Sunday, January 19, 2014

How to make a naturopath cry


1. Spirulina: Before hitting the sack take a six 500mg spirulina tablets to top up your nutrient levels that get depleted while drinking. The chlorophyll which gives spirulina it’s vibrant green colour is a fantastic blood cleanser. The other option is to throw a teaspoon into your banana smoothie the next day.

2. Nux vomica: Pop these little homeopathic pills under your tongue if you're feeling queasy and they'll set you on the right track.

3. Hydration: This is your time to drink (water) like a fish. Water is going to flush out all those nasty toxins from the alcohol. Booze turns off ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) in our brain therefore you pee more than normal which is dehydrating. The trick is to add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to your glass of water to replace your electrolytes. It’s got over 100 different minerals in it and will help you absorb more water.

4. Avoid coffee: Caffeine is going to dehydrate you even more which is the last thing you need at this stage. Get into dandelion tea or some green tea.

5. Ginger tea: Grate or slice up some fresh ginger, throw in a slice of lemon and a little honey. The ginger acts as an anti-emetic (anti-spew) and the lemon will help to stimulate liver function.

Woohoo!! Our Facebook page 'Essential Health Coffs' now has over 1000 likes!

Top Five Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Finally hanging up my lovely 2014 Frankie calendar.

2. Old people that call you “pet”.
3. Floating on my back in the ocean on a bright yellow lilo.
4. Eating mangoes every damn day.
5. Laughing with one of my sweet customers about what my Top 5 will sound like once I have kids. It went something along the lines of “I had a two minute shower today” and “I got to drink a warm cup of tea!” Can you relate mamas?!

PS. I’ve been really enjoying soaking up Summer lately.

Watermelon, lychees, cherries and peaches
Coconut water with fresh lime
Brown skin and lighter hair
The freedom of daylight savings
New bikinis
Refreshing ocean swims
Salads for dinner
Feeling more playful and carefree

It’s like we wait all year for the warmer months but then they go so quickly. Remember to take a moment to just be in the present moment to immerse yourself in this glorious season.


I woke up on January 1st to this eloquently written email from a gorgeous client of mine…

"Hi Emma

Its coming on 12 months now since we met. I have to tell you you’re amazing. My whole family are feeling better since we started taking your advice. My pregnancy was the easiest, straight forward pregnancy/birth I've had. He is a perfect baby who’s slept through the night since just 6 weeks old and does it consistently. I'm positive that this is due to the due changes we made early on. My daughter’s gum issues have healed beautifully but the biggest change I've noticed is with my husband.

Just recently we switched to having a green smoothie for breakfast every day, like you suggested. Just 2 weeks in and we both feel more energized, HE gets up to make the smoothie because he can notice the difference that its made. We've tried different recipes and had some fails but we've both loved that his energy and playfulness has returned.

After being away for Christmas and eating way too much, we got home Boxing Day just in time to make a quick dinner. He suggested we just have a smoothie instead. This is a huge thing for my husband who’s always telling me my hippie ways won't do much good.

I can't thankyou enough for everything you've done for our family in 2013 and I'm so excited to see what's install for 2014.

Wishing that all the happiness and joy that you've brought to our lives be bestowed right back at you in 2014

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou"

My latest obsession is eating pudding for breakfast! No I will not be losing my naturopathic accreditation… I’ve been making CHIA PUDDINGS! They are healthy enough to be enjoyed at any time of the day –breakfast, mid-morning, dessert…

One serving:

Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to a drinking glass.

Pour in 1 cup of organic coconut cream (or the milk of your choice) and stir.

Leave pudding to set in fridge for at least ½ an hour. If you want the consistency to be less thick, add a few splashes of almond milk before serving.

When ready to serve, top with whatever fruit or nuts you like! I find that by adding fresh fruit it isn’t necessary to add any type of sweetener. My fave combinations include:

*banana and cinnamon

*mango and raspberry

*choc mint (add some raw cacao powder and a few drops of peppermint essence

Top Five Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. A carton of mismatching farm eggs. All different sizes, shapes, colours. A few fluffy feathers and a bit of dirt attached.
2. A tepid bath with Epsom salts and lavender oil before bed on a balmy summer’s night.
3. Rolling over in yoga to notice a heart shaped knot in the wooden floor next to my mat.

4. Playing bocce with my family.

5. My frangipani tree being in full bloom with hot pink flowers. Small bowls of freshly picked flowers are in every room of the house.

Emma the Naturopath xx

PS. “At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”

-Lao Tzu

Dedicate a little time this week to bring yourself back to yourself. Spend some quiet moments alone listening to what your intuition has been trying to tell you all along.

"You are today 
where your thoughts of yesterday have brought you
and you will be tomorrow
where your thought of today take you".
-Blaise Pascal

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Summer lovin'

Change with the Seasons

As we move through the year it is important to keep our health tuned into each season so we can feel our optimal best!

The temperature is slowly rising so we can welcome more RAW foods onto our plate. This allows us to spend less time in the kitchen as our meals become lighter, simpler and fresher rather than burdening our digestive system with heavy, cooked foods.

Seasonal summer produce: 

Fruit: bananas, berries, lychee, mango, melons, passionfruit, stone fruit.

Vegies: lettuce, asparagus, green beans, celery, leek, cucumber and capsicum.

Encourage your family to spend more time outside enjoying this glorious weather and soak up some vitamin D! Just remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of purified, room temperature water.

Healthy summer meals:

Green smoothies
Fruit salad with yoghurt and LSA
Vegie stick platter with homemade hummus
Beetroot, rocket and goats feta salad
Steamed barramundi with ginger, lemongrass and Asian greens

Top Five Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Post surf-mat session smoothie: coconut water, frozen mixed berries, mango, mint from the garden and a lime. AKA summer in a glass.

2. A mama and baby pelican cruising by us while stand up paddle boarding in the river. You forget how gigantic those things are until you’re right up next to one of them!

3. Setting my alarm tone to ocean sounds instead of annoying beeeeeeeping. Why did that take me so long?
4. Cheesy polenta mash.

5. When there is no surf…. This means he brings me poached eggs on gluten free toast in bed.

Emma the Naturopath xx

PS. My jaw actually dropped open... “Is that true?!” I asked the lady behind the counter at the ink shop.

The poster behind her said: “PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES TAKE UP TO 450 YEARS TO BREAKDOWN IN LANDFILL”. I can’t even fathom that amount of time!

I found out that in one year, if the world’s discarded cartridges were stacked end-to-end, they would circle the earth over three times

When I asked the lady what can be done to reduce this she said “Exactly what you’re doing” as she passed me my refilled cartridge. I’ve had the same ink cartridges for 4 years now. Only 30% of people refill their cartridges. The other 70% go to the tip to sit there until the year 2463. Hectic.

I go to Cartridge World in Coffs to refill mine and they’re a fraction of the cost of buying new ones. When we were poor uni students we used to refill them ourselves (and have black fingers for weeks).

Be mindful that when you throw something “away” it is never really “away. Please share this post so we can let more people know.


If you buy a Christmas present in our shop I will peer pressure you into letting me gift wrap it for you.

Me: “Hi would you like me to gift wrap that for you?”
Customer: “Oh no, that’s fine. I’ll do it at home”
Me: “It’s not a hassle. Look at our beautiful Christmas paper”
Customer: “It’s ok. It’s actually a birthday present”
Me: “Oh I have paper for that too!”
Customer: *uncomfortable silence* “Um… Sure, go for it”
Me: *fist pump*

Two weeks today until the big day!! The shop is overflowing with goodies! Anyway here is Essential Health’s Top 5 Christmas Treats!

1. IT’S ALL GOOD BY GWENYTH PALTROW -My fave cookbook of all time!
2. DRISHTI CANDLES from Bellingen –We’d like to think that’s it’s our natural pheromones that make the shop smell so damn good, but it’s actually the candles.
3. WELEDA POMEGRANATE CREAMY BODY WASH AND HAND CREAM PACK –Save around $20 on this biodynamic goodness.
4. ATTIC ACCESSORIES TOILETRY BAGS –Nice designs for dudes and chicks.
5. LOUISE L. HAY AFFIRMATION CARD DECK –Daily inspiration. The gift that keeps on giving.

Emma the Naturopath xx

PS. Thank you in advance for satisfying my gift wrapping fetish. Of course it is a free service, but we have a Sea Shepherd tin on the counter so feel free to drop a coin in there :)

I was so touched by this lovely message I received yesterday from one of our customers...

"Hi, I just wanted to say thank you!!!!

I was in your store on the weekend right on closing time, you were patient and listened to me even though you were probably itching to get on with your weekend. I purchased some toothpaste and Olive Leaf oral spray you recommended for mouth ulcers.

Absolute magic, just a few days treatment and they are totally gone. Imagine, I have been putting up with them for nearly 9 months.

Thanks so much again, have an awesome Christmas!"

Top Five Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Walking to the elevator just as the doors are opening. I didn’t think I was superstitious but when this happens I feel like I’ve got a great day ahead.

2. Scoring a set of (BPA free) Lickity Sips from Big W for $6. Excited to make healthy homemade icy poles this Summer!

3. Playing ‘Heart and Soul’ on the grand piano at a mansion overlooking the ocean.

4. Yummy treats from my very sweet customers. Homemade coconut yoghurt and a little package of bliss balls. My afternoon tea was sorted!

5. Doing yoga outside in the sprinkling rain. I went into the deepest meditation afterwards and actually fell asleep. It was a surreal and beautiful feeling to peacefully wake up in nature, which took me a few moments to work out where I was.

Emma the Naturopath xx

PS. I thrive on simplicity. When life gets complicated and overwhelming, I try to shed away all the static and get back to basics.

This week I unsubscribed from a dozen mailing lists that I receive for recipes that I never cook and clothes I never buy. I went through my entire wardrobe and spent an afternoon listing clothes on eBay. It made me feel lighter and clearer.

Live by the KISS rule: Keep It Simple Sexy.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
-Leonardo da Vinci

Top Five Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Finding out my childhood cats were named Cauliflower and Come On. How ridiculous!

2. The Bobby Alu cd. Good psych up music for Hawaii in 4 weeks!

3. Coconut chia puddings with fresh fruit every morning. Then again for dessert!

4. Seeing two friends get married in their backyard under a big beautiful mango tree with frangipanis scattered around.

5. Paddle boarding down the river in Bellingen to find a secluded picnic spot. Rode down a few rapids! The only sounds were cicadas buzzing, kookaburras having a chuckle and some cows mooing. Often all I could hear was the paddle being dipped into the water. It was a peaceful and grounding way to spend the last weekend of the year after zooming around all month.

Emma the Naturopath xx

PS. The next Top 5 I post will be in 2014!!

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear” 
–Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

My yoga teacher told me once that when there is love, there can be no fear. So immerse yourself in love and know that you are invincible xx

Top Five Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. That awkward moment when the waitress asks you what sort of chai you’d like and you reply “a BIG one” instead of ‘latte or tea’. Oh...

2. Whittling away hours at a busy cafĂ© on my laptop and my “BIG chai” ala Carrie Brandshaw. Periods of wild typing infused with patches of staring into the distance daydreaming and pondering life.

3. The relief of a newly renovated kitchen. Fridge is in the laundry, washing up in the laundry sink with the dish rack on the floor. Boiling the kettle which is plugged in on the carpet next to the TV in the lounge room. It’s a bit like camping in your own house.

4. My grandmother informing me about that creepy Packer guy and Miranda Kerr as if she’s in their close circle of friends. Well it must be true if it was in Woman’s Day.

5. People who walk around town wearing loud Christmas shirts, Santa hats and earrings in the shape of candy canes. These people who truly embrace the Christmas spirit never fail to bring a smile to my face.

Emma the Naturopath xx

PS. “Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.”

-Marianne Williamson

For many people I know, 2013 has been a BIG year that has demanded a lot of strength and resilience. But guess what… You made it!! A little stronger and wiser than before.

So instead of writing a list of specific goals as long as your arm (I am writing this for myself here), just aim for an ENJOYABLE year. It’s time to just release and be open to wherever life takes you.

From myself and Vanessa, we send you Christmas wishes from the bottom of our hearts and thank you for all the joy you have brought to us at Essential Health this year. Lots of love xxxx

So excited about the fresh new year that lies ahead!!!

Essential Health

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