Happiness & Wellbeing Festival Barking, Dagenham

Great day out for all the family in east london

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Fun for all the family 11AM – 5PM

Community market stalls
INCLUDING Soothe-me skincare products for sale!
Henna Hand designs
Face painting
Chair massage

Free workshops
Create your own tshirt
Setting goals for happiness
Kids yoga
Yoga for everyone

Amazing Music
Yummy Food

Contact: Rachelle Moulai
Telephone: 020 8227 2991
Email: Rachelle.moulai@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/barkingbathhouse

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Hmmm Almond & Mango butter!

Soooo so delicious!
So on my mission to find amazing natural remedies for dry skin and eczema I came across these 2 butters, which I have chosen to combine into one product.
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Both butters are cold-pressed ensuring they still full of their natural nutrients and antioxidants. They can help protect the skin from the weather and UV radiation.

A great benefit is that they are both these butters are hypo-allergenic. They are great for dry skin and dry eczema because they are rich in natural fatty acids, minerals and vitamins that the skin needs for optimum health, acting as a very hydrating emollient treatment.

This can be used as a body butter, for dry skin on hands and feet. Because it is lighter than shea or cocoa butter is  is a great skin balm for the lips, face and neck as well.

You can also be used for massage instead of an oil, essential oils can be mixed in to create your own blend.

Dry Skin Fix

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And finally… I have now managed to add the 100% natural cream for eczema and very dry skin to my online shop. I have been selling this for a year or so having created it for my son. It really worked on his dry skin and I started giving out samples to other local mums with babies and children who had the same skin problems. I received great feedback and so started making it in bigger batches. Now its one of my best sellers, here are a few of the features and you can click on the image to buy it.

  • I am a deeply moisturising cream fro very dry skin
  • Especially designed to help babies and children with eczema.
  • Use me as a natural alternative to paraffin based cream and Aqueous cream
  • With regular use I can help keep dry eczema under control.
  • With organic oils of Shea butter, Sweet Almond & Avocado,
  • Rich in fatty acids that are proven to help dry skin to heal

Soothe-me natural skincare in Oxfordshire!

We are excited to announce that we are about to set up shop (mobile) in Oxfordshire!

Of course you can purchase our lovely products on the web wherever you are, however we now have a real person (her name is Caroline) who will be spreading the word, face-to-face.

She is based near Abingdon (best known as the town Radiohead grew up in), but will be covering the whole of Oxfordshire.
So, if you are based there or know anyone who is, please do spread the word for us.
Caroline’s debut stall will be at Oxford Sling Meet on Thursday 11 July at 11am with Florence Park Community Centre in east Oxford.

For more info: http://www.oxfordslingmeet.co.uk/

A little more about Caroline

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Caroline first met Suzie in 2010 at a developmental baby massage class that Suzie taught, shortly after the birth of her daughter.
She soon relocated to Oxfordshire and it was not until after the birth of her second baby that she got in touch with Suzie again looking to buy soothe-me products.  The idea of spreading the Soothe-me word locally evolved from there.

“I believe in the products and am thoroughly enjoying using them on myself, newborn and toddler.  As I generally use the products in the evening (a personal choice!) their beautiful smell signifies the end of another fabulous, hectic day of being a mum and helps me unwind and feel pampered.  Baby loves it too and I’m almost guaranteed a good sleep after massaging him with Super Baby Oil following his bath!”

Fresh Mint & Lemon tea to boost immune!

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Fresh Healing Mint & Lemon Tea, a drink for CHAMPIONS!

Next time you are food shopping grab a little mint plant from the fresh herbs section and bring it home! (Or if you are lucky enough to have some in your garden do use that!) Mint is actually very healing, particularly for the digestive system. Its also good for the immune, can help ease congestion and is even good for the skin cells – you could use it in a facial steam session!
Combining it fresh with Lemon bursting with vitamin C makes it a SUPER HEALING CHAMPION OF A DRINK!

Help get your immune back on track try this Fresh Mint Tea combined with lemon and squeeze of manuka honey yum!

I always start with some cold water in the bottom of my mug about 1/4 full, (to make sure the vitamin C in the lemon is not boiled off) to this I add:
1 tea spoon of Manuka honey
Grate a little rind of an unwaxed lemon
Add the juice of 1/4 a lemon
A few sprigs of Fresh Mint (about 5  leaves is a good guide), stir
Then top up mug with boiled water, stir again and allow to steep for a few minutes.

You can also make this in a tea pot. Enjoy!

Babies, kids and eczema help

My son suffered with extreme eczema from birth to about 3yrs. I myself suffer with occasional eczema, and have naturally dry, sensitive skin. Luckily my son now (at 4.5yrs) has happy healthy skin, with just the occasional eczema flare-up I attribute this to a few regular habits such as improved diet and daily massage with a skin oil.
Below I have put together some tips that could help you that have worked really well for us…

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Creams & Massage:
I personally use my soothe-me Super Baby Oil massaged into his legs and arms daily (the actual massage helps his immune system and to improve skin quality), for the really dry patches I use my Dry skin fix. For older children and adults with mild eczema on the face I recommend the Happy Skin Cream, that has beautiful Lavender and Chamomile in.
Massage! Easy to over look this but massage helps the body eliminate toxins. This in return will help the skin to function better, eczema could be the body struggling to rid itself of toxins. So regular massage helps to encourage the lymphatic system to work. It also encourages the fibroblast cells to work, they help with the production of collagen. Therefore boosting skin health and strength. Exfoliation is also a benefit that comes from massage, sloughing off dead skincells, helping reveal new skin.

Green People and Organic Babies are great too, Aveeno cream has been recommended to me by other mums although it is not actually natural, it has some ingredients that I found may irritate,  I did not find it to work for my son. Do try to avoid using creams with petroleum, mineral oils, Methylisothiazolinone (MI), Oxybenzone, Parabens, Sodium lauryl sulfates and paraffin  in as they can irritate skin further, by their nature they just sit on the skin, blocking its natural function, preventing elimination of toxins though the skin.

Bathing:
I chose to not use any washing detergents or baby baths until my baby was over 3 months but its up to you. You can try those laundry balls. Then when I did i made sure they were SLS, Paraben and Pertrochemical free. Earth friendly Baby and Green People are good.
DEAD SEA SALT/NATURAL SEA SALT  –  Adding this to the bath water on its own or with 2 drops of Lavender Essential oil (babies over 6 months) can be very healing and soothing.
For adults and larger kids (over 10yrs)  you can make body scrubs by mixing Grapeseed oil with sea salt or gently rub dampened handfulls or salt over the skin.
Try adding a organic oil to the bath and using it to massage the skin after a bath. Try Safflower (Thistle oil), Sunflower or Sweet Almond. For babies over 3 months you could add Essential oils of Chamomile and Lavender (2 drops Lav 1 drop Cham to 30ml of oil – double this for adults).

Clothes Washing Powders:
Things that really help us both are using a gentle washing up liquid and washing powder like ECOVER and you can try double rinsing washing. Watch out for sudden skin rashes that may occur when you change powders, and try changing. I have heard DREFT is good too but have not used it myself.

Steroids is there ever a place for them?
Generally I try to avoid these as they can push the problem back into the body. But dont rule them out as they can be useful if you have a severe or prolonged outbreak, they can help get it back under control. Then go back to the natural methods (EFCORTELAN is designed for the face so is more gentle).

Hydration & Diet:
It is vital to ensure the sufferer is getting enough fluids, warm water is good (although quite boring!), you can add some freshly squeezed Lemon, pear juice and apple are better than orange. I suggest avoiding to much milk* and dairy also refined sugars, tomato based foods could be irritating. Alkaline foods are recommended, if you can try to have 70% alkaline to 30% acid foods each day. (Not that easy tho as I love chocolate!). * My son is on Pepti Cow and Gate perscription milk that has the dairy proteins broken down, it helps his skin and helped his reflux when he was younger.

Probiotics & Gut Health:
Gut health has been linked with Eczema and other atopic diseases, so it could help to give your child some probiotics and to take them if you are breastfeeding.  I have posted on this before read here. (Further reading here by expert Leonard Smith MD)

Homeopathy:
Most definitely worth a try! You also need to stick with it.

Herbs:
Milk thistle complex is thought to help the liver (NOT FOR BABIES THO!), and good Probiotix can help the gut become more healthy and therefore leads to healthy skin.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
I AM NOT A DOCTOR THESE ARE JUST TIPS THAT WORKED FOR ME. Please visit your medical practitioner for medical advice.

More advice from ‘There must be a better way’

Kids Cookery School

This week my son had an amazing cookery demonstration from a mobile cookery school. My son is 4 and at reception class in school, he came home with a delicious pizza that he made during the lesson and tales of eating tasty chocolate pancakes. This is such a great idea so I wanted to share it…

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What is the Kids Cookery School?

The Kids’ Cookery School’s mission is to give every child and teenager in the UK a unique and fun cooking experience in order to help them make informed choices about food and an understanding around health and diet.

Started in 2000, the charity has worked with over 32,000 children, young people and families across London, many of whom may have severe physical and learning disabilities, behavioral problems or been excluded from mainstream education.

To find out more information visit their website here

Contact Details

107 Gunnersbury Lane
Acton
London
W3 8HQ

Tel: 020 8992 8882
Fax: 020 8992 7770

Email: info@thekidscookeryschool.co.uk