Tomorrow - 1st February - is the Gaelic celebration of Imbolc; a time to look ahead to Spring, light fires, declutter and get sowing. I think this energy - literally or metaphorically – is about right for February as we slowly step out of our hibernation (covid/winter/January).
Essential oils for emerging from winter
Bergamot - Mmmm the sweet, light, citrus-herby aroma. In my diffuser it transports me straight to somewhere warm and mediterranean like Southern Italy where bergamot grows. In practice, I use it for stress when it affects the skin, urinary system or psyche. Try this one.
Lemon - With a more punchy and tangy aroma than bergamot, lemon is a great detox oil for sluggish bodies and minds. It’s also a fantastic immune stimulant, making it perfect for this time of year. You’ll also find it in my Bright Moon [hormone balancing] Pulse Point oil to offset the rich, heavy jasmine aromas. I like the Neal's Yard Lemon.
Did you know?
Ancient Eyptians were very particular about staying moisturised; they were even paid in oil or had it as part of their wages. Proof that moisturising your skin is not just a marketing gimmick! Remember to look after your skin; it's the largest organ in your body so keep it hydrated, inside and out.
Healthy Body ←→ Healthy Mind
Have you heard of a massage gun? I hadn’t until Christmas morning. OMG I am loving mine and it’s also very popular with the family too. Think of it like a supercharged foam roller or mini physio session. They’re great for muscle recovery but please check with a professional if you’ve got injuries. Info & reviews here.
Need to shake up the breakfast routine? I bring you Joe’s Wick’s overnight choc orange oats. These are a big hit in my house as they taste like they should be a treat plus they’re a time saver in the morning. Soaking oats is meant to hold more of the protein and fibre in, so you stay fuller for longer. Use cocoa powder if you don’t have fancy cacao and switch plain yoghurt for kefir for an even more gut friendly alternative. More overnight oats ideas here.
In the spirit of Imbolc, I'm trying to sow some 'brain seeds'…Here's what's on my radar; wildlife photographer of the year with the children & Peru at the British Museum with a friend. Cold war /rock conspiracy podcast Wind of Change (more exiting than it sounds!). Brene Brown’s new book Atlas of the Heart is up next in my non fiction pile.
Just for you
I’ve finally got the Bowie tattoo I’ve wanted for ages… so can now add >tattoo moisturiser< to the endless list of things the heka SOS balm is good for! To celebrate my new inking, I’m giving away a FREE Bright Moon Pulse Point oil with every purchase of SOS balm from now until the end of February*. Use code VIPPULSE at checkout. Count this as your Valentine’s day gift reminder folks;) THIS OFFER HAS NOW EXPIRED.
Excitement levels here are H-I-G-H!
As you may have spotted on the heka instagram feed, we’ll be at the Seekology pop up in Notting Hill, London this Christmas. The shop will be stuffed to the brim with lovely independent beauty and wellbeing brands and I'll be popping in to offer Christmas shopping advice with other brand founders, along with the highly experienced Seekology team. AND there will be a rather good special offer on heka products :)
So, if you're in the area, please do come and say hi at 2 Blenheim Crescent W11 1NN from 16th– 24th December.
I'll be doing most, if not all, of my Christmas shopping in the pop up and surrounding area; Notting Hill is just oozing with gorgeous independent shops and if you're a fan of the films Notting Hill or Paddington 2, you'll see some familiar sights too. I've also been inspired by Holly Tucker's colourful new shop independent campaign (see above pic). Here are some tips to help you plan your festive outing...you'll be rewarded with the most unique and colourful finds for your loved ones.
Once you’ve ‘done’ Seekology it’s literally a couple of steps to….
Ceramica Blue; from jewel coloured glasses to lava beakers and bold platters, this shop is pure heaven for homeware enthusiasts.
And then in no particular order…
Couverture is close by and is an inspirational concept store packed with things you just won’t see anywhere else (fashion for men & women plus homeware).
Jessie Western on Portobello Rd is a treasure trove of sustainable Native American Indian fashion & jewellery for the boho babe in your life.
The Cloth Shop on Golborne Road for gorgeous vintage fabrics, blankets and beautifully curated homeware.
Lisou where bold, happy, African inspired prints jump out at you. Pricey but stunning to look at! Head to 302 Westbourne Grove.
Sezane is also on Westbourne Grove and is a Parisian haven selling gorgeous women’s & men’s fashion.
Book lovers will love rummaging in the dedicated Oxfam bookshop or the more specialist Lutyens & Rubinstein, while vintage lovers need to head to Portobello Market for antiques and more. Remember to check out which is the best day for you.
And for truly sustainable shopping there are tons of fantastic charity shops around including Fara on Elgin Crescent.
After all that refuel at Ottolenghi. I mean, who can resist anything in those window displays?!
If you aren’t able to get the pop up then a few of the above stores do online shopping PLUS we’re shipping from our website until 20th December. Don’t miss our fantastic yoga bundle; get 15% off when you buy our Neteru Yoga Mist & any Palms In the Wild mat. Shop here OFFER NOW CLOSED.
As many of you will know, I love drawing inspiration from music in these newsletters. This Autumn edition is no exception and is brought to you by Earth Wind & Fire’s ultimate boogie track; (Dancing in) September. I feel this is quite a high energy month (unlike January; bleurgh) and personally it’s been a busy few weeks with heka featuring in a central London pop up, sending my youngest off to school and living in the dusty end of a house renovation. The days are still kind of sunny and I sense that people are buzzing with a sort of post lockdown energy. So as the evenings draw in, join me in getting in the d-i-s-c-o mood (even if it's just in your kitchen) → “Ba-dee-ya, say, do you remember?"
Healthy Body ←→ Healthy Mind
Now that we're spending more time socialising inside, commuting to an office and/or sharing school germs with children, it's time to focus on our immune systems. To give yourself the best chance of being fighting fit, aim for a holistic approach; quality sleep and a colourful diet, minimise stress and listen to your body.
I had the start of a cold recently and was determined not to be taken down. So I tackled it from all angles: juices (a.m), teaspoons of honey & turmeric (p.m), a few steam inhalations, salt baths and early nights and I managed to keep it under control.
These are just a few suggestions but whatever you do, stock up now with your ammunition kit!
My 3 autumn essential oils are;
Lavender – often referred to as the mother of essential oils, it's an amazing all round 1st aid for skin, mind and body including the respiratory system. Incredibly there are 450 types but usually we use English Lavender or ‘angustifolia’
Eucalyptus – the 2 main types are ‘radiata’ (more anti viral so great for colds and flu) and ‘globulus’ (stronger, more anti microbial & anti bacterial; good for slowing the spread of an infection). Either of these would be ideal in a diffuser or a steam inhalation. Instructions here.
Rosemary - a stimulating, high energy oil for clearing heads and boosting memory. One to help you stay focussed at work and stop dreaming of that Greek beach (that you did or didn't get to this year). It’s included in my punchy Clear Pastures pulse point oil. Shop it here.
Our family, grandparents included, are very into The Green Roasting Tin recipe book by Rukmini Iyer. Full of easy, nourishing dishes that taste the biz like this miso aubergine with chilli and ginger. The kids don’t eat much from it yet it but I’m working on it ;)
Having just finished the West Cork podcast - forensic journalism at it’s best but an investment at 14 episodes: OOF! - I’m now turning to more bite sized morsels. As The Season Turns is a delightful monthly compendium by Lia Leendertz, capturing the energy of each month so well. I really love the range she covers nature, folklore and …cheese for this month! The podcast is produced by the English perfume brand Ffern which I hadn’t heard of but am now intrigued by; they release limited edition batches by season. Listen here.
I’m reopening my aromatherapy consultation service and, as a valued member of the heka community, I’m offering you the chance to win a free 121 video session for 2 lucky subscribers before I open my books. Enter here disco friends! Keep your eyes peeled for more subscriber offers as we get closer to you-know-what time (under 100 days to go, apparently). COMPETITION NOW CLOSED.
And I'll sign off with the lyrics from another great disco/funk classic…
“Here's a chance to dance / Our way out of our constrictions / Do you promise to funk? / The whole funk, nothin' but the funk”
(Funkadelic One nation under a groove)
The Swedes celebrate midsummer solstice by eating the first strawberries of the season which coincidentally is the name of the full moon tomorrow night; 24th June will be the Strawberry Moon. To celebrate I'm going to be knocking up some of these midsummer inspired strawberry and mint mocktails ….maybe the full mojito on the weekend ;)
We're realising that it'll take time to recover from this crazy pandemic aren't we? Here are my top 3 essential oils to support your emotional recovery, apart from neroli, which I featured in my last newsletter and is my absolute favourite.
Mandarin – Children love this gentle, uplifting citrus oil. Us adults can also tap into its innocent, joyful spirit. More of this please!
Sweet basil – stimulating yet sedating depending on the dose, this complex little number targets burn out/stress/nervous exhaustion and will relieve digestive cramps and spasms too which is often where we hold nervous energy.
Rosemary – a high energy, invigorating oil for clearing the head, lifting depression and bringing heat to the muscles. You’ll find it in my Clear Pastures pulse point oil blended with sweet basil, cardamom and peppermint. For those days when you need a kick up the @rse. Find it on my website here
Healthy body ←→ Healthy mind
Skin food; getting out in the sun is a great tonic but now I’m even more fastidious about sun cream as I’ve recently been treated for sun damage. I usually buy the Jason Family 45 SPF for all of us to use (tear free, water resistant and reef safe). Here’s a run down on what to look for in your sunscreen. Look after your skin; it's your biggest organ.
Brain food; Mare of Easttown (Sky) & Time (BBC) both feature incredible acting and focus on the nuances of what makes a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ human. It feels like we're reaching saturation point when it comes to self help podcasts but Just One Thing is a good humoured, short, medically informed look at how to make small healthy changes that really do make a difference. Great for the time poor.
Body food: I'm always after quick, nutritious, tasty food and am currently liking Melissa Hemsley’s recipes from Eat Green (or her insta for free inspiration) like these cheerful citrus muffins.
Did you know?
Worshiping the sun god - “Ra” - was a BIG deal in Ancient Egypt but have you ever heard of Sun Ra, the most prolific recording artist ever? He was a jazz/funk artist who recorded over 200 albums from the 1950s to the ‘90s. He was obsessed with Ancient Egypt, created his own cosmic philosophy, dressed like a pharaoh, used electronic keyboards and synths long before anyone else and claimed he’d come from Saturn to save the black race.
I just love learning about prolific, eccentric people like this. If you do too, read more here.
Offers and exclusives -
To celebrate this 2nd edition of my newsletter I’m offering you lovely lot a juicy discount….40% off your next order! OFFER NOW EXPIRED
Wishing you all a beautiful summer!
Hello, I'm Naomi (pictured above for those who don't know me already!) and this is the 1st edition of the heka newsletter. I'll be sending it every 3 months with news, offers and tips. So, without further a do…
Getting good quality sleep is a core aspect of your health and a happy immune system. I often get asked what my top 3 essential oils are for sleep. Without doubt they're neroli, lavender & frankincense. They go really well together in a diffuser like this Tisserand one. Or how about giving yourself a facial massage with one of our face oils, which include these oils, before you go to bed? Shop here
Did you know?
The Ancient Egyptians were very into black kohl eye liner but scientists have analysed the ingredients and discovered that it wasn’t just a fashion statement, the kohl powder had anti microbial properties to protect against all that sand & dirt blowing around. Read more about the use of khol around the world in this fascinating article covering other famous kohl fans from David Bowie to Charlie Chaplin.
Offers and exclusives
I'm going to be sharing special offers and exclusive access to new products, events and more with you here. For this first edition I’d like to offer you 20% off your next order as a thank you for subscribing to this newsletter. Use this code TREAT20 when you check out on the website, valid until 30th April 2021.
Healthy body ←→ Healthy mind
> I love the GABA.LIFE podcasts and insta lives; beautiful, quirky sound collages of music, poetry, quotes and meditations (forget the serious/silent reputation of meditation). They're a great way to recharge those spiritual batteries… or just enjoy the artistry.
> Cooking is the main/only way to celebrate the end of another week of lockdown. It can get monotonous though can't it? We’ve recently made this Hemsley & Hemsley Pablo’s Chicken. Very tasty and full of lovely warming spices which fire you up from the inside.
> I’ve just finished Dolly Alderton's Ghosts an easy going but very observant dip into relationships. I'm also reading Professor Tim Spector's Spoon Fed which is really fascinating. He debunks the big food myths like red meat is bad for you and looks at why we really shouldn't trust food labels. He also posts useful stuff on Instagram.
> Walks, walks and more walks in the park. Never underestimate the healing power of getting OUTSIDE! It's the spring equinox tomorrow so it's officially the start of SPRING and time to start emerging from our tough looooong old hibernation/lockdown. Congratulate yourself on getting through a truly crazy year.