The jonquils and the wattles are flowering – along with grasses across the state – so it’s hayfever time. (Or seasonal rhinitis – which is its medical name.) If you get in early, there’s a lot you can do to minimise your symptoms and keep yourself well. Hayfever is essentially an immune system response – […]Read more
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It’s a scary time in Australia as COVID-19 escalates. Particularly in my Melbourne home, where we’ve just gone back into lockdown. Anxiety and stress can have short term and long term consequences. In these limited times most of us can still do one simple thing – and go for a walk in nature. This is […]Read more
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A cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling totally rail-roaded. It could be that you’re the patient – or that someone you love has just had that devastating diagnosis. Either way, the urgency of the medical system can easily make you feel powerless and useless. You could easily feel like a helpless, passive bystander in your […]Read more
There are three main organs in the body that respond to stress: The hypothalamus (manages the release of hormones and other physiological functions) The pituitary gland (receives signals from the nervous system) Together they control the adrenal glands that release hormones in response to stress. 3. The adrenal glands (near the kidneys) Together these are […]Read more
The next R-U-OK day in Australia isn’t until 10th September 2020. That’s WAY too far away. At the moment, probably every day could benefit from being an R-U-OK day. All of us are dealing with a world in crisis – at a level that hasn’t happened for 100 years! Even if you’re not in immediate […]Read more
What to do? At first signs of infection like fatigue, sore throat, sneeze, cough etc (you will all have personal knowledge of how it happens with you): you need to increase the dosage of supplements and herbs you already take (as preventatives) and divide this up throughout the day. The increased amount will depend on […]Read more
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Warragul Greens loves some sunshine and thrives on moisture. You can train it up and over fences too.
Next you can see Common Sage or Salvia officinalis. ‘Officinalis’ means this is the official species used botanical/herbal medicine.
Commonly used in cooking, sage helps ensure digestive processes work well: especially to muster our bile flow to break down consumed fats/oils. You can use sage fresh or dried for later use.
In herbal medicine sage has a broad sphere of action: antimicrobial (including antiviral) taken as a tea and/or gargle/mouthwash; improving cognition and memory, reduces excess perspiration (sweating) in fevers or during menopause, reduces milk flow in weaning mothers. Commonly used in upper respiratory tract infections like sore throat and sinus issues.
For best effect and safety of any herbal medicine you must consult a Practitioner to guide you on the most appropriate dose and preparation FOR YOU . Generally sage in its basic leaf form for cooking or tea is considered a very low risk herb. Easy to grow from cuttings. Let me know if you’d like to give it a go to grow. I have plenty to share. This plant has travelled around our garden for about 25 years!
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Food Feast: Warragul Greens/New Zealand Spinach aka Tetragonia tetragonoides. Easy nutritious green to grow in your garden (likes moisture) and you can find it along the Aussie shorelines (tastes a bit saltier). High in Vit C, magnesium, phytonutrients and fibre, this food has been a favourite of Australian indigenous peoples and early European colonists and had a resurgence of interest as a Bush Tucker option easy to grow in our own gardens. The leaf is mild to the taste and soft to the palate so easily incorporated into pies, pestos, salads and salsas. It contains some oxalic acid so those with kidney issues consult with a Practitioner first if you are concerned.Read more
What to do? Physical distancing and Sanitising are the MOST IMPORTANT strategies in minimizing our exposure to COVID19. Apart from avoidance we can improve our immune system response to any viral/bacterial/fungal exposure by considering the following: Even if you’re not sick yet, then Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc – NOW – in appropriate […]Read more
Research on chronic pain has shown that massage can be as useful for pain management as paracetamol and Nurofen (and you don’t have to worry about constipation and other side effects). I’m running a 1/2 day Massage for Couples workshop on the afternoon of Sunday February 16th, 2020. Come along and you can learn […]Read more