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Benefits of Living a Vegetarian life

This is a widely discussed topic around the world as there is a growing population that are choosing to embrace a plant-based diet! Why are people drawn to the vegetarian lifestyle? Generally, it falls into two categories, for environmental reasons (reduce greenhouse gasses in farming) and for ethical reasons, where people are uncomfortable at eating animals. Fun Fact: You do not need meat to get all the nutrients required for good health, but it is good to supplement with a plant-based Vitamin B as there are few fruit & veg that can give you the same nutritional benefits as meat. A Meat-free Diet can lead to a generally healthier life for various reasons. Better Heart Health According to Crowe et al. (2013)’s research on heart disease, people with a vegetarian diet are a 1/3rd less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease. A vegetarian diet is inherently healthful…

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Bee Hive Security – How do honeybees protect their hives from predators?

The front line The first defence mechanism for most kinds of bees is the same method the bees use to protect themselves against us humans, is to use their sting and inject venom into their enemies.  Unlike when they sting humans and other mammals that have thick skin which holds onto the sting and kills the bee, to other animals it delivers a shocking sting without killing it.  Protecting the Hive Propolis is a resin-like white sticky natural substance that the bees make in processing honey and it plays an important part in protecting the hive.  Propolis is put at the entrance to the hive, which traps the unwitting predator in the substance and allows the bees time to get to the predator and sting it with venom before it can cause too much damage to the hive.  The natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties (amongst other key benefits) of Propolis…

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The Beautiful History behind Thyme Honey

As one of the most revered Greek Honeys, Thyme Honey, is mainly harvested in the early summer season. With a bright amber colour, wonderful aroma, most importantly, with its excellent anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, Thyme Honey is a great way to stay healthy when you cook with it in the kitchen! In the Ancient Times Thyme itself thrives better in hot and well-drained soil and lives for more than 2 years. The first mention of the plant itself could date back to ancient Greek history, where the burning of the plant symbolising courage from your heart. The herb was then introduced to the Romans and they used it as aroma (an incense) to purify the smell of their houses, and in more recent times it has been used to flavour cheeses and different liqueurs. Back in the Modern Day FUN FACT- In Greece, thyme honey is made from the pollen…

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Arnica – What is it and Its Healing Properties

Arnica – As one of the most ancient homoeopathic medications, arnica has been used for centuries in many households. We, today, would like to let you know all about the mysteries of arnica. The Origin of Arnica The use of Arnica as a traditional medication has been documented to date back to Greece in the 16th century where it became popular, and then knowledge regarding the plants healing properties was spread far and wide across Europe after this time. Back to more recent history, more and more populations around the world have shunned what we call traditional medicine in western society, like painkillers & anti-inflammatories, to take a more measured natural approach.  In fact, medications and natural products that include arnica in its ingredients are increasing, and they have been mainly used for the treatment of osteoarthritis, swelling and bruising. What does the flower of Arnica do? With the flower…

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Things that you can do to help with a sore throat

Sore throats are one of the most unavoidable health issues that everyone has to deal with unfortunately, however, with our years of experience with our customers suggestions and our own experiences, we’re hoping that these few suggestions can help alleviate your discomfort. The causes of a sore throat Generally speaking, most sore throats are caused by cold & flu viruses. Other reasons could be: smoking cigarettes – damages the back of your throat and windpipe with the smoke and nicotine allergies to pets – an antihistamine response or sensitivity to pet hair & dander. muscle strains from yelling or talking loudly – straining those vocal cords and drying out the throat Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Acid reflux) – high levels of stomach acid expelling through the top of the stomach into the windpipe & throat There are some serious causes of sore throats too, such as tonsillitis or tumours but let’s…

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Digestive Problems – a marriage made in heaven?

Throughout this article, we will be exploring whether apple cider vinegar does help aid digestion problems is a fact or a myth. Firstly, let’s talk about the different types of Apple Cider Vinegar: Filtered Apple Cider Vinegar Generally it tastes quite similar to the unfiltered one. It looks lighter in colour and does not contain any “bits” otherwise known as the “mother”.  Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar Tends to look darker in colour and have “bits” in the liquid. The floating bits are known as “The Mother”, which are the important ingredients that people are actually paying for. “The Mother” is acetic acid bacteria, which are probiotics and play a vital role to protect your gut and digestion system. Is it a myth that Apple Cider Vinegar helps with bloating? As a naturally acidic product, Apple Cider Vinegar does help people with low stomach acidity to increase their acid levels which…

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Royal Jelly – How Royal is it and Should I give it a try?

It is very royal indeed. Royal Jelly is the substance made by honey bees full of vital nutrients that is used to feed queen bee larvaes, the most important member of the hive, to ensure they grow strong and survive.  It is also used for key worker bees for a few days only to build their strength so they are fit enough to collect the nectar for the hive.  What is Royal Jelly composed of ? Royal Jelly’s main components include approximately 60% to 70% water, proteins, sugar, fats and several vitamin B and trace minerals.  The exact composition of Royal Jelly varies from geographical locations, the flowers the bees feed on and also the climate around the beehives. Does Royal Jelly do any good? There are many benefits that royal jelly could possibly bring to the human bodies of ours. Listed below are a few of them. Protects Against…

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Make one change for a Healthier Life

“A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking, and in Central Park, you get rain instead of sunshine.” – Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) The definition of the butterfly effect means that small actions can lead to non-linear results on a complex system.  In this context it also means that you can be healthy as well, based on the right small actions you make every day. Here are a few tips on the right changes to make for a healthier life. The 4 main stages of having a major lifestyle change Contemplation (Thinking about it) Preparation (I have made up my mind for this big change) Action (I am starting to make minor changes and soon to begin with the big ones) Maintenance (Seeking a new balance for this routine) Focus on Health Lifestyle Changes in your diet (Make Healthy Eating a Daily Exercise) A healthy lifestyle change does not only…

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5 Best Ways to Spoil Your Mum on a Limited Budget

We all know Mother’s Day is coming soon for those who are in the UK. Are you struggling to find the best things to do with your ma? Here are a few tips from us that helps you organise the best activities to do with her with the most affordable price possible. Spend an hour reading together Reading with your loved ones is proven to be a good way of communication to open yourself up to them. It is a very good way to share an insightful moment and enjoy the inner peace and happiness with your mum. Set up a Scavenger Hunt In our humblest opinion, no one is ever too old for a scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts are the best, especially when they are mum-themed. Hide a whole list of things that are about her around the house and find them all together. A scavenger hunt is definitely…

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De-stressing yourself is Easier than you think!

Sometimes life doesn’t treat you well and everything seems just a bit harder than normal.  We understand that, it happens to us too.  But, just remember good times are always around the corner and you can learn to cope with whatever difficulties you’re having, with the right support and mindset. Both our body and mind are connected to each other, so its important to take time for yourself every once in a while – it’s often called “self-care”.  Most of us are bad at self-care as we have busy lifestyles and are often looking after family members, so we’ve compiled a list of a few things that we can add into our daily routine to reduce our stress and to help our overall wellbeing.  Relaxing your body Listen to your favourite music Try to meditate – it doesn’t take a lot; literally sitting in a quiet room and focussing your…

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