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How to Keep Those Nails Clean When Digging in the Dirt!

Added June 17, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

Some of us will call it soil, others use the term 'dirt' but either way if you are a hands-on sort of gardener, the chances are that you will get some soil under your fingernails. And if you like to go barefoot in the garden, then the toenails can be affected too!  But don’t worry, there are lots of suggestions on how to clean those nails. Soap, showers and water Start by cleaning with the basic nail brush, soap and water routine. ...

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Helping the Hummingbirds to Stay Safe

Added June 16, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

When I get the chance to spend time in Southern California, I am always intrigued by the tiny humming birds - and love to watch them.  They are so different from the garden birds we treasure and enjoy in the UK. In spring and summer, many bird lovers like encouraging humming birds into their gardens and yards. Hummers (as they are affectionately known) love to sip on "nectar" (glorified sugar water) for a quick boost. But unfortunately, some homeowners have turned to store-bought ...

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What is Granuloma Annulare and How Can This Condition Be Helped?

Added June 11, 2019, Under: Drugs, Inflammation, Natural remedies, Skin Conditions, Vitamin D

  Granuloma annulare is a chronic skin condition that causes raised reddish or skin-colored bumps in a ring pattern, usually on the hands and feet. The condition is not contagious. What are the symptoms of Granuloma Annulare? These depend of the type of this condition: The localized variant is the most common form. It occurs most commonly on the hands, feet, wrist and ankles of young adults. Skin colored bumps generally occur on the joints. The generalized variant is predominantly found in adults. The rashes ...

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Meet This Little Dog Who Eats Up All Her Vegetables, Raw!

Added June 9, 2019, Under: Diets, How To, Pets

  We are used to encouraging our young children to eat up their veggies but perhaps not our pets. I have a friend with a Scottish Terrier known as Libby - and she just relishes the opportunity to snack on raw vegetables. Libby and her owner spend time on the allotment site where her owner is always busy digging, planting and weeding to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. While all this is happening, Libby is contemplating her next opportunity to get a taste of ...

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What is Ragwort (or Tansy Ragwort) and is it a Helpful or Harmful Plant?

Added June 7, 2019, Under: Environment

Like many debates today, the story of Ragwort has two sides. Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is a poisonous plant that is becoming increasingly common in the UK, seen regularly growing along roadsides, on wasteground and in areas of poor land management. Unfortunately, ragwort can spread into fields and farmland. While ragwort is a wild flower native to Eurasia, it is now found throughout the world including parts of the USA where it is generally known as tansy ragwort, or tansyweed.  Ragwort is unrelated ...

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Is FOMO a problem for you?

Added June 3, 2019, Under: How To, Insomnia

FOMO is not a real word but a acronym meaning a "fear of missing out". And yes, it can be a real problem for some of us in this era of social media. So what is FOMO? Yes, you might now know what it means but what actually is this common phrase? It is all the fault of modern technology which is designed to help us all feel connected - but which can have the opposite effect.   With such a choice of apps and ...

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Time To Go Down To The Woods Again

Added May 25, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Exercise, Parents, Vitamin D

I remember a song from my childhood (Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Anne Murray) which went: If you go down in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise If you go down in the woods today You'd better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Picnic time for Teddy Bears The little Teddy Bears are having A lovely time today Watch them, catch them unawares And see them picnic on their holiday. See them gaily gad about They ...

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Changing Your Diet Could Help With Anxiety & Stress

Added May 24, 2019, Under: Diets, Nutrition

Those who experience symptoms of anxiety, including feeling nervous, restless or fearful, could find that a change in diet could help resolve those symptoms. The change in diet would include regulating the micro organisms in their gut - in other words, improving your gut health. Research has found that gut microbiota - those millions of micro-organisms in the gut that perform such valuable functions in the immune system and metabolism - can also help to regulate brain function. What was the research carried ...

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How to Harness Help when you have Hemorrhoids

Added May 20, 2019, Under: Exercise, How To, Inflammation, Natural remedies, Nutrition

Hemorrhoids are a very common anorectal condition, affecting millions. While hemorrhoids are frequently seen in clinics, emergency wards, gastroenterology units and surgical clinics, many wonder how you know when hemorrhoids have developed, when you should seek medical help and how to cope with the pain? What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are cushions of tissue filled with blood vessels and found at the end of the rectum (that is just inside the anus).  Along with the muscle known as the anal sphincter, hemorrhoids help control ...

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Top Ten Tips to be Water Wise in your Garden or Back Yard

Added May 16, 2019, Under: Environment, Top 10

With climate change becoming an indisputable fact of life, many places today are suffering from alternate bouts of drought and of flood. And experts have warned about growing populations and increasing risks of water shortages in the coming years. If you own a beautiful garden full of plants, lawn and of course wildlife, how can you prepare for less water being available?  And should you be saving water right now? Saving water makes sense for everyone wherever you live, thinking about the future ...

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