So sorry about this, our fault entirely

The Good Life Letter 

19th January 2018

  • An apology for the internet gremlins last Sunday…
  • Is this weird stinging nettles story true? Find out
  • Why an apple a day could ease your hay fever symptoms
I love the internet.

If it wasn’t for the internet, email and digital technology, I’d not be writing to you now…

But sometimes it’s a right pain in the proverbial.

Which is why I need to open today’s letter with a massive…


If you read my email on Sunday about a liver-cleansing supplement and thought, “yes, I’ll have some of that,” you may have been disappointed that the link went to an ‘error’ page.

It wasn’t your computer or internet connection – it was a hitch at our end.

Thanks to evil internet Gremlins, the website was down for a few hours before we realised, which meant that many people didn’t get through to the information.

So if you were one of them, please accept my apologies and here is the link again: Liver Pure

If you get fatigue, headaches, muscle soreness, dry skin and you’re always catching colds and other infections, it could be down to your liver not performing as it should.

Which is why Liver Pure is something that can have short term benefits for your health as well as the long-term benefit of helping you stay protected against serious liver disease.

Okay, so moving swiftly on…

Can stinging nettles 'cure’ hay fever?

Among the emails saying “Oi, what happened to the Liver Pure webpage, Ray?” I also got a few queries about a news article that was doing the online media rounds at the end of last week.

According to the Cambridge News, a chap named Goran Pavlovic has been treating his hay fever by rubbing himself in stinging nettles.

Yep, stinging nettles. Not in a tea, not in a soup – just picked and rubbed on the body.

According to the press, he put this on his Facebook:

“All my life I suffered from hay fever. I pretty much choked to death every summer. Then, a few years ago, an old man (crazy old man according to my wife) told me to try nettles.

Basically, as soon as the spring starts, he told me, and the first nettles sprout out, pick a bunch and sting myself with them.”

Three years on, he says that he hasn’t had any recurrence of the problem.

Well, I’m not going to recommend you try this at home, as I can just see the angry emails coming in now.
“Ray, that HURT!”

However, nettles are a fantastic hay fever remedy that you should try out anyway – and I’d say that the tea is probably the least painful way to go about it.

Nettle tea can reduce the symptoms of allergies including sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches and coughing. This is backed up by a recent study at the University of Maryland Medical Centre in the USA.

And it’s super easy to get hold of too. Step outside your house and you’ll probably see some right now.

Simply pick the leaves, wash thoroughly, then steep in hot water until it goes a nice green. Let it cool slightly and add some local honey.

Why local? Well, as experienced fourth generation bee keeper James Hamill believes, the local pollen in the honey can acclimatise you to airborne pollen spores.

He told ITV News: “If you get it from the supermarkets there's a very high chance that it's being made from outside the UK so the pollen is of no use. And in many cases they super heat the honey which bursts and kills the pollen and renders it useless.”

This is true, and raw honey is something I’ve long advocated, as you probably know!

Even if some scientists have voiced scepticism over local honey being linked to reduced hay fever symptoms there are two more reasons to add:

  • It makes the nettle tea taste nice and sweet

  • It’s packed with antioxidants known as phenolic compounds, as well as flavonoids including quercetin, luteolin, kaempferol, apigenin, chrysin and acacetin – all of which are very, very good for you.

Just make sure you let the tea cool a bit, as chucking honey into hot or boiling water can kill off some of the nutrients before it even reaches your mouth.

As well as nettle tea you can get similar benefits from chamomile and peppermint, so try and add some of those to the mix.

Why an apple a day could ease your hay fever symptoms

And if your hay fever is bad right now, then there’s more you can do…

Have an apple a day.

Yes, the old classic!

Like raw honey, apples contain the flavonoid quercetin, which has an anti-allergic activity. Studies show that this compound can dramatically help reduce sneezing.

However, if you have trouble eating apples with hay fever because you get itching or irritation around the mouth, you might have pollen-food syndrome (PFS) which affects more than 50% of people who are allergic to the pollen from birch trees.

As an alternative, you should eat foods that are rich in beta carotene, including carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, spinach and kale. This is the stuff your body uses to make vitamin A, which keeps your mucous membranes healthy.

And finally, you should also try breathing through a salt pipe a few times every day to clean out your tubes. It’s one of the most powerful natural remedies for hay fever and other respiratory problems.

Using therapeutic salts from the Transylvanian Praid Salt Mine, it can:

  • clear out your sinuses

  • keep your air passages clean and pollution-free

  • reduce wheeziness and shortness of breath

  • control snoring

  • relieve coughs and asthma

Click here for more details.

Have a great weekend and I’ll write again on Sunday.

Yours, as always




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