I have a brand sparkly new website. Have a squiz and let me know what you think! http://www.naturesmother.co.uk Here is an interesting little film on how amber forms http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/fossils/Amber#p00ckj8s
Vaccination Talks with Dr Jayne Donegan coming to Cornwall August 26, 2013
With Dr Jayne Donegan
MBBS DRCOG DCH DFFP MRCGP MFHom
Redruth Community Centre, Foundry Row, Redruth,
Cornwall TR15 1 AN
Tuesday the 22nd of October 2013.
12noon – 2pm: ‘Supportive treatment of Childhood Illnesses’ – What do you do if you don’t Vaccinate (and also if you do)
7pm – 9pm: ‘Vaccination – the Question’.
Tickets are £11 each. There are reductions for booking the whole day and for multiple bookings.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries.
Book your place at www.naturesmother.co.uk
Is your amber teething necklace fake or real? July 3, 2013
There are lots of fake amber necklaces on the market. Some are plastic and some are Copal (immature resin). If you want the soothing effects of the succinic acid, you need the real deal.
Here are a few ways to test if amber is real:
- Drip a few drops of acetone (nail polish remover) on the amber. If the amber goes slightly sticky, or the acetone takes on the colour of the amber – your amber is almost definitely not real.
- Try burn your amber (I’m guessing you won’t want to do this on a lovely new necklace!) It will burn like incense and let off a wonderful piney smell. Copal will melt but smell similar to amber. Plastic will melt and smell like chemicals.
- I found a wonderful video on youtube to demonstrate this one…enjoy!!
Here at Nature’s Mother you’ll find some genuine beautiful amber necklaces. The baby necklaces are between 31 and 35cm in length, bracelets about 10cm, and each bead is individually knotted to prevent them all spilling off should it break. The adult necklaces are around 50cm in length.
A letter to my baby boy January 14, 2013
I cannot believe that 4 months has gone by since you entered this world. You are the happiest, most chilled out, loveliest baby I know. Ok, obviously I would say that…I am your mommy!
Getting to know you has been such an absolute delight: from the moment I reached down and touched the top of your head as you were crowning just before you were born to watching you doze off on my breast just a few minutes ago.
Some of my favourite moments with you include holding you in my arms seconds after you were born, watching you breastfeed for the first time, climbing into bed with you a couple of hours after you were born and letting your smell and oxytocin inducing gorgeousness envelope me in bliss, watching you sleep, smile and nuzzling your neck.
Now you are a whopping 4 months old, well out of your 0-3 month old clothes and some of your 3-6 month clothes are on the small side. You are a proper little giggler now and it’s so contagious! I can’t look at you without getting an overwhelming sense of how much I love you, and how I just – selfishly – would like to freeze time and keep you in all your gorgeousness the way you are now. You are like a drug – intoxicating to the max – I want to bottle your smell, somehow store and save the way you make me feel. I love the way you reach for me in your dreams at night, put a hand on my cheek or my chin and immediately settle knowing that your mama is close. I love the way you wriggle close to me when you’re hungry or need comfort in the night and latch on to my breast. I couldn’t not share my bed with you, that would be just too hard and too tiring for us both!
I love the milky smell of your breath, and I love spending most evening feeding you. Truly I do! I remember your big sister wanting to feed all evening – and being my first it spun me out a bit. I wondered if it was necessary, whether I was spoiling her as some claimed, or worse still over feeding her. I also had the sense that my evenings, in fact my life, was no longer my own and this used to scare me a it. But now I know that either you are telling my body that you are growing and I need to make more milk, or you just want to be close to me and suck for comfort. And both are fine! I also now know how quickly this time goes and I absolutely treasure and cherish it! I love the way you giggle uncontrollably when we snuffle your neck or tickle you, only a baby can laugh like that. I am so happy to be your mummy.
One thing daddy and I really enjoy is chatting to you. You really make eye contact(and have done for months!) and you look so chuffed and joyful when we copy the sounds you make and give you a chance to answer back. We have tried to get these chats on video, but you’re distracted by the camera…but they are so precious. You can almost see the neural pathways forming as you have realised that you have control over your hands. You have quick reflexes too and will have our bowl off the table in a second if we don’t keep our eyes on you! You want to put everything in your mouth now, which we don’t mistake for you being hungry. You are discovering, and this is the way you do it. You are also chewing on things and dribbling as your first teeth must be lurking under your gums, not too many months away from making their appearance. You have a lovely little amber teething necklace now, and I have one to match. You enjoy holding onto it and pulling it while you breastfeed just lately too.
Your sisters love you very much. You make them giggle when you accidently bash your rattle against your nose, or drop things repeatedly on the floor. They want to hold, cuddle and kiss you constantly, and it’s not unheard of for them to wake you up to do so! You love grabbing hold of their hair – this makes them shriek and giggle and you look so pleased with yourself.
My only one regret is that I can’t be fully with you 100% of the time, that I have other jobs to do, but in a sense this makes the undisturbed times with you all the more special. I am so grateful for your calm and happy soul! Our family would not be complete without you!
Lots of love
Spring tonic January 12, 2013
Ok, so it’s not quite spring, but there are definitely signs of it on the horizon. And with spring comes new colds and coughs. Here is the perfect antidote… I made it originally with Jane from Nature Workshops, it is her recipe.
Collect equal quantities of:
nettles (the freshest, greenest leaves) – for your kidneys
cleavers(also known as goose grass – also freshest bits) – for your chest/lungs
dandelions (leaves only, preferably of ones that haven’t flowered yet) – liver/gallbladder
dock leaves (freshest greenest leaves) -blood
I collect a shopping bag full of each.
Rinse, put in a pot with a little water(about an inch) in the bottom, and put on low heat for about 15 minutes. (Don’t boil!) Leave to cool and gently squeeze water out of the plants. Throw away leaves and mix the ‘planty’ water with honey (or molasses for extra iron kick). Mix a pint of the water to a pound of the sweetener of choice… bottle and take about 2 tablespoons a day. Drink within a month – although probably keeps longer in the fridge.
Natural ways to calm a fussy or teething baby! December 20, 2012
Some ideas for calming a fussy baby:
- Get an amber teething necklace. Amber is a resin and works by releasing succinic acid, with it’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, onto warm skin. Have a look at our lovely genuine Baltic amber necklaces here.
- Get some Nelsons Teetha – homeopathic camommila for teething.
- Wear baby in a soft comfy sling – babes love being close to mum or dads hearts. Choose a sling or carrier that spreads babies weight evenly over both your shoulders and has a support across the lower back (You can join your local slingmeet to test a few)
- Sing…babies don’t care if it’s off key, they love the sound of your voice
- Rock, pat, dance, talk gently
- Breastfeed -and don’t worry -babies can’t overfeed on the breast!
- Take baby for a walk (my three are complete nature babies, they nearly always settle when we take them outdoors)
- Drink chamomile tea..it’ll soothe your frazzled nerves, and if you’re breastfeeding it’ll work it’s magic on bubba too! (buying it loose leaf from a health food shop is cheapest, and you can get the quantity right – a teaspoon per cup)
- Put a pot of chamomile tea in baby’s bath. Being in water can also be comforting and soothing.
- Burn a couple of drops of lavender oil in an oil burner, or put a couple of drops in babys bath
- Gentle baby massage, if baby likes it!
The big F… December 2, 2012
An inspirational article written by one of my favourite Doctors.:
DR JAYNE LM DONEGAN MBBS DRCOG DCH DFFP MRCGP MFHom
GP & Homeopath
In my opinion, the biggest barrier to intelligent management of childhood
illnesses is fear which comes in many forms:
- Fear of trusting our own judgement and intuition because we have been lead to believe that only the ‘professionals’ are qualified to make decisions about our children,
- Fear that diseases that were once regarded as part of growing up are now ‘killers’,
- Fear that without high tech interventions our children will suffer disability or death ,
- Fear of symptoms such as fever, cough or rash,
- Fear that without paracetamol or ibuprofen, our children will all have febrile convulsions,
- Fear of every rash, that it might be meningitis
- Fear of allowing cough and mucus to run its natural course (out of the body)
- Fear that the world outside is full of random bacteria and viruses that are just waiting to strike our children down,
- Fear that without antibiotics, no child will come through an illness,
- Fear that without 99% bactericidal soap our children will be infected by dangerous germs in their environment
- Fear that without vaccination, no child will reach adulthood.
We even seem to be afraid nowadays that our children cannot cope with fresh air, so we keep them cooped up in over heated houses instead of putting them out to play in all weathers as our grandparents and great grandparents were
It is not surprising that there is so much fear in the realm of healthcare, or more accurately, disease care. If you feel this way, it is because that is how your doctor, health visitor and practice nurse feel too. Unless they have studied an alternative health philosophy, all they know about infectious disease is ‘The Germ Theory of Disease’ – all those bugs are out there waiting to get you, and if you don’t have the latest antibiotic/vaccine/ antiseptic/ bleach your child’s toys three times a week, you will contract a hideous disease that may be mild in some cases, but could, without doubt, attack and harm your child, leaving them disabled or dead.
No wonder so many of us reach for the bottle of paracetamol, sterilise our houses, don’t allow our children to pick up food they have dropped on the floor, and vaccinate with 25 different vaccines by the time they are 13 months, according to the latest schedule (29, if your child gets the BCG and Hepatitis B vaccine)
We are also encouraged to fear by the sensationalist handling of disease in the media. We hear horror stories about an increase in
cases of measles as if it were the black death. If a child can be found who has died, the story is paraded four times an hour on news bulletins and splashed across all the newspapers with the savage delight of a pack of hounds pulling apart a fox at a hunt. Any attempts at finding out the circumstances of the case, the prior state of health of the child, details about their treatment before or after reaching hospital are met with absolute silence – the idea seems to be to promote fear, not understanding. Even a visit to a farm is clouded with dire warnings of ‘Deadly E.coli risk’!
Does this fear matter?
Yes it certainly does, because a frightened parent is a stressed parent. The immune system is a delicate, sensitive and wonderfully intelligent apparatus. A child, and even more so, an infant, sees the outside world through the lense of their parents feelings and understanding. It is only later that they take their first independent steps along the path of self knowledge.Common sense tells us that stressed mothers cause stress in their babies, and this has been confirmed in studies. Stress causes outpourings of steroid hormones which, after an initial boost, cause a lowering of the effectiveness of the immune system.
So you enter a vicious cycle,:you fear that the worst will happen to your child, this lowers you child’s ability to cope with their day to day life, and when they get ill, lowers their ability to cope with the illness, then they go on to get complications and there you have it: a self fulfilling prophecy.
So what can we do?
We can put our feet back firmly on the ground, take a nice calm deep breath in, and an even longer one out and look at the facts. If it were really that difficult to reach adulthood, none of the human race would have reached the twenty first century. And if you look back at recorded history, the real killers throughout the ages have always been: war leading to famine causing pestilence and then death – the three horsemen of the apocalypse.
Worldwide, clean water has saved more lives than any other single intervention.
I believe that every parent inherits the ability to care for their child, in much the same way as we inherit the colour of our eyes, hair or skin. All the tools we need are inside us already, all we need is practice in their practical application.
The great American naturopath Herbert Shelton was fond of saying: “happiness, contentment and cheer should be cultivated with as much care and persistency as the gardener exercises in the cultivation of his plants.”
So cultivate self confidence, optimism and faith. Faith in yourself that you have been endowed with everything necessary for your
present task, and faith that you and you children have been born into a supportive world where there are many more good people than bad, and abundance of what we need rather than lack.
© 2008 Dr Jayne LM Donegan
Dr Jayne LM Donegan
MBBS DRCOG DCH DFFP MRCGP MFHom
Foraging on the seashore… December 30, 2011
Over the last few days we’ve made some shortish trips to a couple of nearby beaches to help blow away the winter blues and to find free food!
The best times for foraging on the beach is at low tide. Neap low tide especially, which is every quarter cycle (half moon). You also want to pick a beach where there are no dodgy looking streams/sewage running into the water, although I think most beaches down here in cornwall are fairly clean. As with fishing, and anything else, we don’t harvest little creatures, and we don’t harvest greedily…just take what we need and treat the beach and it’s creatures with respect.
What we are really looking for is razor clams. They (apparently) live on sandy beaches and can be found by the shoreline on very low tide. They have lots of meat and are commonly eaten in other countries. You look for a keyhole shaped hole in the sand, sprinkle some salt on it and up pops one of these creatures.
A great free source of protein and it is tasty. I think you can cook it similarly to a mussel and it has MUCH more meat on it. However, on our 3 hunts so far we have not found one. Wrong beaches maybe? We’ll try another beach tomorrow!
I took this rather rubbish video clip on my phone yesterday. The wind was blowing so hard and it was bloody freezing, but so worth it as we got a wonderful harvest of mussels and seaweed.
So in the bits you probably couldn’t hear/understand, I was pointing out all the mussels on Porthmeor Beach at low tide. We made a risotto/paella type thing for supper with mussels and they were yum!! We steamed our mussels until their shells open – about 5 minutes (if their shells do not open, you should not eat them). Lovely with just a garlic butter trickled over them too.
The other thing I’ve also just started collecting is Irish Moss (aka carrageen) and sea lettuce. They are seaweeds found clinging to rocks and in rockpools on low tide, very common.
Irish moss is now thought to contain 15 of the 18 essential elements that make up the human body. This includes great amounts calcium, iodine, sulphur, and potassium as well as Vitamins A, D, E, F and K.
Sea lettuce is very high in iron; high in protein.. Also high in iodine, manganese, and nickel. Considerable dietary fiber like most of our sea veggies. It is bright green, small and kind of slimy. You need to rinse it well to get rid of any sand.
All seaweed also contains iodine which is great to combat our frequent exposure in this day and age to radiation from xrays, scans, radiation leaks, etc.
If you have a dehydrator, this would be perfect for drying seaweed. I, however, just put it on the lowest possible heat in our oven for a few hours, occasionally turning it so that the moist bits at the bottom dried too.
During one of our foraging trips, we decided to try limpets. You have to sneak up on them and give them a quick knock with a rock or something before they realise you’re there, otherwise you won’t get them off the rock. I carried a few of these in my hands and their feelers/eyes came out as if they were looking for an escape route. A serious feeling of disgust in myself for thinking I have the right to take the life of another being swept over me, accentuated by the guilt of knowing what I know having been vegan for over a year – that I don’t actually NEED to eat them to survive. Still, I brought them home. But with the knowledge that I (probably) won’t ever eat proper big meat again. If I struggled facing a limpet, I couldn’t possibly kill my own lamb, cow or pig. And I do believe that if we’re going to eat things, we should at least be able to kill them ourselves.
Anyhow, I digress, the clams (which you have to soak overnight in salty water) were then put into the pot by Steven. Alive. I couldn’t do it. (I can with mussels..as you don’t actually see them moving, do you?! I guess I’ve conned myself into thinking they’re not alive) We cooked them until they came out their shells and then we had the lovely job of twisting their head and guts off the main meat part, and then – to my utter disappointment, and kind of relief, they were really tough and flavourless. So we tried cutting them up and frying them in a little garlic butter…but by then they were inedibly tough. Apparently they are a bit like calamari and it is possible to cook them to be tender. If there’s a next time, which I doubt, we will try them in a stew or something! Another recommended way is making a fire on the beach and putting them straight onto a hot rock or spade and eating them straight out the shell once they start bubbling. You can eat them raw too, but I couldn’t…it’d be too much like eating a raw snail.
So, I hope none of this has put you off and you are at least inspired to collect some fantastic seaweed! The girls just love looking for crabs and gobi’s and things in the rock pools too! Obviously we don’t eat them, but we probably would if they were big enough!!!
Spare a thought for Miss Oestrogen Positive December 21, 2011
While you’re enjoying your festivities, spare a thought for those with nothing and those who are suffering.
If you feel like supporting a good cause this Christmas I have a beautiful friend who is fighting cancer and is in a lot of pain. Here’s her bloghttp://missoestrogenpositive.blogspot.com/
Donations are greatly appreciated so that she can have a go at some other treatments which could save her life – these treatments, unfortunately, cost a LOT of money! (you can read more about them on her blog)
Happy solstice, merry christmas and a blessed new year to all! xxx
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The perfect gift for mum & baby this Christmas! December 17, 2011
Looking for something special for a baby or child for xmas? How about an amber teething necklace?!
They are £12.99 each and are made from genuine Baltic amber. They come in several different shades varying from ‘black’ to ‘sunshine’. There are matching ones for mums & dads too! Postage is FREE if you are in the UK!
To find out how amber works, to have a look at the various gorgeous designs, or to go to my online shop here
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Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to you all!