The bones and muscles give shape and form to the body. Their movement and strength varies with each individual and their age, determining physical ability throughout their lives. It is important to maintain the good health of the bones and muscles, especially as we grow older.

The adult skeleton consists of 206 bones, which are made of living tissue that is rich in blood and nerves. Bones are living things that grow and repair themselves. The body has 602 muscles which account for half an adult’s bodyweight; their primary function is to move the skeleton.

The muscles may be attached directly to the bones, or may be connected by tendons. The muscles and tendons do not act in isolation, but as part of a muscle group controlled by the nervous system.

The bones are a reservoir of calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and other elements. Red and white blood cells are produced within bone marrow. The bones, muscles, and tendons maintain their strength and suppleness through exercise, and nutrients from our diet. Many of the chronic ailments affecting this system are related to these two factors.

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Rubefacients for rheumatism of the joint, muscular stiffness, sciatica, lumbago, etc: black pepper, juniper, rosemary, camphor, sweet marjoram

Depurative or antitoxic agents for arthritis, gout, congestion, skin eruptions, etc: juniper, lemon, fennel, lovage is free to access and use.
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Pearl Barley Water Kidney Cleanse

Barley water is a traditionally acclaimed drink which will support and nourish the kidneys in times of stress. It is an integral part of a kidney cleansing programme, which will produce tremendous overall benefits.

Ingredients for Barley Water
1/2 cup of pearl barley
5 cups of water
1/4 of a cinnamon stick
grated ginger
freshly squeezed lemon juice

How to make:
Place the pearl barley, water, the cinnamon stick, some grated ginger into a pan and simmer for 20 minutes.
After cooling, strain the mixture and add fresh lemon juice for extra flavour.

Drink between 1 and 3 cups daily

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White Willow Bark Tea

White Willow Bark is a useful herb for digestion as it is both rich in salicin and tannins. It is a valuable anti-inflammatory and also reduces fevers, eases headaches and helps with the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. White willow helps to thin the blood making it a useful preventative for those at risk of blood clots. 

Hot infusion

Preparing a hot infusion white willow bark tea requires several steps.

(1) Fill one tea infuser full of the white willow bark tea herbs.

(2) Pour one cup of boiling water over the herbs.

(3) Cover the cup to ensure all the volatile oils & aromas in the white willow bark tea herbs do not escape.

(4) Allow the herbs to infuse for 3-5 minutes, then sip

100g (approx 80 cups of tea)

200g (approx 160 cups of tea)

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