Keeping a daily food and mood journal can be a powerful tool for gaining insight into the connection between your dietary choices and your emotional well-being. This practice involves recording what you eat and noting your mood throughout the day. Here's how and why you might want to consider maintaining such a journal:
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Why Keep a Daily Food and Mood Journal:
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Keeping a daily food and mood journal is a personal journey that can lead to greater self-awareness and improved well-being. It's a valuable tool for cultivating a mindful and intentional approach to both eating and emotional health.
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Shairin Farrell ba.healthscience(Complementary & Alternative Medicine - Naturopath)
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a persistent skin condition characterized by the rapid buildup of skin cells, resulting in thick, red, and scaly patches. This immune-mediated disease can affect various body parts, including the skin, joints, and nails.
The precise cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, but it is thought to stem from a combination of genetic, immune system, and environmental factors. Common triggers include stress, infections, diet, certain medications, and skin injuries.
Treatment Options:Medical Treatments:
Psoriasis and Diet:While there is no specific psoriasis diet, certain dietary changes may help manage symptoms:
Psoriasis is a complex skin condition influenced by a variety of factors. While the precise cause remains unclear, certain triggers can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms or lead to flare-ups. Identifying and managing these triggers is crucial for individuals seeking to minimize the impact of psoriasis on their skin. Here are other common triggers that are associated with psoriasis:
Understanding these triggers empowers individuals with psoriasis to make informed lifestyle choices and work closely with healthcare providers to manage and minimize the impact of the condition on their daily lives.
How to Find your Psoriasis Triggers:
A daily food, mood and symptom diary will plot the relationship between foods and your skin and mood. It is an excellent daily habit of health reflection that provides a valuable data set. Choose one of our free downloadable charts or learn how and why to create and use yours here:
It is crucial to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare provider to develop a personalized treatment plan based on the severity and type of psoriasis. They can guide you on appropriate medications, lifestyle changes, and coping strategies.
Remember, managing psoriasis is a lifestyle, with the right approach and collaborative effort between healthcare providers and individuals, it is possible to lead a fulfilling and comfortable life.
Ba Health Science - Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Naturopath.
Origin: Middle East
A perennial evergreen sub-shrub belonging to the Labiatae family, lavender boasts narrow grey/green leaves and elongated stems adorned with mauve, purple, pink, or white flowers.
Plant Parts Used: Flower heads.
Lavender is a versatile herb with a myriad of properties including soothing, relaxant, carminative, sedative, local anaesthetic, antiseptic, disinfectant, analgesic, antidepressant, insecticide, deodorant, stimulant, tonic, skin rejuvenating, and stress relief.
Embracing metaphysical realms, lavender is linked to Yin, Moon, Blue, throat, Mercury (clears and relaxes the mind), Jupiter (emotional benefactor), creativity, devotion, chastity, and male aphrodisiac.
Beyond the physical, lavender embodies spiritual qualities, signifying caring and nurturing. It serves as a protective force for the Earth mother, a relaxant in psychic work, drawing spiritual energy into the physical realm and gently dispelling negativity.
Lavender finds its place in various medicinal applications such as steeping as tea (drink no more than 2 cups per day), bathing/hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and topical use for burns, minor skin abrasions, respiratory ailments, and muscular aches and pains.
Lavender extends its aromatic touch to body care, featuring in perfumery, face/hand creams, body lotions, soaps, bath bombs/oils/salts/vinegars/bubbles, shower gel, shampoos, and talcum.
For crafting enthusiasts, lavender offers a canvas for creativity. Fresh or dried flowers, pot-pourri, closet/moth repellent sachets, sleep pillows, heat pillows, scented bags/paper, incense, and even furniture polish and varnishes are just a few of the possibilities. Note: English and Lavandin varieties dry best.
Lavender transcends its aromatic allure into culinary realms, enhancing delights such as lavender butter, biscuits, sugar, flavored honey, and ice-cream with its sweet and fragrant notes.
Cautionary Note: Exercise caution with broader-leaved varieties, as they tend to have a high camphor oil content, making them unsuitable for internal use. True English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has less than 1% camphor oil content, ensuring safety for internal consumption. When in doubt, seek organically certified products to avoid chemical residue and consult a Naturopath, especially during pregnancy or lactation/breastfeeding.
In the Garden
Lavender, known for its ease of cultivation, thrives in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Versatile across varieties, most lavenders are frost-hardy and drought-tolerant once established, making them a delightful addition to any garden.
Lukas and Lavender:
Shairin is a Naturopath and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher with a Bachelor of Health Science in (Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Medical Systems).