Why I love Essential Oils For My Skin

Skincare is how I started using essential oils.  I had this hyperpigmentation and was aware that it was unlikely to go without some form of dermabrasion an expensive somewhat harsh therapy I wasn’t bothered enough to do, but still thought it would be nice without the dark patches on my skin.  So I though I would investigate some other ways to see if I could eradicate it.

Essential oils came up first in my searching and first of all lemon which I used in a skin toner, I also made a serum using frankincense, myrrh and lavender for use at night.  This combination really saved me a huge amount of money – I had always used good quality, high end products from a natural based company but it had had no effect on the pigmentation and to be honest my acne was flaring as well – but my DIY products really started improving my skin.   These homemade items cost a fraction of what I had been spending on my skin and were making significantly more difference to it.

From here I started experimenting more and more and went from serums to moisturisers and lip balms and even soap.  It was not long before every skincare product in my home became a DIY product.  Not only was I saving money, huge amounts of money in fact I was reaping the rewards as my hyper-pigmentaiton was disappearing, acne way gone as well, I really could not believe it.

I was using more and more oils and finding the results amazing.

In March I had a free gift with my monthly doTerra order (doTerra do this every month it is a great benefit to being a member) of Salubelle and although I was happy with my skin I thought I would give this blend a go.  It is a mix of frankincense, helichrysum and other wonderful oils as a blend designed for its beautifying effects.

For 2 weeks I used it but to be honest I thought it was crap – my skin felt dry and not like its normal feeling when I used my DIY serum.  Then I looked in my downstairs mirror – you know the mirror that that you use for applying your makeup the one with the best lighting that holds no bars, the one you don’t want to look in when tired but there I was looking at my skin and very much aware that fine lines had gone and wrinkles lessened.   I literally could not believe it, even the residual hyper-pigmentation was less.  I realised the dryness I was experiencing was exfoliation – prior to that I did exfoliate every night but that had not made the difference I experienced with Salubelle.  On reading some of the reviews I diluted the products down with fractionated coconut oil to 50% so being more cost-effective but with no perceived difference in efficacy.  

Recently, I have done a number of videos and so many people have commented on how great my skin looks – well this is why!

Not only that but I have not suffered  the effects of wearing a mask with spots all around the mask line like so many regular mask wearers are.  I credit salubelle with this too.

So many natural alternatives that prove time and time again to be more effective than lab produced items.

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Well November

Wow where did October go? I haven’t had much chance to write as life has been chaotic BUT super exciting!

A long held plan that was often talked about was setting up a healing centre with my friend Andraya well a few weeks ago she messaged to say she had found a venue and was I in! Abso fucking lutely – and we’ve not stopped since then! Ideas back and forth over flooring, paint scheme, pictures – unicorns definitely feature hahaha and we’d both like a ride on one but we may need to save some pennies for that first!

What has been the most incredible thing and the real indicator that we are aligned more than we even thought is that constantly we are messaging about something the other is about to message. We have both “seen” the same colour scheme in the rooms, the same choice of flooring – you name it. A true sign that when things are meant to be the Universe makes sure everything is aligned.

Please check us out on FB & IG and like our pages – we’ll be sharing lots of content and some of our services will also be available remotely as well as in person at our healing centre.

See FB http://www.facebook.com/healingvibes44 and IG http://www.instagram.com/healingvibes44

The theme for this month as The Healthful Doctor is wellness and delaying and preventing age-related dis-ease – the cornerstone of many being cardiovascular disease get that sorted and many other disease processes will be given the heave ho.

I’m slowly developing my website to incorporate my Canine stuff with massage therapy and cani-cross training and cani-hiking see the Who Pawa Wins tab for more info.

More recipes to follow – my main issue why they are slow to post is that I never write measurements down! Years of cooking I simply write ingredients and so every single recipe needs to be made and measurements noted before I can post! hahah that will teach me.

As always let me know if there is anything you want me to cover

Happy Healthful Living

Helene x

Food For Ageless Ageing Part 2

So continuing my blog on foods to have daily in your diet

Onions – Smash or pass? Does it depend on colour? Well anything colourful from the plant kingdom is actually more beneficial so choose red onions which in my opinion are also more flavoursome. Onions plus garlic, leeks and chives are all hugely beneficial for the cardio-vascular and immune system and can help lower cholesterol. Lots of evidence shows too that they are cancer protective especially for colorectal, laryngeal and ovarian cancer. They are nutrient dense with an abundances of vitamins and minerals (Vitamin A, B6, C & E and sodium, manganese,potassium and Iron) plus fibre. They are also great source of folic acid. Pretty much any savoury dish is enhanced with the humble onion or garlic -personally I am not so keen on leeks but I do like a nice leek and potato soup – recipe to follow. I love red onion in a sandwich with avocado and some vegan cheese mmmmmmmmm


Mushrooms – I love mushrooms what about you? Mushrooms have a high content of a particular anti-oxidant called ergothioneine which works on protecting the cells and because of this they have great immune and anti-cancer benefits. Mushrooms should actually be cooked as there is a toxin contained in them which is destroyed by cooking – I just boil for a few mins and as such can be added to all meals including salads. Now mushrooms are great sources of vitamin D which is essential for health and especially so as we get older. We make our own Vitamin D when we are in sunlight but with daily working inside this can be limited. By putting your mushrooms upside down out in sunlight for an hour or two beween 10am and 3pm can boost their Vitamin D levels significantly. That really is a more pleasant way of boosting your vitamin D levels that taking tablets that are unpalatable and to be honest have very little compliance with patients for that reason.

Berries – Who doesn’t like berries? If green veg is The Veg, then berries must be The Fruit. These are little powerhouses of anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients helping to boost the immune system and protect against cancer, they guard the liver and the brain and are cardio-protective too. And are great for the collagen in skin. Aim to eat at least 1 portion a day and that is ½ cup of fresh or frozen. Now interestingly unlike many other fruits and veg – frozen doesn’t matter as the freezing process actually means more of the essential phytonutrients are actually released from the berry and so you actually get more benefit. Blueberries especially have shown to be especially good for eyesight and eye related conditions especially macular degeneration.
They are extremely palatable so however you eat them just eat them, I especially love them on my overnight oats recipe, or in smoothies. But mixed with live yoghurt is also pretty good too.

Seeds – In studies it was showed that vegans who did not eat seeds did not live as long as those who incorporate them into their daily diet. So why are they so important? Very good sources of protein and fibre but also other essential benefits.
Flaxseeds especially are fantastic in lowering high blood -pressure which is a huge problem today with so many people on anti-hypertensive agents that have a lot of side effects and often not just one drug is needed leading to a poly-pharmacy approach. A couple of tablespoons a day of ground flax seed (must be ground otherwise they pass right through and not pre-milled buy a little spice grinder and I blend a jam jars worth at a time which lasts about a week for me as my dogs have them too) is actually over twice as powerful as popular blood pressure medication with only good side effects! They are also effective in lowering cholesterol, blood sugar levels and inflammation. Really easy to incorporate into your food as well, sprinkled on oats, in a smoothie in recipes they make a great thickener and as an egg replacer in cakes and other baked goods.
Chia seeds and flax seeds are both good sources of omega 3 which is essential for brain health – more about that later and just takes a tablespoon a day which is incredibly easy to do. More to come in some recipes!

G-BOMBS how easy is that to remember – focus on adding into your diet rather than swapping or eliminating other things will make it so much easier for you to get into the habit of eating for health.

Food for Ageless Ageing Part 1


As a nation we are not as healthy as we were a few decades ago – I can remember the first real TV dinner Boil in the Bag fish with parsley sauce! What a treat that was when my mum got it for us, now processed food like that and far worse is the norm for the average meal and with that comes obesity, heart disease, cancer and so much more. Any processed food even a seemingly harmless boil in the bag fish – does that even exist now? Is loaded with salt, sugar or oil and certainly preservatives which all contribute vastly to declining health. Plus food is produced with a vast array of toxins from weed killers to growth hormones – we are slowly poisoning ourselves so it is important to take steps to alter that path. Unfortunately, we are generally reactive to nutrition rather than pro-active, we address issues only because we put on weight or suffer with high blood pressure or get sick when really we need to plan for the future. And often people are not reactive to nutrition but prefer to pop a pill rather than address the root cause which would actually be so much more effective. And once you have one pill, it is a short leap to needing more to control other symptoms when we actually have the capacity within ourselves and our environment to improve our health.
I endorse a wholefood plantbased diet but I do appreciate that is not everyone’s goal but even then you can still do much to improve they way you eat. Choose unprocessed food, choose good quality produce that has not been intensively farmed, not subject to GMO production and certainly not sprayed with pesticides. If for you this means animal products then choose those that are organic and free range and especially choose grass over grain fed. CIWF is a great place to start for more information.


So what should we be eating – well an easy way to remember is GBOMBS


Greens – What do you think of when I mention green veg? Yellow cabbage, floppy brussels sprouts, stringy spinach? Most of the issues with green veg and people’s lack of eating it seems to be an inherent dislike due to their experiences of how it is cooked. Most of it is boiled to buggery (to quote my friend) and consequently unappetising and hardly surprising people are not eating enough greens.
Why should you eat Greens? The dark-leafy vegetables are the healthiest on the plant, they actually offer the most bang for your buck that is the most nutrition per calorie. Eating greens every day could be one of the most powerful things you do for your health, they provide the strongest protection against chronic disease and up to a 20% decrease in heart attacks and strokes for every serving. Green veg to eat includes greens, kale, salad leaves, spinach and chard, rocket, cauliflower,brussels sprouts, cabbage and watercress with the last 5 falling into the cruciferous veg category which contain powerful antioxidants that can prevent cancer, boost liver detox, protect your brain, eyesight and help control type 2 diabetes.
Quick but important note – if on warfarin and going to increase your intake of greens make sure you inform your doctor as it can interfere with the effectiveness of the drug as greens impart vitamin K whereas warfarin impedes the enzyme that recycles it, so your warfarin dose will need titrating.
So all well and good but how to eat it, well quite simply if it needs cooking and you can eat it all raw then just steam it for a few mins til a knife goes in easily, and colour remains, flavour is locked in along with nutrients. Easy. For spinach I simply put in a sieve and pour over boiling water – done! Also add raw to a smoothie is a great way to eat it. About 3 portions a day which is 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked.


Beans – such as black, butter, cannellini, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils etc – the humble bean is loaded with protein, iron and zinc, fibre, folate and potassium and low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol free. You should be aiming for 3 servings a day for optimum benefit – a serving is roughly half a cup with hummus being ¼ cup portion – that isn’t actually that much to consume. The pic shows 2 portions of beans – just half a can how easy is that! Eating 3 portions of legumes a day is associated with weight-loss and lower blood pressure not to mention improving the regulation of blood sugar, insulin levels and cholesterol. How good is that!
Now I know beans get a bad rap for their side effects! But by changing how you prepare them you will change how they affect you. The beans like chickpeas, butter etc need soaking before cooking (assuming you buy dried – personally I find most canned beans also produce the unwarranted side effects although not baked beans interestingly – no idea why, just be careful with canned and the sodium content as that can be high), soak for 48 hours changing water every 12 hours and then cook in your chosen dish – I always use a slow cooker and cook for apx 8-12 hours, it makes life very easy. There are so many dishes you can make with beans, the humble lentil are super easy to use but I also love black beans and they make a great meat replacement and of course the humble chickpeas in hummus! I’ve got some great recipes to add to this site with beans so do check back.

Part 2 to follow in a few days

Ageless September

Ageless September is all about prevention and treating common symptoms that occur as we age. Please don’t be put off if you are in your 20s or less – we all age and changes now can make a vast difference to the future, plus it can help you maybe plant the seed in your parent’s health to improve any issues they may have. I know that has been the case with mine, many of the tips I will share this month I have enticed my parents to embrace and although they are still a work in progress 🙂 small changes can definitely make huge steps.

Although we have the means and health to live longer and health span is not matching our lifespan and I see daily in my work as an ED doctor people who would be considered elderly in their 40s and 50s. My mother who is 79 (don’t tell her I told you) remarked the other day that a trip they went on everyone was very elderly at over 80! I pointed out her age and she retorted that she didn’t feel her age at all – and that really is the best attitude to have, I come from a family with a young mindset and my grandpa was climbing ladders well into his 80s. And my best friend was 30 years older than me til she passed away aged 81 but she was never old to me, had a wicked sense of humour and was every bit as much fun as people decades younger than her. Age really is a mindset and if you are dreading various age milestones or “physical decline” maybe I will be able to alleviate some of that.


Over the course of the month, I’ll look at ways you can help yourself energetically in mind, body and spirit . This will deal with nutrition and what to add in and swap out and possibly eliminate all in all. I’ll also address how to ensure your mental and cognitive health stays is optimized and also look at various energetic ways to also address issues.

Now you may be thinking well that is all very well but I come from a family who all have high-cholesterol, have died young with heart attacks and everyone has diabetes – its in the genes! Well not quite epigenetics shows us that we are more a product of our environment and our beliefs rather than our DNA. Epigenetics is the study of how genes express themselves and it shows that the external factors influence the gene expression as opposed to the genes themselves. The Bruce Lipton Book I’ve mentioned in Things I like is a great read to explain this in more detail –The Biology of Belief

Simply put if you live in a family with bad health and follow their daily lifestyle practices – bad diet, smoking, drinking etc then you will encompass that in your own health. But if you alter your actions and beliefs then you can change that or maybe at the very least mitigate it. With some of the inherited characteristics say breast cancer only 5% of this cancer is through an inherited cause that means the other 95 people out of 100 had non-inherited factors. And although the gene may make you more disposed to an illness it doesn’t guarantee you will be affected and modification of lifestyle factors that also contribute to the expression of a dis-ease will still play a huge role. So start by looking at you lifestyle practices – most of the time people know what is detrimental without any outside help and acknowledge them, write them down and see what you can do to change them. Feel free to get in touch if you would like any help in pursuing this further.

Don’t forget to check out the Plant Fit Summit more info on link or under Thing’s I like – Events there is some great advice on ageing and I just listened to an excellent interview with Victoria Moran in vibrant at any age who definitely looks at least 20 years younger than her 69 years!

Be Healthful

Hélène