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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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What went well today? Life’s positive moments often get drowned out by the negatives.

Why are nature sounds good for our health?

Whether you're in a wood, park, garden or downloading nature sounds at home or work, they have more health benefits than you realise, according to research. In collaboration with the national park service, researchers from North America analysed data from 18 previous studies exploring how natural sounds influence human health.  “Sound perception enables most species,... Continue Reading →

What three common reasons cause diets to fail?

According to research, the company of friends, a tempting tipple and evening time are common instances where dieters are more likely to give in to temptation. Adhering to a diet plan is notoriously tricky. Despite instructions, support and advice, many people repeatedly have a bumpy journey to success when it comes to losing weight, and... Continue Reading →

"Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself", ~ Rumi

Sleeping In The Forest ~ Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me, shetook me back so tenderly, arrangingher dark skirts, her pocketsfull of lichens and seeds. I sleptas never before, a stoneon the river bed, nothingbetween me and the white fire of the starsbut my thoughts, and they floatedlight as moths among the branchesof the perfect trees. All nightI heard the... Continue Reading →

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