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M is for March – three early spring recipes

For the next few months, I’m going to go seasonal and pay more attention to when my fruits and vegetables are at their best and to buy local, where possible, for best freshness and quality, and loose from a high-quality greengrocer, rather than pre-packaged from a supermarket writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger and freelance writer and editor […]

Valeriana, courtesy of A. Vogel (Bioforce)

Coping with menopause without HRT

It can start in  your early 40’s (or even before) or you may be 50 or even 60. Some people sail through the menopause, particularly those women in the far east who eat a lot of soya. While HRT is very popular it has been found to increase the likelihood of both breast cancer and […]

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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 […]

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Vitamin D levels low even after summer

For years we have been told that too much sunshine is dangerous and it is, but the sun is also vital to healthy living.  A recent study by The University of Surrey on Vitamin D. showed that most people in UK are deficient even at the end of the summer. Vitamin D is produced in the […]

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P is for peanut butter

When I was a student, I used to eke out my grant (giving my age away!) by eating peanut butter and cream crackers towards the end of term, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. Surprisingly, perhaps, peanut butter […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Herbs & Plants

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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, […]

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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Aromatherapy oils

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:  in an oil burner, in massage oil, in the bath, in a spray bottle.  They can form part of your first aid kit when travelling. See the wide range […]