Cuddles in the Kitchen To Get Things Off The Ground


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Are you ready for todays babble on health at home?

This will just be a quick post on Kitchen Pharmacy. And all the great things it promotes.


Ok so if we look at different cultures all around the world, the seem to still have the same holidays to mark similar events, for example let’s thing about the coming of winter and the day of the dead. Almost every country has a variation of this… obviously aside form new countries like Asutralia, but think of Obon (japan), Samhain (United Kingdom), Day of the dead (Mexico), Well Food uses are like this too!

It is  (or rather, it was) common/universal knowledge that garlic was an antiseptic.


It’s sad how this great wealth of knowledge has been lost as people more further away from the close connection they had with food.  To me I think the biggest contribution has come mainly from China, as they still have a lot of this in day to day life (eg Lychee is a hot food, not in temperature for anyone who hasn’t had one before), in saying that, the big cities have come to mimic the west (or evolve to something so different from what we actually should be aiming for).

I don’t know if it is still common for people to treat things like :

  • dermatitis,
  • colds,
  • headaches

and other things like these in the home. It seems more people are finding it ‘easier’ to use doctors, herbalists and nutritionist/naturopaths to tell them what is wrong and to fix it.  I believe it must have something to do with the desire for this ‘quick’ fix we have all been lead to believe exists.

We NEED to start taking responsibility for our own health. As a practitioner of medicine (natural or modern) you need to engage your patients to learn and help themselves, Instead of having them reach form supplements or come to you for something that common sense would have once fixed. In saying that, sometime intervention is required but they wont understand how to help themselves unless you can educated them and teach them about prevention, rather than have them repetitively coming back for the same thing.

Food has a huge impact on health, it is my belief that the majority of the deaths now are preventable through the altering of a diet. But sadly  bad habits are hard to break. And food can be addictive.


Let’s stop for a moment and have a quick look at digestion

Digestion starts in the mouth.  With our busy day to day lives, getting the kids ready for school before you rush out the door yourself for a meeting or to be stuck in traffic, it can be hard. Because we are so busy, we forget to chew. You may have to tell yourself and those around you to chew a certain number of times before you swallow.

This specific advice I admit I don’t follow and I really regret it. It can be hard to tell yourself to chew 10-30 times on a mouthful before you swallow.  I know I don’t even think, I chew once and force it down my gullet. As a kid, I believed I could eat more the quicker I ate, and who has time for chewing and starting the digestion process?

Ok so now we are having a quick sticky beak at the stomach, we all are farmiliar with REFLUX! I know it’s horrible! While it is thought to mainly be cause by the

overproduction of hydrochloric acid, It seems to be occurring actually when there is not enough produced. Without enough HCL, it can not break down the food,  which then causes bloating and puts pressure on the sphincter and causes the “reflux”.

Bitter herbs are good for treating this by taking some before a meal, they stimulate digestion – taste and smell.  Try taking a teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar before meals, in water or as a dressing on salad (start off with a teaspoon and work your way up to a tablespoon or what ever ratio works best for you as it can be harsh at first). This should increase digestive juices. Low stomach acid would also cause bloating.
The  Pancreases is releasing pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine(very alkaline, while the Stomach is very acidic.)

What about Constipation?

  • There are a massages which can help aid this, by following the route of the small and large intestine on your tummy, while they lie down on yoru back is thought to get rid of constipation.
  • As well  training your bowls, by sitting on the toilet at the same time of day.
  • People who are constipated tend to be stressed, they are probably really busy and rushing around, you need them to calm down.

Ginger tea is also good for hcl producton in stomach. Broth is good for reflux  (with collagen stired in)

  • Lemon Juice can both stimulate a bowl movement but also stop diarrohea.


Just some things you may want to think about:

  • Someone with low HCL should really considering not drinking with meals. It dilutes the little HCL they have, maybe a sip or two with a meal but it is always best to have either side of meal – just have a break before eating and after eating.
  • If you do have Reflux due to low HCL, maybe try and avoid antacids because if you do have low HCL, you may be making it worse, there is evidence that it may be a histamine response.
  • Playing Trial and error with  foods  can be fun to see if there is a problem, same things that trigger reflux may be: chocolate, alcohol, carminatives, citrus, tomatoes, coffee, salicylate rich foods and smoking.
  • Peppermint can cause reflux by relaxing oesophageal sphincter.
  • Pinnaple and papaya are good for meat digestion because of the enzymes, they break down mucous and also are good for inflammation.
  • Raw cabbage juice can be good for an ulcer of the tummy, as well as honey.

Health does start in the home, as much as it starts on the dinner table, those herbs and food items that sit in the back of your cupboard can really become useful for some simple home fixes.

Skin complaints:


  • Applying  lemon juice and garlic (may sting and dry out skin)
  • Tea tree oil (– dries out postural acne and lavender oil too)
  • Oatmeal and manuka honey mask for 10 min, or egg white with lemon juice  as a mask.
  • Carrot, slippery elm can be good when applied too.

Sun burn

  • Vinegar
  • Yogurt
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile tea
  • Milk
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Cold showers, a little warm to take the burn out
  • Green tea
  • Coconut oil
  • Oatmeal



  • Chew on fever few
  • Essential oils on temples, – peppermint and lavender, basil as a herb is also good.
  • Water
  • For dull aching pain and tightness on forehead with tension headache,: apple or apricot juice, chamomile passionflower or valerian tea
  • Liver headache, sick feeling associates, with stress or worry associated: lemon tea, dandelion tea, st Marys thistle
    Pounding headaches (of the whooshhh persuasion), a little coffee can help – results in withdrawal of a different type of headache.

Cold and Flus:

  • Ginger, lemon and garlic tea, with a pinch with chilli or paprika or cayenne pepper(these hot spices promote sweating to result in cooling down).
  • A sage leaf tea can be good
  • No consumption of fats or proteins
  • Partial fasting
  • Rest
  • Chicken soup
  • Cooked veg,
  • Fresh crushed garlic


  • This is a tricky thing, your body is heating up as it attemps to kill of the bacteria, a tempreture in a adult is generally safe until it reaches higher than 40 degrees, if it gets to 24 degrees celcious, saying you’ll have a “Little Problem” is an understatement,
  • With children, the quickest way to bring down a fever is with a cool compress or flannel as paracetamol  takes a while to take effect.
  • Fasting
  • Fluids
  • No consumption of protiens or fats
  • Drink hot fluids or spicy teas to encourage perspiration to bring it down


Food Items and uses:


  • Chop an onion in half an put it next to bed while sleeping  is a traditional method for someone with a cold or small sickness but actually I find it usually works.
  • Onion juice in ear to help earache or garlic juice (just make sure they don’t have a burst ear drum)
  • Poultice for weeping sores


  • Garlic is a natural antibiotic, crush it and eat it immediately is one sure fire way to get rid of that cold that a classmate has tried to give to use.
  • Garlic oil for ear aches and plug with cotton wool. It can be swelly so use an old towel, make sure tympanic (make sure they don’t have a ruptured or perforated ear drum) is in intact other wise NO DEFINATY NOT a good idea!
  • Rub garlic on the bottoms of feet – causes a really bad smell the next day  – with garlic breath, but good for children who don’t like the taste


  • Cabbage leaves can be worn inside bra to relive mastitis (refrigerated leaves, chuck them out when they come to room temp and use new ones)
  • Cabbage promotes a reduce in oestregen related cancer, colon and rectal cancer.


  • Add black pepper to chia tea.
  • Cardamom – cardamom freshens breath .
  • Cayenne  pepper and chillies
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger



We know that when we experience pleasure, our body releases a hormone, so when we eat that food it connects too, that is why their mental wellbeing is important.
Food association or worry eating need to be addressed, it is easier when people just admit they feels stressed, it can be psychosomatic.
When choosing certain foods, it can influence the brain: eg allergies and intolerances, hyperactivity in children. There is a researched strong connection between food and emotional wellbeing.

  • Comfort eating: it is hard to kick,  it is easy to connect to a food for a certain feeling, eg chips or chocolate, if someone is in a lot of pain or depressed these foods can become a sole diet which is when we worry.
  • People have connections to foods from childhood
  • Psychosocial problems:  This is seen greatly in the elderly and immigrants –  due to loneliness and depression, confusion and isolation
  • Addiction:  the affect of an addictive food is not really looked at enough, once you start it is hard to stop, and it is stimulant in the brain


I would love it if you would check out the book: THE END OF OVEREATING, it looks at their addiction created around food. Really a worth while read for anyone facing the dreaded sugar addiction problems head on.


  • Affects of stress and worry on appetite.  Stress, Anxiety or Deppression result in a loss completely of appetite or that person to seek solace in their food and overeat.
  • Celebrating: we reward ourselves with food, eg lollies, or out for an expensive meal when we do a job well done.  Celebration with food CAN be positive but in cases  where lollies and unhealthy foods high in additives as a reward can be negative.
  • In that last point, we know food is a primary reinforcer: strengthens or increases behaviour.
  • Spiritual aspects : religious beliefs eg Ramadan, lent,  or ethical reasons – vegan or vegetarian.  Can all impact our diet and the way we think of food.
  • Social Aspects: when we are young we are influenced by cultural, ethnicity, peer, social, commercial influences  like advertising.
  • Nutritional knowledge, health beliefs, opinions about what aggravate or help medical conditions. Available knowledge at the time, eg coconut oil is healthy today, but in a few years maybe not (or what about the margarine fad where butter was considered bad). Because of social media there are so many peoples opinions without any science, only contradictions everywhere you look. As a student studying this it is hard not to be bombarded by these fads of people only juicing or having a sole liquid diet, then you get people who only eat one colour of foods, it can be really hard with all these people putting in their two bobs worth when they have no real understanding/training of this topic, it is mainly just opinions with no science.
  • Income, availability and convenience influences food choices all affect our interaction with food. eg fast food is convenient, but at least move away from fried foods and towards maybe thai or things that use vegetables.

If anyone is from the Sydney CBD, there is a vegan restaurant called “Hurries” (?) on Broadway, I haven’t personally been, but a friend of mine raves about their $5 lunch specials.

Another new app to hit the world is one called  “LEFT OVER SWAP” the idea is posting the excess food you make and someone will swap with you… To me this is a little dodgy since it is the general public, so maybe just take the idea and organise with friends to do this.

  • Chronic Stress, even if someone has the best diet in the world, if they are producing cortisol instead of digestive enzymes , they wont get anything from their food. You need to work into their lifestyle, not just food choices.

We all know  Loneliness, isolation, grief, bereavement, anger, anxiety, hostility, hopelessness  are emotions that need to be dealth with otherwise they will find a way to manifest themselves on the body.

The phrase of died of a broken heard – actually possible from extreme grief and anxiety – spontaneous heart failure.  So this just reinforces that if you live alone organise with some friends or neighbours in the area to all take turns cooking and sharing a meal together.

Really enjoy the food, have really good quality in small amounts and savour it.

It is my belief that Body weight and eating behaviour were caused by : Self-esteem, emotional issues,  and education.  Children are heavily influenced by parents. Gender, age, parents food consumption, socio economic, education and psychological  are all factors to be taken into consideration when looking at a child’s diet and weight. Who is cooking their meals? Make sure that when you treat young girls, having a food diary can make them overly focuses and lead to anorexia.



Emotional eating has been linked to a higher intake of sugar in girls in one study . Striegel-Moore RH, Morrison JA, Schreiber G, Schumann BC, Crawford PB & Obarzanek E (1999) Emotion-induced eating and sucrose intake in children: the NHLBI Growth and Health Study. Int J Eat Disord 25, 389–398.


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