Healing Chick

A health and happiness blog, packed full of natural pick me ups


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Spring Cleaning: Homemade DIY Skin Treats

The sun is shining and spring is upon us! Out with the old and in with the new. The idea of deep-cleaning the house during spring time dates back to traditional Persian and Jewish customs. The Iranian practice of ‘khooneh tekouni’ or ‘shaking the house’ is carried out before the Persian New Year on the first day of spring and Jews deep-clean their homes in preparation for the spring time festival of Passover.

Spring is the ideal time to de-clutter and add more Zen to your living space, but it is not only our homes which can benefit from a thorough clean out – our bodies can reap the benefits too. Spring-clean and detoxify your skin with these natural homemade skin transformers to step into spring all shiny and new.

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A book review! Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts for My Generation by Miranda Kerr 

It would be too easy to give this book a bad review for being another book by another supermodel. Yes – the cover is pink and features a pouty Miranda – and the title is a bit naff. But the truth is I like this book. I read TREASURE YOURSELF:  Power Thoughts for My Generation  by Miranda Kerr as a prequel to the more recently published EMPOWER YOURSELF which came out in 2014. Review to follow…

Miranda Kerr clearly wasn’t aiming her book at the academia so to slag it off for being too girly or having slightly larger-than-average print would be unjust. Reading this book was a bit like having a girls night in – minus the wine, ranting about men and girly drama. So really a much more relaxing and soul-nourishing experience.
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What were your New Year resolutions? Having now waded knee-deep into 2015, that fateful day when we awoke bleary eyed with a sore head, then scribbled down some idealistic ramblings because it was the 1st of Jan, is now a distant blur. Staying motivated to keep New Year resolutions can be hard, even with the best of intentions.

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No swimsuits allowed: Getting steamy in Germany

Shock. Horror. The sign on the hotel spa door reads FKK Bereich, next to a picture of a swimsuit with a big red cross through it.  That can’t be right – something must have got lost in translation. Perhaps special sauna suits will be provided inside the changing room? No such luck.

Later in the steam room, I find myself sitting opposite a rather large, mature gentleman – naked, manhood fully exposed. Then comes another one. Apparently the towel-wrap isn’t highly thought of in Germany. After the initial shock, I find myself uncomfortable for other reasons. Are they giving me dirty looks because I’m wearing a swimming costume? Yes. It turns out in the German sauna penises are polite and swimming costumes are rude. Freikörperkultur (FKK) is a German movement which translates as Free Body Culture. It is based on a naturist approach to sports and community living and the joy of being nude without any relationship to sexuality. Continue reading