St. John’s Wort: It can help to boost low mood and treat mild depression. It is particularly good at restoring lost interest in sex.
Black Cohosh: This herb can help to overcome some of the menopause symptoms that are due to a lowering of estrogen levels.
Blackcurrant Leaves: Blackcurrant leaves are an effective treatment for hot sweats.
Horsetail: Horsetail is a useful herbal remedy if you are prone to night sweats.
Dandelion: The humble dandelion is a powerful diuretic and can be used to help reduce fluid retention.
Evening Primrose Oil: It can be useful in the treatment of breast pain, menopause symptoms, dry skin and lackluster hair.
Source: Vyas, B. 1999. Simply Radiant. London, U.K.: Thorsons.
- Stop eating earlier in the evening, like 7:30 pm
- Work out a little bit longer
- Carry healthy snacks like cantaloupe and almonds
- Drink a lot of water
Part of our new series of talks and debates opening up a new public conversation about spirituality in the 21st century, Professor Guy Claxton explores spirituality’s embodied nature. Dr Jonathan Rowson chairs this event.
“First, grab a cleanser with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells trapped in pores. Follow with a lotion with bacteria-zapping benzoyl peroxide and a high SPF to ward off drying UV rays…At night, go for a one-two punch with a product that has benzoyl peroxide and retinol (a vitamin A derivative) to unclog pores and up cell turnover, which will help fade dark spots. Finally, try a moisturizer containing soy, another hardworking brightener.” (p.100)
Source: 30 Days to Amazing Skin, January 2014, InStyle Magazine, p. 99-104.
“Finally, we offer forgiveness to ourselves. If we can truly give love to ourselves we will be able to then receive love from another. Can we acknowledge that we have faults, but that we are not just our faults? That we don’t always do things perfectly, but we do the best we can? Breathing in deeply, repeat, There are many ways that I have harmed myself through my thoughts, words and actions. There are countless ways that I have hurt and injured myself. I have betrayed, caused sadness and abandoned myself, consciously and unconsciously, due to my own anger, hurt and confusion. I acknowledge these now. I offer forgiveness to myself. May I be forgiven...Breathe in love and forgiveness into your heart and feel the healing power of giving this to yourself.” (p. 272)
Zhao, X. 2006. Ancient Healing for Modern Women. New York, N.Y.: Walker & Company.
“People tend to blame canine weight gain on lack of exercise, but overfeeding is usually the biggest culprit. Treats are silent saboteurs of good health, and account for a tremendous amount of calories, salt, and fat. Veterinarian Ernie Ward recommends nutrient-rich alternatives like pieces of veggies (broccoli, green beans, baby carrots) or lean cooked meat, which taste better than processed treats. Single-ingredient store-bought treats like salmon flakes or freeze-dried fruits and meats are also good options. But treat within reason. If you notice weight gain, scale back.”
Misagal, T. (2013). A Hefty Matter. Martha Stewart Living, 237, 162.