Today’s post is all about Niki McGlynn Tell me a bit about yourself and your business? I trained as a homeopath after using homeopathy when I was pregnant with my daughter and suffering crippling morning sickness. I had taken everything my doctor had to offer and still ended up in hospital on a drip. My health visitor recommended a local homeopath, I had used it before with my son when he had dreadful eczema, so I was prepared to give it a go. I decided to add reflexology later as the two treatments work well together. Once qualified I was a bit shocked at the lack of products available for use in treatments. Most products contain petroleum and everything smells of peppermint! I wanted something natural which would help with various skin issues and smell better. I used my knowledge and experience as a homeopath in order to develop my range of Balms. They are all naturally anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial plus the oils they contain are really effective at moisturising and helping cracked or damaged skin to heal. They work amazingly well on cracked heels but my customers will often email me with other skin problems that they have used them for. For example Original Balm seems great for insect bites, fungal nail infections and cold sores and the Lavender & Chamomile seems really effective for burns and eczema.

Baby Bottom Balm is great for nappy rash and is also good for children eczema as it is a bit milder. Some of my customers also use Lavender & Chamomile Balm as a cleanser/moisturiser on their faces.

Balms can be ordered from my website I am also on twitter @nikimcglynn or @nikisbalms where I am always happy to answer questions Where are you based in the UK?

I am based in Wokingham, in Berkshire When did you establish your business?

2 years ago

enter Why did you decide to start this business?

I wanted a natural product which would help my clients and would smell good! What your unique selling point?

There is nothing quite like my balm on the market, apart for the fact it smells amazing, it is organic and made in small batches in order to maintain the quality yet it remains very reasonably priced.

سوق السعودية What you best selling product?سعر-الذهب-السعودية-اليوم-الخميس-03-07-2014

My Original Organic Reflexology Balm is still my best selling product, closely followed by Original Organic Balm as other reflexologist clients buy it to use themselves as it is so lovely.

اخبار الذهب Who your target market?

Reflexologists primarily, and then people who are interested in using natural products on their skin.

اسهم عمان تل Why do you think more people are buying natural products? I think that people are becoming aware of the benefits of more natural products, and that they minimise the impact on the environment as well as providing safe and effective care for themselves and their families. They work well and are so much better than using petro-chemicals. Can your products be used on any age customer?

Absolutely! I offer a Baby Bottom Balm which is mild and softer, perfect for babies and people with more sensitive skin and Original Organic Balm and Lavender & Chamomile Organic Balm are rich without being heavy or greasy and have excellent moisturising effects. I am currently developing a Warming Balm, which should help improve circulation for people with cold hands and feet.

For more information contact Niki here

Spa Break at Gleneagles

This week I went to the Spa at Gleaneagles and all the way round it I just kept saying WOW!! No wonder this spa is Winner of Favourite Spa in a UK Hotelاخبار-الذهب-اليو٠Conde Nast Traveller Readers تداول الفوركس التلقائى Travel Awards 2010

The moment you enter the spa there is a feeling of peace and tranquility. The staff were very welcoming and really friendly too.


My therapist was a lovely girl and made me feel really comfortable. My treatment started with the ‘Welcome Foot Ritual’. My feet were soaked in a bowl of warm water and scented oils. The therapist then asked which oils I preferred the scent of for my massage and placed a small amount of each onto my arm so that I could smell them! She then exfoliated each lower leg and foot and placed them back in the water. Then she lifted each foot out and moisturised them and wrapped them in a warm towel.


ESPA Back Face and Scalp Massage, An all embracing treatment incorporating back cleanse, Massage and a full ESPA Intensive Facial with facial acupressure and Oriental Head Massage. The initial, deep cleansing back exfoliation is followed by a back massage with aromatic oils bringing powerful de-stressing benefits to mind and body. The facial includes massage with deeply nourishing facial oil and the application of an intensive face treatment mask, tailored to your individual needs. Whilst the mask is taking effect, the oriental head massage takes place to help clear the mind, calm the spirit and ease tension. The result is rehydrated, nourished and soothed skin combined with a sense of deep relaxation!

After the treatment which I slept a lot of the way through. I was gently woken up and given a glass of water. When I got up the therapist led me to the relaxation room. It was dimly lit with beds and blankets. I was given a fruit smoothie to drink and some nibbles to re-energise me. It was pure HEAVEN!!!

I thoroughly recommend a visit to the spa at Gleneagles if you want to know more visit

Perfect Feet

Now that summer is upon us and our feet will be once again, exposed in sandals it time to give them a pampering. Here’s how I keep my feet looking pretty!

Start by removing any old nail polish by soaking a cotton pad in an acetone free nail polish (this type is less drying to the nail). Press the damp cotton pad against the nail for 10 seconds and it should soak through the polish for easier removal.

Then using a hard skin or callus, removal tool slough away the hard skin on the heels and balls of the feet. This is best done on dry feet as it won t shred the skin like it would on softened damp skin.

Next soak your feet in a foot spa or bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. Remove the feet and towel dry but don t discard the water just yet. Use a granular foot exfoliator (or make your own with olive oil and granulated sugar or coarse sea salt) and massage over tops and soles of each foot before returning your feet to the bowl of water or foot spa to rinse off.

Have two hand towels ready and wrap each foot to keep them warm.

Unwrap one foot and cut the toenails straight across with toenail clippers. Cut them slightly longer than the desired finished length, use an emery board to smooth and seal the cut edges. Apply foot cream thickly over toes, tops of feet and soles up to the ankles. Wrap the foot in cling film and put a sock on over this. Repeat with the other foot. Leave on for 10 minutes.

Remove sock and cling film, massage any excess cream into the foot. Push back the cuticles with an orange stick. If you want to paint your toenails de-grease them with acetone free nail polish remover first. Always use a base coat before applying nail colour. Paint 2 coats of your favourite polish and finish with a coat of clear topcoat. Now you are ready to go!

Tools needed:

3 hand towels, Foot cream, Foot exfoliator, Toenail clippers, Emery board, Cling film, Acetone free nail polish remover, Orange stick, Bowl or foot spa, Hard skin / callus remover.

Top Tips:

  • Remove hard skin regularly
  • Always cut toe nails straight across to prevent ingrown nails
  • Push back cuticles regularly to stop them sticking to toenails
  • Use a foot cream containing urea as this also exfoliates the dead skin
  • Always wear socks in boots/trainers to stop bare skin rubbing against the sides as this can cause calluses.