How does nature help prevent disease?

The immune system may be a significant pathway explaining how nature and the body work jointly to fight disease, says research. We all know roaming through woods, countryside or paddling in the sea is good for our wellbeing. Research has discovered that spending time in natural environments protects against chronic illnesses such as depression, diabetes,... Continue Reading →

Is gardening a tonic for better health?

"We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us", said the British biographer Jenny Uglow, and she could be right. In England, 64% of people aged 45-64 report spending some of their free time tending a garden. Ask them why and a typical response might... Continue Reading →

What helps sleep deficient older adults combat insomnia?

Older adults may sleep better after mindfulness meditation training, study suggests. Difficulty falling and staying asleep are common complaints affecting millions of people. Lack of sleep is bad for health and significantly impacts our quality of life, influencing mood, energy and sapping concentration. In recent years interest in the effectiveness of mindfulness training for sleep... Continue Reading →

“Can you imagine? ~ Mary Oliver

For example, what trees do not only in lightning storms or the watery dark of a summer’s night or under the white nets of winter but now, and now, and now – whenever we’re not looking. surely you can’t imagine they don’t dance, from the root up, wishing to travel a little, not cramped so... Continue Reading →

Can aromatherapy ease menopause hot flushes?

Lavender essential oil reduces the frequency of menopausal hot flushes, says study. Hot flushes are one of the most reported symptoms of menopause and affect the quality of daily life for many women. Complementary therapies are often used to help manage the flushes, and aromatherapy is a popular choice, but does it help? Researchers from... Continue Reading →

Are married people happier in later life?

If you think being married is key to a happy life, think again, says study. Research has previously found married people have a greater sense of life satisfaction in later life compared to divorced or single people. Whilst this may be the case, the conclusions were based on a snapshot in time, and life is... Continue Reading →

How can gut bacteria help ease depressive symptoms?

Probiotics alone or combined with prebiotics may ease depressive symptoms, says study. Depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, and researchers are busy looking for new ways to treat the condition. One area of interest is focusing on the gut-brain axis or the relationship between the digestive and nervous systems. Although research is... Continue Reading →

"The planet does not need more 'successful people'. The planet needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, story tellers and lovers of all kinds" ~ Dalai Lama.


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