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In Gratitude to my Mum…. and Mothers Everywhere

Not sure if you’ve noticed, I don’t do commercial celebrations in any which way – No Christmas, Easter, valentines or any other day that encourages us to buy something.

I also don’t do mother’s day, really we should celebrate our mothers every day. Yet, all this fuss had me asking myself what had I done lately – to celebrate or give gratitude for my Mum? hmmmm….  ok, probably not a lot, or nowhere near enough.

Isn’t Mothers Day Every Day?

So, I’ve decided to make an exception, and whip into a belated action by creating a special offer in gratitude to my mother.

ineke (aka Mamita)

I have to admit (despite, the fact I may never live it down), that my mum is one of my biggest inspirations.

She’s an incredibly talented artist ( I have no idea why she’s not hanging in the National Gallery – if the National Gallery is reading this, perhaps they can let me know?), and a perpetual traveller, who travels for 18 months at a time with the smallest backpack in the world, through the wildest untamed places.

Her courage to follow her dreams despite any fears and always follow her heart – hence her studio name ‘Red HeART Studio’, is without a doubt the best kind of role model any girl can have.

Even, my current version of my best-selling Comfrey Ointment: Wayfarers Magic – was inspired by my mum and wouldn’t be what it was today without her.

Comfrey ointment

Wayfarer’s Magic

When I first discovered the Magic of Comfrey I wanted to find the ideal herbal blend to help to address her arthritis. As I couldn’t imagine a day where she’d not to paint, create or travel.  So each ingredient is specially selected to provide relief and healing for just that.

Of course, she is also one of my biggest supporters and users of my Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment, and yes, she has a limitless lifetime supply.

Special offer for Mothers throughout Australia

So in ode to my mum, her sacrifices, support, my appreciation and my gratitude for all that she is.

The Girl

And in gratitude for all Mothers. I’m partnering with her to offer a Special Mothers Day Package, that includes: Wayfarers Magic Ointment, Body Oil and Face Oil with a Free A4 Print of ‘The Girl’ pastel drawing,  from now until the end of May.

Offer only available for Shipping within Australia –

A big fat THANK YOU Mamita – for being Magic + You!!!! xxxx

My Mum: Ineke van den Hout’s website

Selected prints and artwork are also available via RedBubble

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Have a bike and will Travel… Free Eco-friendly local delivery

[*to the theme track of these boots were made for walking*] ‘This bike was made for riding, and riding is what it will do, one of these days this bike is going to ride its way to you….’ Whahoo!!!

To show that there are some benefits to Soulsong Avalon moving into the hood, I am now offering my lovely neighbours, an eco-footprint-free mid-week lcoal delivery to those living in the suburbs in Newcastle of: Mayfield, Maryville, Islington, Hamilton, Wickham and Tighes Hill.

Having just moved to a new home, I know how scrumptious it is to lock the door and settle into your sofa, without a thought for getting up again. Who really wants to have to lift a finger or even go out of your cosy, warm house to buy something – unless of course it’s toilet paper.

I get it.

Let’s be honest, you can’t always make it to the markets – sadly some weekends there are even better things to do….  [side note, Carrington Village market is booked for 13 May, and hopefully you’ll also soon see me at the Farmers Market]

So hey, am happy to jump on my bike and deliver, fuelled by a bit of elbow grease and good old-fashioned effort, there are some perks to buying local.

I do apologize to those living further away, riding my deadly treadly all the way to Perth or even to Sydney isn’t on my list of things to do, not that kinda girl…For everyone further a field, Sendle does a stellar job of picking it up at my door and bring it to yours.

So, if you’d like some magical Comfrey in your life: the all-purpose, all-natural go to Comfrey Ointment or Face/ Body Oil,  or you just like getting something for free – give me a shout.

You can message, email or call me, or order online using code HEYNEIGHBOUR

So hey, am off to go get my bike on… ;) or on my bike…

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To use or not to use… Beeswax, is it ethical? Why I’ve chosen to use it

To use or not to use?  Is something that I had asked myself, when I started on this journey. Knowing my use of beeswax would be questioned, and vegans would not buy my Wayfarer’s Magic and Sadhu Rose Comfrey Ointments.

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

For a start, I don’t eat unethical animal products or support the treatment and misuse of animals for our consumption, production or testing.  So how, do then carry my values over into my products and business?

To answer this, I set about researching the question, is beeswax ethical? And should I be using it?

I came to the decision to use Beeswax, and here’s why;

1. Ethical Beeswax does exist;

I get my beeswax from a local beekeeper – it’s a beekeeping family, their native bees and are wild and are free here in central coast wilderness of New South Wales. It’s an excess bi-product of the honey that is ethically sourced; meaning there is always more than enough for the bees. Unlike in hives that are in mass production, and they are not tricked of forced to produce honey/ wax in excess.  Happy bees = Happy Honey = Ethical Beeswax.

2. Beeswax is also healing

Beeswax itself it uber beneficial to the skin and the healing process. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-bacterial. Due to this, it contributes to the healing quality of the ointments. It soothes and softens the skin, and forms a protective layer that still allows the skin to breathe and heal.  It is also a ‘natural’ product, that has not undergone industry processing.

Bees Natural Green Home turf

Since I’ve moved to the Central Coast I’ve also been using the wax from the same local beekeeping family that I get my honey from Suesse Honey‘. If you are ever at the Entrance market be sure to buy some of their honey! Their  ‘Raw honey Lemon, Ginger and Cinnamon’ blend – which also has Lemon Myrtle – tastes as good as it is healthy – I am completely unshamedly addicted.

For those that aren’t aware, Raw honey is packing with nutrients, it contains; 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. If you add to this the benefits of Ginger, Cinnamon, Lemon and Lemon Myrtle, you have a most delicious healthy treat.

I do empathise with the dilemma of using or not using animal products.

I remember the moment, that I learned the big-eyed gentle cow in the paddock could end up as a steak dinner. It’s the same moment I secretly vowed to never eat animals again.  As soon as I grew up and left home, that’s what I did and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.

Though, I am not a vegan, and I do have a few pair of leather shoes and a jacket.  Which I often get flack for funnily enough from meat eaters.  However, as one wise friend once said, ‘is it more ethical to have a sturdy jacket that lasts you 50+years that is biodegradable, or a jacket that is made from synthetic material, that has gone through industry processing to be created and then never degrades and pollutes the environment?’

Tough questions, that we need to face and ask ourselves when we aim to live a conscious life.

While I abhor the way humankind treats the animals on the planet, and how they are treated as a commodity rather than a sentient being.  It’s good to see that research is now supporting what many of us already know, that insects have emotions and sentience, as do plants and trees.

I do believe that as Robin Wall Kimmer states so wisely in her @onbeing interview,  we should be aiming for a reciprocal relationship with the world around us.  I love that idea!  It takes sustainability to the next level.

Lavender Bees

Lavender Bees

If we work to look after bees and their environment, it becomes a collaboration with them. In taking this reciprocal approach, we can create a better world, for everything – plants, animals and humans. We just need to start asking, how can we contribute – what do we have to give?

When we are not doing this, which we can see reflected in much of the world around us right now, we are out of balance with the natural world around us.

I am thankful for my Ethical Healing Beeswax, from happy bees that share their wares with us. And I hope that we, in turn, can share and work to protect them and their environments and well-being.

We can do this, by asking ourselves how we can contribute to living in a ‘Reciprocal’ way with the world around us. Can this be reflected in our daily decisions  i.e. buying heritage seeds, not supporting/using monsanto products, doing bio-dynamic gardening, growing flowers and plants that bees love.

In doing so, we take conscious steps, to live in a conscious way –  in balance and harmony with the world around us.

I do have two vegan products:
Bedouin’s Charm: Comfrey+Coconut+Grapefruit Body/Bath Oil
Eternal Serenity: Comfrey+Hemp+Argan Face Oil

And the products that contain Organic/ Ethically sourced Beeswax:
Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment
Sadhu Rose: Rose+Comfrey Ointment

Note:
All my products and ingredients are Cruelty-free, and not tested on any animals (only myself, and consenting family and friends).

Further Reading:
The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man

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Keeping Cool in the Australian Heat with Guilt Free Ice Cream, and Cold Soup

Gosh, I am not sure if I am the only one on the side of the equator that is over the heat already. Struggling to keep cool (Sadly, I don’t have air conditioning), turning on the stove to cook, is the last thing on my mind.

Luckily these few guilt-free food options that are prepared in all of a few minutes with little mess, are my main sustenance right now. So get out your hand blender and be prepared to keep your cool:

Guilt Free, Yummy Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

1 or 2, Frozen bananas
A dash of vegan milk
A tablespoon of nut butter
A tablespoon raw cacao
Option items: Goji berries, a pinch of Cinnamon, Coconut milk/ cream, Cacao nibs, vanilla essence.

Put in the blender and enjoy!

I know, this recipe was in a recent post on the benefits of cooking with herbs, yet, worth adding again:

Frozen Pea & Avocado Soup

Cold Pea Soup

Cold Pea Soup

Cup of frozen peas, few leaves of Spearmint, a few slices of onion, half an avocado, cup and half of almond milk and a grind of Himalayan rock salt + Black pepper.  Blend ingredients in food processor and enjoy!  (it’s like a healthy pea avocado ice cream).

On top of this, I’ve been keeping some Grapes in the Freezer, perfect snacks.  Eating plenty of Fresh Fruit.

And keeping hydrated with my favourite Beverage: Iced Tea

I’ve Been drinking Sensado’s Bodyguard Tea – but any herbal blend will work. It is easy to prepare. Just boil it up. Once it’s cooled put it in a bottle, and keep it in the fridge. I love adding a few ice cubes and slices of Lemon or Orange.

Strangely, I used to be a complete beach person, and loved the heat – now here I am secretly wishing away my summer.  With today being a lovely 38 degrees, I am going to use this as the perfect excuse to go and make myself more ice cream.

So, how are you keeping cool??

 

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Daily Herbal Habit #5 Cooking with Herbs

I know, I only recently did a post about drinking herbs. But let’s be honest herbs as good for eating as they are for drinking. Hence, you can reap the benefits and taste through cooking with our herbal allies.

Magic aren’t they, our most lovely green garden companions. In this post, I am going to both introduce you to some new herbs and finish by sharing quick easy recipes.

To give you a big of a background to our current food climate; we once ate a decent amount of fat. And if you’re over 30 you will remember that everyone cooked with butter or lard, and ate a meat dinner with a few vegetables on the side.

Fast forward 50 years, yes folks, it wasn’t that long ago. The judgment went out that fat was bad for us, and a whole new ‘low fat’ food fad was born. (little off topic, but bear with me on this)

To compensate for the lack of taste that fat had provided, food manufacturers started adding sugar/ salts to food. Sugar tricks the brains receptors into thinking you’re still hungry – so you eat more….. which of course also means you buy more. On top of that, it is both highly addictive and literally stupefying.

The fact is that ‘Low fat’ foods are highly processed and much harder for our body to digest and break down. Best where possible, to ditch the food that is low-fat or full of sugar/glucose/additives. Eat real food that is as close to its natural state as possible, and we reap the nutrient energy and rewards.

If we need flavour, we can cook with herbs!  They’re full of flavour and known to pack a great deal of nutrients, vitamins and additional benefits that you won’t find in sugar, flavours of fake additives.

Here are a few of my favourite herbs and their benefits (for Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme, Sage and health benefits please see my previous blog post).

Spearmint

Spearmint

Peppermint/Spearmint: Both are related and have similar properties. Can be used for fresh breath, digestive system, cramps, gas, colic, irritated bowel, headaches, and pain. They are antioxidant and have trace elements of vitamin A, B, C as well as copper and potassium.

Dill: Has a rich history, used as a painkiller by the early Egyptians, with a Norse name meaning ‘to soothe. It’s a valuable stomach remedy for calming the nerves, cramps, stomach and digestion. It is also antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. As for vitamins and minerals, it has; vitamin A and C, iron, and manganese

Coriander (Cilantro): Used for thousands of years and mainly classed as an aphrodisiac – this may explain why you’d be feeling a little extra saucy after some Mexican food. It is also, however, great for bloating, cramps, spasms, nervous tension, stomach issues lowering cholesterol and managing blood sugar levels.  It is also rich in Vitamin C and K,  protein, and trace elements of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, thiamin, niacin and carotene.

Cardamom Seeds: One of the oldest spices in the world, especially popular in Asia, where it’s used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat asthma, bronchitis and kidney stones. In China, it’s used as a tonic and for urinary issues. It is an antioxidant, detoxifier and is noted also for providing relief for indigestion, cramps, and gas.  It is full of vitamin and minerals, most notably Vitamin C, iron, niacin, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.

Sweet Basil: Once used by the ancient Romans to relieve gas, as a diuretic, counteract poisoning, and stimulate breast milk. No wonder it can be found in so many Italian dishes. Of course, some of this is true as it kills intestinal worms, relieves digestive issues, cramps, nausea and vomiting. As it has a mildly sedative action it can be used to address irritability, anxiety, fatigue, and depression. It’s an antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-cancer and has vitamin A, K, and C, as well as the mineral Manganese.

Garlic: What can I say, its benefits are so powerful it can even stop a vampire in its tracks. It’s an antibiotic, anti-diabetic, expels worms, lowers blood pressure and reduces blood clotting. It has vitamins A, B, C, E and the mineral Selenium.  And is especially good for Cold and flu remedies, circulation issues and infections. To make the most of its super powers, be sure to eat it raw!

As you can see these magical herbs pack a nifty nutritional punch, as well as an amazing amount of flavour.

Here a few great tasting recipes that are made with these beneficial herbs:

Wild Rice Salad:
Cook up some Wild Rice, with a few cardamom pods (I open these up and take the seeds out).  Add whatever salad items you have in the fridge at the time: Celery, Cucumber, tomato, and red bell pepper.  For the herbs, you can add either Dill / Coriander.  Finish off with some quality Olive oil and spritz of Braggs if needed.

Watermelon Salad
Chop up watermelon; mix with finely chopped Basil and Balsamic vinegar.

Fruit Salad:
Cut up whatever fruit you have available, make dressing from cut up mint/ spearmint and passion-fruit to cover rest of fruit and mix well.

Cold Pea Soup

Cold Pea Soup

Cold Pea Soup (this is what I live on in the Australian heat)
Cup of frozen peas, few leaves of Spearmint, a few slices of onion, half an avocado, cup and half of almond milk and a grind of Himalayan rock salt + Black pepper.  Blend ingredients in food processor and enjoy!  (it’s like a healthy pea avocado ice cream).

Scrambled eggs
Are easy to make, and always super delicious with any herbs, my favourites to add are either Garlic/ Rosemary/ Sage/ Thyme/ or Chives.

Scrambled Tofu
Sauté some onion, mushroom, Garlic and red pepper slices, once browned add the broken up tofu (just crumble in chunks with hands), add Turmeric, curry powder, cumin and Braggs amino acids.  Cook until the colour and flavour has gone into the tofu. Finish it off with add a handful of Coriander, cook an extra minute and presto – enjoy.

Salad with Roast Vegetables
Roast whatever you enjoy and have available sweet potato, pumpkin, onion, Garlic, mushroom, carrot, potatoes, peppers etc.  Be sure to cover in a good dash of olive oil, Rosemary, thyme and a grind of Himalayan rock salt + Black pepper. Prepare a Green salad with Green leaves of choice, celery, cucumber and a few slices of avocado. Top with the Roast vegetables can further add a sprinkle of feta/ pumpkin seeds, Braggs and Olive oil as needed.

Rosemary

Rosemary

These are just a few of the basics, just have a play around – and next time you are cooking, what herbs can you add to bring some extra flavour to the dish? Taking your average meal from ordinary to extraordinary!

If you have a stellar recipe or tips to share I’d love to hear them, the only thing I like as much as cooking is the eating – and always happy to try a new recipe!

 

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Daily Herbal Habit #4 Herbal Tea

I admit I like the occasional coffee, and of course, I am without a doubt addicted to yerba mate (see the previous post for details), which is my staple go to tea.  And yet the first thing in the morning when I wake up I’ve gotten into a new daily herbal habit, and that’s a Fresh Herb tea.

Brewing some Sage & Parsley

And by this, I don’t mean I open a box, and plop a bag in hot water… Er no, I head out to the garden to see what is blooming, take a few leaves pop them in hot water and steep for 10+ minutes.   I guess the correct technical term would be infusion – yet I prefer tea.

What you may not know is how beneficial and healing these small herbal green leafed garden companions are. I’ve compiled a small list of what I have growing, in a very small space, with minimal effort, and yet maximum benefits:

Sage is an undervalued herb, there is a medieval saying that says ‘why should a man die while he grows sage in his garden’.  It’s all in the name sage of course also means wise, but its Latin name comes from salvare, which means ‘to save’.

It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial and it clears mucus and reduces sweating. It’s said to prevent diabetes and is incredibly beneficial in treating fevers and colds, sore throat, asthma and headaches as well as indigestion and gastrointestinal upsets. So next time you feel a cold coming on, brew up some sage, mix in some honey and your good to go!

Parsley is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and minerals and is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It’s also a diuretic – which means it relieves water retention.  This is great to drink or chew on after a garlicky meal as it also refreshes the mouth and breath,  this may be the original reason it made its way on our plates as a garnish.

You can also find Rosemary Essential Oil in Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment

 Rosemary: One of my personal favourites, It was most popular in ancient Rome, it’s prolific and easy to grow, which is why you can spot it in many home gardens (so if you don’t have any, go pick someone else’s, give it a good wash in case they sprayed it).  It not only boosts your memory but also your brain power and can clear a headache. It is an antioxidant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, stimulates poor circulation as well as being restorative and uplifting.

Thyme Culpeper noted it to be a strengthener of the lungs.  Is antiseptic, antioxidant, tonic,  antispasmodic – which means it relieves muscle spasms and was often used to expel worms.  It’s the herb to go to for asthma, coughing, whooping cough, bronchitis or hay fever.

 Peppermint: Is great for the digestion, relieves muscle spasms, has a cooling effect and yet increases

Herbs planted around the Comfrey are booming! Great companion plant!

sweating.  It’s particularly good for irritable bowel syndrome or sensitive stomachs as it increases the digestive juices, yet relaxes the stomach muscles and relieves cramps, colic and gas.

And these, are just a few of the simple garden herbs, filled with such magic – be sure to look into what you have growing in your garden.  Who knew you had such a delicious, beautiful green and affordable pharmacy right outside.

For those like their tea blended for them be sure to check out the Tea Master healthy blends over at Sensado.  More than anything, sit back, enjoy the taste and reap all the benefits of a good cup of Herbal Tea!

And for those who are still not sold on the benefits of tea, and love your coffee, here is a great post over at Healthy Ambition regarding the benefits of coffee.

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Wayfarers Magic: All Purpose Comfrey Ointment

Comfrey Plant

Comfrey Plant

So once upon a time, I was busy travelling around Australia, when I had the opportunity to spend some time on a Comfrey Farm on French Island.  And it was here that I learnt, saw and experienced first hand many of the benefits of comfrey. From being used in permaculture as a companion plant or fertiliser to brewing ointments that relieved me of my long-standing RSI (repetitive strain injury), insect bites, calluses and muscle strain (yes, farm work is hard).

I literally saw bruises, strains and muscles heal overnight and the more I read the research I realised how miraculous this plant was, and I was surprised at how little was known or published about it.

As I left the farm, I was enthralled and went on to study more herblore to better understand what else would relieve Arthritis, which my mother has, as well as keep my own RSI and varicose veins at bay.  In an all natural – ‘no need to see a doctor kind of way’.  I also researched the essential oils, as well as the properties of Cocoa and Shea Butter, all which make up the

As well as this I researched the essential oils, as well as the properties of Cocoa and Shea Butter, all which make up the Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment product that I have today.

Comfrey is much more than just a traveller’s talisman. Hence I’ve given the Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment the term ‘All-purpose’, this is largely thanks to my own testing of it on everything and anything that might come up.

I’ve relieved and helped heal my aching and tired Muscles, Insect bites, Burns, RSI, Varicose Vein and Trauma injuries. When I fell off my bike I raced (well ok, cried all the way home) covered the injuries with Comfrey and the next day I had no pain or swelling at all.   When I’d splashed boiling oil onto my wrist – I was dreading the blisters and scars it might leave as my skin turned a shocking red, I quickly

One day, I accidentally splashed boiling oil onto my wrist, I was dreading the blisters as I saw the skin starting to swell, and scars it might leave, I quickly slathered on the comfrey ointment, intermittently exchanging it with a cooling leaf of Aloe vera for half an hour – covered again it in comfrey, before applying a bandage and cooling pack. The next morning there was no sign I’d been burnt – not the slightest of marks.  This to me gives new meaning to the term ‘All Purpose’.

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment

The biggest thrill for me  is seeing and hearing the stories from people who have bought and are using the ointment, telling me of their relief from Arthritis, Back pain, Fractures, Broken bones, Tennis elbow, RSI, Plantar Fasciitis. One lady uses it as a hand cream saying she loved it as it felt great and significantly reduced her age spots. Another told me that it’s provided relief from Psoriasis, (to heal psoriasis the diet and stress management also needs to be addressed), it can calm the pain, irritation and inflammation of the skin.

I also have to give each herb in the Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment some deep love and appreciation, while Comfrey is just magic; there are some other key players I’d also like to introduce you to, as my Comfrey Base blend also consists of:

  • Yarrow: The lovely herbs claim to fame was that Achilles reputedly used it to heal his wounds after battle, with the nickname of ‘nosebleed’, for you guessed it stopping nosebleeds.  No doubt thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and astringent properties.
  • Burdock: Is one of the most detoxifying herbs, and has both Antiseptic and antibiotic qualities. Particularly renowned for skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis for it’s calming and detoxing effects. Also has been proven to reduce the signs of ageing as it also supports the cell rejuvenation.
  • Devils Claw: has been used to provide relief internally and externally for Gout, Arthritis both rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis as well as Swollen inflamed joints. And externally for Boils, Skin sores and Skin cancer.
  • Horsetail: Has incredibly high silica content it is also reputed to speed up the repair of damaged tissue and skin elasticity, providing relief and healing of arthritic problems, eczema, psoriasis, sprains and fractures.
  • Calendula:  Another amazing little herb that is a must in any herbal medicine cabinet. It is an ideal remedy for inflamed skin, and has soothing, healing and antiseptic properties. Traditionally used to speed up the healing of or sooth; cuts, scrapes inflamed skin, sunburn and minor burns.
  • Essential Oils that I’ve chosen (Frankincense, Juniper, Cedar wood, Rosemary, Bergamot, Clary Sageand Lavender) are all beneficial for the skin in that they protect, embalm, disinfect sooth, calm, moisturise and are both anti-spasmodic and anti inflammatory.
Comfrey Leaf

Comfrey leaf

Together this blend of organic herbs and healing local beeswax and organic Cocoa and Shea butter,  works to provide relief on all levels be it as a simple nourishing hand cream to speeding up the recover of a traumatic injury or irritated inflated skin or joints – it supports the bodies natural healing process.

I always suggest it best to apply a few times during the day, and especially at night before going to sleep. This is the 8 hours our body uses to heal itself and I believe these herbs work with our body while it’s sleeping to hasten the healing process.

Click here to learn more or try the Wayfarers Magic’: Comfrey Ointment, and use the discount code allpurpose when checking out for a 20% discount valid until the end of January 2017.

“I have been using the Comfrey Ointment for my Plantar Fasciitis for over 7 weeks now, together with the ice packs, stretches and massaging the ointment in both morning and night. My doctor told me it would be a long healing process that could take up to 2 years. I’ve had it since the beginning of October and now in mid-January all the pain, symptoms and discomforts have disappeared. I am normally very suspicious about this claims or testimonials, however this comfrey ointment has certainly worked miracles for me.”

ineke
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Top 5 ways to support Arthritis Naturally

Yes, it’s ironic, that I’d be writing about Natural Arthritis Prevention and management when my “Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment”, provides relief to Arthritis.

Yet,  I’d prefer to prevent Arthritis than manage the symptoms of it. Wouldn’t we all prefer a happy pain-free world for everyone at whatever age?

As Hippocrates, once said ‘Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food’, and there was never truer words spoken. And it’s these words that play in my mind as I continually educate myself on good health and well-being.

Friday Bingo

Friday Bingo

When I volunteered at an aged care home in Buenos Aires, I was in charge of Friday’s bingo and had the honour of meeting Betty* (* name has been changed to protect the not so innocent).  Betty had been married, must’ve and still was a stunner – she captured my imagination with the stories of the wild escapades of her youth.  Sure, skinny dipping in the river with a bunch of girlfriends might not be shocking now, it certainly was back in the 1930’s.

Betty had been married, must’ve and still was a stunner – she captured my imagination with the stories of the wild escapades of her youth.  Sure, skinny dipping in the river with a bunch of girlfriends might not be shocking now, it certainly was back in the 1930’s.

She was independent, strong and positive, the only thing that bothered her was her Rheumatoid Arthritis. She often spoke of her inability to hold a pen to write to her 3 grandchildren living in the USA, and wasn’t able to knit as she’d done all her life.

I wish I knew more about Arthritis then, and if she were still around this is the advice I’d be giving her:

Manage and Prevent Arthritis by following these simple steps:

  1. Keep hydrated, drink water – this is what keeps the fluid in our body well oiled, and rids our body of waste products that otherwise contribute to the Arthritic inflammation.
  2. TurmericEat beneficial spices such as Turmeric to your diet wherever you can, this earlier post explains how. Ginger also calms inflammations as does Cinnamon.
  3. Make sure you are getting your Omega 3-6-9, either through eating Fish, Flaxseed/ Olive Oil or Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil which is the best oil for all three Omegas.
  4. Eat enough veggies & Fruit: Preferably organic or home grown, especially berries for antioxidants, citrus fruit or kiwi for vitamin C, broccoli, dark green veggies as well as squash, carrots and apricots:
    • – Organic is preferred, as it is free of chemical pesticides, it also has more nutrients and minerals from the soil for our body so it can more readily renew our cellar tissue.
  5. Avoid Coffee, Alcohol, Smoking, food additives and Sugar-
    – These either stop the nutrients you need from being absorbed in your body, which you need for cell renewal, or they directly help to cause the inflammation.

Yes, I would also gift Betty a jar of my “Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment”, as an adventurous traveller I have no doubt she’d have loved the name and the opportunity to use it.

More than that, I’d have like to see her on a healthier diet that was able to manage/prevent the pain caused to her by Arthritis. If nothing else so she’d be able to write her grandchildren without needing to dictate her innermost thoughts and affections for them through another.

Highly recommend this book if you’d like to know more: The Autoimmune Fix

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Herbal Habit #3 Turmeric

Turmeric is beyond beneficial, and something that I attempt to work into my diet at every possibility. This is due to its active constituent, Curcumin. Research has shown that Curcumin is beneficial as a;

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory:
  • Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
  • Antiviral
  • Prevention of Blood Clotting
  • Anti-depressant
  • Destroyer of cancer cells
  • Regulator of both Blood sugar + Cholesterol

Wow,  now that is a pretty amazing herb….

Did you know, heating it, with a bit of black pepper that its power goes up over 2000%? This, and eating it with protein increases its bioavailability, that is the means that the ability the body has to absorb all the benefits of Turmeric.

I do believe those curry eating Indians are on to something!  Indians have also been using Turmeric in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years – and it is only now taking the Western world by storm.

As soon as I realised the benefits of turmeric, I started looking for the best ways to integrate it into my diet. I prefer natural intake of nutrients over supplements.  It took some time, yet it’s now become an integral part of my diet. Here are a few of my favourite ways to use it;

I keep a jar of ready to go Turmeric (heated Turmeric with a pinch of cracked black pepper) in my spice cabinet. Ready to add to:
Cold_recipe

  • Smoothies
  • Coconut/ Olive oil salad dressing
  • Scrambled eggs or tofu
  • Sprinkled on an avocado
  • In my morning hot water with lemon, honey
  • Ginger + Turmeric Tea

Coconut Fried Kale
½ bunch of chopped Organic Kale
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp Shredded Coconut (sugarless)
3 tbsp Pumpkin seeds
1 tsp Nutritional Yeast (the yeast I use is listed here)
1 tsp Turmeric + pepper
Heat oil in a skillet, add the turmeric + yeast, throw in the kale and fry a little – add more yeast or turmeric as required.  Brown, until soft and a bit crispy, stir in the shredded coconut. Serve with topped pumpkin seeds.

And my all time favourite recipe:

Golden Turmeric Milk
2/3 cup organic almond milk
1/3 cup coconut cream
½ tsp Turmeric + black pepper
Plus a dash of Ginger powder, Cardamom seeds/ powder, Anise Star, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Heat for 5-10 mins on a low heat.  Take off the heat, stir in some raw honey and serve.

Super delicious! Healthy and easy to make.

EternalSerenity004It’s also fabulous for the skin as it’s both nourishing and gives the skin a healthy glow. Which is why I add a few drops of Turmeric Essential Oil to my Eternal Serenity Face Oil.

So give it a try by adding Turmeric to your diet. If you do choose to use supplements, please buy them with the black pepper added, and take when eating protein for the best absorption.

If you buy the herb itself please buy the organic variety, fresh or from a health store near you, or online Australian Shops such as:
Doorstep Organics
Santos Organics
Honest to Goodness

If you’d like to research it further, please check out these resources:

Health Ambition
University of Maryland Medical Centre
Dr Axe
Banyan Botanicals 

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Let’s live a Long Life with Good Health

Me, I’d rather have quality over quantity – I’d rather live to be 60 and have a full healthy life than to 100 and spend most of it in care – however it’s not either / or, I believe you can have both.  The healthy decisions I make now are largely driven by my desire to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible, for an optimal long healthy + happy life :)  Why not….

So this brings me to the latest book I am reading the The Autoimmune Fix, by Tom O’Bryan – and I started out thinking that I don’t have an Auto-immune disease so it wasn’t relevant to me. However it is, as its full of factual information on how our body works and how and why it starts to degenerate – and then how we can stop that happening.  And Auto-immune is broader than you think, it’s anytime your immune system jumps into action, when it doesn’t really need to – and simplified if it is always in affect it can lead to gluten intolerance, headaches, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and even cancer.  So being pro-active with what my body needs now, could keep this body suit and brain in an optimal state of being for longer and further – which sounds good to me.

A few action steps I’m already taking is to have introduced pro-biotic foods into my diet, think fermented foods, and cut out dairy and gluten while adding some healthy fat, think coconut oil, nuts and avocados.  And I am only part way through the book, so I will keep you up-to-date on that.

I do know as times being health can feel like an effort a cost etc., however I also know that our body and good health is worth it and priceless! We, You and me are worth it.  And it’s only a week and my energy is up, the blobby fat around my middle is falling away and brain is clearing out of it’s foggy existence, and I am ready to roar.

Some of this information as it’s all quite new, and rocks the status quo a little in that as it’s based on a healthier diets which big pharma doesn’t For those interested, Tom O’Bryan is hosting a series of interviews of medical experts discussing all of this in the Betrayal Series click here, sign up it’s free and starts today. 

The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease. Book Can be found here…..