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Stewed Apple – The Comfort Food for a Healthy Gut

Stewed apple is such a comfort food. My mother made it and my grandmother before her. It would be served with custard or cream and was always received with a smile. It is not only heart warming food but both soothing and healing on the gut.   Stewed Apple Benefits for the Gut Stewed apples … Continued

5 Reasons for Hair Loss

Hair loss is an issue that can effect both women and men, resulting in low self esteem and mood. Thinning hair is an indicator of general health, and is an outward sign of an imbalance under the surface. Most products on the market are there for topical use, and if anything will only offer marginal … Continued

Silent Inflammation – Brian Lamb, Medical Herbalist

We usually associate inflammation with an injury to the skin such as a cut, scrape or bruise when we see redness and swelling and experience pain. This is a normal protective reaction. However, it is less commonly known that inflammation is at the root of all disease — from the common cold right through to … Continued

Kidney and Bladder Cleanse Recipe

Health note by Brian Lamb Medical Herbalist Barley is a specific therapy for the kidneys and bladder. This drink is valuable for eliminating toxins and during a bout of cystitis. In most cases it will assist in the treatment of Eczema or other inflammatory diseases of the skin where the kidneys may be stressed. Here … Continued

Ribwort Medicinal Properties

As I walked through the fields today I felt that the prolific ribwort or plantain  (Plantago lanceolata) deserved some attention. Dark green, prominent ribbed leaves help you identify it. The stem has a brown flower head, surrounded by a corona of stamens. Buttercups, red clover, dandelions, cleavers and plantago intersperse the green grass. The land … Continued

Five Reasons Oranges (and juice!) are Good for You

  Fruit juice has had a bad rap. But is it all bad? Orange juice contains Vitamin C, Magnesium, fibre, protein, Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Manganese, Copper and several B vitamins. It also contains the flavonoids naringenin and hesperedin which serve as powerful antioxidants in the body. These have been shown to play a … Continued

The Adrenal Cocktail for Stress and Exhaustion

Seated above the kidneys are the adrenal glands. These small organs are responsible for producing hormones including cortisol, aldosterone and adrenaline. They help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress and are vital for other essential functions. Existing in flight or fight mode and in a chronically stressed state the adrenals release … Continued

Jewish Penicillin

Healing chicken soup, often known as ‘Jewish Penicillin’, has a long held tradition as a ‘cure’  for colds and flu and while this may seem like an old wives tale, there is some science behind this. A study in 2000 found that consuming chicken soup could help reduce upper respiratory inflammation in turn helping you … Continued

Better Digestion with Bitters

As a child I was given a Yarrow infusion if I had a fever, a very bitter herb which would encourage profuse sweating. And so I grew up accustomed to these unusual flavours and knew the benefits they could bring. Consuming bitter foods and herbs is a long held tradition in many cultures around the … Continued