Joint Discomfort And Relief

Arthritis is a very generalized term for severe joint pain. It has many names including gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. If you suffer from joint pain you are the only one who can describe it in great detail and the only one who truly understands how limiting the pain can be in your daily life.

Homœopathy looks at reducing the symptoms that you experience with the particular arthritis that you have and enables you to reduce the limitations that you experience within your daily life. In addressing your particular form of arthritis I am looking at what makes your expression of the pain different from others, it is in the specifics that I find your true simillimum! I will show you some of the specifics that occur in arthritis and you may recognize some of them, but not all (this is what makes you an individual!)


Occur when           weather changes, on becoming cold, on becoming warm, in damp weather, in spring, in winter, in summer

Are worse             during a thunderstorm, in a warm room, in the warmth of bed, when touched, after eating, after wine

Are better             when walking, in the warmth of bed, when pressed, when massaged, when drinking coffee

This is just an example of the different ways that the pain of arthritis can be expressed. Homœopathy looks at your specific pains and finds a remedy that may alleviate the symptoms to a degree that the limitations the arthritis places on your life are reduced.

An example of a specific remedy is:  Rhus-tox

Occurs in damp, wet weather; or when you first start moving the joint after a period of rest.

Are worse during the damp, wet weather, after you’ve been wet, in cloudy or overcast weather, or first thing in the morning, on rising from bed.

Are better for a heat sack, or similar, from a warm bath, from moving the joint (after the initial pain has subsided)

If you wish to discuss this with me, please call me at the clinic and we can arrange a homœopathic consultation

Homeopathy Gold Coast, Arthritis, Joint Pain

Image courtesy of ScottChan at Free Digital

Wanting To Rid Yourself Of HPV?

We are often told today that Cervical Human Papilloma Virus is present in epidemic proportions, and that once you have it, you will increase your risk of getting Cervical Cancer.  That our only protection is vaccination and watch and wait.

Are there other thoughts on this issue?

Well, there is an interesing study that was undertaken in 2013, and published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, concerning a treatment regime for cervical HPV.  I found it most intriguing and wished to share the study outcomes and my thoughts here.

The study followed 287 women over a period of 30 days of treatment.  Of these women, there were four treatment arms.

  1. a cream containing extracts of curcurmin, amla (Emblica officinalis), saponins from Reetha, aloe vera and rose water
  2. a placebo cream
  3. a soft gel vaginal capsule containing curcurmin
  4. a soft gel vaginal capsule containing placebo.

Each of the women were tested to confirm presence of HPV and specifically the strains of 16 and 18.

While the differences in the clearance rate between the treatment arms and the placebo arms were not considered statistically significant, the treatment arm with the cream had a clearance rate of 87%, while the clearance rate of the combined placebo arms was 73%.  There were some adverse effects in the realm of burning and itching of the vagina in both treatment and placebo groups.

What I was intrigued about though, was the clearance rate of the placebo arm, and the discussion on the body’s ability to clear this virus, as it does the other viruses we come into contact with in our daily life.  And even the authors go further to discuss the clearance rate of CIN1 and CIN2 without medical intervention.

We truly do have amazing machines at our disposal that can unmake what it makes, with ease.

The use of the extract from Turmeric is not surprising given the amount of newsworthiness lately of the health benefits of turmeric and it’s effects on cancerous cells.

I would like to see more of this style of research being undertaken in natural medicine, as it does show benefits as well as highlight the ability of our body to heal.

The full article can be found here

Secrets To Removing Cysts

I’ve been doing some research this week on a particular remedy and I came across the following story. It was too good not to share:

An elderly man was seeking help for the early stages of an abscess at the base of his thumb.  As an aside, he was also scheduled for surgery for a cyst of long standing on his back.  The surgeon wished to postpone his surgery until his abscess was resolved, merely as a precautionary measure.

In order to hasten the abscess along on it’s healing path, the elderly man was prescribed a remedy fondly as the ‘homeopathic surgeon’.  He took this remedy three times, once at the homeopath’s office and once that evening.

The next morning, as he was leaning over the bathroom sink to clean his teeth, he heard an explosive sound behind him. Turning around, he saw a large quantity of blood and pus discharged against the bathroom wall!!

The homeopathic remedy had indeed ripened the cyst as well as his abscess and his body ejected it without further ado!

Homeopathy, cysts, abscess

Homeopathic Surgeon, image courtesy of Iosphere

Story adapted from Portraits of Homoeopathic Medicines, Catherine Coulter

Balancing Act

In life balance is so very important, without the bad, you never realise how good the good truly is – take care to have a balanced day today

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

Image by Dave Dugdale Image by Dave Dugdale

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
~ Rumi, The Essential Rumi

Occasionally things happen which give my world a good shake up. Sometimes it’s a gut punch. Sometimes it’s the most incredible blessing that I never saw coming.

I’ve learned to appreciate these paradoxical moments. I now see that one is less without the other. You need both, in order to have the contrast which makes each experience more meaningful. More honest. More real.

Both grow you.

Both help define you.

It’s a balancing act.

Image from Andy Groleau Image from Andy Groleau

No point giving in to the pain. No point surrendering to the beauty.

There’s a balancing point somewhere in the middle.

When you find…

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A Form Of Snake Oil

A recent article I have read about the value of vaccines in our modern world has given rise to suggestions that the current flu vaccinations are as effective as snake oil.

I’m an advocate of a person’s personal right to choose what they wish to put into their own body, and agree that this should be done after considerable research so that the individual can make an informed decision.

I was horrified to read how the CDC in America publishs incorrect figures, or suppresses information, when it comes to the flu vaccine.

That the efficacy of the 2014 – 2015 flu vaccine is as low as 23%, according to the CDC.  There was even information showing that the flu vaccine for those over 65years, last year was as ineffective as snake oil, with only a 27% efficacy in this age group.

Very interestingly, one of the reports highlighted that the nations with the highest outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases, namely measles, mumps, pertussin, rubella and polio, were the nations with the highest number of mandatory vaccines, including US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Indeed, an interesting concept!

In my field, we hear a lot about why vaccinations are so important, I just want to see truthful reporting of the scientific studies that show efficacy and safety and the precautions that need to be taken for those at risk populations.

To read the full article and garner your own opinion, check it out here

Secrets To Wonderment

Do you live with a sense of wonderment?

Do you see the beauty that surrounds you every day?

Are you aware and in the moment so that you can see the beauty?

I visited the South Bank Parklands over the weekend. I had to stop several times and take a photo of the beauty I was seeing.  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did!

Essential Oils, herbs, wellbeing

Herb Garden


A fun painting








Deep pink Frangipani

The secrets to seeing the world through the eyes of wonderment, are to stop and see what is around you in the moment. Always look out for the beauty in any situation.

A good question to ask yourself is, how would you respond to the following situation?

You return home by car on a beautiful autumn evening. The sun is setting in a kaleidoscope of extraordinary colours.

Do you

a) anxiously lower the sun shield so as not to be dazzled

b) stop by the side of the road and take a few moments to absorb the wonderful spectacle

c) hope you’ll get home before it’s dark

If you answered B, then you are already undertsanding the secrets to wonderment in your life.

If you answered A or C, next time this happens, try out B and see how you feel afterwards!

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did

Need To Be Productive Today?

We all manage to have days where the productivity level is low.  How do you change that?

Well, for some people I know, they put on loud music and dance out the sluggishness and replace it with a vibrancy.  Others go for a walk in nature. Yet others take a 10 minute meditation break.

For me, when I know there is an amount of work to be achieved in a day, and the motivation levels are low, I turn to my trusty oil burner and essential oils.  I choose a blend that will assist my Productivity.

Productivity Blend:

  • Clary Sage
  • Basil
  • Clove

Clary Sage will allow clarity when mental confusion or emotions are ruling the day, which can normally result in you feeling weepy or burnt out. You will become clear about what you want and how to get it, removing events or distractions from your path.

Basil will allow you to express yourself and speak from your heart while acting with integrity. You will perform the required tasks with truth and positivity.

Clove allows you to release any attachments that are holding you back from your path of productivity.  Allowing you to change your lack of motivation and move forward with your tasks.

Using a blend of Clary Sage, Basil and Clove will allow you to see the tasks required to be undertaken, the Clary sage allowing you to intuit what needs to be done, the Basil allowing you to perform the task with integrity and the Clove ensuring you release past issues that are holding you back from your task.

Essential Oils, herbs, wellbeing

Herb Garden

For more practical blends and ideas, look out for my upcoming workshop on using Aromatherapy & Homeopathy around the home

When Should I Stretch?

When I was training for my half marathon, I was having pains from tight muscles. Joy reminded me then about stretching out, and it changed my issues immensely. I believe, like Joy, that the muscles need to be stretched out, to ease them into the exercise you are doing, and I also think it’s worth taking the time to stretch out after your exercise too. My new yoga practice is also about stretching out the muscles, I couldn’t believe how tight they had become recently! Now they are more relaxed by far. Enjoy your stretching.

Joy, Fitness, & Style


Even though some experts believe that stretching is a waste of time and might increase your risk of injury, I personally feel it does the complete opposite – promotes self body awareness, prevents injuries, and increases mental relaxation and centering. There is a ton of research out there that supports both sides of these claims, so really, it is up to you to decide what’s best for you.

A general consensus is that a workout should look something like this:


  1. Warm up:  A warm up of 5-15 minutes of similar activity that you will be doing in your workout that day.  It should be at a lower intensity than your actual workout.
  2. Stretches:  These stretches should be dynamic in nature and can be blended into your warm up.  Dynamic flexibility is the ability to move a limb through its full range of motion.  You can see examples of this here and here.

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Using Essential Oils In The Home

Looking to freshen up the living room? Possibly there is a summer cold doing the rounds in your community and you want to ensure some added protection for your family?

This is a great time to consider using essential oils in your living room to both freshen up the area and to make an environment that may be protective to your family against bacteria and viruses.

A very simple procedure is to use essential oils in a spray bottle. I would suggest the following combination in a spray bottle for use on a daily basis in your living area:

10 drops of essential oil, blend

100 ml of water

15 ml (1 tablespoon) of vodka (as a preservative)

Note, the use of the alcohol is optional, if you are planning of using the room sprayer regularly, e.g., twice a day, then this would not be necessary.

Suggested room blends for an uplifting aroma and one that is also working preventatively for you and your family are:

Blend 1: Fresh & Uplifting

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Lemon scented Eucaplyptus (Eucalyptus staigeriana)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

3 drops of each essential oil/100ml of water

Blend 2: Floral & Uplifting

Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora)

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli)

3 drops of each essential oil/100ml of water

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