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Coughs and Colds, Naturally!

General Health & Wellbeing, Therapies Posted on Wed, March 18, 2020 04:07PM

Despite it already being Spring time, it looks like the season of colds and coughs is nowhere near left behind yet!

The recent outbreak of Coronavirus is not helping the matters in any way, with current NHS advice to self- isolate (which I urge you to follow) on sign of any symptoms which may relate to corona, it becomes very frightening to start noticing a bit of a sore throat or the dreaded cough in yourself or your loved ones!

Whilst there is no current cure or proven treatment for the circulating strain of coronavirus, there are many tried and tested approaches to coughs and colds which may come very useful when used alongside other measures.

With this in mind, my top 4 herbs for a sore throat and dry cough are:

  • Licorice root- which has a very strong soothing and anti-inflammatory action- you can try it as a syrup, lozenges or even as tea!
  • Marshmallow root- known to relieve cough which is dry and hacking in character- cost commonly found as a tea or extract
  • Plantain- especially useful for coughs which seem to have no end and there’s some wheezing involved
  • Slippery Elm- has a coating and soothing action for throat- you can try it as a tea

My top 4 homeopathic remedies for dry coughs are:

  • Aconite- if the cough seems to come on suddenly and ‘out of nowhere’, especially if accompanied by high fever and a lot of feelings of anxiety
  • Bryonia- especially useful if the cough causes a splitting headache and you feel like holding your sides in order to cough
  • Kali Carb- if you need to sit up in order to be able to get relief whilst coughing and the attacks usually come on at night
  • Phosphorus- if the cough is a result of a tickling sensation and causes burning in your chest


  • If you feel very cold and swallowing causes a stabbing pain in your throat (especially if it travels to your right ear), please try Hepar Sulph!

There are many remedies, both herbal and homeopathic, which could be used for cough symptoms and, in order to be of the most benefit, need to be chosen to the exact symptoms you are experiencing.

If you are looking to support your immune system in this stressful and taxing time, I can recommend my top 3 supplements:

Our Homeopath, Jadwiga James, is offering Skype, Whatsapp and Vsee consultations to support you in managing your symptoms. You can contact her directly by emailing:

Message in a bottle

Therapies Posted on Tue, March 03, 2020 10:55AM

March has a message for you!

Hold onto your Hopes and Dreams!

  • What do your Dreams look like?
  • Do you remember them?…
  • Have you let them go?…
  • Did you even have any?…

Life has a way of knocking the stuffing out of you when you least expect it and it’s at this point that you tend to ‘lose yourself’. To let go of your ‘Hopes & Dreams’ means to ‘Wither & Die’ like a plant that’s not been watered.

Your Heart is the Well Spring of Life and it yearns to be fed with your ‘Hopes & Dreams’ to keep it alive.

A very wise man once said: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick”.

Come and feel well again by connecting to your Heart’s Desires.

Come to see clearly again the visions and aspirations you once held with excitement, through a Colour Reflection Reading .

There’s a very special message in each bottle that’s uniquely for you…

Endometriosis awareness month

General Health & Wellbeing, Therapies Posted on Tue, February 25, 2020 12:34PM

Did you know that March is an Endometriosis awareness month?

For those of you who are fortunate enough not to belong to the women who suffer from it, I’m going to include a brief introduction.

So… what actually is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is usually considered as a chronic illness. It happens when the inner lining of your uterus (endometrium) starts growing outside of its bounds. It can spread to the fallopian tubes and ovaries, grow its way into the peritoneum, bladder, bowels and even go as far as lungs!

The cells which are lining the uterus are responding to fluctuations in the levels of oestrogen, building themselves up when it’s at its peak and dying off when it drops lower- that’s when we experience the menstrual flow.

The problem occurs when the cells creating the lining spread and then break down in places which don’t enable for them to become expelled as they normally would during the monthly period. Because of that, the pooling blood needs to be reabsorbed back by the surrounding tissue which is a much slower process.

Since we all experience rise and fall in hormonal levels every month, the endometrial ‘implants’ can become increasingly bigger, even turning into scar tissue which can bind internal organs together.

Why does it happen? Nobody really knows… but Endometriosis has been linked to hereditary tendencies as well as exposure to chlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and dioxin, so there is a potential element of toxic exposure and its buildup within the body.

What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

In short: PAIN. Depending on the areas affected by endometriosis, it can include:

  • Pain and bleeding during bowel movements
  • Pain and bleeding during urination
  • Pain in abdominal area
  • Pain in lower back
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain during menstruation- when the endometrium is breaking off causing pooling of blood in the affected cavities
  • Pain during first 2 weeks of the cycle- when the endometrium is building up

As well as:

  • Nausea, diarrhea or constipation
  • Formation of blood-filled cysts, most commonly on the ovaries
  • Problems becoming pregnant- 30-40% of infertility cases are due to endometriosis!

What are your options if have been diagnosed with Endometriosis?

Standard medical treatment involves symptom management and revolves around the use of:

  • painkillers, such as codeine, paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • synthetic hormone therapy, which puts women in a state of artificial menopause
  • surgery, used to remove adhesions

They are not your only options.

If you would like to address the Endometriosis instead of just managing its symptoms, you could try homeopathic treatment.

Homeopathy is a natural, non-toxic and side-effects free system of medicine which works by bringing your body and its functions back to balance to enable you live a life which is not restricted by pain and discomfort. There are no contraindications for homeopathic treatment and it’s very often used on its own or as an addition to any other therapy or medications you are currently taking.

If you would like to find out how homeopathy could help you address the root of your problems, book in for a free 20 minute, no-obligation chat with our homeopath:

Is Mother’s Day not your day?

Personal stories, Therapies Posted on Tue, February 25, 2020 12:00PM

Mother’s day for many is a time of joy, but for others can be a time of dread, especially if you have lost your own mum or have been struggling to become a mum for many years as our very own ARR trained Reproductive Reflexologist Rachel Hill knows very well.  Four years ago having just gone through a failed cycle of IVF, it just so happened that my husband and I were in a hotel overnight for a friend’s 40th.  As we went into the breakfast room, on the day that coincidentally happened to be Mothers Day, we were greeted with a rose and wished Happy Mother’s Day!  Rachel fondly recalls wanting to punch the young girl!!  Not the girl’s fault at all, but infertility is such a hush hush subject.  For years Rachel has been asked if she has children to which she has always replied “just fur babies”.  But as time has gone on, she has no longer felt uncomfortable saying to people “No, I’ve not been that lucky”. 

Rachel recalls another time when she had an early miscarriage and then a female colleague at work announced her pregnancy and the baby would be due as the same time as her own.  This was not the only time Rachel went home and crawled under the duvet to hide from the world.  Having to “pretend” for the colleague how happy she was for her, whilst the whole time privately grieving her own loss.  Every time a friend or family member announced a pregnancy, the grief has been insurmountable.  Every time someone posts a baby scan on social media or baby births … at times it has been unbearable.  She blankly refuses to attend baby showers!

So, having been divorced first time round due to her infertility, and the ensuing grief from her husband going on to have 4 children with his new wife, to then meeting her second husband, going through IVF which Rachel recalls as the most horrendous experience of her life, to then going through the adoption process which is equally as stressful and reaching a point where she felt she could mentally put herself through no more stress, bizarrely the universe took her to embark on her Reproductive Reflexology training.  Rachel wants no-one to go through the horrendous infertility journey she has been through.

Latterly Rachel has decided to adopt some donkeys instead!!  More fur babies …. 😊

So here at Acorn we are proud to introduce our Pre-Pregnancy Package.  Rachel Hill, also a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist has teamed up with Jadwiga James, Homeopath and Advanced Bioresonance Practitioner to offer you a full pre-pregnancy package which includes a contraceptive detox with Jadwiga if required, and Reproflexology sessions with Rachel, as well as diet and lifestyle advice.  The programme could take up to 16 weeks, is individual to you, and is appropriate to both men and women.

Full details are attached here …

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