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Love from Shetland – NEW location

‘Love from Shetland’ are a small business that produces handmade soaps and bath products with their own goats milk and a variety of oils.  The cosy new shop smells and looks great too!

 Please read the following:

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‘New Location on Commercial Street’

On 28th of April ‘Love from Shetland’ re-opened their doors to customers this time at the other end of the main Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland.  They moved location from opposite the Queens Hotel to opposite Harry’s department store.  When I arranged to meet up with Esther Jarmson and chat about her skin products I didn’t realise it was their first day opening.  I remember it was a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon and from observation the atmosphere was buzzing with delighted customers young and old.  

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The excitement gathered pace in the shop when the arrival of three week baby goat triplets Edwina, Flora & Daisy!

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‘Connor the Goat’

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Connor is well known in the Shetland community in helping raise money for the local RNLI lifeboat.  A great worth while cause:

https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money/donate

https://www.facebook.com/search/str/Love+from+Shetland+connor/keywords_search

‘Product Information’

The first piece of information I read on ‘Love from Shetland’ was that all their soap products, quote:

go through rigorous cosmetic safety assessments to ensure that they are all lovely and safe for you to use

Their information leaflet also explains that they use no palm oil, parabens or nasty sis’s.   You’ll need to google what they all mean!  All products are made by hand by milking their goats and using up to 7 to 10 different oils in them.  

Esther goat milk soap creation is her own unique recipe.  There are no other soap products like it globally

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Gift Boxes

Visit ‘Love from Shetland’ SHOP for a variety of great gift ideas: 

https://www.facebook.com/lovefromshetland/app/194374697299935/

‘Popular by Demand’

The ‘Love from Shetland’ products are very popular with cruise ships, visiting tourists and locals.  The new shop is even more visible now that they have relocated.  In terms of the local community Esther runs workshops with local children and helps them make their own bath bombs.  As a bonus they get to cuddle the goats too!  

A fun and rewarding day at school I would say!

Keep a look out for ‘Love from Shetland’ EVENTS page:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/lovefromshetland/events/?ref=page_internal

‘Soap Products’

The first soap products I was shown was the ‘Blackcurrant Seed Oil’ and ‘Marula Oil’ soaps as seen in the following slideshow:

 

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The blackcurrant has been exceptionally good with a variety of skin conditions and is recommended by their customers.  See their positive REVIEWS on their ‘Love from Shetland’ facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/lovefromshetland/reviews/?ref=page_internal

The marula is a really moisturizing soap it is packed full of antioxidants that rid the skin of aging.  The only product I have used is the marula oil soap.  I recieved it as a gift last year on my birthday.  All I remember is that it lasted for ages and it is great on your skin.  

The Hand Felted soap range is explained by the following photo:

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These soaps can be left in their felted pockets and used like a sponge. All the ‘Love from Shetland’ soaps are best used with a wooden soap dish with holes in it so as to air out and reuse.  These wooden dishes are sold seperately.  In the following photo is the hand made ‘oo’ gift bags.  Each ‘oo’ bag is felted by hand using Shetland wool.  They are all made by Esther mother Esme who was there to greet me when I first arrrived.  

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The Shetland word ‘oo’ means ‘wool’ 

‘Bath Bombs Products’  

 

Lastly, the ‘Love from Shetland’ bath bomb products.  These are a firm favourite of mine.  They look great on display in their various baskets around the rustic looking shop.  They make great gifts too! 

Bath Bombs contain bicarbonate soda; citric acid; goats milk powder; avocado oil; jojoba oil; strawberry; clementine; prosecco; white lily; ginseng; blueberry and parma violet to name but a few…

To contact ‘Love from Shetland’

@lovefromshetland  

FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/lovefromshetland/

Call 01595 697326 

EMAIL lovefromshetland@gmail.com

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The Cellulitis Bubble

‘Bank Holiday Bubble’

My bank holiday started by dreaming of a bank funnily enough.  It was like the one in the Harry Potter film all fortified and filled up with greedy looking miser elf’s.  I kind of went in and blew it up with lots of bombs.  Then I woke up and realised I was coming down with a cold. Strange dreams are caused by fevers and that was one of them!  Now I am on the mend and back to blogging on the tail end of this sunny or rainy (depending where you are) bank holiday weekend.  

As I started to write this blog this morning I noticed the prompt word from somewhere on WordPress was ‘bubble’.  Hence notice the overall theme is bubbles.  Anyway, I wrote out 300 plus words then decided to delete it as it was purely cathartic.  It was pure crap for a good reason.  I wrote again another 400 words and when it came to publish the opportunity had closed.  Mmh, well it is maybe not meant to be perhaps another time…     

‘The Cellulitis Bubble’

The one thing I can publish today was the toxic bubble of cellulitis I endured over four precarious days.  

I started to recover slowly but my lymphoedema leg became like a celestial map of red hot drawf planets. I could have played a galactical spot-to-spot game. 

To be honest I was out of it with the fever and then the medication gave me side effects I didn’t anticipate…

What is it?

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Day 1 & 2  I thought I had caught a cold.  This was my first time and hopefully the last.  The chills are the worst!

From my own experience the first thing about having cellulitis is that I wasn’t fully aware I had it for the first twelve hours.  Initially I went to bed feeling the chills last Thursday night.  A series of strange dreams as mentioned before and then I woke up with a higher temperature and feeling nausea on Friday morning.  It felt like flu, but it was different.  The whole day of Friday was a wash out and I couldn’t do very much.   Then when I saw my red hot spotty lymphoedema leg around 4.40pm I immediately called for a prescription.  The chemist shut at 5pm and it was the weekend the next day!  I wasn’t in a fit state to go anywhere.  However, my partner retrieved my meds in time and I was so glad he did it!   I knew if he didn’t it would require a sixty mile round trip to the local hospital and that wasn’t where I wanted to be on that day.  The cellulitis symtoms of chills, nausea and high temperature are horrible.  I just wished I knew earlier in the day but I felt no cellulitis pain that came the next day…

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Day 3 & 4 Pain and then some more pain

On Saturday morning I stood up and it felt weird and uncomfortable.  I had to use my walking stick to get about.  My lymphoedema leg was very warm and it was more swollen than usual.  It felt like my leg was filled up with warm to hot potatoes with needles sticking out when I stood up.  It felt heavy, hot but as soon as I was horizontal all the pain went.  On all four days I never put on any compression garments as advised by Lymphoedema literature I had to hand.  

In this bubble of convalescent I pondered and chatted by text to a friend about the causes.  I knew I skimp on mosturising a little and all my compression garments were clean.  I was mystified why it occured. Then it was an eureka moment and I told my friend why it occured the way it did.  I shall come back to this in another blog in the future for now it is not important to mention.   

On Saturday night my sleep was very poor and I woke up my partner many times as I ran to the bathroom trying to vomit up but nothing ever came.  It was the antibiotics they can play havoc with your stomach lining.

On Sunday morning I felt like my stomach had been in a boxing ring. My partner looked like he hadn’t slept (he hadn’t) and he slowly went off to work not noticing he had put on a dirty jumper.  A slow-mo of a morning.  The only thing I did notice that morning was that I was wearing the same colour as to what I was eating.  A splash of yellow and a healthy bowl full of bananas, honey and natural yogurt.  I may have look like a ray of sunshine but I felt like I had been sucked into a black hole and spat out again.   

In conclusion my friend said I have now officially made it into the cellulitis club!  Oh, sweet Jesus.  

‘Lymphie conversations & wellbeing tips’

It is a sunny and crisp Sunday morning here in Shetland. The blackbirds and little sparrows are chirping loudly from a neighbours bird feeder.  The odd squawk from a distant seagull

‘Legoponix’

Since I started this blog a week ago conversations about the lymphatics in general was interesting.  Apart from the few friendly enquiries and supportive chats one conversation stuck out from the rest.  I asked the person in question for their permission to blog.  They preferred anonymity, so I shall refer to them as Robin.

In a light-hearted and humorous way Robin texted

I was born special’ and, quote having double Legoponix in both legs

 (Awesome typo 😊 so used it as heading).  It was news to me and I never guess Robin had this condition at all.  Robin agreed with the quote from my first blog, ‘…a ‘common delayed diagnosis’ under the heading ofDiagnosis’.

Robin points out,

I was undiagnosed for ages and working self-employed on my feet for up to 14 hours a day…I got super chunky’.  Robin goes onto explain, ‘the NHS investigated but it was Macmillan nurses that picked up my case

 Instead of primary or secondary lymphoedema Robin had a very late diagnosis of Primary Lipoedema. Links: http://www.lipoedema.co.uk/

Briefly, primary lipoedema is a condition that you are born with and it can run in the family.  It can miss a generation but can be passed on by genetics.  Lipoedema can be easily overlooked and commonly individuals are forever dieting and watching their weight but it never goes.  Getting an early diagnosis and correct treatment is important.

After Robin was diagnosed,

I then had two rounds of cellulitis’.  Upon asking me if I ever encountered it I confirmed never.  Robin answered, ‘you haven’t lived it’s a barrel of laughs!

I can’t imagine and hope to never encounter it but the likelihood is a higher percentage than non-lymphies.  Oh well, my attitude is all you can do is be prepared.  In both lymphie conditions the skin gets tighter due to swelling of limb/s and can cause the deep layers of skin to come out in painful cellulitis if not properly maintained.

I can’t imagine what it is like but after reading some recent posts from various social media groups it is plain nasty.  Flare ups look painful and from one post I could see an individual was hospitalized.  The LSN Network provides a helpful leaflet called ‘Management of Cellulitis in Lymphoedema’.  If you sign up as a member you can order specific leaflets and DVD’s for your own specific requirements.  I keep my leaflet in storage for now hidden from sight.

Then I got it…

https://legoponics.blog/2018/05/07/the-cellulitis-bubble

‘Wellbeing tip: Skin Care’

In the last four years of having Lymphoedema I find dry brushing is great.  I fully recommend it if you are lymphie or non-lymphie.  The main benefits are;

  • reduces cellulite (very awesome)

  • improves circulation

  • releases toxins

  • brightens skin

  • improves digestion

  • lastly soothes the mind

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In the early stages of brushing I don’t agree with the last part of the list, ‘soothes the mind’.  I remember a few expletives at first and how I persevere to get through it.  

Usually, I am not that hot on health kicks but, this dry brushing really is the deal.  Once you get through a few brushing routines it is an added bonus to any self-care routine

Remember to buy a good quality dry brush specific for body brushing or else you shall waste time and money on something that doesn’t do the job.

FACT:  The skin organ is the largest and the amount of skin cells we lose in a day is staggering. In one year, you’ll shed more than 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of dead skin (from howstuffworks.com)

  • To dry brush properly is to use specific brush stroke movements as seen in the image below.

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‘A ‘wee’ wellbeing tip’

The last *wee tip is from Robin who advised me to raise my bed (feet end of course) by 4-6 inches.

It helps with limb swelling. Quote, ‘you’ll be amazed the next morning and lastly, ‘remember gravity is your friend!’

Cheers Robin (:

*Wee is used alot in Scotland it means ‘little’ so don’t be offended it just Scottish slang.