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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

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

Communication is Key! Gemini Full Moon November 2018

This month’s Full Moon is on Friday 23rdNovember at 5.07pm, in Melbourne.  Its energy is always felt for a few days either side.  The full moon this month lands in the sign of Gemini – the dualistic twins.  This is a very energising sign – the whole ‘2 is better than 1’ phenomenon!  The Gemini moon also occurs in the Sagittarius sun sign period.  Gemini is an air sign and Sagittarius is a fire sign, and we all know what happens when you give air to a fire – fierce burning, perhaps a lot of smoke, and then potentially a rapid burnout! As always we want to strive for balance and resist letting our own energies becoming too overactive with this universal energy.  Gemini all about extremes rather than balance so beware! Prelude to the December Full Moon The Full Moon in December will also still remain in Gemini but the sun sign will have just flipped over to Capricorn so the energy will be somewhat different.  However, you will have the opportunity with the November full moon to uncover a truth – and I’m about to talk all about communication here! – and for the December full moon to really bring that truth home to roost. Communication, Communication, Communication Gemini is very communication focused but as we have just had Mercury (planet of communication) go into retrograde this could

Fire Up your Wellbeing

This is the third of my Blogs focusing on the holistic health view Chakras and this one is all about the 3rd Chakra - the solar plexus energy centre - which governs our overall sense of Power, Energy and Balance.💥💛🍋🌞 If you would prefer to read the full piece instead of, or as well as, watching the video, it was published by Sivana East. We have 7 main energy centres in the body.  These energy centres operate on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Different systems call the energy centres different names, but almost all traditional systems of medicine recognise these energy centres as well as other minor energy centres, and energy pathways. In my practice I refer to the energy centres as the Chakras – which comes from the Indian tradition.  Many energy healers work with the Chakras. Chakras are areas where the body is very open to receiving energy, from all sources. When it becomes imbalanced the flow of energy into the chakra is depleted or even prevented.   Each chakra governs and works with specific areas of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  To get your FREE copy of my Chakra Balancing Ebook click here. Balance in any of the Chakras works on a spectrum, so if you can relate to extremes in any of these areas you may have an imbalanced 3rd Chakra: how energetic you feel in

Emotional Flow for Wellbeing

This video will allow you to flow into the 2nd chakra system of health which is all about our emotions, our creativity and the partnerships that we form with other people. 🐟🥕💛 Do any of the following sound like health and wellbeing concerns that you have: emotional eating overly emotional or unable to express emotion water retention profuse sweating inflammation urinary system issues reproductive system issues blood pressure problems frequent diarrhoea or constipation very dry skin? If any of these things sound like you then you may have an energy imbalance in your 2nd chakra, the sacral chakra. In the video you will learn about the Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing approach to balancing your 2nd chakra.  If you prefer to read my Blog on the topic it was published by Sivana East. I mention crystals and essential oils in the section on how to manage your Surroundings for 2nd chakra balance, these are the ones I would recommend: Crystals Citrine – joy, creativity, going with the flow, self-expression, bladder & kidneys, circulation, constipation, menstruation, menopause Ruby – passion, sexuality, blood flow and detoxification, kidneys, reproductive system Carnelian – creativity, metabolism, fertility, kidneys, blood clotting, blood supply Essential oils  For overactivity Eucalyptus – will help you move from feeling overwhelmed to feeling cohesive Emotional Aromatherapy blends (Console, Peace, Forgive) from DoTerra Juniper – will help you move from feeling distraught to

Mould: the phantom menace

Many very common symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, respiratory congestion and brain fog can be caused by a silent and often-undiagnosed household toxin - mould! This video discusses how and when to look into whether mould may be causing your wellbeing issues and what to do about it.  If you would prefer to read my Blog on the topic, it was published by the Wellness Universe. This topic falls into one of the aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing - Surroundings.  I also cover some simple steps to take to reduce the risk of mould becoming a problem in your home: Open up: open doors and windows as often as possible, fresh moving air is the enemy of mould! Clean regularly: vacuum and dust, change linens Dehumidify: if you live in a humid climate, or your home has been diagnosed as damp, a dehumidifier will help to reduce the moisture build up that mould loves Indoor plants: plants naturally remove toxins from the air, and of course they also produce oxygen so they will make a big improvement on the quality of the air in your home (or workplace) Use essential oils: NB. definitely do not use artificial air fresheners – they are literally adding toxins into your surroundings by masking unpleasant smells with chemicals. Tea tree oil is anti-fungal and has a beautiful fresh aroma, it is literally