Ayurveda: What is it and how does it work

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that originates from India. More than 5,000 years old, ayurveda is a complementary health system that works in harmony with nature. The aim of Ayurveda is to protect health and prolong life, and to eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body. A Sanskrit term, Ayurveda is made up of the words “ayus” and “veda” which when combined means “the knowledge of life” … Continue reading Ayurveda: What is it and how does it work

Avocado Oil: Health benefits for skin, hair and body

Avocado oil, which is extracted from the flesh of the avocado fruit, is a beneficial oil for skin, hair and overall health. Avocado is high in vitamin E and unsaturated fats and contains more protein than any other fruit and more potassium than a banana. The majority of essential fatty acids found in avocado oil are monounsaturated oleic acid, which is known for its positive … Continue reading Avocado Oil: Health benefits for skin, hair and body

Winter Wellness: Healing Benefits of Echinacea

Echinacea is a must have for any winter wellness cabinet. One of the most well known herbal remedies, that is readily available in health food shops and pharmacies, echinacea tincture is often used in the colder months to support the immune system and reduce many of the symptoms of colds, flu and some other illnesses, infections, and conditions. Echinacea is a native North American coneflower that was … Continue reading Winter Wellness: Healing Benefits of Echinacea

GoodGym: Running with the purpose of helping local communities

GoodGym volunteers are supporting local communities and keeping fit by combining running with helping local community projects, making social visits to isolated older people, and doing odd-jobs for people who struggle to do them alone. GoodGym are a community of runners who organise group runs, where participants run in a group to work on community projects such as planting trees for the local park, shifting … Continue reading GoodGym: Running with the purpose of helping local communities

Eyebright: Healing benefits for eyes and more

Eyebright, as its name suggests, is a plant that is beneficial for eyes as well as sinus conditions and skin ailments. The plant, which is native to Britain and Europe, contains carbohydrates, tannins, alkaloids, sterols, phenolic acids, flavonoids, amino acids, essential oils, and vitamins A and C. Also known as Euphrasia Officinalis, eyebright has been used used as a herbal remedy for various eye diseases since … Continue reading Eyebright: Healing benefits for eyes and more

Castile Soap: What is it and what are its uses

Castile soap has become a popular choice for eco conscious consumers seeking a soap that is non-toxic and safe for use for both washing the body and household cleaning. Castile soap, which comes in both liquid and traditional bar form, is made from vegetable oils – primarily coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oils. Castile soap is named after an area in Spain which is renowned for … Continue reading Castile Soap: What is it and what are its uses

Hackney Herbal: Showing people how how to incorporate herbs into their lifestyles

Herbs are an effective and easy way of managing and maintaining one’s health, and now social enterprise, Hackney Herbal, is making knowledge of herbs and its uses accessible to all. Committed to providing opportunities for local people to interact with herbs and each other in a social way, Hackney Herbal organise free community workshops and events, as well as a variety of herb-related activities promoting … Continue reading Hackney Herbal: Showing people how how to incorporate herbs into their lifestyles

Dandelion: A “weed” with mighty healing abilities

Dandelion may be considered a “weed”, but the “invasive and pervasive” weed also happens to be incredibly beneficial to health and wellbeing, having been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. Dandelion roots and leaves are dried and used to make dandelion tea and roasted to make dandelion coffee, each of which contain vitamins A, C and D, and significant amounts of zinc, iron, magnesium … Continue reading Dandelion: A “weed” with mighty healing abilities

Rooibos Tea: Health benefits of the red bush tea

Rooibos tea, also known as red bush tea, comes from a shrub native to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, and has become a tea of choice among those seeking its health benefits. Known to have 50% more antioxidants than those found in green tea, rooibos tea is a wonderful daily addition to one’s diet for boosting immunity and supporting overall good health. Antioxidants … Continue reading Rooibos Tea: Health benefits of the red bush tea

Make your own herbal tincture

Making your own herbal tinctures are a great way to get the support of healing herbs to maintain good health. Given that tinctures contain alcohol, which is a natural preserving agent, tinctures can retain the medicinal constituents of herbs with a shelf life of several years. Tinctures are also a very convenient and effective way of getting herbs into the body’s systems. Check out this … Continue reading Make your own herbal tincture