And now for something different


I decided tonight that instead of my usual recipes or food based blog I would share the other side of what I do ….. supporting people becoming healthy.  Shameless promotion I know!

I am a big believer in getting back to basics though so I created a few mini guides to help you have the knowledge, which I use as a naturopath, reflexologist and well-being coach, at your finger tips in the comfort of your own homes.  The following books are all designed to help you find solutions and create the life you want without being endlessly hooked into having to pay. 🙂


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All my e-guides are available on Amazon and Smashwords (I have put links to both) and if you want ‘Creating a Vivacious You’ for free then you can just sign up to my newsletter!

Finding Calm and Balance A Guide to Using Bach Flower Remedies Smashwords/Amazon

Take it Easy – A Guide to Creating a ‘Stress-Less’ LifeSmashwords / Amazon

Magnificent Mamas – A Guide to Creating the Life you WantSmashwords / Amazon

Mother’s Little Helper – A Guide to Natural Healing for ChildrenSmashwords/Amazon

Creating a Vivacious You – A Guide to Weight Loss and HealthSmashwords / Amazon


See you next week with another recipe …. until then hope you enjoy my books.

Arohanui Y

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses


Recently a video came up on Facebook while I was in the midst of procrastination and being the dutiful procrastinator that I can be I watched it of course 🙂  It was all about Apple Cider Vinegar and 16 uses for it.

Turns out it was a really great video.  It was full of good quick tips about using Apple Cider Vinegar along with information about ACV as well as offering me something to blog about – seems my procrastinating was really working in an alternative way after all!.  It also fits nicely with my upcoming blog about the Apple Cider Vinegar I have on the brew at the moment.


My first attempt at Apple Cider Vinegar!  So excited 🙂

The link for the website and  video is here however if you are like me and prefer to have something written down I thought I would outline the 16 uses of Apple Cider Vinegar below.  Do watch the video though if there is one point in particular you think you’d like to try as I may have left out a bit of information you need.

16 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

  1. Banish Break outs: Use ACV at an antibacterial toner
  2. Soothe a sore throat: Gargle ACV with warm water (this one works and is one himself uses all the time)
  3. Get rid of Dandruff: Make a mix of 1 part ACV to 3 parts water and spray onto hair.  Leave for an hour and then rinse off.
  4. Remove a wart: Soak a cotton ball in ACV and tape onto your wart/verruca and leave overnight. Repeat for a few nights and the wart/verruca will go.
  5. Deodorant: Kills the odour causing bacteria
  6. Clear a Sinus infection: Mix 1/4 C unfiltered ACV, 1/4 water, 1 Tb honey, 1 tsp cayenne and a the juice from a wedge of lemon.
  7. Whiten your teeth: 2 parts ACV to 1 part Baking Soda then rinse thoroughly with water as highly acidic. NB: Use caution with this one due to the high acidity
  8. Heal a sunburn: Apply with wash-cloth to the area.
  9. Clean make up brushes: 1 cup water mixed with 1 tsp ACV and pop brushes in.
  10. Soothe Eczema and psoriasis: Add some ACV to bath water.
  11. Prevent ingrown hairs: rub on the area with a cotton bud
  12. Detoxify your skin: Mix ACV with bentonite clay and use as a mask
  13. Get rid of stinky feet: Soak feet in a mixture of 1 part ACV to 4 parts water. This can be used to clear up athlete’s feet too.
  14. Boost your energy: ACV is rich in vitamins and minerals to making a drink of it with water is great for your system.  1 tb ACV to a mug of hot water with honey to taste or 1 tsp to a glass of cold water.
  15. Improve digestion: Create a salad dressing using 1/4 C ACV, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2Tb water, 1 tsp salt, juice from a lemon and 1/4 C olive oil
  16. Support Weight Loss: Pop some ACV into your water in the morning and throughout the day.

Hope this finds you marvelling in the wonders of ACV as I did 🙂



Kitchen Cures


So it seems that it is that time of the year here in NZ when the coughs and colds strike, well in this house at least.  With that in mind I thought a wee post about kitchen cures and real foods that can help would be in order.

We have our favourite kitchen cures of course and my list is not everything there is so  I’d love to hear other ‘cures’ from other cultures if you’re keen to share.

This week some kitchen Cures for Coughs:

Coughs can be extremely dehydrating to the body so it is really important to maintain fluids even when it seems we don’t need to. Try some of these:

This has to be our favourite, tried and true, remedy.  Thyme has been an officially approved German treatment for coughs for a long time and there is a good reason of that – it works! 😉 The flavonoids in the herb relax the tracheal and ileal muscles and they also reduce inflammation. Just brew up a strong ‘tea’ with some dried thyme, add honey to sweeten if needed, and then sip regularly especially around times of coughing.

Hot tea:
As mentioned above coughing dehydrates you and so you need to keep the fluids up. Drinks are important and hot teas even more so as the warmth of the drink will relieve your throat while it hydrates. Green tea which is full of antioxidants, Apple cider, peppermint, lemon and honey along with the aforementioned thyme are all good kitchen cures for that pesky cough.

Try some hot herbal or fruit teas to ease your throat and re-hydrate you.

Try some hot herbal or fruit teas to ease your throat and re-hydrate you.

This is a very traditional kitchen cure for coughs and colds and a good one.  Garlic has antibiotic properties which helps healing all-round.  The Cherokee also used it as an expectorant for coughs and croup. My preferred method, and I think the most effective, is to finely diced a clove of raw garlic and then add a bit to a teaspoon of honey.  The honey also acts as an antiseptic which will soothe the throat so benefits abound!

Onions and honey:
I have tried this one when the kids were little and it was pretty effective – probably because they liked the sweetness of the honey and caramelised onion!  Simply chop up an onion and place in a double boiler with ½ cup of honey and some lemon juice. Cook on a low heat till the onion is soft and slightly caramelised.  You can either strain out the onion or leave in. Store in a jar and use as needed.

Hope this finds you happy, healthy and if not cough free at least with a few ideas up your sleeve.