• Mind & Body,  Nutrition

    Eating seasonally

    In my last post I talked about living more in tune with the seasons (if you haven’t yet you can read it here). As part of this I feel that eating seasonally or eating for the seasons goes hand in hand with listening to your body and working with nature. What is eating seasonally? What does eating seasonally mean? Eating seasonally is choosing fruits and vegetables that are naturally growing at certain times of year. Just because something is being sold at your local supermarket does not mean that it would naturally be growing at that time of year. We are living in a time of convenience and consumerism where…

  • Living in rhythm with the seasons
    Mind & Body,  Mindfulness,  Nutrition

    Living with the seasons

    I have felt pretty pleased with myself the last couple of years on how I’ve changed my attitude towards winter and the darker months. I used to dread them, I’d go as far as to say ‘hate them with a passion’, but this left me wishing away huge chunks of time (and my life) pining for Spring, daylight and warmer days. Instead of waking up and dreading the dark I started to appreciate waking up to the stars, the moon, running in the dark and feeling like the only person in the world, getting to see those dramatic winter sunrises, and the patterns the frost makes. Finding the tiny little…

  • CBD Oil for Pain and other health benefits
    Holistically,  Pain Relief

    Using CBD oil for pain relief ( + it’s other healing benefits)

    I have been using cbd myself for nearly a year now. CBD oil has been pretty big in the news lately and it has become a bit of a ‘thing’ in health & wellness too. While it may be a trend for some, cbd oil is something I have found to help greatly with many of the symptoms of my chronic illness. Most notably muscle and joint pain. I suffer from M.E and Fibromyalgia. In this post I’m going to cover my own experience with cbd, how to start taking it, and all of the health benefits of cbd oil. What is CBD oil? CBD is an oil made from…

  • Reconnecting with yourself after a serious illness
    Mind & Body,  Mindfulness

    Get reconnected to yourself ; to your body, intuition & purpose

    When we are struggling with big emotions, problems, or things in life aren’t going well or really resonating with you as a person, it is often our response to block or numb ourselves to the problem, instead of facing it. Personally, for me, I lost my way. I fell into a job in my 20’s that wasn’t ‘me’, a series of terrible relationships the last of which was terribly toxic yet I couldn’t see it (hindsight is a beautiful thing!)… and my coping mechanism for all of this was to mindlessly shop, and spend my nights partying. Ironically, when times are the worst we often neglect self-care practices (if they…

  • Superpowers of Green Tea
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    The Superpowers of green tea | Green teas many benefits

    Anyone who has tried Green tea will tell you it’s an acquired taste, but one that you can grow to love… and I can attest to that personally! I can also tell you that Green teas many benefits are worth its slight bitter taste. There are many different brands of green tea, so if it is something you struggle to enjoy I would suggest maybe experimenting with different varieties to start until you find one that suits you. Try going for one that is described as ‘light’, as these tend to have a less strong green taste! I drink Green tea every day, at least two cups, as part of…

  • Herbs for fighting seasonal blues
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Herbs for fighting seasonal blues | SAD

    As it’s nearing the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere at least), it’s just four days away as I write this, it seemed like an appropriate time to cover Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). When the amount of sunlight we get is at an all time low it can have a huge impact on your life. These are all the herbs for fighting seasonal blues that you can use daily throughout the winter season. What are the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder? Unless you know you suffer from seasonal disorder it isn’t always easy to diagnose. A lack of sunlight (and vitamin D)…

  • Tips on how to quiet an anxious mind
    Herbal Remedies,  Mindfulness

    How to quiet an anxious mind

    Whether anxiety and depression are becoming a lot more common thanks to social media, comparison complex and people feeling like they need to do all the things, or it’s just that people are more open in talking about their problems.. they are two big and scary topics. Although I don’t have full blown anxiety attacks myself, during my time with my chronic illness I have definitely dealt with bouts of depression, and moments [*read days] of feeling anxious and like things aren’t in my control. It can be a scary and confusing thing. A state you often don’t realise you entered until you are in the think of it! Today…

  • How I stay grounded
    Holistically,  Mind & Body

    Staying grounded | How I work to stay grounded

    If you don’t check in with yourself and how you’re feeling on a regular basis it’s easy to get lost in our busy lives and everything going on. Staying grounded is especially important if you are a sensitive person that picks up on others emotions and energies, and the environment around you. For myself, as a creative person and constant over thinker, it’s easy to get lost daydreaming, lost in my thoughts, instead of being present and in my body. Loosing the connection with your physical body means you start to lose touch with your gut instincts, your intuition, your digestive system and nervous system. You can become numb to…

  • Natural cold and flu remedies
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Natural Cold & Flu remedies

    Autumn is most definitely the start of cold and flu season.. Last week I covered cold and flu prevention. The next step is natural remedies for cold and flu for when the germs get the better of you. So here are all the bases you need to cover to help your body fight germs and help you feel as well as possible. Nutrition What you feed tour body in important always. But even more so when you are run down and your body is fighting to get you healthy. You need to be eating good whole foods that are high in vitamins C, E, A, Selenium, Zinc, B6, and Omega-6.…

  • Natural cold and flu remedies
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Natural Cold and Flu prevention

    It’s that time of year as summer turns to autumn, when it feels like the weather can’t decide what it’s doing. With the weather turning hot to cold on a whim it becomes more likely that you will start with a cold. If you haven’t already had your first cold of the season, then dodging the coughs and sneezes of those around you can feel like an obstacle course. So here are all the Cold and Flu prevention things you can do naturally to help your body protect itself… and hopefully stave off those nasty germs!! How your body protects you Your body is already very good at its job…