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13
Oct
2016
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Maintaining brain health and wellbeing

Herbs and Natural Brain Health 

“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of sun, the mother of all life.”  –T.A Edison

 

21
Sep
2016
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Rose hips packed with vitamin C a good immune booster

As the news has been reporting, Britain has had the hottest September since 1911!  Apparently this cannot be deemed an Indian summer, because it is too early.  In any case whatever the term used, early September has things for us to gather and store in readiness for the coming winter.

 

17
Aug
2016
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Chamomile infusion to aid a restful sleep and ease digestive problems

August is a time of frantic activity in the hedgerow.  As the month progresses grasses, flowers, and bushes go into flower ready to develop their fruit and or seeds for dispersion into mid September. 

The theme this month is digestion and common complaints in the digestive system.  The hedgerow is full of plants that are effective for common digestive and gastrointestinal problems that some of us suffer from, such as acid reflux, bloating and flatulence. 

 

4
Aug
2016
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Tilea europea for calming the nervous system

Several of my classmates went on an organized visit and herb tour of Kew Gardens recently.  The gardens are spectacular and currently in full bloom, creating magnificent borders of colour, and filling the air with pungent smells to assault the senses.

Our guide and resident herbalist Jill Davies, the founder of “Herbs Hands Healing” is a herbalist and naturopath who is responsible for all products, nutritional and herbal sold from her company.  What better person could you ask for to show us around Kew and give great insight into the plants and specifically the plants with healing powers that are so prevalent not only at Kew, but also in our countryside?

 

24
Jun
2016
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June sees the hedgerows growing madly and showing lush depth and beauty.  Just taking a small patch of say one square foot you can see many different varieties of grass all vying for the top position to facilitate distribution of the seeds with the help of the wind, animals, insects or birds.  What a feast for the eyes and how clever nature is!

 

18
May
2016
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Herbs for health and wellbeing

Following on from my earlier blog, a friend who is suffering from hay fever suggested I cover natural, hedgerow remedies for this condition.  What a great idea I thought!  Lets take a quick look at what is growing in the hedgerows, which in the first place, may be causing the hay fever, but more importantly what can be used to treat the allergic reaction from seasonal pollen and grasses, therefore feeling good and being able to celebrate the sun and spring with the rest of us.

 

6
May
2016
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Health in the Hedgerow

As we leap into spring and I continue with my studies on Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy, I become more aware of how rich the hedgerows are.  How packed they are with energy and natural healing.  Taking a stroll in the countryside at this time of year, firstly what can you find?  Secondly what can it do for you and your wellbeing?

 

11
Mar
2016
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Health and Wellbeing

How special it is to read a book by a medical doctor who has spent a large part of his life looking at chronic disease from a totally different perspective.  Dr Batmanghelidj was born in Iran, educated in the UK and practiced in Tehran where, during the 1979 revolution was imprisoned awaiting trial.  It was during this time that he discovered the healing powers of plain water by prescribing a single glass for a prisoner dying of acute stomach pain.  The man recovered and Dr Batmanghelidj saved his own life by presenting a research paper on water to the presiding judge, who gave a shorter sentence so he could expand his study on the subject.

 

7
Jan
2016
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Third chakra - self identity and self esteem

Leading on from previous blogs on “The Role of Emotion in Health and Wellbeing”. Lets look at the third chakra more closely:

The Third Chakra also called the Solar Plexus chakra is located in the centre of the body above the navel. This chakra puts order in our lives.  It gives a sense of control over our own lives, whilst also being the seat for decision-making and intuition.  It is the energy centre associated with self esteem and self worth. The identity of the ego.  Do we feel empowered in our jobs and home life?  The third chakra is yellow and it is here that we feel intimidation and fear.  Hence the saying “Yellow Belly”.  When criticized it is usually in the “gut” that we feel discomfort, “knotting” and in extreme cases, even pain.

 

11
Dec
2015
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Leading on from my previous blog on “The Role of Emotion in Health and Wellbeing”, lets look at the second chakra more closely:

The Second Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, the Sacral Plexus and is the colour orange.  It represents our ability to feel personal pleasure and pain.  Our reproductive organs are energetically nourished by the second chakra as are the kidneys and bladder.  The second chakra lives in the now and brings us to being personally centred and connected to vital life forces.  The sacral plexus is the centre of creativity, procreation and new ideas.