Category Archives: Womens Health

TIP FOR KEEPING AWAY COLDS & COUGHS

 

C9CF6D7B-E307-4524-BDD7-6CEB8CCAA1FAAt 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.

Ingredients-

Pinch of Chilli powder

1 tsp Dried Thyme powder

1 tbs Honey

1/2 Lemon juiced

Water 2 cups

Directions-

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

 

Looking back Thailand Nourished in Nature Retreat 2019
Thailand Nourished in Nature Retreat 2019

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.

 

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10 Ways to a Happier & Healthier You.

10 Ways to a happier and healthier you.

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.

 * Go to the beach and walk bare foot on the sand, breathe the sea air or go for a swim.
 * Meditation: Join a class or practice at home or sit in nature, listen to a guided
visualisation tape.
* 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
Can you think of more? 


Directions:  Take at least one suggestion and add to your day.

AROMATHERAPY for JOY & CALM at Christmas

 

aromatherapy xmasAre 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.

Common emotional states at Christmas

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.

Crowea
For people who worry constantly. This remedy helps create more calm, peace and clarity

Jacaranda
For those who feel rushed, scattered and unfocused.This remedy helps to feel more decisive and centred.

Paw Paw
For people who feel overwhelmed and can’t decide.
Helps to feel more calm, clarity and ability to problem solve.

If you would like to try this flower essences or require more info on other flower essences, please book in for a 30 minute flower essence consultation or discuss at your next Dragonfly appointment.
0408 317 307 or email sodragonfly@hotmail.com

7 WAYS TO LESS STRESS THIS SUMMER

59816608_2189746934423759_5024553704104132608_n (1)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.

 

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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.

IMG_2404Spending 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.

 

iStock_000000967004XSmallFlower essences

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.

More info on flower essences

IMG_2513Yoga

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.

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Bars

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

similan retreatNature

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.

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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 

 

 

Natural Remedies for Muscular Pain

 

iStock_000003256386XSmallThis 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 ways to Detox your body

Lemon, ginger5 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.

 

 

Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

Natural remdies UTIMost of us have heard about Cranberry but did you know Corn silk can be your helpful for controlling urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract Infection is very common particularly in women. Most of my female clients over the age of 25 have experienced the symptoms at least once in their life.

If you have ever had a UTI you can attest to not wanting the condition again.

Signs and symptoms include frequency of urination, painful urination, sense of urgency to urinate, urine is cloudy in colour.

Nb: Urinary tract infections which linger more than 24 hrs or occur repeatedly can be very serious. Please seek your health practitioners advice if symptoms persist.

Here ‘s my top 5 suggestions for natural relief for urinary tract infections

Corn silk tea has been known especially in Asia for a long time for urinary health. Corn silk are the fibres inside the ear of corn. These can be made into a tea by boiling the corn (whole) in water and then drinking the liquid hot or cold. You use it as a soup base also. Corn silk in anti -inflammatory,  diuretic and soothing to the urinary tract.

Cranberry juice (unsweetened) is a popular way to prevent and treat UTI. It’s anitbacterial properties are well documented. During acute stages 1 cup consumed over a day in total is beneficial.

Hydration with water, soups and teas is crucial to avoiding the build up of harmful bacteria. A few litres a day is necessary especially during a UTI.

Vitamin C creates  a more acidic urine which stops bacteria overgrowth.  Taking a supplement of vitamin C atleast 500mg at a time in divided doses throughout the day may assist acute UTI . Maximum total levels 4-5000mg/d

Vitamin C in your daily diet through eating fresh fruit and vegetables  will assist the urinary tract to stay healthy.

Wear Cotton underwear to allow the skin to breathe and to avoid the harbouring of harmful bacteria. Avoid Synthetic materials as they will enhance the growth.

Nb: Urinary tract infections which linger more than 24 hrs or occur repeatedly can be very serious. Please seek your health practitioners advice if symptoms persist.

 

 

 

SPA Bliss at home

Spa Bliss at HomeCreate your own spa experience at home. Just add water! And maybe a few of the following ingredients.

Equipment

Bath, water, candles, matches, oil vapouriser, towels, essential oils, milk,  sea salt fine crystals, sweet almond oil, epsom salts, rose floral water  and relaxing background music.

Now what do I do?

Light the candles,turn out the lights, put on some nice music. and put 5 drops of your favourite essential oils in the oil vapourizer and light it.

Put some sea salt in a small bowl and pour some almond oil (3tbs) into small bowl.

Pour 2 tbs of milk into a dish. Put a generous handful of epsom salts into another dish.

Choose from the bath blends below and add the essential oils to the epsom salts.

Choose from the following bath blends

Insomnia blend:  2 drops lavender, 1 drop marjoram, 3 drops rose

Romance blend 2 droops Sandalwood, 2 drops jasmine and 1 drop ylang ylang

Relaxing blend: 3 drops chamonile, 2 drops rosewood and 2 drops geranium.

Muscular release blend 1 drop peppermint 1 drop eucalyptus and 1 drop lavender.

CAUTION: In case of pregnancy or lactation seek professional advice before using  these recipes.

Now you can draw a bath and remove your clothes.

Pour a small amount of almond oil into your palm and take some sea salt and mix in your hand to form an exfoliating mix and begin to rub on your arms. The salt should stimulate the circulation and the almond oil will moisturise and soften your skin. Continue this practice until you have done your whole body (not the face)

For the face, make the mixture with less salt and more oil to avoid irritating. (always avoid the eye area)

Now pour the milk into the bath and follow with the epsom salt mix.

Slowly sink into the bath and put a small towel or bath pillow behind your neck so you can relax and soak.

Any salt on your body will dissolve in the bath.

When you are feeling blissed out like a puffy white cloud you can get out of the bath and pat yourself dry leaving some of the almond oil on your skin.

Splash the rose floral water over your skin to tone and refine and  apply a small amount of almond oil to the face to soften and moisturise

Then blow out the candles and it’s off to bed.