These lifestyle magazine pages include notes and articles about healthy living and the natural world.

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Saffron adopted through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program

The American Botanical Council has announced the adoption of saffron (Crocus sativus) through its Adopt-an-Herb program. These are notes about saffron and its traditional medicinal uses that the new sponsor is helping ABC continue to make available online in its HerbMedPro dat...

07 Apr '20 | Herbal Medicine | USA

How to get along when staying at home

Advice to stay at home has caused millions of people to change their daily routines in recent weeks. There are many articles about how to deal with boredom, frustration, worry and the social requirements of getting along with others in a confined area. Here are some brief sugg...

31 Mar '20 | Mental Health | At Home

Handwashing campaign targets a billion people worldwide

Unilever and the UK government are funding an information campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of washing hands with soap regularly and disinfecting surfaces. This will include TV, radio, print, social and digital media and include countries across Africa and Asia.

28 Mar '20 | Handwashing | International

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Featured product of the day:

Living Your Yoga #Ad

by Judith Hanson Lasater

An invitation to find a new or renewed spirituality and life experience by deepening ones practice. This much-loved text doesn't teach a mechanical series of poses but presents spiritual ideas in a comfortable style that is easy to read and revisit.

This week features books about yoga.

Nature Notes for gardens

Aquilegia common name columbine, is a genus of 60–70 species of perennial flowering plants of meadows, woodlands and gardens in the Northern Hemisphere. The roots form thick rhizomes from which new growth emerges in spring. Depending on specidies and location the flowers attract pollinators such as moths, bees or hummingbirds.

Learn about Lavender Oil

one of the essential oils used in aromatherapy

If it's your birthday today ...

... you were probably* born under the sign of Aries, often referred to and depicted as the ram, or represented symbolically.

Crystals and gemstones associated with this sign include blue kyanite, citrine and red aventurine.

Aquarians are often considered impulsive and action-oriented. They like to get going and get things done. When particularly determined they can seem excessively outspoken.

Angel Thought for 16th April:

Love and blessings can be found everywhere if only we will look and receive.

An 'Angel Thought' appears here every day.

See also the pages about Angels and Archangels.
There are many names of archangels, some being due to spelling variations.


Today's Study Tip:

If you prefer to learn by listening, record yourself speaking the information you need to know - then listen again and again.

What else is here?

These pages include articles about healthy living and various approaches to health and well-being. There are also study areas and general interest sections. The content featured here changes frequently.

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Human Vertebral Column

The vertebral column is the main structure of the axial skeleton of all vertebrate animals.

Functions of the vertebral column include:

  1. Permits movement of the body, although limited movement between individual vertebrae
  2. Encloses and protects the spinal cord
  3. Provides points of attachment for the ribs (bones) and muscles of the torso, especially muscles of the back

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More from the News Section:

COVID-19 Mental health and social impact study - 23 Mar '20

Kale is in season in February - 7 Feb '20

Free to access online data about latest clinical research on novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV - 29 Jan '20

Improving the relationship between use of social media and body image - 9 Jan '20

Aromatherapy assoc. NAHA supports lavender via ABC's adopt-an-herb - 22 Dec '19

Excessive use of antibiotics to treat young children - 16 Dec '19

Packaged food healthiest in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada - 22 Aug '19

Canadian initiatives against Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - 26 Jul '19

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