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When my unborn child's heart stopped beating I remember a scream echoing through the clinic. Vaguely I was aware that it was my scream, but all I knew was that I had to get home. Get to my room. Crawl into bed.
I stayed there for ages. Maybe it was two weeks - I have no idea. Sometimes there was a gap in the silence where I raged, and had to trust my husband to keep us both safe. Mostly, it was silent.
A few people came over. I am not even sure if I said anything that made sense, but I was deeply grateful and it was a relief to feel gratitude amongst waves of anger, bitterness and grief. Many people didn't come over. For a long time this seemed as horrifying as anything else.
But then something else happened. The space and quiet led me to a deep place of meditation, prayer and connection that I've carried with me since. New insights about my life and new dreams began to emerge. When we're not spreading ourselves too far, we have the chance to dig deeper.
Sometimes you may find yourself in the midst of the unthinkable, and feeling alone. It can feel like trying to remember which way to swim while being thrown by a massive wave. We would do anything for something to hold onto until the waves subside enough to swim again.
If this is you, my heart is full of love for you. And know that there will be something to hold on to. We can't always rely on people knowing how to be there for us, or having the emotional bandwidth for it. Since my experience I've seen many people comment that they "declutter" friends who don't show up for them. I think there is room for a different approach.
When we are suffering or struggling, people will often say to us "Take care of your self". But what does that even mean? Here are the ways I offer you to provide yourself the care you need:
It's easy to feel disillusioned if you thought your friends would turn up in the tough times and they don't. And when you reflect on some of these friendships you may see that it was unhealthy or one-way. But don't assume your friends don't care about you. Keep in mind that people show their love in different ways, and some don't know how to give you the support you need.
I hope you find something on this page to hold on to. Let me know in the comments below which strategy you'll be trying, or perhaps a new way you might show up for a friend.
Sugar scrub is the easiest thing in the world. And the cheapest. It also leaves skin silky smooth and moisturised.
The principles of making a sugar scrub is just to combine oil and sugar in equal proportions. Adjust to preferred consistency. And if you want to get fancy, natural spices or essential oils - provided they're safe to use directly on the skin - add extra benefits and a great fragrance without the hormone disruption of the artificial stuff.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup macadamia oil
1 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (warming and cleansing)
Combine the oil and sugar in a bowl. Adjust the sugar: oil ratio to your preference.
Add the vanilla and cinammon.
Place scrub into clean glass jar.
To use: apply and scrub over body before shower or bath. Please note: this scrub is messy so use IN shower or bath! Also, it makes surfaces slippery so take care.
Wash as normal. Enjoy your glowing skin!
In the early 2000s, natural products were just beginning to become readily available, and I was keen to adopt this lifestyle for the planet and my own health. In the process of experimenting with the early products, I had more than my share of rashes, breakouts and at the worst point my armpits managed to become red and scaly and yet still somehow sweaty. It was not an easy road! Luckily these days the products available are prolific in number and many of them work well. To make things even easier, I want to tell you everything I've learnt about making the switch.
To begin with, there's no need to throw out all your products and buy new ones. That can be overwhelming and expensive. Instead, it's much more manageable to experiment with one product at a time. This way there is no more financial outlay than you normally would spend on products, less wastage; and if it takes a while to find the right replacement product, you won't be battling with a bathroom cabinet full of items that don't work for you.
My go-to website is the Environmental Working Group's Skindeep Database .
Reason to avoid
soaps (liquid/ bar)
disrupts thyroid and reproductive hormones
Vitamin A/ retinyl palmitate/ retinyl acetate/ retinoic acid/ retinol
increases sun sensitivity and when exposed to UV damages DNA of skin
SPF above 50
Only slightly improves sun protection but increases chemical load and leads to false sense of safety in sun
aerosol spray and powder sunscreens with nanoparticles, baby powder
spray and powder sunscreens
penetrate the lungs and enter bloodstream, inhaled baby powder hazardous to the lungs of babies
potential hormone disruptor
coal tar derivatives and lead
dark hair dyes
formaldehyde/ formalin and chemicals that convert to formaldehyde in the body such as bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidzaolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, methylene glycol
chemical hair straightener
carcinogen, respiratory irritant
nail polish remover, nail polish
potent neurotoxic, can impair fetal development, toxic to immune system
nail polish, hair spray
may damage male reproductive system and should be avoided by pregnant women
fragrance - non-specific ingredient which could be anything
perfume, and perfumed creams or skin care products, makeup, hair products - almost anything
can disrupt hormones, allergenic
potential carcinogen, causes depigmentation, in animal studies produced liver damage, interferes with thyroid and reproductive system functions
boric acid & sodium borate
liquid cosmetics and as a preservative, thickener or emulsifier in many cosmetic products
hormone disruptors, may harm male reproductive system, long term use may affect kidneys
parabens , propyl-, isopropyl-butyl-isobutyl
preservative in cosmetics
may disrupt hormones
PEG/ cetearet/ polyethylene
base for creams, toothpaste
probable carcinogen, hormone disruption
alpha & beta hydroxy acids/ lactic acid/ glycolic acid
anti-ageing products and facial peels
increases UV skin damage
hydroquinone, mercury derivatives (calomel, mercurio, mercurio chloride)
can cause permanent skin disease; mercury in overseas lighteners is a poison
petroleum extracts/ mineral oil
moisturisers, hair conditioners, lip balm
often contaminated with carcinogens, organ toxicity
Now I'd love to hear from you! I'm still learning all the products out there and as you can tell, while I have some products that are very effective and very pure, I'm a bit less committed to others. Please share any pure products you love in the comments below, so we can all benefit from each other.