How to prep your body for babies

Hi ladies,

The time prior to conception fascinates me!  It can be a challenging time.  A time of apprehension, particularly for those with a perfectionist streak!  (My hand is up!).  Am I doing everything I can?  Is this the right detox?  Should I be...A, B or C?!! Arghhh!

I want to take the pressure off and give you one easy thing you can start doing. One thing that will ADD nourishment to your body, tone your organs, nourish your stressed out nervous system, clear your skin up, support your liver and more. One thing I strongly believe in is ADDing goodness in, not taking away. By adding nutrition and nourishment we end up crowding out those things that don't serve our body.  

Herbs are one way of adding nourishment to our bodies and by placing them in food (hot drinks, smoothies, dinner, sprinkled on breakfast), we are also adding nutrition at the same time. It is as easy way to tone, detox, cleanse and support out body. Powdered herbs are a great way of adding some supportive herbs in.  By keeping your body toned and your organs in tip top shape our body is easily able to stay on top of the day to day stressors, without getting too far behind, then feeling like "oh my gosh I think I need to go on a one week retreat in Thailand to give back to my body!".  Don't get me wrong, sometimes these tunes up are needed - but we can save those for another discussion.

I have found just the perfect herbal company to allow us both to do this! One that I wholly trust and love their range *Superfeast*. I have been testing these for you everyday for the last 6 months. I am loving them.

Some herbs that I use daily are: Reishi, He She Wu, Chaga, Beauty Blend, Mason's Mushrooms & I'm yet to crack open the Lion's Mane. I generally pick 2 from my selection. This morning I added Reishi & Mason's Mushrooms to my plunger coffee. Yesterday I added the same to my smoothie as that is what I'm loving at the moment! Here is a run down of what these beautiful herbs can do for your body:

Reishi: Such a beautiful herb. Reishi brings peace to the body, mind and spirit. It is known as the herb of immortality...perfect for longevity. It improves liver detox, better immune function and mental clarity. By adding it to your food you are allowing your body to receive more. It is an adaptogenic herb that allows your body to adapt to changes and support the side effects of stress (depressed immune system, fatigue, hormone imbalances, sleep issues and digestive issues to name a handful). Sleep quality is of high importance when preparing to create a baby - it is the time when our body regenerates and recalibrates. Hormonally, this amazing herb helps to convert excess testosterone (which is a problem in conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

He She Wu: This guy is perfect for supporting your adrenals. It is a tonic herb, meaning it tones organs in the body and therefore has life extending capacity. If you are a coffee drinker at the moment, consider adding a teaspoon to your coffee, so that you are not draining your adrenals while enjoying your coffee. By adding herbs your coffee becomes an elixir. Who wants to wake up and brew an elixir each morning?! ...ME! If you wake tired, you may also decide to better yet, ditch the coffee and brew a He She Wu cuppa with hot water and honey.

Chaga: Such a powerful antioxidant! Chaga is grown on Birch trees. It is also an adaptogenic herb and assists the body's natural capacity to resist stress. Wow! Who doesn't want that?! We've all got a lot or a little stress in our lives, right? It's damaging. So use this support tool! Chaga is also great for combating viruses and free radicals (damaging our cells and DNA). You may choose to simply add 1 tsp to water, steep for 5mins, then add some honey and enjoy. I love to add a dash of CocoQuench to mine :)

Beauty Blend: This baby is a detox blend. When we support our liver and detoxification organs we improve our skin. From the inside out. With a host of antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C this combination contains goji berry, longan berry, schizandra and micro-ground pearl powder. Wow! Beautiful alright. Your cells, organs, skin and liver will all be saying THANK YOU.

Mason's Mushrooms: This is a specialty blend of mushrooms made by the owner of Superfeast, Mason Taylor. These mushrooms boost your immune system, balance your hormone, strengthen your body to stress, while nourishing your nervous system. The blend contains: Chaga, Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake, Lion's Mane, Agaricus Blazei, Poria and Cordyceps. I have found this mix beautiful to add to my 100% banana ice cream with beetroot powder. What a pimped up powerhouse snack it is! Any herb that helps balance your hormones (generally through liver support) is wanted, as it makes it easier to track your cycle and know when you are ovulating for conception. 

Mason's Mushroom Ice cream... Mmmmm

Mason's Mushroom Ice cream... Mmmmm

Lion's Mane: This is our brain support herb!  It is also a tonic herb and nourishes your nervous system. Perfect if you are one of those anxious types. The effect on the brain from this herb, helps to repair and reverse any neurodegenerative disease.

HOW TO ENJOY THESE HERBS?

1. You can place 1 tsp in a mug with boiling water, let it steep for 5mins, then add a dash of dairy-free mylk and a bit of honey. You may choose to mix 2 herbs together?!  Another elixir you may choose to create is a delicious hot cacao drink/hot chocolate or adding them to your coffee. Sometimes I also just let my brew steep and cool - drinking it cold or even iced. I loved the bitterness.

2. You can add 1tsp to your smoothie or home made 100% blended banana/berry/mango ice cream?!

3. There is nothing stopping you from sprinkling these on your chia pudding or quinoa porridge for breakfast or over your dinner of a night. 

One thing you can do to help me out is use this affiliate link when ordering your Superfeast herbs. In return I will continue to provide information about these herbs via my Facebook or Instagram pages with recipe ideas and creations.  I am also here to answer any of your questions regarding your health. Much gratitude. Happy herb shopping!  Let's get our bodies supported and in alignment for creating new life :) 

Janelle x

Did you say to put oil in my mouth?

Good afternoon readers!

What a sunny Thursday it is here in Cairns.  This weather is gorgeous!

I want to take some time to explain what oil pulling is and its benefits, as I have written posts on my Seeds Of Health Facebook page and commented on it in previous blog posts.  But, I realise that it is not common knowledge to some people and perhaps even a little weird?!  Fair enough too.  But don’t judge anything until you try it, I believe.  I came across it 2 years ago and have enjoyed using the technique regularly since then, in my morning routine.

The idea behind oil pulling is to draw toxins out of the body – therefore assisting with both acute and chronic health concerns.  The health of our mouth has a huge impact on the rest of the body.  Your mouth also provides an indication as to what is happening in your body – be it visible in the health of your gums, cavities in your teeth, scallops on the edge of your tongue, the colour of your tongue, bad breath, etc.  They all provide clues.

Oil pulling is a effective and economical way to target a whole host of these health concerns – all with a simple 5-20 swish of oil each morning.  “Your mouth harbours hundreds of species of bacteria, viruses and fungi…” (Fife, 2008).  With a simple cut from flossing your teeth or perhaps the occurrence of gingivitis, ulcers, etc. these bacteria, virus and fungi can enter the bloodstream – with the potential to create inflammation, havoc and disease in the body.  It is therefore important to not only boost your immune system but also keep your oral health in tip top condition.

Oil pulling has the ability to freshen your breath, create healthier gums, whiter teeth and protect against chronic health concerns such as arthritis, headaches, knee pain, constipation, eczema, PMS, you name it!  Due to its ability to target the whole body, by drawing toxins to the oil and out, once the oil is removed from the mouth (spat out).

It is interesting to note in Dr Fife’s book that Dr Weston A. Price in the early 1900’s knew the important link between oral health and other health concerns in the body.   The process of a root canal involves the decayed tooth having the soft centre drilled out, disinfected and the cavity filled with a hard rubber like material, before the tooth is sealed and capped.  However, the decayed matter is not always 100% removed and this is where problems can arise, as the tooth seems to always remain infected.  He notes that once root canal teeth are removed other health concerns like chronic arthritis also clear up due to the infection not invading the bloodstream, continuously.  Fascinating!

So…I recommend that you give it a go!  Another challenge for you   I love to give you homework and things to work on…that improve your health!

Upon waking, before hydrating with 1L of water, take 1tsp-1tbsp of coconut oil or sesame oil and swish it around in your mouth for 5-20minutes.  The coconut oil will turn white.  Do not swallow the oil, simply spit it out in to the garden and use the remaining bit of oil on your lips to moisturise your lips.  You can choose to do a number of things during this time, read a book, meditate, do a breathing exercise, listen to your favourite music and dance, go for a walk, hang out the washing, etc, unless you are happy to sit in stillness and wake up slowly watching the trees blow in breeze   All of these choices are perfect.

I recently learnt at a yoga class that coconut oil can be cooling to the body, so if you are a Vata constitution or simply feel the cold I would recommend sesame oil.  I have not managed to purchase any yet from the health food store, but it is on my list for this afternoon.  I am not sure how the sesame oil changes after oil pulling but I am wanting to give it a go!  I will report back in the comments.

Oil Pulling Therapy by Bruce Fife is such an interesting read!  I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to know more!  I am happy to lend my copy out for short periods, otherwise grab your own.  Empower yourself with knowledge.

It is a fabulous idea to incorporate this practice into your morning routine and note how you feel each day in your journal.  Do it consistently for 2 weeks and note how your gums become healthier, your teeth whiten, your breath becomes fresher and both acute and chronic illness begin to clear up as the toxins are pulled from the body.

Happy swishing!  Add your comments below if you have tried it in the past, currently incorporate it in to your routine or just want to give it a go?  I can’t wait to hear your results.

Saunas

I have just arrived home from Koh Samui, Thailand after doing a 2 week pranayama yoga retreat. 

At the centre, Samahita, there was a herbal steam room available which I was able to use as often as I liked.  I did try & do exactly that as I knew the benefits were fantastic.  Since my last juice fast 2 months ago & leading up to leaving for Thailand I had been going weekly to a sauna in Palm Cove with a friend, so I enjoyed the fact that I could continue this.

Sweating is a mechanism to cool the body, however deep sweating where the core body temperature of a person is raised, allows many toxins like heavy metals to be excreted from the body.  It also helps to remove bacteria & dead skin cells keeping the skin working well & looking fresh & beautiful.   According to Dr Ben H Douglas, the nutrients & minerals from sweat & the pumping of blood around the skin help to maintain the collagen structure of the skin.

Our skin is our largest organ and therefore needs to be taken care of & not forgotten.  It behaves in a very similar way to the liver – detoxing and cleansing our body.  We cannot forget to remember to skin brush, exfoliate, gwasha (a mix of pure alcohol & bicarb soda which cleanses the pores and if followed by the application of coconut oil on the skin allows fantastic vitamin D absorption) & avoid nasty chemical laden moisturises.  Coconut oil is a fantastic moisturiser.

Not only do saunas remove toxins & heavy metals they also burn calories (as the process of sweating burns calories), aide in deeper sleep (when your body temperature is raised in the late evening it will fall just before bed assisting slumber), relieve stress (by relaxing the bodies muscles, improving circulation & stimulating the release of endorphins) & help to keep our largest organ (our skin) healthy & happy.

My sauna visits initially started out as a social catch up, however now that I have gained more knowledge about the benefits of them it has become something that I really look forward to & know that it is doing my body good.  

There are a couple of different types of saunas, be that a steam room or infra red sauna, however they all work on the same philosophy.  The one in the picture below was the herbal steam room I enjoyed in Thailand.  It had eucalyptus oil added to the steam creating greater cleansing of the respiratory system and offering antibacterial properties.  

If you live in the Cairns area, there is a sauna out at Palm Cove at the Novotel that is really cheap to go to & very accessible for regular visits if you don’t mind the drive north.  Others are available in town however I’m not sure on their cleanliness.