Here’s a topic that no one really likes to discuss, yet it is a problem that affects everyone at some point in their life. Constipation! It will raise it’s head somewhere and at some time no matter who you are, where you work, what you eat, what you drink, how you live. The bowel is a tricky little organ, and so often it seems to have a mind of it’s own!

What is constipation?

Defined as the absence of the urge to eliminate waste or as having difficulty in passing stools. However, in simple terms we all know it means you just can’t do a poo poo! I have seen patients that only have a bowel motion once in 2 weeks. I can’t imagine how this must feel. Being so clogged up and heavy, not to mention the serious negative health effects on the body. Symptoms of constipation are usually more than just the obvious lack of bowel function. Loss of appetite is very common, you may suffer with intermittent nausea, indigestion, low grade fever that comes and goes, headaches, back ache, fatigue, irritability and even some feelings of anxiety.

You may also develop haemorrhoids.

So the burning question is, can constipation be healed? Yes it certainly can.

There are several factors that need to be addressed, apart from the obvious dietary changes:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Emotional Issues

Relieving Constipation

Diet – You do need to load your diet with fresh vegetables and fruits. This way you get a good amount of fibre. Cooked vegetables are preferable to raw, so the bowel can eliminate more efficiently. Leaving the skin on fruit and vegetables helps to give you more fibre. Include grains, pulses, lentils and beans each day, and use some bran each day. Include yoghurt in your diet, but do check that it has live cultures in it. If not you can buy a probiotic and take as directed each day. The good microflora in the gut need to be plentiful to help keep your gut balanced and working in harmony.

Drink – water. I know you hear this time and time again, yet it still needs to be mentioned as so many of us just don’t drink sufficient water each day. Drink at least one litre of water, add your tea or coffee but do get some good clear water into your body each day. On waking have a large glass of water, cold or hot. You can have it with a slice of lemon in it or just plain good old water. I love hot water so each morning I sip a cup of boiled water with a slice of lemon. Delicious! 

Within one hour of rising, eat your breakfast. Never skip this very important meal. On a daily basis add my Fruit Spread to your diet. You could spread it on toast, or have it as a relish with grilled meats or chicken. You could add more prune juice and drink it either by itself or add to a smoothie.

Molly’s Anti-Constipation Fruit Spread

  • 1 cup prunes – pitted
  • 1 cup dates – pitted
  • 1 cup dried figs – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2-1 cup prune juice

Place all ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend until you have a smooth paste. Spoon it into a jar and store in the fridge.

Dose: Adults take 1 to 2 tablespoons each day until your bowel is regular, then you can start to cut back as needed. Depending on the age of a child 10-16, use 1/2 – 1 tablespoon, and for toddlers over 3 use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, diluted in apple juice. For a child under 3 it is advisable to see your health practitioner before giving any treatments yourself.

Vitamins & Minerals – Take fish oil and a probiotic each day.

Tissue salts – Mag Phos can be very useful for a number of health issues, and it is very beneficial for constipation. Taken internally at night, and as a cream rub on the tummy area each day.

Herbs – There are some very good herbal remedies that can help to regulate your bowel. Herbs such as cascara, yellow dock, senna, liquorice, slippery elm, psyllium.  Contact Molly to buy Molly’s formulated herbal tea ‘Relief”

Exercise – walking is such a good exercise to do as it uses all the muscles in your body. Swing your arms as you go, to stimulate lymph glands. No need to do a fast power walk, just a bit brisker than a stroll.

Stress – We all have it, and often lots of it. It can disguise itself as an old friend because we live with it every day and so think it is a normal part of life! Stress can be useful, but in most instances it is enormously detrimental to our health and wellbeing. Stress can be relieved in many ways. You can meditate or do some deep breathing exercises, or listen to a relaxing creative meditation such as my healing meditation which you can download here.

Emotions – Always a major player in any form of health issue or imbalance in your body. Your emotions can be the basic reason you become constipated in the first place. Take a moment, close your eyes and see if you can connect with any emotional reasons you may be ‘holding on’.

EFT is one method of working with emotions to get a good result in releasing emotions and links to constipation. Contact Molly for an EFT script to aid in relieving constipation.

Maddening Mozzies

‘If you think you’re too small to make a difference,
try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito’.

African proverb.*

There are still lots of those buzzing little critters out there so here are a few things you can do to keep them away or if you are bitten, you can help to alleviate the sting.

mosquito8698229To deter them try using an oil burner with a good combination of essential oils such as:

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Thyme
  • 5 drops Lemongrass
  • 15 drops Citronella
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus

If you want to use this blend to rub on your skin, you must first dilute it with a good carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.  To 20ml of carrier oil add 5 drops of the essential oil blend shown above. Halve this amount for children over 3. Don’t use essential oils, even diluted, on children under 3.

Lavender essential oil is very soothing when applied to a sting but always make sure your essential oil is diluted before using it on your body.

* A variation of the proverb has also been attributed to the Dalai Lama.

Festive Heartburn

With the festive season upon us, many of us do have a tendency to let our hair down and eat, drink and be merry! And why not, it is Christmas after all. However, everything has two sides, and along with all the merriment, we can end up over eating or drinking and so suffer with bloating and heartburn. Not so pleasant!

Here are a few tips to get you through the festive fun, as smoothly as possible. Read More

Carrots, more than meets the eye

Carrots are one of our staple vegetables, just like our potato, and would probably be used in cooking in every household at least a few times a week. Carrots can be grown all year round in temperate climates, so this is a food that is quite synergistic with our body at any time of the year. They belong to the umbelliferae family and are related to parsnips, fennel, caraway, parsley, anise, dill and cumin.

Carrots are a very nutritious food, and contain many vitamins and minerals, and of course are a great source of fibre. The carrot is most well known for the high levels of beta-carotene that it has, and as the old wives tale goes, they help you to see in the dark! And there is some truth to that old tale. There are many wonderful health benefits in our common carrot, and really need to be in your diet on a daily basis. Read More

Just 20 minutes a day

And as we move into the new year a healthy goal you could have is to start a walking regime if you don’t already get out there. A daily 20 minute walk will make a big difference in your health and fitness.

Here are a few reasons why you might enjoy your daily walk: Read More

Ear infections

Spring is here, and the winter ailments are still bugging many of us and certainly hovering around reinfecting and leaving behind a  nasty lingering cough which seems to hang on for around 4 to 6 weeks.  The common cold has been quite severe this year, with almost half the population in Sydney succumbing to it. Thankfully it has mainly been an upper respiratory infection affecting  mainly the ears, sinus and throat, although there has been quite a high percentage of serious bronchial and chest infections as well.

For children in particular, and also adults this year, I have seen many patients with ear infections after the cold has swept in and caused havoc. In young children the angle of the eustachian tube allows for fluid build up which provides a fertile breeding ground for bacteria so ear infections occur more frequently and can be very painful. Ear infections are also often a complication of the common cold as are other upper respiratory infections, such as tonsillitis or sinusitis.

Here are some good herbal remedies for ear infections:

  • Echinacea – taken as a tincture or capsule to help speed the healing process
  • Goldenseal – taken with echinacea, it is a great boost to the immune system
  • Olive Leaf – taken as a tincture or capsule to fight infection
  • Garlic Oil- simple to make at home, and apply using a few drops on a cotton wool ball, placed inside the ear, to help fight infection
  • Mullein Oil – can be used alone or with garlic oil, applied the same way. Mullein oil relieves inflammation in the ear canal.

For general information on the common cold and how to treat it, I have written an e-book with lots of information and many healing herbal, vitamin and homeopathic recipes that you can make or purchase. Well worth a read, and a great resource to have on hand to ward off those nasty little winter bugs.

If you would like further information please email me here or if you are still trying to fight this bug off , come in and see me so I can help you get your body back into balance.

Request an appointment here if you would like my assistance in the clinic.

Juicing for a happy body

Lemon drink and orange 7574314XSmallGrab a fresh juice each day and keep your body happy! Think of juices as a natural IV of nutrients that can be absorbed immediately into your body and utilised where needed.

Our life can be so fast paced that we can overuse so many of our nutrients which can lead to deficiencies and illness, or we just simply don’t get enough into our diet. Having a fresh juice each day can be one way you can add nutrients and help to keep your body healthy.

I have included a number of juice suggestions below and I recommend you have a different juice each day to support and nourish a different organ and body system. This way you can cover all your bases, and you won’t overdo it. Always drink your juice as soon as you make it to avoid deterioration of the valuable nutrients and enzymes.

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Winter-proof your toddler

Childrens-health-pageWe are blessed with some sunny days here in Sydney, despite it being the middle of winter. Don’t be fooled though, the cold winds still hover and the bugs abound! A cold is usually not a serious illness in itself, and will generally self-resolve, however it is very infectious. The cold virus is thought to be the most infectious up to day four of your symptoms, which does include the few days before you get obvious symptoms.
During winter children are particularly vulnerable. Children generally have around six to eight colds each year, and they can have as many as twelve a year when they first go to childcare centers or school. Toddlers have very little immunity to cold viruses, they also don’t have a fully developed immune system. Some experts believe that a child’s immune system is not fully developed until they are around puberty and they reach the adult levels of antibody formation. Certainly by that age they would have been in contact with many of the cold viruses and could have a much better resistance.

The tiny toddler, with very little exposure to the 200 plus cold viruses that are in our environment can come down very quickly with cold symptoms of a runny nose and watering eyes, and without much time or warning it can develop into a bronchial cough, very sore throat or ear infection.

Here are some tips to help keep your toddler healthy through our cold winter months.

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Echinacea for Winter Health

EchinaceaHow many billions of colds and flu must be traveling around our planet every day?

Every day of the year, somewhere there will be someone fighting off a cold or a bout of flu. Being viral infections, there is very little that modern medicine can offer, and this is where our age old natural remedies really shine.

It is virtually impossible to avoid exposure to the cold and flu viruses, so luckily for us there are many steps you can take to prevent a bad dose affecting you. There are many natural remedies and easily available foods you can consume that will help you strengthen your immune system and fight off these clever bugs.

There is a smorgasbord of amazing herbs to use during our cold winter months.

Echinacea is top of the list.

When it comes to stocking up your winter medicine chest, echinacea is the first herb to think of. Echinacea has many wonderful health benefits; it is anti-microbial, anti- inflammatory, and has the ability to stimulate immune activity and raise our levels of white blood cells that fight off infection. It is known to reduce the symptoms and duration of the cold or flu.

Echinacea is very effective when taken at the first signs of infection, and is beneficial for all upper respiratory tract infections, coughs, colds and flu, viral or bacterial, for sinusitis, sore throats and tonsillitis. A herb to have on hand always.

Check out this and other remedies in Molly’s latest e-book “Treating The Common Cold” available through our online shop, click here.

Treating The Common Cold Naturally!

TTCN-productMolly’s latest e-book has been released just in time to deal with the effects of the winter season and great value at only $3.50!

It is titled “Treating The Common Cold, Naturally!” and is chock full of tips and remedies to treat the common cold and its symptoms.

As Molly says “Colds are hard to stop and impossible to avoid!” but armed with the knowledge found in this book you will be able to boost you and your family members immune systems so that the effects of the cold can be reduced and the symptoms alleviated when they do present.

You can get more details and purchase right now by visiting our online store, click here.