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[…]

Mental ‘Dis-ease’ Now I know this is a long series of blogs but I make no apologies because this warrants a real write-up! What I would like to promote is the better treatment of mental health disorders, this is not so surprising considering I have studied both Psychology and Natural Therapies – so for me this blog is a marriage made in heaven 😉 Read it over a few days[…]

Some Thoughts on Mental Health Management Now we are coming toward the end of ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ and I’ve decided to focus on the big 2: Depression and Anxiety. For ease of reading I’ve broken it up into separate posts (it is a big topic so it doesn’t deserve less!) Today, lets start with the foundations. What Does mental ‘health’ mean? How do Naturopaths treat mental health issues? My[…]

The above is a snap I took of a local newspaper article I read earlier today… which nearly made me choke on my lunch! This is an all too common a story in the media when it comes to natural health reportage: vague unsubstantiated comments, relaying results from poorly conducted clinical trials or offering no useful comparisons to provide some perspective… How does the average consumer have a chance of[…]

Check out this you tube documentary from 2012  ‘We Become Silent – The Last Days of Health Freedom’ produced by international award winning film maker Kevin P. Miller and narrated by Dame Judi Dench. It really gives you an idea of the ongoing battles that the Natural Health Industry is facing: Please support Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Choice- our basic human rights. The ANH (Alliance for Natural Health)[…]

In light of this national week… this post is all about eye health- specifically glaucoma. When you ask people which of the senses would they not be able to do without- sight is usually at the top of the list. Glaucoma is no minor matter- it is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. The sad thing is that there is a lot to do to prevent[…]

Following on from my last ‘Detox’ post… as promised here is a little intro into some useful ‘Medicinal Herbs’ for cleansing. Though Detox January has passed us by, don’t make excuses now 😉 it is never too late. In fact, coming into spring, this is one of the best times to plan for a ‘Spring Clean’. Though I have provided some info here, I highly recommend visiting a Naturopath or[…]