelled the world. He has a beautiful family and is encouraging his kids to be empowered, which I loved. He included some videos of them saying things like I Love Me, which was super cute, as his daughter must have been about two. We need to encourage our children and ourselves to say this. It’s really hard at first but the more we tell ourselves and our children tell themselves the more we attract love into our lives.

​Its about saying yes and grabbing those opportunities that present themselves to us on a daily basis. The only thing stopping us from doing it is fear, and really what do we have to be afraid of? That someone will laugh at us? That we make a fool of ourselves? Who cares, at least we have tried and given it a go.

One lady bravely stood up in front of 400 people and sang a song about pigeons! Some people who were afraid to talk in public were getting up on the stage to speak.

He talked about positivity and how important it is. When we choose to be negative we operate at a lower vibration and that attracts people to us who may not be good for us, it can bring darkness into your life. When we choose positivity it can only bring better things into our life.

We did some goal setting with a chap called Craig Wilkinson. Again his story isn’t all rainbows and sparkly lights but he’s doing a great job helping other people to set and achieve their goals in specific parts of their lives.
He talked about visualisation and the importance of vision boards, the Law of Attraction. All of these tools are within our reach.

If you get the chance to see either Richard McCann or Craig Wilkinson I would highly recommend it. It was an amazing and inspiring way to spend my Sunday and I am extremely grateful to the lady who gifted me a ticket 🙂
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A week in the life of NRG Healing and me

Behind the Scenes

I thought I would share with you a mini snippet of a week in the life of NRG Healing. It always sounds easy when you think I’ll start a business. I have a product and I want to sell it. If you have people who want to buy it, great stuff! That’s half the battle.

I started NRG Healing originally back in 2008 when I left my job in retail management. I was going to have loads of Reiki clients and be busy all the time. This didn’t happen. I used lots of free advertising, back then social media was nowhere near the size it is now. I taught several Reiki students, attended pamper evenings and organised a few myself too. Then I got pregnant. I soon decided that I was going to be a full time mum instead. Several years later I had my daughter and it is only now that she is nearly three that I have decided to give NRG Healing another chance. My website was designed and built over several months. It then took several meetings and lots of emails being sent to have my logo designed, which I love. I have been to various networking meetings over the last 7 or 8 months and met LOTS of people. Back in 2008 I used to shyly say that I was a Reiki teacher and sort of mumble my way along trying to describe who I was and what I did. Now I am a lot more confident in saying who I am and what I do. It takes practice and it takes time.

This is what a week in the life of NRG Healing sometimes looks like.

Monday- My children are with their dad so I start the day with a large mug of decaf coffee and do 3 angel cards for the week. I’ve been doing these for 9 years now so trust in them and their messages. I also pick 1 or 2 crystals for the week. I have found that they generally resonate with the cards. I post these on IG, have a quick tidy up then sit down to write, respond to emails, make up salt bags, make necklaces, whatever needs doing.

Tuesday- I meet up with my ex to take my daughter to parent and toddler group. She has been going since she was a baby and loves it! We then do a handover at lunchtime so I have Tuesday afternoon free to shop and catch up on any more work or emails.

Wednesday- My first school run of the week, which takes a bit of getting used to again. My son wants to play outside at 7:30 am. He’s nearly six and still in his pjs, and it’s been raining. We get dressed. Whilst my son and I are brushing our teeth my daughter decides to turn the lock on my son’s door and locks herself in his room. She can’t unlock it. Panic strikes. I call 999 and apologise for ringing them but my daughter has locked herself in a room. The lady is very calm and kind. The fire engine is on its way. My nearly 6 year old is very excited! Whilst I’m not. They come and use a door wrench thing to open the door, without breaking it, phew! My daughter has been happily sitting on my son’s bed but gets a bit of a fright when all of a sudden there are three firemen at the door. A friend pops by to take my son to school whilst I take my daughter. They are currently at two different schools which are about 15 mins walk away from each other and they both start at 8.45 so one of them is always late on a Wednesday or Friday.

I then head to my weekly networking meeting. It’s fairly informal with breakfast and coffee. We talk about PR, York business week and hanging Xmas baubles in unusual places. Pick up both kids from school at lunchtime and head home for an afternoon playing outside.

Thursday- School run again. We drop my son off then me and my daughter have the morning together. We sometimes go it alone and sometimes meet friends. Today we head to the local park where we sip babycinos and cappuccinos, then we take it in turns on the zip wire, which I love! Before heading back again to collect my son then head home.  Make lunch, play and update Social Media in between

Friday- Drop both kids off at different schools then work again. Write some blog content, answer emails then back to do two pick ups, lunch, play and more Social Media.

Saturdays are days for me and the kids to do something fun before I drop them off with their dad for a few days. I try to do minimal work on Saturdays.
Sunday- This is either spent at a fair or creating content for my website and blog. I am also currently doing a PR course online so I try to catch up with the materials from that.

This year I have learnt that you have to learn a lot of skills to be able to manage and market your business effectively. I have taught myself the basics in Facebook, twitter, Instagram and about to delve into LinkedIn. I plan for 2018 to start doing video content which will be great. I would love to hear from you about what a week for you looks like in terms of home, business and family.