- January 25, 2017
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Cloves for toothache by Ruth Ridley

Using cloves as an anesthetic My husband had toothache a few weeks ago, and while he awaited his appointment at the dentist, he resorted to local application of an occasional drop of the well-known anesthetic, clove oil. At the same time, I had a sore throat and asked if it could help that too. He ...
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- March 12, 2016
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Stevia and the No Added Sugar controversy by Ruth Ridley

Can the herb stevia provide the answer to chemical additives? Artificial sweeteners and the proposed sugar tax As I write this, there is a national campaign fronted by Jamie Oliver to tax sugary drinks. This is an admirable battle in the war against childhood obesity, with primary schools and the NHS standing to share £1bn in ...
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- January 27, 2016
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Scientific evaluation of lavender by Ruth Ridley

Medical use of the popular herb Following on from the previous article about the cognitive effects of sage and rosemary, it might be interesting to look at scientific evidence for the effects of lavender, as this is arguably Britain's most popular and useful flowering herb. Lavender has a range of claimed effects, and here we discuss ...
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- November 3, 2015
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Cognitive effects of herbs rosemary and sage by Ruth Ridley

Rosemary for Remembrance There was a lot of interest recently in a programme on the BBC in which rosemary essential oil vapour in a room was shown to improve the memory of test subjects, and that the active ingredients were able to be detected in the subjects' bloodstreams afterwards. You can read more about this ...
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