Lovegrove Essentials Blog

  • Ditch the disposables – wipes are gross!

    N.B. Gross content alert! Did you know…. that there are several little islands and reefs in the Thames made up of tens of thousands of wipes? How GROSS is that?! And worse still, the ‘Thames Great Wet Wipe Reef’ (as it’s known by those amazing volunteers who monitor it) is growing. A survey revealed that one …

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  • Aromatherapy Awareness Week

    Aromatherapy Awareness Week is an initiative created by the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA). The IFA pioneered aromatherapy in the NHS, which is why aromatherapy is as accepted by the medical profession, as it is today. The practice of aromatherapy is both an art and science. Like yoga in the early days, despite being thousands …

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  • Ditch the disposables – plastic bathroom bottles.

    We’re all trying to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics from our homes and businesses and toiletries can be a big headache. Plastic bottles are lighter, easy to handle and to clean, and safer for bathrooms. Glass has more appeal and is infinitely recyclable. What material should we choose to bottle our Organic Washroom range? ‘Replacing …

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  • Dorset Skincare Brand Celebrates South West Tourism Awards

    There was no red carpet. No fancy gowns. No flashing of light bulbs and smiling, blushing faces. But that didn’t mean that the final of the South West Tourism Awards was any less exciting or wonderful than it usually is. In a year where the tourism industry has taken an unprecedented knock the South West …

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  • Sticky Lemon Drizzle cake – gluten-free & full of sunshine.

    I made this for Easter Weekend and it was a favourite. The addition of coconut flour and ground almonds gives the cake a texture somewhere between a polenta cake or a baked cheesecake. (See below for variations on this, and other notes.) So, by request, this is for my dear sister Rachel and cousin Lizzie, …

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  • Natural and acquired immunity – how can we support both?

    There is increasing evidence to demonstrate the relationship between emotional stress and the depletion of our immune system, which also serves to explain how and why yoga & breathing can support and strengthen it. In the body, the main agent of our immune system is our blood, a clear fluid (plasma) containing red and white …

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  • Hannah & Hayley’s FAQ

    How long has Lovegrove Essentials been up and running, and why did you decide to set up the business? HDB: The brand had been an idea we had discussed for a number of years, but the company as you see it now is about 5 years old. We wanted to create a beautiful range of skincare that harnessed …

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  • Morning & evening yoga stretches for people in a hurry.

    In the Morning: If you have a busy day, you know it pays to get organized, and that includes looking after your body. Think about your normal morning routine and find a slot for this quick yoga sequence, perhaps as you wait for the kettle to boil. It takes less than five minutes and is …

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  • Brown Banana Ice Cream

    Quick, easy and vegan – this dessert is lovely all year round with a variety of toppings!

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  • Find Your Inner Warrior.

    A guest post from Flossie McGhee. The first time I remember thinking “wow, rugby is brilliant” was in 2003, wrapped in a duvet very early one morning where I was taught the basic rules of the game by my flatmate’s boyfriend as he watched the World Cup on a portable TV in our communal living room. …

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  • Our Toning Mist and all its uses

    Learn about Lovegrove Essentials multitasking natural and organic, clean, green, skin care products.

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  • Healing Touch Serum – small but powerful. 

    Want to make the most of your Healing Touch Serum? Here’s all the ways it can be used, and the skinfluencers that love it!

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  • Yoga Detox for your liver

    Physically, there are many symptoms of liver imbalance from the obvious to the very subtle, such as feeling a lump in the throat, or problems with tendons or eyes. One of the first signs is related to your emotions, specifically your temper: are you suffering from anger, stubbornness, aggression or irritation? When you’re thinking about …

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  • Go with your gut!

    Reasons to include abdominal massage in your treatments: Hannah talks about gut health and the link between brain and gut function.

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  • Lovegrove Essentials Massage Balms.

    Full information on Lovegrove Essentials range of Massage Balms. Suitable for all forms of body & head massage, reflexology and hand or foot treatments.

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  • Massage Balms – FAQ

    Want to learn more about Lovegrove Essentials’ professional Massage Balms? Here’s our top 5 FAQ…

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  • Cider Poached pears with spices and toasted almonds

    This delicious recipe by Florence is the perfect end to any dinner. Quick and easy, plus it’s suitable for all dietary needs.

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  • Summer Refresher

    The weather this summer is very thirsty work, and with Wimbledon and the World Cup looming, we all need a thirst quencher to slake our thirst before we start the celebrations. Whenever friends and family are around, I make this big Jug of Summer from the herbs outside the back door. I make it a …

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  • Creamy Porcini Mushroom Pasta

    Last week we tried out our pasta machine (purchased from a charity shop over a year ago) for the first time, and made buckwheat pasta. It was a great success, and it was much easier than I thought it would be. We used two eggs, buckwheat flour and a little bit of water, then rolled …

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  • Breathing for a better immune system

    Over many years as a Yoga teacher, I’m often surprised by how little we know about our breathing and how closely connected it is to the way our brains and bodies function. When our bodies respond to danger and stress through the ‘fight or flight response’, the release of adrenaline triggers changes in our bodies …

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  • Quinoa Bread – low carb/high protein

    Quinoa Bread – super quick to make and delicious drizzled with olive oil. If you’re low-carb AND wheat-free, you might be missing your bread, so this is a welcome addition to your staple diet. Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl: 100g Oat Bran 150g cooked quinoa (cover grains with water/boil ten mins. Always …

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  • Top 10 Reasons & 101 Foods for a Low-Carb Lifestyle.

    The low-carb lifestyle is not just ‘another fad diet’. It’s a method of enjoying your food, staying healthy through your life, and eating in a way that supports your mental and physical well-being.  We all want to look and feel our best, and so much excellent research has been done now into this that we …

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  • Hayley’s Oat Bran Bread

      As a wheat-free foodie, I love this ‘bread’ and I make this probably twice a week. It’s become a big part of our diet, which is really saying something when you live the man who literally wrote the book on bread! What Daniel Stevens doesn’t know about baking isn’t worth knowing, so the fact that he’s adopted …

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  • Green Energy Juice

    After a long week of New Year celebrations, Daniel and I were keen to get ahead on 2018 and do a full de-clutter of the house – re-arranging furniture, hoovering behind things and taking stuff to the charity shop. I had a horrible cold, and we had both over indulged at Daniel’s dad’s house earlier …

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  • 5 things to make your New Year’s resolutions easier to keep… Pre-solutions!

    Pre-solutions? Things you do before Christmas to make your New Year resolutions easier to keep. GET A GRIP – Everywhere you turn, piles of pointless calories: tubs of sweets, mini chocolate bars, bowls of crisps and peanuts, mince pies, and (my favourite) cheese footballs. You’re going to need a steely resolve to avoid these so …

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  • Vegan Stuffing Balls – a cool yule canapé!

    Got vegan guests coming and don’t know what to serve as a snack? Try these stuffing balls – no one will be complaining, even the carnivores! My recipe is inspired by Green Goddess Mel Wells’ stuffing, and I have cooked it for the past few years for my boyfriend’s nieces, one of whom is veggie …

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  • Hannah’s low carb biscuit bars

    These very low carb/high protein snack bars are fantastic for that moment when you would reach for cake/biscuit/chocolate – something with your hot drink to keep you going until lunch or dinner time. Cinnamon is amazing – it contains compounds that promote insulin function, improve blood glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity, so it’s very helpful when …

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  • Detox your skin… Before January!

    Hayley shows us what’s inside the Lovegrove Essentials Clean & Natural Kit – the perfect at-home facial in a box!

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  • Christmas Restorative Yoga sequence.

    When you’re feeling tired or stressed, it can be hard to tell what you need most: is it exercise or rest? Restorative yoga practice gives your body the best of both. By using stronger extensions and the time to rest, the nervous system becomes calm and the brain feels soothed. You’ll feel relaxed, refreshed and …

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  • Gluten free, low GI Christmas pudding cake

          This recipe substitutes low GI apple, prune and apricot for the traditional high GI currants, raisins and sultanas, so it may help people who suffer from digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, which is notoriously sensitive to sugar-laden dried fruit. If you want to reduce the carb content, substitute 100g of the flour …

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  • Make-Up and beauty for sunburn

    A few tips on make-up and pre-wedding skincare, that can be applied all year round! Whether you’re jetting off to a hot country, or having a glass of wine in the in the garden, please remember to ALWAYS put sunscreen on your face AND DECOLLETE! The skin on your chest is the same as the skin on your face, so …

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