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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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Studies show ginger helps to lower blood pressure

  A meta analysis and systemic review of the studies available on ginger and it’s effects on blood pressure showed that regular ginger consumption in the over 50’s helps to lower blood pressure. A total of six randomised clinical…
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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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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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Lentil, Carrot and Cumin Soup

Delicious, quick and easy to make and incredibly healthy!  This vegan friendly recipe is fab for lunches or lighter mid week dinners.  Did you know cumin has very powerful antioxidant qualities and helps to prevent chronic disease such as…
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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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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…