This Is So True!                                                                                 28/6/20

As a survivor of breast cancer, one of the most challenging things that I had to deal with was undergoing a 6 month course of chemotherapy treatment. Not only did I feel really crappy for most of the time, but I also had to deal with the sudden hairloss issue!

I got myself a couple of cool wigs in preparation, but I actually found that I didn't feel comfortable wearing them at all because they were too hot and itchy and also beacause I felt like a fake for some reason! 

I then decided to get myself a selection of headscarves to wear as I was not brave enough to walk around being a total baldy!  I wore them gingerly at first, I soon became more comfortable and confident. 

One of the first things I noticed about wearing a headscarf was that suddenly, everywhere I went, people were incredibly kind to me! They smiled, opened doors for me, asked how I was, offered me their seats and readily forgave all my shortcomings! 

This wonderful kindness made me feel really special, and I understood how sometimes people feel it can serve them to try to 'hang on' to their ilness for as long as they can rather than get better!!!  

However, this was not me I'm glad to say as I was really relieved when my hair grew back after the treatment and I was able to lose the headscarf and get back to leading a more normal life again!

The one thing I still often think though is, wouldn't the world be a wonderful place if we were all a bit kinder to eachother? You just never know what challenges other people are facing in their lives. 

So, why not try showing someone and a bit of extra kindness and compassion today and you never know, you might just make a big difference to their day!

 

Why Its So Important To Check In With Your Emotions   14/6/20

The world is a scary place at the moment, and life is full of uncertainties.  It’s still really unclear as to how the rest of 2020 will pan out, and what the ‘new normal’ will look like for us here in New Zealand and for the rest of the world.

That means that it’s completely natural to be experiencing feelings of uncertainty and fear along with a whole raft of other emotions depending on your own personal perceptions, views, situation and experiences.

It may be really tempting to just distract ourselves or try and ignore any uncomfortable emotions, right now, or indeed at any time. However, it's actually a much better idea to make yourself a little bit of space and quiet time each day to check in with your emotions so you can sit with them and really feel them. This will help you to identify, acknowledge and work through them rather than suppress them.

Suppressing emotions can sometimes be a useful short term coping strategy, but in the long term it can actually have the opposite effect and may cause the emotions to become magnifed and distorted them rather than making them go away.

What’s more, it is possible that suppressed emotions can also lead to physical stress on the body which, if unaddressed, can eventually lead to illness.  That's why allowing yourself this time to understand and experience your emotions should be viewed a really important part of your own healthcare.  

If all that seems much easier said than done, or if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed at the moment, then please reach out to someone you trust, and talk it out today.

Speaking to your local Homeopath could be a great option for you. Your Homeopath is there to provide a safe space for you to be heard without judgement and in total confidentiality. Also, under the guidance of a trained Homeopath, Homeopathy can be really helpful on a mental emotional level, as well as a physical level.  
 

The Strawberry Moon                                       6/6/20
 

Some of us sensitive souls tend to feel affected by a full moon.

It can feel like a bit of a disruptive time, resulting in more erratic behaviour, tension, or tiredness and can lead to feelings of anxiety or emotional upset.

Research has shown that we actually sleep less on the full moon, so this can take its toll too.

On Saturday 6th June, Kiwis can enjoy the Full ‘Strawberry Moon’.

It is not pink, or shaped like a strawberry, but acquired its name from Native Americans as it signifies the start of the wild strawberry picking season.

There is a homeopathic remedy derived from the moon's light, ‘Luna’. It is indicated, amongst others, for the following symptoms:

Irritability, sadness, depression, sleepwalking , oedema, headache, low back pain, sore throat and more…….


Also, intestinal worms tend to breed around the time of the full moon so giving Cina 30c for 5 days around the full moon 1-2 times daily is a great way natural to avoid anyone in your family becoming unexpected hosts!

Lethal Lilies                                    26/5/20

My mischievous cat Pancake came strutting up to me last Saturday morning, totally oblivious to the fact that the fur around her chin, nose and mouth was bright yellow!

Yellow!!! What had she been up to???!!

Then suddenly, the penny dropped!

She had been up on the kitchen table (bad kitty!!), nuzzling the big bunch of Stargazer Lilies that my husband had very kindly bought me! 

Then, somewhere in the archives of my memory, I recalled that lilies were actually quite toxic to cats!!!

This was in fact confirmed by the vet who asked me to bring her in immediately, whereupon he put her on a drip for 48 hours and closely monitored her kidney function.

Three days and $548 later (!!!!), I was thankfully able to collect a very lucky, very healthy Pancake from the vet’s.  (She managed to escape from her carry case on the way home, but that’s a whole different story!!!!!). 

I kept her under close observation for the next 24 hours under the directions of the vet, and also gave her Cantharis for a few days as an organ support for her kidneys.

I am now happy to say that she is absolutely fine and just as mischievous as ever!

So, what have I learnt from this experience?
  1. That was a very expensive gift from my husband!!
  2. Sadly, it’s best to avoid having lilies in your house if you are a cat owner (many different types are toxic to cats), as ingesting any part of the flower can swiftly lead to feline renal failure if left untreated.
  3. Pancake the cat is definitely trouble, but  I am very glad she’s still with us 😊

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