How to Have a Sneeze-Free Spring

Spring again and here comes the dreaded hayfever! If you suffer from seasonal allergenic rhinitis – otherwise known as hayfever – you are not alone. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1 in 5 people suffer from hayfever. Tell-tale symptoms include itching nose, watering eyes and sneezing repeatedly.

Tired of stocking up on man sized tissues or over the counter antihistamines? Try these natural remedies that can help you be sneeze free!

Onion – contains quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory which also has natural antihistamine properties. Quercetin provides relief from mild hayfever symptoms. Add red onions to salad, sandwiches and stir-fries. Forgot the breath mints?? Try other plants containing quercetin such as kale, apples, cherries and parsley.

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5 Plant Based Oils for Your Skin

Natural, simple and multifunctional, cold pressed plant-based oils are a must for the beauty cupboard! Plant-based oils do double duty in the bathroom functioning as light facial creams, quick and gentle makeup removers and nourishing cleansers. Here are the must have oils for your skin, body and hair!

Rosehip
Extracted from the fruit of the Rosa mosqueta wild rose plant, this oil is rich in lycopene, beta-carotene, omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and vitamins A and C which all help to prevent premature aging caused by free radicals and excessive sun exposure.

We love it because it helps to heal scarring and reduce rosacea redness

Top tip: massage through freshly washed hair to prevent frizz

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3 Herbs To Detox Your Liver

Want to detox? Start by using these three herbs in a supplement or tea!

Turmeric
Everyone loves turmeric! And what’s not to love. This spicy herb will detox the blood, reduce inflammation in the body and help support the gallbladder to produce bile which the liver uses to eliminate toxins. It’s a detox win:win!

Tea: Upon waking try a warm cup of Pukka Turmeric Gold Herbal Tea. This organic blend of the finest Indian turmeric, lemon fruit and whole leaf green tea will help you to feel renewed and ready to tackle another day.

Supplement: Fusion Health Turmeric is a high potency formula providing a source of bioavailable turmeric in the form of curcumin and piperine (black pepper) extracts. Taken twice a day with food, the anti-inflammatory actions of this supplement will support your body as you detox.

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The Magic of Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms and mushroom extracts have a history of use in healing for thousands of years, particularly in Asian cultures. Current research confirms that mushrooms have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties with many positive studies showing mushrooms to have numerous protective effects on the body which are causing some people to call mushrooms the original superfood!

Mushrooms contain B vitamins, trace minerals and fibre but most importantly their ‘magic’ is their high levels of beta-glucans compounds that keep immune cells alert and the amino acid ergothioneine which helps control inflammation in the body. Use mushrooms to strengthen your immune system, improve vitality, strength and stamina and fight disease and inflammation. Some mushrooms can be considered more ‘magical’ than others so before you take a trip to Diagon Alley here is the lowdown on the most common medicinal mushrooms!

Reishi – the ‘all rounder’ mushroom. Reishi fights chronic diseases, balances hormones, assists in mood disorders and tackles inflammation in the body. It provides vitality, strength & stamina. Reishi mushrooms are also powerful adaptogens which help the body to cope with stress.

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How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

 Working on your fitness is quite an essential part of staying healthy. Still, having the motivation to exercise doesn’t come easy for everyone. Whether you struggle to make it fun or can’t seem to get started, it can soon become a daily battle. So, what do you about it? We’ve got some great tips below.

Join a Group

There is nothing wrong with exercising alone, but those who struggle to get motivated may find it doesn’t do them any favours. However, if you were to join a group or gym class, you are committed to the task of working out, and people rely on you to turn up and do it with them.

The best part is, there are so many different workout groups that you won’t have any trouble finding something you like and within your budget. If you don’t fancy a commute, you can even find online gym classes that you can attend from the comfort of your home.

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What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataracts can induce clouded or blurred vision and also make bright lights extremely troublesome with regards to your vision. If you have a cataract that makes it challenging for you to do your usual activities, your ophthalmologist can recommend cataract surgery.

When cataracts overlap with the care of another eye condition, cataract surgery can be prescribed. For example, physicians can prescribe cataract surgery if cataracts make it harder for the ophthalmologist to control or treat astigmatism or normal vision correction, such as short-sightedness.

Although cataract surgery is a relatively routine procedure, with a high success rate, and an extremely low rate of complications, not everyone knows what they entail, so here is a simple guide that takes you from before the surgery through to the recovery period.

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Vaginismus Treatment with Botox 

If you’ve got frown lines and wrinkles, then you may have considered talking to your GP about Botox treatment. However, did you know that suffers of the painful condition vaginismus may also see relief from the same ingredients within Botox?

What is Vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a painful condition that causes muscle spasms in a woman’s pelvic floor muscles. As a result of these spasms, sexual intercourse, gynaecological exams, and tampon insertion can be both painful and challenging.

During any of these activities, a woman’s pelvic floor muscles can tighten up and contract. Muscle spasms, pain, and even temporary cessation of breathing can follow. The most commonly affected muscles are those that are used for childbirth, bowel movements, urination, sex, and orgasm.

Not only can experiencing these problems lead to frustration but significant pain and discomfort. The condition can even worsen over time.

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