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Welcome… …to the Autumn issue of Holistic Scotland Magazine. It’s hard to believe we are looking toward Autumn and Winter already but, yes, the schools are back, shops are already stocking Christmas gifts and some of us have even had to put the heating on once or twice. But there are still a few weeks of late Summer left to enjoy – and thank goodness because we can’t wait to be part of Scotland’s first Holistic FSTVL at Strathclyde Country Park. Make sure you enter our competition on page 39 for a chance to win tickets. We have, of course, launched our own Naturals range of organic, vegan and true cruelty free skincare and pulse point rollers, which you can read more about on page 54. We are also teaming up with Fife Renewables Innovation Centre to host Levenmouth’s first Winter Wellbeing event in November so it’s all happening! Please enjoy the issue and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any news, suggestions or ideas. Email me directly at Until next time, happy reading.

Lynda Hamilton Parker Publishing Editor Holistic Scotland Magazine



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Celebrating organic


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Katrina Mather Columnist

Norma Gray Contributor

Karen Gider Beauty Editor

Marie O’Neill Columnist

Janey Lee Grace Contributor

Pamela Spence Columnist

Scott HutchisonMcDade Columnist

Poppy Murricane Contributor

Ali Cullen Columnist

Kellie Macmillan Columnist

Lynsey Hanney Contributor

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20 Autumn eye health

Brain health: Reduce your dementia risk


Lavender fields


Sanctuary by the sea

24 Spotlight on reflexology 32 Embody your inner empath 38 Scotland’s first Holistic FSTVL 48 Top mindfulness apps 64 Meditation made easy


It’s never too late to take up fitness

66 Creating a working ashram in Scotland 80 Crystals for travel

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Published by Lynda Hamilton Communications, 14 West Vows Walk, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1RX Publishing Editor: Lynda Hamilton Parker Design & Production: Winterhouse Design Print & Distribution: Stephens & George Print Group Next issue: Winter 2019

DISCLAIMER: The views within this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. Articles and advertisements are for information only and are not intended to replace medical care. Always check with your GP before embarking on any new nutritional or fitness programmes and before trying any of the remedies featured in this magazine. Always seek medical advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or taking any medication before following any advice featured in this magazine. Although the publisher has made every effort to include and recommend products and services which contain natural ingredients, are sustainably packaged and crueltyfree, please note it is not always possible to tick every box. Always visit the product website to check the ingredients and nature of its packaging, along with its cruelty-free credentials.

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What’s new in natural health? An Ayurvedic way to stress less A new Ashwagandha supplement which costs just 20p a day has been proven to help reduce stress by 44%, and improve sexual dysfunction, join pain, sleep and energy levels. The Ayurvedic herb has been used around the world for nearly 3,000 years to help promote youthful vigour and enhance muscle strength and endurance and now Nature’s Way has bottled its goodness to boost both wellbeing for both men and women. Pick up Nature’s Way Ashwagandha Premium Extract Capsules at

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The natural nootropics range from Form Nutrition is rumoured to be the latest wellbeing travel trend for beating jetlag. The word ‘nootropic’ is derived from the Greek word ‘nous’, meaning ‘mind’, and ‘trepein’ meaning ‘to turn’. They are substances proven by research to be cognition enhancing, increasing focus, alertness and memory. Natural nootropic cognitive supplements can be used to support daily mental performance, regenerative sleep or provide a boost at work. The Form Nutrition range includes Edge, Boost and ZZZZs – which are all said to support mental performance by influencing neurotransmitters, otherwise known as chemical messengers in the brain. Visit

The new ENTUNE Full-Spectrum Hemp-Derived CBD Oil Squares from Zija offer transdermal healing and are said to support multiple key body systems and help promote calm, wellbeing and restful sleep. As well as cannabis sativa, the patches also contain white willow bark, cat’s claw and CO-Q10, which all have health and wellbeing benefits of their own. For a Scottish distributor, contact or call 07727 413997.


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A Pukka night’s sleep Pukka Herbs, which is known for its organic herbal teas, has launched a new Night Time latte to support evening relaxation and sleep.

Yes, red wine is good for you (sort of) A new study suggests that, despite previously conflicting reports, red wine could be good for you. The plant compound resveratrol, which is found in red grape skin (and therefore red wine), can help reduce stress symptoms by blocking the expression of an enzyme related to stress control in the brain. Other sources of resveratrol include the skin of blueberries, raspberries, mulberries and peanuts. But it’s likely you would have to consume a lot of them to feel the effects. To speed up the process, you might benefit from Nature’s Plus Ageloss Rejuvabolic tablets, which provide the resveratrol benefits of the equivalent of 365 glasses of wine in one serving. Shop at

Expertly blended by Pukka’s Master Herbsmith, Sebastian Pole, this luxuriously healthy herbal Night Time latte contains a plant-based dairy and sugar-free blend of organic oat , coconut milk and nutty carob bean, infused with nature’s finest night-time herbs; lavender and chamomile, ashwagandha and nutmeg. When added to milk (we recommend almond), the result is a smooth, creamy and warming drink with a malty taste, hints of nutty chocolate and delicate floral and aromatic notes. All of which have been blended to promote natural relaxation before bed. Shop at

HEALTH NEWS Simple screening reduces bowel cancer The number of people being screened for bowel cancer in Scotland has risen to more than 60% for the first time since screening began – resulting in fewer cases and deaths from the disease since the Scottish Bowel Cancer Screening Programme was rolled out 10 years ago. Experts say this new data shows the importance of making screening programmes more accessible, simple and non-invasive. “If a simpler screening programme could be implemented for other deadly diseases, such as lung cancer, survival rates could be improved vastly,” says Wesley Baker of ANCON Medical, which specialises in non-invasive screening and diagnosis.

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A few of our favourite things… Sweet Cheeks Balancing & Cleansing Face Wash by Angela Langford This gorgeous face wash is perfect if you are prone to oily, combination or congested skin. It’s a gentle blend of rose petals and papaya, cypress, orange blossom and witch hazel which won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Shop online at

Protect & Respect from Tisserand & National Geographic Holistic Scotland Magazine isn’t the only publication branching out into skincare! We’re loving the new collaboration between National Geographic magazine and Tisserand Aromatherapy. Inspired by the natural world and made with 100% pure essential oils, the collection comes in 100% PCR (post-consumer resin) plastic bottles, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) cardboard and is fully recyclable. Available from Boots.

Ayurvedic Kajals by Soultree

Love Hemp Face Mask

The creamy texture of Soultree’s kajal eyeliners make them multi-dimensional. They can used as both an eyeliner and eyeshadow and nourish the eye area with their unique blend of organic ghee, almond oil and camphor, which has naturally antibacterial, cooling and refreshing effects. We particularly love the natural hues such as Moss Velvet and Fern Green. Pick one up from

The UK’s first CBDinfused face mask has landed! Made with advanced nanoemulsified CBD, Love Hemp’s 100% cotton face mask is infused with THC free hemp oil and plant extracts to promote healthy, hydrated skin, while potent cannabinoid antioxidants work to undo skin damage from pollution, sun and various environmental factors. Shop at


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Tea Tree Manuka & Honey Balm This new product from Thursday Plantation is like a medicine cabinet in a tube! 100% Tea Tree is a naturally sourced antiseptic, while Manuka honey provides a moist environment to promote wound healing. This little tube can help to soothe big bites, cuts, grazes, body piercings, tattoos, rashes, sunburn, and acne and blemishes. Available at Boots and from independent health stores nationwide.

Olverum Bath Oil Travel Set Now, it’s even easier to take your favourite bath oil wherever life might take you! This highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil contains 10 different essential oils and has been carefully blended to help relieve stress and promote a good night’s sleep. It’s also a great remedy for sore or aching muscles, not to mention cold and flu! Shop at

Incognito Travel-Sized Minis Don’t leave home this Autumn without incognito’s new 50ml Insect Repellent Spray and 75ml Mineral Suncream Insect Repellent. Lots of products have aromas which attract biting insects, but incognito products do just the opposite, working in harmony with each other and nature, strengthening your defence against biting insects. You might get a buzz out of using them, but you won’t hear a peep from the mosquitos! Find out more at

M FOR HI Alexander

Solid Cologne Solid Cologne UK has released yet another amazing male fragrance. ‘Alexander’ is a sweet, rich and sophisticated scent combining fresh grapefruit, aromatic bay leaf and jasmine, with a woody base of patchouli, oak moss and ambergris. This concentrated wax fragrance is natural, moisturising and portable. Shop at

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The Big Picture Conference Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling on 21 September Book now for The Big Picture Conference, which is set to explore the potential for rewilding large parts of Scotland. Its programme will draw on inspirational stories and experiences from around the world, delivered first-hand by rewilding practitioners, policy makers and storytellers. Find out more at

Holistic FSTVL M&Ds, Strathclyde Park on 28 & 29 September This year, Holistic FSTVL will take centre stage at M&D’s Scotland’s Theme Park events field. This will be Lanarkshire’s first full holistic weekender, featuring top names including Gina McKie, James McCourt, David Hamilton, Holistic Scotland Magazine, SoundSphere Scotland and Sober Clubbing. Expect two full days filled with yoga, mindfulness crystals, herbs, oils and much more. See page 38 for more details. Visit

Spa Yoga Retreat at Fairmont St Andrews In Fife, on 1-2 October and 1-2 November Relax at the 520-acre Fairmont St Andrews estate this Autumn one of the 5-star resort’s new retreats taking place in October and November 2019. Spend two days unwinding and re-energising in striking surroundings which enjoy cliff top views of St Andrews and the North Sea. The programme includes sunrise walks in the morning, yoga, wellness discussions, an introduction to meditation, a relaxing 50-minute spa treatment and healthy dining in the resort’s La Cucina restaurant. Find out more at


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Edinburgh Diwali 21- 26 October Dancers, music, lanterns, fireworks, puppets and four giant Hindu Gods will lead Edinburgh’s Diwali celebrations this October. The South Asian Festival of Light kicks off in the Capital on Monday, 21 October with a brand-new lighting installation in Princes Street Gardens, and will culminate on Saturday, 26 October with a spectacular parade through the city streets. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world – with each religion marking different historical events and legends, yet all representing the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Edinburgh Diwali celebrations are truly multi-cultural and, this year, will include Chinese lions, Edinburgh Riding of the Marches, and dancers and performers from Indian communities throughout Scotland. All events are free and open to everyone. Find out more at

Yoga for Teens 22 October – Soul Retreat, Edinburgh Teen yoga for mind and body to physically enhance strength and flexibility through a series of postures which are appropriate and safe for the changing body. Classes form part of a six-week workshop and promise to be welcoming and fun. Find out more at or book via Fay at or by calling 07585 125124.

Wellbeing at FRIC 9 November 2019 – Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Get along to Fife Renewables Innovation Centre (FRIC) at Fife Energy Park for Levenmouth’s first major wellbeing event, in association with Holistic Scotland Magazine. This celebration of winter wellbeing is set to offer yoga, treatments, healthy food, workshops, talks, and an opportunity to snap up a selection of unique and artisan Christmas gifts. From clean beauty and crystals to sound healing and CBD, this is the perfect winter warmer. Find out more at

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Brain health: Ways to reduce your dementia risk


Dementia affects around 50 million people worldwide and there are 10 million new cases every year. Worse yet, the number of people with dementia is projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and 152 million in 2050 “Although you can’t avoid getting dementia, there are a number of risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing some types of the condition,” says Paulette WinchesterJoseph, who is the deputy clinical lead for the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline at Dementia UK. “These risk factors, including smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type two diabetes, obesity and heart problems, can cause damage to the blood vessels in the brain and increase a person’s risk of vascular dementia. “There’s also significant evidence to suggest that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain. “Therefore, it’s recommended to eat a healthy balanced diet and keep up regular exercise to help lower the risk of vascular dementia. “But it’s important to consult a GP as soon as possible if you’re concerned about your memory, or are worried about


changes in the memory, personality or behaviour of someone close to you. “Looking after yourself when you care for someone with symptoms of dementia, including a decline in memory, communication skills, and the ability to think and reason clearly, is also very important. “Make sure you don’t neglect your own physical and mental health needs and try to lower the risk factors mentioned above for yourself too. “Have regular breaks and accept any support that is offered from family and friends. This could help you cope better with your caring role and improve the quality of life for both you and the person you care for.”

Dementia information & advice

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline: 0800 888 6678 or go to

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8 ways to reduce the risk Drink green tea – According to the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), new research suggests drinking green tea could reduce the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment.


Take a supplement - Pukka’s organic Brainwave capsules have been formulated by herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner Sebastian Pole to improve cognitive function and support brain health. The herbs in this powerful formula have been chosen for their ability to boost circulation to the brain, improve memory and mental clarity, and provide protective antioxidant activity.


Laugh out loud (for 20 minutes every day) – “Laughter increases intake of air, stimulates blood circulation and makes the brain release endorphins, which are our natural painkillers,” says Dr Dimitrios Paschos, Consultant Psychiatrist at Re: Cognition Health. “In the long-term it improves mood, lessens stress and helps us connect with other people. The more we laugh, the more our brain is engaged.”


pathways in the brain, keeping it strong, active and healthy.” Get social – Socialising and maintaining friendships can help to reduce anxiety and depression and improve cognitive sharpness and performance at every stage of life and can also help reduce the risk of dementia. A 2007 study published in in the American Journal of Public Health looked at over 2200 women in the US, finding that older women with large social networks were 26% less likely to develop dementia than those with smaller social networks.


Take up an instrument - A recent study, conducted on 157 pairs of twins found that even learning a musical instrument, for the first time, in adult life can help reduce the risk of dementia.


Give your brain a workout - “Stop the reliance upon smart phones and give your brain a workout!” says Dr MacSweeney. “Our brain is a muscle and just like the body it needs to be exercised to be strong, fit and performing at an optimum level.“ Hint: Try solving a maths problem without the calculator next time!


Sleep - Research is indicating that sleep is a powerful weapon Dance – studies have shown that in protecting against Alzheimer’s the likelihood of dementia and disease. “When we sleep, our brains Alzheimer’s disease can be reduced clear away plaques, proteins and toxins by exercises such as dancing. “Not only that have built up over the day,” says is it fun, social and engaging but it’s a Dr MacSweeney. Amyloid proteins great way of incorporating exercise into are understood to be your weekly routine,” waste from energy says Dr MacSweeney “Our brain is a brain uses when of Re: Cognition muscle and just like the communicating, which Health. “Learning and the body it needs to is swept out during deep remembering new steps sleep. activates many neural be exercised…”



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Dementiafriendly walks If you or someone close to you is living with dementia, joining an inclusive walking group can help you make new friends and forge links with the local community. “Walking in the local community has helped to evoke memories for the residents which encourages meaningful conversations,” says Cathy Togneri of Beechwood Care Home in Wishaw, which runs ‘Beechwood Health Walk Group’. “Staff and residents have forged stronger bonds by sharing experiences and reminiscing about important life events. “The walks have had a substantial impact on minimising stress and have positively influenced residents by reducing anxiety and depression and improving their overall mood.” The Beechwood Health Walk Group has recently been nominated for an award in the Celebrating Scotland’s Walking Champions roll of honour run by Scotland’s national walking charity, Paths for All.


Carers might like… Due to be released on 30 September, is Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones’ book ‘Holding Time – Human Need and Relationships in Dementia Care. Written from first-hand, personal and professional experience of dementia and other long-term conditions, Holding Time is a contemporary exploration of the dementia care field, and is designed to help improve the care of those living (and working) with dementia. The book will be available at from 30 September 2019.

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Ask Ali This issue, nutritional therapist Ali Cullen of A.Vogel answers your questions on circulatory issues.

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What gives my legs their own nightlife? They twitch and jerk and really disrupt my sleep. One of the commonest causes is poor circulation, often accompanied by varicose veins. If your lifestyle is quite sedentary or you have to spend hours sitting or standing for work, your circulatory system will lack the stimulus it needs to bring blood briskly back up the body to the heart.

It’s movement that you need to keep your pins perky. Standing up for long periods of time doesn’t do the job – you have to move it during the day to keep your legs calm at night! If your circumstances don’t allow for brisk marching then make sure you flex your calves (pulling your toes back towards your knees) regularly. If you wear high heels you may find that this is reducing the flexion of your calves and may be contributing to your night time discomfort. Try a few days in flatties and see if things improve. Research has shown that improving iron levels in some people with restless legs has reduced their symptoms. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s sensible to check for other indications of low iron (pallor, on-going fatigue, sore or swollen tongue, cracks in the corners of the mouth, trouble swallowing, light headedness or dizziness). Another issue can be calcium/magnesium balance, and if you also find you get muscle cramps it is worth taking a magnesium supplement for a while. Check your water intake too, as dehydration makes you more prone to cramps. Horse Chestnut extract can help because it tones and strengthens the veins in your legs to improve blood flow. If your legs show the distinctive signs of blue veins showing through the skin, or forming twisty pathways on the surface of your legs, then this remedy is definitely for you.


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I’m pregnant and finding it very hard on my legs. I’ve always been slim but am obviously bigger now and my legs don’t seem to be able to carry me! That extra weight is often a problem, and it is necessarily there to stay for a good few months, so the focus needs to be on minimising the impact.

Exercise does help, but it doesn’t have to be dramatic – gentle walking will be excellent, especially if you can get outside where the daylight is good for mood too. Keep a 20 minute slot free every day for lying with legs raised above the level of your heart (for instance with feet up on a pillow) to help drain blood from your lower extremities. Practise calf flexing every day, even if you lose sight of your calves altogether in the final stages of pregnancy. Don’t shun support hosiery – it may not be glamorous but it will help keep your legs in better shape for running around after the baby once it’s born! Apply Venagel Horse Chestnut gel (or get someone else to apply it for you!) to give some temporary relief that is suitable in pregnancy.

Ask Ali anything! Send your health questions, in confidence to: Questions will only be published with your permission and will remain anonymous. Ali’s answers are not intended to take the place of medical advice.

Next Issue: Coughs, colds & flu

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Venagel A topical gel made from an extract of Horse Chestnut, this has an instant effect of tightening the veins in your legs to get blood moving. Like an invisible support stocking, Venagel can be smoothed gently onto legs before a long day on your feet or a long haul flight, or just before bed, to counter irritating and uncomfortable feelings in your legs.



Putting you and the planet first By making a few easy, affordable swaps, you can make the world of difference to your health and in the fight against climate change


ou can have a direct impact on planet Earth, from creating wildlife havens and encouraging healthier soils, to reducing deforestation and lowering emissions – just by choosing organic. Here are the facts: Wildlife thrives amidst organic farming, which avoids toxic chemicals. In fact, studies have shown that wildlife is 50% more abundant on organic farms. Soil is amazing – and our survival 18

depends on it! 95% of our food comes from the soil but sadly, we’re losing around 30 football pitches of fertile soil every minute because of industrial farming techniques. Healthy soils are also a major store of carbon and contain three times as much as the atmosphere and five times as much as forests. If all UK farming was organic, at least 1.3m tonnes of carbon would be absorbed by the soil each year – which is the equivalent of taking nearly 1m cars off the road – thereby reducing carbon emissions.

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Better for you, better for nature Organic milk and dairy contain around 50% more beneficial Omega-3 essential fatty acids than non-organic because cows are pasturefed – meaning they graze on grass and clover and are kept outside for as much of the year as possible. Organic eggs, which are a great source of protein, are more than just free range. Chickens are given much more space to roam and exhibit their natural behaviours, which reduces stress and the need for antibiotics. Organic crops are as much as 60% higher in key antioxidants than their conventionally grown counterparts, so picking up a bunch of organic carrots is a great way to make sure you’re getting as many nutrients as possible. Staples such as pulses, pasta, rice and wholegrains are often the same price as non-organic, plus shoppers can bulk buy to help reduce the cost even further. We all use these staples regularly and often in big quantities, so this could make a real difference to the environment. Even organic beer and wine are healthier! Not only do they support more sustainable farming, but they contain less sulphur which could lessen the chances of a hangover. Find out more at

Love a cocktail? Make it one of your 5-a-Day! Made from organic tomato, carrot, celeriac, and beetroot juices with organic herbs and spices for added flavour, Biotta’s Vegetable Cocktail hits all the vital spots for including in your Organic September menus. • Heated straight from the bottle it makes a delicious soup. • It’s vegan, gluten-free, and innocent of any additives or preservatives. • A few sips provide you with a boost of organic veggies without cooking. Each 250ml serving of Biotta’s Vegetable Cocktail contributes to 1 of your 5 a day. Biotta Vegetable Cocktail contains a variety of phytonutrients (nutrients derived from plants) as a result of the nutritious blend of different vegetable juices. Fans of intermittent fasting will find this a fabulous fallback for those hungry moments, as it contains only 23 calories per 100ml. Those calories are, however, crammed with goodness that leaves you better nourished and therefore more satisfied. Pick one up at your local, independent health store or online at

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Autumn eye care Make sure you check in on your eye health this season It’s not uncommon to suffer from eye irritation from time to time. Here are some of the possible reasons: • A drying environment, such as hot, dry weather conditions or air conditioning. • Job or leisure activities that involve long hours staring at a screen. Screen work reduces the rate at which we blink, and this reduces the amount of moisturising that goes on. This is like not using your windscreen wipers to slosh water over your windscreen, letting it get mucky and dry. • And on that note, driving also reduces our blink rate, so long hours of driving can have a similarly drying effect. • Allergic reactions such as hayfever can cause eyes to feel dry and scratchy, due to the effects of histamine. • Some autoimmune conditions affect the way that the eye lubricates itself. Your doctor can diagnose this type of condition. • Sometimes tear ducts become blocked, for a variety of reasons that need to be investigated by your doctor.

Solutions include: 1. Omega-7 Sea Buckthorn Oil – The oil from Sea Buckthorn berries is a great source of Omega-7, which helps support the structure of mucous membranes lining the surface of our eyes. 2. A.Vogel Euphrasia Eye Drops – These contain the herb Euphrasia (Eyebright) has been used traditionally for many years to help treat eye problems, and is thought to be antiinflammatory in action, ideal for dry, irritated eyes. These drops also contain hyaluronic acid, which helps keep the surface of the eye moist. 3. Lifestyle hacks – assess your work load to reduce any unnecessary screen time; rest with cotton pads soaked in (cooled) chamomile tea covering your eyes; consider your stress levels - constant tension in eye muscles will affect your ability to focus, and contribute to feelings of fatigue. Check with an optician if you are concerned about your eye health.

You can find these products at your local health food store. Not sure where to find your closest A.Vogel stockist? Please visit and insert your postcode to reveal the independently owned stores stocking A.Vogel products.


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FSTVL Join us on the new moon for an array of exciting activities! 28th and 29th of September at Holistic FSTVL The first event of its type to cover a full weekend in Lanarkshire which is filled with an incredible amount of skill, expertise and knowledge within the holistic niche. With top names including: Gina McKie, James McCourt, David Hamilton, Holistic Scotland Magazine, SoundSphere Scotland and Sober Clubbing this event is set to blow your mind.

Activities include:

Yoga, Mindfulness, Crystals, Herbs & Oils + more

Book tickets at M&D’s Theme Park | Strathclyde Country Park | Motherwell | ML1 3RT


Make your body your best friend… Columnist Katrina Mather, who runs award-winning The Body Toolkit Retreats, reflects on the body’s ability to heal


he Body Toolkit Retreats’ philosophy is based around the belief that the body’s default setting is to heal. Yet it’s a belief that hasn’t always been mine. For years, I thought the complete opposite was true. For a long time, I felt like my body was failing me. I had been stuck in an angry cycle of feeling rubbish – plagued by health issues and blaming my body. Then, one day, I noticed my cut finger had healed perfectly. I started to appreciate how many times I had injured myself in my lifetime and how each time my body had tried to repair itself, to the best of its ability - completely unprompted.

the body I had berated, and taken for granted, for so long. The more I dabbled in changing my mindset, diet and lifestyle, the more I began to see major changes in how I was feeling, both physically and emotionally. This led me to discover how passionate I was about helping others to do the same. I’ve been extremely blessed over the five years running the retreats, where I’ve been sharing the ‘tools’ I found useful in regaining my own health, and watching others experience similar metamorphoses.

Having been angry at my body for so many years, I finally realised that my body wasn’t against me – it was constantly doing its best for me. By noticing and appreciating my body’s potential to heal in ‘everyday’ circumstances, there was an instant shift in my perspective and relationship with my body. It gave me hope – hope that it might be possible to overcome my health challenges – and immense gratitude for 22

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I remember welcoming Carole to the retreat. She had travelled from Switzerland with a friend for a relaxing week and was a healthy, slim and very fit 50-something. Later, she confided in me that she had been dealing with crippling arthritis for years, which was now in her hands, knees and her spine. The previous year, the arthritis had become so severe that she’d had to have an arthritic cyst removed from her spine, and on arrival both her knees were so swollen and sore, that she was walking with a limp. Despite being in a lot of pain, Carole felt inspired to see what the week of juicing could do for her and decided to stop the anti-inflammatories and the other arthritis medication. She expected the pain to prevent her from taking part in the scheduled walks that week, but she managed to head out every single day. By the end of the week, the swelling in both of Carole’s knees had disappeared completely. Returning home with a sense of hope and feeling very much inspired, Carole researched ‘alkaline’ (plant-based) ways of eating and adopted this lifestyle quickly afterwards.

Three years on, Carole still hasn’t taken a single anti-inflammatory since that first day of the retreat and is now completely pain-free, walks an average of 10k every day and has ‘never been happier’. When we experience pain, inflammation, digestive issues, skin problems, poor sleep, ill-health or low energy, it’s natural to feel frustrated, or hopeless. But I share stories like Carole’s from the retreat because I would love for more people to feel that change and realise that healing is possible. Hope is a powerful drug after all – just look at the placebo effect. To overcome a health challenge, I would first look to improve your relationship with your body, and the simplest way to do that is by practising gratitude for the things the body already does for you. When we value the tireless efforts of our bodies, day in and day out, there is a shift – and when we value something, we’re far more likely to look after it. Then of course, look at what might be contributing to the issue at hand. Minimising stress, increasing good nutrition and doing things that spark joy, and give purpose to our lives, are always good places to start. Find out more at

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NO MORE SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder: How to boost your mood, energy levels and overall health despite the darker days


The joy of missing out



Winter tonics

EAT WELL Spirit & Spice… and all things nice

BEAUTY Natural remedies for puffy eyes

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Spotlight on reflexology


egardless of age, size or background, reflexology can be an effective therapy to help bring the body back into balance. Working alongside allopathic healthcare, it has been known to help people of all demographics, from newborn babies to those receiving end-of-life care. Carla Pallant, who is the founder of Healthysole Reflexology in Kinghorn, is an active practitioner of the therapy. After one of her children received a leukaemia diagnosis, Carla set out on a mission to discover a therapy which might help relieve the symptoms. She instantly fell in love with reflexology and, after gaining her qualification, has since practised the therapy to help her family and others overcome feelings of stress, anxiety and, of course, pain. Carla now offers reflexology from her own home and as a mobile service in the community. Find out more at healthysolereflexology

How it works Reflexology is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different parts of the body. Expect to feel super relaxed afterwards!

Benefits of reflexology • Boost circulation • Promote relaxation • Stimulate nerve function • Eliminate toxins • Reduce anxiety & sleep disorders • Increase energy • Reduce pain Find out more at

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s you get older, your joints can become stiff and painful, thereby limiting your mobility and causing frustration. But, don’t despair – research has shown that hyaluronic acid supplements can help.

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID? Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body. It is a major component of synovial fluid, the lubricating material present in many joints, and as such, plays an important role in maintaining joint health. With its high lubrication and cushioning effect, hyaluronic acid helps to reduce friction and resist compression, allowing joints to bear weight and withstand tension. Although the body produces its own hyaluronic acid, this supply declines as we get older, causing joints to become stiff and painful.

According to research, hyaluronic acid taken daily helps to rebuild the ‘pillow’ of fluid that cushions joints for up to 97 percent of people who try it, and some experts believe it may also stimulate the repair of joint cartilage. Voted Best Vitamin, Mineral Supplement Product of the Year 2012, Syno-Vital Oral Hyaluronan is a natural, liquid form of hyaluronic acid and has been found to help increase mobility and reduce pain and inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis. The hyaluronic acid in Syno-Vital works in several ways – it helps to restore synovial fuid for improved mobility, prevents further degradation of joint tissues and has an antiinflammatory, analgesic effect too.


It can also provide improvement where glucosamine and chondroitin have failed to do so. As an added bonus, hyaluronic acid is extremely good for the skin and eyes. So you can be agile and beautiful at the same time, naturally!

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Autumn rhythms

Columnist Pamela Spence helps us embrace the new season…


hat first moment of chill in the air. Drawing your cardigan close on chilly evenings. The first leaves falling. I love autumn. It feels great to let go of all the angst around whether it’ll be a good summer or not. Worry no more! Get those woollies at the ready and the big socks on standby. This is the long, cosy descent into winter. The rhythm is changing - if we have kids then school’s back; in business we settle down to work. Nature has a new rhythm too. The plants have created flowers, fruit and seed and now they turn their attention to their roots. The nutritious sugars return to the roots to be stored until next spring. Here are two key steps to embracing this time of the year:

1. Get rooted!

2. Harvest!

As the plants turn their attention to their roots, so should we. Eating cold foods like salad is fine in the hot weather, but some people find their digestion doesn’t cope well with cooling foods. So take a nudge from nature and start to think about more substantial, cooked foods. Soups and stews are great as the temperature falls to make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs.

It’s the most wonderful time of year for harvesting berries and we know that they are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. Jams, jellies, preserves are all there for the making. During WWII my Dad remembers gathering rosehips to make vitamin C rich syrup when citrus fruits were not available and we can still use rosehip syrup today. Elderberries are also important medicinal plants with their anti-viral action.

Autumn soother Here’s my favourite recipe for a syrup to sooth sore throats and coughs:


Bramble and elderberry syrup 500g berries 1.5l water 500g honey Cinnamon

Heat the fruit in a saucepan with the water, add cinnamon and simmer for 30 mins. Crush the fruit and then strain through a jeelie bag. Add the honey and pour into sterilised bottles. This syrup will keep for a couple of months if stored in the fridge. You can take 2 teaspoons twice a day to soothe sore throats and coughs. You can see me making this on my BBC Scotland online series here in the ‘Health Harvest’ programme

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If you have underlying health conditions, or if you feel like you need someone to cheer you on, medical herbalists can help put together a unique programme for you. We can also prescribe herbal remedies that are not easily available to the public and, importantly, we’ll be looking for any unidentified underlying health concerns. So if you’re not sure where to start or if you take prescription medication book in to see your local medical herbalist for safe, expert advice. Tune into my autumn podcast on The Grow Network and Prosperity Kitchen Pamela Spence MNIMH is a medical herbalist based at The Carrick Clinic in Prestwick and the Paisley Natural Therapy Centre. She has had her own BBC online series, is regularly spotted in print and is the sole herbal advisor to Twinings International. Find out more at To find a medical herbalist in your area go to

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Embody your inner empath It’s not easy being hypersensitive, but it can be liberating, writes author and holistic health and wellness coach Tara Jackson


earning I am an empath and highly sensitive person was one of the best things that has happened to me and learning how to care for myself as one has helped me become more me. I learned how common it is for sensitive people to numb or escape and want to selfmedicate with things like food, alcohol, or other substances. It was like I didn’t have control over what I was feeling a lot of the time. But, on the other hand, being sensitive has allowed me to empathise with others, really feel a connection and understand what they are going through, to offer an understanding ear, to help provide solutions and see their bigger picture. As an empath, I also often find myself going through heightened emotions and feelings in response to what’s going on in the world, compared to many of my peers. I learned, and am still learning, how easily I absorb what’s going on around me and how it affects me. I need to do things to clear my energy regularly as well as ground myself with activities like meditation and visualisations, walks in nature and showers or baths. 32

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Can you relate? Are you an empath? Take a look back over your life and see if there are times when some of the following might resonate: • You may have been described as overly sensitive • You often feel things more than others and can pick up on the feelings and emotions of others as if they were your own • Your energy levels can suddenly go up and down depending on what’s going on around you – or more dramatically than others in accordance with the moon cycles and yearly seasons

• You may find it easy to overeat as you use food to help ground you or build you up when you feel low and aren’t even sure why • Food and drinks affect you more than others – especially stimulants, highly processed or sugary items • The news easily affects you and you can feel sad, frustrated or angry at the state of the world

• You can often sense what a person is like without even knowing them

• You’re generally (although not always) quite introverted and need a lot of time alone to recharge

• You find it difficult to say no to others and may find you put others’ needs before your own

• You feel at your best in nature and/or with a few close friends with whom you can fully be yourself.

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Self-care for the highly sensitive


s an empath, self-care is so important as it helps with energy levels, not feeling so drained, respecting boundaries, learning to do what’s best for your body, mind and soul and so much more. Yes, it’s painful to feel the hurt and sadness that others’ experience, not knowing how to process it. Yes, we can absorb negativity and feel emotionally drained at times, which may lead to self-destructive behaviours or numbing to avoid this. We may feel completely misunderstood and that we’re alone in all that we experience. It may feel overwhelming, like there is no hope and that there is just too much suffering out there. BUT there is so much you can give to the world by being you, by feeling all that you do, by being able to resonate so strongly to others, by being the sensitive soul that you are. You can use this to offer great compassion, understanding, comfort, healing and

kindness. You, as an empath, have a gift within you. Let your sensitivity be your superpower and embrace all the magic that it can offer the world. Reach out to fellow empaths, ask for help, be clearer on your boundaries and put your needs first. You can then come from a place of being filled up and will have so much to offer this world, just by being you. Share your experiences of being an empath, reach out, allow yourself to be vulnerable. As you heal yourself, you will heal the world around you. Now more than ever the world needs your empathic gifts to help it heal, but you must look after yourself first. This is taken from Tara Jackson’s new book: ‘Embodied: A Self-Care Guide for Sensitive Souls’, which is available now from

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Mindfulness over matter M

indfulness had such a transformative effect on businessman Gary Young’s life that it propelled him to help others realise the same. Gary now heads up The Mindful Enterprise community interest company in Edinburgh which delivers seminars, training, events, and retreats across four different sectors of society, including disadvantaged communities. “I credit mindfulness for having a transformative effect on my life, helping me to contribute more fully to society and those closest to me,” says Gary, who founded The Mindful Enterprise in 2017. “I’ve become more self-aware, more patient, more emotionally balanced, less reactive, kinder, and more compassionate with myself and others. “It also played a big role in helping me overcome a dark period of depression and adrenal fatigue. “Mindfulness is a philosophy which, through regular practise, can help us develop a more sustainable form of happiness. Culturally, we need it right now to help us evolve and protect the planet’s future. “Career-wise, I spent 23 years in the fast-paced world of financial services, including a 12-year stint in strategic change management working on large, complex change within the banking sector. “I learned a huge amount, met some great people and had a reasonable level of success, but ultimately I wasn’t fulfilled. “Yet the experience has been invaluable in helping me to understand the important part mindfulness can play in the evolution of workplace culture (if implemented effectively) and helping businesses to address key challenges relating to the health, wellbeing and performance potential of their people. AU T U M N 2 0 1 9 | H O L I S T I C S C O T L A N D


Mindfulness over matter “Over the last seven years, I have benefited from various forms of holistic healing and wellbeing methods that have helped me to become more aware of my values and deeper passions – which took me back to my childhood. “My father’s serious, recurring, mental health issues made me realise how the experiences affected everyone concerned, especially without the right knowledge, skills and support. “The desire to help others and make sure they are better equipped for life is at the core of what The Mindful Enterprise does. Building resilience, empowering and inspiring people is the foundation of the business, but it stretches far beyond. “We are living in a time of extremes. Change is happening at a phenomenal rate, systems are failing and need to be replaced, and stress-related ill health is at epidemic levels. “Many people have fallen into the societal trap of endless striving, thinking and ’doing’, blissfully unaware of the addictive patterns forming in the brain, which can lead people on a path to fatigue, exhaustion and unhappiness. Action addiction, coupled with a neglect of adequate selfcare, is now widespread. “Advances in technology have brought about high levels of convenience, but they have also brought a number of challenges, particularly for young people growing up in a technology-driven world.

“The desire to help others and make sure they are better equipped for life is at the core of what The Mindful Enterprise does.”

“Overuse of technology is linked to the increase in mental health related issues amongst young people, many of whom are now heavily connected to technology and less connected to themselves and the natural environment. “Here at The Mindful Enterprise, we believe passionately that mindfulness can help young people and adults develop a greater level of connection with self and others and, by doing so, become more peaceful and emotionally balanced. “For businesses we provide a range of options. Our tailored seminars, workshops and courses empower employees with the insight and tools to help them better manage their health, wellbeing and performance. “The added incentive for businesses to work with us is that they will be directly contributing to our social mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of school children and those in disadvantaged communities. “Our young people are the future workforce, so if we collectively invest in them today to strengthen social and emotional competencies, they will be more likely to flourish in a fast-changing modern world. 36

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“For individual consumers, we run mindfulness courses from central Edinburgh, day and weekend retreats, dropin sessions and taster events. Over the months ahead we’re looking to expand into other locations across the central belt. “Our weekend retreats based in the Scottish Borders provide an opportunity for participants to disconnect from city life and reinvigorate mind and body surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of the Scottish countryside. “Our work in schools currently consists of two pilot projects; one to introduce and embed a culture of mindfulness in Abbeyhill Primary School and the second a more ambitious project to create a community of mindfulness across the Tynecastle High School cluster of schools. “Our ethos for our work in the education sector is to take a ‘whole school’ approach where we provide awareness sessions and training for children, teachers and parents to drive sustainability. “Our aim is to evaluate our work, gather learning’s and create a template that can be rolled out successfully across other schools. The results we’ve seen so far have been encouraging which is giving us extra motivation to continue with this important work. “By planting the seed of mindfulness, and providing practical tools we can help children to succeed and thrive for a lifetime, inside the classroom and out. “Our work in the community has so far consisted of training social workers and family support workers in mindfulness to support their health and wellbeing and equip them with skills that they can use to support vulnerable families. “The next phase of our work will focus on groups of individuals from the community that are keen to be supported with their wellbeing and personal growth. We’ll be working on this programme with some of our fantastic partners to support participants in their journey towards good health, wellness and personal transformation.

“At the Mindful Enterprise we believe that all people have equal intrinsic value, and with the right support we can help each other achieve great things.”

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Save the ! date

Strathclyde Country Park is set to come alive this September with M&D’s first ever Holistic FSTVL M&D’s is shaking things up this Autumn by hosting its first ever Holistic FSTVL on 28 and 29 September 2019. Scotland’s Theme Park will play host to Lanarkshire’s first full weekender dedicated to health and wellbeing. Top names including Gina McKie, James McCourt, David Hamilton, Angel Anne Smith, Holistic Scotland Magazine, SoundSphere Scotland and Sober Clubbing will take centre stage 38

in the M&D’s events field at Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell – all culminating in a holistic event set to blow your mind! Expect yoga, mindfulness, crystals, raw chocolate, herbs and oils, kids’ activities and plenty of Kombucha across the two-day programme, which will also include talks, therapists, crafters, readers, live entertainment, Botanical drinks, plant-based food and Holistic Scotland Magazine’s very own Herbal Tea Tent .

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WIN Tickets to Holistic FSTVL!

Holistic FSTVL falls on the new moon, adding magic and mystique to an already exciting event. On Saturday evening at 8pm, as dusk falls and the fire pit is lit, Sober Clubbing will take to the main stage. This is clubbing like never before, under the new moon in M&D’s events field, set within the grounds of Strathclyde Country Park. “It’s going to be a fantastic event,” says Siobhan Moore of Source Management, which is helping to organise M&D’s first Holistic FSTVL. “We’ll have workshops on the hour, every hour, covering everything from Kombucha, raw chocolate, fermented foods, and Face Yoga to sound healing and essential oils. “We’ll have stage talks and music, a fire pit at the new moon, and plenty of activities and workshops, as well as Muddy Adventures forest school, to keep the kids amused. “We’ll have non-alcoholic botanical drinks, teas, vegan and vegetarian food, including food for the kids, and lots of healthy treats such as natural cakes and raw chocolates. “We’re delighted to welcome a range of readers, including mediums, psychic, tarot palm, and angel, as well as a whole range of therapies and stalls selling

Holistic Scotland Magazine has 10 tickets for M&D’s Holistic FSTVL. To be in with a chance of winning a pair, just answer this simple question: crystals, drums, singing bowls, and handmade angel and Wiccan crafts.

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“Saturday evening, which falls on a new moon, will have a really cool vibe from 5pm. There will be lots of different music, dancing and, of course, people can gather around the huge fire pit and soak up the ambience.

“Earlier in the day, kids can take part in the fairy circle, dress up, do some arts and crafts and join in a few workshops before toasting marshmallows and making some wishes. “We’ll also be doing a series of live podcasts, in which anyone can join in. “Overall, the theme is fun, magic and nature.”

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The importance of connection Connection is key to our very survival, writes columnist Marie O’Neill


he idea of connection (or our lack thereof) is a very current topic. New studies are showing how the increase of loneliness in our modern society is having a negative effect on our health. I personally believe that connection is one of our most fundamental needs and our search for connection is at the heart of our lives as human beings, whether we are aware of it or not. Our need for connection starts when we are born. As newborn babies we are completely helpless and fully reliant on those around us for our very survival. A lack of connection with others is literally life threatening to us. This knowledge (although not conscious in newborns) becomes imprinted in our psyche and we carry it through our childhood, as we continue to rely on our caregivers for our basic needs. 42

As we grow we come to learn that our caregivers approve of certain things that we do and not of others. The feeling of being disconnected from our caregivers when they don’t approve of us is too painful to bear. So we learn to adapt our behaviour to best please those who we rely on. This is called conditioning, a smart way to survive childhood. But as we grow up we may begin to realise that these patterns of behaviour learned in childhood are holding us back, some more than others. All the behaviours that we have internalised to please our caregivers may not work with other people. The rules that got us the results we wanted at home may not work at school, university or in the work place. Again we feel disconnected, alone and on a primal level we still associate this feeling with being at risk of death.

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It’s easy to see why connection is so connection. As we foster our ability to important to us, but I feel that sometimes accept all parts of ourselves, we feel more we fail to acknowledge that the authentic and more connected. underlying reason why we don’t feel as The way that I help facilitate this deeper connected as we would like is because connection in my work with clients is we have lost our connection with through resolving such inner conflicts ourselves. When we learned to adapt and helping people to come to a place of our behaviour to please those around us, self-acceptance. I also we shut down parts of people to find ourselves. All the parts “…in our desperate support a way to connect with of us we assumed were themselves inwardly, wrong, bad, unacceptable attempts to through some sort of or unlovable, we buried feel connected inner practice, like deep down and tried to with others we mindfulness, meditation disown. or breathing techniques. actually sometimes It may seem crazy We spend so much of disconnect from our time being pulled in but in our desperate attempts to feel every direction with our ourselves!” connected with others attention always focused we actually sometimes outwardly, we need to disconnect from ourselves! Now, when come into a place of stillness so that we we try to connect with people from our can check in with ourselves and start to conditioned selves, our ego minds, we’re connect with our deeper truth inside. not all there. We’re hiding parts of us, To contact Marie, go to often even from ourselves and this is creating huge dissonance in our lives and relationships. As a therapist I believe that the connection we have with ourselves is fundamental to how we then show up in the world and connect with others. If we are hiding and denying parts of ourselves (even from ourselves) we are not fully available for

Marie O’Neill is a counsellor and mindfulness coach, who specialises in health, wellbeing, and personal development. She is based in Edinburgh and offers one-to-one sessions, courses and workshops. Find out more at

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Facials four ways

Holistic S co Magazine tland editor Lynda Ha milton Pa rke puts four different r anti-agein g fac to the test ials

Environ Prescription Facial Mind & Body Studio, Kirkcaldy I popped into Mind & Body Studio for an Environ Prescription Facial with Beauty Therapist Kat and left feeling lighter and undeniably relaxed. What’s involved? The Environ Prescription Facial started with a double cleanse and exfoliation, followed by a facial massage, which was incredibly relaxing. Kat combined pressurepoint massage and lymphatic drainage to help eliminate toxins, relax facial tension, and circulation. She worked along the lymphatic points of the face to help pump out any build-up of fluids which can lead to puffiness. Then, while the cooling mask was working its magic, Kat gave me a spine-tingling scalp massage and rounded it all off with a final cleanse, tone and moisturise. What makes it different from other facials? The Environ brand is largely built on science, with Vitamin A the cornerstone ingredient of its skincare philosophy.


As its name suggests, the Environ Prescription Facial is specially tailored to your individual skin type, lifestyle and beauty goals. And, of course, you leave with a bespoke ‘prescription’ outlining the products recommended for you. The result? My main concerns were my puffy eyes and face, as well as some congestion along my T-zone. Kat worked on all these problem areas – using a deep cleansing gel for my combination skin and large pores – and even taught me some drainage techniques to use at home for my puffy eyes. I left floating on air, with positively glowing skin. Best for: Relaxation, drawing impurities out of the skin, a healthy glow An Environ Prescription Facial at Mind & Body Studio in Kirkcaldy will set you back £36. It’s just one of the beauty treatments offered at the studio, which also specialises in yoga, Pilates, Barre, Les Mills and other fitness classes for all ages. Find out more at

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sion) SkinBase™ Facial (Microdermabra Caledonian Therapies, Leven I paid a visit to Eileen Birrell for an express treatment, which left my skin exfoliated, resurfaced and ultimately brighter and smoother. What’s involved? A stream of non-allergenic crystals is used to remove the skin’s outermost layers of dead cells, with the therapist targeting specific or problem zones She then uses a mild suction to draw away the crystal and skin debris to reveal your new and improved complexion. What makes it different from other facials? The SkinBase™ Facial is chemical free and noninvasive yet it achieves the most amazing results - revealing younger, healthier looking skin

from the very first treatment. The result? The painless procedure left my face thoroughly exfoliated, bright, smoother and less congested. Best for: Restoring younger, smoother looking skin without the need for chemicals, lasers or injectables. A SkinBase™ Facial with Eileen at Caledonian Therapies costs £35 for a 30-minute treatment. A series of treatments are recommended initially for the best results, followed by monthly maintenance. To book, call 07936 814540, or find out more at

Holistic Facial Love Nola, Edinburgh West End I visited Laura Nolan for a thorough facial combining breath work, massage and lymphatic drainage.

All products used are by globally renowned and award-winning dermatologists Neostrata.

What’s involved? Laura’s approach is unique, delivering result driven treatments from her beautiful, discreet west end home in Edinburgh where her clients receive her care and expertise in privacy. Laura blends her deep knowledge of both western beauty and ancient eastern beauty techniques to provide the ultimate healing facial and experience.

What makes it different from other facials? All of Laura’s treatments start with breath work, thanks to her having studied yoga and meditation in India and Nepal. As well as being a beauty therapist, Laura is also a fully trained yoga and pranayama teacher. The result? I left feeling that I’d had an

experience, rather than just a facial. Best for: Relaxation, opening your mind and glowing skin. Laura’s signature facial is the Sculpting facial that includes a peel (no down time) and her famous Sculpting massage to help detoxify and eliminate water retention. It’s £90 for this treatment with add ons for those needing a bit more. Go to

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Advanced Reflexology Facial Jan de Vries, Edinburgh West End I checked-in at Jan de Vries for a deeply relaxing and powerful facial with Nas (Naseem Akhtar), who is an expert in all types of reflexology. What’s involved? Minimal products are used for the facial reflexology treatment – except for Rosehip Oil, which naturally contains very high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These essential fatty acids help skin tissue regeneration, increase skin elasticity and have anti-bacterial proper ties. Nas uses Neals Yard Remedies Organic products for her treatments. She combines facial reflexology with gentle stimulation of the facial tissue which, combined with the Rosehip Oil, help tone the facial muscles to minimise lines and wrinkles. What makes it different from other facials? Reflexology is based on the Zone theory and meridian lines. Facial reflexology involves applying specific types of pressure and manipulation to points on the face. These reflexology points relate to the internal organs of the body in such a way that the body can be mapped directly onto the face. Similar principles apply to the hands and feet. The result? This is not a beauty facial, but one to help promote relaxation, reduce stress and facial tension, and bring the body back into balance. Nas was quick to pick up on the tension I carry in my jaw and worked on these areas to help relax the muscles. She also used a crystal to help reduce the redness in my cheeks and gave me some suggestions to help combat my re of irregular sleep patterns and puffy eyes. The gentle pressu ion – a her fingertips helped lull me into a sense of deep relaxat and truly state in which our bodies can return to homeostasis begin to heal. wrinkles, Best for: Deep relaxation, minimising fine lines and rebalancing for an Facial Reflexology with Nas at Jan de Vries costs £65 The initial treatment, with subsequent treatments £55 each. head treatment lasts for one hour and includes a one-hour West End massage. To book, visit the Jan de Vries Edinburgh 3990. 526 0131 call or store Visit the Jan de Vries website at:


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“The gentle pressure of her fingertips helped lull me into a sense of deep relaxation…”


Turkish Delights

Beauty editor Karen Gider revisits her former home in Turkey to unearth the natural beauty secrets of Bodrum and the Black Sea.

Because of my slightly obsessive interest in skincare, I find myself back in Bodrum, sitting under a shaded tree and contemplating natural beauty. It’s easy to get enveloped in modern marketing, which promotes all sorts of lotions and potions promising younger-looking skin and vitality. But not all these products are as pure as they should be. We can be drenching our skin with chemical ingredients daily – totally unaware of the damage we are doing to our body and face. So how can we take better care of our skin naturally?

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Turkish Delights

I decided to take a step back and surround myself by nature near the coast in beautiful Bodrum, the town where I once lived. Sitting here reminds me that the Universe has gifted us all we need. Centuries ago, people turned to nature for remedies and skincare and I’m keen to explore some of Turkey’s traditional methods. Sukran, my Turkish friend of 20 years, joins me so I quiz her about her skincare routine. She points to the beautiful, red rose bush in front of me and explains how, many years ago, rose water was used as a toner and cleanser. The rose petals were collected and left floating in water from the mountains overnight. In the morning, the water would have a lovely, pink-orange tinge and a soft rose aroma. I can remember doing this as a child, but to make perfume. Sukran tells me to splash some rose water onto my palms and gently dab all over my face, then cup my hands over my nose and inhale the light fragrance. My skin feels immediately softer, silky and my pores tightened. I learn that, not only do the Turkish use rose water, but lavender water too – which is said to help soften the skin and heal cuts.

Some Turkish women even sprinkle the water around their baby’s bed to promote a relaxing sleep. Sukran says that, 30 years ago, she would mix ‘bal’ honey with lemon drops for deep cleansing and use it as a face mask to hydrate her skin. I’m loving the conversation and feel really privileged to be here. Even the honey she talks about is pure, organic nectar from the beehive. My mission the next day is to find a local bazaar and indulge myself in a shopping spree. On my list are some of Turkey’s natural soaps. As I walk there, I bypass the new collection of chemists selling top-of-the-range, chemically enhanced skincare. But my eyes are met at the bazaar by lots of brightly coloured fruit and veg and my mind quickens at the thought of making my own, natural oils and masks from fresh food. I’m drawn to the display of natural olive oil and buy a small bottle from the village seller, who suggests swallowing two small spoons a day or using the oil as a dip for bread. Apparently, this is an excellent nutrient for inner health and beauty since olive oil is full of antioxidants. She says it will heal sunburn and can fight cancer cells on the skin. Afterwards, I do some research and some scientists do believe this.

“…many years ago, rose water was used as a toner and cleanser.”


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I use the olive oil that night for my facial massage right after my Face Yoga routine and my skin looks radiant. The next day takes me to the beautiful beach of Ortakent, where I apply some Factor 50 suncream, which I’m not a fan of, for many reasons. True to my beliefs, my skin has an outbreak of spots that very night. I lived in Turkey for 12 years, so I’m quite familiar with natural spot remedies. I remember a neighbour used to ferment vinegar by combining apples with lemon. Over time, this becomes quite acidic so water would be added before it would be used as a spot lotion and to add flavour to certain food dishes. Alas, my supply of this magical lotion is non-existent. I sit, quietly content, thinking over my findings, from rose water as a toner to a honey and lemon facemask for hydration and now apple vinegar for spots. My research confirms that most of us know what we should be applying, but we still often get drawn towards the opposite. The next morning, I pick a lemon from the tree in my garden to squeeze the juice into mineral water. This acts as an internal cleanser – promoting healthy skin from the inside out. My neighbour greets me and asks me to breakfast (a common occurrence in Bodrum) and I remember she had an Aloe Vera plant in her garden years ago. But she tells me the Aloe Vera plant is no longer there and to be very careful when using it to treat skin conditions. She says sometimes people can have an adverse reaction to the plant’s gel – especially if you are already allergic to onions and garlic. As my stay in Bodrum comes to an end, my conclusion is that everything we need is right here in nature. The Turkish ladies make me want to indulge further in their knowledge and traditions. Natural skincare is here – and always was.

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Nature’s larder Rose water to cleanse and tone the skin Honey and lemon to cleanse and hydrate Olive oil for sunburn Apple vinegar for spots

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WIN a Muscle Magic Gift Box To celebrate the launch of Holistic Scotland Magazine’s new Naturals range of organic and vegan skincare and pulse point rollers, we’re giving away a muscle-soothing gift box worth more than £50.

Ideal for runners, fitness enthusiasts or anyone who just needs a spot of pampering, the set includes a 250ml bottle of our Himalayan & Epsom Bath Salts when, when added to a warm bath, can work wonders for aching muscles, joint pain and arthritis; a pot of our cooling Peppermint Foot Cream; pump-action bottle of our Revive Massage Oil, and a Muscle Magic pulse point roller, whose blend of essential oils is designed to stimulate, revitalise and speed up recovery of the muscles. The products are natural and free from nasties, such as parabens, sulphates and artificial fragrance; organic; vegan and true cruelty-free. They are also refillable and completely recyclable. To be in with a chance of winning, email your name, address and telephone number to, with New Naturals in the subject line, by 12-noon on October 31, 2019. Browse the range at 54

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Feeling the burn?


Our hair and skin are often crying out for moisture and nourishment come late summer. Here are Janey Lee Grace’s non-toxic product tips to help restore balance and keep us cool as we head into Autumn…


Don’t be too quick to apply the chemical sun creams.

We need some sunshine. We have serious issues with vitamin D deficiency, but obviously don’t burn! Cover up, stay in the shade and, when you are exposed, choose a natural sunscreen such as the excellent insect repellent sun cream from Incognito – available at Remember, too, that mineral make-up has a natural SPF – albeit probably only about SPF 4, but it gives a light coverage and a bit of protection.

If you are unlucky enough to get too much sun, use a cooling Aloe Vera gel or some pure virgin coconut oil to calm down and soothe your skin.


Spritz pure organic rose water to cool you down. Try the Bulgarian rose water from Alteya Organics UK. It’s a pure steam distilled from fresh handpicked rose petals and smells divine! Available from


Choose a multi-tasking product to take with you everywhere.

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Look after your hair.

If you’re new to natural products, a natural deodorant is a good place to start.


Tabitha James Kraan 4-in-1 Conditioner is a mutil-tasking product for hair, it offers deep moisture and creates smoother hair, shine and lustre. It also helps make your hair less frizzy and fly-away. Use it as a traditional conditioner, leave-in conditioner, scalp moisturiser for a dry/flaky scalp and as a styling tool. Find out more at

Give it time to work, though. Don’t apply and rush out suited and booted on the hottest day! Try this Scence deodorant balm which is made with organic coconut oil, mango butter and essential oils, along with baking soda to deodorise, and arrowroot to absorb moisture. Its cruelty free, suitable for vegans, ethically sourced, and has mostly organic ingredients. Available from

Pick a winner! Vote for your favourite natural products in the 2019 Janey Loves Platinum Awards. Go to

Janey Lee Grace is an Amazon No. 1 best-selling author, commentator and co-presenter on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Right in the Afternoon. She has twice been voted the number one personality in the Natural Beauty Industry Yearbook and runs a busy recommendations website. She has written five books on holistic living, including the Amazon No. 1 bestseller Imperfectly Natural Woman, writes columns, runs workshops and hosts the annual Janey Loves Platinum Awards to recognise the best in natural and organic products. Since ditching the booze, Janey also runs Alcohol Free Life, a podcast focusing on sober self-care. Visit Janey’s website at


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It’s never too late to exercise! Exercise offers lots of benefits – regardless what stage you’re at in life. In fact, the latest research suggests people who work out in later life are fitter than millennials. Stairlift specialist Stannah shares some fitness options for later life. Swimming - is non-weight bearing so takes the pressure off your joints, while still offering the benefits of a cardio workout. If you’re feeling brave, you could even try cold water swimming Stay at home exercises – physical exercises don’t have to mean a trip to the gym. There’s plenty you can do from the comfort of your own home. For Stannah’s at-home workouts, which include seated exercises, go to Find exercise in every day - even tasks such as carrying home the shopping, gardening and gentle housework benefit the body as they create movement. Activity like this also replaces (or breaks up) sedentary time, which has been claimed to be as dangerous for our health as smoking. Yoga or Pilates - can be beneficial for flexibility, core stability and strength, which are key to maintaining independence and preventing falls.

Exercise for balance - regular exercise such as Tai Chi and walking can reduce the risk of a fall by 12% in people over 65. Stannah also has a free Balance app, which is suitable for all ages and can help you to improve your balance, bone density, posture and muscle strength. It’s important that whatever stage of fitness you’re at, you start and stay within your capabilities. Start slowly and build up from there – combining a mix of cardio, strength and flexibility exercises. You’re far more likely to stick at some you enjoy so try to find something you like. It could even double up as a social occasion.

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Fitness at Mind & Body Studio While predominantly a yoga and Pilates studio, Mind & Body Studio in Kirkcaldy offers a whole range of classes to help you move, strengthen and sweat your way to a healthier lifestyle – from Barre and BODYPUMP to yoga and Zumba.


ardio classes designed to increase your heart rate include Boogie Bounce, Boxercise, Metafit, PiYo, Step, and STRONG by Zumba and are all affectionately dubbed as ‘high energy’ workouts.

improve your range of motion and overall flexibility.

“It’s important to compliment any high impact training with moves that build strength – and that’s where our ‘Strength + Toning’ classes come in,” says Susan Simpson of Mind & Body Studio.

“If you’re new to either Pilates or Yoga, there are ‘beginner’ classes for you try out, spanning lots of different styles, from hatha and hot yoga to restorative and yin, and our classes run morning, afternoon and evening.

“With a variety of classes in this area, there’s sure to be one that suits you. The original barbell workout BODYPUMP will suit anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit. Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, BODYPUMP gives you a total body workout. “If you’d like to incorporate the benefits of weight training into your schedule, you could try a Kettlebells class to help target nearly every aspect of fitness – endurance, strength & balance. “Barre, on the other hand, is completely different - a ballet inspired class, the focus is on your bum, legs & core. You’ll tone your body & burn fat, as you 58

“And not forgetting our incredible and much-loved Pilates, yoga and BODYBALANCE classes.

“A real mind and body experience, Yoga is exceptional at improving mobility, preventing injuries & providing the space & environment for mental relaxation. “Pilates can often be confused with Yoga, but both are very different types of classes. Probably the biggest crossover is the mind – body connection. “Pilates is a series of exercises designed to strengthen, stretch & straighten the body. It’s low impact with fantastic results since even the smallest of muscle groups are engaged in any Pilates practise. Find out more at

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Why cardio? Cardiovascular training raises the heart rate, gets blood pumping around your body and the sweat flowing! Its role in maintaining and improving heart health could hold the key to preventing cognitive impairment as we grow older. Some parts of the heart can stiffen with age, with the left chamber more susceptible to age-related damage. This is crucial, as the left ventricle is responsible for pumping freshly oxygenated blood around the body, including to the brain. In turn, the parts of the brain that are susceptible to low blood flow affect memory and are also affected by Alzheimer’s. So a healthy heart really does mean a healthy mind. Aerobic fitness can even improve your ability to communicate, with recent research showing that the more exercise you do, the less likely you are to be searching for that word.

Why Strength Training? Strength training fights the effects of aging by strengthening muscles and increasing muscle mass. This is important because you lose between five to seven pounds of muscle every decade after the age of 20, and strength training is the only way to counteract that loss. Increasing functional fitness helps with everyday tasks, improving balance and core stability, making you less susceptible to a fall. It can help reduce symptoms of osteoporosis and lower back pain, common in older people. It can also improve the quality of your sleep, posture and make you feel more in tune with your body.

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Time for you Holistic Fitness Expert and Wellbeing Coach Kellie Macmillan shares why hitting the mat is the best thing you’ll do today Hitting the mat? Not exactly a serene description of stepping on your yoga mat. After many years of teaching classes I know it’s exactly what my students feel they are doing when they arrive at class. Being a Western yogi can be a challenge. Life is hectic. So many things to do in so little time; we easily get carried away in the materialistic world we find ourselves living in. Making time for ourselves usually comes last in the list of activities and plans we create. Living life at 100 miles an hour and leaving no time to eat or sleep well. Everyone else comes first and we leave ourselves drained. Sometimes our drive to be perfect can leave us seriously run down. It’s very easy to burn out. Over the years I have found my new students are completely frazzled by the time they attend class and they hit their mat as passionately as a champion boxer knocks out his opponent in the 12th round - looking for change; searching for a new way. 60

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Exhausted, Allow yourself frustrated, to accept your mentally and current mind emotionally and body. drained, we Whether come to class that’s an to step off the injury, mental rollercoaster health issue or world we find an ageing body. ourselves existing Remember we are in (I say existing only human doing as this is not what the best we can with ‘living’ life is all about). what we have in the here and now. Yoga is a mind, body and soul mat practise, improving I have taught classes for more “…there’s your physical, mental and than 20 years and although emotional health. Creating a I dedicate my life to my own something space to check in and sense I too have off days. deeply healing practise, your body and state of mind I also have a busy life. I have in the moment is essential about rolling a young family, my husband to great health, fitness and I own a busy cafe in the out your mat and wellbeing. Trossachs and I have a house and stepping with three pets to cater for Don’t get me wrong, all exercise classes and sports (not my pets but you know on to your have the ability to release how it works). your stresses and require you daily practise.” I’m also frazzled at times to mindfully connect with and I happily admit to my your practise but there’s something deeply students some days are great and some healing about rolling out your mat and are dreadful. I’m a teacher but I’m not stepping on to your daily practise. It’s an perfect. affirmation that confirms ‘I have now If we could all admit that life is a stepped off the rollercoaster of life and challenge and share our failures as well this is now my time’. as our achievements, I really do believe Every time you come to your mat you are we’d all be happier and less stressed. starting afresh, bringing today’s body to Together we could create a world where today’s practise and accepting whatever people didn’t need to ‘burn out’, we lies ahead in your next session of selfcould compare less, care less and focus development. on our own self-healing which would Every class will be different, even if you create a better life for you and everyone find your favourite teacher and stay loyal around you. to their classes. If you haven’t already ‘hit the mat’ I’d Each new day will bring new physical encourage you to give it a go. Life is not and mental challenges, plus you’ll easy, but it can be beautiful. constantly have to step up and face It will take commitment to slow down, whatever each new day and practise will create space for yourself and commit to bring. This will affect your mood, your your personal practise. Start today, find a emotions, your energy levels, and your teacher and put yourself first for once. I physical body. know you can do this. You deserve peace I always ask my students to step in to and happiness and I promise you a yoga class with no expectations or judgement. practise will do this and more. No self-criticism and definitely no to For more holistic fitness and wellbeing comparing yourself with the other people tips, visit in the class. AU T U M N 2 0 1 9 | H O L I S T I C S C O T L A N D



If it’s good enough for athletes…

Steven Ray, Scottish mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship

Brian McCormack of Flora Fusion explains why CBD is now being hailed as the athlete’s choice


hile CBD has been taking off in the wellness world, it’s also proved a knock-out among athletes, to help them stay in peak condition and cope with periods of stress and depression. “I was pretty badly depressed. I was lying in bed thinking I didn’t want to be here anymore,” says Scots mixed martial artist Steven Ray. “It was crazy, but the one thing I’d recommend for depression and anxiety is CBD, which has really helped me. “People think I must have this great life, but I have my fair share of stresses. I didn’t realise how much anxiety I had until I started taking CBD and noticed the difference.

I believe that one of the things that contributed to me feeling so bad at that time was just sitting around doing nothing. Even just walking the dog can help you get through it. “Now that I’m in a better place, I know how to cope, and I won’t ever let myself get like that again.” Studies are starting to show the anecdotal evidence and scientific proof that CBD can be an effective treatment for depression and anxiety, with fewer side effects than pharmaceutical drugs in some people. CBD has also been shown to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain – creating an antidepressant effect.

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Serotonin has a wide variety of functions within the body. It’s sometimes referred to as the ‘happy chemical’ because it contributes to wellbeing and happiness. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to depression and keeping serotonin levels balanced is often a key therapy for people with the condition. But as the precursor for melatonin, serotonin also helps to regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycles and our internal clock. This is important for athletes of all disciplines because melatonin, which we produce while we sleep, is a human growth hormone that facilitates muscle recovery. That’s why, if we don’t get enough sleep, or quality sleep, muscles don’t recover as well. It’s one of the major reasons athletes such as Ray are taking a CBD supplement as part of their post-workout and training regimes. “A couple of squirts of Flora Fusion’s Bio, a water-soluble CBD oil, at night gives me a great night’s sleep and that makes training so much easier,” says Ray.

“A couple of squirts of Flora Fusion’s Bio, a water-soluble CBD oil, at night gives me a great night’s sleep and that makes training so much easier” “I notice the difference if I forget to take it.” Scientists are beginning to acknowledge that our endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) is one of the most important physiological systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors, CB1 and CB2, are found throughout the body - in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each area, the ECS performs different tasks but the goal is always to maintain

homeostasis, a stable balanced environment within our bodies no matter how much the external environment changes. As athletes aim to keep their bodies at peak performance, it makes sense for them to take CBD on board to keep their ECS functioning well. And if in the process it means they can recover more quickly from some of the deep lows that might afflict them along the road, so much the better. You could say CBD is an all-round winner.

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Meditation made easy There really is a meditation for everyone, writes columnist and Zen yoga teacher Scott Hutchison-McDade


editation is a hot topic these days with many scientific studies talking about its benefits and why we all should implement a meditation practice into our lifestyles. When we think of meditation, we often conjure up an image of someone sitting and looking serene, in a position that for most of us would be a struggle to get into, let alone be comfortable in. Meditation is a huge part of my personal practice and has been for many years and now it’s a part of all my teachings. I remember when I first became interested in meditating more than 20 years ago, it was so hard to find clear precise information that didn’t take a PhD in world studies or philosophy to understand. So much of what I read was conflicting and confusing. I spent a lot of time trying to empty my mind which was impossible and frustrating. I now know that meditation isn’t about being in a perpetual state of nothingness, in fact it is the polar opposite. It is about being in state of awareness, deep understanding and connection with our mind, body & breath.

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of being focused on the outside world and all its stimulus. Meditation isn’t part of any one religion or belief system it can be approached both on a spiritual level or a non-dogmatic approach. There really is a meditation for absolutely everyone. You don’t need to sit in lotus posture or even on the floor.

Benefits A regular meditation practice can yield great benefits quickly and can vary from person to person. Many of the reported benefits are: • Reduced stress • Improved sleep quality • Reduced anxiety • Promotes emotional health • Enhances self-awareness • Increase attention span • May reduce age related memory loss • Promotes compassion • Can be beneficial to help fight addictions • Control pain • Reduce blood pressure Meditation isn’t a cure or a substitute for medication and treatments. It is important to talk to your GP or health care professional, if your symptoms change or for further advice.

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Mantra meditation

Probably one of the most popular styles of meditation just now. The word Mindfulness appears everywhere in the media, on tv and at the library. But what does it actually mean? Mindfulness based meditations are traditionally a Buddhist practice. During the practice you may focus on your breath, sensations within the body or thoughts as they pass through your mind. Mindfulness meditations are about tuning into what’s currently happing within your mind and physical body without judgement. You become an observer looking in, being fully aware and accepting of anything that may arise.

Mantra mediations are popular in many cultures thought the world and are particularly prominent in Buddhist and Hindu teachings. Mantra mediations use sound currents or words, which repeatedly recited either internally or externally. The most popular mantra used in the west is OM often recited in yoga classes. The sound or words have different meanings or healing modalities. You can even create your own mantra such as; I am calm.

Focused meditation A focused meditation focuses on one or more of the senses, a popular option for this type of mediation is to burn incense or use essential oil blends on your pulse points and draw your awareness to the aroma.

Meditation tips • Get comfortable; sit in a chair or cushion. • Sit with a straight spine; imagine there’s an apple between your chin and chest. • Use a recording; download the free audio recording to use on the go or at home • Set the scene; light a candle or some incense. • Set a time; try and be consistent, set a ritual practice at the same time every day if you can

Zazen meditation (seated meditation) Zazen originates from Zen Buddhism and can be traced back thousands of years. A typical Zazen meditation will focus on the breath, often introducing a count from 1-10. To download your free audio Zazen mediation, go to

• Aim to practice twice a day • Set an anchor for your awareness; if your mind wanders come back to the anchor, it could be a mantra, your breath, a count etc. • Be kind; don’t beat yourself up if you miss a practice Scott hosts a number of meditation courses and workshops thought the year and has multiple recordings available to download at: meditation

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Bringing ancient tradition to the modern world Can a yoga ashram in Scotland offer something of value to people in the 21st century and lead us to profound self-transformation?


here’s no denying that yoga and meditation have recently become more mainstream, yet many people in the west have never heard of a yoga ashram, unless they’ve seen one on their travels or on TV. Nowadays, yoga is most often taught in yoga centres, studios, resorts, gyms and on the internet – making it available to people of all backgrounds, in almost every corner of the world.


As the meaning of ‘yoga’ is ‘to be one with’, a yoga ashram is a place where the intention of everyone in the community, residents and visitors alike, is to be completely present – with their own thoughts, feelings, words and actions and their interactions with others, in the flow of daily life.

And here, ‘others’ refers not only to other people, but also animals, vegetation, food, the whole environment and everything in it, ashram is a natural or manmade. for everyone, In other words: 24/7 mindful awareness.

But, traditionally in home – India, yoga has been not just residents.” taught in yoga ashrams, which are residential Staying in an ashram schools, or sometimes monasteries, where is not necessarily easy and not just about dedicated yogis follow a disciplined practising yoga asanas and meditating all daily routine and lead a simple, healthy, day. There is much more to the ashram or vegetarian lifestyle – with at least one yogic lifestyle than stretching and sitting, Swami (monastic) or Guru (spiritual because there is so much more to life. teacher) in residence, guiding them on The word ‘ashram’, like all Sanskrit their yoga-life path. words, has many meanings. Essentially, More than just a school, an ashram is a ‘a’ means welcome and ‘shram’ means home – for everyone, not just residents. to work. Welcome to a place where we Whether it’s for an hour, a day, a week, can work on our personal and spiritual a month, several months or years, the development, and also work for the ashram offers a sanctuary for the soul. good of all, above and beyond our own personal interests.


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Creating a fully residential ashram in Scotland Yoga in Daily Life (YIDL) Scotland is a volunteer-run charity which is part of an international fellowship of non-profit Yoga in Daily Life organisations founded by yoga master Vishwaguru Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandaji. It has been based in the Mahaprabhu Deep Ashram in central Edinburgh for the past 10 years. And, although the ashram is much-loved as a warm and welcoming venue for classes, courses, workshops, satsangs and social events, it hasn’t been possible for the centre (which is too small) to function as a fully residential ashram, with all the benefits it could bring the people of Scotland. But karmic destiny has intervened and the opportunity has arisen to do just that – create a fully residential ashram, on a beautiful property close to Edinburgh, nestled in a valley at the foot of the Pentland Hills.

With just under two acres of grounds, embraced by the Lyne Water, and rimmed by wildflower meadows and lush woodland, the property includes a renovated Mill cottage with two sizeable studio outbuildings, plus a small garden office, providing a variety of comfortable spaces for short and long term accommodation, as well as group and solo practice. Yoga and meditation classes, courses, workshops and retreats will be offered, as well as programmes in organic permaculture gardening, cruelty-free living, protecting local wildlife and planting trees, plus community social events such as satsangs, inspirational film nights and mini-festivals, and the chance to volunteer with ashram maintenance in the spirit of ‘karma yoga’, or selfless service.

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Yoga in Daily Life Retreat Ashram Lynedale, Scotland

Creating a fully residential ashram in Scotland GET INVOLVED YIDL Scotland set up a GoFundMe page in January 2019 to raise money to buy the property and the campaign continues. The page has many photos and goes into more detail about the proposals, including partnership projects with other local charities who work tirelessly to support vulnerable people, such as victims of domestic abuse, asylum seekers and people with cancer, diabetes, MS, dementia, depression and other life-threatening conditions, in Scotland. The idea is simply to give people ample opportunities to have truly transformational and deeply satisfying experiences, which then lead to positive, lasting changes in their daily lives.

YIDL Scotland - Mahaprabhu Deep Ashram Edinburgh

YIDL Scotland - vegan cooking workshop

If you’d like to support the campaign, get involved or find out more, contact ashram manager Ganga at Yoga in Daily Life Scotland will be holding a weekend Meditation Retreat in West Linton, close to the property on 27-29 September 2019. Visit


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6 Plant-based = the New Norm


ore and more people are switching to a plant-based diet, for all sorts of reasons. But where do you turn when you haven’t got a clue about cooking without meat and dairy, or fancy a quick ready meal when you can’t be bothered to cook? The answer is: New Norm. Founded by Norma Gray, Edinburgh-based New Norm offers homemade, plant-based meals delivered directly to your door. Everything is taken care of for you, from the nutritional content, shopping and prep to cooking and delivery. The result is delicious, individually portioned healthy meals with which you can stock your fridge or freezer, or have delivered to your workplace. Choose from the Cleanse & Restore Complete Plan, Fuel & Focus Working Week Plan, or the Grab & Go Back-Up Plan – they are all delicious! Find out more at

benefits of a plant-based diet

Switching to a plant-based diet isn’t just good for your health, it helps the environment too. Here are Norma Gray of New Norm’s top reasons for ditching meat and dairy…






Gut health


Good for your immune system

Eating plant-based food contributes significantly less greenhouse gas than a diet based on animal products A high-fibre diet keeps you regular, which is vital to keeping you feeling comfortable, happy and healthy Overly processed foods, meat and dairy are all common causes of heartburn and indigestion. By replacing these with vegetables, pulses and grains, your gut health will improve considerably

Fruit and veg are packed with antioxidants to help fight free radicals, as well as minerals which are good for your heart health and skin




Energy levels

Dairy and refined sugar are two of the most common causes of acne. Eating lots of veg high in vitamins A, C and E can have a positive effect on your skin Swapping highly processed refined sugars for natural sugars that still contain fibre, such as dried fruit, gives a much slower, more balanced release of energy and avoids the highs and lows of refined sugar.

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New Norm’s ‘MEAT’BALL MARINARA WITH COURGETTI Serves 4 You will need:

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Where we’re eating... Rawnchy Café, Maryhill, Glasgow For delicious raw and vegan desserts, visit Rawnchy’s gorgeous café at St George’s Cross, Glasgow – where the staff are as bright and bubbly as the rainbow-coloured cakes. The shop is pink so you can’t miss it! Find out more at

What we’re eating... Rawnchy’s Orange & Cranberry Bites RECIPE: Take 300g gluten-free oats, 170g almonds, 140g dried cranberries, the rind of one orange, and a pinch of pink salt and blend them all together in a blender until a rough meal is formed. Add 200g soaked dates and blend again until the dates are in tiny pieces and mixed in well with the dry mixture. Add 120ml coconut oil (melted) and 50ml orange juice and blend again until a dough has formed. Measure into balls of 30g and roll between wet hands to get a nice, round ball shape. Then keep in the refrigerator or store in the freezer.


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arty food can be a bit of a minefield after a coeliac diagnosis. But a Halloween party needn’t turn into fright night if you know how to handle it and what to avoid. Naturopath Elle Fox of CNM shares her top tips for making sure everyone is catered for. Party food typically consists of cakes and treats which are high in sugar, gluten, dairy, artificial colours and preservatives – not ideal for a coeliac! But shop-bought gluten-free foods are greatly processed, devoid of nutrients and very high in sugars. The rice flour contained in these products can increase arsenic consumption, while corn flour isn’t the easiest to digest. Instead, make your own party treats and provide a lunch box containing colourful, healthy foods your child can safely have. It’s also worth contacting the party host and offering your help. When it’s your turn to host, make all the party fayre vivid, imaginative and coeliac-friendly – then no one will feel excluded.


Elle is a CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) graduate, author and speaker. CNM trains students for successful careers in a range of natural therapies in class and online. Find out more at

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Get up close and personal with Scotland’s wildlife this Autumn

Wigwam® Holidays has glamping sites across Scotland which are perfect vantage points for spotting the nation’s incredible wildlife. Scotland’s varied and dramatic terrain forms the backdrop for 35 different Wigwam® Holidays sites, which can be found on the islands and in the highlands and lowlands of this great nation. Our glamping sites are close to nature – from the majestic golden eagle to the shy red squirrel – and blend perfectly with the landscape. Our heated timber cabins (many of which are en-suite) are handcrafted in Scotland and designed to keep you warm and snug as dusk descends. And, if it’s luxury you’re after, you’ll be pleased to hear that a selection of our sites have hot tubs! Some also offer our new accessible Wigwam® Cabin, which is suitable for wheelchair users. Wigwam® Holidays has been providing glamping accommodation in Scotland and the rest of the UK for more than 25 years. Now is the time to enjoy a great holiday in the great outdoors. Just remember to bring your binoculars to spot some of Scotland’s world-famous wildlife!

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Lavender fields Join us on a tour of Scottish Lavender Oils near Kinross


limate change might be a controversial topic, but the changing weather patterns have helped one husband-and-wife team realise their dreams of growing agricultural crops which are both environmentally friendly and complementary to their lifestyle. In 2015, Graham and Sarah Irwin decided to diversify Tarhill Farm near Kinross away from high input agricultural crops and into eco-friendly activities which were more in sync with their way of living. After much research, they planted 8,000 young lavender shoots adjacent to Loch Leven National Nature Reserve and have recently harvested their latest batch of Folgate, an English lavender with bright blooms and a deep nutty oil aroma, and Grosso, which is a hybrid.

Starting with two varieties, the farm has now increased to five and expects to trial a further 10 in 2020. “There are many different varieties of lavender, says Graham. “But they all basically originate from the ancient Lavandula Augustifolia plant grown by the Romans. “More recently though, a hybrid variety called Lavendula X Intermedia has been developed. These blooms yield a wonderful rich aroma and are super attractive to all insects. “July’s record outbreak of butterflies descended on the lavender en-mass, resulting in quite a sight!” The farm hosts five honeybee hives and around 100,000 bumble bees (including six different varieties).

Healing lavender Lavender oil is thought to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used to promote sleep and relaxation. Drinking herbal teas containing lavender may also help relieve digestive issues, such as vomiting, nausea, gas, and upset stomach. But you should never ingest lavender essential oil as, unlike the plant, it is toxic when swallowed.


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Harvesting the lavender is all done by hand to prevent injury to the insects and minimise trauma to the growing plants. “We want this project to fit with our belief that business - and farming, in particular – should sit comfortably within our managed and natural environment,” explains Graham. “We’re happy to accept negligible income in return for seeing an explosion of wildlife which has been so persecuted over the decades. “Apart from seeing a natural resurgence of hare, deer and ground nesting birds, we have also encouraged particular varieties of waterfowl on our lochan.”

Pure essential oils In 2018, Tarhill Farm commissioned a Portuguese company to manufacture a hand-made, pure copper alembic still for the distillation of the blooms and the extraction of the essential oils.

“Because our still is 100% hand riveted copper with no lead-based solders, it removes far higher levels of impurities from the steam vapour than a standard commercial pressurised steel still,” says Graham, who describes the process as a ‘labour of love’. “The oils are all extracted on the farm and sent for analysis at a master perfumer in The Cotswolds. “The different oils are then bottled and supplied to specialist craft artisans who need ultra, high-grade essential oils for their products and therapies. “We are the only ones in Scotland doing this, so we want to do it well.” Scottish Lavender Oils is the only commercial Scottish lavender farm and has the only commercial lavender still in Scotland. To find out more, or to get in touch, go to

Did you know? There are lots of different varieties of lavender. Among those grown at Tarhill Farm are Folgate (Lavendula Augustifolia); Grosso (Lavandula X Intermedia); Hidcote; Mailette, and Imperial Gem.

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Sanctuary by the sea Ever wondered why the salty air and crashing of the waves makes you feel good?


cientists have found that spending time by the sea, or any expanse of water, can make us healthier and happier. In her new book, By the Sea, Dr Deborah Cracknell talks about the therapeutic benefits of being in, on or by the sea and how, if we look after the oceans, they will look after us.

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reductions in heart rate and improvements in mood The negative ions in sea air accelerate your ability to absorb oxygen and balance your serotonin levels The bracing climate is especially beneficial to the respiratory organs and the skin. It also improves circulation and strengthens the body’s defences. Spending time by the sea promotes better mental health When you are by the sea, you are more likely to exercise

“There is something about the vastness of the oceans, which are significantly larger than the continents combined, that has drawn humans in a significant way since the beginning of coastal communities,” says Dr Cracknell. “Throughout history, people have gravitated to live near the sea. It’s part of the survival instinct. Water also has huge cultural and spiritual significance for people through the ages and, for centuries, we looked to the sand and surf as a fully stocked medicine cabinet.” By the Sea: The therapeutic benefits of being in, on and by the water by Dr Deborah Cracknell is available from

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Vlogging from the sea

Navigate your way to better health If you are looking for great coastal walks in Scotland, try Paths for All’s new online map showing hundreds of organised walks across the country – including details of how to join them. More than 670 Health Walks, from Lerwick to Dumfries & Galloway, are featured on the map, with new ones being added all the time. The walking map has been designed to make it easier for people to become more active and meet new people. The walks are free, low-level and last around 30 minutes. Many are also considered dementia and MacMillan cancer friendly. “Regular walking is such a powerful tool that can do wonders for your social, mental and physical health,” says Ian Findlay of Paths for All. “People are often surprised by how a simple, weekly walk can become such a big part of their lives. “We see people build strong friendships on Health Walks and discover little bits about the local history and wildlife of the places they live that can give them a whole new meaning and stronger sense of community.” Access the map at

Scottish author and purchasing coach Alison Smith of Landscaping Your Life is a huge advocate of open water swimming and does some of her best vlogging from the sea. In her new book, Can’t See the Wood for the Trees, she encourages people and organisations, large and small, to look to nature to help solve their problems and become ‘unstuck’. She also encourages solutionseekers to physically tread water when they feel they are getting nowhere. Check out her blog at alisonsmithlandscapingyourlife.

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Take the stress out of travel Anxious traveller? Crystal healer Lynsey Hanney shares how stones such as moonstone and malachite could be your best travelling buddies Do you get anxious when travelling? We’ve all been there… If anxiety and worry are threatening to become your travel companions, why not pack a crystal (or five!) to accompany you instead?

Why crystals? Different crystals give off different subtle energies and vibrations that many people believe can positively affect our physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Because of their unique properties, certain crystals can help with specific ailments. For example, the following stones are great to carry if you’re an anxious traveller, or if you just need a bit of comfort on holiday…


Know as the guardian stone for travellers malachite can help with fear of flying, alleviate jet lag and provide extra protection on a busy motorway. Before journeying, try holding it in your hand for a few minutes and setting the intention that it will help keep you safe. Disclaimer: I can’t promise it will save you from that dodgy looking chicken wing you ate at the M6 services. Luckily, malachite is also said to be good for travel sickness. If you’ve had one too many encounters with a road rage maniac on your daily commute then black tourmaline could help. It’s one of the best protection stones around and helps ward off negativity of any kind while also dispersing tension and stress. You could also place it in your holiday home doorway to create an energy shield and encourage only visitors who have your highest good in mind i.e. no thieves please. Have you ever been on a plane when the pilot announces there will be a short delay while they fix the engine? (I’m all for being truthful but sometimes less information is definitely more, Mr Captain!). If things like this make you jittery then look to amethyst. It’s a great all-rounder and its soothing energy and


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calming influence makes for a more relaxed journey. It’s common to feel homesick when away from your comfort zone. If this is you then reach for moonstone, which has long been known as the traveller’s stone. It is particularly good for nighttime travel and is also said to help protect your belongings; pack one in your luggage for a bit of extra comfort. Travelling wouldn’t be travelling without crowded airports or train stations surrounded by masses of technology. Shungite is brilliant for protecting against all types of electromagnetic forces, be it mobile phones, x-ray machines or laptops. And, if you’re doing something out of your comfort zone, reach for aquamarine, the stone of courage. Skydiving will be a cinch with this stone guarding your back – but remember, it can’t pull that parachute for you, common sense must still abound. It is also the stone of the sea (often carried by sailors as a talisman against drowning) so it’s great for any journeys over water.

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There are many ways you can use your crystals while travelling: pop them in your bra or pocket, sleep with them under your pillow, place them in your holiday home or wear them as jewellery. Just follow your intuition and they’ll be the best travel buddies you’ve ever had.

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Gina McKie Gina McKie is one of Scotland’s foremost radio presenters, adding a touch of glamour to Clyde 2, Forth 2, Tay 2, Westsound and many other radio shows across the length and breadth of Scotland. She is also a seasoned events host and author and is set to take centre stage at Scotland’s first Holistic FSTVL this September to talk her debut book ‘Imagination’. Q: What does health and wellness mean to you? A: Everything! Health is your wealth. It’s about being aware of your existence and how you treat your body. Q: What makes you happy? A: Learning. I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks. Q: Any health niggles? A: I have an under-active thyroid and would love to give up taking thyroxine. I have just bought a book called ‘Thyroid Healing’ by Anthony William. Q: Top 3 wellbeing tips? A: Diet, exercise and sleep (DES). Make DES your best pal! Q: Apart from friends and family, what three things could you not live without? A: Music, tweezers and my phone. Gina’s book is a pocket-sized pickme-up for people of all ages and backgrounds, with tips to help you cope with life’s many obstacles, boost your confidence, and navigate friendships and relationships. Find out more at


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Holistic Scotland Magazine Autumn 2019  

Take a peek inside Scotland's only health and wellbeing title. This issue covers how to reduce your risk of dementia, Autumn eye care, circu...

Holistic Scotland Magazine Autumn 2019  

Take a peek inside Scotland's only health and wellbeing title. This issue covers how to reduce your risk of dementia, Autumn eye care, circu...