3 Simple Steps to Sync with Natures Cycles

Uncategorized Sep 06, 2021
Here we are once again with the leaves beginning to turn and the light slipping away faster each evening. Its so easy in a society that is always switched to ON to just roll onwards on the hamster wheel without any real awareness of the importance of the cycles of nature and how they reflect our own personal cycles. Nature is both outside of us and inside of us and when we begin to understand the ebb and flow of our cyclical nature, we can harness these curves and live a fuller, more balanced life. But it take a conscious decision to step off the thread mill and a daily commitment to remember we have a choice.  
 

Here are 3 simple steps you can implement today to begin to sync with Natures Cycles.

 

#1 Observe & Interact with the Natural World around you. 

Begin to consciously observe and interact with the Natural World around you. Use you body as an intermediary. What can you see, hear, smell, taste, touch around you in Nature that gives a sensory...
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Plant Medicine for Prevention

 
Over many years of working as a herbalist I have treated a wide range of concerns, symptoms and health issues of both mind and body. It's interesting to me that many people wait until all else has failed and come to alternative or natural practitioners as a last resort or when their back is against the wall. Over the years, many times I have wondered why do people wait so long, why is natural healing a last resort for so many?
Having lived all of my adult life with a way of being that favours a natural approach to mind and body first and foremost, it's taken years to understand that a lot of it comes down to education and a way of being in the world. When we know better we do better most of the time anyway, but information and understanding are two different things. Its the WHY that is often missing, not the WHAT and like anything else, if we don't understand WHY something is beneficial, we often don't pursue it.
 
Once we understand WHY, we then can begin to learn...
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MINDSET MAINTENANCE FOR NATURAL MIND-BODY HEALTH

Did you ever consider not to believe every thought that crosses your mind? For a lot of people, not only have they never considered this, but they have never really considered that there are choices to be made around our thought as they are powerful weapons that will work for us or against us, depending on how we program them.

 For many, our thinking is an automatic flow, much of which we are not even conscious of until we make a decision to shine a light on it. But even when it runs on auto pilot, whatever we have programmed in there will have a profound influence on our health, wellbeing and lives in general. And without a conscious decision to audit it and adjust as necessary, it will continue to run on automatic as we sleep at the wheel. And this is why I ask the question above, to prompt you to ask the question of yourself and to bring your attention to your mindset.

 

We often believe our thoughts to be truths. Many times they are not. They are just random passing...

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HAWTHORN - HEART HEALING PLANT MEDICINE WITH THE QUEEN OF MAY

With the arrival of the summer and the hopeful feeling of possibility that has come with it this year, I want to give you guys the heads up on one of the most prolific, accessible and wholesome plant medicines that you can access with ease at the minute.
 
 The plant I'm talking about is the Hawthorn Tree.
 
One of the most magical and mischievous trees that will always have a special place down my memory lane. I was warned as a child not to mess with these trees as they were fairy trees. This warning came around a time that we would celebrate May Day with a party for the May Queen. This looked like dressing up in communion dresses, drinking red lemonade, eating sweets and putting ribbons on the trees, which to be honest, growing up in a housing estate in North Dublin in the 1980's was an incredible injection of magic, wonder and excitement  in some pretty drab and grim times.
 
The other association for me of this tree, the month of May and general feeling...
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Maternal Mental Health Week - When are we going to get real and truly support our mothers?


Did you know that this week the first week of May is Maternal Mental Health Week? Yes there is such a thing to help highlight the need support for mothers.

This is an area I'm passionate about, however I would expand the banner to Maternal Mental, Emotional and Energetic Health week! Having worked for a number of years as a therapist specialising in maternal mental and emotional wellbeing I got an insight into the reality that many mothers, with no prior "mental health" issues can really struggle with the transition to motherhood internally, while desperately trying to keep up appearances on the outside.

And as a mother of 3 young children at the time, I could totally relate.

I had similar train of thought that came crashing in and around until I managed to get a handle on them and chuck them out again.

What was really eye opening to me was that many mothers who sough my support were concerned about the possibility of Post Natal Depression, some already diagnosed and on medication,...

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PLANT MEDICINE FOR PREVENTION

Working in the sphere of natural health for many years, I'm a firm believer in the power we have as people to support our wellbeing in Natural ways. Of course as a herbalist, plant medicine is one of the primary pathways I use and promote.

Did you know that approximately 80% of the worlds population rely on plant medicine as their primary form of healthcare?

It's quite an incredible realisation when we consider that the awareness in the general population about the role that plants can play in health is so limited. In our dualistic, mechanistic society there is often a black and white approach taken. It's either/or, this or that, one or the other.

Within the mainstream population, herbal medicine is often considered as an alternative, new-age, tree hugging pursuit that has little opportunity to be integrated into life for the regular Joe. Most people would never consider that plant medicine can play a powerful role in their health and wellbeing.

The truth is that plant medicine when...

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SUPPORTING OUR HEALTH & WELLBEING NATURALLY

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We are living in a time where the awareness of the benefits of natural health approaches are moving from the realm of fringe lunatic to the mainstream population. The days where herbs are relegated to the realms of hippies are gone. Much scientific data, confirms what has been known for eons by traditional plant practitioners. The awareness of "We are what we eat" has rippled across the world making a glossy, well-marketed comeback from the days of Hippocrates to the modern Cosomopolitan magazine readers. And the reality of the challenges that using pharmaceutical medications can pose in relation to side-effects and limited effectiveness has encouraged more and more people to start looking for alternatives or at least complementary methods to support their natural health and wellbeing in a more natural way.


There are as many ways to support our health naturally as there are rivers to the sea. These pathways can range from food, herbs, supplements, cleansing regimes, talk therapy,...

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UNCOMMON USES FOR THE COMMON DAISY

Who was to know that the Common Daisy, Bellis perennis is such an over-looked medicinal gem growing prolifically all around us. Who doesn’t love daisies?? When my children see the lawnmower coming out in summer, they throw themselves on the grass wailing “Noooo….. leave the daisies alone!!!” From the mouth of babes. 
 
Although it is not part of the material medica of the modern medical herbalist, Daisy has had a long history of medical use and has been the subject of recent interesting research, affirming its folk uses. Many of the chemical constituents present in the daisy have been the subject of research that indicates the source of many of the medical actions of plant. However, I recommend using herbs in their whole form because a natural synergy occurs and we reap the benefits of this, even if we can’t fully understand it. 
 
Having read from old herbal texts, recent research and folk stories I will...
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CAYENNE SALVE - THE NATURAL ANWSER TO DEEP HEAT!

Growing up in a house with a football and hurling obsessed father where the smell of Deep Heat was a regular, almost comforting aroma, when I first came across the recipe I share below I thought “Now that will give Deep Heat a run for its money!” 

There is so much to say about Cayenne Pepper. It was one of the first of many surprises I got when I began to study herbal medicine. Not being a fan of spices in general, and having no knowledge of them other than in cooking foods that my palette couldn’t handle, Cayenne Pepper what one hell of an eye opener as to how food can be medicine and in the most powerful of ways! Cardiovascular health, Pain Relief, digestion and metabolism. The list goes on. 

The health benefits of Cayenne deserves a whole article to its self but for today, I just want to share a herbal remedies recipe using this wonderful plant that is so simple anyone came make it and benefit from it. Paint by numbers and...

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HYDROTHERAPY FOR NATURAL HEALING

The indigenous peoples call it the First Medicine, it’s considered sacred in all the perennial wisdom traditions, being used as a Holy substance for blessing, healing and protection.  The medicinal use of it hails back to the times of Hippocrates, the Father of Modern medicine and has endured in many forms across cultures and through the ages.
 
Water – The most basic of human needs and rights. We, the privileged minority of humans who are lucky enough to have water delivered to our homes every day, tend to take this for granted. It is only when there are shortages, cut-offs, contamination and oh yes, water charges talked about that we begin to think about water and how essential it is for life as we know it. The use of water as a natural healing tool is something that most people aren’t conscious of and has lost its prominence with the advance of modern medicine. There are many ways to utilize this resource for our health on an ongoing basis as a...
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