New Product!

It’s finally here – our new Miracle Mango & Hemp Body Butter!

Packed with skin-loving ingredients, this luxuriously exotic butter with lavender and tea tree oils will help provide excellent relief to dry, irritated skin, including eczema and psoriasis. Make sure you try it out on a small patch of skin to see if it agrees with you before liberal use.

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Miracle Butter

Today I decided to experiment and have a go at creating our new butter that I wanted to create for problem skin, particularly eczema, which is plaguing the backs of my legs at the moment.

I wanted to make something soothing, a bit medicinal, calming, moisturising, and oh so good, involving amazing Mango butter and Hemp seed oil.

Mango butter comes from the seed kernel of the mango tree and is full of essential fatty acids. It has a lovely luxurious feel, and unlike cocoa and shea butter, also has wound healing properties.

Hemp seed oil is cold pressed from the cannabis sativa plant (I know what you’re thinking) with a lovely dark green colour. It is also full of EFA’s and proteins and makes an excellent, balancing moisturiser that is easily absorbed by the skin. (Please note, it does not contain any of the psychoactive properties present in the Cannabis plant).

Miracle Butter coming soon!

Mango Hemp Butter

Spotlight on Hay Fever

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Hay fever is a real pain in the backside. Itchy eyes, ears, nose, throat, permanently bunged up nose, headaches…it can ruin your summer and disrupt your day to day life. My poor mum used to suffer terribly and got to the point of having to get the hay fever jab before the Spring arrived. I also get the symptoms when the Spring begins, but it varies from year to year how bad it is. I had an allergy test at the doctor’s a few years ago and the results said I was allergic to grass pollen, tree pollen, dust mites and nickel. Reading around, I realised that the allergy I developed to raw apples and fruits with stones (like peaches and plums) were linked to the allergy to birch tree pollen as they share similar proteins.

When do your hay fever symptoms appear?

  • Mid March-Mid June  = Birch tree pollen
  • Late May – Mid Sept = Grass pollen
  • Late Summer = Weed pollen
  • Autumn (mainly indoors) = Mould spores
  • April – May (in big city) = Plane tree pollen + pollution
  • All year round = Pet dander, mould spores, fungal spores, dust mites etc

(50 Things You Can Do to Manage Hay Fever)

Check out the pollen forecast for more information: www.pollenforecast.org

So how to manage it? Here are some tips I have collected over the years.

  • Wear sunglasses outdoors to protect your eyes
  • Put a layer of Vaseline around and just inside your nostrils to trap the pollen
  • Keep windows closed
  • Swap contact lenses for glasses during peak season
  • Drink chilled water before leaving the house to calm your system down
  • Dry washing indoors so it doesn’t get pollen all over it
  • When you got home, shower, change clothes and launder your outdoor clothes
  • Avoid damp woodland
  • Keep car windows closed and put air con on in re-circulate mode
  • Avoid gardening and mowing the lawn
  • Ask someone to brush or wash pets that have been outdoors
  • Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter vacuum (Dyson do a good one)
  • Try drinking nettle tea
  • Try eating locally produced honey before symptoms usually begin
  • Avoid or reduce stress where possible
  • Avoid smoky environments or give up smoking!

I find that chemical household sprays make me sneeze, so I tend to use homemade cleaners . Good alternatives to have in your cupboard are borax, bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar, citric acid, olive oil and tea tree oil.

Perfumes and spray deodorants also tend to irritate the nose, so switch over to perfume oils (Body Shop does a good collection of exotic scents) or rollerball essential oil blends for something therapeutic (check out Neal’s Yard or Tisserand) and use stick or roll-on deodorants. (I would say switch to non-spray deodorants regardless of whether you have hay fever or not because of what you are probably breathing in on a daily basis).

For more tips, check out this great reading list:

Stock Photo courtesy of xedos4 @ freedigitalphotos.net

April Cancelled

We have changed our minds and decided not to do the Gerrards Cross Little Fox Market in on 24th April.

Why?

Basically, this will be the second installment of a new Little Fox Market event, and as many of the markets we have done recently haven’t been amazing, we thought it would be better to concentrate on other areas (like Battlers Green Farm which has a steady flow of visitors all year round) and wait for these new markets to become a bit more established. We also want a bit of time to learn some more about soaping technique and aromatherapy. (I recently did the Neal’s Yard Intro to Aromatherapy and we have another course booked in May).

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Sometimes you feel loyal to a market or venue because you’ve done it for a long time, or you feel you want to support a new start-up, but at the end of the day, when you are paying to be somewhere to sell your goods, it is better to be a bit more discerning. It is a little soul destroying when you spend hours making products, then all day in a hall somewhere and don’t even make your pitch money back! We do hope to get back to Rickmansworth Little Fox, hopefully when it is in a better location. But we won’t sit back and do nothing – we will continue to spread the word and champion these little gems!