Organic Defence Hand Spray

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Neals Yard Remedies Organic Defence Hand Spray

We are becoming more aware now of viruses and germs.  When we enter the doctors or hospitals we now have to use the hand sanitiser that is displayed.

I remember when my children were growing up that I was also taking wet wipes out with me in my hand bag to use to clean their sticky hands after having ice cream etc or when out on picnics.  This was also good again in an emergency when out and about with their grubby hands or for our own use.

But becoming aware of using a hand sanitiser makes you also aware of the chemicals that can be used in these wet wipes and sprays.  I know I have used some in the past that have reacted with my eczema, so I have to be careful.

It is lovely to be able to recommend NYR hand sanitiser for everyday jobs at home and
when out and about, but also to use with my reflexology treatments as a spray for the feet!Organic Hand Defence Spray

This certified organic hand sanitiser combines a blend of pure essential oils with witch hazel to naturally purify and protect your hands, keeping them clean and fresh.

It’s your gentle yet effective, all-natural organic alternative to harsh synthetic chemical sprays.

Perfect for cold and flu season, festivals, picnics and everyday use, in a light, family friendly spray..


  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria
  • All-natural protection against most common bacteria and viruses
  • No harsh synthetic chemicals
  • Clean and fresh hands

How to Use:

Spray on to hands and rub until dry.


  • Flammable.  Keep away from heat and flame.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Not for facial use.
  • Keep out of reach of children.


Alcohol Denat.*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Aqua/Water Eau, Alcohol*, Glycerin*, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil*, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Leaf Oil*, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil*, Melaleuca Viridiflora Leaf Oil*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil*, Lavandula Hybrida Oil*, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

*Organically produced ingredient.  From essential oils.

Made with 95% organic ingredients.

Click here to get more information   Organic Hand Defense Spray

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Ali’s Therapy Academy Workshop

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Workshop ‘Build & Thrive Your Business’

Saturday 26th September I ran a workshop for the day ‘Build & Thrive Your Business’.  This was all about looking through what was needed to start and run a business.  It is essential to build a foundation and work from the core of your business so it is important to put in the basics and some of these basics are not known!

To start I asked the attendees questions about themselves:

  1. What is the mission with my business?
  2. Who is my ideal client?
  3. Are my therapies a hobby or business?
  4. Will I do things that scare me to grow my business?
  5. Do I believe in myself?
  6. Am I 100% committed

and more……….

These questions we discussed around the table because it was not just about setting up their business – it was about the why.  It was also a way that they found out more about themselves, some things they had not even thought of!  Most of us go into Complementary Therapies because we love what we do, but to run a business is much more and for some when that realisation hits,  their therapies then become a hobby or they give their business up.  It takes hard work and commitment to market and get clients, to put yourself out their in the big wide world.

What is your Mission? this is the background to your business plan – your ideal client,  the result you want to achieve with them and your solution.

Through the morning we covered the essentials to put in place to start your successful therapy practice including – name, USP, branding, pricing, finance, insurance, licences and professional organisations.

In the afternoon we went through how to create a successful practice and building the most important thing in your business – the database or client list.

This is so important, this is your business.  If you have no client list, you have no clients.  There are many ways to build this list and the reasons why to build it.  You have to keep in touch with your clients to remind them that you exist.  It is not for them to remember you.  This is with the use of newsletters with hints and tips to show your expertise, to help them, to show you care and to build relationships.  A lot of clients do not book on the first meeting or referral with you.  There has to be a trust built between the 2 of you and regular contact of help and information can do this.  There is so much you can do with this list and what you can create all to the benefit of your clients.

The workshop was held at the beautiful venue of The Hamblin Trust in Chichester.  This is a charity run company and spiritual sanctuary.   They have a variety of classes and workshops running through the week to enrich people’s lives.  All this is held in beautiful and tranquil woodland gardens and we had the opportunity to be able to sit in these gardens at lunchtime.  The chance to be able to hear the birds singing and to watch the squirrels.  These gardens are open to the public – a place to come and be quiet, to meditate or to just be.

It was a beautiful day spent in beautiful energy.  There was a lot achieved in the day but all done in a tranquil and calming energy.


Thanks Ali, brilliant workshop.  I’ve learnt a lot and have lots to work on and think about.  Feeling confident.                                                                                                                        Amanda

Lovely workshop Ali at a beautiful venue – thoroughly enjoyed it and have come away with lots and lots of valuable information.  Thank you.                                                                 Miranda

Great day in a beautiful environment.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge, very grateful.  Have a lot to think about and do!                                                                                        Samantha

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NYR Arnica Salve



One of the most wonderful and natural products from Neals Yard Remedies is Arnica Salve.  The benefit of this salve is that it draws out the aches and pains.  So ideal for before exercise to warm up the muscles and after exercise to help prevent stiffness great for those of you that go to the gym, play golf, do sport etc but also ideal for tension/stiff shoulders,(computer use) arthritis and joint pain, and speed up the healing of bruises.

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The salve is very warming, soothing and comforting.  I am now using this in with my massage routines especially for tight, sore shoulders and lower back.  It helps to warm up the muscles for me to work on and aid relaxation.

The ingredients include arnica extract, comfrey extract, lavender and ginger & rosemary warming essential oils.  It is very anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

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Sorry it’s been quiet!

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Well it’s been months!

As some of you know its been very busy for me over the last 3 years!  Back in January 2013 I launched another business Ali’s Therapy Academy  which helps other therapists with their business.  This service is provided online via articles, podcasts and videos.  Also live workshops, talks and presentations and 1-2-1 mentoring.ATA Business card front

All this time while building up this new business I kept going with Ali’s Holistics and thanks to my core of clients for sticking with me!  It was a quiet time as I did neglect the website, social media, offers and promotions as I was busy learning all new techy, geeky computer stuff!  I am hoping now though to be able to use these new skills with Ali’s Holistics and to be able to offer you some free new digital products over the coming months!

I hope you have seen that earlier on this year I was able to update the website  and there have been a few changes with the business and still with more to come.  Hot Stone Reflexology has now been added to the therapies available and also now I am a consultant for Neals Yard Remedy Products.  So you are now able to buy organic natural products from and also have a home/group party or workshop.

I have been running Ali’s Holistics now since 2000 and I have no intention of giving it up in the near future!  I still love my therapies and my clients with a passion and I am still able to offer therapies in the evening and in the comfort of your own home as usual.

So I am hoping now and planning to keep up to day with this in future sharing information about holistic health and wellness about also bringing in more day to day things and also with what is happening with Ali’s Therapy Academy.

So thanks for sticking with me and I hope you like the changes, and, the ones to come, and see you soon.

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Stress and Relaxation

Welcome to the world of stress, an inescapable reality of modern life that has been linked to many disorders ranging from allergies to asthma, from stomach problems to heart disease.  In fact, some physicians estimate that at least 80 percent of their patients have stress-related symptoms.2c5815abf8b0852316bfabcb7eee34c6


To melt away stress at the end of the day and ease the transition between work and home, use clary sage and lavender, 2 essential oils that relax.

There are several methods of using aromatherapy essential oils, all of which are very enjoyable and provide a basis for ongoing good health.

Massage –  Massage has been found to be the most effective way of using essential oils.  The balancing properties of the essential oils encourage the desired response using small amounts.  Varying from the suggested strength, however, can actually result in the opposite of the intended result.  For example Lavender essential oil is relaxing but in too great a strength it is stimulating.  Similarly, a small amount of Peppermint essential oil is stimulating but used in larger quantities produces the opposite – a soporific effect.

A full aromatherapy massage is wonderful for relieving and healing stress related conditions. Back massage is very helpful because shoulders and backs often give us the first signals that we are ‘under stress’.


  • Choose a base oil like sweet almond oil in which to blend the essential oils.
  • Fill a 10 millilitre bottle with the base oil.
  • Choose the essential oils for your blend.  You might choose for example, a mix of Lavender for relaxation; Sandalwood to release tension in the throat area; and Bergamot to uplift.
  • Mix the blend:  to get the maximum number of drops of essential oil divide the number of millilitres in the bottle by two.  For a 10 millilitre bottle this means the maximum is 5 drops of essential oil though you can use fewer than 5 for a more subtle blend.  Suggested proportions of the above would be:

BATHING  At the start of the day – use the essential oils to stimulate your mind and protect your body for the day ahead.  Examples of these are Rosemary which will stimulate the mind and Lavender for protection of the immune system.  At the end of the day – choose oils like Geranium, Lavender or Clary Sage which will help you to unwind and relax.


  • Run a bath which is not so hot as to cause the oils to evaporate.
  • Add 3-5 drops of essential oil.
  • Agitate the water.
  • Soak in the bath and relax for 10-15 minutes.
  • Gently dry yourself to allow maximum absorption of the oils.


Soothing a troubled brow – This well-known expression refers to an important location – the brow or forehead.  Stroking the brow or holding your head in your hands links into the pressure points for emotional release located in the forehead.  Thus by stroking the brow or placing a compress with essential oils on it, the tension is eased.  The back of the neck, or aching limbs also respond well to compresses.


  • Prepare the blend as for massage.
  • Follow first-aid procedures to make the compress and to choose the appropriate water temperature.
  • Add one to two drops of essential oil to a small bowl of water.
  • Gently lay the compress on the water.
  • Place the compress on the affected area.


Inhalation is good for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract.


  • Pour two pints of boiling water into a bowl.
  • Add 10 drops of an essential oil indicated for the chest like Eucalyptus, Camphor or Thyme; or a blend of these essential oils.
  • Agitate the water.
  • Put a towel over your head.  Close your eyes and inhale the vapours for a few minutes at a time for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable.
  • Repeat this several times a day as desired.
  • A facial steamer with 5 drops of essential oil may be used instead of the bowl


This is used to work with the emotions at times of stress such as – impatience, irritability, lack of confidence, intolerance, tearfulness, lack of energy, taken too much responsibility, hard to say no, hard to change etc.


Siberian ginseng tones the nervous system and increases your resistance to stress.  Take the herb in either capsule of tincture form, following the dosage recommendations on the label.


Imagine that you are a feather floating in the air.  You become more and more relaxed as you drift downward toward the ground.  You finally glide to the ground, gently and softly touching down.  As you’re lying there, all stress has left your body, and you feel totally and completely relaxed.  Use this imagery for two to five minutes three times a day.


An overall reflexology session, touching all of the major points of the feet, will help relax you and ward off stress.  To deal with extra tension pay special attention to the diaphragm, the spine and the pituitary, parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal gland reflexes.


To help offset some of the damage caused by stress, try these daily supplements – 200 to 400 milligrams of magnesium, 10 – 1—milligrams of B complex vitamins and 500 to 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C.



Stomp out the smokes – Besides increasing your risk for heart disease and lung cancer, smoking triggers the release of stress hormones in the body.  Quitting is the most important thing you can do to feel less stressed and more relaxed.

Curb the caffeine – Caffeine is stimulant that can trigger the fight-or-flight response to stress, so avoid coffee, tea, cola, chocolate and other foods and beverages containing caffeine.

Calm down with carbs – Eating grains, vegetables and fruits loaded with complex carbohydrates, such as spaghetti, baked beans and apples, can trigger the release of hormones that will help relax you.

Work up a sweat – Regular exercise is a fundamental part of any relaxation program.  It can lower anxiety, fend of depression and help increase a person’s self-esteem.  Try walking 15-20 minutes as day.

Make time for a daily chuckle – Humour is a powerful ally in your quest for relaxation.  A good laugh triggers the release of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that produce feelings of euphoria.  It also suppresses the production of cortisol, a hormone released when your under stress that indirectly raises blood pressure by causing your body to retain salt.  So try to find humour in daily life.


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A pet cat can help with stress and relaxation

Did you know that today (29th October 2014) is National Cat Day. (and Internet Day!) 9a7c1385f8cdd861ded6d745f4b914de


Cat’s are beautiful elegant creatures that tend to strut around in life quite aloof  (except the tom cat!)  Most of my friends who have cats believe that they have become slaves for their cat and I recognise that from when I had my own when I lived on my own.  My cat was adorable but only when she was ready.  She would not come to you unless she wanted to, unless she sensed you needed her!

Cats are wonderful for helping relax you if you are stressed or anxious.  The sound of their purr and the actual motion of stroking them helps to calm and lower the blood pressure.

Do you ever get the feeling your cat knows when you’re unwell, and even where it hurts? If you have a headache, he seems to know to settle down by your head. If it’s a stomach ache, he’ll come and sit on your abdomen. And all the time he’s there, he purrs and purrs and purrs!

We all know a cat’s purr is relaxing and stress-reducing, but science has shown it can also be physically beneficial. It’s not just the sound of purring that’s important, but the vibration it produces.

But it’s the cat’s “healing by association” that people find most interesting – that ability to sympathetically help cure illness in people simply by being around them. For instance, many individuals swear they can ease or completely eliminate their migraine headaches simply by lying down with a purring cat next to their head. And studies have shown that people with cats, especially senior citizens, have lower blood pressure and can live longer than people without cats.

Does your cat ever sense when you are ill or feeling down?

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