Therapeutic Benefits of A Seaweed Bath

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There’s something about a swim in the open sea that is so refreshing and dissolves those cobwebs away!   It is also very therapeutic of course to be immersed in nature’s natural minerals.

However living on the West Coast of Ireland I am a bit of a wimp and wear a wet suit every time I venture into the sea.  It has to do with circulation and not being able to feel any part of my body if I don’t!!!

But I don’t need to suffer frost bite in order to benefit from the nutrients in Mother Nature’s ocean; a warm seaweed bath does the job so well!

We are lucky to have a wonderful organic seaweed producer on our doorstep in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland, Connemara Organic Seaweed Company.   I have been enjoying adding their seaweed products to my food including delicious energy balls  I get the nutritional benefits that way.  Before you ask they don’t taste of seaweed!  I made them recently at a workshop I was running to show people  how easy they are to make and how tasty it can be to add seaweed to our food.

The company, Connemara Organic Seaweed Company is in the process of bringing out a luxury spa range of products too .. watch this space!   I have had fun with them on this project!


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It is scientifically proven that having a seaweed bath is beneficial for supporting our central nervous system and making us feel more calm.  It also supports us with any skin issues we may have, as well as supporting symptoms of arthritis and more general muscle ache and pains.

Seaweed is one of nature’s natural sponges and, because of this, it soaks up lots of wonderful minerals directly from the sea. By the principle of osmosis when we have a seawed bath our skin absorbs these nutrients directly into our system.

Having a seaweed bath also supports the elimination of toxins from our body and increases the flow of oxygen rich blood which is extremely beneficial to maintain healthy organs and tissues.

The gel that is produced when having a seaweed bath coats the body with its nutritious delights and further aids with release of toxins from our body.

The seaweed can be used a second time too which is wonderful, as the calming effect I have felt tonight is something I definitely want to enjoy again!  I added a relaxing essential oil to the bath too to make it even more yummy!

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It is certainly a treat I look forward to more often and in the comfort of my own home, which is another benefit for me!

Until next time, take it handy

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




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. 

Verage skin care collection

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.


Six doTerra oils for The Summer

Here are six doTerra oils to have handy in your handbag, around the house and when travelling.

1. Terrashield

A  natural repellent blend. This is a truly wonderful oil for keeping away anything that bites.   The Lemon Eucalyptus, which is included in the blend, is insecticidal and is particularly useful for keeping away cockroaches, silverfish and other insects.

This blend also contains Citronella and Lemongrass.

How to apply: You can dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply directly to the body.   If you are out and about you can put it on your face, neck and any other exposed area. It is safe to use on children topically.

This oil can also be diffused to keep bugs away.

A terrific little oil, which costs €8.50 (wholesale price)

2. Lavender

The summer season means we are hopefully exposed to lots of sunshine!   That can mean sun burn unfortunately even on days when the sun doesn’t come out!   We can get windburn from the sea so if we are out and about on a boat it is always good to keep sun cream on.

Lavender is an ideal oil to have handy for any area that gets too much sun. It is soothing and calming to the skin and can support a badly burned area from scarring. If there are any blisters in an area it is best to apply the oil to the soles of the feet, a wonderful fast way to get the effects of any of the oils.

As well as its’ skin benefits Lavender also supports the cardiovascular system, the nervous system and the emotional system.

How to apply: Can be applied topically, it is also a good oil to diffuse to instill calmness.

Can be diluted with Lemon and Peppermint to support allergies.

Price €18.00 (wholesale)

3. Peppermint

Peppermint has a wonderful cooling affect on a hot sunny day.   It can be added to your water as a refreshing drink (doTerra’s Peppermint is safe to take internally).

How to apply: You can also put some on the back of your neck, chest or any other area if you are feeling hot and bothered!

You could also apply to the bottoms of the feet for a cooling effect.

Peppermint can be diffused during long hot summer nights.

Peppermint supports the digestive system, the respiratory system, the nervous system and supports muscles and bones.

Can be diluted with Lemon and Lavender to support allergies.

Price €17.50 (wholesale)

4. Lemon

Lemon is such a refreshing oil and has a wide variety of uses.

How to apply: Can be diluted with Lavender and Peppermint to support allergies.

It is great for immune system support and can also be added to water for a detox drink at anytime during the day and most especially in the morning.

If you are using Lemon on your body, because it is a citrus oil be careful not to go out directly into the sun for a couple of hours. Best to take internally in this regard or to apply to the soles of the feet if they are not going to be exposed to sunshine!

Diffusing Lemon has an uplifting effect and is good for focus.

It can also come in handy to clean surfaces such as airport trays if you are travelling with children and want to feed them but, are concerned about cleanliness.

Price €9.00 (wholesale)

5. Whisper (Woman’s Monthly Blend)

It can be hard when school is out and children need to be kept entertained.

The Whisper blend is a blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa and Vitex.  Vitex has been studied for its abilities to regulate estrogen levels.

It is a great emotional and hormonal balancer and can be worn as a perfume. Imagine wearing an oil which acts as a perfume and also is causing a wonderful affect on our emotional wellness at the same time!

It is calming, sooths nervous tension, helps relieve symptoms of stress and agitation as well as balancing the hormones. It is also a great blend for PMS symptoms and menopausal issues.

How to apply: Topically.  Apply to chest, abdomen or back of neck as required.   It can also be diffused.

Cost €21.50 (wholesale)

6. Helichrysum

Helichyrsum is best known for its restorative qualities for the skin.   It is the oil added to beeswax and other ingredients when making natural sunscreen.

It is also calming and has an anti ageing affect on the skin.

Who needs synthetic beauty products when we have such a wonderful natural substitute in this oil?

It is also a great detoxifier of the body and it supports circulation.

How to apply: It can be applied topically or diffused.

Cost €75.00 (wholesale)

For more information on any of the doTerra oils you can contact me at doloresagavin@gmail.com.  Please check with me how to get the wholesale (25% discount) prices.