Your healthy gift guide

Homemade brewAlthough studies have found there to be some health benefits associated with drinking alcohol, on the whole it is a rather unhealthy, calorific indulgence. However, Christmas is traditionally a time for excess as well as immoderation. Therefore a healthy gift for those who still want to indulge during the festive season is a home-brewing kit. There are several health benefits to drinking homemade beer. Firstly, you can avoid preservatives, chemicals as well as additives. You can also add healthy ingredients, such as garlic. Alternatively, if you prefer wine, buy a wine brewing kit. Many wines contain histamines as well as additives that can cause hay fever symptoms. With a home brewing kit you can avoid these unwanted extras.Cost: 20.00 - 65.00Aromatherapy kitAn aromatherapy kit is a fun as well as therapeutic gift that could spark a life-long interest. The term aromatherapy refers to the use of oils extracted from plants. There are around 150 essential oils as well as each is thought to alleviate or instigate a particular health benefit. For example, peppermint as well as rosemary have been found to help soothe certain types of headaches, whilst lavender is used to calm. A good starter kit will contain many of the following essential oils: basil, bergamot, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, chamomile, tea tree, lavender, orange (sweet) as well as ylang ylang. Most starter kits also come with a wooden box, which means less gift wrapping!Cost: 20.00 - 40.00Natural beautyA natural hair care gift is a great present as well as one that will be remembered every time that person receives a fabulous compliment or a charming smile. If you would like a product that encourages hair growth, choose a hair care product that contains lavender oil, lemongrass or rosemary. If you would prefer a product that moisturises the hair, look for one that is rich in shea butter or jojoba oil. If you would like an item that cleanses gently opt for a shampoo or conditioner that has wheat protein or the vitamins A, ! C as wel l as E in. Always avoid those that contain sodium lauryl sulfate as well as sodium laureth sulfate as these are harmful.Cost: 4.00 - 8.00Flowering tea setAs a present, a tea set is a rather uninspired as well as dated gift. Yet a flowering tea set is a colorful, creative as well as exotic art form that also has numerous health benefits. Flowering tea, otherwise known as blossoming tea, originates from China. Here silver needle tea buds as well as fresh flowers are sewn together. The tea is then placed in a transparent tea pot, as well as as the hot water is added the tea unfurls as well as blossoms into a stunning floral display. The tea not only looks good, it also tastes refreshing as well as fruity, depending on the flavours you choose. The flowers as well as tea used all have their own benefits as well as all detoxify as well as rejuvenate.Cost: 2.00 (for individual tea)Cost: 35.00-75.00 (for a tea set)Homemade recipe bookIf you are looking for a smaller gift then a homemade recipe book is a perfect as well as thoughtful keepsake that is also very practical. Choose recipes that are low in salt, low in saturated fat as well as ones that use ingredients that will be in that persons cupboard. Also check that the person you are giving this gift to does not have any allergies. You can print off some recipes from the internet, or use recipes you already know or own. Adding pictures as well as little snippets about why you have enclosed this recipe also adds to the charm of this little gift. To make it that extra bit special, why not get the item bound or buy a pre-bound pad to store the recipes in?Cost: 1.00 - 10.00MassageKnow someone who has had a stressful year? Then treat them to a massage. There are lots of different types of massage. For those who need to relax treat them to a deep tissue massage, which will release the chronic patterns of tension, or a Swedish massage, which relaxes muscles. A sport massage is ideal for those who are active. They drain away fatigue, soothe swelling, prevent injury as! well as reduce muscle tension. Prices as well as quality vary greatly, so try to use a masseur that has been recommended. If you are buying for a loved one but are looking for a gift on a budget you could always buy a bottle of massage oil as well as offer your own services.Cost: 3.00- 65.00Creative cookeryYou may not receive the Most Romantic Person of the Year award by giving a cookery based gift, but kitchen appliances are often well-used, good-value items that can be fun to use throughout the year. If you are worried that the person may find a piece of cooking equipment dull, then choose a fun appliance like an ice-cream maker. Not only can you get creative with this item, you can slash the amount of fat as well as additives, or make the healthier sorbet option. Another great gift for those who are perhaps more culinary minded is a steamer. When you cook using a steamer the food never comes into contact with the water, so nutrients are not lost when cooking.Cost: 25.00 - 60.00 (ice cream maker)20.00 - 70.00Read moreon realbuzz.com...Top 10 tips for a healthier ChristmasTop 10 Christmas shopping weekendsFollow realbuzz on Facebook


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