Holiday-Wise: Wellness Tips

Health Cart Kenya Blog Post Holiday Season Essentials

Looking forward to the holiday season? Fun and exciting times ahead! Relaxing, family time and letting the year drain out of you. Here are some tips from The Health Cart to help you be holiday-wise and enjoy every single moment of your well deserved break.

Milk Thistle – Your Liver’s BFF

Bloating and gas, acid reflux, constipation are all consequences of a change in diet and haphazard meal times. Fatigue and weight gain may be experienced after your holidays. Overindulgence puts a huge burden on your liver which is constantly removing toxins from your system and aiding proper digestion.

Milk thistle is a powerful liver cleanser, blood purifier and a traditional natural hangover remedy.

A.Vogel Milk Thistle drops contain fresh extracts of Dandelion, Artichoke, Peppermint and dried Boldo leaves to give extra help for the digestive system. Use 15 to 20 drops twice daily, in a little water.

Health Cart Kenya A. Vogel Milk Thistle Drops


 Orange Essential Oil – For A Festive Fragrance

Aromatherapy has incredible physical and emotional healing benefits. Just a few drops of Orange Essential Oil can infuse a room with a cheerful and uplifting aura, at the same time has a relaxing and calming effect. Imagine this fragrance at your family festivities – simply citrulicous isn’t it? 

But wait! Orange oil is not simply a fragrance. Used with a carrier oil, an Orange oil massage is known to encourage blood flow, relieve discomforts associated with inflammation, headaches, menstruation and helps with low libido.

NOW Foods Orange Essential Oil is cold pressed from fresh sweet fruit peel.

Health Cart Kenya NOW Foods Orange Essential Oil


Melatonin – Get into the (Sleep) Rhythm

Travelling, partying and simply lazing in bed till late morning during the holidays is probably unavoidable. This is likely to mess up your sleep cycles, so let’s get you back into the rhythm with melatonin.

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is key to sleep and the sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is not a sedative. Instead, it works to promote sleep by helping to regulate the body’s bio clock and sleep-wake cycles. Melatonin may shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and increase overall sleep amounts, improve the quality of sleep and reduce daytime sleepiness and fatigue.  Source: The Sleep Doctor

Sundown Naturals Super Snooze Melatonin contains a herbal blend of Valerian, Hops, Chamomile and Passion Flower. It is a terrific drug-free choice for people experiencing occasional sleeplessness, those with jet lag, or anyone seeking to improve their quality of rest.

Health Cart Kenya Sundown Naturals Super Snooze Melatonin


Horse Chestnut Gel – Cooling Relief for Tired, Aching Legs

Lengthy journeys with limited leg room or when you find yourself being sedentary for long periods can result in poor circulation and make your legs tired, stiff and heavy. Horse chestnut extracts in gels are soothing, providing cooling relief to legs that feel weary, heavy and uncomfortable – fantastic after a night out, dancing or a day’s shopping. Useful for long journeys (especially by plane), during hot weather and can be used during pregnancy. A must-have for those suffering from varicose veins.

Venagel by A Vogel is made from freshly harvested horse chestnut seeds. Massage a small amount of the gel onto the skin 2 to 3 times a day using an upwards motion. Pay special attention to the ankles and the areas that feel most uncomfortable.

 Health Cart Kenya A Vogel Venagel


Nutrient-Rich Blue-Green Algae

Are your holiday time meals more likely to be goodies and treats or nutritious and wholesome? At family events that are becoming rarer in our busy lifestyles, you are likely to enjoy a temptation, or two…or three! Go ahead and enjoy your treats, life is indeed short but don’t miss out on your vital nutrients. Here’s where Spirulina steps in.

Spirulina, one of the oldest life forms on earth, is a concentrated and natural superfood. Very rich in amino acids (protein), vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, trace elements and anti-oxidants.

Did you know?
NASA uses spirulina as a food for astronauts because of its uniquely high nutrient densities in such small dosages. Source: Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Tiwani Spirulina comes in capsule form making it convenient to take and more palatable. Recommended 2-4 capsules per day with breakfast/lunch

Tiwani Spirulina is a Proudly Kenyan Brand

Health Cart Kenya Tiwani Spirulina


Aloe Love

Aloe Vera Gel is an invaluable part of your first aid kit. This gel has a royal history, used as a beauty treatment and for healing by Queen Cleopatra. A soothing and cooling remedy for burns, sunburn, insect bites and rash. Aloe vera gel is also an effective moisturizer for dry, chapped skin.

Optima Health Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel is produced from Aloe vera juice, capturing the maximum nutritional activity of the Aloe vera plant. All Aloe Pura Skin Care Products are Free from Artificial Perfumes and Colours, SLS & Parabens.

Health Cart Kenya Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel


Food For The Mind

This is the time to catch up on your reading. Was it your long-forgotten resolution this year? Well, not too late to befriend a book. And we have just the perfect book for you.

THE BIGGER DEAL by Sunny Bindra : Work Your Way to a Life of Meaning, is a book about possibilities. It is an impassioned demonstration that there is so much more every single one of us can do to have bigger lives.

The Bigger Deal is about better businesses, better careers, and better contributions to our shared humanity. It is a book about the meaning of work, success, and life.





Happy Wishes for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season from The Health Cart!



Image Credits
Spirulina: @malkiacreativemedia
Aloe Vera Gel: @ewelina.dabkiewicz