Today’s blog is all about inflammation and the natural management of…  It’s a bit of a vague term, but inflammation lies at the root of EVERY chronic health condition and many acute illnesses/injuries, so it is really useful to know how to manage it. Though inflammation does have a role in the body (it is a normal process and essential), if excessive or prolonged it can be problematic. Health Conditions[…]

Yet another reason to celebrate and protect our precious bee friends! We all hear about the benefits of honey, but propolis has equally impressive benefits. What is Propolis? Basically it is a resinous, highly medicinal product made by bees – from tree sap, not for food but for building material and medicine. They make propolis by painstakingly gathering the resin from pine bark and other cone-producing evergreen trees. These trees[…]

Digressing a bit from human health…. This blog was inspired by an episode of ‘Monkey Business’ (TV series on the Monkey World Primate Sanctuary in Dorset) a current favourite of mine! So why am I telling you this & what does this have to do with Natural Health?!? Well… this episode featured a herbal remedy success story! Specifically, one of the old monkeys was suffering with crippling arthritis and unable[…]

A Musing on Autumn… Seasons are rolling on and here in the Northern Hemisphere we’re well into Autumn and Winter will soon be upon us. Just the other day I caught myself wishing time away, hankering after summer again and dreading the colder weather and darker nights. But alas, the old glass half empty/full debate.. I had to remind myself that when I was living in Sydney, despite the lovely sunshine[…]

”She Thinks Globally, Acts Locally” Thanks for coming back for part 2 of the Wangari Maathai story! ‘Thinks globally – acts locally’ is a quote from her place on the Nobel Peace Prize website & it speaks a thousand words…  In this blog I’ve focused on environmental/political activism and the formation of ‘The Greenbelt Movement’. Humanity: A Shift in Consciousness “In the course of history, there comes a time when[…]

A few weeks back I came across this documentary on Youtube called ”Taking Roots” by a Kenyan woman called Wangari Maathai. It’s a long one – over an hour in length, but please stick with it to the end because her story is an incredible and heartwarming one of activism, bravery and most of all hope. It’s also a glimpse into Kenyan history and the era of colonialism. I just[…]

Mid-August to mid-September spells Elderberry season, so let the harvest begin! Elderberry syrup is a fantastic anti-viral medicine for the Cold and Flu viruses and of course Elderberries grow everywhere in the UK so it is essentially free (well minus the labour costs of picking and preparing of course but this is worth it!)  Considering that this syrup sells for £10+ a pop (for a 200ml bottle),  it makes econonmical[…]

Thanks to my studies & various jobs in Natural Health over the years, I’ve learnt a lot about the health/ethical/environmental issues surrounding the cosmetic industry. Deception is rife – the industry is a minefield full of false claims, toxic ingredients, environmentally damaging ingredients/packaging/practices and unethical business dealings – all cloaked in nice packaging and clever marketing whitewash (or even ‘greenwash’ sometimes). Even the so called ‘Natural’ is often far removed[…]

First things First…. Always Address the Underlying Cause This is going back to Naturopathic philosophy. It is important to get to the underlying cause of your depression/anxiety. Relying on a herb/supplement for life is not really getting to the roots of it all. They may be helpful for intermittent use to help you through the toughest moments, but diet/lifestyle/stress management/therapy should be the focus. There are some exceptions to this,[…]

Finally Part 3 of the ‘Holistic Mental Health’ blogs. Tomorrow I will post Part 4.  I have focused here diet, herbs and supplements, rather than the Psychological/other therapy aspects as this is beyond my scope of practice! However please do your own research into these areas. For now, back onto Nutrition… Nutrition and Mental Health When you understand that your cells, including your brain cells and neurotransmitters are made out[…]