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How to Relax – 15 ideas to help you

Just an easy one for this month’s blog! But in all seriousness, really the main reason that people end up in front of me in my Holistic Health & Wellbeing studio is that they have a problem with relaxation. When you don’t relax and you’re in a constant state of stress your brain thinks your life is in danger and your sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze) remains in charge. When your parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, be) does not get its shift being boss, certain parts of you will go on strike because they never get a break. Yep I brought this up last Blog as well (Boost your Self Confidence). I believe that the chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system is a massive health problem in the modern western world. And that was before Covid-19! A global pandemic makes it pretty darn hard for anyone to relax, even if they are normally pretty chill! It’s the lack of control and the great unknown of all aspects of our future lives, nothing able to be planned, nothing to look forward to… What happens when you don’t relax enough Well you remain in a state of freeze, fight or flight, almost permanently! This means that: your blood pressure stays up your digestive system does not work well your heart rate remains elevated blood flow to everything other than skeletal muscles

Boost Self Confidence and take back Control of your Life

In world where it is so easy to constantly compare yourself to others and the ‘ideal’ portrayed online, it is pretty common to spend a lot of time feeling like you are coming up short. Unfortunately the human brain is designed to focus on the negative 2.5 times more than it focuses on the positive. This is a protective mechanism. The brains of our ancestors were designed around their need to be constantly aware of potential physical dangers and react accordingly to enable the survival of the species. Now, the reality is that if you don’t have as many followers, or as many likes, or as many photos of your “amazing” family posted for the whole world to see, your life will not end, you will not be physically maimed, but the way your mind and body react to this situation is the same. Your brain thinks you are ‘in danger’. It sends stress response signals to your body, preparing it for fight or flight. The same is true when the 24 hour news cycle gives you a stream of negative information, especially during a global pandemic. Added to which there are indeed tangible physical dangers that your brain has to compute – the virus, the restriction of freedom, the potential loss of income and all the add on impacts of that which actually can impact your physical survival. At

Foundation Energy – The Root of Immunity and Getting Your Energy and Balance Back

So many of you have told me that you’d just like to get your energy and balance back and that was before we were hit with a global pandemic! Writing this in March 2020 it was very easy to choose to bring a focus to the first type of energy – and one that many people do need to replenish anyway – Foundation Energy. This energy forms the basis of everything in physical life: the body safety and security sense of belonging. It relates to our fundamental need and ability to survive and forms the basis on which all other aspects of our life – creativity, emotions, power, self worth, love, truth, insight and connection - develop. As such, it is the Foundation Energy to which we need to pay attention in matters of immunity. Even if you have a beautifully balanced and intact Foundation – be extremely grateful because you are in the minority – at this time in human existence when we face a pandemic that in big ways or small, will affect us all. If you do nothing else, pay attention and give your Foundation Energy some thought and some love. You may need more Foundation Energy if you feel: Unsafe: I think that most people feel this at least to some extent at the moment. I am a very calm, rational person but the constant battering

Back to Life, Back to Reality!…

...essential oils for February: anxiety, motivation and focus! This year’s summer holiday period has been traumatic and depressing for the whole of Australia - for some more than others - and you might be glad to see the back of it, nevertheless there is always a bit of grief at the ending of anything. My family and I were blessed to have only been affected by the bushfires through smoke, yellow skies, dirty rain and climate emergency induced melancholy.  We also got to escape to the beach for a few days but when we returned to Melbourne I felt quite down. This week my kids – and many others – have gone back to school and there’s no more excuses for just dabbling around the edges of work! February is the time of the year that we all get deeply into the creation and production of this year’s work and at the start of a new decade the energy to really make a clean start is with us in abundance. To help get you and your loved ones back on track at this time I wanted to share my suggestions for essential oils to support you in the transition into the reality of 2020!  The therapeutic properties of essential oils are such that they help us on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and this is why I love

The Evenstar Wellbeing Good Gift Guide – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Evenstar Wellbeing Good Gift Guide your go to for ethical gift ideas!  Gifts that are gorgeous for people and great for planet. If you missed Part 1 - which covered Perfume & Cologne, Chocolate & Wine, Socks & Jocks and BYO Accessories (eg. lunchboxes) - check it out here! On 12 days (of Christmas) during this Festive Season I am sharing with you, on each of my social media channels, my top gift ideas that are gorgeous for people and great for planet - a holistically GOOD gift guide! I have tried to capture the things that seem to be 'go to' gifts for people that you want to buy something fairly generic for.  Look out for the posts on your favourite social media platform.  The details of what each of my suggestions are, where you can get these products, and most importantly how to access a discount (where available) are here on the Blog.   Please note, that other than my recommendation for DoTerra Essential Oils (in #7 Candles & Aromatherapy), I do not have any affiliation with the products or companies I am recommending and get no financial reward for my recommendation.  Where I have personally used a product myself I will give that as my first recommendation, otherwise I am passing on recommendations from other sources in whom I have complete

The Evenstar Wellbeing Good Gift Guide – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of the Evenstar Wellbeing Good Gift Guide your go to for ethical gift ideas!  Gifts that are gorgeous for people and great for planet. If you missed Part 1 - which covered Toys, Pampering, Candles & Aromatherapy and Pyjamas & Accessories - check it out here! If you missed Part 2 - which covered Perfume & Cologne, Chocolate & Wine, Socks & Jocks and BYO Accessories (eg. lunchboxes) - check it out here! On 12 days (of Christmas) during this Festive Season I am sharing with you, on each of my social media channels, my top gift ideas that are gorgeous for people and great for planet - a holistically GOOD gift guide! I have tried to capture the things that seem to be 'go to' gifts for people that you want to buy something fairly generic for.  Look out for the posts on your favourite social media platform.  The details of what each of my suggestions are, where you can get these products, and most importantly how to access a discount (where available) are here on the Blog.   Please note, that other than my recommendation for an Evenstar Wellbeing voucher (in #12 Vouchers), I do not have any affiliation with the products or companies I am recommending and get no financial reward for my recommendation.  Where I have personally used a product myself I

The Evenstar Wellbeing Good Gift Guide – Part 1

Welcome to the Evenstar Wellbeing Good Gift Guide!  Gifts that are gorgeous for people and great for planet. On 12 days (of Christmas) during this Festive Season I will share with you, on each of my social media channels, my top tips for buying gifts that are gorgeous for people and great for planet - a holistically GOOD gift guide! I have tried to capture the things that seem to be 'go to' gifts for people that you want to buy something fairly generic for because, well, because a multitude of possible reasons! Look out for the posts on your favourite social media platform.  The details of what each of my suggestions are, where you can get these products, and most importantly how to access a discount (where available) will be here on the Blog.  Please note, that other than my very first recommendation, for DoTerra Essential Oils, I do not have any affiliation with the products or companies I am recommending and get no financial reward for my recommendation.  Where I have personally used a product myself I will give that as my first recommendation, otherwise I am passing on recommendations from other sources in whom I have complete trust and respect. I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful Alexx at Low Tox Life for providing access to the discount codes. I will capture 4 posts per Good Gift Guide

On the Nose: health risks of synthetic fragrances

In this video I discuss the world of synthetic fragrances, and specifically the dangerous chemical that is used to make these fragrances last longer: phthalates. When you think about it synthetic fragrances are all around us! There are the obvious things like perfume, after shave, deodorant, air 'fresheners' and scented candles.  (When it comes to scented candles please have a look at my Blog The Glow of Wellbeing) And then there are the less obvious things like cleaning products, beauty products, personal care products, and laundry products, which all come with fragrance that definitely does not come from any natural source (like actual pine needles in your 'forest fresh' toilet cleaner!) Lastly there's the downright ridiculous things such as scented toys, stickers and even garbage bin liners - like some fake lavender scent is ever going to overtake the smell of your 3 day old household waste!! On the nose The problem with synthetic fragrances and the phthalates that they contain is that they are hormone disruptors, meaning that they interfere with the natural hormone processes in the human body.  Hormones pretty much control everything that goes on inside you and you want them to be able to do that uninterrupted.  Phthalates have been associated with: decreased sperm count pregnancy loss decreased size of testicles in infants gestational diabetes breast cancer asthma and allergies To avoid phthalates next time you're

What are you addicted to and 5 ways to give up

There is so much easy access to very addictive things in modern society - including social media and sugar (which most of the time we don't even realise we are consuming!) - that we often fail to think of ourselves as being addicted. If you want to find out how to tell if you are indeed addicted to something - a substance, a behaviour, a negative habit - and more importantly the 5 things that you can do to give up your negative behaviour, check out the full blog published by Sivana East. In it you will discover: the neuroscience of addiction (what is going on in your brain) why you may have developed an addiction foods to avoid, and those that may help the types of movement that are good to assist giving up an addiction how sleep (or lack thereof) plays a role in addiction the reasons why meditation may be the cure you're looking for the best essential oils to use to support yourself to give up The video covers a lot of the same information as well, if you prefer to watch, rather than read! If you would like any further information feel free to contact me directly. To book a session with me, where I will cover the full Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing approach to your recovery, as well as giving you some beautiful reiki

Headache & Migraine – why you get them and how to treat them holistically

Headache and migraine are unfortunately one of the most common wellbeing complaints that I come across in my practise. As with any physical health or wellbeing concern, it is important to get to the underlying cause in order to prevent constant reoccurrence.  If we just keep taking painkillers we are ignoring the message that our body is sending us about something that needs to be dealt with on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In this video I discuss how to determine the root causes of headache and migraine as well as how to go about managing and treating the problem in a holistic way so that you can reduce the frequency and severity - and perhaps even prevent - future episodes. I talk about things that you can do from all aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing - Food, Movement, Sleep, Surroundings and Being. Essential Oils can be extremely helpful when dealing with Headache & Migraine.  In my own home I do not have pain-killers in the first aid kit because I find that oils are more beneficial and less harmful for my family than medications. The ones that I find best are: Peppermint Past Tense If you'd prefer to read the full text of this Blog, rather than watching the video, it was published by Sivana East. Reiki healing is a wonderful way to treat underlying

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