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How To Love Yourself

February 14th is dedicated to Valentine's day, when we celebrate our love for our spouse or partner, but many people don't realise that true love doesn't really exist until you first learn how to love yourself. All the major religions and belief systems are based on...

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What Does A Medical Herbalist Do?

"It's nice to have someone looking out for me" said one of my patients earlier this week. She'd been doing really well on her herbal medicine but over the past few weeks she'd developed some new symptoms, most likely due to being perimenopausal. She'd already made a...

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Why Resilience Matters

Resilience training is now a key part of workplace wellbeing, but what makes us need to feel more resilient? We all go through difficulties at some time in our lives, and good resilience training can help us not only to cope with whatever happens, but to use them as...

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Natural Remedies For Menopause

With 13 million women in the UK either approaching or going through 'the change', it's not surprising that there's a lot of interest in natural remedies for menopause. As women reach menopause, their periods will tend to go one of two ways; either gently trailing off...

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What Is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) has become widespread over the past 30 years. But what is Reiki exactly? The word Rei-Ki is actually made up of two Japanese words which roughly translate as 'universal life force'. The 'Ki' part is the same as the 'Qi' from 'Qi-Gong' or the...

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Evidence – Who Needs It Anyway?

How does our obsession with 'evidence based' medicine affect you? Despite literally being as old as the hills, Herbal Medicine is often criticised for lacking evidence of its efficacy. It's mainly those within the scientific and medical community who demand...

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The Healing Power Of Illness

Illness has the unique power to transform or destroy lives. It's never a pleasant experience, but there's nothing like a bout of illness to get us straight back in touch with our priorites. Many cancer survivors find that they come through their experience with a...

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Make Your Own Herbal Home First Aid Kit

I'd be lost nowadays without my herbal first aid kit. My son's only 3 1/2 but last time I offered him Calpol at 3am he spat it out and asked for his 'poorly tea' (Catnip tea) instead. During the spring and summer, most of our herbal 'first aid kit' is growing in the...

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Herbal Remedies For Grief And Loss

October is traditionally a month where our ancestors would have prepared for a period of quietness and reflection during the darker months. On 31st of course we now celebrate Hallowe'en (All Hallow's Eve) which is descended from the Celtic new year festival of...

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