Eucalyptus essential oil

One of my favourite essential oils is Eucalyptus essential oil. Maybe it is because I am Australian, but I have an incredible respect for this oil. This tall tree, which is so popular with koalas, produces an essential oil that is one of the first that I reach for in formulating the remedy for many conditions. In fact in Australia, it is quite common to open people’s medicine cupboard and see a bottle of eucalyptus oil. At the moment, many people are contacting me for remedies to help their sinus conditions. These are quite an issue at the moment with the transition period from winter to spring and my favourite essential oil, eucalyptus, is great for all respiratory system issues such as sin

Why should Momma Zen natural lip balm make you smile?

First of all it is handmade. That should make you smile! If not that, then maybe because the ingredients are all natural and nourishing for your lips. In the photo at the bottom of this blog, you can see all of the ingredients that went into my latest batch of lip balms. There are two lip balms. One for bee lovers and one for vegans! These two lip balms just have one different ingredient in them and that is the wax. For beelovers, there is beeswax (that is the lovely honey coloured block in the bottom of the photo), which not only smells like honey, but it also has a slight honey taste as some organic honey has been added too. For vegans or others who might want all vegetable products, there

On kundalini yoga

“In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart. No words can replace your experience. Your mind may accept the words or it may not, but your consciousness will not accept just words.” -Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher Training manual, p. 20 About 2 weeks ago we had a new teacher start giving yoga classes at our yoga centre in Kalamış, Istanbul (annezen), Özlem Ataman. Özlem gives kundalini yoga classes. When she came to our centre half an hour before her first class at our studio on Monday night, I asked her if she could describe what kundalini yoga is so that I could have a short handy description for those who come to us and don’t know what it

The research shows that massage does reduce pain

I have been massaging professionally for about 7 years now and many people come to me requesting a deep tissue massage for pain relief. Last week, one person who came to me said “I know that I feel less pain after massage but does massage really reduce pain and anyway how does it do that?” Good question I thought. So here is an attempt to answer her question by looking at the latest research. There are many studies which show how massage reduces stress hormones and lowers blood pressure and anxiety, but what about massage decreasing pain. Pain is a difficult thing to grasp. You feel it intensely and there are so many dimensions of pain; emotional, psychological and physiological and even soc