Being healthy and happy are so important to enable people to enjoy their lives to the full. The Health and Wellbeing section covers alternative therapies and traditional herbal remedies, including homemade beauty products and treats to help you relax and unwind after a long hard day.
Health and Wellbeing
A proposal to build an eco home near to the site of a former asbestos factory is facing continued opposition from a local action group.
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.
The NHS has the biggest carbon footprint of the whole UK public sector, emitting over 18 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
We were lucky enough to be offered a personal weather station from Netatmo to review. As a quirky concept, we didn't know quite what to expect, but after a month of use, there's lots to report. What is it?
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.
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?
Instead of using the car for short journeys, consider whether you could walk or cycle instead. As well as saving money and reducing emissions, you also get the benefit of fresh air and exercise.
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What is Alternative Medicine?
Alternative medicine is a term that is used to describe a range of complementary therapies and herbal based cures for common ailments. Alternative therapies and herbal remedies often have roots in traditional cultures and although in the main they have been replaced by new pharmaceutical products and 'conventional' styles of treatment, the popularity of alternative medicine is increasing as people strive for lifestyles using less chemicals and a more natural way of life.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is one of many forms of alternative medicine that has been used around the world for over 200 years. The complementary therapy is based on the principle of 'like cures like', where tiny amounts of a substance diluted in alcohol are used to treat the symptoms of a patient. Although there is no scientific evidence for how homeopathic remedies work, the theory behind them is that the same symptoms a substance may cause in a healthy human being can be treated by a tincture of the same substance in somebody who is unwell.
Why are Plant Based Beauty Products Better for you?
Most people use a wide range of beauty products in their daily routine from skin care products to shampoo and shower gel. The majority of products available on supermarket shelves contain a large number of chemicals including limonene, parfum and parabens. These chemicals are absorbed through your skin and traces of them may remain in your body for many years afterwards. Natural skin care and herbal shampoo, soaps and shower gel are made using natural ingredients that care for your skin without the chemicals and are often biodegradable, which means they will not damage the environment either.
Is Meditation Good for you?
The modern way of life is extremely busy with many people finding it difficult to take time out for themselves. Taking time to relax and unwind after a busy day is important however to make sure you don't burn out and end up run down and unwell. Meditation is one way of making time for yourself and switching off from the events of the day. There are different ways to meditate - you don't have to sit on your own in a room with your eyes closed. You can meditate in a group by attending a class or by doing an activity that centres you and focuses your attention, or maybe just by sitting quietly in a room focussing on a candle flame or on your breathing. Meditation can also be used to calm nerves and relieve tension before something stressful such as doing a presentation or taking a test by focussing the mind on the task.
Is it Easy to Make Your Own Beauty Products?
Making your own beauty products can be a fun and easy way to spend some spare time. The basic ingredients can be purchased from specialist websites or on eBay and most health food shops stock essential oils to add a nice scent to your creations. You can grow your own herbs to include in them for extra texture and interest, and there is the added bonus of knowing what ingredients have gone into your creams and treatments. There are many books and websites offering easy to follow recipes to make all sorts of skin care and body care products from face masks to body lotions to foot soaks. Beauty products such as soaps, bath bombs, skin creams and lip balms can make great personalised gifts for friends and family too.