NOVEMBER’S BOOK OF THE MONTH:
Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert
Throughout my recent pregnancy, I found myself being particularly conscious of what products were on my bathrooms shelves – as I knew they weren’t only affecting me, but could be reaching my little one too. And so in a burst of nesting energy, I found myself wanting to ‘cook’ up some natural cosmetics for myself. Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert turned out to be the perfect guide.
Having worked at Neal’s Yard Remedies for many years, Karen certainly knows a thing or two about natural beauty. This book contains 35 lovely, step-by-step recipes, many of which are all surprisingly easy (especially as almost all the ingredients are just a click away on Amazon). As Karen says, ‘if you can make a sauce, you can make a lotion’. But it is also a whole lot of fun, and would be a lovely activity to do with children too. Or perhaps with December just around the corner, why not have a go at a couple of the recipes in this book and get a heap of your Christmas presents sorted in one go? Natural Beauty is certainly a lovely book, but I would say particularly recommended for those who already enjoy experimenting in the kitchen or who are mindful of the ingredients in their cosmetics.
OCTOBER’S BOOK OF THE MONTH:
The Sleep Book by Dr Guy Meadows
Getting enough restorative sleep is incredibly important to our overall health and wellbeing (not to mention positively affecting our food choices). For some people, however, chronic insomnia can make this feel very difficult to achieve.
The Sleep Book, written by Dr Guy Meadows (founder of the successful Sleep School in London) offers a radical, but very effective new approach to curing sleep disorders. It is focused on the concept of Acceptance and Commitment therapy; in other words, stopping the struggle against sleeplessness and simply accepting things as they are. Whilst this might sound counterintuitive, finally letting go of the fight can itself lead to resolution of poor sleep. This book gently guides you through that process over a 5-week period, and is written in a really supportive and understanding manner. It is worth a read for anyone who would like to have more settled sleep at night, but particularly for those who feel like they have already tried everything – perhaps this could be the effortless answer you were looking for.
SEPTEMBER’S BOOK OF THE MONTH:
The First Forty Days by Heng Ou
This lovely book is both a warm embrace and friendly companion, gently guiding the new mother through the first forty days post-partum. As well as offering all sorts of helpful suggestions, tasty recipes and supportive words, I felt its overarching message is that of permission. Permission to step away from the treadmill and expectations of normal life immediately after birth, and to embrace a more private, quiet, restorative time instead. It was a message I didn’t know I was so eager to read – but I am incredibly glad I did. This is a highly recommended book, even for partners and close friends and family of a new mama; there are all sorts of great ideas for practical ways to support your loved one in her emerging new maternal role.
I shall be bringing you my choice book each month: books that I refer to often; that have lent knowledge and growth; and that are revolutionary in their scientific findings and progress.
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