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Rosemary key to long life in Italy

A small village on the Cilentan coast, Acciaroli is home to a large community of centenarians – one in ten residents is over one hundred years old, and standards of health are excellent. So what is the key? Conversely, they aren’t especially health-conscious either. Tobacco use is commonplace and so is alcohol consumption. They deny […]


The superfood myth

So-called superfoods are some of the simplest and healthiest foods we can eat,  and we are  great believers in  them. However, the marketing hype has caused prices to be inflated by some suppliers and stores and this interesting graphic exposes some of the myths about superfoods.  Read more about our favourite superfoods in Superfoods.   […]

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I is for Italian: the Mediterranean Diet Part One

A recent report from the ongoing European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) Norfolk study has shown that people adhering more closely to a Mediterranean diet were less likely to suffer from heart disease, writes our guest blogger, Dr Susan Aldridge,   freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science […]

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Prevent hay fever

Hay fever facts : Around 12 million people have hay fever in the UK 95  per cent are affected by grass pollen, but many suffer from the tree pollens that are abundant from the spring. Silver birch is the most prevalent hay fever trigger from trees, and it releases pollen as the temperature goes up. Nutritional […]

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Hay fever top tips

You’ve started sneezing, your eyes are sore, and you know that this year’s hay fever has started. Read our top tips from Alison Cullen of A. Vogel. And read Prevent hay fever. 1. Caffeine triggers histamine release which can bring the skin up in a red, itchy, angry looking rash and dilate your blood vessels […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Herbs & Plants

Arnica, courtesy of A. Vogel (Bioforce)

Top ten herbal remedies

The top ten herbal remedies are the ones most popular with the public. They provide a more natural alternative to drugs, and are often worth trying (but if you are on medication, check first with your doctor or a medical herbalist that you can take them). Arnica:  the Arnica flower is native to the Alps but […]


Where have all the flowers gone?

It was one of those days we’ve had a lot of this summer – bursts of sunshine punctuated by downpours. When the sun came out the colours of the herbs came into their own – the brilliant orange of marigolds, bright red poppies, and beautiful lavender flowers laced with the aromatic scents of sage, rosemary, […]

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Aromatherapy oils have so many uses

Many people know aromatherapy as a relaxing massage with oils. But it’s much more than that. You can use essential oils in a variety of ways. Take lavender oil – there’s so much you can do with it I wouldn’t go away without a bottle. You can put a few drops in an oil burner […]


Supergreens from lake to ocean

The diets of teenagers have a lot to answer for, but apparently almost 70 per cent of schoolgirls are so low in iodine that they are putting the health of future children they have at risk. Key to brain development in the womb iodine is found in sea fish and kelp, a form of seaweed. […]

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The spice of life

Spices are good for you, and they have many health benefits.    Turmeric is a wonderful spice with so many properties, especially in the fight against osteoarthritis (see below).  Spices are also used to preserve food and make it taste good. At the end of this post there are lots of spicy supplements and products […]