26 December 2010

A Completely Natural Homemade moisturizer

For the last 5 or 6 years I've been making my own moisturizer. I never liked the commercial ones which always contain some ingredients with names too difficult to read, too long to pronounce and definitively not familiar enough for me to feel safe putting them on my skin.

For my moisturizer I use only simple, natural and mostly organic ingredients such as Aloe Vera Gel, Apricot Kernel Oil, Rosehip Oil and a few essential oils (lavender, bergamot, lemon myrtle and calendula). Until a few months ago I was making this moisturizer just for myself, but after a few friends tried it and loved it, I decided to make it available to anybody who, like me, feels disillusioned with commercial products and wants to put on their skin (and ultimately inside their bodies!!) a natural moisturizer...

Laura's Homemade Escentials Face Moisturizer
50 gr. costs AUD14 ($14)  plus postage expenses ($4.50 to most destinations in Australia)
To order send an email to earthlyenergies@hotmail.com

22 December 2010

Do you need to increase your calcium intake? Get some magnesium!

The lack of sufficient calcium in our 
body is one of the leading causes of osteoporosis. However what we are very rarely told are two very important facts related to the intake of calcium:

1. It is almost impossible for our body to absorb the calcium coming from cow's milk and dairy products;

2. If we don't have enough magnesium in our system the body cannot absorb calcium at all;

Even though it is true that cow’s milk and dairy products have a very high content of calcium, it is unfortunately in a form which is very difficult for our body to absorb. Many of you are certainly aware that some people cannot drink milk at all, they are lactose intolerant. What happens is that when we are born, until we start eating solid foods, our body produces an enzyme, called lactase, which is required to properly digest milk. When we get to three or four years of age the huge majority of people (around 98%) stops producing the enzyme lactase. However, while some people have a very strong reaction to milk and have to stop drinking it at all, others have just very mild symptoms which, very often, are not even identified as being caused by lactose intolerance.

This means that, even though some people may be more sensitive to the lack of that enzyme and therefore have a strong allergic reaction to any intake of milk and dairy products, the rest of us, who do not show any symptoms and keep on drinking milk for the calcium intake, are actually wasting time and resources. Not only that… When we drink cow’s milk and eat dairy products, because of the lack of that enzyme, our body has to work harder to digest it and in doing that it uses more calcium. So, not only we don’t get the benefit of absorbing the calcium in the milk we drink, but we actually consume more calcium from our reserves in the process.

Non-dairy sources of calcium include sesame seeds, most nuts, green leafy vegetables and pulses.

Sesame seeds

However, regardless of how high is your intake of calcium through food and calcium supplements, if you have a deficiency of magnesium your body will not be able to absorb the calcium at all.

The best way to have a good intake of magnesium is through the skin (transdermal) as this is the fastest way into our body system. You can get Magnesium Flakes and use them in a bath, soaking yourself after a long day at work and relax. Magnesium is fantastic for the muscles as well and I use it quite often in my massage therapy to achieve better relaxation.

If you are a woman and use the anti-conception pill or if you are going through menopause you are very likely to have a magnesium deficiency. Symptoms of lacking magnesium in your body are sleeplessness, leg cramps and that very annoying eye twitch that everyone of us has experienced one time or another. A regular use of magnesium flakes in your bath, or the use of magnesium oil will easily fix all these problems and give you a very good, restoring night of sleep. 

I buy my Magnesium Flakes from www.echolife.com.au and I highly recommend them for their friendly approach and professionalism.

21 December 2010

How to beat cancer with natural remedies

Every year around the world between 2 and 3 million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, about 132 thousands are diagnosed with a melanoma and the numbers are increasing every year due to the thinning out of the ozone layer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that skin cancer amounts to more than 30% of all types of cancers diagnosed every year.

An increasing number of people turns to alternative non-invasive natural therapies to treat cancer. One alternative to deal with skin cancer, but also to get rid of other types of cancers as well, is a black salve, also known as "cansema".

Black Salve is an escharotics, from the greek word which means "to burn", made of a combination of four different herbs (bloodroot, galangal, chaparral and graviola) in a solution of zinc chloride. The resulting paste, which is a very dark brown colour, when put on a spot where cancer cells are present, will go through the layer of skin to reach the cancer cells, kill and enclose the malignant cells in what looks like a black scab. The tissue surrounding the scab may look slightly inflamed with a white circle of pus around the scab. After 7 to 10 days the scab will fall off leaving a clean healthy wound where the cancer was. The wound will then quickly heal and fill up with new healthy cells in a very short time.

The success of Black Salve in treating skin cancer has also been documented in a scholarly article published in November 2001 on the journal Dermatologic Surgery by Brown, Goldstein and Birkby. In the article the three doctors present two cases in which the patients self applied the black salve on a basal cell carcinoma and on a squamous cell carcinoma. After the cancerous scabs fell off an histopathologic analysis of the wounds was conducted and no cancer cells found.

Black Salve has also been successfully used to treat other types of cancers and several testimonials can be found on several webpages, some of which I have listed below:


Warning: The TGA does not approve the sale of the Black Salve for use on people, so this product is For Animal Use Only. However the ingredients and their amount are exactly the same.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only; it should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his/her health should contact a licensed medical professional.

17 December 2010

Is red meat the best source of iron?

Red meat is only one of the many and varied foods which provide iron to our body, and it’s definitively not the best one. 
There are two different types of iron available in foods: ‘hem-iron’ and ‘non hem-iron’ and the difference between the two is quite important for our iron absorption and our health. 

Iron, like any other metal, although it is very important for the healthy function of the body, tends to accumulate in our cells and organs making it difficult for the body to get rid of the excess. An excessive amount of iron has been linked to heart disease, arthritis as well as liver and pancreas degeneration.

Hem-iron, which is the type present in red meat and all animal products, is actually “second hand” iron: the animal has already absorbed and processed the iron which we then eat in the form of a beef steak, hamburger, ham and so on. Absorption of hem-iron is very fast in our body because it has already been processed.

Non hem-iron, on the other hand, is present in all green leafy vegetables, some nuts, seeds and beans (kidney beans are particularly rich). When we eat those foods our body has to extract the iron, process it and make it available for our cells and organs, so the absorption is less immediate compared to hem-iron.

So, you are probably thinking now “Well, it is obvious then that eating a beef steak is better than a salad in order to get an adequate iron intake”… But nothing could be further from the truth! Because hem-iron has already been processed by the animal whose meat we are eating, our body does not have a trigger to stop its intake when our body has as much as it needs, and this in turn leads to an excessive amount of iron that stays in our body.
With non-hem iron the body needs to extract it from the plants we are eating, process it and finally absorb it. During this process the body records the amount of iron that we are taking in and stops when it has enough for the healthy function of cells and organs. By doing this the body is able to prevent an excessive intake of iron and the health problems associated with it.

Therefore, when we eat red meat we actually tamper with the body’s ability to regulate the amount of iron we take in and making it therefore more difficult for the body to ensure the correct function of all organs and cells.

11 December 2010

Five secrets to a gorgeous and healthy skin

1. Never ever put on your skin anything that you wouldn't put in your mouth!

Our skin is one of the main ways into our bodies. Everything you put on your skin will get absorbed fairly quickly and reach all the other organs and cells of your body.
So the question now is: why would you use on your skin something that you wouldn't dare to swallow?
Have a look in your bathroom cabinet and take notice of how many products you have in there that carry the warning: "For external use only"... Problem is that whatever you use "externally" will travel "internally" within a few hours and in some cases within a few minutes!

2. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.

Just like the rest of our body, water makes up a huge amount of our skin cells, so it is very important to have an adequate amount of water within our system to keep those cells plumped up and working beautifully to give us a healthy, glowing skin!

3. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts.

Just as it is true that everything we put on our skin will be absorbed within our body, it is also true the opposite: everything we eat will show on our skin. Our skin is one of the organs, like the liver and the kidneys, that help get rid of toxins and keep our body system clean and healthy.
Fruits and vegetables are an incredible source of anti-oxidants that help fighting toxins so that the skin has to work less and we look younger and healthier!
Seeds and nuts contain good fats and oils that help moisturise the skin from inside out!

4. Exercise at least 20 minutes every day.

Exercise is not just going to the gym and sweat for half an hour on the treadmill or doing weights. You can just as well exercise by taking your dog for a brisk walk, take the stairs instead of the lift at work, get off the bus two stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. Exercise is of primary importance to the skin (as well as to the rest of the body!) for many reasons: first of all it gets your blood circulation going which provides all your cells with fresh oxygen, secondly it gets the lymph (another important player in the cleaning of the body) circulating as well and last but not least, exercise relaxes you and will make you sleep better which are two other important factors for a beautiful and healthy skin.

5. Become conscious of your breathing.

Find a time every day to sit in a place which relaxes you, in the garden, on the beach or in your favourite chair at home. Make sure that, for at least 15 minutes, your not going to be disturbed and focus on your breathing. Breathe in slowly, visualising the air getting into every little corner of your body, feeding every cell with precious oxygen, pumping breathing life into every layer of your system. Now breathe out slowly, visualising the air taking out of your body your tiredness, your stress, your anxiety and all your problems. Breathe in again, and this time, be the air and flow throughout your body carrying into it peace, health, love and nice smells. When breathing out, think again of carrying out everything that bothers you, both physically and emotionally. This is the simplest way of meditating and it's very relaxing.

If you follow these 5 simple steps you will see your skin, and all your body, becoming healthier and healthier. It won't happen in one day or even in one week, but surely in a couple of months you will start noticing the change and you will feel much more energetic and happy... Talking about being happy... Don't forget to smile!! It makes wonders for your body, for your mind and for your spirit!!

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14 September 2010

Water: a wonderful gift from Nature

Our gorgeous planet is made of 70% water. Streaming down as a beautiful refreshing mountain creek, placidly seating in a valley as a calming lake or as roaring and whiting waves in the oceans all around us.

Water also makes up between 55% and 78% of our bodies so it shouldn't come as a surprise to know that water is not only a primary necessity for us to have inside and out, but also that water itself can heal so many illnesses and unbalances that we may experience.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol are just two of the most common health problems that are essentially caused by an insufficient amount of water in our body. Water is essential to the good functioning of our system, so if we don't drink enough water the body will have to source it from the cells. Cholesterol is the substance that makes up the walls of the cells and it will be overproduced if the cells are under threat, as it happens when the cells don't have enough water. Therefore a very direct result of not drinking enough water is that the cells produce an increased quantity of cholesterol, which then overflows in the bloodstream resulting in what we call "high cholesterol".

An insufficient intake of water is also one of the main causes of high blood pressure. As an automatic response for not having enough water, the body will shut off the smaller capillaries and the blood will become thicker. A higher blood pressure will therefore be needed in order to pump the blood around and the heart will also have to work harder.

How much water should we drink?

A good ratio is roughly 1 litre of water for every 30 kilos of body weight. So a 60 kilos person should drink 2 litres of water every day, a 90 kilos person should have an intake of 3 litres and so on. An increased amount of water is required when exercising and when we have high temperature, like fever.

What type of water should we drink? 

Rain water is definitively the best...! 

Have you noticed how plants thrive with rain water? It's because water is a living organism that needs air, movement and sunlight, and rain water has all of that! On the other hand tap water is very often chlorinated and fluoridated... Many of us have heard the story about water fluoridation being used as a prevention for tooth decay... The reality is that after several decades of water fluoridation in countries like Australia and USA, many studies found that the incidence of tooth decay in Western European countries, where the water is not fluoridated, is exactly the same as in USA and Australia where the water is fluoridated.

The fact that water is a living organism has been proven by many years of study by Masaru Emoto, the author of "The hidden messages of water" who studied the quality of the water crystals as well as the response of the crystals to bad and good energy.
The Shimanto river is away from major cities and does not have big dams so it is a very healthy river, often referred to as "the last clear stream of Japan". On the other hand the Biwako Lake is well known for its highly polluted waters. The photos above of the crystals from the Shimanto river and the Biwako lake don't need any further comment... The study on water crystals by Masuro Emoto have also gone beyond the simple observation, as he found that the water crystals actually respond to positive or negative energy emanated by other living organisms around.

Salt water is an incredible healer for wounds, allergies, skin rashes as well as working beautifully for a blocked nose due to a cold or the flu. Try inhaling some ocean water next time you have a cold and you will reap the benefits of this incredible gift of Nature.

Salt water has also been found to be so similar to human blood to the point that it can be used as a substitute for blood in a transfusion. An eye-opener about this issue is provided by Dianne Jacobs Thompson in an article published on Nexus magazine in 2006

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25 August 2010

Touch of life...

Have you ever noticed what is the first thing we always do when we hurt ourselves or some part of our body aches?
We put our hand on it!
If we have an upset stomach, we are very likely to massage it with circular movements (which, by the way, usually follow the same direction of our bowels!)... Our body knows very well that touching and massage are an instant source of healing!
And what about our mind and soul? Well, isn't a hug the first thing we do with someone who is upset? And even with strangers, a hand on the shoulder is an instinctive way to say to the other person "I'm with you, I feel for you, I'm here to help"...

There are numerous scientific studies which show that touch is an important form of communication and healing. In several studies conducted in 1999 by Tiffany Field, it was found that there is a correlation between the amount of physical contact among adolescents and level of aggression. American teenagers, who have a lower level of physical touch with each other, are more aggressive than French adolescents, who have a higher level of physical contact.

In other studies it has been proven that newborn babies who are touched and caressed more are more likely to smile and vocalize than cry.

Brielle and Kyrie Jackson of Westminster, Massachusetts were born premature on the 17th of October 1995 and they were put in separate humidity cribs. Kyrie was doing fine, but Brielle who was lighter than her sister, was definitively struggling with weight, heart rate and breathing and she was under a great deal of stress. After a few days, fearing for Brielle's life, the nurses decided to put the two babies in the same humidity crib and as soon as they did that Brielle snuggled up to her sister and her heart beat relaxed down immediately and this photo made headlines everywhere in the Internet!

In many hospitals nurses are now taught to use "Healing Touch" a technique which has been "promoted" from the status of "alternative therapy" to that of "complementary therapy". Healing Touch is a form of very gentle massage that has shown to be beneficial to lower blood pressure, relax down patients and decrease pain so that a lesser amount of painkillers have to be given.

The amazing thing about touch and massage, however, is that you don't need to be a massage therapist in order to soothe a loved one (little Kyrie Jackson in the above photo is certainly too young to be a massage therapist, yet she saved her little sister's life!!)...

So tomorrow morning on waking up, make sure to give your partner, or your kid a big smile, a loving warm hug and then give them a crunchy apple to munch on!

It will be a gorgeous start of the day for them but also for you, because as the famous American cartoonist Bil Keane said:

"A hug is like a boomerang, you get it straight back!!"   :-))

20 August 2010

Cobbler's peg: a weedy precious gift from Mother Nature...

Have you noticed how much time we spend weeding the garden from all these "pest" plants that stubbornly keep on popping up regardless of how many sprays and powders and liquids we use in trying to get rid of them?

And, on the other hand, we stubbornly try to grow the plants that WE want and put in the soil fertilizers, growth-helping potions, cow manure and still our little plants still look struggling and not very happy?

Maybe we should stop and ponder... "Are we doing something wrong? Is this patch of land trying to tell me something?"...

The Cobbler's Peg is a perfect example... Probably everyone of us had the experience, some time or another, to get stuck in the black spiky seeds of the Bidens Pilosa (its botanical name) and trying to get rid of them from your jumper or your socks is not exactly my idea of a nice pastime!!

However, the Bidens Pilosa is actually an incredibly potent herb and its therapeutic uses have been widely known by many different cultures in South America and Africa where the Cobbler's Peg is native.

Its leaves, which have a slightly nutty flavour, can be used raw in salads, or dried and used as a tea. The sap of the plant can be used to treat burns, and crushed leaves on a wound are known to speed up blood clotting and healing. The tea is used to treat headache, stomach ulcers and diarrhea.

In recent studies (1990 and 1995) a hot water extract of Bidens Pilosa has shown to inhibit the growth of some tumors and to have some significant anti-leukemic action.

Other important properties of the Cobbler's Peg are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory...

So, next time you set out to do some gardening, have a good look around and try to find out what weeds are pestering your beautiful garden... it might be a weedy precious gift from Mother Nature!!

If you are just starting to get to know some herbs and their uses, this book is a must! It lists some of the more common plants and it gives very useful suggestions on how to use them, in your cooking or for therapeutic purposes. It is also full of very nice illustrations which makes it really easy for the non-experts to identify quickly a plant...
A little warning: once you start knowing different plants and their properties you will find it really difficult to look at them as "weeds" again!! Happy reading and Happy Herbing!!

19 August 2010

A day spent without smiling is a day lost...

Unfortunately the author of this quote in unknown, but there is so much truth is in these words!! There are hundreds of scientific studies that show that people who are happier are also healthier... Once again, our body, mind and spirit are intrinsically connected, so it makes sense that if your mind and your spirit are happy, your body will follow and it will be much healthier!! Think of the organization which sends clown in the hospital because they discovered that people heal faster if they are in a good and positive mood...
A lot of research has been conducted to explore why some people seem to be happier than others, and the results all point to 4 main factors:
1. Happy people like themselves, they have a high level of self esteem and self love
2. They are usually extroverted, which means they get energized by being around other people. Extroverted people also have a tendency to think at the same time as they talk (which could cause some problems in some situations... :))
3. Happy people feel that they are in control of their life. The concept of being in control of one's life is a tricky one, as some people might say "Well, if I had a better job, or a better house or a different partner, I too would feel in control of my life!". However, feeling in control of one's life has a lot to do with taking responsibility of what we do, we say, we choose for ourselves...
4. Happy people are commonly optimistic... They live with the belief that "As one door closes another one opens"!
Now, let's make a little step further... Did you actually know that if you fell a bit sad, or down, or don't feel very well and you actually smile rather than frown, the smiling position of your face muscles will be recorded by your brain as happy and in a few minutes you will start feeling much better? A beautiful smile is not just a message that we send out to other people to let them know we are friendly and happy, it is also a message that we can send to our body, mind and spirit to pick ourselves up!

One more step... A smile is highly contagious!! If you smile to a stranger in the street, most likely they will smile back and people will always be drawn more easily towards a person who smiles rather than a person who looks serious!

And as another unknown author rightly said:

Smile! Because you never know who is going to fall in love with your smile...!

Wayne Dyer is a great writer and he has the amazing ability of explaining things so easily that I often find, while reading his books, saying to myself "Of course!! Why didn't I think of this before?"... But the best characteristic of Wayne Dyer and his books is that everything he writes about he has experienced and applied to his own life, family and friends, so when you read his books you can actually see the journey that brought him to a particular conclusion, and often you find similarities with what's happening in your life... A complete pleasure to read and a great way to start smiling more!!

13 August 2010

5 more reasons to grab an apple today!

1. Stronger immune system. Apples contain vitamin C which is very important to help the body heal itself.  Vitamin C also helps preventing bleeding gums and easy bruising.

2. Healthy heart. Apples are also rich in flavonoids which are there to protect the fruit from microbes, fungi and insects. Flavonoids have been known for a long time to have an extremely beneficial effects in our body to protect us from cardiovascular disease and many types of cancer.

3. Lowers cholesterol. Pectin in apples works in two ways to control and lower cholesterol. On one hand it latches onto LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) in the digestive tract and flushes it out from the body. On the other hand it prevents the liver from producing more LDL cholesterol, therefore lowering your total amount of “bad” cholesterol. In one study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine, it has been shown that people who were eating 1 large apple daily lowered their cholesterol by as much as 11%!

4. Healthy lungs. In an another study by the University of Nottingham it has been found that people who ate an average of 5 apples a week had a much lower incidence of respiratory problems, including asthma.

5. Protects the brain. The phytonutrients in the apples have proven to be an excellent preventative of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

12 August 2010

An apple a day...

Many of the things we were told when we were kids have a deep amount of truth in them... Apples are an incredible fruit and they are a very healthy way to start the day with the first portion of daily fruit!!

Give the apple a good scrub with water and some soap, rinse it well and then eat it without peeling it. Vitamins in the apple, as well as in the majority of fruit and veggies, are immediately under the skin so if you peel it and throw it away you are actually missing out on a great amount of the vitamins and minerals that the fruit or the vegetable contains...

Make sure that you also try to eat some of the seeds of the apple, as they contain a powerful substance which helps the body fighting cancer...

Eating fruit first thing in the morning is also a very valuable healthy habit because the fruit, which is also a good source of fibre, goes straight into your system after the overnight fasting, providing you some fructose for energy and fibre to cleanse the system. It is always much better to eat fruit with an empty stomach... so, tomorrow morning start your day with a nice juicy apple!!

An excellent book to learn more about fruit and how to eat is Dr. Paul Gross "Superfruits". Easy to ready but packed with facts and ideas this book is a must to learn all about the wonders that fruit can do for us!

11 August 2010


We are all made of energy, our bodies, our minds, our spirits and the foods we eat are energy and continuously produce and exchange their energies to revitalize us, heal us and make us happy... Actually happiness is a constant flow of positive energy within ourselves. In this blog you will learn how to use, produce and improve your own energy by eating energetically healthy foods and by introducing a few simple habits in your life... Welcome to the Earthly Energies...!