At the first sign of cold or cough, get these ingredients from your kitchen to make a simple but powerful natural immune booster.
Chilli is a wonderful circulatory stimulant helping out your lymphatic system and raising your temperature to fight bugs.
Thyme is antibacterial and cough suppressant.
Honey is antibacterial and soothing and Fresh lemon has a great hit of vitamin C.
Pinch of Chilli powder
1 tsp Dried Thyme powder
1 tbs Honey
1/2 Lemon juiced
Water 2 cups
On a stovetop, add water, thyme and chilli to a saucepan.
Allow to reach a boil.
Remove from heat and add honey and lemon juice.
Strain if you wish and drink hot or cold.
A look back at ‘Nourished in Nature’ Retreat Khao Lak Thailand.
Firstly, I would like to say Thank you to the lovely ladies who joined me for this special retreat in Khao Lak Thailand.
We spent 6 nights together to celebrate our connection with nature and to deepen our connection to self.
We were blessed with sunny tropical weather and breath taking beauty in nature.
During the retreat we indulged in tropical fruit, delicious Thai food and discovered much about Thai culture and Nature.
Some of the high lights were exploring temples and historic sites, bamboo rafting through the jungle, enjoying a day out to explore the Similan Islands National Park and to snorkel and receiving Thai Massages overlooking the beach.
I managed to fit in a few workshops, healing sessions and consultations along with some meditations on the beach.
During this time, we let go, relaxed, received, reconnected to ourselves and shared with each other.
Below are a few pictures from our time.
I’m feeling so blessed to have had this experience and I look forward to inviting you to the next one in Thailand in 2020.
If you are interested in attending one of my overseas retreats, you may wish to join me in Hawaii in November. You can find out more and keep up to date by subscribing to the retreat newsletter below.
HOW TO BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY IN YOUR LIFE.
To have a healthy and happy life we need to have balance. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily routine we forget how to have fun and relax.
Here are some suggestions to revive your spirit.
* Meditation: Join a class or practice at home or sit in nature, listen to a guided
* Yoga: Join a class or buy a yoga video and practice at home.
* Baths: Soak in Epsom salts, or milk and some relaxing essential oils
* Oil vapouriser: Use your favourite essential oils
* Swim. Do laps and feel fit or just splash around.
* Go out with your Friends, enjoy their company, catch up.
* Read a book , newspaper or a magazine
* Get creative, write, paint, cook, play music, exercise, dance,
* Play with your pets
Directions: Take at least one suggestion and add to your day.
Are you one of these people who overthinks the whole Christmas day?
Planning every last detail and so highly strung about everything going well that you forget to enjoy yourself on the day or are you the last minute dash to the shops for late night shopping crazy person? If you identify with either of these personas, you may enjoy a little Aromatherapy in your life.
The following essential oils are perfect to attract a little calm and joy into your life.
Bergamot is balancing to the nervous system and provides a feeling of centredness and confidence.
Geranium is a joyfully uplifting and vibrant oil, providing refreshing and mood enhancing properties.
Lavender is well known as a relaxant for stress and can bring a sense of peace and calm.
Lemon provides a clean and refreshing scent which is balancing to our nervous system and can improve our mental clarity and mood.
* Use one or more of the above oils in your vapouriser (3-4 drops) or add to your favourite massage oil base (1 drop essential oil to 5 ml almond/olive oil etc) and apply to feet or arms, neck and shoulders.
This is a guideline only,always do a skin patch test first and seek medical advice if you are pregnant.
AUSTRALIAN BUSH FLOWER ESSENCE FEATURE
Common emotional states at Christmas
I often observe around this time of year a need to rush, a feeling of running out of time, overwhelm, overactive minds and general anxiety.
The following flower essences are specific remedies to the above.
How do you feel?
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.
For people who worry constantly. This remedy helps create more calm, peace and clarity
For those who feel rushed, scattered and unfocused.This remedy helps to feel more decisive and centred.
For people who feel overwhelmed and can’t decide.
Helps to feel more calm, clarity and ability to problem solve.
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During my Naturopathic consultations, one question I always ask is “are you feeling stressed”? Most people respond with a ‘yes’!
‘So how do you manage stress in your life? What do you actively do to create balance and peace in your day?
Heres a list of things you can do to calm your nerves, reset your body and mind and enjoy a sense of peace.
Hydrotherapy and Aromatherapy
Great on their own but put them together and you get transported to relaxville in seconds.
Ahh the stuff of spa places you might say, but you can do this at home or at the beach.
Soaking in salt water has wonderful benefits . It helps relax the body and drain away toxins. Even if you can’t get into the bath or get to a beach, you could soak your feet at home. Espom salts work great.
Essential oils come from plants and have great therapeutic actions. They can work wonders on a stressed mind or body. Lavender and bergamot are great for calming anxiety and relaxing.
To help balance mood geranium and orange essential oils work well and to create more balance grapefruit and may chang are awesome.
As a rough guideline in a bath 10 drops in 1 tbs of milk (disperses the oil)
In a foot bath, 3-5 drops essential oil.
*Nb Essential oils may be contraindicated in some conditions ie asthma, eczema, pregnancy, high blood pressure.
Please consult your natural health practitioner for further advice if you are unsure.
Spending Time on your own
In such a busy world this really a necessity and a very fruitful activity for managing stress.
Scheduling’ me time’ can be viewed as a commitment to yourself , a way to be kind to yourself and nurture your own needs.
You can utilize the time to generate a more joyous and positive space to continue your day with more clarity and ease.
It keeps us in touch with our inner awareness and helps direct us more consciously. So whether it’s reading a book or taking a swim or practicing any of the other suggestions in this article, it will add peace and joy to your day.
This is a therapy which I use a lot of in clinic.
These liquid drops are taken orally twice daily.
They are wonderful for addressing stress as they work on the emotional realm. These remedies are taken as oral drops and effect change in our mental and emotional patterns.
Each bottle can address several different issues for example anxiety about exams, feelings of inadequacy, for people who can’t slow down, for sadness and grief.
*flower essences are often used in conjunction with other supports to effect long lasting change and can be used safely with existing medications.
You can book a 30 minute flower essence consultation or discuss at your next appointment.
Yoga has so many benefits, I cannot name them all but for starters, Increased sense of well being, strength, flexibility and strengthening of the immune system are some of my favourites.. It is easy to attend classes with so many available nowadays . I have never known anyone to come out of a yoga class feeling stressed. Getting connected to the body, breath and our inner workings is a wonderful way to recognize stress patterns and encourage relaxation.
Have your Bars run. What? You say.
Bars is an energetic therapy which is part of access consciousness. It consists of holding a series of points on the head that help to clear thought patterns that we have locked in and keep repeating. The benefit of having bars run is it’s very relaxing and the result can be a feeling of space where we are better able to cope with stress and see new ways to look at things. A session goes for around about 1 hour. More info on Access Consciousness Bars
Living in a city can sometimes be challenging. Humans need to be connected to the earth. The higher we build apartments and the more electromagnetic changes we have around us make it difficult to stay well mentally and physically. We are constantly overstimulated with light and frequencies from our phones and other devices.
Do you ever wonder why it feels so good to be near the ocean? There is an abundance of negative ions in the air. As is the case in nature. Houses, offices and apartments do not have this charge.
Taking a few minutes to walk on the grass, sit under a tree, play outdoors with your pet in the sunshine or taking a swim in the ocean are all ways key ways to cultivate stress free living.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Whether you focus on your breathing for a few minutes or consciously be aware of the ‘now’ in whichever activity you are occupied with you will begin to notice a calm space. When you are not worrying about the past or the future, the ‘now’ space will help you be in tune with yourself where balance and peace reside.
To help you find this ‘space’ Dragonfly has Free guided meditation exercises. Free meditation click here
This post is inspired after attending my local boot camp. Usually on the day after is when I feel the physical aftermath of a good workout. Here’s 8 Natural ways to soothe tired and aching muscles post exercise.
- Essential oil ie lavender with coconut oil kept in a jar in the fridge can be wonderfully soothing as an ointment/massage balm to target areas of discomfort. Lavender has pain-killing, circulatory and sedative properties . Massage a small amount into the affected areas.
(Avoid lavender if you are pregnant or have low blood pressure)
Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil to a 50g jar of slightly melted coconut oil and mix through. (to melt coconut oil place on low heat for a minute or it may be melted at room temperature if it’s a hot day.)Cover with a screw top lid, label clearly and keep in the fridge.
- Heat is traditionally used to treat acute muscle tension. The heat confuses the pain signal to the brain and provides extra circulation to the area. Use a heat pack or warm shower.
- Ice is traditionally used to reduce swelling to injured body tissue. Using ice packs for short periods is beneficial for fast recovery.
- Magnesium supplementation is useful for maintaining fit and healthy muscles. For particularly tight muscles due to exercise, posture and stress, this is the choice mineral. For more specific information on dosages and cautions for your body. Contact me for a nutrition or naturopathic appointment.
- Arnica cream is my all time favourite. It is a homeopathic preparation from a plant which is suitable for bruising, strains, sprains and muscular pain. If you have had a massage from me before, you will know that it is used religiously at the end of a treatment to improve recovery time.
- Rosemary essential oil diluted in a base oil like almond oil ie 1 drop (eo) to 10ml (base).Rosemary has wonderful circulatory properties which help muscle recovery. (avoid rosemary if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure)
- Massage: You can combine a few of the above with this to improve your chances. Remedial Hot stones are awesome for post exercise recovery. Dragonfly Natural Therapies offers this service
- Ginger taken in food and drinks is a wonderful circulatory stimulant and many studies have shown that it is effective in pain relief for joints and muscles.
*There are many reasons why the body may have muscular pain. If you have ongoing symptoms, please check with your health practitioner for further advice.
*The above information are guidelines only. Please use your own judgement and knowledge of your body to decide if this is beneficial for you.
*With any topical treatment, test patch your skin for sensitivities before applying liberally.
5 Simple and Natural Ways to Detox your Body
Dandelion: a weed to some but an amazing liver herb. It’s botanical name taraxacum officinale in greek is taraxox (disorder) akos = remedy. It can be taken in a fluid extract (obtained from a Naturopath) or used as a tea or coffee (found in health food stores.) This herb helps the liver by stimulating the flow of bile to the gall bladder.
Aloe Vera Juice is taken from a particular part of the plant and is soothing to a sensitive stomach, as well as having some laxative properties to prevent toxin build up in the bowels.
Carnitine: Mainly known for its uses as a nutritional supplement in protein powders is made by the body, it helps convert fatty acids to energy. High fat or alcohol consumption increase our demands for carnitine. Carnitine may help prevent liver complications with chronic alcohol use.
Lemon Juice: Freshly queezed is best. Approximately 1 tbs in a cup of warm water first thing in the morning is a simple way to actively assist your digestive organs to maintain optimal function. The sour taste of lemon can stimulate our liver and gallbladder to work harder and help us break down food. It is also a good way to rehydrate before you begin your day
Fibre: Making sure you have enough fresh fruit and veg and especially with skins on is useful to help keep your bowels moving and preventing toxic build up. It is also helpful for lowering cholesterol.
* The above information is for use as a general guideline. Please seek advice from your natural health care practitioner for specific detox guidance if you have chronic ailments or allergies.
* If you are pregnant, detoxing is not recommended.