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Garden Talk: Grow your own herbs

There’s nothing nicer – or healthier – than cooking with fresh herbs picked from your own garden. Most are easy to grow and look fab, whether in borders or containers and raised beds. Mediterranean varieties prefer sun and free-draining soil – add coarse grit and organic matter to clay soil. Others, such as coriander, mint and parsley prefer some shade and plenty of moisture. Here’s my pick of the best: Mint Mint can be invasive in a border, so it’s best grown in a pot. It Iikes rich moist soil and can tolerate shade. Keep picking it to encourage growth and divide it when it’s outgrown the container. Varieties include Lemon Mint, Apple Mint and Chocolate Mint – nice in puddings! Uses: Great in teas and summer drinks, with roast lamb or in Middle Eastern dishes such as couscous – I love mint sprinkled over feta and salmon before roasting. Sage Sage has lovely silvery leaves, but needs a good prune in early spring to stop it getting leggy. There are varieties with different leaf …

What effect does stress have on the body?

Stress is not necessarily a bad thing, but too much stress, can be very harmful to the body. So how do we learn to manage stress and what is the impact it has on our minds and bodies? Central Nervous System The central nervous system (CNS) is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord, and can be considered the command and control centre of the human body. It communicates with the rest of the body via neurons linked to what is called the peripheral nervous system (PNS). When a stimulus is introduced to the body, receptors communicate with sensory neurons, which in turn communicate with motor neurons to affect a response within the CNS. A nervous breakdown can happen when the CNS is subjected to repeated and prolonged stress. It can also be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Worry, chronic stress, fear, anxiety, nervousness and panic attacks are all symptoms of a mental breakdown, or burnout. Allostatic load Allostasis is the process of achieving stability (homeostasis) through physiological or behavioural change; it …

Calling all local businesses

East Dulwich based charity Link Age Southwark is looking to partner with local businesses to support their work with older people in Southwark. These businesses will become Business Patrons of the vibrant charity, which has been working in Southwark for 23 years to combat loneliness and isolation among older people. The charity recruits volunteers from the local community to offer free services to people over 60, including over 20 activity groups, weekly befriending visits, a volunteer driving service and support for people living with dementia. Link Age Southwark currently has over 350 active volunteers supporting nearly 600 older people in the borough. By becoming a Business Patron, you will join a group of thriving local businesses supporting Link Age Southwark to the value of £500 a year. Your business will benefit from visibility in the borough and association with a local, community-based charity with a strong reputation of recruiting volunteers to support older people in the local area. Current Business Patron Lesley O’Mara, Managing Director of Michael O’Mara Books, says, “We’re very proud to support Link …

Local life coach lends support to Londoners looking for a better lifestyle

Becca Teers, 42 from East Dulwich, is the author of “Unlimited” a new book designed to help people take up positive habits that will help them achieve their dreams and aspirations. Teers, has worked as a holistic therapist in South London for more than 20 years, before launching her new business, Heathy Habits, centred on using hypnosis to help people implement positive change to their lives. Becca says, “Having worked within the health and beauty business for two decades I’ve met so many people with brilliant ideas but struggle to turn them into a reality. I found the psychology of why more people don’t pursue their passions fascinating and dedicated myself to helping people realise their potential. I became fascinated about what makes people successful and developed a series of seven habits that unpin to formula for self-improvement. Ultimately, I found that by adopting some small life style changes, you can make a hugely positive difference to your mindset and attitude, which is what Unlimited is all about – taking seven simple steps to help …

Step Inside Dulwich: Splash the Colour this Spring

At long last the first signs of spring have arrived, the dormant flora and fauna is bursting into new life bringing a splash of colour back into our lives. The Dulwich area has suddenly transformed itself into a vibrant, idyllic residential Arcadia. One can almost feel the anticipation in the air, creating the opportunity to cast off the heavy claddings of winter for the lighter more radiant colour’s of spring and summer. Springtime signals the chance for new beginnings: for cleaning, refreshing and rejuvenating home and garden; to cast-off the drab, dull and boring replacing it with the new and exciting. Where better to start than redecorating a favourite room, entrance hall or stairway? The latest colour trend predictions released from the world’s leading authority, Pantone® suggest that a colour palette of muted, earthy tones will be finding their way into our homes and will include these top ten colour hues for the Spring and Summer of 2017. Just imagine the refreshing effect of transforming your room from the ubiquitous Magnolia – covered walls with a splash of colour on a feature wall …