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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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Diary of a Detox

A lot of my herbalist colleagues recommend detoxing to patients. The form of these vary from hardcore juice fasting to a more gentle approach.

As a scientist, I am quite skeptical about this sort of thing but having recently listened to a herbalist that I respect immensely talk about how we used to feast and famine and how our bodies have evolved to live this way, I thought I would try it out. After all, if I want my patients to do this sort of this I should try it myself..... and of course...

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What is self care anyway?

It's self care week….. And I've been thinking that I haven't blogged for a while.

In thinking about self care I thought about why I haven't blogged for a while. Running a small business, having to still work another job to pay the bills, building a relationship with my still relatively new husband…. Oh and I'd like a life too - it all takes its toll. Life gets busy, it gets stressful, it gets too much.

So what do we do when life gets busy or stressful or too much?

Well usually what happens is I...

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Elderflower Cordial

At the end of May / beginning of June, elder comes into flower. It is a great medicinal plant but also makes a tasty, refreshing summer drink.

Follow my step by step instructions to make this delicious elderflower cordial. This recipe makes 2 - 3 litres of cordial.
  1. Pick about 20 elderflower heads. If they are small you might want to pick a few more. Picking elderflowers
2. In the biggest pan you have, put 1.5 litres of water and 2.5kg of sugar. Put on a very low heat to help dissolve the sugar in the water. It...

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Spring Sneezes

It's that time of year again, when the pollen count starts to increase, your nose and eyes start itching and you're sneezing as if you have the 'flu from hell. Yes, it's hayfever season!

But don't despair. All month on Facebook and twitter I will be sharing some tips on how to beat the spring sneezes.

Some people find a spoonful a day of natural local honey relieveshayfever. It is thought that ingesting local allergens helps build immunity. There isn't much scientific evidence to back this but...

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Gurgling Gertrude

Digestive issues can range from the minor (but embarrassing) to life threatening.

While home help can improve some of the more embarrassing issues it's important to be able to recognise when it's time to seek professional help.

Constipation and diarrhoea are illnessesin their own right but can be signs of more serious illness. If your symptoms have lasted for more than 3 days, it could be time to see your healthcare professional.

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Sleeping like a cat

My cats love to sleep. In fact, I think my boy cat is only ever awake when he is hungry. He just eats and sleeps.

But for many, at least at some point in our lives, we will have trouble sleeping. That could be trouble getting to sleep, or waking up in the middle of the night or just too early. And then of course we start to worry about not being able to sleep which makes it worse.

But fear not, some simple changes to your bedtime routine can really help. Here's my top 3 tips.
  1. Switch off -...

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