Forming healthy habits for mind and body

Posted on: 15th January, 2018 in Health

This time of year is a great time to start a new routine of self-care, for showing your body and mind a bit of love and getting into some good healthy habits. There are a lot of colds and flus...

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Sleep is your best medicine

Posted on: 13th November, 2017 in Health

As I get older, I find I am fiercely protective of my sleep. All night parties are a thing of the past, and our kids get a stern talking to if they develop notions about middle of the night adventures!...

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Doing what comes naturally

Posted on: 5th October, 2017 in Health

These days, more than ever, we place great emphasis on the word ‘natural’. I think that is because we all suspect that chemical compounds while amazing don’t belong in our food chain, on our skin or even in our home...

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What is all the fuss about organic and natural wines?

Posted on: 31st August, 2017 in Health

At Ballymaloe Literary Festival earlier this year I attended two talks on natural and organic wines, one with Isabelle Legeron who is a Master of Wine and the author of a book on Natural Wines, and another by winemaker Caro...

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Foods, fermentation and feasting

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017 in Health

This year at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival I was delighted to meet one of Ireland’s great fermentation enthusiasts, Dearbhla Reynolds. Dearbhla has written an amazing book on the vast subject of fermentation; called ‘The Cultured Club – Fabulously Funky Fermentation...

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Getting smarter with age

Posted on: 29th June, 2017 in Health

Getting smarter with age’ is the title of an article by a doctor and health writer I follow called Christine Northrup. Surprised? So was I! But I was also intrigued, so I did some digging. My mother gave me one...

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Calculating your sun protection period

Posted on: 9th June, 2017 in Health

What an amazing start to our summer this year – a sizzling heat wave in May! I thought this month I would take a look at the difference between natural and chemical sunscreens, because I think it’s good to be...

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Treating hayfever naturally

Posted on: 15th May, 2017 in Health

Summer is certainly coming! Great news for most of us, as we welcome the lengthening of the days, unfortunately for others this means the start of the dreaded hay fever season. Personally I have never suffered from this condition, but...

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