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Ancient lessons that support modern times

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This weekend I did a meditation retreat, the subject of which was the Medicine Buddha (or Bhaisajyaguru). Working in the healthcare sector I've been attracted to the Medicine Buddha for quite a while so when the opportunity came up to learn a bit more I jumped at the chance. 

From a personal, spiritual perspective it was amazing! If you've never done a short meditation retreat, then I would really recommend trying one.... though perhaps not the Medicine Buddha as your first time. 

But what str…

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Five ways to cope with Zoom fatigue

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Six months ago the phrase 'Zoom fatigue' didn't even exist and yet today, it's probably one of the most commonly used phrases in the English language. 

As our lives are moving more and more online, our days are taken up with back to back video calls and it's leaving us feeling exhausted. I don't know a single person who is not complaining about just how tiring video calls are. 

But why? 

According to Andrew Franklin, an assistant professor of cyberpsychology at Virginia’s Norfolk State Univer…

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Running a business is really hard

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I've just received my second email from someone complaining that they have just received six emails from me in the last minute and they aren't happy.

Neither am I. 

In fact right at this moment I feel like giving up. Life was easy (well easier) when I was research scientist. 

Instead, I write a very humble apology to send to the lovely people who signed up for my free webinar explaining that (despite spending hours working out the exact sequence and dates) my automated series of emails promot…

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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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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 had support…

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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 dea…

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Transformation

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It's Easter weekend and me and Mr LivingHerb have just returned from visiting my uncle.

My uncle is a priest and for many years has worked as a chaplain in various hospitals. This weekend he was planning a funeral so inevitably our conversation turned to not only death but life. After all, spring is the time when natural comes back to life after its long winter sleep.

It got me thinking about how our lives ebb and flow.

When we are young our minds are filled with great dreams and plans, like …

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Three things you can do today to prevent cancer

Last weekend I attended a 2 and a half day course on collaborative oncology. It was both inspiring and hard going as we learned about how herbal medicine can be used in support of the treatment of cancer. From improving vitality of cancer patients so they are strong enough to undergo the trauma of treatment, to reducing the side effects of chemo and radiotherapy and post treatment management. There is so much to learn because there is so much that herbal medicine can help with.

However that wasn'…

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Loving yourself - is it hokey? 

Earlier this week I went to see an independent showing of the film Embrace. It was wonderful to have a tiny part of its organisation (I sold raffle tickets!) and it was an inspiring mix of talks from amazing women together with a brilliant film.



The point of the night was to forget about the social convention that women need to look young, skinny and beautiful and instead focus on loving ourselves for who we are, no matter what size we are.

This raises some issues for me personally - I don't want …

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