Here is a round-up of three delightful wellbeing books Eddison Books Ltd sent me recently.
Natural Painkillers: Relieve Pain with Natural Remedies and Exercises by Dr Yann Rougier & Marie Borrel (£12.99)
This is an incredibly user-friendly book that breaks down how to manage pain naturally. It starts by explaining just how pain is transmitted in your body and then it goes onto suggest foods that can contribute to alleviating pain. I’m a firm believer in using the mind to support pain relief. Hypnobirthing worked really well for me during child birth and in this book it gives you some great advice on using deep-breathing and relaxation to support pain relief. The last section offers practical advice for common aliments.
I’m very interested in herbology after a short course I took part in last year. This is a great book for offering natural remedies for things like period pains, indigestion, bloating, chest pains, heartburn cramps, stiff neck and joint pains. It lists all the different types of pain you might encounter, including every-day things like head aches, bloating and ear ache, right through to blisters, back pain and reflux.
Did you know that pineapple has anti-inflamatory properties? And peppermint can relieve a headache? Or that you can alleviate joint pain by massaging specific points on the wrist?
The Ketogenic & Hypotoxic Diet: Lose Weight and Improve Health with This Low-Carb, High-Fat, anti-Inflammatory Plan by Olivia Charlet (£12.99)
This book claims to offer a revolutionary diet that fights disease and promotes healthy weight loss. It also shows you how to incorporate key ingredients into your diet. The idea is to eat more fats and a lot less sugar if every kind. It’s based on scientific research that is linked to helping to prevent things like diabetes, dementia and cancer.
So overall I did enjoy reading about this approach but I was less keen to read about certain ingredients being part of the plan such as meat, and particularly ham, which, even if you are a meat-eater, isn’t processed pork one of the most unhealthiest meats? So, although this one isn’t for me personally, there were some sterling healthy vegan recipes such as the Golden Turmeric Milk drink, Macadamia Nut Cheese and Almond Crepes, which I shall be certainly trying out!
Essential Oils You Can’t Do Without: The Best Aromatherapy Oils for Health, Home and Beauty and How to Use Them (£12.99)
My Dad first introduced me to essential oils when I was a teenager. Back then I thought they were just pretty fragrances and didn’t realise that they were so beneficial in a number of ways. They seemed a bit hippy, and faddy. But I was wrong. I later discovered some wonderful benefits for headaches and relaxation that continue to work for me today. This book offers 300 different ways to use essential oils every day.
I really enjoyed leafing through this; it offers some great solutions that can help with beauty care, housework, health and gardening. I love a practical solution that’s also better for the environment.
In this book you’ll find more about the six recommended multipurpose oils: tea tree, lemon, lavender, peppermint, rosemary cineole, and damask rose. All of these are ‘must-haves’ and the book shows you how you can also combine certain oils to help with various things. It offers ideas for using these oils to help with things like anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure.
It also tells you how to use the oils to turn them into lotions and face masks. This is something I’ve done in the past and had plans to do more of this summer, so I’m looking forward to producing more now I have this useful guide to hand.