Archives for March 2014

An ode to the FreeFrom Food Awards 2014

Here is a poem that I wrote about the amazing, the incredible, the life changing, the most excellent, FreeFrom Food Awards 2014. I stopped after the winner and four runners up. It would have been about a hundred verses long… I also wrote the official review for the FreeFrom Food Awards from a long term […]

Testing Protopic ointment for eczema – does it work?

Most people with moderate to severe eczema will have heard of Protopic. If you haven’t yet come across it it’s an appealing treatment – it’s not a steroid so doesn’t thin the skin like steroids do. I first discovered it when my sister was prescribed it to treat her eczema. She raved about it and […]

How to Manage Your Children’s Food Allergies

Mother of two, Stephanie Gatewood, 43, from Virginia, US, knows only too well how stressful food allergies can be. Both of her children suffer with severe peanut allergies. She has a blog called Peanut Free Parenting and has written a book called When Peanuts are Poison. Speaking about how her children’s severe peanut allergies affected […]

The secrets behind how propolis fights cold sores

What is propolis? Honeybees make propolis using resins they gather from plants. They chew the resins, drawing out beneficial plant extracts and mix them with their saliva, which they then combine with wax produced from glands on their abdomens. This results in the production of propolis, which contains a concentrated mixture of polyphenols and flavonoids. […]

Can you have immunotherapy if you have asthma?

For years I’ve been trying to get a referral for immunotherapy for my hay fever and dust mite allergy but have been told that it’s not available, that I wouldn’t qualify because I have asthma etc. etc. OK… but my dust allergy causes most of my asthma problems in the first place, if it was […]

Why I love Nairns gluten free oat cakes – an ode to oat cakes

There are a few freefrom products which I just love and cannot live without. Nairns is one of them, and because I eat a nairns oak cake if not every day, at least every week I forget about how amazing they are because they are just always there. Part of the weekly shop. Chosen for […]

Coconut ice cream – tested #Dairyfree #soyafree #glutenfree

One of my favourite treats since developing a serious soya allergy has been the two coconut ice creams on the market. They are both dairy, gluten, soya and nut free. Hoorah! I buy them both and they are delicious. Real melt-in-the-mouth indulgence for anyone who can’t eat ‘normal’ ice cream. So how do they compare? […]

A trip to the allergy clinic – what to expect!

I look forward to my trips to the allergy clinic because I learn stuff every time, mainly about my skin and eczema because the specialist I see is a Dermatologist at Oxford Churchill Hospital. I am reminded I am not a hyperchondriac and that my allergies are real and my eczema is not that great. […]

Oil pulling for allergies, eczema and psoriasis

This morning I have been trying something a little bit different. I’ve never done this before let alone heard of it. I’ll give you three guesses what I was doing with a jar of coconut oil first thing this morning. Thanks to my friend Julie I found myself standing nervously with a teaspoon of coconut […]