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Herbal medicine for a restful sleepEvery month brings with it a new theme to my clinic – last month, it was sleep. Whether you’ve tossed and turned once or twice or have been counting sheep for months, sleeplessness is something familiar to us all.

Sure enough, a 2015 study reported by Science magazine found Portugal to be one of the most restless countries in Europe, with almost 30% of adults grappling with sleep problems.

Garlic: The world's best antibioticIf I told you that garlic, a humble kitchen herb, has the potential to save the world from the threat of antibiotic resistant infections, you probably wouldn’t believe me.

Luckily, you don’t have to take my word for it – Nottingham University carried out “ground-breaking” research in 2015 that explains it all scientifically.

7 tips to boost your energy this late summerThis summer was crazy work! Running from one place to another without any time for you? You may feel exhausted and lacking energy. Estrela Health & Beauty shares some tips to make you feel better, so you are not only ready for the last quarter of the year, the beginning of your kids' school or just feeling better after this exhausting summer.

A holistic approach to hypothyroidismSeveral women came to me last month with hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function. All had different symptoms, but had one thing in common: they had all been diagnosed with something else.

If you have battled with weight gain, low energy, fluid retention, depression, anxiety, menstrual/fertility or digestive problems at any point in your life – and have been told your thyroid tests are ‘normal’ – read on.

Ana at her hair studio in LagosThis is a story of my hairstylist Ana, Vidal Sassoon trained and a former backstage hairstylist with TONI&GUY. She is the best hairdresser I have known so far: perfection and beauty is her signature in her work.

Ana Mamic-Langley, originally from Zagreb, fell in love with an English guy. Their love soon culminated into their marriage and she bore a beautiful child, a boy named Jyoti Prem, which means a “flame of love” in Sanskrit. The arrival of the baby brought a lot of joy to the sweet home of Ana, and she was on top of the clouds.
However, Ana’s dream life of having a happy family with a loving husband and her little baby had started to fade when the harsh reality of life was setting in. During her maternity leave, from her well-paid job in a prestigious salon where the cost of a haircut was from 70 pounds onwards, she had used up her savings and the financial strain started to take away the happiness of her sweet home. Her husband’s attitude towards work was poor and it always cost him his job quickly, so mostly he was busy “searching” a new one. He anyway looked only for small jobs, for being unqualified.

PoppyEveryone seems to be talking about a 'new' digestive condition called SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

This difficult disorder is now thought to be the underlying cause of up to 75% of cases of  irritable bowel syndrome, (IBS) which affects up to one in five people in the UK.

This article will explain exactly what SIBO is, how to test for it and how herbalists treat it using diet, herbs and supplements.

If you’re one of those people with IBS who’ve “tried everything” with no luck, read on...

PoppyBefore reading this article, close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Feel a little calmer? You’ve just tapped into your Vagus nerve.

The Vagus or ‘wandering’ nerve starts in the brainstem, just behind the ears, and travels down the neck and all through the chest and abdomen, connecting the brain with the lungs, heart, spleen, gut, kidneys and reproductive organs.

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