Special Thank You to NHS

We are Flourishing Crown would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the National Health Service (NHS) workers and medical staff from around the world. We truly appreciate all your help, dedication and sacrifice you do everyday by putting yourself at constant risk to provide first class care during this pandemic.

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So say thank you we are providing you with some information that will help you cheer you up.

Supermarket Day Time
Tesco Sunday 9:00am to 10:00am
Morrisons Monday to Saturday 7:00am to 8:00am
Sainsbury’s Monday to Saturday 7:30am to 8:00am
Asda Wednesday and Friday 8:00am to 9:00am
Iceland Monday to Saturday Last Hour of Trading
Marks and Spencer’s Tuesday and Friday First Hour of Trading

Free Wedding Dress

Pronovias are donating free wedding dress to all frontline (hospital staff) engaged NHS staff (who are assisting with the COVID-19) to say thank you for all their hard work and dedication. The Spanish brand first trial this in China and they are now bring it to the UK. For your chance to get your hands on one of their fabulous gowns, all you have to do is to visit their flagship shop in Central London (4 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 1SH) by 31 August 2020. Visit pronovias.com for more information and to browse through their online catalogue of  beautiful dresses.

Gift Favour

We hope you are all well and getting through these difficult times. Please stay safe.

Flourishing Crown would like to announce (once the lock-down is over) that we do gift favours for all occasions including wedding, birthdays, corporate, etc. just to name a few. Please contact us for more information and a quotation

   

 

Coronaviruses (COVID-19)

What is Coronavirus?

Is an umbrella term for a family of different viruses such as the common cold and flu to more severe viruses and diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Covid-19 is the most recent discovered virus in the Coronavirus family.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new virus from the Coronavirus family and was recently discovered in Wuhan, China in late 2019 when there was an outbreak. This strain of the virus is very infectious and at this moment (22 March 2020) there isn’t any known cure or vaccine.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

For most people the virus can cause mild to moderate respiratory illness if there aren’t any other underlying medical conditions (such as: heart problems, Parkinson, Multiple sclerosis (MS) or diabetes) and can recover (80% of people recover) from it without any special treatment. However, for the older population, it can be serious for the older generation/population.

Common symptoms are fever, dry cough and tiredness; other symptoms may include: aches and pains, sore throat, shortness of breath and for a few people are reported: a runny nose, nausea or diarrhoea.

If you have these symptoms, it is important to self-isolate for about 2 weeks, to prevent infecting others (also do remember that we are still in the flu seasons and Coronavirus also covers flu). If your symptoms persevere or you have fevers, difficulties in breathing, please seek medical attention and follow the advice of the NHS.

Please remember that people may not show any symptoms at all and may still be infected with COVID-19

How is COVID-19 Spread?

COVID-19 can be spread between person to person through little droplets from the nose to the mouths (when an infected person coughs or inhales); hands to mouth, nose or eyes (avoid touching the face is essential) from touching surfaces from an infected droplet. Many studies have suggested that COVID-19 is not airborne and therefore it is not transmitted in the air.

How to Protect Yourself?

These suggestions can kill the virus or prevent you from getting infected.

Wash your hands frequently and often and each handwash should last for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to wash your hands, use alcohol sanitisers.

Increase your personal space and stand away from others by at least 1 meter.

Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.

Follow good respiratory hygiene by sneezing and coughing on bent elbows tissues and disposing of the tissues immediately; covering your mouth and nose.

Staying at home if you feel unwell or general as the cases of COVID-19 is on an increase in the UK

Disinfecting and Cleaning surfaces on a regularly and frequent basis.

Not Shaking hands with people.

Avoiding overcrowding places and social interaction.

Only travel on public transport if it is an absolute must.

If you are concerned that you have COVID-19 you can always check here.

Reference:

NHS; Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms; https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS; Staying at home can help stop coronavirus spreading; https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

World Health Organisation; Coronavirus; https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

World Health Organisation; Q&A on Coronavirus (COVID-19); https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

World Health Organisation; Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public; https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Unicef; FAQs; https://www.unicef.org.uk/coronavirus-facts/

Unicef; What is a ‘novel’ coronavirus? https://www.unicef.org/stories/novel-coronavirus-outbreak-what-parents-should-know

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Happy Mothering Sunday 2020 (UK)

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Care Givers around the UK. We just want to say a BIG THANK YOU for your love, continue support and inspiration for making us who we are. We are forever grateful.

You are in our thoughts and prayers throughout these difficult times. THANK YOU again.

 

Reference:

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Mothering Sunday UK 22 March 2020

Gift Ideas from Flourishing Crown

Treat your mum to  a different and special gifts from Flourishing Crown and show her just how much she means to you.

Happy UK Mother’s Day to all the hard working mothers who have sacrificed so much for their children xXx

 

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Grapeseed Oil

What is Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a lightweight, mild cold-pressed oil extracted from the seeds of grapes using a hydraulic steel press. This method is said to retain the goodness and purity of the ingredients. Grapeseed oil has flavonoids, vitamin E, Procyanidin Oligomers, Proanthocyanidins (condensed tannins), Linoleic acid, many mighty antioxidants and several plant compounds to help fight free radicals and health benefits.

Grapeseed oil can range in colours from bright green to translucent and may have a weak sweet smell.

How grapeseed oil may benefit the hair

In 1998 an animal study shows that proanthocyanidins stimulate hair growth and these results could create a similar growth in humans. Other tests have shown (mostly in animals) that the procyanidin oligomers is contained in grapeseed oil can also induce hair growth in humans. These rich antioxidants found in grapeseed oil are believed to help treat hair androgenetic alopecia. Also, other researchers have shown if grapeseed oil is used as a carrier with essential oils such as Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, and Cedarwood it may benefit people who suffer from alopecia areata (when the immune system attacks hair follicles) as it helps to grow stronger hair than just using grapeseed oil on its own.

Grapes have been used for medicinal purpose in Asia for thousands of years and in places like India, grapeseed oil is used to nourish and revitalised the hair as it contains oleic acid as well as linoleic acid and other fatty acids. Linoleic acid is an omega 6 fatty acid that helps stimulate hair growth.

Just like many other oils, grapeseed oil helps to seal in the moisture (water) on the hair strands and scalp and therefore keeps the hair hydrated for longer and helping the hair strands keep its elasticity and flexibility. Since this is a lightweight oil, it will not weigh down the hair like other oils such as castor oils, jojoba oils, etc.

Grapeseed oil contains leucoanthocyanins; these composites help to fight free radicals. Researchers believe that free radicals cause the hair to go grey and therefore this oil helps fight premature greyness as well as soothes inflamed scalp and reduces dandruff. Also, grapeseed oil contains a very high boiling point and have some anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, making it a great heat protection for the hair (and skin).

How grapeseed oil may the skin

A 2002 study shows that the anti-inflammatory properties of grapeseed oil help to reduce swelling and redness of the skin. The oil also helps to lock in the moisture on the skin and leaves the skin soft, hydrated, supple and elasticated. Proanthocyanidin found in grapeseed oil is believed to even out the skin tone.

It is great a massage oil as it contains linolenic acid and vitamin E; these nourish the skin and absorbed easily by the body. Due to the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, grapeseed oil is believed to protect the skin from UV sun rays.

Disadvantages of Grapeseed Oil

At the moment there are very few risks associated with grapeseed oil.

When consumed (cooking) it is believed that grapeseed oil may be unsuitable for people who suffer from blood conditions; using blood-thinning medications such as Warfarin and those who are about to have surgery.

Even though there aren’t any risk factors associated with grapeseed oil for cosmetic use, it will be wise to do a spot test for any allergies to the oil.

Reference

Watson, K (2019); Grapeseed Oil for Skin: Benefits and Uses; Healthline; https://www.healthline.com/health/grapeseed-oil-for-skin

The North American Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Expers (08/03/2020); Grapeseed Oil Benefits and Uses for Hair, Skin, Face, & Where to Buy; Essential Oil Experts; https://essentialoilexperts.com/grapeseed-oil/

Curejoy Editorial (2018); 7 Benefits Of Grapeseed Oil For Hair Growth; CureJoy; https://www.curejoy.com/content/benefits-of-grapeseed-oil-for-hair/

Naturally Daily Team (2019); 10 Amazing Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Hair; Naturally Daily; https://naturallydaily.com/benefits-of-grapeseed-oil-for-hair/

Chockyfoodie (2011); What Are The Advantages & Disadvantages of Grapeseed oil; Ifood.tv; https://ifood.tv/ingredients/283380-what-are-the-advantages-disadvantages-of-grapeseed-oil

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The Marylebone Fashion Week

The Marylebone Fashion Week is showcasing the best in Independent and up-and-coming fashion and business talents from London.

You’ll be able to meet, buy and order directly from designers and different vendors. Light refreshments and drinks will be available to purchase.

The Fashion show program begins at 7pm to 10pm

The Marylebone Fashion Week shop is at 35 to 37, Church Street, London NW8 8ES and opens from 27th Feb to 1st Mar 10.30am to 7pm

 

 

 

Olive Oil

What is Olive Oil?

Olive Oil is an oil that derives from its fruits rather than its seeds. This oil comes from the olive fruit which growths on the olive tree around the Mediterranean regions; Olive oil has been part of the Mediterranean lifestyle and beauty regimen since  5000BC (before this, the oil was used as a fuel to light the lamp and for religious ceremonies) as well as getting mentioned in the bible.

Why is Olive Oil good for the hair?

Olive oil has very high levels of monounsaturated essential fatty acids (the good, healthy fat) and vitamin E, it also has many great acids such as Palmitic acid, Oleic acid, Squalene and Terpenes; these acids act like balms which are believed to soften and smooth the hair by creating a layer on the surface of the hair that helps it to lubricate the hair. This decreases any tangles and snagging of the hair. These acids also naturally condition the hair.

Vitamin E helps to fight free radicals from the sun and the pollution in the atmosphere that may damage the hair.

Olive oil is great at alleviating itching and inflammatory scalp and reduce and flaky scalps, therefore reducing all symptoms associated with dandruff.

It nourishes, softens and locks in the moisture in the hair by penetrating the hair shaft and therefore reducing split ends and strengthen the hair. A softer hair can mean more manageable hair since the hair is hydrated.

Olive Oil may be able to aid hair retention and growth as it helps control the sebum on the scalp. Excess sebum can sometimes block the growth of new follicles.

Why is Olive Oil good for the body?

Olive oil helps to moisture the skin and keep its supple as well as (it may) prevent it from premature ageing.

It also helps to soften the dry skin and soothes some skin rash.

If store properly and consume (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), it has cardiovascular and liver-protective benefits and may prevent some cancer.

Disadvantage:

Olive oil goes rancid very quickly when exposed to oxygen and light.

Reference:

Nagdeve, M. (2020); 10 Health Benefits Of Olive Oil; Organic Facts; https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-olive-oil.html

Hirst, K.K. (2019); The Ancient History of Making Olive Oil; ThoughtCo; https://www.thoughtco.com/ancient-history-of-making-olive-oil-4047748

ExploreCrete; (17/02/2020); History of Olive Oil; https://www.explorecrete.com/nature/olive-oil-history.html

Leech, J. (2018); 11 Proven Benefits of Olive Oil; Healthline; https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-olive-oil

Nall, R. (2018); Is olive oil good for your hair? Medical News Today; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323581

Reward Me (17/02/2020); Count On Olive Oil For Common Hair Care Problems; Reward Me; https://www.rewardme.in/beauty/hair/10-amazing-hair-care-benefits-of-olive-oil

Lagadien, S. (17/02/2020); Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair; Leaf; https://www.leaf.tv/13714760/the-health-benefits-of-oil-pulling/

Cutler, N. (2011); Liver Pros and Cons of Olive Oil; Liver Support; https://www.liversupport.com/liver-pros-and-cons-of-olive-oil/

Billian, S. (17/02/2020); Olive Oil Advantages & Disadvantages; Live Strong; https://www.livestrong.com/article/375120-olive-oil-advantages-disadvantages/

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