Author: Mel Cadman

It’s hard to believe it’s springtime already. 2020 may be a year we’d all like to forget, but what we can’t forget is hay fever season and making sure we take care of ourselves and our hay fever symptoms, so we can all enjoy some time outdoors after being in our home for so long. Along with regular salt therapy to help fight off sneezes, sniffles and sore eyes, there are also a number of foods, nutrients and herbs that are extremely beneficial for alleviating hay fever symptoms. Turmeric: Commonly used in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine, this spice contains curcumin, a...

For many of us, working from home is a completely new routine and can take a while to get used to and develop a productive rhythm. With no colleagues or boss around and distractions at home like a comfy couch, mountains of washing or noisy kids, it can be really hard to work efficiently and stay motivated.  With so many people working from home for the first time, here are a couple of tips and tricks to keep you motivated and working efficiently throughout the day:  Treat working from home like a real job going into an office and take it seriously....

With Melbourne going back into lockdown and many states keeping their borders closed, there is a growing level of uncertainty and anxiety being felt by many people. It is more important than ever to take good care of ourselves, both physically and mentally, especially those of us in lockdown. So how can we keep ourselves motivated to take care of our wellbeing and boost our immune system while making the most of this time at home?There are many things you can do during this time, the most critical being to stay in your home to help reduce community transmissions but we...

If you’re looking for one of the healthiest drinks on the planet, you can’t walk past a cup of green tea. Long used in ancient Eastern medicinal traditions for many ailments, the health benefits of green tea are plentiful. Green tea is rich in polyphenols - natural compounds with benefits to the human body including reducing inflammation and assisting in fighter cancer cells. Green tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, otherwise known as EGCG. This powerful compound aids in protecting cells from damage, reducing the formation of free radicals - giving it anti-aging properties as well as a range of...

For thousands of years, salt has been used in medical treatments, traced all the way back to the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians using it to treat wounds, skin irritations and mouth sores. In modern day medicine, a concentrated form of salt water (saline solution) is often used in surgeries, cleaning incisions, optometry, dentistry, and even used intravenously. So how is it that salt is so helpful for the body? As a chemical, salt (sodium chloride) forces cells to expel liquid out of the body when it comes into contact, even if those liquids contain bacteria. This process is called osmosis. Effectively, the sodium chloride dehydrates damaged cells, making it...

Have you been feeling a bit down? Not quite yourself? You’re not alone. So far, 2020 has been a difficult year, and many of us are feeling it. In particular, the last few months of social isolation are starting to show the effects they’ve had - not just on our physical health (hello, couch time!) but on our mental health as well. A recent preliminary study by Melbourne's Monash School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine showed that at least 30% of participants are experiencing moderate to high levels of anxiety and depression as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And now that social restrictions...

Children having a cough can be really tough on parents. Not only is the constant noise enough to keep the whole house awake, but the sound itself can be scary and heart-wrenching. Croup is one of those coughs - but perhaps there’s ways you can help. What is croup? Croup is caused by a virus called parainfluenza, which involves inflammation of the larynx, the trachea and the bronchi. That swelling means that the air passage is restricted, and causes a loud, barking cough, noisy breathing, or a hoarse voice. Children are more susceptible to croup because their airways are smaller, softer and more easily infected. One in every 50 to...

When colds and flus and scary viruses are all around, it can really make us worry. Who has time to get sick these days?! If you want to avoid catching bugs, remember there are plenty of ways you can aid yourself in staying healthy naturally. Wash, wash, wash. Wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. It’s the most important thing of all, because that’s how germs spread quickly. Wash your hands for 30 seconds each time (sing the chorus of Stayin’ Alive… upbeat, and ironic!), and make sure you’re using a soap with antibacterial properties. If you want to keep it natural, go for something with tea tree...

Psoriasis is a relatively common skin disease that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It’s not fun and can cause lots of embarrassment and discomfort. It’s an immunity related skin condition that is often triggered by stress or sickness, and is more likely to affect those with a family history of the condition. But don’t despair, there are a few things that can help control the symptoms. Here are a few ways to treat the symptoms naturally: Be kind to your skin; To prevent further irritation, wash with a non-soap cleanser. Oats are great alternative. Place two handfuls of rolled oats into an old...

Have you ever walked into a health shop, yoga class or massage centre and felt instantly more relaxed? You might be on to something. Often, it’s the essential oils floating gently through the air, giving an instant soothing affect on your soul. So why not recreate this in your own home? There’s many ways to experience the benefits of essential oils in your home, depending on the oil. Some of them are safe enough to dab onto your skin - but make sure you do your research. Most are best wafting through the air. Treat yourself to an essential oil diffuser for best results. Otherwise, try ‘dry evaporation’ -...