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5 Reasons to Get On Your Bike

The thought of climbing on a bike may strike fear into the hearts of some, but it ignites a childlike desire to escape into the great outdoors in others.

You may think that bikes are just for getting fit, but they’re not just for those who love lycra; anybody can learn to love cycling, and there are many reasons to embrace the bicycle rather than choosing the four wheeled alternative.

Whether you need one reason or five to give cycling a chance, we hope to inspire you to dust off your bike, invest in one or become a familiar face at a local hire shop and reap the rewards it can offer, maybe even becoming a cycling convert.

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5 Foods to Boost Your Health for the New Year

The New Year is often the time of diets and cutting back on the chocolate and snacks consumed in abundance over the festive period. Rather than changing your entire diet though, adding some good quality foods to the meals you eat can be just as effective a way to boost your energy levels and help you lose those few pounds that have led to post Christmas tight waistbands.

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Natural Remedies to Beat the ‘Flu

Winter is the time when the ‘flu bugs descend but hitting the Lemsip and Beecham’s isn’t for everyone, so what can you take if you want a natural remedy to ease your congestion, sore throat and blocked nose?

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Bike Bans Leave Kids Unable To Cycle To School

Most people will be aware now that the kids are back at school, if only because of the added congestion that returns once the school gates reopen. Congestion that could be eased if fewer people relied on gas guzzling vehicles to transport their children to school each weekday morning were it not for a number of schools issuing bans on kids cycling to school.

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NHS Prescribed Green Initiatives To Help Cut Costs and Save Lives

The NHS has the biggest carbon footprint of the whole UK public sector, emitting over 18 million tonnes of CO2 per year. In an effort to help reduce costs, save lives and help reduce the carbon emissions of the organisation, a handbook providing guidance to key decision-makers in the NHS has been issued along with a letter from the President of UK Faculty of Public Health, Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, the Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, David Pencheon, the Chief Executive of the NHS, David Nicholson, and the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, Steve Barnett.

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Homeopathic Remedies Could Cure Swine Flu

Homeopathic doctors in Mexico City have discovered that homeopathy can be used to successfully treat and cure swine flu. The pandemic outbreak of the disease that is sweeping the globe, with over 215,000 cases reported and 1,735 people who have died after being infected with the disease.

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NHS Criticised For Spending £12m On Homeopathic Treatments

Despite homeopathic treatment prescribed by the NHS being at the request of patients, the practice has received criticism due to the total amount spent on the alternative therapy totaling £12 million across the UK over the last three years. The treatment is based on the theory that like treats like, and patients are prescribed minute doses of plant extracts diluted down that aim to treat the underlying cause of illness, rather than simply relieving the symptoms.

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Healing with Herbs on ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’

Viewers were introduced to a range of herbal remedies and beauty products that are quick and easy for anybody to make in their own homes on last night’s ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’. This week’s episode, which focussed on the healing powers of herbs, featured a peppermint body scrub and a coldsore curing lip salve made from lemon balm.

Lemon balm is a pretty herb that is very easy to grow, and contains natural chemicals to treat inflammation and fight against viral infections such as troublesome coldsores. The balm was made using 21 chopped tablespoons of the herb, which grows profusely so a good trim back of the plant would give you plenty for the recipe.

Another recipe featured was a breath freshening spray, aimed at helping wean people off their reliance on chewing gum and mints. The spray was made from a thyme, mint and eucalyptus tincture, which is left in alcohol for a month until ready for use. The spray works by making use of the antibacterial properties of the majority of the ingredients, especially thymol, the active ingredient contained in thyme. A make-up artist who frequently used mints because of close contact with clients tried the spray and found it to be very effective.

James Wong also introduced viewers to the healing properties of the plantain, which grows in most garden lawns, and contains natural sterols which act as an antihystamine, and polyphenols which help calm inflammation. The plant can be used to sooth insect bites and stings such as nettle stings, bringing relief from the itching that people experience. He showed how simple it can be to make your own cream that can be stored in the fridge, or even the freezer, for use at a later date. The series is currently available on BBC’s iplayer, and the recipes are available on the Grow Your Own Drugs website.

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Nantwich Mind, Body and Spirit Fair

This weekend has seen the Civic Hall in Nantwich, Cheshire, play host to a Mind Body and Spirit fair in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. As well as showcasing a number of talks and demonstrations presented in the Peggy Killick suite upstairs, and on the main stage, there were many stalls offering introductory treatments in a variety of different alternative therapies, including Reflexology, Reiki, Shiatsu, massage and colour therapy.

One visitor told us, “It’s nice to see that fairs have moved away from just being Psychic fairs and have more variety nowadays. There’s something to interest everyone.”

The growing interest in alternative remedies and renewed interest in the healing properties of traditional remedies and health benefits of using natural products shows there is more demand for events such as this. People want to know what they are putting into and on to their bodies, and events like the Mind Body and Spirit fair give people the chance to explore and find out about remedies and therapies they may not have heard about before, and find practitioners in their area.

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New Series – Grow Your Own Drugs

Monday night saw the first in a six part series on BB2 at 8.30pm, Grow Your Own Drugs, presented by James Wong. James is a trained ethno-botanist, trained at Kew Gardens, who brings energy and interest to the programme which aims to inform people about the benefits that can be enjoyed from some simple herbal remedies and beauty treatments that you can grow in your own garden.

The first episode, which focused on fruit, saw James creating his own constipation relief fig syrup, a face mask recipe using the properties of kiwi and papaya to create a natural, cheap alternative to shop bought face masks which two students and part time models tried and approved of and felt the benefits of, and a hop and lavender pillow to help relieve insomnia. The recipes for his remedies are available on the Grow Your Own Drugs website.

James stresses during the programme that although herbal remedies and alternative medicines have been around for centuries, often traditional folklore recipes, conventional medical advice should always be sought to diagnose a problem. Following this though, there is no danger to people to try these remedies as long as they follow the recipe and dosing instructions carefully.

If you missed Grow Your Own Drugs, it is available on BBC’s iplayer, and tune in next week for episode 2.

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Tea Tree – The Essential Oil

Most people have heard of tea tree and know it to be beneficial, however most people would associate it with skin products for drying up spots or chemist bought products for treating headlice. The uses for tea tree however are far ranging, and although most are due to it’s antibacterial action, because of it’s suitability for a range of applications, keeping a bottle of the oil in your medicine cupboard is well worth it.

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Echinacea – The Nearest Thing to a Cure for the Common Cold

For years people have dreamt of a cure for the common cold. So you can go and get your flu jab and fill yourself with Lemsip and Beechams once the inevitable winter cold bites, but why fill your body with chemicals when there’s a fantastic herbal remedy out there that can solve the problem for you?

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Take a moment to consider…

In a world where everyone is so busy and nobody has time to stop and think, never mind to think about themselves, we have many questions we should be asking ourselves. Why do we just keep going as if all that matters is accumulation and driving the consumer way of life currently existing in Britain? When are we going to stop and take stock? Think about what we are doing to ourselves and the planet? And not just pay it lip service… actually stop and think seriously… take the time to consider fully what impact is being had on our bodies, our minds, our homes, our lives and the world we live in. Let’s face it, if we leave it too long, it will be too late.

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Becoming a Child Again

In a world where everyone is so busy and nobody has time to stop and think, never mind to think about themselves, we have many questions we should be asking ourselves. Why do we just keep going as if all that matters is accumulation and driving the consumer way of life currently existing in Britain? When are we going to stop and take stock? Think about what we are doing to ourselves and the planet? And not just pay it lip service… actually stop and think seriously… take the time to consider fully what impact is being had on our bodies, our minds, our homes, our lives and the world we live in. Let’s face it, if we leave it too long, it will be too late.

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Alternative Products for your Medicine Cupboard

With ever increasing numbers of people switching to a more healthy way of living, and not just where their food is concerned, it only seems natural that the public interest in alternative therapies and medicine is seeing an influx of interest.

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