Mim's Blog


Fall in love with garlic

I have always had the utmost respect for garlic. Even so, I was surprised when I fell in love with it. The romance began several years ago when I ordered a whole ba .....

Echinacea Trial

You may have read in the papers of a trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine which concluded that Echinacea has no effect on the prevention and treatment of the common co .....

Eating for teenagers

Am I imagining it, or are teenagers taller, cleverer and better looking than they were twenty years ago? Every so often, under the guidance of their shorter stubbie .....

Don't toss the salad

The Renaissance saw a return of the preprandial salad, restoring a custom from ancient Rome where bitter green leaves and herbs were dressed with salt (‘salata’ - salad), vinegar  .....

Caffeine - a good guy after all?

Mim Beim on caffeine and the benefits that drinking a small amount of caffeine daily could bring. She compares teas, and instant coffee against espresso. For many y .....

Detox ... if you must

Detoxing has become as fashionable as a Manolo Blahnik stiletto. In certain circumstances a gentle detox is justified. However I have several “issues” with the concept!  .....

Doctrine of Signatures

The Doctrine of Signatures is an ancient belief whose origin is lost in the mists of time. It purports that certain physical attributes of a plant indicate its therapeutic val .....

Day Spa

Build relaxation into your life on a more regular basis than the occasional Day Spa. A day in a Day Spa is the latest fashion accessory. Although it sounds like you .....

Convalescing - A Lost Art

The word convalescence brings with it visions of wan weak spinsters sent to the seaside for a ‘cure’, after suffering a painful bout of something vague. The only di .....

Co-enzyme Q10

Co-enzyme Q 10 is referred to as accessory nutrient, which makes it sound like it will go perfectly with that little black dress that works so well at cocktail parties.  .....