Herbal Medicine


(Serves 2) This quick and easy recipe makes a great change from a traditional salad, and is a tasty way of increasing your veg quota for the day.   Ingredients: 4 large cos lettuce leaves1 medium avocado2 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded6 grape tomatoes, quartered½ red capsicum, diced1 tsp lemon/lime juice¼ […]

Chicken ‘Wraps’


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I spent 3 days over the weekend in Brisbane at an intensive training for maximising healthy ageing with the Vitality, Longevity and Healthy Ageing Program (VLA).for the clinic - I am pleased to say that this new option is NOW AVAILABLE! *happy dance*      How Can You Achieve Vitality, […]

Introducing…VLA Quadscan Body Composition & Cellular Health Analysis


No, not the kind that you’re thinking of!   While I consider them no less ‘magic’, I’m actually talking about medicinal mushrooms.   You might be surprised to learn that some of the herbs we use as remedies strictly speaking aren’t actually ‘herbs’ at all – and certain mushrooms fall […]

The Good ‘Shrooms



Find your way to true healing.   We all want to see results quickly when we start making changes to our health.  The motivation to eat healthily, get some regular exercise, lose weight, take up meditation or yoga kicks in – but sometimes these good intentions fall by the wayside […]

The Missing Ingredient? Time.


Depression is unfortunately an extremely common condition these days.  It is estimated that almost a quarter of all Australians are affected by depression and/or anxiety.1  These disorders can greatly reduce a person’s enjoyment of life, and interfere with work, family, relationships, personal wellbeing, and more.    To make matters worse, […]

Depression: How Turmeric & Saffron May Help


Allergies – causing sneezing, wheezing and sinus trouble can really put a dampener on your day! And with around 14% of people currently experiencing recurring episodes of hayfever (a figure that is increasing each year), allergies certainly are not uncommon.   Unfortunately for those of us in the Toowoomba region, […]

Are Spring Allergies Getting You Down?



Anxiety is a condition that can really impact one’s enjoyment of life. And it’s a problem that is all too common – in fact, anxiety is thought to affect almost three times as many people as are affected by depression.     Unfortunately, the medical approach for anxiety is aimed […]

Natural Solutions For Anxiety


Like many herbs that I use in my clinic on a day-to-day basis, Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been around for quite a while. Thousands of years, in fact. It is a well-known plant that was used by Native Americans, those living in medieval Europe and even right back to the […]

Elderberry For Colds, Flus…And More


I recently attended a great seminar by Metagenics, entitled ‘Cellular and Systemic Bioenergetics: Effective Solutions for Clinical Fatigue’.  It sounds like a fancy name, but all in all it was a seminar that focused on why people feel tired a lot of the time, and what we can do about […]

Chronic Fatigue



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What's so great about liquid herbs?   One of my favourite things about being a naturopath is being able to mess around to my heart’s content with liquid herbs.  And chances are if you have seen me for an appointment at some time, you have headed home clutching a small […]

Liquid Herbs


If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may notice that I have lots of ‘favourites’.  Which seems a bit funny, but I really find that there is so much to love about each and every herb that I use in my dispensary.  And while I use all […]

Herbal Favourites – Pomegranate


Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)   Chamomile is a great little herb to keep on hand at home.  It has been used medicinally for thousands of years, mostly in Europe, with notations being recorded as early as 5th Century BC.   I love Chamomile not only for how effective it is clinically, but […]

DIY Home Remedies: Chamomile



** National Diabetes Week 10th-16th July 2016 **   By the year 2031, it is estimated that 3.3 million Australians will be living with diabetes*. There are 2 different types of diabetes, and most of us are familiar with the basics:   Type 1 diabetes is also known as ‘juvenile […]

National Diabetes Week July 2016


Earlier this week I attended another fantastic seminar presented by Metagenics.     It was a summary of information covered at the International Congress on Natural Medicine - an event that is held annually, and is the biggest natural medicine seminar held in the southern hemisphere!  Unfortunately this year I […]

Stress and Mood Disorders


Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)   One of the oldest herbs that has been used both as a flavouring and a remedy, Peppermint is also easy to grow at home. It has been used for centuries, but became popular in the 18th Century, mostly for treatment of digestive discomfort such as […]

Peppermint



Passionflower may help relieve anxiety and insomnia. The common pharmaceutical treatment for anxiety and sleeplessness is a drug known as benzodiazepines (the most well-known of these would be Valium).  However, these drugs are well-known for their risks of side effects, including the potential for developing a dependence or addiction, as well […]

Passionflower for Anxiety and Insomnia


If you suffer from pain and inflammation, here is a quick and easy home remedy.     Turmeric has a long history of use as a medicinal herb.  The Chinese have used it to treat inflammatory and digestive disorders, and it has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine (India) to […]

‘Golden Milk’ Recipe – Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory


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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