December 2013 update from Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic

What a Wonderful Time of Year!

As Christmas and the New Year are fast approaching, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy & happy 2014!

Operating hours over the Christmas period
Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic will be closed from Tuesday 24th December and will re-open 9am Thursday 2nd January. This has resulted in the Clinic becoming quite busy! To ensure that you are able to book an appointment and avoid disappointment, please contact the clinic on (03) 9686 2566. With upcoming holidays (for you and some of our practitioners) it's best to get in quick!

Pre-Christmas supplement orders
Existing clients can contact Reception to place a supplement order up until approx. 4pm Monday 23rd December. We can courier or Express Post products to wherever you are for the holiday period!

Is your body trying to tell you something?
Do you have a little niggle that you have been ignoring? Your body is trying to let you know that something is wrong. Take the time to listen and come and see our Chiropractor Dr Leesa Payne who can help with simple, effective and drug-free treatment... Options that work with your body to encourage healing, health, and wellbeing. Contact the Clinic today to schedule an appointment.

Leesa’s consultation hours at Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic are:           

Monday       2pm-6pm
Tuesday      8.30am-12pm
Thursday    8.30am-12pm
Friday          2pm-6pm


 Hayfever – The downside of Summer

Written by Naturopath Heidi Cummins

Hayfever belongs to a family of conditions known as Atopic conditions. Other Atopic conditions include Eczema, Asthma and Hives. These conditions tend to run in families. Spring and Summer are a time when these conditions can really flare up and drive us completely mad! 

The first step in helping to manage your hayfever is balancing your immune system. The inflammation you experience when your eyes water and your nose runs is caused by one part of your immune system "over-reacting" to certain triggers.

Your immune system  can be brought back in to balance by using fantastic herbs such as Perilla Leaf Extract (helps to decrease the inflammatory mediators in your body, along with relieving and clearing mucous). Perilla seeds have also been shown to decrease Histamine production. Conifer extracts have also been shown to help rebalance the immune system.

We also need to repair the lining of the gastrointestinal tract to ensure that food, bacteria and toxins are not passing through into the blood stream triggering immune responses. There are many important nutrients and herbs we can suggest to assist with your symptoms. We can also test for allergens, either inhaled or ingested. This can be very helpful when you don't know exactly what triggers your hayfever. Knowing your triggers can help you to avoid exposure and minimise the immunological load.

There is so much we can do at MNMC to reduce and control your hayfever so come in and see your practitioner. Life is too short!!!

For more information or a personalised comprehensive program individually designed for you, book in now with Heidi or your usual practitioner and see how we can help you!

When cooking, it's great to use seasonal fruit and vegetables where possible.

Over the summer months, a wide variety of fruits are in season, including:

- passionfruit 
- cherries
- oranges
- blueberries
- nectarines
- raspberries
- bananas 
- loganberries
- rhubarb... The list goes on!

Here is a recipe featuring our favourite in-season fruits; peaches and blackberries!

A healthy yet naughty treat!

*For a fructose-free alternative, simply use bananas, berries and citrus and substitute the agave with rice malt syrup.

Peach-Blueberry Compote with Basil Syrup

Recipe adapted from Eating Well Magazine
Serves 4

2 Tablespoons coconut syrup / brown rice syrup / Stevia / Natvia / Xylitol (to taste)
3 Tablespoons dry white wine
3 sprigs fresh basil, plus more for garnish
2 2-inch strips orange zest
3 cups sliced peaches (4 medium)
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Combine agave and wine in small saucepan; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add 3 basil sprigs and orange zest; stir to immerse. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain syrup into a small bowl, pressing on basil and zest to release flavor.  Shortly before serving, combine peaches, blueberries, lemon juice and basil-infused syrup in a serving bowl; toss gently to coat. Serve garnished with basil sprigs.
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