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Psoriasis is a relatively common skin disease that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It’s not fun and can cause lots of embarrassment and discomfort. It’s an immunity related skin condition that is often triggered by stress or sickness, and is more likely to affect those with a family history of the condition. But don’t despair, there are a few things that can help control the symptoms. Here are a few ways to treat the symptoms naturally: Be kind to your skin; To prevent further irritation, wash with a non-soap cleanser. Oats are great alternative. Place two handfuls of rolled oats into an old...

Have you ever walked into a health shop, yoga class or massage centre and felt instantly more relaxed? You might be on to something. Often, it’s the essential oils floating gently through the air, giving an instant soothing affect on your soul. So why not recreate this in your own home? There’s many ways to experience the benefits of essential oils in your home, depending on the oil. Some of them are safe enough to dab onto your skin - but make sure you do your research. Most are best wafting through the air. Treat yourself to an essential oil diffuser for best results. Otherwise, try ‘dry evaporation’ -...

As the bushfires continue to burn, it is hard to watch all the devastation it’s caused to so many people, communities and animals. While our incredible firefighters and volunteers continue to battle blazes in many states, we will continue to experience smoke haze even if you live a long way from a bushfire. Bushfire smoke can travel hundreds of kilometres and it poses a range of health issues, especially for those with pre-existing heart or lung conditions. Air pollution from the bushfires has been at its worst over the last couple of weeks and it is forecasted to continue. Why is bushfire smoke a health risk? Bushfire smoke is a...

With the turn of a new year comes a whole bunch of new year’s resolutions. Exercise more, stress less, learn a new language, get into yoga… we all start with the best intentions, and then quickly fall off the wagon. But here’s one that you can stick to: eating a healthier diet. A balanced diet is so important for many reasons. The organs and tissues in our bodies need proper nutrition to function, and without the essential minerals, your body is more prone to infection, disease, fatigue, injury and poor performance. Without a balanced diet, our bodies are more susceptible to colds and flus,...

Every school class has a kid that has to carry a puffer around with them at all times. We all remember that kid. Some of us were that kid. But what a lot of people don’t know, is that asthma can develop at any stage of life. Adult onset asthma, exercise induced asthma, allergic asthma… about 1 in 9 Aussies will have asthma in their lifetime. There’s a lot of information out there about the symptoms, causes and preventions of asthma, so we’ve summed it up neatly for you. What is asthma? Asthma is a medical condition that affects the airways (the tubes carrying air in and out of...

Looking for a last minute gift, or you've got a hard-to-buy-for a person on your Christmas’ list? There's literally no better gift you can give, than the gift of health. And while actual health might be a little out of reach, we're going to go ahead and say these gifts cut it pretty close, and are sure to inspire wellness and good health! Yoga/Pilates Voucher A voucher for yoga or pilates is a great option for the health and fitness lover on your Christmas list. Pilates helps improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness while yoga brings the body and mind together and is built on exercise, breathing and meditation. Find their closest...

Spring time, such a glorious time of the year. We all wait eagerly for the end of gloomy winter so we can come out of hibernation and immures ourselves back in nature. What’s not to love? Warmer air, longer days, more sun, blossoming flowers and plant releasing POLLEN!!! There is no romance about springtime for hay fever and allergy sufferers. If you suffer from hay fever you’re probably focused on how you are going to breathe and sleep for the next few months. Springtime fatigue is a real thing – Almost half of seasonal allergy sufferers report problems getting uninterrupted sleep. Across the...

We have worked out the secret to Black Caviar’s unbeaten success… salt therapy! Did you know that salt therapy is huge in the horse racing industry? Leading into Melbourne Spring Racing season, many horses will be breathing in the goodness of salt.  A pioneer in therapy for horse’s in Australia is Melbourne-based trainer Peter Moody who trained Black Caviar.  Since introducing salt therapy for his horses, Moody has said he has seen the benefits in respiratory systems and skin ailments. The biggest plus for him is, it’s a natural product. Equine salt therapy is also practiced in the training regime of thoroughbred...

For eczema and skin allergy sufferers the itch is real, especially in spring time! Up to 50 per cent of Australians have revealed that their eczema gets worse in Spring and now we know why. According to Eczema Association of Australasia, eczema flares up more in spring due to the added allergies in the air and the rise in temperature. Heat is a factor because people with eczema get a lot hotter and the release of all the allergies into the air from grass and flowers can further irritable affected skin. Very little is actually known about eczema, apart from the fact that...

On Aussie streets everywhere, humans are stepping out of their cosy habitats, blinking in the sunlight, stretching and yawning, looking confused and a bit sleepy. That’s right. The hibernation is over. Winter has finished with us, and spring has arrived with a gust of warm air. With daylight savings kicking in, the word on the street is: it’s time to get physical again. Shake off those winter blues, and get the spring back in your step. It can be a little daunting to get started though, can’t it? You’ve just had such a sleepy winter, it’s hard to strap on the sneakers again. So here’s a few gentle tips...