Most of us know about the importance of maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. But a lot less of us know how important it is to have healthy vagina flora too. When it gets out of balance it can lead to some serious stuff like; a weakness to some sexual transmitted infections, HIV, pelvic inflammatory disease, urinary tract infections.
Adventure needs to be thrust upon us from time to time. Otherwise it is all too easy to become anxious and depressed at the monotony of life. We can become fearful of anything outside of that. Going from point a to b in a straight line is all I do. To do anything else felt illogical and a waste of my precious energy. That is until one day.
It's shrove Tuesday on the 28th. One of my favourite celebrations of the year I must say. I remember when my Mum would continuously supply us with fresh-off-the-pan pancakes till we were filled to the brim. But that stuffed, sickening feeling was probably because of all the highly processed white flour!
A big part of my PMS course is learning how to keep track of your hormone cycle so you always know where you're at. When I learnt how to do this (using the fertility awareness method) years ago I used good old fashioned pen and paper. There are specially designed charts which you can print off for free from the internet. It's designed so that as you collect your signs and symptoms you can see quite clearly when you ovulated retrospectively and most women get signs of their period before its due so it's easy to predict.
I'll be honest, Valentines day makes me cringe. The sentiment of expressing your love for someone on a singular day of the year is pretty depressing. But, there is a wonderful wave of love themed articles, art work and photographs in the blogosphere this time of year which are right up my street. I love how the internet gives us the ability to redefine an event like valentines day, one blog at a time! In the past I have focused on Roses for valentines day but I read in an old herbal the other day that Rose was not always the herb associated with this day. It was once Violet.
Over the last few weeks I'd been reading a lot about Elecampane. I wasn't researching it it just kept coming up. I grow two plants in my garden so I thought I'd better harvest some and get better acquainted with it. It's a gorgeous plant which grows as tall as me with a large yellow flower in the summer time.
I don't know about you but I started my "health kick" the day after boxing day. I'm lucky in many ways because I don't have any food sensitivities so I can eat most things without any trouble. But the constant barrage of sugar, carbohydrates and meat over Christmas is too much even for me.
January is detox season, and with good reason. It's totally natural to want to clear your kidneys and liver with bitter digestive herbs in response to the heavy feeling all those Christmas meals leave you with. But really, this is still winter! It's far too cold for heavy duty detoxes like living off lemon and water for days or even most juice cleanses. The cold weather requires us to detox in quite a different way.
This month is a hectic month to say the least. I feel like I'm being over-loaded with social engagements and the desire and social pressure to be out and about is difficult to keep up with. Especially when all I want to do is stay inside with a movie, and hot chocolate by the fire.
In 2017 I'll be launching a new course on the subject of PMS. It will look at how to deal with mild to moderate PMS symptoms using lifestyle changes, hormone charting, herbs, mindfulness and diet. As part of the course I'll be sending out a PMS-care-kit with a host of natural, hand made, products for creating a monthly relaxation routine. Here's why I've come to create it.
This may seem a little early to buy Christmas presents but these presents are coming all the way from America so I'm recommending them now so you have time for them to get here before Christmas! I have been inspired by these creators for many years. Their individual styles and clean cut presentation appeals to me. Let's have a closer look at each one.
What the f*ck is that? I hear you ask. it's a term my mentor Karen Lawton and Fiona Heckles coined when wanting to talk about how you can use your senses to discover plants. In fact, we could use our senses to discover foods as well. We have been taught, often from being babies, that our senses are not to be trusted. Recently I have witnessed a friend approach the question of how to wean her baby.
Migraines are a right pain in the.. head. There are many causes for migraines but it seems like stress is almost always involved. Either long-term stress which is hardly perceptible anymore or a short term blip. There are other factors of course but most of the suggestions I've given for avoiding them help with the stress of things as well as tending to the needs of your body. It's easy when you're busy to forget to eat or even drink. It's important to keep those simple things in check if you want to avoid migraines. You might find some of these help to relieve a migraine once you have one too.
I used to feel like I was vulnerable to becoming pregnant. As if my fertility was a weakness which would be exploited by sperm. I felt like it could happen at anytime, and my life would be forever changed. I needed to shut that part of me down. I needed to know it was all 'under control'.
When I was a teenager I took "the pill" for contraception. But I found myself in a never-ending loop of Cystitis leading to antibiotics, leading to Thrush, leading to anti-candida drugs. This pattern would rinse and repeat itself every few months. It was awful. When I started working at Neal's Yard Remedies I told one of my colleagues and they suggested it was the pill upsetting my hormone levels. I was intrigued to say the least. The thought of ending the burning pain, the itching, scratching, horrible symptoms, was so tempting. I just had to find out.