Health jottings

Welcome to our Health jottings, where we share our team's experience and expertise to help you live a healthier and happier life. From natural remedies for common ailments, through news on our many complementary therapies, to easy and quick de-stress tips and the latest health research, our Health jottings are here to keep you informed and give you down-to-earth advice.

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How are you keeping to your New Year's resolutions: are you being an angel or keeping to your devilish ways?

The myth of the power of 21 days

How are you doing with your New Year resolutions? Halo glowing because you’ve stuck to your new intentions for three weeks now? It’s widely bandied around that if you stay doing a new activity, intention or behaviour for 21 days it will then become an ingrained habit – so if you’ve got through to 21 (…)

Woman in lavender showing the benefits of choosing complementary therapies

Natural health therapies: the difference

Discover the difference natural health therapies can make to your life and why to choose alternative over allopathic Western medicine. Polarity therapist, shamanic healer, business & life consultant Jane Seaman explains why we at The Hub firmly believe in the alternative   Are you someone who has an interest in alternative therapies or ancient healing practices, (…)

Bushfires in Australia, fundraiser to help animals

Tomorrow is hope: a poem from Oz

This is a poem written by a friend of The Hub who was forced to abandon his house in New South Wales on Boxing Day due to the Australian bushfires. His words say it all… this tragedy has broken the hearts of the Australians, its destruction relentless and irreversible. We are raising funds for the (…)

5 good habits to maintain rather than January good intentions

2020 good intentions

Our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple shares five simple good intentions that ought to be not just to put on your January halo – but to maintain for the rest of your life January is usually a time to put some good intentions in place and, although you may not be grabbing detox and gym regimes (…)

2020 year of the rat

2020: year of the rat

In the Chinese calendar 2020 is a year of the rat. The rat is the first of all 12 zodiac animals, in Chinese culture seen as a sign of wealth and surplus, and also symbolising the beginning of the day. The rat is associated with yang, or masculine, outgoing, active forces, and people born in (…)

Turning New Year resolutions into reality

The key to turning New Year resolutions into reality

New Year is a time for reflection. You may be feeling remorse after too much indulgence over Christmas. You may want to put 2019 well and truly behind you. You are probably thinking about New Year resolutions to improve your life, set goals or achieve an aspiration. Here are 10 steps to turning those resolutions (…)

The signficance of the year 2020

The symbolism of 2020

2020 is set to be an important year. The 20th year of the third millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, the first year of the 2020s decade and a leap year. In numerology, the universal ‘language’ of numbers, it is believed that each number has a meaning, a natural order – and a (…)

Taking regular naps is good for you

The art of napping

In the New Year the temptation is to get doing. Clear, sort, organise, go for it, get things done, make lists and then feel fried or guilty when we’ve not managed to work through them… But, says our polarity therapist and meditation teacher Jane Seaman, all that frenetic activity goes against the natural rhythms of (…)

Frankincense essential oil

Frankincense: for Christmas cheer

Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. As well as being famed for one of the scents brought as a gift by the three wise men to Jesus in the crib, the Babylonians and Assyrians burned frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used frankincense resin (…)

Demystifying some of the misconceptions about ashtanga yoga

Why choose ashtanga?

Forget the myth that ashtanga is hard! Our ashtanga yoga teacher Zoë Porter demystifies some of the misconceptions about ashtanga yoga. With its set sequence of rhythmic poses, this traditional form of yoga means you know exactly what your class holds in store – go with the flow of the sequence and you relax into (…)

Acupuncture can be an effective alternative to antibiotics for a common cold

Choose acupuncture for infections

Our acupuncturist Richard Newman explains how acupuncture can be used as an effective alternative to antibiotics to treat infections On the 13 October 2017 England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, issued a call to action, warning that antibiotics have been over-prescribed in recent years – resulting in the potential to become ineffective. If antibiotics (…)

Couple with backs to each other in bed because they cannot resolve a conflict

Managing conflict in a healthier way

Our NLP practitioner Shelley Edwards offers some pearls of wisdom on conflict. Read on if you tend to avoid it, or you know you could handle it better… Have you ever had to manage a difficult situation? I suspect the answer is yes as conflict is very common in our day-to-day life. How do you (…)

acupuncture for headaches and migraines

Acupuncture for headaches and migraines

Richard Newman’s acupuncture offers instant relief from the pain of headaches and migraines. It works by treating the cause of the pain so the headaches do not return   ‘It works immediately, no waiting for five or six sessions to see results – very impressed.’ Katie Platt ‘I went to see Richard on Friday and (…)

Graphites, the lead in pencils, a homeopathic remedy for eczema

Homeopathy for eczema: graphites

A top homeopathic remedy for eczema is graphites – available both as a cream or tablets. Homeopath Sue Leach explains when it would be appropriate to use graphites Graphites (made from the ‘lead’ in your pencil) is a very useful homeopathic remedy for eczema. It is particularly recommended for eczema that is crusty, moist, yellow and (…)

Wild child: demonstrating the type of child who needs the homeopathic remedy sulphur

Homeopathy for eczema: sulphur

Sue Leach explains how homeopathy works to treat eczema. Here she recalls a girl whose eczema improved after being given the homeopathic remedy sulphur Emma bounced into my clinic, hair all over the place, breakfast still round her mouth. She held up her hands and, at six, told me straight out about her eczema. Her skin (…)

Woman scratching hands because of eczema

Probiotics can prevent eczema

A growing amount of evidence shows that skin conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis) and psoriasis can be linked to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. So if you are prone to eczema or you have a family tendency to eczema we would strongly urge that you supplement your diet with (…)

Girl drinking a glass of milk to show it could be causing her eczema

Top foods linked with eczema

Our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple gives the lowdown on foods linked with eczema. If you are an eczema sufferer these foods could be triggering, or aggravating, your flare-ups   Top foods associated with eczema: dairy eggs gluten sugar high-histamine foods like alcohol, fermented foods, dried fruit fruits, particularly citrus some grains deadly nightshade family of (…)

Young girl applying steroid cream to eczema on her arm

5 reasons to avoid steroids for eczema

Topical steroids really help eczema, no doubt about it. But they don’t always work, and often their effect is only short-lived. Here are five reasons to avoid using them – don’t go for the easy fix! Come and see one of our experts for natural, drug-free solutions to eczema. We work on solving your eczema (…)

The word eczema highlighted in a dictionary

Eczema Awareness Week

This week is Eczema Awareness Week (14-22 September). Do you or any of your loved ones suffer with eczema? At The Hub our team of experts offer natural, drug-free alternatives to treating eczema. We work by looking holistically at the whole picture of why you suffer from this debilitating skin condition. We believe in finding the (…)

Woman thinking about new year resolutions, having a lightbulb moment

Get your act together September!

Kids back at school, weather nippier, getting dark earlier. Welcome to September. September is like a New Year: time to take a pause – and reflect. Bet there are a few things you’d like to change in life. Now’s the time to do them. Let The Hub help you get your act together in September! Autumn (…)