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De-stress naturally right now

Through every day life it’s natural to become stressed at some point. In fact, stress has been related to many common illnesses and can affect our quality of life significantly. Whether stress is job-related, family-related or just the pressure of every day life, it’s...

What is “mindfulness”?

We often live our lives without really taking in our surroundings, our thoughts and our feelings. With the busyness of life we are often living without true consciousness. Mindfulness is the state of being present in the moment — it’s about being conscious in the...

Benefits of coconut water

Coconut water has exploded in popularity and seems to be available everywhere these days, but why has it become so popular? Well, it’s because there are many health benefits associated with drinking coconut water and it’s a great way to stay hydrated. Nutrients The...

The power of turmeric

Turmeric is a popular spice in Indian cooking that has been found to have powerful effects on the body and health for many years. Western medicine is finally recognising these health benefits and the advantages of the active ingredient of curcumin. How to Take It...

Meditation for anxiety

Anxiety is an often misunderstood, yet concerning problem for sufferers. Getting relief from this and finding treatment can be difficult, so it’s important to incorporate as many anxiety-reducing techniques into your lifestyle as possible. Meditation is just one...

Natural remedies for a restful sleep

Getting a proper, restful sleep each night is important for our health, well-being, mood and cognitive function. Here are some of the most effective natural remedies for a restful, quality sleep: Essential Oils Essential oils are fantastic for relaxation and sleep....

How essential oils can help you study

We all have times when we feel tired, sluggish and unmotivated which can really impact on our work and study. When we feel like this, it can be hard to stay productive and motivated which is why many people turn to essential oils to help boost concentration, focus and...

Herbal remedies to support your nervous system

High levels of stress can really take a toll on our central nervous system, resulting in a number of negative consequences on our health. We live in a world full of constant stress so it’s important to ensure we are strengthening and supporting our nervous systems...

Essential oil blends to relieve stress

In today’s fast-paced world, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have some form of stress in their life. Stress can manifest in many different ways; difficulty sleeping, concentration issues, loss of appetite, overeating, physical tension and...

Medical herbalism & its role in today’s society

What is Medical Herbalism? Medical herbalism is the oldest form of healthcare in history. It utilises plants and natural botanicals to treat a range of health conditions, diseases, pain, and for overall health and wellbeing. Herbal medicine is believed to have been...

How an online natural therapy course can enrich your life

Whilst modern medicine certainly has its place in the world, so too does natural medicine. In recent years, more and more people are returning to a more holistic, preventative approach to their health and wellbeing and our online course offers the perfect platform for...

The anti-inflammatory diet & how it can help you

Inflammation is a normal reaction from the body to help fight illnesses and injuries. However, there are also conditions that can cause a faulty inflammatory response that can manifest in different ways depending on the condition. There is an anti-inflammatory diet...

The many health benefits of green tea

The popularity of Green Tea has grown substantially in the last decade and for very good reason! When consumed regularly, Green Tea can have many extraordinary health benefits thanks to the potent plant nutrient contained in the tea known as epigallocatechin gallate....

How nature can assist with insomnia

Sleep is essential for our overall health and mental well-being, as it is the body’s way of recharging. Having insomnia severely interferes with this and can have many follow-on health problems. Sleeping tablets can be beneficial, but they’re not recommended for...

Constipation — causes & natural remedies

Constipation is typically defined as three or fewer bowel movements in a week, straining to go to the toilet and bowel movements that are difficult to pass, hard and dry. There are many reasons one may experience constipation such as poor diet, lack of exercise, not...

The top six foods to assist with healthy vision

Our eyesight is something we often take for granted, only realising how important it is once we experience issues with it or as our vision starts to deteriorate with age. What we put into our bodies really impacts on our health, eyesight included. Here are the top 6...

Relieve cold & flu symptoms with echinacea

You have probably noticed echinacea listed on the packaging of most over-the-counter cold and flu tablets, so what is echinacea and why is it so effective? What is Echinacea? Part of the daisy plant family, echinacea is a range of herbaceous flowers found in eastern...

Remove blackheads at home, naturally!

Blackheads are caused by a build-up of oil on the skin and, unlike whiteheads that are blocked closed pores, a blackhead is a blocked open pore that appears black on the skin. Blackheads are a common problem and it can be tempting to reach for the harsh,...

Treat psoriasis with diet & lifestyle changes

Psoriasis is a skin condition that results in inflammation of the skin, resulting in raised, red and itchy patches on the body. Most people look for outward solutions to this problem, such as creams and ointments, however, there are a lot of changes you can make to...

Four benefits of taking of kefir daily

Kefir is an unfermented drink with billions of live culture bacteria, making it a powerful probiotic. You can find versions of kefir in your health food store, online or even in your local supermarket. It comes in the original, unflavoured version or, if you can’t...

Natural medicines to help fight heartburn & reflux

Painful heartburn and reflux can strike without warning and can occur at the worst possible times (such as the middle of the night when there are no chemists open!). The good news is there are many ways to relieve heartburn and acid reflux at home, naturally. 1....

Four natural remedies for treating pimples & acne

Acne is the most common skin condition in the world, affecting up to around 85% of people. Whilst some people only battle pimples during puberty and their teenage years, for many others it continues through to adulthood. Here are 4 natural remedies to help treat...

Can herbal medicines aid with sleep-related issues?

Did you know that the amount of sleep you get each night can have a major effect on your overall health and wellbeing? Research suggests that consistently having less than seven hours sleep a night can impact on your nervous system, cardiovascular system, cognitive...

Five healing benefits of succulent plants in your home

Succulent pants are characterised by their bigger leaves, wide stems or larger roots which allow them to hold water and moisture in a way other plants cannot. For this reason, they are ideal for indoor use as they are low maintenance, but did you know there are health...

Alternative medicine, diet & exercise for prostate health

The prostate is a small but important organ in the male reproductive system. It’s about the size of a walnut and is partly muscular and partly glandular. What does the prostate do? In the glands, the prostate produces a thick, milky-white fluid that, together with...

Natural ways to improve your immune system

Your immune system is made up of cells, organs and tissues within your body that help fight against viruses and bacteria. With your immune system performing such a monumental task every second of every day, you may be wondering if there are lifestyle or diet changes...

Why is detoxing so important for your overall health?

You’ve probably heard about detoxing before, but do you know why it’s so important? Many people swear by regular cleansing and detoxing, and it’s not hard to see why. Here are some of the main reasons why detoxing is important for your overall health and wellbeing....

Conventional antibiotics versus natural

Antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the world right now so, it’s no surprise there is lots of talk in the media about how our bodies are no longer responding to some antibiotics. Overuse of conventional antibiotics has caused certain types...

Help relieve bronchial coughs with herbs

A bronchial cough, or lower respiratory tract infection, can have you unwell for up to 10 days. It is characterised by a mucus build-up in the bronchial tubes and an irritating cough that can last for weeks. You can have difficulty breathing and it can often be...

Alternative ways to improve digestion

Issues with digestion can be a daily struggle for sufferers and can have a negative impact on your everyday life. The most common digestive issues are associated with diarrhoea, bloating, flatulence, constipation and even heartburn. Although this can be debilitating...

The problems caused by traditional painkillers

In the 21st century, people have come to rely heavily on synthetic medications to treat almost anything you can think of. Pain relief in particular, has become more and more problematic over the years. Whether it’s a headache, backache, sprain, injury, even a stubbed...

How a natural medicine course can benefit everyone

Natural medicine has been utilised since the dawn of time. After all, Mother Nature has provided us with everything we need, it’s just a matter of knowing what to use and how to use it. There are many ways in which a natural medicine course can benefit your family but...

Relieve menstrual pain naturally

When period pain strikes, there is often a natural instinct to go straight for the painkillers or anti-inflammatory tablets, but did you know there are many ways to assist with menstruation pain naturally? Here are some we recommend: Diet A simple change in your diet...

Do you want to live longer?

There are societies of people who do live much longer than others and they are remarkably free of heart disease and cancer. These are the Vilcabambans of Ecuador, the Abkhazians of Russia and the Hunzakuts of Pakistan. When US cardiologists Dr. Paul Dudley White and...

Arnica cream should be in every medicine cabinet

Arnica is one of the most versatile and useful herbs found in nature and is an essential addition to every medicine cabinet. From treating pain, inflammation, bruising, arthritis and more, arnica cream is extremely handy to have  — the only thing to remember is that...

Switching from coffee to herbal teas

Many people report not being able to function in the morning until they’ve had that first cup of coffee. The caffeine found in coffee can increase physical and mental alertness and for this reason many find themselves becoming dependent on coffee just to get through...

Treat UTI’s (urinary tract infections) with natural medicines

A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) can be very painful and can become quite serious if the early symptoms are not treated immediately. It can be highly beneficial to have a natural treatment in your medicine cabinet in case these symptoms arise so you can treat the UTI...

Discover the value of detoxing after the festive season

Throughout the holiday season for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, many find themselves over-indulging on both the delicious food available and the flow of alcohol. With diet and alcohol intake being two of the biggest factors that can cause issues to your liver, it’s...

Why is sleep so beneficial for our health?

Did you know sleep is one of the most important factors in our overall general health and wellbeing? You probably know how a poor night’s sleep can affect your mood and cognitive ability the next day, but did you know that not getting enough sleep can have adverse...

The importance of Vitamin D & where to find it

Vitamin D (also known as the "sunshine vitamin") is produced by the body in response to sun exposure and is important for a number of reasons, such as maintaining strong, healthy bones, preventing depression and reducing the risk of a range of conditions, including...

Ease depression & anxiety with hypericum

The Hypericum plant, otherwise known as St John’s wort, is a perennial herb that has been used to treat nervous conditions since the times of ancient Greece. The Hypericum plant contains a number of chemical compounds, some of which are known to be helpful in treating...

Medicinal uses for dandelion

Many people think of dandelions as simply an annoying weed, but did you know that dandelion has many health benefits and is commonly used in natural medicine? Here are some of the amazing ways dandelion and dandelion root can improve your health: 1. Digestive Aid...

Use arnica cream for muscle & joint pain

If you’ve ever found yourself walking up and down the pain relief section of your local health store, you’ve probably seen arnica more than a few times. Arnica is known as a ‘mountain daisy’ as it's most commonly found in mountainous areas of the US, Canada and the...

Herbal remedies for symptoms of menopause

Every day women experience the many unpleasant symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, excessive sweating and night sweats. The good news is there are alternative medicines available to help alleviate these symptoms without having to resort to hormone replacement...

Improve your health by detoxifying your liver

Our general health and wellbeing depends heavily on our body’s ability to break down and purge toxins. We are exposed to many, many toxins every day through our food, the products we use, alcohol and other substances we consume, so it’s important that we take care of...

Effective, alternative antidepressant

Hypericum is one of nature’s best herbs for the entire nervous system. This herb (also known as St John’s wort) has received much medical attention and recognition, particularly for its use in mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Clinical trials have now shown...

Prostate enlargement—a proven herbal remedy

I have a love of researching and discovering alternative medicine. My library is crammed with books on herbs as I buy virtually every publication on the subject. Whenever I return to Germany I search for herbal books and manuscripts which have been locked away in...

A valuable remedy for throat/mouth complaints

Sage or salvia officinalis, as it is scientifically called, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries and is a valuable remedy for throat/mouth problems, intestinal/digestion complaints and menopausal hot flushes, to name just a few. It is a native to...

Is laughter really the best medicine?

Good-natured laughter does more than brighten a person’s day. When we laugh heartily, we also exercise our muscles. Psychology today says: Laughter reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and...

Do you drink enough water for good health?

Most of us can improve our health by drinking more water. Water is one of our body's most important nutrients, yet the simple advice to drink more water is often neglected by even health-minded people. Did you know that about 70 percent of our total body weight is...

The Breuss Cancer Cure—not just a cure for cancer

I first heard of Rudolf Breuss on a trip to Germany. I was absolutely astonished at the claims made in his book. Patients with brain tumours, lung cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer told of their success in ridding themselves of these and many other seemingly...

A herb for thyroid, lymphatic & kidney complaints

Bedstraw (Galium verum) is a very valuable plant to the average herbalist because it can be used for a wide range of problems. With its diuretic and alterative actions, it is most beneficial as a lymphatic tonic, especially in the case of adenoid disorders and...

Uncover the secrets of ancient herbal knowledge

Our knowledge on the past use of herbal medicine is mainly derived from cultures which had a written language, recorded on clay tablets, carved or painted on stone, papyrus, later as manuscripts, and in more recent times, as books. Hunter-gatherers had an intimate...

Which tiny berry can relieve cystitis & other UTIs?

Cranberry’s fame as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections (UTIs) came from German chemists in the 19th century, who discovered that, after eating cranberries, people pass urine that contains a bacteria-fighting chemical known as hippuric acid. About sixty...

Treat osteoporosis & inflammatory disease easily

Parsley is readily available and widely used in cookery but it is often under-appreciated. It can be found throughout the year at the market, it's cheap so just about anyone can buy it. Parsley is a highly nutritious plant and has ample vitamins and antioxidants which...

Discover medicinal properties of a humble vegetable

For thousands of years the humble onion has had a respected and often revered place in the diet of man. Sacred to the Egyptians, it often appears in the art of ancient India, China and Greece, but it probably originated in Central Asia. The onion’s unique properties...

Do you suffer from anaemia? This herb can help

Horsetail is a very popular herbal remedy as it is a storehouse of minerals. Due to its high content of silica, horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is recommended when it is necessary for the body to repair bony tissues. Silica helps to fix calcium, so that the body can...

How does echinacea shield against infections?

The immune system in our body is one of the most important functions. Without its proper functioning, without a good defence mechanism, we couldn’t survive as we are constantly subjected to the attacks of millions of germs. These can multiply and cause damage in the...

Find out how to detoxify & energise your body

An overload of toxins in your body will lead to chronic illness, premature ageing and death. You and I are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals, they are everywhere — all the time. They are in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat and the...

Regulate menstrual/menopausal problems

Yarrow has an important place in the history of herbs. It has two agents which promote blood coagulation, several which have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving action, and others which are antiseptic. As well as healing internal and external wounds, yarrow counters...

Take ginkgo to delay the ageing process

There seems to be no other plant in herbal medicine that is beneficial to the brain, central nervous system and vascular system at the same time. Anyone over 50 is encouraged to take ginkgo extract for a few months at a time for the general toning up of various bodily...

Relieve colds, flu, sinus infections, respiratory issues

Elder flower (Sambucus nigra) has been used in traditional medicine all over the world in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances....

Herbs for kidney, bladder & cholesterol problems

Our kidneys suffer badly from our modern habits as many don't drink enough water while consuming large quantities of coffee and fizzy drinks. Golden rod (Solidago virgaurea) is not only useful as a counter to kidney and bladder complaints particularly kidney stones...

Sebastian Kneipp—the ‘Helper of Mankind’

Sebastian Kneipp (1821 - 1897) was an extraordinary man who took an absolutely free product - water - and showed the world how to use it as a curative force for a wide variety of illnesses. The story of his famous water treatments began when Kneipp was struck down...

Which herbs are beneficial for “women’s problems”?

The following herbs are beneficial for women if they experience excessive & difficult menstruation (dysmenorrhoea), menopausal problems such as hot flushes, uterine fibroids and during pregnancy. Lady's mantle tea (Alchemilla vulgaris) helps stop bleeding and is...

Pain-relieving herb for rheumatism & arthritis

Willow bark (Salix alba) has often been regarded as one of nature’s greatest gifts to humanity because the salicin it contains is such an effective pain killer. The chemical factory that is the human body converts salicin into salicylic acid which is rich in...

How to keep your hair on herbally!

Hair: Very few people are satisfied with what hair they've got. It's either too little or too much or it grows in all the wrong places! Dealing with unwanted body hair is a nightmare for some women, but not enough hair on their heads is a condition almost all men have...

Home remedy for arthritic & inflamed joints

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea): I don't think I have to tell anyone what a cabbage looks like because it is one of the most widely grown vegetables and is a European native. The heads of cabbage varieties range in shape from pointed, through to globular, to flat and from...

Anti-inflammatory herb for sprains, swellings, bruises

Comfrey (Symphytum officinalis): Comfrey’s name derives from the Latin ‘confervere’ which means ‘to bring together’. This leafy perennial herb has been used for centuries for its swelling-reducing capacity when bones were to be set and the healing process accelerated,...

Help save traditional herbal medicine!

Herbal medicine is the oldest and most widespread medicine developed by humanity. Although herbalism is regarded in Australia as an alternative medical practice, did you know that 85 per cent of the world's population regard it as mainstream? That's hardly surprising...

Tumour-inhibiting capabilities of beetroot juice

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris): For 2000 years the beetroot has remained as the most valuable vegetable in the medicine chest. After carrot juice, the juice from the beetroot must be the most used of all the root vegetables. It is also one of our most valuable, containing...

How does potato juice cure indigestion?

The potato is probably the most widely used and best-known vegetable of them all. The organic potato has the most beneficial effects that are unfortunately all but lost when cultivated by commercial methods. Potatoes grown by commercial methods are subjected to...

Avoid a heart attack & protect your heart today!

Hawthorn is an excellent herb for the heart. The main medicinal use of hawthorn is as a cardiotonic, a tonic for the heart. It looks after the heart by gradually reducing elevated blood pressure and by stimulating or depressing its activity depending on its need. Not...

Why is grape seed the best antioxidant?

Grapes (Vitis vinifera) have been heralded for their medicinal and nutritional value for thousands of years. Egyptians ate grapes, and several ancient Greek philosophers praised the healing power of grapes, usually in the form of wine. European folk healers made an...

Eliminate stress and anxiety in your life

Cowslip (Primula veris) herbal tea is an excellent sedative ideal for stress-related problems. Unlike sleeping pills which are habit-forming and have the potential to damage long-term users, cowslip has a gentle, relaxing effect on the nervous system that allows the...

Various herbal applications

Inhalations with herbs: Steam inhalations combine the benefit of steam and antiseptic herbs to effectively clear nasal congestion and relieve the symptoms of colds, flu, hayfever and sinusitis. To prepare a steam inhalation, place 50 g of dried herbs in a bowl or...

Valerian is a powerful, natural sedative

Do you suffer from insomnia, tossing from side to side at night and finally, because you know of no other way in your predicament, reach for a sleeping pill? If your answer is “yes” and you continue using such help, you will find that in the long run you won’t be able...

Different forms of herbal preparations

Commercial herbal preparations: You can buy many different forms of herbal medicines from health food stores and pharmacies. Different methods of taking herbal medicines are more suitable for specific herbs and for certain health conditions. Herbal capsules: Capsules...

Ideal herb for the urinary passages, acidosis, renal colic

The long shiny fibres at the top of the corn are known as Indian corn or Corn silk (Zea mays). Indian corn can be employed to combat chronic or acute cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), gout and rheumatism. It also has been...

Banish poor digestion, heartburn & nausea for good!

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) tea is a wonderful remedy for poor digestion, heartburn, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting during pregnancy, sudden pains and cramps in the stomach, tension headaches, flatulence and colic. It can be taken as a tea to relieve blocked nasal...

Why put up with menstrual/menopausal problems?

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) helps to stop bleeding. It has a strengthening effect on the endometrium (the uterine lining), making it an effective treatment for many problems associated with menstruation and menopause. A hot infusion made of this herb is used...

Protect your liver from serious disease

St Mary’s thistle (Silybum marianum) is undoubtedly the best-documented pharmaceutical agent for the treatment of serious liver disease. The herb is now widely used by the medical profession to treat alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, liver...

Best blood tonic and cleanser—ideal for skin disorders

Red clover tea (Trifolium pratense) has a strong metallic flavour as a result of its high concentration of iron and copper salts, which make it a vital blood tonic as well as an important blood cleanser. If taken over a prolonged period, red clover will improve the...

Can a herb for stomach disorders calm a colicky baby?

Every household with a baby should have a packet of camomile tea or teabags in the herbal pantry as it is a gentle, calming herb that can be safely given to infants. It is an excellent herb for babies at teething time or when they have ear infections, cramps or...

Control high blood pressure & support circulation

Today, mistletoe (Viscum album) is still a very important ingredient in herbal medicine. It is used to strengthen the heart, to reduce high blood pressure and it is considered one of the best remedies for heart and circulatory complaints. It is also recommended for...

Diuretic herbs are essential for fluid retention

Oedema is the medical term for fluid retention which is due to poor drainage and can be treated with diuretic herbs which promote urine secretion in a safe and effective manner. Bedstraw (Galium verum) is a powerful diuretic which can be used to combat inflamed...

Highly recommended by herbalists everywhere

The stinging nettle is the best blood cleansing herb known to herbalists and recommended strongly in the treatment of acne and eczema. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is high in iron and is also the best blood building herb and very beneficial in cases of anaemia and...

No home should be without this wonderful elixir!

I sincerely believe no home should be without a bottle of Swedish Bitters. Taken internally it is not only for the entire gastric tract, but also for arthritis, gout, hay fever, emphysema, constipation, fatigue and many more disorders. Externally Swedish Bitters...

Calendula for internal & external healing

Many readers of my newspaper columns have reported excellent results for Crohn’s disease, colitis and inflammatory bowel disease after using the following recipe from an old German herbal book: 100g Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 50g Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)...

In case of a heart attack—steps to help the victim

Each year millions of men and women worldwide have heart attacks. Many survive with few after-effects. Others do not survive. The heart is a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body. To stay healthy, the heart needs oxygen and other nutrients that are carried by...

Is your body a toxic cocktail? Read more …

Much has changed since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Today, we are faced with a raft of serious diseases that barely existed 100 years ago, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. This is hardly surprising when you consider that we are exposed to...

Effective remedies for leg cramps, swollen ankles

Alternate hot and cold Foot Baths:   These are excellent water therapies for complaints such as swollen ankles, foot infections, chilblains, neuralgia, headache, catarrh, colds, cold feet, congestion of abdomen, poor circulation, burning sensation in the feet and...

Treat varicose veins, haemorrhoids, vaginal thrush

Water Treading: This is a simple treatment and has many therapeutic applications. Use it every day of the year for the following conditions: Varicose veins, weak ankles, insomnia, general weakness, poor circulation, aching feet, chilblains, exhaustion, nervousness and...

Quit smoking—heal the wounds of nicotine with herbs

If you are desperately trying to quit smoking and want to heal the wounds of nicotine, you are probably busy cursing the name of Jean Nicot, the French diplomat who first introduced tobacco in 1560 in the form of a snuff, to cure migraine headaches. Within a few years...

Improve your liver function, acne, rashes, eczema

Dandelion is one of the best sources of potassium, vital to proper kidney function and muscle tone. It makes an ideally balanced diuretic that may be safely used with great frequency whenever such an action is needed.

Do you get enough sleep?

Lack of sleep affects the immune system During sleep, changes occur in the body that affect our immune system; body parts relax and get rest, counteracting the wear and tear of the day’s activity. The general clean-up work carried on through the bloodstream operates...

Explore the most ancient form of herbal medicine

Herbal medicinal teas are the most ancient form of herbal medicine.   There are many simple ways of preparing medicinal herbs at home. Different preparations are best suited to different types of herbs and to certain types of health conditions. For example, hot...