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Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

Is adrenal fatigue real?   Following on from comments posted last week I thought it might be best to answer with a full explanation …. So thanks Jess, as it was a great question!   Adrenal fatigue is a term which is often used in alternative medicine but is...

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Getting a Spring Back In Our Step…

Getting a Spring Back In Our Step…

Getting a spring back in our step…   This week, as we are all struggling through the last vestiges of winter, many people I speak to are feeling a bit tired and really ready for the spring. I have noticed my own levels of energy have dropped too, and so have been...

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Addiction

Addiction

Addiction. I have been thinking about addictions this week, both for my patients and myself, as the start of the New Year always brings thoughts about breaking old habits and gives us the chance to start with renewed energy. It’s hard though, January is not the most...

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Breaking the Sugar Habit

Breaking the Sugar Habit

Breaking the Sugar Habit With a New Year comes the promise of new beginnings and although I am not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions sometimes the idea of a clean slate can be appealing and a good catalyst for building new positive habits.   For years I have...

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Supporting Your Body Through Cancer

Supporting Your Body Through Cancer

    Supporting Your Body Through Cancer   One of my many areas of special interest is in cancer support and I really believe that integrative medicine has a lot to offer for people undergoing cancer treatment.   I commonly see patients with cancer...

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Probiotics

Probiotics

Probiotics and gut flora are big news at the moment, with so much new research linking gut flora imbalance with a range of chronic diseases and our emotional and mental health. I think it is so fascinating and I’m sure over the next 10 years we will discover more and...

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Headaches

This week I thought it might be useful to look at a common condition which responds well to a functional medicine or holistic approach….headaches…. that everyday problem which can be so debilitating. It’s common to think of just taking a paracetamol or...

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Joy

Joy Over the summer I read a wonderfully inspiring book written by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Thinking about that 360 degree approach to health I talked about last week I wanted to share some of the tips I found so helpful. When patients come to me...

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What is a 360 Degree Approach to Health?…..

  I’m thinking this week about what a 360 degree approach to health means, as I have just returned from a truly inspiring and exciting conference in Functional Medicine in London. Along with Dr Ragan Chatterjee from BBC Doctor in the House, I joined about 250...

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Healthy Cheats – Making It Easy

I am all for an easy life in the kitchen; as a busy working mum I have very little time for spending hours baking and cooking, as much as I would love too!   I guess when choosing what to eat I am always thinking : What is nutritious What tastes good What is easy...

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My journey into holistic health… By Dr. Sally Moorcroft

Patients often ask me why I changed track and left my career in conventional medicine to practice natural or holistic medicine. There are many different parts to this story but I think it began in childhood as growing up on a farm I had a close connection with nature...

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Menopausal Mood Swings

The most common health problems I see in my clinic are conditions related to menopausal changes. Although many women sail through this time of life, a lot of women really suffer. I truly welcome the current discussion in the media about menopause and how it affects...

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Fennel – herbs are all around us…

  Hello, I’m Dr Sally Moorcroft and I would love to welcome you to my health and wellbeing blog, every week I will share my thoughts and tips on health, nutrition and natural medicine. I have been studying and practising natural medicine for 20 years and I am...

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Healthy packed lunch ideas for kids

I think its fair to say that most people struggle with what to make kids for packed lunches. It’s tricky to get that balance of healthy foods your kid will eat but still being nutritious. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting a full lunch box back when you’ve...

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Thai Compress Massage – New Treatment

We are delighted to now be offering this amazing relaxing treatment at Orchard Barn. The hot herbal compress contains numerous herbs tightly bound in fabric which is steamed until piping hot and firmly rolled. It is used on pressure points,  the hot herbal...

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Body Confidence Course – Nutritional Workshop

We are now half way through our body confidence course and have received some lovely feedback.  It is really making a difference in some major ways to the students lives.   The course covers all aspects of optimising health and wellbeing,  with a focus...

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Orla Kiely Gifting Range – New In

About the Brand:  Orla Kiely is an Irish fashion designer who created the clastic stem print which can be easily recognised by its bold retro flower designs. The classic stem design itself was originally inspired by a Rowan tree stem and leaves which Kiely first...

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Emma – The Bowen Technique

Could you give us an overview of the Bowen Technique? The Bowen technique is a hands-off hands-on treatment, the therapist uses their thumbs or fingers on certain points of the body making rolling type movements over the soft tissue, muscle, tendant and ligament. In...

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Gallinée Skincare Introduction

Recently I attended the Natural & Organic Show in London, I listened to a lot of seminars but one stood out to me and that was presented by Marie Drago the founder of Gallinee Skincare.  Her passion and excitement for balancing skin bacteria was so clear and...

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Facial Acupuncture by Dr. Sally Moorcroft

Dr Sally launches brand new Facial Acupuncture treatment at Orchard Barn Facial Acupuncture by Dr. Sally Moorcroft Facial acupuncture is a completely natural way of enhancing facial skin health. In addition it has numerous benefits to overall health and wellbeing, as...

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Carmen on Yoga Nidra

Carmen gives us the lowdown on Yoga Nidra Q: What is Yoga Nidra? Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, its an ancient practice a state between sleeping and waking. It is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to...

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Introducing Karen

Karen came to Orchard Barn in April 2018, she joins our busy reception team.  Karen has worked within the medical field on reception and administration so brings with her a wealth of experience.  Q- Why were you interested in working here? I have always been...

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Dr. Katerina Steventon’s 4 Anti-Aging Serum

We are delighted to now be stocking Dr. Katerina Steventon's of Faceworks Skincare consultancy,  4 Anti-Ageing Serum, this serum has been carefully formulated using Dr. Katerina's 20 years experience and research in the skin science field. It is a unique...

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Nourish to Flourish

One question we get asked a lot at Orchard Barn is what are so called 'nasties' in skincare products and why choose natural skincare products: Dr. Moorcroft explains: Most commercial cosmetics contain a wide range of chemical products, some of which have been linked...

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Age Is Not A Reflection Of Beauty – By Sally Marshall

Age Is Not A Reflection Of Beauty: I feel I am so much more than the anti-ageing range category. I AM AMAZING! Alright i haven't climbed Mount Everest, invented something useful, or saved the world,But I have loved, lost, fought hard and learnt so much along the...

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Out Of My Comfort Zone By Sally (Dr.Hauschka Esthetician)

  My two favourite sayings are 1) “Life has a funny way of leading you in certain directions” and 2) “Be thankful for the mundane!” Because you really miss boring when life throws you turmoil.   SO life led me to Orchard Barn and Orchard Barn led me to...

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Nourishing Winter Retreat Day

Our final retreat day of the year covered a whole host of topics from winter remedies, to making nutritional suppers with seasonal food and included recipe cards to take away.  We even covered winter skincare.  There was a chance to relax with mindful...

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Dr.Sally’s Top 5 Supplements For Stress

How Stress Affects Us: Our body goes into fight or flight mode. Stress hormones are released -cortisol and adrenaline and then blood sugar 9glucose0 is released by the liver to cope with the stressful situation. Stress has a range of adverse effects on our immune and...

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Emma’s Post on Gratitude

    Emma's Post on Gratitude: A few years ago I decided rather than just reading my daughter a story at bedtime I would have a conversation with her about gratitude, she was four at the time.   I ask her “what are you grateful for today Willow” I...

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The Best Green Juice

Just about as energising as a cup of coffee but with none of the letdown, green juice is an incredibly healthy, invigorating way to start your day. As well as being delicious and super easy when you need a little pick-me-up. The Best Green Juice- Key ingredients and...

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Nourishing Pumpkin and Fennel Salad

This Nourishing Pumpkin and Fennel Salad includes many superfood ingredients to keep you healthy during the colder autumn season. key ingredients and their benefits for a healthy diet: Pumpkin - Tastes amazing when roasted and also is a fantastic vegetable full of...

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