I did a live broadcast on self care a few days ago which has turned out to be very timely. I was discussing what self-care has come to mean and that over time it seems like a vague and disparate concept; something disingenuous which people seem to throw around like it's confetti. It's like the phrases 'me time' and 'de-stress' which can mean such different things to different people - the message seems to have got diluted over time and I for one, want to reclaim what self-car
This week is Self Care Week - I have a list of go-to self care remedies which I refer to and I'm sharing with you to celebrate... All of these remedies should be used with caution - do speak with me if you have any queries at all. Onion syrup • Layer slices of onions with sugar/honey/agave syrup in a jar • Leave overnight • Strain the juice • Onion syrup! Sounds nasty but great for colds. • Throw some thyme in there too if you like – thyme is a fantastic herb for the upper re
Ok, so there has been a 'little' gap in between posts - Jan and Feb have been really busy for me! Stage Five: Be Time Savvy This is where the slow cooker comes into its own; time is one of the major factors for people to fall off the wagon or eat badly (myself included). A weekly meal planner really helps, as does planning minimum-input meals! I have been known to buy bags of ready chopped veg to save time, especially when my little one was in the very little stages; I simply
This post will be relatively short and sweet, mainly because I am procrastinating about a talk I am giving in two days time... well, they say a little bit of stress is good for you ;)
(note: 'they' lie!) This week I wanted to share some recipes with you, which is something which will come later in the week. I also want to talk about super ingredients and how to make the most of what you eat: you are what you absorb after all! I have purposly not used the words 'super foods'
I was given the honour of talking at the Enfield Centre for Natural Health in February 2014, a local charity set up to champion integrated medicine and the use of complementary medicines in the area. The charity celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2014 and I would urge you to get involved! They hold regular talks and discussions on various aspects of health which are really interesting and informative at Jubilee Hall, Parsonage Lane, Enfield and looks to be a really good one!
So moving on from my last blog, I thought I'd discuss more about 'the stuff no one talks about' when you become a mum. Strangely enough, one of my best pieces of advice is always try and get dressed. Sounds obvious doesn't it? But it's very easy to stay in your pjs all day, with the curtains drawn and only the tv (and baby) for company. That's fine on occasion, but it all too quickly becomes normal and acceptable if you let it. Getting up and getting out works wonders. I used
I'm lucky enough to be blessed with two happy, healthy children, one who is seven years old, fiercely stubborn, independent, imaginative and cheeky; just the right amount of each. And the little one who is seventeen months, who is a complete pickle, mischevious and loving. I've never considered myself maternal, but I know that it's more because I don't feel confident around lots of children, rather than a reflection on my relationship with my own. In fact, I am probably cons
So, one of my favourite herbs is Avena sativa, put simply - Oats! It is a fantastic remedy for the nervous system and what we Herbalists refer to as a nerve tonic. It has a nourishing, nurturing nature and helps restore an individual when they are stressed, depressed or exhausted To think that a product which seems as simple as oats can have such a profound effect on our health and wellbeing is quite something; that's what I find so beautifully complex and interesting about h