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Marshmallow Mouthfuls

10/11/2017 | 0 Comments

Mucus membranes line our body cavities and secrete a fluid called mucus that lubricates and moistens the cavity surfaces. (Tortora, p.680). In effect, we are one hollow, slippery tube on the inside! When viewed in this way, we can see that events, emotions and substances that irritate, inflame and damage our mucus membranes are the origins of inflammatory, progressive disease. If we ask ourselves how well we are ‘sliding along life’s slippery slide’; how protected we feel from outside influences, how smoothly things are going, we can get an emotional gauge to the well being of this very important tissue. It has been said that laughter lubricates conversation and communication. When things feel stuck and irritated as if they are eating away at us, laughter can be a powerful way to ‘break the circuit’ of stress and tension. Laughter promotes healthy changes in body chemistry; endorphins are released, the immune system is stimulated and pain pathways are blocked. From a herbal perspective, Marshmallow Root helps to soothe inflamed mucous membranes and can be used in cases of dry cough, irritable bowel disease, heartburn, dry painful stools, urinary tract irritation and sore throats. So you can combine this beautiful herb with joyful company,…

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Natural Pain Relief with Turmeric

30/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) A Classic Indian spice finds new followers in natural medicine. Turmeric is fast becoming the most popular and widely used anti-inflammatory, sourced naturally. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years, to purify the chakras, strengthen digestion and improve flexibility for yoga practitioners. In our modern times, it is being rediscovered for its powerful ability to control and manage inflammatory conditions. Joint and pain disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular aches and pains, period pain, and joint swelling are some conditions which have benefitted from turmeric extract. Other illnesses which can be traced back to prolonged inflammation and where turmeric has been used include MS, autism spectrum disorder, peptic ulcers, sinusitis, allergies, asthma, eczema. Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and it really is required to take it as an extract for it to be strong enough for therapeutic effects. Liver support Apart from helping to reduce inflammation, turmeric extract also benefits the liver, stimulating bile production and performing anti-oxidant activities in the liver. This helps to normalise LDL cholesterol levels, prevent plaque build-up and aids in the digestion of fats. So with the list of benefits still growing as research intensifies,…

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Withania for Women

25/10/2017 | 0 Comments

  Withania Somnifera – Ashwaganda Help for stress and debility Perhaps because we are a clinic run by women, we have an abundance of female clients, many of whom have symptoms of exhaustion, chronic stress and sleeplessness. In such cases, Withania is a beautiful herb to help rejuvenate and regenerate the nervous and reproductive systems, muscles, bones and adrenals. Withania has also been used to help restore iron levels and balance thyroid function, where it shows signs of being under active. Thyroid issues often relate back to adrenal exhaustion, as the endocrine glands all work together in harmony, when in balance. So once there’s deficiencies or prolonged stress on one gland, the others will all be affected in turn. The steroidal compounds in this herb help to tonify the muscles and can be used in cases of emaciation or failure to thrive in children. Adrenal hormones are gently rejuvenated and thus, energy levels increase with treatment. As a rejuvenating herb, Withania works to prevent muscle loss (which helps to maintain a healthy metabolism) as well as premature ageing. As a nourishing tonic for the nervous system, it helps to combat the effects of stress, lack of sleep, nervous exhaustion and…

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