Karen Young from The Federation of Holistic Therapists examines the health benefits of basil:-
Most of us associate basil with a hearty bowl of spaghetti Bolognese, but outside of the kitchen, this humble herb has been used for centuries to treat a range of common ailments.
A native of Asia, basil has a long history of use in Ayurveda, the traditional health system of India, for the treatment of coughs, colds and other respiratory problems. It has also been used as a traditional remedy for digestive complaints such as flatulence, indigestion, nausea and stomach cramps.
In terms of boosting mental health, basil is said to have a positive action on the nervous system, helping to reduce mental fatigue, ease headaches and improve concentration.
In contrast to prescription drugs such as diazepam, a recent study even suggests that basil – including the essential oil – can help to reduce anxiety without any sedative side effects.
The great thing for me is, now that I am qualified in aromatherapy, my knowledge base has grown so much. Oils I hadn’t heard about or used or blended have surprised and delighted me (and I am sure will continue to do so).
One of these such oils is basil which has been a total surprise. If I get up in the morning and my head needs “clearing” (no I’d not been on the wine!), I’ve slept badly, got a busy day ahead or need to concentrate (excellent when studying) or just want to feel more “awake” I mix:-
Rosemary – for mental fatigue, stress, stimulates circulation (*see Precautions)
Basil – for mental clarity, anxiety, helpful for depression (*see Precautions)
Lemon – to lift the spirits, invigorates and revives
Please note, never use essential oil/s undiluted or consume or ingest internally. It is advisable not to use Rosemary after lunch as it can be too stimulating.
Do NOT use Rosemary or Basil if pregnant or lactating, have high blood pressure or epilepsy. Not suitable for children.
Do NOT use lemon before sunbathing.
Always consult your GP or Health Practitioner if unsure before using any aromatherapy oils.
Julia Lawless says of basil in The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils:-
“Oil of Basil is an excellent, indeed perhaps the best, aromatic nerve tonic. It clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue, and gives the mind strength and clarity.”
Basil is an antiseptic and especially good for spots. Something I didn’t realise, as usually its tea tree that would be the usual go to on the occasion that one appears! However, a drop on a cotton bud applied direct to the spot clears it up in no time.
Basil, as many of us know, tastes wonderful in cooking, but Basil oil is also a good source of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium.
Basically, it’s pretty damn good!
Thanks for reading. Until next time.
So I thought I would write about anti-ageing this month as it’s been on my mind for a while now.
What exactly is “anti-ageing” anyway? What does it mean? Why should we be? How can we be? These are all questions coming into my mind whilst thinking about this subject.
I know there has been a lot of murmurings in the beauty industry about the term anti-ageing. Should the term anti-ageing be banned completely from the beauty and cosmetics industry. Is it dated? Is it offensive? Does it send out the wrong message?
Why should we be anti it? To be honest even if we are, there’s really not much we can do about it is there…. is there?
I’m sure the term anti-ageing mainly came out of a beauty/cosmetic industry marketing ploy to lure the consumer (mainly women) into purchasing their products to make themselves look “younger”.
I’m also pretty sure that whatever you buy, be it lipstick, hair product, face cream etc etc cannot actually turn back the ageing process. But we women sure do fall for it.
Of course, then there are the other things you can do to try to look somewhat younger than you are, i.e, Botox, fillers, facelift etc. The trouble with this stuff (in my humble opinion) is why do people want to look younger than they actually are. Maybe that’s a silly question, and I guess the media etc have a lot to do with it, but I feel we should embrace getting older and all it brings with it.
Kate Humble is someone I really admire. She spends a lot of time outdoors, has a healthy glow and yes has lines. To be honest, however, it would be a bit weird if she didn’t. You just don’t get to a certain age and have no lines whatsoever. The best thing about Kate is she is always smiling and her eyes sparkle. A mature lady can look amazing whatever her age.
There are many things we can do to keep ourselves in good condition/younger looking and the main one is to keep as healthy as we possibly can. Get outside and exercise, drink plenty of water/herbal teas, eat sensibly, look after yourself physically and emotionally. Do what makes you happy and have fun. Laugh, dance and be yourself.
Of course, we are but mere human beings and, whilst most of us may do all the good stuff most of the time, there will be times we don’t. But I’ve come to the conclusion actually that’s ok. Life is to be enjoyed. There is no good and bad, right and wrong, this way or that.
Just do your best to look after yourself and embrace getting older. Ageing is a privilege, not something to be ashamed of or to hide.
Oh by the way, I’m nearly 51 years old and proud to be so.
Some people don’t get that far, but I’m one of the lucky ones. Happy days!
Until next time……
August seems to be busy month no matter who you are or what you do. Parents have children off school and lots of people take their holiday either flying off abroad, staying closer to home or even staying at home (staycation). It has been, so far, very busy.
So I feel like I’ve had a bit of a transitioning period lately. Completing my courses after 9 months of hard work and exams, and then realising I actually need, and would like to, put my new found skills of Reflexology and Aromatherapy into practice. A little recap of what they actually are:-
Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to balance and heal itself. It involves applying finger or thumb pressure to specific points on the hands and feet. These points are called “reflexes” and they reflect, or mirror, the organs and structures of the body as well as a person’s emotional health. In this way, the hands and feet are “mini maps” of the body that can be used to encourage holistic healing. It is extremely relaxing.
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health, beauty and emotional wellbeing. These oils represent the “life force” of the plants – they are essential to the plants’ biological processes, as well as being the substance that gives them their scent. Synthetic oils, even if chemically similar, will lack all the natural elements, and this vital life-force.
Thus only natural essential oils are therapeutically valuable. Essential oils are extracted from flowers, herbs, spices, fruit, bark, roots, seeds and grasses. They are used in massage, baths, compresses, inhalations, vaporisation and perfumes.
The Holsworthy Foot Health Clinic
I have been extremely lucky and recently started working at The Holsworthy Foot Health Clinic each Tuesday. To find out more you can access the website here
The owner, Debra De Ste Croix S.A.C Dip O.A Dip is a fully qualified Foot Health Practitioner. What does one of those do, I hear you cry.
A Foot Health Practitioner (FHP) is qualified to provide routine footcare and maintenance for your feet. They can assess the condition of your feet and treat as appropriate and refer you if necessary.
Initially I thought I would be offering just Reflexology but the owner, Debbie, is very happy for me to offer other treatments also. I’ve been made very welcome by Debbie and her team (Debbie owns the clinic, but there are other therapists also working there on different days). The nice thing for me is that I feel like I’ve joined a little team all encouraging and supporting one another.
To introduce myself to the Clinic, and in the hope of gaining some new reflexology clients (well at least I’m honest!), I am currently offering a 40 minute reflexology session for only £25.
If you are curious about the treatment, suffer with headaches, have trouble sleeping or would just like a bit of relaxation, please either make a booking with me at my own treatment room or, if you live in the area, come and see me at The Holsworthy Foot Health Clinic.
I will be there each Tuesday offering not only reflexology but massages and facials too. It would be lovely to see you.
Enjoy the rest of the Summer.
Many thanks for reading.
What a glorious summer we’re having so far ….. and long may it continue. I know it’s really warm, and some of you may be suffering, but having had such a long cold winter we really should make the absolute most of the warmth. It won’t be here forever!
It’s that lovely time of year when people gather together for holidays, birthdays, hen parties, anniversaries or just because they haven’t seen one another for some time. The summer certainly makes us want to do things.
Much time is spent outside, either having a picnic or bar-b-que, sitting in a park or the garden (or by a pool as the ladies who I visited last Friday were lucky enough to be doing!).
I’ve been really fortunate to have visited some fantastic properties and attended really lovely groups of ladies treating themselves to a bit of pampering at their holiday venue (or own home in many cases).
I’ve been to The Old Rectory at Berrynarbor (last week) and I’m heading to East Down tomorrow. Taking in the lovely scenery travelling around North Devon really makes me feel blessed to do the job I do. I get so much reward from leaving people relaxed, soothed, calm, de-stressed and generally feeling pretty good.
Other venues I’ve been lucky enough to attend are a wonderful converted barn at Kilkhampton, a beautiful house at Abbotsham Road locally, various properties in Barnstaple, as well as local folks’ houses in Northam, Bideford and surrounding areas.
Of course, it’s always lovely to go to places like Ocean Kave at Westward Ho! or Hallsannery near Bideford, as you’ve got the space to spread out and they are very glamorous and well presented. However, one of the nicest groups I’ve been to (they are actually all lovely you understand) was at The Ultimate Adventure Centre at Abbotsham, Nr Bideford. It’s very basic living space, but the ladies were having so much fun that wasn’t the emphasis for them. What a great group!
I’ve painted the nails of 6 exceptionally polite 10 year olds at Instow and given 4 young ladies (14 – 16yrs) a luxury facial (and introduction to skincare)
I’ve seen a mixture of age groups having a variety of treatments for hen parties, 25th wedding anniversaries, special birthday parties and “just because I haven’t seen you for a while” groups of friends.
I feel proud, pleased and extremely lucky. My colleague and I often say when we’re attending a group at a pamper party how lovely it would be to have one of our own ….. writing this certainly makes me feel like booking one …. perhaps I just might!!
Enjoy the sunshine!
Many thanks for reading
Aromatherapy is one of the most gentle and versatile of the complementary healing arts. It harnesses the natural therapeutic powers of essential oils to relieve a whole host of physical and emotional complaints ranging from stress, anxiety and fatigue through to insomnia, aches and pains and problem skin conditions.
Essential oils are extracted from aromatic flowers, leaves, bark, roots, fruits and berries. They are complex substances that have many different properties. Like any other medicine, essential oils have a powerful effect and can chemically alter the body, albeit in a completely natural way! The oils enter the body via inhalation and by absorption through the pores of the skin. Once inside they enter the bloodstream and travel to different organs and body systems where they begin to trigger healing.
Essential oils are pure, plant substances which have been used for thousands of years so they can be trusted to help with our health problems in a safe and natural way. Here are some top tips for treating everyday ailments.
To ease feelings of stress
Try …… A relaxing aromatherapy bath with two drops each of bergamot mint, rose and geranium mixed with 15ml or bath base of a cup of full fat milk.
Why? Bergamot mint is excellent for emotional wellbeing. It eases feelings of anxiety, fear or panic, also helping to lift the emotions. It’s a great choice when you need a calming oil that isn’t sedative.
Rose helps to alleviate anxiety and nervous tension. It is soothing and nurturing, offering mental, emotional and physical support during times of stress.
Geranium has an antidepressant effect and helps to balance and lift moods and emotions.
To stop a headache
Try …. Sniffing basil or peppermint essential oils off a cotton pad or tissue or rubbing a few drops of lavender into the temples.
Why? Basil has been used for treating headaches for hundreds of years. Like rosemary, it can help to clear the head and relieve mental fatigue.
Peppermint and lavender have an analgesic effect and work well together, with the stimulating peppermint helping to counteract the sedative nature of lavender.
To aid a good night’s sleep
Try …. Using chamomile, lavender and cedarwood. Pop a drop of each on a cotton pad and leave it in your pillow case or next to your bed at night time.
Why? Lavender and chamomile soothe stresses and strains, helping you to relax and unwind.
Cedarwood inspires peace and calm and is thought to aid the production of melatonin – a hormone that supports the body’s natural sleep cycle.
Try for yourself
In the bath: mix 4-6 drops of your chosen essential oil with a cup of full fat milk or 15ml of fragrance-free bath base. Add to the bath once the water has run and swirl gently to disperse.
With a massage: mix 4 drops of essential pil per 10ml carrier oil (e.g. grapeseed or sweet almond oil).
In a diffuser: use up to 12 drops of oil in a candle burner or electric diffuser.
With inhalation: add up to 8 drops of oil to a bowl of steaming hot water. Close your eyes and lean over the bowl with a towel over your head. Inhale for 5-10 minutes.
In your skincare: for the body use up to 4 drops of essential oil per 10ml of skincare base (for example your carrier oil, cream or lotion). Reduce to 1 drop of oil per 5ml of base for the face.
Please note this advice is for adults only. Never apply undiluted oils direct to the skin (with the exception of lavender or tea tree oil). Do not take internally. Seek medical advice prior to using aromatherapy if you are pregnant, have a medical condition or are taking any medication. Patch test before use on skin.
Let me know how you get on!
Many thanks for reading
It’s really important as a therapist to understand what it actually feels like to receive the treatments you give. It is also, of course, a welcome and often well-deserved treat, or sometimes a necessity. However, as I am sure most therapists will tell you, we don’t actually get many treatments as we are usually too busy!!
However, recently a lovely therapist had offered to give me a reflexology treatment (as I have been training in it) and, having taken her up on the offer, I thought I would share my experience with you.
Firstly, if you don’t already know …..
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to balance and heal itself. It involves applying finger or thumb pressure to specific points on the hands and feet. These points are called “reflexes” and they reflect, or mirror, the organs and structures of the body as well as a person’s emotional health. In this way, the hands and feet are “mini maps” of the body that can be used to encourage holistic healing.
So I had my session on Thursday 19th April at 12 noon in my own treatment room. My lovely therapist gave my feet a warming “wake up” massage first. However, on my right foot – on the lower middle part – I felt some soreness.
My therapist and I had discussed at the outset the areas which would probably need working on, i.e. adrenals, diaphragm and solar plexus, all of these being stress points. I had been working a lot and was feeling a bit stressed and worn out; also worrying about my exams coming up.
It was, therefore, a surprise to feel some pain so early on and not in the area/s expected.
The treatment continued and when my therapist came to actually “work” on the reflexes around the initial area that had been sore, it was even more so.
However, she continued to work on the area for a while and the soreness/pain subsided and then stopped. The painful/sore area had been the reflexes reflecting my transverse colon, which had been surprising as I did not suffer with intestinal problems. However, our intestinal system is a complex mechanism and the colon plays a very crucial part in it. We do know that anxiety and stress impact the function of our intestinal system.
After the treatment I felt relaxed and a little tired.
What happened next ….
This is what happening following the treatment:-
9pm that evening: I had terrible stomach ache and went to bed with a hot water bottle.
Felt nauseous, cold and extremely tired. Slept but woke in the early hours – still pain so took x2 ibuprofen.
Work the next day (Friday) not feeling great – tearful/emotional/low mood/no energy/slight tummy pain/very bloated and cold.
Did my morning appointments but came home in the afternoon and lay on the sofa for 2 hours and slept, felt very cold all day. Slept well that evening.
Saturday – still not feeling 100% – tired first thing and “out of sorts” – tummy still not right (but pain gone). Worked all day. Had a bath, ate dinner and at 9pm started to feel bit better.
Sunday – awoke feeling better. However, didn’t feel like doing much (usually go for a long run but just didn’t want to, so didn’t). Had a quiet day. Slept well that night.
Monday morning – awoke feeling extremely refreshed and “back to normal”. Feeling positive and no tummy pain.
So I have concluded from this experience that my colon is where I hold my stress and that it came out that way. I was obviously pretty stressed and tired and the reflexology session, although initially didn’t make me feel that great, did mean I got everything out of my body and felt so much better afterwards.
The advice always following a treatment is that the following day you may not feel 100% (i.e. thirsty, tired, emotional etc.). This is your body re-balancing itself and getting rid of any toxins. However, the day after that you should feel much better, your body re-balanced. Some people don’t experience this and some experience it the other way round. Everyone is unique.
I now have first-hand experience of how powerful reflexology can be and I feel, for me, is something I will now have regularly to ensure my body stays in balance.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. At the very least a reflexology treatment offers deep relaxation and reduces the body’s need for excess sympathetic and adrenal responses. It also puts the body into a relaxed state so that the parasympathetic nervous system can function effectively, as well as improving both cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation.
Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!
Many thanks for reading. Let me know your experiences of reflexology.
Face Oils have been subject to much debate over the years. Do they make you break out? How do you apply them properly? Can you use them instead of moisturiser? Here is a selection of myths and truths to help you understand more about what Face Oils do and why you need to adopt this liquid gold into your daily routine!
Face Oils are not suitable for oily or sensitive skins
Face oil is actually extremely beneficial for oily or sensitive skin, particularly if you use the correct one. The key to rebalancing oily skin is to calm its sebum production which face oils can help to do. Face oils are packed with fatty acids that protect our skin, helping to hydrate and protect. You will have calmer and clearer skin. Begin to introduce oil into your evening skincare regime after your serum and before your moisturiser.
If you suffer with sensitive skin, you will probably be hesitant to alter your skincare regime and introduce new steps. If you are not already using a face oil, they can really help with calming and soothing stressed skin. Arnica Oil helps to calm and minimise skin redness, leaving your complexion feeling comfortable and looking healthy.
Face Oils are too rich and should only be used at night
Many think that applying face oil in the morning will cause your makeup to streak and melt off. The key is not to over apply face oil, you only need 1-2 drops to use over your face and decollate A good quality face oil will not only have carefully selected essential oils but also base and vegetable oils too. Base and vegetable oils penetrate the deeper layers of the skin once the essential oil has been absorbed. If you have an effective face oil and apply a small amount there is no need to fear your skin being over moisturised.
A hydrating nourishing face oil is perfect for dehydrated skin. Evening Primrose Essential Oil replenishes and helps to soften dry skin. Rose Essential Oil stimulates circulation, keeping your complexion looking youthful and radiant!
Can Face Oils help with ageing and scarring?
Face Oils can actively help reduce the signs of ageing skin. Dry and dehydrated skin shows signs of ageing quicker than hydrated skin. Face Oils prevent dryness and help to lock in your skins moisture. Rose and Patchouli Essential Oil encourage healthy glowing skin whilst Apple and Raspberry Seed Oils help to plump the skin’s appearance. It is common to get facial scarring from sun damage and acne. Face Oils are the most natural way to reduce scarring. The special formulation of vitamin-rich oils eases extremely dry and uncomfortable skin. It helps to stimulate cell renewal and reduce the appearance of scars.
You don’t need a face oil if you use a good moisturiser
Using your moisturiser in conjunction with a face oil will give you more effective results and keep your skin conditioned for longer. Frankincense essential oil helps to rejuvenate whilst Rose oil smooths and firms. Your skin will be left appearing radiant and glowing!
How do you apply a face oil?
Face oils should be used morning and evening for optimum results.
It is recommended using the skincare layer locking technique when applying face oil. After cleansing and toning, 1. Apply your serum. This is the water for your skin. 2. Face Oil, massage 1-2 pumps/drops of your chosen face oil to face and neck by gently massaging your skin in an upward circular motion. 3. Finish off your layering with a moisturiser to help lock everything in.
Face Oils are everyone’s best kept secret. Whatever Face Oil works for you, they are a must-have in your skincare regime!
Have any of these truths helped? Let me know!
I don’t know about you but there’s an awful lot going on right now. Life suddenly seems to have got super busy. Here was me just going along quite happily (not that I’m not happy now you understand….) and – bam – everything’s happening at once. On top of it all the central heating has broken on what is said to be the coldest week of the year so far …. damn!
So, I realised that I can’t keep going at top speed without looking after me (the advice I give out to others all the time!). A lovely friend has offered to give me an aromatherapy massage this week and I cannot wait.
It’s important for all us to have some self-help tools on hand to combat stress. As I’m studying reflexology at the moment, I thought I’d let you know a simple hand massage and reflexology
technique you can use on yourself anywhere at any time.
1. Squeeze both of your hands together into tight fists and slowly release them. Repeat this action a few times.
2. Curl one of your hands and walk the opposite thumb along the crease of the palm, using a pressing motion. This will relax your diaphragm and calm your breathing.
3. In reflexology, the thumb represents the head. Massage each thumb to soothe your mind. Press the fingerprint area of your thumb firmly to stimulate the pituitary gland reflex – this helps to regulate your endocrine system and balance your hormones.
4. Slide your thumb upwards on the fleshy pad of each of your fingers to help clear your sinuses. Then slide down between the webbing on the back of your hands to stimulate lymphatic drainage.
5. Massage your little fingers and the areas just underneath to relax tight shoulders.
6. Finish by spreading out your fingers and slowly squeezing your palms together while breathing deeply.
I’ve actually been doing this before I go to sleep, whilst in bed, and it does seem to help.
Stress is caused by impatience and an inability to find solutions. The increase of heat in the body causes sweating and breathlessness. Massage is very good for reducing tension in the body, and oil therapies calm the mind.
One of the best treatments you can do is a 10 minute self foot massage with warm sesame oil which will nourish and strengthen your nervous system – do this in the evening as it will get rid of excess heat and dryness and ensure better rest.
1. Warm some sesame oil and apply to your feet.
2. Start massaging the tips of your toes in a circular motion, first anti-clockwise and then the other way.
3. Rub the soles of your feet, then move on to the centre of your heel.
4. Finish by massaging your ankle bones, then soak your feet in warm or hot water with a little salt in it.
However you relax do make sure you are kind to yourself. It will ensure your stress levels come down and you will feel better in yourself.
So, it’s a massage on Friday for me, a day off next week with a friend and planning a holiday for later in the year with the husband. You know I might also have a bath with some lavender oil in it as well! Who said I don’t take my own advice……
Many thanks for reading.
Keep warm and well this month
Winter Skin Care
Updating or even keeping your beauty routine throughout the colder months when your skin can be dry and sensitive can be challenging, but is crucial.
Knowing how and when to apply all those scrubs, serums, oils, toners and masks can be confusing. In fact according to a recent survey from Boots, nine in ten women feel overwhelmed by all the lotions and potions on the market.
So, to make life simple I’ve put together a guide below for a quick and easy go to.
Cleansing prevents pores becoming clogged, and helps your night cream penetrate your skin better.
Cleansing every day is a must – once in the morning and twice in the evening. Apparently “double” cleansing at the end of the day makes sure all make-up, pollution and daily grime comes off.
You can use cream or oil – for dry or sensitive skin oil cleansing is best, especially if using natural oil such as safflower or calendula. You only need a very small amount – warm in your hands first and then massage carefully into your face, gently around your eyes; leave to work for a couple of minutes then wipe off either with a hot cloth or warm damp cotton wool. Very effective to both skin and purse!
Facial toners are an important role in your daily skincare routine and should be used after cleansing. Toners help to remove any final traces of dirt or impurities and can also help to nourish and hydrate your skin, as well as balance the pH levels, tighten and close pores, reduce oiliness and encourage a clearer, smoother complexion.
Serums are like the superheroes of your beauty routine. Full of powerful active ingredients, they help to rejuvenate, repair and protect your skin from the harsh winter elements. By applying serum in the morning (before your moisturiser) you can protect your skin against free radical damage.
Once skin is cleansed and nourished you need to lock in all of the active ingredients with a good moisturiser containing a decent level of sun protection – SPF 30 or higher is recommended. UV damage is responsible for much of the ageing process and, unfortunately, we can’t escape these harming rays even in the cooler months.
Your skin rejuvenates itself while you sleep and night cream is meant to assist that process.
However, I don’t use it (…… sharp intake of breath!) I read a long time ago to leave skin clear at night so it can breathe and rejuvenate itself. This to me makes perfect sense. Although I do everything else here, I don’t use night cream and never have. The choice is obviously yours.
Dry skin can be in need of moisture and nutrients in winter.
It requires both water and other essential vitamins and nutrients to be able to heal, repair and regenerate the epidermis which is does on a fortnightly cycle. Give your skin an extra weekly treat with a face oil (such as regenerating rosehip) by massaging into your skin last thing at night, paying particular attention to the skin round your eyes, mouth and forehead.
This is an essential part of a healthy skincare routine as it helps to slough off dead skin cells and buff away flaky, winter skin. Cellular build up in the pores is a breeding ground for acne bacteria so exfoliating is a must. However, you don’t need to do every day – two to three times a week is ample.
The right face mask can help to nourish and hydrate the skin, cleanse and detoxify and improve the appearance of your pores.
A perfect winter treat for jaded complexions.
To help with your winter skin care the following offer is available throughout January and February:-
Express Facial (25 minutes) – reduced to £20
Relaxing Facial (45 minutes) – reduced to £23
Offer excludes vouchers and mobile
Keep healthy and well this January.
Many thanks for reading.
Just to give you a little update on my recent holiday, following last month’s blog.
I had a fantastic birthday and, yes I did swim in the sea, but I did have a wetsuit on!
It was a glorious sunny day with calm sea and blue sky and, to be honest, I felt good to be alive.
Also, I got married! After 4 years together my Other Half and I took the plunge at Penzance Registry Office.
We had a lovely day, an intimate and moving ceremony with two gorgeous ladies as our witnesses and, again, the weather was kind to us. A huge thank you to Denise and Alison who were not only fabulous witnesses, but wonderful photographers as well!
Christmas is fast approaching with the twinkle of fairy lights and the familiar sounds of Jingle Bells, together with the festive gatherings and fun decorations. December can also be a stressful month. Pressure to buy presents for every single person you know, cooking mountains of food and dealing with many people can be overwhelming.
I went Christmas shopping last week with a good friend but came away feeling not very Christmassy at all to be honest. Just the thought of making lots of purchases, let alone coming up with original and inspiring ideas, just felt a bit too much of an ask.
It is, however, prudent to remember the importance of gratitude. A homemade gift or a voucher to be exchanged for helping decorate, or a night of babysitting, for example, can mean far more than another box of chocs or pair of socks.
For the last few years at Christmas we’ve received gift vouchers for a favourite restaurant. This means we get to go out for a lovely meal in dark (and often dreary) January. It really brightens up our month and is such a great present to receive.
My aim this year is to come up with original ideas that perhaps mean people can have “experiences” and make memories, whilst also having something to look forward to.
Don’t despair of Christmas though (I won’t if you won’t……!) , keep your cool, stay fit and healthy and enjoy it for what it is, a once a year event that can be really enjoyable.
I have a really great Newsletter which goes out once a month.
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Have a very happy, healthy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.