Weekend Read 17 April 2021
After my musings last weekend about acknowledgement, I must, once again, take my lead from you. We may well have come out of full lockdown here in England, but we have a global reach and I am very aware that a certain ‘freedom’ is denied to so many at this moment in time. But it’s more than that, much more actually. I have long written that when the partial release eventually came, it would be a celebration for some, but for so many the agonising reality of life, and its repercussions, would continue unabated for some time to come.
I write these words with an innate sense of reality and whilst I remain truly optimistic, my words are, in fact, an echo of your innermost thoughts and feelings, for which I thank you. I have always believed that we are guided, on many different levels, to walk together in our own truth and integrity. And as we do so, we will continue to maintain the sharing and belonging, which is so synonymous to, and of, our very being. It is in the validation of our own truth, that we are perhaps enabled to strengthen our equilibrium, and as I welcome you to another Weekend Read, my predominant thoughts are those of love and respect for all that we are. Together.
And it is with respect for our health and wellbeing that I dedicate this first treat. I do so in the knowledge that we must remain vigilant at all times, no matter what. I suppose it is very easy to become complacent, but complacency, across most things, does not serve us well. In demonstration of that statement, I stand by everything I have written over the past year (and about 20 years prior) and that includes my steadfast belief in the power of supplementation, including, of course, Fulvic Acid Elixir, which I will not live without.
I am sure most of you will have read Shabir’s article, The Elixir of Life, but if you haven’t I have linked it below because it covers everything you need to know about Fulvic Acid Elixir. With that said, for so many different reasons, my emotions have got the better of me this week and so I am taking another one of our bestselling products, Mega Probiotic ND and putting it together with Fulvic Acid Elixir. And here’s the thing, I am gifting you Mega Probiotic, which is worth £21, with every bottle of Fulvic Acid Elixir bought.
I am doing this to further demonstrate the importance of powerful supplementation. And Mega P is just that, as this broad-spectrum probiotic delivers on promise to help maintain good gut health. And just in case you need to know more, I am also linking another one of Shabir’s article below. On the subject of articles, and I diversify for the moment, we have updated the editorial section on our site, which I hope makes everything easier for you. We are not finished yet, but our entire site remains a work-in-progress project. With no end in sight. Seriously. Anyway, back to it, with the all-important logistics.
So, here they are and this offer is good across the weekend and it will end tomorrow, Sunday 18 April, at midnight BST, or whilst stock lasts. I am not limiting this offer, but I do reserve the right to cancel high volume orders by virtue of the fact that I want to share as far and wide as I can. I think most of you would understand that. The other thing to say is that you will need to click on the Fulvic Acid Elixir link below to be eligible for the free bottle of Mega Probiotic. And one last thing, if it hits into pre-order status, please don’t worry, we have another consignment of Fulvic Acid Elixir about to be delivered, so all orders placed will be honoured in accordance with my caveat.
VH Editorial: The Elixir of Life; Restoring Optimal Gut Health; Fulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml (Mega Probiotic ND £21 for 60 Capsules)
With that done, I suppose Shabir would quite like me to end the Weekend Read right now, but in defiance of his thought process, whatever that may be, I am carrying on because I have new products to launch and much more to say. And we may as well start with another new product from Thyme Out. I wrote a few weeks ago that this was coming, but I didn’t say what it was, so please allow me to introduce Thyme Out Bubble Bath Soak. They call it the knockout bubble bath and I am here to tell you that knocked out, literally or otherwise, I do think it’s rather impressive in its ability to help calm compromised and inflammatory skin conditions.
As with each of the Thyme Out products, this hypo-allergenic bath soak contains just four natural ingredients and should be used in conjunction with the original Thyme Out for optimum results. So as the hero ingredient, Thyme, soaks into your skin, I will say that this is the range of products that has received so many accolades for its efficacy in helping treat concerns such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. And even if you don’t have compromised skin, I hereby declare this The Saturday Soak because Thyme is loaded with Vitamin C and anecdotally it is thought to uplift mood. As I’m thinking of pouring the entire contents into one bath. With a smile.
Thyme Out Bubble Bath & Soak £20 for 470 ml; Thyme Out £18 for 200 ml
It would be rather remiss of me if I didn’t continue to sing the virtues of Thyme, so I will continue with another two products. The first of which is Ivy Thyme Complex, which is actually now called Bronchoforce, but never mind its name, this is the product that plays a significant role in Shabir’s Post-Nasal Drip regimen, which has helped so many of you over the years. Not least because this is such a common health concern and my head starts to thump when I remember the wait list that Sarah (Stacey) created when she wrote about this in her twenty-year reign as Health Editor of YOU magazine. Back in the day.
VH Editorial: The Post-Nasal Drip Regimen; Marshmallow Capsules £4.70 for 30 Capsules; Plantago Tincture £10.50 for 50 ml; Ivy Thyme Complex £10.50 for 50 ml
I wrote last week about the respect I have for Green People and in continuation, may I suggest that if you are looking for a naturally effective deodorant, then do try Green People’s Thyme & Prebiotics Deodorant. With a fresh fragrance of Thyme, Clove and Lemon, it stands in line with the Thyme Out products as being particularly suitable for those prone to eczema, psoriasis, acne and skin blemishes. Being tough on odour, this deodorant is marketed for men, but I pay no attention to such things as I believe it is suitable for each of us. I mean one of my favourite fragrances of all time is Eau Sauvage. It still does it for me. And always will.
Thyme & Prebiotics Deodorant by Green People £10.50 for 75 ml
If I may, one more thing from Green People. It is a new launch and my excitement levels peaked dramatically when I received the product information. They peaked even more when I started to use it. I’m on a roll, so I invite you to embrace all that is the Nordic Roots Midnight Oil Gift Set. All that is because this set includes an Obsidian Gua Sha Facial Massage Tool, a full size Nordic Roots Atlantic Seaweed (Atlantic Seaweed!) Facial Oil and a scent-free Hyaluronic Booster Serum Sachet, which can be combined with the facial oil to create a moisture-rich, leave-on evening face mask, in a separate facial treatment.
So this is what we do. We begin by pressing a few drops of the facial oil onto our skin. Enriched with skin-plumping Scandinavian Seaweed, this nourishing oil is suitable for all skin types, most especially for sensitive skin because it doesn’t contain essential oils. We then take the Obsidian Gua Sha and with upward strokes we massage our skin with the stone for approximately two minutes, or longer if you wish, to help improve skin firmness, to help release congestion and tension, and to also help reduce the puffy eye scenario. If you haven’t used a Gua Sha tool before, do not be alarmed if your skin turns red, it will most definitely calm down after use.
If you wish to join me, I do need to say that this is a limited time offer, so whilst stock lasts I am reducing the price of the Nordic Roots Midnight Oil Set from £36 to £30. It is extraordinarily rare that I reduce the price on a new product launch, but I do this because I think this set is pretty sensational and it takes a lot to turn my head, and this turned my head.
Additionally I want to applaud Green People for understanding what it is to have sensitive skin, so my personal thanks to them and for also choosing Obsidian. On a metaphysical level Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, shielding against negativity. If you believe. And having launched those Crystal Power Bracelets into the UK in my pre-VH days, I believe. And then I met Shabir.
Nordic Roots Midnight Oil Gift Set £30 (Obsidian Gua Sha Tool; Nordic Roots Atlantic Seaweed Facial Oil 28 ml; Hyaluronic Booster Serum Sachet 3 ml) Atlantic Seaweed Bath £12 (just to be neat)
Let’s move on and back into health we go. I really don’t need to state the obvious, but of course so many of us are experiencing sleep difficulties, the root cause of which is predominantly stress-related. Both Shabir and I have always thought that natural sleep supplements are rather difficult, in that what works for one, might not necessarily work for another. So whilst I can say in absolute trust and belief that Magnolia Rhodiola Complex is probably the most efficacious product available for anxiety and all stress-related conditions, I can’t do the same with sleep supplementation, I only wish I could.
So if you fall into the category of sleep products not really working for you, may I suggest you take a look at Neubria Drift. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, Neubria Drift has been specifically formulated to help support sleep and relaxation. It contains a tailored Bliss Botanical Complex, which is a blend of four botanical ingredients working synergistically. Those four botanicals are Lemon Balm Extract, Hops Extract, Chamomile Extract and Saffron Extract, all of which have demonstrated sleep-inducing properties.
The price of Neubria Drift is £19.99, but I’m dropping the price across the weekend to £14, in the hope that it may help you. This offer will end at midnight BST tomorrow, Sunday 18 April or whilst stock lasts. Once again my apologies for the caveats throughout, but I do need to set the boundaries across these offers because of several abusive emails I have received. I think it is best left there, but I will just say this, such emails strengthen my resolve to share and I will, from this day on, delete all such emails, without response. Oh and one more thing, my apologies for Magnolia Rhodiola Complex being out of stock. It is back now.
Neubria Drift £14 for 60 Capsules; Magnolia Rhodiola Complex £28 for 60 Capsules
Over to Sarah, and in this week’s Health Notes Sarah gives tips for promoting brain health and the possibility of growing new connections to help function and memory. In an interview with Dr Jason Culp, Research and Development Director at the world renowned spa, Chiva-Som in Thailand, the safeguards against cognitive decline and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia are discussed in this article. I think you will find this a rather interesting read, in particular the recent research on a process known as neurogenesis. We live. We learn.
Sharpen Up Your Brain by Sarah Stacey
And in that learning, this week’s deep dive into ingredients features Selenium. Selenium is a trace mineral and was considered an irrelevant nutrient up to three decades ago. Scientists have now discovered that Selenium is actually crucial to our health as it helps protect our bodies against a wide range of damaging diseases and conditions. Playing an important role in the proper functioning of our immune system and it has been shown to help prevent viral mutation of many species, thus preventing recurring infections.
Just to be clear, I am not talking about Covid-19 here, but Selenium also reactivates Vitamins C and E back to their natural state, which is important. So once again, Shabir does the science in his article linked below and you will note that he recommends Super Selenium Complex, above all other Selenium supplementation. He has his reasons. Amen. To That.
VH Editorial: Benefits Of Selenium Supplements; Super Selenium Complex by Life Extension £12 for 100 Capsules
In full transparency, Shabir told me off last week. Actually, let’s get this straight, he tried to tell me off. I have apparently committed a major crime, in his opinion, because I haven’t written about Granactive Retinoid probably since the day we launched it, which was rather a long time ago. So to appease his soul, which was obviously deeply troubled, Granactive Retinoid is an advanced retinoid, which offers significant benefits against the multiple signs of ageing. It also happens to be one of the most bio-available, non-prescription forms of Vitamin A.
Further information is on the product page. The price falls from £14 to £11 across the weekend, ending at midnight BST tomorrow, Sunday 18 April, or whilst stock lasts. And I’m only doing this because I have at least ten products that I’m waiting for Shabir to formulate for me. I’m serious. Deadly serious, as it so happens. Men. Nothing left to say.
Granactive Retinoid 5% Serum £11 for 30 ml
Before we head into the Saturday only treat, can I please just have a moment on Sheald Recovery Balm. All I want to say here is that Sheald Recovery Balm was, and remains, the original wound-healing formulation that could be used safely on open wounds. Nothing, but nothing comes close for wound-healing in my humble opinion, despite the fact that several brands and products have tried. Whenever I have written about Sheald, I have always thrown the focus on its use after surgery and its ability to help reduce scarring significantly. And it has received global acclaim from many distinguished surgeons in this regard.
However, I want you to know that it can also be used as face cream for all inflammatory skin conditions, and of course it is magnificent in helping aid the recovery of skin after plastic surgery, injectables and most other tweakments, as they are now called. On a personal note, I have been treating a close friend’s compromised skin with Sheald Recovery Balm in conjunction with LED light therapy. I am such a huge believer in both and the difference in her skin is immeasurable. That’s all I want to say. One more word and my life could well be over. Not that I care. Although my children might.
Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £52 for 60 ml; Boost At-Home LED Treatment Mask £395
And here it is, the Saturday only treat and this week with every order placed for £30 and over (excluding p&p) we will include a Trio of Soaps. The three soaps are, I think, Jasmine & Tuberose, Rose & Peony and Lavender & Lilac. I have used the words ‘I think’, because there is always a possibility that this could differ, but I’m not about to open each of them up to check. If you don’t mind.
Before we start singing again, can I just say that I spent most of last weekend crying. In gratitude. I don’t think I will ever truly know how many people read this newsletter or how many of us sing together each week, but I was watching the stats on the link to The Prayer last weekend and by early Sunday evening, over 300,000 of us had watched the brilliance of Andrea Bocelli and Céline Dion. I do know that many of you watched it several times, including myself, but even so, it completely blew me away that so many of us had joined together. I am so incredibly moved by this. More than you will ever know. And for so many different reasons.
With that said, I have chosen to share the song ‘Angel’ with you this week. Once again, it is all in the words, which I hope bring a form of comfort to those who need it. This is the song that I turned to in some of my darkest moments. Performed here by Sarah McLachlan, who wrote the song, and Josh Groban. The storm really does keep on twisting. And it can truly bring us to our knees. That much I know.
Angel by Sarah McLachlan and Josh Groban
With love. Always.