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Articles to inspire and support you through your hormone balancing, fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journey. 

How to Achieve a Restful Sleep

How to Achieve a Restful Sleep

Stress and sleeplessness used to be my enemy.

I was a perfectionist with an overactive mind, always worrying about what people think. This would cause me to lie awake for hours on end at night…mulling over the day that was. The conversations I had with people, how I could have performed  better (yes, that perfectionism was always creeping back in) and worrying about the ‘to-do’s’ for the following day.

Also moving from a quiet farm life, to living on the corner of a noisy roundabout in the big smoke (Adelaide), contributed to my case of insomnia. I remember waking zombie like, after getting in just a few measly early morning hours, before it was time to face the day. This is how I operated- tired, but very wired.

Now, as a Naturopath I am seeing the same picture in many of my patients. The physical, mental and emotional daily stress contribute to a state of overwhelm for many. You push through the day,...

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Our Birth Story

The clock ticked over to 7.26am on Saturday 14th July and our beautiful baby girl arrived into this world. We first met as she was lifted onto my chest for skin-to-skin cuddles, for a magical end to our homebirth experience. As we lay together right where she was born-infront of our wood fire, my body kept her warm and her long delicate fingers wrapped around her Daddy's thumb. We named our bundle of joy Amelia Evie.

It was just twelve hours earlier when my regular surges (contractions) had begun. Over this time, we had used many holistic tools to promote a calm birth, in the dark and quiet of our own home. This relaxed environment allowed my body to feel safe and allow the stages of labour to progress naturally.  The majority of my labour was supported by my husband and our primary midwife, Megan, and later our homebirth-accredited midwife also assisted with the safe delivery of Amelia into our arms.

How We Prepared

Heading back to pre-birth, we made the most of...

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Naturopath Approved Hair, Skin & Body Care Products

Naturopath Approved Hair, Skin & Body Care Products

Practising as a Naturopath, it is evident the dangerous impact toxins cause on the health of the body. As the elimination organs become stressed, this can lead to many health conditions including hormonal imbalances such as Oestrogen dominance. The skin is your largest organ therefore many of these toxins are sourced from substances which absorb into your system, via the skin.

Consuming a nutritious diet of predominantly organic produce is one of my top values. I also take care of what I expose myself to through any products used on my hair, skin, nails and teeth- avoiding dangerous chemicals and using products containing healing properties of natures medicine. 

Over the years I have experimented with many new natural beauty products on the market and can finally say I have a number of products I am happy to use and rotate between on a regular basis. It is important to know what you are...

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How to Overcome Overwhelm

How to Overcome Overwhelm

 

Being blessed with a type A personality, I can attest to spiralling into a state of overwhelm, many times over. My high expectations, pleasing nature, together with the ever increasing work load of a small business owner, lead me to the development of regular states of high cortisol driven overwhelm and anxiety. Tightening of my throat, a fuzzy drunk-like feeling in my head and a nervous tummy would manifest as I scrambled through my multi-tasking to get my daily jobs done. Tick.

Over the years however, I’ve learnt to embrace mindfulness and go with the flow…just a little. I’ll always be an organised planner (I’m a virgo), but I have developed to live simply, be present and follow self care rituals to enable me to say goodbye to these icky overwhelming experiences.

Here I want to share some of the ways you can stay on top of your game, without winding up with frazzled feelings of fight or flight.

MAKE YOUR MOST...

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How To Use Mineral Rich Foods As Your Medicine

How To Use Mineral Rich Foods As Your Medicine

Using foods as medicine is always my first priority when preventing imbalances, treating health challenges and promoting optimal health & vitality. Nature has provided us with a way of delivering our body’s nutritional requirements through the blessing of whole foods.

Minerals from the foods you eat help to build strong bones & teeth, healthy hair, glowing skin, easy-to grow nails, normal nerve function along with governing your hormone health and metabolism.

An important step in supporting your hormone health is incorporating a varied array of nutrients into your daily diet. Refer to my list of minerals found in health giving (gluten free) foods, below. Aim to opt for organic where possible.

MINERALS

CALCIUM

Animal sources:

Anchovies, bone broth, crab, dairy* products (cheese, cream, milk, yoghurt), duck, egg yolks, prawns, salmon, sardines, snapper, shellfish

Plant based...

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Choc Orange (or Peppermint) Gummies

Choc Orange (or Peppermint) Gummies

 

Providing all this Mumma Milk is really working up quite an appetite!

These gummies are a perfect snack to satiate hunger between meals AND provide the gut healing nutrients, gelatine. Oh and did I mention these orange (or peppermint) infused treats are also chocolate flavour? Yum!

If you’re restricting natural sugars from your diet, you can reduce or eliminate the honey and for a creamier taste, opt for coconut cream over coconut milk.

CHOC ORANGE (OR PEPPERMINT) GUMMIES

What you’ll need:

1 can Ayam coconut milk (or cream for a milkier gummie)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 drops dōTERRA Peppermint or 5 drops dōTERRA Wild Orange Essential Oil
3 1/2 tablespoons gelatine powder (I use an organic one found over here )
2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey

What you’ll need to do:

Warm the cacao powder in with the milk/ cream over low-med heat in a small saucepan

Whisk in gelatine...

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How To Create A Hormone Happy Home

How To Create A Hormone Happy Home

It is a surprise to some when I expose the fact that toxins play a major role in upsetting your hormone health. From disrupting important messages from your brain to your hormone glands and overwhelming your liver (a crucial organ for hormone health), toxins can impact the health of your thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones.

Even more of a shock is that these toxins are often delivered through in-home sources, including off-gassing furniture, electronics, clothing, body care products, fragrances and your food…. and this is just a minute amount of what you’re exposed to inside the home.

As a major amount of your time is spent in your home, there is great reason to create this space into a hormone happy environment. This is something I talk about extensively throughout my upcoming hormone health book: Balanced, The Natural Way To Healthy Hormones, but today I wanted to share one simple thing you can do.

Cue, indoor plants....

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How To Make 2 Simple Food Swaps To For Your Hormone Health

How To Make 2 Simple Food Swaps To For Your Hormone Health 

Making dietary changes to nourish your body can be confusing, especially when you’re bombarded with marketing misconceptions. You’ve got certain influential foundations ‘educating’ about the dangers of saturated fat, whilst providing ticks (now stars) for trans-fat and additive ridden food items. You are also conditioned to opt for high grain intake, meanwhile nasty toxins such as artificial sweeteners are not given the negative press they deserve. If you’re into educating yourself with top nutrition reads such as Grain BrainWheat BellyGood Calories, Bad Calories and Sweet Poison, then you’ll identify these lies and manipulations from big companies who are out to make a dollar.

So what should you believe?

An effective first step when optimising your nutrition for healthy hormones, is to look at the food items you’re...

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How Oestrogen Dominance may be Upsetting your Health

How Oestrogen Dominance may be Upsetting your Health

It’s the week before your period and your PMS is in full swing, with an irritable, snappy and sensitive, cry-at-the-drop-of-a-hat, snap-at-someone-for-saying-hello, whirl wind of crazy emotions. You have swollen, tender breasts and you start to dread the upcoming chronic cramping and heavy flow you all to regularly suffer from.

This is a story I have unfortunately heard repeatedly from female patients who seek my help as a Naturopath. This is the story of Oestrogen dominance.

WHAT IS OESTROGEN

Oestrogen refers to three different hormones which allow endometrial cells (cells lining the womb) to multiply, in preparation for pregnancy.  Oestrogen is the sex hormone responsible for the development of the breasts, growth of the uterus and as the skeleton matures, the characteristic womanly curves, in a girl who is going through puberty. Together with other hormones, Oestrogen helps to regulate the menstrual cycle.

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Foods that may be disrupting your Oestrogen levels

Foods that may be disrupting your Oestrogen levels

 

Oestrogen plays a special role for a woman, as it governs your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Known as the feminine sex hormone, oestrogen governs the bodily changes experienced as your mature from a girl into a woman at puberty and following this event, increased levels are produced by the ovaries (and some from your adrenals) each month to initiate the ripening and release of the fully matured egg at ovulation. In pre menopausal years oestrogen is the driving force behind womanly characteristics and also plays a cardiovascular protective role in your body.

Although oestrogen is required for your overall health and wellbeing, levels can build up in your body and quickly cause imbalance. With either heightened oestrogen production, oestrogen mimicking substances, potent oestrogen receptor activity, sluggish liver metabolism and/ or recycling of oestrogen back into your system due to poor gut health, a condition...

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