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What is a Tussie Mussie?

Added August 21, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Natural remedies

You would probably never guess - but a tussie mussie is a small bouquet of leaves and flowers from different herbs. The idea dates back to medieval times but became very fashionable in the Victorian era. Another name for a tussie mussie is a nosegay - and they were often given as gifts to be held or worn attached to clothes. Why nosegays were used Nosegays were originally intended to be put to the nose either for the the pleasant sensation of sniffing something ...

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This Ancient Drink Shares Its History with the Honey Bee

Added July 20, 2019, Under: Environment, Natural remedies

Many consider the alcoholic drink known as 'mead' to be one of the oldest in the world. Made with fermented honey and water, it has a long and glorious history. It is referenced in the ancient cultures of all these countries - China, India, Greece and Egypt. The earliest documentary evidence suggest that a fermented honey beverage was drunk in India some 4000 years ago. The ancient Greeks called mead 'ambrosia' or 'nectar' and it was believed to be the drink of the gods, ...

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The Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis in the Hands and Feet

Added July 3, 2019, Under: Diseases, Natural remedies, Skin Conditions

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic and progressive form of inflammatory arthritis, causing joint pain, stiffness and swelling. These symptoms can come and go - depending on how severe the condition is in a particular case. Once you have psoriasis, you are at risk of psoriatic arthritis with an estimated 30% of those with psoriasis developing the condition. The good news is that an early diagnosis helps reduce the risk of any permanent bone or joint damage. What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis ...

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Are You Making the Effort to Do Your Pelvic Floor Exercises?

Added June 21, 2019, Under: Exercise, How To, Natural remedies

We all tend to know how important it is to be doing our pelvic or Kegel's exercises whether we are young, middle aged or older as well as before and after childbirth - but how many of us actually make the effort? Your pelvic floor muscles are located deep inside your core.  They run from your vagina to your anus and they support your urethra, which is the tube that empties urine - and your bladder. When your floor muscles are weak, ...

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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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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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Valerian Root for These 5 Health Benefits

Added April 26, 2019, Under: How To, Insomnia, Natural remedies

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. With the Latin name of  Valeriana officinalis, the mature plant can reach a height of 1.5 meters in the summer. It bears sweetly scented pink or white flowers that attract many fly species, especially hoverflies. The root of the valerian plant has been found to have natural health benefits. 5 Valerian Root Health Benefits 1. Studies have found that the root reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and improves sleep quality.  In contrast ...

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How to Have a Healthier, Happier Bedroom for a Good Night’s Sleep

Added April 11, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Insomnia, Natural remedies

Are you finding it difficult to get to sleep at night or do you get a few hours sleep at the start before waking up in the early hours, tossing and turning? It might be worth looking at your bedroom in more detail and finding out what might be causing your insomnia. Do your bedroom walls need a zero-VOC coat of paint? A VOC-free paint on your walls and woodwork will help you to breathe more easily by minimizing any chemicals.  There are ...

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Summer Sun To Combat Seasonal Depression

Added February 26, 2019, Under: Environment, Health, Natural remedies, Vitamin D

Over recent years, much has been written about the importance of vitamin D - and maintaining sufficient levels. There are so many good reasons why everyone needs to ensure they are not deficient. In a new study from Finland (with researchers from the University of Helsinki's National Public Health Institute) has found that soaking up sufficient summer sun can help us to store enough vitamin D to get us through the grey winter days - and Finland (being so far North) will ...

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The Smallest Splinter Can Cause Painful Problems

Added February 2, 2019, Under: Children's Health, How To, Natural remedies, Parents, Top 10

We've all done it! We've managed to get a tiny splinter of wood or something else into our foot or our hand - and then wondered how to get it out again. And if it is your child who has a splinter, then there can be a lot of drama involved! Instead of getting out the pair of tweezers and prodding and poking, we thought you would like some easier, more gentle ways to get rid of that splinter... Our top ten natural tips ...

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