Category Archives: Childrens Health

5 Nutritious and delicious, healthy after school snacks.

Try out these simple to make recipes for easy go to healthy snacks that the kids will love but also the parents.

KALE CHIPS

Ingredients

1 bunch of kale

2-3 tbs Olive oil

Sea salt or Himalayan pink salt

Preheat your oven to 180C

Line a baking sheet or two with baking paper

Remove the kale leaves from the stem and tear or chop into small pieces (chip size)

Wash the leaves in water and pat dry on a tea towel.

Transfer the Kale to a bowl and drizzle in the olive oil and mix through with your hands.

Spread the oiled kale onto your baking sheets and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for approximately 10min or until crisp.

Nb: You can get creative and make the adult version with a little cayenne pepper or other spices like garlic or cumin powder or apple cider vinegar.

Sweet Pepita Bliss Balls

Pumpkin seeds or Pepitas are a great ingredient for a bliss ball base when you want to go nut free. They are also rich in zinc, magnesium  and essential fatty acids and this recipe with it’s natural sweetness will have your little ones loving them.

Ingredients

¾ cup Pepitas

¾ cup Dates

Shredded Coconut (to coat)

2 bs Coconut oil

1 tsp Rice Malt Syrup or Honey

½ tsp Cinnamon powder

½ tsp Ginger Powder

Directions

Gently melt the coconut on low heat in a saucepan  and add the dates to soften for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and add your syrup/honey and cinnamon and ginger powder.

In a food processor, blitz the pepitas until they are ground into almost powder.

Add the Pepitas to the date mix and combine.

Take spoonfuls of mixture and roll with your hands into bite sized balls.

Coat with coconut until lightly covered.

Keep in the fridge for snack time.

Kiwi Crush Iceblocks

Ingredients

1 Kiwi fruit

½ Lemon

½ cup pineapple

¼ cup water

Remove the skin from the kiwi fruit, pineapple and lemon and chop into chunks.

Add ingredients to a blender.

Use your blender to keep the fibre in this juice(as pictured) or a juicer for a more liquid juice.

Process and pour into iceblock molds.

Freeze and enjoy.

Fruit kebabs

FRUIT KEBABS

Rainbow Fruit kebabs

A healthy, simple and attractive snack for kids and adults.

These are always first to go at the snack table when we have little visitors. Give your kids real colours and flavours full of nutritional value. Kids love the rainbow colours and eating them off the stick. These fruit kebabs are a great alternative to other brightly coloured sweet snacks available.

Your children will love to help you make these up or you can have them ready for an after school snack or a party.

Ingredients

 Red and green Grapes

Blueberries

Pineapple

Rockmelon

* You will need bamboo skewers.

Cut the rockmelon and pineapple into bite size pieces and rinse the grapes and berries and pat dry.

Thread a red grapeonto the skewer, then the blueberry, green grape, pineapple and lastly the rockmelon.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Beetroot Brownies

These gluten free super moist brownies are a great way to hide your veggies!

Ingredients:

1 cup (250 g) Butter

250g dark chocolate

3 eggs

1 cup beetroot (cooked and grated)

200g coconut sugar

¾ cup gluten free self raising flour

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180C

Prepare a square baking tin by lining with baking paper.

Melt your chocolate and butter.

In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and eggs and slowly beat in the chocolate.

Sift your flour and add to your bowl.

Finally add the grated beetroot. Stir gently to combine.

Pour the brownie mix into your prepared tin and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Check that they are done by inserting a skewer. It should be still moist on the skewer but not runny.

Cool and then slice into squares.

This a rich and decadent treat. Enjoy in moderation.

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.

Flower essence for letting go and change

Flower essences are natural remedies used to support emotional and
mental well being in times of stress or imbalance.
They are derived from specially selected flowers and are catalysts for a
positive inner transformation to increase self awareness and dispel
negative states.
Flower essences are simple to take. 
They are in liquid form and are taken orally under the tongue a few drops at a time.
 
Fuschia
In times of turmoil and surfacing of old emotions or fear, anger and distrust.
this remedy supports the process of release of negative emotions and
allows opening up of heart and trust in oneself.
 If you would like to try this flower essence 
or
require more info on other flower essences,
Please book in for a flower essence consultation
or
discuss at your next Dragonfly appointment.

0408 317 307 or email sodragonfly@hotmail.com