Monday, April 27, 2015

Healing Power of Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions.

Yoga is an Ancient healing practice but do you know how powerful Manuka honey is for healing?
 Manuka honey is your  medicine.

Healing Power of Manuka Honey
Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. It wasn't until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that honey has natural antibacterial qualities. New Zealand born and raised I know all about Manuka honey, in fact I couldn’t believe when I arrived in Australia the lack of Manuka honey in the stores, thankfully we are now seeing it more and more in our local stores. Today I found it in Harris Farm. Back in my child-hood days we were blessed to visit the bee hives and receive real honey from the hive, fresh without any processing or fancy packaging. I use to be so intrigues with the process from the pollen to the bee to the hive and beautiful pure honey to enjoy.
Beautiful Central Otago where I spent all my child hood holidays.

The healing powers and curative properties of honey have been known to our  indigenous cultures for thousands of years. It has been used for  dressing wounds before antibiotics came in to our lives, DRUGS.  New Zealand's Maori were the first to identify the healing properties of manuka and some of their tonics and remedies are still used today. You know I respect and value Auryvedic medicine, Raw Food healing and and now I am sharing with you the power of  Manuka Honey. I respect this honey more and more as many of my clients are reaping rewards by using it at time of need. 
If only we could all learn, trust and believe in this way of living and healing I am sure we would not need to purchase the over the counter drugs like many people are programmed at doing, and we would live longer and have happier bodies waling around. Living a pain free life is everything. You can have all the money you wish and wealth but if you have not got your health and vitality, you have nothing. If you care about your loved ones and know someone who is sick why not share this article with them.  A close  friends mum  of 92 yrs recently took the Manuka honey after fighting a sickness and said 'It felt like I was being healed from the inside out' and so it is. 

Now we need to talk about the WHY is it so expensive, and how powerful honey really is.
1.    Honey protects against damage caused by bacteria
2.    Stimulates production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection
3.    An anti-inflammatory action that can quickly reduce pain  and inflammation once it is applied.
4.     Healing open wounds, acts like an antibiotic to stop infection. 

I know how expensive the doctors visits can be these days, wouldn't you rather pay for Manuka honey than a visit to the doctor? It is expensive because of the quality and the higher the UMF the higher the price. I got results with only 5+ but apparently the results can differ from strength to strength. You can get any where from 5+- 25. Look at it like your medicine. It is very healing and powerful. 

Please note: not all honey is the same. The antibacterial quality of honey depends on the type of honey as well as when and how it's harvested. Some kinds of honey may be 100 times more potent than others. Manuka honey comes in different strengths.
Hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey which  gives most honey its antibiotic quality. Manuka honey, also have other components with antibacterial qualities.

 Recently I was pushing my body to it limit, with work, juggling motherhood and a massive challenge to overcome along with keeping u pwith my regular Yoga practice, my body said NO STOP  you are need to restore, I could feel a cold coming on, aches and just a whole sense if depleted energy.
So as I do, practice what I preach, this couldn’t be a better time to do exactly what I would recommend my clients. I turned my health and vitality around within 12 hrs.

Here are the steps
1.    Hot Epson salt bath
2.    Restorative Yoga
3.    Manuka honey every couple of hrs I took ½ teaspoon
4.    Lemon ginger and manuka honey
5.    Early night
6.    Postive mind set
Getting back to my childhood upbringing. Where does the name MANUKA come from. One of my lovely clients asked recently, and I was put to the test to remember promptly. I should know right! 
The word ‘Manuka’ was commonly used by my Father for his fine wood he wood chop and stack for the fire. I can still remember his voice 
"I have beautiful  good quality dry mankuka for the fire." My father was all about quality, he has an amazing vegetable garden, grows the best tomatoes and vegetables, and also had a fetish about good quality wood 'MANUKA WOOD'  to burn to keep his family warm throughout the freezing winters we experienced in Dunedin. So MANUKA is a tree and Bees feed on the Manuka tree flowers. 

Manuka flowers are 10-12 millimetres across and generally pure white. 

More on Manuka honey

Another antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. This may sound like science and as I often refer to in Yoga healing nutrition is scientific but also logic, it comes from NATURE and nature provided us all these live grown foods to keep our body vital and alive for longevity. This is why the raw food way of life is starting to get a lot of notice these days because people are reading the research and seeing the results and stories of healing and preventative health. It really isn’t rocket science, however if you are like the general population, you need to build trust and relearn old habits and know what and how to eat live grown foods with out processed foods and meat.
In manuka honey, MG comes from the conversion of another compound -- dihydroxyacetone -- that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers.
MG is thought to give manuka honey some of its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. But, there may also be other compounds involved in the medicinal effect of manuka honey.

Unique Manuka Factor.

Honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

This is the UMF Manuka honey I used 5+ 
Please consult your health store for more information on what strength you need.

For health and vitality recipes did you get your copy of my NEW book The Power of Living Raw?
Order your copy today.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

GUNDUSHA -is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique

Today I am so excited to teach you all about 'Gundusha'

​You know YOGA is my way of life and a big part of it is the NUTRITION  and LIFESTYLE.  We studied Ayurvedic
 in our Yoga Training and it has continued to fascinate me. Although we only touched on it at teacher training I love spending time getting to know and practice  Ayurvedic healing  why, because it  also just like YOGA, been around for thousands of years that is. It is is holistic, drug free and works.

GUNDUSHA -is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique

When it comes to holistic preventative health procedures I have always been willing to try anything and willing to give it a go, as long as it is in alignment with 100% whole foods and natural. 

I recently came across ‘Oil Pulling’ and I was obviously going to try it out for myself.
Oil pulling, also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health. WOW! I just hit the jack pot to a healthier body again. Now I want to share this with YOU! 

'I feel amazing, now it's YOUR turn'

Reported benefits include:

• Whiter teeth
• Cavity and gingivitis prevention
• Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath) 
• Stronger teeth & gums 
• Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement),
• sleep problems 
 sinus issues 
• Alleviation of headaches, hangovers 
 Skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema)


First, pick an oil. I use coconut oil as it also has strong antibacterial properties, but you can use any other vegetable-based oil. Then, take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes.

(Note: Be gentle here and take your time, as you will be doing it for 20 minutes and don’t want to get a stiff jaw! I visualise at the same time it is drawing the toxins and pulling them from my body. nourishing my gums and body)

The oil will almost double in size as it draws in saliva as well as the toxins. Be sure not to swallow as you will be taking these toxins into your body; the complete opposite of what you are trying to do.)
Once the 20 minutes are up, spit the oil out into a takeaway cup and into the trash (not your sink, where the oil may solidify and block up the drain) 
then swish your mouth with warm salt  (Himalayan) water. 

Finally, brush and floss as you normally would.

My experience

I recently had some gum trouble and pain, and had to go to my Dentist, It was so painful and looked like signs of Gum infection, my dentist prescribed me antibiotics, NOT HAPPY!  AND  planned out a very expensive laser treatment plan. I don't take drugs but I had to do be street smart ASSAP and find out what was going to be my holistic healing saviour. 

I asked his thoughts on 'Coconut Pulling' 

Given he has a very high reputation on his Dental Practice and is amazing at what he does, I was positive he would know what I am talking about. He looked at me like I was crazy, and had not heard about it and laughed at the idea.

I have been using 'Gundusha - coconut pulling since, and only after a few days could notice a difference, not only in my gum hygiene but also in my entire body. I am due to go back to my dentist, but have decided to give this some time to work and see if we can see a difference with my gum health. 

I used tablespoon, it may seem like a lot and you can always start with a teaspoon and work your way up.

Once melted it will become  easier to take, and start swishing.

I filled in time writing articles,   emails and researching just try do things to keep your mind off the time. I visualised the toxins being pulled from my body and that were now currently in my mouth. 

The good thing about coconut oil is that it doesn’t taste that bad. I'm not sure how I would like another type of oil, but 100% Organic cold presses Olive Oil could be good. 
 After reaching 15-20 minutes went by fast, Spit it out in a takeaway cup and then in the bin, not in your sink, and then just as you would at the dentist, rinse  with warm salt water, and brushed and floss as normal, there should  be no residue left.

Have Fun!

“Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.”
Potential benefits include: 
  • Whiter teeth
  • Cavity and gingivitis prevention
  • Better breath
  • Stronger teeth and gums
  • Less jaw pain, alleviation of TMJ
  • Improved sleep
  • Alleviation of headaches
  • Alleviation of hangovers
  • Alleviation of acne and skin issues like eczema
My only thing I ask myself is 'Why didn't we know all this while growing up!' My girls are making this part of their dental hygiene, GUNDUSHA 




To sign up for my NEW 3 week Program

The Body Work 3 Weeks Detox 
click here
Teaching you all the techniques and tools to a healthier and slimmer YOU!

OR via FB