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  • 4 Feb 2014

    Five of the best natural hand-creams

    Winter wreaks havoc with the skin on our hands, with cold weather and central heating combined. And having kids seems to add the number of times we wash our hands daily (for me at least). This causes dryness and cracking, and for those with more challenging skin conditions like eczema, it can mean sore, itchy, and inflamed hands. I am always on a quest for the perfect hand cream. In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s been a bit of a ‘life’s work’! Like most people with dry hands, I’m looking for a hand cream that’s nourishing and hydrating but not so oily I can’t use it throughout the day (my laptop keyboard pays testimony to the hand-creams that have failed in this regard). […] more

  • 2 Feb 2014

    Honouring your own needs

    There’s no shame in sometimes feeling overwhelmed with the demands of parenthood. It can feel as if overnight your life has been taken over by responsibility and in the endless tending to the needs of others, your own needs fall pretty far down the list. It’s what you do when the feeling strikes that counts. Are you a boiler: bubbling over with stress and anger before you finally explode? Or maybe a sulker: retreating into your own resentment and frustration until you’ve cut off those close to you? […] more

  • 24 Jan 2014

    Aromatherapy for little ones

    Essential oils have been around for millennia. Humankind’s affinity with the natural world means that these oils – distilled from plants – can have a powerful effect on our wellbeing; physical, emotional and spiritual. But it can be daunting when faced with a shelf-full of essential oils at the health food store to know which are best for your family, especially as some aren’t safe for children. Building up a collection can take place over time, as you get to know which ones work for each family member. […] more

  • 23 Jan 2014

    Massage throughout childhood

    Massage makes a lovely bedtime ritual throughout childhood and into teenage-hood. Most of us massage our children when they are babies, in awe of their soft baby skin. Baby massage classes abound, and though these can be a great way to meet people and learn new techniques, they are not necessary to enjoying this bond with your new-born. Babies and their mothers and fathers all have a unique way of communicating, both through touch and verbally. […] more

  • 20 Jan 2014

    Natural Health Boosters

    During the colder months if can feel as though we are prone to catching every cold and cough circulating. Eating fresh, seasonal produce to boost your immune system and ensuring that you get plenty of fresh air, exercise and proper rest is a good way to stay healthy. Sometimes we need a little extra help though. So, this winter we asked two readers to put a natural health immune boosting product to the test. Here are their results. […] more

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