Health Benefits of Propolis

Honey from honey bees is one of nature’s best friends when it comes to supporting overall health and wellbeing, and so too is propolis – a resin-like material made by bees from the buds of poplar and cone-bearing trees. When bees combine the sap from the trees with their own discharges and beeswax, they create a sticky, greenish-brown product used as a coating to build their … Continue reading Health Benefits of Propolis

DIY Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother

Apple Cider Vinegar, like coconut oil and aloe vera, is a natural must-have that can be used for everything and anything – from maintaining good health, making a hair softening hair rinse through to household use. When purchasing Apple Cider Vinegar, look for the raw, organic, unfiltered varieties which contain the mother. The mother is a complex structure of living organisms or beneficial bacteria that work together … Continue reading DIY Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother

Homemade treatments to heal gums naturally

Good oral hygiene is a balancing act between care for both the teeth and the gums. You can’t have one without the other. Paying close attention to your gums will help improve the overall heath of your mouth and condition of your teeth. Even those who are cavity-free are not immune to gum disease. Issues with the gums or gum disease even is usually painless, and … Continue reading Homemade treatments to heal gums naturally

Stormvogel: Herbal tonics, herbal medicine and workshops aboard the herbal barge

If you are heading along London’s canal route over the summer months, be sure to stop off for a botanical cocktail aboard the Herbal Barge, Stormvogel. Stormvogel the Herbal Barge also offers one-to-one herbal medicine consultations; courses and workshops; and the opportunity to buy hand made and quality products as well as raw materials to make your own kitchen remedies. Pathways along London’s canal routes are an … Continue reading Stormvogel: Herbal tonics, herbal medicine and workshops aboard the herbal barge

How Forests Heal People: Short film promotes benefits of seeking sanctuary in nature

How many times have you sought sanctuary in nature when in need of “time out”? The infinite healing powers of nature, specifically the forest, is explored in short film, How Forests Heal People. Made by award-winning Indian filmmaker Nitin Das for a project called Healing Forest, How Forests Heal People was filmed in India, Yosemite, and forests on the US East Coast, to showcase the magical healing powers of … Continue reading How Forests Heal People: Short film promotes benefits of seeking sanctuary in nature

Plastic Free Periods: Empowering women to make positive and informed menstruation choices

It’s official – plastic is a pain in the proverbial for everybody including the planet. It’s rabid and just like palm oil, it’s found in everything – right down to tea bags and feminine hygiene products too. But how many women actually know their tampons and sanitary pads contain plastic in them? That’s what Bristol-based campaign group, City to Sea, ask in their awareness raising video, Plastic Free … Continue reading Plastic Free Periods: Empowering women to make positive and informed menstruation choices

Qi Gong exercises to relieve stress and tension while sat at your desk

If you are sat at a desk for the majority of your working day, you may experience tension around the neck, shoulders and back. Tension and stress in the back, neck and shoulder muscles can easily be released by doing regular Qi Gong exercises whilst seated at your desk. In the below video, Qi Gong instructor Lee Holden demonstrates how tension can be alleviated in … Continue reading Qi Gong exercises to relieve stress and tension while sat at your desk

Sourdough: Health Benefits and How to make your own Starter

If you adore bread but want to find a loaf that is good for your health and weight, look no further than sourdough. With its unique tangy taste, sourdough takes advantage of the bacteria and yeast that are naturally present in flour. These microbes are the reason for the tanginess that sourdough offers. Sourdough is created through fermentation, which directly affects the taste and texture of … Continue reading Sourdough: Health Benefits and How to make your own Starter

Growing Well: Organic and sustainable farm helping those with mental health issues

Growing Well is an organic farm which primarily exists to provide opportunities to people who are recovering from mental health issues. The importance of nature in supporting a person’s mental and physical wellbeing has long been acknowledged by people suffering from mental health as well as health care practitioners. The Cumbria-based mental health charity and farm, which supports sustainable farming practices, enables volunteers to manage … Continue reading Growing Well: Organic and sustainable farm helping those with mental health issues

DIY Natural Healing Antiseptic Balm

Antiseptic cream is a household essential to tend to cuts and scrapes. Many of the conventional antiseptic creams contain paraffin, and while there are many natural alternatives on the market, it is just easy to make a natural antiseptic healing balm at home with a few simple ingredients. The below healing balm uses lavender oil, lemon oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil. Both lemon and lavender … Continue reading DIY Natural Healing Antiseptic Balm