Elevate Your Wellness Journey with Charmaine D’s Holistic Approach

Elevate Your Wellness Journey with Charmaine D’s Holistic Approach

Welcome to a holistic approach to health and well-being that embraces all stages of your life, from birth through to the golden years. As a dedicated naturopath and health coach, my mission is to empower you to take control of your health, understand your body and support you on your journey towards optimal wellness. Let’s explore how I can do this.

 

Comprehensive health care for all ages

From the hormonal rollercoaster of puberty to the wisdom of old age, I am here to support you every step of the way. Whether you are a teenager struggling with acne, a young adult navigating fertility challenges, or a mature individual living with hormonal imbalances, I can offer a comprehensive range of services, tailored to meet your unique needs.

 

Embracing diversity and inclusivity

In my practice and throughout my years of experience, I have worked with individuals from all walks of life, creating a safe, inclusive space where every person feels heard and supported. I understand the nuances of sexuality and strive to provide guidance and acceptance for individuals exploring their identities or facing challenges that may be related to sexual health.

 

Pregnancy and postpartum support

Bringing new life into the world is a miraculous journey, and I am here to support you during this transformative period. Whether you seek guidance on prenatal nutrition, hormonal balance during pregnancy, lactation support, or navigating the emotional and physical changes of postpartum, I am here to provide compassionate care and expertise, every step of the way.

 

Holistic wellness approach

Health is not just the absence of disease but a state of harmony between mind, body and spirit. Through personalised nutrition plans, lifestyle modifications, and natural health techniques, I help you achieve balance and vitality at every stage of life. Together, we can optimise your sleep, manage stress, and cultivate healthy habits that support your well-being. This is done through the holistic lens, understanding the many connected, moving parts that create a balanced state. I first begin by diving into the ‘why you?’ of the problem, going back along your timeline to understand the factors that lead you to where you are today. It is through this journey that we will find the answers to your health.

 

Specialised expertise in hormonal health

Hormones play a vital role in our overall health, influencing everything from mood to metabolism. With my specialised knowledge and years of expertise in hormonal health, I address conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), histamine issues, mast cell activation syndrome, autoimmune disorders, and genetic predispositions with a holistic approach that aims to restore balance and vitality for good.

 

Empowerment through education

Education is key to taking charge of your health journey. I don’t just treat the symptoms; I empower you with knowledge, understanding and support so you can make informed decisions about your health. Working alongside one another, we will develop a personalised treatment plan, explore natural remedies and work collaboratively to enhance your well-being.

Unlocking nature’s health power with herbal expertise

I am a dedicated naturopath with a a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Naturopathy and Herbalism, as well as a qualified herbalist and I therefore bring a deep understanding of the healing properties of botanical remedies to enhance your health. At my clinic, I offer a comprehensive herbal pharmacy with over 150 different herbs available in liquid form, allowing me to create bespoke formulations tailored to address your unique health concerns.

Herbal formulations

Harnessing the therapeutic potential of botanical medicine, I craft personalised herbal formulations that target a wide range of health issues in a single formula. Whether you see relief from digestive disturbances, hormonal imbalances,

immune system support, or stress management, I can create custom herbal blends to address your specific needs and promote healing from within. 

I also recognise that individual preferences vary, therefore, I also provide powdered forms of herbs in tablet and capsule formats for those with taste sensitivities or specific dietary requirements. This versatility ensures that you can comfortably incorporate the healing power of herbs into your wellness routine, making natural remedies accessible and convenient for all individuals.

Customised skin and body therapies

With over three decades of experience as a skin and body therapist, I bring a wealth of expertise in enhancing not just your internal health, but also your external radiance. My bespoke programs are meticulously crafted to address your unique skin and body needs, utilising specialised equipment and techniques honed over years of practice. Whether you are seeking rejuvenation, anti-aging solutions, acne management, or relaxation, my customised programs are designed to nurture your skin and body internally and externally.

 

Innovative plant stem cell skincare range

Combining my knowledge on natural remedies and skin therapies, I have developed a chemical-free skincare range infused with the power of plant stem cell ingredients. These advanced formulations harness the natural regenerative properties of plants to promote healthy, glowing skin without harsh chemicals or synthetic additives. 

 

At the intersection of naturopathy and skin and body therapies lies a harmonious blend of internal and external wellness. By incorporating my holistic approach to health with specialised skin and body treatments and plant stem cell skincare, you can achieve a holistic transformation that nurtures your entire being. Embark on a transformative journey that transcends conventional boundaries and embraces the connection between your inner vitality and external radiance. Through a fusion of naturopathy, skin and body therapies, and plant stem cell skincare, you can unlock the full spectrum of your well-being and radiate beauty and health from within. 

Ready to experience the harmonious synergy of internal and external wellness?

Contact me today, Charmaine D, to discover how my integrated approach can help you achieve holistic transformation from the inside out.
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Transfollicular Penetration

Transfollicular Penetration

“Unlocking the Secrets of Plant Stem Cell Skincare: The Cell Defence Revolution”

Plant stem cells in skincare have begun to surge in popularity due to its overwhelmingly positive results, and Cell Defence is at the forefront of this new technology. Thoughtfully curated by Naturopath, Charmaine D, alongside the brains of a brilliant man, Cell Defence is a high performing, botanically based skin care program, formulated with an understanding and belief of the concepts that plant ingredients are safer, gentler and better for human health than synthetic chemicals. By using her knowledge as a naturopath and her 25 years of working in the skin industry, Charmaine D created a skincare range that utilisted the plants natural abilities to work synergistically alongside our own skin to create a harmony that chemical-based products can’t.

 

Plant stem cells are generated in the meristems of plants and are available first hand if the live plant is damaged. Amazingly, like human stem cells, plant stem cells have the ability to self-heal.  By using plant stem cells synergistically with many other ingredients, we can give your skin the 3 R’s; repair, rebalance and restore. Through modern stem cell science, infused with the ancient wisdom of phytotherapy, we are able to deliver the highest level of plant essences in a truly pure skin care experience.

 

One of the challenges within the cosmetic industry is how to deliver these plant cells into the skin for optimal benefits. Although one cannot claim that ‘transfollicular penetration’ is effective, Cell Defence has introduced a groundbreaking program which involves tapping the skin to enhance the absorption of these stem cells in the hair follicles and skin, promoting better penetration and efficacy.

 

The essential cells responsible for all epidermal cell renewal over your lifetime are the stem cells found deep within your hair follicles. These follicles may be large or small and are often known at the skin’s surface as ‘pores’. These pores are the mouth of the vital reservoirs of regenerative life for your skin and the opening to the larger and more complex pilosebaceous organ known simply as the follicle. Like a sponge, the face and scalp skin has more follicle penetrations (pores) than the entire body of skin; with an average of 800 follicles per cm2 (approximately 900,000 tiny follicle organs). Nestled deep in these crucibles, the stem cells are responsible for skin renewal, skin pigmentation, skin rejuvenation and wound healing. This is why penetrating these follicles is an effective approach to proper absorption of plant stem cell skincare.

 

Additionally, the molecular structure of the product is also of importance. The finer the molecular structure, the more success you will have with penetrating the skin. It is therefore important to note that if these plant stem cells were in a cream-based product, as opposed to Cell Defence’s serum-based formula, then their ability to penetrate would be drastically reduced.  The Cell Defence skincare range, plus the mode in which Charmaine D applies it – through oxygen-based tapping – allows for optimal transfollicular penetration, and therefore optimal benefits.

 

Many ancient practices recognised the benefits of plants in skincare. Plant stem cells, especially those derived from lilac, have recently gained more attention for their remarkable properties. These stem cells have the potential to regulate telomere length, promote skin cell renewal and enhance the skin’s defence mechanisms against sun and ageing damage. The challenge, however, is in delivering the benefits through topical administration due to the skin’s natural barrier functions. As the body’s largest organ, the skin acts as a shield against external factors. Traditionally, it was believed that percutaneous absorption occurred primarily through the stratum corneum, however, recent research is emphasising the importance of hair follicles as potential pathways for penetration.

 

The tapping technique introduced by Cell Defence takes into account the imperfections within the skin, including hair follicles, sweat glands and microlesions into the interfollicular layer. These imperfections can act as vertical pathways for percutaneous absorption, allowing for transfollicular delivery. Research is showing us that various body regions exhibit differences in hair follicle size and density, providing unique opportunities for follicular penetration. By utilising the tapping technique, we aim to leverage these variations, enhancing the absorption of plant stem cells into the skin.

 

Stem cells from both plants, animals or humans, play a crucial role in regeneration processes. While human stem cells are challenging and expensive to source, plant stem cells offer a rich source of antioxidants and amino acids, and are more easily available. Although unable to cure skin diseases, plant stem cells have demonstrated an ability to reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, prevent wrinkles, and protect the skin from environmental factors. Maintaining an overall high-level of skin health and vibrance. 

 

Cell Defence has an extensive range of plant stem cells available, such as lilac, argan, apple and gotu kola, all of which provide diverse benefits. These clinically tested stem cells have shown improvements in skin tone, hydration, and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

 

As we age, our skin cells age with us, leading to signs of ageing like dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Plant stem cells, with their ability to self-renew, and resist ageing processes, offer us a promising solution. They contain up to 1,000 times the antioxidants found in other botanical extracts, promoting collagen synthesis, cell renewal and reducing photoageing. 

 

The current research into plant-derived stem cell extracts indicates there is potential for a replacement of damaged skin cells, rather than just a repair. Ongoing research continues to explore the efficacy of many plant stem cell extracts and sparks our hope for the future of plant stem cell technology. 

 

Cell Defence’s tapping technique represents a significant step forward in the efficacy and healing potential of plant stem cells in skincare. By providing a holistic approach to skincare, addressing the challenges of penetration and harnessing the potential of these remarkable botanical extracts, Charmaine D hopes to assist people with their skin health and vibrancy.

 

As the skincare industry continues to evolve, staying informed about the latest advancements in plant-derived stem cell research is crucial for making optimal treatment choices. And this is a promise made by Charmaine D of Cell Defence that she will continue to search and learn in order to stay at the forefront of the plant stem cell skincare revolution. For more information, head over to celldefence.com.au or make a consultation with Naturopath Charmaine D to be guided through a bespoke skincare regime for you and how her tapping technique and optimise the potential of your skin health.

Conquering Hay Fever Naturally: A Naturopathic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Conquering Hay Fever Naturally: A Naturopathic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Discover How Charmaine D’s Expertise Can Relieve Your Hay Fever Symptoms

The change of the season may bring joy to some with the blooming flowers, lush greenery and sunny days, however, for those who suffer from seasonal hay fever, this change in season can bring much discomfort. Seasonal hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, grasses, trees and weeds which can cause sneezing, and itchy eyes. Your immune system, which is designed to protect your body from harmful things such as bacteria, viruses and foreign substances, mistakenly identifies pollen as a harmful invader and may work over-time or exaggeratedly and react to substances that are not actually harmful. The severity of these symptoms vary depending on the person, and they often worsen during peak pollen seasons.

There are many allergens that stimulate the body’s exaggerated immune response such as dust, foods, insect bites, molt, pet hair and pollen. These allergens can cause a range of allergies such seasonal hay fever, dermatitis, eczema or food and drug allergies.

The most common triggers for Spring hay fever in Australia are:

  • Grass pollen (ryegrass, bermuda grass and kikuyu grass)
  • Tree pollen (wattle trees, birch trees, oak trees and pine trees)
  • Weed pollen (ragweed, plantain and pellitory)

There are two types of ‘immediate sensitivity’ antibodies which mount to an immune response immediately after being exposed to an allergen. These antibodies can be tested with skin pricks and blood tests to determine each specific allergen your body reacts to.

Most medications to treat hay fever are focused only on symptomatic relief, including antihistamines, steroids and decongestants. Although effective at treating symptoms, these medications may bot directly target the root cause of immune system hypersensitivity.

The naturopathic approach, taken by myself Charmaine D, however, focuses on getting to the root cause. This process begins by eliminating the triggers. This is important in order to figure out what else is causing the hypersensitivity reactions while also addressing the root cause. Diet is the next step for focus. This is because the foods we consume have a direct impact on our overall health. Our gut, and the foods we put into our gut, can determine how our body reacts to allergens and other threats. By focusing on a clean, nutrition-dense diet, provided by Charmaine D, we can ensure you are setting your body up for the highest levels of success. Naturopathic supplements and botanical prescriptions are developed for every individual and their situation by Charmaine D, and can also help to lower levels of your histamines and improve your symptoms.

Majority of allergies always involve the gut. This is because 80% of our immune system is located in our gut, and produces an antibody called IgA. In an ideal scenario, our gut should be producing large quantities of IgA as it is the first line of defense against any foreign substance. The flora balance and lining of our gut must be healthy in order to produce the amount of IgA required so the rest of our bodily systems never have to deal with the substances.

Another bodily system in charge of producing IgA are our adrenals. With high levels of the hormone cortisol (during times of stress caused by many simple and complicating situations), the adrenals will decrease production of IgA antibodies.

The liver would be assessed next as people who suffer from allergies and hay fever usually have a high toxic body burden. Toxins are also foreign substances, however, unlike allergens, they are actually harmful to our body. In order for our body to process these harmful toxins, our liver needs to work hard to alter the state of these toxins. If, however, the toxins are too much and the liver can’t alter them at the rate in which they come in, then the toxins build up in our system and can increase the body’s sensitivity and reactivity to harmless substances.

Additionally, those who suffer from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) may have exacerbated hay fever symptoms. This is due to the fact that mast cells (a type of immune cell), in MCAS sufferers, is hyperactive and releases excessive amounts of chemical mediators, including histamines. Histamines are the key played in allergic reactions and is responsible for many of the common hay fever symptoms, such as sneezing, itching and congestion. When people with MCAS are exposed to allergens, their already overactive mast cells can intensify the allergic response which leads to a more severe and prolonged reaction. Charmaine D can teach you so much about this in your consults with her.

Not only to individuals with MCAS release higher amounts of histamine and other inflammatory compounds, they also usually have a lower allergy threshold, meaning, even minimal exposure can lead to symptoms. In addition to the high histamines and low allergy threshold, individuals usually have profound sensitivity to a wide range of environmental triggers, making them more susceptible to allergens. It is also important to note that although hay fever is seasonal, individuals with MCAS may suffer year-round.

It is slightly more challenging for those with MCAS to manage their hay fever symptoms, but not impossible! It is highly recommended you book a consult with Charmaine D naturopath, who can work closely with you to create a personalised treatment and strategic program.

Interestingly, and worth noting, is the phenomenon known as cross-reactivity. This is when some environmental allergies can be linked to food allergies. This means, that proteins in certain foods resemble proteins in pollen or other allergenic substances, leading to allergic reactions when consuming these foods. Some common environmental allergies that can trigger food allergist or cross-react with specific foods in Australia include:

  • Birch Pollen Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, carrots, celery, almonds, hazelnuts and kiwi
  • Grass Pollen Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: tomatoes, potatoes, melons and oranges
  • Ragweed Pollen Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: melons, zucchinis, cucumbers and sunflower seeds
  • Latex Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: bananas, avocados, chestnuts and kiwi
  • Mugwort Pollen Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: celery, carrots and coriander
  • Dust Mite Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: shrimp, crab and lobster

Not all people with an environmental allergy will experience cross-reactivity with related foods and the severity of reactions can range. However, if it’s something you are concerned about, ask Charmaine D naturopath for further information.

There are some easy-to-implement natural ways to address hay fever and help with your body’s reaction:

  • Local honey: eating local honey may help desensitise your body to the specific pollen in your area.
  • Saline nasal rinse: using a nasal rinse can help to flush out the pollen and irritants from your nasal passages and eases symptoms such as congestion.
  • Steam inhalation: inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water can also provide relief from nasal congestion. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil can enhance the effectiveness.
  • Quercetin-rich foods: quercetin is a natural compound in foods like onions, apples and citrus and acts as a natural antihistamine. Charmaine D can assist you with a great quercetin supplement and food guide.
  • Probiotics: probiotic-rich foods or supplements can help you to maintain a healthy gut microbiome. Charmaine D has sourced these for you.
  • Allergen-reducing practices: keep your windows closed when at home during high pollen seasons, use air purifiers and wash your bedding regularly.
  • Herbal teas: herbal teas such as chamomile and nettle tea are known to be anti-inflammatory and can help soothe hay fever symptoms. Charmaine D can expand on this.
  • Stress management: engaging in stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises can help lower cortisol levels, helping lower your hay fever symptoms. Charmaine D can work hand in hand to develop your personalised de-stress program.

There are many natural remedies and simple life-style changes you can make to help with hay fever and symptoms. Consulting with Charmaine D naturopath can help you make sense about the specifics for you and why it is you are suffering. Having bespoke support may benefit you in understanding more about your body and the hay fever you suffer from.

If you would like to chat with our naturopath, Charmaine, book a complimentary 30 minutes Why You? Consult below. Her gift to you, (one per person).

Living with Histamine Intolerance: a guide to help beginners

Living with Histamine Intolerance: a guide to help beginners

Guest blog written by current client, Georgia

For the first 28 years of my life, I had only ever heard of histamines when talking about hayfever medication. So when I went to a naturopath to discover the underlying causes of my dry skin and acne, I was shocked to hear that my many ailments were all caused by high levels of histamines. “But I don’t suffer from hayfever,” I thought. How could this be accurate?

Fast forward twelve months and I am now a histamine expert, well, at least compared to before. I have learnt what histamines do in your body, why we need them, why some people suffer from intolerances and the triggers. I’ve learnt how it affects me physically and mentally, and I’ve been able to understand what it is my body needs to lower my histamine levels and maintain a healthy balance.

So what are histamines?

Histamines are chemicals that your immune system makes to help rid your body of potential danger (allergens). Histamines are part of your body’s defence, causing you to itch, sneeze or tear up, to expel the allergens from your system. They are these to protect us. So how then do they cause so many of us problems?

Usually it’s when they overreact to the danger, or allergen. Often, our body sees the triggers (such as pollen, pet hair, etc) as a more serious threat than it is in reality, and our immune system reacts accordingly, releasing higher levels of histamine to try to eliminate these dangers.

Histamines are stored in our mast cells, and the body sends a signal to these mast cells to release the histamines. Mast cells are found in your skin, blood, gut, lungs, nose and mouth. After the histamines are released from the mast cells, they cause blood flow to the area in which the histamines travelled to, causing inflammation. Histamines, therefore, are an essential and natural part of our body’s defence system.

So, how come there are those of us who are intolerant?

First of all, histamine intolerance does not mean we have a sensitivity to histamines, but rather we produce too much of it. Our bodily systems believe us to be nearly constantly under threat, meaning we can have a constant and high release of histamines all the time.

Although the symptoms vary depending on the individual, some of the common reactions to high histamine levels are:

  • Itchy skin
  • Dry or irritated eyes
  • Hayfever-like symptoms
  • Runny nose
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Hives
  • Anxiety
  • Acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis

For my whole life I believed most of these symptoms to be normal and I would endure them daily. Specifically itchy skin, acne, fatigue, anxiety and irregular menstrual cycles.

Many things can trigger histamine releases. Aside from the common triggers such as pollen, pet hair and grasses, some others are:

  • Non-natural fragrances found in perfumes, candles and cleaning products
  • High-histamine foods (which I will go into further detail about below)
  • Leftovers or old foods
  • Alcohol
  • COVID and other viruses
  • Some medications

The two biggest triggers for me personally were foods and fragrances, two things I had a relatively high level of control over. So these were the two things I changed in my lifestyle straight away.

When researching and learning about histamine levels in foods, it seemed complex and not many websites seemed to agree. Some sites said raspberries were high, others said they were safe – it was very confusing! Because every body reacts differently to triggers, I decided to test it myself, to find out what my big triggers were and what my body was happy with.

Here is what I found:

*please keep in mind these were my specific findings*

High Histamine (high triggers)

  • Tomato (including ketchup, tinned tomatoes etc)
  • Avocado
  • All dairy (except ricotta)
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Alcohol
  • Aged cheese
  • Fermented foods (except miso paste)
  • Leftovers (especially chicken)
  • Preservatives
  • Refined Sugar

The foods listed above were basically non-negotiable trigger foods that I had to eliminate straight away. Interestingly enough, my body reacted to each food differently. For example, when I ate tomato I had extreme hay-fever like symptoms, when I ate avocado I became extremely fatigued, when I ate spinach my anxiety was through the roof and when I ate dairy I broke out in pimples. This was a process of trial and error, but I found them to also be the most commonly high-triggers for others experiencing histamine intolerance as well.

Many website state foods such as miso paste, sourdough bread and raspberries to be high in histamines, but none of these were a trigger for me.

It’s also important to keep in mind that histamines grow in foods that have already been cooked. Hence why leftovers and aged foods have high levels of histamines. So even if you prepare a low-histamine meal, if left in the fridge over night and consumed in the few days to come, the histamine levels can rise nearly 20x.

Here are some dietary tips and tricks I found helped when substituting high- histamine foods:

High-Histamine Foods

  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Milk
  • Smashed avocado
  • Yoghurt
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Preservatives
  • Coffee

Substitution

  • Red capsicum
  • Kale
  • Blueberries, blackberries
  • Apples
  • Coconut milk
  • Smashed pumpkin
  • Coconut milk
  • Green sauce (below)
  • Honey
  • Whole-Foods
  • Peppermint or herbal tea

Other foods that I found really calmed my gut and lowered my histamine levels are:

  • Ginger
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Herbs (especially basil and mint)
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Broccoli and broccolini
  • Bok choy/Pak choy
  • Peaches
  • Mango

Finding low-histamine recipes was also a challenge. Although there are a few blogs out there for people suffering from histamine intolerance, the recipes were limited. What I started to do was modify regular recipes and swap out high- histamine foods for neutral foods.

For example, if a chicken and veggie soup required spinach, I would substitute it for kale. If a pasta recipe had mushrooms and peas I would swap out the veggies for broccolini and capsicum. I stopped eating strawberries with my granola and started eating blueberries. I found an amazing recipe called ‘Green Sauce’ which is basically a herb sauce which I use for nearly EVERYTHING that requires a sauce.

We also stopped using nearly anything that came in a packet due to the high levels of preservatives and started to cook with only whole foods. Our recipes became more simple, but our bodies preferred them.

In relation to leftovers, this was something that I struggled with the most, as we cook extra food every evening to take to work for lunch the next day. For the first few months I had to avoid this and I ate lots of fresh salads, platter food (cucumber, crackers etc with homemade dips) and cooked my lunches on the day. This ensured my histamine levels throughout the day stayed low.

I didn’t drink alcohol anyway so I didn’t need to find a substitute, but if you suffer from histamine intolerance, alcohol, especially wine, are huge triggers and really need to be eliminated. The benefits of not drinking alcohol are immense, so all of your bodily-systems will thank you!

If you wear perfume, STOP. If you light candles at home, STOP. If you are using store-bought cleaning products, STOP. These fragrances and myriad of chemicals used in these products are so detrimental to your health in so many ways. Histamines just being one. I have friends who suffer from headaches all the time, and the moment they stopped using their candles around the house, those headaches went away. Pure essential oils in diffusers are a great alternative and not only smell great, but can also bring with them an array of health benefits. I have found Lavender, Frankincense and Peppermint to be three oils that actually helped with my high levels of histamine. In addition, when mixed with fractionated coconut oil, essential oils can make an effective perfume.

In regards to cleaning products, fabric softeners etc. Try and make your own. Vinegar, Bi-carb and Castille Soap are life changing and can clean nearly anything. I have some recipes below for you to try!

In addition to eliminating food and environmental triggers, creating a relationship with your local naturopath, like my current naturopath Charmaine D, and discussing a treatment plan can also be beneficial. There are many natural supplement and herbal solutions that can work as anti-histamines that actually retain low-levels of histamines, rather than just block histamines like regular over the counter anti-histamine medication.

The goal is to create a sustainable plan for the rest of your life. Often, we are battling histamine intolerances for our whole lives, but with strict action early on to reduce our histamine levels to a more maintainable amount, we are able to slowly but surely introduce histamines back into our life and diet without drastic damage. For example, I can now drink coffee with now histamine reaction. I can also have small amounts of tomato without being triggered. The most exciting thing is I can now eat leftover meals with no reaction!

Although at the beginning of your journey it may seem daunting and impossible, please know that with a few lifestyle and dietary alterations, you can live and eat in a varied and sustainable way. It took 2-3 months for me to really wrap my head around it all. And a little while longer to stop craving the foods I would eat all the time (bye bye smashed avo and tomato on toast). Once my palate became accustomed to the substituted foods, I stopped thinking about all the foods I couldn’t eat and started focusing on all the foods I COULD eat.

Another thing to remember is to practice mindfulness while you eat. Really focus on how your body and mood is reacting to the foods you ingest, and that will be the biggest factor in sticking to foods your body loves. When you are in-tune with how foods make you feel, you tend to naturally stay away from those that make you feel worse.

Good luck on this journey, and here’s to finally figuring out why we didn’t feel well for such a long portion of our lives!

To your health,
Georgia xx

RECIPES

Green Sauce

  • 2 large handfuls of herbs (my favourites are basil and mint)
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1⁄4 – 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Add all ingredients of food processor.
  2. Blench until smooth.
  3.  If too thick, add more oil or a bit of water.

Laundry Liquid

  • 1 cup Castille Soap
  • 1⁄2 cup salt
  • 1⁄2 cup Bi-carb
  • 3.5L warm water
  1. Add all ingredients into a bucket.
  2. Mix well until combined.
  3. Transfer with a funnel into glass jars.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Depending on the dirtiness of your clothes, use 1⁄4 – 1⁄2 cup of liquid per wash.
  6. Add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to create your frangrance

Surface Spray

  • 500ml glass spray bottle
  • 2 tbsp onGuard cleaner concentrate (or cleaning vinegar)
  • 10x drops lemon essential oil
  • 10x drops grapefruit
  1. Fill glass bottle with cool boiled water.
  2. Simply add all the ingredients into the glass jar and shake.

Perfume

  • 30-40x drops of your favourite essential oils (can be 2-3)
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Glass 10ml roller bottle
  1. Add essential oil into the roller bottle.
  2. Top up with fractionated coconut oil.
  3. Apply to wrists and behind ears.

Charmaine D, our naturopath, is here for you and is committed to helping you move through your ailments and forward into the rest of your life. 

Book in for a free 30 minute skincare consult and see how she can help you!

Reveal the Perfect Canvas in mere Minutes: Embrace the benefits of mindful morning and evening facial cleansing

Reveal the Perfect Canvas in mere Minutes: Embrace the benefits of mindful morning and evening facial cleansing

Optimise your daily routine by embracing a comprehensive cleansing process that not only eliminates impurities but also primes your facial skin like a blank canvas, ready to absorb and maximize the benefits of subsequent skincare products.

This essential step ensures that your skin is thoroughly cleansed and optimally prepared, allowing other products to penetrate deeply and deliver their intended results more effectively. By investing just one extra minute in this transformative cleansing ritual, you establish a solid foundation for your skincare regimen and elevate the overall effectiveness of your selected products.

The Evolution of Facial Cleansing: From Ancient Civilizations to Aboriginal Traditions

Throughout history, different cultures and civilisations have developed unique methods and rituals for facial cleansing. From the well-developed beauty regimens of ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the principles of balance and harmony in traditional Chinese medicine, skincare practices have evolved and been influenced by cultural beliefs and available resources. In this journey through time, we explore the ancient traditions of facial cleansing, including the use of natural ingredients and the profound knowledge of bush medicines found within Australian Aboriginal cultures. Discover how these diverse practices have shaped our understanding of skincare and continue to inspire modern approaches to cleansing the face.

The ancient Egyptians embraced a comprehensive skincare routine that encompassed facial cleansing. Their method involved a combination of natural ingredients like milk, honey, and oils. To cleanse their faces, they would delicately apply these substances onto their skin and then rinse them off with water. Notably, Cleopatra, an iconic figure of ancient Egypt, was often associated with a famous ingredient in her cleansing regimen: milk. Legend has it that she would indulge in donkey milk baths, renowned for their believed moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. These milk baths were revered for their ability to hydrate the skin, leaving it luxuriously soft and supple.

In ancient Greece, society recognised the importance of taking care of their skin and would cleanse their faces using a combination of olive oil and fine sand or pumice. This mixture was gently applied to the face, massaged in circular motions, and then rinsed off with water. Afterward, they would often apply a moisturising oil or herbal infusion to keep the skin hydrated.

Traditional Chinese medicine emphasised the importance of balance and harmony in skincare. Chinese people used various natural ingredients for face cleansing, such as rice water, green tea, and herbal decoctions. These ingredients were believed to have cleansing and soothing properties for the skin.

Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, incorporated facial cleansing as part of its skincare practices. Cleansing pastes made from natural ingredients like sandalwood, turmeric, and chickpea flour were used to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. These pastes were mixed with water or rose water and gently massaged onto the face before being washed off.

Australian Aboriginal cultures have a deep knowledge of bush medicines and natural ingredients for skincare, with a particular emphasis on cleansing. Many Aboriginal communities traditionally utilise local plants, herbs, clays, and natural oils for their cleansing properties. These natural ingredients are known for their ability to cleanse, purify, and soothe the skin. From plant extracts like tea tree oil, renowned for its antibacterial properties, to traditional cleansing rituals involving native clays, Aboriginal skincare practices prioritise the use of natural elements found in their local environment to achieve effective and gentle cleansing of the skin.

It’s important to note that while these ancient practices have historical significance, modern skincare standards and scientific research have led to the development of more advanced and effective cleansing techniques and products.

After exploring the ancient history of facial cleansing, we can now shift our focus to the present and how you can create a personalised sanctuary for your skincare regimen. By transforming your personal haven into a dedicated space for your skincare routine, you can elevate the experience and make it a soothing and invigorating ritual. To begin, gather and organise the must-have items for your cleansing process. It’s essential to have face washers or cleansing pads, hand towels, organic hand wash, warm water, and a high-quality, natural face wash readily available. These items will ensure you have everything you need within reach, making your cleansing routine convenient and enjoyable.

Prioritise Hygiene with Clean Face Washers

Gently removing your face wash with a warm face washer can offer a warm, pampering experience, however, failing to follow proper hygiene practices can lead to potential skin health concerns. Here are a few reasons to proceed with care when using this method:

  • First, using a dirty or contaminated face washer can introduce harmful bacteria to your skin.
  • Second, excessive scrubbing or rough handling may cause irritation or damage to the delicate facial tissues. Ensure that the face washer is made of a soft, gentle material.
  • Lastly, not properly cleaning, drying and storing the face washer after each cleanse can create a breeding ground for bacteria. To prevent the accumulation of bacteria and growth of mould, it is recommended to avoid leaving damp facial, face washers lying around. To maintain optimal hygiene and prevent potential skin irritation, establish a diligent cleaning routine by washing your face washers separately with hot water after each use. Consider using natural cleansers like soap nuts or mild fragrance-free soap to ensure effective cleaning without any harsh chemicals that may irritate the skin. Rinse face washers thoroughly and allow them to fully air dry before storing them in a dry location.

There are various types of face washers that can be used for cleansing. Here are a few popular options:

  1. Cotton Face Washers: Soft and gentle on the skin, cotton face washers are a common choice for facial cleansing. They are absorbent and can effectively remove impurities without causing irritation.
  2. Microfiber Face Washers: Made from fine synthetic fibres, microfiber face washers are known for their exceptional absorbency and ability to trap dirt and oils. They provide a deep cleansing experience and are often preferred for their exfoliating properties.
  3. Muslin Face Cloths: Muslin face cloths are lightweight and breathable. They offer gentle exfoliation and are suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Muslin fabric is known for its softness and durability.
  4. Konjac Sponges: Konjac sponges are natural, biodegradable sponges made from the root of the konjac plant. They are soft and gentle, making them suitable for sensitive skin. Konjac sponges can help cleanse and gently exfoliate the skin.

Remember, the choice of face washer depends on personal preference and skin type. Experimenting with different types can help you find the one that works best for your skin and enhances your cleansing routine. Remember to replace your face washers periodically.

Enhance your Skincare with Clean Hand Towels

It is essential to maintain the cleanliness and freshness of the hand towels used for drying your face. To ensure optimal hygiene, it is recommended to change your hand towels every two days, or more frequently if it becomes visibly soiled or starts to develop an unpleasant odour. Just like your face washers, it is important to clean them separately with hot water and a natural cleanser and thoroughly dry them after each cleanse.

Cell Defence Cleansers: Perfectly Synchronising with Essential Ingredients for Effective Skin Cleansing

Throughout our typical daily routines, our facial skin comes into contact with a multitude of elements that can compromise its cleanliness and freshness. Environmental pollutants, exposure to the elements, and everyday activities can leave unwanted residues on our face. To ensure optimal skin health, it is essential to incorporate an effective facial cleanser into our skincare regimen. Several factors contribute to a cleanser’s effectiveness, including being gentle on the skin, nutrientrich, environmentally friendly, and potentially avoiding harmful substances. Additionally, the presence of Aqua (water) in the ingredients contributes as a solvent and carrier for other ingredients. Let’s explore these qualities in more detail:

  1. Gentle on the skin: A good cleanser should be mild and non-irritating. Bio-organic ingredients derived from natural sources, such as plants, fruits, and herbs, are often gentle on the skin. When combined with Aqua (water), they provide a gentle yet thorough cleansing experience, effectively removing dirt, impurities, and excess oil without causing irritation.
  2. Nutrient-rich: An effective cleanser should not only cleanse the skin but also provide nourishment. Bio-organic ingredients, along with Aqua, are often rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This combination helps replenish and hydrate the skin, promoting a healthier complexion and supporting its overall health and vitality.
  3. Environmentally friendly: Opting for a cleanser with bio-organic ingredients aligns with environmentally conscious choices. These ingredients are typically sourced from renewable resources and produced using sustainable farming practices.
  4. Potential avoidance of harmful substances: Many individuals prefer bio-organic ingredients to avoid potentially harmful synthetic chemicals commonly found in skincare products. By selecting cleansers with these natural and safe ingredients, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are not exposing your skin to harmful substances, such as parabens, sulphates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.

Additionally, look for cleansers that meet the following criteria:

  • Non-comedogenic formulation: Opt for cleansers labelled as non-comedogenic. These products are specifically formulated not to clog pores, making them suitable for all skin types, including oily, combination, and sensitive skin.
  • pH-balanced formula: Look for cleansers that are pH-balanced to match the skin’s natural pH level, ideally around 5.5. This helps to preserve the skin’s natural protective barrier and minimise the risk of irritation.

Considering these qualities in a cleanser, empowers you to make a more informed choice that addresses your skin’s needs while promoting a gentle and nourishing cleansing routine. Seeking professional advice is particularly important if you have specific skin conditions, allergies, or if you’re unsure about the right skincare routine for your unique skin. Charmaine D is a renowned Esthetician who has expertise in skincare and can provide personalised recommendations based on your individual needs.

Highly recommended: The Cell Defence skincare line – a collection of premium cleansers that will elevate your skincare routine. All Cell Defence cleansers are formulated to be pH-balanced, crafted with bio-organic ingredients, and are free from harmful substances like parabens, sulphates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, giving you peace of mind about what you’re putting on your skin.

Thoughtful Morning and Evening Facial Cleansing Routine
  1. Start by thoroughly washing your hands to create a protective barrier against the transfer of germs and impurities to your delicate facial skin.
  2. Gently wet your face with lukewarm water, preparing it for cleansing. Avoid using hot water as it can strip away natural oils and cause dryness.
  3. Dispense a miniscule amount of your selected Cell Defence cleanser into your damp hands, create a lather, and gently massage it onto your damp face using upward, circular motions. Pay extra attention to areas prone to oiliness or congestion, such as the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). When removing makeup, be particularly thorough around the eyes and lips, as makeup in these areas can be more stubborn. For detailed instructions on eye makeup removal, refer to my blog “Eye-catching Eye Skin”.
  4. For a soothing and refreshing sensation, place a warm face washer over your face, gently pressing it against the skin. Allow the warmth to penetrate and effortlessly remove the cleanser, makeup, and impurities. Alternatively, you can use a soft face cloth or delicate remover pads, sweeping them gently across your face.
  5. If you’re removing makeup, repeat steps 3 and 4 to ensure thorough cleansing. Using the Cell Defence range of cleansers is economical since you only need a small amount for each cleanse.
  6. Gently pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel, avoiding harsh rubbing to prevent irritation. While leaving excess water on your skin after cleansing is not harmful, it can diminish the effectiveness of your succeeding skincare products. By patting your face dry, you remove most of the water while retaining a thin layer of moisture, enabling your subsequent skincare products to penetrate and effectively lock in hydration.
  7. For a deeply effective cleanse, consider using your Cell Defence cleanser as a relaxing facial treatment once a week. The natural and safe ingredients ensure a gentle yet thorough cleanse.

Remember: Consistency is the key to unlocking optimal results in your cleansing routine. Stay committed to your skincare regimen and reap the rewards of healthy, radiant skin.

Book in for personalised guidance from Charmaine on which cleanser is right for you. As a naturopath, she’ll ensure that it aligns with your unique health needs and goals.

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