From beauty and wellness to medicine and yoga, the ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda are incredibly far-reaching. The translation of the word is “sacred knowledge of life”. At its core, Ayurveda is a holistic healing practice.
Hormones. They affect our mood, our sleep, our skin and so much more. So why don’t we talk about them? Or rather, when we do speak about hormones - or being hormonal - why is it in a negative way? To reframe the conversation, we asked Cowshed Educator Jess for some ways to understand hormones, regain control and ease the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
How can you tell if your hormones are out of balance?
‘Hormones can make you feel really out of control. I suffer quite badly with hormones in the sense that if I’m premenstrual, or I’m really stressed or tired from working loads, I react differently to how I usually would. The smallest, most ridiculous, things can really annoy me. Someone uses my coffee cup, and before I even realise, I’m pouring the coffee down the sink and walking away with the mug, because it’s MY mug (if you're picturing Ross Geller, you're on the money). As soon as you do it you feel so ridiculous. If they caught you a week later or when you weren’t stressed or sleep-deprived, it wouldn’t be an issue at all.’
Before the new year really gets going, now is the time to make a simple resolution: make 2020 the year you make time to relax. Between work and everything else going on, the hectic pace of day-to-day life can take its toll. We know that finding the time to unwind is often easier said than done, but some well-deserved R & R after a long, stressful day is essential to a healthy lifestyle.
When you’re feeling burnt out, our Relax collection – featuring relaxing Lavender and uplifting Eucalyptus essential oils – is the perfect way to unwind.
250 tonnes of Christmas trees are thrown away each year in the UK, so we asked our friends at the Woodland Trust for some tips on how to dispose of your tree sustainably.
Felled trees can be recycled into compost or chipping for local parks or woodland areas. Many local councils run tree recycled schemes or a tree collection service. If not, take it to the garden waste section of your nearest disposal centre.
If you bought a potted tree, well done you. Position in a cool but light spot while it’s indoors (not next to a radiator or heater) and water regularly depending on the feel of the soil.
Firs don’t respond well to being planted then dug up and re-potted so after Christmas leave it in its container and top up with peat-free compost. Stick it in a cool, sheltered spot where it will avoid direct sunlight.
The week before Christmas can feel like a frenzy of last minute shopping, lists to tick and people to see. So, we thought we'd share three simple tips for a more conscious Christmas...
1. Don't panic buy
It can be easy to feel the pressure when it comes to buying Christmas gifts. If you can't think what to buy, why not opt for an experience, workshop or spa treatment you can enjoy with family or friends.
2. Reduce your wrapping
Sellotape, ribbons and paper covered in glitter can't be recycled. Why not ditch paper altogether and wrap presents in fabric? On the day, save any ribbons and paper that can be used again next year. Don't be afraid to ask for things back if you think they might end up in the bin.
3. Save on food waste
A huge amoung of food goes to waste over Christmas but if you end up with leftovers, don't just throw them away - left over roast dinners make excellent curries, soups or bubble and squeak.
If you're trying to tighten the purse strings or just perpetually short on time, face masks are the DIY alternative to facials. Especially during the winter months when the unforgiving combination of freezing temperatures, central heating, late nights and the occasional glass of mulled wine takes its toll on the skin, we like to keep a diverse range of masks to hand. One for acne flare-ups, one for moisturising, one for exfoliating and one (or five) for that essential glow. These little pots are more than just a skin solution. They're a way of taking time for yourself during the week, with the added bonus of keeping your skin in good condition.
We asked fashion journalist, presenter and author Louise Roe (@louiseroe) to tell us how she strikes a balance between making the most of the festive season and finding time for herself. Here are her tips for avoiding Christmas overwhelm and some suggestions for perfect presents.
'How often do we choose the bath over the bar? After a pretty busy year, I'm taking the time this holiday season to indulge. I'm not talking about chocolate (although there will be a lot of that too) but rather focusing on taking time out for myself and feeling confident not to have to say yes to every social engagement that comes my way. With this in mind, I'm going to talk a little bit about why it's ok to choose the bath over the bar this holiday season.
Let's face it, December is intense. The whirl of parties, Christmas shopping, work and life in general can feel overwhelming, so we asked Cowshed trainer Jess for some suggestions to sustain you through this manic month. Here are her party season pick-me-ups for festive self-care.
Since opening our first spa at Babington House in Somerset in 1998, our guiding principle has been to take as much care of the earth as we do of people. We've always used wildcrafted ingredients and our recent refresh saw the introduction of packaging made from recycled coffee cups and carbon-neutral bioplastic. But we know we can do more.
From the heart and soil of Somerset, our values have always been rooted in honest, natural therapies and ingredients. This Christmas, we are looking to give back to our British woodlands by partnering with the Woodland Trust. Trees clean the air and lock up carbon emissions, support biodiversity by providing habitats for wildlife and they’re good for our wellbeing too. Partnering with the Woodland Trust aligns with our history, values and commitment to sustainability.
Welcome to the latest edition of our ongoing feature that unpacks the ingredients that make our moods what they are. Get to know the ylang ylang, rose absolute and palmarosa essential oils within our most indulgent mood, looking at their uses, properties and scent profiles. The fresh, floral and bright bouquet of our Indulge collection compliments an extended evening bathing ritual - we’re thinking candles, a glass of wine and a page-turner…