Karen Green Herbalist
Bottlebrush for Spring
Bottlebrush for Spring and it means Spring has sprung! It is used for clearing and cleansing. Whilst studying and learning from my amazing teachers at “Balance for Life” I was taught an old Chinese way of healing; “We heal with what surrounds us”. Although we have a fast paced life a little different from Ancient Chinese ways I couldn’t help noticing the beautiful bottle-brushes blooming profusely here in Melbourne at the moment.
Bottlebrush, from the genus Callistemon, is also a Flower Essence used to heal the physical, mental, intellectual & spiritual aspects. It is used for clearing and cleansing away the old and for us to deal with change easily nd effortlessly.
Bottlebrush – Callistemon linearis
As it clears away (like a brush) bottlebrush helps us to let go and move through change with greater ease. It helps to brush away the past and allows a person to move on to new beginnings and experiences. Life is full of endings and beginnings, bringing constant change. In fact, we know there is constant climate change that is impacting many Australians as I write this. Bottlebrush helps with major life changes or turning points including starting school, getting a job, marriage, divorce, moving house, retirement and even transitioning to the afterlife (death).
If we resist change, we block the flow of life. Today more than ever we need to be flexible, adaptable and develop resilience.
The negative side of Bottlebrush
Overwhelmed by major life changes including in adolescence, parenthood, pregnancy, menopause, old age and in approaching death. These are all times when bottlebrush is called for.
- Serenity and calmness
- Coping with ease
- Ability to move on
Note: Bottlebrush flower essences is not advisable for children under 12 years as we need to allow them to have their life experiences without interference.
Bottlebrush can be used for
Addictions, constipation (the need to let go along with boronia), arteriosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries), Back pain (particularly in the thoracic region – between the shoulders), blood disorders (cleansing and clearing), cellulite and swelling (clearing lymph), muscle cramps (can benefit), viruses, foot problems (the need to move forward), haemorrhoids (clearing and cleansing), skin issues,
The positive overall aspect of this essence allows a person to flow through life and its changes, being able to let go of the past and move ahead into the new.
When you see bottlebrush today, know that it has come into your life to help heal you! Take on bottlebrush energy and order your essence today!
Bottlebrush Affirmations for Spring
I, your name, now allow myself to move easily and effortlessly with life’s changes.
I, your name, welcome new change and the responsibility of pregnancy/adolescence.
I, your name, let go of the past, breaking the bonds that bind, so I can move forward with grace and gratitude.
Australian National Herbarium – https://www.anbg.gov.au/callistemon/
Ian White – Australian Bush Flower Essences, 1991, Bantam Books
I have so much gratitude to my teachers past, present and future including Glenys Rochford, Marshall Lever & life! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Make a booking with Karen today for your unique flower essence to be made including Bottlebrush on email@example.com or call 0400836254 or head to https://access2speechpathology.com.au/services-consultations-with-karen-green/consultations/ for more information.
In the ”heal your gut, heal your body” online workshop you learn everything you need to know about healing your gut and gut microbiome. Your gut health is crucial to your overall physical and mental well-being. Gut health issues can lead to autoimmunity, mental health problems, skin issues and digestive problems including lack of appetite, diarrhea and or constipation. It may be that you even have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Hippocrates stated, “All disease begins in the gut” and natural health practitioners work closely to heal your gut issues as the start of disease. Even scientists are catching on to this as more research show this too be true!
In a series of videos, audios and handouts the ”heal your body, heal your body” workshop, helps you to dive easily into the world of healing your gastrointestinal system. Listen in the comfort of your home or perhaps the audio of your car. This workshop is for both the general public and practitioners. Handouts are provided to help you along the way!
- How and what to do to heal your gut – Leaky gut (Intestinal Hyper-permeability), SIBO & parasites
- What to do when parasites are present & understand if you really need to eradicate them
- Holistic healing of your gut through the Microbiome Diet
- The Microbiome Make-over Protocol
- The benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
- Easy tips & information on hpw to heal your gut
- How antibiotics affect your gut
- Testing options – CDSA, Lactulose/Mannitol, Zonulin, Parasites.
Have you had a gastrointestinal issue for a long time and don’t know what to do? The ”heal your gut, heal your body” workshop helps you on the road to better health. Whether you are a practitioner or have general interest in healing your gastrointestinal tract there is something for everyone in this workshop. Need a guiding light into your health or business?
About Karen’s Courses
Karen designs practical & insightful workshops for those who are starting out in clinic & for the general public who want to embrace all things ‘’natural’’. It can be difficult to wade through the vast amount of health information available today. Trust a fully trained health professional who will take the confusion out of it for you. Embrace learning how to make your own beauty products, setting up your clinic, histamine, rotational eating & much more…
Why not sign up today and at your leisure learn about your most important aspect of your health, your gut microbiome and YOU! New Launch Discount includes 20% OFF until end of December 2019. Click here to sign up.
For more on your gut health read https://access2speechpathology.com.au/gut-microbes-affect-stress-and-your-health/ & https://access2speechpathology.com.au/lets-talk-constipation/
Karen’s online courses are available here: https://gaininghealthnaturally.teachable.com/
Call Karen today 0400836254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Low Thyroid Function (or hypothyroidism as it is known), links to high cholesterol levels. Hypothyroidism is a common metabolic disorder in the general population. Surveys show a 4.6% prevalence of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) in the general population (USA). 9.5% of the Colorado Prevalence Study participants had high levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). A naturopath looks at the optimal range being between 1-2 (TSH). Thyroid failure is more common in women with the prevalence rising with age. Hypothyroid patients have increased levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Hypothyroidism is seen as a common cause of secondary dyslipidaemia (high cholesterol levels).
Research shows that hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) can put you at a greater risk for high blood cholesterol, which can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Keeping your thyroid in balance helps to keep your cholesterol in check.
How Low Thyroid function impacts Cholesterol Increase
Decreased thyroid function is accompanied by reduced activity of the enzyme involved in making cholesterol, triglycerides (TG) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels which are increased in patients with hypothyroidism (due to lowered activity). Decreased LDL-receptor activity results in decreased clearance of LDL. This decrease in LPL activity is found in hypothyroidism, decreasing the clearance of triglyceride rich lipoproteins.
Why T3 is important?
Just remember thyroid hormones enhance the release of the enzyme involved in the first step of cholesterol synthesis and regulate cholesterol clearance. Too little thyroid hormones mean there is not enough cholesterol clearance and a build up of bad cholesterol (LDL) occurs. It is particularly important for T3, being the active thyroid hormone, as it upregulates and controls the LDL receptor gene activation. Low thyroid hormone may cause greater intestinal cholesterol absorption. The net effect is hyperlipidaemia (increased or high cholesterol levels).
A team of scientists at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, examined data of 9,420 patients enrolled in the in the Rotterdam Study for nearly 9 years, looking at their levels of TSH, free thyroxine (fT4) and risk of heart disease or cerebrovascular disease. What they discovered is that as fT4 increases, the risk of developing heart disease is doubled, and there is an 87% greater risk of suffering from an atherosclerosis-related event such as heart attack or stroke.
Abnormal Levels of Cholesterol
The higher abnormal cholesterol levels of both LDL and HDL have been linked with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease as cholesterol builds up on the arterial wall. Elevated levels of plasma cholesterol, particularly low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglyceride levels, are mainly responsible for hypercholesterolemia, which can also lead to other diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer.
Basella alba, known as remayung, belongs to the family of Basellaceae and is a wild vegetable that was used for human health in ancient times. The leaves and stems of B. alba are used as an analgesic, antifungal, and antiulcer activities. This herb has been studied for its cholesterol lowering properties along with Bergamot. Further studies are still required.
Yes, this is all very complex, so what does it actually mean?
Your Thyroid Function
Maintaining proper thyroid function is crucial particularly in women as they age. Post-menopausal are particularly at high cardiovascular risk. This has been well documented however it is known your thyroid could definitely be playing a part.
How do you improve Low Thyroid Function links Lower Cholesterol levels?
- Maximise thyroid function through minimizing impacts from chemicals in the environment (chlorine and fluoride in particular) and reducing heavy metal exposure. You may need to be tested.
- Support your body and make sure you have the thyroid function co-factors – Selenium, Iodine (checked first) and B-Vitamins) for optimal daily thyroid function.
- If stressed, your thyroid will be affected. They come together! Fix your stress through gentle exercise and ensure good sleep.
- Check your hormone levels. It’s important to know what is occurring not stabbing in the dark.
- Fix your gut function. Optimal gut function is needed for proper absorption of all nutrients.
- If you want to check if you have the APOE gene risk factor. Ensure your MTHFR is optimal through a whole body approach.
- There are several phytochemicals (from plants) that have been studied over the years with promising effects.
See a qualified Naturopath Karen Green for your specific needs. Contact Karen on 0400836254 or email@example.com, twitter @greeninghealth, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GainingHealthNaturally Read more on thyroid health here
Baskaran, G., Salvamani, S., Ahmad, S.A., Shaharuddin, N.A., Pattiram, P.D. & Shukor, M.Y. (2015), HMG-CoA reductase inhibitory activity and phytocomponent investigation of Basella alba leaf extract as a treatment for hypercholesterolemia, Vol.9, Pages 509—517, DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/DDDT.S75056
Lutz, J., Bano, A., & Pearce, E. (2019). Hypothyroid and Cholesterol: Too Little Thyroid Hormone, Too Much Cholesterol, Endocrineweb, https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/thyroid-diseases/59757-hypothyroid-cholesterol-too-little-thyroid-hormone-too-much-cholesterol
Rizos, C., Elisaf, M., and Liberopoulos, E. (2011). Effects of Thyroid Dysfunction on Lipid Profile, The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal, Vol.5, p. 76-84,https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3109527/pdf/TOCMJ-5-76.pdf
Puppy Treats – Our puppies love treats just as much as we do! At least mine does. Here are some easy peasy healthy ones to make for your pooch. Erik loves this one!
Peanut Butter Cookies – Makes 12-16
1 cup rolled oats (if the chunky ones I did grind them a little)
100g peanut butter
¼ cup hemp seeds
½ Tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil
1. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced).
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a little water until biscuits come together.
3. Shape dough into small bone shapes and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
4. Bake for approximately 10 minutes and then turn over. Cook a further 10 minutes until light golden brown.
5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Puppy Love Hearts – Makes 30
- 500g chicken mince
- 2 eggs whisked
- 50g chopped parsley
- 1 carrot grated
- ½ cup long grain rice
- Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced).
- Cook the rice as per packet instructions
- Place cooked rice, chicken mince. Grated carrot, parsley, and whisked eggs into a bowl and mix well.
- Spoon mixture into heart shaped silicon moulds and press in tight.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool, then remove from the mould.
- Can be kept in the fridge for 5 days
Salmon and Sweet Potato Slices – Makes 25
- 3 eggs
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 415g tin of pink salmon
- 1 medium sweet potato peeled
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced).
- Gently boil the sweet potato in water until soft, drain and mash.
- Whisk the eggs in a medium sized bowl.
- Mix remaining ingredients into the whisked eggs and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and press the mixture into the tray.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and leave to cool. Cut into 25 pieces (5 X 5).
- Can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days or stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Need more information on how to ”treat” your puppy, check out information here
MTHFR, The Holy Grail or another Fad?
When a new idea enters the landscape, the idea starts out as a thought and then we do a google search to find out what the heck the fuss is about. The google search shows little and you have to keep asking and listening to others that are leading the way. A few more people feel that this new idea will change their life forever and the word starts to launch. This is what happened with MTHFR. It was only a few years ago we hadn’t heard of it. Now everyone wants to know, and they believe it is the holy grail. Truly nothing is the ”Holy Grail” to life – not one simple thing. Yes, MTHFR can help many people in understanding more about their health, however believe me if it was a matter of taking an activated-B supplement everyone would do it and we would have no further health issues. Let’s put this into perspective. MTHFR – significant? Yes, you definitely want your pathways to be working well (I will explain more soon) however your body is a complex interplay of biochemicals with nutrients feeding organs and glands etc.
Fast track a few years and most people that come to visit me have MTHFR tested before they arrive and some have other genetic SNP’s results as well. They understand more about the underlying mechanisms working within. What next? Now they ask, “How do I manage my MTHFR?”
In Australia, as things become popular supplement companies get on the band wagon and develop new products. Of course, this happens all over the world. When something exciting and leading edge appears in the health industry new products come out. In Australia we now have many products based on the MTHFR gene and genetic testing available. It can become confusing as there is much information out there and many different products to choose from.
I remember an article I read a few years ago where a person discussed how their anxiety subsided after taking folinic acid. From this everyone wanted to take the activated forms of folic acid. Folic acid is the synthesized (chemically produced from of folic acid that is placed in many processed foods as mandated in many countries including breads, cereals, cakes and supplements as it prevents neutral tube defects). On my journey as a practitioner, I went to Dr Ben Lynch’s Seeking Health Conference in 2015, which was fantastic learning. After that I put almost all MTHFR clients on 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5MTHF) and after 3 months several reported increased irritability and being over-energised. I needed to know more and set about learning. Since then I know there is so much more to MTHFR than taking an activated-B supplement. If only it was that simple! There are many people who take supplements based on google searches however now I am finding more people who want to the best approach to taking supplements (if needed) for MTHFR, in other words based on their individualised health condition (along with testing if required which is often the case in more complex cases).
What is MTHFR?
It is more prevalent in the Spanish, Italian and Chinese populations and affects approximately 55% of Australians. Yes, that is very high, which means the person sitting next to you potentially has an MTHFR mutation.
How do I manage my MTHFR?
My recommendation is to gain an understanding of what is occurring beneath the surface through a full holistic approach to health with a practitioner who understands many different aspects of complex issues and uses testing as a tool to gain your full holistic picture if needed. The type of testing depends on you – what is occurring for you individually; the signs and symptoms you have, and the journey you have been with your health. And if you do not want to test that is also okay, afterall it is your body! the testing provides further insights.
Most commonly people treat MTHFR using activated B-vitamins. Placing MTHFR into perspective helps with understanding. Believe me it’s not about treating the SNP’s (gene mutations), we have to dig deeper than that. We need to TREAT THE PERSON. Treat you as a whole. I know it is easier to take one pill that will fix everything for you. Your body is more complex than that. We need to find out what is causing the MTHFR SNP potentially not function as well as it could and look at all aspects that are influencing this including yeast/candida, bacterial infections, heavy metals, gut issues etc that affect your genes.
MTHFR (methyltetrahydrofolatereductase) is an enzyme in the body that is responsible for converting one form of folate (5,10-methylene tetrahydrofolate), into the activated folate (5-methyltetrahydrofolate). It is then activated and can be used. This process (folate cycle) requires vitamin B2 and B3 for it to function well – so that the road opens (so to speak) and allows things to move through.
The folate cycle then connects to the methionine cycle (which is termed methylation). This process also needs a variety of nutrients to ensure this and other enzymes are able to work properly. These nutrients include: vitamin B2, B3, B6, B12, zinc, choline, magnesium, energy, and SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine). The methionine cycle then connects to the transulfuration cycle and the folate cycle connects to the biopterin cycle. All of this requires numerous nutrients and enzymes to function correctly for the super highways (so to speak) to function correctly. The enzymes of all pathways can be inhibited by substances as well – including high levels of vitamins, deficiency of vitamins, heavy metals, unwanted bacterial infections, yeasts and inflammation. The system is complex and an issue in one area potentially impacts the next. Your body really is about a balance of everything (maintaining equilibrium and homeostasis is the key).
If we use too much of one thing it can impact the next. This is where it is important to learn to understand your body and what is occurring. If you use one nutrient in excess, it can ‘’push’’ others ‘’out’’ or push too ‘’hard’’ against the cycle affecting enzymes and their ability to do their job effectively. A perfect example of this is our electrolytes. If we push hard on one of them for example calcium then this will push out the balance of magnesium.
An Activated B-Complex often has many B vitamins within it and sometimes other nutrients as well. It is important to support your pathways however over time you will find that an individualised approach is needed. You need to be assessed based on your holistic picture – what is expressing in your body and treating that along with the underlying issues occurring. When viewing genetic SNPs (23andMe or Ancestry.com) it often becomes highlighted in a profile which ones are the ‘’main’’ areas that require ongoing support. It is much more than taking a supplement. There are aspects of a person’s life that often need attention – i.e. environmentally mould in a house, a diet needs some attention, blood pathology signals problems with thyroid function or perhaps a person is not sleeping due excess stress. These are all aspects that require a skilled practitioner to look at and understand holistically and then the impact MTHFR is having. We need a holistic well-rounded view of our health and life (not pointing to one gene as the cause to our health issues – a reductionist view it is called). MTHFR is definitely here to stay. Learning how to manage this with more than activated-B vitamins is the key. Tuning in and getting to know yourself is part of that journey.
Special Discounts until end Jan 2019
Your Methylation Kit – 1 (For those with High blood pressure use this kit. Those with normal blood pressure can also use this kit).
- BioActive B – 60 Caps
- Cal:Mag 1:1 – 60 Caps
- TraceMins – 90 caps
- Cost – includes GST – $59.95
Your Methylation Kit – 2 (for those with Normal blood pressure)
- Basica Active Alkalising Mineral Formula – 300gm
- BioActive B – 60 Caps
- Cost – includes GST – $63.50
Digestive Support – Digest Forte – 30% Discount – $25.95 includes GST
If postage required the cost is – approx. $12.00-$15.00 – depending on where you live
Call Karen today to order your kit on 0400836254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Orders can be processed over the phone.
All packages available until the end of January 2019
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One on One Mentoring
Stepping stones toward Success
One on One Mentoring with Karen
Practical business, treatment strategies, marketing and overcoming your fears is part of being a successful Naturopath, Nutritionist and/or Herbalist. When you first start it can be overwhelming, daunting and at times a lonely journey as a new practitioner. Sharing and learning from an experienced professional Naturopath, Nutritionist & Herbalist maybe all that you need to guide you along the way to be the best you can be. We all need a little support and Karen is here to help.
If you have recently graduated or almost finished your studies one on one mentoring may be for you?
Karen works with you to fine tune, find your niche, find your way in this profession and to assist you in making wise decisions on your path.
Karen works with you with on your individualised mentoring plan based on where you would like to head and the concerns and areas that you would like to focus on.
Karen is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Western Medicine Herbalist and GAPS Practitioner who is passionate about helping others lead, happy healthy lives. She has completed practitioner training in MTHFR with Dr Ben Lynch (USA) and has a special interest in genetic profiling for health, including analyzing and writing genetic reports. She is a Fitgenes Practitioner and is fully registered and a member of the Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia NHAA. She has also studied Education and NLP (neuro linguistic programming). Read more here
January and February 2018 price includes a Tea Reading for your initial mentor session. Find some inspiration in the maze of life.
$90.oo per session – 45mins
To book a session today email email@example.com or call Karen on 0400836254 to discuss your mentoring session/s.
Join our group space called Nourishing Grads Mentoring find us here
The Year of the Earth Dog
In the year of the Earth Dog, my gorgeous pooch, Erik, continually reminds me to practice letting go, being dedicated to a worthy cause, shows no fear, and seems to be able to do this so easily without a care. Always on the ball, he let’s go when he needs to.
On his walk each day he demonstrates a willingness to have a go, shows no fear when he jumps flying into the air from the beach front landing edge, always landing perfectly on his feet, running on in joy as if to say, “See I can do it, now you can to” and catch me if you can! He will play ball continuously for hours. I have never known such dedication!
He reminds me to trust and to be loyal. He continues (after 2.5 years), to follow me around the house, wherever I go he is not far behind me. He is generous, loyal and kind in spirit and as you can imagine I adore him. The other great thing is that he never answers back, well honestly, he does try sometimes!
In this year of the Dog, we are reminded to be loyal, trustworthy & trusting, and to dedicate our services to others less fortunate. In these times of continual change may be lending a hand to someone less fortunate may just make a difference to someone.
Apparently, this year is the Male Dog Earth year, the 4715th Chinese year. Brown is connected to the earth and therefore this year is known as the Brown Dog. According to the Chinese Horoscope theory, Male Earth is connected to the mountains. Dogs contain the Male Earth energy with a little Metal and Fire. The sign of 2018 Male Earth Dog year is two mountains sitting side by side or another mountain beyond a mountain. This shows a strong Earth year. People will focus on real estate, agriculture, environment, territory boundaries or on religious, spiritual pursuits. 2018 is also considered the Mountain Dog year, with the mountain dog displaying characteristics of a wild dog, not to be alarmed! It implies that there may be obstacles on your path however you will find ways to execute your plan ie. find a way around the mountain, dig under it or walk over it. Wisdom is required to find the best way forward, consider your options carefully, investigate thoroughly and use strategies to move forward with ease.
If this year is anything like my puppy, I have nothing to be concerned about. He is full of life, completely dedicated to service, is loyal, trusting, kind, lovable, patient and at times impatient, and lets me know who is boss!
So instead of saying Happy New Year as it seems a bit late for that, I will say ‘Happy Year of the Dog’, and may you find your ability to let go and follow your path without fear, and trust as they do. Helping someone else may just help you!!
In dedication to dogs of all kinds I ask you to give generously to your local dog rescue organisation!
To support and dedicate to their loyalty – A Special Offer for Jan and Feb 2018 – FREE Flower Essence for your pooch with every consultation.
Maybe he or she needs help with separation anxiety, being to bold and aggressive, maybe there are bonding issues (particularly if they are a rescue dog), depression or anxiety prevails. Flower essences are subtle energies that can assist with emotional change or calm the nervous system. They are completely harmless to animals as they consist of the vibrational energy (like homeopathics), and are made with water and preserved with vinegar.
Call or book on the front page of this site an appointment with Karen Green today to discuss the best flowers for your family pooch!