Tulsi Sana 

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''Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food''

Hippocrates

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Pass the Papaya!

Over the years, and during the harder aspects of suffering from 'autoimmune' DisEase, I would often have bouts of severe acid reflux, otherwise known as GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). GP's will often prescribe antacids and proton pump inhibitors initially when complaining of acid reflux that affects our daily lives, and whilst they appear to give relief, they are not treating the root cause which is often a consequence of stress (research the gut-brain link.) Papaya, a fruit grown in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia and the Americas, has long been purported to aid the digestive tract. Supporters assert that papaya enzymes ease indigestion and heartburn experienced with acid reflux. Eating papayas can keep you safe from acidity as it contains the papain enzyme, which helps in improving digestion. Its fibre content also clears the stomach of toxins. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid leaks back up into the esophagus -- the pipeline between your mouth and stomach. If you suffer from reflux, you may experience heartburn, indigestion and regurgitation. Papaya enzymes help break down food proteins into simpler, easier to digest amino acids, leading to improved digestion and decreased stomach acid production. It is theorised that the digestive enzymes abundant in papain can lead to decreased acid reflux symptoms by lessening the body’s digestive workload. Empower your body with healing nutrition.

Our Second Blog Entry

A love Affair

Ok, so, if you were to ask a herbalist to name only one herb out of the plethora of medicinal herbs available, you'd be waiting a while for an answer. There are so many amazing herbs, flowers, even roots, and tree bark and sap that have healing properties. For me, I seem to have this love affair with Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis). I cannot be without it! I have it growing organically in my herb patch, I have it in tinctures, and I have a large jar of dried Lemon Balm so I can use a couple of teaspoons daily in my morning infusion tea. What's so special about this perennial herbaceous plant? 

Therapeutic actions: Antidepressant, antihistamine, antimicrobial (including antifungal and antiviral) antispasmodic, carminative, decongestant, digestive, diaphoretic, hepatic, nervine, and sedative. Lemon Balm is an important immune system herb as it can address fungal and viral issues, as well as bacterial ones. It's also great for reducing allergic reactions to hayfever.

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Immune Boosting Goodness

Most of you with children will know how frustrating it can be to ensure your little ones are eating enough fruit and vegetables. It can be hard to know if your children are getting enough vitamins and minerals to support their immune system. Elderberry juice contains a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and Zinc which is super important to assist the immune system for both prevention and recovery from viruses. Elderberry juice is naturally sweet and can be made, or purchased in syrups that are easily consumed even for the fussiest of children. During the winter months, I give my son and daughter elderberry syrup mixed in a little water with honey at least 3-4 times a week to help assist their inner army of T-helper cells.