• Recipes

    Simple Nettle Soup Recipe

    April is the perfect time of year to pick young and tender nettles are they are beginning to grow. Nettles are full of nutrition and have many health benefits. If you would like to find out just how good for you Nettles are I wrote about it here. This post also covers all my tips for foraging and picking your own nettles. Including blanching nettles with boiling water for 1-2 minutes to remove their sting! One of the easiest things to make with nettles is a simple soup this one has just 7 ingredients, and if you don’t have nettles it works just as well with baby spinach, watercress, or…

  • Why you should be including Nettles in your diet Nettle benefits
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically,  Recipes

    Why you should be including Nettles in your diet!

    If you had asked me a couple of years ago I would have told you Nettles are just prickly weeds, with a sting, to be avoided. That may even be what you are thinking now. But bear with me, I haven’t gone mad, Nettles are actually full of lots of nutrients & vitamins that are really good for you. As well as having lots of medicinal uses too. So let me tell you why you should be including Nettles in your diet, and all of the benefits you will get. I have even included some lovely simple recipes (scroll to the bottom of this post) to give you some ideas…

  • How to tell if you're lacking a nutrient
    Holistically,  Nutrition

    Healing IBS | Tips & simple natural ways to reduce flare ups & increase gut health

    Digestive issues and in particular IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) can have a huge impact on your day to day life. It can also be a huge and unwelcome hindrance! It can effect what you eat and how you feel. IBS is something i have suffered with myself for a long time now (before I became chronically ill), but my illness can sometimes aggrivate or make my stomach issues worse. Through a lot of research, and process of elimination throughout the years I have learnt what I am sensitive to, what triggers a flare up, and what to avoid to keep my stomach and gut as happy and healthy as possible.…

  • How to tell if you're lacking a nutrient
    Mind & Body,  Nutrition

    How to tell if you’re lacking a nutrient

    Your body talks to you all the time. It tells you what it needs and how it’s feeling. You just need to learn its language AND like listening to your intuition, be quiet enough to hear it. When you tune in to your body you can learn how to tell if you’re lacking a nutrient. If you need to add something to your diet and routine or have less of something. Learning your body’s language and signals can take a little time. But it’s easy once you know how… What’s your body’s language? Muscle pains, stiffness, headaches, skin conditions, stomach problems, feeling fuzzy-headed, low energy, all can be symptoms and…

  • Holistically,  Mind & Body

    The Spring Eqinox & Supermoon | 2019

    Happy Spring Equinox to you! Today marks the vernal equinox, which occurs at exactly 21:58 GMT this evening. The day when day and night are almost equal in length. In the Northern hemisphere this marks the first day of Spring, and the journey back towards the sun. From now until midsummer the days will be longer and lighter, the temperature will (hopefully) get hotter, and the land will turn green as things begin to grow and flourish again. In the Southern Hemisphere it will of course be the opposite, as they move towards the darker winter months – another lovely example of the beautiful balance in nature. Today also marks…

  • Supplements for pain relief_herbs
    Holistically,  Pain Relief

    Supplements for Natural Pain relief

    Welcome to part three of my series of blog posts on natural pain relief. If you didn’t read the first two you can catch up and read them Essential Oils for pain relief and Crystals For Pain Relief. they are full of lots of useful information on essential oils and crystals that you can use and incorporate into your daily pain management. I have mentioned already that pain management is a part of my daily life and routine, there are quite a few different things I take and do to get the best quality of life possible. I hope by sharing some of these with you here it can help…

  • Mind & Body,  Mindfulness

    How being Introvert or Extrovert affects your self-care

    The terms ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ are banded around quite a bit, you may even have taken a quiz to work out which you are, or decided on your own to which camp you belong. But do you really know what the differences between the two are? and what the two terms really mean? Although certain personality traits can be the result of being an introvert or extrovert, they are not in fact the true definition. The true difference between an introverted and an extroverted personality lies in your brain. How it processes dopamine and other chemicals released in the brain during certain activities, and how tolerant your brain is to…

  • Mind & Body,  Nutrition

    Eating seasonally

    In my last post I talked about living more in tune with the seasons (if you haven’t yet you can read it here). As part of this I feel that eating seasonally or eating for the seasons goes hand in hand with listening to your body and working with nature. What is eating seasonally? What does eating seasonally mean? Eating seasonally is choosing fruits and vegetables that are naturally growing at certain times of year. Just because something is being sold at your local supermarket does not mean that it would naturally be growing at that time of year. We are living in a time of convenience and consumerism where…

  • Living in rhythm with the seasons
    Mind & Body,  Mindfulness,  Nutrition

    Living with the seasons

    I have felt pretty pleased with myself the last couple of years on how I’ve changed my attitude towards winter and the darker months. I used to dread them, I’d go as far as to say ‘hate them with a passion’, but this left me wishing away huge chunks of time (and my life) pining for Spring, daylight and warmer days. Instead of waking up and dreading the dark I started to appreciate waking up to the stars, the moon, running in the dark and feeling like the only person in the world, getting to see those dramatic winter sunrises, and the patterns the frost makes. Finding the tiny little…

  • CBD Oil for Pain and other health benefits
    Holistically,  Pain Relief

    Using CBD oil for pain relief ( + it’s other healing benefits)

    I have been using cbd myself for nearly a year now. CBD oil has been pretty big in the news lately and it has become a bit of a ‘thing’ in health & wellness too. While it may be a trend for some, cbd oil is something I have found to help greatly with many of the symptoms of my chronic illness. Most notably muscle and joint pain. I suffer from M.E and Fibromyalgia. In this post I’m going to cover my own experience with cbd, how to start taking it, and all of the health benefits of cbd oil. What is CBD oil? CBD is an oil made from…