Back to school health
September is rolling upon us which means it's time to switch our thoughts away from the summer holiday and get ready for back to school!
New environments, change in sleep schedule or stress can all negatively impact your child's immune system and leave them more susceptible to picking up the dreaded back to school cold or cough!
Winter Coughs, Colds and Flu
Records show that Edinburgh citizens in the early part of the 20th century suffered from the same winter health problems that we suffer from today. Almost half of the people seeking medical care during the winter months, then and now, suffer from inflammatory conditions of the respiratory tract and flu like symptoms. The most common presenting symptom of respiratory disease is the cough.
Self Help for Sinusitis
Some people find that their sinus's become so blocked that they can hardly breathe. Around the eyes really hurts and the face seems swollen. In many cases, antibiotics are prescribed that relieve them a little but it always comes back. So what can be done?
Plant Nutrients and the Genes that Suppress the Spread of Cancer
Diet, nutrients and plant-based supplements have often been taken by cancer patients and the science is starting to catch up. In the past, many nutritional approaches that support the health of those with cancer, such as special juicing regimes and raw food diets, have not always been regarded seriously by the medical profession.
How to make your own cough syrup
Cough syrups vary widely. Some shop bought ones are little more than glycerine and flavouring, and clinical studies have shown that honey is often just as effective as a throat soother.
Herbs have antiviral and antibiotic qualities and can be added to antimicrobial honey, with antibacterial coconut oil, to make your own.
Herbs versus Helicobacter pylori
Helicobacter pylori is a nasty stomach bacteria that is now becoming antibiotic resistant.
The conventional approach is to treat it with a triple antibiotic therapy. However, not all people can tolerate this therapy, sometimes experiencing colitis and other side effects.
Herbs for Winter Health
As the seasons change, the health concerns we see change too.
In summer, hayfever is very common. However, in the winter, our immune health can need some extra support.
See our top picks for herbs to support your health this winter.
Herbs being researched in Covid19
A round-up of some of the interesting research being done into herbal medicines that may help to manage the symptoms of coronavirus. Do seek professional advice before self-treating.
Herbs and Home Remedies to relieve Earache and Inner Ear Fluid
If you have earache you should book an appointment with your doctor to have your ear examined. This will rule out any serious infections or illness. Untreated ear infections can damage your ear drum or affect your hearing. In the meantime, the following home remedies may help to relieve the pressure and the pain - especially if you ears have decided to play up at a weekend or in the evening.
Dietary advice for Winter Health
As we move into the darker, colder, winter months, our immune system is more susceptible to illness.
Our diet can help support our immune health as we move into winter.
Dietary Advice for Summer Health
As we enter the summer months, the concerns we hear about from customers generally shift towards allergies such as hayfever.
Preventative care starts with following the government's advice on social distancing, lockdown rules, wearing face masks and hand washing but is there more we can do to help ourselves?