Nearly everyone experiences some sort of Gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort at some point or another. It can manifest as abdominal pain and cramps, bloated belly and flatulence, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, acid reflux and nausea. Apart from the impact on quality of life, a third of those who suffer say they can’t find […]

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In Professor Ali’s experience, turmeric and ginger are the safest and most potent anti-inflammatory spices – and neither is too expensive if you shop around. My interest in turmeric was aroused some decades ago when one day I happened to ask my wife why she uses turmeric when cooking her curries. ‘Because they last longer […]

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When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.’ ˜ Rainer Maria Rilke Ask anyone to visualise being on holiday and the chances […]

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‘When we are dealing with an essential oil and its odoriferance, we are dealing directly with a vital force and entering the very heart of the alchemy of creation.’ (Marguerite Maury) The 40 weeks of pregnancy are a profound and blessed state of being for most women. This is a time for ‘mum and tum’ […]

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Are statins really the wonder drug they are claimed to be? They do lower cholesterol, but at what cost? It’s important to weigh up the benefits and the adverse effects. This article takes a comprehensive look at the evidence. WHAT ARE STATINS? Statins are a group of drugs developed to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting […]

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Easy, undemanding and prolific, a clump of lemongrass is an investment in every garden, no matter how small! A favourite in the herb garden, lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) has become more and more popular. It’s used fresh as a flavouring in many dishes and drinks, as an essential oil, and commercially as an ingredient in soaps, […]

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  The ritual of making tea – selecting just the right tea to quench and satisfy the thirst, choosing the right pot and cup, boiling the water, brewing the leaves, savouring the aroma, and finally sipping the infusion – does something that little else in life does these days. It provides a brief pause in […]

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Dr Arien van der Merwe discusses natural treatment options and stress management tools to relieve irritable bowel syndrome. This approach will help alleviate symptoms of any disorder or disturbance in digestive tract function. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a functional disorder affecting the bowel or parts of the gastro-intestinal tract. After colds, […]

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