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The Jam Goddess

Aisling FitzGibbon

In this week's episode of Aisling's Holistic Health Show Podcast I interviewed the lovely Corina Maeting of The Jam Goddess. I've had the pleasure of getting to know Corina through working with her as a client in my Holistic Nutrition Practice and during our business coaching course. Corina has a background in the Corporate world which prepared her for the birth of her first company The Jam Goddess, producing beautiful sugar free jam using organic stevia, chia seeds and top quality seasonal fruits handmade in small batches. 

I must say I was seriously impressed by the quality of The Jam Goddess jams and was over the moon that there is no refined sugars in her jams. For extra transparency The Jam Goddess has been accredited by SUGARWISE  The Jam Goddess works really hard to make products that are truly nutritious as well as delicious. Removing sugar was a conscious decision.  All three flavours went for extensive lab testing at Sugarwise. There is a lot of products out there claiming to have no added sugar which are still not truly low-sugar.  The Jam Goddess is happy to report that the lab testing has confirmed that their products contain less than 5% of free sugar per 100g. Independently verified and now certified by Sugarwise, so everyone can enjoy what they offer without having to worry about sugar! Hurrah!

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Thank you Jam Goddess for doing what you do with such love and care. If you enter the discount code "Energy is Your Currency" you will receive a 10 % of your first order of The Jam Goddess Jams. 

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The Jam Goddess is accredited by Sugarwise for third party verification of sugar free status.

The Jam Goddess is accredited by Sugarwise for third party verification of sugar free status.

What To Do When Emotions Block Our Methylation Pathways

Aisling FitzGibbon

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Although I use nutrition with my clients I have become aware of its limitations when it comes to healing the emotional body whose memories are lodged in our energy pathways. These memories can keep us in a state of high arousal and stress, thereby depleting the physical body of the necessary vitamins and minerals that aid the process of methylation. Methylation is the process that affects our ability to efficiently detoxify leaving us susceptible to impaired immunity, lower energy, cardiovascular problems, infertility, allergies and mood disorders.

Anyone who has ever felt nervous before an exam knows how the body responds to a perceived threat. Frenzied butterflies catapulting in the stomach, hands sweaty with increased heart rate and racing self -castigating thoughts of “why didn’t I do more beforehand.”

Before three of my driving tests my emotional body took over, even drove the car for me and actually failed the test on each occasion. My sense of logic and reason took a backseat while the emotional out of control me drove the testing route. Not a good idea. For all my body knew I could have been primed for battle with adrenaline and cortisol triggering the fight flight mechanism. I found myself having to sit in a car with the driving instructor (illegal to fight with driving test examiner) hoping he would say something, anything really to lessen my stress response. His impassive features instead prompted me to flee both from him and the car.  The reality is I stayed while stress hormones coursed through my body. That 30 minutes of test time, plus the hours spent worrying beforehand would have robbed my body of its precious B vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Zinc, all of which are needed for a healthy methylation cycle. The methylation cycle is necessary for our immune system, for healthy detoxification, energy production for to control our inflammatory response.

Any prolonged emotional state that either keeps us in high arousal or in a flat depressed state affects our mineral status and our ability to methylate properly.  All of our emotional experiences, both positive and negative are held in the cells of our body as a memory. Unless these memories are processed and released they stay lodged in our cells, leaving us susceptible to poor immunity, an impaired detoxification system and lowered energy. I have seen time and time again that unless clients work to clear their emotional body, their physical effort of working with diet and supplements is not enough to shift them from surviving to thriving.

Unprocessed emotions causes mental mind chatter- that internal dialogue that uses up our mineral reserves. This keeps the body in a hyper vigilant state with a subsequent loss of magnesium, our calming and life sustaining mineral. This magnesium loss can be devastating to the physical body as its depletion leads to a downward spiral of energy loss and an inability for the cell to cleanse itself of its daily toxicity. Dr Hans Selye divided our stress response into three stages mediated by the adrenal and thyroid glands, all of which can be gone through in minutes. This disturbs the methylation process as stress hormones knock out our mineral reserves.

The word emotion stands for energy in motion when feelings move through or are expressed in a healthy way. Energy flows along specific pathways called meridians that run though our body. If emotions are blocked and not released, they are stored in our cells, our tissues and our organs. Repressed unresolved emotional trauma leads to mind chatter that drains our energy system. Fear, in some instances, can arise from a preverbal state or can come from a person’s past from events that happened years earlier, even at birth.

When we hold tightness in our body we are holding onto resistance towards a specific situation/issue. This is how emotional pain and trauma can then take on a physical manifestation, a subject that has been written extensively about by Louise L. Hay. For example, she says that asthma is triggered by feeling stifled and by suppressed crying. Yet holding back tears leaves a person prone to anxiety, low immunity, impaired memory and poor digestion.

Trauma disconnects us from ourselves, from others and from our environment. In its wake, we may feel out of control, helpless and left unable to fully engage with our life experience. People who have been in abusive relationships, who have had to fend for their survival from an early age have learned to store that trauma in their bodies. Past trauma makes us hypervigilant to our surroundings, to perceived or imaginary threats, to emotions that overflow easily and to feeling on overdrive.

No matter where we come from or how our body manifests it we will hold onto trauma unless we are given the tools to help release it from our system. We need tools that will clear distorted emotions from the energy pathways. The Tools of Fragrance Alchemy help to release trauma and stress from our cellular memories. Working with the Fragrance Alchemy oils helps us to move beyond the fear, anger, shame, guilt and disappointment, enabling us to access the more positive emotions of love, trust, praise and gratitude.

Our emotional and physical health are inextricably linked. We all recognise how daunting it can be having to deliver a public speech- it can even double allergic reactions (blocked methylation) for up to two days afterwards. The emotion of praise on the other hand can in fact lower cholesterol according to a report in The Journal Human Communication. Research has shown that when people spent three 20- minute sessions per week writing about their loved ones, their cholesterol dropped within five weeks.

Fragrance Alchemy helps to release the emotions that are blocking the energy flow along the meridian pathways. Each of the meridians corresponds to a particular organ such as the lung meridian. This meridian pathway could be compromised with grief and sadness. When grief is stuck in the lung meridian it can lead to the feeling that nothing can ever change. Fear is held onto in the kidney meridian holding you in a fight or flight mode. Using the oils of Fragrance Alchemy, discovered by Almine from Spiritual Journeys, helps to clear the meridian pathway of distorted emotions and deep -rooted trauma. I have experienced both subtle and miraculous changes that have happened since using the oils both on myself and with my clients. I combine the use of Fragrance Alchemy in my Holistic Nutrition Practice as the perfect compliment to nutritional therapy.

Unprocessed emotions blocks the meridian pathway and our ability to efficiently methylate. Stuck trauma traps us in an over reactive and protective state where any change is regarded as stressful. This depletes our mineral and vitamin status. Scientists such as Martin Seligman, expert on Positive Psychology and author of Flourish are aware of the effects that positive emotions have on our physical body and how those emotions can affect our health. Sometimes no matter how much physical work we do on ourselves, we may not make the necessary gains we expect until we work on clearing the emotional body.

If you are interested in working with me, using the tools of Fragrance Alchemy combined with nutritional therapy then please get in touch and fill in my clarity application form. As an Occupational Therapist I help provide the necessary framework for scaffolded change that is practically adopted into your daily life helping you express your greatest self.  

Recommended Reading List 

Seligman M, Flourish; 2011, A New Understanding of Happiness and Well- Being and How to Achieve Them, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, New York 

Lipton, B,  2015, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, Hay House, UK

Hay, Louise, 1984, You Can Heal Your Life, Hay House, USA

How to handle October's Harvest Moon

Aisling FitzGibbon

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The full moon after the Autumnal Equinox arrives later this year on the 5th of October. It is commonly known as the Harvest Moon as this was a time when farmers would use the light of the moon to extend their gathering of resources before the winter. The waxing moon leading up to the Full moon is a time of growth and provides an opportunity to bring into fruition any plans that were made at the New Moon. Full moon energy is felt three days coming up to the full moon and for three days afterwards.

I don’t know about you but I’ve always been in tune with the phases of the moon since I was younger. I recall that at full moon times, if anyone looked at me in a way I perceived to be strange I would leave school and go home. This is because the moon links us to our emotions and at the full moon these are heightened. I have since learned how to handle these powerful times to emphasize what I want and to tune into the energy to bring those plans to fruition.

Living with the natural rhythms of nature with its moon phases has now become integrated into what I teach my clients. For example taking supplements at the full moon heightens their effects and creates the powerful movement of detoxification. There are times however when the organs of elimination feel overwhelmed at full moon times which can cause people to become agitated and angry for no reason. It is helpful to know how to release this pressured feeling as the energy goes into the head and outwards towards the skin.

It’s a good idea to set one’s intentions at the full moon. When we work on clearing our energy pathways our power of manifestation is enhanced. If our pathways are blocked for instance with any negative programming such as a programme of lack, then, although we may intend to be abundant, it is blocked by this past cellular memory which then blocks abundance from manifesting effortlessly.

In my practice, I use the tools of Fragrance Alchemy to unblock the cellular memories that are stuck in the meridian energy pathways. When these blocks are removed we can create from an energy field that is clear from the negative distortions of the past.

Tips and Tricks to Handle October’s Harvest Moon in Aries

1) Get out for a walk in nature, if you can as this powerful energy needs to be grounded as it tends to go into the head

2) Eat plenty of root vegetables, fish/meat/chicken/ beans/ eggs as these foods are more dense and help to anchor in the energy

3) Have an Epsom salts bath to help to detox what’s released at this time

4) Express yourself as authentically as you can

5) Tune into the energy of gratitude as gratitude is the bridge from fear to love and trust

6) Make a list of what you want to let go of in your life and then burn it (safely). 

This week’s full moon is in the powerful sign of Aries, a fire sign that is impulsive, enthusiastic and passionate. Fire burns what we no longer need so use this time to release and let go. I make sure I don’t make any big decisions, nor do I travel on the actual day of the full moon. I would love to know how the moon affects you? 

 

 

Living with The Natural Rhythm of Autumn to Optimise Your Health

Aisling FitzGibbon

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Some people are still shaking off the symptoms of detox such as colds, sore throats, coughs and achiness that occurred during the autumnal equinox. This is the season to release what no longer serves us on all levels. According to the Chinese five element theory, Metal is the energy of autumn and it governs the yin organ of the lungs and the yang organ of the large intestine. If we go with this powerful energy at the Equinox time we are given the opportunity to shed both on a physical and mental/emotional level. The lungs may release mucus through coughs and colds and the colon may purge from itself what it no longer needs.

I don’t know how you were affected. For me it was a purging from my colon that lasted for a few days and today I felt that energy abate, leaving me feeling healthier and ready to embrace this time of reflection and bringing to fruition the creative projects that began in the summer.

When we go with this energy and enable that release of the old we feel stronger and better able to move into the more contractive, reflective and inspiring energy of autumn. If we have used that energy to let go and cleanse, our system is purer leading to an increase in our vibration. We then attract into our life from a higher state of vibration and perception.

Following the medical model with suppression of symptoms will have stopped the body’s attempts to house clean. This creates an imbalance in the metal element, affecting the lung and colon energy. The emotion associated with the lung is grief and if the lung energy is compromised, the unexpressed grief remains. Prolonged grief may lead to depression and/or a feeling of melancholy during this season.

A balanced metal element is linked to a sense of self -worth that comes from within, that doesn’t need to continuously seek outside validation. When one’s self worth is sought from the outside from the acquisition of status etc. the metal element is imbalanced. Needing outside affirmation can cause others to breach our personal boundaries as we look for their approval and acceptance.

The lungs are associated with attachment and a deficiency in lung energy can cause problems with letting go.This may cause people to hang onto relationships that no longer serve them or to jobs that make them unhappy. It keeps them trapped in the past ruminating over experiences and events they are unable to let go of. This can lead to problems with the lungs such as bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.  

Tips and Tricks for Healing the Metal Element in Autumn

1) Get out into nature and breathe deeply the crisp autumnal air

2) Declutter cupboards and cabinets. Recycle what you no longer need. Letting go of old clothes, bric a brac, books etc. actually helps to strengthen the lung energy

3) Keep the chi energy warm by wearing enough clothing. Keep the neck warm with a scarf and the ears cosy with a hat

4) Have a supply of rich chicken broth that helps boost natural immunity

5) Regularly take linseed tea as this sends a message of hydration to the colon and helps the colon to release toxicity

6) Make sure to get adequate rest in keeping with the more contractive energy of autumn. 

During my practice with my clients I take into account the natural rhythms of the seasons and the elements associated with those seasons. Understanding these rhythms helps us to optimise our health and wellbeing. We need to release the old for us to receive the pureness of the new.

I use the healing power of food and supplements as well as the tool of Fragrance Alchemy to facilitate this release. Fragrance alchemy, discovered by Almine of Spiritual Journeys, works by releasing energetic blockages in the meridian pathways such as the lung and the colon meridian. The oils applied to the meridians help to dissolve emotional imprints of memories that keep us bound to the past. 

If you are interested in working with me then please fill in my clarity call application form. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Aisling 

  

 

Autumn Equinox. Your Opportunity to Cleanse and Let Go

Aisling FitzGibbon

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You may have noticed people complaining of various illnesses this time of year. There are colds, flus, stomach bugs and the general feeling of under the weather. Fear not. These are just signs that your body is undergoing a detox. You are not sick. Your body is simply clearing out any toxins that may have built up during the past season to optimise your energy for autumn.

It’s like house cleaning. You get the urge to clear out cupboards, wardrobes, drawers and under the sink leaving you with piles of things/ rubbish that no longer serve you. You can either take unwanted items to the charity shop and recycle what you no longer need. Your house loves you for its nouveau minimalism and appears airier with less clutter. It makes you feel good because you are getting rid of the old to make way for the new.

But what would happen if you just kept things in the house and never did a clear out? The energy would feel heavy with unused items, worn out clothes hanging limply on hangers and rubbish. After a while the clutter would pile up and it would feel unhealthy and unconducive to wellbeing. If at this stage you refused to house clean the dirt would build up creating a polluted home.

It is the same with the human body. We have two annual equinoxes, one in the autumn and one in spring when the energy naturally rises to detoxify our cells. Both of these times are opportune times for the body to shift what it no longer needs as the seasons change over.  

 I find it interesting that Chinese people go to their Health Care Practitioner twice a year to help make the shift from the expansive energy of summer to the more contracted energy of autumn and winter and likewise from winter into the more expansive energy of spring. Wise people.

To be truly healthy and to embrace the natural energy of the seasons we can go with this cleanse and assist it. We can go vegan for a week or two, for however long it takes to clear the cold/flu symptoms. We can dust off the juicer and have wonderful cleansing juices that clear out our congested lymphatics and cells. We can have cleansing soups and autumn fruits such as apples, pears and berries. We can drink lemon water in the morning to kick start the detox and drink plenty of water to encourage the body to release what it no longer needs.  

This time of the year I see advertisements on chemist’s windows for Calpol and Uniflu- medicines to target cold/flu symptoms. Although used to treat the symptoms of colds and flus they stop house cleaning in its tracks. This is because the body naturally raises its temperature to help burn up what’s not needed in the body. When that process is halted, what was attempting to be eliminated from the body stays.

Our health depends on the efficiency of our cells to take in nourishment and equally to eliminate waste products. The body in its wisdom employs the cold virus to help it clean itself. It is a process that needs to be honoured and facilitated by a cleansing diet and lots of rest with TLC. It is healthy to get one or two colds a year. Unfortunately, the perception around colds and flus is that they are inconvenient, driving people to take medication to lessen the process. Rather than respecting that their body needs to rest, they override the body’s symptoms to stay in work. 

So what happens if we suppress the cold virus? When the acute illness is not allowed to be expressed (sneezing, coughing , sore throat, achy bones ect) what was meant to be gotten rid of goes deeper into the tissues and organs of the body. What we are now seeing is a rise in chronic illnesses such as asthma, kidney disease and mental health conditions as a result of the body not being allowed to cleanse itself. 

There is a saying that if you feed a cold you will have to starve a fever. This is because the body does not need build up foods with acute illnesses such as colds and flus. It needs cleansing foods so that the body can eliminate its toxic load. This comes naturally to me as whenever I got sick as a child I was put on the couch and given soups, juices and fruits until I got better. No matter how much I didn’t like the symptoms I learned that they were there for a reason. Yes I would have been uncomfortable for a few days but it was fine. I knew I would recover as I always did.

I have friends who would have gone to the doctor who would have offered them painkillers (they reduce glutathione stores), antibiotics (they wipe out healthy gut bacteria and lead to cellular damage). In some instances, steroids are now also being subscribed to further reduce inflammation.

Today the sun crossed the Celestial equator (the imaginary line in the sky) that corresponds to our earth equator. From today onwards the nights will draw in with the days becoming shorter. I wish you all a happy healthy Equinox. May whatever needs to be released physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually be fully expressed. It’s okay to sneeze. It’s not okay to take anything that impedes your energy and stops you from having a lovely autumn. 

House cleaning? Yes please. Your house/body will thank you for it.

Interview with Transformational Coach Sarah Phipp

Aisling FitzGibbon

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In this week's episode of Aisling's Holistic Health Show I interviewed Sarah Phipp who is a Transformational Coach from Sussex in the UK. I had the pleasure of meeting with Sarah during one of our weekend workshops in London when we were training as Nutritionists in The College of Natural Nutrition. 

Sarah's passion for health began like my own from suffering from ill health which lead her on a quest to heal herself. Quickly did she realise that this would be the direction of her new career. 

What I most like about Sarah is that is refreshingly authentic and wholesome in real life as she is in the online world. Sarah walks her talk and she understands the journey of transformation from her own personal quest to seek better health. Transformation comes from accessing all levels of the self to discover who you really are. To hear more from Sarah I highly recommend you register for free for The Intuitive Woman Summit to hear from Sarah and other empowered woman who will spark in you, your connection to your true self. 

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Sarah's Top Tips if you are struggling with a health condition:

You're not broken, you don't need fixing, you just lost sight of who you really are. 

Trust your own intuition, you were born with it. 

You can check out The Intuitive Woman Summit 

Connect with Sarah at her website Sarah Phipp.com

Follow Sarah on Facebook at Sarah Phipp Transformational Coach

Make Trust Your Default Setting

Aisling FitzGibbon

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At the beginning of the Summer my dad (Eoin) visited me in my own home for the first time in years. Two months later my dad returned to Ireland, to Wexford along with my two half- brothers Tommy and Luca. Eoin had rented a house in Wexford, something he has done each year. He invited me to stay for a few days so I wondered if the gains we’d made in June would survive the time gap and circumstances.

I used to visit my dad in Wexford but this invariably ended in a falling out of some sorts. So, after crisscrossing the country from Kerry to Wexford I arrived at a house deeply hidden in the countryside near the sea and some bellowing cows. Eoin had my dinner ready which I now recognise is how he shows his love and concern. It’s what his mother did before him. My brothers and I caught up with our respective news and my cousin Laura and her dad and partner also came to visit.

In the past, I would have felt a gaping wound from what wasn’t said or expressed. This time I felt more whole in myself as I realised that I no longer looked from my dad what I already had discovered in myself. This left me freer to enjoy what was offered without wishing for more. The peace I felt inside took me to a place of greater understanding, allowing me to garner insights into my dad’s family dynamics.

My dad came from a fractured family, a marriage frowned upon from the beginning between a Catholic and a Protestant- difficult to understand from today’s more liberal generation but in those days, it was almost impossible to cross that divide. The disapproval of both sides would’ve wounded both of my grandparents who were cast adrift from the guidance of their parents. Such disapproval is hard to carry, along with the challenges that come from raising a family.

The failures of my grandfather to sufficiently provide for his wife had imprinted on Eoin. He sided with his mother absorbing her frustration and intractable sadness. Her untimely death in her fifties never gave him the chance to make up for what his father didn’t provide. It was difficult to create joy in later life when his childhood had been chiselled by sadness and financial restrictions.  

My sense of my grandfather and my father’s relationship was they were remote from one another. Daros, my grandfather, a man of few words, was emotionally unavailable. Although I never knew my grandmother as she died the year before I was born, my grandfather was equally unknown. He skirted along the edges of my childhood, sometimes physically present but emotionally distant. His emotional absence damaged his own children and especially my father.

In death, my grandfather left my father and brother with nothing other than a rickety boat, a few tapes and books. His daughter was given everything as she was the one with whom he had the better relationship. This single act of denying my dad any real inheritance spoke volumes and this final rejection sent him into an emotional tailspin of anger and anguish. It has resulted in him not talking to his sister or her children for well over a decade now. This has denied his own sons the two male cousins who live in the same country as them. Families divide and subdivide with other allies pitched against perceived wrongs created on both sides.

I see my dad enmeshed in his past, prompting him to revisit the places of his childhood year in year out, expecting something, craving some sort of closure. He visits older fishermen who fished with his dad, seeking recognition of his lineage. Through them he sees his dad as a fine chap, a man whose love of Irish music was legendary, a man who loved the sea and charmed fish onto his rod. The tendrils of past neglect momentarily recoil as Eoin basks in their recollection of his father and tries to see in them the father he so needed while growing up.  

We visit neighbours, anyone who serves as a mirror for the parents long deceased – my grandmother for 31 years and my grandfather for 12 years. We visit relatives who pick out family traits from our faces and who placate my dad with anecdotes that echo through time.  My dad’s rummaging through the past doesn’t provide the solace he seeks. The torment of his inner child is etched on the downturn of his mouth, the furrows of his brow and his response to life’s stressors.  

We remain as prisoners to the past from memories that keep it in place. In my dad’s family, the pain is palpable. Instead of releasing this pain they use the hurt against one another to fuel the rifts they’ve created, scrambling for energy. The impotence of the inner child and unacknowledged pain has led to varying addictions- food, alcohol, excess and exercise to protect against the tsunami of suppressed emotions. 

We inherit the blueprint of our ancestry which is why it’s important to clear that blueprint from the meridians that hold the memories and emotions in place. Using the tools of Fragrance Alchemy enabled me to disentangle from emotions that would affect my relationships and my future children. I had the choice of continuing to suppress or to transform my life. Choosing the latter birthed me into a reality free from the distortions of my family line.

I never thought I would reach this place but now I feel compassion for my dad brought up by parents whose own loneliness had permeated his psyche. It stunted his ability to cope with stress as an adult when his unattended inner child couldn’t handle the pressures of family life.

I cannot take away his pain. He would have to undergo his own journey to do this. I wish this for him as without it, he will never know trust, peace, or joy, the emotions that come on line when we release the shadows of our past we have long outgrown.

Fragrance alchemy oils clear the emotional imprints that block the flow of energy through the meridian pathways. It helps dissolve the emotional triggers that bind us to our limiting stories.

I am currently enrolling for my programme Trust is Your Default Setting. If you’re interested then please fill in my clarity call application form. I'm excited to hear from you.     

Wisdom for Mum To Be

Aisling FitzGibbon

I was contacted by Kathleen O'Hara Farren a mum of three who wanted to pass on her wisdom to me and you about preparing for pregnancy.

Kathleen has 3 children. Her first birth was a hospital birth, her middle birth was a home birth and her last birth was a hospital birth but she has shifted into the perception that she was home in her body.

We are so used to self-care on our external self, however the internal self needs us to give so much love to. Keep going back to beautiful words and tell yourself this is a loving experience. Love carries you through no matter what way it unfolds.

Take care of your food, your physical self, your attitudes and exercises but please don’t give yourself a hard time.

You realise support is coming from everywhere. There is more than you and your baby. Miracles start to happen. Opportunities arise that give birth to greater opportunities that lead to where you need to be.

Positive framework:

I’m not in control but I’m in control of me. I’m going to do it the best I can.

Tips for Mum to be:

Talk to people who have had healthy birth experiences. Seek out woman who have had natural births in local breast feeding groups.

Create a birth plan and practice saying with strength “Have you seen my birth plan”.

Get in sync with your hips and spend time in the wild – near the river and the ocean to connect with your inner wild woman.

The moment of birth is a cosmic connection. Pregnancy is a sacred time. 

Listen to who you want to hear and seek them out.

Beauty, love, respect, strength and wildness.

Practice hip dancing, the more relaxed you are the better. During your labour create a cave like experience either with your room or in your imagination.

Recommended reading/watching:

Reducing fear of Birth in U.S Culture TED talk by Ina May Kaskin

 

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

 

Ina May Guide to Childbirth    

 

Hypnobirthing

 

Kathleen welcomes visits to her website of emerging education www.theedgeschool.net online learning and mobile cultural emergence classes are being planned. If you mention you heard about Kathleen on Aisling’s Holistic Health show, she will offer you special rates.

Interview with Thomas Sheridan

Aisling FitzGibbon

In this week’s podcast, I am talking to author/ artist Thomas Sheridan who is well known for his seminal work on the psychology of psychopaths. We often shared the same audience in our talks around Ireland during my activism days as The Girl Against Fluoride. I had always admired Thomas’s sharp intelligence, his astute wit and keen observation of the  human psyche and I was curious to know where his thinking had evolved to.

Thomas shares with us how reality is constructed and the roles we unconsciously play in keeping it in place. Seen through Thomas’s lens, I can better understand how I naturally evolved from the persona of The Girl Against Fluoride to developing and evolving my own consciousness. Thomas cuts through the illusion that change happens instantaneously, even within our lifetimes, seeing it instead as a result of our evolving journey of consciousness. “Change comes from within and not from without” says Thomas and quotes Aleister Crowley’s definition of Black magic as being any magical path where enlightenment of consciousness is not concerned with the development of the self. This explains my pitfalls during my activism days when I thought I could quickly change the water fluoridation policy in Ireland. This eventually led to extreme frustration when my attempts to affect change were futile and the existing power structures closed down any of their loop holes in defence of their position.

Thomas explains why he refused to validate RTE when he was invited onto the Late Late show. He points out the futility of trying to wake people up who are not even aware they are asleep as they are stuck in survival consciousness. Thomas draws upon his vast repertoire of mythological epics to show the real meaning of the Hero’s Journey and disputes the 100 Monkey Syndrome that promises a sudden shift in consciousness. Ultimately we can only reach those on a similar band of frequency.

Thomas promotes the power of creativity and humor as tools to raise consciousness. He talks about how nature acts as a healing and guiding force in our lives. He cautions against following any guru outside of ourselves and to allow mistakes to teach us the lessons we need on own personal journey.

If you are interested in reading Thomas’s books:

Puzzling People March 2011

Defeated Demons: Freedom from Consciousness Parasites in Psychopathic Society May 2012

The Druid Code: Magic, Megaliths and Mythology Feb 2017

Check out Thomas at his website www.thomassheridanarts.com

I would love to hear what you will take away from listening to Thomas’s interview. What insights have you gained that help you make sense of what’s going on in your own life? 

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What Happens When You Can't Get Pregnant

Aisling FitzGibbon

This week's podcast is with Alison Reed Life and Fertility Coach who came to her profession due her own journey of 5 years of issues conceiving which took 5 years until she was blessed with her twin girls who have now turned 4 years old.

As high achieving woman we pride ourselves on getting a job done and our life's plan ticked off. We look at women like Serena Williams who embody this ideal image of pregnancy. The media and movies would have us believe that once we meet our Prince Charming we can get pregnant just like that. When a pregnancy doesn't happen, what do we do? 

This conversation with Alison was very enlightening to me as I was unaware that 1 in 6 couples are now having issues with fertility. 

The impact of fertility related problems is often underestimated, misunderstood and under supported. Struggling to conceive and have a baby can literally consume day to day life beyond recognition. It can bring you to places both mentally and physically that you thought you would never be. It can require big decisions to be made with big implications, and to top it all off it can unearth a huge range of emotions. - Alison Reed

Alison's tips for helping with fertility issues:

  • Focus on what you can control - How you think, focus on supporting yourself physically and mentally
  • Emphasis the good stuff in your lifestyle to bring down your stress levels such as yoga, meditation and other self care practices that support you on this journey even in the face of adversity. 
  • Develop your mental fitness to enhance your quality of life
  • Think holistically mind and body not just your reproductive system. 
  • Lead from the front and take your fertility into your own hands.
  • Alison Domar's Mind Body Medicine based in the US. 
  • Natural Infertility Support and Information Group

You can check out Alison's at www.alisonreedcoaching.com

To read about my work helping woman to get pregnant naturally in my Preconception Care Programme you can read my blog My work in Preconception Care Chose Me 

 

 

Testimonial from Corina Maeting The Jam Goddess

Aisling FitzGibbon

Having worked with Aisling FitzGibbon over the last few months, I can honestly say that she is truly amazing and a real gem in the nutrition world. I'd even say she is a world class expert in her field. Her holistic approach to nutrition is one of a kind and will make a massive difference to your life. - Corina Maeting The Jam Goddess

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Inspiring Conversation with Ciara Young - The Blazing Heart Foundation

Aisling FitzGibbon

I took a visit down to the breathtaking Kenmare in Co.Kerry to see my dear friend Ciara Young to have a conversation about where she is in her journey. 

The highlights of our conversation include the following points: 

Embracing the new template involves clearing out the pain of the old story of separation consciousness.

We cannot be in the new reality until we clear out the old story.

The process of gradually opening up to the idea of the new template of reality while simultaneously releasing the pain of the old reality.

One of the tools to help you clear the old story of separation include working with the inner family which are the pieces of the psyche. The inner family deals with the four primary ones that deal with physical life which include; the inner child, inner warrior, inner nurturer, and inner sage.

Establishing a firm foundation with our inner family provides us with the structure to write our new story.

Fragrance alchemy is also another tool that assists in letting go of the old stories, programmes and pain that is stored in the meridians (energy pathways) and organs of the body.

Fragrance Alchemy literally changes the fabric of your reality. In the reality of separation it is composed of certain building blocks (imagine them like Lego blocks). The building blocks are held in place by distorted frequency. Distorted frequency are the emotions related to the dream of separation that are actually stored in the meridians of the body. Distorted emotions include fear, grief and depression.

The old building blocks are held in the meridians (energy pathways) of the body. The distorted frequencies of emotions like grief, fear and depression are the materials we are recreating our life with everyday. 

The old building blocks are held in the meridians (energy pathways) of the body. The distorted frequencies of emotions like grief, fear and depression are the materials we are recreating our life with everyday. 

Working with Fragrance Alchemy clears out the distorted frequencies and that gives us a whole new set of building blocks to work with to create our reality. (New upgraded Lego comes to mind). These new upgraded building blocks give you the materials to write your new story.

As you clear out the old emotions you create the space to receive the insights you need for your unique situation. New perceptions and insights led you to the next right action you need to take to get you to where you want to get to. 

The meridians are the cause of your reality, so by working with fragrance alchemy meridian clearing protocols you can transform your entire life, from the inside out. 

You can find Ciara Young at www.theblazingheartfoundation.com

If you have any questions about Fragrance Alchemy or any of the points raised in our conversation please send them below and I will do follow up podcast. 

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Fragrance Alchemy- The tool to clear issues from our tissues?

Aisling FitzGibbon

Some people find that no matter how much self- work they do on themselves, the same memories and issues keep emerging, upsetting their equilibrium. When Dave Reedijk encountered the healing powers of Fragrance Alchemy he was determined to share their benefits with both his clients and with other practitioners. By 2013 having ensured that the oils comply with EU regulations he set up his business of selling Fragrance Alchemy oils.

Origin of Fragrance Alchemy Oils

The oils are produced by a family in Egypt and have been passed down the generations. The oils have very high frequency which is why they are able to dissolve density, negative beliefs and help to release suppressed emotions. The power of these oils has recently been tested in a laboratory in Taiwan. They were found to be the highest vibrating oils known on earth. For example other leading therapeutic oils test between 5-7 MHz, while Fragrance Alchemy test beyond 16 MHz. (MHz= Hertz Frequency).

Fragrance alchemy works on our 20 meridians - Twelve ordinary meridians and eight extraordinary meridians. Memories are held in the magnetic fields of the body and these are generated by the 20 meridians. Memories can obstruct the flow of our life force leading to long term disease. Each of the oils is specific to a meridian and the corresponding organ. Traditional Chinese medicine have mapped out the times of the meridians. If these is a specific emotion such as grief then the specific oil is applied onto the meridian at a certain time. For example, one of the oils Neroli is used to treat the lung. If Neroli is applied between 3-5 am when our lung energy is most active, healing is most effective.

Before and after using Alchemy Oils

Using a thermal imagery camera you get a heat map of the body which can show up problem areas in the body. One of Dave's clients showed up a problem with her thyroid. For this Dave applied the oil Blend of the Gods to the thyroid points. He also applied the oil directly onto the thyroid gland on the neck. When Dave proceeded to retake the thermal image of her thyroid after the oil treatment, her thyroid problem had resolved. Although Dave was very much aware of the power of Fragrance Alchemy, this was evidence that they were strong enough to alleviate thyroid illness.

Benefits of using Fragrance Alchemy with Nutrition

Fragrance alchemy is ideal to use with nutrition as it supports a healthy body and a healthy mind. It helps to tackle health problems a lot faster using a combination of both of these modalities.  Clearing the emotional body helps to clear the blockages to encourage the free flow of energy through our energy system. The twelve ordinary meridian and the eight extraordinary meridian protocol can be used together to help clear the trauma of past experiences which are stored in our cellular memory. 

All of us come in with certain ancestral memories and also memories from previous lifetimes that may be impacting on our day to day life. Fragrance Alchemy helps to dissolve those memories, freeing us from repetitive patterns, rigid beliefs and limiting programming. When people feel stuck and unable to move onto the next level of growth then the use of these oils help to dissolve the density that is creating blockages at a cellular level.

My personal Experience of Fragrance Alchemy

I have been using Fragrance Alchemy since last year with my clients and have witnessed their incredible power of transformation. Emotional blockages can keep us mired in repetitive dramas that continue to control our lives no matter how much self- work we do. This is the origin of much pain and suffering.  I have seen clients who suddenly become aware of a deeply suppressed emotion. With the application of the oils it dislodges the negative emotion so that the pure emotions can come on board. I have seen how people begin to have more clarity and a deeper perspective of their lives after their Fragrance Alchemy sessions. The oils help to dissolve cellular density that had been blocking them from moving forward in their lives. This brings awareness and a deep sense of hope. The oils help to detoxify the corresponding organs of the body and help to reduce brain fog. The oils are also wonderful to use for hormonal imbalances which is a very common issue for women today.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the fragrance alchemy protocols. I plan to do a follow up podcast with Dave where we can answer your questions and go deeper into the topic of fragrance alchemy.

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All Is The Self

Aisling FitzGibbon

 

All is the self they say. Ok so what happens when you look outside and you don't like what you see. Well you firstly can feel absolutely powerless to the madness, the chaos, the corruption, the injustice, but this is never ending. A black hole that will swallow you up. When you become absolutely jaded, disgusted, cannot bare one second more of this horror. Well this is the moment that leap ahead to the next dimension so to speak. This part gets interesting as you start to glean the perception that all is the self. That you are in fact a being as vast as the Cosmos. That all is ONE. (what even those fecking Politicians) yes all is YOU. You are a unique facet of the DIVINE. OK so I'm a Goddess/God being of the Divine, how do I navigate this physical world. Now it gets fascinating. Now you know that all is yourself. The outer world is YOU. So you do what any sane person does, you transform within your life. And as you do your magical vibration ripples outwards and impacts the collective. This is your power and what you CAN do. You are a powerful co-creator. It is time to own it and bring forth your magic.

If you would like to be supported on your personal transformation please fill in my clarity call application. 

Why I am called to do this work as a Holistic Nutrition Coach?

Aisling FitzGibbon

For the past decade I have been initiated through the fires of kundalini awakening. This involved descending into the depths of depression and anxiety which was treated with antidepressant medication because at the time I wanted to die. I was immersed in darkness but yet I heard this faint whisper “You are going through this for a reason” so I kept going, feeling like I was wading through the mud. At the end of my degree in Occupational Therapy, I held in my hand a First class honours BsC degree certificate but I could not fathom the energy to take a single footstep in the direction I was going in. I begged for help and I was led to an outstanding Nutritionist named Barbara Wren who opened my mind wide open to how the body works and how to heal naturally. I took the plunge and went cold turkey off the antidepressants which was truly the most horrific experience, it was like being plunged into the depths of the abyss, no light, no joy, just an empty space that I felt might consume me forever. Only for the fact that I had my Mother helping me and gently guiding me as I healed my physical body. Just as I felt my body balancing a tsunami of suppressed emotions came flooding to the surface (cue 2nd major breakdown). The pain and agony of what I had gone through the past 4 years hit me like a tonne of bricks and I happened upon a gifted energy healer who helped to draw out the emotional wounds and bring me back to a state of peace. Peace didn’t last long as once I was well enough I hosted a talk in my home town of Tralee with Barbara the Nutritionist who helped me to heal. It was during her talks that she kept saying that the fluoride added to our water supply in Ireland was very harmful to our health. When I dropped Barbara back to the airport she said to me “You should really try and do something about getting rid of the fluoride from your water supply”. As she spoke those words I felt what could only be described as an energetic harpoon shooting into my heart chakra. It set me on fire. I made it my mission to do anything it took to clear our precious water of fluoride and as I proceeded on my path I became The Girl Against Fluoride. I was channelling the energy of Joan of Arc and the energy propelled me forward like a fierce warrior going into battle. Until the day where my body collapsed and my stomach and heart were is agonising pain from all of the wounding I had endured. I had pushed through beyond what my body and soul could handle. I felt the fear consuming every part of me and I could not continue a second more on that vein. It took me months of nursing my wounds until I felt I could really interact with people. I hid away because I was too afraid of that evil I had penetrated. Evil not just in the government, politicians, corporations but also in the people who were activist and who were running from their own agendas and grandiose egos. Just as I thought the storm had settled I entered into the last phase of my descension. I was studying for my exams in Nutritional Therapy and I just could barely walk or stand. My body lost all sense of gravity and all I wanted to do was lie down. I felt nauseas and dizzy as if I was on a rocking boat. With all my might I pushed through and forced my body and mind to engage in studying and completing my assignments. After I finished my exams and qualified I thought what the fuck? I’ve come this far, I tried so fucking hard and now my body is acting completely insane. All I wanted to do was sleep, sleep, sleep and tune out. Tune out of the absolute insanity of this world and find refuge in my sleep. My nervous system was overfiring at the slightest interaction with the outside world. It was sheer terror as I fought with myself everyday to just become normal like everyone else. But I simply couldn’t so I surrendered. At that point my good friend and Metaphysical Practitioner Ciara Young was hosting a Shamanic Retreat in her home in Kenmare. With the last breathe of enthusiasm, I garnered the energy to attend for the last day of her retreat. When I was there I felt so defeated, the warrior in me lane down her sword and said just stop fighting yourself. You cannot go on like this. Ciara discussed The Runes and Fragrance Alchemy and a tiny whisper told me this is your next step. When I returned from the retreat I signed up to train as a Rune Master and Fragrance Alchemist. During my training I finally realised that the reason my body wouldn’t allow me engage in life was because I had to be pushed onto this path. The path I was being lead to all along. I just couldn’t see it at the time. The path of Ascension and moving out of the matrix to create a new template of existence where the divine feminine and divine masculine merge and we discover and nurture who we truly are, to know and love ourselves at the deepest level and to come back home to ourselves.

As I have passed through it, and understood the necessity and rightness of each of its phases, I am now prepared to midwife others through it as well. My condition, all the years of it, has prepared me for this role. It has prepared me to ease the passage of those who will follow. Everything I have gone through, every bit of the despair, has been necessary to forge me into the healer and a guide that I am today.

I am one of the women who is helping to birth the Divine Feminine. It's my souls calling. As the Divine Feminine rises in the world to balance the energies of the planet, to bring the world back into a state of healing, harmony, peace and love. 
I want to come together with my sisters to heal themselves, each other, and the earth beneath us, You feel this it in your hearts and bones. You are thirsty for this to unfold. If your heart feels called rise and and answer it. Answer the call to live your divine mission. 
This movement is about freeing the feminine from beneath the concrete patriarchal tomb in which it was buried. 
This movement is about freeing the wild woman trapped inside the shell of good girl who is sick of following the rules and confines of a patriarchal society.

Surrender, soften and flow

I teach how to move into a state of flow. How to move with your body, not against it. How to move with your heart, not against it. 
I intend to re-inspire your desire to "not just scrape by."
I intend to re-ignite the fire in you to not care if someone thinks you are too deep, too emotional, too sensitive, too giving, too anything. 
I teach you to honour and love those amazing gifts you have been born with.
Through my own teaching and example, I show you a path where it's not even expected, not one single bit, to be perfect. You and I are both a work in progress. Everyday we are learning and refining. There is no hierarchy on this path as we are all one. 
I encourage you to wrap yourself in your unconditional love and trust that things will work out the way they are supposed too and in the right time and not a moment sooner. 
If this resonates with you, you are being moved right now to walk back towards yourself.
To come home to yourself, to your soul, to both your divinity and your humanity. 
Moved to connect with the life you know you are meant to live (even if it feels like it's in a far off distant place at the moment).
Moved to know, feel and understand the deep lineage of the feminine and the roots and veins that are running right into your own breath in this very moment. 
I want you to be self nourishing, with healthy boundaries. I want you to exist in healthy equal energy exchanges with your soul work.

Of course this brings up all of your fear. That is a natural part of the journey. Here is a story that beautifully illustrates how to handle fear:

“Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, "May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear. “ by Louis Chalon

Most of us have been taught that faith means believing in a worldview or an ideological set of beliefs. But what if faith requires taking refuge in the unknown, resting there without knowing? What if this is where true peace lives? Trusting the unknown doesn't protect you from grief, disappointment, doubt, anger, or loneliness. But it may transform your relationship with those feelings. You may discover that these painful emotions have much to teach you about humility, resilience, expansion, and the art of being human. When you don't know, anything is possible.

When our soul-body is saying No to life, through fatigue or depression, the first thing to ask is, “Is life as I am living it the right life for me right now?” When the soul-body is saying No to participation in the world, the first thing to ask is, “Does the world as it is presented me merit my full participation?”

As we can see the old world is falling apart, and the crises that initiate the journey are converging upon us. Soon many people will follow the paths we are currently pioneering.

The time is now to awaken and reconnect to our divine feminine to our divine masculine whilst at the same time embracing our unique human self with the tender love we deserve.

I work with you on a weekly basis to midwife your soul’s highest calling. I work holistically addressing your physical, emotional, mental, spirit and soul. I offer deeply mystical and metaphysical teachings in order to gain clarity and practical guidance. I also council on how to develop practical technological skills in order for you to get your message out into the world.

My approach is kind, gentle and manageable. I encourage taking your steps with ease and grace and remembering at all times to be home for yourself before you give to others. 
It is a honour and a privilege to witness your unfolding. As we work together the energetic exchange between acts as an incubation chamber to hold you energetically as you strengthen and expand into your highest self. Holding and maintaining your expansion and connection to your highest self takes a daily practice which is why I offer my support over the period of the 12 weeks, so that you fully embody the changes and stretch and stretch out of your comfort zone until you finally reach and hold your place of power. 
I was born here in this time to rise up like the phoenix rising from the ashes and so are you. 
I would love for you to join me as a pioneer and leader of a new template of existence. If this ignites your soul then the answer is YES.

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An electric car helped me pass my fourth driving test

Aisling FitzGibbon

The Nissan Leaf 

The Nissan Leaf 

I did my driving test three times and failed. The first time wasn’t the worst as the only real complaint by the tester was that I was driving too close to the white line in the centre of the road. Too close,yet I had majestically performed my three- point turn and driving around the corner manoeuver. It didn't impress him as he told me in no uncertain terms that I'd failed. Most people fail the first time I was assured so any crushing disappointment was postponed. The second test however triggered an adrenaline induced nervous response causing me to make too many mistakes to mention. The vast amount of driving lessons in the lead up to the test had been in vain. This time the disappointment rolled in like tumbleweed crushing my confidence.

Although my family had moved over to an automatic electric car, I was advised by a posse of aunties to do my next test in a manual.  Irish aunties, given their status, can be very persuasive. Their rationale was that unless I did my driving test in a manual I would be forever fated to drive an automatic. Their voices clashed with that of my mum who said to do it in the electric car as most cars in the future would be electric. Her words fell on deaf ears as I frantically practiced in my aunt’s diesel car. In comparison to the lightness of the electric, the diesel car felt like a hybrid between a tractor and a tank as I manoeuvred my way between the highways and the byways of the town and outskirts. Still I persevered and so it came to the morning of driving test number three.

Surely I would get it this time. I had practiced lots, changed to a female instructor and felt reasonably calm and positive. But there is a gap between thinking positively about passing the driving test and actually passing it. The tester said I was deliberating too much, ergo not competent. What about third time lucky? Blaming myself at this juncture would have fractured my already traumatised psyche so I did the next best thing and blamed the car. I knew it had to be the car, that heavy ponderous lump of metal and the gear stick that needed furious yanking.

Not one to be deterred, I decided I was obviously fated for an automatic electric car and took to driving it everyday. For anyone who has not driven a Nissan Leaf car before, it drives so effortlessly and is super responsive. There is no annoying gear stick so all concentration is on the road. There is no having to gear down coming to corners or to a stop sign. The car smells pristine from having zero emissions. Zero emissions means no environmental guilt as it doesn't affect air quality. The car has a futuristic feel about it and is remarkably roomy for a small car. When I stop on a hill, the car has the sense to stay put and not roll backwards. Ah the joys of an intelligent electric car.

Driving test number four. The day arrived. I told nobody I was going for the test so there was no expectant audience waiting with baited breath. Soon there was just me and the driving tester who seemed to be falling in love with the car as we whizzed together through the town. I could tell he was impressed. When we stopped at the end of the test he wanted to see how a battery could power the car without the complications of an engine. Good job I had looked this up on YouTube the night before and was able to tell him what was what under the bonnet. Phew.

I passed. Sing hallelujah!!!  I am only licensed to drive an automatic but who cares? The Nissan Leaf and I are friends for life. It has so many good qualities. 60% of the plastic in the car is from recycled water bottles and by the end of its lifespan, 99% of the car can be upcycled into another Nissan Leaf. The batteries will keep their charge up to 80% after a decade and they too are recyclable. There is little or no sound from the car even at a higher speed on the motorway. What’s not to love about this car?

Furthermore, with its zero emissions, the electric car is the answer to air pollution in towns and cities. Diesel cars in comparison pump out carcinogenic substances into the air, thereby effecting our health. Home charging points are installed for free by the ESB so we can charge overnight at home using off peak electricity. It costs between 10% to 15% of the cost of petrol so the car is very economical to run. Road tax is 120 euro a year. The charging stations,available in most towns and cities in Ireland, are free so any long journey costs nothing. Currently the Irish government is providing a 5,000 euro grant for buyers to purchase electric cars in their efforts to incentivise sales. In Norway 25% of all new car sales are electric and by 2025 there is a proposed plan to ban conventional car sales. In Ireland we could make that environmental leap to embrace the future that is electric. 

Soaps That Heal

Aisling FitzGibbon

When Kevin Lynch’s son was born in 2009, he noticed the tell-tale signs of eczema on his little body. As a child, Kevin too had suffered from eczema and was repeatedly treated with steroidal creams. He didn’t want this future for his son as he himself had witnessed first-hand the long -term effects of steroids on his own skin. The skin on his hands had thinned from years of steroidal use.  Further research revealed the possibility of other physiological side effects of steroids such as bone thinning, high blood pressure and a disruption of the hormonal system. Both Kevin and his partner Tina began to look for natural skincare products on the market for their son’s skin but nothing worked. Tina herself began to experiment with chemical free alternatives for Caoimhin’s skin and eventually completed a professional soap making course. The initial seed was sown.

Pure Soap Created with love

Pure Soap Created with love

After a head injury in 2010 Kevin was prompted to rethink his career path and was drawn to study organic horticulture in the Organic College in Dromcollogher, Co Limerick. Gardens at his home in Clare soon had polytunnels and medicinal herbs growing in them. Tina, who had been made redundant from her work, continued to experiment with making her own soaps, using organic ingredients from their own garden and from other organic sources. Seeing the demand for their soaps at farmer’s markets and realising the unique potency and purity of their own products, inspired both Kevin and Tina to set up their own company. The business would use a combination of both of their skill sets using Kevin’s knowledge in herbs and plant biology and Tina’s training in graphic design, advertising and branding.

In October 2015 Airmid Natural Irish Skincare was set up. By October 2016, the business relocated to new premises in Waterville, close to the Ring of Kerry. I was introduced to some of Kevin’s products when I bought Airmid shaving soap and shampoo soap from Manna’s Organic Store in Tralee. At last I had found a natural shaving soap product that was chemical free and didn’t give me a rash. The shampoo in a bar nourished and softened my hair. I had discovered the Holy Grail of skin care and curious to know more I contacted Kevin and arranged to interview him in person.

Waterville, home of my maternal ancestors, is a beautiful setting for a natural and chemical free company. After a journey of 2 hours (had to stop in Cahersiveen to charge the Nissan Leaf Electric car) I found myself meandering down a country road into an almost silent countryside, punctuated with birdsong and the distant drone of a tractor. Trees and verdant foliage flanked the drive to Ireland’s most natural skincare company Airmid.

As I entered into Kevin’s premises, my sense of smell was ignited by the wonderful aroma in his building. Immediately I began to relax as I realised that what I was smelling was chemical free and pure. My sense of smell never lets me down. Kevin greeted me and showed me around. Kevin is a master alchemist who chooses pure essential oils firstly for skin benefit and then for aroma. His knowledge of the healing potency of herbs is apparent as he talks about their benefits on the skin. He assures me that all of his products are certified to EU standards and are suitable for the most sensitive of skin.

An ethical and humanitarian vision underpins this company- indeed it seems to be one of its driving forces. Kevin does not skimp on quality and ensures that his products are sourced from people who equally benefit from the commercial exchange. The 100% natural shea butter in Airmid’s products, is hand gathered by women participating in Fair Trade collectives in Ghana. Raw beeswax is sourced locally. It actually smelt so good I wanted to eat it!  I was particularly impressed with the reusable face scrubbies that come from Selkie Crochet in Waterville. The funds that go to Selkie Crochet, which sponsor two girls through ActionAid Ireland with their profits - one in Vietnam and the other in Kenya. The shampoo containers are recycled pulp that can be planted, the tins are reusable and all packaging comes from sustainable sources.

I was privileged to interview Kevin. His company Airmid is pioneering a new business model where everyone benefits and the environmental impact is negligible. Kevin’s company puts the customers health and well -being before profit. He would make anyone think twice about what they put on their skin since it’s our body’s largest excretory organ.  

Airmid is everything I would wish for in a skin care company. It is ethical, quality driven and natural. Moreover the products work.  My legs are already benefiting from the moisturising effects of the shaving soap and have been primed for summer exposure. I was loath to leave the heavenly aroma of Kevin’s premises but he gave me some bath melts and soaps. Thank you Kevin- the car never smelt as good on the journey home. The name Airmid is fitting as she was the Celtic Goddess of the Healing Arts. The name is in keeping with the emerging rise of the divine feminine. I was eager to get home to treat my inner goddess to a bath melt.

If you love the skin you’re in and are looking for products that are natural and pure, then I suggest that you check out Airmid. You can purchase their products directly from their website www.airmidsoap.com or from stores such as Manna Organics Tralee, Craft Makers, An Tigin Waterville, Waterville Pharmacy,  Skellig gift shop, Golden of Kells, Valentia Island Tourist Office and other stores around Ireland. Their range of products includes handmade soaps, shaving soap, bath melts, shampoo bars, lip balms, aromatherapy, eco soy candles and hampers for all occasions. You can follow Airmid Natural  Irish Skincare for their updates and news. 

 

My work in Preconception care chose me

Aisling FitzGibbon

When I finished school I really had no idea what to do. I had filled out a university application in my final year and ticked a few courses I felt might suit me.  I ended up doing a BA degree in Early Childhood studies in University College Cork. I learned about the psychology of early childhood, the physiology of early childhood and early years education. I had work experience in multiple settings- an ABA school and a special needs primary unit. When I saw the role that Occupational Therapy played in helping children with special needs I decided this was a career I wanted to pursue.

I found myself in Salford University in Manchester studying for a BsC degree in Occupational Therapy that required a return to the UK. I found this to be a stressful time but I persevered as I felt that this was going to be my future career. I enjoyed the course and learned a considerable amount but experienced the limitations of Occupational Therapy when working in a mental health setting with teenagers.  The setting was not conducive to health as it was hospital policy at the time to reduce budgets by cutting fruit out of the menu! The teenagers were heavily drugged with antipsychotic medication that was destroying their physical body. Their symptoms were being controlled but as the song says “the drugs don’t work, they just make it worse.” I felt that my work there was in a palliative capacity with little scope to bring about any real change. One day I was attacked by a young girl who tried to rip my hair out and who had to be restrained and knocked to the ground by a staff member. I felt despair for these young people who seemed to have nothing to look forward to as they were being kept in a zombie state by medication. The root cause of their illnesses were not addressed and it was a work environment that didn’t suit me. I felt unwell being there. 

The summer after my second year of Occupational Therapy training, I met a shaman who was visiting our home. Although I only said hello to her, she looked at me and said that whatever I was training in, I would not end up working in. She asked me to look into quantum physics. I just thought of Stephen Hawking and placed no further heed on what she said. At that time I had envisaged myself as an Occupational Therapy manager in a hospital setting of my choice.

My own problems with low energy and anxiety/depression prompted me to take matters into my own hands after I qualified as an Occupation Therapist and to finally look into the root cause of why I was feeling the way I did. I sought the help of Nutritionist Barbara Wren whose education and information changed my life. Using diet, supplements and detoxification techniques my energy was restored and I decided that as I had experienced such powerful transformation, that I wanted to study Nutritional Therapy. I trained as a Nutritional Therapist in the College of Natural Nutrition.

It seemed as though one path lead onto another and I was led to study the Gut and Psychology Syndrome with Dr Natasha Campbell Mcbride, a pioneer in the treatment of conditions such as autism, ADHD and neurodevelopmental issues. My mind was opened to the healing power of gut health for conditions there were untreatable in the conventional medicine field. I went to an Autism seminar in Edinburgh where I listened to Dr Martha Herbert, who along with other doctors were beginning to realise that autism was a reversible condition and that the younger the child is treated the greater the chances for full recovery.

Although I had wanted to train with Dr Bill Walsh, author of Nutrient Power and expert on the causes of depression, it seemed that his training in 2015 was only limited to medical doctors. This year I felt inspired to look up training with Dr Bill Walsh for Nutritional Therapists and there was a course in Dublin for nutritionists to train with him. When I contacted Niamh Burke, the nutritionist who was organising the event she told me there was one place left! My wish to train with Dr Bill Walsh was granted showing me the miraculous power of the universe when we are on our life’s path.

Dr Bill Walsh is a colossuses of a man, whose knowledge and experience of mental health conditions further elucidated my understanding. He explained the importance of identifying the methylation status of each client as this is what would determine the treatment of mental health problems. In his extensive research and evaluation of methylation status, Dr Bill Walsh became convinced that most parents of children with autism exhibited symptoms of undermethylation, including high accomplishment, obsessive compulsive traits, attention to detail and seasonal allergies. He felt that if both parents possessed the same methylation imbalance, epigenetic abnormalities were far more likely.

By 1999 Dr Bill Walsh had collected blood and urine samples from over 50,000 children with autism. He discovered the presence of zinc and selenium deficiencies, copper overload, B6 deficiency and elevated toxic metals. Subsequent research by Dr Jill James, Dr Richard Deth and others showed that undermethylation is a distinctive feature of autism. It would seem that the low methyl levels in utero and in the foetus itself increases the likelihood of genetic errors which in turn increases the vulnerability to toxic metals and to oxidative stress.

We inherit from our parents our chromosomes which are 50% composed of DNA while the other 50% is made up of protein molecules that carry epigenetic markers that determine which genes get turned on and turned off. The environment in the mother’s womb alters the development of the foetus. Epigenetic changes can be caused by one’s diet and supplements and can echo far into our future generations. What a mother eats and drinks, along with the supplements she takes prenatally can affect the future health of her children.

Statistics from the CDC show that in 1982 one child in 2,200 had autism and yet by 2013 one in 50 have autism. Other childhood illnesses such as allergies, asthma and ADHD are also on the rise. Yet many of these conditions are preventable if we work on parents before children are born.  The preconception time is the best time to make dietary changes, to improve digestive health, to eliminate allergies and to detox from chemicals. It is also the best time to rectify any methylation issues that can have a negative effect on the health of the baby. Could it be that the most important protective measures against autism may be those taken prior to conception. I think so.

I work in preventative health care because this is an area I feel has the most positive effects – to promote the health of the next generation by working on the health of the mother to be beforehand. By providing a healthy environment for the incoming baby, a woman is giving her child the best possible chance to be healthy and strong. She also is making sure that she will be healthy and well postnatally. It is an honour and a privilege for me to be able to do this work.

How I work

I work in a 12 week programme. This time is needed to bring about the necessary changes and to get my client started on the road to wellness prior to conception. During the programme we ascertain your methylation status and based on results I create a tailor- made nutrition plan. I work on introducing dietary changes that fit in with your lifestyle and also suggest specified supplements to rectify any deficiencies. I introduce detox techniques to reduce minerals in excess and toxic metals. I look at improving adrenal, gut and thyroid health, all crucial prior to conception. I address blood sugar imbalances to help prevent reactive hypoglycaemia and gestational diabetes. I show how to reduce chemical exposure in the home and in make-up and hair care products. Lifestyle issues such as exercise and stress reduction are included to help  reduce stress hormones in the body.

The reason I work in 12 week programmes is to provide the necessary structure, support and framework for the changes to take place. Each week builds on the previous week so that we can get to the root cause of the symptoms that are showing up in your body. There also needs to be time to integrate the information so that it becomes your default setting. The weekly session provides accountability and the opportunity to move through any self – sabotage that comes up as you move from the known to the unknown.  

If you are interested in working closely with me prior to pregnancy then please fill in my clarity call application and we can get started on your preconceptual care programme. 

Babies are a gift from God 

Babies are a gift from God 

Why I Choose Organic Hair Dye

Aisling FitzGibbon

 A woman’s hair is a lifelong industry centring on the latest styles, and a myriad of vibrant colours. It's an industry that us women subscribe to because we want to look beautiful. We want that feeling of having our dull and lanky hair transformed into a bouffant of colour and glory. A visit to the hairdressers with its intimate setting, prompts a sharing of our lives, even the unburdening of life’s problems. It makes us happy but does that happiness come at a price?

When faced with a cancer diagnosis at the age of 28, Mette struggled to find out why. Her family had always been healthy, she didn’t smoke and she ate well. The lump in her breast set Mette on a journey of wellness that got her questioning everything we put into our body and what we put on our body. That included hair dye,a substance most women would find difficult to do without today, me included. 

Mette started with exploring safer shampoos and later on looked at producing a hair dye that wasn’t toxic to the women using it in their salon and to their customers. Natulique, an organic hair dye was born. The rest is history as salons now in 45 countries stock their colours. The ingredients in the dyes are made from renewable sources with 95% of ingredients coming from a natural source. They are paraben free, non GMO, with no microbeads or fillers. As much as possible they are biodegradable.

So does hair dye cause health problems?

It depends on what studies you read. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organisation who have said that workplace exposure as a hairdresser is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This was based on data from cancer studies on bladder cancer. The National Toxicology Program ( NTP) has not classified exposure to hair colours as cancer causing.

The toxic chemicals that may be cancer causing and should be avoided, especially in pregnancy are PPD  (para phenylenediamine) Hydrogen peroxide, Ammonia, Parabens, Resorcinol, lead Acetate and DMDM Hydantoin. Mothers to be should not be exposed to breathing in the fumes associated with typical hair treatments. It is recommended by doctors that women stay clear of toxic compounds such as ammonia and hydrogen peroxide for at least the first three months of pregnancy. The reason for this is that some chemicals may be linked to physical birth defects or genetic defects in the foetus. According to the American Cancer society, the Harvard School of Public Health and the American Journal of Epidemiology there is an association between using synthetic chemical dyes and certain types of cancers.

The Solution

I know I’m not taking any chances and have decided that the only hair colours I use come from Natulique. They are organic and chemical free which fits in with my green lifestyle. I had my hair done two weeks ago at a lovely salon in Dublin called Hermans who is using shampoos, conditioners and colours from the Natulique range. Speaking to Mette, one of the owners of the Natulique company, is refreshing as she is so passionate about her products. The vision of her company is for organic and sustainable cosmetics and products to become part of everyday life to enhance people’s lives and the environment. None of her products are tested on animals. Hurrah for pioneering entrepreneurs like Mette. 

Before getting my hair coloured by Natulique my roots had really grown out

Before getting my hair coloured by Natulique my roots had really grown out

My hair feels beautiful and in great quality after having highlights by Natulique. 

My hair feels beautiful and in great quality after having highlights by Natulique. 

Safety tips for colouring hair in pregnancy

Avoid having your hair coloured in the first trimester.

Choose a semi- permanent over a permanent dye

Wear gloves if colouring your own hair

Get highlights instead to avoid contact with the scalp

Request your own hairdresser to start using Natulique.

If you are a hairdresser based in Ireland and would like to move over to using Natulique in your salon you can contact Catriona at Simply Natural

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