The lovely people at Nelson, makers of Spatone (reviewed here) have sent samples of their Arnicare Bath & Massage Balm, Bach Emotional Eating Kit and Bach Rescue Liquid Melts for me to try for you.
As you know, I am always interested in anything which helps a busy parent to manage their stress levels better!
I have been reading Susan Balfour’s fabulous book “Stress Control: Stress Busting Strategies For the 21st Century” [review here] and Nelson’s products are a perfect complement to this.
|Nelsons Arnicare Bath & Massage Balm|
Nelsons Arnicare® Arnica Bath & Massage balm is a unique dual purpose relaxing balm which creates a luxurious, lovely fragranced bath to help ease aches.
It contains Arnica Montana to soothe and relax you after a tiring day, with Calendula, Evening Primrose and Sweet Almond Oils to hydrate and nourish the skin naturally.
The balm has a lovely Lavender and Grapefruit scent to help melt away tension and clarify the mind.
I found the milky bath very soothing after a day with the kids and I rely on the occasional hot bath to help my back. (I’m relying on Pilates to help set me straight, exercise-wise).
As a plus, the bath was easy to clean afterwards with no heavy, oily residue.
The advice is to use 2 capfuls per bath but I like the fragrance so much I used a good 3 to 4 capfuls. Nelsons Arnicare Arnica Bath & Massage Balm costs £8.49 and is available from Boots.
|Nelsons Emotional Eating Kit|
If you find yourself wandering off the path a bit when it comes to your diet and healthy living resolutions (don’t we all, especially with all that Easter chocolate on the horizon!), and you need a helping hand to get you back on track, then try Bach™ Emotional Eating Kit. [£11.99 at Boots]
The kit comprises three flower essences to help with emotional eating (using food to deal with your feelings).
You can create your own individual combination and adapt it to suit your changing moods.
The essences are alcohol and artificial additive free and suitable for the whole family.
Each essence offers a different psychological boost and can be taken as drops on the tongue or in a glass of water.
Crab Apple is for acceptance of yourself and your imperfections,
Cherry Plum can help you to think and act rationally and Chestnut Bud can help you gain knowledge from your experience.
I have used flower essences before and find them easy to take, comforting and reassuring. You don’t have the worry of side effects as you do with many over the counter medications.
|Bach Rescue Remedy Liquid Melts|
If you are having a difficult day and are struggling to find motivation, try some RESCUE® Liquid melts [£8.89 in Boots] to help when your day threatens to get on top of you.
The Bach Rescue Liquid Melts are tiny capsules containing 4 drops of a blend of 5 flower essences designed to offer calmness and to help you regain clarity.
You might argue that the act of pausing and taking stock is therapy enough but it is difficult to do when you are ‘up to your eyes’.
You simply place a melt on your tongue and let it dissolve.
The drops are combined with grapeseed oil which melt onto the tongue with very little taste.
I have previously used Bach Rescue Remedy (the same blend of drops) which comes in a glass bottle but the Melts are easy to carry in your bag and each individual melt is sealed for hygiene.
The Melts don’t contain alcohol and they are non-drowsy and suitable for all the family.
I was surprised to find that the famous Rescue formula comes in a number of formulations – even chewing gum!
In case you’re wondering what the 5 flower essences in the Rescue blend are, they are Rock Rose (for terror and panic), Impatiens (for irritation and impatience), Clematis (for inattentiveness and to counteract faintness), Star of Bethlehem (for shock) and Cherry Plum (for irrational thoughts and lack of self control).
So there you have it, Nelsons offer a wealth of alternative remedies to help you manage your stress – the natural way.
*PR samples were received for the purpose of this review.