Herbal Medicines: The Healing Properties of Echinacea

The Healing Properties of Echinacea

Throughout history, man has used plants for healing – and even today, around 40% of medications used in Western medicine are derived from plant extracts.

Unfortunately, due to industrialisation, medical advances, and a growing reliance on modern healthcare, much of our ancient wisdom about nature’s array of medicines, has been lost.

Of course, modern medicine definitely has its place, but I still believe that herbal treatments have an important role to play – and in many cases, they may work just as well (if not better) than their patented pharmaceutical counterparts.

Today, I’m kicking off a new series on my blog about the healing properties of plants – so let’s begin by taking a look at one of my favourite herbal medicines, Echinacea.

The Healing Properties of Echinacea

Echinacea is a beautiful plant, with flamboyant pink blooms – however, it’s the root of the plant, not the flowers, which is normally used medicinally.

The root contains a mixture of oils, sugars and resins which have powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

Because of this, Echinacea has long been used for treating the symptoms of the common cold, as well as influenza and upper respiratory tract infections.

Echinacea is especially good at supporting the immune system, and it has been shown to increase the rate at which the body responds to pathogens.

Because Echinacea strengthens the immune system, it can also be helpful for those who are immunocompromised. (If you’re immunocompromised, have an autoimmune disorder or a progressive illness, you should always check with your doctor first, before taking Echinacea.)

Echinacea is ideally taken before (or soon after) the first symptoms of a cold, flu or bronchitis appear – although it can be taken throughout the duration of the illness.

It may be drunk as a tea, used as a tincture or throat spray, or taken via chewable tablets, regular tablets, lozenges or capsules.

Personally, I love drinking Echinacea tea during flu season, and I always make sure to use the tincture, whenever I’m at risk of catching a cough or a cold.

As someone whose immune system is less than perfect, I find this really makes a difference in warding off the dreaded lurgy!

Please note: The information in this post should not substitute or replace medical advice. If you are unwell please see a medical professional. This post contains affiliate links.

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My Favourite Ways to Practise Self-Love and Self-Care!

Self-Love and Self-Care Rituals

Love. It’s the powerful force that binds us together – and life wouldn’t be the same without it. 💕

I think one of the greatest forms of love is self-love, but too often it becomes neglected, as we seek external validation and chase the people (and possessions) that we believe will make us feel whole.

When perfect lives and #RelationshipGoals are fed to us in the media every day, it can be easy to forget that your lifelong BFF and biggest supporter, is already there, within you! (Even if she needs coaxing out!)

For me, learning to love, respect and cherish myself has been a wild journey – which began when I was very ill. It was from that darkness (and aloneness) that I adopted an attitude of gratitude, discovered the healing power of nature and plant foods, and realised how enriching self-care can be.

Today, I’d like to share some of my favourite ways to practise self-love, which have transformed my health, life, and mindset – and have made me who I am today!

Because of these rituals, my inner dialogue is no longer harsh and cruel, I see the world more brightly, and I love and support myself and others more intensely, as I truly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats!

What are your favourite ways of practising self-love and self-care? I’d love to hear your thoughts! x

“Love starts from within and flows out like an unstoppable wave of peace and joy, that can light up the entire world!”

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The Out-of-This-World Travel Destinations, That I Adore!

Travel. It’s something I crave with all my soul.

I lust after the breathtaking scenery, the life-changing experiences, the thrill of meeting new people, and that renewed sense of appreciation and gratitude, for this amazing planet we live on. 

Whenever I travel (even within the UK) I’m always blown away by how spectacular and diverse the Earth is – and today, I’d like to share some the most enchanting and surreal places that I’ve been to, which have really spoken to my heart!

 

The Incredibly Surreal Travel Destinations, Which Have Completely Captured My Heart!

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote.

Standing in the middle of the magnificent Timanfaya National Park, you could easily think you were on Mars. In fact, I don’t think I’ve been anywhere else, that felt so alien and surreal!

The red and black lava fields stretch for over 50 square kilometres and were created in the 1700’s by over 100 volcanic eruptions. Today, only one active volcano remains, however, there hasn’t been any eruptions since 1824.

ThingVellir National Park, Iceland

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland.

Where to begin with Iceland?! With its volcanic landscapes, waterfalls, geysers, auroras and hot springs, this enchanting country is just so unique and mesmerising!

Thingvellir National Park is an extremely rugged yet beautiful area, which lies on the boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates – which are slowly drifting apart!

Thingvellir National Park can be found on part of the popular tourist route, known as The Golden Circle.

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia.

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia.

Slovenia is home to some of the most stunning natural scenery I’ve ever seen, and I never knew that nature could be so beautiful – until I witnessed the emerald green waters at Vintar Gorge.

The gorge is 1.6km long and is located not far from Lake Bled. Walking along it is like stepping into a fairytale – you can hardly believe it’s real!

Lake Mono, California

Mono Lake, California.

Last but not least, we have Mono Lake; a vast, salt lake situated in a largely unpopulated area near Yosemite National Park.

The lake contains approximately 280 tonnes of dissolved salts, and is known for its unique limestone formations called Tufas.

The lake has a quiet, eerie, ethereal beauty that’s like nowhere else I’ve ever been!

What is the most surreal place that you’ve ever been, or would like to visit? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Moving on From the Year That Transformed My Life!

Happy New Year 2018

Woohoo! It’s the start of a shiny, new year – and I’m finally back after an unexpectedly long hiatus!

2017 was such a big year for me. I busted through my fears, did things that I didn’t think were possible, and found myself again, after being ill for many years with Lyme Disease.

It was a beautiful, exhilarating and transformational season of my life, however, it ended in overwhelm and burnout.

Because of this, I’ve been taking some time out to rest, recuperate and refine my goals for the future.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting back on the past year, and reevaluating my priorities for the upcoming months ahead. I’ve also been trying to free myself of anything that’s no longer serving me, to make room for new opportunities.

Today, I’d like to share some of my highlights from 2017, as well as a few of my goals for this year!

Saying Goodbye to 2017…

 

My top moments of the year:

Mount Vogel, Slovenia
Feeling blessed at the summit of Mount Vogel in Slovenia.

I did my first solo backpacking trip!
After years of being ill, isolated and living with social anxiety, my health improved and I decided to face my fears, and go on a big adventure! I travelled across Europe (through 8 different countries), met some wonderful people, and had the experience of a lifetime!

Chrissy Faery
Celebrating after completing the Women’s Running 10K!

I started running!
I never thought that I’d become a runner; in fact, just a few years ago I could barely even walk. Thankfully though, my health has turned around, and my immense gratitude to be able to run again, motivates me to hit the pavements every day!

30th Birthday
My 30th birthday at the Eden Project, Cornwall – with the parental unit!

I turned 30.
Many people dread turning 30, but for me, it represents a beautiful new chapter in my life! I feel blessed to have made it this far, and I couldn’t be more excited for what the next decade will bring!

Vienna
Rocking the pink fluffy earmuffs at Belvedere Palace, Vienna.

I visited the Christmas markets with my Mum.
My Mum is my BFF, so it was the biggest joy to travel with her to Austria and Slovakia, and go to the Christmas markets!

Vienna and Bratislava were absolutely magical, and experiencing all the beautiful Christmas lights and cheerful, festive vibes, made this trip so perfect!

Bratislava Christmas Markets Bratislava Christmas Markets Vienna Christmas Markets

My Goals for 2018

Now, I’m a bit of a beast when it comes to goal-setting. There are so many things that I want to do, places I want to go, and achievements I’d like to make.

I have foodie goals, DIY goals, business goals, and ‘kissing my cat a million times’ goals…but to save listing them all, here are just a few of the things, that I’m going to be focussing on this year!

Running! 

I’ve already begun my first fitness challenge, to run 1000k this year – and so far I’m 72km in!

I’ve also signed up for two half marathons, one of which is a trail run. I’ve never even done a trail run before – but flying through the forest (and getting all muddy) sounds like so much fun!

I’d love to do a full marathon too..but we’ll see how I get on! 😉

To do more for the animals and the environment. 

For me, being vegan is no longer enough – It’s time to get out there and do more!

I’d love to help out at various animal sanctuaries, do environmental clean-ups, go completely plastic-free, join animal rights marches, and support more vegan charities.

To streamline my business goals.

Last year, I had so many different projects on the go, that I became super drained and de-motivated, because I was spreading myself too thin.

This year, I’ve realised that I need to retire the things that I’m no longer passionate about, so that I can focus on living my life’s purpose.

For me, that means putting my heart and soul into helping others (and being the best nutrition coach I can be) and feeding my creative flair, by continuing to make and sell jewellery.

What are all your plans, goals and dreams for 2018? I’d love to hear what’s lighting you up this year! 💜

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Etsy Finds: Beautiful and Unique Gifts for Her!

With the festive season in full-swing, I’ve been enjoying shopping for meaningful gifts, to give to my family and friends.

Busy crowds and noisy stores always overwhelm me, so I much prefer to snuggle up with my cats, and shop online instead.

One of my favourite online platforms is Etsy – the global marketplace for vintage and handmade items!



Etsy features over 45 million items from a diverse range of artists and creators, from all around the world.

So, whether you’re looking for soaps and cosmetics, pottery, tableware, jewellery or customised gifts – you’re bound to find something unique, that will fit your budget and needs!

Today, I’m sharing some beautiful Etsy finds, which would make enchanting gifts for that special lady in your life!

I hope you enjoy this post, and please let me know in the comments below, which item is your favourite?

Etsy Finds: Gifts For Her!

Bee Free Vegan Soap by OrganikOrangutan

Bee Free Vegan Soap

This stunning soap is palm-oil free and is made with organic vegan ingredients. What’s even more awesome is that 10% from every sale goes to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Bubbles Stemless Wine Glass by ArtMasha

Handmade Wine Glass
These bright and bubbly wine glasses literally make me so happy! They’re painted by hand and are created with non-toxic materials, making them perfect for a little tipple!

Hand-Knitted Fingerless Gloves by ElfinHouse

Vegan Gloves

These gorgeous handmade gloves are the perfect way to brighten winter days! They’re made using vibrant acrylic yarn and are also suitable for vegans!

Pink Agate Bookends by CarisGreen

These beautiful agate bookends would make the perfect gift for any crystal lover or bookworm! They’re made of real (dyed) agate geodes and are finished with rose gold plating.

Succulent Planter by KilnFiredArt

Succulent Planter

I’m a huge fan of cacti and succulents, and this tiny decorative planter is cute and totally on trend! It has been handmade from stoneware clay, and is finished with a green-brown glaze and copper lustre.

Dangerous Vagina Copper Ring by Markasky

Handmade Copper Ring

This breathtaking statement ring is inspired by the female form (hence the name) and has been created with hand-forged copper and finished with Prismacolors and alcohol inks.

Hand-Painted Moroccan Hanging Lantern by LITdecor

Moroccan Hanging Lantern

Lighting is a great way to set the mood, and these beautiful hand-painted lanterns can be used indoors or outdoors to add a splash of Moroccan charm to any garden or home!

Small Abstract Wall Clock by MKedraHandmade

Handmade Wall Clock

This eye-catching wooden wall clock reminds me of the ocean! It is hand-painted with shades of blue, green and silver, and features a high-gloss finish.

Raw Apatite Copper Ring by TheScrapRabbit 

Raw Apatite Ring

I don’t know about you, but I just adore the look and feel of raw crystal! This beautiful handmade ring is made from copper and features a genuine apatite gemstone. Each piece is made to order, so you’re guaranteed to have something unique!

Ceramic Salad Bowl by rootsfarm

Handmade Salad Bowl

Give your salad (or fruit) the love it deserves with this incredible turquoise ceramic bowl! This bowl is handmade in the USA and is finished with food-safe, lead-free paint.

Ladies Amazonite and Apatite Bracelet by Faeryflair

Ladies Crystal Healing Bracelet

This gorgeous gemstone bracelet features genuine crystals and real gold fittings, and has been carefully handmade.. by me! (Sorry for the shameless self-promotion here – I’m just totally in love with this piece!).

A Beautiful Woven Cotton Bag by Veradashop

Woven Boho Bag

Last, but not least we have this gorgeous bohemian shoulder bag! It’s made in Thailand from woven cotton, and features a zipped interior and inner pocket. With so many colours in this bag, it would be sure to complement a range of different outfits!



This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links, as well as a link to my own Etsy store. All thoughts are my own. Happy holidays! 

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The Silent Killer in Our Homes – and How This One Device Could Save Your Life!

Don't Risk Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!

With the temperatures dropping and the winds ripping the last of the autumn leaves from the trees, it definitely feels as though winter has finally arrived.

It’s time to crank up the heating, bring out the cosy winter jumpers, and snuggle down in an evening, with a warming cup of spiced tea! Mmm!

As blissful as this sounds though, being cosy can come at a risk if you have an unsafe gas appliance or open fire!

Carbon Monoxide is a silent and odourless killer, which is a byproduct of incomplete combustion.

This toxic gas can enter our homes via furnaces, wood burners and open fires which aren’t properly ventilated, as well as through faulty boilers and gas appliances which aren’t well-maintained or properly installed.

Every year in the UK, around 50 people will die from carbon monoxide poisoning – and last year my Dad had a close call himself, when this toxic gas flooded his home.

A week before the incident happened, I visited my Dad at his cottage and (for some unknown reason) I asked him about his carbon monoxide alarm.

It turned out that he’d hidden it away in a drawer upstairs, because he thought that it looked ugly!

After convincing him that death by carbon monoxide poisoning would be far uglier though, he thankfully brought it back down and put it in his lounge – where he has the cutest open fire!

Carbon Monoxide Risks

A week passed by, and then late one night, I had a phone call.

It was my Dad, his voice trembling with panic. “My carbon monoxide alarm went off”, he said. “I was going to take the batteries out because it wouldn’t stop bleeping, but I phoned the fire brigade instead – and now I’ve been evacuated from my home!”.

I rolled my eyes at the thought of him almost taking the batteries out, before racing over there to find my Dad’s street illuminated with blue flashing lights.

My Dad was stood out on the pavement looking concerned, and a small army of firemen were traipsing in and out of his house.

One of them noticed me, and removed his breathing apparatus to explain the situation. It turned out that his chimney wasn’t working sufficiently, and high levels of carbon monoxide had built up in his house.

Thankfully, my Dad was okay – but he wouldn’t have been if it wasn’t for his ‘ugly and annoying’ carbon monoxide alarm, which literally saved his life! 💜

Carbon monoxide is a completely odourless gas, which can build up quickly in your home – as well as in your bloodstream, which prevents oxygen from getting to your cells! (This is what makes it so deadly!)

Symptoms may also be ambiguous and mimic things like the flu, so it can be very hard to detect.

If you live in a house with an open fire, wood burner or furnace, or you have a gas boiler, gas fire or other gas appliances, then I would strongly urge you to invest in a carbon monoxide alarm.

I would also recommend having your chimney swept often (if you have one) and getting regular maintenance of your heating systems via a Gas Safe registered professional.

If you do suspect carbon monoxide poisoning then please evacuate your property immediately and call 999 (or the relevant number for the emergency services in your country!)

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Breathlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Erratic Behaviour
  • General Lethargy

If you can, please share this post with your family and friends, to help raise awareness and keep us all safe this winter!

 

This post does not contain medical advice. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning please seek professional medical attention immediately. This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links. All thoughts are my own.

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