Spring can be a particularly difficult time for hayfever sufferers (me included) but organic herbal expert, Pukka Herbs, believes the symptoms can be avoided with the use of natural remedies.
I’m going to give their recommendations a try, as every summer I seem to find myself with a collection of boxes and bottles of product claiming a cure and some of the vessels cannot be easily recycled; this year, it’s time to see how much Mother Nature can do for me.
Here’s some additional advice from Pukka’s herbal director, Sebastian Pole. “If our digestion becomes impaired, we cannot absorb and metabolise what we are putting into ourselves. This can create a toxic overload that coats our mucus membranes and obstructs the free flow of air, resulting in hayfever symptoms. Congestion, sneezing, itchiness, heavy head and difficulty in breathing are particularly common.
I must confess, it’s the first lit fest I’ve been confirmed to attend this year and I’m beside myself with excitement. It’s in Dorchester on Thames in beautiful Oxfordshire and I might do a book signing at a nearby Waterstones the day before, so it’ll be all go.
The event boasts something for all the family and there’s a stack of stuff for children of all ages to do too. There are also readings to be given by children’s authors Julia Golding of The Cat series, Dragonfly and Darcie Lock and also Jenny Nimmo, famed for her award winning books on Charlie Bone.
The event was created by myself and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Bristol based charity The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa). They run a vital helpline and website for the estimated 3.6 million young and adult children of alcohol-dependent parents in the UK, many of whom live in confusion and isolation.
Snowed in, oh yea, we’re seriously snowed in and I can’t get to the Apple radio station today…..needless to say, I’m not a happy rock chick.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to bring you any of my usual eco-natter via the t’internet, nor will I be able to give away free tickets to see a movie at your local ODEON cinema, but as if by the power of magic, it seems I can bring you some of the music I had on my playlist!
All you need to do is click on the ‘Pop Out Player’ button below or see my page at PlayList and you can enjoy some of my favourite music, well 10 tracks of it at least, which should keep you occupied and entertained for an hour or so.
If you like the songs, minimise the page, or just open another window and continue your webbing….hopefully I’ll bring a smile to your chops and lighten your morning.
It’s almost time to go dashing through the snow in my one horse open sleigh (ok, I lied, there’s no sleigh, but it would certainly come in handy this week) to broadcast Slow Down and Green Up on the radio.
Between 10am and 1pm GMT on Wednesday, I’ll be talking about all the things that have tickled my green bone over the past week and as usual, I’ll be giving away free tickets for the ODEON cinema for you to see a movie of your choice.
The lovely Jon Kelly will be dropping in at midday the Odeon Cinema coming in to talk about the hot and happening movies of the week, the absolute must see’s and we’ll also discuss the new film releases too.
Ban the Plastic Bag is a small but very evocative read from the green shelf of Fragile Earth Books and essentially, it sets out a community action plan for a carrier bag-free world.
Every year 17 billion carrier bags are given away free in the UK; that means an average of 300 carrier bags for every man, woman and child. Plastics do not biodegrade and scientists now estimate that plastic lasts for up to 1,000 years.
Every carrier bag that has ever been produced is still on the planet, in landfill, hedgerows, or floating in the sea. Plastic bag litter is lethal, killing over 100,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, whales and turtles every year.
Worldwide, people are rallying: in Bangladesh and Taiwan carrier bags have been banned; China has announced it will soon do the same. Ireland introduced a 15p levy on plastic bags, which has led to a 90% reduction in their use. Marks & Spencer has introduced a similar charge.