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A is for April: recipes for a healthy Easter break

I’ve chosen cauliflower, spinach and celeriac from the seasonal list for April. The first two I’ve covered before in this blog, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition.  As a reminder, cauliflower – like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts – is a […]

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Eat berries for superhealth

Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries are full of healthy nutrients and are claimed by Patrick Holford to be the ‘superfood’.According to leading nutritionist, broadcaster and founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Patrick Holford, ‘Berries are the superfood of the century. Packed with essential nutrients, berries are the best fruit to include in your diet.’ A […]

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Painful, heavy, irregular periods?

Anyone whose periods are extremely painful every month, who has stopped having periods or who is suffering from heavy periods should see a doctor. Complementary therapies and self-help tips can be a solution once serious problems, such as endometriosis, fibroids, or cancer, have been ruled out.  Complementary therapies can, however,  help for both endometriosis and fibroids (see Hysterectomies – […]

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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 […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Herbs & Plants

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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 […]

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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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The miracle of lemons

Lemons are antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, astringent, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine, provide masses of  Vitamin C and can be used in cleaning and beautifying.  The amazing benefits of lemons for health are fully explained in the book, The Miracle of Lemons, by Dr Penny Stanway. What few people realise is that lemons may be acidic […]

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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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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 […]