What’s your dosha type?

What's your dosha type?

Eating an ayurvedic diet can be a good way to bring balance back into our lives, according to East by West author Jasmine Hemsley. Ayurvedic eating is all about harmonising mind, body and spirit and balancing your own individual needs with the changing environment that surrounds you. “Ayurvedic food is by its nature fresh, slow-cooked… Read more

Am I a good friend? Take our quiz and read about the surprising health benefits of friendship

Are you a good friend? Take our friendship quiz

Having good friends around you can help you weather everything that life throws at you, even if you don’t see them as often as you’d like! Friendship has wide-ranging benefits for our physical and mental health and general wellbeing. The health benefits of strong social connections include living longer and having a stronger immune system. For… Read more

The success of being solo

Christine Ingall

Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to be lonely, writes Jo Carnegie. As Beyonce once memorably sang, there are a lot of single ladies around. But we still live in a society geared towards couples and when we’re on our own, we often stop doing things we love. This can end up with us leading… Read more

Rachel de Thample’s elderberry syrup with echinacea recipe

Both elderberries and echinacea are powerful immune system boosters and have been used to prevent and treat colds and flus for many years, according to chef, forager and food writer Rachel de Thample. “Ginger is also added for its antimicrobial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix all of these immune powerhouses together to give your nasty… Read more

Rachel de Thample’s everyday health tonic recipe

Rachel de Thample's everyday health tonic recipe

“This tonic is a brilliant booster for everyday health and a must-have remedy to use during flu season,” says chef, forager and food writer Rachel de Thample. “The ginger helps to calm inflammation and create internal heat. The cayenne acts to boost circulation and horseradish is a decongestant, while garlic and onion help with overall… Read more

Rachel de Thample’s tom yum tea recipe

Tom yum tea recipe

Forager, chef and food writer Rachel de Thample describes this as “a brilliant cold-busting tea that tastes rather like tom yum soup”. Take two to three times daily when you feel a cold coming on, but avoid drinking it late at night as the ginger and cayenne make this quite a stimulating tea.    Ingredients… Read more

Rebecca Sullivan’s homemade cough syrup recipe

Oh, honey honey. Honey has so many properties that keep us healthy – from antibacterial to anti-inflammatory. When the season turns cold, the dreaded coughs and colds begin. A sore throat can mean sleepless nights and one of the simplest solutions is honey. It acts in a similar way to cough syrup by coating the… Read more

How optimistic are you? Take our optimist quiz and find out how to be more positive

Optimistic woman

Are you a natural optimist or do you always think about the negatives? Do you find it easy to cope with unexpected disasters or do they completely throw you off track? While most of us are neither one extreme or the other, you’re likely to find that you identify with an optimistic or pessimistic personality… Read more

7 ways to stay mindful over Christmas and New Year

Mindful Christmas tips

Over the Christmas holidays, our usual routines and habits can be disrupted, leaving us feeling unsettled and not particularly jolly! Self-care shouldn’t stop just because the festive season is here and it’s still important to take the time to look after yourself mindfully  – even if it’s just in a small way. We’ve put together… Read more

7 ways to bring gratitude into your life this Thanksgiving

Pumpkin pie

At this time of year, with Thanksgiving on the way and Christmas approaching at high speed, it’s a good excuse to pause and reflect on our lives. Bringing gratitude into our lives can really help us to appreciate what we have – and to value our own skills and abilities. It also teaches us to… Read more