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Rosemary

Key uses: Lifts the spirits Improves the circulation Supports memory and improves concentration Improves digestion Rosemary has a long history of medicinal use and is one of my favourite herbs this time of year.  Rosemary is great for lifting…
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Oily fish and mental health

Did you know your brain is over 60% fat and that omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs)  found in oily fish feature heavily in our brain cells? Studies have shown in countries where consumption of omega-3 EFAs from oily fish are high, levels…
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SUMMER SALAD FOR HEALTH AND VITALITY

This salad is so easy and delicious and packed full of goodness!  This works well as a main meal or a side dish.  These quantities will serve two as a generous side dish. Ingredients: Brown rice or quinoa (about ½ cup uncooked) – cooked…
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Nettle Leafs - Urtica Dioica

Nettle Leaves have a long history of medicinal use.  Today modern herbalists use nettle tea or tincture as a gentle tonic and cleansing herb to strengthen the whole body, for arthritis, and for allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever…
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Am I eating too much cheese?

Cheese is a good source of protein and calcium and contains the same vitamins as milk.  It also helps to neutralise harmful acid in the mouth and prevent tooth decay. Unfortunately most cheeses are very high in fat.  Furthermore, because…
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Dietary Guidelines for the Menopause

Foods which contain phytoestrogens will exert a mild oestrogen boosting effect on the body.  Try to include them in the diet as often as possible. (Caution needs to be taken eating these foods if you have had an oestrogen related cancer in…
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Aromatherapy for the menopause

Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy which uses the essential oils of plants - the concentrated aromatic  volatile part of the plant - to alleviate illness and promote balance in the body.  Oils are usually inhaled via steam inhalation or an…
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Wot no meat? How about a delicious vegan chilli....

Prompted by my daughter turning vegetarian, this is my first attempt at cooking a Quorn veggie chilli and it has come out delicious!  It is very easy to make. Incredibly healthy, very low in fat, packed with veg and high in fibre.  The kidney…
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Cystitis Is a urinary tract infection ruining your Christmas?

Urinary tract infections (cystitis) are very common in women as the tubules from their bladder to the outside world are much shorter than in men so it is easier for infection to get in and take hold.  Symptoms include burning pain on urination,…
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Happy Healthy Christmas!

Are you looking forward to Christmas but dreading the weight-gain, bloating and sluggish-ness that often comes with it?  Don’t want to undo all the good work you’ve put in improving your health/waist line this year or simply want to go…