Friday, 21 October 2016

Treating Teenage Acne

Acne, chronic inflammation of the pores of the skin, affects 85 per cent percent of young people aged 12 to 14 (as if the teenage years are not difficult enough!). Acne can be severe enough to cause scarring, which is why treatment intervention is so important at early stages. More often than not, any form of acne can severely affect self image and self confidence in teenagers.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Careful what you slather on your skin

I have found that as many as seven out of ten of my clients are on the wrong product for their skin type and skin complaints when they come to my clinic. This is big problem. Not only do they have cupboards full of expensive lotions that are not working for them, the products can also be worsening or even creating the very skin issue they’re trying to resolve.

Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy

Aine Delaney is a licenced acupuncturist with a busy clinic in Health and Herbs, treating couples with fertility issues using acupuncture and herbal remedies. She is a registered nurse, and qualified midwife, and also works as a locum acupuncturist in the Sims Fertility Clinic, Dublin.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Best poultice in the world!

I have a typical teenage boy full of hormones, 5 brain cells and the attitude to go with it! This also means that it takes a while to get that the hugely infected sore on your heel needs looking into...
He was wearing his runners without socks on a longer than anticipated walk. Subsequently his poor heel was red raw by the time he got home. To make a long story shorter, a few days later it was very tender, red and hot to touch. Inflammation was setting in. Next he got a raging fever that lasted 24 hours but I didn't know about the infection at this point. I found out the next day.

We tried hot Epsom salt foot baths for two days and clean dressings to no avail.
Now I was getting really worried.
Luckily Dr.Dilis Clare happened to walk into Health & Herbs(she wasn't supposed to be in that day) and I showed her Luke's foot(see below).

What is hard to see in the pictures is that a line of infection was starting to travel up his leg. Dilis recommended I put a poultice of slippery elm powder mixed with a blend of echinacea and calendula 90% tincture to form a paste. I applied to the heel and the line of infection. 
She also recommended some herbs to take internally because the inflammation was acute enough at this point to be in danger of him developing septicaemia or cellulitis. 
Within 48 hours the infection was totally reversed!
We continued with the herb bottle and rubbing some echinacea/calendula on the heel for a further 48 hours to be on the safe side. 
Thanks to the herbs we avoided oral antibiotics or worse.

This was last  week.
Below is today.
The poultice is also great for insect bites, healing lots of sores, cuts and other infections.
I will definitely be an important part of our first aid box from now on.
Happy health Tara.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Kale, Roasted Cauliflower & Barley Salad

Here is a recipe I made in my new 'Funky Salads Class' and it went down a treat. A great way to use your fresh kale (which I have in spades at the moment in my garden).
Kale is a super boosting vegetable packed with Magnesium, B6, Iron and B3 for energy, mood and stress support. Calms the nerves and soothes our aches. Lots of dietary fibre to keep you regular, Vitamin E for the skin and Calcium for strong bones and heart health.
Tip - if you are on thyroid medication lightly steam the kale for 2 minutes and plunge into a bowl of ice to keep it crunchy.

A deeper look at bruises

Bruising is caused by damage to the small capillaries, which are the blood vessels under the skin surface.
Blood leaks out of these blood vessels due to trauma and seepage occurs in the surrounding tissues.
Any blow or bump that is hard enough will result in bruise onset.
If bruising presents at a site where no trauma has occurred, it is advisable to consult your GP.  These could be early signs of a more serious condition.