Marina Townsley

Marina Townsley

Marina Townsley is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist who trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. Originally from Russia, she brings a wealth of knowledge about traditional and folk medicine of that country where natural medicine and home-made remedies are not viewed as alternative but rather integrated alongside the orthodox medical approach.

As a Naturopath she focuses on the person as a whole, taking account of not just physical but also mental and emotional well-being. Marina has a passion for educating others about making healthy lifestyle choices, and as a contributor to this column, she intends to start an exchange of traditional food recipes and information about home-made recipes with Sublime readers.

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We all know the realities of winter – frozen fingers and toes, hair that goes frizzy under a woolly hat, dry cracked lips, red irritated skin patches on the face... A far cry from all those gorgeous beauties with radiant complexion shot against breathtaking snowy landscapes in glossy magazines. Is there anything we can do to help our skin cope better with freezing temperatures, lashing rain, harsh wind and hot indoor air dried out by central heating?

The summer is over, the weather turns colder and we begin to succumb to colds as well: we sneeze and cough, splutter and feel a bit of a sore throat. We shiver and fight the brain fog that descends on us. Our eternal enemy – the common cold virus – strikes again

Most of us are so used to treating their ailments with pharmaceutical pills of one sort or another that the idea of using plants as medicine would seem outdated. It evokes medieval visions of cackling witches brewing their secret potions in the moonlight or peasant women boiling roots and barks because they can’t afford a proper doctor