Photography. Autumn Vibe.

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6 Days in Gothenburg, Sweden. Early April. What to expect?

So, I’ve visited Gothenburg this easter, and I liked it enough that think I could live there – a quiet city surrounded by beautiful nature.

I’m going to list a few things I liked and maybe make you want to visit Gothenburg one day, too?

– Having visited Delsjöområdet, a local (huge) park on a quiet Sunday morning, almost everyone was running. As a runner myself I was excited to see so many people of all ages so active!

-Breakfast at the lovely hotel. Cosy atmosphere, quiet people who put the chairs back when finished. 

-No one was shouting on the streets. It may come off as a weird statement, but coming from London, it’s a change. For people who visited London – have you ever noticed it?

-Not a heavy drinking culture. It is absolutely amazing.

-Fresh Air. Once again, Londoner in me can’t help but point out. Was close to taking a jar of air with me.

-Food, I had smoked salmon at the Cafe on Vrango – a southmost island on the Gothenburg archipelago and it was great. Overall healthy choices almost everywhere, loads of gluten free stuff too. Yay!

-People. Reserved but really friendly, no awkwardness, no small talk.

-Scandinavian skincare… I bought too much. My mum said that Lumene hydrating serum is better than the one she had from Clinique. Another good reason to ditch big companies who test on animals.

As for the pictures – I’ve taken them with my iPhone 6s, I wanted to do a small experiment and didn’t bring my camera with me. Tell me what you think about them!

Vrångö

 

 

Asperö

 

 

Delsjöområdet

 

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That’s me!

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Are you wondering how to prepare for the weather in the early April? I regretted not taking my timberlands… Unless you won’t be hiking 🙂

Things to take with you, if you plan to visit nature parks:

  • A good pair of gloves. We took cycling gloves as we were planning to cycle.
  • Seriously, take timberlands. But I recommend a lighter version, I have them and they are great!
  • Comfortable and warm outwear. Thankfully I took my parka with me, but I really want to buy this one Fjällräven Keb Padded Insulated Jacket
  • Backpack! I adore the Kanken, and it’s waterproof! They’re on sale now, I might get another one.

Disclaimer: I put affiliate links on this blog, but I recommend things that I feel are great and worth buying.

How do you like the photos? Have you ever been to Sweden?

 

Wild Mushrooms.

I think the forest is the best place on Earth.

My findings and styling.

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Aromatherapy

City life can be stressful, especially when you don’t really like that city life but you don’t have a choice at the moment. But there is always something that can help you to relax and completely forget about the overcrowded tube and lack of nature around yourself. And that’s…

AROMATHERAPY

 

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It helps me a lot. Because of fresh lavender smell, I can manage to forget that I am not in the forest near Camelot but in my own bedroom, or bathroom. I normally use my secret heavy weapon: lavender essential oil in my lovely diffuser, a lavender scented 100% vegan candle, dry lavender hanging from the curtain rods, and lavender Fresh Skin essential oil on my duvet. Yes, a lot of lavender. And this is not the end.. I have a lavender bubble bath and a lavender bath oil from NYR (ok, this one ‘just’ contains lavender). Wait, I also have a lavender tea (Pukka Night). Ok, I’m turning purple already.

 

Of course, you don’t need to use lavender only, and the fact I’m obsessed with it, it doesn’t mean everyone has to be. Another great soothing oil is eucalyptus oil, that helps to purify your interior and helps you with early spring nasal infections.

But what aromatherapy actually is?

To save you googling, I found some facts about it for you to read:

‘Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyse the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s. Today, many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.” However, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils.’

Source

Why lavender is good for? As everyone probably knows, lavender helps with sleeping, but healing insomnia is not its only benefit. Lavender bath can relax your muscles after a hard cardio or heavy gym session, it can also be a relief after a stressful day at work or school. What else? Caught a cold? Feeling tired? Try lavender essential oil in a diffuser or vaporiser, I’m telling you, you’ll feel better!

If you’re interested in some more info click here. 

Time for eucalyptus. It is known for centuries for its wound healing qualities. It is highly antiseptic oil and helps wounds to heal quicker and prevent microbial infections to develop. As I mentioned before is also excellent in respiratory system problems like asthma, blocked nose, etc.

Peppermint is antiseptic and antimicrobial, but also very calming. I think it’s great to blend lavender (lol) with the peppermint, such a great smell!

I gave you examples of these three because I use them, but there are so many essential oils and all of them have unique benefits and smells. Click here to explore.

I recommend: 

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NYR

Natural Remedies

Relax Time!

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I would like to share this post again, because WINTER IS COMING. 

Plus I would like to share this great info with you, all in a nutshell!

Please include attribution to Positive Health Wellness with this graphic.

Aromatherapy Facts, Benefits and Uses

 Source of the graphic: PositiveHealthWellness 

BBC Good Food Show Winners + Foggy London.

Hello!

First things first. Time to announce the Winners of The BBC Good Food Show Giveaway!

The Winners are:

  • JACK
  • RONALD BRUIN
  • K. SHAH
  • MAXIME
  • NICK

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry, you might be lucky in the next round 🙂

Winners, please email me on marianna@annmariq.com with your address details, so I can send the tickets.

Thank you for taking part in my first giveaway!

Foggy London? Have a look what I captured last Sunday!

 

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My favourite tree in Gladstone Park.
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Autumn is just so magical ❤
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Colours.
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Leafy Season.
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Pigeons.
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Favourite Tree number 2.
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Golden Tree.

 

Some Nature in London

I know, I know. I haven’t been here for ages but I didn’t have the internet! So, please forgive me.

 

Hope, you’ll like some pictures of flowers and flowers and…flowers 🙂

 

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