Health and Beauty News – September

Health and Beauty News – September

HAPPY HAIR

The Mumma Love Organics range of innovative organic children’s and baby wash products, have already won a plethora of awards. The latest is the ‘Best Buy’ Green Parent Natural Beauty Award in the Baby and Child category for the ‘Just for Kids!’ Shampoo & Conditioner with calendula, (£4.99 for 200ml) partof their fun, bath-time range. Free from parabens, this gentle and nourishing paediatrician approved product is suitable for allskin types including eczema sensitive. Find at Planet Organic,biggreensmile.com and independent health food stores.

A SCENT OF STYLE

British luxury brand, L.K.Bennett, one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite brands, has launched its first ever fragrance, Signature (£49/50ml). This indulgent scent contains top notes of citrus, pepper& rhubarb, warmer heart notes of rose, jasmine,ylang ylang and deeper base notes of warm woods, dry amber, musk and vetiver. Designed in a stunning glass bottle, this not only smells amazing but will look fab on your fragrance shelf too.

SWEET DREAMS

Suffering from a lack of sleep is at the top of the list when it comesto health concerns according to latest research by Puressentiel. To help you reach the Land of Nod they have created a gorgeous new Rest & Relax Bath-Shower (RRP £9.99) to bring thenourishing and relaxing experience of a spa to your own home. Whether it’s poured into a full bath, or absorbed into the skin in the shower, the mix of 12 essential oils including True Lavender,Cypress, Green Mandarin and Sweet Orange in this formulawork to reduce anxiety, aid healthy, deep sleep and balance the nervous system. Available from Boots and Amazon.

TO YOUR BERRY GOOD HEALTH

Sambucol Black Elderberry is a naturaland effective supplement loved by parents,which can help build immunity and limit the duration of cold symptoms for both children and adults. Rich in antioxidants known as anthocyanins, derived from black elderberries and well known for their immunehealth benefits, the unique formulation andextraction process preserves and maximisesthe naturally occurring health benefits of the berry. Sambucol® Immuno Forte (RRP £9.99/ 120ml) is their best-selling formulation for all the family. To find out more visitsambucol.co.uk

HEALTH UPDATE

The UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, with just 34 per cent of babies still receiving breast milk aged six months, according to a report published earlier this year. In reaction to this, a new website has launched to support both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding parents and careers.iFeed aims to fill a gap in the help offered to parents due to children’s centre closures, over-stretched maternity and health visiting services, as well as to ensure parents who bottle feed receive more support.

Developed by academics at Coventry University, the website is designed to promote breastfeeding without excluding those who do not wish to or cannot breastfeed. It features advice and information for people making up bottles of formula or giving expressed milk to their child.This is alongside content to help mothers breastfeed as well as addressing some of the main barriers women come across, such as breastfeeding in public. There is a strong focus on parent-child bonding and how skin-to-skin contact can help with this.

The team behind the project, believe iFeed stands apart from other websites because of its focus on parents’ needs and the academic research that has gone into developing it and as it has been created with the input of psychologists.Dr Naomi Bartle, who is leading the iFeed project, says this shows that as bottle feeding is a cultural norm in the UK, more needs to be done to support parents who feed their child in this way.She said:“Feeding a baby is an emotional experience. Sometimes it feels like midwives, health visitors, family and friends are balancing on a tightrope trying to decide what information and support to give new parents.

“We know there are many benefits to breastfeeding and the site primarily aims to encourage it. But bottle feeding is still the norm in the UK and we have to recognise that in the support we offer parents. Otherwise we risk alienating those parents and missing opportunities to discuss infant feeding with them.  We feel there’s a real gap in support for parents that recognises there is a bottle-feeding culture and respects that decision by parents.” The website is available at ifeedproject.co.uk

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