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 🙂

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.
  • White howlite is a stone full of calming energy, great if you are starting to feel frazzled.

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

Himalayan Salt Products

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?

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 🙂


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.

Angel cards and Crystals

I have been using Angel cards since 2010. I had heard about them from a medium that I had been to see and went out and bought a pack. I started using them on a daily basis. What struck me most was how some days I would get the same card two or three days in a row. I would shuffle the cards and choose one. Just to check I would sometimes put the card back in and reshuffle them, the same one would come out.

I have used the traditional tarot card too. I do like using these but I found when going through a particularly tough time I didn’t always want to hear what they were saying. I went back to my angel cards. Every Monday morning for the last few years I have been picking 3 cards for my week and crystals for the week.

I thought I would share them here for the first time. I have been posting them on Instagram for a short while. I’d love to know if you use angel cards or tarot cards and what your thoughts are.

​My angel cards this week, Hope, Goddess of the Earth and You’re a LeaderHope, this card awakens within us the strength, courage and inspiration to do almonst anything. ( Love it!)
Goddess of the Earth, this is a good time to use your imagination and express yourself creatively. Relax, spend some time in nature and absorb her healing energies.
You’re a Leader, you have natural qualities that will inspire others to help.Crystals this week
Tigers Eye, a great crystal for business ventures 🙂
Malachite, I describe this as a sledgehammer for your higher heart chakra. It allows issues to be released gently.

Let me know what crystals or cards you have for this week as I’d love to know 🙂

What are Himalayan Salt Deodorant Balls?

Many people are still unaware of the hidden dangers in the active ingredients of modern day deodorant. They can contain some potentially hazardous chemicals which are then sprayed/rolled on the underarms as a way of reducing perspiration and odour. The primary ingredient used in most antiperspirants is aluminum. Aluminum is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores. Our bodies are designed to sweat and needs to sweat.

Parabens are a family of synthetic preservatives that are often found in deodorants as well. Phthalates are another class of chemicals that are often used in deodorants and antiperspirants that you may want to avoid. Triclosan is another common ingredient included in commercial deodorants. It is used as the odour killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties.

I first discovered Himalayan salt deodorant balls earlier this year. For years I have used various anti perspirants that are sold in the shops, sprays to make you smell nice etc. Last year I started thinking, a lot, about what I was putting on my body externally. I have made various changes and one of which was looking for a natural deodorant. I did find a spray one which worked very well, however it irked me that the packaging couldn’t be recycled. One night I was ordering some of my Himalayan salt lamps and saw the deodorant balls so thought I’ll give those a try!
If you’re switching from a ‘normal’ deodorant to a Himalayan salt deodorant I would give yourself about a month for your body to get used to it. Underneath your armpits are your lymph nodes ( check) The lymph nodes are responsible for your body getting rid of toxins. When the toxins can’t be released they stay in the body and end up going round and round your body. Deodorants, can stop your lymph nodes from doing their job, which can’t be great for your body.

You might find that your body starts to detox again, which is why I think you need to perservere with them.

I have been using mine since March. To use them you run them under water and then use it as a roll on. If I want to add a smell I splash some peppermint essential oil on afterwards which gives me a zing, especially in the morning. It hasn’t changed that much in size, although a small bit has cracked off. I keep it by the sink on top of a small organza bag. You can keep it on a small wooden tray. Or something where it isn’t sitting in water, as it will start to dissolve.

The deodorant bar leaves no sticky or greasy residue and it will not stain your clothing or clog your pores. It should always be applied wet to clean skin. As it dries it leaves an invisible layer of protection helping to naturally prevent odour-causing bacteria from forming on the skin. Does not need to be in a covered container. Be careful, may shatter if dropped.
The Salt Deodorant Stone is not meant to be used internally.
If under medical supervision or pregnant please consult with a physician before use.