Patients sometimes ring me up to say, ‘I had to take antibiotics for my bronchitis/cystitis/infection of some sort, so I stopped taking the herbs for a while.’
We’ve known for a long time that processed foods high in fat and sugar make it harder for children to concentrate at school. When children with attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity or simply behavioural problems are put on a vegetable-rich diet, they calm down.
It’s the season for coughs, colds and chest infections. If you know you’re likely to succumb, there’s plenty you can do to make them as mild as possible, or even avoid them altogether.
Oregano has hit the headlines as a possible cure for high blood pressure, and it’s being recommended that you substitute it for salt in cooking. But before you rush out to buy some, there are a few things you might be interested to know.
How and when we eat matters almost as much as what we eat.
Mushrooms are springing up in every woodland in Britain right now, and they’re also being promoted as the latest ‘superfood’.
So Gwyneth Paltrow talked about adaptogens, and suddenly they are the answer to everything. And it’s true that they turn up in probably four out of five herbal prescriptions. An adaptogen is a herb that helps you function at an optimal level; it supports your vital energy, so that a lot of problems fall away.
I’ve talked about this before, but new evidence is stacking up about the potential risks involved in long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors.
So you’ve come home with a basket full of berries, or roots, or fungi. What do you do with them? Unless you’re going to use them straight away (see ‘Making herb teas’), you’ll need to preserve them somehow.
Last day in Tuscany today. Even now in mid October, there are plenty of herbs still in flower: thyme and marjoram, oregano and rosemary grow at the side of every path.
Swanage Disabled Club is the proud winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Community Award. The charity has won £500 to enable it to rent a beach hut on the sea front for a fortnight next summer, coinciding with the Swanage Carnival and Regatta.
It’s a time of transition, when we’re more vulnerable to colds and other acute infections, and old problems tend to resurface.
You’ve probably heard of ginger in various different contexts, apart from its role – often together with garlic – in various curry recipes.
The lopsided Christmas tree was aglow in the hospital corridor. In her office, the doctor had cards on her filing cabinet – ‘Season’s Greetings’, ‘Yuletide Joy’.
A lot of older people nowadays opt to have the flu vaccine before winter sets in. While it does reduce your statistical risk of getting flu, it can only prevent the strains of flu included in the vaccine, so it’s a bit of a lottery; and it certainly won’t stop you getting colds.
Freya North Is Cycling From Whitehaven To Tynemouth Coast-To-Coast 22 September 2017- 24th September 2017
I am publishing this article on the website to help author Freya North raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer. Below is Freya's account of why she is doing this cycle ride.
Our society often seems to have become dependent on the medical profession. We increasingly expect to see a doctor with an ailment and come away with a prescription that will hopefully miraculously heal our condition. It has not always been so of course.
There’s a lot of focus on healthy gut bacteria these days, and how we can achieve and maintain a healthy balance. And that, of course, creates an opportunity for the supplement makers. But how useful are the products they sell?
I've been on an emotional roller coaster since my last post. Out of the blue came a series of visual disturbances that I convinced myself were TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks or mini strokes)
As a general rule, if you have a healthy diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and protein, you should be getting enough of most nutrients the old-fashioned way, as part of the food you eat.
‘Why should I pay for professional help when I can buy a remedy for myself?’ Fair enough; people have always tried self-help first and foremost, and they always will.
We’ve all got the message that too much sugar is bad for us, and food manufacturers are spending small fortunes looking for substitutes, or hiding the fact that there is still plenty of sugar in their products.
What’s the best way to get value for money, top quality and no problems with adulteration? Go out and harvest your own herbs.
‘My child has earache/stomachache/nettle rash’. ‘I’ve burnt myself/cut myself/pulled a muscle’. These are the sort of first aid issues that people call about; not serious enough to go to the doctor, but needing attention right now.