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Nettle Soup

The Nettle plant is highly nutritious, packed with vitamins and minerals, most notably high in calcium (1 cup of cooked nettles contains 42% of the Recommended Daily Value of calcium)…

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Nettle Tea

One of the first medicinal herbs to re-appear after the cold winter months is the stinging nettle. With its reputation for invading gardens and causing misery to the incautious as…

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Energy

Vitality is at the core of our wellbeing. It is our inner energy, which gives us the strength to overcome illness and bring us back to a state of balanced…

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Arthritis and Inflammation

As the cooler, damp weather sets in, many people find that their joints begin to ache and arthritis symptoms are aggravated. In this seasonal special we begin to take a…

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Sambucus nigra – Elderberry

Deep purple clusters of shiny elderberries signal the arrival of autumn; it is said that summer begins when the Elder tree flowers and ends once its berries are ripe.  Hippocrates…

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Elecampane – Inula helenium

Inula has attractive bright yellow blooms and downy green leaves. It is easy to cultivate and makes a valuable addition to a medicinal herb garden. History and Lore The use…

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Filipendula – Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria, also known as Meadowsweet and Queen of the Meadow, is found in damp meadows and on riverbanks; it is best recognised by its sweet-smelling…

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Malnutrition

Dear Editor, Your recent article 'Hundreds diagnosed with malnutrition in Wales' highlights a small fraction of a widely ignored problem. It is astounding that there is a lack of understanding…

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Crataegus monogyna – Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn Look out for hawthorn this month, also known as mayflower, this common hedgerow shrub will be adorned with delicate white/pink blossoms. The old country name for…

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Saturated Fats Acquitted

Dear Editor, A recent in-depth study led by the University of Cambridge has raised questions about the current guidelines restricting the consumption of saturated fats in the diet. This research…

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