What Are The Most Common GMO Foods?

What Are The Most Common GMO Foods?

What Are The Most Common GMO Foods found and hidden on our local supermarket shelves and in our processed food? What does GMO stand for and why is this something we should be very cautious of, even avoid?

What are GMO Foods?

GMO’s are Genetically Modified Organisms that are basically organisms genetically engineered by science in a way that does not occur in nature. GMO Foods are basically foods manipulated from an unnatural state, many would say by scientists trying to play god.

 

“It is clear that genetic modification is inherently hazardous, as it invariably result in unpredictable and uncontrollable changes in the genome and the epigenome (pattern of gene expression) that impact on safety.” (3) states Science in Society

Many scientists and medical professionals believe there should be far more research on transparency in GMO Foods especially when we look at the organisations pushing GMO Foods and what they don’t want us to know.

As there is quite a lot of research that suggests that many common GMO Foods can cause serious harm to our health and well-being. 

 

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One of the alarming aspects of GMO Foods is that manufacturers in some countries are not required by law to declare if their food is genetically modified.

 

Common GMO Foods

Common Genetically Modified Foods include

Alfafa

Apples

Canola ( USA)

Corn

Cotton

Papaya

Potatoes

Squash ( USA)

Soya

Strawberries

Sugar Beets (A big source of refined sugar)

Sweet Pepper ( mostly China)

GMO Foods Also Include

Enzymes and Microbes which are used in food processing that are not included on food labels

Meat, Milk, and/or where the animals are fed genetically modified crops.

Vegetable Fats and Margarine that are derived from genetically modified foods.

 

The Main Difference Between Common GMO Foods And Organic Foods

The main difference between genetically modified foods and organic foods is one is the produce from a lab while the other is a produce of nature.

6I believe part of what keeps us healthy in our food is the plant’s natural energy force and natural synergy. Genetically modified foods and crops are unnatural, genetically altered by scientists than something that is natural. 

There are many ethical and health concerns around common GMO Foods that the top food manufacturers and corporate farmland owners try to deny. Especially when many of the top food manufacturers around the world use GMO foods to increase phenomenal profits than increase the genuine quality of our health. 

Organic foods are free from chemical artificial fertilisers and pesticides while genetic foods are not. One of the reasons many people are growing their own organic gardens and organic remedies at home.

No matter if we like it or not our common GMO Foods are been massively produced for profit and power. Some of the biggest corporate names in the world are behind the push and the production of Genetically Modified Food has shown time and time again to be based on power and control. 

We just need to look at the increase in genetically grown meat, meat from a lab another example of people in power and scientists trying to play god as they mess more and more with nature.

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Are Hostas Edible? Can You Really Eat The Common Garden Hosta Plant

Are Hostas Edible?  Can You Really Eat The Common Garden Hosta Plant

Are Hostas Edible? The Common Garden Hosta Plant

So Are Hostas Edible? Can you actually eat this common garden plant? What are hostas, where did they originate from and what are their nutritional properties?

 

What Are Hostas?

Hostas are extremely hardy perennial plants that most gardeners love for a variety of reasons. This includes its low maintenance, its generous lush foliage, and its forgiving nature. As a plantain lily, they are easy to grow, easy to maintain, they don’t need full sun and can thrive in the shade. They also come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes to suit different types of gardens.

 

Different Species Of Hostas

There are now over 2,500 varieties of hostas. Common hosta species are H. Fortunsi which blossoms a pale lavender flower in spring. H. montana are one of the most popular perennial hostas for shady areas. H. Decorata a native of Japan that has dark green leaves and in summer deep blue blooms.

 

Origins Of Hostas

Hostas originate from the Orient but were brought to Europe in the 1700s. Also known in Japan as Urui they are regarded as a wild plant that people used to pick from the mountains.

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Hostas Can Add Depth And Texture To Any Garden

My neighbour absolutely loves hostas, so much so that she inspired me to buy a few for my garden. They naturally add extra lush and depth to any garden. Especially if you use different types and sizes of hostas.

 

Are Hostas Edible? Are They Really Safe To Eat?

I was really surprised to read an article that said hostas were edible. So are hostas edible? Let’s look at the research.

According to my research the Japanese eat hostas as a vegetable as they actually belong to the asparagus family.

Here are some of the most recommended hostas for eating and cooking

  • Hosta fortunei.
  • Hosta longipes
  • H. montana.
  • H. sieboldiana.
  • Hosta sieboldii.

Nutritional Properties Of Hostas

In fact, there has been research done in Japan, on the macro-mineral content of Hostas. Analysis of essential macro-micro mineral content of twelve hosta taxa HasanMehrajabYasuyoNishimurabKazuhikoShimasakib

Hostas edible contain high levels of Calcium, Vitamin K, P, Magnesium, Maganese, and Zinc.

 

Making Hostas Edible

How To Harvest Hostas

Most research suggests the tastiest part of the hosta is the young hosta shoots that taste like asparagus but in Japan they cook both the young shoots and the leaf stems.

To harvest hostas you don’t need to ruin the full plant, simply harvest around the perimeter of the plant. Hostas are very forgiving and grow rapidly.

 

How To Cook Hostas

Top Tips on how to cook and eat hostas.

 

How To Cook Young Hosta shoots;

Cut the young hosta shoots before they are fully open and unfurled. To make hostas edible saute or roast the full shoot or chop the shoot in oil or butter or use as an ingredient in a stir fry. They can also be boiled like asparagus or made into a soup. Or use them to make a Kimchi such as this Hostas Shoot Kimchi Recipe

 

How To Cook Hosta Leaves

Tender older shoots and leaves are best served blanched and sauteed as a vegetable side dish.

 

Some Hosta Recipe Dish Links

Hosta Recipe Dishes

Edible Hostas Shoot Miso Soup

Cheesy Roasted Hosta Shoots

 

Simple Tips To Take Care Of Your Hosta Plant

Hostas tend to thrive in shady areas where they tend to maintain their healthy darker green foliage.

They love a low ph of rich organic soil, they grow deep and wide so plant a hole 1/3rd of a meter deep.

Once established Hostas tend to be very enduring in most soils for years to come.

 

Where Can I Buy Organic Hostas Edible To Grow In My Garden

Some of the best places to buy organic hostas to grow in the UK include

Rootsplants

Sue Proctor Plants*

But I would do my own research, things often change from year to year.

 

Advantaged Of Growing Your Own Organic Hostas To Eat

One of the big advantages of growing your own food is you get to know exactly what your food is grown in. You don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals or pesticides, contamination from plastic, or other types of toxic wrapping.

Which is why I would ensure if you plan to eat your Hostas you make sure you buy organic hostas from a reputable company. I hope you enjoyed this blog and will explore other plants that maybe in your garden that are edible.

 

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Orange Oil – Boost Your Mood

Orange Oil – Boost Your Mood

Orange Oil To Boost Your Mood, Immune System

Using Orange oil to boost your mood, your immune system, your skin, and even clean your home.  We all know that eating an orange is good for your health but did you know how versatile this citrus oil extracted from the fruit and or peel of an orange is?

Orange has a wide range of therapeutic properties and uses. And there are a variety of different species of orange trees that are used to extract and distill orange essential oil. These include the most popular Sweet Orange Essential Oil that is extracted from Citrus Sinensis species and Bitter Orange from the Citrus Aurantium trees.

Sweet Orange takes up approx 70% of the production of citrus species in the world.  “C. sinensis is consumed all over the world as an excellent source of vitamin C, which is a powerful natural antioxidant that builds the body’s immune system [].

 

History Of Orange Oil

Although we don’t know the precise origin of Citrus sinensis many botanists believe that it is the result of cross-pollinating of the Citrus maxima and Citrus reticulata (the mandarin) from the Himalayas and South-West Areas of China. We know Columbus carried orange seeds on his voyage to America and the Caribbean. In China, orange is regarded as a symbol of good fortune.

And we know the extracted and distilled oil of oranges has been widely used in history for thousands of years. 

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Benefits Of Orange Essential Oil In Medicine and Food

Orange essential oil is widely used in medicine, food, and cosmetics industries. An important ingredient of many natural remedies in eastern and ayurvedic medicine.

 

The oil of orange is used to treat ailments such as bronchitis, cold, cough, flu, tuberculosis as well as anxiety, stress exhaustion, fatigue, low mood, depression, low libido, poor circulation, menstrual disorders, hypertension, and angina. Chemistry and Pharmacology of Citrus sinensis Feb 2016. T

 

It is also widely used to sweeten food, especially confectionery, cakes, desserts, and drinks.

 

Some clinical research has demonstrated the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of Orange Oil . While other research suggests anti-typhoid activity in the extract of the peel of sweet orange.

 

 C. sinensis is a very rich source of phytochemical  which are highly reputed to protect cells from carcinogens.

 

The Use Of Sweet Orange Essential Oil In Skincare

Sweet Orange as oil is widely used in cosmetics and skincare products, especially for its astringent, boosting, and cleansing properties.

It is in one of my favourite natural foundations and skincare products such as Tropic Beauty Booster Sheer Foundation.   It is also in their Face Smooth Brightening Polish, and Cleansing Body Pebble all made from totally natural ingredients.

 

Safe Use Of Sweet Orange Essential Oil On Skin

Pure essential oil of orange should never be directly applied to the skin without being added to a carrier oil or base ingredient.

 

Contraindications Of Orange Essential Oil

 As a citrus essential oil, it is photosensitive so you should avoid direct sunlight after topical application for 12 hours especially to the face, arms, hands, etc.

Never use orange oil on babies or young children.

It is suggested that consuming sweet orange juice might interfere with and lower how much ivermectin the body absorbs, so when taking invermectin it is recommended to avoid the use of orange and its essential oil.

 

Orange Essential Oil Blends Well With

Essential Orange oil blends well with Frankincense, Patchouli, and other citrus oils.

Also orange oil with cinnamon or clove oil is a great warming Christmas scent for the diffuser, but please do not apply cinnamon to the skin.

 

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

The extracted oil of the orange fruit and peel is a popular ingredient and scent in many household and industrial cleaning products.  The sweet fresh scent of orange alongside its antimicrobial, antiseptic, and high limonene concentration makes it popular as a natural home cleaning product, a green pesticide, and exterminator of Drywood Termites.

Below is a variety of ways you can make your own toxin-free home cleaning products using orange oil.2

 

 

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Naturally, Freshen Up Your Sink Drain

  • Add approx 6 drops of pure orange oil
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • Drain Cleaning Instructions

Gently shake the cup of Baking Soda into the sink drain, then pour in the White Vinegar.

Give the drain time to unblock approx 30 minutes then add hot water until clear and fresh.

Then simply add the Orange Essential Oil into the drain for a clean fresh scent.

 

 

Natural Orange Wood Furniture Polish Recipe

  • Add 10 drops of pure essential orange oil
  • 1 Cup of linseed oil.
  • Apply a small amount of the solution to a cloth, then wipe over the furniture.

It is important to cover the surface evenly with just enough to clean.

Leave it for a few minutes then buff it with another cloth to shine.

 

 

Natural Leather Furniture Polish Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup Of Flaxseed Oil
  • 1 Cup of White Vinegar
  • 2 – 3 drops of orange essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a sealed glass and always shake well before using. 

Apply a tiny amount of the polish to a soft, clean cloth, rubbing one small area of the leather at a time.

Leave it for a few minutes and buff it until the surface dries.

 

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Healthier Lifestyle Tips – Healthy Morning Routine

Healthier Lifestyle Tips – Healthy Morning Routine

Healthier Lifestyle Tips For A Healthy Morning Routine

How To Create A Healthier Lifestyle In 2023! Ready to start your daily routine the healthier way? By Creating a more healthy morning routine?

Here are 5 Top Tips To Start Creating A Healthier Lifestyle

Simple and easy ways to a healthier daily routine

Start Your Day The Calm Peaceful Way:

A morning meditation ritual is a very powerful way to begin a healthier lifestyle. A Morning Meditation can help us feel more calm, confident, and more relaxed a great way to start the day. It helps increase our focus and concentration and helps us become more intuitive and spiritually guided.

Meditation has many health benefits a UCLA demonstrated that meditators of over 20 years have more grey matter in the brain than those who don’t. Meditation is also shown to support better heart health. And don’t be misled that meditation has to be at least 20 minutes a day, Eileen teaches a highly effective less than 5 Minute Meditation that is loved by all ages, beginner and advanced meditators.

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Hydrate Yourself:

Our bodies are made up of to 60% water, when we wake up we are often dehydrated, starting your day with a cup of hot water on its own, or hot water with lemon can have a lot of health benefits as mentioned by Flushington Hospital

The Surprising Benefits Of Hot Water And Lemon  Adequate water intake supports our immune system, is necessary to keep our cells, tissue and organs functioning at an optimal level. While dehydration puts stress on our mind and body.

It is said that dehydration is one of the major causes of disease today especially when we consume, ingest or breathe is so many toxins and pollutants that are body needs to flush out for optimal health.

 

Super Juice Or Super Smoothie:

Starting your morning with a super juice or super smoothie is a great way to flood your body with nutrients. I will often make a super juice and then just have a few soft fruits like berries, avocado, or banana and superfood powders like spirulina, maca, or even cacao to make it more of a substantial super smoothie. I can honestly say this helps boost my energy levels and leaves me feeling more sustained throughout the day. Check out our winter super juice or  Carrot Pear Juice Recipe.

 

Morning Exercise:

A simple morning exercise routine even a mini exercise routine can help boost our mood and energy levels. Even if you have a chronic health condition that seriously impacts your ability to move or exercise there are different types of movements, stretches, and exercises out there to suit different abilities.

As someone who has suffered from a variety of mobility issues, I found gentle Qi Gong Exercises very helpful, do as much as your body feels comfortable with. Even a gentle walk, swim, yoga, and gentle stretches can help boost our energy levels and energy flow, not just through your body but your organs and brain.

 

Morning Tasks:

Focus on the tasks you find easier to do in the morning and leave the rest you find easier to do later in the day. A healthier lifestyle involves helping you create a healthy routine that works for you. When we learn to work around our body and mind’s natural rhythms we get into a much healthier natural flow in our life, work, and relationships. We have less stress, anxiety, and overwhelm, and more energy, and joy. Morning tasks are a lot easier when you have had a good night’s sleep so make sure you have a healthy bedtime routine.

 

Great Ways To Start  A Healthier Lifestyle

The great thing about all of the tips above is they don’t have to take up a lot of your time, especially when you get organised.

For example, Eileen’s 5 Minute Meditation is a great way to start the day and it takes less than 4 minutes. Once you make a batch of super juice or super smoothies you can actually freeze them for the whole week.

The more calm focused, and balanced you feel, the more energy and time you have to do those other things you want to do.

 

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Repeating the Pattern of Dysfunctional Relationships

Repeating the Pattern of Dysfunctional Relationships

Repeating The Pattern of Dysfunctional Relationships

How We Repeat the Pattern of Dysfunctional Relationships In Adulthood by Dr. Melanie Salmon

Our childhood experiences can have a significant impact on our future adult relationships, they often repeat trigger a pattern of dysfunctional relationships in adulthood. So much of our life is determined by the experiences we had as a child, especially when we were very young, under the age of seven. If our childhood was a traumatic one – neglectful or damaging in some way – subconsciously we will carry that into
adulthood.

One way we notice our past impacting our present is in the relationships we seek and the patterns of behaviour we repeat.

Early dysfunctional relationships

The very first relationship we have is with our primary caregiver – it’s usually mum, but it might be dad, a sibling, a grandparent, or a nanny – and this will ‘set the template’ for all our future relationships.

If we were unable to bond with our primary caregiver, if the relationship was full of criticism and it was emotionally, mentally, or physically destructive in some way, then we are very likely to have absorbed that behaviour – that ‘template’ – and will find ourselves repeating it in our adult relationships over and over again in almost the same way.

This is why you may find that you have very similar relationships that end in similar ways. You repeat the same mistakes yet discover you cannot do anything consciously to break the pattern.

 

Boundaries and Dysfunctional Relationship

 

Relationship boundaries

So, what is a ‘healthy relationship’ and what behaviours are not so healthy? Let’s look at boundaries in adult relationships, three common types on the spectrum.

When we speak of boundaries, the best way to understand them is by visualising the boundary surrounding a property, the fence for example. The barrier between the property and the outside world. We will use this as a metaphor for our own boundary, our energetic boundary: what sort of quality does your fence have?

Keeping our metaphor in mind, we will now look at the first common type of relationship boundary: ‘underbounded’.

 

Underbounded

If we have an underbounded fence, if we don’t have a good healthy boundary keeping the outside world out, then we are inclined to feel smothered in our relationship. Our partner will come far too quickly, far too much, into our space, thereby taking us over. We are likely to feel overwhelmed.

Underbounded boundaries will generally stem from a childhood where the primary caregiver was very fearful. For example, every time you left their sight, they would call you back and try to hold on to you. This type of early relationship creates an underbounded future for the child. A child from this start in life will be anxious and clingy, and when it is time to separate, e.g. time to attend school, there will be many problems separating from mum.

 

Overbounded

Next, we have ‘overbounded’. In simple terms, overbounded is the opposite of underbounded, meaning we were not able to get what we needed from our primary caregiver as a child. In essence, this is an absence of the primary bonding experience: skin-to-skin, eye-to-eye contact, giving an emotional closeness crucial for normal development as a baby.

This occurs in any condition creating mum to be shut off: postnatal depression, her own trauma, alcoholism, etc. The consequence is that ’we’ the child felt neglected emotionally. In this scenario, we (the child and then the adult) will build an impenetrable wall, rather than a fence, around ourselves in defense. A brick wall 20 feet high that prevents anyone else from coming in and hurting us again. All of this is an unconscious process which we are not aware of until we have difficulty connecting as adults.

 

The Pattern Of Dysfunctional Relationships In Adulthood

The pattern of dysfunctional relationships

As you will no doubt see, underbounded and overbounded are the two ends of the
spectrum: you may let everybody in, or you may let nobody in. Neither is conducive
to a healthy relationship, and both can be traced back to the relationship we had with
our initial caregiver.

Although the above is a simplified explanation – we have not covered everything in between – it serves to illustrate the impact our early relationships can have on our adult behaviour.

 

Healthy boundaries
Finally, we have a relationship with healthy boundaries. Neither underbounded nor overbounded, in this relationship we have clearly defined boundaries. We are very clear what our fence looks like, and we choose who we let in; we have the ability to refuse entry to anyone else.

Those who go into a relationship with healthy boundaries will have a very different experience to those who enter one based on childhood traumatic experiences.

 

Breaking the Pattern of Dysfunctional Relationships

So, what can be done? While we might like to, there’s little we can consciously do to break these patterns of behaviour: the relationships we seek and the boundaries we have.

 We are a product of our past. Every experience we have ever had, good or bad, is imprinted within us, crystallising as the core beliefs, or ‘truths’ we hold about who we are and how the world works. This is our conditioning, and it is ‘stored’ in our subconscious mind.

Everything that has happened to you right up to this very moment has moulded you into the person you are. In this way, our past directly influences the way we see, feel and act today. The way you behave in your relationships. What you choose to do –or not do.

 

Changing The Trauma Stories

And so, the only way to change these sorts of trauma stories is by working with the subconscious mind, as explained by pioneering epigeneticist Dr Bruce Lipton who ‘found that our DNA and genes are not the ones controlling our bodies, but that our DNA is controlled from signals that come from outside the cell, and these are signals that come from the energetic messages from our thoughts, both positive and negative.’

As trauma gets hardwired into the brain, it does not go away unless you have a technique that can access the subconscious mind and work specifically and carefully- and delicately – with the issues, like my own work QEC. That can then allow for full healing.

Changing Our Limiting Beliefs

By changing our long-held limiting beliefs and releasing ourselves from traumas of the past, we can alter our behaviour and adjust our boundaries, fundamentally changing the way we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Most commonly used for working with trauma, depression, grief and loss, stress, health, and relationships, you can learn more about the QEC method here.

 

Healthy Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes

Healthy Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes

Healthy Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes

Healthy Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes the whole family will love. Not just dairy-free but free from processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, gluten-free ice cream that still tastes creamy.

Most people LOVE to eat ice cream but it doesn’t always agree with them or their waistline. That is why these creamy healthy dairy-free ice cream recipes are great healthier alternatives to dairy ice cream or other unhealthy desserts. All recipes are full of natural sweetness.

My favourites are the Mango and Pina Colada Dairy-Free Ice Cream and Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream.

Coconut Dairy Free Whipped Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients of this Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipe

  1. A tin of full-fat coconut milk ( 400ml) or a block of coconut cream ( choose a good quality)
  2. Chill the full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream overnight in a refrigerator, don’t freeze.
  3. Scoop only the hard coconut cream into a food mixing bowl, leaving out any clear watery substance.
  4. Whip the full-fat coconut milk with the hand or food mixer until it forms into light peaks.
  5. Continue to whip while gradually adding 1 split and scraped vanilla bean pod
  6. Continue to whip while gradually adding natural sweeteners such as natural stevia or coconut sugar  (no more than1/2 cup,  please note liquid sweeteners such as stevia drops agave can impact texture and consistency if choose to use, use sparingly). While continuing to whip ingredients.
  7. Add a pinch of salt, while continuing to whip ingredients
  8. Whip for a minute or two put into a tub or serving bowls and put into the freezer until it reaches an ice-cream-like consistency.

Healthy Mango And Coconut Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients for the Healthy Mango and Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream

  1. A tin of full-fat coconut milk ( 400ml) or a block of coconut cream ( choose a good quality)
  2. Chill the full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream overnight in a refrigerator, don’t freeze.
  3. Scoop only the hard coconut cream into a food mixing bowl, leaving out any clear watery substance.
  4. Whip the full-fat coconut milk with the hand or food mixer until it forms into light peaks.
  5. Continue to whip while slowly adding 2 cups of previously frozen and highly blended mango.
  6. Continue to whip while gradually adding natural sweeteners such as natural or vanilla stevia or coconut sugar  (no more than 1/2 cup,  please note liquid sweeteners such as stevia drops agave can impact texture and consistency if choose to use, use sparingly). While continuing to whip ingredients.
  7. Add a pinch of salt, while continuing to whip the ingredients
  8. Whip for a minute or two put into a tub or serving bowls and put into the freezer until it reaches an ice-cream-like consistency.

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Dairy Free Pina Colada Ice Cream Recipe

This Pina Colada dairy free ice-cream has an exotic twist you can add to any dinner party dessert.

  1. A tin of full-fat coconut milk ( 400ml) or a block of coconut cream ( choose a good quality)
  2. Chill the full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream overnight in a refrigerator, don’t freeze.
  3. Scoop only the hard coconut cream into a food mixing bowl, leaving out any clear watery substance.
  4. Whip the full-fat coconut milk with the hand or food mixer until it forms into light peaks.
  5. Continue to whip while slowly adding 1/2 cup of previously frozen and highly blended mango and 1 1/2 cups of highly blended frozen pineapple.
  6. Continue to whip while gradually adding 1 split and scraped vanilla bean pod.
  7. Continue to whip while gradually adding natural sweeteners such as natural stevia or coconut sugar  (no more than 1/2 cup,  I often don’t use any sweeteners please note liquid sweeteners such as stevia drops agave can impact texture and consistency if choose to use, use sparingly). While continuing to whip ingredients.
  8. Add a pinch of salt, while continuing to whip the ingredients.
  9. Whip for a minute or two put into a tub or serving bowls and put into the freezer until it reaches an ice-cream-like consistency.

As you can see all the dairy-free ice cream ingredients above are suitable for vegans and the health-conscious.

 

These dairy free ice cream recipes have a variety of health benefits.

Health Benefits Of Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk is rich in electrolytes, it also contains lauric acid and medium-chain triyglcericides which are said to help stimulate thermogenesis and increase insulin, which is said to regulate blood sugar levels. It also includes a variety of minerals and vitamins.

Health Benefits Of Mango

Mangoes are great for your health, especially for the immune system, Mangoes are a high source of magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C, in-fact they contain over 20 different minerals and vitamins and are regarded by many as a superfood.

Health Benefits Of Pineapple

Pineapple is high in antioxidants, vitamin b’s, and c, manganese, and bromelain which have anti-inflammatory properties and can aid digestion, and is antitumorigenic, one of the reasons its consumption is recommended as an aid to help reduce symptoms of breast cancer.

I hope you enjoyed our clean-eating recipe options for ice cream.

Increase The Nutritional Benefits of This Dairy Free Ice Cream

To add a little nutritional boost to these dairy free deserts try adding some high quality nut proteins such as Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts, or Pistachios.

 

Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil

Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil

Health Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil

Some of the main health benefits of Eucalyptus Oil in modern medicine and holistic medicine. The history of eucalyptus oil, its use in medicine, and how to use eucalyptus at home as a natural home remedy.

Eucalyptus is widely used in medicine and pharmacology, especially in the treatment of respiratory conditions, coughs, colds, and influenza. It is also used in pain relief and as an anti-inflammatory including being anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, anti-viral and antiseptic.

That is why I recommend you have eucalyptus at home in your natural medicine cabinet. Although it has to be used with certain cautions, not used on infants, eucalyptus is very versatile.

 

What Is Eucalyptus Oil?

Eucalyptus Oil comes from the Eucalyptus tree which is native to Australia and surrounding areas.  There are actually over 400 species of eucalyptus but most eucalyptus oil is extracted from the Eucalyptus Globulus tree.

The eucalyptus oil is obtained by extracting oil from the leaves through steam distillation.

When extracted the main chemical properties of Eucalyptus Globulus are ” Eucalyptol (51.62%), α-pinene (23.62%), p-cymene (10%), β-myrcene (8.74%), Terpinen-4-ol (2.74%) and γ-terpinene (2.59%) were the major compounds for E. globulus.” Chemical Composition of Essential Oils from Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Maculuta grown in Tanzania

 

 

History Of Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil has been used in medicine for thousands of years, by the aborigines, in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine, as well as different types of European and Greek Medicine.

Eucalyptus trees first arrived in the UK as seeds in 1774. In 1778 two Doctors in Australia Dennis Codden and John White started to treat colic and different chest issues with distilled Eucalyptus Piperita. 

But it wasn’t until botanist Baron Ferdinand von Muller’s writings about different Eucalyptus species in approx 1860 did Eucalyptus start to come to the forefront first as antiseptic.

During the first World War 1, Eucalyptus was used to help put an end to a serious occurrence of meningitis in the midst of the influenza epidemic.

It would be later used in the treatment of different respiratory conditions and other ailments. And used in very tiny drops it would be used in dental products, such as toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum as well as cough drops and sweets.

Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil For Health and Wellbeing

Medical Health Benefits Of Eucalyptus

Some of the medical health benefits of eucalyptus used in pharmacology, holistic and modern medicine.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use eucalyptus on infants, always use sparingly as it is highly potent, caution on sensitive skin.

Eucalyptus In Dental Products

Eucalyptus is widely used in mouthwash and toothpaste due to its reputation for fighting off infections, bacteria, and tooth decay. It also helps eliminate bad breath and alleviates symptoms of herpes simplex 1 (cold sores). Some dentists also suggest eucalyptus in mouthwash can help reduce the risk of receding gums.

Eucalyptus For Respiratory Infections

Eucalyptus is widely used in aromatherapy and medicine to help treat asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, colds, throat infections, and flu. I take these Eucalyptus Pastilles during the winter months.

In just one medical research paper we see how a herbal emulsion of eucalyptus oil can help treat influenza. “Oil-in-water emulsion formulated with eucalyptus leaves extract inhibit influenza virus binding and replication in vitro”

Another clinical study shows the Antibacterial effects of Eucalyptus globulus leaf extract on pathogenic bacteria isolated from specimens of patients with respiratory tract disorders. 

In aromatherapy, we recommend steam inhalation of eucalyptus oil for many respiratory infections, colds, flu, asthma, and bronchitis. As well as or a hot compress, see bottom of the page for instructions.

 

Eucalyptus For Pain Relief And In Treatment Of Inflammation

Eucalyptus oil has been used to reduce nerve-type pain such as neuralgiaand skin rash of shingles. One randomized clinical study demonstrated the benefits of eucalyptus inhalation on pain and inflammation. Known as a useful muscle relaxation and anti-rheumatic popular in many muscular balms, creams, and analgesics. 

Eucalyptus can be used in compresses for deep muscular pain and tension.  See below for hot compress instructions. This is a great Eucalyptus Balm For the muscles from NYR Organics.

 

Eucalyptus As An Insect Repellant

Eucalyptus has been officially registered as an insecticide and miticide, especially for the elimination of mites and ticks for over 70 years.

Clinical research in India found Eucalyptus Globulus to be a natural treatment against houseflies.

One way to use eucalyptus oil at home as an insect repellant is to diffuse essential oil through a diffuser. Another way is to add a few drops of eucalyptus to a spray bottle and use it to disinfect work surfaces, floors, and cupboards. Or add it with a few other oils such as tea-tree, thyme to spray bottle.

Eucalyptus Oil - Pure Eucalyptus Essential Oil

 

The Safe And Effective Use Of Essential Oils

 

Most people underestimate the power, properties, and potency of essential oils. Even though essential oils are extracts of nature every essential oil is uniquely made up of different volatile compounds.

 

Each essential oil tends to have a long list of therapeutic properties but some also have potentially toxic and harmful properties when not used in a safe and effective way.

 

So it is important that you choose the right essential oil for your and your family’s need and use that oil in the most appropriate safe and effective way for each person. That includes checking for contraindications, safety use guidelines, and buying good high-quality essential oils. That is why I choose NYR Organics and have my own online shop.

 

WARNING: EUCALYPTUS is highly potent it should not be used on infants. Use essential oils with care, especially when applying essential oil blends on children, the elderly, those with certain health challenges or medical conditions. Always check with your doctor and a qualified aromatherapist to see if essential oils are suitable for any chronic or rare medical condition.

 

Steam Inhalation Instructions:

Recommended oils for inhalation include eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, tea-tree.

 

How To Inhale Steam

You’ll need the following materials:

  • a large basin or bowl
  • water
  • a pot or kettle
  • towel

 

Steps To Inhale Safely And Effectively

  • Boil the water.
  • Carefully pour the hot water into the bowl.
  • Then drape the towel over the back of your head.
  • Turn on a timer.
  • Close your eyes and then slowly lower your head toward the bowl until you’re about 8 to 12 inches away from the water. Be extremely careful to avoid making direct contact with the water.
  • Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for at least two to five minutes.

 

 

Aromatherapy Diffusing

Aromatherapy diffusers are a great way to diffuse essential oils out in the home. Many essential oils diffused can help eliminate or reduce viruses, boost the immune system. They can also help produce happy hormones, help you unwind and relax. Most diffusers will come with instructions on how many drops of essential oil to use to add to water tank.

 

Hot Compress Instructions

You’ll need the following materials:

  • a small bowl
  • water
  • a pot or kettle
  • small flannel or towel

For a hot eucalyptus compress, add one drop of eucalyptus oil to a small bowl of hot water. Then dip the cotton flannel into the water and apply directly to the skin.

 

Aromatherapy Bath Instructions

The best way to add essential oils to the bath is to add the oils to a base oil that will easily disperse in the bath such as avocado, coconut oil, olive oil.

 

Adult Recommendations:

Run bathwater.

Then add 5 ml of your eucalyptus essential oil blend ( a mixture of carrier oil such as coconut oil with essential oils)

Or add 5 drops of Pure Essential Oils to bathwater.

Then thoroughly disperse in water before entering the bathwater.

Relax in the bath for a minimum of 10-15 minutes to get the full benefit.

 

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Trauma and the Physical Body

Trauma and the Physical Body

Trauma and the Physical Body by Dr Melanie Salmon

Chronic pain is not always the result of physical injury, it may be the body’s response to a traumatic event

Not only damaging to our mental health, trauma can also have an incredible impact on our physical body. Some chronic pain complaints, for example, can be attributed to residual trauma, our body responding to past events through muscle tensing.

So, what is chronic pain? What types of chronic pain are psychological? And how can past trauma affect our current physical state? 

What is chronic pain?

In the UK, around 28 million adults are affected by some type of chronic pain (42% of the population) and globally, more than 1.5 billion (American Academy of Pain Medicine). That’s 18% of the world’s population. 

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for at least 12 weeks, although it may in fact last for several years. It can limit your mobility and reduce your flexibility, strength, and endurance, making it challenging to get through daily tasks and activities. 

 

Collectively, we can categorise chronic pain as somatogenic pain (the cause is found within the structure of the body, the ‘soma’) and psychogenic pain, with the most common types of pain (across both categories) including headache; post-physical trauma pain; lower back pain; arthritis pain; neurogenic pain (pain caused by nerve damage); and psychogenic pain. The latter describes pain that isn’t caused by disease or nerve damage, the cause is thought to be in the mind. 

Trauma and the physical body: psychogenic pain

Psychogenic pain is chronic, disabling pain that is primarily caused by psychological factors. Factors such as beliefs, emotions, fears, or mental illness – like depression or anxiety – can trigger, exacerbate, or maintain pain that started in an innocuous way, such as an accident or fall.

Dr Robert Scaer (amongst others) has shown that chronic stress and trauma has a profound impact on the entire mind-body system, resulting in disease, sometimes decades later. 

Scaer studied the ‘diseases of the freeze’ – those diseases originating from a dysregulated autonomic nervous system – as a result of trauma. This includes chronic psychogenic pain. 

He showed that the majority of what we consider to be ‘arthritis’ of the neck and back is in fact myofascial pain associated with stress and trauma. An MRI scan shows no relationship with pathology. 

Trauma and The Physical Body by Dr Melanie Salmon. Trauma and the Physical Body by Dr Melanie Salmon Chronic pain is not always the result of physical injury, it may be the body’s response to a traumatic event Not only damaging to our mental health, trauma can also have an incredible impact on our physical body. Some chronic pain complaints, for example, can be attributed to residual trauma, our body responding to past events through muscle tensing. So, what is chronic pain? What types of chronic pain are psychological? And how can past trauma affect our current physical state? 

Trauma and the physical body: myofascial pain syndrome 

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a description of muscle pain: pain and inflammation in the body’s soft tissues. A chronic condition that affects the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles), it may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group. 

Myofascial and related chronic pain is often traceable to complex childhood trauma and is always distributed through the back. This can be explained by understanding the back’s role in protecting us from physical trauma or threat.

When threatened with violence, the back will step in to protect the body; the muscles of the core are intensely activated, pulling the body into a contracted foetal position for self-defence. 

Picture a five-year-old child who waits for her father to come home. A bully, her father often threatens to beat the children when they’re naughty and walks through the door shouting. Immediately her body reacts by moving into a defensive position. 

If she’s safe enough to do so, she’ll curl up into a foetal position to get the best protection she can. However, if she is unable, she will form an incomplete foetal position. Her body will still want to contract but can’t. This incomplete foetal position will be stored in her muscle memory: tense and trying to contract without being able to. 

The emotional memory of this event is stored in the muscle groups involved in the defence forever afterwards; the emotional memory of trying to defend. The neural pathways are set, and in later life when the body experiences chronic stress – any stress – all these muscles will contract as they always did before, pulling tight into the same type of protective response. Instead of pulling the body into a foetal position, however, the muscles of the back and neck ache with widespread myofascial pain. 

This type of pain is uniquely stress-related.

Neglect and the physical body: example case study

Trauma may lead to a life of low-grade sustained vigilance, sensitive to environmental as well as internal triggers. 

If you can imagine a child that was repeatedly bullied from the age of six years old, while trying to find their place in the world and connect with society, they are rejected and lack social bonding. At home, parents are absent because they work all the time and therefore don’t offer sufficient care-giver support.

The child grows up with low self-esteem, feeling unworthy and unsafe in the world; trust in them and others is diminished. They may develop an inability to express themselves and repress their emotions for fear of punishment, judgement, or rejection. 

When confronted with a difficult situation, they bottle their emotions and feel internal anguish, repeatedly releasing toxic stress chemicals into the body. 

Their immune system is compromised, making them more susceptible to illness. Over time, they develop chronic pain. 

 

Healing trauma: body and mind

What has emerged from pioneers in the field of epigenetics and neuroscience, is an understanding of the importance of healing past trauma – and doing so by working with the subconscious mind.

While we cannot go back in time and ‘un-experience’ a traumatic event, our history is imprinted within us, crystallizing as our core beliefs or “truths”. To effectively heal from our past we must bypass the rational mind and access the source of our belief systems. 

 

Using the QEC method, we are able to change the belief systems and conditioning that no longer serve us. The neuroplasticity of the brain allows us to ‘rewire’ our neural pathways, freeing us from the limitations of our past.

In this way, we can fundamentally change the way we feel about ourselves and the world around us.

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Organic Remedies – Main Difference Between Natural Remedies

Organic Remedies – Main Difference Between Natural Remedies

Organic Remedies

What is the Main Difference Between Organic Remedies and Natural Remedies?

Are organic remedies and natural remedies the same or different?

What about organic medicine and natural medicine?

Should I choose organic over more natural remedies to support my family’s health and wellbeing.

Well first of all it’s important to explore what Organic And Natural means:

What is Organic?

Anything that is Organic means it is entire growth and production is free from chemicals and toxins, for example, free from anything that is not a natural fertilizer, pesticide, or preservative.

 

Difference Between Natural Remedies and Organic Remedies

Organic And Natural – What is the difference?

The biggest difference between an organic remedy and a natural remedy is both are made by the extraction or blend of ingredients from nature. For example a plant; vegetable, fruit, or tree.

In the cultivation, the plant or plants from see to end production must be completely free of anything inorganic or manmade.

 

Certification Of Organic Products

Anyone who manufactures an organic product needs to pass what is regarded as organic certification. For example, we recommend a lot of NYR Organic Products because we use them ourselves.

Neal Yard Remedies sell a variety of natural remedies, some are organic natural remedies, and some are organic essential oils. Anything that is clearly organic has to be clearly labeled.

The biggest difference between an organic remedy and a natural remedy is that both may be extracted from nature. For example a plant, vegetable, fruit, or tree. In the cultivation and growth of the plant, the plant/plants must be completely free of anything inorganic or manmade.

 

Natural Medicine

This means that natural medicine although medicine from nature isn’t necessarily organic medicine, neither is a natural remedy automatically organic remedy it is important to check the ingredients and or label of the product.

We have included some of our favourite natural and organic remedies and organic essential oils below:

Organic Remedies To Support Immune System

 

Organic Defence Aromatherapy Blend

is a perfect blend of organic aromatherapy essential oils that can help support and defend the human immune system.

It includes Organic Thyme Essential Oil, purifying Niaouli and the refreshing zing of lemongrass.

As an aromatherapist Thyme Essential Oil is one of those oils I would add to a spray bottle or blend to help fight against certain bacteria and viruses at winter. Especially to clean surfaces and the environment.

A great non-toxic product if you want to avoid chemical nasties.

 

Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Pure organic eucalyptus oil is another powerful essential oil used in organic medicine and natural medicine.  It is particularly used in a lot of cold and flu natural remedies for the chest or used for inhalation. Eucalyptus oil is also great to diffuse at home during cold, flu or virus seasons.

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Organic Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is one of the oldest well known natural remedies, organic remedies used in the winter months here in the UK. The elderberry tree grows wild in Europe and North America.

Elderberries are known for their high antioxidants and vitamins. Other than being used as a cough syrup it can be a great boost to be added to your cereals, porridge, or fresh juice.

Organic Honey And Thyme Syrup

this is one of the natural organic remedies that your family should have in their home first aid box this winter.

It is made of honey, marshmallow extract, thyme flower extract, aniseed fruit extract, and vitamin C LEARN MORE

 

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Organic Remedies To Treat  Insomnia, and Sleep Issues

Organic Vetivert Essential Oil

Organic vetivert (Vetiveria zizanoides) is a deeply sedating, grounding organic essential oil. Vetiveria it is also said to be useful as a nerve tonic and said to repel ticks.

Vetivert oil can be a great oil to support a deep quality sleep, suffer from insomnia. A great sleep aid for those whose sleep cycle is compromised e.g. work night shift, or back shift.

Caution: Don’t apply directly to skin, add a few drops to a bath or well-diluted in a massage blend. Use sparingly don’t continue to use daily as Vetivert stays in the bloodstream for more than a few days.

 

 

Organic Remedies For Babies And Children

With an increase in toxic products, many parents are consciously choosing organic natural baby remedies and natural skin care products for their babies and children’s well-being.

These natural products for infants and kids that are well-reputed to be more safe, effective and far healthier for our children’s health and our environment.

 

Natural Skincare Products For Babies

Natural Baby Organic Collection

A collection of Natural and Organic Baby Products. Organic Baby Balm, Pure Baby Oil, and Organic Baby Bath and Shampoo with lovely organic cotton flannel.

This is perfect gift to nurture that newborn baby or infant without any toxic nasties. Learn More

 

 

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Carrot Pear Juice Recipe

Carrot Pear Juice Recipe

Calming Carrot Pear Juice Recipe

Try this  Calming Carrot Pear Juice Recipe ( Calming Carrot Smoothie Recipe) to help soothe your nervous system and reduce inflammation. A great healthy juice recipe if you suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoporosis, anxiety, or stress.
This gingered pear juice recipe can help you feel calmer and balanced with its alkalizing effect on the blood and body and its soothing effect on the nervous system. It can also help restore electrolytes and contains properties that are known to reduce the severity of migraines.

Calming Carrot Pear Juice Recipe

 

Time: 10 minutes to prepare Servings: 2 glasses

Recipe Ingredients

3 large carrots
1 pear
3 stalks celery
2 broccoli florets
1 small cucumber
1-inch knob ginger
½ teaspoon of grounded ginseng (optional see below)
½ a lemon juice

 

Carrot Pear Juice Recipe for calming the nervous system

Calming Carrot Juice Recipe Instructions

Wash and brush your fruits and vegetables well and pat dry.

Chop the carrots and discard the tops if desired. ( Note the carrot tops, leaves are edible but they don’t taste too nice!)

Chop the pear, celery, broccoli, ginger, and cucumber so they can comfortably fit
in your juicer.

Add the chopped fruit and vegetable pieces pear, celery, ginger, cucumber, and then broccoli into the juicer chute ensuring you don’t put too many pieces into the chute at one time.

Collect the juice in a glass or mason jar.

Add the ginseng, lemon juice, and stir well.

Serve this healthy Pear Juice Recipe and enjoy chilled!

 

Nutritional Facts For Carrot Pear Juice Recipe

Calories 111 | Carbs 30g | Fat 0 g | Protein 1g

 

The Nutritional Properties of this Carrot Pear Juice Recipe

Carrots are a natural source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants.

Carrots are known to have a lot of health benefits, particularly their reputation for supporting our eyes.  Carotene antioxidants are well-associated with helping to lower the chances of cancer.

Pears are packed with a soluble fiber called pectin which is known to help give a feeling of fullness, support good gut health, and good bacteria.

Pears have natural sources of antioxidants, copper, vitamin c, and vitamin k. Copper when combined with Iron supports the body to produce red blood cells, this helps nourish the immune and nervous system.

Celery has an alkalising effect on the blood and body, packed with vital antioxidants that help prevent blood vessels, organs and cells from oxidative stress and harm.

Celery  contains pectin-based polysaccharides such as apiuman and trace elements such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium,

Celery and celery seeds are well-reputed to be beneficial in reducing inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis.

Broccoli is a good source of Vitamin A, B, C, E, K which includes folic acid. As well as calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. Magnesium is a vital component in the functions of many parts of the body.

Lack of magnesium can lead to a variety of unwanted nervous disorders, cardiac and neuromuscular issues. For more information on magnesium deficiency click here.

Other health benefits of Broccoli it’s a good source of protein and fibre, it is said to help build strong bones, can help reduce the risk of cancer, good for eye health.

Cucumber is rich in electrolytes, contains micronutrients and antioxidants helps prevent dehydration. It helps encourage a feeling of fullness, being a low dense energy food it can be extremely helpful in weight loss.

Cucumber contains minerals such as copper,  magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, vitamins B, C, and K.

Ginger is a well-known anti-inflammatory its is high in gingerol, it also has antioxidant properties. It is reputed to restrain the growth of certain types of bacteria.

Ginger can help with nausea especially morning sickness, can help reduce blood sugar.

Ginger is widely used in ayurvedic medicine for a variety of health issues.

Ginseng; there are two main different types of ginseng: Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) both types have a variety of different properties.

For this recipe, we would recommend the american ginseng as it is less stimulating. Panax quinquefolius can help support brain function, reduce blood sugar, improve immune system and energy levels.

 

So if you are looking for a juice recipe that supports your nervous system, boosts your energy levels and immune system whilst giving you a variety of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients our Super Apple Pear Juice Recipe is perfect for you.

 

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Hippocratic Oath – Do No Harm

Hippocratic Oath – Do No Harm

Hippocratic Oath – Do No Harm First

Is the most important aspect of the medical oath Do No Harm First a priority in modern medicine today?

The Hippocratic Oath – Do No Harm First used to be the first and most important rule for any Medical Doctor, Nurse Or Health Practitioner. Do No Harm First used to be the foundational principle in healthcare, a promise that doctors and healthcare practitioners will decline from doing harm to their patients. But in the world of modern-day medicine, has this become overlooked, lost, or even forgotten? Especially in today’s world where many medical practitioners are finding themself in incredibly challenging and compromising situations. Where most medical care around the world is seriously underfunded, mismanaged, influenced, and controlled by governmental and pharmaceutical agendas.

 

The Do No Harm Dilemma Of The Modern Doctor And Nurse

So much so that many millions of caring and compassionate Doctors and Nurses today are feeling seriously ethically and morally comprised. They know they are not always able to give their clients the care and treatment they know their clients deserve.

But how serious are these issues? Is allopathic medicine doing enough to ensure modern medical medicine and interventions do no harm? Or are we giving too much power, authority, and control over our wellbeing to the pharmaceutical and science world?

 

The Risk Of Harm And Injury?

We all know someone in our friends and family members who has experienced some sort of harm or injury. You just need to look at the approx 22, 000 deaths a year noted to be caused by NHS Medication Errors in 2018 to see just one example of harm.

Many of us know people who have left their mainstream medical profession who felt they weren’t able to do their jobs safely or effectively anymore. So many deeply caring healthcare practitioners at the moment feel seriously compromised, under so much pressure, they want to help heal not harm but are struggling to navigate within a dysfunctional medical system.

In many ways, I believe modern medicine has become more like symptoms management and emergency treatment than anything about actively promoting and empowering patient health and wellbeing. We just need to see the lack of health and wellbeing in many Doctors, Nurses, and other Healthcare Professionals.  Or look at the lack of health promotional videos during covid 19.

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Modern Medicine And Nutrition

I found it extremely concerning that over the last year there was no major NHS campaign focusing on ways to boost and support the immune system. Absolutely nothing encouraging adequate nutrition and healthy eating. In fact, I saw one shocking BBC program that said eating healthy would not help when basic science an unhealthy diet, an unhealthy body is more likely to have an unhealthy immune system and an issue fighting off a virus or other complications. Or am I wrong??

There was no mention of Vitamin D, Zinc, and Vitamin C in 1st world countries while some 2nd and 3rd world countries were encouraging their people to do what they could to boost their wellbeing. But is this just more proof that mainstream medicine has moved so far into drugs and policies that the basics of health and wellbeing such as good nutrition got lost?

Lets’s look at holistic Nutritionists who spend 3 – 4 years studying Nutrition, they are rarely taken seriously by many Doctors and Nurses who themself as one medical student claims to spend only between 10- 24 hours of study in nutrition over 5- 6 years. As someone with very rare medical challenges and one serious health issue that included threatened eye loss. My greatest health issues were NEVER improved by mainstream medicine, except in a life-threatening issue but that very issue was caused by medical harm and neglect. On so many occasions a suitably qualified Nutritionist and testing helped me get some of my health back when modern medicine told me there was nothing they could do. I had at one time an eye pressure of only 2 and managed to get it up to 10 with nutritional advice.

 

So how much has modern medicine become more like emergency medicine or symptom management? Than about true health care, health promotion, health advice, and wellbeing?

 

The Extreme Mental Pressure Of Medical Practitioners

As someone who has seen hundreds of Doctors and Medical Experts, who has been a participant in different types of medical research and medical studies I do see strands of the broken system. I also found it interesting and refreshing when I speak to maturer Dr’s who have less to prove, they tend to be more objective, more honest, and more focused on Doing No Harm First.

Of course, there are many amazing Doctors, Nurses, Healthcare Providers who always put their patients first. There are amazing medical and scientific breakthroughs that only modern medicine can provide. But we cannot deny the mental, physical, and emotional health state of many Doctors and Nurses, especially at the moment. A reason why so many nurses and doctors are moving out of modern medicine and moving into other careers some more holistic roles, or health coaching roles. Because the mental and physical demands of these roles were impacting their ability to make the right choices or their confidence in challenging the status quo.

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The Importance Of Research And Evaluation

One medical friend of mine whose mum has had medical harm due to the recent jab has been completely shocked recently by the naivety of many fellow medical practitioners. How many Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists are prescribing or promoting the latest pandemic vaccine to patients but actually have done no proper research on any of its clinical studies, possible and documented side effects. Promoting and giving out something they have not personally looked into. Even more, concerning was that more than a few medical professionals had no idea that this medical intervention was still in the experimental stages and that in phases 1 & 2 many people with certain medical conditions were excluded from the study.

On the other side of that, unfortunately, we are seeing more and more nurses, doctors, and pharmaceuticals who are trying to speak up or question things due to some of the things they are seeing. I have witnessed some heart-breaking stories of nurses, doctors, and scientists who have walked out of their profession because of the pressure and compromise. One paramedic walked out because he was sick of watching patients’ freedom of choice, freedom of body autonomy being abused. Others sick and tired of being told to not ask questions during suspect harmful vaccine side-effects.

As someone myself who has had more than my fair share of medical negligence, medical harm from procedures, investigations, and treatments within modern medicine. I have to say I find it deeply disturbing how much freedom of choice and body autonomy has been taken away in many countries around the world in relation to healthcare and medical interventions. And even more worrying when they have put such a tremendous amount of energy, money into psychological campaigning and into the silencing of world-renowned Immunologists, Virologists, Vaccine Development.

Do No Harm First - Is the Hippocratic Oath of Do No Harm First taking priority in modern medicine by The World of Health

We All Have The Right To Safe Effective Healthcare

I believe we all have the right to medical interventions and treatments that are primarily focused on safety first. And that everyone should have choice, and within that choice access to information and transparency around those medical interventions. I personally wish I knew how potentially damaging some of the medical interventions that I had that I was led to believe were safe which caused me devastating health issues.

And wish I knew 30 years ago what I know about health and wellbeing. Especially about so many of the things we can do to help ourselves and to help others. Don’t get me wrong I totally realise the present dilemma is a difficult one. But the fact we are seeing so many different opinions from all over the world on so many aspects of the current health crisis, especially around the efficacy of certain testing and safety of certain treatments, again is another reason that I believe we should highlight the importance of choice.

One of the things that I struggle to get my head around in relation to PCR testing is being used to test for such a serious thing, when in fact I was told by more than a few Infectious Disease Drs and others in the NHS  over 5 years ago, that this type of testing was inadequate and couldn’t ever diagnose as it could pick up any virus or bacteria. So what is the truth who knows?

All I know is that healthcare surely is supposed to be about doing no harm, your medical doctor or nurse should be doing their own research, shouldn’t be scared of using the yellow card scheme or reporting an issue. I nearly lost my own life in ICU due to an additional issue of Doctors not putting down properly in my medical notes the reactions I had to certain medicines and anesthetics.

On the other hand, we have so many Doctors today who feel they are not being respected, not valued, not listened to by their patients. Surely these issues create a greater divide and can lead to compassion fatigue, burnout,  and frustration. As a society, is it our duty to change the culture of healthcare? Is it our duty to put pressure on our government and healthcare providers? To back up the healthcare providers who want more transparency, who want a much safer and positive health experience for their patients?

I personally believe that for example, a big problem in the UK is that in some ways we have created a nanny state that in some ways discourages self-responsibility for our health. I know through the years many of the Doctors I have met have been shocked at how many things I have done to support my health and how much of my income I invested in my health even when in severe poverty. But no matter what, no matter what country you live in, what you believe about health, you have the right to choose your health and wellbeing choices, especially those that Do No Harm.

 

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Why Choose Homeopathy For Children

Why Choose Homeopathy For Children

Why Choose Homeopathy for Children? Supporting children’s health naturally through homeopathy by Naturopath, Karen McElroy.

Why Choose Homeopathy For Children

As any parent will know, the rapid growth and development a child goes through from birth through to early adulthood is phenomenal. This growth requires abundant energy and good vitality. One of the best things to remember when making choices for your kids is that “children are not little adults.” Kids are sensitive, they are still growing and have their own needs and requirements as they follow their own trajectory of development. We should try to minimise ‘adult’ environmental conditions before our children are old enough to handle them. This is true of everything from the dosage of medication, exposure to processed foods to television shows, the news, and other adult topics of conversation. 

Developmentally, a child’s organs do not reach maturity until the teenage years. As such, they are less effective at handling toxins, through the kidneys or liver.  So when it comes to medicines and foods, wherever possible we should consider safe and natural options like homeopathy for children. Supporting children’s health naturally with gentle medicine options and quality nutritious foods gives them the best start in life.

 

Why Homeopathy For Children And Infants Is So Popular

Like all plants and animals, our bodies have an innate intelligence or natural capacity to heal and self-regulate. This inner power or vital force is understood and harnessed in all-natural health traditions and is seen to govern growth and development as well as healing and repairs of the body.  So long as the environment is favourable to our body, this innate vital force does a great job of keeping us healthy. The environment is everything from the food we eat, to our sleep quality, our home life, and relationships. So when children are sick, we must identify where the imbalance has occurred and endeavour to make changes to allow the body to heal.  Consider for example, whether there is enough nutrition being provided, whether sufficient sleep is being obtained or whether there is too much screen time or stress and disharmony in the home. An imbalance that leads to symptoms and illness can often be remedied by making necessary changes in the environment. 

 

Homeopathy For Children And Infants

In some cases, additional natural medicines can be offered that can help support faster healing or strengthen the constitution and can be especially useful when the environmental conditions are difficult to change or will take some time to be effective. Homeopathy for children is a great tool to support children’s health naturally. Homeopathy has a natural affinity with children and offers a very safe and effective option for many health complaints.

 

Homeopathy was founded by Samuel Hahnemann, a German medical doctor who, by a chance experiment, discovered that some plants could cause a range of symptoms, but when the same plant was used in a much smaller diluted dosage, it could treat the same symptoms. This came to be known as the Law of Similars, or ‘like cures like’. Broader principles of homeopathy were developed along with foundations of natural medicine practice, giving rise to the homeopathic tenets that remedies should be gentle, do no harm, have a rapid impact on symptoms, and deal with the underlying root cause of the disease. A reason homeopathy for children and infants is so popular.

 

Homeopathy has continued to be a popular medicine and despite modern medicine’s focus on powerful drugs and big profits, new scientific understanding of energy and the quantum field suggest that the body has many layers from the physical to the vibrational/energetic, and thus homeopathic medicines can work on the more subtle layers to effect change right across the body.

 

Homeopathic medicines come from many different natural substances, including minerals, plants, and animals. They aim to treat the whole person, and thus symptoms are evaluated on both the physical body level as well as the level of the mind in order to find a remedy that matches closely. Finding a remedy that displays as many similarities to the symptom picture gives the best chance of it working. There are remedies for just about every health complaint, and many symptom pictures can be found in more than one remedy, so honing in on the best one, with the best match to the child’s illness picture is important. 

 

Popular Homeopathic Remedies For Children

Some popular homeopathic remedies for children’s health complaints include Pulsatilla for cold, coughs, and clinginess, Chamomilla for teething and diarrhoea, and Arnica for bumps, sprains, and bruises. When selecting a remedy, a process called repertorising is used by a homeopath, where all the symptoms are listed in as much detail and then cross-referenced with the remedy picture to ensure the correct remedy is found.

 

Homeopathic medicines are normally dispensed in small sucrose pilules that have the remedy absorbed into them or they are suspended in liquids. They are easy to administer to children and they are very safe as the physical substance has been diluted and there is no risk of overdose. Remedies come in different potencies, from very low potency which is closest to the physical substance, through to very high potency that has a higher frequency imprint of the medicine. Generally speaking, the lower potencies are used for more physical health issues, while the higher potencies are used for more emotional and mental symptoms. A popular mid-range potency is 30c, which means the remedy has been diluted and potentised 30 times.  

 

Homeopathic First Aid Kits And Remedy Books

While simple homeopathic first aid kits and remedy books are available and useful for administering at home for straightforward conditions, it is important to always have the backup of a medical professional to support and guide you in managing your child’s health, and serious health issues should always be treated and managed by a qualified health professional or doctor. Next time your child is struggling with a health issue, step back and see what is out of balance, make some healthy changes to their diet or lifestyle and consider using some homeopathic medicines to support your child’s return to health and vitality. Meanwhile, check out Karen’s Homeopathic First Aid Kits and Kids Healthy Lunchbox Book

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About Karen McElroy

Karen McElroy ND, BHSci (Nat), BA, MNHAA, MCMA.

Karen is a qualified naturopath, with over 20 years of clinical experience specialising in women and children’s health.She offers both in-person consultations at her clinics on the Sunshine Coast,  Australia as well as offering online video or phone consultations for people internationally. Karen also speaks at conferences and runs a range of popular courses, workshops, and retreats. Visit her website for more information about homeopathy for children and adults at https://www.karenmcelroy.com.au/