Ideas for Mother’s Day gifts & days out

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so you’re likely to be thinking about how to spend the day and treat your mum or loved one. Mother’s Day takes place on Sunday 15th March this year in the UK and Ireland (whereas most other countries, including the USA, celebrate their equivalent in May). Wherever and however you’ll be celebrating, there is a good chance you have been told not to, ‘go to any trouble’ or ‘make a… Read more »

How to treat menopause with natural remedies

Menopause has featured heavily in the media again recently and, though you can read much about it online, it’s still a dirty word to many and not openly discussed. The subject is often swept under the carpet or laughed off so women suffer in silence, possibly struggling with workloads and relationships as a result. Let’s change that and talk about how you can help ease the symptoms and get back to feeling like you at… Read more »

How to protect against and treat colds & flu naturally

Many of the symptoms of colds and flu are the same – sneezing, feverishness, aching limbs, sore throat, catarrh and sinusitis. Although flu is invariably initiated by a filtrant virus, just what brings on a cold still remains rather a mystery. This week I’m sharing ideas with you to protect against and treat the symptoms of colds and flu – something so many of us suffer from at this time of year. If you’d like… Read more »

Natural ways to treat winter ills

With healthier lifestyles and advances in medicine, in many ways our health is improving. Of course we’re not invincible, though, and still suffer from illnesses like colds and flu, especially during these winter months which can be extremely debilitating. Essential oils can be tremendously helpful for keeping such ills at bay, and for treating the symptoms too. Nowadays people often feel stressed, juggling work, family and running a home – demands that were unknown even… Read more »

Using essential oils at home

As people become more aware of the benefit of using natural products to improve their health and as part of their beauty regime, more people are using essential oils at home. Essential oils, the substances which give plants their aromas, have many applications.  They can be used to beautify the skin and to delay ageing, to prevent and treat a host of common illnesses, or to create a particular mood.  Aromatherapy is the art of… Read more »

Danièle’s diary: Conference for the International Association of Self Help, Beijing

I was invited to speak at this conference for the ‘International Association of Self Help’ at the Beijing Trade Centre on 18 December 2014. The International Association of Self Help was formed the same day and I was privileged to be nominated a member. Danièle Ryman Conference Speech Beijing, December 2014 On a sunny summer’s day in London a couple of years ago, sitting on a bench in the Chelsea Physic Garden, known for… Read more »

Danièle’s diary: Book launch with His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, at Clarence House

A friend kindly sent me the photos of James and I at this event in March. We had a wonderful day with the other guests of their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, at this special reception The Prince of Wales hosted at Clarence House to launch his new book, ‘Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated’. It was a highly enjoyable and successful event, particularly so as an exceptional limited edition of… Read more »

Holiday staycations – spa experiences at home

A growing trend in recent years has been to holiday at home or close to home, a great idea particularly during a wonderful summer like we’ve had. Fully recharging your batteries can be difficult, though, if you’re working, cooking, cleaning and looking after the children as normal so it’s worth taking time, however brief, to make sure you relax and de-stress. Decide when it would be best for you to have some time out and… Read more »

Healthy eating for children in the holidays

With children on school holidays, you may have little mouths to feed more often than normal! The hot weather can make us feel lethargic and with such busy lives, coming up with interesting, healthy meals and snacks can feel challenging. It needn’t be, though. Babies and children have special dietary needs because they grow at such a fast pace and need extra nutrients, to build their tissue and strong bones. A whole industry has developed… Read more »

Looking after your digestive system – natural antibiotics

A friend was unwell recently and was reluctant to take another course of antibiotics, having taken several courses and read stories about antibiotic resistance in the media. It is always important to heed your doctor’s advice and, while she did so, my friend asked me about natural alternatives too. Although naturally-derived antibiotics like essential oils act slowly, they not only kill the bacteria or virus, but also stimulate the body’s immune system to strengthen one’s… Read more »