The Weekly Duckett List: 21st April 22
SPRING CLEAN, INSIDE AND OUT
Spring brings a whoosh of energy and a need to clear the dead wood and let the new growth come through which is why you might find you’re in a Spring clean frenzy! I personally LOVE a spring clean (and a Summer, Indian Summer, Autumn and Winter one). But this is the natural season most designed for detox not only from physical point of view (all the seasonal salads, bitter leaves and wild nettles popping up through the ground are naturally purifying and if you fancy a effective but king detox try The Organic Pharmacy 10 Day Detox (£99.95)
Make the most of the impetus and create emotional, physical and mental space by clearing the clutter, (the sunlight streaming in through the windows showing up the dust and the ‘must sort through that’ pile in the corner is also quite the encouragement! We can’t underestimate the power of clearing the old and stagnant to make way for the new and the fresh and we can do this via our body, surroundings and our minds. I asked my Onolla experts for their tips on how. Even reading these will make you feel the catharsis of a cleanse!
‘Body combing has been used as a Chinese self-healing treatment for thousands of years and is a powerful way to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage. It is particularly effective at targeting cellulite, water retention, heavy legs and bingo wings, as well as nourishing the skin and soothing the scalp’ says Katie Brindle Founder, The Hayo’u Method.
‘A salty bath helps decompress, detox, calm anxiety, re-established energy balance and enables restorative sleep. The grounding amethyst dust & Himalayan salts also clears EMF toxicity, reduces aches and pains, inflammation and soothes skin irritations. Scoop a handful of salts and sprinkle into a hot bath. Sink into the water and take a few deep breaths and allow the salts to work their magic. Once your skin starts to tingle, the salts have done their job. Get out of the bath without rinsing off any residue and wrap yourself in a soft towel to allow the salts to continue working for a further 5 minutes. Afterwards, go straight to bed and don't engage with any devices’
‘Scent can help create a sense of calm and space offering a simple, accessible gateway to regulating mind and body alike. It has a profound impact on the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and can reduce “fight or flight” feelings by activating the calming effects of our vagus nerve response. Carry with you a little bottle of a favourite oil or lotion. Apply a few times a day, when the moment is right, deeply breathing in the fragrance with eyes closed and gently rubbing it into your skin, this delicate filter between our internal and external worlds. A bite-sized, one-minute ritual, but somehow it works every time.” Louisa Canham, Founder LA-EVA.
Glow-Up Your Complexion
‘When your skin is free of cellular debris it is ready and better able to absorb other skincare ingredients and in the same way an artist primes their canvas, to obtain an even surface before the application of paint, our exfoliating peeling serum ‘Opening Act ‘prepares’ your skin. It gently removes a layer of dead cells, creating a more even surface giving you clearer fresher skin that looks more even. Plus it will make all your other skincare products work better for you’ - Faiza Co Founder, Elixseri
‘Few city dwellers realise all the polluting nanoparticles, dirt, heavy metals and free radicals roaming in urban atmospheres have a positive electric charge which is why I created the Electrogel Cleanser – it’s negatively charged, working like a magnet to attract the positively charged pollution particles (usually notoriously difficult to remove) and dirt. Then apply the vitamin C paste to still-damp skin. Leave it on as long as it takes to brush your teeth, then rinse off. Your skin should be softer, cleaner and glowing. ‘Collette Haydon, Founder Lixirskin
Clear The Room
We regularly diffuse Ilapothecary Transform Space diffuser oil in the store and it often stops people in their tracks when they walk through the door! Refreshing, peaceful, clearing, it’s a powerful essential oil blend to create a focused and inspirational atmosphere of creativity both for Onolla staff and customers It contains blue chamomile, a known anti-inflammatory for the body, mind and skin believed to help ease tension, clear heat from the mind, body and to help us 'let go'. It is known to be an oil of peace and acceptance. Orange blossom, also known as neroli, a sweet floral and citrus aroma that is known to provide a calming atmosphere, help treat anxiety and alleviate headaches. It is believed to help unblock stagnant energy and ease tension.