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.

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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

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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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Power up your stress response with Autogenic Meditation

autogenic meditation

Picture credit: Vlada Karpovich

I’ve been an autogenic meditator for over thirty years because IT WORKS. And I often recommend this mindful relaxation practice to clients and friends as a simple and effective way to tune in and relax. There’s more to this technique though than just preparing for a deep sleep. It’s an effective treatment for anxiety and insomnia, and encourages self-regulation and self-induced relaxation. So it’s a technique that can help you build stress resilience over time. I love that! Find out more and try out a short and long version of autogenic meditation right here.

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