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Using local herbs for health - Dandelion

Dandelion – A very old medicine Spring is very gently starting to appear; green leaves are cautiously emerging.  Traditionally after a long winter with little fresh vegetables or fruit the poor country folk of England would pick young…
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Milk Thistle - will it really help your liver and support a detox?

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a famous herbal remedy with a reputation for improving liver function, but is that reputation justified?  Many people are kicking off January by going on detox diets which often involve taking milk thistle…
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Make room for mushrooms!

Did you know eating mushrooms is extremely good for your health? Did you know that eating mushrooms is likely to help your body fight candida and definitely won’t make it worse?  Did you know that Lovastatin, the drug used to lower high cholesterol…
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Delicious vegan sweet potato and cauliflower lentil dish

This delicious and simple recipe (discovered on the BBC Good Food website and amended) is good enough to serve to guests at a dinner party and works equally well as healthy mid week dinner.  Or you could make it and store portions in the fridge…
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Ordinary winter blues or SAD?

Here's What You Should Know Everyone knows the feeling that overtakes us as winter drags on well past the holidays. We look outside at a cold, desolate world with gray skies and ask ourselves, "Will spring ever arrive?" In most cases, these…
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Teenagers with exam stress - how diet and supplements may help

This time of year can be really stressful for teenagers studying for exams. Some students seem to breeze through it while others get extremely anxious, suffer with poor sleep, depression, and literally become sick with the pressure. If your…
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Vitamin C - should I be taking supplements?

The current UK recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 40mg, but is this enough? Should we be taking supplements, or will they do more harm than good? Recommended daily allowances (RDAs) are generally set to prevent vitamin deficiency diseases. …
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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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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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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…