June 24, 2019

I often tell people that PMS is a sign that something is wrong.  It may be common but it is not normal.  I wrote a post on PMS a few years ago from the point of view of nutritional help, but essential oils have been a wonderful resource in my tool box for PMS for many years.  Even better is that there is now some research on these oils.

1.  Geranium Essential Oil Pelargonium graveolens / Pelargonium asperum

This oil is from the leaves of the geranium plant and has a sweet floral sme...

April 30, 2019

As an aromatherapist, I am so glad that essential oils have been making it big in the health and wellness industry news over the last few years.  I have been using them for years to help women with period problems and they are an essential part of my practice.  It feels great to no longer be an outlier when using these beautiful additions to my tool box.

I do however, get tagged in lots of debates, heated discussions on essential oil safety.  I used to give blanket statements but people don'...

April 7, 2019

Anyone who has spoken to me about their cycle, will have had me wax lyrical about cervical fluid at some point.  It is a pretty special substance that not only aids fertility in multiple ways, but can also also tell you so much about your menstrual health.

For me, it is an essential part of my charting practice and it is something I recommend to most of my clients.  If you're on this post, the chances are you already chart your cervical fluid or you are at least attempting to.  It can be difficul...

April 4, 2019

I often get asked variations of, "can I have periods if I'm not ovulating?" or, "I have regular periods so I must be ovulating" or "I have regular periods so I must be fertile" and I have been asked to help clear this up.  

I did a post a few years ago on what qualifies as a period, but one of the key definitions of a menstrual period is that it occurs after an ovulation.  So, the short answer is, if you are not ovulating, you are not having periods.

But as with all things, this is a bit...

October 2, 2018

Ever have days when you bleed through everything and it feels like you period is never going to stop? Heavy periods, or menorrhoea is no joke.  I have experienced it personally as a teen (I even wore a tampon and a night pad and still bled through within half an hour), was put on various forms of the pill, mini pill, the IUD, the implant.  You name it I was on it.  But nothing ever worked and I was made to feel like it was my fault that my periods didn’t know how to respond, like I was the probl...

March 18, 2018

One really common question I hear is, I know I am not pregnant, so why is my period late?  There are a number of reasons why this might be and to get to the bottom of them, you need to know, when you ovulated and how long your luteal phase (the number of days between ovulation and the start of your period) usually is.

You can check out my posts on how to tell whether you are ovulating here.

So let's say you have ovulated and your luteal phase is hitting 3 days or longer than it usually is, and you...

October 29, 2017

As someone who works with women with period problems and who spent thousand of hours learning to become a Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Educator, I am always keen to research different charting methods.

I love the different things that they tell you about your cycle and in all honesty, in many cases, a client who comes in with a few months of charts can give me more to go on, than with tests that may or may not have been done at the right time of the month to be meaningful.

Until...

October 18, 2017

Do you ever get tired shortly after eating?  Maybe you need that midmorning snack or 3.30 pick me up to get through the day?

Perhaps you have been diagnosed with PCOS, Insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or even type 2 diabetes (or suspect you have them).  Maybe you have irregular cycles, don't ovulate regularly, struggle to lose weight around the middle, have facial hair or thinning hair around your parting or the top of your scalp (so unfair, right)?

What makes it worse is when you end up beat...

August 2, 2017

Do you have period problems or thyroid issues?  Maybe your have PMS or fibroids?  You may have gotten your  Vitamin D tested as part of the lab tests I recommend people get as part of their full hormone panel and for good reason; it affects both our pituitary development and can have an affect on several hormonal conditions.

What is Vitamin D?

It is a hormone like vitamin which controls calcium levels in our bodies.  It can also help us to absorb nutrients such as iron, magnesi...

July 26, 2017

I don't know about your but I love essential oils and as someone who has been practising aromatherapy for nearly 20 years, I love to take an essential oil first aid kit with me wherever I go.  However, if like me you are choosing between oils and your holiday first aid packing looks like this, then I've got you covered.

 As aromatherapy and essential oils are now back in fashion, I thought I would share the ones I think are essential for a summer holiday.

I appreciate that essential oils can be ex...

June 6, 2017

One question I'm regularly asked by my private clients is "my period is 22 days/56 days what can I do?".  You can pretty much insert any number of days into that question, it still won't change my response which is: are you ovulating and when?

Ovulation is pretty awesome.  Not only does it enable us to get pregnant (if we want to) but it helps with so many other important things, stabilising our mood after the drop in oestrogen, nourishing our thyroid, bone health, heart health and breast he...

April 5, 2017

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So many women come to me feeling that they are hypothyroid, they will have read up on the symptoms, but they don't actually know how the thyroid works so even if they get a doctor willing to do all the tests, they won't understand the results and what the tests are looking for.  So this post is for anyone wanting to understand what the heck their thyroid is and why it is so important to our health and well being.

Hopefully before you started reading this your spotted the di...

March 29, 2017

Painful or heavy periods is the bane of most of my clients, and many of them are quite period literate: they have managed their stress, they are off the pill, they are eating healthy foods, lowering their inflammation and working on their oestrogen dominance, and yet they are still having mysterious issues causing period problems and in this case, I will ask them to consider that their thyroid is causing the issue.

Unfortunately, when I often refer women out to get their thyroid tested as they sh...

February 26, 2017

 Regular thyroid on the left and an enlarged thyroid on the right.  Image from Shutterstock.

When you feel fuzzy, depressed, struggling to control your mood, tired, cold and gaining weight easily, the chances are that you are aware it might be a good thing to get your thyroid tested.  So you make an appointment, rattle of the list of symptoms to the doctor, they agree to test your thyroid and you feel great.  You are going to get your answer soon, the end is near and soon you will...

February 12, 2017

Valentine's Day is here and who'd have thought I'd spent my birthday telling women how to fall in love with their bodies and get their sexy back again?

But on a serious note, this is a HUGE issue I see all the time and it is in women who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s not just those who are peri-menopausal who are affected.  And it doesn't just affect them, it affects their relationships and partners too.  So there are two things I just want to make clear, if this is you:

Having no libido...

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I am a woman's reproductive health specialist, who after suffering terribly with various issues with my period, found natural solutions to heal myself.

 

I now help other women who are suffering period problems, PMS and fertility issues who often feel they have no where else to turn.

 

In my clinic, based in Guildford I treat my clients using Fertility Massage Therapy, massage for digestive issues, Reflexology, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Nutrition, Natural Family Planning and Meditation depending on what the client needs.

 

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