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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

Antibiotics and looking after your gut

Your gut microbiome is super important to overall health and is the first topic in this new video series called "One Thing I Know".  Your gastrointestinal microbiota ("gut microbiome') consists of trillions of bacteria that reside in the digestive tract.  They are imperative for effective digestive function and also for immunity.  At any point your gut microbiome are either increasing or decreasing overall inflammation in your your body.  Inflammation is the natural response of the body to fight infection and disease but when it becomes disregulated chronic illness can result. I am constantly updating my knowledge by reading books and listening to podcasts and taking courses.  A big part of my whole reason for doing what I do is to help people to be better able to improve and maintain their own wellbeing so therefore I love to be able to share new things that I learn. I recently listened to an episode of the Low Top Life podcast (which I HIGHLY recommend) where Alexx was interviewing one of the world's most pre-eminent specialists in the microbiota, Dr Jason Hawrelak.  The chat covers some of the other microbiota that are important to consider including the nasal microbiome and the vaginal microbiome, but something that really leapt out at me was the bit about how to best manage the gut micobiome when we have to take a course of antibiotics. If

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

The Variability of the Heart

Heart Rate Variability 💖 I am very excited to bring you this introduction into Heart Rate Variability (HRV) because it is an amazingly simple tool that you have available - literally any time, any place - to improve your management of stress! In the video you will learn some amazing facts about the human heart the difference between heart rate and heart rate variability how your heart controls your brain and your emotional state how to decrease stress using HRV The full text of my Blog on this was published by Sivana East, and it includes instructions for how you can start to improve your Heart Rate Variability today! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.  I am delighted to now have a HRV monitor on hand to use in client sessions.  It's a great feedback tool that enables my clients to get an objective understanding of how well they are coping with stress.  Book a session NOW! There is also a heap more information, research and training available from the Heart Math Institute if this is a topic that has gotten your heart racing!

5 Ways to Boost your Self Confidence

In this video I discuss the fact that I believe around 80% of the population deal with this problem on a daily basis and how a lack of self confidence is often triggered by some key elements of our ancient anatomy and physiology including the vagus nerve! If you would prefer to read the full Blog it was published by Sivana East As with anything that you may want to work on improving in your wellbeing, you are best to take a holistic approach because just focussing on one area is never enough. The Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing approach to boosting Self Confidence is covered - with my top suggestions from each of the aspects: Food, Movement, Sleep, Surroundings & Being.  I have many suggestions for each of these 5 aspects but I have just pulled out the top ones here to get you started.  As with any change the best way to start is to start! If you would like more suggestions feel free to check out my Blog Fire Up your Wellbeing.  If you would like to access my Chakra Balancing Ebook for more information on the Solar Plexus as well as the other 6 energy centres click here. If the idea of learning about all the ways that you can Nourish & Heal the Whole You, making complete energetic balance available to you at all times contact

Balanced Relationships with the Double Libra Full Moon

The April 2019 full moon is known as a Double Full Moon because it is the second month in a row that she appears in the sign of Libra.  We all know Libra as the sign of balance, and this moon is certainly providing us with the energy to work towards this with a special focus on our relationships.  The power of the double full moon brings things that were hidden to the surface. Energetic balance in relationships When considering the relationships in our lifes it can be useful to think about which people and relationships give us energy and which drain our energy.  This is critical if we are to have energetic balance.  If we feel that we are constantly giving too much of our energy to other people, or they are draining it from us with their physical, emotional or spiritual demands it is impossible to remain balanced. The energy of the full moon allows provides support for finishing, closing off and letting go what has been happening over the last month.  With a double full moon this is especially powerful.  The space between the two Libra full moons provided an opportunity for us to really create the beginnings of whatever we wanted to bring into our lives – I hope you used this energy wisely? But this strong energetic portal of manifestation is now closing with the

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

Autumn Equinox – release, integrate and manifest

The third week in multi-coloured March – filled with weather of all varieties (here in Victoria at least!), the last of the summer fruits and the first of the winter ones – brings us a super special time to celebrate both the Full Moon (in Libra this month) and the Autumn Equinox.  Their energies are very complementary supporting release and balance. Bring the Yin back in Autumn is the time of year where we can take the hint from the leaves on the trees and really start to let go of the things that have become hard and dry and no longer nourish us.  The leaves that were green – the beating heart of the tree, allowing the plant to feed itself – are changing. Their colours are turning orange and red and reminding us that we need to begin to ground again, to return to the energies of our sacral and root chakras, to reconnect with the earth – to slow and turn inwards again, accessing our own Yin energy once more after the firey heat and outward focussed Yang energy of summer. Traditionally Autumn is a time to harvest and celebrate the glorious gifts we are receiving but at this time we also need to acknowledge that the soil, the earth that provides our food, now needs to rest. The warmth of summer is gently nestling behind us and

Feeling Sick. Could Reiki Help?

If you have been, or are, feeling sick I am so sorry to hear that! You've been wondering if Reiki could help and the short answer is a resounding 'Yes'! In this video you will learn: how people are like onions why we need to heal on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - for complete and lasting recovery from any wellbeing concern why we don't need to know or understand underlying emotional or spiritual causes of physical health problems for Reiki to help us to heal why you might not feel immediately 'better' after one energy healing session what a healing crisis is and how to best manage it how you can continue to promote your own healing journey through Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing - Food, Movement, Sleep, Surroundings and Being If you'd prefer, you can read the full text of the Blog, published by Sivana East. Feel free to schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation to confirm how I can help you, or book a full in person or remote consultation right here!

Surrender and Flow in March

March New Moon The March new moon occurred when most of us were fast asleep, just before 3am on the morning of Thursday 7thMarch.  We can always look forward to new moon energy to help us to set goals and intentions for the coming month.  This March new moon is however in the watery sign of Pisces, and so we are really best served to go with the energetic flow – less thinking, more being.  This energy continues through until the next full moon on 21st March. It is hard in our left-brain centric world to feel that we can surrender conscious thought and planning, and instead just allow the space for what is meant to come into our lives, to come.  At this time we still need to have a clear vision of what it is that we want – the universe will only be confused otherwise – and simply ask for it. Release & Trust Release the need to know how or when your desired person, thing, or outcome will be manifested into your physical world and simply trust that it will.  Be open to receiving and what is meant to come to you, for your highest good, will arrive in the divine right time.  Of course the right time may not be just now. Relax, breathe, trust. Dropping expectation, ceasing overthinking and over-planning is counter-intuitive to many. But think