This year the immune system of many people seems to be under terrible attack, irrelevant of age. Viruses are sweeping through schools, public transport and any other public place, grabbing victims on the way and forcing you take to your bed for at least four days (that’s if you were lucky!) with fever, general weakness, coughing and in some cases even vomiting.
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To maintain a healthy gut throughout life the balance between acidity and alkalinity is very important. Naturally, as we age, the gut becomes less effective at digesting and absorbing foods, therefore it is important to ensure gut health earlier in life to serve us well into our later years. Digestion determines energy level, physical and mental health as well as longevity.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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.