12 ways to relieve anxiety naturally – part 1

12 ways to calm anxiety naturally

Photo: Spencer Davis

When the world outside starts to feel overwhelming, head to this stress toolkit here and download my Recipe for Daily Bliss! Yep, there’s a recipe in this one that you can follow step by step and it contains my top 12 ways to reduce stress and anxiety and live a calm and connected life. From the way you take your next breath to where to put your feet in the morning, to what foods and drinks to avoid and more…. This is ‘Stress Less 101’. We are living in interesting times my friends! Take a moment from your day to inspire calm….

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Delicious Shiitake Immunity Fritters

Shiitake and Cauliflower Immunity Fritters

Welcome back to my healing kitchen. This little beauty was an experiment and turned out so fab I had to share. It was one of those ‘use whatever’s in the fridge’ kind of days and there was a head of cauliflower, some spring onions and carrots and that got me feeling rather oriental and wanting to make something with a touch of Asia and spice. It ended up being the most deliciously savoury, golden, mushroomy patties and they were a cinch to make. So roll your sleeves up, get the food processor ready, I’ll tell you all about Shiitake, what a wonder-fungus it is for your immune system, and how to make these yummy Shiitake Immunity Fritters…

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Shaking – release stress and calm those adrenals

Shaking meditation for stress release

Shaking it out in my dancing days. Photo by Des Crawley

Shaking is the new way to meditate and everybody can do from young to old. And what’s more, it’s super easy! And if you’re looking for a meditative practice for the start of the day, shaking will get you feeling loose, refreshed and present. It can be both meditation and workout. No brainer right?! Learn about Shaking and try out my guided Shaking meditation here…

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Refreshing Nettle Spearmint Eye Gel

Refreshing Nettle Herbal Eye Gel

My super easy, homemade Nettle & Spearmint Eye Gel is that refreshing, cooling and soothing (totally) natural relief you’ve been waiting for to nourish tired eyes. Not only that, but Nettle brings an astringent action that gets to work on tightening the delicate skin around your eyes so the effects are not only healing, they’re beautifying! There are two ways to use this gel: to cool your eye area or as a face mask to tighten skin and increase glow. Wait till you feel the tightening action! Come on back to my healing kitchen and I’ll show you how to make this skin-nutritious eye gel.

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Hormone boosting seeded banana loaf

Hormone Boosting Bread with Shatavari

If you like tasty and health treats that boost your hormones and support your stress response, then take a look at my delicious Hormone Boosting Banana Loaf with Shatavari, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Nutmeg. Full of the best herbs for women to support healthy oestrogen levels, liver function and digestion along with a touch of sweet natural figs and dates. Let’s go!

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Throat soothing Elderflower Gummies in 4 easy steps

herbal throat gummies

Care for a deliciously sweet and refreshing herbal treat that you can use to soothe a sore throat, improve sinus health, fight colds, improve skin elasticity, strengthen your hair and nails, support your stress system, joints and bone health? I’ll assume that’s a YES! So read on, I’ve got a treat for you: Elderflower, Apple and Cinnamon gummies. Come make them with me….

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The tonic medicine of Ashwagandha

Tonic Ashwagandha

We’re talking about a very old, wise and cherished medicinal plant here. The Winter Cherry. Indian Ginseng. Ashwagandha. Whatever name you know this plant by, there’s a many thousand year history that tells the tale of this plant. In this article I’ll give you an idea of what herbalists use Ashwagandha for traditionally, and what the latest research can tell us about new and innovative ways we’re using it to treat anxiety, infertility, cognitive disorders and diabetes. You may have heard of Ashwagandha (or ‘Withania’) as an adaptogen for the adrenal system that builds your stress tolerance. Absolutely right, I’ll tell you how Ashwagandha works and impart a bit of herbal wisdom in the next few paragraphs.

Welcome to herb class….

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Delicious Chickpea & Sweet Potato Curry

chickpea curry

It was one of those quiet, cool winter mornings when I thought of making this delicious, body-warming dish and you’ll love the ease of digestability with this one. It’s got just the right blend of warming and carminative spices to soothe the digestion system and make easy work of metabolizing and drawing all that protein and goodness out of the food. So what’s in this afternoon delight? Let’s see…

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1 in 2 Australians have an invisible illness?

invisible illness

Picture credit: Dan Ilyuk

Ever been told ‘you don’t look sick’ or ‘everything appears normal’ in your test results, but you just don’t feel well? Chances are, you have an invisible illness. And you’ve likely had to deal with months or years of the frustration of friends, family and your medical practitioner questioning and doubting your symptoms. In this article learn what conditions fit into the banner of invisible illness, what blood tests can reveal a hidden illness and I share my handy scoresheets to help you get a sense of the severity of your own condition.

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