Managing Stress and Overwhelm

Our range of Australian Bush Flowers is very popular and provides support to emotional wellbeing. It has been (and continues to be) a valuable tool to help many people through the recent unusual times.

This article is from the creators of Australian Bush Flowers and is focused on the feeling of overwhelm and stress.

It is easy to feel consumed by mental and emotional pressures. There are times in everybody’s lives where we can feel it is hard to switch off, because the mind is constantly active, and this can make us feel drained and overwhelmed.

It’s okay to admit you struggle, but it is essential to off-load your stress and taking actions to better your emotional wellbeing.

Here at Australian Bush Flower Essences, we aim to help you to connect with your inner self, ultimately improving both your emotional and mental state. We target your health needs with natural remedies combined with our bush flower essences. Uncover the transformative power of nature.  

Finding Time for Yourself is Crucial

To cut down on stress levels and ensure you have more quality “me time”, it is key to simplify your daily routine across – work-family – lifestyle – current situation and things you can’t resolve. Multi-tasking can also overload your brain, leading to impatience, irritability, overwhelm, forgetfulness and a weaker immune system.

Natural remedies which will do wonders to your emotional wellbeing:

Paw Paw is THE essence for addressing overwhelm and is in both the Calm & Clear Essence and Cognis Essence combinations for this very reason.

Paw Paw has incredible properties that can help you overcome these overwhelming negative emotions, and allow you to access your Higher Self, so that you may assimilate new ideas with calmness and clarity. Calm & Clear helps you wind down and better manage your responsibilities with your life and relationships. Cognis help those whose minds wander during times of stress and those who feel confused or overwhelmed.

If you like to meditate, Meditation Essence can be a great essence for you. This natural remedy helps you awake your spirituality through meditation, access your Higher Self and inner guidance that will provide you with greater intuition.

Why use Australian Bush Flower Essences?

· Clarity – Using the essences should help you gain a clearer state of mind. This means you can focus on tasks in your life without clouding judgement, whilst also exploring new emotions that were hidden to you before! Let us help – try > Calm & Clear Essences, Cognis.

· Guidance – You can use the flower essences for guidance through the struggles of modern life. This is due to the imbalances encountered in life, and the essences’ abilities to help you centre yourself. This influences your mental, emotional and physical well-being. We love these – try > Space Clearing.

· Reach the Higher Self – The benefits can be similar to meditation, where your body releases negative thoughts. This allows positive virtues such as joy, love, and faith to enter the body and reach the feeling of the higher self – enabling healing! Let us suggest something great for you! – try > Meditation.

· Relief – The aim of the products is to battle stressful parts of your life. This allows you to reconnect with your soul and gain relief from the alleviation of your stresses. We LOVE these – try > Emergency Flower Essences.

· Rejuvenation– Your body will feel like it has been re-started with a fresh mindset and new energy. This makes every day easier when motivation is key to success – whether that be excelling at work or simply getting out of bed in the morning with a spin of positive thinking. Let us guide you – try > Dynamis Essences.

·Health Balance – Many people use the benefits of natural remedies that may help with symptoms of health concerns both physically and mentally. This can range from harmonising menstruation and menopause, to help to improve the feelings associated with mood swings, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder. These work wonders! – try > Woman Essence Drops.

Granola Breakfast Bowl

A tasty start to the day with fruit, yoghurt and homemade granola. All available here in store.

You will need:-

Fruit puree (I have used apple and strawberry but also available in prune, apple, pear and various other flavours)

Sojade soya yoghurt (would also work well with greek style dairy, or coconut yoghurt)

Granola – I have used sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cranberries, macademia, almonds and gluten free oats, all mixed with coconut oil and agave syrup, then toasted lightly for 25 minutes on a lined baking tray.

To prepare your breakfast bowls add a tablespoon of your fruit puree to the base of a bowl or large cup

Pour 4 tablespoons of yoghurt over the fruit puree

Top with your granola, and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, you can add any extra toppings such as peanut butter, fresh chopped fruit, a drizzle of honey or more nuts or seeds.

Spirulina Energy Bites

Tanya has created these delicious bites packed full of caramelly goodness. Great for a pre or post exercise snack, or between meals to keep hunger at bay.


1 cup milled seed mix
10 dates
1/3 cup almond butter
1-2 tsp Spirulina powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

  1. Pulse ingredients together until they form a sticky consistency
  2. Roll into bite size bites
  3. Store in the fridge or freezer

Detoxing for weight loss

This article has been brought to us by Nature’s Plus, written by Lisa James

When you think about the effect environmental toxins can have on health, weight gain may not be the first thing that comes to mind.

But the link is very real. That’s because the toxins we all carry, which are stored in body fat, disrupt normal metabolism—which in turn makes fat loss that much harder.

Fortunately, there is a way to break this cycle. Detoxification, including the use of foods with purifying properties, has been practiced for centuries to boost overall well-being. Now researchers are beginning to understand how detox can make losing weight—especially the loss of excess body fat—that much easier.

Burdened Liver

All toxins are broken down by the liver, the body’s main chemical processing plant. Trouble comes when more toxins show up than the liver can comfortably handle.

“The liver says, ‘What am I going to do?’” explains naturopathic physician Brenda Watson, ND, CNC, author of The Detox Strategy (Free Press). “It then stores these chemicals within its own cells.” Eventually the liver starts looking for storage space elsewhere—and fat cells within the abdomen will do quite nicely.

If the presence of noxious substances from the outside wasn’t bad enough, toxins are produced internally by the very metabolic processes that keep us alive. What’s more, stress results in a biological chain of events that may also lead to weight gain.

Cleanup Crew

The body doesn’t just stand idly by as toxins build up, of course: Noxious substances are constantly being eliminated through the kidneys, bowels, skin and other channels. However, the sheer amount can overload the system.

This explains why many complementary practitioners recommend detoxification on a periodic basis. “Almost everybody needs to detox, cleanse themselves and rest their bodily functions at times,” says Elson Haas, MD, author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition (Celestial Arts).

That’s especially true of people looking to lose weight. “If you can reduce your exposure to toxins while aiding in the elimination of current toxins, you can support a healthy—and possibly faster—metabolism,” says Watson.

Fiber is an effective cleansing agent. There are two types, which Watson compares to the yellow and green sides of a kitchen sponge. “The yellow side, the soluble fiber, soaks up cholesterol and toxins,” she explains. “The green side, the insoluble fiber, scrubs—it gives you bulk and curbs appetite.”

In addition, fiber affects hormone production. Watson says that people on a high-fiber diet release a hormone called CCK, which is “really good at making you feel full and leading you to eat fewer calories.”

As fiber helps sweep toxins away, beneficial micro-organisms called probiotics can set up shop in the intestines. Watson says that fiber and probiotics work hand in hand because “good bacteria love to eat soluble fiber,” allowing them to multiply and flourish.

What’s more, many detox products include the so-called “superfruits”—especially açai, a South American berry. These fruits supply what are known as phytonutrients, substances that, among other functions, help the body deal with internally produced toxins.

Diet and exercise are crucial in the fight against excess pounds. But they work better after you’ve reduced your toxic burden. Watson says, “I hope we can educate people to understand that total-body cleansing and weight loss go hand in hand.”

†The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described.

The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Pots of Joy

My parents over in Kent are now in week 12 of completely shielding lockdown. Each of us kids have popped by for a distant wave and chat as often as we can (which I hope has cheered them up) but much of their joy has come from their garden.

A well established courtyard style garden which is always full of colour anyway, has absolutely flourished with the extra attention. The bird feeder is overrun with rather podgy starlings, great tits and blackbirds, while bushes are full of house sparrows. The resident hedgehog has ventured out to meet his landlords a few times and the field mice are enjoying extra scraps as laid on by my dad. The dog is making the most of it too, and has loved extended digging time. They have even had a little cat pop by, however this was not so pleasing to the dog, or the birds.

They have a sun trap of a garden, so herbs and veggies are flourishing! Here we have tomatoes, carrots, chard, lettuce and a mystery herb which have all grown in the last ten days. Pots at table level seem to be the way to keep these delicious plants safe from hungry wildlife.

Grain-free Sandwich Bread

You can create a delicious grain-free and gluten-free sandwich bread with these cupboard ingredients! Recipe by our in store good food enthusiast Tanya and all ingredients available in store.

You will need:-
1 cup cashew butter
4 separated eggs
1/2 tsp honey
2 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Method:-
Preheat oven to 200
Beat together your cashew butter, Egg yolks, Honey, Vinegar and Milk

Beat egg whites separately to form peaks

Combine dry ingredients together

Once oven is warm, add dry ingredients to egg yolk mixture and mix

Gently add egg whites to mixture and mix until evenly mixed through

Place into oven immediately and bake for 30-40 mins

Remove from oven and allow to cool

Enjoy with creamy Nush Almond Cheese, or your favourite fillings.

Is vitamin D the secret to staying injury free?

As the UK continues to embrace daily exercise, natural health experts share another key reason to supplement vitamin D.

Article powered by BetterYou.

Over 60 per cent of the adult population is now considered ‘active’, an increase of 1.5 per cent year-on-year, with people admitting to undertaking at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every week, according to Sport England.

Despite this time of great uncertainly, people are finding fun and creative ways to get moving, with over 60 per cent of adults saying it is more important to be active now, compared to before the coronavirus crisis.

Armed with the knowledge that increasing amounts of Brits are addressing their activity levels and are forming new exercise habits, International High Jump Athlete, Beth Partridge, discusses the impact this can have on our overall health and how a simple vitamin hit may just be the secret to keeping us injury-free. 

“Vitamin D is vital for many processes within the body and may be crucial for recovery and staying injury free. It is important, not only for its role in bone function, but it can also help to reduce the risk of autoimmune and chronic diseases”, explains Beth.

“There are various factors that can impact the amount of vitamin D an individual naturally absorbs from sun exposure and this can be dependent on time spent outdoors and sunscreen use, as well as skin pigmentation and diet.

“Our bodies endure a high state of stress when exercising regularly or at a high-intensity compared to those that do not exercise or those that have a lower volume of training. This, coupled with a higher energy requirement, means that the body can be at an increased risk of injury.

“Due to the nature of the lifestyle, it can be reasonable to suggest that vitamin D may be of greater need to an individual who undertakes a lot of physical exercise”, Beth continues.

“Playing a significant role in muscle structure and function, adequate vitamin D levels can help to reduce the risk of inflammation of the body, impaired muscle function and infectious illnesses, with optimal levels often resulting in improved health markers among those that are highly-active.

“For those that train regularly, a vitamin D deficiency may result in musculoskeletal discomfort, viral tract infections and stress fractures, all of which will have an impact on performance due to the time lost to illness or injury.

“From a dietary perspective, oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, egg yolks and fortified cereals or milk are the best sources to maximise your vitamin D intake. However, it can be difficult to obtain adequate levels from natural sources alone, so supplementing is the best way to ensure good health.

“With research suggesting that vitamin D deficiency can impact immune function, bone health and inflammation, I would recommend supplementing with vitamin D year-round to enhance your ability to exercise and ultimately improve performance. 

“For me, the best way to supplement is using an oral spray. This is the easiest way to ensure you have a consistent and measured daily amount without potentially damaging your skin through excess UVB exposure from sunlight.

“Vitamin D can often be overlooked and many of us are unaware that we may be deficient, so I would advise testing your levels using a simple at-home test kit, as maintaining optimal levels could be crucial when trying to maximise physical activity and training availability all-year-round”, Beth concludes.

BetterYou, the experts in effective vitamin D supplementation, is on a mission to eradicate vitamin D deficiency once and for all. The brand is helping to raise public awareness, encouraging people to test their levels to make sure they are supplementing appropriately.

Chia and Coconut Pancakes

What a beautiful way to start the day , Tanya’s Coconut and Chia pancakes with fresh strawberries 🍓

You will need:-
2 eggs
8 tbsp almond milk
Pinch salt
2 tsp maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp chia seeds

Whisk egg and almond milk together

Add other ingredients together until a smooth consistency is formed.

Heat a frying pan and add a tbsp of coconut oil and cook mixture in small batches of about 2 tbsp each

Serve with your favourite fruit and yoghurt
Enjoy!

Easy Flapjacks by Biona

Take a look at these incredible flapjacks inspired by the foodies at Biona! All stocked right here in store.

Flapjacks are the perfect go-to snack when you’re looking to bake something but have limited ingredients! We’ve added fresh raspberries for a pop of colour, but you could add any fresh or dried fruit you have. It’s a fun one to make with kids, so get them involved with the measuring and stirring!

INGREDIENTS

METHOD

  • Preheat the Oven to 180˚c. 
  • In a large bowl combine the oats, coconut oil, oat flour, salt, agave syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla and mix well
  • Stir in the raspberries
  • Line an 8 inch baking tray.
  • Press the mixture firmly into the tray 
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before slicing

Thank you Biona Organic for this deliciousness.

Claire from Pukka

Claire joined Pukka Herbs in February 2018 as she believed so greatly in Organic products and the contribution of 1% for the planet that the company makes every year! She went on her own journey of meditation as it was used to begin every meeting and helps her to find balance at work while being a mum to 3 children.

You will recognise Claire from our wonderful weekly meditation sessions that she hosts each Thursday at 11am. Join the FREE session via our Events Page.