November 4, 2017

Turmeric – Curcumin benefits

Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is a herb which has been used as a spice, or flavouring, in Asian countries for thousands of years. It forms part of the Zingiberaceae (ginger family) and the root and rhizome is crushed and powdered into ground tumeric which is commercially available.

Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It helps to reduce joint pain and increases mobility. Turmeric also helps to increase circulation as well as proctect the liver.

If you combine Indian turmeric and ginger with nettle and artichoke, you will get a powerful herbal combination, which has dual action as both anti-inflammatory and a detoxifying complex for supple joints.



However, fresh turmeric leaves are also used as flavourings in some regions of Indonesia. Apart from its use as a spice during cooking (turmeric is largely responsible for the bright yellow colour of many Asian dishes) it is also thought, and many studies have confirmed, that turmeric has beneficial medicinal properties as well. This is largely thought to be due to its curcumin content which is around 3%.

It has been discovered that curcumin is the most biologically active compound in turmeric which has prompted numerous scientific studies as to its use in a medicinal context.

Turmeric is a widely researched herb, with the majority of the studies being conducted on its ability to prevent and treat stomach ulcers. In the past, stomach ulcers were thought to have been caused by a number of factors including stress and regular consumption of spicy foods.

It has now been discovered that stomach ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection. The bacterium responsible is called Helicobacter pylori and is unique in that it can live within the mucosal lining of the stomach and erode the protective barrier. Once this barrier is weakened, stomach acid can come into direct contact with the cells of the stomach wall and damage them, causing an ulcer.

Curcumin’s other main use as a supplement is its ability for controlling inflammation. It has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent and therefore may be used by those suffering from, or are prone to, inflammatory disorders such as arthritis. It may also provide a vegan alternative to other anti-inflammatory supplements including fish oils.

October 9, 2017

Echinacea for colds & flu



USES Immune stimulant, Colds, Flu, Infections.

The Echinacea herb is one of the most popular herbs used in Europe. It is considered to be the prime remedy for the Immune system and this view has been supported by extensive research.

HOW IT WORKS Echinacea works principally by stimulating a group of cells in the Immune system known as the macrophages. These cells have the unique ability to ‘eat’ matter foreign to the body, such as viruses, bacteria and other particles entering the body.

Stimulating the Immune system in this way improves the way the body handles infections, when viruses and bacteria do damage to invade the body. Clinical trials have shown that Echinacea can improve the symptoms of cold and flu, shortening the course of the illness in over 80 % of people.

September 22, 2017

Cough Buster – Thyme

Are you suffering from a persistent cough? One that’s hard to shift?

Nature’s answer is Thyme, which is well known for its culinary use. The Common Thyme originates from the Mediterranean and is the most commonly used medicinal variety.



USES Chest conditions, coughs, and bronchitis.

HOW IT WORKS The primary active components of Thyme are the volatile oils, especially Thymol. These act locally on the lungs as they are eliminated from the body through the Respiratory tract, disinfecting the airways, relaxing bronchial spasm and reducing the viscosity of mucus.

These actions help the lungs expel mucus, benefiting bronchitis and chesty catarrhal conditions. Thyme is most effectively taken as a fresh herbal tincture, but it also can give relief as a herbal tea or infusion.

NB: Consult your doctor, if blood is present in mucus.

September 4, 2017

Dandelion is Diuretic



USES Diuretic, Liver and gall-bladder problems.

HOW IT WORKS Dandelion is an excellent cleansing agent, being one of the most effective detoxifying herbs. It possesses a wide range of active constituents and is also rich in minerals and nutrients.

The plant stimulates liver and particular gall-bladder function. This has a primary use in improving digestion as a result of an increase in digestive juices. In addition, Dandelion also known as Taraxum has diuretic and mild laxative properties.

Available as fresh juice, herbal tea, tincture or as capsules.

August 26, 2017

Arnica for Muscle Pain

The healing properties of Arnica are widely known and it has been used since the 11th century. Arnica grows in the mountainous regions of central Europe, where shepherds reported that sheep and goats would eat Arnica after a fall.

Even the most severely injured animal would soon be back on their feet fully recovered. The shepherds themselves then tried Arnica and, finding it helped to speed recovery from injuries, spread the word of its success.

Generally the herb is now taken internally only as a homoeopathic remedy, mainly after injury; mental and physical shock; after operations, visits to the dentist, childbirth, etc.; sprains and bruises; aches and pains after physical pursuits such as cycling and gardening and for rheumatism and arthritis.

arnica gel

Arnica is best known as an effective treatment for sprains and bruises, Arnica improves the local blood supply and accelerates healing. Arnica gel is made from freshly harvested, organically cultivated Arnica flower tincture.

Arnica’s herbal use as an anti-inflammatory was not widely known. Newest research is proving that Arnica is a very effective anti-inflammatory when applied topically. It helps with painful inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, stiff or sore joints, fibromalgia and RSI.

Research published in “Rheumatology International” demonstrates that Arnica gel is as effective as ibuprofen for topical treatment of osteoarthritis of the hand.

August 21, 2017

Herbal remedies for Sleep

herbal remedies for sleep

Valerian and other herbal remedies for sleep

Valerian is one of the most useful relaxing nervines that is available to us. This fact is recognised by orthodox medicine as is shown in its inclusion in many pharmacopoeias as a sedative. It may be used safely to reduce tension and anxiety, over-excitability and hysterical states.

It is an effective aid in insomnia, producing a natural healing sleep. Valerian can also help in migraine and rheumatic pain. Valerian is available as herbal tea, herbal tincture or herbal capsules.

Passiflora (passion flower)

This herbal remedy has a long history of success in homeopathy and herbalism alike.

Homeopathic Remedies to consider

The most effective way to use homeopathic medicines is to find the one remedy that matches the syndrome of symptoms that the person is experiencing. While chronic or severe insomnia may require > a professional homeopath, there are some simple homeopathic medicines to consider for at least short-term benefit.

One of the most common homeopathic herbal remedies for sleep is Coffea, which is a homeopathic dose of coffee. Coffea is indicated when a person feels mentally and physically overactive (these are the symptoms that non-homeopathic ingestion of coffee is well known to cause). This remedy is also known to relieve insomnia in people who have a constant flow of ideas that keep them awake.

July 22, 2017

The Heart of the Matter


Hawthorn – Crataegus oxyacantha

Professor Michael Oliver, a former leading heart specialist, has said that millions of healthy older people are being prescribed drugs that they don’t need, due to the way GPs are paid and the way the Health Service Guidelines encourage the use of drugs for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

In the British Medical Journal online, Professor Oliver, who was professor emeritus of cardiology at the University of Edinburgh, said that the side effects of these drugs are being overlooked in a surge of preventative prescribing.

‘What kind of medicine is this?’ he asked. ‘It is politics taking preference over professionalism, obsession with government targets superseding common sense, paternalism replacing personal advice.’ Prescribing a drug is easier than listening and understanding. Weight loss, exercise and dietary changes would in many cases be more effective and far safer than adding endlessly to a regimen of medication.

Hurray for some common sense. And, let us add, there are many safe and effective options for preventing or tackling common health problems, such as Cynara for cholesterol or Crataegus [picture] for high blood pressure.

July 15, 2017

Magnesium Citrate for Cramps

Tired? Having trouble sleeping? Muscle tension, spasms or cramps?

Studies show that 75-95% of Irish people are deficient in magnesium. When your body has the proper amount of magnesium, you will sleep better and handle stress better, which in turn increases your overall health and well-being.

Magnesium is important for nerve and muscle function, hormonal health and the health of bones and teeth. Magnesium is necessary for more than 300 known body functions.


Magnesium rich foods

Magnesium is necessary for every major biochemical process, such as digestion, energy production and the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It is also needed for bone strength, muscle strength and proper functioning of the heart and nervous system.

Magnesium handles excess calcium in the body, gradually dissolves calcium deposits, giving a new lease on life and instant relief to many symptoms of magnesium depletion and magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium supplements have been shown to be better absorbed in a liquid, colloidal form and Magnesium citrate is more bio-available than other magnesium preparations.
(University of Reading 2003)

June 6, 2017

Exam stress? – Natural Remedies

Stressing out over exams? – Mother Nature and her natural remedies are here to help.

1. Balance for Nerves – This nutritional complex for nervous system health provides a special formulation of vitamins, amino acids and Magnesium to support the nervous system and mind. Includes Taurine, Theanine and B vitamins.

  • A potent blend of amino acids, botanicals and vitamins, together with magnesium.
  • Contains vitamins B3, B6 and B12 which contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.
  • Amino acids taurine and theanine help to support production of the brain’s important neurotransmitters.
  • Can be used during the day or night for short or long term support.

exam remedy

2. EXAM Bach flower remedies spray is formulated to focus the mind and help concentration. Use EXAM to calm nerves and focus. Be free to concentrate on the immediate task ahead. A dilute and ready to use formulation made from Bach flower remedy stock contains:

  • Clematis – to focus
  • Elm – for support
  • Gentian – for self-belief
  • Larch – for confidence
  • White Chestnut – for clarity

Good luck with your Educational Passport to the world.

May 22, 2017

Horse Chestnut for Varicose Veins

Aesculus (Horse Chestnut)

USES Varicose Veins and Heavy tired and swollen legs.
The use of Aesculus in venous disorders has been recognised for a long time and it has been used in the treatment of various venous conditions since the 19th Century. It is one of the most widely prescribed herbs in Germany.

HOW IT WORKS The constituent of Aesculus which has been most studied is Aescin. It has the ability to improve the tone of the veins, reducing leakage into the surrounding tissue.

Often varicose veins are more troublesome in the summer and starting with a course of Aesculus during the spring can prevent the distressing symptoms during the warm weather. For best results, a 3 to 4 month course of Aesculus tablets is advisable. Those suffering from varicose veins will also benefit from ensuring that constipation is not a factor.

Aesculus gel is used for immediate relief of heavy tired legs.


Great news for legs! – The herbal way to help ‘conker’ varicose veins

Here are some things you can do to try to improve the health of your legs:

  • Veins need daily activity, so exercise is key to healthy veins. Walking, cycling or swimming are all good to get the blood in your legs flowing.
  • Take 10 minute breaks each day to elevate your legs above the level of your heart. A simple way of achieving this is by lying down and resting your legs on a stack of pillows.
  • Control your weight. Reducing excess weight helps to take unnecessary pressure off your legs.
  • Make sure you breathe deeply and get enough oxygen into the bloodstream.
  • Wear loose clothing. Tight clothes around your calves or groin can restrict circulation preventing the normal flow of blood from your legs.
  • Avoid high heels – low heeled shoes work your calf muscles harder which is better for your veins.
  • Avoid very hot baths, saunas and long periods of sunbathing.
  • Avoid crossing your legs. And, if you are standing for a while, make a point of changing your position, shifting from one leg to another. Try some leg exercises or wiggle your toes now and again.
  • As always you are recommended to drink plenty water and eat a balanced diet.

Implementing some of these tips could help you manage varicose veins in your legs without too much interference to your daily life.

May 8, 2017

Stinging Nettle for Arthritis

stinging nettle

Stinging Nettle – Urtica


USES Arthritis, Gout, Detoxification, and Allergic rashes.

Stinging Nettle has been treasured for a long time by Irish herbalists as an excellent ‘blood tonic’. Traditionally the young tips of nettles are gathered in May to make ‘nettle soup’.


Nettle has a diuretic action, attributed to flavonoids, which increase the excretion of a number of waste substances from the body, particularly the acid metabolites. This action is of great benefit in gout and arthritic conditions.

Nettles have a high nutritive value, containing Vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and silica, which explain its tonic action.

stinging nettle uses

April 24, 2017

Silicea – Skin, Hair, Nails, Digestion


Silicea helps you to maintain the beauty of healthy skin, hair and nails.
Silicea can be very helpful for arthritis and digestive disorders.

Silicon is an essential trace element in the body. It is present in all organs and structures, but particularly in bones, skin, hair and nails. In skin and bones, connective tissue acts like scaffolding to support the tissue structures.

Silicon is an important component of this connective tissue. Silicea is the result of combining silicon and oxygen in a colloidal solution. This state between solid and liquid, presents the body with molecules, which are easily absorbed.

Silicea is available in capsules and liquid form.

April 15, 2017

Organic Black Seed Oil – Nigella Sativa

For over two thousand years the black seed (Nigella sativa), a plant from the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family, has been traditionally used by various cultures throughout the world as a food and in health and general wellbeing.

The ancient Egyptians knew and used the black seed. Tutankhamun is even believed to have had a bottle of black seed oil in his tomb – and that would have been organic of course!

black seed oil

Black Cumin Nigella seeds and oil

Nigella sativa originates from Western Asia and is a herb that grows about 16-24 inches in height and has white flowers when in bloom. The plant is now cultivated from the Near East to India, though the most highly regarded black seed oil comes from Egypt.

Also known as the Blessed Seed, black seed is popular in the Middle and Far East. With a pleasant aroma and taste, it can be taken internally off the spoon, used as part of a salad dressing or used as a head or chest rub.

Organic standards ensure that the black cumin seeds in our Black Seed Oil are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides of other chemical sprays.

April 6, 2017

Soya Isoflavones for Women’s Health

Why are women being encouraged to eat more soya foods?

Far Eastern countries that regularly eat soya have noticeably lower levels of several modern diseases (incl. osteoporosis, arthrosclerosis, coronary heart diseases, urinary disorders, menopausal syptoms, etc.). More than a thousand scientific papers have already been published on soya and health.


What are soya isoflavones?

Scientist have identified several plant oestrogens, called isoflavones, in soya foods. Unless they have been fermented (like in miso), soya foods contain much higher levels of non-active isoflavones.

Plant oestrogens are gentle and can interact with our human oestrogen receptors, helping to modify the effects of insufficient or excess oestrogen in the body, bringing it more into balance.

March 20, 2017

Beta-Carotene to prevent sun damage

Sunshine at last or going for the well-deserved holidays?

Antioxidants can prevent against sun damage from the inside. Scientists have found that supplementation with Beta-Carotene together with Vitamin E for 12 weeks significantly increases resistance to sunburn.

These antioxidant nutrients seem to work synergistically to prevent reddening of the skin, which is characteristic of over-exposure to the sun.

Remember that these useful products do not replace the need for an appropriate sunscreen lotion or cream.


Sources of Beta-Carotene

Beta-Carotene is considered an antioxidant and is also a precursor to vitamin A. This compound helps maintain healthy skin and also plays a vital role in eye health. Studies show the benefits of Beta-Carotene in skin disorders like acne and dermatitis.

March 14, 2017

Saccharomyces boulardii

Antibiotics, travel illness, stress, alcohol, and poor eating habits, especially sugar can lead to dysbiosis, a condition of having an overgrowth of bad gut bacteria, e.g. Clostridium, Candida, E. coli. Dysbiosis, also called dysbacteriosis, is associated with many diseases such as digestive illness and chronic fatigue.

saccharomyces lychee

Discovered in the skin of lychee fruit, Saccharomyces boulardii, a tropical strain of yeast, was first isolated from lychee and mangosteen fruit in 1923 by French scientist Henri Boulard.

Saccharomyces boulardii is clinically studied and is mainly used for:

  • Preventing antibiotic side effects
  • Diarrhoea and loose stools
  • Bacterial overgrowth
  • Bad bacteria
  • Candida
  • Parasites

Saccharomyces boulardii provides a natural and traditional treatment.

January 28, 2017

Spring Cleaning with Cleavers



St. Brigid day, the 1st February, originally a pagan festival called Imbolc, is traditionally the beginning of spring in Ireland.

Cleavers, otherwise known as ‘goose grass’ has been used for centuries as a spring time cleansing and detox agent. Cleavers is very high in a group of compounds called coumarins, which are the compounds that fill the air with with distinctive fragrance when a lawn is being mown.

Coumarins have a wonderful effect upon the lymphatic system. They cause a natural contraction of the lymphatic vessel walls, enhancing lymphatic return. This speeds up the rate at which waste products within the lymphatic system vessels are removed via the kidneys.

December 10, 2016

Hot Drink against the Flu

Fresh Echinacea extract with >Sambucus nigra in a healing hot drink.

It combines the well-known fresh Echinacea root and herb extracts with Black Elderberry to produce a soothing and palatable hot drink.

Just what you need to help fight off symptoms such as aching limbs and headaches when you are struck down by the cold or flu. Feel the relief …


Echinaforce Hot Drink is suitable for the acute influenza therapy over 10 days. Treatment should be started with the first symptoms or as soon as possible. It will shorten the duration of the cold or flu and will give you relief from most flu symptoms.

November 7, 2016

Catarrh and Sinus – Garlic

Allium Sativum aka Garlic.

USES: high cholesterol, respiratory tract infections, sinusitis and catarrh.

DESCRIPTION: Garlic is said to be the world’s oldest medicine and is still one of the best and most popular herbal remedies. Remains of garlic have been found in caves inhabited 10,000 years ago. A Sumerian clay tablet dating from 3,000 BC records the first garlic prescription.

HOW IT WORKS: It is now recognised that it is the ratio of the various types of cholesterol and fats in the blood, which is more relevant than the totals measured. Garlic reduces the level of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) whilst increasing the levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL). It has been suggested that an increase in HDL may enhance the removal of cholesterol.

Garlic has also a mild action in lowering blood pressure and is well known for its antibiotic properties, which is very useful for sinusitis, catarrh and respiratory tract infections, like coughs and head colds.

kyolic garlic
Kyolic Garlic is an organic and absolute odourless form of Garlic.

November 2, 2016

Herbal remedies for enlarged Prostate

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is considered by herbalists to be the prime remedy for prostate problems. Sabal serrulata or Serenoa repens is a small palm with fan-shaped leaves. The fruits are dark red and used medicinally.

USES: Enlarged prostate, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH).

HOW IT WORKS: The condition of an enlarged prostate is commonly found in men over the age of 50. This enlargement is the result of the cells in the prostate becoming more sensitive to circulating hormonal levels in the body. Cells of the prostate enlarge, which in turn cause the whole gland to increase in size.

Saw Palmetto inhibits enzymes at the level of the prostate cells, reducing the action of hormones. This is a local effect, confined to the prostate gland.

Saw Palmetto