Weekend Read 10 April 2021

Weekend Read 10 April 2021

As I welcome you to another Weekend Read, I want to begin by saying a few words about acknowledgement.  And I’m pretty big on the subject.  There are so many different forms of acknowledgement, so the first thing I want to say on the subject is that we seriously couldn’t do any of this without each of you.  Without you there would be no VH and I am extraordinarily aware of this.  I always have been.

It goes without saying that we also have to acknowledge ongoing research and development, which allows us to try to achieve optimum health and wellbeing, most especially over the recent past.  From a place of extreme darkness, we have walked together in our learning.  And perhaps it is in that learning that we can try and be supportive in all that we are and all that we do together.  And it is in that acknowledgement of each other that, I believe, we find our equilibrium, authenticity and peace.  On a soul level. 

So with acknowledgement and respect to the products that help make a positive difference to each of us, I dedicate this newsletter to some of those products, in a whole long line of them, that do so much to help make that difference.  And I’ll begin with Hyaluronic Acid.  That would be the capsules and the serum.  Hyaluronic Acid Capsules have remained our bestselling supplement, save for one or two occasions when Ionicell has knocked it off the top spot, and I totally understand why it remains so, not least because I have taken HA supplementation forever.  And a day.

There are several reasons why I will probably take it forever and it’s not only because it helps plump up my skin.  I think it’s pretty crucial to help prevent the creaking of joints and it also plays a major role in eye health.  With that said, if you go to the product page you will find that Shabir has written four articles on this subject, including one entitled ‘Beauty Supplements To Boost Your Skin’, where he also recommends Astaxanthin with Phospholipids to be taken alongside HA.

And suddenly I find myself about to write about three treats in one paragraph.  So here they come.  The first is that with every Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength ordered, we will automatically include the travel size of HA.  It contains 15 capsules and it has a value of £17.50.  In other words, a six week supply instead of four.  The second treat is that I am taking the price of our Hyaluronic Acid Serum down from £10 to £7.  And finally, Astaxanthin drops from £14 to £10.  I don’t even want to talk about Shabir’s face when he reads this.  So I won’t.

Instead let’s run through the logistics.  All of these offers are good across the weekend, ending tomorrow, Sunday 11 April, at midnight BST.  I am not putting a limit on volume, but obviously these offers will end if we run out of stock, which is always a possibility.  It is also a possibility that Shabir will go off in search of our margin and I’m not too sure he is going to find it in any significant way.  And that’s the ongoing story.  Of my life.  In exile.  Now.
VH Editorial: Beauty Supplements To Boost Your Skin; Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength £35 for 30 Capsules; Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £7 for 30 ml; Astaxanthin with Phospholipids by Life Extension £10 for 30 Softgels

On from that, I think there is a conspiracy going on.  Let me explain.  I wrote last week that every time I received an email about the wonderment of Fulvic Acid Nail Cream, we would celebrate together by taking the price down from £12 to £10.  And in came the emails, several of them in fact, but mostly saying that it was the only nail cream in existence that helped nails grow in length and strength.  Humbled by the accolades, you know what I’m going to do.  So for the second week running, conspiracy or otherwise, the price drops once again to £10 across the weekend.  Ending tomorrow, Sunday 11 April at midnight BST.
Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £10 for 30 ml

An apology.  From me to you.  Last week I wrote, with confidence, that Daily Energy was about to arrive with us.  Except it wasn’t and I only discovered this when it was too late to change my words.  So with a great big sigh, the information I gave you about sourcing the missing ingredient and the fact that the consignment was on its way was entirely accurate.  Except it was held up in America because of weather.  I don’t really want to comment any further because I will end up wasting my own energy by having a rant about any number of things including extortionate shipping costs, customs chaos, disparate levies.  And weather.

And bearing in mind that I was also on that wait list, it is with a modicum of relief that overcoming all adversity, Daily Energy is now back in stock and we did actually manage to smash the predicted eight week lead-time by about four weeks, even with the blip.  So in its ‘second coming’, this is the supplement that really does help make a difference to our energy levels as we try and address the overwhelming lethargy that so many of us feel.  With the ability to help enhance mood, this is also the supplement that Shabir formulated to help enhance our resilience to physical and mental stress.  Which it does rather well.  Very well.  As it so happens.
Daily Energy £20 for 60 Capsules

Let’s do another one of those very common health concerns.  And it is Candida.  There are approximately 150 known species of Candida, a yeast-like group of fungi that exist in approximately 80% of us.  We continually acquire these fungi in several different ways and they usually exist in the genitourinary tracts, respiratory tract and the gastrointestinal tract.  They typically exist in the body without being harmful, however an abnormal overgrowth of these fungi can cause an infection, often referred to as Candidiasis.

I am going to refer you to Shabir’s article, ‘How To Treat Candida’, but I will just say that common symptoms include gastrointestinal disturbances, allergies, food intolerances, headaches, anxiety, oral thrush, genital thrush and genitourinary tract infections.  It is perhaps interesting to note that in 1982, scientists at the University of Canterbury discovered that Horopito was more effective at destroying Candida albicans than the powerful pharmaceutical anti-Candida drug, Amphotericin B.  It is with that knowledge that Shabir always recommends a particular supplement, and that supplement is Advanced Intestinal Care.

In its former life it was known as Horopito & Aniseed, but it has had a name change.  So Advanced Intestinal Care it is.  Containing Horopito and Anise Seed, each packet contains 28 x Horopito Capsules and 28 x Anise Seed Capsules, which need to be taken simultaneously.  Also simultaneously, I am dropping the price of Advanced Intestinal Care from £23 to £20 across the weekend, ending tomorrow, Sunday 11 April at midnight BST, whilst stock lasts. 

I’m going to caveat this by saying that this is one of those supplements which has been subjected to raw ingredient challenges, so we can only do what we can do in the here and now.  And in the here and now, I will also tell you that this is the supplement we also recommend for Oral Thrush and Vaginal Thrush.  Two different regimens.  For Oral Thrush please use it with the brilliant Clinisept+ Mouthwash and for Vaginal Thrush, we recommend Advanced Intestinal Care and Kolorex Intimate Care Cream.  But behold.  Shabir has written an article about Vaginal Thrush too and you will find that article on the Advanced Intestinal Care product page.  Neat.
VH Editorial: How To Treat Candida; Advanced Intestinal Care by Kolorex £20 for 28 Horopito Capsules and 28 Anise Seed Capsules; Clinisept+ Mouthwash £6.49 for 400 ml; Kolorex Intimate Care Cream £15.50 for 50 grams 

A new skincare launch.  It is a hydra-gel moisturiser.  It is rich in amino acids and minerals.  Its ingredients include Truffle, Botanical Caviar, Strawberry Seed Oil and Prickly Pear.  So please allow me to introduce you to the newest product in the Truffle range of products from Temple Spa.  It is called Truffle De-Light and it can either be used as a daily moisturiser or as a pre-make-up priming moisturiser.  Nothing to add really, except to say that Temple Spa’s reputation for exceptional award-winning products goes before them.  And this will probably join that list. 
Truffle De-Light by Temple Spa £90 for 50 ml

On theme, I really do have to acknowledge Green People.  As a brand their products tick so many boxes and so it is with great joy and happiness that I am about to do another treat.  It is their Anti-Ageing Eye Cream, which has been specifically formulated for sensitive eyes, although it can of course be used by each of us.   It is ultra-gentle, it is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Its ingredients include Avocado, Seaweed, Evening Primrose and Baicalin, an active flavonoid.

So in a limited edition offer, I am taking the price of Green People’s Anti-Ageing Eye Cream (Sensitive) down from £15.50 to £9.  It will be over when it’s over, at which time you won’t be able to add it to your basket.  And can I say one more thing here.  I do so wish that brands wouldn’t label their products as being suitable for sensitive skin if they are loaded with essential oils.  Essential oils are not suitable for many of us who have sensitive skin, so please do not tell us that they are.  I am absolutely not referring to Green People’s Eye Cream here, but it is a generic statement and one that I feel strongly about.  Actually, it’s pretty disingenuous.  In my opinion.
Anti-Ageing Eye Cream (Sensitive) by Green People £9 for 10 ml

In continuation of the deep-dives into ingredients, I am throwing the focus this week on Shatavari.  Shatavari is one of the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating tonics for women and it is considered as both a general and a reproductive tonic.  It is also known as Wild Asparagus or Asparagus Racemosus and it belongs to a group of herbs which are collectively referred to as adaptogens, essentially because they bring the body back into balance.  Which can only be a very good thing.

Shatavari can be taken through the various stages of a woman’s life cycle and Shabir takes a look at this in his article, Shatavari From Puberty to Menopause, listed below.  The product he continually recommends is Wholistic Shatavari by Pukka Herbs and I think you may well smile when you read the opening paragraph on the product page.  You will smile further as I take the price of Wholistic Shatavari down from £16.96 to £14 across the weekend, ending tomorrow, Sunday 11 April at midnight BST, or whilst stock lasts.  Once again, I am getting bored with all the caveats, but for the sake of transparency, I have to put them in.  So please bear with.  Thank you.
VH Editorial: Shatavari From Puberty To Menopause; Wholistic Shatavari by Pukka Herbs £14 for 30 Capsules

Back to beauty we go.  And we do so with Derma E’s Vitamin C Brightening Clay Mask.  The triple pack.  Its primary function is to help target hyperpigmentation, so Bentonite Clay and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate are blended with Turmeric and Kale. It restores the health of our skin in a rather fabulous way and it can also help to enhance an even skin tone. 

Anyway, the story is that Shabir has forbidden me to take the price of these three masks down, but because I’m bolshy, I have suddenly developed selective hearing.  And I am taking the price down.  Not by a lot, but as a gesture more than anything else, so down they come from £9.95 to £8 for the three masks, whilst stock lasts.  Use one weekly.  Let’s wave to Shabir.  And make my day.
Vitamin C Brightening Clay Mask Triple Pack by Derma E £8

On the subject of Derma E, their new product development continues.  Last week we launched their Sulfur Spot Treatment, which went temporarily out of stock for about 48 hours, but it’s back now.  And with that said, let’s move on to their latest release, Crepey Skin Repair Treatment.  I suppose there is nothing like telling it as it is, aka the name of the product, but crepey skin is crepey skin and this restorative cream is infused with Derma E’s Anti-Crepe Complex of Plum, Cranberry and Apple Extracts.  It is joined by firming Copper Peptides, DMAE and Resveratrol to create a treatment that can be used on our necks, chest and arms. 

Actually, there is no known reason why we shouldn’t use this on our faces too, in fact I’m thinking that could be quite a thing.  It is joined by another new product, Crepey Skin Pre-Treatment Exfoliating Scrub, which is not to be used on your face, so please don’t even try.  Most specifically because its ingredients include Dead Sea Salts to help buff away dull skin and antioxidant rich Caffeine.  So necks, chest and arms for this scrub and the add-on here would be our legs.  Of course.
Crepey Skin Pre-Treatment Exfoliating Scrub by Derma E £16 for 170 grams; Crepey Skin Repair Treatment by Derma E £20 for 180 grams; Sulfur Spot Treatment by Derma E £14 for 30 ml

And into the Saturday only treat we go.  In celebration of a Temple Spa launch, I want to return to the Turndown Products by gifting you Drift Away (30 ml) by Temple Spa with every order placed for £30 and over (excluding p&p).  In other words it is the Saturday Soak, because you can drizzle Drift Away into your bath and relax. It can also be used as a massage oil, but personally I would go with the bath option and pour the entire contents into one bath.  I believe in the nurturing of sublime decadence.

To end this Weekend Read, I have chosen to continue that feeling of calm with The Prayer.  Performed here by Andrea Bocelli and Céline Dion, may we join together and pray that better times are ahead for each and every one of us.  The global struggle is far from over, lest we should never forget the innate truth of a world that has been shattered to the very core of its being.  As we sing.  To heal.  Each other.
The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli and Céline Dion

With love

Gill x



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