Those Dratted Candles!!

Image result for candles I loath those smelly chemical candles that seem to be ubiquitous in shops, public spaces and homes nowadays. I have always cautioned against them as real pollutants in the home and have moaned about them several times over the years. In fact, we used to sell a non-paraffin, vegetable-based, cotton-wicked, essential oil-only non-toxic range in the dispensary when we had the clinic in Uppermill.

I love a candle flickering of an evening as much as anyone, but most candles you get in the shops – even those really expensive ones – are just pretty-smelling pollutants. And not even that pretty-smelling either. Yuk.

Ah, feel better for that.

This is what made me think of it again:


And don’t even get me started on those plug-ins… 😉 Or the amount of perfume people wear – as evidenced from recent trips to the theatre! – SO strong. Or the bath-bombs that two of my favourite local shops have started stocking and which make me very reluctant to go in them now!

Anyway, if you are going to use any fragrancing thing other than pure essential oil-based ones, at least get some plants to absorb the particles:

Home, sweet home: how to combat the ‘indoor pollution’ of scented candles

And do read the free Non-Toxic House & Home Factsheet here too. I’ve included how to make your own candles in that even!

Super Pollen & Thunder Fever – What?!!

I had to read this from Ruth at What Allergy today – as a hayfever sufferer, I always have one swollen eye out for stuff on the subject. It seems we’re heading for a perfect storm (clever huh?!) that will create super pollen. Ugh.

Have a read here:

What is Super Pollen and Thunder Fever?

Also, I have been looking at trialling these Woody Nose things – I’ve got some at the ready for the pesky pollen – anyone had a go?

Don’t care how daft I look if I can breathe. Interestingly, I am having cranio-sacral therapy at the moment for some jaw pain and that is meant to be good for hayfever so let’s hope I can avoid getting super-pollened!

Neck & Shoulder Stretches

I have recently started watching these two really funny guys who do loads of physical therapy advice videos on You Tube. They make me laugh – but, as an ex remedial massage therapist, the advice is actually really good. I found them when looking for TMJ jaw pain help.

Here’s today’s on neck and shoulder tension release – we all need some of that!


New Histamine Beginners Guide

The Beginner's Guide to Histamine Intolerance by [Joneja, Janice]   This time, not one of my books! Dr Janice Joneja (her of the really useful Histamine Intolerance Q&A you can see on my histamine section here) has brought out a new Beginner’s Guide which I read and reviewed last week.

I thought it was great and will be very useful when people ask me: ‘Is it HIT (histamine intolerance), allergy or MCAS?’ I shall say: read this and then come back to me!

Available as an e-book here on Amazon UK, here on Amazon US.  And you can see my mini review of it here.

Meantime, here is the intro blurb to start you off, well done Janice!

A distillation of her years of research and experience in a really easy-to-understand format – complete with suggestions for a low histamine diet.
‘For the first time in this long, exhausting, lonely journey, I finally feel like I’ve been pointed in the right direction to find answers and wellness! Thank you Dr. Joneja!!’

If you’re struggling with your health, but the doctor can’t find anything actually wrong with you, then perhaps you have Histamine Intolerance. It’s a condition with a range of unpleasant symptoms, which can include headaches, flushing, itching, hives, swollen facial tissues, racing heart, digestive problems, irritability and more.

Many doctors don’t know much about Histamine Intolerance, although it’s estimated that 1% of the world’s population suffers from it. If you’re one of them, you’ll know first-hand how distressing and frustrating the disorder can be.

Dr Janice Vickerstaff Joneja saw the misery that this condition caused sufferers, and made it the focus of her research work; she’s been studying the condition and helping patients since the 1990s.

She’s now created this easy-to-read guide—which will help you understand if you have Histamine Intolerance, and what you can do about it—with clear advice and explanations, lots of interesting real-life cases, plus diet and treatment recommendations.

If you wonder if your symptoms could be caused by Histamine Intolerance—or if you believe they are and want to know what to do about it—this book is for you.

Loving this rant about Dispatches

Loving this rant about the Dispatches Andrew Wakefield programme the other day.