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Mother’s Day Twilight Fete – Woodroffe

Come on down to the Woodroffe Primary School on Friday 11th May 5:30-7:30pm!!!

You can grab a bite to eat, check out the stalls & maybe even some gorgeous organic herbal tea for your mum to enjoy!!

Very affordable gifts for anyone to enjoy!!!

Love to see you there….5:30-7:30pm Friday 11th May,

Woodroffe Primary School on Woodroffe ave. Woodroffe.

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How’s Your Thyroid???

Thyroid imbalances are one of the key hormone imbalances which I see regularly in my clinic…..particularly in women. Often your doctor will only do the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test & often reports back that all is in range & honky dory.

Photo by Tanja Heffner, Unsplash

Just because your TSH is in range, doesn’t mean your thyroid is balanced & “A OK”.  As a naturopath I like look furthter at the freeT3 & freeT4 results…& possibly various antibodies & reverse T3 to ensure all is good.

There are many symptoms of hyper/hypothyroid…here are a few listed below, but seeing a naturopath to help identify what is really going on is soo important. Many health concerns can look similar…that’s why we take a full history to put the pieces together:

  • unexplained weight gain/loss
  • heart palpitations, trembling
  • shortness of breath
  • sensitive to cold or  heat
  • infertility
  • fatigue
  • muscle weakness or tenderness
  • changes in bowel motions
  • depression
  • poor concentration & memory
  • insomnia
  • and the list goes on…….

There can be many drivers to throwing out thyroid hormone balance such as:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Increased cortisol due to stress
  • Low carbohydrate &/or restrictive diet
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Acid-alkaline imbalance
  • Exposure to toxins, heavy metals
  • Some Medications ie beta blockers, chemotherapy, phenytoin (anti-seizure meds) etc
  • Co-Infections often present ie Epstein-Barr Virus, Candida, Hepatitis C etc

Understanding your own circumstances & pathway is important in your healing & returning your body to ‘real balance’  to get you back on track quicker.

I use diet & lifestyle advice to suit your personal case…along with herbs & extra nutritional support where needed. Not all cases are the same & extra support may only be needed for a few months to get you into balance. It all depends on your own case.

If you’d like to get your thyroid under control & back to feeling like your ‘old self’. then give me a call on 0411 378 997 or BOOK NOW

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Tea for 2??? Why not support local!!!

Just in case you forgot….or you’re new to my tribe – I blend a range of organic herbal teas to suit many tastes. They’re professionally blended to support anything from sleep, detox, stress & mum’s with bubs.

  • Balance Me (adrenal & stress support…yummy with naturally sweet licorice)
  • Bliss (anxiety & ‘chillout’ blend)
  • Dreamtime (restful with beautiful relaxing herbs including lavender)
  • Protect Me (refreshing & immune boosting blend)
  • Tummy (great for nausea, upset tummies & refreshing when chilled)
  • Metabo (kick start your metabolism & balance blood sugar levels)
  • Wellness (a great detoxifier for your liver & kidneys)
  • ClariTea (refocus & concentrate with this refreshing blend)
  • Nourishing Women’s (comes from heart centre, & is nutritive & balancing)
  • Mum2Be (nutritive & preparing for birth blend)
  • Breastfeeding (enhance milk flow)
  • Raspberry Leaf (prepare for birth)

Over the last 8mths I’ve been lucky enough to have these stocked in a few cafes & stores around town. I’d love you to support these local business (& myself) by buying these gorgeous organic herbal tea blends directly from these stores. You can even enjoy them in-store at The Chantilly Tearooms in Nightcliff & Kings Cafe at Casuarina CDU.

You can also purchase your own take home loose leaf packs at:

Eco Organic Market in Darwin city

The Harvest Press within Coolalinga Central

Bits4Bub within Coolalinga Central

 

Support LOCAL!!!  🙂
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Women’s Awareness & Wellness Afternoon Teal…this link works!!

Apologies if you tried to buy tickets via my previous email…my silly tech error?! The link below & Facebook works just fine..  😉

As you may know already…February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. 

Just recently a lovely Darwin lady lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer. She was sooo full of life & wanted to help educate women about trusting their gut instinct to get health concerns checked & double checked early.
We want to help others be more mindful of their health….mind, body & soul. Tammy, Louise & I would love you to join us for our Women’s Awareness & Wellness Afternoon Teal where mindfulness, health – body, mind & soul….& of course healthy treats & organic herbal tea will be on offer.
There will also be some beautiful products from these wonderful practitioners….with 10% sales going directly to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
Please note that if you purchase a ticket & are unable to attend there are no refunds as all ticket proceeds are donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
If you are unable to attend, & wish to donate please do so via: 
Thank you  for your support X

 

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Kick-Start 2018….personalised & professional Detox!!

Everlasting Health

Overindulged…Gut giving you problems…Lacking Energy…or looking to start a Family in 2018???

The reason for a 4 Week Naturopathic Detox is to support the whole body to easily digest foods; support & protect detox & elimination channels; & to restore balance where needed. I will analyse you personal health & provide you with a tailored program to support the results YOU want.

It’s NOT just a quick 3-Day Fast to lose a little fluid – these can actually do damage as there’s often no supportive nutrients or cellular protection used. The quality & potency of supplements is really important…to ensure that you’re actually supported & Detoxing effectively for YOUR body.

Plus…guess what…you’ll EAT REAL FOOD!!

My Wellness Detox Blend

Yes, guidelines for aiding your body to Detox from liver, gut, kidney, skin, breath & even emotionally will also be provided. Plus…you will get support along the way, so you won’t be doing it alone!!

For an investment of $385-435 ($12.80 -14.50 day):
You will receive all Practitioner Only supplements to support YOUR personalised program for a month…..PLUS:

  • Initial Consult to review Detox Questionaire & Health Goals
  • Wellness/Detox Herbal Tea
  • Detox Recipes with real food!
  • Detox Epsom Salts
  • Flower Essences to support emotionally during Detox program
  • Reflexology Treatment mid-way through Detox
  • Final consult at the end to review Health Goals
And Private Health Fund Rebates are available…..
So what do YOU have to Lose???
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Christmas Stocking Ideas

Yes….Christmas is fast approaching!!

And if you’ve forgotten someone off your list…or you just wanted to get someone something a little different & healthy….why not try one of these last minute ideas.

Certified Organic Herbal Teas – a wide variety of my blends can be purchased from as little as $6.95 from Kings Wholefood Artisan, The Harvest Press, Eco Organic Market, Bits4Bub & Chantilly Kitchen Tearoom.

Gift Vouchers – why not treat someone for Reflexology from $60-80…..bliss for your body, mind & soul whilst lying on the table. Or maybe they really need a ‘kick start’ to better health in 2018…with Initial Naturopathic Consults at $125 (health fund rebates available).

Give me a call on 011 378 997 to arrange the perfect gift.

 

 

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Have you heard of Golden Paste????

I LOVE turmeric!!!

I have been using Golden Paste on my fur babies for about the last 3 years…..& they just enjoy it in their dinner each night. My Rotti “Jax”, had occasionally walked like she’s in a bit of pain in her back legs & I really wanted to nip it in the bud before she had real problems. So I started her on the Golden Paste daily…..along with fish oils to ease the inflammation & reduce any pain.

And I truly believe it works. Not only does it help with pain & inflammation….but turmeric also helps the immune system & supports the liver – plus is a fantastic antioxidant. Both of my pups coats are amazing….& they just keep going from strength to strength.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2C organic turmeric powder
  • 1C water (extra if needed)
  • 1/3C oil (try coconut, extra virgin olive, or flax/linseed oil)
  • 2-3tsp black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 10-20g organic Ceylon Cinnamon (optional to help reduce dogs urine smelling like “cat pee”)

Method:

  1. Bring the turmeric & water to a boil, then lower the heat & simmer until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7-10 minutes & you may need to add additional water along the way.
  2. Add the freshly ground pepper & oil at the end of cooking, when the turmeric & water mixture has cooled down to just warm. Add in the cinnamon if desired. Stir well to incorporate the oil & allow to cool.

    The Golden Paste will keep for 2 weeks, refrigerated.

    Freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within two weeks. You can find small 1/4-1/2tsp molds to use for this if you prefer.

     Add it to your pet’s dinner plate or your horse feed … run wild! You can even use for Golden Milk, Smoothies, stir into Yogurt, add to your dinner plate as a condiment… it’s just as good for you too!

Recipe from Doug English (Australian holistic vet & world leader in treating animals with turmeric powder) http://turmericlife.com.au/turmeric-recipes-golden-paste/

 

 

 

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Balance Me – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!!

I’m late…I’m late…I’m late…for a very important date!!

This year, as part of the October Business Month – I’m holding x3 Balance Me – Mad Hatters Tea Parties…& you’re invited!!!

My city event is already SOLD OUT…but there are some places still available for the Palmerston evening event, & also the Katherine lunchtime event. These events are FREE…but you MUST book your tickets online to secure a spot as they are catered & I do need to have a limit of attendees.

To BOOK your tickets….please “click” below:

Palmerston 17th October, 5:45-7pm

Katherine 30th October, 12-1pm

I look forward to seeing YOU there!!  🙂

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Edamame Hummus Dip

 

I see lots of menopausal women in my clinic….& they often ask…is soy ok for me??? This is a simple answer of YES – as a ‘real’ FOOD, not generally a supplement. It’s all about….BALANCE (my favourite word!!)

Edamame (soybeans) are a phyto-oestrogenic food rich in isoflavones. These are compounds that have a weak oestrogenic effect & bind to oestrogen receptors in the body. Including these as part of a balanced diet may help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes & vaginal dryness, & may even protect you from breast & ovarian cancers.

Soy beans are full of B-vitamins & are particularly rich in choline – needed for brain function & also maintains the myelin sheath which protects our nerve cells. They are jam packed with amino acids….(the building blocks for protein), iron, calcium & Omega 3 EFA’s making them perfect for vegetarians. Your best choice is to buy organic soybeans when you can so you know they’re not genetically modified….& enjoying in moderation.

Ingredients:

  • x1 tin organic chick peas
  • 1/2C shelled organic edamame beans
  • 1C baby spinach
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 2Tbsp olive oil
  • x1 clove garlic
  • 2 heaped Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2tsp cumin
  • handful of parsley…& any other herbs you like!
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4C water
  • top with sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients except sesame seeds into food processor & blend till smooth.
  2. Add a little more water if necessary.
  3. Top with sesame seeds & enjoy with veggie sticks.

Recipe by Lisa Guy, naturopath.

 

 

 

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Anxiety….

Anxiety is something I commonly see in clinic…& it can affect people from from varying levels.

Symptoms of anxiety can be very unsettling. Your heart rate increases, your mind races & you can no longer think straight. Though everyone experiences anxiety a bit differently, there are some more common symptoms to look out for.

Physical sensations:

  •  racing heart;
  • hot flushes, sweating & skin clamminess;
  •  rapid breathing; &/or
  •  frequent gastrointestinal upsets.

Emotional sensations:

  • feelings of excess worry, panic, fear or guilt;
  • obsessive thinking & behaviours; &/or
  •  feeling generally tense and wound up.

Some Lifestyle tips for you to try:

  • Connect with friends – keeping in touch with people maintains your support network;
  •  Exercise (ideally outdoors) – regular exercise has been shown to improve mood & reduce feelings of stress;
  • Choose healthy foods – consume protein at each meal & avoid refined & sugary foods. This can help balance your blood sugar levels, reducing mood imbalances & lessening anxiety;
  • Avoid caffeine – stimulants such as caffeine can exacerbate anxiety; &
  • Breathe! – if you start to feel panicky or anxious, focus on taking some slow, purposeful, deep breaths, helping you return to a state of calm. Meditation can also help to quieten your mind & instill calm. I hope to bring a meditation class to the clinic soon.  🙂

If you can relate to any of the above, give me a call to see how I can help you. I may use Flower Essences, Herbs, nutrients &/or herbal teas. Each of us are individuals….so no two cases are the same.  🙂

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