Cleansing With Cleavers

Cleavers grows abundantly in our hedgerows and springs up in waste places and fields. It is a traditional spring tonic and in 1652 Nicholas Culpepper wrote, “it is a good remedy in the Spring, eaten (being first chopped small, and boiled well) in water-gruel, to cleanse the blood, and strengthen the liver, thereby to keep … Continued

The Chaga Mushroom and the Cancer Ward

Chaga in History The Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) doesn’t look like a regular mushroom. It is a parasitic fungus. Black, lumpy and charred-like, Chaga is found growing on the trunk of the birch tree in forests of northern Europe, Asia and North America. Very few westerners had even heard of this strange looking mushroom until … Continued

The Freedom of Unbecoming

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place” – Unknown I wonder how many of us haven’t been our true authentic selves. But have been a version that is acceptable and … Continued

Authenticity – Letting Go of What We Should Be

“Write hard and clear about what hurts”- Ernest Hemmingway Being authentic can be freeing physically, emotionally and spiritually. How often in life, growing up or even right at this moment, have you felt unable or powerless to be the real you. Afraid of not fitting in or being the odd one out. From an early … Continued

Five Reasons Why You are Always Bloated

If you suffer from bloating you know it can be a horrible feeling. The belly is distended and feels tight and full. It feels like you can’t breathe, move properly or comfortably go about the day. Suffering from bloating can also affect mental health and lead to depression and brain fog. This is because the … Continued

Low Thyroid Symptoms – Steps to Support Your Thyroid Health

Could you be suffering from an undiagnosed thyroid condition? Perhaps you have visited your GP with common low thyroid symptoms and a blood test revealed that all was “normal”, or maybe you are already taking prescription thyroid medication but still don’t feel as well as expected. One in five women will develop a thyroid condition … Continued

Black Beauty Elderberry Elixir

This Black Beauty Elderberry Elixir is not only easy to make but the aroma filling the air as it steeps and simmers is divine. A step up from The Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe (check out the amazing benefits of elderberry at the link) this adds another layer of protection with spices to keep away winter-ills. … Continued

Cracks at the Corner of the Mouth

If you have suffered from cracks at the corner of the mouth you will know that simply smiling or eating can be painful. Often this inflammatory condition will clear up on its own but sometimes it can become a chronic issue. Causes Medically known as angular cheilitis this condition can be due to – Nutritional … Continued

The Menopause – Symptoms and Solutions

MENOPAUSAL?   Don’t be afraid. Why are we embarrassed to talk about this transition? A natural phase that every woman goes through. We feel okay to talk about PMT, but not this. When we use the term ‘menopausal’ what we really mean is peri-menopausal, because the true menopause is a year or so after a … Continued

Summer Lavender and Lemon Cordial Recipe

This Summer Lavender and Lemon Cordial is a light and refreshing drink to enjoy during the balmy months. Easy to make, you can enjoy it with still or sparkling water, champagne or cocktails. Lavender has been shown to aid relaxation, and mitigate stress and anxiety. Just the scent of this aromatic flower can lift the … Continued