Milk thistle has been used for over 2 000 years as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is related to the artichoke. The herbal medicine comes from the plant’s seeds. It is available in capsules, as an alcohol tincture, or as a glycerite (concentrated in glycerine). The main biochemical […]

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The term ‘poultice’ (not to be confused with poultry!) refers to naturopathic treatments that have stood the test of time, as many grandmothers can tell you. Although well-known as a remedy for abscesses or as an anti-inflammatory treatment for horses, these days it’s not as well-known as a treatment for humans. So, if you’re this […]

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Although not generally life-threatening, varicose veins can be compared to a difficult life: long, tortuous, painful and sometimes ugly. Varicose veins are basically twisted, widened veins with incompetent valves, and although they are a long-term problem, symptoms can come and go. COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Common signs and symptoms may include throbbing, aching, cramping, swelling […]

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Calendula is a member of the daisy family, but it is not just a pretty face. Its uses are varied and date back millennia to ancient civilisations – testimony to the durability and integrity of this humble herb. Marigold, or Calendula, is one of the most versatile herbs on our good planet, and is popular […]

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Marketed as a superfruit and as a health food, the goji berry is now easy to find on supermarket shelves. Only a few years ago the berries, which came from Ningxia Province in China, were virtually unobtainable and could only be found in specialised health shops – often with much hype and many claimed benefits. […]

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