Okay people, it’s official - the flu season is here! If you’re someone that’s prone to colds/flus, or you know that you generally get a bit run down at this time of year then this is the blog for you.
If you wake up one morning and start feeling a bit scratchy in the throat, or your nose is starting to get clogged DON’T WAIT! If you hop on that cold you can get rid of it super quick.
STEP ONE:drink some honey, lemon and fresh ginger tea. Perhaps make a big thermos of it and take it to work? All you need to do is finely slice some fresh lemon and ginger and add a spoon of Manuka honey. Not only will the warm liquid calm your sore throat but the ingredients will help to boost your immune system.
STEP TWO: start swollowing some Vitamin C and Zinc. Lots of it. If you’re not sure which supplements are the best, go and see your local Chinese Medicine practitioner. They will have access to practitioner-only brands and will be able to point you in the right direction.
Isn’t making skin care at home lovely? Not only is it cheap, but you know exactly what you’re putting on your body. And you can even divide up batches of skin care and flavour them with different herbs or essential oils. I’m rather partial to a face mask and a body scrub and this happens to be my most favourite body scrub recipe.
Autumn is the time of the Lung and the Large Intestine organs, both of which are organs of elimination and detox. The Lung in particular helps to eliminate the body’s waste products through the skin. This means that by giving yourself a good scrub in Autumn you’re giving your Lung a helping hand to detox your insides!
1c used coffee grounds - if you make your coffee at home just pour the grounds out of the machine and into a jar. Store jar in the fridge until ready to use (if you live in my house then this really doesn’t take long) or you can grab some from a friend.
1/2c sugar - caster sugar for face, white or raw sugar for body (I...
Sometimes in life we can feel positively on top of the world, but other times we feel somewhat sub-optimal. We might get more headaches than usual, or our IBS might play up. Perhaps something has triggered your anxiety or PMS to flare up. Often these things seem unconnected, but they're confusing, annoying and they get in the way of the things we have to do!
The world of health can be a confusing place to dive into, especially when faced with a number of different ailments. Where does one start to make them better?
But you know what? Health is important!
And more importantly, it doesn't have to be hard.
Ask yourself the following questions....
Has pain been stopping you from training?
Have tummy troubles been keeping you from your social life?
Are headaches and neck tightness stealing your thunder?
Have you been struggling to find balance in your daily life?
Have you just been feeling a bit drained or less than fantastic?
Have you been hearing about this thing called 'Acupuncture' but not quite sure what it is or what it can treat?
I’m sure you’ve heard of it - the odd Chinese therapy where someone sticks pins in you. I grew up in a household that used Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as the main source of treatment for all ailments and so to me it seems like such a simple, safe and effective treatment method. For others though, I know it can sound a bit strange.
How does Acupuncture work?
In a nutshell?
What that means is that Acupuncture accesses your nervous system. By inserting needles into certain points on the body, your Acupuncturist stimulates your nerve pathways to create a specific effect. Some points have an analgesic effect (for pain relief), other points can stimulate your immune system, while different points calm the nervous system. It also helps to stimulate certain hormones, such as melatonin to help you sleep, or insulin to help your energy levels stay balanc...
Sometimes it’s fun not to be controlled. To go out with the girls (or the guys), have a glass of wine (or two - but no more than that for me because I’m a lightweight) and possibly something completely delicious for dinner. And dessert. Because what is dinner without dessert when you're out with friends and there are enough of you to share everything on the menu? Basically it isn’t dinner, that’s what.
If you have, don’t worry. We all have. You haven’t fallen off any particular wagon. You just had fun. Instead of berating yourself the next day, just relish that moment and make sure that you enjoyed it to the upmost. That is what matters. Having your cake, eating it too and enjoying every last mouthful.
The next day if you’re tummy or your head feel a bit off there’s a few things you can do:
Pop a bit of mandarin peel or a cinnamon stick in some water and sip on it like tea. Top it up. Enjoy frequently. Better yet - stick some in your water bottle, top it up with freshly boiled water...
Welcome to Summer! Even though we’ve been enjoying the warm weather for a little while now, the time is truly neigh for beach adventures. I for one am truly getting sandy and heading outdoors as much as possible to frolic in the waves. I’m not much of a swimmer but there is definitely something fantastic about paddling around in the surf and pretending to be a mermaid.
In Chinese Medicine we think of the body as a small version of the universe around us. As the seasons change, so should we. Humans should be adaptable; to flow with the seasons is to live in harmony. By doing this, we should avoid illness. Summer is a time to laugh, embellish in life, enjoy yourself and connect with those around you. There is such delight to be found in the warm weather and long days. You can be outside for hours, catch up with friends, play with the kids and generally just enjoy the world around you.
What happens to our Qi in summer?
Summer is the season of the FIRE element, its organ is the HEART, its fla...
Have you noticed any fine lines lately? Is your skin looking a bit dull or dehydrated? Do you have acne, rosacea, or hyper-pigmentation?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we believe that the patient’s face acts as a mirror for the overall health and wellbeing of the body. Different areas of the face relate to the internal organs, while different colours can indicate dysfunctions. For example, we relate areas of redness with internal Heat and blue skin shades as internal Cold. The face also reflects the client’s mental, emotional and spiritual health, which the practitioner assesses by looking into the client’s eyes, at their tongue and listening to their voice. As much as it may sound crazy a TCM practitioner can tell a lot about the state of your health and wellbeing just by looking at you!
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a process where the client and the practitioner work closely together to achieve a desired effect. You will receive both a...
So this week I’ve had a sore tummy. A really, really sore tummy. Like things are a bit stuck, a bit bloated (like a big, round drum-skin), a bit sore (especially after eating), I’m really not hungry and I’m more than a bit gassy. Now, that all might be a bit TMI (and sorry if it is) but as I chat to more and more people, I realise that this is a normal thing for lots of ladies and dudes. Not just an ‘I’m feeling a bit off and outta whack’ sort of thing, but an everyday thing. That’s not okay. Your tummy is meant to be your friend not your enemy and if you’re getting any (or all) of the troubles that I’ve been getting then your tummy is trying to tell you something.
I used to have these kinds of troubles a lot as a teenager and I tried lots of different things to alleviate the weird rumbling pressure I would feel in my abdomen. For years I saw an Ayurvedic doctor – an older dude who was a complete boss. He totally knew his stuff, but one of the things he used to get me to do was drink ca...
Do you feel tired at the end of the day? I sure do. Not terribly tired, just a bit weary and more than ready to hit the hay sooner rather than later (hey - Club Doona is the cool place to be, right?). Sometimes I have trouble getting to sleep though. There are too many things and thoughts and wishes that run through my brainpan at high speed squeaking 'YOU HAVE TO GET THIS DONE NOW'.
Now, Rational Me knows that that is not a true fact - they are not things that need to be done between the hours of 7-9pm. Those hours are for unwinding, and are meant to be spent either by yourself decompressing or connecting with loved ones. But once in this tired place Rational Me doesn't function so well. It’s more like Hyper-Emotional Strung Out Me that doesn’t know which way to go or what to focus on first.
SO. I've developed a little bedtime self-care plan. It doesn't take long, and it has the duel purpose of organising the squealing brainpan AND calming me down. Sound like something you might like to...
So last week I ventured off to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tassie for a bit of a hiking adventure. Let me just say that it was completely breathtaking. It was seven days of vast expanses of gorgeous scenery, fresh mountain air, wildlife, early nights and waking up with the first birdcalls of the day. Also I may have indulged in a slight bit of mountain climbing - let me say ladies, if anyone needs a bit of empowerment nothing makes you have an ‘I am woman’ moment more than climbing a mountain.
But, as with all good outdoors adventures there is a slight risk of injury. On day 5 I managed to twist an ankle and an old hamstring injury started to play up again on day 7. Now that I’m home again I’ve started cranking on the self-care – massage using liniments, herbal patches and a good ol’ cuppa tea.
This particular recipe was gifted to me by my friend Phil, who swears by it for reducing his arthritis and general body-achiness. It’s an amalgamation of a...