Basil for your Brain, Breast, and Belly

I have an abundant crop of basil in my garden this year. I put in a lot of plants because normally slugs and snails destroy some of the seedlings, or I neglect it and it goes to seed. But this year, I’ve managed to keep it growing well and now it’s at the perfect...

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Manuka

Latin name Leptospermum scoparium Part Used Herb and essential oil Actions Antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anxiolytic and sedative, astringent, diuretic, alterative, febrifuge and diaphoretic Indications Most widely used for its...

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Time to Reflect

How often do you find yourself rushing through life, trying to get ‘on top of things’, smashing out goals and projects - always looking at the next thing on the list - without ever stopping to smell the roses? How often, when someone asks you how you’re doing, you...

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Herbal Medicine as a Holistic Therapy

Herbal medicine is a branch of natural medicine similar to naturopathy. We primarily use herbs and food as our medicines, along with lifestyle suggestions to improve overall wellness. The holistic model I learnt is about treating the whole person, the underlying...

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Folate – Why you Need to Eat your Greens

Folate is one of the B group vitamins, sometime referred to as B9. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is often used in supplements or added to foods such as bread and cereals. Folate is found most abundantly in dark green leafy vegetables and legumes, and...

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Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a nutritious addition to the diet that acts as both a food and a medicine. Sauerkraut is made from lacto-fermented cabbage, and is a rich source of lactobacilli and lactic acid, which are medicinal for the gut. The lactic acid inhibits growth of...

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Keep your Immune System Strong and Healthy

It's that time of year again when coughs and colds are doing their rounds. Keeping a strong immune system and healthy mucous membranes, which line your respiratory system are important factors in preventing but also recovering quickly from respiratory infections. In...

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Minding One’s Own Business

The theme that’s been apparent in my clinic and in my life over the past few weeks has been about minding one’s own business. Life has been extremely busy and full since the beginning of March. Our dog Lexi had a litter of seven puppies at the end of February, so by...

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Paul’s Close Call with Death

I’ve been working with herbs for the past 17 years now, and a recent incident made me realise how much I take them for granted and speak of them quite casually. Paul had been complaining about being sore and tired, and was really hot and sweaty during the night, but...

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DNA Testing and Weight Loss

I’ve now taken 20 clients through the ‘Eat to Fit your Genes’ DNA testing and coaching programme, and it’s been fascinating to discover how different people with similar genetics can end up with quite different results. This is especially so with regards to weight...

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