Recent Articles

exam girl

Exam time – keep calm

It’s exam season for thousands of British students – at school and university.  After years of hard work it’s important to stay focused, healthy and alert. On top of doing lots of work it’s important to: Get plenty of sleep. Eat healthy foods, not sugary snacks. Take breaks and relax. Calm down – try Rescue […]

Greek salad

G is for Greek: the Mediterranean Diet Part Two

Eating a diet with a higher ‘Mediterranean diet’ score reduces the risk of further heart problems in those with established (but stable) coronary heart disease, according to a new study, writes HS guest blogger, Dr Susan Aldridge, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. The research […]

Rosemary

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 […]

superfoods1.3

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.   […]

mediterranean diet

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 […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Herbs & Plants

aloe vera pot

Aloe vera

A plant that heals wounds, is anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant, detoxifies the body, soothes indigestion, IBS, arthritis, and act as a natural tonic sounds too good to be true. And you can grow it at home! Aloe vera is rich in nutrients such as: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, calcium, potassium, sodium, […]

lavender 2

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 […]

Lavender HS

Soothing aromatherapy

The ancient Egyptians embalmed bodies with cedarwood and frankincense oils, but the Chinese can be credited with first discovering the medicinal power of plants. The therapeutic properties of essential oils were known to the Greeks and the Romans too, and as massage and bathing flourished in their times they used them therapeutically.  See also Understanding […]

algae

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. […]

Courtesy of Living Nature.

Manuka honey – double the health benefits

‘Superbugs’ affect as many as 100,000 patients in the UK every year, but some hospitals are now dressing wounds with Manuka honey from New Zealand to kill off antibiotic-resistant infections. Studies at the Cawthron Institute in New Zealand have proven that Manuka Oil is effective against 39 separate micro-organisms including the bacteria that causes acne […]