Wednesday, 5 January 2011


A recent survey from Arnicare found that we girls just aren't finding the time to relax, with a quarter of  us admitting that we relax for less than one hour a day and a frazzled 1 in 12 of us saying that we have no time for relaxation at all. Now most of us are back to the daily grind for 2011, perhaps we should make one resolution; to take a wee bit more time to chillax and unwind. Here are a few products that may help you achieve your inner zen...

Arnicare bath & massage oil, £7.95
Available at Boots,
We all know that baths provide a great way to relax, but to ensure you're getting the maximum out of your time in the tub, drop in a couple of cap fulls of Arnicare bath & massage oil. It smells divine, and contains Arnica montana to help soothe and relax muscles, Calendula, Evening Primrose and Sweet Almond Oil tohydrate and nourish skin as well as Lavender and Grapefruit oils to help relax the mind. Arnicare arnica bath & massage balm can be rubbed directly into the skin after bathing to seal in moisture and help massage away aches too.
Valerian, £9.95
Nature's Best,

Sleep is another great way wind down, rest and regenerate but sometimes, when we need it most, we find it hardest to bed down. Valerian is especially good to take during times of stress, anxiety, tension, hysteria, and over-excitability. It is a handy bed-side table sleep aid due to its ability to raise levels of the nerve chemical ‘gamma-aminobutyric’ which calms the brain and body so sleep can occur naturally. It can also be used to treat and conditions worsened by stress like irritable bowel syndrome.

Diet can help you relax, particularly if you eat foods rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the brain produce serotonin - a chemical that calms you down, and melatonin - a hormone that can make you sleepy. Try foods like cheese, chicken, eggs, milk, nuts and rice for a natural way to de-stress yourself.

HoMedics 3-Node Deluxe Shiatsu Foot Massager, £61.27
Available at Boos,
Massage loosens muscles and helps us feel more relaxaed. After a long day on your feet, try using the HoMedics 3-Node Deluxe Shiatsu Foot Massager. It gives feet an invigorating massage, relieving stiffness and tension. It can be operated with your feet - so there's no need to move. Just sit down and relax. It feels amazing!
Balance Me Wind Down Wash, £12.52
Sometimes there's no time  for baths or sleep, so a really speedy way to relax and unwind is required. Balance Me Wind Down Wash contains contains Ylang Ylang which energises  skin and leaves it cleansed and balanced. This product contains essential oils to optimise health and well-being, you'll love it!

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