Aloe vera: The “plant of immortality” and its healing benefits

Aloe Vera is a beautiful plant that adds much character to any household, but it also applauded for its healing properties and health benefits too. Known as the “plant of immortality”, the aloe vera plant, which is native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, is grown in tropical climates worldwide. The leaves are juicy stems, with an inner jelly-like substance that is … Continue reading Aloe vera: The “plant of immortality” and its healing benefits

Keep Real: Clothing and goods brand promoting emotional wellbeing

Keep Real or “keepin’ it real” is a mantra that can be applied to everyone as they go about their daily lives. For Kimberley Robinson, it resonated on such a level she decided to create a lifestyle and wellbeing brand – promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing – from it. The clothing and goods brand, Keep Real, has curated a range of items – unisex … Continue reading Keep Real: Clothing and goods brand promoting emotional wellbeing

Chia seeds: Make a natural energy drink, Chia Fresca, with the nutritious seeds

Chia seeds are an integral ingredient in the Mexican drink chia fresca, in which the seeds are mixed into lime or lemon juice with a sweetener – sugar, honey, agave or maple syrup. Chia seeds, native to Mexico and South America, are a member of the mint family and was used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for supernatural powers. Chia seeds, which are used in their whole … Continue reading Chia seeds: Make a natural energy drink, Chia Fresca, with the nutritious seeds

Rays of Sunshine: Health benefits of sunflower oil and seeds

Sunflowers are joyous plants to encounter with their big blooms and sun-like glow. What’s more these beautiful plants, produce oils and seeds that make you feel as good as coming face-to-face with a sunflower. The blooms of the sunflower actually move to follow the sun from east to west across the sky, and the sunflower is associated with the sun and all solar deities. The Aztecs … Continue reading Rays of Sunshine: Health benefits of sunflower oil and seeds

Mindfulness programme helps move youth in San Fransisco out of homelessness

California is awash with yoga and meditation studios but there is one, unique class taking place in San Francisco that is reaching out to and providing mindfulness teachings to an often neglected community, at-risk and homeless young people. The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, in partnership with Larkin Street Youth Services, has developed an innovative mindfulness programs for at-risk and homeless youth. The mindfulness course, … Continue reading Mindfulness programme helps move youth in San Fransisco out of homelessness

Superfood powders put to the test

If you are looking to better your health – be it to boost energy levels, improve concentration or to lose weight – introducing nutrient-dense superfoods into your diet can benefit the body by healing and protecting on many levels. Superfood powders typically consist of a bulk, powdered version of superfoods in a raw, natural state. They are not exclusively for detox purposes so superfood powders can … Continue reading Superfood powders put to the test

Superfoods: What is moringa?

Moringa is a highly nutritious plant native to India, Pakistan and Africa. This nutrient-dense superfood is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants, as well as the same essential amino acids as any other complete protein such as meat. Moringa has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Known as the “Miracle Tree”, it is said to prevent 300 diseases including diabetes, malnutrition and is … Continue reading Superfoods: What is moringa?

Healing Herbs: Uses for Tarragon

Tarragon is a wonder plant known for many healing properties including its ability to get rid of toothache and as a digestive aid. This aromatic plant, with its slight aniseed taste, has a high concentration of eugenol which acts as a mild anaesthetic. When chewed, tarragon numbs the mouth soothing the discomfort of toothache. It also helps to decrease the sir gums that often occur … Continue reading Healing Herbs: Uses for Tarragon

Chakra Series: Healing the Root Chakra

The root chakra, located at the base of the spine, is crucial to one’s survival and safety. The first of the seven chakras, it is the one that grounds us to our physical world – establishing connections with your physical body, your environment and the earth. As the root chakra is the survival centre, it instigates the fight or flight response. The energy of the … Continue reading Chakra Series: Healing the Root Chakra

Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Ageing Cherry, Chia and Lucuma Smoothie

Cherries are considered another of Mother Nature’s superfoods, reputedly containing a wondrous variety of nutrients which are both anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and help prevent certain cancers. via Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Ageing Cherry, Chia and Lucuma Smoothie (no bananas necessary!) — pearsnotparsnipsdotcom Continue reading Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Ageing Cherry, Chia and Lucuma Smoothie