Tissue salts for you

I love adding Tissue Salts to my repertoire of herbs and vitamins for healing remedies I give to my patients.

This is a simple way of treating many ailments, and the remedies are easily available. You can take them with any of my herbal remedies, and also with most allopathic medications.

If you would like to learn how to prescribe tissue salts for yourself and your family, click here.

This is a course being run by a colleague of mine, Robyn Barraclough, and you can do the course online. It is a fantastic course, full of information and it will give you the ability to self-prescribe for you and your family.

I highly recommend it.


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


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


Has your bowel gone CRAZY?!

There you are living a great life, all cozy and comfortable and happy when one day it hits you. That sudden urgent call of the loo!

You have to run to find the nearest loo. Not a problem if you are at home, but when  you are out and about it can become the race of your life.

I know you know what I mean!

Then this urgency settles and you figure it was a once only event. Until next time, then it reoccurs over several days, and disappears as suddenly as it started. So you relax again but a small part of your mind stays on alert. Waiting. And there it is, a few days or maybe a few weeks later that urgency hits you, but this time it’s not only a few days of serious urgent bowel situations, it lasts for a week or two, and to top it off you then become constipated and can’t go to the loo at all.  So its off to the doctor to see what is happening.

A barrage of tests later, and all the results are fine, you are a picture of health. Nothing nasty anywhere, nothing wrong at all. So what has happened to your bowel? Read More


DeCluttering

We all know about clutter. Most of us have some of it somewhere, those special ‘things’ stashed away that we can’t bear to part with, after all we just might need them sometime! Some of us have lots of clutter. We see the TV shows about the extreme hoarders and the dreadful mess they live with, even dead mice or vermin and maggots under loads of papers or materials. A very real health hazard.  Fortunately not many reach this chronic stage of clutter in their homes. But many of us do reach this chronic stage in our body!

Clutter in the form of a sluggish digestive tract, a sluggish bowel, allowing food to stagnate and toxins to accumulate and ferment. Yeasts grow and multiply and worms (yes those little creepy crawlies) find a nice home to reside in. 

Clutter in the form of a toxic overload from pesticides, additives and preservatives in our foods, water, and air,  and  heavy metal residues.

Clutter in the form of emotion stresses. Work pressure, home and family stresses, anxiety, fear, negative self talk.

All of which weaken our immune system and leaves us more vulnerable to inflammation and infections. This is when many vague symptoms start to occur and it sets us up for a downward spiral into ill health. Chronic illnesses like allergies, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, hormone imbalances, recurrent infections, depression, weight problems, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic degenerative illnesses develop.  The list is endless. 

So just as it is important to keep our homes and environment clutter free, so it is important to keep our body free of clutter.  I tell my patients to choose one month every year to do a spring cleanse and declutter their body. 

To do this  you need to use herbs to cleanse your body from worms and to treat your body for fungus, bacteria and viral infections, even if you feel fine and don’t think there are any bugs lurking in your system. They will be there! 

You need to eat clean for the month, that means lots of fruit and veggies and proteins, drink pure water, have no junk food and no alcohol at all for the month (email me if you would like a healthy eating plan for your declutter month).

You need to make sure you have regular bowel function and do skin brushing at least two times a week. You will need to get a good nights sleep, and do a daily relaxation either in the form of meditation or simply doing an hour a day of a hobby that you are passionate about. 

Have 2 or 3 sessions of acupoint detox to accelerate the release of toxicity from your body.

If you do your ‘declutter’ or otherwise known as a detox for one month each  year, you will have a stronger immune system and be far better equipped to fight off any bugs that come your way.


Are you ready for winter?

See how easy it is for you to become a bad host for the cold and  flu viruses. 

Bacteria and viruses are all around us all the time. Despite who you are or where  you live, you just can’t avoid these little critters. The fact is, it’s not the bugs that are the problem, not ever. It’s you! It is your ‘terrain’ as Louis Pasteur said on his deathbed, I quote: “The germ is nothing; the terrain is everything.”

What that means is that your health depends on the strength of your immune system and your ability to ward off any bugs that come your way. And come your way they will! This is not a bad thing, as we need to get a cold one or two times a year to keep our immune system activated and  to allow our body to clean up the old dead cells that our body needs to shed. 

You will be harbouring dozens of these little bugs in your body at any given moment. If a work colleague or a family member is actively fighting a bug, you are also fighting the bug. You may not necessarily have obvious symptoms, but your immune system is working overtime to keep your body functioning and keeping you asymptomatic. The important thing is not to take any medication that will suppress what your body needs to do as it deals with any bugs. This is where natural remedies shine!

How can you help your immune system?

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat good amounts of vegetables and fruit
  • Avoid sugar
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid stressful situations
  • Practice relaxation 
  • Stock up your healthy medicine chest

Your medicine chest for Winter

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Take a regular dose of 1,000mg a day throughout winter. If you are around anyone that has a cold or flu, up the dose to 2,000mg a day and continue with the higher dose for 5 days, then go back to the lower dose. You can keep the higher dose all through winter which is a good idea if you work in a large air-conditioned building or ride the bus or train. If you do succumb to the power of those little bugs, up your vitamin C to around 8-10,000mg a day. Depending on bowel tolerance. These are adult dosages only.

Echinacea

Have this valuable herb in your medicine chest, ready for use if required. Take this herb at the first sign of any form of respiratory illness. Echinacea helps to boost the immune system stimulating macrophage activity. 

Zinc Lozenges

You can definitely lessen the duration of a cold when you take zinc. It needs to be taken in the form of a lozenger that you dissolve in your mouth for best results.

Selenium

Selenium is a very valuable trace mineral. We don’t need much but because our soils are now so deficient in trace minerals, and selenium is one of them, we do need to add it to our vitamin intake on a regular basis. Take up to 200mcg daily during winter months.

Siberian Ginseng

Siberian ginseng in particular is a valuable herb for winter. Together with echinacea if forms a formidable ali against winter bugs.

Herbs & Spices from your kitchen

Onion – antiviral and antibacterial. Onion is excellent for coughs, and for upper respiratory tract infections.

Garlic – antiviral and antibacterial. Also good for any upper respiratory tract infection.

Ginger – anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. 

Sage – this is the herb for sore throats and coughs. Also good for a congested sinus. (Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding).

Thyme – antibacterial and antiviral. It also acts as an expectorant. A great herb for upper respiratory infections and for coughs.

Lemon – well know for using during winter along with honey for a sore throat. Lemon is high in vitamin C, and can help to lessen the duration of a cold or flu.

Cayenne peppers – one of the great all rounder remedies, but especially good for colds and flu. Use of these hot little peppers can shorten an established cold, or prevent one if taken early enough.

Honey – antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic. Best if you can buy a local honey, and as unprocessed as possible. 

Tissue Salts

Tissue salts are minerals that are found in all cells of the body. When there is a deficiency of one of the salts, then the cell won’t be able to function optimally, so the dis-ease process begins at a very deep cellular level in the body. Tissue salts are easy to use and safe for everyone including pregnant women and babies.

Ferr Phos – this is indicated for the early stages of a cold, sore throat or just general upper respiratory symptoms.

Kali Mur – this tissue salt is useful for any upper respiratory symptom and particularly to support mucus membrane.

Kali Sulph – relieves inflammation of the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract. Excellent for when the mucus has become  yellow.

For prevention of colds and flu: take 2 or 3 tablets of each remedy, take them separately about 10 minutes apart. Take once a day for two or three months during winter.

For treatment of colds: take 2 tablets of each remedy about 5 minutes apart, and each hour repeat until symptoms settle.

Salt water nasal rinse

Remember to wash out your sinus with a mild salt water solution, or you can buy the Fess Nasal Spray from the chemist. Do at least 2 or 3 times each week during winter. Helps to keep the nasal passage clear of bugs.

Homeopathy

Oscillococcinum is one of my favourite remedies for winter. 

If you feel you are succumbing to a flu, this is the remedy to rely on. When taken at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms, and taken every 4 hours, you can stop the virus in its tracks. 

You can start to take it as a preventative measure, taking a dose once a week, and when you are around anyone that is coughing or just unwell, you can up the dose to 3 times a day for a few days. 

Other homeopathic remedies to take are dependent on the symptom that is presenting. Here is a list of a few that are good to have in your medicine chest for when needed.

  • Aconite
  • Belladonna
  • Allium cepa
  • Gelsemiiun
  • Bryonia
  • Eupatorium
  • Apis mellifica
  • Kali bichromicum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Phytolacca

Aromatherapy

These two oils live in my bag during winter, everywhere I go, these oils go! Especially good to put a drop of each on a tissue and place in your shirt when you are out in public, and particularly when flying on a plane.

Lemon Oil – not only delicious to smell, but lemon oil has very strong healing properties. Antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic. 

Eucalyptus – antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties. Excellent to help break up mucus congestion. Used in vaporisers, inhalations and chest rubs. This oil is excellent to put a drop on a tissue and pop it under your pillow at night, or during the day pop the tissue in your shirt and you can have the benefit of breathing the oil all day. 

Your Winter Wellness Kit

At the clinic you can get your ‘Winter Wellness Kit’, with everything you need to get you through winter. Having a good range of products at your finger tip for that middle of the night hacking cough or waking up feeling like you are coming down with something can make the difference between getting crook or staying well. 


Constipation

Here’s a topic that no one really likes to discuss, yet it is a problem that affects everyone at some point in their life. Constipation! It will raise it’s head somewhere and at some time no matter who you are, where you work, what you eat, what you drink, how you live. The bowel is a tricky little organ, and so often it seems to have a mind of it’s own!

What is constipation?

Defined as the absence of the urge to eliminate waste or as having difficulty in passing stools. However, in simple terms we all know it means you just can’t do a poo poo! I have seen patients that only have a bowel motion once in 2 weeks. I can’t imagine how this must feel. Being so clogged up and heavy, not to mention the serious negative health effects on the body. Symptoms of constipation are usually more than just the obvious lack of bowel function. Loss of appetite is very common, you may suffer with intermittent nausea, indigestion, low grade fever that comes and goes, headaches, back ache, fatigue, irritability and even some feelings of anxiety.

You may also develop haemorrhoids.

So the burning question is, can constipation be healed? Yes it certainly can.

There are several factors that need to be addressed, apart from the obvious dietary changes:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Emotional Issues

Relieving Constipation

Diet – You do need to load your diet with fresh vegetables and fruits. This way you get a good amount of fibre. Cooked vegetables are preferable to raw, so the bowel can eliminate more efficiently. Leaving the skin on fruit and vegetables helps to give you more fibre. Include grains, pulses, lentils and beans each day, and use some bran each day. Include yoghurt in your diet, but do check that it has live cultures in it. If not you can buy a probiotic and take as directed each day. The good microflora in the gut need to be plentiful to help keep your gut balanced and working in harmony.

Drink – water. I know you hear this time and time again, yet it still needs to be mentioned as so many of us just don’t drink sufficient water each day. Drink at least one litre of water, add your tea or coffee but do get some good clear water into your body each day. On waking have a large glass of water, cold or hot. You can have it with a slice of lemon in it or just plain good old water. I love hot water so each morning I sip a cup of boiled water with a slice of lemon. Delicious! 

Within one hour of rising, eat your breakfast. Never skip this very important meal. On a daily basis add my Fruit Spread to your diet. You could spread it on toast, or have it as a relish with grilled meats or chicken. You could add more prune juice and drink it either by itself or add to a smoothie.

Molly’s Anti-Constipation Fruit Spread

  • 1 cup prunes – pitted
  • 1 cup dates – pitted
  • 1 cup dried figs – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2-1 cup prune juice

Place all ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend until you have a smooth paste. Spoon it into a jar and store in the fridge.

Dose: Adults take 1 to 2 tablespoons each day until your bowel is regular, then you can start to cut back as needed. Depending on the age of a child 10-16, use 1/2 – 1 tablespoon, and for toddlers over 3 use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, diluted in apple juice. For a child under 3 it is advisable to see your health practitioner before giving any treatments yourself.

Vitamins & Minerals – Take fish oil and a probiotic each day.

Tissue salts – Mag Phos can be very useful for a number of health issues, and it is very beneficial for constipation. Taken internally at night, and as a cream rub on the tummy area each day.

Herbs – There are some very good herbal remedies that can help to regulate your bowel. Herbs such as cascara, yellow dock, senna, liquorice, slippery elm, psyllium.  Contact Molly to buy Molly’s formulated herbal tea ‘Relief”

Exercise – walking is such a good exercise to do as it uses all the muscles in your body. Swing your arms as you go, to stimulate lymph glands. No need to do a fast power walk, just a bit brisker than a stroll.

Stress – We all have it, and often lots of it. It can disguise itself as an old friend because we live with it every day and so think it is a normal part of life! Stress can be useful, but in most instances it is enormously detrimental to our health and wellbeing. Stress can be relieved in many ways. You can meditate or do some deep breathing exercises, or listen to a relaxing creative meditation such as my healing meditation which you can download here.

Emotions – Always a major player in any form of health issue or imbalance in your body. Your emotions can be the basic reason you become constipated in the first place. Take a moment, close your eyes and see if you can connect with any emotional reasons you may be ‘holding on’.

EFT is one method of working with emotions to get a good result in releasing emotions and links to constipation. Contact Molly for an EFT script to aid in relieving constipation.


Festive Heartburn

With the festive season upon us, many of us do have a tendency to let our hair down and eat, drink and be merry! And why not, it is Christmas after all. However, everything has two sides, and along with all the merriment, we can end up over eating or drinking and so suffer with bloating and heartburn. Not so pleasant!

Here are a few tips to get you through the festive fun, as smoothly as possible. Read More


Echinacea for Winter Health

EchinaceaHow many billions of colds and flu must be traveling around our planet every day?

Every day of the year, somewhere there will be someone fighting off a cold or a bout of flu. Being viral infections, there is very little that modern medicine can offer, and this is where our age old natural remedies really shine.

It is virtually impossible to avoid exposure to the cold and flu viruses, so luckily for us there are many steps you can take to prevent a bad dose affecting you. There are many natural remedies and easily available foods you can consume that will help you strengthen your immune system and fight off these clever bugs.

There is a smorgasbord of amazing herbs to use during our cold winter months.

Echinacea is top of the list.

When it comes to stocking up your winter medicine chest, echinacea is the first herb to think of. Echinacea has many wonderful health benefits; it is anti-microbial, anti- inflammatory, and has the ability to stimulate immune activity and raise our levels of white blood cells that fight off infection. It is known to reduce the symptoms and duration of the cold or flu.

Echinacea is very effective when taken at the first signs of infection, and is beneficial for all upper respiratory tract infections, coughs, colds and flu, viral or bacterial, for sinusitis, sore throats and tonsillitis. A herb to have on hand always.

Check out this and other remedies in Molly’s latest e-book “Treating The Common Cold” available through our online shop, click here.