Health jottings

Keeping you up to date with health news, views, advice and support from our team at The Hub.

Kids who take children's probiotics take 40% less time off school

Probiotics mean 40% less time off school

So they’re off back to school… and now comes the season of snot, sniffles and wheezing. How to stop the snots? Research shows kids who take children’s probiotics through winter have 25% less chance of getting some infections and miss 40% less school. They’re also less likely to go down with ear, nose and throat (…)

Why taking vitamin C is crucial to guard against Covid-19

Why taking Vitamin C is crucial right now

It has long been established that Vitamin C helps boost our immune system, both used to prevent colds and flu and to treat it. But in lockdown it has come into its own in the fight against Covid-19… Renowned preventive health expert Patrick Holford spent the first few weeks of lockdown writing a ground-breaking new (…)

5 ways that meditating benefits physical and mental health

5 reasons why meditating works

We’re great advocates of meditating here at The Hub. Here are five reasons why you don’t have to just take our word for it – medical proof that regular meditation can really make a difference to both your physical and mental health   1. Research using brain imaging has shown that meditating daily creates new (…)

Adi shakti: restoring your personal power

Adi shakti: restoring your personal power

We share with you a meditation, Adi shakti, to empower and motivate, tuning into your personal power and the infinite energy of the cosmos  This Hindu mantra is sometimes also called Adi parashakti, meaning the First Power. It’s a powerful mantra to attract infinite divine power and energy. When meditating with this mantra our intention (…)

Homeopathy and Covid-19

Homeopathy and Covid-19

Sue Leach, owner of The Hub and homeopath for the past 15 years, shares the experiences homeopaths around the world have had treating people suffering from Covid-19 Homeopathy is already renowned for its effectiveness in curbing epidemics. Samuel Hahnemann, the German physician and founder of homeopathy, successfully used it to treat patients during the scarlet (…)

Eating seasonally

Eating seasonally: win-win for you and nature

Eating with the seasons is a great way to get hold of organic produce more cheaply while also reducing the footprint of your diet. September is an amazing time to start eating seasonally if you live in the UK. British soils are busy bearing the very best of two seasons’ crops – the last of (…)

Homeopathy for Homeopathic Awareness Week

Why choose homeopathy?

To celebrate Homeopathic Awareness Week (10-16 April) Sue Leach, owner of The Natural Health Hub, outlines 10 reasons to choose homeopathy over conventional medicine   Kit yourself out for day-to-day ailments You don’t have to have a degree in homeopathy to use it highly effectively on a day-to-day basis. With a kit of a dozen (…)

Mother's love illustrated by a swan with her babies on her back

To mother with love

Remember a time when your mum went above and beyond? A time when she hugged you through an illness or after a nightmare, coaxed you through fear and loathing before a big event, praised a drawing that was utterly rubbish?! Maybe a moment of hilarity or fun that has a special place in your memory. (…)

Benefits of pilates for core strength, toning, flexility and the feel-good factor

5 reasons to do pilates

We’re so pleased to offer pilates at The Hub. It’s just SO beneficial in so many ways. Here are 5 reasons it should be part of everyone’s life – not least those who sit at a desk all day… ⁠Pilates brings positive realignment of the spine and body, allowing you to connect with your body (…)

Hypnotherapy used in mainstream medicine

Proof that hypnosis should be taken seriously

For too long hypnosis has had a bad rap. People have associated it either with cheap entertainment designed to amuse an audience, or with fear that somehow they will ‘lose control’ when they ‘go under’. But not only is a growing body of research starting to prove the benefits of hypnotherapy, hypnosis techniques are increasingly (…)

Whisper oil from DoTerra, tailormade for women

Perfect gift for Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day on 22 March. Fancy giving your mum something she will treasure for longer than just Mothering Sunday? Something that is quintessentially feminine and premium quality and guaranteed to make her feel special? We suggest DoTerra’s Whisper, a blend of  essential oils specifically tailormade for women  Whisper is a complex and diverse blend. (…)

The unforeseen problem of plastic waste due to coronavirus

Let’s cool it about coronavirus!

The most dangerous thing about coronavirus is the media hysteria, says Sue Leach, owner of The Natural Health Hub. You have much more chance of dying from flu or a traffic accident than from Covid-19, and if you’re going to get het up about infectious diseases look at the figures for TB   There’s no (…)

DoTerra lemon essential oil

Essential oil of the month: lemon

Whether it is being diffused, taken internally, or applied topically, lemon essential oil has so many uses and benefits that no household should be without it With its clean, fresh, citrus aroma, lemon is known for its purifying properties. Often used in cleaning products and air purifiers, it has distinct cleansing and deodorising characteristics that (…)

Drosera, homeopathic remedy for coughs

Drosera: a top homeopathic remedy for coughs

I’ve had quite a few calls in the last week from people suffering from coughs. It’s tended to be a similar cough, in fact, for which I’ve given them the homeopathic remedy drosera Drosera is a brilliant help for coughs, the homeopathic remedy I prescribe most frequently for coughing. It helps with a certain kind (…)

Woman Code by Alisa Vitti

Book of the month: Woman Code

Our book of the month for March is Woman Code by Alisa Vitti, recommended by our yoga teacher and bolster designer/maker Claudia Davies @studioknoga This book is a game changer, ladies. I’m telling you the younger you or your loved ones are when you access this knowledge regarding understanding your own body and hormonal cycles (…)

The Daily Dose. Benefits of a vegan or plant-based diet

Vegan for life, not just for January

A record 400,000 people signed up to the Veganuary movement (nearly double the number last year), but few of them have adopted a vegan diet for good. Our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple outlines why a more plant-focused shouldn’t be just a fad for a few weeks – it’s a great plan for the rest of (…)

Diagram showing how you can use hand reflexology to ease sciatica

Self-help reflexology for sciatica

Most people are familiar with foot reflexology, but did you know you can also use reflexology techniques on your own hand for some everyday conditions? The Hub’s reflexologist Ally Brown shows you how to work some of the pressure points on your hands to ease your sciatica The sciatic nerve runs from the nerves at (…)

Reiki, ancient Japanese holistic treatment that is excellent to relax and revitalise you

So what on earth is reiki?!

Our reiki practitioner Katharine O’Callaghan is fed up of people dismissing reiki as out there! Here is her down-to-earth, straightforward explanation of what exactly reiki is and what her treatments entail   Reiki is quite difficult to describe to people without sounding a bit ‘woo woo’. But I’m going to try to answer some of (…)

Hannah Bimpson with koala, raising money for the wildlife affected by the Australian bushfires

We’ve raised over £1,000 for the bushfire animals

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in The Hub’s yoga/meditation fundraiser on Thursday 30 January at SenSpa in Brockenhurst. We’ve raised just over £1,000 for the animals and wildlife that have been blighted by the bushfires in Australia For two months Australia has been ravaged by the fires. The toll this uncontrollable firestorm has taken (…)

Organic natural handmade yoga bolsters

Handmade natural organic yoga bolsters

Welcome to our newest product editions to The Hub: Claudia Davies’s Studio Knoga yoga bolsters which are lovingly supporting and warming our yogis on these cold winter mornings and evenings… Handmade by our very own yoga teacher Claudia Davies, these bolsters are crafted by her in her knitwear design studio in The New Forest. They (…)