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Earth day 2018 April 22

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Today is earth day. What are you doing to acknowledge and protect our earth today? This year the emphasis is on reducing plastic pollution as this is harming our planet in so many ways. It is harming animals, marine life, the water ways and ultimately us. So what can we do to help protect our planet? Earth day originated in the 70s in the United States and its goal was to raise consciousness about the environment, industrial pollution and environmental disasters such as oil spills but also the use of pesticides and the loss of wilderness. The success of the...

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Is aromatherapy useful for anxiety?

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Anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear about real or imagined events. The Oxford Dictionary defines anxiety as a “feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome” in a more severe state, rather than just a temporary feeling, it is defined as a “nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks”. Everyone suffers from anxiety sometimes. But in its healthier state, it is more of a feeling that usually disappears with reassurance, good support, or some other appropriate behaviour according to the cause of the anxiety. In its...

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The miracle known as shea butter

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Although outside of Africa we may not have such a long history of using Shea butter, it is vary much a fixed part of a West African woman’s life and is even said to have been in ancient Egypt’s box of beauty ingredients. Shea butter comes mainly from Western Africa, from a tree known as the shea tree. This tree produces a nut and it is this nut that shea butter comes from. It grows in the semi-arid savannah region of West and East Africa. It is also known as karite butter which in a local language means ‘life’. The...

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Morroccan clay- Rassoul (ghassoul) clay

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Rhassoul clay is a lovely dusty brown/pink clay which is found and mined from deep underneath the Atlas Mountains in eastern Morocco. Because it is mined from the earth and then dried in the sun, it can come in chunks but usually it is sold as a smooth powder which has been micronized. It has been used for at least 1400 years by Moroccan, Egyptian and Roman women as well. In Morocco, it is used as part of the routine in the hamams. The clay’s name comes from the Arabic word to wash. It has a number of uses including;...

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