Author Archives: The Holistic Gardener

About The Holistic Gardener

I am a horticulturalist and holistic practitioner interested in how the garden and engagement with nature facilitates full potential living and therapeutic benefits.

Quick blitz raw garlic pesto

Garlic in our diet is often touted as a cure all, especially to fortify us against winter ills – but cooking it diminishes its healing chemistry, so here is a handy and very tasty way to get your raw on. … Continue reading

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getting the gout out

Gout is a type of arthritis – particularly affecting the big toe and foot but it can also impinge upon ankle, knee, hand and wrist. It is much more prevalent in men than women but post-menopausal women are at risk. … Continue reading

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Treating Arthritis

Arthritis is almost a generic name for any condition symptomatic of joint pain and site sensitive inflammation, there are more than 100 varieties and it is often implicated in other conditions – such as lupus, lyme diesease, fibromyalgia etc. That … Continue reading

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How to spare your winter blushes, flushes and facial veins.

Its that time of the year when the cold weather puts the rosy into your cheeks but for some that’s a thorny issue. Blushes – Blushing and flushing can be a reaction to weather extremes in winter and to temperatures … Continue reading

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breathe easy homemade clove and mint chest rub

This clove and mint based chest rub is good for winter related breathing issues, including nasal congestion, sinus issues, coughs, colds, flu. Mint yields menthol which is analgesic, cooling and counterirritant as well as vasodilation- so opening up that respiratory … Continue reading

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turn a new leaf this autumn and get more mindful

Looking this time of the year at the autumn leaves slowly change colour and fall, always reminds me that change is natural and letting go is normal. I see the lessons of cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness within the natural … Continue reading

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Time to plant a breath of fresh air

Autumn is a brilliant time to plant trees, there is enough warmth and soil moisture to get them established before winter. But more than improving the aesthetic of the garden or local waste ground/school frontage/park/community space, they improve our wellbeing. … Continue reading

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