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.

How to poison mum for mother’s day

It’s easy to poison mum for mother’s day if you are getting her certain types of perfume, make-up, toiletries or other beauty products – here’s what to check for in the ingredients of the gift product. Acetone found in cosmetics … Continue reading

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Spring allergies and histamine intolerance

Sometimes what we may think is the back end of a cold – a runny nose, red eyes, and sinus irritation – may in fact be the onset of an allergic reaction. Closed windows and constant central heating over winter … Continue reading

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seldom is spring without cold

According to Irish tradition the first of Feburary aka Imbolc (Imbolg) marks the beginning of spring. This morning there was blue sky and sunshine and an collection of spring flowers on offer in the local shops. And while this morning … Continue reading

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Hypothermia awareness for gardener, farmer, forager and rambler

Hypothermia officially occurs when a person’s core body temperature drops below 35°C (95°F), but you know you are on the way if you have been exposed to extreme cold or a cold, damp environment for a prolonged period – or … Continue reading

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a terrifically simple health-boosting thermogenic soup

There is the theory that hot soup of any kind raises the temperature in the nose and throat and so creates an unwelcoming environment for viruses that otherwise thrive in cool, dry places or which often find a way in … Continue reading

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combat chilblains and other cold weather conditions

Chilblains – the medical name is perniosis – occur as a reaction to cold but not necessarily freezing temperatures. They occur more often when cold exposure is accompanied by dampness, icy water or snow – winter clearance of a pond … Continue reading

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herbal teas to help you sleep

I am frequently asked about Insomnia and for a quick fix. The long answer is to reset your circadian rhythm (search posts for that) and purge yourself of the stresses and bad habits (late coffees, late night social media and … Continue reading

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