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

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

Probiotics health benefits and 5 foods to support a healthy gut

Having a healthy gut is important to the wellbeing of the entire body. In traditional Chinese medicine much importance is placed on the stomach and gut area, for digestion plays a vital part in the body’s overall functioning. Processed foods, prescription drugs, antibiotics and the degradation of food, including use of pesticides and injecting animals with artificial hormones, has led to a decline in the … Continue reading Probiotics health benefits and 5 foods to support a healthy gut

Turmeric: Health benefits of the “Queen of Spices”

Turmeric, often referred to and rather aptly as the “Queen of Spices”, is a most wonderful healing spice. This glorious root, which comes from the ginger family, is orange-coloured and comes with much of the same energy, radiance and optimism of the very colour orange. Turmeric comes from the plant known as Curcuma, which is widely cultivated in Asia, India and China. It contains a … Continue reading Turmeric: Health benefits of the “Queen of Spices”

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