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Throat spray highlight

Skye Macfarlane

Throat spray highlight

Throat spray highlight We are slightly biased but we LOVE our throat spray. It is an essential in our bags (especially for travel) and in our medicine cupboards.  We use it for a variety of reasons: If you have a tickly sore throat. It helps to numb and soothe the sore area (we use clove specifically for this). If you have been around people who are sick it can help boost your first line of defence. Often ‘bugs’ etc enter into our body via our respiratory system (first through our mouth/nose) so if we can stop it travelling further than...


Not at the finishing line yet...a mental health check in.

Skye Macfarlane

Not at the finishing line yet...a mental health check in.

Lockdown check in - how are you all going out there? The funny thing about life is we all react in different ways - just check your social media. How many of your friends are taking the time to ACTUALLY exercise daily, or eat breakfast when they are usually too busy, or making meals from scratch? Some of us are taking the time to catch up on Netflix and the books they wanted to read - or nap. Some of us probably haven’t really had their day to day adjusted that much - but for most of us the recent...


What are Bitters and how do they help liver processes? (Part 2)

Skye Macfarlane

What are Bitters and how do they help liver processes? (Part 2)

What are Bitters? The term bitters refers to alcohol-based extracts of the bark, leaves, roots, or flowers of bitter-tasting plants that have been used medicinally since ancient times for digestive ailments. Traces of bitters have been found on pottery jars from an ancient tomb in Egypt, and the Romans have been known to have infused their wines with bitter herbs to try to boost good digestion and counteract the effects of overeating. Globe artichoke- a distinctly bitter tasting plant Bitters were historically popular in England, where they were used in a drink called Canary wine. The practice of using herbal...


How your Liver and your Immunity are linked (Part 1)

Skye Macfarlane

How your Liver and your Immunity are linked (Part 1)

Liver and Immunity While the focus right now globally is immunity - understandably - we wanted to also highlight the amazing work your liver does and how it is also tied to keeping us well. Our liver works constantly; it processes everything we eat, drink, breathe and put on our skin, and when we are sick it also helps with supporting our immune response. A review -Immune Responses in the Liver (Kubes, P and Jenne, C- Annual Review of Immunology, 2018) highlights how our liver is in fact ‘key and frontline immune tissue’. It helps the body detect pathogens (pathogen =biological agent that causes disease or illness to...


Autumn

Autumn

Autumn  Where did Summer go?! Autumn is here and it brings cooler and darker mornings. While it is nice to see the changing colours and the cool air might be a welcome relief for some it does mark the move into the darker/colder months of the year. Autumn can also bring seasonal ills and chills and as we talked about last week - viruses. But keeping well is just as important in Autumn as it is all year. Here are some tips: Consider taking Vitamin D (whether that is through supplementation or food sources such as cod liver oil, oily...