• Herbs for fighting seasonal blues
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Herbs for fighting seasonal blues | SAD

    As it’s nearing the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere at least), it’s just four days away as I write this, it seemed like an appropriate time to cover Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). When the amount of sunlight we get is at an all time low it can have a huge impact on your life. These are all the herbs for fighting seasonal blues that you can use daily throughout the winter season. What are the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder? Unless you know you suffer from seasonal disorder it isn’t always easy to diagnose. A lack of sunlight (and vitamin D)…

  • Tips on how to quiet an anxious mind
    Herbal Remedies,  Mindfulness

    How to quiet an anxious mind

    Whether anxiety and depression are becoming a lot more common thanks to social media, comparison complex and people feeling like they need to do all the things, or it’s just that people are more open in talking about their problems.. they are two big and scary topics. Although I don’t have full blown anxiety attacks myself, during my time with my chronic illness I have definitely dealt with bouts of depression, and moments [*read days] of feeling anxious and like things aren’t in my control. It can be a scary and confusing thing. A state you often don’t realise you entered until you are in the think of it! Today…

  • Natural cold and flu remedies
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Natural Cold & Flu remedies

    Autumn is most definitely the start of cold and flu season.. Last week I covered cold and flu prevention. The next step is natural remedies for cold and flu for when the germs get the better of you. So here are all the bases you need to cover to help your body fight germs and help you feel as well as possible. Nutrition What you feed tour body in important always. But even more so when you are run down and your body is fighting to get you healthy. You need to be eating good whole foods that are high in vitamins C, E, A, Selenium, Zinc, B6, and Omega-6.…

  • Natural cold and flu remedies
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Natural Cold and Flu prevention

    It’s that time of year as summer turns to autumn, when it feels like the weather can’t decide what it’s doing. With the weather turning hot to cold on a whim it becomes more likely that you will start with a cold. If you haven’t already had your first cold of the season, then dodging the coughs and sneezes of those around you can feel like an obstacle course. So here are all the Cold and Flu prevention things you can do naturally to help your body protect itself… and hopefully stave off those nasty germs!! How your body protects you Your body is already very good at its job…

  • Elderberry foraging and recipe
    Foraging,  Herbal Remedies,  Recipes

    Elderberry recipe & foraging

    If the summer is the season of flowers, then autumn is definitely the season of berries. I shared a post on elderflower earlier in the year (you can find it here), and now all those flowers have turned to ripe, red berries. The perfect time for picking elderberry is from early to late September. Unfortunately the storms and strong winds seem to have blow a lot of the berries off this year, but there may still be time for you to get a good elderberry foraging in. How to pick Elderberries If you haven’t already worked out where your elder bushes are from picking your elderflower earlier in the year,…

  • Natural calming remedies
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    14 All Natural calming remedies

    Whether you need help to relax after a manic day, you’re a little anxious and need to calm down, or you just want some help to get you ready to sleep. We can all be guilty of pushing ourselves too far and ending up stressed, strung out, or with too much adrenaline whizzing round. I’ve covered natural energy boosters previously here and I thought it would be nice to cover the opposite too. For when you don’t need extra energy. So if you find yourself suffering with mental or physical stress and/ or anxiety and often have trouble sleeping. Here are all the natural calming remedies you can use to…

  • Mindfulness tips to get you through a bad day
    Herbal Remedies,  Mindfulness

    12 little things to get you through a bad day

    Whether you struggle with energy levels, are recovering from an illness, or just need to take some time for yourself. There are times when we all need to take things easy and slow down, or don’t feel like facing the world. Those days can be hard, especially if you’re anything like me you beat yourself up about not being able to do all the things all the time. So what do you do to get through those kinds of days? I have to remind myself to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness tips to get you through a bad day When I’m having a bad M.E day I do the little things that don’t…

  • Adaptogens and their benefits
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Adaptogens | Why they should be part of your daily routine

    I briefly spoke about adaptogens in a previous post on natural energy boosters. The herbs and roots in that post were, no surprise, purely for the increase of the energy benefits they naturally provide. But did you know Adaptogens can do so much more than that? AND there are many more adaptogens than the few I mentioned. In this post you can find out all the different adaptogens and what each of their benefits are. What are Adaptogens? In case you aren’t already aware of adaptogens, or you’ve heard of them but don’t know what they are, here’s the lowdown. Adaptogens are natural medicines, herbs and roots from plants that…

  • comparison complex and success on your own terms
    Herbal Remedies

    Comparison complex

    When you are struggling with a mental or physical health condition or even something deeply traumatic and emotional it is far too easy to look at other people and compare (what I call the comparison complex). You see them going about their daily lives, seemingly with ease, and wish ‘why can’t I just do things normal people can do’. The same can be said for the internet world. As much as I love social media and the web and it’s ability to form communities, build friendships and give people access to support and advice they may not otherwise have been able to find, as well as giving us creatives an…

  • How the moon phases can affect your sleep
    Herbal Remedies

    How the moon can affect your sleep

    You know the moons gravity affects the pull of the tides, but do you know how the moon can affect your sleep too? When our bodies are made up mostly of water that shouldn’t really be such a surprise. I have struggled for a long time with my sleep patterns, I will sleep deeply and soundly for a few weeks and then for seemingly no reason I would struggle to sleep at all for days. This pattern kept repeating itself, and I finally worked out why.   How the moon affects you Those of us who are sensitive and in tune with things, and perhaps more prone to overthinking or…

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