Herbal Granny Knew Best

I can still remember in horror my grandmother grumbled in her overgrown garden picking these leaves in the leaves, throwing them all into a pot of boiling water and drinking it. Of course at the time I, plus a lot of the other young members of the family, thought she was quite mad and more than a little weird. What we didn’t realise at the time was that Grandmother was saner than any of us and quite the herbalist, and it seems,  quite a brilliant one at that. As much as I rack my brain I can’t remember her suffering from anything so common as the common cold in her entire long life time. Of course, some might say it had nothing to do with her unusual er…habits, she was just one of those lucky few who experience a better health for most of their charmed lives. Of course, I can’t argue with that. However the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that she knew something I didn’t. She knew I believe, some of the old ways. The ways that somehow tied us to the land for everything that we needed. The land, Mother Nature if you like, sustained us. Not just for our food but also (and doesn’t it make a lot of sense when you think about it), for our health.

Herbal Granny Knew Best

Let me explain, I’m not one of those people we want to go back to. For all the grandmother’s wisdom, she still could not cure Rickets, TB, or Polio. Those terrible diseases that almost die will come later when we are wiser and vision is more hygienic. No, what I’m suggesting is a combination of both. A partnering of the knowledge of the past with today’s expertise in science and what have you. Of then and now. The fact is we’re moving far too fast and as we speed along we forget. We forget the good and useful things from the past. And I believe we forget at our peril. The way I remember it, my Grandmother treated herself. Whenever she appeared to be developing a cold for instance, there were no trips to the doctor, no bottles of cough mixture or pills, no, there was a towel over the head and a hot bowl of something to sniff and breath in. Ok, so it wasn’t very nice to look at for us kids, but it seemed to work.

Of course the truth is, we haven’t really forgotten. We’ve just become impatient. We just don’t have the time to be ill. We want an instant fix, which of course has its downside. Pills, pills and more pills. Anything to hide the symptoms and give us the false impression that we are as good as new and can carry on.

But all is not lost. At least I don’t think so. Thankfully, judging by the number of Herbal Remedy type shops that seem to be springing up everywhere Grandmother’s skills seem to be undergoing something … Read More

Are You Still Writing for GP Reports to Manage Absence? – 5 Reasons To Think Again

As an experienced Occupational Health Nurse, I have always wondered why it is that some HR professionals and managers write to GPs rather than ask an Occupational Health specialist for a report to help them to manage absence. Occupational Health is the speciality of medicine which has the knowledge skills and training to provide advice on fitness for work in any industry setting and also has specialist knowledge of the diseases of occupations

Asking a GP, who has never had any occupational health training or even visited a workplace, for an opinion on fitness to work, rarely provides any useful advice on capability. It generally lengthens the management of the absence as GPs are very busy and can take weeks before a response is received and the report can be expensive.

Maybe it’s time to review your approach?

1. In my experience, non-medical people writing for a GP report are mostly wasting their time. I know that seeking further medical evidence is advised in many management of absence procedures, but I do not believe writing to a GP will give you anything other than a report which states the employee’s perspective on their medical condition. Once that is written in a report, it can sometimes ‘stranglehold’ the employer into a corner it is difficult to get out of without being seen to be unreasonable.

‘If Mrs Jones could be given a job nearer to home with light duties, reduced hours and a different Manager, I am sure she would be able to return to work’

2. The GP report may advise you of an employee’s diagnosis, but can you really make a judgement on what work capability an employee has from a medical diagnosis? If for example they are diagnosed with bi polar disorder, endometriosis or sciatica where does this leave you? Can you be absolutely sure that you are aware of all reasonable adjustments possible for these conditions? Fitness for work is about capability and not disability and the majority of GPs do not have enough knowledge of the workplace, diseases of occupations or risk assessments to provide a report which can be used by employers to manage a case forward with confidence in the workplace.

3. Reasonable adjustments are required if a condition may be likely to fall under the provision of the Equality Act 2010. This is however ultimately a legal and not a medical decision, but identifying what your obligations are in terms of disability legislation, can be complex and the tribunals are busy with cases where employers have not considered what the employee can do, rather than what they can’t. GP reports do not generally offer much helpful advice in this area and employers can easily fail to make simple adjustments just because they have not been given enough guidance on what can be done in the workplace to increase the capability, or ‘workability’ of employees with a medical condition. The GP will confirm that a medical condition is present, but how does … Read More

Simple Steps to Start Eating Healthy

Eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is one of the things that many people are ignoring these days as life tends to become too busy with goals, chasing dreams and of course, dealing with day to day stress and challenges. If you are one of those trying to start living a healthy life, read on for some steps to help you start eating healthy as well.

Indeed, eating healthy is one of the biggest steps to help you start living a healthy life. Aside from that, you also need to start an active lifestyle which is also one of the most ignored elements of living healthy as well.

– Assess your daily routine. This will help you assess how much calories you will also need to get you going through your daily activities. To start eating healthy, you need to balanced your diet as well as your metabolism as well.  If you are someone who does a lot of physical activities during the day, then you may be someone who needs more calories, but of course, this does not mean that if you are sitting all day in your office table you can already cut down on your food to stay on your ideal weight. One purpose of this is to avoid overeating, which is one of the rules you have to keep in mind to start eating healthy and maintaining a healthy life as well.

– Go for more vegetables and fruits in your diet but don’t eliminate important food groups. To start eating healthy, you have to increase your vegetables and fruits and add a variety of them in your diet. A variety of fruits and vegetables are great sources of a variety of nutrients needed for your body and you should try to eat a variety of them each day. Of course, do not forget to add other important food groups into your diet. Carbohydrates are important as well as protein and fat but make sure you have a balanced one.

– Avoid overeating by not skipping breakfast or any other meal. Skipping meals can lead you to overeat later in the day and that can lead to more and more calories left unused by your body. Also slow down your eating. This will allow you to listen to your body which of course, has its own natural way of telling you that you are already full. The faster you eat, the more chances that you ignore your body’s signals leading you to overeat.

– Avoid foods that are just plain empty calories and bad fats. Fast foods as well as junk foods are among those that may not do good to your health. Once you give in to junk foods and fast foods, you may find it difficult to stop as well, thus if you want to start eating healthy, then make sure to avoid these types of foods as much as possible. Although you may occasionally try fast foods, make sure that … Read More

12 Uncomplicated Techniques on Tips on how to Be Pleased in Life

The way to be satisfied in life isn’t something tough to do. Somehow, we are just creating our lives unhappy by the choices we make and in going immediately after what we assume can make us satisfied. Happiness could come from the simplest hug to a game of baseball, or a volunteer perform at a charity. Sometimes we just have to be reminded to take time to take pleasure in what we have to be delighted in life. I’ve listed right here some items that might be an answer on the best way to be pleased in life.

1) Never forget to have a very good laugh. Becoming delighted may very well be as uncomplicated as getting a fantastic laugh. Never take life also seriously. Get pleasure from a good joke with pals, with co-workers or with family members. A superb laugh often radiates a constructive feeling to other persons. Make laughter and joy dominate your life than your worries.

2) Connect with nature. Occasionally we just can’t clarify how nature offers us fantastic power. Take time off your busy life and possess a relaxing day in the beach or perhaps just a stroll at the park to loosen up and free yourself from worries. Get oneself out from the anxiety of life just about every now and after that.

3) Love your hobbies and understand new interests. Go traveling. Break your usual routine by seeing some other locations and experience their way of life. Do gardening or get pleasure from a sport. You’ll be able to also try new adventures and just take the pleasure of experiencing one thing new and refreshing.

4) Discover to control your anger. We all get angry, but just before our temper requires comprehensive manage, understand to cool down. There are actually strategies to situation the mind in dealing with anger. Practice meditation and train your thoughts on how you can be satisfied in life.

5) Do not cry more than spilled milk. Let go with the factors that, in the very first place, were not intended for you. Don’t dwell on a bitter past. Move on and take the lessons you’ve learned with you. Leave the regrets behind.

 6) Save income. So they say cash can’t purchase happiness, but funds can in some cases be the cause of our numerous worries in life. Discover to save and do not devote greater than what you earn. Handle your finances effectively.

7) Make new friends and retain the old ones. Share superior times with good friends. Go out with close friends and stay clear of people that make you unhappy.

8) Assume constructive. Spare your self from worrying. Believe of pleased thoughts. Find out to be contented of what you might have. Eliminate envy. Accept that we are able to never ever have every little thing in life. Study to get rid of hate.

9) Be healthful. Getting satisfied normally springs out from a wholesome physique. Decide on healthy meals. Workout or get … Read More

Hair Care Tips For Guys

Your hair plays a vital role in your appearance and so it makes sense to keep it well maintained. Below you will find some simple hair care tips for guys that will allow you to keep yours healthy and shiny.

1. Towel drying is one of the major causes of damage. When it is wet, it is highly vulnerable to damage. To properly towel dry, shake out the extra water and stroke your hair in the direction it grows rather than vigorously rubbing it with the towel.

2. Nothing feels better than a good hot water shower, but it can cause havoc on your hair and scalp. Very hot water removes much of the essential oil from both and leads to dryness. Therefore rinsing with luke warm water is better for you.

3. Avoid harmful chemical treatments because continuous colouring can leave it damaged, dry, and dull.

4. Another hair care tip for guys is to use a good shampoo and conditioner to keep it clean, add moisture and elasticity, and make the cuticle smooth enough to shine.

5. Hair is most susceptible to damage when it is wet. When combing it wet, you should use a wide-toothed comb and gently work at removing the tangles. Avoid overusing heating tools such as blow dryers or irons which can dry it out a lot.

6. The condition of your hair is often a reflection of the overall health of your body. Therefore, it is recommend that you eat a balanced diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, get sufficient sleep, and reduce stress in your life. This piece of advice is a well known tip for guys and girls to have bouncy and healthy hair.

7. Regularly trimming is advised by most stylists. The only way to remove damaged ends is to cut them off. Regularly trimming will help eliminate split ends. It is advisable to get it done every six weeks.

8. Less moisture and protein in your hair can lead to frizz. To minimize this problem, you should use a good and branded moisturizing conditioner. A glossy, smoothing serum can be applied to add shine and vitality. In order to avoid dryness add oil regularly in order to get that natural shine.

The above mentioned hair care tips for guys are the most common ones recommended. It is essential to remember that by just following these helpful suggestions you will do a lot to save your crowning glory. A good haircut says a lot about you so ask your stylist for the best advice on how to care for yours so you can look your best.… Read More