Weekend Read

Weekend Read

Saturday morning.  Again.  And as we gradually emerge into the unknown, because basically that’s what it is, we will continue to hold hands knowing that we must stay as close as we can.  I think it’s very easy to become complacent, but all aspects of our health and wellbeing are as critical now as they have been over the past few months.  I think the best we can do here is to continue to share the things that we love, across health and beauty, in order to support all things, including our equilibrium.  After the last Weekend Read, Shabir’s equilibrium is on the line.  Mine isn’t.  I carry on.  Regardless.  Let’s go:

There are several supplements that we consider to be extraordinarily special.  Fulvic Acid Elixir, as so many of you know, has been on my personal very special list for the longest time, perhaps it’s nine years now, and I never fail to take it daily.  It is my all and everything and I swear the potency and efficacy has kept me energized and well throughout this time.  In some ways I consider it to be my ‘health insurance’ and I know that thousands of you believe the same.  For sure, I once wrote that if I had my way, everybody would take it if they could and I’m about to help make that dream come true.

Because I am incessantly writing about it, most of you know the amazing benefits of Fulvic Acid Elixir.  For those who don’t, I am linking Shabir’s article below, which makes my life easier.  So without any further rambling from me, essentially because I need all the space I can get on this missive, for today only (Saturday 11 July), I am taking the price of Fulvic Acid Elixir down from £30 to £20.  So that’s a saving of £10.  No doubt Shabir will add up all the ten pounds and present me with the total that I’ve just given away.  It’s fine.  I’ll delete the email.  Ends at midnight GMT.  Go Fulvic, Go.
Fulvic Acid Elixir £20 for 480 ml (until midnight GMT today); The Elixir of Life

One word to describe last weekend’s launch of It’s A Ten.  Insane.  This is of course the haircare brand that sells 13 million, and rising, bottles of their Leave-In Conditioners in the US every year.  By now, many of you will know why because with every order placed for any of the It’s A Ten product, we included the Miracle Leave-In Conditioner Spray, worth £11, as a gift.  And as I wrote last week, this gift is ongoing for the foreseeable future.  We have several thousand of these gifts to share and I’m actually wondering what would happen if I asked It’s A Ten for a few million gifts.  These things serve to amuse me.  Constantly.

Anyway,  if you need to know, we had an almost immediate wait list for the Miracle Mask, now resolved thankfully.  It didn’t surprise me, but I was slightly disappointed because I had planned to dollop the mask onto Shabir’s head last Monday morning, much in the same way as I crushed a mung bean (just don’t) sandwich over his head many years ago.  Some of you will remember that episode.  Anyway back to it and I will just say that any product that has the word ‘miracle’ in its title, has to perform miracles.  This range does that.  And in case you missed it last week, I am linking Jo Fairley’s interview with Carolyn Aronson, the Founder and CEO of It’s A Ten below.  And just to say that the gift will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice, but will of course be included in your order.  It’s A Given.
It’s A Ten by Jo Fairley; It’s A Ten: The Products 

In the most simplistic term, most people don’t drink enough to help keep the body hydrated.  Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than we take in.  There are varying reasons where this can occur, often resulting in tiredness and fatigue.  Balance Daily Mineral Health Drink helps fight off sluggishness and it can be taken as a sports hydration powder after intense exercising, or to help balance your body after illness when the body needs to rehydrate.  The word ‘balance’ is used because when the water content of your body is reduced, it can upset the balance of electrolytes, which in turn affects the function of the body. 

Balance Daily is loaded with a balanced ratio of calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium and vitamin D3.  So a pretty comprehensive formulation.  It comes in sachets, it’s strawberry flavoured and all you need to do is mix it with water for that energy boost.  With so much more to write, perhaps I’ll take one right now.  Feel the need.  In me.
Balance Mineral Drink by A. Vogel £19.50 for 21 Sachets

The resurgence of Derma E continues.  It is somewhat remarkable that this skincare brand, which we’ve listed for at least twenty years, is re-appearing on our radar in rather a big way with some brilliant new formulations and products.  There are of course some of you who remember its first incarnation and that would of course include Sarah and Jo, the Beauty Bible girls who have always had a bit of a love-fest with the efficacy of their products.  So now another one.

Suitable for all skin types, Universal Cleansing Balm majestically transforms from a balm into a lightweight oil to help dissolve away daily dirt and make-up.  Being ‘universal’ it is not only a fabulous face cleaner, but it can be used on the scalp and body too, which is all rather fabulous in my book.  It includes four key ingredients, Camelia oil, Rose/Rosehip oils, Citrus oils together with Cocoa and Shea butters, which of course hydrate.  I don’t think I actually need to say anymore other than it delivers on promise. 

And another Derma E product that delivers on promise are the Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches.  They keep selling out.  We have had at least three wait lists.  So this is just to tell you that they are back in stock.  Until they are not.
Universal Cleansing Balm £15 for 100 grams; Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches £20 for 60 Gel Patches

This happens far too often, but yet again I need to announce the death of a product.  Up into product heaven goes Flight Spray.  Please don’t ask me why because I don’t know.  Notwithstanding the fact that most of us aren’t really flying anywhere right now, it has been replaced by CleanWash Saline Nasal Mist, which is a patent-pending, non-addictive nasal mist spray formulated to aid in the relief of irritation caused by pollutants, allergens, sinus congestions, rhinitis and nasal irritation.  So, in other words, it performs several different functions, which is all rather brilliant.  It can also help to kill germs, known or otherwise.  Another archived article from Shabir.  And another one for the medicine cabinet.
CleanWash (ChitoRhino) Saline Nasal Mist £13 for 30 ml; A Nasal Spray For Sinusitis & Hay Fever

If we are talking medicine cabinets, just a line here to say that last week when I wrote about the brilliant Healing Patches, I invited you to name that patch.  The previous week I had written ‘stock distress’ across mine and slapped it on my forehead.  This week, I slapped another patch on my forehead and named it ‘Fragile’ after I had bolted to the dentist for an emergency treatment.  As I keep saying, always a drama.  Surely it won’t be too long before I name a patch ‘Shabir’.  It will probably be very soon.  Most probably after he reads the next few paragraphs.  Waves.
Healing Patches by Ross J. Barr £15 for Five Patches

The winner of numerous Beauty Bible awards, Temple Spa products are truly sublime.  And this treat is rather sublime too.  It is in fact a collection of products known as ‘Absolute Truffle’.   It truly is a ‘veritable facial feast’ and it includes Trufflesque, an ultra-hydrating face mask; the Truffelesque Brush, for application of the mask; Skin Truffle, which helps nourish dry and dehydrated skin; Truffle Noir, a luxurious night cream; Eye Truffle, for helping to soften fine eye lines and TruffleLixir, a smoothing and plumping face serum. 

I honestly don’t know if we will get to the end of today before this sells out because instead of the recommended price of £65, I am reducing it by 50% to £32.50, whilst stock lasts.  All product sizes listed on the product page.  And breathe.
Absolute Truffle by Temple Spa £32.50 (whilst stock lasts)

Let’s continue.  I’ll make this short and sweet.  If you buy any Margaret Dabbs product, worth £15 and over, we will automatically gift you the Margaret Dabbs Repairing Nail & Cuticle Treatment Pen (15 ml), which is worth £12.  This is the vegan version of the original and it includes Jojaba and Buriti oils to help support healthy nails and cuticles.  There is only one gift per customer, this will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice and it will be over when it’s over.  I’m not second guessing how long this offer will last.  My brain is semi-mashed at this point.
Margaret Dabbs

The number of people affected by Lyme disease is growing all over the UK, including in town gardens and parks.  In this week’s Health Notes, Sarah explains this infectious condition and what you can do to prevent it and get treatment.  We touch on this subject every year because it is so very important and we also recommend that you may wish to invest in the Tick Remover Card, which does the job rather brilliantly.
Trouser Up To Prevent Lyme Disease by Sarah Stacey; Tick Remover Card £4.49

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is one of the most misunderstood health concerns and is characterised by persistent medically unexplained fatigue, which is not relieved by rest.  Other symptoms of CFS include muscle pain, muscle weakness, joint pain, bowel problems, unexplained headaches, poor quality of sleep, an inability to concentrate and poor temperature control.  Treatment options baffle doctors and scientists remain puzzled as the root cause of CFS.  And the incidence of CFS is growing.  As things stand, antidepressants and sleeping pills are often prescribed yet, for many, they are not resolving the issue.

In a far-reaching article, Shabir takes a look at CFS. The results of two major human studies have demonstrated the potential of a unique set of compounds, called roburins, which are found in oak wood.  It is thought that the potential of roburins may help mitigate the symptoms of CFS.  For the lowdown on these studies, please do read this article where you will also note the supplement Shabir recommends taking for three months.
Chronic Fatigue SyndromeEnergy Renew by Life Extension £30 for 30 Capsules

Staying with health concerns, it is estimated that between 10-15% of women suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) making it one of the most common hormonal concerns in women of reproductive age.  PCOS is yet another medical condition that is not understood fully and the treatment is usually aimed at alleviating the symptoms.  We know it is caused by elevated levels of the male hormone, testosterone, and also oestrogen.  The term PCOS refers to multiple cysts on the ovaries and a whole plethora of other issues which include a lack of ovulation, infertility and menstrual problems.  Another one of Shabir’s archived articles just about covers it.  And the products he recommends.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)Periagna by Bio-Health £10.75 for 60 Capsules; Myo-Inositol & Folic Acid by Viridian Nutrition £18.20 for 120 grams

Time for another treat and it may as well be the Saturday only treat.  So with every order placed today (Saturday 11 July) for £20 and over, we will automatically include a plumping and hydrating botanic fiber (it’s American) facial mask, which is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen.  It’s called Sweet Glow and this mask makes me happy, so I hope you enjoy using it too.  Another rave-up in the bathroom is about to descend upon us.  Please be aware that this will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice.  Thanks.

A new supplement.  This time from Cysticlean.  I think many of you are aware of the original Cysticlean, but now they have released Cysticlean PAC + D-Mannose.  Formulated to help prevent and treat recurrent and frequent urinary tract infections, powerful compounds called proanthocynadins from the North American cranberry combines with D-Mannose.  D-Mannose is a carbohydrate that helps soothe inflammation in the urinary tract and attaches itself to various types of bacteria that may be the cause of infection.  It is thought that up to two million women suffer from this debilitating condition each year and if you are one of those, we recommend that you try this new product.  We like it rather a lot.
Cysticlean PAC + D-Mannose £34.99 for 30 Sachets

I have always thought that writing is extraordinarily cathartic, most especially when you have experienced a traumatic event.  There are times when we write just for ourselves and then there are times when we share our experiences and bare our souls in order to help others.  Over the years I have watched as several brave close friends have done this and this week it is the turn of Carolyn Asome.  Suffering a late miscarriage, Carolyn writes about her coping mechanisms, including acupuncture.
Miscarriage and Acupuncture by Carolyn Asome

Finally, I think it is important to acknowledge the fact that we are still living in extraordinarily difficult times.  The impact it is having on so many of us, in so many different ways, is both profound and damaging, most especially for self-esteem.  I have always thought that real beauty should be defined by a beautiful soul, heart and spirit.  It shines from within.  And in this context, real beauty can truly conquer all.  Standing as one.

My love to each of you for a restful weekend.
Be well.

Gill x