Blog : Remedies

The Power of HERBS…

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I am a herbalist. I love herbs and their medicine. They are such an awesome gift to us that can provide such amazing healing potential. Herbs are powerful, they must be respected and understood.

Herbs can raise our vibration with their own vibration. Think about the energy of a plant, how it can make you feel when you see different plants. How strong and proud they are. A plant never questions it’s purpose, it does all that it can to grow and be it’s fullest potential.

Using herbs as medicine can strengthen and support different aspects our physical body. They are usually always multi-tasking, for example, some herbs which have a relaxing effect on the nerves can also be taken to support digestion like Chamomile, Melissa and Vervain.

Some herbs are loaded with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants and are natural “multivitamins” which our bodies easily recognise to absorb and assimilate making us feel great – raising our vitality.

They often work best in their whole form or at least a part of their whole form like the whole root, the flowers or the berries. Nature is so clever and perfect in this way. It is in fact all the constituents working together in synergy which can make them so medicinal.

Creating healing herbal tonics and tea mixes is something that is unique to naturopaths and herbalists. Herbs can be chosen and put together for someone’s specific health needs. I love making herbal tonics, it allows me to get my witch on, to be an artist and create healing intention for my client.

A healing tonic may be great for you if you are feeling exhausted and run down, if you are having digestive problems such as bloating, sluggishness and wind, if you are not experiencing quality sleep, if your immune system is struggling, if you’re grumpy and premenstrual, if you have skin problems such as pimples, eczema or itchiness. Or you may just want a tonic to keep you feeling well and healthy so your body can function at its optimal best. :-)

Contact me if you are intrigued about herbs as medicine, to chat about whether a herbal tonic may be appropriate for you at this time or perhaps if you already know how amazing herbs are and would like to have them again.

Love & Healing
Carolyn x

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs. 

The joy of Cold Sores…

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The joy of cold sores…

So festival camping over Easter was amazing. I had such a beautiful time in the bush surrounded by my gorgeous like minded friends and people, checking out yoga, dance, chanting and other hippy workshops and swimming in a muddy picturesque creek that runs into the Murray. I was pretty at home.

Everything was close to perfect as were the conditions for cold sores to arise.

Sun-burnt lips, munching nuts and chocolate all day, not getting proper sleep due to excitement and too much other good stuff to do and I was struck. Even naturopaths get sick sometimes.

So it’s good to know, if you are cold sore prone, that there are certain times when you are definitely going to be more susceptible, often it’s a few things combined. This may vary from person to person but these are some things to be conscious of:

  • Big changes in temperatures/ change of season
  • Physical Stress to the vulnerable area like sunburn
  • Post cold or flu (lowered immunity)
  • For ladies just before your period
  • Eating a lot of foods rich in arganine (an amino acid which feeds the Herpes simplex cold sore virus) this includes foods such as chocolate, nuts & seeds especially almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds & lamb.
  • Stress (Perhaps the most obvious one – this can also be too much excitement!)
  • Exhausting yourself, lack of sleep, burning the candle at both ends
  • During pregnancy

 

With all that physical stuff aside, on an emotional level cold sores can be triggered when we are feeling irritated, pissed off, angry about something like someone or something is ‘under our skin’ – then it may manifest literally. Can you relate to this? Cold sores may also be linked with feelings of shame as we can’t really hide the fact we are displaying a contagious kissing disease on our face. :( It’s good to make peace with this. This is when bush flowers essences can be amazing to help work through the emotional stuff which is coming up.

So I must say, this cold sore for me was a doozy and the Herpes simplex virus did knock my nervous system and vanity around making me feel a bit vulnerable and out of sorts. I got onto it as soon as I got home by taking antiviral herbs, nutrients and tissue salts, getting some good sleep and avoiding nuts & chocolate all week and it has been healing pretty fast. Thank goodness.

If you suffer from cold sores once in a while or more frequently and you would like to know more about cold sore prevention and speedy recovery contact me to make an appointment because I would love to share with you the natural weaponry against them! :-)

Love and healing

Carolyn xx

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs. 

 

 

Have you packed your Natural First Aid Kit?

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This may look to you like a crusty bunch of old toiletries but these things, my friends, make up my beloved “Natural first aid kit”. I don’t go anywhere over night without it – not in an anxious something might happen to me kinda way but in a “it’s just so handy to have” way!

Your friends will also be extremely grateful, if you bring it along, when they’ve accidentally had a little too much sun, a nasty mozzie bite or three, sore achey muscles after carrying luggage or if they’ve knocked their shin on your tow bar quite badly when unpacking the car in the dark.

Arnica pills are a great homeopathic remedy for just after an injury, large or small, such as bruising, knocks & grazes.  Homeopathic Arnica helps the body have a speedy recovery and hopefully not so much of a bruise or wound to deal with later. On an emotional level Arnica pills/ drops can also help with the shock of an injury.

Aloe Vera Gel is wonderful on minor sun burn and other minor burns. It also may help to cool itchy, hot & irritated skin.
Put a small amount of aloe vera gel in your palm and add 1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil, roughly 4 drops of rescue remedy – mix up with your finger in your palm and gently apply to minor sunburn. (Keep essential oils away from eyes and other sensitive areas.)

Rescue remedy Bach flower essences– most of you probably know this one and it is such a godsend! Rescue remedy is excellent to use in times of stress, anxiety, worry or simply when you feel a bit out of sorts. Like the arnica it can be used after an injury for shock. Rescue remedy is extremely safe and can be used in all ages and is also great for animals including the nervous family pet.

Tea tree cream is a great antiseptic – I use it on healing cuts, scratches, boils, sore inflamed skin, infected fingers and nails etc. It helps to kill off bad bugs and can also be drawing for things like splinters and ingrown hairs. It’s great on insect bites and can temporarily relieve the irritation. Tea tree cream is strong so use it sparingly and keep it away from sensitive areas like the eyes.

Fisocream is a muscle and joint pain cream. I use it for sore neck and shoulders (also great if you feel a headache coming on), back pain or if you’ve sprained something. For me, Fisiocream can also be relieving to rub on the lower abdomen for period cramps and pain (add a couple of drops of rescue remedy too).

Lavender essential oil is great in tiny amounts for minor sunburn (see recipe above with aloe vera and rescue remedy) If you’ve had a big and stressful day and need a little help winding down rub a little lavender oil on your fingers and smell it by taking some deep, gentle breaths in and out. Lavender is also antiseptic and great to dab on a pimple (not first aid information I know but in some cases can seem like an emergency!!)

All these things are readily available at most health food stores and many of them are even at the chemist. Use all of the products above as directed on their labels. :-)

So if you’re going camping this Easter, like me, pack your natural first aid kit along with your band aids, tweezers, alcohol wipes and bandages and you will be well prepared!

Love and healing
Carolyn xx

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs.