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Pha­laenop­sis can be coaxed into flow­er­ing sev­eral times a year. When it has just a cou­ple of flow­ers left, trim off the flow­er­ing spike to 1in above the first node on the stem. Keep pot­ting medium slightly damp; feed weekly with a weak orchid fer­tiliser so­lu­tion. Boost your im­mune sys­tem and stop bugs in their tracks. Phar­ma­cist Shabir Daya rec­om­mends As­tra­galus ex­tract (€ 29.66): ‘Clin­i­cal stud­ies have shown that this very safe herb re­duces the in­ci­dence and du­ra­tion of the com­mon cold as well as pro­tect­ing the body against nu­mer­ous other viruses,’ he says. Dose your chil­dren with As­tra­galus Tinc­ture for Kids by Eclec­tic (€14.47) — which is safe for chil­dren over one year of age.

If you do suc­cumb to coughs and colds, grab some el­der­ber­ries. Fast. Try Sam­bu­col Im­muno Forte

It’s un­re­al­is­tic and it’s bad for your health. Per­fec­tion­ists have a 75 per cent higher in­ci­dence of ill­ness than their more laid-back friends — so re­lax and ac­cept that 90 per­cent might be good enough. Bring a soft sparkle to your home with a few can­dles. It’s amaz­ing how this im­me­di­ately im­proves your sense of well­be­ing.

You re­ally don’t need a whole new wardrobe for the party sea­son to look a mil­lion dol­lars. Stick to clas­sic black and vamp it up with this sea­son’s stun­ning state­ment jew­ellery,

A lit­tle shim­mer and shine makes us per­ceive our world as brighter and lighter. So wave a magic wand over your face, hair and body — it’s bound to boost your mood. Check out your lo­cal chemist or depart­ment store or try Ari­ane

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