Why we should always have some aloe vera gel in the medicine cupboard

My wife regularly gets heat rash (which is a bit embarrassing as a South Indian). The main remedy she uses is aloe vera gel, so I know from experience how incredibly soothing this stuff is.

The sap of the aloe vera plant contains minerals and proteins, vitamins and amino acids, which are essential for cell growth and renewal in the human body. That’s why it has been used for centuries to care for the skin. It deeply penetrates the skin and nourishes the skin from the inside out.

Life Stream Biogenic Aloe Vera Gel is not sticky and contains no parabens, artificial colourants or synthetic fragrances. It’s called biogenic precisely because of its ability to stimulate cell rejuvenation.

Alo vera - 'the medicine plant'
Aloe Vera – ‘the medicine plant’

In addition to using aloe vera on rashes you can use it on wounds, sunburn, scalding, blisters, cold sores, stings and bites. It also useful for scalp problems like dandruff and psoriasis, and can soothe the inflammation and pain associated with muscle strains and arthritic pain.

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Splash out on Green People’s mini holiday cosmetics

There must be a little Japanese in me… I love mini versions of bigger things – as long as they’re useful that is…

Green People now have a set of mini hair and skin care products which are very useful for taking on holiday – and they’re all 100ml or under so you should be able to carry them on a plane.

Don’t forget that Green People are vegan and organic too.

Green People travel miniatures
Green People travel miniatures

The Shampoo and Conditioner are both a form of UV defence and gently cleanse the hair from salt and chlorine.

The Sun Lotion is factor 15 and is a tan accelerator; and the After Sun is just a jolly good moisturiser, perfect for cooling down and loving your skin (not just for when you’ve been burnt).

There’s a Cooling Hydrating Mist too for when you feel hot and clammy. It’s carefully blended to soothe, refresh, hydrate and balance your skin. (You can also keep it in the fridge to make it extra cold!)

Finally, there’s a Cleanser & Make-up Remover. Whether you’ve worn make-up or not this cleanser is sensitive enough to help purify, hydrate and feed your skin making you feel all clean and looked after. Perfect after a grimy sweaty day.

For the whole Green People range on GoodnessDirect look here.

The ‘free from’ times, they are a changing… for the better!

Everyone’s getting excited about this year’s Allergy & Free From Show this May. It’s the biggest event yet for everyone affected by an allergy or intolerance with the latest products, information and up-to-date support.

Tickets are free so come and see us there.

Tom Treverton, Event Director at The Allergy & Free From Show, tells us how it’s going…

As our team enters the home straight towards this year’s Allergy & Free From Show (18 – 20 May, Olympia, London), our third edition as organisers, the excitement in the office is really building.

This is an event that we all love working on. Since we took it on in 2010, year-on-year growth (in terms of visitors, exhibitors and sponsors) has been staggering. 2012 is set for another record year; pre-show ticket registrations are already 4,000 higher than they were at this stage in 2011 (and last year’s show ultimately attracted over 10,000 visitors!).

Naturally, these kinds of trends will make any event organiser very happy, though they are certainly not the only reasons we enjoy working hard to progress this show each year.

Another massive reason: this is an extremely important event to our visitors, because it’s the only UK public-facing show that exists for people living any kind of ‘free from’ life, for reasons of health (i.e. due to allergies, intolerances, coeliac disease, chemical sensitivities) or lifestyle. Our job is to provide the best possible live forum, where visitors can discover product / treatment solutions and take control.

In direct contrast to the woefully inadequate UK provisions of skilled healthcare professionals in this space (supply still nowhere near demand!), we are constantly amazed by the incredible number of fantastic ‘free from’ products that are emerging – seemingly on a daily basis – and are becoming part of the show! These are positive changes; this constant influx of improved products and new choices can only enrich the visitor experience.

We’ve instigated a few changes of our own. The show will take residence in the larger, recently completed West Hall at Olympia, London. We’ve also tweaked our show name, replacing ‘gluten free’ with ‘free from’, in order to better reflect what the show has become. Yes, we are (and will always remain) 100% committed to serving those that need to exclude gluten from their diets, BUT we also exist for those living free from… nuts, dairy, eggs, soya, wheat, pet hair, dust mites and pollen (to name just a few!).

A final change… there will be two editions of the show in 2012! Alongside the London show in May, we are launching a northern edition of the event, taking place later in the year in Liverpool from 27 – 28 October. We can’t wait to replicate the buzz of the London show on Merseyside.

The UK ‘free from’ market is rapidly maturing, and is undoubtedly one of the best on the planet. We relish working on a show that’s right at the heart of that market and delivering a multi-sensory, exciting live event that places the leading brands alongside the thousands of people that are looking to discover them!

See you on the show floor!

Tom Treverton, Event Director, The Allergy & Free From Show

London show: 18 – 20 May 2012, West Hall, Olympia, London
Liverpool show: 27 – 28 October, BT Convention Centre, Liverpool.
Tickets: Access FREE tickets for either show at www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/goodnessdirect
Exhibiting enq: Bruce@f2fevents.co.uk / +44 (0)1442 289927
Website: www.allergyshow.co.uk

Free tickets to The Allergy and Free From Show: 18-20 May 2012

Got an allergy? Is your diet Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Casein Free, Lactose Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free?

The Allergy & Free From Show 2012 has teamed up with GoodnessDirect to give you unlimited FREE tickets (worth £10 each)!

Taking place from 18 – 20 May at London’s Olympia, this is Europe’s largest public event dedicated to delivering solutions for free from lives. If you suffer from asthma, eczema, sensitive skin, hay fever, chemical sensitivities, food intolerance, coeliac disease or other allergies or intolerances then this is for you.

Last year’s event was an enormous success…


This year there are more free from features and exhibitors than ever before:

  • Try and buy the latest free from foods, skincare and household products
  • Consultations, seminars and workshops with the UK’s top Allergists, Dieticians and other specialists
  • Free from cooking demonstrations
  • Charities, support groups and thousands of like-minded attendees

And a host of additional exciting content!

Come and see us there (Stand 135) for free…

Book unlimited free tickets for you, your friends, family and colleagues at www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/GoodnessDirect

Did you know elderberry juice was so powerful?

Who knew that elderberry juice had so many benefits?

Not only does it contain vitamins A, C and B, it also feeds you a healthy dose of antioxidants.

This seems to have a good effect on the immune system as Elderberry Juice is renowned for its ability to treat illnesses like the flu, common colds, sore throats and other infections.

Its ability to reduce mucus also seems to help with asthma, coughs and bronchitis.

pure elderberry juice
Finally, a pure organic elderberry juice

What is more elderberry juice is also documented as helpful for treating serious diseases like AIDS and diabetes. It helps lower cholesterol levels and maintains a healthy digestive system. It has anti-viral, anti-histamine properties and is thought to deal with many other ailments from yeast infections to skin problems.

Sceptical?
I’m wary of listing illnesses as if one herbal remedy could be a cure-all, but the information available about elderberry juice is pretty impressive.

If you are interested Biona have produced a pure organic elderberry juice. While you can find elderberry syrup, this currently seems to be the only completely pure elderberry juice widely available on the UK market.

Could skin discolouration be treated by Ginkgo

Some encouraging news about the treatment of the skin disease Vitiligo.

The illness which causes patches of skin discolouration has shown positive responses to the intake of ginkgo biloba.

The latest test was only conducted with 12 people, but researchers found that there was great improvement as a result: the size and degree of depigmentation reduced, and also the spread of vitiligo was less.

It is very early days yet, many more tests need to be done. Orest Szczurko, the  head scientist recommends that “any attempt to use ginkgo in the management of vitiligo should be carefully monitored by a doctor, given that there are still many questions about the correct dose, its true effectiveness, interactions with other conditions or therapies, and possible adverse reactions.”

Ginkgo’s benefits are said to include improved memory,  concentration and circulation, particularly to hands and feet. However, there are concerns about the correct dosage, side effects have sometimes been bleeding, headaches and digestion problems.

Toothpaste – do you know what you’re putting in your mouth?

When you put toothpaste in your mouth do you really know what you’re putting in? Or when you use deodorant do you know what’s going on your skin?

That’s why I like natural based products with nothing artificial in them. Tom’s of Maine have been making hygiene items since the 1970s.

The thing I like about Tom’s of Maine is that their website explains each and every ingredient so you can see exactly what you’re getting – much like we do at GoodnessDirect – but with greater scientific detail.

Tom's of Maine
Webshot from Tom's of Maine

Each item has a list of ingredients and if you click through there’s a layman’s explanation of what the ingredient is…

Close up of webshot
Close up of webshot

They’ll also tell what the ingredient is for, where’s it’s come from, if there are any alternatives and what the risks might be. That’s pretty impressive.

Tom’s also have a great commitment to sustainability, they aim to keep their products affordable and their ethics animal friendly.

If you’d like to find out more about the Tom’s of Maine values, visit their YouTube Channel.