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Homeopathy & Respiratory Tract Infections

A study published in the Journal ‘Homeopathy’supports the use of homeopathic medicines for prevention of influenza and acute respiratory tract infections in children. Influenza and its complications are common at all ages. This clinical trial was carried out in Brazil with children aged from 1 to 5 years over a 12 month period. The test subjects were distributed into 3 experimental groups, (i) Homeopathic Complex (ii) Placebo (iii) Anti-influenza drugs. The results of the trial suggest that the use of homeopathic medicines minimized the number of flu and respiratory infection in children. The study supports homeopathic prophylactic potential and further study into this area.

Reference: Camila Monteiro Siqueira, Homeopathic medicines for prevention of influenza and acute respiratory tract infections in children: blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

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Men's Essence 30ml bottle from Australian Bush Flower Essences

Men’s Essence – New from Australian Bush Flower Essences

Following on the heels of Boost and Carers Essence is Men’s Essence, for men always on the go or for when there’s a sense of rushing, impatience or irritability. Ian White, a fifth generation Australian herbalist, has carefully and consciously chosen a combination of Red Helmet Orchid, Sturt Desert Pea, Little Flannel Flower, Bluebell, Boab, Yellow Cowslip Orchid, Blackeyed Susan and Flannel Flower for the new Men’s Essence. He also wanted to present an opportunity to help males feel more comfortable with both physical and emotional intimacy, encouraging one to be more physically active, to talk about and communicate their feelings. This essence can also work on both the bond between a man and his father as well as the bond between himself and his children, if he is a father.

Men’s Health & Men’s Essence

Anger and sadness are two emotions Ian, who has been practicing as a Naturopath since 1979, has witnessed over the years and which seem particularly relevant to men’s journies. The essence can help release deep-held grief and sadness, finding and expressing one’s feelings. It can help encourage playfulness in those who feel self-conscious or inhibited when it comes to expressing themselves. It also has the charms of enhancing one’s sense of humour.

Ian included Boab because of its potential for releasing old male stereotypes, something he feels is quite pertinent to this time. Boab can help shift generational negative family patterns, accessing and clearing  ensuing negative beliefs. Read more here about the individual essences included in Men’s Health in Ian’s recent Newsletter.

Australian Bush Flower Essences has been used successfully for many years to meet the needs of people living in the 21st century. There’s a lot of negativity, loneliness, trauma, anger and hurt held within. Flower essences can help break down these barriers, encouraging people to align with their Higher Selves, enabling a more productive, empowered and joyful life.

Explore Ian’s selection of Combination Essences here.

Boost Essence

Ian created the Boost combination remedy specifically for the current health crisis and the challenging and uncertain times we are now all going through. It was formulated to support and boost while the blend also helps bring about a sense of safety and assurance.
At the same time, there is also a great need and benefit in being able to stay grounded and connected to the Earth and Nature. Boost Essence also contains Fringed Violet to help provide psychic protection against the pervasive energy of panic and fear. This is especially appropriate for all the people who are very sensitive to other people and energies. Boost has a very calming and balancing effect and can help in the midst of change.
Ian has also noted that in Traditional Chinese medicine, grief and sadness are the emotions observed with having an impact on the subtle energies around the lungs. One of the deepest acting of all the Bush essences is Sturt Desert Pea, which works so powerfully on these two emotions. He has never added this single essence to any of their other Combinations but on this occasion, he felt it was appropriate.
This essences may also feel appropriate for all the health store workers, pharmacists, retailers and front-line workers who have continued to provide essential care for the many communities over the last three months. We hope it will be of valuable service to you all.

Carers Essence

We are pleased to have received Ian White’s latest flower essence offering, and just in time for the space we have all found ourselves in. When discussing the new Carers Essence, Ian has talked about how he would associate it with a mother of a young child or children; health workers or someone looking after their elderly or sick family members. However, in this current climate, there are also many parents who would normally be at work and are now having to stay home and look after their children. Many healthcare workers are finding themselves under increasing workloads with many overly concerned about their own safety as they help others.

During these times of emotional overwhelm and life changing circumstances, this essence supports the caregiver to feel their inner strength and resilience when they are feeling worn out and burdened by the responsibility of looking after another.The Carers Essence helps one to feel calm, optimistic, able to cope and also pay heed to and look after one’s own needs.

Vitamin C and Metabolic Syndrome

Vitamin C – Immune Function

A review article was published in the Journal, Nutrients which supports the use of dietary Vitamin C and supplementation. Vitamin C is an essential micro nutrient for humans and it is a powerful anti-oxidant. It contributes largely to immune defense. Vitamin C deficiency results in impaired immunity and higher susceptibility to infections. The study concludes that supplementation with vitamin C appears to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. A CAM Practitioner can evaluate an individuals requirement for supplementation and create a suitable strategy to achieve optimal Vitamin C levels in the body.

Vitamin C capsules with bio-flavanoids are a popular holistic supplement recommended by CAM Practitioners.

Reference: Anitra C. Carr and Silvia Maggini, Vitamin C and Immune Function, Nutrients, 2017

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two bottles of Whole Health Cognitive Complex

Vitamin C – Cognitive Function

A study published in the Journal, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience supports the intake of dietary and supplemental Vitamin C to enhance cognitive function. Alzheimer’s and Dementia are becoming increasing health concerns among the elderly community. Anyone over 60 years is particularly vulnerable to Vitamin C deficiency.

The study indicates a significant association between vitamin-C plasma concentrations and performance on tasks involving attention, focus, working memory, decision speed, delayed and total recall, and recognition.

Whole Health Cognitive Complex is a popular holistic supplement recommended by CAM Providers. It contains Vitamin C along with Amino Acids, B Vitamins, Vitamin D3 and Magnesium Citrate. This supplement tests positive by CAM Providers for restorative properties and may help with brain and mental activities such as thinking, learning, memory and judgement. A CAM Provider can evaluate a person’s health requirements and create a helpful strategy to achieve optimal health status.

Reference: Nikolaj Travica, Karin Ried, Avni Sali, Plasma Vitamin C Concentrations and Cognitive Function: A Cross-Sectional Study, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2019,11

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Immune & Emotional Protection

As the weeks pass by, we are all noticing the minor re-engagements or movement towards what will be our new environment for the foreseeable future. While an air of uncertainty lingers, we are certainly entering a period of transformation and change. This journey, whilst it may feel and be stressful and heavy, can be improved with the help of your Natural Healthcare Providers. Health shops and Pharmacies are gearing up to help pave a sufficient path for immune stability and emotional support. Vitamin C, Vitamin D and anti-anxiety remedies such as Nervous System Liquescence, ANX and Adrenal Liquescence may help soften the energetic blows the body has felt the force of over recent months. We may have been caught unaware at the start of the year but thinking ahead now will play a critical role in the long-term nature of this evolution. This is a time to protect our vital force energies, to speak our truth with kindness and to enhance self-intuition and welcome a degree of order and calmness to our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.
The base chakra, the first of the major seven chakras of the body, located at the base of the spine, entertains our feelings of stability, security and is the most instinctual of our chakras. Here is our survival centre. It provides the link between our energetic system and the physical world and is our base for our life force energy. It helps us feel grounded and connected to our Mother Earth. Themes such as insecurity, exhaustion, worry, fear, anger and trauma are already prevalent amongst family and friends. There are plenty of gentle tools which respect the vital force and can help transform lower energies or negativity. Microflora Liquescence or IMS can help ground unstable energies, strengthen resolve when stress depletes us and enhance the environment for a stronger immune system. Zephorium’s Base Chakra Tonic is perfect for people who are feeling full of fear or finding it hard to stay focused. A healthy, vibrant and free-flowing base chakra empowers our Beings. Life is going to be different now. It is said that there’s no rainbow without a little rain. But if you pack an umbrella and wellingtons, and prepare to protect yourself, we will embrace a gentler experience together when the rainbow appears.

Optimizing Glutathione Status

A review article published in the Journal, Nutrients, discusses multi-component dietary interventions specifically designed to enhance glutathione status. The study outlines an exciting opportunity for clinical medicine and future research. Glutathione plays a crucial role in physiological processes leading to reduced oxidative stress, enhanced metabolic detoxification and a better performing immune system. Optimizing the levels of this critical antioxidant has been proposed as a strategy for health promotion and disease prevention. Research suggests that nutritional interventions including amino acids, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and foods can have important benefits. Dietary supplements may also be useful.

New Vistas Glutathione is a popular holistic supplement recommended by CAM Providers as part of a personalised health plan for their clients.
Ideally, a CAM Provider can evaluate an individual’s health requirements and create a strategy in order to achieve wellness goals.

Reference: Deanna M. Minich and Benjamin I. Brown, A Review of Dietary (Phyto)Nutrients for Glutathione Support, Nutrients 2019, 11(9): 2073

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P.R.A.N.A. I

Polarity Reflex Analysis & Nutritional Assessment Kinesiology
PRANA is a multi-dimensional energy assessment program. It uses the energy field to trace the root cause of body/mind imbalances, empowering the client to receive the best possible wellness outcomes. It is one of the most efficient tools an experienced Kinesiologist can add to their tool-kit.
Given the success of March’s weekend, we are now gathering names for the next PRANA 1 training module. For any kinesiologist looking to provide more specific direction and a stable client environment, please register your interest by calling us on +353 (0) 61334455 or email With sufficient numbers, and respecting State advice, we will consider dates for Autumn.

Olive Leaf Extract from New Vistas

Olive Leaf Extract – Upper Respiratory Illness

A study as published in the Journal, Nutrients, supports the use of dietary and olive leaf extract supplementation among athletes. The study identified that supplementation may help in shortening the duration of upper respiratory illness. New Vistas Olive Leaf Extract is a popular holistic supplement containing 400mg of standardised olive leaf. Ideally a CAM Provider can evaluate a person’s individual needs and formulate a personalised health plan whereby those needs can be monitored and met.

Overall the study concluded that supplementation could be used to alleviate the effect of Upper Rspiratory Illness on high athletes; however, adequate food-based nutrition and potentially other polyphenol products should still be investigated to decrease incidence.

Reference: The Effect of Olive Leaf Extract on Upper Respiratory Illness in High School Athletes: A Randomised Control Trial, Vaughan Somerville,* Rachel Moore, and Andrea Braakhuis, Nutrients 2019, 11(2).

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Vegan Omega-3 : An Alternative to Fish Oil

A study published in the Journal ‘Scientific African’ identifies microalgae as the best natural source of omega-3 DHA over fish oil. Mental health illness associated with poor nutrition is a serious public concern worldwide. The most at risk individuals are children and adolescent. Deficiencies in omega-3 DHA fatty acids have long been recognized as a major contributing factor for mental health illnesses. Norsan Vegan oil is a popular holistic supplement to help with supplementing omega-3. Ideally a CAM Provider can evaluate an individual’s health requirements and create a helpful strategy to achieve wellness goals. The article discusses the benefit of supplementation for improved mental health.

Reference: Christina N. Charles, Titus Msagati, Hulda Swai, Musa Chacha, Microalgae: An alternative natural source of bioavailable omega-3 DHA for promotion of mental health in East Africa, Scientific Africa, Volume 6, November 2019

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Hay Fever – Immune Responses

Hay fever is a common seasonal complaint. Some lowered immune systems react to grass, tree and hay pollen. During Spring & Summer, pollen counts are naturally higher and can cause an increase in symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes. Face pains, sweating and headaches are also common complaints. Integrated medicine can help alleviate symptoms and reduce anxiety for sufferers at this time. However, it is more important than ever to appreciate the role a sturdy and vitalised immune system plays within wellness. Recent research suggests that healthy cellular function and the body’s ability to clear old or fatigued cells can support overall functionality of the body’s response to threats. Sanguinex, Lympex, Mitochondria Liquescence and Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids may be recommended by CAM Providers to help move old cells and revitalise cellular productivity.
ImmiFlex, a nutritional immune supplement derived from yeast beta glucans may enhance natural immune responses and studies have shown that allergy sufferers taking Wellmune WGP, the potent ingredient found in ImmiFlex, experienced a 27% reduction in average allergy symptoms and a 52% reduction in severity of their symptoms. Hay Fever is a homoeopathic remedy which may help to relieve and control hay fever symptoms. IMS and Microflora Liquescence are natural stimulants which may boost the body’s vibra-tional defences. AIN is a useful support when the body experiences any inflammation, so relief can help soothe the sinus area. Vitamin D Liquescence plays an important role is balancing vitamin D levels, an important nutrient required for optimal immune function. Opsin II is a xenobiotic which may help the body process inhalant sensitivities. During bouts of symptoms, Mucous Liquescence offers immediate relief from the build up of mucous and catarrh, produced when the body is working to fight off invading pathogens. Be well equipped this season; manage your symptoms the natural way.