Love your lymph

The lymph is a vital, yet often overlooked, part of our immune system. The immune system comprises organs and systems that help protect the body from foreign bodies such as …

Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

Biodanza – liberating mind and body through dance

Biodanza claims almost  miraculous effects – more boosting of creativity, more freedom of expression and yes, better sex too. It also leaves you with boundless energy. Its fans claim it …

Gabrielle Roth’s 5-Rhythms – riding the wave

I met Gabrielle Roth many years ago, when I tested out her 5 Rhythms/Life Dance in London.  Sadly she died two years ago, of lung cancer.  I was reading my …

Beltane – the wild and wonderful festival of May

The lessons of May are about freedom, about energy and about determination. It’s a dynamic time – not just of growth but of destruction too. As Shan, pagan priestess and …

Herbal tonics to renew, refresh and balance

Feeling sluggish as you come out of winter?  It’s common as we’re generally less active and have a sneaky tendency to eat more (and heavier) food. Taking a tonic now …

Imbolc – celebration of hope and trust

The year starts to turn in February. Outside it may still be cold and damp, dreary and dark but there are signs that life will begin again. The first flowers, …

In praise of slow

When we are accustomed to living overloaded bloated lives, when we are used to following the dictates of a fragile ego, slowing down is scary and stopping is downright terrifying. …

Banish the winter blues

Few people would claim that winter is their favourite season. The days are short, there is less light and the weather is often miserable – shrouding fog, endless rain, beautiful …

Lifetime goals for your best year yet

When you look at your New Year resolutions is there a horrible sense of deja vu? Are you still trying to stop smoking or start dieting; to move house or …

12 ways to have a happy Christmas

Two more days to go. Are you feeling all festive and sparkly or is the goodwill to all men running out? Christmas is increasingly just one long rush, one miserable …

20 ways to sparkle your way through Christmas

Everyone wants to sparkle – right through the festive season – but it can be a tall order. It’s not just the stress of organising Christmas itself; it’s having to …

5 ways to strengthen your immune system

As winter approaches, your immune system is going to have to work harder than usual to keep you protected. Here are five simple ways to keep it strong. SUPERSLEEP Your …

Kichadi and ghee recipes for autumn ayurveda detoxing

Detoxing doesn’t always have to be about salads, juices and cold rawness.  I am a firm believer in detoxing with the seasons, and often recommend a warming Ayurvedic detox for …

Gomasio, pomegrates and ras-al-hanout – cooking for mind, body and soul

Okay, so I’ve been trying to cook a bit more.  Make more of an effort, kitchen-wise.  And my inspiration this week has come from the divine Shruti.  Shruti runs Fairfield …

The Natural Year begins…living in tune with the seasons

I loved writing The Natural Year. The aim was to produce a book that would act as a friend throughout the year, not badgering or hectoring, but offering suggestions, inspiration, …

The Hedgerow Handbook by Adele Nozedar

Adele Nozedar is a bit of a legend.  I first met her in London, way back when I was working on the Evening Standard, pretending to be a music journalist while she …

Do you really have to exercise? Of course not.

I’m pretty sure that, if I didn’t exercise, I would go crazy. When you’re working out hard, you simply don’t have the capacity to churn stuff over in your head.  Yes, I …

The Natural Year: the energy of spring

There were primroses along the banks as I walked up into the woods this morning. The wild garlic was shooting up and a haze of green was shimmering over the …