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Friday, 1 September 2017

Get Ready For Organic September!

With Organic September launching on the 1st September, the Soil Association will begin its annual national campaign to raise of the benefits of organic. But what does organic really mean?

Many people are now choosing organic fruit and vegetables to avoid the chemical sprays used in intensive farming. The term ‘organic’ is highly regulated, therefore growers and producers cannot claim organic without certification – the highest standard offered by the Soil Association.

According to the Soil Association, organic means:

  • ·         Fewer pesticides

Almost 300 pesticides can routinely be used in non-organic farming. Many of these remain in the food we eat, despite washing and cooking.

  • ·         No artificial colours and preservatives

Hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and preservatives are all banned by organic standards.

  • ·         Always free range

Organic means the very highest animal welfare standards.

  • ·         No routine use of antibiotics

Organic means happier, healthier animals raised without the need for routine use of antibiotics.

  • ·         No GM ingredients

GM ingredients and crops are banned under Soil Association standards.
In fact an international team of experts led by Newcastle University has shown that organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones.
Analysing 343 studies into the compositional differences between organic and conventional crops, the team found that a switch to eating organic fruit, vegetable and cereals – and food made from them – would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

This adds more support to the Soil Association’s campaign that organic food is beneficial for good health and achieving wellbeing. This year’s campaign message being ‘organic is food as it should be, better for the environment and animal welfare’ and with the #ChooseOrganic hashtag on social media.

Remember, eating or incorporating organic into your diet and lifestyle does not always mean paying for more - it can be the small switches to your weekly shop. Eg swapping your normal pasta for an organic variety. See if you can taste the difference! Besides there are many organic alternatives becoming more widely available ranging from organic teas, dairy products, sauces, cereals and nutritional supplements. Go visit your local health food store to discover the array of organic options.  How do you know if product is certified organic? Look for the Soil Association certification logo. For more information about organic visit:

Bare Health in Congleton will be joining the campaign’s Organic September Saturday on 16th September - a dedicated day of organic in the independent retailers. For nutritional advice,  ideas of how to incorporate organic into your lifestyle and free product sampling please pop in. We’d be delighted to see you.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Bare Health Summer Stars! Upto 50% off in our Sale!

Up to 50% off on selected items in store now!

We invite you to Bare Health this August to browse our Super Star Sale! Selected items are now discounted up to a huge 50%. Why delay? Come and follow our 'star trail' today!

Bare Health. Your health, your well being, naturally!


Whilst stocks last...





5) ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL (1LB JAR) £7.99 (RRP 12.99) OR 2 for £15

6) WILEYS FISH OIL RANGE - Save a fantastic 20%




10) BUY ECOMIL Sugar Free Almond Milk and get ECOMIL Coconut Milk FREE

11) SYNOVITAL HYALURONIC ACID £26.95 (Was £29.95) OR BUY 2 for £23 each



14) FAITH IN NATURE - Brave Botanicals Range 15% OFF

15) ANTIPODES SKINCARE - Buy any two full size products (including NEW lipsticks) get a FREE Hand & Body Cream (worth £28) or Facial Cleanser (worth £25)

WHAT'S NEW IN STORE? Let's take a peek...


Vegetarian, Vegan, Organic
Organic Curcumin Latte is a contemporary take on the traditional turmeric latte also known as ‘Golden Milk’ or ‘Haldi Ka Doodh’. Originating from South East Asia, Golden milk has a rich history of use and is a blend of turmeric root powder with aromatic spices stirred into warm milk. Viridian’s Organic Curcumin Latte features turmeric root extract with enhanced levels of the prime active known as curcumin. A fantastic way to get your daily dose of high strength Turmeric - just 1/2 tsp gives you a dose of 200mg Organic Turmeric with 85% curcuminoids!


Now a firm favourite at Bare Health - it's delicious! 

SuperSeed & SuperGrain Artisan Pasta was born from two gardener’s long standing dream of making healthy, nutritious & tasty gluten free pasta

Marianna and Keith are both passionate about food and healthy living, so started to make pasta out of ancient grains and seeds they knew as gardeners and already used them in their kitchen, only sprinkling on their lunch and dinner. The pastas they made proved to be scrumptious & flavoursome, so they decided to try to make a living out of it and the rest is history!
​You may ask why?
​Because they believe their pastas are good for everyone (not just for gardeners!), they are full of nutrition, have low sugar levels (great for diabetics) and bursting with protein and fibre! They will keep you on the move – no more energy slump after having a delicious pasta meal.
​Their approach is fresh, but the methods used, traditional, to give you good, tasty products with a homemade feel. This super tasty gluten free pasta will pleasantly surprise you!



Raw Halo is an artisan raw chocolate brand committed to bringing you the finest organic, refined sugar free, gluten-free and 100% natural Peruvian raw chocolate. They also make delicious dairy-free and Vegan raw chocolate so you can eat well without having to sacrifice life’s little luxuries.


Sourcing some of the worlds finest organic ingredients and produced in Switzerland this award winning chocolate is so tasty and full of flavours you'll love it! Winners of Great Taste Awards for EVERY flavour in the range! GLUTEN FREE SOY FREE with 5 Variants being DAIRY FREE


Buy Shampoo get Conditioner 1/2 price!

Tony Maleedy, MIT is a renowned Trichologist, Cosmetic Scientist and founder of Tony Maleedy Hair. 30 years of clinical practice and development have shown Tony that good hair starts with a healthy scalp. Hair loss, hair growth and the condition of hair can all be drastically improved if the scalp is completely healthy – something Tony has seen thousands of times through professional in-clinic treatments. Through this research, expertise and experience, Tony has now developed the Juniper Scalp Therapy Shampoo and complimentary Juniper Conditioner to achieve the same results at home. Why do we love it? Because it works! The Juniper Scalp Therapy Shampoo has been clinically proven to improve the health of the scalp – which leads to enormous improvements in the quality and condition of the hair, as well as its ability to grow. Long-standing scalp conditions have been treated time and time again with Tony’s expertise and highly effective products.


charged with a Dual Repairing Complex of Blackberry & Coconut Milk for damaged, over processed hair and all skin types



Certified Natural, Vegan Approved, Traditional natural & organic cosmetics based on the herbal recipes of Dr. Konopka.
Dr. Konopka was a pharmacist with a passion for natural products. He dedicated his life to learning about how herbs and plants could be used in his pharmacy formulations. Initially he created a cream with a wound healing effect, which contained extracts of 48 valuable herbs. The first users were so impressed with the instantaneous effect of the cream that it was named “Dr. Konopka’s wonder cream”.

Dr. Konopka’s family have carefully collected and kept the recipes of invigorating balms, infusions and ointments and have passed those from generation to generation. 

Random Apple Company RAW Honey

9) INCOGNITO INSECT REPELLENT RANGE - Winner of the Queens Award. Don't go on your hols without it!

incognito® spray is highly effective -  In clinical testing, incognito® was proved to 100% effective. incognito® offers a totally unprecedented level of protection. We also provide a complementary range of travel toiletries, such as moisturiser, hair and bodywash and soaps, all designed to work together with the spray or roll-on to provide maximum protection.
incognito® is 100% natural - They only use natural ingredients including the active ingredient, Citrepel75 (PMD). There is no residue left on the environment after use. As incognito® is bio-degradeable, the formulation simply breaks down over time and doesn’t disrupt the world’s eco-systems. It is the repellent of choice for the conscientious and considerate traveller.
incognito® can be used by all the family - incognito® spray and roll-on can be used by people of any age including babies over 3 months. It can also be used by most people with sensitive skin. Always carry out a patch test on the inside of your wrist, if you are one of these people.
incognito® won’t harm you or the environment - Esteemed neuro-scientist Vincent Corbel found in 2009 that Deet is a neurotoxin. It blocks an enzyme in the nerve cells of your central nervous system that breaks down toxins, allowing them to build up and kill off your nerve cells. incognito® doesn’t work in the same way as DEET and isn’t absorbed as far through the skin meaning it doesn’t interact with your inner chemistry. In this same way, it won’t interact with delicate eco-systems, especially those involving aquatic wildlife.
incognito® can protect from malaria - Clinical trials took place in the Amazon rainforest over 6 months whereby individuals slept under impregnated (LLI) mosquito nets but also applied our active ingredient during the day, at dusk and at night. The results proved that the combination of the application of their active ingredient and sleeping under an impregnated (LLI) mosquito net protected the users from malaria by being so effective at repelling mosquitoes.

incognito® is sustainable - they believe sustainability means quality. This means incognito put the environment first. 10% of their profits go to charity. They also support environmental causes such as the Bethsaida Hermitage in India and Plant a Tree Foundation. They are an eco-business that runs on renewable energy and fights for the future of the planet. Their involvment with Bethsaida for example has meant that they have more than offset the carbon dioxide they produce as a company. Incognito constantly re-evaluate all of their products and their packaging as well as their logistics and transport methods. This ensures the planet is their top priority and that our environmental impact is as minimal as possible. in 2015 Incognito won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Bare Health Holistics... Our Complementary Therapies & Treatments

Bare Health Holistics... 

" Professional treatments & therapies to support and nurture your health and well being, naturally"

Here At Bare Health we have created an experienced team of therapists, all professionally qualified to offer a diverse range of Holistic treatments. Our Complementary Therapies are designed with your health & well being in mind, with a key focus on treating mind, body & spirit. Each therapy is specifically tailored to your individual needs. Whether you require a therapy for aiding in the treatment of a specific condition or are just in need of a little bit of relaxation and pampering, time out from the stresses that everyday life can bring, our therapists are here to support you on your journey to optimum health.

Our exclusive treatment rooms have been created to offer peace & tranquility and have taken on an energy all of their own. Our main treatment room dates back to 1624 and has original beams and a feature revealing wattle and daub walls - a room steeped in history.

Therapy Menu and prices:

Access Bars £45
Acupuncture & Japanese Spinal Touch £40
Aromatherapy £33
Bach Flower Consultation £39
Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage £25
Body Massage £33
Emmett Technique £30
Food Intolerance Testing (Monthly Clinic) £45
Hands Free Massage £33
Holistic Facials £38
Homeopathic Consultation:
Initial Visit £65 Follow Up £45
Hopi Ear Candling £30
Hypnotherapy £
Indian Head Massage £25
Life Coaching £40
Naturopathic Nutrition
Initial visit £40 follow up £25
Medical Herbalist 
Initial Visit £59 Follow up £35
Natural Facial Lift Massage £38
Neals Yard Signature Treatments:
Calming Rose and geranium body harmony £55
Invigorating Frankincense and Mandarin Body Boost £39
Oriental Thai Foot Massage £33
Edify Psychological Services:
Mindfulness, CBT, Compassion focused Therapy, Integrative Psychotherapy £65
Reflexology £33
Reiki £30
Sports Massage & Rehabilitation:
30 mins £15, 60 mins £30 
Initial visit £53 Follow up £43
NEW Traditional Thai Massage:
Initial Visit £55 1hr £40 1.5hr £55

Gift Vouchers Available

To book a treatment please call Bare Health on 01260 408413

34 High Street, Congleton, Cheshire. CW12 1BD
Parking nearby.

Our latest Therapists joining 'Bare Health Holistics'...

Traditional Thai Massage
Mel Ratcliffe BA (Hons), FHT and founder of 'Bare Health'

Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient system of healing with its roots in Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Buddhist spiritual practice. This unique and complete system of yoga therapy combines rhythmic massage, acupressure, gentle twisting, deep stretching and meditation in a flowing and harmonious full body massage. Thai massage releases tension, increases vitality and creates wholeness of mind, body & spirit. 
Thai Massage is different from many western forms of massage in that there is no oil used, the therapist uses a mattress on the floor instead of a couch and the client remains completely clothed throughout the session. It is very different from the 'massage' that we are all so familiar with and often described as 'Lazy Man's Yoga'.

This treatment is the perfect complement to any exercise routine and is suitable for clients of all ages and abilities, the routine can be varied to suit a wide range of physical needs and can be used as a form of physical therapy to aid in the increase of motion and muscular strength.

Acupuncture & Japanese Spinal Touch 

Ann Mitchell

Ann Mitchell is a state registered nurse with her last nursing role as sister on a Intensive Care/ High Dependency unit. She is also a trained Acupuncturist having qualified with The British College of Acupuncture and has over 35 years experience in her field. As a therapist Anne offers Acupuncture for many conditions, backs, necks, knees, a range of joint problems including ligament and core strengthening, anxiety and stress, to name but a few. She also uses a Japanese system of Painless 'Spinal Touch' in combination with Acupuncture and has achieved great results with the combined use of these treatments.


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Are you Berry Healthy?

I recently took a little time out and spent a few hours exploring the beautiful Peak District. I love this part of the world and feel privileged to live so close by. Only a half hour drive from home and I’m in the open countryside filling my lungs with wonderful fresh air! I’m a nature lover and passionate about health & well being. More specifically, how nature provides us with an abundance of plants and edibles to support health. I also love observing what is growing around us locally and seasonally. In spring, I’m always on the hunt for Wild Garlic , whilst googling exciting new recipes, then, in the summer, on the lookout for what fruits are available for gathering. My latest adventures in the Peak District had me stumbling across a mass of bilberry bushes bearing lots of fruit and after helping myself to one or two whilst strolling along, I remembered I had a spare bag with me so seized the opportunity to spend a little time bilberry picking, recalling many happy childhood memories of purple fingers and bilberry pies!
Not only do bilberries taste delicious they have a number of wonderful health benefits and are a worthy addition to a healthy balanced diet. And so, whilst they are in season, I thought I’d share some of these benefits and maybe inspire you to seize the moment and go on your own ‘Bilberry picking’ walk.
The bilberry plant is a low growing shrub native to Northern Europe and Asia, also known as European Blueberry, Whortleberry, Huckleberry and blaeberry and belongs to a large genus (vaccinium) of plants that also contain blueberry and cranberry. Bilberries are often referred to as blueberries due to their similar appearance and are also close relatives, however, the ‘true’ blueberry is native to the United States. Bilberries have been used in traditional folklore medicine for over a thousand years and traditionally used to treat diarrhoea, scurvy (due to their vitamin c content) and other conditions.
Here in the UK, bilberry grows in heaths, meadows and moist coniferous forests. So why are these delicious little blue/black berries so good for us? Well, the answer lies with a number of compounds that are found abundantly in a variety of berries, however, bilberries are reported to have a higher anthocyanin content compared to other berries such as strawberry, cranberry, elderberry, sour cherry and raspberry.
Anthocyanins are potent ‘antioxidants’ (molecules that inhibit ‘oxidation’ a chemical reaction that may damage cells within the body). With this in mind we can see how bilberries may offer cellular protection but what additional reported health benefits do they bring?

Top Bilberry Benefits:

1) Eye support

Bilberry has a long history of use for eye disorders and in promoting vision. There have been numerous studies of the effects of bilberry on various aspects of vision and ocular disorders, including cataract, retinopathy, macular degeneration, and night vision. As legend goes, bilberry was used by British Royal Air Force pilots during World War II because it was believed that it improved their night vision whilst on flying missions

     2) Antimicrobial
According to Wing-kwan Chu et al bilberry has a clear potential value as an antimicrobial agent with a preliminary study showing that bilberry had a direct effect against methicillin resistant S.Aureus (MRSA) whilst also potentiating the effects of vancomycin (an antibiotic) against MRSA. These are particularly interesting and important findings for the use of bilberry in treating anti biotic resistant organisms in a time of increasing  widespread anti biotic resistance.

3) Cholesterol lowering and Cardiovascular support

The amazing anthocyanosides found in bilberries may strengthen blood vessels and prevent the oxidation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, a major risk factor for atherosclerosis that is the plaque that blocks blood vessels leading to heart attack and stroke.
A study reported that dietary enrichment with bilberry, when compared to black currants, reduced total and LDL (bad) -cholesterol levels. In fact, the total anthocyanin content was four times higher in bilberries than in black currants, possibly making it a better choice for reducing LDL cholesterol levels.

)      4) Blood sugar control

Evidence suggests that consuming edible berries, particularly from the genus Vaccinium, that have high concentrations of anthocyanins could provide a supplementary intervention to improve glycaemia in subjects with type two diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance, this was further supported by a 2013 study at the University of Aberdeen. The use of bilberry polyphenols as phytochemicals capable of lowering the glycaemia response to carbohydrates not only in subjects with diabetes but also in those with impaired glucose tolerance control may prove to be useful in helping control blood sugar and suggested that such a strategy could complement the effectiveness of other lifestyle interventions such as avoidance of obesity and the need to take regular exercise.

     5) Effective in relieving Diarrhoea

Bilberry has been traditionally used in European medicine to treat diarrhoea for many years. The fruit contains tannins, substances that act as both an anti-inflammatory and an astringent that helps with constricting and tightening tissues. By reducing intestinal inflammation, bilberry is believed to help with reducing the symptoms of diarrhoea.

     6) Managing Inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s defense mechanism when it deals with disease and eliminating pathogens. However, when it becomes chronic, it can affect your quality of life. In this regard, the anthocyanins of bilberry can help reduce your risk of unwanted inflammation.
In a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers noted that participants who consumed anthocyanin-rich bilberry extracts helped inhibit factors that stimulate inflammatory response in their bodies. They went on to suggest that anthocyanin foods may have a positive effect on alleviating chronic inflammatory diseases.

Throughout history berry consumption has been an important and valued part of the human diet and now modern day research is highlighting how regular consumption of fruits may delay ageing processes and reduce the risk of various illnesses, such as cancer, cardiovascular and lung diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's dementia, or Parkinsonism with increasing evidence suggesting that increasing our intake of berries such as bilberries  is a promising strategy to prevent Metabolic Syndrome and its complications such as the risk of developing type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Overall, it seems that Bilberries are indeed tiny nutrient powerhouses that pack a punch. On their own, they may not be a single-bullet solution, but a valuable option, as part of a varied, balanced, and healthy dietary approach promoting health and preventing disease.
If spending a few hours picking your own bilberries really isn’t for you then you can find them widely available in a variety of guises. From jams (opt for those that are naturally sweetened), juices and tinctures to powdered concentrates or as a supplement in tablet form which can be found in your nearby health store. For those of you, who like me enjoy the outdoors, enjoy wild food and have a few hours and extra hands to spare...happy picking!
The information contained within this article is solely for educational purposes. Always consult your GP or Healthcare professional if taking prescribed medication or undergoing any form of treatment.

Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors.Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Week at Bare Health

Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week 

15th - 21st May 2017 

Upto 20% off selected Beauty Products

Exclusive In Store Offers
 Bare Health, Congleton

Your Health, Your Wellbeing, Naturally.

Viridian Ultimate Beauty Complex 15% OFF

Viridian Organic Scandinavian Rainbow Trout Oil Capsule 15% Off

 Viridian Skin Hydration Capsules 15 % Off

Viridian Clear Skin Complex Capsules 15% Off

Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend 20% Off with FREE Gut Health Guide

Weleda Skin Food 15% Off

Antipodes Lipsticks 20% Off

Buy Two Antipodes Skin Care Products and get a free Joyful Hand & Body Lotion or Cream Cleanser worth £28!

Optima Raw, Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
£7.99 Each or 2 for £15

*offers exclusively in store and whilst stocks last