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.




3 Ways to Practice Self Love based on universal Mindful Techniques


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We are told often enough that we cannot love another until we truly begin to love ourselves.

How do we begin that journey to self-love?   If we have deep-rooted beliefs about ourselves, for example if we feel we are not lovable or, if society or others have made us feel this way, then it can be a real journey of discovery to find our truth.

When we accept that love is not a destination to be reached but literally a way to walk in life, then we can truly start a journey to self-love.

*            Decrease violence in oneself.

When we speak about violence towards ourselves this can mean violence in many, many forms. Perhaps we use violent self-talk towards ourselves; telling ourselves we are not good enough or maybe we blame ourselves for the actions of others.

When we start to unravel our stories around this self-talk we can begin our journey to healing and to self-love.   We are, each one of us, entitled to receive love. We may have been hurt many times in the past but this does not mean we are not entitled to be loved.   Maybe the people we have fallen in love with are not capable of giving us love or, of giving us the love we need.   Maybe their beliefs about themselves hold them back from truly giving.

We can accept this fact and forgive ourselves for loving someone who was not capable of giving us love.

* Develop the practice of deep listening.

When we listen to what our body needs and what our emotions are telling us we can take the steps to align ourselves with self-love.

If our default emotion is anger, then maybe our anger is trying to tell us that we need to build stronger boundaries. Maybe our sadness is telling us that we need to listen to our gut instinct and let someone or something go.   Maybe our back pain or pelvic problems are telling us we don’t have enough support in our life and that we need to surround ourselves more with supportive people.

When we hone in and really listen we will begin to realise that self-love starts with listening to ourselves and not to others.

* Avoid using toxins and poisons.

When we use toxic substances in excess in order to fill gaps in our heart we are not respecting ourselves.   It is an act of self-love to realise that toxins and poisons won’t mend a broken heart.   If we stop and find the reason our heart is broken and take steps in ourselves to mend it, we have a better chance of not needing to rely on anything else to fix or heal us.   We will have realised that the power is inside us all the time.

Mindfulness brings us into the present moment but it also brings us to a place of where we are consciously looking and listening to what our body really needs.   When we listen to what our body needs and wants and act on these signals and messages we begin the journey of walking a life based on self-love that will seep out into all areas of live and have a ripple affect on the way others treat us.

Until next time; keep the faith Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner of IrishHealthHour, Soul Care Practitioner, Author and Essential Oil Lover.


Setting Intentions With Crystal Grids

Our extremely popular guest blogger Jessisa Forde, Manager at Amber is back speaking about crystal grids.


Crystal Grids

Why we use crystals?

Nowadays we look for alternatives when it comes to the health of our spirit, body and mind.

What can you do to improve your spirit? For those days you want to be outside your body, or look into your deeper soul and inner body, for those days you are just fed up with visits to the local doctors and pharmacies, when your mind is over whelmed and stressed and wishing for a new sense of calm and inner peace.

Let the crystal help you, open your mind to the powerful force of crystal energy and healing. Crystals can be there for you, be it a small thing or a big thing.

My personal journey with crystals

From working in Amber I have learned a lot about crystals and it’s hard to believe that only 2 years ago I knew nothing of their mystic and exciting energies. On a daily basis I carry them on me, wear them on a chain and always in my bra especially rose quartz. I enjoyed this daily morning routine but I knew there was more I could do with them.   I imagined if one single crystal brought that tingling sensation or allowed me to ground after a hard day at work, what would a number of crystals laid out in a specific shape or form do?

Preparing a crystal grid

I tried one of my first large crystal grids on my garden patio and I was setting the intention for my sister to get her student loan, I lay the crystals on the ground and lit an orange candle knowing she was to find her faith about her loan for college at the same time. Looking at it logically the chances were slim but I gave my faith to the crystal grid and the universe to provide. I waited there and watched the candle burn and stated no matter the outcome I was still grateful. The phone rang, it was my sister and she had gotten the loan. This changed my whole view on crystal girds and now they have become a huge part of my life.

Crystal gridding can be done in a simple form or a complex form depending on the shape of your crystals, are they raw or tumbled, the number of individual crystals you have, your intention when setting the crystal and the most obvious, the space you have to lay out your crystal grid?

Crystal grids in your home

Crystals vibrate with your chakras creating energy and allowing the chakras in your body to vibrate to a higher frequency, which allows the chakras to open and allows you to open as a human being. Crystals in a room brings the energy in that space to vibrate at a higher frequency, which in turns helps you to vibrate keeping the spirit, body and mind in check. The crystals act like a charger from which you charge your energies, so placing crystal grids in your home is very beneficial.

We all look for abundance in our lives and looking at Feng Shui we focus on the abundance corner of our home especially. This corner is located in the furthest room at the back of your house at the left hand side of that room. Placing a large piece of Citrine with red goldstone, green aventurine, and jade, aids your intention for abundance.

Preparing your crystal grid

The grids can be created very simply. Before setting a crystal grid you must always cleanse your crystal pieces with sage, moon water, seawater etc before you set them down. If you have the opportunity to charge your crystals in the moon light, sun or during stormy weather beforehand I would recommend this as it will make your grid last longer and allows the grid to stay charged for longer. To charge your grid when it is set down use a pointed crystal raw if possible and join the crystal in the grid visually but using the point of the pointed crystal to draw imaginary lines connecting each piece together like a jigsaw, repeating your intention verbally or repeat a mantra of your choice.


Using a pointed crystal to charge grid after placement

In your abundance corner place the large citrine or quartz piece in the middle of your set down area, it helps to draw out your shape. I normally use a hexagon shape. Place a layer of 6 green aventurine crystals around the citrine and going further out place a layer of 6 red goldstone making the crystal visual join like triangles and continue with 6 jade pieces and to finish with 6 citrine.

Setting your intention

If you wish to raise the vibration of the crystal grid place 4-pointed quartz to the corners of the grid. When you decide on your intention with the grid, ask yourself if is it the universe you ask help from, or is it your own inner energy you wish to use to help your intention proceed?

When you point your crystals inwards you are asking your own energies to provide but when you point the crystals outwards you are asking the universe to provide. This should be done with your intuition; you will know what you need.

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Flower of life crystal grid for creativity and confidence

Crystal grids can be created in all shapes and sizes. Some may use the flower of life symbol to layout the crystals, or spirals, the infinity sign or you can simply place in a bundle if you feel this is what works for you.

Many items enhance your crystal grids. Copper is a natural conductor of energy so it is an excellent material to place your crystal grids on. Lighting a candle allows you create the crystal grid for a shorter period if the intention for example is for sending healing energy to someone going through surgery. The candle allows the intention to be active until the candles flame goes out.

If you are wishing to reconnect with Mother Earth laying out fresh flowers is very beneficial.  Restricting yourself from smelling the flowers allows you to offer the scent to your guides, archangels, Mother Earth and so on, as a gratitude offering.

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Spiral crystal grid for love, guidance and protection

Another popular crystal grid that can be done on a regular basis is for love and loving energy in your home. Place a large rough rose quartz in the middle of your home usually under the staircase and 4 smaller pieces of rose quartz, clear quartz or amethyst in the 4 corners of your home.  This allows your home, with your loving intention to be filled with loving energy amongst the family living in the space. This type of grid works wonderfully well for romantic relationships and you can do this by placing the grid directly under the bed in which you both sleep.

If you are looking for creativity in the home replace the 4 crystals in the corners with carnelian. If you wish to protect your home or provide a protective environment at work against others, black tourmaline and in some cases black obsidian is excellent to use in these types of grids. Remember keep the protection close to the area you wish to protect.

The intentions you can create for your crystal grids are endless. Lighting a candle or placing a personal item with your crystal grid is also very beneficial and makes the grid very personal and distinctive. Many people place a photo of the person they wish to set the grid for with it, especially if they are ill, need loving energy or generally for the well-being of that person. I personally like to place feathers that I find at my feet that day and, giving gratitude I place the feather by the lighted candle to send loving every to whatever intention I set with my crystal grid.

Placing crystal grids on natural material for example slate, wood, in a potted plant, on sand or a bed of leaves really helps with the grounding of your crystal grid as, by doing this you are inviting Mother Earth to aid in connecting the crystal to the earths floor which in turn keeps the energy of the crystals grounded. When working with crystals grounding is so important.

How many crystals should you use?

The amount of crystals in your crystal grid is not that important but if you have a large quantity then try to use as many as you can and spread out your grid placing the crystals out in even numbers of 4, 6, 8 etc in the shape you desire. I find the larger the grid the better and it’s also very important that all crystal pieces are cleansed and charged before the placement of the grid and after you have finished using your grid.

I am always asked the question, how long does a crystal grid work for? In my experience when lighting a candle I will set the intention of the grid to last until the flame of the candle goes out if the intention is small. For larger intentions or weekly or monthly manifestation with the grid, I would use a pendulum to check the energy of the grid (depending on the strength of the momentum swing of the pendulum), or I would walk away from the grid checking for when the swing of the pendulum stops, giving me an idea of the energy of the crystal grid at hand. If the swings are strong in the pendulum the crystal grid is still working but if the swings are weak or no movement occurs the crystal grid needs resetting or removal.

Respect and enjoy your crystal grids!!!

For more information on crystals check out Amber’s website.

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Health and Wellness Blogger, Founder of @irishhealthhour, Assertive and Empowerment Coach and Energy Therapist 


The Story of The Ugly Duckling.

“What have I done to feel like such an outcast?” the ugly duckling asks.

When we find ourselves stuck in a rut, alone or when we feel blocked in some way we may find we end up knocking on the wrong doors for help, time and time again.   And we continue to get the same experiences as we keep knocking on those same doors.

A feeling of not belonging

How often do we meet people who feel like they don’t belong and don’t know where to begin to find the right door to knock on?

The ugly duckling was born the way she was and her strength of character will come to the fore when she realises that she is good enough the way she is.   She doesn’t have to prove her worth to those around her.   Yes she will be ridiculed and made fun of and feel like she doesn’t belong but, she will find her power when she overcomes the demons of feeling like a victim. When she realises there is no right door to knock on she can transform from victim to victor. When she realises the right door to knock on is inside of herself.   It doesn’t mean there is no help from outside, but the real work for doing is on the inside.

Transcending the Victim Archetype

It is not guaranteed to be an easy journey and we may feel like we are walking a fine line at times dodging bullets from every corner. But this constant striving makes us stronger. Imagine the amount of pressure and striving pure carbon has to endure before producing a diamond? Do we think the ugly duckling would think the effort worth it when she looks in the mirror and sees that she is a beautiful swan after all and, in fact always has been?

We can transcend the victim archetype and grow into its’ more positive energetic state.   We can find the tools we need to help us unblock and release whatever is needed.

What is the gem of wisdom inside the pearl of instinctual knowledge?

The first step is finding out what lesson we need to learn.   What golden nuggets are hidden in the shadows of our internal world?   Do we need to heal from old wounds? Do we need to stand in our power and speak our truth?  Do we need to accept help from others for our journey?

We want to always keep moving forward in an attempt to unblock whatever stagnant energy there is. Is it fear?   Do we perceive a situation though a veil of deception handmade for us by an outdated society or an old fashioned model of how we are expected to behave? Maybe, just maybe things are not as bad as they seem but we just can’t see that because our intuitive, gut instinct is blocked. We can’t see the beauty underneath the veil of illusion.

Becoming grounded

We can start our journey from a place of groundedness. We can move into our relationships, our creativity in mind, body and soul.   We can move up into our power centre, through our heart centre and heal the wounds so we can speak our truth.   We can begin to see the illusions and deceptions for what they are and, finally unite with the all-inclusive universal energy, ready to warp its warm shawl of energy around us. We can transform our internal ugly duckling into the most wondrous version of ourselves imaginable.

Every journey starts with a first step, it just takes a glimmer of hope, a dazzle of light, a walk on the wild side, a journey to our truth and the best version of ourselves we can be.

Until next time. keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Soul Care Practitioner, EFT and Reiki Master Practitioner and Aromatherapy Specialist.

I help people get their mojo back!


Frozen .. A Heroine’s Journey


What a wonderful story depicting the heroine’s journey; the initial wounding; the aridity, the descent; the reconnection with the feminine gut insight and the realisation that the power is within all the time.

This story to me is a lesson in not being afraid to be ourselves whether or not that is in someway different to what society would consider the “norm” and regardless of what the neighbours will say should they God forbid find out! When Elsa’s power is discovered she is told by her father to conceal it and not feel it.   Although a magical creature (possibly another aspect of herself) tells her that there is beauty in her power, she is still banished to a life of being alone. The palace doors are locked least the folks outside find out. What shame that would bring upon the family!!   Sound familiar? Although she hides her powers, its’ magic is always there and comes through from time to time. This story could be applied to any modern day dilemma where, in order to remain in the status quo we are forced to hide a part of ourselves, oftentimes a magical part. And like for Elsa, life like this can bring loneliness and aridity while we trudge through life in a meaningless way, cut off from not alone others but worse still from our true self.

Similar to what happens in ordinary life sooner or later our hidden treasure comes to the light. It could be through an illness, a relationship break-up or in this case an initiation into the powerful position of being announced Queen.   While on one hand it seems that she is banished from one lonely state to another Elsa seems to get the freedom she so longs for when her secret is revealed.   She sings, “The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside, couldn’t keep it in; Heaven knows I’ve tried”.

When she runs away she builds a new refuge in the form of another castle.   She sings “It’s funny how some distance, makes everything seem small and the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all, it’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through, no right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free! Let it go, let it go”. Elsa connects to her new natural environment and realises she is one with the wind and the sky.

However this freedom has forced Elsa into a mythological descent of sorts; “The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen. A kingdom of isolation”.   She sings about her soul spiralling in frozen fractals all around. Her fragmented soul pieces spiralling outside instead of inside.   She sings, “I’m never going back, the past is in the past”. She realises nothing will ever be the same again; there is no going back to the way it was.

Her sister comes to help her but she forces her to go away. She inadvertently freezes her sister’s heart.   Sometimes we can hit out at others even though they may be trying to help us and we may injure those close to us. We need time in our descent to do our work to come to certain realisations, to learn about ourselves, to check in with our inner world.

It is not until she is captured and suffers the near death of her sister that she realises the power is within her to change her circumstances and to unfreeze everything that she has frozen.   True love comes to save the day … not the romantic type, not the knight in shining armour type that isn’t real anyway, no the true love for her sister and the sorrow for what her actions have done, actions that she did not have any say in at first but now has full control of.

Remember we can reclaim anything we feel we have lost, for its’ magic is still there within us and we have the power to take it back.

Until next time.. keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Soul Care Practitioner and doTERRA Wellness Advocate (contact me at doloresagavin@gmail.com).


Get a bit of Self Love .. you deserve it!

Self love is a whole world apart from a manicure at 9 followed by a pedicure at 10!   Self love is deciding whether to be a victim or a powerful person.    It can be hard sometimes to ditch the victim role and stand up for yourself but you know when you do it attracts better treatment for yourself, increases your self esteem and as I have said before “like attracts like” if you treat yourself with respect others will follow suit – it’s just the way it is.

I am sure you have often heard the saying “you can’t love others unless you first love yourself”…

It’s human nature to take things personally, unfortunately we get scared, afraid, worried and get so caught up in life and its circumstances we cant see the wood from the trees.  But it’s our response to a situation that determines whether we’re a victim or a powerful person.   It can be hard to begin to change a lifetime of habit.  But it’s important to remember that you control how others treat you.  Complaining aint worth the paper its written on!

Do you resonate with any of these examples?

You feel like your problems are worse than someone else’s – THIS CAN BE FELT BY A FRUSTRATED MUM OR AN OVER WORKED CEO – turn it around – realise that everyone has crosses to bear, some people just don’t complain as much as others, try find a solution to yours stand up and take a stand for yourself.

You get angry with people for not doing what you feel they should do – remember – nobody has any idea of what really goes on in other people’s lives.

Also we all react differently to situations, you just gotta realise this, sometimes we may feel like we deserve an apology whilst the person on the other side of the table feels they deserve one!    Take responsibility for what is going on in your life, it’s the first step to change.  We create our reality.

Don’t use the “If only you had not done that” technique!  This gives yourself an excuse for not taking responsibility.   We have to learn to react differently.

AND NO its not easy and sometimes its damn hard but it is sure as hell worth a try.

So next time you feel that you are being walked all over, remember to not allow it – say no, express how you feel about being treated the way you are being treated.   Having self pity replaces your power – its no good it brings you to the “Poor me” and you know something that brings about more “poor me” situations into your life.   Is that what you want????  So join with me and lets have a “Self Love” month for the rest of June and if that goes well have a self love month for July, August and … for the rest of your life.

Until next time …

Keep the faith.