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Feb 2016 to Oct 2016

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Nat H Hawes SNHS Dip (advanced and sports nutrition) is a qualified nutritional and sports therapist and author of the new book, Nature Cures, who has been researching natural foods and their health benefits since 2003.

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Last updated Monday 24th October 2016 at 04:48 (UK time)


Patchouli is an aromatic, bushy herb of the mint family native to the tropical regions of Asia and is still cultivated extensively across much of Asia today. Patchouli grows best in hot climates but not direct sunlight and is able to withstand periods of little water. The flowers have a powerful woody fragrance and bloom in late autumn. It has an antibacterial essential oil which is used both as a deeply musky fragrance in many cosmetic products but also medicinally to treat various health disorders including depression and digestive complaints. Read more

Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 23:48 (UK time)

Vitamin D

Vitamin D acts as a natural antibiotic working against all types of microbes (bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses). It has shown, in scientific studies, to be more affective at preventing influenza than vaccines and anti-viral medications. Vitamin D levels can easily become deficient, especially during the winter months, as the body only stores it for up to 60 days thus making an individual susceptible to infections from November to April. It is during this period that blood tests should be done, especially if an individual keeps getting infections, colds, coughs and influenza, and extra vitamin D rich foods should be consumed. Read more


The name quince derives from fruit that is found in the Mediterranean area, but has been applied to related fruits, including those growing in the Orient. Quince is an ancient fruit tree, whose centre of origin is a large area in Asia Minor and the Caucasus. Quince was cultivated for its fruits by the Greeks and Romans; the genus name for the Mediterranean plant, Cydonia, is the ancient name of the Crete town of Chania. Chaenomeles refers to the fruit of the Chinese flowering quince, called mugua (wood fruit); it should not be confused with the item sold in oriental food markets as mugua which is ordinary papaya. Read more


Carrageenans are a family of linear sulphated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. The seaweed is treated with potassium hydroxide, washed, dried, and milled. When the un-degraded version of carrageenan is ingested it starts to degrade in the gastrointestinal and transform into a carcinogen resulting in a serious inflammatory agent that damage the intestinal tract. It is a common additive in organic products including dairy substitutes such as coconut milk. Check labels to ensure it is not included in the ingredients.

Friday 21st October 2016 at 13:44 (UK time)


Hyperaemia is is the medical term for too much potassium in the blood and is a potentially life-threatening situation because it causes abnormal electrical conduction in the heart and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm problems. High potassium levels are most often associated with kidney failure, in which potassium levels build up and cannot be excreted in the urine. In serious and advanced cases, emergency dialysis may be required to remove the potassium if kidney function is poor. Read more

Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 02:00 (UK time)

Parasites and worms

One of the most visited pages on this website and one of the most often asked health questions I receive are concerning parasites and worms. International travel has allowed these parasites to spread amongst humans far and wide but many doctors are unaware of their prevalence and many rarely test for them even though they could be responsible for a huge range of health disorders often diagnosed as something else entirely. Antibiotic medications can cause a person to become more susceptible to them as can using mouthwashes with alcohol and consuming poor diets of excess sugar and meat. There are many non-toxic natural foods that have powerful anti-parasitic components and these are listed on the Parasites page with details about symptoms and types of parasites that infect humans. Read more

Tuesday 18th October 2016 at 16:54 pm (UK time)

Asafoetida (Ferula assa-foetida, hing)

Asafoetida is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the rhizome or tap root of several species of the Ferula plant. It is often used as an alternative to garlic and onions for those that cannot tolerate the taste or digest these root vegetables. It is highly favoured as a spice amongst the Jain and Brahmin Indians. It is also known to eliminate tapeworms. For this purpose, dissolve a small piece of asafoetida in water and drink it on an empty stomach once a day for three days.

Dientamoeba fragilis trophozoites

Dientamoeba fragilis trophozoites a single celled intestinal parasite that can cause symptoms in some people and none in others. Infection by this parasite is often due to antibiotic use which upsets the balance of the normal flora that resides in the intestines. This parasite is often found in the stools of people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Read more

Elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, konjac root, stink lily, whitespot giant arum)

The elephant foot yam is a tuber often used as a dietary supplement for its health benefits as it contains 40% glucomannan fibre that promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon, relieves constipation and boosts the immune system. Glucomannan has also been shown to lower blood cholesterol and help with weight loss, while improving carbohydrate metabolism. Read more

Sunday 16th October 2016 at 09:47 am (UK time)

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata, Indian frankincense)

Boswellia is a tree with fragrant resin that has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties that can rapidly alleviate pain especially that caused by osteoarthritis. In the case of people affected by arthritis, Boswellia is able to improve pain, mobility, and joint flexion after eight weeks of treatment. It can also help to boost the immune system and fight off infections.

Last updated Thursday 6th October 2016 at 02:30 am (UK time)

Aveloz (Euphorbia tirucalli)

Aveloz is a succulent cactus-like plant growing to a height of about 10 m and is also known as the "petroleum plant" because it produces a hydrocarbon substance very much like gasoline. In studies it has proved to be effective against ten clinical strains of Cryptococcus neoformans yeasts and the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The roots are boiled and the juice is consumed for sterility problems in women and to treat snakebites. It is also used to treat sore throats and stomach ailments. However it is highly poisonous. Read more

Wednesday 5th October 2016 at 13:44 pm (UK time)

Cryptolepis (Cryptolepis sanguinolenta)

Cryptolepis is one of the top five systemic herbal antibiotics in the world and tests have found the plant to be a stronger antibacterial than the pharmaceutical antibiotic 'chloramphenicol' and this is due to the the antibacterial alkaloids cryptolepine, quinoline and neocryptolepine found in this plant. Read more

Andiroba (Carapa guianensis)

Oil from the seeds of the Andiroba tree that grows in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has potent analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancerous and anti-inflammatory properties. Read more

Tuesday 4th October 2016 at 22:22 pm (UK time)

Bird cherry (Prunus padus, hackberry, hagberry, Mayday tree)

The bird cherry has shown in scientific studies to have antibacterial activity against the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA) and its fruit has antimicrobial properties that is toxic to flies, fungi and mosquitoes.

Pink cedar (Tabebuia heterophylla, black cedar, pink manjack, tooshee, white cedar)

Pink cedar has antibacterial properties and is consumed with molasses to kill the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium that causes gonorrhoea and for the treatment of food poisoning from fish, as a diuretic and for backache and toothache. A tea can be made with ginger Thomas to treat fevers.

Ginger Thomas (Tecoma stans, yellow cedar, catapult tree)

Ginger Thomas is a small shrub that has powerful components in its bark that can kill the Treponema pallidum bacteria that causes syphilis. A decoction of the leaves and barks is useful as a diuretic and as a treatment for headaches, diabetes and swollen legs. A tea made with pink cedar (Tabebuia heterophylla) flowers can be consumed to treat fevers.

Monday 3rd October 2016 at 14:26 pm (UK time)

Acid/alkaline balance in the body

It is important to address the acid/alkaline balance in the body. An acidic environment causes bacteria and other microbes to flourish and can be caused by a poor diet or excessive consumption of acid forming foods such as sugar or meat protein and smoking tobacco. The body has a number of organs that can naturally neutralise and eliminate excess acid providing these organs are working correctly and that enough alkalising foods are being consumed.

The Western diet is highly acid forming as it consists of excessive amounts of acid forming foods such as corn, dairy, meat, refined sugars and wheat. An alkalising diet can help to relieve this acid load and reduce the strain on the body’s acid detoxification system such as the kidneys. Read more

Thursday 29th Sept  2016 at 14:26 pm (UK time)

Acacia (Acacia nilotica)

Acacia leaf extract has been scientifically proven to be a potent antibacterial herb against Lactobacillus acidophilus and can be recommended to treat dental cavities. It can also fight off infections of Staphylococcus aureus.

Tuesday 20th Sept  2016 at 07:31 am (UK time)

Bladder and kidney stones

Bladder stones are small mineral masses that develop in the bladder, usually when the urine becomes concentrated. Urolithiasis refers to stones in any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, bladder or urethra. The stones can be called calculi. Spinal cord injuries that result in urinary incontinence, an enlarged prostate or recurring urinary tract infections are common causes of concentrated and stagnant urine. If urine remains too long in the bladder, urine chemicals start clumping together, forming crystals which grow and eventually develop into bladder stones. Because stones can be made of different components there are various ways to natural eliminate them and prevent reoccurrence depending on what type thy are  Read more

Wild carrot

As an aromatic herb, wild carrot  is not to be confused with the common vegetable carrot. The leaves and seeds of the wild carrot are a known diuretic, which means they encourages toxins and waste to be flushed out from the kidneys. It has been said that a herbal infusion of the wild carrot leaves and seeds is a good natural antidote to kidney stone formation. Even if stones have begun to form, the same concoction is still reported to be capable of diminishing stones and reducing their recurrence.

Tuesday 20th Sept  2016 at 06:05 am (UK time)

Psyllium husks

If there is one herb that everyone should consume daily for a healthy colon and digestive system it is  psyllium husks. Psyllium is the husk of the seed of the plantain and is the best herb for weight control and general intestinal health. Read more

Alcohol can cause cancer

Extensive studies have now confirmed that drinking alcohol can be the cause of many types of cancer and this is the case for moderate drinkers as well as heavy drinkers. The types of cancer it has been associated with are breast, colon, larynx, liver, mouth, pancreas, prostate, rectum, oesophagus, oropharynx, pharynx and skin. Read more

Sunday 18th Sept  2016 at 10:05 am (UK time)

Chinese Yam

The Chinese yam is easily grown in fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny area and it is the roots and leaves that are used in Chinese medicine. The roots contain diosgenin, which can be used to produce steroids such as oestrogen and progesterone. People who suffer from gall bladder, kidney, lung, spleen and stomach disorders can find it very useful for their condition. It also provides a positive effect on the kidneys, lungs and skin. Read more

Gentian root

Yellow gentian root has a bitter taste and is useful in treating chronic digestive disorders and exhaustion caused by different diseases and gall bladder, liver, kidneys and urinary problems. It can help to strengthen the digestive system, stimulates the appetite, nutritionally supports the liver and nourishes the spleen, pancreas, stomach and kidneys. Gentian is one of the most useful bitter vegetable tonics. It is specially useful in states of exhaustion from chronic disease and in all cases of general debility, weakness of the digestive organs and want of appetite. It is one of the best strengtheners of the human system and is an excellent tonic and of extreme value in jaundice and many other conditions. Read more

Thursday 15th Sept  2016 at 10:00 am (UK time)

Magnesium deficiency

Many people may be suffering from magnesium deficiency due to intense farming techniques that strip the soil of this vital mineral. Magnesium is a macro element also known as the anti-stress mineral. It is an important nutrient for the brain as it raises the resistance against stress, depression, tensions and helps against mental tiredness. It also strengthens the memory and concentration. It is necessary for an amazing amount of functions in the human body and there are some very simple ways to increase the intake of magnesium. Read more

Friday 2nd Sept  2016 at 14:00 pm (UK time)

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Monday 22nd August 2016 at 05:45 (UK time)


Up to 40 percent of women have at least one fibroid by the time they reach menopause but most are not aware of them until it is discovered during a routine exam. Fibroids, also known as myomas, are benign (non-cancerous) tumours that grow on the uterine wall. They can form anywhere on uterine tissue and have been found inside the uterus as well as on the outside wall. The usual cause of fibroids is too much oestrogen in the body because the liver has not metabolised and removed it from the body. Read more


The dried tubers of the bulrush are used in Chinese medicine to reduce flatulence and remove uterine fibroids. Bulrush can also be used to treat bladder and kidney stones, coronary heart disease, ectopic pregnancy, hemiplegia after a stroke, malignant tumours, pelvic inflammatory disease and thrombosis. Read more

Wednesday 17th August 2016 at 11:45 (UK time)

Save your child's baby teeth

New technology means that stems cells can be taken from a child's baby teeth to grow new organs and tissues which can help to save their life in later years. These organs will not be rejected as they come from the person receiving them. There are many companies which can safely store these baby teeth for years but they need to receive them immediately after they fall out and the younger the child the better the chances of getting good stems cells for this purpose. Do a search online for 'storing baby teeth' to find a company that will provide more information.

Tuesday 16th August 2016 at 11:45 (UK time)

Very pleased with this article in the Daily Express: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/699379/cure-for-stye-parsley-herb-bacterial-infection

Combat stress naturally

Stress will constrict the blood vessels which will reduce the flow of nutrients and oxygen and make the body acidic whereas a positive, content and proactive attitude without worry, pressure and insecurities can relax the body and allow molecular processes to work as they should. An acidic body can lead to some serious health issues and has even been found to help cancer to thrive however, ironically, this can be counteracted by consuming acidic foods such as apple cider vinegar or citrus fruits. Read more

Metallic taste during chemotherapy treatment

A strong and unpleasant metallic taste is a very common side effect of chemotherapy and some other medications, including some opioid medications (pain medications such as morphine that act on the central nervous system) and antibiotics, can also cause taste changes. The taste changes  usually stop about three to four weeks after the end of treatment but an aversion to certain foods may remain permanently however, there are some natural ways to combat this. Read more

Saturday 13th August 2016 at 07:05 (UK time)


Many people suffer silently from this bacterial or fungal infection and go undiagnosed for years. A main symptom is major fatigue for over three months. Other common symptoms can be a runny nose or dry nasal congestion, loss of smell and headaches. Over a period of time small polyps can develop which can hinder breathing through the nose. There can also be a tendency towards nosebleeds but this is not apparent in all cases and nosebleeds can be due to other conditions. In 25% of chronic maxillary sinusitis (in the cheek bone area) there is an underlying dental infection which must be resolved. Read more

Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 11:38 (UK time)

Air-purifying Houseplants

In the late ‘80s, NASA scientists studied houseplants as a way of purifying the air in space facilities because the equipment used on the station, and even the astronauts themselves, produce gases and chemicals that can become concentrated and toxic over time. They were ‘over the moon’ to discover that several plants filter out common volatile chemical compounds and these plants can also help clean the indoor air down here on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Read more

Wednesday 27th July 2016 at 05:21 (UK time)

Benadryl is an antihistamine drug and is commonly used to treat sneezing, runny nose, itching and other allergies, however, recent studies has shown that it may cause memory loss and dementia.

Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 21:09 (UK time)


Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes facial redness and produces small, red, pus-filled pustules (bumps). Rosacea worsens with time if left untreated and is often mistaken for acne, eczema or an allergic reaction of some kind. Genetics are a factor as up to 40% of people affected have a relative with the condition.

Rosacea was thought of to be more common among fair-skinned people of northern European ancestry. However, studies have since revealed that it is now appearing in many parts of Asia, including the Middle-East, South Asia, and China, especially in regions that have  become more developed which suggests that lifestyle and diet may be responsible instead of skin colour as was originally thought. Read more

Marshmallow herb

The marshmallow herb should not be confused with the confectionery of the same name. This is a herb native to Europe which thrives in an environment of dark and salty marshes. This plant's botanical name 'Althainein',  means “to heal” and the root is the part which is mostly used for its healing powers for the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts and respiratory system. The flowers are also used in some cases due to the high amount of mucilage found in them too. The leaves can also be consumed. Read more

Burdock herb

The root of the burdock plant is an excellent blood purifier and detoxifier. Very few, if any, herbs possess more curative powers equal this one. It has ancient history as a reliable herbal aid for blood disorders, ulcers and tumours. It also nutritionally supports joints and other skeletal tissues and the urinary and respiratory systems. It promotes glandular and hormone balance and removes accumulations and deposits around the joints. it is also helpful for treating cancer, dyspeptic complaints, leprosy, liver and gall bladder problems, neurologic disorders, scrofula, syphilis and throat and chest ailments and expels toxic products from the blood through the urine. Read more

Friday 1st July 2016 at 08:36 (UK time)

Very pleased with my book review on this website: www.worthybookclub.com/nature-cures

See another Nature Cures book review in The Journal of Scientific and Medical Network issue.

Thursday 23rd June 2016 at 09:30 (UK time)

Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ)

Pyrroloquinoline quinone is a vitamin-like nutrient found in plant foods that has been found to have an important role in the growth of new mitochondria (mitochondrial biogenesis). It can also protect the brain and heart against strokes and heart attacks and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and help to increase energy levels, cognitive functions and memory.. Read more

Sunday 19th June 2016 at 21:47 (UK time)

New books

Working on four new Nature Cures books due out, in print and as EBooks, in September 2016. Send an email to be informed of when they are available to purchase: health@naturecures.co.uk

  1. How to Grow Your Own Health Garden

  2. Natures Colour Codes

  3. Air-purifying Houseplants

  4. Let Roots be Your Medicine

Age spots

Age spots, sometimes called 'liver spots' are caused by excessive exposure over many years to the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and are nothing to do with the liver. They are due to the clumping of melanin which is the pigment in the skin. Read more

Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 21:47 (UK time)

Helping American Heroes

United States Military veterans make up over 30% of all patients with malignant mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos. Learn more about your benefits options with our VA-accredited claims agents, all free of charge. Get your free veterans guide now

Hygiene, Toxins and Health

Human beings are now being exposed to thousands of toxic compounds in the form of inorganic chemicals and toxic metals. They are in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, the water we drink and bathe in, as well as drugs, vaccines, cleaning products, paints, solvents, glues, herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers to name but a few.

Due to this constant exposure, the human body is now storing between 400 and 800 of these toxic metals and chemicals. They accumulate in fat cells, major organs such as the liver, kidneys and brain; in glands such as the thyroid and adrenals; the bones and throughout the central nervous system.

There are many common substances used every day that can cause health issues which can be avoided by switching to natural powerful cleansers and cosmetics. These natural alternatives cost far less, are very easy to prepare and are not harmful to the environment which most chemical cleaners and cosmetics are. Read more

Tetrodotoxin (TTX)

Tetrodotoxin is a powerful neurotoxin that blocks the movement of sodium (Na+) ions across neural membranes by attaching to a Na+ channel receptor and capping the Na+ channel. It is particularly effective at blocking the propagation of nervous impulses in mammalian myelinated peripheral nerves which produces flaccid voluntary muscle paralysis. This affects the muscles of the diaphragm and chest wall and leads to respiratory failure.

Tetrodotoxin has very little direct effect on the heart or brain (because it does not cross the blood-brain barrier) until a lack of oxygen causes these organs to fail. One milligram of tetrodotoxin can kill a person, making it one of the most potent natural toxins known. A 25 g blue ring octopus has enough venom to kill 10 large human beings and many other animals also possess this deadly venom. Read more

Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 08:35 pm (UK time)

How to repair the damage caused by smoking tobacco

Smoking tobacco causes great damage to the lungs that can lead to cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It also affects the health of the eyes, circulatory system, gums and skin. Besides the damage caused by the toxins inhaled through tobacco smoke, nicotine also constricts blood capillaries meaning less nutrients and oxygen will be able to get to the body's cells. Nutrient deficiencies can also be caused by smoking tobacco. Read more


Coltsfoot is a yellow flowering herb in the daisy family and is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, congestion, coughs and is useful to repair the damage caused to the lungs through smoking tobacco. Read more


Lungwort is a herb related to borage that is used in cough medicines, to relieve fluid retention and to treat lung diseases such as tuberculosis. It can also help to protect and repair lungs that have been damaged by tobacco smoking. Read more

The A-Z of Medicinal Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices not only contain many nutrients but have amazing medicinal and health giving properties and most have been used for thousands of years to cure health disodfers, infections and disease without the serious side affects that modern day drugs can inflict because they work with the body naturally as nature intended. Read more

Mon 30th May 2016 at 17:00 pm (UK time)

The wonders of wheatgrass

Health disorders that regular consumption of wheatgrass can help to treat are anaemia, arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, bowel disorders, bronchitis, cancer, colds, constipation, diabetes, dysentery, eczema, flatulence, fluid retention, haemorrhage, hypertension, infertility, insomnia,  jaundice, joint pains, menstruation, mental debility, sterility, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, weakness, tooth problems and tuberculosis. Read more

Fri 27th May 2016

Cinchona bark

The dried bark of this rain-forest tree is used for increasing the appetite by promoting the release of saliva and digestive juices and to treat bloating, flatulence and other stomach problems and in the treatment of alcoholism, anaemia, anorexia, colds, diarrhoea, dysentery, dyspepsia, fatigue, fever, influenza, malaria, pinworms, pneumonia, swine flu and typhoid. Other uses are as a treatment for an enlarged spleen, cancer, gall bladder and liver disorders, gland disorders, headaches, irregular heartbeat and other heart problems and mouth and throat disorders.

It can kill bacteria, fungi, insects, parasites and viruses, reduce fevers and spasms and calm the nerves. It is especially effective against malaria including strains that have become resistant to synthesised quinine. Read more

Thur 26th May 2016

Nature Cures antibiotic syrup

This powerful syrup can be used as a preventative and curative tonic for arthritis, bacterial, fungal or viral infections, colds, coughs, digestive disorders, fevers, influenza, inflammation, kidney or liver disorders, pain, parasites and poor circulation. It is also good for preventing atherosclerosis (hardened arteries), cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure and boosts the immune system. Read more

Andropause and menopause

Because the various glands in the body work in unison and rely upon each other, the reduction in levels of testosterone in men (andropause) and oestrogen in women (menopause), causes an imbalance and affects other hormones released by the various glands in the body such as the adrenal, hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary, sebaceous, sweat and thyroid which in turn causes the symptoms felt during the change that normally takes place in both men and women after the age of 40. Read more

Bitter leaf

Thank you to S Wong for kindly sending me the list of herbs I had not yet included.

Bitter leaf is a member of the daisy family and an African herb of which the stems, leaves and bark is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Read more


Tansy is a perennial flowering plant of the aster family and has been used medicinally since the times of the ancient Greeks to treat digestive problems, fevers, flatulence, gout, jaundice, migraine, neuralgia, rheumatism, scabies and intestinal worms. The dicaffeoylquinic acid and axillarin found in tansy are antiviral compounds that have been found to be active against the herpes simplex virus. However, its dangerous toxicity makes it a herb to avoid unless under the strict guidance of a professionally trained herbalist. Read more

Vitamin B12

Older adults with atrophic gastritis hampers the ability to absorb vitamin B12 from natural foods. Athletes, alcohol drinkers, people in stressful situations, people taking recreational or prescribed drugs, pregnant and lactating women, those on low-fat or meat free diets, vegetarians and vegans and people with food allergies, especially to wheat, can all become deficient in vitamin B12. Severe deficiency may result in pernicious anaemia also called Addisonian pernicious anaemia. Read more

Let roots be your medicine

The ancestors of humans evolved to leave the trees and walk upright approximately 4.4 million years ago. They did this to take advantage of ground level foods like the nutritious roots of plants and their teeth changed to enable them to do this. Chimpanzees were more fruit eaters whilst gorillas stayed with leaves. The roots of plants have been consumed by humans as nutritious food and medicines ever since. Many have astonishing properties which can heal and treat most human ailments and diseases without the harmful side effects of powerful medications. They should be an important part of the daily diet but most are often neglected. Read more


Celeriac is related to the carrot family and has powerful analgesic, anti-allergic, antiseptic, calming and other therapeutic properties. It can help with digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhoea, gastritis, indigestion and can improve the appetite. It is also useful for bladder and liver disorders, improving vision, reducing swellings and arthritic pain.

Regular consumption of celeriac has been known to improve memory and cognitive functions and can help to reduce inflammation and protect the urinary system. It is a food that should be consumed regularly by those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. It is also useful for those with nerve disorders and can protect against heart disease and cancers such as colon cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Celeriac also contains nutrients that can prevent anaemia and improve bone and teeth strength. Read more

Mon 23rd May 2016 at 11:02am (UK time):

Over- hydration

Most people are aware of dehydration but few realise that over-hydrating can be equally dangerous due to the imbalance of salt and water in the body. Read more

Obesity and natural ways to lose weight without starving

Natural ways to lose weight without starving. Obesity mainly comes from eating too much of the wrong types of foods. Fibre is one of the most important natural foods which is often lacking in modern diets and that, along with too much protein, sugar, corn syrup, refined table salt, white flour, white rice and fried foods and a sedentary lifestyle, can lead to weight gain. Read more

The importance of vitamin B1 (thiamine)

Vitamin B1 is vital for many important functions including those processes connected with the brain and nerves and can easily be deficient in the diet or lost through drinking alcohol or coffee, diarrhoea, fever or sweating and levels can be lowered by certain conditions. Consuming foods rich in vitamin B1 can help to repel mosquitoes as it changes the body's scent. Read more

Sat 21st May 2016 at 11:07am (UK time)


Gallstones are derived from the bile and consist mainly of calcium, cholesterol, or bilirubin and can be smaller than a grain of sand or larger than a golf ball. As gallstones travel through the bile duct they may block the duct that transports bile from the liver to the small intestine. When this occurs the gallbladder can become backed up and pain results from built up pressure or inflammation. The build-up of bile or passage of gallstones along the bile duct can also result in liver or pancreas inflammation. Read more

Wed 18th May 2016 at 05:48 am (UK time)

The amazing aloe vera plant

Aloe vera was known as the 'plant of immortality' by the ancient Egyptians and 'the wand of heaven' by the native tribes of the Americas because they were aware of its powerful properties that can assist the functions of the gastrointestinal tract and soothe, cleanse and help the body to maintain healthy tissues both inside and out. Read more

Sat 15th May 2016 at 01:45 am (UK time)

Nature Cures Colour Codes

The "5 a day" fruit and vegetables UK government advice has omitted two very important factors. The rainbow of colours of fruit and vegetables is also important and the amount of each that should be consumed. Nature has kindly colour-coded foods for us and each one has different compounds which the body needs on a regular, and often, daily basis. There is no point eating five of one colour per day as the vital nutrients of the other colours will be deficient in the diet. Read more

Thu 12th May 2016 at 07:45 am (UK time)

Natural performance-enhancing sports nutrition

There is a plethora of powerful, pain-relieving and performance-enhancing natural foods which can help to provide all the nutrients that are required by a  performer or athlete's body without side effects or legality issues with drugs testing in competitions. Read more

St John's wort

St John's wort is a herb that has long been used medicinally internally and externally for anxiety, cramps, depression, inflammation, insomnia, injuries, pain and symptoms connected with pregnancy and menopause. It is twice as effective as ibuprofen without the unhealthy side-effects. Read more

Sat 7th May 2016 at 21:31 pm (UK time)


According to the latest research, the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," is fact, not just folklore but scientific fact. The many important nutrients in apples, especially fibre and flavonoids, help to keep the body healthy. Read more

Thu 5th May 2016 at 13.03 pm (UK time)

Sclerosing mesenteritis

Sclerosing mesenteritis is a disease characterised by degeneration (necrosis), inflammation and scarring (fibrosis) of fatty (adipose) tissue of the mesentery. The mesentery is a fold of tissue of the peritoneum that supports and attaches the intestines to the wall of the abdomen. The peritoneum is the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and covers the abdominal organs. It is the small bowel mesentery that is usually affected by sclerosing mesenteritis. Read more and find natural remedies.

Wed 4th May 2016 at 13:28 pm (UK time)

Searching the Nature Cures Website

There are a number of ways to find what you are looking for on this website. The search box at the top right-hand corner of every page can be used to type in what you wish to find or you can visit the following A-Z Indexes of each section:

The A-Z of Hazards To Human Health has been updated to include all the toxic and dangerous substances that are mentioned on this website.

Tue 3rd May 2016 at 03:07 am (UK time)


Although small silvery fish caught off many coastlines are referred to as "anchovies," true anchovies live only in the Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of Southern Europe. Anchovies are rich in many vital nutrients and contain the very rare newly discovered omega-7 fatty acid which has a host of health benefits. See more about anchovies

Mon 2nd May 2016 at 16:16 pm


Radon gas escapes from the Earth’s surface constantly and is considered harmless in open air, accounting for half of a person's exposure to radiation. A by-product of naturally occurring radium and uranium breaking down, radon, is problematic only if it gets trapped in poorly ventilated homes, which can happen in areas where geological conditions produce it in higher concentrations. Read more

Sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn has medicinal properties that can treat diabetes type 2, dry eye syndrome, fatty liver disease, heart and blood vessel diseases, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, inflammatory conditions, memory loss, metabolic syndrome, neurological disorders and poor circulation. Read more

Sun 1st May 2016 at 21:32 pm


The slightly sour tasting  lingonberry is related to the bilberry, blueberry and cranberry but is far richer in the polyphenols that are beneficial to health. They are a favoured food in Scandinavia, particularly Sweden. Regular consumption of lingonberries can prevent and treat conditions such as bacterial infectionsdiabetes type 2, fever, gastrointestinal disorders, gum disease, heart disease, obesity, urinary tract infections and water retention. Read more

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

It is important to know that omega-6 fatty acids are inflammatory whereas omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. The western diet is higher in omega-6 rich foods than omega-3 meaning the ratio is swayed towards a diet that is causing excess inflammation in the body and many of the health issues that are the result of this. There are many foods that can be consumed to readdress this balance. Read more

Sat 30th April 2016 at 20:53 pm

Because the A-Z of foods page has become ridiculously long, I am gradually setting up individual pages for each food which will allow the inclusion of photographs and recipes and more in-depth information. The first ones are as follows:


Purslane is a common but highly nutritious weed with many powerful health benefits when consumed regularly. It can be eaten as a cooked vegetable and is great to use in salads, soups, stews or any dish you wish to sprinkle it over. Purslane is antibacterial, anti-scorbutic, depurative, a diuretic and a febrifuge. The leaves are a very rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which prevents heart attacks and strengthens the immune system. See more about Purslane including recipes and nutritional content.

Thu 28th April 2016 at 13:14 pm

Soursop can treat cancer

Fruit from the soursop tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy without the debilitating side effects. A novel set of chemicals called annonaceous acetogenins, found in the leaf, stem, bark and fruit seeds, have been confirmed by three separate research groups to have significant anti-tumour properties and selective toxicity against various types of cancer cells (without harming healthy cells), at very low doses. Read more

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Tues 26th April 2016 at 07:34 am

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is a herb that has soothing and sedative properties which helps with relaxation and sleep and has memory enhancing properties. It is also useful to treat allergies such as hay fever and asthma, bloating and flatulence, colic, diabetes, poor digestion and  vomiting. Lemon balm is easy to grow and attractive to bees. Read more

Sun 24th April 2016 at 11:44 pm

Performers and sports nutrition

The dietary information for sports nutrition is not just for athletes, but for all those who participate in, or have occupations that involve, regular intense physical exertion, strength and stamina. Often people that perform on stage put their bodies through intense stress but are unaware that they too need a specialised diet that will replenish the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients they have used up and lost during their performance. Soldiers are another example of people that need to understand the nutritional needs of their bodies after intense training and exertion. Read more

How to control diabetes type 2 naturally

Type 2 diabetes is usually down to poor dietary choices and weight gain and can be treated naturally. Controlling diabetes is important and this includes keeping the blood pressure down, stopping smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight. There are many natural foods that can help to keep blood sugar levels balanced if consumed regularly as it is often a lack of particular nutrients that cause diabetes type 2 in the first place. Read more

Sat 23 April 2016 at 12:30 pm

How to prevent and recover from bacterial infections naturally

There are many natural foods and nutrients with powerful antibiotic properties that the body can use to prevent and recover from bacterial infections. These will also not cause bacteria to mutate and become resistant like manufactured antibiotics do. Read more

Thu 21st April 2016 at 09:41 am

The power of the pineapple

Pineapple is rich in many nutrients that can help to treat and prevent a wide variety of health issues such as Alzheimer's disease, cancer, digestive issues, constipation and diarrhoea, dehydration, eye disorders such as macular degeneration, gum problems and tooth decay, high blood pressure, immune dysfunction, microbe and parasite infections, pain and inflammation, multiple sclerosis, obesity, Parkinson's disease and thyroid disorders. It is also a good addition to the diet for those that participate in sports and other strenuous activities that require strength, stamina and fast recovery. Read more

Wed 20th April 2016 at 10:00 pm

Thinning the blood and protecting the arteries, brain and heart

There are many natural foods that can thin the blood, improve circulation and protect the arteries, brain and heart without the side effects of blood thinning medications. The damage caused by these drugs to the liver and intestines can outweigh the beneficial effect. Natural foods also contain the vital nutrients the body requires to function properly whereas drugs can cause severe nutrient deficiencies leading to further health issues which often means that more drugs will be prescribed to rectify the problems caused. Read more

Cashew Nuts

Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and most of it is in the form of oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. They are a rich source of anthocyanidins, a class of flavonols that starve tumours and stop cancer cells from dividing. Regular consumption of cashew nuts can treat depression, protect the heart and prevent gall stones, inflammation, nerve problems, pain, obesity and osteoporosis and keep the hair and skin healthy. Read more

Tue 19th April 2016 at 10:27 am

Grow Your Own Organic Health Garden

Add one teaspoon of Epsom salts to four cups of warm water to dissolve it. Then when cool pour into a spray bottle. Use this to spray peppers, roses and tomatoes once then agin10 days later to produce more flowers and fruits due to the magnesium content. Read more

Fri 15th April 2016 at 23:21pm

Nature Cures Healthy Recipes

Nutritious meals, desserts, snacks and breakfasts and daily essentials. Read more

Wed 13th April 2016 at 08:18 am

Nature Cures Health Clinic

Opening 1st June 2016. For consultations at the clinic, at your home in the borough of Richmond UK or online through Skype and emails. Book your appointment now.

Tue 12th April 2016 at 23:36 pm

Vaccine Dangers

Although some vaccines have proved to be very effective in eradicating some serious diseases such as polio, others have had little or no effect on the diseases they are supposed to be immunising against and many have lead to serious side effects and in rare cases been fatal. Pharmaceutical companies that produce the vaccines often fail to disclose any negative tests results and rarely test for any the long term effects before getting their products licensed for sale. Read more

Mon 11th April 2016 at 08:27 am

Infant Oral Mutilation

Some uneducated African people engage in a primitive traditional practise where the young tooth buds of babies and young children, from six months to three years of age, are gouged out using unsterile cutting instruments. They believe these natural tooth buds of new primary teeth to be worms and bad spirits causing ill health to the child.

Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is an infectious disease causing a mild fever and a rash of itchy inflamed pimples which turn to blisters and then loose scabs. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus and mainly affects children. It is very important not to give children aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications like nurofen or ibuprofen when they have chickenpox as there is a risk of a reaction with the virus that can lead to septicaemia. Read more

Sun 10th April 2016 at 04:32 am

Alcohol and Nutrient Deficiencies

Consuming alcohol regularly can cause serious nutrient deficiencies It affects the body's ability to absorb most of the B vitamins which can lead to depression and nerve damage amongst a myriad of other health issues. Alcohol also contributes to loss and malabsorption of the fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamin A which can have an adverse effect on the eyes, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E which can adversely affect the levels of minerals in the body and the immune system and vitamin K which can adversely effect the heart and bones and vitamin D levels. Alcohol also reduces the absorption and forces expulsion of many vital minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc leading to a multitude of health issues. Read more

Algae and seaweed

All seaweeds are algae, but not all algae are seaweeds. Seaweeds are easily visible, made of many cells and grow in the sea and there are red, brown and green types. Many algae, such as diatoms, are microscopic and consist of a single cell. Seaweed and algae have been harvested for food in China from at least 550 AD and in Japan as early as 1000 AD. New Zealand has around 850 native algae, a third of which are very common and the Māori traditionally use species of red and green seaweed as food. Read more

Fri 8th April 2016 at 22:21 pm


Alfalfa is named "The Father of all Foods" because it contains just about everything the body needs for survival. It is a well-known herb to health conscious and has been used by the Chinese since the sixth century to treat kidney stones and to relieve fluid retention and swelling. It is rich in chlorophyll which is renowned for its cleansing qualities and is also a very nutritious source of many other elements such as glycine which can help to protect the stomach lining by promoting the production of mucous. Alfalfa nourishes the digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary systems, detoxifies and enriches the liver, assists in weight loss, purifies the blood, aids digestion and acts as a general tonic. See more about Alfalfa

Acai Berries

In Brazilian herbal medicine, the oil of acai is used to treat diarrhoea and the root for jaundice. The grated fruit rind as a topical wash for skin ulcers and the seeds for fevers. In the Peruvian Amazon, the toasted crushed seeds are used for fever and the root is used for malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, jaundice, hair loss, haemorrhages, liver and kidney diseases, menstrual pain and muscle pain. Read more.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera was known as the 'plant of immortality' by the ancient Egyptians and 'the wand of heaven' by the native tribes of the Americas because they were aware of its powerful properties that can assist the functions of the gastrointestinal tract and soothe, cleanse and help the body to maintain healthy tissues. Read more.


Prebiotic inulin supports bone health, immune function and gut balance by encouraging a healthy intestinal environment to benefit probiotic intestinal flora which helps to produce many nutrients required by the body. It also promotes normal development of epithelial tissue, supports absorption of calcium and magnesium, supports immune cell function and antibody production in the gut, promotes a healthy pH in the lower gastrointestinal tract and promotes healthy waste elimination. Read more

Thurs 7th April 2016 at 14:30 am


Jicama is a root vegetable similar to the sweet potato which has been consumed as a vegetable and used medicinally in central and South America for thousands of years. It is most commonly eaten raw seasoned with spices like chilli and fruit juices. It can be cooked but this will lose some of its powerful health benefits. Read more

Wed 6th April 2016 at 14:30 am

Set-up a crowd funding project to raise funds to set up the Nature Cures Nutritional Therapy Clinic for personal consultations for anyone anywhere online and face to face at the clinic.


Blood Disorders

Blood disorders can be genetic or can be caused by an underlying disease or developed because of allergies, a poor diet, drugs, infections and toxins. Read more

Sunday 3rd April 2016 at 14:31 pm

Salicylate Intolerance

Salicylates are chemicals found naturally in fruits and vegetables and are a major ingredient in aspirin and other pain-relieving medications as well as in many common health and beauty and other cosmetic products. Some people can develop a sensitivity to these chemicals and react in various ways. Read more


Aspirin can cause bleeding of the stomach lining and lead to a leaky gut and ulcers. When the gut is permeated it can then cause larger protein molecules to escape undigested into the blood stream. This in turn activates the immune system to destroy these 'foreign body' proteins but then it will also attack similar proteins that are actually part of the human body and can cause inflammation and pain in various parts of the body including the nervous system and the brain. Read more

Saturday 2nd April 2016 at 22:12 pm


Pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder that causes painful blisters, bumps and scabs on the surface of the skin similar to eczema and often misdiagnosed as such. It often affects mucous membranes such as the nose, throat, tongue and genitals and can cause blisters in and around the mouth. Isothiocyanates, phenols, thiols and tannins found in foods are known to trigger outbreaks of pemphigus and therefore it is wise to try a two-week elimination of foods containing these compounds to see if the condition improves. Read more

Zeolite for detoxification of heavy metals

Naturally occurring clinoptilolite is a zeolite that has been used for over 800 years in traditional medicine in its raw form in places like India, China and Russia. In other countries it is used in air purification, animal feed, water filtration and in fertilisers to keep the crops healthy.

Zeolite is a negatively charged, crystalline structure formed from the fusion of volcanic lava and ocean water. The molecules in zeolite contain a magnetic energy that attracts and holds several types of toxins at a molecular level which, taken orally, pull metals out of body tissues and into the zeolite itself. It is then passed safely through the urinary tract, without depleting the body of essential electrolytes. It may be useful in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Read more

Friday 1st April 2016 at 13:31 pm

Sugar Dangers

Refined sugar is very high in calories but completely void of nutrients. The processes it undergoes completely strips out anything from sugar cane that is worth consuming. Then the food industry adds sugar to other nutrient lacking packaged foods to improve the taste and create addiction and the effect is twice as detrimental on human health. Read more

Wednesday 30th March 2016 at 07:49 pm

Heart Health

How to avoid a heart attack and heart disease naturally. Read more

Monday 28th March 2016 at 16:40 pm

Yellow Fever

Yellow fever virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which is the same mosquito that spreads the Zika virus. Yellow fever has a 400-year history and occurs only in tropical areas of Africa and the Americas. On occasions there is an increased outbreak, the last one being in 2015 in Angola when 450 cases and 178 deaths were caused by this disease. Read more


Ingested as a hot tea or warm tonic, feverwort promotes sweating, relaxes peripheral blood vessels and soothes and reduces symptoms of infections such as coughs, fever, headaches, muscle cramps, sore throat and stuffy nose. It is a good herb to use for the symptoms of mosquito borne infections. In a cold beverage it can work as a mild laxative. Read more

Golden rod

Golden rod has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and acts as an effective diuretic. It is mostly used to treat infections and disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract, including bladder and kidney stones, but can also treat many other bacterial, fungal and virus infections. Read more


There are a few different dogwood species around the world and each are used for different medicinal purposes. The Jamaican dogwood is used medicinally for panic attacks and excessive stress and the Osier dogwood is used by the Native Americans as an alternative to quinine for fevers and to treat mosquito borne infections. Read more

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at 05:21 am

Pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and GM crops

There are many foods on which pesticide, herbicide and fungicide residues have been found. Therefore, individuals wanting to avoid pesticide-associated health risks should opt to purchase only organically grown fruits and vegetables. Read more

Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 07:16 am

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a chronic degenerative disease of the nervous system. Although it is generally thought of as a disease of old age, It can also occur in middle age and can take years or decades to manifest severe symptoms. It is important to get tested for Lyme Disease when symptoms of Parkinson's Disease appear as symptoms can be identical and are often misdiagnosed. Read more

Monday 21st March 2016 at 03:17 am

The andropause (male) and menopause (female)

The symptoms and natural ways to resolve them. Read more

Sunday 20th March 2016 at 06:14 am

Thiol intolerance

Thiols, also called mercaptan, are a class of organic chemical compounds, similar to the alcohols and phenols, that contain a sulphydryl group that is composed of a sulphur atom (in place of an oxygen atom) and a hydrogen atom attached to a carbon atom. Some foods that contain sulphur also contain thiols but not all. Some people develop an intolerance to thiols but are not aware of it and put their symptoms down to other causes. Read more

Metal oestrogens

Dietary cadmium exposure and smoking tobacco, which also contains cadmium, increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer and is just one of a broad range of metals humans are now being increasingly exposed to and represents an emerging class of metal oestrogens with the potential to add to the oestrogenic burden of the human breast. The following metals are capable of binding to cellular oestrogen receptors and then mimic the actions of physiological oestrogens:

  • Aluminium

  • Antimony

  • Arsenite

  • Barium

  • Cadmium

  • Chromium

  • Cobalt

  • Copper

  • Lead

  • Mercury

  • Nickel

  • Selenite

  • Tin

  • Vanadate

Toxic forms of selenium are used in organic infant formula and exposure to sodium selenite and sodium selenate is difficult to avoid, as it is the primary source of supplemental selenium in mass market vitamins, foods and beverages etc. The same is true for inorganic forms of chromium, copper, nickel, tin and and vanadium, that are found in many mass market multivitamins and supplements. Read more

Saturday 19th March 2016 at 15:59 pm


The loquat is a shrub-like species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to south-central China. The fruit is sometimes used as a sedative and is thought to reduce vomiting and excessive thirst. Loquat leaf tea is a traditional medicinal remedy for brain, colon, liver, pancreas and respiratory disorders, diarrhoea and inflammation as it contains potent antioxidants. Read more


The breadfruit is one of Earth’s highest yielding food crops. A mature tree can produce around 205 kg (450 pounds) of fruit in one year and because of its remarkable nutritional content and perfect suitability for the sub-tropical regions where people are often facing starvation, it could be a solution to world hunger. In areas where mosquito-borne infections occur, such as malaria, burning breadfruit leaves acts as an effective mosquito repellent. Read more

Chestnut leaf extract

Extracts taken from the leaves of the chestnut tree can effectively stop the MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) from creating toxins that damage skin tissues and does it without harming skin cells or disturbing the normal beneficial bacteria that reside on the skin.

Friday 18th March 2016 at 09:56 am

Cleanse and Detoxify

Antioxidant foods and blood purifiers help to protect the bones, brain, colon, heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas and the spleen. Toxins can be absorbed from food, water, air or through the skin and modern life means the human body is constantly bombarded by a vast number of pollutants and chemical additives. It is not yet known what the consequences are of living in today's “toxic soup” will be. However, many disorders commence through the gradual accumulation of toxins in the system especially if they have built up in a specific organ like the brain or in the bones. A build-up of mercury, for instance, can lead to the degenerative Alzheimer’s disease. Read more


Radon gas escapes from the Earth’s surface constantly and is considered harmless in open air, accounting for half of a person's exposure to radiation. A by-product of naturally occurring radium and uranium breaking down, radon is problematic only if it gets trapped in poorly ventilated homes, which can happen in areas where geological conditions produce it in higher concentrations.

The largest affected areas in the UK are the south-west of England, the Yorkshire Dales and Wales, but there are many other affected parts such as Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, the Forest of Dean, the Peak District, much of Northern Ireland, the southern border of Scotland and Aberdeenshire. Read more

Thursday 17th March 2016 at 07:41 pm

Vitamin B9

Vitamin B9 (folic acid, foliates) is required for DNA synthesis and cell growth and is important for red blood cell formation, energy production as well as the forming of amino acids. It is vital for healthy cell division and replication because of its involvement as a coenzyme for RNA and DNA synthesis. The body replaces all of its cells every nine months and one of the keys to preventing cancer is to have healthy cellular division. Read more

Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 07:41 pm

Brine Pickles

How to make your own brine pickles. Not only is it a way to safely store food for 12 months, the fermenting process also provides extra beneficial bacteria that the intestines requires.  Read more

Tuesday 15th March 2016 at 17:58 pm


Ashwagandha is a plant found in India that is part of the Solanaceae or nightshade family. It has been used for over 3000 years as a powerful medicinal herb to treat many disorders and diseases. Read more


Banderol is a compound extract from the south American Otoba trees that has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic and antiviral properties and is useful as a natural remedy in the elimination of the Lyme disease and syphilis bacterial infections amongst other disorders.


The root of this plant has powerful antibacterial properties and is used to treat many disorders including those affecting the circulation, joints, muscles, nose, stomach, throat and teeth. It also has been used to treat Lyme disease and syphilis. Read more

Blue Flag

Native Americans used the root of this plant to make poultices to treat skin cuts and burns and chewed it to protect themselves against rattle snake bites. It is also used as a laxative and to relieve fluid retention and bloating and for many other disorders involving the glands, joints, liver and stomach.  Read more

Poke Root

The botanical name of the poke bush comes from the Greek word φυτόν (phyton), meaning 'plant' and the Latin word 'lacca', a red dye. It has anti-arthritic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-viral properties. Read more

Stephania root

This herb is used in China and Japan as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and diuretic remedy and is especially effective against the Lyme disease bacteria and can help to increase blood flow and protect the heart. Read more

Monday 14th March 2016 at 06:18 pm

Lyme Disease

Symptoms and natural ways to fight the Lyme disease bacteria. Read more

Hair and nails

How to naturally enrich the condition of the hair and nails and what may be causing their poor appearance. Read more

Saturday 12th March 2016 at 03:39 am


Causes and natural cures for halitosis (bad breath). Read more

Friday 11th March 2016 at 02:54 am

Chebulic Myrobalan

Chebulic Myrobalan is a common plant in India and in Ayurvedic medicine, it is said to be the mother of all herbs for its many health benefits. The outer skin of the fruit is dried and powdered to use for many ailments concerning the digestive system and viral infections such as mumps. Read more


Natural ways to treat the MRSA bacterial infection. Read More


Natural ways to treat the mumps viral infection. Read more

Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 08:54 am

Nature Cures for Babies and New Mothers

Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 08:54 am

Menstrual disorders

Natural relief from menstrual pain and abnormal cycles. Read more


Reducing asthma attacks naturally. Read more

Tuesday 8th March 2016 at 08:54 am

Another review for the Nature Cures book menopausehealthmatters.com/2016/03/nature-cures-z-ailments-natural-foods

Pain and Inflammation

Pain and inflammation is the body's natural response to make a person aware there is an adverse condition developing that needs immediate attention and should not be ignored. Dulling pain by the use of pain medications without resolving the underlying root cause can lead to more serious damage. This is your ultimate guide to natural pain relief. Read more

Monday 7th March 2016 at 13:36 pm


Measles is a highly infectious virus disease of the respiratory system very common in childhood. It is so common at this stage of life that nearly all children everywhere in the world go through this brief period of red spots unless they have been vaccinated against it. The disease appears in epidemic form, often in the winter season. There are many natural remedies to help a patient recover and reduce the inflammation and itching rashes caused by the measles virus. Read more


Honeysuckle flowers have antibiotic properties and can be drunk as a tea to treat many health issues of the digestive and excretory system, the kidneys, liver and respiratory system and are powerful against various bacterial and viral infections both internally and those affecting the skin such as measles. Read more


The bark, flowers, fruit pulp, leaves and seeds of the tamarind have been used in several ancient cultures and by medieval herbalists for centuries. Read more.

Sunday 6th March 2016 at 21:28 pm


Being unable to sleep can cause much distress and lead to a variety of health issues. There many natural remedies to aid sleep without some of the serious side effects that sleeping pills can cause.  Read more

Tuesday 2nd March 2016 at 11:05 am

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These days people never consider eating flowering plants as they once did which means they are missing out on the many powerful properties of these plants. The leaves, seeds and flowers of the nasturtium plant have been used medicinally for centuries. The freshly pressed juice has been used internally and externally in the treatment of a multitude of health issues. Components in nastertiums are antiscorbutic (prevents or cures scurvy), depurative (cleanses wastes and toxins from the body), diuretic, expectorant, purgative (improves bowel action), hypoglycaemic, odontalgic (relieves toothache), stimulant and stomachic (improves digestion). Read more

Thursday 25th February 2016 at 18:03 pm

Win a copy of the Nature Cures book in printed or Ebook format. Enter by 2nd March 2015:


Wednesday 24th February 2016 at 18:03 pm

It has just been discovered that the first print run of the Nature Cures ;printed books have the wrong ISBN number and barcode printed on them. The correct one is: Print ISBN: 978-1-78161-039-8

Sweet Potatoes

The earliest cultivation records of the sweet potato date to 750 BC in Peru, although archaeological evidence shows cultivation of the sweet potato may have begun around 2500-1850 BC. It was after 1740 that the term 'sweet potato' began to be used by American colonists to distinguish it from the white potato. Read more

Monday 23rd February 2016 at 08:31 am


Boysenberries are a cross between a European raspberry, a common Blackberry, an American dewberry and a loganberry and rich source of potassium and vitamin A amongst other nutrients needed for optimum health. Read more

Turkey berry

Turkey berries have been used as a herbal medicine for centuries in India. They contain a compound called  methyl caffeate, an ester of hydroxycinnamic acid, which is a naturally occurring polyphenol that has antibiotic, anti-diabetic, antiviral and anticoagulant properties. It can help to fight off infections by bacteria such as Klebsiella, Pseudomonas and Mycobacterium. Read more

Saturday 20th February 2016 at 10:08 am

Nature Cures Healthy Recipes

Meals should not only be considered for the taste, eye appeal and cost. The nutritional content is far more important these factors. Nature Cures has put together some highly nutritious meals that will not only taste and look appetising but will also provide a balanced dish that can provide all is required to recover from illness, protect against disease and disorders and provide energy for intense physical exercise and help with weight loss. Read more

How To Make Home-remedies

It is not difficult to make home remedies and personal care products for many health conditions from natural foods, herbs and spices that will help you to avoid the many toxic ingredients that are added to medicines these days. Read more

Saturday 20th February 2016 at 10:08 am

Why you should go to work on an egg

Eggs are helpful in foetal brain development and very good for pregnant women to consume as they contain choline. They are also able to provide many of the essential nutrients need for correct brain function and should be a staple part of the diet for anyone suffering from psychological disorders. They are also very good for those that are involved in sports or any other activity that involves intense physical exertion, strength and stamina. Read more

Thursday 18th February 2016 at 16:26 am

Drugs to avoid and why

There are so many serious side effects from drugs that have supposedly been tested sufficiently and it is coming to light that many adverse results from the pharmaceutical companies tests of these drugs are being hidden from the public. Nutrient deficiencies caused by drugs leads to many of the reported side-effects but no one seems aware of this fact. Read more


Scleroderma is caused by the immune system attacking the connective tissue under the skin and around internal organs and blood vessels. The word scleroderma comes from two Greek words 'sclero' meaning hard and 'derma' meaning skin. Read more


Chaste tree extract balances the right hormones essential for women, treats their menstrual problems related to polycystic ovarian syndrome and in the process also removes unwanted facial and other body hair. Read more

Fungus Gnats

When potted plants are brought inside the home, they may also bring in the larvae of fungus gnats in the soil. The fungus gnats are very small short-lived flying insects and, after mating, the females look for places that are warm and moist to lay their eggs. Read more

Thursday 11th February 2016 at 14:39 pm

False Daisy

This herbs has powerful components that can treat disorders of the eyes, liver and respiratory and urinary systems. It can also promote good hair growth. Read more

Look after the Liver, Gall Bladder and Pancreas

The liver is the father of all organs and as such needs proper care and attention. It is responsible for over 500 functions in the human body and can b damaged very easily by toxins from alcohol and drugs. The gall bladder and pancreas are also important organs to take care of. Read more

Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 10:25 pm

The Nature Cures February Newsletter is now available. Add your email address to subscribe to it: Subscribe to the Nature Cures newsletter


Consuming fresh water crayfish, at least once a week, can offer protection against Alzheimer's disease and most other neurological disorders, asthma, heart disease and strokes. It is also one of the cleanest crustaceans to consume, highly nutritious and easiest to digest. Read more

Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 11:30 am

Nutrients required to treat schizophrenia and other brain malfunctions.

Schizophrenia is a malfunction of the brain that can be triggered by many factors. Some are predisposed to this condition through their genes and others may suffer a traumatic experience or injury to the head or take recreational drugs that can bring it on. Whatever the cause, the diet is vitally important when treating patients with neurological disorders such as schizophrenia. This also applies to anyone suffering any other kind of brain disorders including aggression, anxiety, autism, brain degeneration, concentration problems, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, memory problems, panic attacks, paranoia and schizophrenia as the brain, like any other part of the body, relies upon what is fed to it. Read more

Giant cell arteritis

Giant cell arteritis is a form of vasculitis, a group of disorders that results in inflammation of blood vessels. This inflammation causes the arteries to narrow, impeding adequate blood flow. Read more

Saturday 6th February 2016 at 10:30 am

The author of Nature Cures will be signing books at the Merton Abbey Mills market on Sunday 7th February 2016. See the website: mertonabbeymills.org.uk

New Nature Cures Pocket Book Series

Hammersmith Health Books, the publisher of the Nature Cures book, has decided to publish a series of Nature Cures pocket books on various subjects covered on the website.

To be informed of when these will available to purchase please email: health@naturecures.co.uk

Monday 1st February 2016 at 03:20 pm

One year ago today, this website reached one million hits and that took almost five years since it was first posted up in 2010. Today, one year later, it just reached two million hits. Strange but true...


Suspected meningitis, especially when it is caused by a bacterial infection, is a medical emergency and an ambulance should be called immediately. It can be a life-threatening condition and the symptoms can develop very quickly. Read more

See also:



Acai Berries


Acid/alkaline balance in the body

Advertise on this website

Age spots

Air-purifying Houseplants

Alcohol Dangers


Algae and Seaweed


Aloe Vera



Andropause and menopause

Antibiotic Syrup






A-Z of Hazards

A-Z of Herbs and Spices

Bacterial Infections


Bird Cherry

Bitter Leaf

Bladder Stones

Blood Disorders


Blue Flag




Brine Pickles


Burdock Root

Cashew Nuts

Carrageenan Food Additive



Chebulic Myrobalan

Chestnut Leaf Extract

Chicken Pox

Chinese Yam

Cinchona Bark

Cleanse and Detoxify

Coltsfoot (herb)

Combat stress naturally



Daily Express article


Dientamoeba fragilis


Drugs to Avoid and Why


Elephant Foot Yam

False Daisy



Fungus Gnats


Gentian Root

Giant Cell Arteritis

Ginger Thomas

Golden Rod

Grow a Health Garden

Hair and Nails

Halitosis (bad breath)

Healthy Recipes

Heart Disease

Helping American Heroes

Home-made Remedies


Hygiene, Toxins and Health


Infant Oral Mutilation




Kidney Stones

Lemon Balm

Let Roots be Your Medicine


Look After the Liver


Lungwort (herb)

Lyme Disease

Magnesium Deficiency

Marshmallow herb


Menopause and Andropause

Menstrual Disorders

Mesenteric Panniculitis

Metallic Taste due to Chemo

Metal oestrogens




Nature Cures for Babies

Nature's Colour Codes

Obesity and Weight Loss

Omega-6 and Omega-3


Pain and Inflammation

Parasites and worms

Parkinson's disease



Performers Nutrition



Pink cedar

Poke root

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