Ever wondered what makes someone’s week tick? How other women navigate work, life and wellbeing without dropping a ball? Us too. Which is why we’re asking our favourite inspirational women to tell us how – week in, week out – they stay happy and healthy.
Today, A Week In My Wellbeing World features the pharmacist and homeopath, Margo Marrone – founder of luxury skincare brand The Organic Pharmacy.
Any Sunday rituals that set you up for the week ahead?
“My Sunday ritual is always a face and body treatment. I usually do a full body scrub with our Cleopatra’s Body Scrub and for my face I’ll use the Carrot Butter Cleanser, then an Enzyme Peel Mask with Vitamin C and Papaya, or the Honey and Jasmine Mask.”
Do you have a tried and tested way to deal with stress?
“Well, handling stress is a multi-process so eating well and increasing nutrient-rich foods is really important, as is cutting down on alcohol and coffee. Also Magnesium is good for stress, so I’d advise bathing in Epsom salts – you absorb the magnesium through the skin, or taking our
Calcium and Magnesium Complex supplement. Meditation works too. It doesn’t need to be too woo-woo and using an app like headspace is a great place to start. Finally, herbs such as ginseng, ashwaganda and holy basil can support the body and really help it to handle stress. I made those into a spray after seeing so many clients with this problem.”
So when do you fit it working out?
“Usually on Saturdays and Sundays. I do pilates and yoga.”
Do you meal prep or just figure it out as you go?
“I like to see what’s in season and buy my food that way, so I figure out as I go.”
Do you have an inspiring or motivating life mantra that sees you through the week?
“Yes. ‘Focus on what your dream is and do everything to make it happen,’ is mantra for life.”
How do you welcome the weekend on a Friday?
“It really depends on the sort of week I’ve had. Sometimes it’s just a lovely meal at home, a long Epsom salt bath and recharging my energy, other times it’s catching up with friends.”
What's your idea of a perfect Saturday?
“I love a lie in followed by a trip to the farmers market to see what fresh and seasonal produce I can pick up for the weekend and the week ahead. Then I’m off to yoga. If I have time, I also love to have a walk in the park.”
Any tips for maintaining a healthy work/life balance and nurturing your relationships?
“Gosh, this is a hard one. To be honest, at the start of a business and probably for the first five years, it’s working 18 hours a day, seven days a week, so not that great for relationships. I remember having to juggle two children under the age of seven, school runs, homework, dinners, the business and the home and it’s really hard, but the rewards are incredible and as long as you’re doing what you love, then it’s great. It’s really easy among all that to forget about yourself though. You really have to take care of yourself and carve out some time to recharge, to have balance.”
How do you take care of yourself during hormonal ups and downs?
“I am post-menopause so I cope with homeopathic remedies and bioidentical hormones. I have seen many clients with PMT and know that homeopathy and herbs work so well.”
“The ideal is to balance hormones, boost the immune system and help the skin heal, so I created our clear skin tincture specifically for this problem. Giving up sugar is also key.”
What is your go-to beauty treat?
“A facial at one of my stores. The Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial is still my favourite. I designed it 17 years ago using rose crystals and massage – you get the feet, arms and head massaged too and it’s divine. If I don't have time for a facial, I love using the Rose Facial Cleansing Gel at home."
Any clean sleep habits you can share?
“Have a Himalayan rock salt lamp, use silk pillowcases and take an Epsom salt bath. You’ll sleep like a dream.”
What’s your feel-good day of the week?
“Saturdays are my favourite, for sure.”
How important is it for you to work with inspiring women and other female-led brands?
“I absolutely love seeing other women succeed knowing how hard it is. I try to help other women as much as possible and have been lucky and blessed enough to meet other inspiring women in my time. Women can support each other and when we do it’s just magic.”