Health jottings

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

Staying calm and on an even keel by Varvara Dranidis

Varvara’s 10 tips on staying calm and positive

Our wellness and health coach Varvara Dranidis shares her 10 top strategies to stay calm and on an even keel mentally and emotionally. Connect with friends and family frequently even if it’s just sending an emoji on WhatsApp. Use positive affirmations daily – eventually negative thoughts will be less powerful. Write your thoughts down at (…)

homeopathic remedy lotus, bringer of universal peace and calm

Lotus: to keep calm and carry on

Lotus is a homeopathic remedy that is just right for this period of uncertainty and anxiety, writes homeopath Sue Leach, because it is calming, grounding and healing in one. The remedy was made from a lotus plant growing in a pond in sacred ground in an ashram in Kerala, southern India. The seeds of this (…)

Free hypnotherapy from Alexandra Taylor

Free hypnotherapy from Alexandra

To honour World Mental Health Day on 10 October our cognitive hypnotherapist Alexandra Taylor is offering FREE half-hour hypnotherapy sessions – make the most of this offer as it will be running for a limited time only! Hypnosis is a valuable self-care tool that can help you alleviate your stress, cultivate a lasting positive self-image (…)

Exploring stress

Exploring stress with Shelley Edwards

Three-quarters of us are suffering from ‘stress’ right now today. But what exactly does this mean? What is stress? What are your stresses, as opposed to other people’s? What’s stress like for you? Our NLP life coach Shelley Edwards asks you to take some time out, grab a pen and paper, then sit down to (…)

Lemon essential oil

Ally’s oil of the month: lemon

Every month our reflexologist Ally Brown chooses an essential oil that’s right for the time of year. This month, as we move into the mists and damp of autumn and can feel a bit glum, she has chosen lemon oil At this time of year many people can start to sink into the darker days, (…)

The power of crystal healing

The power of crystal healing

Our new office manager Rebecca Marr is passionate about crystals. She explains how they can be a powerful force in your life in recalibrating your personal energy, and she offers a few tips on choosing the right crystal for you… Crystals have been worked with by medicine people and shamans around the world for thousands (…)

Affirmations

Affirmations: do they really work?

Our cognitive hypnotherapist Alexandra Taylor is all in favour of making positive affirmations. She explains how you are what you think, literally… ‘Do affirmations really work?’ my sister asked me a few weeks ago. This is a question I get asked a lot by my clients and friends. You perhaps, like them, may be thinking (…)

hand reflexology for stress and anxiety

DIY reflexology for stress and anxiety

We hold a lot of tension in the palms of our hands, and simply kneading your way across your palms can be remarkable for bringing those stress levels down. Our reflexologist Ally Brown shares some simple hand reflexology techniques that you can use on yourself to help you out on days when you’re feeling stressed (…)

World Hypnobirthing Day

Every year on 21 March World Hypnobirthing Day is celebrated across the globe. But what is hypnobirthing, is it for everyone and can it help with any anxiety we feel about childbirth? We don’t tend to give much thought to how we’re going to give birth to a baby before we actually get pregnant but (…)

Writing your goals for 2019

It’s not too late to set goals for 2021!

Yes, we know it’s a month since the start of the new year, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make some positive resolutions! Eighty per cent of people have already failed to do any of their resolutions by now anyway. We offer some inspiration on changing the path of your life: out with (…)

Gut health cleanse

5-day gut health cleanse

Our 5-day gut health cleanse is the perfect antidote to lockdown. Clear your gut of the excesses of the festive season, and re-energise your micro biome and whole system. Your body will thank you – both physically and mentally! No dieting, no fasting, just follow our nutritionist’s FREE healthy eating programme for five days Developed (…)

Scot playing bagpipes in celebration of vegetarian haggis for Burns Night

Vegetarian haggis for Burns Night

Celebrate Burns Night on 25 January with our holistic nutritionist Nikki Robertson’s vegetarian haggis, either baked in a loaf tin or made into parcels wrapped in Savoy cabbage  Vegetarian haggis Prep time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves 6 You will need: loaf tin, foil Ingredients 80g lentils 1 onion, chopped 3 large mushrooms, (…)

Resilience in pandemic times

Building inner resilience in pandemic times

Feeling discombobulated? Who isn’t right now! Neena Saith, our pranic healing practitioner, offers some valuable advice on how to build resilience in this emotional rollercoaster of a year. Neena is offering free consultations to teachers and NHS workers Since starting at the Natural Health Hub in October it has become very clear to me that (…)

Gut health reboot challenge

Feedback on our gut reboot challenge

Here’s some of the feedback Nikki Robertson, our holistic nutritionist, received from people who took part in January’s Gut Health Reboot challenge. It’s still not too late to join her challenge starting on 1 February – go on… if cooking’s become a chore and eating healthily gone out the window, then this is just right (…)

Gut health cleanse

5-day gut health cleanse

Our 5-day gut health cleanse is the perfect antidote to lockdown. Clear your gut of the excesses of the festive season, and re-energise your micro biome and whole system. Your body will thank you – both physically and mentally! No dieting, no fasting, just follow our nutritionist’s FREE healthy eating programme for five days Developed (…)

New Year objectives

Objectives > Gameplan > Execution

Rod Davis knows a thing or two about motivating people. As well as being a world-class sailor himself he has coached many sailors to Olympic success. Here are his thoughts on how to motivate yourself to achieve your goals: it doesn’t matter if you want to be get to the Olympics, shed a few kilos, (…)

Turning New Year resolutions into reality

Turning your New Year resolutions into reality

New Year is a time for reflection. You may be feeling remorse after too much indulgence over Christmas. You will undoubtedly want to put the gloom and negativity of 2020 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 (…)

The treehouse meditation to take you to a place where you always feel safe and at ease

The treehouse meditation with Shelley Edwards

As we head into the second week of the second lockdown you may well feel drawn to this treehouse meditation from our NLP life coach and yoga instructor Shelley Edwards… A calm place amid the uncertainty   ‘No matter what is happening in the forest of your life you can always return to the sanctuary (…)

vitamin d3 drops vegan

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? The odds are you’re not, particularly this year. As our top source of this nutrient is the sun, not food, and most of us have been forced to be home-bound for a long period this spring, yet another byproduct of lockdown is you’re most likely deficient in Vitamin D. (…)

Sweet potato and bean bake

Sweet potato and bean bake (vegan)

Our recipe of the month, from holistic nutritionist Nikki Robertson, is this winter warming sweet potato and bean bake I like to use up whatever’s around in recipes. So I had a tin of butter beans and a little left of two types of dried beans, which I cooked first. The bake is delicious served (…)