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Finding My Exercise Mojo with Reformer Pilates at French Vanoli

I was thrilled to be given a chance to try out Reformer Pilates at French Vanoli as part of a collaboration with the wonderful ladies at ITWBN.

I have practiced Pilates for many years now including pregnancy Pilates when I was pregnant with my first son.  I have always been amazed at how such gentle movement can have such an amazing effect.

The founder of Pilates, Mr. Joseph Pilates had been a sickly child and because of this he spent his entire life striving to improve his physical strength.  His father had been a prize winning gymnast and his mother a naturopath so he had grown up in a family where he obviously saw or heard about the benefits of stamina and physical strength.

I myself enjoyed great health and had been lucky enough to be able to swim and exercise as I pleased for many years.  However a persistent back injury had been getting progressively worse and worse over the last few years and eventually I was diagnosed as having a disc bulge and protrusion late last year.  Because of my fear of “my back going again” my life had become more sedentary and coupled with poor posture as I work more at a desk I haven’t exercised since last Summer.

I have been told that walking and swimming are not the best exercises for me anymore.   I hadn’t considered doing something like Pilates or Yoga for fear of putting my disc under pressure.

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But when I heard about Reformer Pilates I was intrigued.  I did an introduction class with Andrew in French Vanoli a few weeks ago.   I was fascinated by the use of machines in Pilates.    At one stage I laughed out loud when he showed us one of the exercises he wanted us to do.  I declared “well I won’t be able to do that with my back”.  I had given details of my back issues to Andrew before the class and as he had similar symptoms himself, he could empathise and knew what I would be able to do and likely not be able to do.    He assured me I would be fine!   So I put my left foot up on the machine and allowed the machine to take my right foot back, back and back.   A full stretch which I held for the required time.

I felt a foot taller leaving the introduction class!!  I couldn’t stop talking about my wonderful experience at French Vanoli and how wonderful it was to have been able to stretch like I just had. When we are in pain it is common to curl up our body to protect ourselves from harm almost.   This too can cause our breaths to be shorter not allowing enough oxygen into our lungs to carry out our daily chores with gusto.

After the introduction class I couldn’t wait until my next class!

The next class I went to at French Vanoli was with Anna and she introduced it as a jumping class.  I have got to admit I sort of cringed at the thought of jumping and hurting my knee which happens sometimes when I walk a lot, it is referred pain from my back.   But jump I did on these wonderful machines, jumping jacks, side kicks and much, much more.   It felt exhilarating to be able to part take in jumping exercises again that had no adverse effect on my back.  Never once during the classes did I feel back pain or a need to stop doing anything I was doing.    There is the choice of making the exercises easier by adjusting the machine or harder too if that is what we need or want!

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Pilates is a conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, inner strength and endurance through emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, building a strong core and improving co-ordination and balance.   Pilates demands intense focus so you are combining your mind with what you are doing.   Breathing is also a huge part of Pilates and Joseph Pilates saw considerable value in increasing the intake of oxygen and the circulation of this oxygenated blood to every part of the body.     He saw this as cleansing and invigorating.     Unlike many exercises in Pilates we breath out with the effort and in with the return.

In the course of my next class Anna reiterated the need for controlled movements, always connecting ourselves back to our core, thus building up core strength.  Doctor’s orders for me had been “rehabilitating my core”.  It is almost like a mindfulness exercise where we put our mind only on the task in hand.   We are not thinking of what we will do next, we concentrate on each movement as we are doing it.  It is controlled and we just flow with our breath as we exercise.

As someone with a disc injury I am delighted to have found an exercise regime I can do which promises to elongate my spine and tighten my muscles.

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For me personally I need to exercise in order to keep my mental health balanced!!!  I love to exercise and found it extremely difficult when I had to give up gym membership having been part of a gym for over 15 years.

I have definitely found my exercising mojo again thanks to Reformer Pilates and would highly recommend the friendly, informative and extremely pleasant surroundings at French Vanoli.  They have classes on in the morning and in the evening, during the week and at weekends.  Mind you it is a popular place and booking a course of classes is a must!

And remember fitness is not a destination it is a way of life,

Until next time … wherever you need to look, keep looking till you find your mojo!

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner at IrishHealthHour, Health and Wellness Blogger, Energy Therapist, Essential Oil Lover and Author.

 

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Honouring My Feet with a Pamper Pedicure at Bellissimo Galway

bellissimo1“We believe that true well-being is achieved by attending to the mind and body and spirit.  Our beauty team are dedicated to providing a range of treatments that will calm and relax you, thus promoting harmony and balance.  We offer the ideal antidote to modern life”.  Bellissimo

When a beauty salon’s philosophy states they are attending to mind, body and spirit then I definitely look forward to the experience.

As a therapist myself when I am doing energy treatments on clients I always give attention to feet.   We spend so much time on our feet and oftentimes give them very little attention.   We talk about grounding our energies into the ground and standing with our feet firmly on the ground but how do we nourish and thank our feet for all the work they do?

So when I had a choice of pedicure or manicure for our pamper evening I decided to give my poor feet a night out!

 

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And attention my feet certainly got in this multi award winning hair and beauty studio Bellissimo in Galway.

There were many parts to my wonderful pedicure.   The treatment started with a hard skin treatment, a rest in warm water, nail shaping, cuticle work, invigorating exfoliation, massage, heated mitts and polish.

Being a busy Mum of two hurling mad, scouts I spend more time in hiking boots than I do in heels but this Mum was going out two nights later and decided to opt for the peep toe shoes after my pedicure.   Well a girl couldn’t hide those lovely toes!  It took courage for me to stand tall in a wedge heel but I did it!!!   All in the name of beauty and allowing my feet the honoring they deserve!

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Toes out for my blogger evening at The Skeff, Galway

On our visit to Bellissimo we were also treated to some delicious snacks from the G Counter in Galway.   We had scones with cream and jam, savoury delights and some delightfully manicured sandwiches!!!

 

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Delicious Food from the G Counter, Galway

We were also treated to some tasty Solaris tea.

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Bellissimo Galway also have a wonderful wig service at their Galway salon and have been offering this service for over 14 years.    It is a discreet and personalised service bearing in mind that everyone is different and has different requirements.  Whilst these wigs are a wonderful addition to any busy girls wardrobe, there are times when there are medical reasons why someone would avail of this service.   At Bellissimo personal attention is given to each client and their service is available countrywide and is supported by the HSE.

The whole pamper evening was a fantastic experience and it is hard to pick a favourite moment – from the wonderful attentive staff to the beautiful pedicure facility which is tucked away in a cosy corner.    For more information on the services and treatments they offer you can visit their web site here.

 

Until next time .. don’t forget to allow yourself time to “just be” and treat your body to some special attention and me time.

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner of IrishHealthHour, Energy Therapist, Essential Oil Lover, Author.

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Whiskey Tasting at the Skeff #galwayfoodfestival

The word whiskey comes from the Gaelic words uisce beatha which translates as “water of life”. It is thought that whiskey was one of the first drinks to be distilled in Europe.  Many, many years ago the Irish monks are said to have travelled throughout the Mediteranean countries and one of the skills they learned was how to distill perfume.  When they came back to Ireland, they passed their newly learned skills on and, out of this the Irish modified the process to make a drinkable spirit!!!

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Now many years later we can go into an establishment like The Skeffington Arms Hotel in Galway and find that they house over 150 different whiskeys in their vault!!!

In conjunction with the wonderful ladies at Into The West Bloggers Network and The Skeffington Arms Hotel in Galway I was invited to attend a whiskey tasting in conjunction with the Galway Food Festival.

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As a child growing up I remember my Grandfather always having a whiskey at the end of the day when he stayed with us.   He smoked a pipe and was constantly burning our lino (linoleum) on the floor!!!  The smell of whiskey and pipe always bring me back to those days when I was very young and our Grandfather lived with us.   It is amazing how smell has such an effect on our brain.   It has the ability to access the limbic brain which is the emotional part of the brain and the hippocampus where our memories are stored.   

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That is why smelling is the first process in a whiskey tasting.  We are told to take the glass to our nose and smell the flavours.    They often elicit a memory when a certain ingredient is identified by our brain.

Our whiskeys distilled in Ireland, are distilled three times, whilst in other countries like Scotland it is twice distilled.  We were told that this is what gives Irish whiskey a more smooth taste, with mellowed malt and barley honey sweetness.   The process of pot distilling (where heat is applied directly to the pot containing the wash for whiskey), gives the whiskey a distinctive spiciness!

These are the four lovely whiskeys we tasted at The Skeffington Arms Hotel, Galway.

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The first was Jameson Caskmates.  On tasting this whiskey there is an initial sweet mouth coating which, we were reliably told was typical of the Irish pot still whiskey inclusion. This was followed by the effect of the beer cask finish apparent with the subtle touch of the hop and  cocoa beans.

Next up was Jameson Black Barrel.  There was a burst of flavours in this whiskey which combined to produce a creamy luscious taste experience.  There were waves of vanilla toasted wood and spices rolling through from the pot still whiskey and flamed charred barrels.  You could also taste the spicy fruity sweetness from the grain which was consistent throughout.

Up next was Powers John Lanes Release.  This is a full bodied spice tasting whiskey infused with vanilla, honey and dried apricot.  It is matured in a combination of bourbon and oloroso sherry casks and is named after the distillery it comes from.

Last and by no means least came a year old old Red Breast.   This is a full flavoured whiskey combining a harmonious balance of spices, creamy fruit, sherry and toasted notes.  On the nose it is a mature fruitbowl of pears, brown bananas and strawberries.

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A special thanks to the whiskey experts in The Skeffington Arms Hotel. They were delightful to listen to and answered questions in a knowledgeable and pleasant manner. Well done guys will definitely recommend a trip to The Skeffington Arms Hotel for whiskey tasting with you.

And then we were treated to some delicious food!

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Julia Dunin Photography

A very enjoyable evening and one I would highly recommended.

Until next time … keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner of IrishHealthHour, Blogger, Author, Energy Therapist and essential oil lover.

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NORI Bake..Healthy, Organic and 100% Natural

When I think of adding seaweed to my food I have to admit I think gulps of sea water when I am swimming!!  However I was more than pleasantly surprised with NORI bake!   If you use the right amount in your recipes you do not taste it and the kids will not even notice you added it!

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Brownies with NORI bake added!

NORI bake is a superfood in the form of a powder that can be added to our food in many, many ways.   I have added it to several different recipes and even to chocolate brownies for a family celebration!!!

My fussy 7 year old didn’t even notice when I added it to our usual “breakfast buns” as I call them.   They are made from a cup of flour, a cup of porridge oats, a cup of dessicated coconut, a tablespoon of chia seeds, an eighth cup of sugar (or less), 6 oz butter and of course now some NORI bake!  They are the standard breakfast for my two sons in our house as they are nutritious and balanced and neither of them complain about breakfasts in the morning!

 

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NORI can be added to baking

Why NORI and what is it?

NORI is a nutrient rich food containing 8 different varieties of seaweed.  Some of the nutrients include Iodine, Madnesium, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and vitamins B12 and B3.

 

It can be difficult at times to get foods with these nutrients in them that children will eat, especially if you have fussy eaters.   NORI can be added to any of your baking including fairy cakes and breads!  It also has the added advantage of keeping bread fresher when it is included and it keeps you fuller for longer.

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NORI added to coconut water and fruit

 

 

I love my smoothies and healthy drinks and am always looking for products to add to them, to make them even healthier and to keep me fuller longer.   My blood sugar drops if I do not eat regularly so snacking is something I do a lot of!   If I can make my snacks healthier and keep me fuller then I am happy!

I do not always follow recipes and love adding what I have to drinks.  On the picture on the right you can see that  I added NORI to coconut water and whatever fruit I had in the fruit bowl which on this occasion was apples and oranges!  Delicious.

Another good reason to use NORI in your cooking is that you can reduce the sugar in the recipe when it is added.  Also you can use NORI as a healthy replacement for salt.

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Another way I used NORI was to add a teaspoon to my Granola and yoghurt breakfast!

This  wonderful product gets a definite thumbs up from me.  The same company also make delicious SMRT bars which also contain seaweed.   You can catch my review of those bars here.

You can check out NORI here too.

Until next time … keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner at IrishHealthHour, Author, Empowerment and Assertive Coach and Energy Therapist.

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Surrounded by Beauty at Galway Now and ITWBN #galwayfashiontrail

I have never considered myself a car junkie, I have always valued my car for its functionality rather than its beauty.   My car is what gets the kids and myself from one hurling pitch to the next, or one scouting adventure to the next, or so it was. Let me tell you that changed after my trip to Colm Quinn’s BMW dealership for a blogging breakfast before Galway Now and ITWBN’s #galwayfashiontrail!

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I have now become a car fashionista after being immersed in the beauty of BMW beauties tied in red ribbons.   AND it wasn’t the red ribbons that got me it was the sheer beauty of the cars themselves and they even have a BMW 7 seater.   Let’s just say it’s now on my vision board!!

Well a girl can dream of hurling and scout trips in luxurious leather seats with air conditioning and soft music playing in the background!

Our blogging day out, as part of Galway Fashion Week in conjunction with Galway Now and ITWBN on the #galwayfashiontrial had certainly started off in style.

We left Colm Quinn’s in a convey of BMWs in a journey which took us through Galway City.   Not a mucky hurling boot inside any of these cars, just excited bloggers thrilled to be part of a beauty filled day!!!

We arrived at our first stop to the bemusement of several onlookers, well it’s not every day you see a BMW convey carrying chattering beauties to their destination!

We were treated to our first of many fashion treats at Don’t Call Me Dear in Mill Street.  A fashionable boutique in a quiet side of Galway and one that provides a fashion solution for every possible occasion. The hats were divine as well!!!  I will certainly be popping back!

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Next stop was the delightful Willow boutique.   The fashion show here was a splendid mixture of colour, beauty and hand bags … yes the hand bags at Willow got my juices flowing.   A stylish boutique for sure!

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Off to the Latin Quarter next and a visit to Choice Boutique.   We were greeted with Prosecco and cakes and more delightful ensembles. My taste buds had been stimulated and I gave in here and purchased a wonderful Mum sized handbag with plenty of room for mine, my 12-year-old and my 7 year old’s “stuff”. From soldiers to treats my handbags need room to produce a solution at the drop of a hat!

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Speaking of hats we moved across the road to the fabulous Kilkenny! Not the black and amber kind that would set the hairs rising on the arms of any maroon and white Galway hurling gal, but more an institution of the fashion kind!   The hats here were divine as well and the outfits on the beautiful girls from Catwalk Modelling Agency were stunning.  The models were gracious and friendly in the midst of flashes and phone cameras!

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A quick pit stop for some after lunch was a tasty Irish coffee at one of Galway’s finest establishments Garavans Bar.     A trendy but delightfully “not too modernised” type bar (I remember when this place was an old style grocery, yea I know I am one of the older bloggers!!!). I love old Galway establishments that stand the test of modernisation and survive because of the essence that feels almost embedded in the walls!    It’s a great Galway pub that you can chat to the locals at the bar in .. mind you be careful not to take their seats …ah only kidding!

We headed to Pia next for another delightful fashion show.   There were many a Pia bag seen hanging from the bloggers hands after this treat.   Colour was huge and there was a huge variety of both short dresses and maxi dresses!   This was my first time here and I tried on a real pretty dress .. might go back to have a second viewing!

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The next stop was to another long established Galway shop run by the well known Mary Bennett. I was telling Mary that my parents used to bring me to see “the real Santa” in O’Gorman’s Shop which was there before the Treasure Chest.  Everyone knew the real Santa only came to O’Gormans! Well the magic from the real Santa certainly has not disappeared over the years and we were treated to a fashion extravaganza on the first floor.   And the Prosecco flowed once again!  A boutique really not to be left out of any fashionista’s shopping trip.

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Out next port of call was Gosh shoes in the Eyre Square centre! Here we were treated to a feast of shoes and hats to suit any occasion; from trendy highs to fashionable lows. Who said fashion had to be painful?  At Gosh shoes they can certainly come up with a fashion choice for any situation!

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Our last but definitely not least visit was to the beautiful Colette Latchford which is a gem of a boutique not far from Eyre Square! It is well-known by Galwegians as a treasure trove of glamour and one that we are only too happy to share with visitors to the City of the Tribes.   Colours exploded and bloggers were again thrilled with the diversity of fashion that our wonderful city has to offer.

So today I am back to wearing track suits and ill mixed socks (the washing machine’s fault not mine) and driving my child friendly car.   But life changes and so do we.   I was ecstatic to be immersed in so much beauty for the bloggers day out; beautiful people; beautiful friends, beautiful cars, beautiful fashion and a re-ignited realisation that as a Mum I too can immerse myself in beautiful things .. it’s totally possible 🙂  Thank you Galway Now and ITWBN for a day to remember!

Until next time … keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Empowerment and Assertive Coach, Energist Therapist and essential oil lover.

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Veráge™ Skin Care Collection

Veráge™ Skin Care Collection

What you put on your skin is as important as what you eat.  The skin is the largest organ in the body and soaks in all outside agents which  means the bad as well as the good.

While you may not have a choice about your air quality where you live you certainly can make a conscious choice about what you put on your skin.  This skin care collection is 100% natural.   In fact the essential oils used in these products are often the inspiration for synthetically produced pharmaceutical products.

The natural philosophy of the Veráge™ Skin Care Collection is that each plant contains plant extracts that have been extensively researched and have shown to promote youthful looking skin.   The range has been formulated to provide a natural and efficacious system that brings skin back to life.

When you use natural products you are using something that has its own natural rhythm in nature, the ingredients are sourced where they grow best and they are harvested at just the right moment.   Each harvest has its own “fingerprint” and stringent testing is done to ensure the highest quality of the ingredients.  

As well as pure essential oils other  key technologies used in the Veráge™ Skin Care Collection include coconut oil, amino acids, lips of jojoba, olive and macadamia oils, innovative lipid complex  (the same balance used in healthy, youthful looking skin), Vitamin E and fatty acids and 100% natural preservative system. 

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The collection includes Veráge™ Cleanser, Toner, Immortelle Hydrating Serum, and Moisturizer.

Each product is composed of true gifts from the Earth.

Veráge™ Cleanser cleanses and invigorates.  It nourishes and hydrates the skin while providing nutrients and antioxidants.  It contains essential oils of Wild Orange, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Basil.

Veráge™  Toner tightens and tones while fortifying and refreshing the skin for a glowing complexion.   It can also be used as a mist for refreshing the face throughout the day.    It contains essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Coriander, Cypress and Palmarosa.

Veráge™ Immortelle Hydrating Serum hydrates deeply to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It promotes skin firmness and elasticity which makes it great for more mature skin.   The serum improves the skin barrier function.   It contains essential oils of Frankincense, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lavender, Myrrh, Helichrysum and Rose.

Veráge™ Moisturiser helps restore balance and provides rich hydration.   It also promotes the regeneration of skin connective tissue.  It rehydrates dry and mature skin and helps to improve the overall health and appearance of our skin.   It contains essential oils of Jasmine, Geranium, Sea Buckthorn Berry and Juniper Berry.

The beauty of using these products is that, as well as having an effect at a physical level the essential oils also work at an emotional level.    The products smell great and as we wear them we are supporting our central nervous system and uplifting our mood!

To me using the Veráge™ Skin Care Collection is a winning combination.  These products are part of my skin care regime and since I have started to use them I feel and see the benefit of their natural qualities.   I love the smell and I love the fact that I have choosen natural products that have no side effects only good ones like mood enhancement!

If you want any information on how to get these wonderful products please do email me at doloresagavin@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Empowerment and Assertive Coach, Energy Therapist and Soul Care Practitioner.

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bebetter Chakra Teas from Solaris

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I See ….. Third Eye Chakra

“Our self perception is the way we see our inner and outer worlds, the ability to see and reach into the future being key to self realisation and our vision of life”.   Solaris Tea

The Chakras

When it comes to tools to help us balance our chakras I am always interested!!!   I have just finished writing an eight lesson self study course on the chakras in which I use meditation and essential oils as tools to empower us remove energy blocks like emotions and limiting beliefs from our chakras.  When we do this we are in alignment with our personal goals in an authentic way to ourselves.

We are made from energy and energy is processed in different awareness centres in our body called chakras. Each of the seven major chakras governs a different type of awareness.   Our second chakra is our emotional and creative realm; our third chakra is our power center; our fifth chakra is our communication center etc.

We can work with these centers in many ways and one of the ways we can bring about balance is by using foods and drinks that enhance the energy here.

Use of Herbs

The use of medicinal herbs goes back to the beginning of time.   Herbs are medicine from nature’s own medicine cabinet and many of the common herbs we find growing in our garden, some of which we may consider weeds, were the medicine of our ancestors.

Herbs are spoken about in all of the major mythologies, for example we are told that Achilles used Yarrow to heal the wounds of his soldiers on the battlefield!

So when I got the opportunity to try a sample box of chakra teas, whose ingredients were chosen to match the energy of the chakras I was thrilled to say the least!

I choose the tea blended for the sixth chakra, also known as the third eye.

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The background of how these Solaris range of teas came about is a wonderful fusion of Yoga and Herbal Medicine.   Yoga is well known to bring balance to those who practice it.

Kerstin Linnartz, founder of be better and a passionate Yogini since 1996, has studied ancient Indian science in the US, Europe and India and has lived in India for many years.

Solaris Tea is a family business based in Ireland specialising in blending internationally award-winning teas and herbal infusions. Solaris ensure that all teas are produced to the highest level of sustainability and quality. All blends are free from added aromas. Jörg Müller, a former elite gymnast, has a degree in Herbal Medicine (BScHons) and has been living in Ireland for the last 15 years.

The Sixth Chakra Blend

The ingredients in this blend for the third eye are Peppermint, Nettle and Fennel.   I will give a brief outline of each of the herbs here.

Peppermint

This wonderful medicinal herb has been around a long, long time. We know that dried Peppermint leaves were found in several Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1,000 BC.  Peppermint offers support to the digestive system.

On an emotional level the stomach area is associated with the third chakra or our power center where we digest our thoughts and emotions as well as our food.   Because our thoughts and emotions fuel our action when we balance this chakra we find we can step more into our power pursuing our goals with focused action.

In relation to the sixth chakra we want to be able to see the truth around our stories.   If we are triggered into what we may perceive as a negative emotion by our feelings which leads to negative action, we may want to look closely at our story to see the real picture or the essence of what the trigger is.   So this wonderful herb supports us in the sixth chakra so that we can become more focused at an intuitive level. This has the ripple effect of when we open the sixth chakra to see our truth around our stories we can then change the stories to better serve us.

Nettle

The wonderful herb of nettle that causes kids and adults to scamper contains wonderful benefits when used in food, drinks and skin care!!!   Nettle is an anti-inflammatory and an astringent. It contains an ingredient called phenol, which is a powerful antioxidant and supports against free radicals.

It is also full of iron and so is associated with supporting the symptoms of anemia.   Iron is so important for our overall health and wellness.

When we have the strength that comes from a healthy body we have the energy to fulfill what we desire in our life.

Fennel

Fennel is another wonderful herb known for its toxic cleaning ability. It combines well in this tea with Peppermint.

On an emotional level it supports us if we have lost touch with listening to our own body’s intelligence, which is what the sixth chakra is all about. Learning to get back in touch with what our body is telling us and not letting the judgments or opinions of others be the only influences in our lives.

It can also help us restore our appetite for life and so again is great for supporting us in pulling back the veil of illusion we may be stuck in and looking at the world from a higher perspective, which will reveal the truth and wonder of what we have.

Liquorice

The wonderful liquorice plant was named by Hippocrates as “glukos riza” or sweet root and this is one of the most popular ways to use liquorice, as a natural sweetener.

However this wonderful plant has many other wonderful benefits including anti-viral properties. Its use against upper respiratory tract infections dates back to ancient Egypt.   It is a demulcent and soothes mucous irritations and is used widely in Ayurvedic cooking.

The addition of liquorice in this sixth chakra tea blend certainly adds a lovely sweetness.

This blend of herbs to support our sixth chakra is a truly wonderful combination of flavours to enhance and energise.   The herbs interact with our body’s own intelligence and bring us clarity and focus.

The only question left for me now is …. which blend to try next!

For more details on the chakra teas you can visit the Solaris web site here.

For details on crystals to use with chakras check out a guest blog by Jessica from Amber here.

Until next time ….. keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Empowerment and Assertive Coach, Energy Worker and Soul Care Practitioner.