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Quality of Life: Inflammation – the body’s cry for help

This edition our health detectives get all flared up about inflammation and what it can tell us about our health.

Inflammation is one of the body’s defense mechanisms and is recognized by swelling, redness, fever, throbbing, irritation and a hot feeling. When the mucus in the bladder, stomach, and intestine are affected, it is called catarrh, while other kinds of inflammation affecting the joints are known as rheumatism. When we get bitten by a mosquito, the skin swells because the body sends blood and lymph … Continue reading

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Bodytox – A natural way to detox

Our bodies are increasingly exposed to unwanted toxins, both internal and external, and while we can wash away the external ones, internal toxins are more difficult to shift. Fasting, detox retreats and exercise can all help, and now Bodytox offer another solution, one that can even work while you sleep. Patches containing natural ingredients that are considered to be beneficial and the effect of Far Infrared heat, when applied to different parts of the body help flush out toxins through the lymph system and also … Continue reading

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Mon, Wed & Fri: ‘Siete Ramas’ vegetarian cafe open

Mon, Wed, Fri: Vegetarian restaurant open for lunch in Coín –

la peña 7 ramas;
C/ Pajareras, 23,

open: 13.00 – 16.00;
Info: lasieteramascoin@gmail.com

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The ayurvedic pharmacy: Neem Seed Oil (Azadirachta indica)


A rich and pungent oil, neem has been used medicinally and cosmetically for hundreds of years. It is one of the oldest medicines available today and has been proven to treat a myriad of diseases and illnesses. Used in India since 2000-4000 BC, neem was referred to in ancient Indian texts as “the curer of all ailments”. In fact neem trees were used so extensively, they were affectionately referred to as “the village pharmacy.”

Neem is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiparasitic. Because of these … Continue reading

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Quality of Life: Living the ph Miracle

This issue our health detectives have been spending time on the Costa del Sol with a man considered to be at the very cutting edge of natural health – Dr. Robert O. Young, pioneer of the ‘New Biology’. I went along to his two week retreat to find out more.

Regular readers of La Chispa will be familiar with the idea of seeing our bodies like a fish tank – when the water gets dirty, change the water or the fish get sick. When the … Continue reading

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The culinary garden: ‘Hierbabuena’ or spear mint


A natural hybrid from two wild species, spearmint (hieberbuena) grows naturally in the European highlands and can be planted in temperate gardens around the world. Its botanical name is menthe spicata. This perennial herb can grow up to 60cm in height with light green, serrated leaves about 4cm wide and10cm long. The whole plant, especially the leaves give off a delicious aroma of chlorophyll (toothpaste, gum, etc.).

Spearmint is the most popular of all mints, particularly in Spain, North Africa, Britain, and China, where … Continue reading

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Naturopathy: the power of simplicity II

Javier Malfitani

As I explained in my last article, Indian naturopathy is a medical practice that has been used in the East for hundreds of years to prevent and alleviate many symptoms of chronic and acute diseases.

Its fundamental premise is that we are exposed to multiple toxins from our environment, what we ingest, both food and medicine, as well as emotional and other factors that lead a person to reach high levels of toxicity.

This toxicity has various effects. One of them is low levels of nutrition. This … Continue reading

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HerboMarbella: For the good of our health


It’s a brave person who starts a new business at the moment, but as with other success stories we are featuring in this issue, new shop owner Manuel has got off to a flying start with his new herboristeria in central Marbella. More than anything the new venture is fulfilling a dream of working in the health food industry, helping to educate people about natural and organic alternatives. With the opening of Herbo Marbella on main street Avda Ricardo Soriano, he now has the chance … Continue reading

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July 28 & 29: Arte Sano IV: A healing arts festival on the beach

Arte Sano 2011

Following the success of previous editions of Arte Sano the organisers are now planning another festival on San Pedro’s beautiful Paseo Maritimo. “We were last here in 2009 and had a great weekend full of music and activities,” explained Monica Bereuther, co-organiser of the event. “This year we are planning to bring the colourful world of alternative Andalucía to life for another fun weekend for all the family.” The weekend will include a diverse mix of classes, workshops and talks on subjects related to personal … Continue reading

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La Chispa web relaunch

La Chispa mandala

This month sees the launch of the new la Chispa web site, overhauled recently to bring us up to date, easier to access and more interactive. Building on the success of previous versions of lachispa.net, the new site retains its high quality content and comprehensive online resource directory, southern Spain’s alternative Yellow Pages, as well as exhaustive events guide to classes, courses, concerts and festivals.

The resource directory now has over 2,000 entries – www.lachispa.net/resourcedirectory, so whatever you are looking for – yoga teachers, acupuncturists, … Continue reading

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