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In the words of the Von Trapp family…

In the words of the Von Trapp family…

….so long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye. This will be my last post for the NaturalCures blog, as I’ll be venturing onto pastures new as of next week. They say ‘every experience is a learning experience’. They also say ‘you learn something new every day’ – and I’ve been here for a heck of a lot of days! So what have I learned? I thought I’... »

Time to be kind to your skin? Try Zao Organic Make-up

Time to be kind to your skin? Try Zao Organic Make-up

In my teenage years, I based my make-up buying decisions solely on color and price. If it was bright, sparkly and cheap it was good enough for me. I knew nothing of make-up brushes or sponges, instead preferring to apply make up – sometimes even eyeshadow and blush – with my fingers. Tut, tut. Thankfully, while I’m still drawn to the odd sparkly eye shadow or shimmery lip gloss, ... »

The Bakewell Soap Co – Natural Soap-a-stars!

The Bakewell Soap Co – Natural Soap-a-stars!

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to skincare my view is the fewer ingredients the better. There’s nothing worse than dryness or sensitivity as a result of another shower gel turning your skin into scales, or a too-tight face after another drug store moisturizer. Who’s with me? So when a press release from natural soap makers The Bakewell Soap Co dropped into my inbox I f... »

Quick weekend make: Stunningly-scented lavender bath treats

Quick weekend make: Stunningly-scented lavender bath treats

Earlier today we recommended you whip up a deliciously healthy weekend breakfast of cooked tomatoes on wholemeal toast. And because we all love making something lovely during our time away from work (I know I do) I’m reminding you about my quick and easy tutorial for lavender bath fizzers. They’re ridiculously easy to make (if I can manage it, anyone can!) and take less than 30 minutes... »

Thirty-day fitness challenge: Week three update

Thirty-day fitness challenge: Week three update

In an ideal world, you’d get straight back on the horse you’d fallen off (or so the saying goes). But this is Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred we’re talking about, and this week, at least, said horse resembled a pretty petrifying ‘beast’. But after a few much-needed days of rest (I had done my knees in, after all) I persevered through Level 2 of the grueling month... »

Thirty-day fitness challenge: Week two update

Thirty-day fitness challenge: Week two update

If last week’s words of the week were ‘pain’, ‘sore’ and ‘throb’, I think the phrase to describe my last seven days’ progress with my thirty-day fitness challenge is ‘damp squib’. Why? This week’s worth of exercise finished almost as quickly as it began. And I know Jillian Michaels (the instructor behind the hugely popular 30 Day Sh... »

Blueberry Pancake Day: Whip up a breakfast treat

Blueberry Pancake Day: Whip up a breakfast treat

When my other half treated me to homemade American-style pancakes for the first time at the weekend, I figured he must be psychic. Why? Today (January 28) is National Blueberry Pancake Day and I guessed he must be getting in some practise ahead of the big day. I was wrong; he knew nothing of the national celebration. But rest assured I’ll be dropping a few hints this evening. Perhaps we coul... »

Thirty-day fitness challenge: Week one update

Thirty-day fitness challenge: Week one update

Today’s update is brought to you by the words ‘pain’, ‘sore’ and ‘throb’. Put it this way, I don’t need to hop aboard ‘Doc’s’ time-travelling DeLorean to know how my haggard old limbs will feel in years to come. Confused? Read my introductory post about my grueling 30-day fitness challenge. So how have I been getting on? Let me just... »

Homeopathy is ‘rubbish’, says top UK doctor

Homeopathy is ‘rubbish’, says top UK doctor

Here at NaturalCures we’re expecting huge backlash from homoeopathists everywhere following a staggering statement from a top British doctor. Professor Dame Sally Davies, a consultant  haematologist, or specialist in blood diseases, at the Central Middlesex  Hospital from 1985 until 2011, believes “homeopathy is rubbish and shouldn’t be available on the NHS”, according to T... »

Overdoing your new year exercise regime? Don’t, says new study

Overdoing your new year exercise regime? Don’t, says new study

I’ve recently put myself forward for an intensive 30-day fitness challenge, so I know more than anyone how the dreaded guilt can set in when the end of the working day rolls by and I’m just not ready to work out. I’m not saying I’m a quitter; far from it. But after several days intensive workout my knees and legs have just about had it and I fear I’ll be doing myself ... »

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