Blackberry: Rubus fruticosus A.K.A.: Bramble If you regularly walk past blackberry bushes without picking any you are definitely missing out on one of Nature’s great bounties. Blackberries are an excellent source of Vitamins C and K and manganese, they are rich in bioflavonoids and contain both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. They have one of the… Read More


Immune System Super Tonic This immune system super tonic is a classic based on the legendary Four thieves vinegar. You will need a jar with an airtight fitting lid, big enough to hold all your ingredients, with about ¼ empty space at the top for shaking it all up. Ingredients: Use equal amounts by weight of… Read More


How to Make Turmeric Golden Milk Turmeric golden milk is a traditional Indian remedy commonly used to boost the immune system and reduce pain in muscles and joints. It is much appreciated for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being anti-viral and antiseptic. Ingredients: 1 cup of nut milk of your choice 1 teaspoon of coconut… Read More


How to Make Turmeric Butter Try making turmeric butter. It is an easy and delicious way to include this anti-inflammatory food into your diet. Use on sandwiches, with grains or mix a teaspoon of turmeric butter with warm milk for a tasty beverage. Ingredients: ¼ cup virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, softened but not melted ¼… Read More


4 Common Blood Tests 4 of the most common blood tests are for haemoglobin, white blood cell count, follicle-stimulating hormone and blood cholesterol. The following two blood tests are usually carried out as part of a Complete Blood Count (CBC). 1. Haemoglobin (Hgb) Normal ranges: Male: 13.5 to 18 gm/dL Female: 11.5 to 16.5 gm/dL (gm/dL:… Read More


How to Make Turmeric Golden Paste Make your turmeric golden paste weekly or fortnightly and store in the refrigerator to have on hand for adding to hot and cold drinks, to make turmeric butter or as a base for tasty curry dishes. Ingredients: 1/2 cup turmeric powder 1 cup water 1/3 cup one of the… Read More


The Urinary System The urinary system is also called the genitourinary system. Genito refers to the genital organs and the reproductive system. Urinary refers to the kidneys and urinary tract. They are grouped together because of their close physical proximity. The primary function of the urinary system is to filter the blood by removing metabolic waste such as… Read More


Autumn: Time to strengthen immunity Autumn is an ideal time to support your immune system. If you are experiencing the first sniffles, sore throat, cough, cold sores or lowered energy levels, it can be a sign that you need to strengthen immunity —your body’s defence system. A strong immune system will help you to fight… Read More


Herbal Medicine for Cystitis Cystitis: Inflammation of the bladder. More common in women than men. See related post: Cystitis Herbal medicine is rooted in mind/body medicine as taught by Hippocrates. As such diet and lifestyle considerations would also need to be addressed. Herb classifications for cystitis Urinary tonics strengthen and tone the urinary system. Anti-microbial… Read More


Headache There are many kinds of headache, the most common being tension headache, migraine and cluster headaches. Primary causes include muscle spasms in the head, neck or shoulders, restriction of the blood supply to the brain, stress and fatigue, menstrual symptoms, sleep disturbance, eye strain, environmental pollutants and food allergies or intolerances. Headache pain ranges… Read More