Posted on 12:27pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Back in the day when you were ill there were lots of remedies available to help you get better. Not only that but there were regular seasonal precautions that were just simply part of life, Tonic to prepare for winter, preparations to cool you down for the summer months (I think there was summer then). People relied on themselves and went to the doctor as a last resort.
These days it seems to have turned on its head. Pharmaceutical companies are reasearching all the time to develop new drugs to combat each and every complaint imaginable. They have done some fantastic work in certain areas but on the money trail they have tried to make our health perfectly comfotable and undisturbed.
Well in the interested of a visit to the dark side to appreciate the light the the odd mild illness now and then has got to be good for us, for our immunity and our psyche.
Yet we turn, straight away, to the pharmaceutical solution which is super fast acting in many cases, so we can get straight back on with our lives without interuption. Yet those very things that we take most often have nasty side effects, that gradually introduce new discomforts, for which there is an eqully fast and effective pharmaceutical waiting on the sidelines. And so it goes on until your body can no longer cope with all the wellness that the drugs are promoting for you.
The alternative is to take a natural approach. Many drug are developed from examples in nature being chemically replicated in a much more intense form anyway.
The trouble is, the natural way is a milder and more long drawn out way but many would argue that while you are drawing out your recovery there is also a good chace that you could be prolonging your life.
There are certainly some cases where pharmaceutical drugs are neccessary and pain in once such instance where if it is of a certain intensity the stress to your body and well being is more damaging to you than taking pain killers, but there is nothing wrong with attempting to take the minimum that you need and introducing natural ways to supplement and possibly cut back on your drugs.
When taking natural sustances for any condition it is not good to take too much of one sustance and so it is essential to take several sources diligently so that you have a constant supply of the enhancing natural remedy in your body. Eventually (and it could take several months) you will find that you are developing a resistance to the condition to you trying to combat and it may be feasible to cut back on any drug. This should always be done with the cooperation of your doctor or consultant. Unfortunately some are not willing to cooperate but many are very pleased that you are interested in self-help.
It is now recognised that for most conditions your mind plays a big part too. If you allow the condition to dominate your life you will feel it more intensly and therefore need more medication. However, if you are determined to ignore it as far as possible and carry on with your life as best you can the intensity will be less. An example of this is with children who get a bump and cry. Distracting them or even choosing a designer plaster to apply distracts them from the hurt. Cuddling and sympathising prolongs the crying.
While a bit of both is nice it is true that if you are thinking about the pain or discomfort you feel it more. Hypnosis for pain works on this principle.
You can take natural fresh herbs as an infustion for instance or you can take in the form of supplements that, if they are of practitioner qualitiy have carefully measured doses.
You really should take great care though and ask advice or seek a consultation with a nutritional therapist or herbalist if your condition is complicated.
Some herbs have contra indications for some conditions and therefore should be avoided.
if you have any particular condition that you would like to share and get some advice on then put the details below and we will do our best to give yuou some guidelines about what could be helpful but we cannot give specific advice on line and any advice would not replace a consultation with your medical professional.
Posted on 12:19pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013
If you take walks in parkland and country lanes you may be noticing nettles starting to Spring up!
Posted on 6:14pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
No it's not a new messaging service we're introducing:
Sniffing it can improve your memory by up to 73%
It doesn't just help with memory though. Rosemary is and excellent mood uplifter and it is said to keep you young.
It's said to help with pain relief although any natural pain relief that you take only goes so far and you need to do lots more by taking several herbs and foods that are good for pain relief and pretty much all the time too. If you do tackle pain in this way it can at worst mean that you need to take less pharmaceuticals and at best begin to help you to cope without any drug intervention at all.
It's also anti bacterial and great for the digestion. It's a diuretic amd liver detox (Hippocrates used to use it for this). It increases your circulation and majes your breath smell sweet and it boosts your immunity.
Making a fresh herbal infusion is aa great way to use Rosemary and you can add other herbs too. Drinking dried herbs just doesn't taste the same. Use it abundantly in your cooking, it's similar to sage, burn Rosemary incense for an uplifting and and alter atmosphere, use Rosemary essential oils in the bath or burner. If youa re using pure essential oils in the bath they will just float so use a bland bubble bath or some creamy milk to break up the molevules and let them get to your body in the water.
We will be making good use of fresh Rosemary for the after class drinks so don't forget to come along to classes and get uplifted in more ways than one.
We have Rosemary growing in our garden and will bring some in if you let us know next time you are in the centre. I like to patiently pluck a few of the little flowers that spring up around the end of the branches and add them to salads. it gives a mild Rosemary flavour and fragrance that is more acceptable to eat raw in a salad.
We also have a pure Rosemary incense priced at 75p or Auroshika or £1.25 for the Stamford range both are pure and hand rolled.
Caution if pregnant as there are contra indications for this herb when taken in a medicinal dose.
Posted on 9:48am Monday 20th May 2013
Here are some of the health benefits of coconut oil:
It is a good choice for cooking with as it is slower to oxidise and less altered by heat.
The fat in coconut oil converts in the body to energy rather than fat it is a medium chain fatty acid and is the nearest to that found in breast milk. The recommended daily intake is 31/2 tablespoons but you should not rush into taking that amount, especially if you are on a low fat diet. You could initially experience diahorrea
If you imagine all the things that a mothers breast milk offers the newborn baby then you can expect that support from coconut oil:
It enhances the immune system,
Is antiviral and antibacterial,
It's heart friendly
Great for the skin as a moisturiser (though a bit greasy) and can be used as a deodorant as the enzimes react with perspiration and neutralise the odour.
Lauric acid is one of the wonder ingredients of coconut oil and it converts into monolauric when digested into the body.
Recent research studies have shown that Monolauric Acid has the ability to help the body fight off viruses. Monolauric acid is an important agent which is natural and fights against foreign invaders like viruses. This particular acid was first found in human breast milk when scientists were studying antiviral properties. Monolauric acid is a natural agent with absolutely no potentially dangerous side effects in humans. Some viruses can cause a host of problems in individuals while others don’t seem to cause any care for concern. Viruses are overall interesting in how they replicate and enter the human body. Many scientists have thought there has been a causal relationship between some viruses to the development of cancers and even Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; this has never been proven at all. Problems for finding ways to fight viruses include: antibiotics have no effect on viruses, many drugs which have been researched have extremely damaging effects on the body’s good cells, and new viruses make it hard for medications to even work. This acid is a sage alternative supplement to safely destroy viruses.
Viruses cannot live outside of the body without a host for an extended period of time. If they are expelled by one host like a sneeze or cough they must be taken up by a new host almost immediately or they will of course die. Many viruses hide in body fat so that they are hidden from the immune system which wants to attack them. Monolauric acid enhances the immune system against fungus and viruses. It is extremely effective is fighting off the cold and flu and should be taken on a daily basis to be effective. A study performed in Atlanta, Georgia showed that Monolauric acid was extremely effective in treating most viruses. However, this acid has no effect on rotaviruses, the polio virus, and the virus associated with encephalitis. Treatment doesn’t have to depend on pharmaceuticals.
Coconut oil medicinal uses:
Virgin coconut oil tastes and smells like coconut. Expeller pressed oil has no scent or taste and both types can be used medicinally.
Topical uses for coconut oil:
--Forms a chemical barrier on skin to protect and heal infections.
Nutritional uses for coconut oil:
--Enhances absorption of nutrients and improves digestion.
Posted on 9:20am Friday 10th May 2013
Listed under: Yoga Blog
Only one thing went wrong with the Yoga Mantra classes. The video recording didn't work. we would have loved to have given you a sample of what it was like.
Loved by all who attended (even the reluctants who were dragged along by someone else - (you know I mean you) so much so that it is going to become a regular monthly class on our calendar. So look out for the next one.
To try to describe the experience would be futile but Barry was quite correct in saying that it clears the cobwebs from your mind and I for one feel really refreshed and invigorated by the experience - even after a good nights sleep.
Maybe some of the other attendees will be able to give a better description.
Posted on 12:57pm Saturday 27th Apr 2013
Listed under: Yoga Blog
We were very pleased with the attendance at our free Yoga classes on Saturday. Especially the people who travelled quite a distance to support Mandy. The first class was full and the second was almost full. This was despite Jayne the schedulesd teacher being ill and a bit of confusion about whether the class was cancelled or not. Mandy stepped in and took both classes.
We are really grateful to the people who attended as they provided an invaluable experience for Mandy who is a trainee teacher with us on the Yoga Teacher Training course.
She throughly enjoyed the experience once she got over her nerves too.
We wish Jayne a speedy recovery so that she too can begin to experience the pleasure of the experience.
We will be having more free classes so keep an eye open and get signed up soon.