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Herbal Help for Marathon Training

Picture the scene

It’s loud. The roaring of thousands of people is slightly muffled through your headphones. Though your volume isn’t set low, you can hear the repetitive chanting even over your music and heavy breathing. It sounds like your name. It is your name. You look up from the road which is blurring past your rapidly moving feet.

All around you people are looking at you, smiling, still chanting your name. Many of them are holding huge signs with your face on, and what looks like the words ‘Our Hero’ on. The adrenaline surges for one last time, and as the finish line draws ever closer all the pain drains out of you – this is it, the moment you’ve been training for.

Arms raised in the air, head held high, you give it everything you have left as you feel the ribbon stretch and then break across your chest. You’ve done it. You’ve done it.


Farfetched? Perhaps. But the only limits you have are the ones you set for yourself. And some of those limits easily can be eroded with the help of the correct natural nutrition during your training. That’s right – instead of looking to questionable powders in large, shiny tubs, there are hundreds of healthy ingredients which can supercharge your exercise regime.

So, without further ado, here are our top health recommendations to help boost your exercise efforts – even if you aren’t training for a marathon.


Before Exercise

Before going out and pounding the tarmac, hitting the weights, or assaulting any other type of object, you need to prepare your body and mind for the challenge ahead. As they say – if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail. For an optimal pre-exercise boost, we highly recommend brewing up a cup of ginseng tea drink during your workout; a recipe which has been used for centuries as a natural energiser.

For an added boost, drink around 500ml of beetroot juice about 2-3 hours before starting. Beetroot juice has been shown to support stamina in endurance athletes by promoting blood and oxygen flow to the muscles. It does this by widening the blood vessels and dilating the arteries, allowing you to exercise longer and harder.


During Exercise

Whether you’re out running through the fields, or in the gym unleashing your energy on the treadmill, you’re going to need some sustenance to keep your energy levels from dropping too far. Nobody wants to crash halfway through their exercising, and that’s why we recommend regularly sipping on water infused with chia seeds. These have been used by Central American and Mexican natives since 2,600 B.C and were referred to as “the running food”. It’s rumoured that the native warriors in these regions would mix Chia seeds and water to maintain energy levels and stay hydrated during conquests.

Another tip: drink a small amount of grape juice – it acts as a source of quick-burning carbs, as well as offering great antioxidant support for your body. And that’s not to mention the fact that it can aid stamina and endurance.


After Exercise

The hours after a particularly strenuous bout of body punishment can be gruelling if not done in the right way. To help make sure your body is in the best position to repair itself after your exercise we suggest rubbing your muscles with Arnica Gel, which is one of the most effective herbal healers for inflammation and muscle pain.

Try also drinking a cup of pineapple juice as a post-workout aid. Pineapple contains an enzyme known as bromelain, which is widely used to support muscle recovery and help with promote a healthy inflammatory response.

Top tip: mix the juice with around 100ml of coconut milk to create a delicious, refreshing, muscle-repairing recovery drink.


So, there you have it

The days of dodgy sounding chemicals in unlabeled pouches are over. Your body deserves better, especially after you’ve put it through so much. Use our health tips next time you’re putting on those lycra running pants and neon headband and we’re sure your body will be thanking you.

Good luck.

Natural Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

In an ideal world we’d all be in perfect shape, our stomachs flat, our muscles defined and sporting the regulation number of chins. Sadly, this is not the case, and many of us have to work extra hard to stay in shape whilst others consume the calories without apparent detriment to their physique.

The difference is all down to metabolism – a term that describes the various chemical process necessary for life that occur inside your cells. A major part of metabolism is the conversion of food into energy, known as catabolism. People with a ‘good’ or high metabolism tend to convert calories into energy more efficiently and lose weight easily, while people with low metabolisms can find it difficult to shift the pounds regardless of how much they exercise.

We’ve scoured the globe for the most effective natural ways to increase your metabolism and give you the best chance of shifting those stubborn pounds – let us know which one works best for you.



Once again, hydration is the key to an efficient metabolism. Near enough every biological process that occurs in your body requires water to function properly; if you are dehydrated, these slow down and work less efficiently. Metabolism is one of the main processes affected, so make sure you drink plenty of water each day – about two to three litres is ideal, more if you’re exercising. There’s evidence to suggest that drinking even a small amount of water can encourage the body to begin thermogenesis – the burning of calories – so there’s really no excuse not to fetch yourself a glass of water RIGHT NOW. Why not try one of our detox water recipes if you have the time?



Running, jogging, lifting weights and other physical activities have the effect of increasing your metabolism. As your muscles drained of glucose, your body burns more calories to get the energy required to keep using those muscles – so engage in any high-intensity exercise or strength training for a quick metabolic boost.




Every herb and spice from arnica to za’atar has been lauded for its metabolism-boosting properties. They can’t all do the job, so we’ve selected only the most effective for getting you on the road to an increased metabolism and potential weight loss.

  • Ginseng – Best consumed before high-intensity workouts, ginseng provides the body with an uplifting energy boost whilst simultaneously kicking your metabolism into gear. You’ll notice an improvement in endurance and a slight increase in body temperature, both of which are beneficial for an efficient, active metabolism. Consume it in powder form (mix one tablespoons of Baldwins Siberian Ginseng Root Powder with water or milk), or as a supplement. We like Pukka Herbs Wholistic Red Ginseng Capsules or Dr Stuarts Triple Ginseng Tea.


  • Cayenne Pepper – a cultivar of the ubiquitous Capsicum annum, cayenne pepper is a fiery and popular spice that’s used extensively in South American and Sichuan cuisine. It’s also a powerful metabolism-enhancer and weight-loss tool as capsaicin – the chemical responsible for a chili’s ‘heat’ -  raises your body’s internal temperature, improves blood flow and nutrient delivery and supresses appetite. Get your hands on some Baldwins Cayenne Powder and use liberally in your cooking, or, if you can handle the heat, drink a tablespoon dissolved in water. Baldwins Cayenne Herbal Tincture also does the trick nicely too.


  • Conjugated linoleic acids – conjugated linoleic acids (mercifully known as CLAs) are present in certain meats and dairy products, particularly those produced by animals fed on grass like sheep and cattle. Studies suggest they can play an important role in weight loss, helping you burn calories and fat faster – all of which suggest a significant increase in metabolism. Vegetarians and vegans rejoice: CLAs are available in naturally-sourced supplement form. Quest Conjugated Linoleic Acid Oil is derived from safflower oil and a great way to get CLAs into your diet.


At the end of the day, no amount of metabolism-boosting herbs or supplements can help meaningful weight-loss unless paired with a sensible diet and exercise regime. Pair them with high-intensity exercise, however, and you should notice a considerable difference in both your endurance and the rate at which you burn calories. Remember, these things don’t happen overnight so don’t push yourself too hard – patience is key!






The 7 Scents of Christmas

Quick science lesson:

Did you know, your sense of smell is closely linked with the parts of your brain which process emotions and memory?

This is the reason that a smell can instantly take you back to an almost crystal-clear moment in time, which has been stored away in your mind for years or even decades. It’s also the reason why Christmas smells can bring about those often-sung-about feelings of comfort and joy.

To help you gear up for the festive season, here’s a list of the top 7 must-have Christmas aromas to make your home into a veritable winter wonderland.


Cinnamon Essential Oil

One of the staples of Christmas-scented candles is cinnamon, with its sweetly spicy smell which brings forth memories of childhood Christmases. Perhaps because of the recent surge of cinnamon spiced lattes at the nation’s coffee shops, cinnamon is almost synonymous with the festive time of year. Head here now to grab some for your vapouriser.

Properties: Warming, Stimulating.


Pine Essential Oil

The indescribably delicious scent of pine is one that’s redolent of taking long winter walks in the forest, picking pine cones from the ground with gloved hands. This seasonal pine essence is a must-have for creating a festive aroma in your home. Head here to bring a hint of the outdoors to your cosy indoors.

Properties: Cleansing, Good in vapouriser.


Ginger Essential Oil

Nothing says Christmas quite like the scent of a freshly baked gingerbread house wafting through the room. The classic yuletide spice is the perfect ingredient to a cosy Christmas for your home. Just add presents, mulled wine, and family. Pick up your Ginger Essential Oil right here.

Properties: Warming, Stimulating.


Frankincense Essential Oil

What school nativity play would be complete without having a tiny child clad in a ridiculous outfit woefully failing to pronounce the word frankincense? Few people can deny that it’s a staple of Christmas, even if it is hard to say. You can recreate the nativity magic in the comfort of your own home with the help of Frankincense Essential Oil, available right here.

Properties: Rejuvenating


Nutmeg Essential Oil

Nutmeg is one of the key ingredients in any good mulled wine, giving the drink its spicy, festive taste and aroma. The good news is that you don’t need to be constantly cooking up mulled wine to have that delicious scent wafting through your living room. Just head here to get your hands on some Nutmeg Essential Oil for some extra festive fragrance.

Properties: Spicy and Warming.


Orange Essential Oil

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the sweet, zesty scent of orange mixed in with the smell of mince pies and mulled wine. Forget having to sit for hours on end drying orange peels though. You can invite the Christmas spirit into your home with the help of everyone’s favourite citrus oil – get your hands on it right here.

Properties: Soothing and Relaxing.


Baldwins Christmas Essential Oil Blend

Sometimes it’s easier to have things done for you, especially around Christmas time when there’s usually more than enough to think about. In this case, the best-selling Baldwins Christmas Essential Oil Blend is a very handy companion. With the minimum hassle, you can fill your house with the sweet smells of all things Christmas, and focus on not burning the Yorkshire puddings.

Properties: Uplifting and Stimulating.


How’s that for an early Christmas present? Seven of the most sensational seasonal sniffs to help you light up your olfactory bulb as bright as Rudolph’s nose.

We whiff you a smelly sniffmas.

Well This is Awkward…Natural Ways to Boost your Libido

Okay – let’s go right ahead and clear the air here.

Talking about libido issues is generally one of those things left to people on Embarrassing Bodies. It’s just not something we like to discuss.

But did you know it’s one of the most common afflictions in the UK? In fact, one fifth of all men and even more women in the UK experience a loss of libido during their lifetime.

There can be many different reasons why people experience a loss of libido; most people think it’s only old age which brings it on, however, stress, relationship problems, depression, contraception, and even too much booze can lead to a dip in your sex drive.

So, what can you do to reclaim the glint in your eye and the spring in your step?

Well to start with, we’re not going to be recommending any dodgy blue tablets or questionable tubs of chemicals to pump into yourself. What we will recommend are some tips on how to help minimise the negative factors in your life, while maximising your mojo with completely natural, healthy remedies.


Mind Over Matter

Taking a leaf out of a monk’s book may seem like an odd avenue to go down when trying to reignite your passions, but meditation is a highly recommended technique. Believe it or not, practising just ten minutes of meditation a day can help reduce stress dramatically, which is often a factor in low libido.

To add some extra oomph to your efforts, why not try supplementing your mediation with some frisky whisking? There are a variety of herbal remedies which can help get you back on track, but few of them are likely to taste as good as the delicious concoction that is Sex Coffee.

Natural Libido Remedy

This recipe uses a variety of natural libido-boosting herbs such as maca, cacao, cinnamon, honey and coconut milk all whipped up into a delightful drink, helping you kick-start your sex drive.


Heave, Ho

It’s easy to focus solely on mind matters, meanwhile forgetting that, in its essence, some libido problems are all to do with the body (especially when it comes to men).

Because the penis is ‘powered’ by the body’s blood pressure, it’s important to make sure that the thing pumping the blood (you guessed it, the heart), is up to the task of doing so.

What does this mean? Well, the bottom line is, for the factory to produce the goods, the machinery must be in working order. Do some push-ups, jog regularly and be kind to your heart.

For a helping hand with blood flow, give our aptly-named, all-natural Horny Goat Weed Shot a try.

 Lewtress Horny Goat Weed High Strength 100ml

So, there you go – a few handy hints to help give flight to the birds and the bees.

For a handful more natural recipes to spice up your love life, head over to our Libido Recipe Hub.

A Guide to Taming Coarse Hair Naturally

Hands up if you have coarse hair.

Now hands up if it would be easier to wrestle a territorial grizzly bear than to tame your hair in the morning.

If your hands are still up, don’t worry – you’re not alone.


To understand what makes coarse hair so hard to control, we must first look at the underlying roots of the problem (pun most definitely intended).

Of course, genes play a huge part in your hair type, however, there are several other variables which can exacerbate the situation. So, here are some things to consider if you’re struggling with coarse hair:

  • Overexposure to the sun can make coarse hair even harder to manage.
  • With the sun often comes swimming – chlorinated water can make your hair a lot more tangled.
  • Chemical or heat treatments can make your hair coarser than normal.
  • Over-washing can result in extra coarse hair.

Obviously, it’s all very well advising you to stay out of the sun, not to go in the pool and not to treat your hair, but in the real world, that’s just not feasible. Holidays happen (albeit never often enough), so there will inevitably be times when your hair becomes more than a handful.


Dinner Time

When you’re struggling to tame your mane, and are hunting for a way to boost your hair back to its natural health, why not check out our handy Laughing Bird Shea & Kukui Nut Hair Food recipe.

That’s right – your hair gets hungry too, and it’s only fair that you feed it the best stuff available. This wonderful concoction uses a variety of nourishing ingredients to replenish your hair, plus it’s super easy to make at home and can be done in just a few minutes.


Natural remedy for coarse hair


Get Your Grease On

Okay, when we say getting your grease on, we don’t mean to suggest going to the supermarket and diving head-first into the lard section. Although, if that’s your thing then don’t let us stop you by any means.

What we would suggest, however, is harnessing the power of essential oils to manage your unwieldy locks. “How?”, you ask. A good place to start would be to check out our Essential Oil De-Tangler recipe.

The powerful combination of several super-softening oils will have your unruly roots back under control in no time.


Natural remedy for coarse hair

Spray Away

If you’re out and about and don’t have time to concoct an oil remedy to tame your hair, there’s an easy, all-natural solution – all it takes is a few minutes’ preparation at the start of the day.

By creating your very own Flax Seed Taming Spray, you can keep your hair under control, no matter where you are.

Sounds good?

Give it a go.

Natural remedy for coarse hair


So there you have it – three super simple, wholly healthy, naturally nourishing ways to get coarse hair back under control. Feel free to head over to the Baldwins Coarse Hair Remedy Hub to get more inspiration and ideas for how to naturally treat coarse hair.


Phew. You don’t ever need to suffer from frizz fear again.

Isn’t Dry Hair Great? (Nope. No it is not.)

As surely as the summer is hot and the winter is cold, many of us suffer from dry hair more often than we’d like. Incidentally, this can stem from the fact that summer is hot and winter is cold. As Remington celebrity stylist Richard Marin says, “Summer includes overexposure to the sun, swimming, and products with alcohol, which can all dehydrate hair. And with winter comes extreme cold followed by overheated indoors, which can make hair parched and dry.”


There are any number of reasons why you may have dry hair, but thankfully there are an equal number of ways to remedy the situation. The best part? You don’t have to rely on a single artificial ingredient.

Here are a few natural top tips for making sure your hair stays positively gleaming and full of life:

Get Oily

One way in which hair can dry out is when it becomes stripped of the natural oils that help it maintain its healthy appearance and texture. A key offender for depleting your hair’s natural oils is using the wrong shampoo for your hair type.

Another potential reason for your natural hair oil suffering is if you regularly straighten your hair. The high temperature of the straighteners can wreak havoc on your hair’s natural balance.


Our suggestion:

  • Firstly (and quite obviously), use the appropriate shampoo for your hair type.
  • Secondly, if your hair is already dry – try using our Tea Tree Overnight Oil to restore it back to full health.

Tea Tree Dry Hair Remedy

Get the Sunday Roast Treatment

Another way to reinvigorate dry and damaged hair is to discover your inner roast chicken. That doesn’t mean you need to baste yourself and jump in the oven at 190°C, but it does mean that you’ll need to get up close and personal with some rosemary.

Rosemary happens to contain rather a lot of ursolic acid, which helps to increase scalp circulation – meaning more oxygen and nutrients will be sent straight to your hair follicles.

Our suggestion:

  • If your hair is feeling dry and brittle, try using the Burdock and Rosemary Scalp Massage to revitalise your roots.
  • Beware of people on buses trying to eat your now delicious hair.

 Burdock and Rosemary Natural Dry Hair Remedy

Say No to Banana Bread

And say yes to banana head. That’s right, for this to work you’ll need to forgo using your ageing ‘nanas to make delicious loaves. Instead you’ll need to blend your bananas with coconut and olive oil to create your very own revitalising, all-natural hair balm.

Our suggestion:

  • Deny the dry. Give your locks a second lease of life when you try the Banana Hair Balm.
  • Don’t slip on the skins.

 Natural Banana Remedy for Dry Hair

Of course, these are but a few natural ways to get your hair back to its glorious, flowing opulence. Feel free to head straight over to the Baldwins Dry Hair Remedy Hub to get more inspiration and ideas for how to naturally treat dry hair.