Daily Archives: September 22, 2015

If you have been following my blog, or my Facebook page for a little while, you may have noticed that I often pop up a few photos of my vegetable patch, or some home-grown goodies. As a naturopath, I am passionate about seeing people make positive changes in their life to improve […]

Your Prescription – Get Gardening!

Every couple of months I look out for a new herb to stock in my clinic in liquid (extract) form, to add to my dispensary.  And each time I decide on a new herb, I inevitably think to myself ‘why on earth has it taken me this long to get […]

Herbal Favourites – Rosemary

Well, it seems that every so often natural therapies take a bit of a beating in the media.   While there will always be people who don’t have any faith in natural medicine, it is frustrating when incorrect information is being perpetrated, particularly by journalists who have not always done their […]


Chicken soup has long been a home remedy for colds and flus – and it turns out there is actually scientific evidence that good old chicken soup helps relieve symptoms.   This is a great recipe to make regularly during cold and flu season. Freeze some of the leftovers (in […]

Chicken Soup For Colds & Flus

Growing your own herbal remedies is both easy to do and rewarding.  I keep a few ‘dual purpose’ herbs on hand in my herb garden, and I use them in both cooking and medicinally.   Making a herbal tea is simple – you just need a good-sized teapot with a […]

DIY Home Herbal Remedies

There has been a lot of debate over the years whether the humble cup of coffee is a saint or sinner. With the weather beginning to turn cooler, we often reach for comforting warm drinks and coffee is usually at the top of the list. Traditionally, naturopaths have warned their […]


Over 1.5 million Australians suffer an adverse event from medications each year, resulting in at least 400,000 visits to GP’s, 190,000 hospital admissions and, in severe cases, death.   Approximately 2-3% of all hospital admissions are medication-related and, of those, approximately 50% are preventable.   Now – why do we […]

Pharmaceutical Medications – Sobering Statistics

With the business of our day-to-day lives, despite the best of intentions it is all too easy to give in to a quick and easy takeaway or frozen meal when it comes time to get dinner on the table after a long, hard day.   Having a few simple go-to meals […]

5 Go-To Meals In A Flash

Have you heard of intermittent fasting?    Also known as ‘The Fast Diet’ or ‘The 5:2’.    You may have a work colleague who has decided to skip lunch because they are on a ‘fast day’, or a friend who has opted for a light meal.  Are they crazy, or are […]

Intermittent Fasting – The 5:2 Approach

By the time January comes around, most of us know too well the feeling of having overindulged over the Christmas and New Year period.  We tend to eat too much, drink too much, toss the exercise routine aside, and that’s all before the inevitable 3 boxes of chocolates or Danish […]

Detoxification – Is It Necessary?

I always find that this time of year makes me cringe – on one hand,  it is nice to have children home for school holidays (no making lunches, checking homework and all those other tasks that seem to rule our lives during term) but also it is just a plain […]

Keeping Balanced During The Silly Season

The period of time prior to the conception of a brand new human being is one of   the most important times in which to pay special attention to your health.   The egg and sperm that will become your future baby are being formed in the time prior to conception.   The […]

Preconception – There’s More To It Than Folic Acid

I am often asked ‘what can I feed my child for a healthy snack?’   Growing bodies need nourishment.   Here are some great healthy ideas for snacks to fill up little tummies whilst also helping them to:   Obtain the nutrients they need to grow and develop properly Have the […]

Healthy Snacking for Kids

Fermented Foods Week: Monday 27th October – Sunday 2nd November 2014 If you haven’t gotten into fermented foods yet – do yourself a favour, set aside a little bit of time one weekend and get your fermenting on.   Learning how to make your own fermented foods and drinks are an […]

The Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Vitamin D is crucial for the health of the cardiovascular and skeletal systems, it assists in blood sugar balance and thyroid hormones and it can play a role in how easily you can fight off colds and flus. But did you know that it may also play a part in weight management? […]

The Vitamin D – Weight Loss Connection

The term ‘inflammation’ literally means ‘on fire’, and this term is very descriptive.  Acute inflammation, such as occurs in a broken bone, is characterized by redness, swelling and heat.  Inflammation is the body’s natural response to a something that has caused irritation or damage, and after the causative factor has […]

Pain & Inflammation

How do you sleep?   If you answered ‘with my eyes shut’ then you are correct, but you may have guessed that is not quite the question I am asking here!   Insomnia is an extremely common complaint, and I’m sure we all recognize that frustrating feeling of not being […]

Are You Dreaming Of A Good Night’s Sleep?

In the clinic, I see many clients with thyroid issues – and in my opinion, thyroid problems are becoming more and more common.  I also have found that it can take a long time for a thyroid problem to be diagnosed – with many people experiencing thyroid symptoms for months, […]

Your Thyroid