Meet your vagus nerve

Have you heard of the vagus nerve? If not, I’d like to introduce you. Vagus means ‘wanderer’ and from the images above, you can see why. The vagus nerve is the longest in your body. It plays a role in nearly every physiological action in your body (impacting mood, immune response, digestion, and heart rate, amongst others).  It’s the most important nerve when it comes to your rest and relaxation response, the parasympathetic nervous response (your body’s OFF switch). The vagus nerve connects the brain and your internal organs - it’s a direct information highway between your mind and body (80% of the messages flow from your body, feedback back to your b...

What is in my wellness box this month

Come take a peek at what I’ve got in my wellness box this month... 1. Lifelong Vitality supplements: multivitamin & mineral; omega; antioxidants. BTW! even though I’m a nutritionist, my health isn’t perfect. I know, it’s a shocker. Changing my nutrition and lifestyle changed my life. Literally saved me. But I still have some h...

5 things i cannot live without this month

What five things couldn't you live without this month? Me?... 1. my oils, obvs. Is that cheating? Ok, so I'll add in English radio. It makes me feel cosy and familiar. 2. acupressure mat - we've used it daily for over 10 years! Amazing for back pain, shoulder & head tension and instant relaxing 3. cold raw cacao drink (plant milk + 1 date. Takes 1 min) +...

essential spring support

Spring is right around the corner and that means more seasonal threats are, too! I started struggling with this at 18 years old, living by the banks of the Seine. Nowadays, I love to support my system using lemon, lavender and peppermint - does the trick right away. Here's how I use them: 2 drops of each in a shot of water, 2-3 x day; 2 drops of each in the diffuser; 2 drops of each in a glass roller bottle (this is what I use on our 5yo, under her feet and along...

On body image

It’s never about anyone else. It’s always about you. The way you feel about yourself. The way you view yourself. Do you feel enough? Do you accept who you are, right now? Do you forgive choices you make or don’t make, or feel you should be making? Do you look upon your body with love, even if it doesn’t look as you want it ...

essential oils for pregnancy

Many pregnant mums become extra concerned about the products they use. And with good reason! Preparing for our first child is when I went full out removing as many toxins from our home as possible. I wanted my babies to have the best chance with their immunity and overall health (including their brains!).   Did you know that microplastics were detected in human placenta? "Microplastics carry with them substances which, acting as endocrine disruptors, could cause long-term effects on human health." (Science Direct article 106274). 200 Chemicals have been found in newborn umbilical cord blood (Scientific American). Babies are born with a toxic load - from their mother and father, but. there’s so much we can do to help reduce toxic loa...

must have oils for your bathroom

This is where you look in the mirror first thing in the morning, last thing at night. The average woman will observe over 10 things (without even realising it!) that she doesn't like about her body. The way you feel about your external body affects your mood your confidence, your choices, your capability even. Try aromatic dressing to turn that around and set yourself up for greater self love, or at least acceptance and gratitude (you don't need to love your body right now, but you do need the latter two to step into a kinder  relationship with yourself). Place 5 drops of your preferred ess...

2 tips for teeth grinders!

Does someone in your house grind their teeth? It's a noise that totally makes you cringe! Both of our kids did this, apparently it's a stage many kids go through - and of course many adults also it. These two tips work really well: 1. massage the bone on both sides of the big toe (the part that is wider than the rest, you'll feel the bone there). You can also do this on the hands - on the thumb. Massage that area for a minute or so, both sides. 2. add a drop of Serenity blend to that to supercharge the results. And, gently rub a drop of Serenity, diluted, to the outside of the jaw. Both of our kids stopped grinding their teeth within a day or so of us doing this Now tell me, have you ever needed this combo in your house?!

My Daily essentials

You hear me talking about the Top 10 oils quite a bit - the ones that make up the most popular starter kit. But what then? Well, aside from supplements, these are oils that I use every single day: * Adaptive roller: back of my neck to help me adapt (does what it says on the roller) to whatever the day brings * Whisper: purefume. Behind my ears every day. Delicious and calming * Clarycalm:...

Do you know who is behind the products you buy?

Do you know who is behind the products you buy? Conscious consumerism is important to me (not just in regards to oils, but in every area, as much as possible). In this day and age, our world needs more businesses that put GOOD business practices at the forefront. When I chose to start using doTERRA oils, I looked into all sides. Integrity, sustainability, transparency, ethical. This is what I found. With doTERRA there is no broker or middle man (a rarity in the oils industry), meaning that we can be sure that ever...

Have you done a bodymindsoul inventory?

When was the last time you did a bodymindsoul inventory? Checking into where you’re at in each of those areas? What have you been ignoring? What have you been holding onto? What did you forget about? What are you putting up with? What are you dragging around? What have you ’tried everything’ for? Where would you like to grow? It can be so easy to get caught up with having to do this and that, setting goals and what you need to do to reach your desired result, that we can forget about HOW we want the journey to be. If there’s a health and wellbeing goal you’d like to work on and want to try the power of essential oils to support you with this (maybe you’ll need supplements too), send...

Got The Winter Blues?

January can seem soooo long, and then February tends to get all the blame. The good news is, I've got an oil for you, and I know it makes a difference. One lady in our community says that since she’s been using oils, it’s the first time she feels she can get through the winter without feeling low the entire time. I diffuse citrus...

Set Yourself Up For Success

What’s your favourite part of the day? I have to say that I love mornings once everyone’s out at kindy/school/work (except Dom starts a new job soon and will also be working from home, yikes!), the puppy’s lying on my feet (toasty warm and soft!) and I can dig into my work. Between you and me, I’m often still in my PJs at this stage. I love this time because it’s full of possibility. I set myself up for success: uplifting citrus oils in the diffuser for motivation, a drop of Frankincense under my tongue for mood support, oily pure-fume behind my ears, hormone balancing oil on (seriously, I could go on!), water jug by my computer with a drop of lemon in and I’m eager to get going because I love the work I do! Having rituals around d...

How do essential oils work?

Oils are volatile aromatic compounds. This means that they waft into the air (the reason you can smell a lavender bush as you walk past it). They're extracts from plants found inside roots, seeds, flowers, bark.  Now, my favourite part - they help keep the plant safe, warding away harmful pathogens and assisting with pollination  - so you literally have nature's protection right there in those pretty little bottles. They’re concentrated, highly potent chemical compounds (wah! Yes, nature has natural chemicals, they are still chemical compounds) which act as messengers within your body, giving instructions to your cells.  Interestingly, a plant's cellular structure is similar to a human cell which is how we can benefit so well from these na...

Do you multi-task?

Hands up if you’re a multi-tasking Queen! Did you know that your brain cannot, in fact, multitask? Ladies, there, I said it! Your brain loves to ONE TASK. You may think you’re good at multitasking but your brain actually jumps in and out of each thing you’re doing. It’s like interval training for your brain all.day.long. Or hoping in and out of tabs one after the other. Exhausting. No wonder you feel like binge eating at the end of the day or eating foods you wouldn’t have chosen that morning. Your brain is exhausted from all the decisions you’ve given it throughout the day, not to mention the constant activity. Batching activities is one way to combat the multi-tasking habit. I like to batch my creative work ...

Release shoulder tension. Fast.

Do you find yourself tense in the evening? Perhaps it feels like your shoulders are around your ears, or just super heavy? I get that sometimes and find it hard to go to bed on days like that, almost as though the day hasn't had a satisfying end to it yet (anyone else, or is that just me??!). So I do this. Now I do it almost every evening just because I love it so much. It's...

Brain hack to create new habits

Creating new habits can be hard, am I right?! But - the science of neuroplasticity shows that we can re-wire our brains. We can create new neural pathways that guide us to instil healthier habits. Here's how. Oh, and when you've watched this, pop down to the comments to let me know one new habit you'd love to adopt! Your browser does not support HTML5 video.

Behind the scenes! How I set myself up for success

Come along with me as I walk through our flat to show you exactly how I set myself up for success with my daily health habits. You'll see how easy! When you stack health habits like this throughout the day, it's much easier to stick to them. Your browser does not support HTML5 video.

my favourite oil resources

Essential oils aren’t just nice smelling bottles of oils. When you start using oils this pure, this potent, you get that there’s more to them than that, that they have real therapeutic value - and knowing how to best use them will optimise your experience. This is how they become the first thing you reach for. They are effective, useful, supportive and for many, no less than life changing. Here are a few ways you can educate yourself: - doTERRA’s blog (science blog, DIYs, free ebooks) - doTERRA’s apps ‘Daily drop’ and I gift all my customers an great reference app called droplii  - my favourite books are Essential Life, Emot...

Muscles need soothing?

after exercise or during menstruation? or to reduce feelings of tension for kids' growing legs? This oil. One of the great things about using natural options, is that you can reapply them as often as needed. Every 5 minutes, or 30, or every 2 hours or just twice a day. There’s no restriction as long as you dilute them and use them little and often. And if it’s emotional traumas you want support with, again, use this one. If you’ve been...