travel hot air balloon

To travel is to live – but don’t let it cost your health

Many of us love to travel and find that a change of scene, a rest or an expanse of mind all help to boost our health.  The travelling itself can take its toll, however, and has long been documented in Ayurveda as something to watch out for.  All the principle texts of Ayurveda list travel[…]

Vata constitution - vata imbalance

Understanding your health – in pictures

We all have a constitution.   This is our basic, unchanging elemental makeup that is set at conception and remains the same throughout life.   In Ayurveda we see the constitution in terms of the 5 basic elements: earth, water, fire, air and space.  These elements are often seen in the mind and body in combinations which[…]

5 adaptogens

Conquer stress with my five favourite adaptogens

Stress is getting to most of us Do I need to describe stress to you?  I doubt it.  In my consultations, I routinely ask my clients to rate their stress levels out of 10 and nearly everyone answers above 5. Here’s how adaptogens can help. Familiar effects of ongoing stress are insomnia, anxiety, depression and[…]

You’re not what you eat, you’re what you digest

Not all woods burn the same in a fire, do they?  The same can be said about foods we put in our ‘digestive fire’.  Some burn (or digest) easily, some are more difficult.  This important aspect of food often gets overlooked.  What you’re eating may on paper be very nutritious but if you can’t digest[…]

Natural Cycle

Women, love your cycle (and men, it REALLY helps to know)

Women have an amazing aid to living a healthy and happy life. The menstrual cycle. Now, if you are man, please don’t stop reading here as likely as not, you know a woman. She would likely be very impressed and grateful for any glimmer of understanding of this topic and I can assure you that[…]

Spices

Add spices, add flavour, improve nutrition

You can put the most nutritious food into your mouth but to get the goodness out of it, it needs to be well digested.   There is one simple way to make sure this happens; add herbs and spices to your food. Plus, bonus, they make the food taste amazing. Herbs and spices improve your digestion[…]

sugar cravings

4 causes of sugar cravings and how to banish them

Sugar cravings can be very powerful and you don’t need me to tell you that sugar isn’t great or that we are having too much of it.  Most of us are aware it causes weight gain and diabetes if we eat too much.  What is less obvious is that it also can suppress the immune[…]

Winter Eating

Enjoy your Christmas roast with impunity this winter

With Christmas around the corner, you’ll be pleased to know that a traditional roast with accompanying root vegetables, a few brussels sprouts and some herbs thrown in, fits in very well with the ideal foods to eat in winter.  Enjoy it with impunity. By eating what nature offers up with the seasons, you satisfy your[…]

Shirodhara

Shirodhara helps the worries flow away

Meditation is the buzz word in the mental health field right now.  And for good reason.  It provides so much strength and stillness to deal with the hectic whirlwind of our lives.   Sometimes, though, it can be hard.  Do you ever feel that your mind is buzzing so much you can’t even sit down to[…]

Panchakarma – powerful therapy, intense results

The elder tree that lurks in my garden makes an attempt each year to take over.  Every year, I chop it back to its stalk and ensure it doesn’t achieve its goal.  Every year I think I should probably dig it up and prevent any further dashes for glory but it looks like a monumental[…]