Reduce stress with Bach Flowers

Bach Flowers
Bach Flowers

Bach Flowers are gentle, they have no known side-effects, and they can be taken along with conventional medicine without fear of complicated drug interactions.

The real beauty of Bach Flowers is that they were intended to be available to everyone as a healing tool. You get the opportunity to take charge of your own health and well-being by choosing the Bach Flowers that feel right for you. All it takes is honesty and careful reflection on what type of person you are, and how you are feeling at this point in time.

ACTUAL CASES

Below are a few of my clients’ cases to show how effective Bach Flowers can be to reduce stress:

  • Grandmother, aged 55, whose main complaint was being terrified of flying. She had to go overseas on a long trip with her husband. I gave her a bottle of Bach Flowers that contained Mimulus, Aspen and Rock Rose. RESULT: she was able to make the return trip without any panic attacks.
  • Female, aged 33, given to blushing and this was causing her stress in her job in a front office. I gave her a bottle of Bach Flowers containing Mimulus and , after the second bottle, she reported that the blushing no longer occurred! She was thrilled.
  • Female, aged 32, awoke daily feeling tired from the prospect of life’s daily chores. She was able to get up and complete the chores, but only with the most reluctant of moods and very low energy. I gave her a bottle of Bach Flowers containing Hornbeam and her energy lifted and she was able to get up each day feeling lighter in spirits, and better able to cope.
  • Male, aged 40, reported that he often descended into a dark depressive state. He said his mind was restless with thoughts ceaselessly flowing about. He was also feeling quite angry. I gave him a mixture of Holly, White Chestnut and Mustard. He reported that his mood had lifted, and half-way through the second bottle, he said he felt so much better that he “felt I did not need it anymore”
  • Female, aged 35, had a known fear of walking through any group of people. She would cross the street to avoid a queue at the bustop. I gave her a bottle containing Mimulus, and after 2 bottles, she was able to walk straight through without any hesitation. She said she also felt more at ease walking into a cafe by herself, which she previously could not do!

A brief description of each Bach Flower is on this page.
When you are ready to make your selection and purchase, pop into my shop

Benefit of Probiotics

Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are essential for creating a healthy functioning digestive AND immune system.  The human gut is an ecosystem with trillions of bacteria performing beneficial functions such as:

  • cleaning and maintaining the digestive tract;
  • breakdown foods and assisting with assimilation of nutrients;
  • manufacture of B vitamins;
  • fighting disease causing pathogenic bacteria; and
  • dynamic interaction with both the innate and the adaptive immune system.  It has been found that when one or more steps in this communication fail,  inflammatory or auto-immune diseases may occur. (1)

For a healthy immune system your body must have adequate balanced population of the beneficial bacteria.

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM is OUT OF BALANCE?

Common signs of imbalance are

  • Allergies
  • Fatigue;
  • Poor concentration;
  • Constipation;
  • Acid Reflux;
  • Painful Joints;
  • Bad Breath;
  • Frequent Colds and Flu that linger for weeks;
  • Candida overgrowth;
  • Acne;
  • Eczema; and
  • Menstrual symptoms

WHAT CAUSES THE IMBALANCE?

Generally the beneficial bacteria are killed by Antibiotics, Steroids, Fluoride and Chlorine (present in our tap water), Caffeine (present in tea and coffee), Carbonated drinks (drinks that are carbonated by adding gas), radiation, stress, preservatives and pesticides.  Most of us have been subjected to most of these substances at some time, often on an ongoing basis, so it stands to reason that the majority of people have digestive systems that are in need of some repair.

A poor diet causes harmful microbes to flourish – leading to a range of unpleasant and debilitating symptoms such as digestive pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, headaches.  A healthy diet that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual is the basis of good health.  Probiotics can help re-establish the microbiome in the gut – but of course, healthy diet is essential to maintain the right environment in the gut for beneficial microbes to prosper.

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS

I just read about the findings published in Nov2106 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine by researchers McKean J, Naug H, Nikbakht E, Amiet B, and Colson N.J. from The School of Medical Science, Griffith University, Gold Coast and The Menzies Health Institute , Gold Coast.(2)

These researchers  analysed seven randomised, placebo-controlled studies which investigated pre-clinical psychological symptoms of depression, anxiety, and perceived stress in healthy volunteers pre- and post-supplementation with a probiotic. The  results “show that probiotic consumption may have a positive effect on psychological symptoms of depression.”

So, not only do probiotics help to normalise the environment of the digestive system for digestive purposes, probiotics also have the potential to alleviate symptoms of stress and mood disorders.

HOW TO INTRODUCE BENEFICIAL BACTERIA SAFELY

There are a large number of probiotic powders and capsules in the market these days.  It can be tricky to work out which one is best for you.  There have been a number of research projects and studies in recent years attempting to ascertain which bacteria are best for which health problems.  It is also important to know that some beneficial organisms may actually exacerbate your health problem so a consultation with your qualified natural health practitioner will guide you to make the choice that is best for you.

Taking probiotics is only going to be beneficial in the long term if the health of the gut is being maintained with nutritious balanced food choices and regular (daily) waste removal via the bowels.

BOOK your HEALTH CONSULTATION NOW : Phone 0448 287 621

Blue Lotus Teas – Sweet Dreams

SWEET DREAMS- Organic Herbal Tea
SWEET DREAMS – Organic Herbal Tea

 

Sweet Dreams is one of our best sellers.
This tea contains Lime Flowers, Chamomile, Licorice and Lavender flowers. These herbs have traditionally been used for their soothing calming properties.

Whilst we cannot make any claims for health benefits, we have many happy customers who love this blend.

If you would like to purchase a packet, please visit the store.

Fatigue and You

Fatigue and You

fatigueIt’s 3pm Tuesday and you’re feeling tired. You’d love to lay down and close your eyes for a bit but it’s another busy day, full of demands on your time. You head to the kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee. And perhaps have a biscuit to pick you up.   You sip the drink and start to feel the pick-me-up take effect as you focus yourself to finish the current task and get onto the next one.

It’s 6pm and you’re too tired to cook. Perhaps you’ll skip dinner tonight or maybe you’ll go for takeaway, after all it is half-price Tuesday.

It’s 9:30pm and you’re in bed, wanting to sleep, but you lay there awake. Mind churning going over the day’s events and planning tomorrow, body restless. An hour passes. You fall asleep. 2am you awaken, suddenly alert. You head for the loo to empty your suddenly full bladder. Back to bed, you lay awake for another hour or two before falling into a deep sleep. Awoken with a jolt by the alarm the new day begins. You wonder how on earth you’re going to get through yet another day but you force yourself to get up and get going, kick starting the day with a hit of caffeine and no time for breakfast.

Sound familiar?

What’s really going on here is the cycle of uppers (caffeine and sugar) followed by energy slumps that is actually making your body more fatigued and less capable of dealing with everyday situations. You have been exhausting your adrenals, depleting your nervous and immune system and compromising proper digestive function.

Caffeine (in coffee, tea, energy drinks, cola drinks) lifts our energy briefly because it signals the pituitary to tell the adrenals to release adrenalin and cortisol into our system. Adrenalin makes us feel alert and ready to act with speed and power, cortisol signals liver to release extra glucose into the system giving us the extra oomph to run away from a raging bull or fight off an opponent with our bare fists. The biscuit / chocolate / lolly floods our system with sugar but the cortisol has already initiated an increase of glucose in the blood. Sugar overload! Pancreas releases insulin so the body can process all that extra sugar. Not really the kind of body response we need to get through another busy day sitting on our office chair! OK maybe there are times when that caffeine comes in handy, but if we are having 2 or 3 or 4 cups every day over time, what we are really doing to our system is exhausting our adrenals and depleting the feel good chemicals in our brains. This affects our ability to sleep, it affects our moods, it affects our metabolism and before we know it we are gaining weight, feeling tired all the time and not coping with our life.

How better to cope with fatigue?

Eat a balanced diet with adequate proteins, lots of quality mixed vegetables and salads, minimal starches and sugars, and adequate supply of healthy fats. Reduce caffeine, increase fresh water to 2L per day, herbal teas make a great addition to your diet and have health benefits for all body systems.

If you have that afternoon energy slump, take a 10minute break – short walk and deep breathing, or stretching and rhythmic breathing. Drink a glass of water.

If you would like guidance on how to improve your health and energy levels, make an appointment with Michele Ph: 0448 287 621.