& tips from your side of the counter........
|We all know that wearing
certain colours makes us feel good - we may not know
why it's definitely true. Colour therapy is big business
these days, with stressed-out busy lives everywhere
all of us are looking for quick-fix solutions. The answer
could be to simply change your approach to colour. If
you know that pink makes you feel happy, then don't
fill your wardrobe with blue blouses!
|If yellow lifts your
mood and makes you sing, don't paint your kitchen grey.
If you're not 'in touch' with which colour brings out
which emotion in you, then experiment with large pieces
of hardboard painted with different colours you have
chosen. Sit with your cup of coffee and look at the
board for 10 minutes. It may sound a bit 'new age' but
how did the colour make you feel? Did you feel calm
and relaxed? Or did you feel like dancing? I know that
the board I painted blue made me feel sad and a bit
depressed - I don't know why, but it did. Whereas the
lime green board made me feel energetic and ready for
some spring cleaning! And whenever I'm feeling a bit
poorly I dig out my old pink bed jacket coz it makes
me feel better. Don't be afraid to use your favourite
colours in your home as well as your wardrobe - whether
it's in fashion or not! As they say, if you feel good
on the inside, it will show on the outside. Heres a
few to try:-
Purple and lilac can calm people with mental health
disorders and has quite well recognised healing qualities.
Lilac and lavender shades are good restful colours
and are excellent choices for bedrooms or to wear
next to the face when you're feeling particularly
Green is the essence of nature and is a good colour
for easing stress and trauma. It is often used in hospitals
to help promote a feeling of wellbeing. Different shades
of green promote differing energy levels though. A fresh
lime colour can encourage a burst of energy and make
you want to take a walk in the fresh air, whilst darker,
more leafy shades can feel really 'Christmassy' and
make you want to curl up with a good book.
Brown, from chocolate through to beige whilst being
a good neutral, can be luxurious, sumptuous a very
flattering to the face. Imagine a chocolate coloured
faux fur throw on your bed, or caramel silk pyjamas
and you're on the right track. Browns and beiges are
the most common shades of eye make-up sold as they
flatter almost everyone. Brown and its associate shades
have made a huge comeback in our homes as they are
easy on the eye - if you don't want to overdo it always
team up with gorgeous creams, mocha and latte colours.
more popular than ever
as an alternative to tea and coffee. Discovered by the
Chinese, documented by the Greeks and introduced to
us by the Romans these teas have been getting the thumbs
up for centuries. So here are 5 good reasons to go herbal!
trend towards healthier diets
and consumer demands for greater variety means
that fruit and herbal teas are
Each cup usually contains less
than five calories.
The tea contains less than a trace of natural fruit
sugars, so can be suitable for diabetics too.
Most are caffeine free, making
them ideal if you're cutting down.
There are no artificial flavourings or colourings
in herbal tea.
They often have up to eight
or nine ingredients, so you can enjoy a wonderful aroma
Ask your health good shop for our favourite - 'Heath
and Heather' 100% Natural fruit and herb teas (try Mandarin
and Ginseng to perk you up after lunch time)!
A survey by ICM research shows that 20% of the
population use alternative therapies and products,
spending £1.6 billion a year.
About 40% of GP's have provided access to complimentary
medicine for their patients.
Homeopathy and acupuncture are the most alternative
Eight out of ten of us have tried supplements
at some point in our lives.