Apple cider – for allergies

3rd September, 2015

sinus

2 tbsp ACV , 1 tbsp honey and a cup of warm water- take liquid 2-3 times a day.

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Superbooster for Allergies.

3rd September, 2015

turmeric honey

Mix together some freshly grated turmeric (or organic powder) with raw honey and lemon juice. Measurement to your own taste. It’ll last weeks and weeks in the fridge.

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Anti-allergic herbs

3rd September, 2015

There are some really effective anti-allergic herbs that will ease springtime allergies. get the liquid or tablet from a practitioner-only brand – from your health food store or Naturopath/Herbalist. Look out for herbs like –

Albizzia and Baical Skullcap are anti-allergic herbs; Horseradish fro sinus and hay fever; Ginger as an anti-inflammatory; Echincaea (root is better here as sometimes the flowers can cause symptoms in sensitive people) is not only a wonderful immune booster but also great for any upper respiratory infection; Eyebright for watery, itchy eyes; naturally the liver needs help so think of things like Dandelion Root, Schisandra and St Mary’s Thistle. Barberry is great here as it is anti bacterial and anti-biotic, and reduces inflammation and repairs mucous membranes. Manuka (from the flowering tops of the tea tree plant) will be invaluable here as an anti-biotic and to soothe mucous membranes.

Below – Baical Skullcap (purple flower), Dandelion Root, Barberry (illustration) and Eyebright (white flower)

herb 1 herb 2 herb 3 dandelion

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Jamu

3rd September, 2015

Jamu: turmeric, lemon and raw honey.

jamu drink

I just found this on my door step. Thank you to my lovely neighbour and friend Oren for this lovely surprise. Thank you turmeric I planted last year and the busy little local bees, lemon from our trees and rain water. And Oren. Recipe for Jamu on my website.

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Vitamin C- good for treating allergies

3rd September, 2015

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, and is needed for a healthy immune function. It also keeps our skin supple and elastic thanks to its role in collagen production, and supporting wound healing and circulation.

Extra Vitamin C will be needed in times of stress, and in treating allergies like eczema, asthma, sinusitis, dermatitis and hives. RDI is 75mg per day.

Our bodies can’t make this essential vitamin and we can’t store it for more than a couple of hours. So it’s important we are getting enough, regularly. And of course it’s best to get your daily intake of Vitamin C as naturally as possible.

Lifestream have just launched a 100% natural wholefood Vitamin C powder that can be added to cereal, salads, smoothies, juices and other dishes. I’ve put it in my ‘Immunity Nut Butter Cups’ below.

A wholefood Vitamin C, it’s made from acerola berries and is readily absorbed by the body (unlike synthetic vitamin supplements). As a bonus – it tastes really yummy on its own

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Supernatural breakfast

3rd September, 2015

Another Super Natural brekky today – a scrape of my ‘Macadamia + Coriander Pesto’ on spelt #mountainbread topped with an egg from neighbours chooks, wilted greens from my garden and madeinhemp Canadian hemp seeds. 3 mins to prep’. Super yummeeeee and sustains me with joy and energy until lunchtime. Ready for yoga now.

super natural brekky

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Turmeric- reduces symptoms

3rd September, 2015

tumeric flower

Turmeric will reduce the symptoms of eczema, asthma, sinus, hayfever, migraines, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

tumeric powder

Turmeric (Curcuma Longais) also known as the ‘Golden Spice of Life’, is a tropical herb belonging to the ginger family Zingiberaceae, which has been domestically cultivated in India since ancient times. Apart from its virtues in the kitchen, this gorgeous spice is a major part of Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine.

tumeric

Add the fresh grated root, organic powder, Turmeric paste or oil (see my website) to your meals, smoothies, stir-fries, baked veggies, hummus, or add some to the water when cooking brown rice or any other grain – also to your casseroles and dahl.

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Saline solution (Neti pot) – for allergies

3rd September, 2015
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Old school Neti Pot, circa. 1872

A Neti Pot is used by pouring a saline solution into one nostril and allowing it to come out of the other nostril. There’s a small learning curve with a neti pots, but using one can also provide the best results because the solution travels all the way through the nasal passages, potentially clearing more irritants than a spray could. (Use a spray though if you’re hesitant to use a Neti Pot.)

A Neti Pot with saline spray is a simple remedy that helps to flush out mucus and bacteria. Adding moisture to the nasal passages also helps to combat stuffiness, congestion, and further infection.

Homemade Saline Solution

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1 cup clean water
1/8 tsp sea salt, unrefined (no table salt)
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil (optional)

To make the solution, simply combine all the ingredients in a container and shake well until the salt and baking soda have dissolved. Pour the solution into your Neti Pot or spray pump and use as needed to manage congested nasal passages. It works!

Look for a Net Pot on line or at your health food store or pharmacy.

nostril modern

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Aloe Vera- natural antiseptic

3rd September, 2015

aloe plant

Aloe Vera produces at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mould, bacteria, funguses, and viruses. In fact, the plant is so powerful that researchers and scientists are looking into its potential as an AIDS and cancer-fighter.

Cleopatra applied the gel to her body as part of her beauty regimen, the ancient Greeks used it to cure everything from baldness to insomnia to the Native Americans who called aloe vera the “Wand of the Heaven.”

If you decide to take Aloe Vera orally, be sure to get certified organic juice. I like/love Lifestreams because it’s –

  • Independently Certified by the ‘International Aloe Science Council’.
  • Registered with the TGA for it’s therapeutic benefits. No Aloe bought in a grocery store has this.
  • Guaranteed to contain no Aloin (which is a laxative) – this comes down to exceptional manufacturing to get only the inner gel.
  • Not reconstituted from powder.
  • 100% GMO free, herbicide and pesticide free.

You’ll find it in health food stores, good pharmacies and here on line – http://au.planethealth.com.au/aloe.aspx?view=category

lifestream aloe

If you’re using it fresh – split a leaf down the middle and scrape out the flesh.

Cleopatra applied the gel to her body as part of her beauty regimen, the ancient Greeks used it to cure everything from baldness to insomnia to the Native Americans who called aloe vera the “Wand of the Heaven.”

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Anti Inflammatory breakfast

3rd September, 2015

On ‪spelt‬ mountain bread‬ – (immune booster), I scraped byron bay miso‬ paste, (for gut health thus immunity) then an egg from my neighbour, topped with alive foods‬ pickled beetroot + red cabbage (probiotics, Vitamin C and A for immunity), lettuce from my garden and made in hemp‬ Canadian hemp seeds (for immunity). A big shot of Jamu (turmeric + lemon drink – a great anti inflammatory) and Lifestream‬ ‪‎aloevera‬ for allergies. Now for a walk amongst the spring pollen. I’m ready!

breakfast wrap

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Spring Time Allergies.

1st September, 2015

Foods, herbs, supplements, essential oils and lifestyle factors that can and will reduce symptoms.

Spring is when our liver is the most sensitive, so if it’s not a happy organ then symptoms will arise, especially at this time of year. The symptoms range from slightly itchy eyes to full on sinus headaches, sneezing fits, rhinitis and hay fever.

Love your liver a little more by saying goodbye to toxic chemicals in your home and diet, as well as reducing exposure to other environmental toxins as much as possible. Include anti-inflammatory foods, and reduce inflammatory foods, herbal medicine works a treat as do some supplements, essential oils and lifestyle changes.

Stay tuned for tips and tricks to naturally reduce springtime allergies.

spring

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Herbal Medicine to include- for immunity

30th August, 2015

herbal flower

Look for a practitioner-only liquid, powder or tablet from your health food store, Naturopath or Herbalist.

herbal plant

Recommended and shown in photos: Echinacea, Cat’s Claw, Olive Leaf, Holy Basil, Andrographis, Astragalus, Ginseng.

 

cats claw korean ginseng holy basil info

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Lifestyle factors to consider- for immunity & wellbeing

30th August, 2015

 

elephant

  • Sleep. It is important to get at least 8 hours sleep a night, and if possible an hour’s nap during the day. Less than this will lead to oxidative stress (not good).
  • Reduce or stop smoking, or at least stop smoking tailor made cigarettes. Roll your own if you’re continuing to smoke, and look for organic or at least ‘chemical-free’ tobacco.
  • Reduce your intake of alcohol. Choose sulphur-free alcohol where you can.
  • Get adequate rest (apart from sleep), fresh air and exercise.
  • Reduce stressful relationships and situations, and deal with underlying emotional issues. This is so, so important.
  • Avoid drinking tap water.

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  • Avoid produce grown with chemicals such as pesticides, fertilisers, fungicides and herbicides. Buy organic where you can. 

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  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Whatever brings you joy – do that more often.

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