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The Wonders of Bee Pollen!

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Melanie Brown

 

 

This is a photo of me enjoying the summer.

Well, what's the big deal some of you may be asking.  
Up until a couple of years ago, I used to fear the summer months. Whilst most people enjoyed being out in the sun, I seemed to get the ‘Summer Sniffles’. I would enviously watch as others would enjoy picnics sitting on the grass or playing with their young families.  

 

I on the other hand would experience watery, itchy eyes, a runny nose and constant sneezing. I tried all sorts of prescribed medication, but they never seem to help. Well that’s until recently.

A good friend of mine recommended bee pollen.

I personally noted after starting the tablets, that my typical symptoms seemed to disappear. I usually have to wear my sunglasses to protect my eyes from grass pollen. For the first time in years I could actually leave my glasses off and my eyes were not streaming. Even the sneezing stopped. I couldn’t believe it. Best of all, I didn’t feel as tired and drained. The symptoms often left me feeling exhausted.

So what is bee pollen?

Bee pollen is made by the honeybee and is also the food of young bees. It contains nearly all the nutrients that humans need and is rich in proteins and vitamins.

Bee pollen has numerous advantages but here are my favourite five benefits:-

  1. Energy booster – Because bee pollen is packed with rich nutrients, it is a fantastic natural energy booster which fights off tiredness and boosts your stamina.
  2. It has great soothing qualities - Helps with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and help with cell regeneration.
  3. Looks after the respiratory system – Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that have been noted to have a positive effect on the lining of the lungs which means that the onset of asthma is reduced.
  4. Brilliant for dealing with allergies – Research has shown that the pollen seems to reduce the presence of histamine which has meant that some allergies disappear. This confirmed that bee pollen was effective in respect of respiratory diseases.
  5. Aids the Digestive System – Bee pollen contains enzymes which help the body in getting all the nutrients that we need from food that we need.

If you want an allergy free summer, I would definitely recommend Bee Pollen.

Send me a personal message on my Facebook Page Mel’s Little Luxuries, if you would like to find out more about Bee Pollen.

Posted in Bee Pollen, Summer sniffles and Bee Pollen, The Benefits of Bee Pollen

So, What's So Fab About Shea Butter?

Posted on December 02, 2016 by Melanie Brown

I love Shea Butter. I use it in most of my handmade products. It’s creamy to the touch and produces great results.
 
It is a beautiful rich butter which is a superb moisturizer and beautifully hydrates your skin.
 
Shea Butter is known for its benefits for skincare. It is great for dry skin, skin irritations, scarring and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
 
This gorgeous butter is an excellent anti-ager as it is packed with anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E and A. If you want fantastic youthful looking skin, then take a look at this product.
 
Shea Butter nourishes and revitalizes your skin giving it a healthy and vibrant glow.
 
Especially around winter, Shea Butter is excellent for enhancing the appearance of your skin which can become ashy and dry due to the cold conditions.
 
I have created a body butter, Citrus Delight Whipped Body Butter, which has Shea Butter as its main ingredient. This is combined with jojoba oil, coconut oil and vitamin E to produce a rich body butter which leaves your skin feeling soft and luxurious. A little goes a long way.
 
I love using this straight after a hot bath. As you rub the butter into your skin, it absorbs into the layers of your skin leaving it feeling silky and smooth. This is a beautiful treat after a long tiring day.
 
If you want to learn more about Citrus Delight Whipped Body butter, check it out at the following link and give yourself a lovely spa treat!
 
http://tinyurl.com/hfndkcf

Posted in Anti-Aging, Citrus Delight Whipped Body Butter, eczema, hydrates, Hydration, Moisturizer, Shea Butter, skin care

What’s So Great About Drinking Lemon and Honey?

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Melanie Brown

 

How do you start your day?

Do you start it with a fresh cup of coffee?

Well it seems that there is a new craze to get your day off to a fabulous start. It’s lemon and honey!

Why are people so wrapped up with this new craze? Well, the ingredients have great benefits and here are a few: -

  • Honey is known for its antibacterial properties. It strengthens the immune system and speeds up the time your body needs to heal due to sickness.
  • Lemon juice contains Vitamin C which supports the immune system. Lemon combined with honey fights off colds and flu.
  • The combination of honey and lemon is a great source of energy.
  • This drink is a natural diuretic and stimulates the removal of waste out of the system.
  • Honey helps to increase collagen production and lemon juice purifies the blood. This combination means that you are left with healthy look skin.

Lemon and Honey is very easy to make. Simply squeeze the lemon juice into a tea cup and add a teaspoon of honey. Add some warm water and drink.

You will definitely reap the advantages of starting off your day with this great tasting drink.

If you care about your skincare regime, why not take a look at www.melslittleluxuries.co.uk Here you will find an array of pamper treats including a whipped body butter which beautifully hydrates the skin leaving it glowing and vibrant.

Posted in Benefits of drinking honey and lemon, Collagen, Honey, Immune System, Lemon

I Am Taking Care of Myself Today!

Posted on August 07, 2016 by Melanie Brown

I am taking care of myself today.

How often do you say this to yourself?

Do you actually do it?

Of course you don’t!

The reality is you lead such a busy life, just like everybody else!
You look after your family. You go to work and get stuck in the long queues for work. Then you work incredibly long hours often missing lunch breaks to keep up with deadlines.

You start snacking but the problem is you are eating things which aren’t particularly great for your diet. You’re eating high caloried snacks, drinking too much caffeine and sugar drinks.

You return home after fighting to get through the lengthy commuting queues. If you are lucky, you have a few minutes to be with your children before they go to bed. When they do go to bed, you might sit on the couch in front of the television and vegetate or you might be in a situation where you’ve had to bring work home just to keep on top of everything.

Then the whole crazy wheel of life starts again tomorrow. You just jump right back on, doing the same things you did the day before. But this cannot go on! You have to maintain your sanity!

You need to take care of yourself. Not just today but every day. Look after your health! Look after you! You forget that you are so important! If you keep up with this crazy routine, it’s going to take it’s toll! You need to be at your best. Just for you.

So I simply ask you to do one thing, even for one day. Take care of yourself.

Repeat to yourself, “I am taking care of myself today!” And actually do it! Go for a walk! Meditate! Pamper yourself! Breathe! These are all simple things but at least you are creating time for yourself to recover from the manic days of last week and mentally preparing yourself for whatever comes your way next week.

Take care of yourself!

If you are looking for a pamper treat for yourself, check out melslittleluxuries.co.uk for some gorgeous ideas. 

Posted in Pamper, Taking Care of Yourself

So What’s So Special About Mel’s Little Luxuries

Posted on August 06, 2016 by Melanie Brown

I know!

You are tired of the constant advertising and requests to buy this outstanding product and buy that. Then along comes Mel’s Little Luxuries. Well, who or what is that? What do they want you to buy?

I started this business out of a hobby. With 3 gorgeous children and a full time job, I needed to find some precious time for myself. So I started soap making and realised that I enjoyed it. It was fun creating something from scratch, but you have total control over what ingredients go into the products.

This got me thinking. If you are like me, you probably get fed up with the number of products out there on the market and you have no idea what they contain. When you try reading the labels, you are simply blinded by science.

For me this is quite worrying because 2 of my little angels have eczema and the prescriptions they were getting, weren’t helping and sometimes seemed to cause more of an irritation.

Now I was involved in soap making, it made me realise that I could craft a gentle product which could help with soothing their skin. I therefore started to take things a little more seriously.

I went on a number of courses and out of that Mel’s Little Luxuries was born. I create natural handmade products such as body butters, lip balms, soaps and bath bombs. They make great gifts, pamper treats and the natural ingredients have been known to help with making the skin look vibrant, healthy and glowing.

So that’s what Mel’s Little Luxuries is all about.

If you care about your skin and are looking at ways to keep a healthy and youthful appearance, why not pop over to www.melslittleluxuries.co.uk to take a look at the products on offer. They are lovingly made and you will find something for everyone.

 

Posted in Bath Bombs, Body Butter, Handmade Natural Products, Lip Balms, Soap

5 Top Tips for Vibrant Glowing Skin

Posted on August 03, 2016 by Melanie Brown

The environment and changing seasons have a dramatic impact on your skin. The cold winter can leave your complexion looking drab, lifeless and tired.

The summer can impact on the skin with harmful rays from the sun resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.

The best skin to have is glowing, vibrant and youthful looking skin and this really is achievable. So here are 5 fab top tips to help you achieve the best looking skin ever: -

1.Exfoliate – Exfoliation gets rid of dull looking skin by sloughing off dead skin to reveal glowing skin. Up to the age of 30, skin renews itself every 28 days. After 30, this process slows down and dead skin simply piles up on top of the dull skin. Exfoliation helps to remove this skin. Be sure to use a gentle exfoliator. Abrasive exfoliators can damage the skin which goes against what you are trying to achieve.

2.Seal in the Moisture – It is so important to keep the skin hydrated and this can be achieved through using a good moisturiser both day and night. A day moisturiser should have SPF which protects against sun exposure which can lead to premature aging.  Night creams are usually thicker as they work on the skin throughout the night with the aim of repairing the skin as you sleep.

3.Drink Enough Water – Water flushes out the toxins and hydrates the body which can only mean beautiful looking skin.

4.Eat Properly – Eating lots of fruit and vegetables and minimising salt and processed foods can only have a positive impact on your skin.

5.Get Enough Sleep – A lack of sleep can result in dark circles around the eyes and skin with a lack lustre appearance. Sleep allows the body to repair itself. Cells are repaired and your skin looks you youthful.

Following these simple top tips can lead to having an improved glowing and healthy appearance.

If you care about having beautifully hydrated skin, why not check out http://tinyurl.com/hfndkcf for my wonderfully moisturizing Citrus Delight Whipped Body Butter. It leaves the skin looking smooth, soft and hydrated. Go to       www.melslittleluxuries.co.uk to find out more.

Posted in 5 Top Tips For Vibrant Glowing Skin, Food, Hydration, Moisturizing, Sleep

7 Fabulous Reasons to Use Omega 3 Oils

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Melanie Brown

Do you care about your skin and your overall health?
 
I know I do.
 
Well, Omega 3 oils may be the answer to achieving overall good health and skin. They have been around for a long time and are still as popular as ever.
 
So what exactly are Omega 3 oils?
 
They are essential fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon.
The oils are said to have a number of benefits. Here are 7 fabulous reasons why you should use Omega 3 oils: -
 
1. They are great for maintaining cell structure and membranes. Cell membranes help to maintain water which means the skin remains perfectly hydrated.
 
Having healthy cell membranes are essential for allowing nutrients to get to the cells and remove all the toxins. These means both you and your skin look fab!
 
2. Omega 3 oils help with inflammation problems which means it deals with eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea.
 
3. Reduces the risk of skin cancer – research has shown that it inhibits inflammation in the skin caused by UV radiation
 
4. Reduces premature aging
 
5. Alleviates problems of pain arising out of osteoarthritis
 
6. Improved memory
 
7. Better bone health
 
Well, I know that I said I was going to give you 7 great reasons but I’m going to spoil you with one extra reason.
 
8. Decreased strokes and improved blood pressure
 
So how do you get omega 3?
 
You can get omega 3 fatty oils from oily fish such as salmon, trout, cod, sardines and mackerel.
 
Vegetarians can obtain omega 3 from nuts, seeds and walnuts and flax seeds for example.
 
Sometimes it is not always possible to obtain the recommended amounts of the oil from foods. This might be due to food being over processed. A way to get over this problem is to use supplements in the form of tablets and a common form of this appears as cod liver oil tablets.
 
If you want to find out more about omega 3 tablets, please contact by PM on my Facebook Page.
 
Are you happy with the condition of your skin?
 
Would you like to see it looking radiant and youthful?
 
Then please take a look at melslittleluxuries.co.uk. There you will find a selection of body butters, lip balms and soaps. These make fab gifts to friends and wonderful pamper treats for yourself.