Tend To Your Green Fingers


With the gardening season now starting to bud, it’s time to get your protective kit together. Here are my staples:

  • Avoid cold feet and/or blisters with Workforce Wellington Boot Socks, £8 from sockshop.co.uk. Find a range of waterproof socks at sealskinz.com, eg, the Thick Mid Length Sock, £35.
  • Protect hands and nails with gloves and a barrier cream such as Gloves In A Bottle, £5.15 for 60ml from victoriahealth.com, or Mastic Care Hand Cream for dry, cracked hands, £9.95 for 100ml from skinshop.co.uk.
  • Take the edge off aches and pains with a copper bracelet. I swear by my Band4Hope copper and zinc bracelet, £15 from band4hope.com (with the proceeds going to charity).
  • Also try Weleda Muscular Pain Relief Oromucosal Spray, a homeopathic oral treatment that has helped me hugely. £9.95 from weleda.co.uk. Read More…

First Aid: Get Kitted Out


Sadly, it is often only when someone gets injured that you realise how useful it is to know basic first aid. Finding time to do a course may be tricky, but with qualified nurse and trainer Emma Hammett’s multimedia sessions, you learn when it suits you (find out more at onlinefirstaid.com).

With the holiday season nearly upon us, I asked Emma to recommend a kit: she says Boots Pharmaceuticals St John Ambulance Complete First Aid Kit (£19.99, from stores or boots.com) is a good option.

Details for putting together your own kit are also on Emma’s website. Read More…

There’s Something in the Water!


This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

More than half of UK households don’t own a First Aid manual. Rather shamingly, I was one of them until I received a copy of the revised 9th edition of Dorling Kindersley’s First Aid Manual, which is written by St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross. (All run first aid courses by the way.)

The book is covers everything: from how to treat an unconscious adult or child, who’s not breathing – begin CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) with chest compressions immediately, the first two minutes are vital when someone stops breathing – to today’s topic: dehydration. Read More…