Essential Oils to Boost your immune system

Essential Oils to Boost your immune system

 

On the start of sneezing, sniffling and coughing season, it is essential to have a strong immune system.

There are many ways to boost your own protections with vitamins, plants and a healthy diet.

We wanted to focus on a very effective and natural weapon: essential oils which have antiseptic properties and can stimulate the immune system.

Here is a quick review of the most effective oils to boost and protect your natural defenses.

You can use essential oils by:

  • Diffused them to help purify the air and prevent the spread of air borne germs
  • Adding them to cleaning products, disinfectant surface sprays or the washing machine
  • Applying them, diluted to the skin to help support the body during illness

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus globulus is one of the most popular oil to help treat the symptoms of colds. It can be applied diluted to the chest and feet or via steam inhalation it can help clear congested sinuses. It has proven effectiveness against flu, E. coli, some Staph strains and Candida albicans.

Rosemary

Rosemary is another helpful essential oil for respiratory diseases and is a also a great oil that clears the sinuses and shown to be useful treating bacterial and fungal infections and has mild anti-viral properties.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree is an immune stimulant and a very strong antiseptic oil. Tea Tree has been shown to be effective to treat viral infections of the digestive system, Candida albicans and a strong anti-bacterial action against E. coli, some Staph and Salmonella strains.

Cinnamon

is probably one of the strongest anti-bacterial essential oils with some anti-fungal properties. Excellent for adding to cleaning products in small amounts and avoid using directly on the skin.

Don’t forget that essential oils have a synergetic action, that simply means that their properties are getting stronger by using them together so don’t hesitate to mix and play with them!

 

October Salad

OCTOBER SALAD

A very easy, seasonal recipe.

Ingredients (dose according to your appetite, the salad is preserved 24h):

– Quinoa (100gr) 

– 1/4 of pumpkin

 – Feta cheese

 – Roquette

 – Pumpkin seeds

Cut the pumpkin in small cubes and cook the quinoa (follow the instructions on the package if it’s your first time).

Put in the pumpkin for 20 minutes at 200 ° C with a little olive oil.

Let cool and mix quinoa, pumpkin and arugula.

Add a little feta and squash seeds.

Enjoy!

From: https://www.bonjourdarling.com/recette/salade-doctobre/

New Brand Alert: Vitry

We are delighted to welcome Vitry at Make Me Feel as Vitry is a real ironic French Pharmacy Brand.  

VITRY embodies more than 200 years of know-how handed down by generations of highly skilled workers, whose talents contribute to the international reputation of the brand.

Founded in 1795, VITRY is one of the oldest cutlery factories in the world, drawing on its expertise in the field of surgical instruments.

VITRY accessories are synonymous of quality, sold since 1955 in pharmacy, completed in the smallest details, illustrating the refinement of the finishes by hand.

We have won our First Award!

We are so happy to announce we have been successful in winning the French Pharmacy of the Year! at the London Prestige Awards.

“The judges were impressed with the personal service you offer as well as the consistency of reviews and overall attentiveness. It something that makes you stand out in a very competitive industry and I hope this achievement serves as a springboard for more success. “

Every year London Prestige Awards invite the general public as well as readers of the Corporate LiveWire and LTG publications to put forward companies, products, services and individuals who they feel are deserving of recognition. All their winners are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving businesses are chosen as a winner.

Over the last 16 years their awards have run on a national or international basis. For 2019 they have introduced their regional awards to recognise smaller, independent businesses that are extremely successful on a local level.

We are over the Moon!

 

What Is Cupping Therapy?

What Is Cupping Therapy?

If you watched the swimming events at the Rio Olympics in 2016 you might remember the dark purple circles dotting some swimmers’ backs and shoulders and running all the way down their legs. In fact, they were rather hard to miss.

Those perfectly circular marks are the result of cupping, a type of alternative therapy that originated from China that involves placing cups on the skin for a short period of time to create suction. The suction pulls the skin away from the underlying muscles in order to stimulate blood flow and facilitate healing and reduce pain. For athletes, it is a way to promote faster recovery and to get rid of the build up of lactic acid in the muscles that can lead to soreness.

Techniques

Cupping was originally performed using animal horns. Later, the “cups” were made from bamboo and then ceramic. The suction was primarily created through the use of heat. The cups were originally heated with fire and then applied to the skin. As they cooled, the cups drew the skin inside.

Modern cupping is now often performed using glass cups that are rounded like balls and open on one end. The therapist put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, they put the cup upside down on your skin, where the heat builds up pressure and starts pulling the skin away. Over several minutes, the blood vessels start to expand and tiny capillaries near the surface break, which causes the redness.

Some modern cupping practitioners have shifted to using a hand-held pump to create suction versus more traditional heat methods.

There are two main categories of cupping performed today:

  • Dry cupping is a suction-only method.
  • Wet cupping may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. Sometimes the therapist first inserts acupuncture needles before placing the cups over them.

Therapists can also move the cups from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect (obviously there are no acupuncture needles involved when sliding the cups!).

With wet cupping, cups are usually only in place for a few minutes before the practitioner removes the cup and makes a small incision to draw blood.  They will apply a dressing to the cut afterwards.

When practicing at Make me Feel, I only use the dry cupping method and use resin cups creating suction with a handheld pump. I can perform cupping along with acupuncture treatments or as a standalone treatment.

What does cupping treat?

Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This relieves muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

Cupping has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains.

Since the cups can be applied to major acupressure or acupuncture points, the practice can be effective at treating digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure or acupuncture.

One report, published in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, notes that it could help with acne, herpes zoster, and pain management.

Similarly, in a 2012 report, published in PLoS One, Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. They concluded that cupping therapy may support other treatments, like acupuncture or medications for various diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Herpes zoster/shingles
  • Acne
  • Facial paralysis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • cough and dyspnea
  • pain management in lumbar disc herniation

Side effects

There aren’t many side effects associated with cupping. The side effects you may experience will typically occur during your treatment or immediately after. You may feel light headed or dizzy during your treatment. You may also experience sweating or nausea but this is very unusual.

After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and marked in a circular pattern. Depending on the strength of the suction and the length of time the cup is applied on the skin, there will be bruising on the site of the cup, the famous circular marks observed on the backs of the Olympic swimmers and the bruising might last for a few days.

Get in touch

Cupping is a long-practiced treatment that may help ease the symptoms of both temporary and chronic health conditions. If you would like to know more about cupping and whether it is right for you, please get in touch with Sophie Silverwood-Cope on 07809828402 or sophie@silverwoodacupuncture.co.uk. I’ll explain to you in details the method I use, the benefits and indications of cupping as well as the contra-indications.

New therapy: Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) for anxiety, phobias, addiction

A new neuroscience-based therapy!

 

Our Clinical Hypnotherapist, Jenny Colin, is now also offering Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT). This is a new breakthrough therapy that is grounded in neuroscience and can deliver incredibly rapid results for targeted problems, often in one or two sessions.

Developed by the psychotherapist Terence Watts, BWRT uses the way that the brain naturally processes information to resolve mind-based problems. This includes unwanted habits and addictions, anxiety and  phobias and it can be just as effective if you are not comfortable with disclosing personal details.

The BWRT process is designed to quickly create new, adaptive neural pathways that don’t have old, distressing or unhelpful emotional responses associated with them. So, if you are confronted by a particular situation or trigger, you can respond in a different, positive way.

​As part of your initial therapy session or phone call with Jenny, you can discuss whether BWRT can be used as all or part of your overall therapy plan. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more, have a look at www.jennycolin.co.uk or www.bwrt.org.

Jenny is available for bookings at Make Me Feel on Monday mornings or ups request.

 

Baby Event: Helping with Eczema and super-sensitive Skin

Baby Event: Helping with Eczema and super-sensitive Skin

Wednesday 9th from 10 am to 5 pm 

If you struggle to find effective skin care for your children, for example if they
suffer from super-sensitive or problematic skin, it’s time to
get serious with Expert-approved products that actually make
a difference! Mustela is supporting Make Me Feel Parapharmacie
with an informative event to equip you with the advice and products
needed to achieve a solution to the skin-woes your baby or child may be
experiencing.
Visit us to hear more about the clinically proven Mustela range,
specifically designed for babies & children, and have some one-on-one time
with our Head Pharmacist, Dr Marine Vincent and our Maternity Nurse, Marie Juglaret who can discuss any skin related questions you have about your child.
If you have friends or family that would like to attend, they can sign up to our
newsletter for information and YOU will receive a mini Mustela product as a
thank you from us.

Essentiel Oil of The Month: Rosemary

Essentiel Oil of The Month: Rosemary

(Rosmarinus officinalis)

Tonic, this oil is used in case of fatigue, overwork, lack of concentration and is also famous for winter episodes. It also has revitalizing, purifying and balancing virtues.

A shrub typical of the Mediterranean rim, rosemary is very popular as an herb in cooking, to flavor stews, grilled meats, sauces or even desserts. This aromatic plant is also widely renowned in herbal medicine for its multiple properties, especially as choleretic, decontracturant, and expectorant, and very popular in perfumery, especially in male compositions. Rosemary has a legendary reputation as a cure for all ailments and beauty care. It is the main ingredient of the “Water of the Queen of Hungary”, rosemary alcoholate that, in the fourteenth century, miraculously restored health and youth to Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, then in her seventies. Water from Hungary, enriched with other notes, including bergamot and lavender, was a very famous perfume until the seventeenth century and would have been the favorite perfume of Mme de Sévigné and Mme de Maintenon at the court of Louis XIV where he was known for his revitalizing effects. In aromatherapy, there are several chemotypes of the essential oil of rosemary, because the plant develops a different chemical composition according to the place and the conditions of culture. Each chemotype has its properties and specificities of use.

Synergy:

Respiratory comfort: essential oils of Ravintsara, mentholated Eucalyptus, Niaouli Nervous and Physical Fatigue: Ravintsara, Peppermint

How to use:

Fatigue: Mixed in your oil preparation. Apply a few drops of your mixture on the inner sides of the wrists and the solar plexus and breathe deeply.

Lack of concentration, fatigue: in atmospheric diffusion, mixed with other essential oils (lemon, grapefruit …)

The Hygiene Bank

Did you know that we work with The Hygiene Bank?

Basic hygiene goes to the core of self-worth, self-respect, confidence and dignity. With hygiene poverty comes isolation, exclusion and shame and these impact our ability to participate in society and therefore what it means to be human. Lizzy Hall, Founder

The Hygiene Bank collects new, unused and in-date toiletries, hygiene basics, beauty and personal care essentials. If you need them and use them, then it is likely someone else needs and uses them too.

 

Simply drop them at the shop and we are coordinating the collect.

 

 

Quinoa with its September veggies

Quinoa with its September veggies


Ingredients:

-250 g of Quinoa (raw)

-1 clove garlic

– 2 curry tsp  

– 1 onion cut into thin slices

– 2 Vegetable cubes 

– 600 ml of water

-Salt and pepper

-250 g of carrots

-250 g of zucchini

-250g Brussels sprouts

Peel the carrots and cut into sticks.

Peel the zucchini and cut into cubes.

Peel the onion and cut into thin slices.

Cut the Brussels sprout in half.

In the casserole, pour the quinoa.

Add the prepared vegetables.

Crush the 2 cubes on the vegetables.

Add garlic, curry and water.

Cook for 45 min.

Correct seasoning salt and pepper at the end of cooking.

Mix everything and sprinkle with chopped parsley.