The NHS claim that as many as 30% of the population have a blood pressure reading above what is currently considered normal. This reading reflects the level of pressure blood vessel walls are subjected to; the theory being the higher the level the more demand is put on ones heart and circulatory system.
Isn’t it wonderful to wander around at this time of year and see the beautiful fragrant plants on display in the gardens and countryside? The nurseries, garden centres, DIY shops and even the supermarkets have a good range of fresh herbs and flowers in full bloom.
Whilst many people know the culinary uses of commonly sold fresh herbs I thought it would be good this month to talk about their medicinal qualities too. A word of warning though, do please ensure you have the specific variety to which I am referring – simply check the labels just to make certain. [Read more…] about The Medicinal Garden
Many of us are eager to see the sunshine appearing through the dark clouds of winter. It’s a welcome break when the bulbs start to sprout and once again, the ground is covered in wonderful vibrant flowers, and the blossom starts to appear on the trees. However, for those who suffer from Hayfever, Spring and Summer are accompanied by the dread of sneezing, itchy and watery eyes and that awful feeling of congestion. [Read more…] about Herbs and Hayfever – The Natural Option
Time and again I am asked if Herbal Medicine can help in pregnancy. However, all too often I am asked far too late. The usual enquiry is for Rubus idaeus (raspberry leaf) tea – but if I’m honest (and I usually am!!) to start drinking this a couple of days before your due date will have little or no effect on the birth. (More about this later though!) [Read more…] about Pregnancy and Herbal Medicine
We all know somebody who suffers from migraine. We hear stories of hours in a dark room with flashing lights, horrific pain and vomiting. Those of you who have migraine attacks know all too well how disabling they can be. My patients tell me that the tablets available to alleviate an attack are, all too often limited or not effective at all. [Read more…] about Migraine – The Herbal Approach
I am often asked about which remedies, creams and potions people should keep handy for emergencies in the home. It can be quite confusing and you risk ending up with lots of different products forgetting which one should be used when! The trick is to keep it straightforward so this month I will talk about a few simple yet very versatile herbs. [Read more…] about Herbal First Aid