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SELF-HELP BOOKS THAT BOOST YOUR BODY AND MIND…

An article in Woman and Home last month caught my eye. It asked ‘Do Self Help Books Work‘?

To be perfectly honest with you I have no idea if they work but many people have turned to them over the last year due to the pandemic and not being able to see a therapist for real. From sleep problems to chronic pain, anxiety and a lot more. Many of us have suffered at least one of these over the last 18 months.

They write that some books can be like ‘having a therapist on speed dial but without the hourly charge.‘ Reading something that can relate to you and guide you, can be life-changing. But, of course there are times when these books should be used with guidance from a professional.

Woman and Home suggest that you pick a self help book that focuses on a specific area of your life that you want to work on and check the reviews on it. Look for books that ask you questions and ask yourself these questions.

Some books they recommend to boost your body and mind during this difficult time for many are –

Self-Care for Tough Times: How to Heal in Times of Anxiety, Loss & Change by Suzy Reading – perfect for dealing with stress, grief, loss, change and transition. Also to help with loss of a loved one, illness or simply feeling exhausted. Self-care for Tough Times is a gentle yet powerful toolkit to help during difficult times, such as the end of a relationship, loss of a loved one, career change and times of heightened emotions or anxiety. These are the times when self-care is most important and yet often forgotten, but just a few small moments can make a huge difference to how we feel, how we release emotions rather than bottle them up and how we ride the ups and downs.

The Science of Sleep : Stop Chasing a Good Night’s Sleep and Let It Find You by Heather Darwall-Smith – perfect if the pandemic has sent you sleep routine out the window. Heather Darwall-Smith’s message in this book is simple: don’t panic! Humans are biologically programmed to sleep, and by interrogating all the factors – sociological, physiological, neurological, and psychological – that might be impeding this innate instinct, each of us can work out the changes we can make in our own lifestyles to allow ourselves to sleep naturally again.This book demystifies the bewildering data around sleep by combining science with natural self-help techniques.

I’m So Effing Tired by Dr Amy Shah – with many people in chronic pain or just exhausting from doing nothing constantly feeling exhausted in no fun. This book will help you beat burnout and help you feel less exhausted.

Are you feeling overwhelmed, overstressed, and overtired? If so, you’re not alone – and you don’t have to settle for feeling this way. Inspired by her personal wellness journey, Dr. Amy Shah has created this program so that you can regain your energy and reclaim your life. The key is tapping into the powerful energy trifecta: the complex, interconnected relationship between your gut, your immune system, and your hormones. Drawing on the latest science and her work helping thousands of clients, Dr. Shah explains how to transform your life by changing:

What You Eat: increase your fiber-rich, prebiotic vegetables, without giving up your wine and chocolate!?
When You Eat: intermittent fasting – the right way – can revamp your energy
Why You’re Stressed: discover simple exercises and herbs that ease anxiety

In just two weeks, you’ll feel your energy surge. In three months, you’ll feel like a whole new person. It’s time to regain the energy you’ve lost, so you can get back to the life you want to live.

The Brain Fitness Book by Rita Carter – A Healthy Mind helps you keep a healthy body so this training manual for the mind will keep you feeling great. A book of logic puzzles and cognitive exercises to improve memory, beat brain fog, boost processing time and sharpen problem solving.

Packed with expert advice, brain tests, and a range of exercises to stimulate your memory and mental agility, The Brain Fitness Book will equip you with everything you need to keep your brain working to its maximum potential. It includes puzzles, sensory exercises and step-by-step introductions to activities from playing the guitar to beginning yoga and tai chi.

Discover how to achieve a brain-healthy lifestyle!

This empowering guide highlights the role of quality sleep, a healthy diet and physical exercise to help you look after both your physical and mental well-being. Our mental fitness is just as crucial as our body’s, with regular training your brain helps you to be less prone to age-related decline, as well as conquering stress, anxiety, and the risk of depression. The Brain Fitness Book is the perfect gift or purchase for anyone interested in maintaining mental health and cognition.

Source: Woman & Home

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3 BOOK REVIEWS ON HERBAL & HEDGEROW MEDICINE…

With months of being mainly at home during the summer I have walked more in the countryside than ever before. It made me look at wild flowers and hedgerows in a completely different light.

I am sure most of us will not know that Britain’s hedgerows may have remedies for all sorts of health conditions, tinctures, beauty and even household uses. So, I headed to Amazon and purchased some books on the subject. There are quite a number of them but I think the ones I write about here are well worth investing in. They are all by the same authors who seem to be a specialist in this field.Just remember if it is something that you take then first check with your GP in case it might interact with any medication you are on.

Kitchen Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal £12.75

They say our kitchen shelves are full of remedies for all sorts of illnesses and accidents. In fact most domestic accidents occur in the kitchen. But if the home has hidden dangers, it also contains many handy but often overlooked ingredients for treating household emergencies and common ailments, from bee stings and cuts to sore throats and chilblains.

The products for these remedies include herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, oils and vinegars, and many other familiar items.

In Kitchen Medicine the authors of the successful Hedgerow Medicine now move indoors to describe the wealth of healing and emergency remedies that sit unused and idle in the kitchen. Superb illustrations adorn a lively text.

The ailments and illnesses that kitchen medicine can address are comprehensively listed, making diagnosis and cure both immediate and easy.

This book has a great wealth of knowledge, an inspiration and healing abilities. The photos are amazing and it has historical notes and anecdotes with an easy reference listed by ailment. You will be amazed at what you have in your store-cupboard. A bit like having a chemist at your doorstep.

Hedgerow Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal £12.75

Julie and Matthew explain that Britain’s hedgerows abound with forgotten remedies for countless health problems. Julie Bruton-Seal, practicising medical herbalist, together with her co-author, the editor and writer Matthew Seal, have responded to the growing interest in natural medicine by aiming this book at the amateur who wants to improve his or her health in the same way that mankind has done for centuries around the world: by using local wild plants and herbs. There are clear instructions about which plants to harvest, when, and over 120 recipes showing how to make them into teas, vinegars, oils, creams, pillows, poultices or alcohol-based tinctures. Julie and Matthew explain which ailments can be treated, and what benefits can be expected. As well as being packed with practical information on using 50 native plants, Hedgerow Medicine also gives a fascinating insight into the literary, historic and worldwide application of these herbal remedies.

This is another great book clearly laid out for you to discover what’s growing in your local hedgerow. You will never look at a hedgerow the same again after reading this book. It has 250 beautiful colour images and something that will be picked up by anyone if left on your table.

It contains each herb, with its own page or two (or three) about what it does, how to use it, how the herb was used in history with a beautiful accompanying picture. An priceless book for herbalists enthusiasts alike that gives good tips on making tinctures, teas, poultices and much more. It would make a great Christmas present.

The Herbalist’s Bible by Julie Burton-Seal – £17.99

Julie explains that Herbalist to King Charles I, John Parkinson (1567–1650) was a master apothecary, herbalist and gardener. Famous in his own lifetime for his influential books, his magnum opus was published in 1640, the Theatrum Botanicum, which ran to 1,788 large pages. The sheer scope and size was perhaps to prove the book’s downfall because, while it was much revered and indeed plagiarized, it was never reprinted and now has the status of an extremely valuable rare book. Parkinson was writing at a time when Western herbalism was at its zenith, and his skills as a plantsman combined perfectly with his passion for science, observation and historical scholarship. In this editor’s selection, Julie and Matthew have printed Parkinson’s clear and lively description of a chosen plant’s ‘vertues’ or healing properties, adding their own modern commentary and a contemporary take on his almost-forgotten herbal recipes. Busy herbalists, historians and gardeners will welcome this restoration and sensitive highlighting of Parkinson’s huge lost classic.

This book shows you a glimpse into another world when plants were the only remedy of most ailments. They say that even today around 40 per cent of all drugs used are of plant origin.

It’s a great book well set out with lots of information and stunning pictures. It has the original John Parkinson’s text and line drawings along with the modern descriptions and photos.