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are you in the equation of your life?

I have noticed that the times that I get irritated, frustrated or run down are the times where I have shut off including myself in the equation.

When I don’t pay attention to cues from my body or continue to ignore the things that feel really light and joyful to me instead choosing the list of what I ‘should ‘ be doing, I notice things can seem really heavy quickly.

So today I’m choosing for me. I wonder what wonderful things will show up?

BENEFITS OF FIGS

Just a few notes on this wonderful fruit. The fig is high in nutrients and fibre so they’re great for digestion and also known to support in prevention of major health risks like heart disease and diabetes.

Figs are high in calcium and magnesium for musculoskeletal health along with iron, copper, antioxidants and vitamin K so anyone on blood thinners should be careful with how many they have.

Figs are also a focus of study for their effects on antitumour activity and dermatitis so hopefully more good things will be discovered about this wonderful fruit to report soon.

Fresh figs are the best option to consume as dried figs have higher sugar levels.

It also helps that they are naturally sweet with low calories but should still be enjoyed in moderation.

It’s so versatile in the kitchen whether your eating raw or cooking. Some beautiful ways to enjoy figs are to eat them fresh, rocket and feta, through salad with pomegranates or on top of cake.

I’m curious, how do you like figs?

Sesame crusted Tofu Quinoa bowl

This is such a great recipe for powering up vegetarians.

Its high in protein and contains great nutrients for optimising red blood cells, maintaining healthy bowels and supporting great skin.

You can also make a few servings to have for another lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

500g Firm Tofu

½ Avocado

1 cup Quinoa

3 tbs Sesame seeds

Canned Lentils

1 bunch Spinach

Vegetable stock 2 cups

3 Tbs Tamari

1 tsp ginger

Drain and slice your tofu into squares.

Place in a bowl with tamari and grated ginger.

Marinate whilst preparing quinoa.

Place quinoa in saucepan with stock to cover. Heat  until stock  is absorbed. (Approximately 10—15minutes )

While quinoa is cooking, slice your avocado and set aside.

Rinse your spinach, chop into small pieces.

Drain the tin of lentils

Add the spinach to the quinoa to wilt for the last 5 minutes.

Heat a non stick frypan and add sesame seeds for a minute to toast. Set aside in a bowl.

Add the tofu to the frypan and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. Take each tofu slice and coat in sesame seeds.

Serve the quinoa and spinach in a bowl. Add a few slices of tofu, some of the lentils and garish with avocado.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Natural Remedies for Hayfever

It’s Spring time and all those gorgeous blooms are coming out along with a high pollen count.

If you suffer from hayfever, you may like to try some of the following natural remedies for support.

  1. Vitamin C is great for stopping secondary infections and is also a natural antihistamine.

2. Homeopathic desensiting. Did you know that you can desensitise yourself to known allergens like grass and pollen, cat fur, dustmite etc through a homeopathic desenstitising treatment which involves taking oral drops of natural antihistamines and your allergens.

3) Garlic and horseradish are well known for their immune antihistamines properties. Tablets are readily available from your local chemist or health store.

4) Raw Local Honey contains bee pollen which may help you desentise to pollens in your area

5) Ginger: Consuming ginger in food,juices or tea may reduce inflammation and help your hayfever symptoms.

6) Eucalyptus or Lavender essential oil inhaled may assist the opening of your sinus passages and reduce inflammation and irritation.

7) Probiotics can help balance your gut bacteria which effects your immune response.

8) Kiwi Fruit contains bromelain which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Consuming them may help reduce sinus pressure and irritation.

This is a general advice only. For ongoing sinus, allergic issues, seek specific advice from your natural health care professional.

To learn more about homeopathic desensitising for your allergies, Contact Dragonfly Natural Therapies Centre for more information.

Flower essences for Sadness

Flower essences for Sadness

Did you know that there are many essences made from flowers which support our emotional and mental states? Flower essences are different from essential oils. They are not related to aromatherapy.

There is a flower for just about every thought and feeling you could have. When thoughts or feelings become very intense or consuming, it’s sometimes hard to find your natural balance.

Here’s 3 flower essences that support you when you feel sadness.

These 3 flower essences belong to the Bach flower remedies:

Gorse: When sadness is the dominant feeling and there’s no enthusiasm or motivation to do much else.

Mustard: When you find sadness an feelings of depression comes in waves and not quite sure of the reason.

Gentian: For those who feel sadness after disappointments or get easily discouraged by peoples words.

Flower essences are wonderful to support a persons health holistically in conjunction with other therapies to effect positive change. They are safe for children, pets and the elderly.

*This information is a guideline only. For complex mental and emotional health concerns, please seek the advice  and support of your trusted practitioners.

Bach flower remedies can be purchased from Dragonfly Natural Therapies Centre.

If you would like to know more about flower essence consultations and remedies contact  Dragonfly Natural Therapies.

Wattle – Australian Bush flower medicine

This Australian Bush Flower Essence is flowering at the moment and is indeed required by many of us right now.

This flowers medicine can be taken as a flower essence in oral drops and supports feelings of optimism, bringing people into the present and opening up to creating a positive future.

So if you are feeling down, stuck in the past and not aware of any good future this is the remedy for you.

Flower essences can be purchased through Dragonfly Natural Therapies Centre.

Spearmint – Tummy support

Spearmint oil is a milder essential oil than peppermint.

It is a great one for alleviating tummy troubles including bloating, nausea, cramping and IBS type symptoms.

It calms the nervous system so is useful for stress

Spearmint is also useful at PMT time to reduce pain, fatigue and cramping.

It’s also great at deterring insects when you are out and about.

Make up 1 drop of essential oil to 10ml of carrier oil and massage into abdomen in a clockwise direction.

This is general information. For more specific advice on essential oils, please consult your natural  health care practitioner.

*Spearmint should not be used if you have liver or kidney stones.

To learn more about using essential oils safely for your health, Sharon offers acute 20 min online consultations or if you want to experience a relaxing aromatherapy massage with Sharon using essential oils tailored specifically for you contact Dragonfly Natural Therapies to make an appointment.

Challenge from dragonfly- working from home

It’s super challenging to work from home somethimes when you are juggling the wearing of different hats in the same space.

Here’s a useful tool to help bring more ease to your day.

Challenge from Dragonfly- working from home

Here's a simple too to give you more ease when working from home.

Posted by Dragonfly Natural Therapies Centre on Monday, August 3, 2020