There's Nothing More Natural than Easter - and Tastier!

What is greener and warmer than Christmas but equally joyful and lovely? Of course – it’s Easter! For some people, Easter is just another weekend in the middle of the Spring season, while for others, it is a long-time celebration of rebirth and hope. With its roots hiding very far in the past, the modern-day Easter holiday is just as colourful as many of its symbols. Today we will flip through the pages of Easter’s history to reveal some interesting facts about its original celebration, unity with nature and Earth, and increasing trends. Let’s Spring festivities begin!

Do Traditional Approach Still Works?

One would not be mistaken when speaking about Easter from a religious point of view – the celebration takes place in more than ninety countries worldwide! As described by Britannica’s credible authors, Easter is a principal festival of the Christian church, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Despite two millennia passed since its earliest recorded observance, the tradition to celebrate on the 16th day of the first full moon of Spring lives on. Due to moon cycles, Easter’s exact date varies from March 22nd to April 25th, but agreements to make this date fixed never received much support. This year, we will celebrate Easter on April 4th. Some believers will only do so about two weeks later—this is another strange thing as some Christianity branches use different calendars (more on this in our Christmas blog).

In Unity with Nature

Even though a paragraph earlier we spoke about Easter deriving from faith and religion, some are more willing to accept celebrations roots reaching even further back in history; thus, continuing to debate the Easter’s linguistic origins. There is an approach recognizing Easter as a pagan festival with close ties to celebrating Spring equinox, which marks the arrival of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere; surprisingly – people from Southern Hemisphere still celebrate Easter despite living in a middle of autumn! This year, Spring equinox fell on the same day – March 20th – as Earth Day. Since thousands of years ago, people mapped their life according to nature’s patterns; therefore, the day when the amount of darkness and daylight is identical made a pretty huge impact and allowed renewal.

Most Easter symbols are indeed related to nature. We sure all know the Easter bunny as a friendly fictional character who scatters around colourful painted eggs for little kids to find. As childish as it may seem, rabbits and hares get involved in the whole Easter thing due to being the symbol of fertility – Spring is the starting season of sowing crops and vegetables, so including rabbits into the mix does make sense. Similarly, the egg is one of the most well-known Easter symbols – its nature is commonly used to explain resurrection and return to life. You may now ask why these eggs were decorated as colouring seem to cover up their natural character? Well, the answer is quite simple as bold colours are easier to notice when the hunt begins and, of course, the metaphor of life is colourful.

Is it Still About Easter?

Easter and its symbols have been inseparable from one another for more than a few hundred years now. Little did people back then knew that one day their ideas and traditions would bring fortunes to sellers and businesses all around the world! Easter now as, any other national or international holiday, is commercialised and thematically put on every little piece of food or garment to sell it and make a profit from what once was a natural and pure celebration. From a marketing perspective, anything with Easter symbols sells very quickly, leaving only a handful of items to put on sale after the holiday ends. As we once talked about putting more effort into gifting and choosing more natural, hand-made presents, we often receive cute greeting cards complemented by edible bunnies or chocolate eggs – well, demand gives birth to supply.

While Easter chocolates are tasty, there are many ways to come back to our roots and highlight Easter’s original symbolic purpose – rebirth. Today we will share with you one fantastic recipe to bake in preparation for Easter with the hope of achieving a unique therapeutic effect and taking the stress off your shoulders – the recipe is so easy! Besides, we cannot maintain close physical contact with people we love this year again; we responsible picked out the recipe, which is perfect for baking treats, packing, and sending them for our family and friends to try. 

Biomedicanna’s team wishes you a lovely Easter! Stay safe!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients (12 servings):

• 60 g of coconut/olive/vegetable

• 200 ml of unsweetened plant-based milk

• 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

• 8 tablespoons of maple syrup (or any other sweetener)

• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

• a pinch of salt

• 150 g of ground almonds

• 150 g of gluten-free flour 

• 2 heaped teaspoons of baking powder

• ¼ teaspoon of baking soda

• 100 g of fresh/frozen blueberries

Cooking instructions:

• preheat the oven;

• place the coconut oil into a bowl and melt – skip the step if using other types of oil – add milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and almonds;

• sift in the flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix – do not be afraid to add more milk if the mixture is too dry;

• add fresh or frozen blueberries and gently fold them in – if you use frozen ones, take them out of the freezer seconds before this step as it stops them from colouring the batter blue;

• divide the batter into equal parts of muffin baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius – eat while hot, freeze if baked too much and enjoy!

Time to Put the Coldness Aside - Back to Nature!

Spring is by far the most exciting season for all of us working at Biomedicanna. After strongly finishing with the most stressful Christmas period, we spent some time cosily hibernating at our homes and getting to know every centimetre of our sofas. With the winter already behind our backs, we are back in the business with more bright ideas than ever before. As we dedicated the month of March to help everyone experience the rebirth of nature, today we will share our thoughts and tips on making yourself best friends with nature once again after spending what seems like an eternity inside, both willingly and following worldwide health requirements. 

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With the last bits of snow finally melting away, the spring comes bringing out new adventures and outdoor activities, which we’ve been dreaming to try and experience for the whole winter season. Spring and the return to nature may seem like a usual and yearly practice, but we seem to forget the essentials during the rest of the year. Year after year, thousands, if not millions of people from all across the planet, face numerous mischiefs and not-so-positive surprises carefully planned and masterfully executed by Mother nature as they leave their homes to spend more time in the fresh air. 

However, it is long known that any fresh-air activities increase our brain functions and, therefore, we feel so inspired and energetic, more motivated and full of new ideas. As there are more advantages than disadvantages of spending time outdoors, we just have to be prepared for what is throw at us once we face the spring for the first time this year. Hold on tight as today we will present you four spring-associated negative unexpectedness and how our products can help you hack it!

Insect bites. Even though the summer is when the highest insect activity is recorded, that does not mean bugs will be patiently waiting. With the first rays of spring sunshine, bugs crawl out from the tiniest cracks to annoy us for one more season. We soon will witness bug bites' most common symptoms, such as swollen bumps, itchiness, inflammation, and pain. Although smalls bites may not look like a huge problem, insects carry various diseases, which can irreversibly change people's lives. Ticks can pose a significant risk for humans and our pets as these insects have such diseases as Lyme disease, paralysis, anaplasmosis, etc. While mosquitoes also carry various viruses, only several species found in Europe or the USA can do that. 

One of the easiest ways to prevent bug bites is to plan fresh-air activities accordingly. Many cities and towns use various repellents to keep insects and ticks out from public parks and squares, but if we decide to spend time in woods or exploring natural grasslands, it is up to us to the proper protection and gear. First of all, ask for professionals to help when choosing the right insect repellent as they all are not equally effective. Secondly, wear long sleeve shirts and layer your clothing to limit the naked skin's surface as much as possible. Suppose bugs have already bitten you, use an ice pack to reduce swelling and pain or, better, keep the bottle of our CBD Cooling Gel within an arm's reach. In that case, this product miraculously relieves inflammation and provides a cooling effect to minimise itchiness. 

NOTE. If a tick has bitten you, go to the nearest hospital to have it safely removed. If you have already removed it yourself, keep the tick in a glass container to carry out research and learn whether or not the tick carries out any life-threatening diseases.

Bruises. Spring is the official time for getting back on our back and our feet leaving the cosy sofas alone. As we had spent a significant period safely tucked in our homes, our bodies have forgotten what active leisure means. Therefore, as we come out to spend more time in nature, our muscles are tenser, which leads to almost double the number of casual trips and falls. Everyone knows that before getting involved in any activity, one must warm up the muscles and prepare them for the increased workload. The opposite, of course, also causes numerous bruises, muscle and joint pain, which will quickly ruin the happy spring spirit.

Bruising is the process when the impacts break capillaries just under our skin’s surface. Quickly blood starts leaking out and forms a mark, which changes colour from almost black to slightly yellow before disappearing. It is relatively easy to prevent bruising, yet we can only minimise it rather than eliminate it in a split of a second. To have a bruise as small in size as possible, once we had an impact, we must cool the blood vessels to reduce the swelling and significantly shorten the amount of time the bruise needs to heal completely. While an ice pack might be convenient in such situations, not everyone carries it on casual trips to nature. We strongly advise you to make a bit of space on your backpack or purse and have our CBD Cooling Gel with you wherever you go. 

NOTE. In cases when the impact has been too strong, and the blood comes gushing out of the wound, apply pressure and try to stop the bleeding. Then, go to the nearest emergency room or hospital to have a professional look at your injury and provide you with the necessary treatment and medicine, rehabilitation. 

Allergies. Spring marks new beginnings, and one of them is the beginning of allergy season. We have already covered the topic of summer allergies in one of our previous blogs; however, spring allergies are a completely different sphere to discuss. Various allergic reactions are our bodies’ immune system dealing with harmless substances that found their ways of getting into our bodies. Most of the time, such substances are harmless, for example, dust, mould, pollen, etc. However, our immune system perceives the so-called invaders as harmful and start producing antibodies to attack the allergens. The most annoying thing about allergies is that one may experience it as a tedious and frustrating process of sneezing, runny nose, and sometimes higher body temperature. In contrast, others may experience no side effects of spending spring in fresh air when plants release pollen.

As pollen can travel great distances with just a tiny gush of a spring breeze, the only place we are safe from it is indoors. However, with proper preparation, we can enjoy fresh air and nature without fear of getting an allergic reaction. Firstly, allergy is something only a professional doctor can diagnose, so no one should try to heal themselves from itchy eyes and nose, sneezing or coughing, as these are also the symptoms for many other health emergencies. Secondly, certain medications are a huge help for people with various allergies, yet they can only ease the symptoms and not get rid of the problem itself. On the other hand, the stronger one’s immune system is, the easier and quicker for him or her to produce the antibodies and fight the allergens. Therefore, our CBD Oils Drops Raw (5%) is a perfect product to increase one’s overall wellbeing and have a robust immune system.

Skin problems. Our skin reacts to the tiniest minor changes, so our skin is quite natural to respond to massive seasonal change – harsh winter weather gives up its place for pleasant spring breezes and warmer temperatures. While it is nice to finally spend more extended periods in fresh air without the risk of freezing, our skin has a different opinion. There are at least three problems that our precious skin has to deal with once we step into the new season. Firstly, it is acne breakouts caused by rising temperatures and excessive sweating. Secondly, it is contact dermatitis, but we should not discuss it any further as it is closely related to allergies. Another skin condition is seasonal eczema, which is also caused by seasonal changes – warmer temperatures, fungi, humidity changes, sweat, etc. Besides, spring sunshine can also lead to specific skin problems, but we will discuss this topic in our blogs next month – be patient!

Even though all skin conditions we presented are pretty severe, some of their treatment methods are very simple. For example, a proper skincare routine, including moisturizers, facewashes, serums or masks, can significantly improve one’s skin condition. It depends on the exact skin type, whether specific products will help your skin feel fresher or not. We have an organic and vegan cosmetics line, which connects ecological practices with high-end products. CBD Glide Gel provides much-needed moisture without being sticky and, together with glycerine, gently pampers the skin. On the other hand, CBD Silk Balm nurtures the skin with quality elements, reduces itchiness, and protects the most vulnerable skin layers.

New Hero in Town - CBD Successfully Kills Bacteria

While in various parts of the world, there are still concerns whether or not we should legalize recreational cannabis, people been long using hemp to heal multiple pains and improve their life quality. However, we could probably count the years or decades back when hemp began living its actual glory days. Technological development helped scientists awaken public confidence in hemp, and now it is used in almost all sectors. Still, the most advanced here is the field of medicine and health. Medical scientists have long been using cannabis to treat various diseases, and quite recently, they reached an exciting achievement.

Many current illnesses ranging from flu to infections gets treated by prescribing antibiotics to the patients. Sadly, some bacteria have become drug-resistant throughout the years, forcing doctors to look for new ways to treat them. Here CBD steps in. 

One of the most recent research done by the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience and global leaders in pharmaceutical research Botanix Pharmaceuticals Limited has proven successful as CBD killed some dangerous bacteria. Both of the parties state that their collaboration allowed for the quicker research process, ensuring approval and use of the drug to treat patients as soon as possible. 

CBD, which is the main component of cannabis, surely killed bacteria that cause gonorrhoea, meningitis, and legionnaires. Specialists team mimicked a two-week patient treatment in laboratory models to see how bacteria mutated to resist CBD. Yet, findings revealed bacteria were less likely to do so.

Mentioned research paints a positive future for many patients and their relatives. Besides stopping bacterial growth, CBD can kill them, meaning that a new age for treatments has already begun and is nowhere near stopping anytime soon. We are proud of what already has been done and are impatiently waiting for more exciting achievements involving hemp and CBD.

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Based on the information provided by the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Australia. 

Breathing Does Not Cost Us Anything, or Does it?

A person can survive less than a month without food, about a week without decent sleep, somewhat around three days without water, but only several moments without oxygen. Breathing is essential – three minutes without oxygen is more than enough for our brains to suffer irreversible damage and ruin lives forever. We do everything that is in our power to breathe quality air for as long as possible, yet for some, this necessity is luxurious.

According to the World Health Organization, only one in ten people have everyday access to clean air, and many millions suffer from severe respiratory diseases. We may say that breathing for these people is a possibility for which they have to pay. What are the most common breathing problems? What are the solutions? And Why some many people are sick in the first place?

Why Do We Suffer from Breathing Problems?

There are several significant reasons why each year, more and more people get diagnosed with severe respiratory problems. First of all, some genetically inherit various sicknesses, including breathing problems, so it’s for the universe to decide whether or not we will have to face. For example, cystic fibrosis is a severe disease that causes dangerous lung infections and obstructs pancreas preventing essential nutrition. 

We might get acute respiratory problems and have deep trouble breathing because we breathe polluted air; that’s mainly why we usually see so many Japanese or Chinese people wearing masks in public places. Even though we can’t see pollution with the naked eye, small harmful particles together with oxygen get in our airways, build up, and increase our chances of allergies, asthma, and lung cancer. 

Lastly, our lifestyles can make a massive impact on our health, so our habits can also cause breathing problems. Everywhere we go, we see signs ‘smoking kills,’ and yet we are rarely ready to give up this addiction, which kills around half a million people each year. Cigarettes and cigars contain many different toxic materials so both smoking and breathing fumes can result in shortness of breath, strokes, heart attacks, and, of course, mouth and lung cancer. Despite mentioning only three reasons that cause respiratory problems, there are many more factors that we just did not have time to discuss more thoroughly.

How Dangerous Respiratory Problems Are? 

Even though several different factors influence our breathing quality, some outcomes – respiratory problems – are more common than the others. Getting diagnosed with pulmonary oedema and pulmonary embolus means either fluid in your lungs or your lung artery is blocked. Like the latter disease, bronchitis indicates blocked or narrower airways, meaning there is not enough oxygen to ensure smooth organs' functioning.

Another common respiratory disease is pneumonia – lung infection – which is often caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi and leads to high fever, chills, shortness of breath and painful cough. Lung cancer is, without a doubt, one of the most severe and dangerous respiratory sicknesses. Besides, it is the deadliest type of cancer for both genders. Coughing with blood and chest pains can indicate lung cancers' beginning and growth, but it can only be treated with chemotherapy and surgery if the tumour has not spread.

Although asthma is not the most severe respiratory illness, it is the most common one among children and young adults – one in thirteen people in the world is asthmatic. Despite varying symptoms, asthma often means narrowed and swollen airways, which calls out dangerous attacks and can lead to a quick death if not controlled. If taken seriously and treated professionally, asthma is less risky; however, no medication can cure asthma, yet.

How Can We Usually Treat and Control Asthma?

As mentioned, asthma cannot be cured, but its rate requires immediate reactions. Asthma prevention begins with diagnosing sickness as soon as possible; tests include lung function measuring, physical exam, allergy and imaging testing, etc. After diagnosed, doctors usually assign a specific category of severity and begin the treatment process. Asthmatic people use various medications to prevent attacks and control them. 

As an unexpected asthma attack can quickly end a patient's life, all drugs react immediately and ease the usual symptoms – shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, etc. In most cases, asthma medication comes as inhalers, which patients have to breath-in regularly, for example, each day or once a week. However, emotions and environmental factors can trigger asthma attacks; in these cases, asthmatic patients must have different inhalers on hand at all times.

Although some countries compensate for asthmatic patients' medical expenses, some still have to pay those bills themselves. Different medications come at a different price, and this subject can vary from country to country; therefore, something as simple as breathing for some can be quite an expense. Medical professionals and academicians try to develop new and more effective asthma treatments; however, their research mostly involves developing new drugs to ease the symptoms rather than cure the overall problem.

What Will be the Future of People with Asthma?

Even if medications cannot cure asthma, technological improvement paints a positive picture for asthmatic patients – new devices and programs to monitor attacks, of course, new ways to prevent them from happening in the first place. For example, we mentioned that stress and anxiety could trigger more severe asthma attacks; thus, they would be more dangerous. CBD Oil has proven helpful to lower the stress levels, reduce anxiety, and decrease depression, - people diagnosed with asthma have been using this natural and organic product to improve their physical health and mental health. 

Other asthma treatments are also available for people without this diagnose. For example, there are many different medications and vitamins available in inhaler form – they can help people have more energy, fall asleep more easily and faster, lessen mood swings, focus, etc. Natural hemp oil is known to have similar abilities, so – get ready for some great news – we are trying to create such a product ourselves to help you feel better! Be patient!

Breathing is essential, but for some, it is more vital than the others – breathing difficulties not only can cost money but also life. Even if we cannot control our chances of getting diagnosed with respiratory problems, we can devote our lives to battle them in the most effective ways. Modern technologies and medical progress in on asthmatic patients’ side – and we are with them as well. Here at Biomedicanna, we strive to help people dealing with various illnesses, and if asthma is your enemy, it is our enemy too!

Sports or Snow? I'm Choosing Both!

Last year we enjoyed neither the wintery weather, neither the frost nor cold temperatures. Even though the new year has just started, we already have been given loads of snow - it's easy to tell that 2021 will be better than the last year was! All we want to do now is run outside, make snow angels, snow fight, and go with the sledges from hills… 

However, we must not forget the seriousness of the outgoing situation and quarantine restrictions, so the only way to truly enjoy the winter is to do it safely. We are not only talking about maintaining a safe distance from other people but also taking care of yourself before going outside and once returned into a closed environment. As national lockdown turned our lives upside down, wintertime is a perfect season to get oneself back together and start exercising! The only question is how we are supposed to do it? Is it possible to harmonize both sports and winter?

When to Play Sports? – Winter vs. Other Seasons

No doubt, for some people winter is the most unlikeable season of the year and, in this case, their emotions are based on wintery weather conditions – wind, snowfall, cold, frost, etc. Here at Biomedicanna, we believe there is no such thing as bad weather – only failure to prepare for it. There is no need to get angry about winter as it is always better to invest in quality warm clothing: parka, boots, gloves, scarf, thermal clothes, etc. Winter clothing helps to solve the problem above, allows to enjoy the season, and exercise without the fear of getting cold.

If we compare exercising in winter with activities at other seasons, most people will say that they can only exercise at summertime when the sun goes down. They have such opinions because the temperature is sometimes too hot to handle. Summer is dangerous for both the amateurs and professional athletes as they fall to the risk of getting sunburnt or fainting. Even though this may seem as not a problem at all, people who choose outdoor activities at summer are often irritated by mosquitos and other insects; therefore, people with severe allergies better play sports as far from such places as possible. Exercising in both spring and autumn is also far from perfect conditions. These seasons are characterized by heavy rainfalls, so sometimes running tracks and trails may be flooded and impenetrable.

Here winter wins the fight with other seasons as the most unlikeable weather conditions can quickly be turned into a perfect sports environment. One only need to show some creativity and prepare for weather and terrain changes in advance.

Where to Exercise? – Indoor vs. Outdoor

The goal to start exercising is probably one of the most popular New Year goals of all time – sadly, it means starting to exercise despite winter conditions. At this time of the year, indoor places are the only help allowing us comfortably play sports and keep a good shape. One can always exercise at home – now it’s quite easy to turn an unused room into a private gym but, of course, a yoga mat in the middle of the living room is still a great idea. For those who associate the good physical form with professional sports equipment, the gym is true salvation. Here for considerably low monthly membership price one can use various exercise equipment, relax in swimming pools or saunas, and get valuable advice from professional coaches. Because we all had spent an entire year at home, indoor exercising at this moment may not be the best idea. As all of the gyms and sports centres are closed, outdoor exercising is the best way to get out of this gloomy reality. 

Outdoor activities and sports have more advantages than one may think of – exercising in the fresh air does not cost anything! There are plenty of community sports courts, beautiful trails and parks where you may find out that walking is the best type of sports out there. Moreover, some exercises do not even need special equipment, so you can exercise wherever you are! There is one aspect left to discuss; outdoor sports also help decrease exercising anxiety as no people would be uncomfortably watching you doing push-ups or sit-ups – the nature does not judge!

How to Face the Cold? – Fear vs. Protection

We now surely know that winter is the best time for outdoor activities and exercising, yet no one at that time is protected from sport-related traumas and other dangers. Firstly, one has to prepare to face the cold temperature. If a person fails to dress warmly, he/she risks of having their body temperature fall below 35 degrees Celsius. Such condition is called Hypothermia; one's organs start to shut down, a person starts shivering, later turn drowsy and loses consciousness. Sadly, all of the symptoms lead to a fatal ending. 

It is considerably easy to protect ourselves from the cold – we only need warm clothing and waterproof footwear; the latter is essential as frozen limbs often mean amputation. Despite being able to cover ourselves from head to toe, our face is often left uncovered. Face skin is delicate and sensitive and, depending on various skin types, it can react to cold weather conditions differently. In this case, we encourage everyone to add rich face cream to one's cosmetics bag during wintertime. Mentioned cream creates a protective layer and does not allow the skin to completely dry out. Besides, the product provides excellent antioxidant protection and have anti-inflammatory properties. 

How to Stay on Feet? – Slip vs. Grip

As soon as the first snow falls, people can’t seem to stay on their feet – as if they have forgotten how to keep the balance! Soon A&E Hospital departments fill will poor ones, who have stepped on icy surfaces, slipped, and awkwardly landed. While lucky ones experience severe muscle strains, not so lucky ones have broken bones. Indeed, slip and fall accidents are not only very common but also costly; it takes at least two months for a broken bone to heal completely. Such trauma means you will have to wait another year to enjoy winter, but – hey! – use this time wisely, plan and prepare for next year winter adventures!

The main reason for these injuries is wrongly chosen footwear; all winter boots must provide its wearer better traction and grip, so one does not slip and fall. While it is relatively easy to watch where are you going while walking, it’s several times harder to do that while playing sports – here you must react to various environment changes very quickly. Fresh snow can also hide slippery ice surface underneath; therefore, to protect oneself from falls, he/she must do both wear good winter shoes and be attentive. However, unfortunate situations are always just around the corner – do not hesitate to go to the hospital if your slip and fall accident was more of a serious one. Yet if you simply slipped and bruised your skin, try using CBD Cooling Gel, which also helps relax tense muscles and relieves soreness!

We have familiarized you with ways to protect yourself from harsh winter conditions - now you are officially allowed to enjoy winter and exercise outdoors like professional. Here at Biomedicanna, we love winter, and more than that we love being healthy and doing sports – every day we successfully connect these two passions and enjoy playing various outdoor winter games, which serve as serious full-body workouts. Now we challenge you and your friends to try at least a few winter activities that our team have tried and recommend!

Stay safe and enjoy snow while we can!

Have Yourself a Little Christmas!

It's a Jingle Bell time! It is a universal and well-known fact that Santa Claus brings gifts only to those who are nice and brings nothing to those who have been naughty throughout the year. However, Christmas itself is far from being universal as different traditions are other conditions draw a Christmas picture in completely different colours. Despite differences, holiday cheer and positive emotions fill the homes and hearts of billions of people, but how exactly they celebrate? We at Biomedicanna have decided to borrow the sled from Santa Claus and go around the world to see for our very eyes that differences unite and not separate!

Crazy Christmas Calendars

If you take a closer look at the calendar, you will see that Christmas happens twice – once in December and at the very beginning of the year. How is that even possible, you will say - well, it’s crazy when it comes to the calendars… Of course, it would be very convenient for all of the world to use the same measuring systems, but life would then be boring. There are two Christian calendars used worldwide and both of them actually counts days differently – the Gregorian calendar celebrates Christmas on the 25th of December, and people who use the Julian calendar celebrate on the 6th or 7th of January. It is clear which one is more popular as the latter is mostly used in Orthodox countries – Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, Ukraine, and others. Such a difference causes some issues from time to time, but – hey! – double the Christmas, double the gifts, right?

Christmas Weather Forecast

Have you ever wondered why almost all Christmas songs mention ‘dashing through the snow,’ ‘snowin’ and blowin’ up bushels of fun,’ or ‘snow is falling all around me?’ It is quite obvious – no matter the calendar, Christmas happens in winter, and traditional winter involves a lot of snow. However, that is not the case for almost half of the world – the southern hemisphere, to be exact. In countries like Australia, New Zealand, Bolivia, South Africa, Madagascar, and Argentina, seasons are switched together, so instead of winter, they have a warm and sunny summer season. That means that you can escape cold weather and spend Christmas decorating the palm tree with baubles, lying on the beach and sunbathing, so it’s up to you to make the right decision when packing a suitcase for the winter holiday!

Unconventional Christmas Traditions

Most of the Christmas traditions involve family gathering from near and far to sit together at one big table. This year such a gathering becomes a bit impossible, so let’s not talk about this tradition – there are many other ways to make a holiday exceptional! For example, people from Brasilia and Portugal eat their Christmas Eve dinner very late in the evening and change gifts with each other as the clock struck midnight. Polish people always leave at least one seat at the Christmas table free to serve uninvited guests; besides, families share one religious wafer and pray while it is being eaten. Finish families eat porridge with cinnamon on Christmas morning – they usually hide an almond in one of the portions, and the one who is lucky enough to find it will have the best next year. As crazy as it might sound, Japanese people have the weirdest Christmas tradition out of all – they celebrate this Western holiday by eating fried chicken in one of the most famous fast-food restaurants. Despite surprising traditions, Christmas is Christmas all around the world!

Tastiest Christmas Ever

No one will dare to argue about the tasty side of Christmas – food is one of the most important attributes of this celebration. For us, Christmas smells and tastes like juicy tangerines, hot wine with spices, turkey, potato salad, pudding, fruitcake, and many more – just thinking about those foods makes our mouths water! Each of the countries has somewhat unique dishes to put on the Christmas table, yet it would take hours and hours to mention only a small fraction of them! However, there is one dessert that all people love as it is fun to both prepare and to devour – gingerbread! Yes, each person’s taste is different, yet before Christmas, families all around the world gather in their kitchen, bake, and decorate gingerbread with a glaze of all colours! Here at Biomedicanna we cannot imagine any other food that would be as much Christmassy as gingerbread houses, so allow us to give you some advice – always build two gingerbread houses as it is incredibly hard to resist eating it before the 25th of December!

The Prettiest Christmas

Once Halloween is over, every shopping centre and online store starts to put up their Christmas decorations, play festive songs, and invite you for a fairy-tale-like Christmas shopping experience, and every little bit of detail there is amazingly pretty! We understand that the beauty of sparkling garlands, shiny baubles, and inflatable garden decorations come with a certain price, which can easily scare everyone’s wallets, yet some people will spend HUGE amounts of money to decorate their homes with thousands of lights! Several years ago, one family from the USA made it to the Guinness World Record book as they decorated their home with more than 600 thousand lights – the décor was outstanding, and so was the electricity bill! However, it is no secret that more and more people each year decide to reuse materials and later craft them into handmade Christmas decorations – we encourage everyone to contribute to a more beautiful and cleaner future and cosier Christmas!

Best Christmas Gift of All Time

No matter where in this world you will celebrate Christmas, you will definitely get gifts if not from Santa Claus, then from your family and friends. We believe you have given and received many gifts throughout the years as well. Be truthful to us – how many times you received or get unwanted gifts? How many of them were bought at the last minute? This shall be the lesson that no gift is better than a poor gift – we encourage thinking twice before making any Christmas shopping decision!

 Besides, we advise everyone to use their resources wisely and gift nothing else than health. Visit our shop where you can find the best gifts of all time – CBD Oil Drops, organic cosmetics, and even gift boxes.  We cannot think of anything else to gift this Christmas than natural and eco-friendly presents that can improve one’s quality of life!

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Christmas is Christmas – no matter where you are, when you celebrate them, what food you eat, what traditions you swear by, or what decorations you use to create that festive spirit! Christmas unites everyone with things that cannot be changed – warmth, love, forgiveness, joy, and hope (and Home Alone movies, duh)! Cherish what you are given and give to others!


Ready, Set, Shop – It is Black Friday!

We’ve just witnessed the first frosty morning of the season – crisp grass, frozen trees, and sub-zero temperatures. As the winter is coming – Christmas is coming as well! Every year we make ourselves a promise not to leave shopping for presents for the very last minute, but we broke these promises just as effortless and quick as crispy grass brakes under our feet. It is always best to arrange Christmas presents in advance as sometimes they are a few times more expensive than usual nearer the biggest celebrations of the year. Therefore, the Black Friday sales are the perfect time for shopping for cheaper yet good quality presents for family and friends! What is Black Friday? Who invented this ‘celebration’? How has it spread so successfully around the world that it is now found in every physical and electronic retails shop?

Whom to Thank for Black Friday?

We now know Black Friday as the ideal time to shop for Christmas gifts, yet less than a hundred years ago this day was just the usual day coming after the Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday of November) celebrated in the United States. Year went by and not it is quite easy to mistake Black Friday with national holidays as tens of thousands of people sweep shopping centres looking for the best deals, yet only several U.S. states have given such status for this day. Even though the name Black Friday was first used in 1952, it gained its popularity only in the last two or three decades, and now it has become somewhat usual. The name of the day derives from Philadelphia, where it was used to describe large flows of people in the streets after Thanksgiving. However, as the year passed, another explanation was found more acceptable – Black Friday is black due to growing retail profits, which are influenced by Christmas shopping. But what was actually done to achieve whooping selling results?

Who Really Benefits from the Black Friday?

Black Friday can indeed recall a fairy tale for shoppers, yet business does not work in that way – Black Friday sales would not be as much popular as they are now if shops would not benefit from organizing them. Black Friday is one of many marketing tricks used by big retails businesses to grow their profit. The trick here lies in the fact that retailers increase prices a few months or weeks before the actual sale and then attract buyers by showing original prices with fake discounts. It sounds too foolish to fall for such tricks until you are one of those dissatisfied customers who paid big money for regular items.

Of course, the phrase ‘look how much you can save if you buy from us today’ is nice to hear, yet no one should succumb to impulsive purchases of things they do not need. The secret of revealing retailers' tricks depends on carefully monitoring items’ prices, their fluctuation and comparing them with Black Friday offers. However, online and physical retailers have many more tricks up their sleeves to unintentionally force you to buy their goods.

Who Waits for Black Friday More Eagerly – You or the Retailer?

When Black Friday started, sales were only happening in physical shops and traditional U.S. shopping centres. As old stores were perfect for a small number of people shopping at the same time, huge numbers of Black Friday shoppers were a real nightmare for the business owners. They tried to control flows of people by allowing only small groups to shop together, yet these efforts were in vain as generous discounts were too good to keep people from shopping. Then retailers changed their Black Friday strategies upside down – they are now willing to do everything to attract as many shoppers as it is possible.

The most expensive and valuable items are usually hidden in the back of the shops as spaces near the entrance are often turned into ‘battlefield’ for better shopping positions, during which both items and buyers suffer from injuries. Black Friday sale leaves the shelves of physical shops empty as traditional supermarket psychology purchasing method, which states that people buy things, which are placed at the eye level, does not work here.

What is Going on Online on Black Friday?

When the battlefield changes, marketing techniques, and fighting methods change as well. As it takes only a few clicks to buy something on the internet, people want to receive their purchased goods just as fast. However, it is then only up to web settings and business owners to control the never-ending buyers’ flow and meet their high expectations. Online shopping offers a great variety of items to buy, and due to this reason, owners use a variety of marketing weapons to attract buyers to their businesses.

Plenty of funds get spent annually for colourful ad banners and advertising on social networks, where influencers praise online shops and invite followers to try their products. Besides, the internet’s availability to everyone allows businesses to extend the time of sale – some start big discounts a week before Black Friday itself, others continue to do so all week. Monday after Black Friday is called Cyber Monday, which is designed to purely promote online shopping. Everything sound very exciting, yet it is way easier to fool buyers when they are shopping online when compared to physical shopping – here discounts are huge, buyers save a lot of money, but their shopping success results in poor quality goods.

What is Called Black Friday Madness?

Black Friday is the day that attracts the most shoppers – some leave retail centres with purchased goods, and others, sadly, with injuries. Since 2006, during Black Friday, twelve deaths and more than a hundred injuries were recorded. The worst thing is that shoppers are not fighting for the best discounts only with their fists but also with guns. Although these statistics are only regarding Americans’ shopping habits, similar events are being recorded in other megacities of the world. Shoppers tend to queue at the entrances a few nights in advance - they sleep in camping tents and sit under the rain and snow only to be the first to enter the store. In the war for cheap items, not all ways of fighting are justified – it is easy to lose your mind when prices are that low!

What to Buy When You Can Buy Everything?

No doubt Black Friday is the best time to shop for Christmas presents, but what to buy when every item around is cheap? Physical retail shops are filled not only with electronics, home appliances, or clothes but also with foods that have the longest shelf life, so on Black Friday, it is best to buy in bulk. When shopping online, you should look for computers, laptops, TVs, mobile phones, and similar items. These items are usually really expensive but on Black Friday, we guarantee you will find only the greatest deals. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are perfect for completing a Christmas shopping list; however, we advise you to buy things that are an absolute necessity – you should shop with a clear idea of what you or your family or friends need. When the sale comes, you should fill your shopping cart with only quality goods – no one needs cheap stuff and meaningless gifts!

Gift box-Welness from within and out

Here at Biomedicanna we love Black Friday deals, so it would be a huge mistake not to participate in it! Look at website’s sale section , on which you will find best Black Friday deals. Shop CBD Oil Drops , organic CBD cosmetics , or Christmas Gift Boxes – this year gift your family and friends health and wellness!


 

 

That’s Too Sweet! or How Bad is Bad Sugar?

Each of us is sometimes visited by the desire to taste something delicious. Even though the understanding of deliciousness may differ from person to person, most of the time this feeling involves chocolate, ice cream, candy or lollypops – anything that’s sweet! However, we must control ourselves when eating sweet and sugary products as they are harmful to our bodies. Trust us – it is not a myth created by cheeky parents to steal sweets from their kids and eat them alone while the little ones are fast asleep. As we believe you have tons of sweets left in your pantry after Halloween that wait their moment to be eaten, be careful about the sugar you are likely to consume in no time… You understood correctly – we dedicated this blog to draw the line between bad and good sugar!

Sugar Does Not Grow on Trees, or Does It?

Sugar nowadays has become a somewhat usual ingredient in every meal or snack that we eat. However, we do not use the same sugar throughout all of the dishes or drinks. As the sugar name may differ, the methods of their production process are different as well, but as white sugar is the most popular, we invite you to get to know its production from a much closer perspective. White refined sugar gets extracted from two types of plants – sugarcanes and sugar beets.

The first of two is grown in mostly warm climate zones as sugarcane plants cannot survive the frost. Besides, large amounts of water are necessary to grow as much sugarcanes as would produce enough sugar to meet the demand. Once sugarcane crops are harvested, the plants are chopped and milled to extract their juices, which are later heated to produce thick syrup. Despite the already lengthy process, the manufacturers still need to evaporate the excess water from the syrup to achieve sugar crystals. However, the sugar journey does not end here as brown-coloured sugar crystals still need to be bleached with chemical compounds to produce a well-known white product.

Regarding the sugar extraction from sugar beets, this process is less complicated than the previously explained one. Sugar beets are usually harvested in autumn and then transported to the sugar production factories. After sugar beet's roots are washed (they are grown in fertile soil, so this step is not to be missed) and sliced, they are mixed with several chemical solutions and go through the process of evaporation, which creates white sugar crystals – no further refining process is needed.

How We Consume Sugar?

The sugar we consume every day mostly is what is called added sugar; however, the real difference lies in where this sugar is added to and by whom. It is quite clear how much sugar we consume by adding it to our morning coffee or tea, but things get more trickier when we drink soft drinks or store-bought sweets and snacks. If we decide to look closely at the food labels, we will see sugar listed as carbohydrates. It is a correct statement; however, we are much more likely to consume high fructose corn syrup, which is made from corn starch and not the usual sugar. This sugar-like sweetener is one of the most popular ingredients that manufacturers use even though it is not far from being banned in the EU and other countries. As for today, high fructose corn syrup’s production is subject to strict quotas and restriction documents, but it does not change the fact that we are still consuming it without really knowing when exactly.

How Harmful Sugar Really Is?

Excessive sugar intake can result in poor skin health and high blood pressure. However, as we tend not to know when we consume it, we often attribute these features to other life issues and not our diets. The scale of the problem gets revealed when we look more closely at food portion sizes, their nutritional value, and take into account the opinion of professionals. Medical researchers and dietitians agree that adults should have no more than 30 grams of sugar a day – same as seven sugar cubes; for kids and toddlers, these numbers must be several times smaller to maintain healthy life. Despite the righteousness of medical suggestions, they are very hard to live by as almost every store-bought product is packed to the brim with bad sugar. Bad sugar has no nutritional value, causes tiredness and constant hungriness, weight gain, and excess belly fat, which could turn into severe obesity. Besides, limitless sugar consumption is the straightest way to diabetes and heart diseases, and sadly these sicknesses are increasingly diagnosed with younger people and kids.

Are We Doomed, or Are There Any Alternatives to Bad Sugar?

The question above is quite silly as the very name ‘bad sugar’ suggests that there is another side of a coin – good or natural sugars. There are a bunch of natural sweeteners, which are far from processed and can sometimes be obtained straight from the plant. Natural sugars come in the shape of vegetables, fruits, and dairy products, but what they have in common is providing essential nutrients, which keep us healthy and strong. Stevia is one of the best-known plant-based sweeteners, which, despite being sweet, is also linked to lowering blood pressure and insulin levels; however, one still has to refine it to turn it into a more usable form.

Besides stevia, there are several other natural sweeteners used worldwide, which are less harmful to our organisms when compared to actual white refined sugar. Molasses are made from the same sugarcane plants and sugar beets as regular sugar but are not refined and has a syrup-like thick consistency. Maple syrup is also one of nature’s best natural sweeteners. Even if this product is quite expensive in stores, one can easily make it at home as the process of making it is simple – one has to boil the sap of maple trees until it thickens. Next comes coconut sugar, which is very similar to regular white sugar everyone usually uses as it is high in calories.

Now it’s time for the best natural sweetener of all times – good old honey! Even though it is still sugar, organic honey is far safer and healthier to use than table sugar. Full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, honey is also that one product that is completely safe to use after its expiration date. The only thing that helps people separate natural honey from the fake one is its consistency, which crystalises after some time, but does not lose any healthy features.

Recipes with Natural Sugars

Keeping only natural sugars in your pantry does not mean you cannot pamper yourself with some casual yet super healthy sweets. However, most of the time, such natural sweets require to prepare in advance. Pick them, mix them, bake them, cut them, and only after that EAT THEM – we can guarantee that these recipes will be as sweet and healthy as they can be! Besides, we decided to turn the healthiness of our favourite treats up by a few notches and share only vegan-friendly recipe ideas. You can thank us later!

Granola. Mix oats, nuts, and seeds with some coconut oil and honey or maple syrup, and add your favourite dried fruits. Pour the mixture into a large cooking pan and spread evenly, bake until golden. Let the granola cool completely and cut into pieces and enjoy!

Green cocktails. Grab every vegetable and fruit that you can find nearby and put everything into a food processor. Add in some honey or maple syrup, add few drops of CBD Oil for that extra healthiness and let it mix!

Nature’s candy. Pick your favourite berries or cut fruits into bite-size pieces, place them evenly into a food dehydrator machine or onto a cooking pan, and use it accordingly. Dried fruits and berries are a great alternative to bad sugars themselves!

Ice Cream. Mix coconut milk, maple syrup, and tahini – sesame paste – in a food processor, blend them well and pour the mixture into an ice cream maker or spread evenly on a freezer-safe dish. Don’t forget to put some berries or fruits as toppings!

Gummy Candies. Blend apple juice, a little bit of agave or maple syrup and Agar-agar powder together, strain the mixture and bring it to simmer in a small saucepan. Let it cool for a bit, add few drops of CBD oil for that extra healthy kick and pour into gummy moulds. Freeze it, remove it and enjoy!

Here at Biomedicanna believe that we should live as healthy as possible, and this journey starts with cutting bad sugars out of our diets. Natural sugars and recipes are a great alternative to regular chocolate, candies, and other sugary bombs that we consume without even knowing that. Trust us - it is not that hard to feel energetic, strong, and healthy without using refined and processed sugar every day – you will not miss it!


Tips and Lists for National Lockdown? Yes – Do Not Stress!

Oh no… Did it really happen one more time?! Quarantine has again decided to visit us. Now we have to sit at home between the four walls and survive national lockdown’s arrival for as long as it takes. Such a situation forces us to cut all unnecessary social contacts with other people and watch the world safely from our home window. As even the least significant unpleasant situations and twists and turns make us feel irritated, such a routine can make everyone go crazy very fast. It’s a responsible thing to stay at home; however, stress does not add health to our organisms. We love each Biomedicanna friend very much and do not want them to feel stressed, be unhappy, or get sick – we have prepared you a list of seven great ways to spend time at home, which will make you forget about the Coronavirus pandemic and stress at all!

Tip No. 1 – Greet Mornings with Exercise

Getting up in the morning to go to work is hard. In the face of a pandemic, getting up in the morning and then working from home is even more difficult as few steps away, your cosy and fluffy bed waits for you come back. It’s time to wake up! Start each stress-free quarantine morning with an exercise lasting at least a few minutes – stretch stiff muscles, reach the toes with your fingers, do a few push-ups and sit-ups, or jump into pants while listening to your favourite song! Every type of exercise works as long as you are doing it right. Our team advises you to spend some time researching the internet before planning your work-out regime. There are many videos of experienced trainers showing every exercise and explaining its benefits to your body. In case of not so much determination to exercise on your own, find online sports communities, register for live work-out broadcasts, and start shaping your body for after the quarantine now! We cannot imagine our mornings with meditation, yoga, and Pilates!

Tip No. 2 – Have a Healthy Smoothie Afterwards

Sports can be exhausting sometimes; therefore, after the morning workout, you must reward your body with a healthy and tasty breakfast. We all know stories about what foods and dishes do professional athletes eat daily, but let’s admit some of those recipes are pretty strange and require exquisite cooking skills. Nevertheless, there is one thing that neither ordinary people nor top-level athletes give up – it’s healthy green cocktails and smoothies! Such drinks are often thought about as energy and vitamin bombs – mix every type of vegetables, fruits, and berries in the blender and enjoy a tasty beginning of the day. Search the internet again, and there you will definitely find many delicious, quick, and easy recipes. We at Biomedicanna advise you to add a few drops of natural and organic CBD Oil into your everyday smoothie to make it even healthier – regular use of CBD helps lower the levels of anxiety and depression, relieve stress, and boost the immune system. Besides, our best smoothie mix contains frozen bananas, mangoes, cherries, peaches, oatmeal, almond milk, and – of course – CBD Oil Drops!

Tip No. 3 – Play a Little Game with Your Mind

It is easy to immerse yourself in the daily worries when all days of the quarantine feel the same. Medical researchers found out that long periods of nowhere to go, no one to talk to, and nothing to do harms our mental health and makes us lose our social skills – we are becoming less and less exciting and happy, dark, and sad thoughts become our daily friends. In case this happens, you need to banish such thoughts out of your brain and occupy your mind with intellectual games and activities instead. We are best in giving fun and joyful bits of advice – invite your quarantine friend to play some board and card games, do puzzles, or crosswords! Mentioned activities reinforce connections between our brain cells, improves thinking speed, and helps protect the brain from aging up. In general, games such as chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, Risk, Cluedo, Uno cards, or even charades and Pictionary keeps our bodies and minds young by making them work harder than ever!

Tip No. 4 – Grab a Book in Your Hands

A national lockdown has actually saved you loads of time without having to commute to work every day; however, it’s up to you how you will spend them. We advise you to spend some free time with books in your hands - quarantine is the perfect time to actually finish at least several books from your reading list. Reading allows us to instantly travel to different cities and continents, the future and past; those pages makes us fall in love with some characters and envy the others. Most importantly, books keep us busy, and let’s forget about life with a dangerous pandemic right beside. If reading a book is not for you, maybe listening for one is? We advise you to try list audiobooks or various podcasts, which encourages multitasking and fill our heads with more exciting thoughts than doing dishes, laundry, or hoovering the carpets. In our home libraries, you may find some of the best-written works including, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Catcher in the Rye by Jerome Salinger, and many more – start your reading journey to stress-free quarantine with three masterpieces!

Tip No. 5 – Pamper Yourself with Love and Self-care

Quarantine is a tough opponent to fight against; therefore, we have to be the best versions of ourselves. Even if you may not need to meet with other people at this time, you should not neglect the way your skin, hair, and overall body looks. Spending an entire lockdown dressed in comfortable pyjamas is nice but, at the same time, is very unproductive. It is especially important to find a bit of time every day to be in peace with yourself. Self-care is a real stress-relieving deal, which usually includes a foamy hot bath, homemade body scrubs, fancy serums, expensive masks, and a glass of your favourite drink! Here at Biomedicanna, we love our teammates and friends as much as ourselves. We advise you to enrich your everyday self-love rituals with natural essences and oils, organic cosmetics , and eco-friendly solutions as caring for your wellness must not hurt Mother Earth.

Tip No. 6 – Have a Movie After Dinner

Like a cherry on the cake, yet another quarantine day must end with a good movie. Decorating your home to remind at least a bit of a movie theatre and ensuring all necessary snacks are in place protect us all from the stress and makes us doubt quarantine really happening. However, we are quickly brought back into reality as the time comes to choose what we will be watching today. Internet movie platforms and streaming services have a variety of blockbusters to offer, so our job is to make this process easier. We advise you to spend quarantine watching real classics – The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, Schindler’s List, or Forest Gump. Yes, these four movies can make you cry and even more stressful than lockdown has made you already, so let’s watch some comedy movies instead. Turn your TV’s on for Life Is Beautiful, Untouchable, Amelie, or one of the newest hits, Parasite – we recommend only the best!

Tip No. 7 – Binge-watch TV Series

Let’s face it - one movie may sometimes be not enough for true cinema lovers. However, one night in the quarantine may be just enough to finish an entire season of a really great TV series. We are guilty of choosing to have several sleepless nights and watching new episodes of our favourite shows instead, too. Taking us to mythical lands, showing us how to fight against dragons and go to planets far away, some of the best TV series will take more than several nights to finish. We personally love Game of Thrones, Suits, Stranger Things, The Big Bang Theory, and, of course, legendary sitcom Friends! Real and sincere laughter, best actors, and unexpected turns of events are what you need for a fun quarantine experience and levels of stress dropping down in the blink of an eye.

Seven tips in one day can be too much if you have a busy schedule, have to work, or study for the larger part of your average quarantine day. We advise you to try at least advice every day of the week – stay safe, healthy, and stress-free!


Christmas Gift Shopping – Rewarding Everyone With Health

We dare you to take a look at the calendar, in which you will see that there are less than 50 days left till the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas! Joyful and legendary songs sound not only in our homes but also in the shopping centres where we look for Christmas presents for our family, friends, and, of course, ourselves – as Santa rewards only the best, some of us must themselves take care of the gifts. It might be easy to choose a gift for ourselves, but what is precious enough to reward parents, siblings, best friends, or loved ones? The best gift idea is health! We made a list of physical and mental health-enhancing gifts to save you some time and money as all of the presents that we advise you to buy has great and heartfelt do-it-yourself alternatives. Christmas gift shopping starts now!

Idea No. 1 – Christmas Decorations

What is more Christmassy than snow, baubles, wreaths, and pine trees? Well, nothing beats pretty Christmas decorations and blinking lights, and it’s never too early to start filling your home and heart with festive magic. However, store-bought Christmas decorations are quite expensive, but the good news is that you can invite your loved ones over for a little cosy decorations workshop! Any DIY project works very well as mental and physical therapy – picking and gluing small bits and pieces improves hand motility and helps people having problems with concentration. The little get-together will allow you not only to catch up with old friends, create handcrafted gifts but also reuse things found around the house as such activities encourage eco-friendliness!

Idea No. 2 – Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins and immune-boosting food supplements are one of the most popular Christmas gifts ideas. However, what helps one, may not be suitable for another person, so we advise you to get rid of the idea of gifting pharmacy-bought vitamins and opt-out for natural goods – foods and drinks that are considered vitamin bombs. Including different types of meats, grain, vegetables, and fruits into one’s daily diet can strengthen their immune system and overall health more than any medicine. We encourage you to invite your loved one to dinner or organise a cooking workshop, in which you will be able to cook and taste ingredients and dishes you have never tried before. If you are on the lookout for more modest food-related gifts, a recipe book is always a good idea!

Idea No. 3 – Spa Experience

Show us a person who would decline a weekend getaway offer! There is none! As everyone wants to run away from their problems sometimes, weekend trips to various resorts, spa centres, and hotels are very high on demand. It is a great gift idea too! However, we advise you to gift a voucher for such pleasures instead of booking your loved one’s weekend before even asking about his or her availability. In case you cannot leave home even for a weekend, why not enjoy the luxuries of a spa in your bathroom? Online or in small shops, you can find loads of different scented bath bombs or foams, scrubs, masks, and many more quality spa attributes. You can even try to make them yourself but before, make sure products and recipes, which you are using, are safe both for the environment and yourself! Make it, pack it, and gift it to the ones you care about the most!

Idea No. 4 – Quality Sleep

Humans spend one-third of their lives sleeping; thus, it would be unfortunate to sleep uncomfortable. Gifting a quality sleep experience to someone for Christmas does not mean inviting them over to try your mattress or a pillow, but it is okay to consider buying such gifts only if you know your loved ones lack them. However, great rest does not only depend on expensive sleeping equipment. We advise you to encourage your relatives not to use mobile phones in bed and read a book instead of endlessly counting sheep. As insomnia takes the happiness out of many people's lives, you can help your loved ones solve this problem by gifting CBD Oil Drops to improve their sleep quality and overall health. Do not forget to try these ideas yourself - you should lead by example!

Idea No. 5 – Romantic Date Experience

Admit it, Christmas is a bit too cold for counting stars, and with an ongoing situation, any ideas for a nice date involving crowded places are not safe as well. Therefore, there is no better place for a romantic date night than your home. Most of the time, cosy moments with your beloved don’t have to be pricey as the best memories require only creativity and time. Recreate your first meal together and prepare a three-course dinner, including fancy desserts or fill your living room with pillows and blankets to create a movie theatre. For this season, we advise you to gift a Christmas karaoke experience or a set of scratch cards with the names of best movies, meals, or games written underneath! Remember, any date night is perfect when the feelings are real – consider a healthy relationship a top priority and the best gift of all times!

Idea No. 6 – Board Games, Puzzles, and Books

With plenty of time on our hands, playing board games, reading books, and completing intricate puzzles helps us survive those long and cold winter evenings and relax. However, the majority of puzzles and books are interesting for only once, and while board games are fun to play with friends and relatives, they can also become boring after several plays. Buying and gifting new ones is always a great idea; however, they can empty your wallet if you decide to send them to all people on your Christmas list. We advise you to create personalised memory books, photo albums, or writing a story about how you met the exact person, how happy you are to have them in your life. You can also try to create a small-scale treasure hunting experience with a nice little gift at the end – the journey to the treasure itself is the greatest gift!

Idea No. 7 – Gym Subscription

Next Monday? Next year? Is the person you know speaks about the sports and wellness of their body using these phrases? Why not giving them sports equipment for Christmas so they can start exercising immediately, you may think? Do exactly that, and you will never be more wrong in your life. Committing to everyday gym sessions and exercises is hard; thus, receiving any sport-related gifts, except for tickets to a match, can be understood as an insult. Here as well, you should lead by example – we advise you to invite the person to join you for a quick jog in a park or a hike in a forest. Sports and other physical activities will be a great gift to yourself, but you would receive much more than that – it’s the relationship with another person that you get through doing sports together.

Idea No. 8 – Therapy and Meditation Sessions

Christmas is a time of gathering, sharing stories, and listening, what funny has happened to others throughout the year. However, the most important things are the ones your body is trying to tell you; thus, some quality self-care moments will cheer your body and soul the most. We advise you to gift such joy to others as well – invite them to paint therapy classes, meditations workshops, or reward them with subscriptions for the best mobile relaxation applications there are. Such gifts will help your loved ones relax, calm down, and reduce levels of stress. Besides, regular use of CBD oil also helps relieve anxiety and lessen depression. Well, as such gifts can sometimes turn out to be greater than your budget, use free online services, and introduce your friends and family to them!

Idea No. 9 – Themed Gift Boxes

Is there a person among your friends to which you find almost impossible to choose the right gift? You will never miss rewarding them with a unique and universal gift set, which represents their personality traits, lifestyle, and favourite hobbies. As a great number of small presents and things can be put into one gift box, try fitting love, happiness, and health there as well. For this Christmas, we have created four different sets of health-enhancing , immune-strengthening , skin-moisturising , and muscle-relaxing gifts, which will make your loved one incredibly happy. All four gift boxes include CBD Oil Drops Raw and other CBD healthy goods such as Silk Balm, Face and Body Cream, or Cooling Gel. We guarantee that a healthy body, mind, and overall wellness are the greatest gifts that will wait for you and your loved one underneath the Christmas tree!

Idea No. 10 – Attention and Warmth

Besides all other gift ideas on the list, we would be very wrong excluded this one from the list – a sincere and attentive conversation with your relatives and friends is sometimes all they need! Christmas is about love, support, warmth, and real connection with the ones you love the most in your entire life. Conversation with a cup of tea may last till the evening; however, such moments are irreplaceable for talking things that bother out, discussing problems and concerns, looking for solutions, and pieces of advice. We do not seek to belittle the work of professional psychotherapists and psychologists, but firstly, it is worth to speak openly about mental and physical health with people that are closest to your heart.

Gifts are traditional attributes when celebrating many different occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, achievements, etc., but spending ridiculous amounts of money may still not buy the things that will cheer their souls up. This Christmas, reward your loved ones with gifts that matter the most – health.


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