Stay healthy this winter

Here we are in the throes of winter again.  The usual winter chorus of coughs abound as you walk through the shopping centres.  It is not possible to completely avoid the clever little bugs that float around, so you need to protect yourself as much as possible.

Now is the time to make sure your winter medicine chest is full of the goodies that you need to get you through to the sunny spring days. Read More



Mike’s Tomato Marinade

This marinade mix is absolutely beautiful and can be used with any proteins, or on a sandwich.

Mike's Tomato Marinade

Ingredients

  • 3 tablspoons of Lemon infused Olive oil, or use plain olive oil and grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest into the mix
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic
  • 1 tspn fructose
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 clove garlic – crushed
  • 1 tspn Smoky paprika
  • ½ tspn chilli powder or chilli sauce or tobasco or use a fresh cayenne pepper.

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  • Cool.
  • Can be used immediately, or stored in fridge for several days.

 


Germs on the loose!

This week in my clinic I have seen so many patients that are so ill with coughs and flu symptoms, that I thought it timely, despite winter being officially over, to revisit the natural remedies that are effective in healing this current outbreak.

Whooping cough, influenza A, the common cold, all three winter woes are still doing the rounds and knocking people right off their perch for a couple of weeks. Not only that, these bugs know when they are onto a good thing and they don’t want to leave so they are boomeranging right back to jump on board again. Just when you thought it was safe to go out, bang, here it is back to make your day, and you are coughing and spluttering all over again.

Doctors are not giving antibiotics unless vital, and recommending that you let a temperature be and don’t take any panadol or neurofen, which is  a really good and health promoting move by the medical profession, however sending someone home when they are obviously ill, with just the message ‘you have a virus, or lets see how it goes’ is hardly very reassuring.  Read More


Cayenne, A Herb To Love

One of my favourite herbs is Cayenne Chilli Pepper.

We mostly know it as a spice but it is also considered as a powerful healing herbal remedy. We always have a bush growing in the garden, and as nature will always provide, it is a prolific fruiter. We literally get hundreds of chilli’s off one little bush. So many that we have to freeze them or give them away.

What are the benefits of Cayenne?

  • It supports better circulation
  • Helps to regulate blood pressure
  • Topical pain relief for arthritis and joint pain
  • Relieves headaches and helps to prevent migraines developing
  • Relieves pain of shingles
  • Helps to thin the blood
  • Can stop a heart attack – a famous herbalist Dr Christopher says he always used cayenne for heart problems and never lost a patient from heart attack, when he could give them a cup of hot water with cayenne.
  • Can stop a nosebleed
  • Can heal stomach ulcers
  • Can heal deep wounds

This is a herbal remedy that I use in a lot of my formulations. It can be very hot so needs to be used with great respect! Read More


Treat your TOOTSIES well

Remember those things down there that are attached to your legs?

Right!  Your FEET. Neglected and forgotten most of the time, yet there they remain, faithful and ever-ready, still there and performing a very important job. Holding you up and giving you a point of balance amongst other functions.  So let’s love our feet and show them that we care!

Give your feet a regular massage. Using both hands, rub and use a little pressure with your thumbs. Focus a little longer on spots that feel a bit tender. Your feet have points that relate to every area of your body. If you can’t reach your feet, as some of us can’t, then buy a wooden foot massager and have it under your desk or by your lounge chair and run your feet over it each day. Read More


Stimulate or suppress?

Finally the powers that be are seeing the light!

While watching ABC morning news last week, I saw an item they did on pain relief where they were suggesting that parents NOT give children Panadol for instance when the child has a fever. ‘Just ride it out’

WOW what a turn around! This is something that natural health practitioners have been saying for years, well decades really!

So what does this mean? It means don’t panic if your child becomes unwell.  Fever is a good thing. As the body is working to kill off any bugs that shouldn’t be there, the body heats up. It’s a natural body process. When you give your child Panadol you are aborting the ‘kill off’ process. One of the functions of the body is to develop the immune system, which is not fully developed in children until around puberty. Getting childhood illnesses is normal, natural and important, and fever is always a part of any illness. Read More


Mollys Magic Mix

This was included in an earlier post in the Medicine Chest but to make it easier to find we are now including it as a separate post in the Recipes category.

This is a recipe that I get most of my patients to make and use at the first sign of a cold or flu. It can be quite chilli hot, however, you can of course control that ‘chilli heat’ aspect of the mixture by reducing the quantity of chilli but do use some, see my post on the benefits of cayenne.

Please note that It is not really suitable for children under fifteen years old, nor for anyone with any active digestive problems such as ulcers.

Molly's Magic Mix

A very efficacious remedy to alleviate the discomfort of colds and flus.

Ingredients

  • 1 large Onion
  • 3 or 4 
Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch piece of Ginger
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon Cayenne powder or you could use a fresh chilli
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder

Directions

  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor and store in the fridge
  2. To use it, make a cup of boiling water, add one level teaspoon of the mixture, add honey to taste plus juice of ½ lemon
  3. Have three or four cups a day.
  4. This is a tasty, but more importantly, a very effective remedy.