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Citrus March

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Soya good for cholesterol, weight and hot flushes

People who have to give up dairy products because of allergies are often concerned that they won’t get enough calcium, but soy is a good substitute. Soya is also a high quality plant-based protein which is very digestible. Young girls should be eating soya from a young age as its ability to protect against bone […]

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Healing herb garden

There’s something rather lovely about an English herb garden smelling sweet in the middle of summer and attracting a multitude of butterflies.  For thousands of years herbs have been grown for their medicinal purposes and herbal teas were the norm for a variety of ailments obviating the need to go to the doctor. As far […]