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How to fight a Coronavirus from your kitchen

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What the research tells us that can help you at home

Over the last few weeks, myself and some herbalist colleagues have been collating a lot of research about 2019-nCoV, more commonly known as Covid-19 or Coronavirus. We have been looking at research from how the virus interacts with the human body to the research coming out of China on the herbal medicine protocols that have been successful.

There is a lot of misinformation out there so I want to share with you what I've learned - based...

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So you're making New Year's Resolutions?

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According to a survey published in Reuters, one third of new year's resolutions don't make it passed the end of January. An analysis of the survey concluded that the reason is because we don't make the right resolutions but I would challenge that. Certainly if I am making a resolution it's because it is something important in my life that I want to change. So why do so many of us fail?

The American Psychological Association says it's because we lack willpower. Kelly McGonigal (a researcher...

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Health Coaching - a new contemplative approach

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Health starts with our mind and soul and health coaching helps.


We've all been there - we've had a stressful couple of weeks at work trying to finish off before we head off on the holiday of a lifetime; only to find that as soon as we relax the lurgy comes out of nowhere and flattens us. Instead of soaking up sun, sea and sangria, we're indoors sipping honey and lemon, and wishing we had an endless supply of tissues. So what has this got to do with coaching?


How health coaching helps...

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When life gives you lemons and you can't make lemonade - my story of grief

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I've taken a break from the blogging and promoting my business for the last 12 months or so and I thought it was time to explain why and share my story of grief.

 

At the beginning of August 2018, my little sister took her own life. When my brother phoned to break the news I instantly knew something wrong but I could not imagine the heart-wrenching agony that single phone call would unleash.

 

My little sister had been suffering with her mental health for a number of years; she'd...

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Sage - a natural remedy for hot flushes

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Now if you ask any herbalist what their go to herb is for hot flushes they will tell you sage. Yup, that common-a-garden plant is a miracle for the hottest of women.

The Geeky Stuff

Sage has been used traditionally for menopausal hot flushes and night sweats for many years. It’s not really known how it works. Research studies have shown that it does improve symptoms, particularly excessive sweating but we don’t know how. It was thought that it affected hormone levels but the...

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Stressed out? Like Menopause wasn't bad enough.

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Menopause and stress don't mix. I mean, our lives are stressful enough right? We have problems at work, unruly children and tetchy parents all demanding our attention. Our lives have become more and more stretched and we just can’t find space to think, let alone relax. And them, wham! Our hormone levels start to change. We’ve been riding the oestrogen dragon successfully for the best part of 30, sometimes 40 years, and suddenly it’s doing crazy things. Our mood fluctuates,...

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Night Sweats or Night Moves?

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“Hot flushes are bad enough in the day time but I also had them at night which meant I had very disturbed sleep. I used to wake up from these night sweats literally dripping wet.”

It can be normal to wake up feeling a little damp if your bedroom is too hot or you have a fever. But the kind of night sweats that many of us feel as we transition into menopause can be debilitating. We can wake with our pyjamas feeling like we’ve just stepped out of swimming pool and our bed so...

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How to look hot when you're hot

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What to wear when your hot flushes take over

"I felt an overwhelming heat that spreads through my whole body.  I remember stripping off layers of clothing and being desperate to open the window during my hot flushes.  Of course, you end up having to apologise to those around you who are all freezing!" 

Many women who are approaching menopause suffer with hot flushes. For some they are mild and infrequent. For others they are intense and...

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Menopause FAQ – Am I in Menopause?

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As we get older we notice our bodies start to change.

From greying hair and sagging boobs to not being able to read our phone any more without the help of glasses, getting older takes its toll. But aside from “where are my glasses?” one of the questions I am asked most frequently is “how do I know I’m in menopause?”

What is Menopause?

Let’s start with the basics....

Technically, we are classed as ‘in menopause’ exactly 12 months after the date...

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The Importance of Space

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I won't lie. It's been a bit chaotic here at The Living Herb over the last few months.

The annual family holiday was swiftly followed by dealing with serious family illness and the stark realisation that I had taken on too much.

We all do it.

Even the most careful planners among us have lapses where we double book, realise we've planned things for multiple weekends in a row, or seem have so much going on in our lives that we feel overwhelmed. I

t's easy to get sucked in too.

When we are...

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