Author Archives: Jadwiga James MCMA

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today

Is your present clouded by the ‘if only’?

I could’ve…
I should’ve…
I would’ve….

Are you carrying your past with you?
Is it weighing you down?
Does it colour your current experiences?
Maybe it’s something you wish you could let go of but, no matter how hard you try, it just keeps coming back to haunt you?

Did you know that homeopathy could help you:
🌷 live more in the present moment
🌷 let go of painful memories
🌷 go through stressful events and situations with more ease
🌷 find clarity in times of turmoil
🌷 reconnect with yourself to find the peace within

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What about Mental Health?

We’re in the middle of the Mental Health Awareness Week.

I am aware that there are so many weeks and days dedicated to certain illnesses and syndromes but Mental Health has been, up until very recent years, something not openly spoken about.

The trend used to be: is you can’t physically see any changes, it’s not a real illness, so just ‘get on with it’…

…and so people did.

Covering up their depression more than they would some ungainly scars.

Avoiding anxiety-triggering situations just as they would waterlogged roads.

But the problem was: things like this seldom got better on their own.

One trend remained: suppression.

Just like suppressing any unwanted spots with creams, people started suppressing their unwanted emotions. Emotions they didn’t feel comfortable with or emotions they knew others would not approve of, after all, we live in an era where if you don’t fit a rigid image of perfection, your worth as a person is greatly diminished.

So we go on, putting pressure on ourselves in order to fit in certain rigid frames of what is now considered a ‘norm’ for being a man, woman, mother, father, worker, friend, etc. and often forget to nourish what makes us so much more than just our role, label or title.

The truth is that nobody has come to this world with a full set of copying skills. This is something we all pick up on our journey of life. So next time you look at someone and think that they ‘have it good’ for whatever reason, don’t be so quick to make this assumption. Most of us have learnt by now how to hide our doubts and fears.

Another truth is: we are all suffering.  There is not a person in this world who wouldn’t carry doubt, fear, sadness or grief in their hearts at some point in their lives… and it’s okay. What is not okay is making it sound like some sort of phenomenon… or making people feel isolated because, all of a sudden, they don’t fit the mold anymore.

We are all conected by our experiences and the experience of suffering is a universal one; but what makes your suffering different to the suffering of any other person is You.

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There might be another person suffering from depression but their depression might be hiding under an overly friendly fascade whilst all you want to do is sit in your bedroom with the curtains drawn shut- who’s to say which one of you is suffering more?

There might be another person suffering from anxiety, yet their anxiety can involve the trouble of getting out of the house, whilst yours centres around fear of dogs- who’s to say which one is more valid?

Some people can start having mental health problems after witnessing an act of violence, accident, grief, dissapointment, unexpected news or difficulties… there is not one reason which would make your difficulties more or less valid than those of anyone else.

Yes, we might be sharing a collective experience of mental health problems but their very expression will be different, filtered through the scope of each one of ours life experiences and symptoms.

Fortunately, talking therapies, like counselling and CBT are becoming increasingly popular, and rightly so!

Another approach, which could be used alongside any other therapy or on it’s own is homeopathy.

Homeopathic treatment doesn’t treat just your depression or anxiety but puts a focus on you as a whole person with the symptoms you are experiencing and that what caused them- what is it about you that made you so sensitive or vulnerable to develop them in the first place– and, through discovering of all that, choosing the most appropriate aproach to treatment.

Homeopathy could help ypu:

  • ease the overwhelming intensity of your emotions
  • make you feel more balanced and grounded
  • help with concentration and memory
  • improve sleep
  • tackle any stressful situations
  • overcome fears and phobias
  • deal with any past traumas
  • bring harmony back to your life

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Dandelion… weed or a valuable herb?

I can’t believe it’s May already; the Spring has come to greet us in a full swing and with it came a mass of flowers. I’m sat here looking at my garden and see the grass speckled with white daisies and yellow dandelions. I can’t help but wonder… why do we consider these amazing plants as weeds when every single part of them can be used to benefit our health?

What are the benefits of Dandelions?

  • Immune system support
  • Increased metabolism
  • Increased production of bile and digestive enzymes
  • Detox
  • Liver function support

As I mentioned above, every single part of Dandelion has medicinal properties which are closely related to the time of year and stage of the plant development.

We tend to harvest dandelion root in Autumn, leaves and green buds in early Spring (before the flowering period), and flowers and stalks in late Spring/ Summer.

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Seeing as most of the dandelions in my garden are in the full bloom, I am going to focus on how we can use that to our advantage.

So… what can we do with flowering dandelions?

You can pick them, wash and separate the flowers from stalks. Now we have 2 ingredients which we can use in multiple ways, some of which I described below:

14 day Dandelion stalk treatment

Slowly chewing on 5 fresh dandelion stalks each day can help with:

  • Liver and gallbladder problems and pain- especially if it extends up your back under your right shoulder
  • Gallstones- it can help to stimulate the gallbladder and liver function in order to dissolve any gallstones
  • Pancreas problems- it can aid in enzyme production
  • Diabetes – you can eat up to 10 stalks a day in order to help with regulation of sugar levels
  • Stomach problems- it increases production of gastric juices as well as cleansing of any leftover material
  • Skin problems- especially if they involve spots, rashes and itching
  • Physical and mental fatigue, especially if it includes feelings of sadness and melancholy
  • Gout, rheumatism
  • Eyesight problems

You can mix the ‘milk’ from the stalks with distilled water in order to soothe irritated eyes, eczema and go over any ‘liver spots’ or other skin discolorations.

What can you do with the ‘leftover’ flowers?

Many, many things! Dandelion flowers are very beneficial in supporting our immune system and liver function. You can use them in salads (but soak them in salty water for 30 minutes beforehand in order to get rid of the bitter taste), use them to make tea, syrup, oil infusion or a tincture.

Dandelion Tea:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of dandelion flowers
  • 2 cups of water

Simmer for 20 minutes before straining and serving. You can drink 1 cup of dandelion tea twice a day.

Dandelion tea is very beneficial for women and can help with:

  • Irregular or scanty periods
  • Inflammation of ovaries or fallopian tubes

Dandelion syrup:

Ingredients:

  • 350-400 dandelion flowers
  • 1litre of water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1kg of sugar (you can use coconut sugar, honey, etc)

Wash the flowers throughouly and add to the cold water. Bring them to boil and add sliced lemon (if you can’t find organic lemon, peel the skin) and continue to boil for another 15 minutes. Leave to cool and sit overnight.

The next day strain all of the flowers with lemon and add sugar to the liquid. Slowly bring everything to boil between 1-2hrs, checking the consistency. Pour the boiling liquid into jars, lid them and cover over with a blanket for approx 30mins.

Dandelion syrup is especially beneficial in:

  • Strengthening immune system
  • Aiding recovery in cold & flu
  • Easing coughs and sore throats

Dandelion Oil:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of dandelion flowers
  • 1cup oilive oil

Wash and dry dandelion flowers then put them in a jar and fill to the top with olive oil. Put the jar in a pan filled with water and slowly heat it up over 1-2hrs. Leave to cool before straining the flowers.

You can use dandelion oil externally in:

  • Rheumatic pains
  • Muscle pains
  • Skin problems


Please note: avoid using dandelions found in parks, on sides of the road, fields and anywhere where you don’t know if they have been sprayed with chemicals. Remember to leave some for our bees, they rely on dandelions as one of their first sources of food before other flowers begin to bloom .

How does Healing happen?

What can you expect when you start your homeopathic treatment?

I’ve been recently asked to put a time frame on a certain chronic condition and I refused to do it because I did not know the breath of the problem and everything it entailed.

It made me realise that choosing homeopathy is often taken as a leap of faith… just like so many other things in life!

So… how does the healing happen?

Did you know that healing is a process, just like everything else in life? It’s not an instant yet short lived solution as offered by pain killers or antihistamines; it’s a journey to an overall better health which is wrought by its ups and downs.

Every each one of us is unique, carries different set of life experiences and sensitivities. This is why we should not be trying to categorize our healing into strict timeframes, it happens at our individual pace, depending on a vast variety of factors, like age, overall level of health, length of the disease, obstacles in form of lifestyle choices or addictions..

We don’t give ourselves a time limit before we become unwell yet we have grown so used to quick and short-lived fixes, that we often become impatient…

The process of healing is like a road which sometimes bends, dips, takes sharp turns, but, inevitably, leads to a pinnacle of improved vitality and freedom from pain.

Saying all that, the road to improved health usually consists of 5 stages which often appear in a sequence after each other.

The First Stage of Healing is characterised by a marked improvement of the troublesome symptoms which gives hope and marks a promise that you CAN get better. Your situation is not hopeless, despite of what you might have been thinking.

The Second Stage of Healing is where the previous improvement is still present yet the action seemed to have stalled- the symptoms got better but are still not at the optimal level. It’s like you encountered a sudden obstacle in your way which made you unable to proceed any further.

The Third stage of Healing is the Crisis. You were getting better and, all of a sudden, you came down with an acute illness, your skin broke out in a rash you didn’t have for the previous 20 years or you seem to have developed a case of seriously disordered bowels! Fear not, as your vitality improves, all of the toxins which were getting accumulated in your body are finally being removed. It can happen through any of the ways mentioned above as well as through increased perspiration, tears or even dreams.

The Fourth Stage of Healing is marked by relief. Every subsequent crisis becomes less intense, shorter in its duration and is followed by a greater sense of wellbeing. You can see here that every drawback is merely a preparation for a leap forward.

The Fifth Stage of Healing is the Acceleration! Now that you dealt with every setback and cleared the path, there is nothing hindering you from just getting better and reaching the pinnacle of your health. What a journey it has been!

 

The truth about Acne

Did you know that acne is the most common of all skin problems, affecting as much as 80% of the population?

Acne is an umbrella-term for different types of eruptions arising from a similar origin which can be divided into two groups:acne

  1. Noninflammatory acne- which includes blackheads and whiteheads
  2. Inflammatory acne (where we can see pustules, nodules and cysts) which is very often linked to the infection by propionibacterium acnes.

How does acne appear?

It’s a mix of sex hormones and genetic predisposition! Acne usually makes its first appearance during puberty when the body gets stimulated by testosterone to start producing increased amounts of sebum. Sebum is an oil-like substance excreted by sebaceous glands found inside the skin’s follicles, which main role is lubrication of the skin and hair.

Testosterone is also responsible for accelerated production or keratin which forms a thickened, protective surface layer of skin.

Let’s sum it all up:  as the production of sebum and keratin can become excessive during puberty, it is not difficult for the follicles to become clogged and, Voila!, we end up with blackheads or whiteheads! Add some Propionibacterium acnes to the trapped mix and we finish with additional redness and swelling!

Acne Vulgaris is the most common type of acne which usually appears in teenagers as a result of increased testosterone levels (as explained above). As boys produce higher amounts of male sex hormones than girls, they are much more likely to suffer breakouts. Since everyone’s body chemistry differs, not every person is bound to develop acne. This is where genetic predispositions very often have a major role to play.

Post puberty, people can suffer recurring flare-ups of acne throughout their lives which are most often linked hormonal changes initiated by menses, menopause and hormonal contraception in case of women and steroid treatment in men.

Standard treatment of acne most often includes:

  • Antibiotics- which prolonged use can have a negative impact on liver, kidneys and the digestive system
  • vitamin A supplements- which are safe when taken as prescribed but could lead to liver damage and birth defects if taken in vast amounts or during pregnancy
  • Acctuane- a prescription drug which has been linked to miscarriages and birth defects

Homeopathy offers completely safe and side effects-free treatment of all types of acne. Some of the most common homeopathic remedies for acne include, but are not limited to:

  • Antimonium Crudum
  • Calcarea Sulphurica
  • Kalium Bromatum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Silicea
  • Sulphur
  • Thuja

Homeopathic remedies are chosen on the basis of the full scope of symptoms associated with acne, not only on its medical diagnosis. There are different types of eruptions, affecting different parts of the body and having a variable impact on those affected. Taking all this into consideration, it is no wonder that each case of acne will require a unique and individualised approach of treatment.

Would you like to know how our treatment could help with your skin problems? We offer FEE 15 minute introductory consultations, contact us on 07913 902 229 to book your slot.

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